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AFMX announces it will open its first screenwriting competition for its September 2024 festival. The competition is open to New Mexico residents only. Screenwriters can submit their work through FilmFreeway, from March 18 to August 15, 2024.


With a consistent five-star rating on FilmFreeway, AFMX continues to provide an exceptionally unique experience for filmmakers and audiences in 2024 and looks to expand opportunities for its New Mexico screenwriters.


Semifinalists will be notified by August 30, 2024, and will receive a complimentary all-access Festival Pass to the Spotlight Event, which runs September 25-29, 2024. Winners will be announced at the festival awards ceremony, on Saturday, September 28. 

“Our New Mexico content creators are looking for more opportunities to share and improve their work, as well as network for support. Watching our annual pitch panel grow over the past two years, I’m hopeful AFMX can provide up-and-coming screenwriters and producers more opportunities to submit original works as well as pitches to film industry executives and producers,” Kira Sipler, Executive Director.

Competition Details
  1. All submissions are to be sent digitally via FilmFreeway in PDF format only.

  2. Maximum page count is 12 pages.

  3. All entries must be in English but can be in Spanish with translation.

  4. There is no limit to the number of screenplays you may submit.

  5. Contact details or names are allowed to be on the title page, but not recommended.

  6. All screenplays should be written in industry standard format (Courier 12 pt font).

  7. Short scripts and TV scripts can be any genre.

  8. Submitted scripts must be original work and the sole property of the applicant(s).

  9. Screenplays submitted must not have been previously sold or produced. Adapted or based on screenplays are also accepted.

  10. It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to register their screenplay and secure clearance from the copyright holders of any copyrighted materials included within the submitted screenplay.

  11. All entrants, including the semi-finalists and winners, retain complete and exclusive rights to their work.

  12. All ages are eligible.

  13. Original work that has not started film production is eligible.

  14. By submitting, you agree to release and hold harmless AFMX New Mexico Screenplay Competition (short script only) and its subsidiary, parent, and affiliated companies from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liability, including but not limited to damages and negligence to property and persons, including but not limited to invasion of privacy, defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, copyright, infringement of trademark or other intellectual property rights relating to a participant’s entry, participation in the contest and/or acceptance or use or misuse of the prize.

  • Submissions open March 18 and close August 15.

  • The list of Semifinalists will be announced on August 30.

  • All semifinalists will receive a free festival pass.  

  • Winners to be announced at the festival awards ceremony, on Saturday, Sept 28.

  • Winners do not need to be present at the festival but are highly encouraged.

    • 1st - $300 and writer’s gift bag including digital gift certificate download of Final Draft screenwriting software

    • 2nd - $200 and writer’s gift bag including digital gift certificate download of Final Draft screenwriting software

    • 3rd - $100 and writer’s gift bag including digital gift certificate download of Final Draft screenwriting software

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