GIFF to host the European Script Award

GIFF to host the European Script Award

From this autumn, the Geneva International Film Festival (GIFF) will host the European Script Award. Previously hosted in Berlin and Helsinki, the European Script Award rewards the most original film script and is awarded by the European Alliance for Television and Culture (EATC) which groups together many actors from the audiovisual industry. GIFF joined the EATC on 27 May this year.

The European Script Award gathers together creations from European production and TV companies. These will have until September 15, 2020 to submit TV series written by up-and-coming screenwriters (first, second or third script). With the approval of EATC’s members GIFF has recast the prize’s regulations with the aim of giving more exposure to the creation of TV series.

A prize worth EUR 10,000

An international jury composed of journalists specialized in the fields of film and TV series will choose the most promising European talent among a pre-selection of three creations that will be screened during the Festival. The best screenwriter of the year will receive a prize worth EUR 10,000 offered by the European Alliance for Television and Culture (EATC) during GIFF’s award ceremony which will take place on November 14, 2020.

An extra award for GIFF’s TV Series prize list

For more than 25 years GIFF has paid tribute to the creative power of TV series, a genre that has now become essential. Ten pilot episodes are selected every year for the International TV Series Competition. This new award exclusively dedicated to European production will further strengthen GIFF’s commitment to screenwriters of TV series.

A European distinction originally from Geneva

The ESA (formerly known as PRIX GENEVE) was created by the EATC in 1987 to motivate new writers towards careers in television. Moreover, GIFF takes part in many European initiatives in the fields of series, film and digital works, and is a founding member of the Europa Film Festivals and the EuroFest XR networks.

Who may submit a TV series?

The European Script Award is open to all broadcasters and production companies based in Europe.

What we are looking for:

the most original scripts of an already produced TV series written by an upcoming screenwriter. The series should be the 1st, 2nd or 3rd script of the screenwriter as a main writer

The submitted work should have been produced or broadcast – or at least scheduled already – by a European broadcaster on television or online between June 1, 2019 and December 31, 2020.

Download The ESA 2020 Regulations

To apply and submit a series, follow these guidelines:

  1. Create an account or login on MyGIFF
  2. Complete or update your Personal profile and your Contact information
  3. Enter “Registration Forms”, choose “Submit an ESA series”
  4. Read the regulations, fill in the form and submit it
  5. Once your form submitted, you will be contacted by the Festival and informed about the procedure to provide a screener of your series