We are delighted to announce that applications for the 2023 Puttnam Script Award will open on December 1st. The best script/screenplay, chosen by a panel of expert judges will  receive  a prize of €25,000 to go towards the production of one live-action drama short film.  The film must be made on the Cork Wild Atlantic Way and have a duration of no more than 10 minutes. The subject/theme this year is: "Lights, Camera, Action!"

Four finalists will be selected by a panel of industry judges to take part in a public pitching event at FFF 2023 (24th – 28th May), the winner of the 2023 Puttnam Script Award will be announced at the Festival Awards Ceremony on Saturday 27th May 2023 and the award-winning film will have its premiere screening at FFF in May 2024.


This award is director driven, with entry open to directors who have made at least one short film that has had a festival screening. Full scripts should be original. Where the director is not the writer, the director must supply evidence that he/she owns the screenplay rights in their entirety, free of any third party interests or encumbrances.

While submissions will be reviewed and assessed in the first instance on creative criteria, account will also be taken of a filmmaker’s awareness of production and their ability to deliver a completed film on schedule and within budget.

This is a great opportunity for writers/directors to display original storytelling and to show strong production values suitable for the big screen. The application deadline is 12 midnight Monday, 1st March 2023 and submissions will be accepted via our online application form.

Submission Process

Please submit via our online Application Form and attach your SINGLE .pdf document containing your Script, Director’s Notes and Production Notes. Once received and processed you will receive a confirmation email from puttnamaward@gmail.com.


Thurs 1st Dec 2022                       Call for Entries
Wed 1st March 2023                     Deadline for submissions
Sun 30th April                                Pitching event finalists notified
Thurs 25th May                             Public pitching event, FFF 2023
Sat 27th May                                 Announcement of Puttnam Script Award winner

For further information check out: https://www.fastnetfilmfestival.com/puttnam-award