The third edition of the screenwriting and pitching contest has begun – submissions open until the 15th of May, 2021!

The American Independent Film Festival (AIFF) has announced the launch of the third edition of the screenwriting contest WRITE A SCREENPLAY FOR (WSF)…  organized by the Cinemascop Association with the support of HBO Europe. AIFF presents the newest, most creative and original American theatrical films of the year to the Romanian public and organises workshops, debates, and masterclasses with notable filmmakers and actors. Some of the festival’s past guests include: Joaquin Phoenix, Ethan Hawke, John C. Reilly, Milena Canonero, Kent Jones, Roberto Minervini and Sebastian Stan.

The fifth edition of the American Independent Film Festival will take place between the 18th – 24th of June, in Bucharest.

The first two editions of the WSF screenwriting contest aroused great interest among film enthusiasts, with hundreds of projects submitted. The competition is open to experienced and novice screenwriters. The winning projects will be analysed in order to enter the production phase. There is no registration fee to enter the contest.

Whereas screenwriters were invited to send in projects written for Sebastian Stan, Anamaria Marinca or Vlad Ivanov at the first editions, this year, WSF is calling for filmmakers and writers to propose ideas and stories for the young generation.

Generation Z is the theme for a number of internationally successful TV series, such as Euphoria, Normal People, Clique and We Are Who We Are and of films like Booksmart, Lady Bird and Men, Women or Children.

Now the challenge is being launched for Romanian language screenwriters to propose stories with or for this young audience, known as Generation Z. The contest has two sections: mini-TV series projects, with stories structured over 6 or 8 episodes and fiction feature films. Applications must be sent to and the deadline by which to submit is May 15, 2021.

Those applying to the contest need not have completed scripts by the application deadline, but must submit a brief description of the story (outline) of up to five pages, as well as a script excerpt reflecting a conflictual or emotional scene (up to three scenes or five pages, written in Final Draft/any script formatting software). The outlines for the TV miniseries must be based on a story inspired by Generation Z, while for feature-length fiction projects, submissions with a more general theme will be taken into consideration, but should, according to those submitting, address a younger public.

A jury comprising of the HBO team, director Cristian Mungiu, screenwriter Alexandru Baciu and Ambassador of the third edition, Kira Hagi, will analyse all submissions and will select a shortlist of projects to move into the second stage of the contest.

Authors of the shortlisted projects (between 5-10) will be publicly announced on June 18th, 2021, at the opening night gala of the 5th edition of the American Independent Film Festival.

Throughout the festival, between June 18th-24th, contest participants will be invited to take part in a series of screenwriting workshops, and finalists will benefit from script counselling sessions led by Alexandru Baciu and TV Producer, Ioanina Pavel, on behalf of HBO Europe. Over the course of the week, they will be working intensely to develop the selected TV miniseries and feature film projects.

At the end of this process, HBO Europe will choose the winning projects – whose development it wants to continue to support. The winners will be announced publicly on June 24, 2021 by Kira Hagi, at the closing gala of the American Independent Film Festival.

Writers of the winning projects will receive financial support and counselling from HBO Europe and the Cinemascop Association for the development of the projects until the final script stage.

This year, the WSF Ambassador is the young film and theater actress Kira Hagi. After graduating from the New York Film Academy in 2017, Kira returned to Romania and can now be seen in performances at the Nottara Theater in Bucharest and in independent productions. Kira Hagi made her film debut at the age of 17 in the film Bucharest, I love you and has since been featured in Between Pain and Amen by Toma Enache and her most recent role was in the film Caprioara by Bogdan George Apetri. “I’ve known for a long time about the screenwriting competition made in Ro; in our artistic world there is a lot of talk about it, and I think it’s an extraordinary challenge for screenwriters but also for those who are at their first attempt to put their imaginations to the test and come up with fresh ideas for the local film industry. Imagine how I felt when I was offered to be an ambassador of this competition and when I was suddenly given the opportunity to read, not one or two, but dozens of fresh projects! For an actress, it’s Paradise! I wish all the participants a lot of success!” – Kira Hagi

Founded in 2017, the American Independent Film Festival is a festival that celebrates American film, culture and lifestyle. It proposes the popularity of cinema and the cultural values it propagates in order to achieve its cultural, educational, humanitarian and formative objectives  for the Romanian public, where the education of these values are significant.

All proceeds from the festival will be donated to a humanitarian cause.

Please check the website for all contest regulations and other details:

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