CCAD, Film Columbus, and Columbus Metropolitan Library partner on free screenwriting contest for teens

Nov 25, 2019
Students learn how to make films at CCAD's Film & Video Camp

Columbus, Ohio — Film Columbus, Columbus College of Art & Design, and the Columbus Metropolitan Library are pleased to partner on a free screenwriting contest designed to teach young people in central Ohio about filmmaking.

The 2020 Film Columbus Teen Screenwriting Competitiona free, two-part screenwriting workshop for students ages 14-18, will take place Saturday, Feb. 1, and Saturday, Feb. 15, from noon to 3 p.m., at CCAD. The main branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library will also host a free, two-part screenwriting workshop on Friday, Feb. 7, and Friday, Feb. 21, from 2:30 to 5:50 p.m.

The first workshop will cover the basics—from plot to protagonists—followed by a big homework assignment: writing a script. The second workshop will give students a chance to receive feedback on their work and hear from their peers and instructor.

Then, industry professionals will judge the scripts and select two winners, who will get to attend a three-week CCAD Film & Video Camp in the summer and see their scripts turn into short, 3–5 minute movies.

“Columbus College of Art & Design is committed to teaching young people in central Ohio about art and design,” says Christine Hill, Director of CCAD's Continuing & Professional Studies department“We’re excited to partner with Film Columbus and the Columbus Metropolitan Library on this free workshop so we can bring filmmaking to more young people in Columbus.”

“Film Columbus is dedicated to showing Columbus as a leader in film exhibition, production, and education,” says John Daugherty, Executive Director of the Greater Columbus Film Commission, which is also known as Film Columbus. “We’re thrilled to partner with Columbus College of Art & Design and the Columbus Metropolitan Library to help educate more young Ohioans about filmmaking.”

“This partnership provides our teen customers with an opportunity to hone their writing and storytelling skills while also learning the basics of filmmaking,” says Columbus Metropolitan Library Public Services Director Kathy Shahbodaghi. “It’s all about finding new ways to spark curiosities and maybe even develop passions among our young minds.”

The screenwriting contest began nearly a decade ago but went on hiatus for several years until its revival in 2018. In 2019, the contest expanded and partnered with CCAD. And in 2020, the contest expanded again to partner with CCAD and the Columbus Metropolitan Library. 

The two winners of this year’s contest will win free tuition for the 2020 CCAD Film & Video Camp, a three-week filmmaking workshop that explores everything from pre-production and set design to filming and post-production work. The films will then be screened later in 2020 at the Film Festival of Columbus.


Students in the 2019 CCAD Film & Video Camp made short films based on the winning scripts from the 2019 Teen Screenwriting Contest. Photo by Ty Wright for Columbus College of Art & Design.

About Columbus College of Art & Design

Columbus College of Art & Design teaches undergraduate and graduate students in the midst of a thriving creative community in Columbus, Ohio. Founded in 1879, CCAD is one of the oldest private, nonprofit art and design colleges in the United States, and in 2019, the college is celebrating 140 years of creative excellence. CCAD offers 12 BFA programs and two master’s programs in art and design that produce graduates equipped to shape culture and business at the highest level. For more information, visit

About the Greater Columbus Film Commission

The Greater Columbus Film Commission (also known as Film Columbus) aims to grow the film industry in Columbus and central Ohio by creating jobs and providing significant economic impact for the area. “We feel film is both art and business that enriches our communities. We believe Columbus has the potential to be recognized as a top city for film education, exhibition, and production,” says John Daugherty, Executive Director of Film Columbus. For more information, visit

About the Columbus Metropolitan Library

Columbus Metropolitan Library has served the people of Franklin County, Ohio since 1873. With its Main Library and 22 branches, CML is well known for signature services and programs like Homework Help Centers, Reading Buddies, Summer Reading Challenge and Ready for Kindergarten. The library’s Strategic Plan supports the vision of “a thriving community where wisdom prevails,” which positions CML to respond to areas of urgent need: kids unprepared for kindergarten, third grade reading proficiency, high school graduation, college and career readiness and employment resources.

CML was named a 2011 National Medal Winner by the Institute for Museum and Library Services for work in community service, the highest honor for libraries and museums. CML was also named 2010 Library of the Year by Library Journal.

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