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Feature, TV Pilot, Short
Registration ended: 01/27/2017
Contest Begins: 07/03/2016   Ends: 01/27/2017
FEE: $80/$75 Registration Expired

The 8th Annual New Hope Film Festival runs July 21 - 30, 2017. Decisions are emailed on or before May 1, 2017. This is the Festival's 4rd Annual Script Competition. New Hope Film Festival is sponsored by Comcast Corporation, Times Publishing Newspapers, Inc., The Intelligencer and Bucks County Courier-Times. Award decisions are annually announced through multiple media outlets, including The Festival plans to continue this tradition indefinitely, but reserves the right to change, adjust or cancel announcement ad campaigns without prior notice. Pitch opportunites are planned for the final day of the Festival.


All scripts accepted are considered Official Selections of the New Hope Film Festival in the same manner in which a film is named an Official Selection. Screenwriters are not considered finalists. The distinction means scripts accepted may use the Festival's official laurel for marketing purposes and screenwriters are equal to filmmakers in terms of Festival passes and access to all Festival events. Official Selections, including scripts, are not guaranteed a nomination or mention at the awards ceremony gala, but they are guaranteed a listing in the Program Guide, subject to abiding by the Festival's terms and conditions. 


About the Festival
Touted as the "emerging 'Sundance East'" in a Huffington Post article, this internationally acclaimed indie fest was founded in 2009 by D. F. Whipple, an author, screenwriter and long-time resident of the New Hope area. Whipple formed New Hope Film Festival with a group of artists who share his passion for discovering and nurturing independent artists, especially those who’ve been overlooked by other festivals. Hollywood screenwriter and member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Mark Rosenthal serves as an advisor to the script competition and regularly gives the Festival's Best Script winners personal consultations. The consultation is revocable for cause and is subject to Rosenthal's availability. 


What Makes the Script Competition Different
The primary objective of the script competition is to advance the careers of competition finalists.

Every work submitted is read with a keen perspective on quality and artistic expression. Artistic standards are extremely high, but neither intended budget nor prior notoriety is a determining factor—the art must shine through. This approach brings significant prestige, satisfaction and credibility to writers whose works are accepted as finalists. With a strong publicity and marketing program that includes an annual awards announcement in Variety as well as press coverage in mainstream outlets such as NBC, ABC, The Huffington Post and more, this cutting-edge and growing Festival is a powerful bridge between indie obscurity and the mainstream.

Script finalists and filmmakers are equal peers during the annual event, making it easier for writers to network with producers, directors and other industry professionals. Script finalists are offered two (2) Festival passes and share the awards ceremony with filmmmakers. Multiple script awards are presented at this gala event. Free script feedback is offered upon request. 

The Festival's organizers reject the sweepstakes model of many other competitions. Instead of offering prize money and trips, the Festival focuses on individual attention with the goal of helping its script finalists achieve immediate and long-term career success.

The Location
Over the years, New Hope has attracted and been home to many talented producers, screenwriters, actors, playwrights, and performance art enthusiasts. Home of the Bucks County Playhouse, where actors such as John Travolta, George C. Scott, Robert Redford, Helen Hayes, Andrea McArdle and Colleen Dewhurst have graced the stage, the village is centrally located less than an hour from Philadelphia and an hour and a half from New York.


Feature - A Message from NHFF Script - 05/01/2017

TV Pilot - A Message from NHFF Script - 05/01/2017

Short - A Message from NHFF Script - 05/01/2017


Feature [41-120 pages]
- All Genres

TV Pilot [10-70 pages]
- All Genres

Short [1-40 pages]
- All Genres

Languages: English
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