NYFAS Scriptwriting Competition 2020

Young Irish Film Makers are launching their annual screenwriting competition aimed at finding short scripts that will be produced as part of their flagship summer programme, the National Youth Film & Animation School which takes place in August 2020.  This competition is aimed at 16 – 25 year olds and looks to mentor young screenwriters in producing short film scripts that will be shot as part of the summer programme.   Selected candidates will then be mentored with a series of scriptwriting workshops sessions by an industry professional screenwriter who will help them craft, shape and redraft their scripts for the big screen.



WHAT DO YOU WIN?  A cheque for €100 and your script will be produced as part of the NYFAS 2020. The National Youth Film & Animation School is funded by Screen Ireland and aims to give first time youth screenwriters the opportunity to get a writing credit with Ireland’s primary film funding body. There will be four short scripts selected as part of the screenwriting competition.  



The script must be limited to 3 main characters and set in provincial Ireland. The winner scripts will be produced for family audiences so please try to avoid excessive violence, any nudity or drug references. 


Deadline for submissions  TUESDAY MARCH 31st 2020 @ 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 in partnership with The National Film School at IADT Dun Laoghaire