NYFAS Scriptwriting Competition 2023

Calling All Young Screenwriters 

Film buff? Movie aficionado? Know the difference between your Kubrick’s and Polanski’s? Fancy yourself the next big thing in screenwriting? 

Young Irish Film Makers are calling on all young filmmakers (16-25) to take part in our Scriptwriting Competition which could see your film being bought by YIFM and shot as part of the National Youth Film & Animation School in August 2023.  

TO ENTER SEND US A 500 WORD STORY OUTLINE and a script of no more than 5 pages in length limited to 3 main characters and set in present day provincial Ireland. The winner scripts will be produced for family audiences so please try to avoid excessive violence, any nudity or drug references. 

4 winners will receive €100 prize fund, a writing credit under a Screen Ireland produced short and have their film made in the National Youth Film & Animation School this summer. If selected the winners will also get the opportunity to attend scriptwriting workshop sessions with an industry professional screenwriter who will help them craft, redraft and finalize their pieces to be shot for the big screen.


 The Judging process will take place over the month of March. All applicants will be contacted via email once a decision is made. 

 We wish you the best of luck and we cannot wait to read your submissions! 
NOTE: Looking for something to do in the meantime? Any script applicants interested in joining the YIFM Young Critics programme please contact us at network@yifm.com for more info! We are actively looking for young writers to critique, review and work with us to talk about film and animation online!

Deadline for submissions  FRIDAY 3rd MARCH 2023 @ 5:00pm


  • Initial applications will only be accepted from individuals.
  • Only one entry permitted per applicant.
  • Story outlines must be supplied in the form requested. Proposals exceeding the prescribed length may result in exclusion from consideration.
  • Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  • Copyright for the script will remain with the author.
  • Copyright for the final film will remain with Young Irish Film Makers.
  • Proposals submitted must be (a) wholly original to the applicant, or (b) have a clear and unencumbered assignment of rights to the applicant if based on existing work (e.g. play, short story, book)
  • Submissions should be send in PDF format only.
  • Additional materials (e.g. budgets, production notes etc.) should NOT be submitted at this time.
  • All applicants for the award must be aged between 16-25 years old of the deadline date.
  • Project short listing is on a competitive basis. At the discretion of the selection of the selection panel, a maximum of 4 projects will be selected from the validly received proposals to progress for further development under the scheme.
  • The decisions of the short listing panel are final. It will not be possible to provide feedback to unsuccessful candidates.
  • Canvassing support from YIFM will immediately disqualify applications.
  • Unsuccessful applicants will be eligible to re-submit to future YIFM short film contests.
  • Projects must be capable of being shot during the National Youth Film & Animation School, August 2019 under the resources available to the National Youth Film School.
  • All applicants must confirm their acceptance to these terms and conditions before their applications will be accepted and processed.

Funded by Screen Ireland