72 Script Fest has LAUNCHED.

All Criteria and Rules for writers are posted HERE.

Participating Writers from around the world will have 72 hours to write an 8-10 page short script based on randomly generated criteria given out to each writer. The winning writer will choose from a pool of filmmakers to adapt their screenplay into a short film that will premiere at 72 Film Fest in October. Anyone in the world can participate providing the script is in English, and you’re able to use paypal.

For 2014, 72 Script Fest will be a bit different than 2012. 72 Script Fest will operate independently of 72 Film Fest in October. For 2014, one screenplay will be awarded the “Winner” by judges and then adapted by a past 72 Film Fest team using state of the art Red EPIC Cameras sponsored by Archai Media! Plus the team will receive a budget comprised of half of the registration fees (minus cash prize to writer). While the writing contest will still be 72 hours, the time to make the film will depend on the demands of the script. We want the best possible movie to come out of it and the more writers that register, the bigger the budget for the film! In addition to the winner, up to two runner ups will have their screenplay produced and premiere at 72 Film Fest in Fall (without the budget).

1. Writers Register.
2. Writers Get their Writing Assignment on June 19th at 9pmEST. If you are local to Frederick Maryland USA area join us at Area 31 from 7-9pm to countdown to launch!
3. Writers Turn in Their Script online by June 22nd at 9pmEST.
4. Writer (Semi) Finalists Announced around Third Week of July.
5. Writer Winner and Runner Up Announced by Mid August.
6. Writer Winner Chooses a Team to Adapt their short into a Film from the Team Pool.
7. Writer Winner receives $250 Cash.

8. Chosen Team Receives half of registration Fees (minus $250 to writer) as BUDGET for film.
8. Team and Writer work to REVISE the script based on Budget and Cast/Crew needs/abilities.
9. Team shoots movie (with up to 4 days on a RED EPIC CAMERA Provided by ARCHAI MEDIA). The Chosen Team does not have to make movie in 72 hours however it must be completed before LAUNCH on October 2nd 2014.

10. Film PREMIERES at 72 Film Fest 2014 on October 11th.

Winning Writer will choose 3 teams from a volunteer pool of past 72 Film Fest Finalists. If circumstances prevent the first choice from adapting the screenplay, the screenplay will be given to the second choice and so on.

Chosen Team will have over a month to develop, shoot and edit the short film. Chosen Team can use up to 4 shooting days with Archai Media’s a Red Epic Camera providing an Archai Media tech is on set as Assistant Camera or Director of Photography. Team is not required to use the Red Epic camera in part or full, and is not required to limit their entire shooting schedule to only those 4 days.

All rights to all screenplay submissions remain with the writers, except the winning script which will become property of 72 Film Fest and the winning team for the sole purpose of adapting into a short film. Any further adaptation by any party must include all parties permission.


Jamie Nash is an accomplished screenwriter of several produced films including ALTERED, SEVENTH MOON, I WAS A TEENAGE DRAGONSLAYER, LOVELY MOLLY, and V/H/S/2. He recently wrote the screenplay for EXISTS (directed by long-time collaborator Eduardo Sanchez of The Blair Witch Project) which won the audience award for Best Midnight film at this year’s SXSW Festival and is being released later this year by Lionsgate Films. His latest screenplay, SANTA HUNTERS will premiere this Christmas on Nickelodeon. He also has two projects in development with Amazon’s entertainment wing Amazon Studios. Jamie has professionally written comic books, computer games, television, commercial and teaches screenwriting at local universities.

Marc May’sfilm industry career has primarily been as a screenwriter, selling and optioning to Hollywood studios. For ten consecutive years, he always had at least one project in active studio development. In indie films, he co-wrote Primo, which premiered at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Los Angeles and story edited Medio Tiempo, which made its television debut on Showtime. Marc wrote two documentaries that premiered on PBS in honor of Black History Month and produced the Student Emmy Award-winning weekly magazine show UCLA: Next. He also served as a private consultant to a Vancouver, Canada-based internet firm that was consequently named by Newswire as one of the top 10 fastest growing websites based on U.S. traffic growth. His latest credit is Story Editor for Oscar-winning Producer Roger Corman on Stealing Las Vegas, starring Eric Roberts.

Erica Schreiber left a small town in Washington state to attend NYU Tisch’s Dramatic Writing Program. After an internship at “The Colbert Report” and graduation, she worked as the Writer’s Assistant for USA’s “Monk.” Since moving to LA she has worked on the CW’s “Nikita” and VH1’s “Single Ladies,” as well as on the Fox film “The Wolverine.” Currently she freelances at Fox and FX and is repped by Caliber Media as a writer.

Larry T. Shillock is Professor of English and Assistant Academic Dean at Wilson College. He teaches subjects that range from Homer to Homer Simpson and publishes in the areas of narrative theory, film, and the novel. His interests including fly fishing, orchid and mushroom hunting, and peak bagging in the American west.

