Film and TV

Independent Feature Project Phoenix Accepting Submissions for "Script to Screen" Film Challenge

If you've been sitting on a great idea for a movie script, now's a good time to start typing. From now through November 23, the Independent Feature Project Phoenix is looking for short film scripts to produce for their "Script to Screen Challenge."

IFP Phoenix hosts a variety of film challenges throughout the Valley, including the "Beat the Clock Challenge," in which competing teams complete a 3- to 5-minute movie in just 48 hours.

The "Script to Screen" challenge doesn't have those time constraints, and the winner gets a pretty sweet deal: professional-level production of their story, using resources donated from local production companies, and a screening at the 2012 Phoenix Film Festival.

Scripts must be 7 to 12 pages in length, but there are no constraints on genre or subject matter. Submissions will be reviewed by IFP's panel of judges, with semi-finalists announced at the end of each month (submissions must be received by the 23rd of each month).

Finalists will be announced at IFP Phoenix's "It's a Wrap" year-end party on December 3. The winning script will be produced by IFP and will be showcased at the Filmmaker Challenge Finals Screening at the 2012 Phoenix Film Festival (taking place March 29 through April 5).

The "Script to Screen Challenge" submission fees (per script) are $15 per IFP member, $20 per non-member. For more information on the contest, or to submit a script, visit

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