BIFF Montana Screenwriting Competition


Sunday, February 2, 2020


Entry Fees

Feature length screenplay (90-135pgs) = $15
Short film screenplay (20-40 pigs) = $15


AWARD PACKAGES for all 2020 finalists and the "Best of BIFF" winner will each include:
* One VIP All Access BIFF 2020 pass per writer
* Name inclusion on BIFF website as a semi-finalist, finalist or winner
* A downloadable copy of Movie Magic Screenwriter software (a $249 value, provided by contest sponsor Write Brothers Software)
* Additional very cool perks plus bragging rights and kudos

Our "Best of BIFF 2020" Winning Writer (one writer of either a feature or short screenplay) will also receive:
* An additional VIP All Access BIFF 2020 pass for a spouse or friend (total of 2 passes)
* A Live Table Reading of the winning screenplay presented as a one-hour 2020 festival weekend Special Event by the Bigfork Community Players on Sunday, April 5th
* Screenplay feedback and career mentoring from Barbara Schiffman (coordinator of the 2020 Screenwriting Competition; formerly a Hollywood story analyst, script consultant and creative producer)
* One annual All Access Pass to online courses at
* Additional very cool perks plus bragging rights and kudos


The first Montana Screenwriting Competition is eager to find narrative screenplays that demonstrate the exceptional talents and skills of Montana writers &/or highlight the special qualities of Montana locations. Competition coordinator Barbara Schiffman, a former Hollywood script consultant and creative producer, and Bigfork Independent Film Festival’s founder/director Stephen Shapero seek to help Montana writers, filmmakers and movie enthusiasts appreciate screenwriting as a literary art in addition to being the first step in the filmmaking process.

This Montana-focused writing competition accepts ONLY narrative Feature and Short Film screenplays (no documentary film scripts, teleplays or stageplays). Screenplays will be reviewed by a judging panel of Montana-based writing professors, Hollywood screenwriting consultants, writer-directors, filmmakers, and other industry experts. All finalists will be named and honored on the BIFF website in addition to receiving other cool award perks. One screenplay will be chosen as the “Best of BIFF 2020” and receive a Live Table Reading as part of the 4th annual BIFF weekend (April 3-5, 2020), held in scenic Bigfork MT, plus other cool perks and kudos.

Contact Information

Barbara Schiffman, MTSC Coordinator
[email protected]
818-415-3479 (Bigfork Independent Film Festival website)


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