Hey guys - I live in Dallas at attend the Austin Film Festival and Conference almost every year. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s a four day conference primarily focused on screenwriting and an accompanying week long film festival. Writers, producers, managers and filmmakers hold panels, workshops, screenings - it’s a great place to learn, network and get re-energized about your craft.
There is also a screenwriting competition that carries some genuine weight in the industry and this weekend I learned that their relatively new Digital Series category only gets a few hundred entrants (compared to about 6,000 drama screenplays!) So definitely check it out for next year. They treat their finalists well and you will get industry introductions, if not meetings. And a huge trophy shaped like a typewriter. It is a script competition, and I believe entries have to be undproduced so this would be for your next project, not your current. You can get all the info at their website.
I also attended at panel on DIY filmmaking that honestly didn’t offer a fraction of the practical information that Stareable does so kudos to Bri and everyone at Stareable for what they do, seriously.