ATLFF20 Screenplay Reader Application
If you'd like to be a part of the Atlanta Film Festival's volunteer screenplay reading committee for the 2020 screenplay competition, please fill out the application below.

Deadline to apply June 14th, 2019

We're looking for enthusiastic and knowledgeable film lovers to join our screenplay reading committee for ATLFF 2020. Spots are limited and only serious applicants will be considered.

A reader is a volunteer whose role is to read and review screenplay submissions, providing notes and recommendations for programmers to review when they evaluate submissions. Each year ATLFF must narrow down over 1,200 screenplay submissions to the 5 winning screenplays that will make up our program. The work of reader is invaluable to this process.

Readers can earn up to an All-Access Badge to the 2020 festival depending on the number of screenplays they read!

The ATLFF Reading Committee is comprised of 50 to 100 readers who are academics, filmmakers, screeners for other festivals, ATLFF alums, and/or regular ATLFF attendees.

PLEASE NOTE: Readers do not program screenplays for the festival nor make any decisions regarding programming. They are not representatives of the programming team nor are they staff or affiliates of the Atlanta Film Festival/Atlanta Film Society. By filling out this application, you acknowledge the volunteer nature of the role.

If you have any questions, please email screenplay@atlantafilmfestival.com

First Name *
Your answer
Last Name *
Your answer
Preferred Email *
Please include an email that you check regularly. This will be the only email we use to contact you.
Your answer
Experience
Have you ever written a screenplay? *
Are you familiar with industry formatting standards for screenwriting? *
If you answered YES, how proficient do you consider yourself in screenplay formatting?
somewhat experienced
very experienced
Are you a returning reader for the Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Competition? *
If you answered YES, how did reading for the Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Competition in years past change the way you read screenplays? (please note: returning readers are not guaranteed readmission to the reading committee)
Your answer
Sample Analysis
Please read the screenplay linked below in its entirety

The title and author have been removed to avoid bias. Once you have completed the screenplay, please answer the questions below.

There are two screenplay options below: one for new readers and one for returning readers. Please be sure to select the correct one. Returning Readers may not read the same screenplay they read for their previous applications.

New Readers screenplay link: https://goo.gl/3eC3uU

Returning Readers screenplay link: https://goo.gl/XiMLX4

Screenplay Review
Please complete the following score sheet for the screenplay you read. Keep in mind that reader evaluations are crucial to the selection process. We're looking for insight on the formatting of the screenplay and the quality of the overall story.

You should not write a plot summary, rather mix details of plot with critical analysis of what does and does not work in the screenplay. Please be thorough and detailed in your review. It is expected that each fill in the blank answer be at least one paragraph long.

Synopsis *
Please write a plot synopsis. Be descriptive and detailed and include how the screenplay ends. Be sure to include any plot points that stood out to you while reading, but refrain from critiquing the screenplay at this point. (As a note: don't be worried about spoiling the screenplay. We want to know what happens - beginning, middle, and end) (one paragraph)
Your answer
Scoring
Please score the screenplay on a scale of 1-10 for each of the following aspects of screenwriting. When choosing your scores keep in mind that a winning script does not necessarily need a 10 in every category. In fact, no screenplay would score perfectly.
Formatting *
Does this screenplay follow the standard guidelines for screenplay formatting? Is the font type courier and set at 12pt? Is there ample white space? Are there many spelling or grammar mistakes?
Poor
Excellent
Dialogue *
Does the dialogue feel authentic? Does it read as natural? Does it fit the tone and feel of the script? Does it add to the character development and story movement?
Poor
Excellent
Characters *
Are the characters complex and interesting? Are they well defined and fully developed? Do they evolve or change?
Poor
Excellent
Plot *
Is there a strong narrative? Does the story make sense? Does the writer effectively create a world space that feels genuine and compelling?
Poor
Excellent
Action/Description *
Does the description flow? Does it provide a visual of the world? Is the action clearly written and easy to follow?
Poor
Excellent
Comments/Review
This section is where you to tell us what you think. Be detailed. You can either use this section to explain the scores you gave above or simply to give us your reactions to the screenplay.

We're looking for insight on the formatting of the screenplay and the quality of the overall story. You should not write a plot summary, but rather critical analysis of what does and does not work in the screenplay. Please be thorough and detailed in your review. It is expected that each fill in the blank answer is at least one paragraph long.

Strengths *
Please describe the strengths of this screenplay as it relates to story, plot, structure, characters, dialogue and formatting. (one paragraph)
Your answer
Weaknesses *
Please describe the weaknesses of this screenplay as it relates to story, plot, structure, characters, dialogue and formatting. (one paragraph)
Your answer
Should this script move on to the next round? *
Do you think this script is good enough to advance to quarterfinalist (~top 100), semifinalist (~top 50), finalist (~top 10), or winner (~top 3) (keep in mind, this is out of over 1,200 submissions)
Additional Questions
Reading Preference *
Which kinds of scripts would you like to read for the festival? (Keep in mind, that based on demand we may ask you to read for more than one category)
Required
Are you opposed to reading screenplays that contain any of the following? *
Please check all that apply
Required
If you checked any of the above, please detail here.
Your answer
Have you, or are you planning to, submit a screenplay or film to the 2018 Atlanta Film Festival OR did you work on a project that will be submitted? *
If you answered YES, please explain.
This is not an automatic disqualification from serving on our committee, but we do need to be made aware of any potential bias. You cannot judge screenplays in the same category you submitted to. For example, if you plan to submit a feature screenplay, you cannot read feature screenplays. However, you may still read pilot screenplays.
Your answer
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