Screenwriting Competition – Bucks Fever FilmFest

Screenwriting Competition


Join us for a live actor table read of the 3 screenwriting finalists!

October, 15th 2023 (Sunday)
Location: County Theater – 20 E State St, Doylestown, PA 18901
Time: 5:00 p.m.
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James Breckenridge Screenwriter, The PlayCrafters Group
James Breckenridge has worked in the entertainment industry for over 30 years. In 1995, his years of professional training and experience culminated in the founding of The PlayCrafters Group. As its Director, he specializes in helping writers from all over the country develop producible scripts for motion pictures, television and theatre. His work focuses on helping writers target the essential elements of their stories to achieve results that specifically serve their original vision. He has been rated in the Top Ten of Script Consultants from around the country and recommended as the Best of the Best Buys in Creative Screenwriting Magazine’s review of leading script consultants.

In addition to private classes, coachings and consultations, Mr. Breckenridge has been a featured speaker at The Philadelphia Writers’ Conference, The Algonquin Film Festival, The Bucks Fever FilmFest and has presented seminars at the SCREENWRITING EXPO in Los Angeles, California where he was named “Star Speaker.” Mr. Breckenridge has served on the Theatrical Motion Pictures Nominating Committee for the Screen Actors Guild Awards and as a Judge for the Freestyle Repertory Theater in New York City, Juror for The Philadelphia Film Festival’s Feature Film Competition, Juror for the American Independents category for the Philadelphia Film Festival/Cinefest as well as the Bucks Fever FilmFest.

Trained for the professional theatre, Mr. Breckenridge received his Master of Fine Arts degree from Temple University in Philadelphia. Over the years, he has performed professionally on radio, television, film and on stage. His work has taken him to Europe twice, once touring Germany and Italy, and a second time, appearing at The Edinburgh Festival in Scotland and in London. He currently maintains active memberships with both The Actors’ Equity Association and the SAG-AFTRA Union.



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Scott Little VP of Commercial Lending at Harleysville Bank
Scott R. Little is a VP of Commercial Lending at Harleysville Bank. His role at the bank is to provide business owners with money to meet their goals, whether it’s to acquire new equipment or buy a building. He’s been an active member of the Architectural and Environmental Committee with the Central Bucks Chamber for over 16 years. In his volunteer work with the chamber, he has narrated the 2021 FilmFest Table Read, moderated Excellence in Design panel discussions, lead guided historic and architectural tours, and conducted video interviews about the environment. Little enjoys story-telling, whether it’s scary stories to Scouts at campfires or bringing Bible stories to life for kindergartners at church. He is looking forward to narrating the winning entry in the 2023 entry at the Film Fest Screenwriting Table Read.




Doug Torres
Doug has been a veteran of the film and television industry for twenty-five years, working as a Producer and Assistant Director. In that time, he’s worked closely with several prominent Directors and Actors, accumulating over fifty credits to his name. His most recent credits include “Armageddon Time,” Directed by James Gray, and “Amsterdam,” the ensemble comedy helmed by David O. Russell. At the end of this year, he has “Mr. & Mrs. Smith”, a limited series for Amazon created by the multi-hyphenate entertainer Donald Glover, to be streamed.




Ken Kaissar, Producing Director Bristol Riverside Theatre
Ken’s plays have been performed or developed by the Philadelphia Theatre Company, Delaware Theatre Company, Phoenix Theatre Company, Fusion Theatre Company, Jewish Repertory Theatre, Urban Stages and Passage Theatre. His play A LEG UP received a world premiere at the Bristol Riverside Theatre in September of 2022. THE VICTIMS OR WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO DO ABOUT IT (published by McFarland & Company, Inc.) was developed by Golden Thread Productions and Silk Road Rising. His adaptation of Geoffrey Chaucer’s THE CANTERBURY TALES was commissioned by Columbia University. His other plays include A MODEST SUGGESTION (available on Amazon), LIBERAL ARTS and WEEKEND AT BETTY’S. He holds a BFA in directing from Carnegie Mellon University and an MFA in playwriting from Columbia University. Ken is a co-producing director at the Bristol Riverside Theatre (, and the host of the podcast The Audition Helper available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.




The 2023 Bucks Fever FilmFest Competition is a screenwriting competition for short films only, open to all screenwriters native born or currently residing in the Greater Delaware Valley. While there are no restrictions on the genre of the screenplay, entrants must submit their entry in one of three categories: High School Screenwriter, College Screenwriter, or Emerging Screenwriter. Scripts are to be judged by successful producers, writers and actors with Bucks County connections for strength of plot, character development, originality, overall quality and potential visual interest.

Screenwriters may submit their screenplays at any time before August 10, 2023. Late entries will not be accepted.

The finalist(s) of the Screenwriting Competition will be announced during the Awards Ceremony, Sunday, October 15, 2023.

First Place: A $500.00 PRIZE will be provided by The PlayCrafters Group. $300.00 to be awarded in CASH and complimented by another $200.00 in CREATIVE CONSULTATION SERVICES that may be used in any way that best serves the writer’s pleasure.

Second Place: A $100 cash prize will be awarded by the Central Bucks Chamber.

Third Place: A $75 cash prize will be awarded by the Central Bucks Chamber.

Each of the 3 finalist scripts will be read at a Table Read Event at 5:00pm on October 15th during the 2023 Bucks Fever FilmFest.


Submissions must be in English, 12 point courier font, and properly formatted according to film industry standards. Only one submission per author.

Submissions may be no longer than 15 pages in length and the body pages must be numbered.

Multiple authorship is acceptable.

Screenplays must be the sole and original work of the author(s) and the burden of obtaining copyright or otherwise protecting any proprietary interests in the Scripts rests entirely with the authors.

Only the final draft of the work should be submitted. Do not submit multiple drafts.

Hard copies or electronic PDFs of all scripts are required on or before the deadline date.

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