Welcome! You are about to begin the Scripts submission process for the 78th Annual University Film and Video Association Conference, which will be a four-day, in-person event hosted by the School of Film & Media Arts at Cleveland State University from July 30 to August 2, 2024.
This year’s conference theme is ROCK ON: URBAN RESILIENCE, CINEMA, AND SUSTAINABILITY.
Cleveland, a historic city in Ohio and home to America’s iconic Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (where UFVA’s 2024 picnic will be held!), is a dynamic urban center embracing innovative and environmentally responsible solutions for building a robust City of the Future.
For 2024, conference submissions on all topics in our field are welcome, but we particularly encourage and invite submissions that address the way(s) in which the cinematic arts serve as a vital creative engine in resilient urban centers that are navigating rapid technological, environmental, economic, and social transformation.
Annual UFVA caucus meetings will be held virtually ahead of the conference on July 25th and July 26th.
Following the conference, there will be a separately programmed UFVA Virtual Day in February 2025 (exact date TBD) to accommodate members who are not able to travel and/or present their work at in-person events. We anticipate that UFVA Virtual Day will be an annual occurrence; submissions for Virtual Day 2025 will open in September 2024.
In each 105-minute conference session, scripts are presented with a table read involving a maximum of 20 pages, followed by a 10-15 minute discussion that is typically led by an assigned respondent.
The submission process involves entering information here AND at FilmFreeway. You will receive a link and UFVA 2024 submission password for FilmFreeway once you complete the form below.
- If you would like a formal respondent for your completed script, you must agree to be a respondent for one or more scripts being presented at the conference.
- All screenwriters are responsible for reading the script(s) to which they are responding prior to the conference itself.
- All respondents are expected to submit a written response for the script they are reviewing on their institutional letterhead. Respondent letters are due to the Conference VP, Chrissy Guest, on July 29th.
- The only scripts that will be adjudicated for conference awards are those entered in the competition category. They must be completed at the time of submission.
NOTE: You must be a current UFVA member to submit work and present it at the conference. All members are entitled to submit one item; you may submit up to one additional item if it is in a second content area–a Screening in addition to an Individual Paper, for example. Serving as a respondent does not count as a submission.
Submissions should be new projects created within the last two years that have not been previously presented as completed work at UFVA.
The content areas for UFVA 2024 are as follows:
1. Individual Papers
2. Pre-Constituted Panels
5. New Media
IMPORTANT: Building the conference program is a complex process; we cannot accommodate scheduling requests for specific days and/or times. If you submit a proposal, please be prepared to present your work on any of the four (4) full days of the event: July 30th, July 31st, August 1st, and/or August 2nd.
You will be notified of your submission’s status by the end of April.
UFVA embraces diversity of backgrounds, identities, and experiences as foundational to the future of our discipline, and encourages submission of a wide range of work that interrogates and celebrates the creative and interdisciplinary potential of film, video, and media arts. Additional information can be found in the UFVA Statement of Inclusivity .
Submission Deadline: March 15, 2024 @ 11:59 pm PDT (Pacific Daylight Time)
In the form below, you can click on or hover over an underlined field to get a detailed explanation of it.
Questions? Contact the Conference VP, Chrissy Guest, or the Scripts Chair, Jack Bryant.