Jacqueline Gilbert is a digital media and community engagement director for a financial trade association. Based in Alexandria, Gilbert manages the organization’s online and social media channels, as well as its grassroots/advocacy efforts. Previously, Gilbert served as the director of government relations and Washington correspondent for DS News, a national b2b publication that covers mortgage servicing, as well as the Five State Institute. While with DS News and Five Star, Gilbert launched the brand: The Five Star Government Forum, a Washington-based event that serves as a conduit between the mortgage servicing industry, and legislators and policymakers. When based in Dallas, she served as the editor of DS News, overseeing all editorial and production aspects of the monthly magazine. Prior to her career in journalism, Gilbert spent some time at FUNimation Entertainment, a television and film production company based in Flower Mound, Texas. Best known for its distribution of anime and other entertainment properties in North America, she served as the Script Supervisor where she oversaw Japanese translations of scripts and worked with the head writers on the adaption of the raw product to its final product in the voice over studio. An English Lit graduate from the University of North Texas, Gilbert resides in Silver Spring with her rambunctious tri-color Cocker Spaniel Rufus. An avid roller derby enthusiast, Gilbert skates for both Team Maryland all-stars and takes on the persona of Jackie Treehorn for Free State Roller Derby’s Black-Eyed Suzies. When she’s not skating, she enjoys the attempts at Texas BBQ in the area, local brewpubs, and visits to local art openings and museums in the area. You can follow her on Twitter at @jacqaluyan.

Richard Jefferies grew up in Frederick, Maryland where he graduated from Frederick High School in 1974. After 36 years of building a career in Hollywood, Richard returned to live in the Frederick area. During his time in Hollywood, Richard delivered 28 feature film writing assignments to major studios including Tron: Legacy, Cold Creek Manor (which he also executive produced) and Man of the House at Disney, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer at Fox, Searchers and The Bad Place at Warner Bros. Richard has done uncredited writing work on many movies including sci-fi features Virus, Species and lmposter. Richard wrote, directed and produced Organizm aka Living Hell, which premiered on Syfy Channel and wrote the cult horror classic Scarecrows. Richard joined Wiseacre Films in 2010, where he co-wrote and produced the Christmas comedy Elf-Man. He is currently executive producer on Wiseacre Films’ action adventure feature film China Bigfoot: Legend of the Yeren, which was shot in the remote mountains of central China.

Richard Brett is an Associate Professor of Cinema at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. Holder of a Masters Degree in Production from The University of Iowa and a Masters of Fine Arts in Broadcasting/Cinema from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, his areas of specialization include screenwriting, film history, theory, and analysis, and film and digital production. He has worked freelance as a production assistant, videographer, video editor, script supervisor, copywriter, and script reader. One of his early scripts, Time Trap, was optioned by MagnusFilms a Los Angeles production company. His short futuristic drama Level Five won a CINE Eagle Award, and his short film comedy PANAVOX won a Regional Emmy from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. More recently, his feature-length romantic comedy screenplay Love Is Blind won the A/Exposure Screenwriting Contest out of Los Angeles, the GreenLight Screenplay Contest in Canada, 3rd place in the StoryPros International Screenplay Contest, and 6th Place in ScriptVamp’s DreamQuest Screenplay Contest. Currently under representation by a WGA-signatory agent in New York, Brett has recently optioned Love is Blind to German film director Marco Riedl, is currently completing work on a spec screen thriller, FLASH BACK, and has been hired to write a new action drama screenplay for Intrinsic Value Films, based in New York.

Frequently Asked Questions.

Do I have to be from Maryland to participate?
Nope. We are based in Maryland, but you can be from anywhere in the universe providing you have access to Paypal and your script is in English. The criteria will be posted online, and you can turn in your script online.

Will filmmaking teams be getting the 72 Script Fest Finalist’s scripts as criteria in 72 Film Fest 2014?
No. 72 Film Fest’s criteria and theme is different every year. The theme for 2014 is —— (to be revealed in clues and at our Theme Reveal Party in September).

What is the criteria for the Script Fest? Each writer will receive individual criteria randomly generated at 9pm June 19th. We like to keep the criteria secret but to give you an idea- It may be simple things like genres, locations, settings, characters, lines of dialogue or it might be something else entirely.

I am a past team and I would like to be part of the Team Pool. How does that work?. If you are an award winner from ANY year, or a Finalist from 2013, you can volunteer to be in the team pool. We will post your team name and links to your past entries so the writers can watch your entries. Simply sign up before the Script Fest Finalists are announced.

I was on a team that was a winner/finalist in 72 Film Fest before… if I win 72 Script Fest can I choose my own team to adapt my film? Yes, providing your team was 1) A Winner from any year or a Finalist in 2013. 2) Your team volunteers to be a part of 72 Script Fest before the Finalists are announced.