SFP Script Submission
Scripts for each Summer Film Production will be solicited in the summer at the beginning of that SFP's cycle; i.e. for the 2013-15 SFP, submissions are open now and run through the end of summer 2013. All submissions must be made by the end of August of the submission year - thus the deadline for the upcoming project is August 31st, 2013. All scripts must be submitted as PDF files, through the form on the bottom of this page.
Anyone may submit a script, and there is no limit on how many scripts an individual or writing team may submit.
To be considered for selection, scripts must meet the following criteria:
- Submissions should be feature-length, i.e. 85-120 pages with standard screenplay formatting. Treatments or short stories will not be considered, only completed feature-length screenplays.
- Scripts must be completely original work. No scripts based on existing material (unless that material was written by and is solely owned by the screenwriter) will be considered.
- Scripts must be possible (in the determination of the Film & Media Arts faculty) to make on a low budget with a 10-14 day shoot.
- Scripts must be shootable within 300 miles of Dallas. This does not require that the shoot be based in Dallas (the 2011-13 SFP, for instance, was shot on the Oklahoma/Texas border) but scripts should not require locations farther than a few hours away. Entirely Dallas-based shoots are fine as well.
- In general, scripts may be of any genre except documentary. There is, however, one additional exclusion particular to each iteration of the Summer Film Production: scripts may not be in the same genre as the previous summer film.
- For the 2013-15 Summer Film Project (script submissions open NOW) this means scripts cannot be in the same genre as the 2011-13 project All the Wrong Friends. Thus slasher/thriller/horror scripts are not being accepted this cycle.
- Other types of suspense films, such as psychological thrillers, may be submitted, as may comedies, dramas, romances, etc.
- The faculty script selection committee will have sole authority to determine the genre of a submission and whether it meets this requirement.
For further guidance on scripts, see the "Script Questions" section of the FAQ page.
Scripts will be read and assessed by Film & Media Arts faculty for quality, interest, and feasibility. A selection will be made based on the script deemed most likely to result in a high-caliber finished product given the constraints (budgetary and time) and structure (student-run production) of this program. For additional guidance on how script selection decisions are made, see "What are you looking for in a script?" on the FAQs page.
The selected script will be announced and made available for reading at the beginning of the fall semester prior to a production summer (i.e. fall 2013 for the 2013-15 SFP, which shoots in summer 2014).
Submissions from “SMU writers” – meaning incoming and current SMU students and recent (graduated in the last 5 years) alumni will be read first. In the event that no script from this group is deemed acceptable for production given the above criteria, scripts from others will be read. In the event no submitted script is deemed acceptable for production, no script will be selected and the shoot will be pushed back to the next year to allow for another round of script submissions.
After completing this form (make sure to attach your script in PDF format ONLY), you should receive a confirmation that the form and script have been received; if you have not received such a confirmation within a week after submitting both, please email us to check that they were properly received.