Sun Valley Film Festival

INFO: The Screenwriters Lab is highlighted by the High Scribe Competition, which provides an opportunity for finalists to receive one-on-one meetings with some of the industry’s finest to discuss their work. The High Scribe winner is announced during the lab and a scene from their script is brought to life with professional actors. The Screenwriters Lab is a high-profile event for seasoned professionals, aspiring writers and film fans alike that draws crowds, generates buzz and has directly led to employment and representation opportunities every year.

The top three High Scribe finalists will enjoy exclusive residency at the SVFF where they are housed and mentored by established screenwriters, included in parties, and provided a Filmmaker's Pass to the Festival.

AWARD: The High Scribe winner receives a cash prize of $1,000 and invaluable career mentoring from top industry experts.


DEADLINE: January 10, 2018



Sun Valley Film Festival

INFO: The Sun Valley Film Festival developed the 1 Potato Initiative to support emerging filmmakers and incentivize filmmaking in the state of Idaho.  They’re inviting the winner of the screenplay competition to use the 5k to bring their story to life by filming on location in Idaho.

Whether you have a short script that’s been sitting on your shelf, or you want to write something with the competition in mind, SVFF and the 4th annual 1 Potato Initiative want to hear your story, and help one filmmaker take their idea from page to screen.

AWARD: The winning script will receive $5,000 in funds towards shooting their film on location in Idaho, as well as having SVFF support from development to finished product. As a producing partner on the film, SVFF will connect the winner with seasoned filmmaker participants, arrange special networking opportunities with Industry experts, and help build a presence for the film as it begins its festival journey.

The winning 1 Potato short script will be announced at the 1 Potato Initiative reception during the 2018 Sun Valley Film Festival in March.

WINNING SHORT MUST BE FILMED IN IDAHO. Do not submit your script unless you are able to commit to filming in Idaho.


  • $5,000 prize towards film budget
  • rare networking opportunities with Industry established filmmakers
  • inclusion in exclusive SVFF events
  • highlighted world premiere at SVFF 2019
  • SVFF brokered deals and opportunities


DEADLINE: January 10, 2018



INFO: The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico provides residency grants to people who specialize in the creative arts. The foundation accepts applications from and offers residency grants to painters, poets, sculptors, writers, playwrights, screenwriters, composers, photographers and filmmakers, of national and international origin.

The Foundation offers three months of rent-free and utility-paid housing to grantees. Our eleven guest houses, or casitas, are fully furnished and provide residents with a peaceful setting in which to pursue their creative endeavors.

The HWF also provides academic scholarships to graduating high school seniors pursuing degrees in the creative arts.

The Foundation offers three sessions a year: 
• Session 1 (mid January - mid April) 
• Session 2 (June - mid August) 
• Session 3 (early September - early December)

What is included in the residency?

The HWF grants rent-free and utility-paid housing on the foundation campus, providing artists with their own fully furnished home and a peaceful setting in which to pursue their creative endeavors. The HWF places no expectations or requirements on the artists in residence; It is the gift of time and space. In addition to the casitas, the HWF campus includes the Commons House w/ wi-fi, Library, The Main House, and laundry facilities. Residents are responsible for their own food and transportation, although the Foundation does provide bicycles for artists in residence. 

What artistic disciplines are eligible for a residency grant?

  • Visual artists: painters, illustrators, photographers, sculptors, filmmakers, ceramicists 
  • Literary artists: writers, poets, playwrights & screenwriters 
  • Music composers and songwriters

Literary artists must submit hard-copy work samples. Include a cover sheet containing your contact info and table of contents, but please omit names and contact info on the writing samples themselves

  • Writers: samples should not exceed 35 double-spaced pages 
  • Poets: a maximum of six poems. 
  • Playwrights: include one complete play. 
  • Screenwriters: include one complete screenplay. 


DEADLINE: January 18, 2018