1st Annual

Mississippi Student Screenwriting Competition

Presented by Hinds Community College & Time Factor Pictures

Who is eligible

Any present Mississippi college or university student


An industry formatted 10—15 page short script

Script Submission Deadline

Midnight, May 1, 2023

Scripts will be judged by Hollywood industry screenwriters

Rules and Eligibility

Rules and Eligibility

  • The screenplay contest is open to any present Mississippi university or college student.
  • Entrants must be 18 years or older to enter the contest. Misrepresentation of age, upon discovery, will forfeit entry and fees to the contest.
  • All correspondence must be through a university or college email address (xxx.edu)
  • Submissions are accepted via electronic submission only through our partner websites like FilmFreeway
  • Each short script submission must be 10-15 pages in industry-standard script format with a title page and include a logline or 10-line synopsis page.
  • Each submission must contain an author biography and university or college affiliation
  • Entries must be submitted by 11:59 PM Central Time on or before May 1, 2023
  • All scripts submitted must be owned by the writer.
  • It is recommended that original material be registered with the WGA or The Library of Congress before submitting to any competition, however, we do not require registration.
  • All ownership and rights to the scripts submitted to this contest remain with the original rights holders
  • The decision of the judges will be final and cannot be contested in any manner. There is no score on a scorecard that guarantees advancement to the next level as advancement will be based on all scores in the competition.
  • The competition, its judges, and its officers accept no liability whatsoever for any claims of damages, real or perceived, by any entrant(s) as a result of their participation in this contest.
  • We do not make scripts available online.
  • We may promote some of the films by uploading the trailers/teasers/posters/production.
  • We do not accept: Extremist content from religious or political organizations, or pornographic content.
  • The winning script will be used as the basis for a following directing competition.
  • The theme for the short script will be emailed to the participants on February 1.
For more information contact:

Randy Kwan
Film and Video Instructor

Winner will be announced July 1, 2023

The winning script will be used as the subject for

The First Annual Mississippi Student Directing Competition, Fall 2023

Competition Judges

George Gallo screenwriting competition judge

George Gallo