The Austin Film Festival announced Wednesday that it has had a record number of submissions for the 20th annual Screenplay & Teleplay Competition.

This year’s competition received 8,648 entries across all categories, with 6,236 individual script submissions, the festival said. Entries came from across the United States as well as from 48 other countries. AMC, Dark Hero Studios, Darkwoods Productions, Enderby Entertainment and the Writers Guild of America East are sponsoring and judging specific categories.

The entries were up about 32 percent from last year, the festival said, and the numbers help make the festival one of the nation’s premiere screenplay competitions.

Competition winners will receive cash prizes ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 and reimbursements for travel and lodging while at the festival and conference, which will be held Oct. 24-31.

In AFF’s 20-year history, past competition entrants have signed with agencies, have had scripts optioned, acquired and made, and have jumpstarted TV writing careers. 2010 Finalist Chris Cantwell had his script "Halt & Catch Fire" (co-written with partner Chris Rogers) ordered by AMC as one of four projects this year to go to pilot. 2010 Comedy Screenplay Winner Julie Howe currently has her winning script "Jasper Milliken" in development with Sony-based producers, Joyce San Pedro (an AFF judge) and Alex Siskin. Appearing on the 2012 Black List are 2011 Comedy Screenplay Winner Max Taxe for his winning script "Goodbye, Felix Chester" and 2012 Drama Finalist Austin Reynolds for "From New York to Florida".

About Austin Film Festival

Austin Film Festival (AFF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the art, craft, and business of filmmakers and screenwriters. In addition to a robust list of year-round events, AFF is producing its 20th Annual Film Festival & Conference in 2013. AFF is known as a uniquely pro-artist and interactive idea exchange. Its uncommonly loyal following is due to the fact that the organization has spotlighted the minds and imaginations behind projects for two decades—a trend now picking up steam in the industry. As director and producer Ron Howard said, Austin Film Festival "is really about creativity, about trying to help people find their voice. You sense

it. There’s a spirit of camaraderie that’s palpable." AFF is a greenhouse for projects and a clubhouse for legendary and emerging artists. For more information on Austin Film Festival, visit www.austinfilmfestival.com