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 2019.

TO ENTER SIMPLY SEND US A SYNOPSIS and SCRIPT no more than 5 pages in length, limited to 3 main characters and set in provincial Ireland.

The winning scripts will be produced for family audiences so please try to avoid excessive violence, any nudity or the glorification of drug use.

4 winners will receive a €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 who will help them craft, redraft and finalize their pieces to be shot for the big screen.


If this is something that you’re interested in please read the terms and conditions and apply below.

Email submissions to with the headline:

NYF&AS Script Submission

Along with you script please supply us with a brief synopsis of the script and the following information.

Full Name: / Date of Birth: / Location: / Basic introductory brief about yourself: 

TERMS & CONDITIONS (Please read carefully before submitting)

  • 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. Visit our membership page for more information.
  • 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.