Today, we’re excited to announce Coverfly, the first backend platform that allows film festivals to engage their audience with an automated and fully managed screenplay contest — whether the festival already has one or not.
We realized that there are a dozen places where film festivals can collect submissions, but nothing that actually helps the festival manage all of their entries effortlessly. Once the writer or filmmaker has clicked ‘submit’, the manual, tedious work begins for festival directors and administrators. From collecting submissions across multiple websites, hiring and training judges, assigning submissions to judges, collecting scores, emailing feedback, and more, festival directors spend more time doing administrative work than advancing their creative vision for their festival and engaging their audience.
That’s exactly why we created technology that leaves the human elements of writing and creativity to humans, and everything else to computers. Turns out computers don’t mind doing a bunch of lifeless tasks like compiling a master list of entries, assigning judges, normalizing scores, optimizing due dates, advancing qualifiers, e-mailing status updates, and tracking submissions. If FilmFreeway or WithoutABox is your frontend, we’re your backend.
We also know that many film festivals would love to have a screenwriting competition, but simply don’t have the capacity to read so many scripts at the moment. That’s why on top of automating administrative tasks, Coverfly maintains a robust staff of industry readers and judges who are trained, experienced, and ready to score and provide feedback on submissions. All the festival has to do is market its growing slate of offerings to a wider filmmaking community while Coverfly does the judging.
We’re a team of software engineers and writers who want to see the creative community doing what they’re amazing at — telling stories. The more the filmmaking world is enabled to connect and create, the better film gets for the rest of us. That’s why we’re thrilled to introduce Coverfly and can’t wait to see how this impacts filmmaking.
Are you a film festival with or without a screenplay contest? Are you a brand with an audience of screenwriters? Shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org for an invite to our private beta.