Are you the new Charlie Kaufman? Do you know your sluglines from your loglines?

Well, the Young Irish Film Makers want to hear from you.  We’re currently running a Scriptwriting Competition for anyone aged between 16 – 24 years old.

TO ENTER SEND US A 500 WORD STORY OUTLINE  for a script of no more than 10 pages, with 3 main characters set in Provincial Ireland. Sorry, all you Michael Bay enthusiasts but we can’t make a Transformers clone.

The winning scripts will be produced for a family audience, so please avoid excessive violence, nudity or drug references.

4 winners will receive €100 and have their film made in the National Youth Film School this summer.

The 4 winners will also get the opportunity to attend scriptwriting workshop sessions with a professional screenwriter, who will help them craft their script into shape for the big screen.


If this is something that you’re interested in, please apply below.

NB Please read the following terms & conditions carefully.

  • 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 word limits may result in proposals being excluded 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 an existing work (eg. Play, short story, book).
  • Submissions should be sent in PDF format only.
  • Additional materials (eg budgets, production notes etc) should NOT be submitted at this time.
  • All applicants for the award must be aged between 16 – 24 years old of the deadline date. Visit our membership page for more information.
  • Project shortlisting is on a competitive basis. At the discretion 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 shortlisting panel are final. It will not be possible to provide feedback to unsuccessful projects.
  • 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 School, August 2018 under the resources available to the National Youth Film School.
  • All applicants must confirm their acceptance of these terms of conditions before their applications will be accepted and processed.