A division of the Sidewalk Film Festival started in 2004, Sidewrite’s mission is to discover and reward talented screenwriters in Alabama and around the world. The screenplay competition aims to foster community amongst emerging writers and reinforce cinematic artistry locally. With categories for feature length screenplays, short screenplays, and Alabama screenplays, Sidewrite allows passionate writers to enhance their craft and receive recognition for their innovative and exciting scripts.
In addition to cash prizes, winners are offered table read opportunities during the festival weekend and are able to apply for travel assistance to attend. Winning scripts are announced approximately one month prior to the festival event date. Sidewalk also offers a screenplay category that provides feedback on any submitted screenplay.
Apply to join the 2021 Sidewrite review committee! Applications close November 30.
Announcing the 2020 Sidewrite Screenplay competition winners:
Best Alabama Screenplay: “The Sympathetic Martian” by Scott Turner and Jim Torres
Best Short Screenplay: “Lab Partners” by Tommy Britt
Best Feature Screenplay: “Riding Shotgun” by Nafi Ayvaci
You can hear these scripts (full short scripts, just selected scenes from features) at the Sidewrite table read at this year’s festival. Table reads (and our other panels) are free and open to everyone. This year, due to COVID, all panels and Sidewrite table reads will be virtual. Times for table reads will be on our online schedule soon.
Best Alabama Screenplay: “The Last American Lynching” written by T Gordon Stanley & Jeremy J Ford
Best Short Screenplay: “Found Objects” written by Amy Bond
Best Feature Screenplay: “Daughters Lost in the Desert” written by A.M. Sanchez
“Our Dirty Laundry” by Kimberly Tompkins
“Sabrina” by Ann Kathleen Williams
“Welcome Back” by Elizabeth Hagale
Honorable Mention: “Survive the Summer” by Ian Cunningham
“1999” by Anthony Fernandez
“A Good Day’s Work” by Jess McCallum
“Migration” by Elyse Endick
Grand Prize: “Lost in Transmission” written by Stacey Davis
Production Prize: “The Burden” written by Bill Barnett
Grand Prize: “A Good Man” written by Stacey Davis
Production Prize: “Love in the Grocery Store” by Tam Le
Grand Prize: “Self-Addressed” written by James Pihakis
Production Prize: “Face Value” written by Julie Pritt
Grand Prize: “When Standish Met Standoffish” – Daniel Ryan O’Donnell
Production Prize: “Pineville” written by David A. Smith
Grand Prize: “Muckfuppet” written by Ken McCracken
Production Prize: “Waiting” written by Mary Cathryn Wendt
Grand Prize: “Red, Ed, Betty & the Discovery Channel” written by Andrew Wells
Production Prize: “Sewing a River” by J.M. Pritt