Our bi-monthly General Meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday at the Holiday Inn and Express, 3990 Tampa Road, Oldsmar from 7-9pm. We have entertainment and guest speakers. Networking from 7-7:30pm. Free to TBFS members. $5.00 for non-members.


Our bi-monthly Movie Night is held on the the 3rd Tuesday at the Britton 8 Cinemas, 3938 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa from 8-10pm for Movie Night showcasing local filmmakers.



Please join us on Tuesday 9/19 at the Britton 8 Cinemas, 3938 S. Dale Mabry Hwy. Tampa, FL from 8-10pm. This month for our bi-monthly “Movie Night”, the TAMPA BAY FILM SOCIETY is screening a classic film on the big screen in lieu of our members’ or local filmmakers’ works, like we usually screen. We’re trying something different. If it is a well-attended and liked event, we may decide to screen a classic or unheralded film regularly. The movie is “The Philadelphia Story” starring Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn and James Stewart.

September TBFS Workshop Reveals Audition Secrets

What is your casting director seeking when you go to at that all important audition? Come to the September Workshop and get up-to-the minute casting tips from our very own Casting Director, Bobbi Hill and Orlando Casting Director Nancy McBride at our September 30th Workshop to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 3990 Tampa Road, in Oldsmar.

Nancy is the go-to Casting Director for everything from Film, Commercials, Infomercials, and Industry videos. Her clients have included the likes of: Campus Crusades, MTV, CMT, Bass Pro Shop, Super Nanny, NASA, ESPN, C Media/HBO Casting, Atlas Films/Dr. G Medical Examiner, Jordan Direct, and many more. She is also state President of Women in Film & Television.

Bobbi has a full-service casting company, with 34 years of experience. She also is experienced in casting over thousands of varieties of projects, from feature and independent films to commercials, industrials, voice overs, television, radio, theatre, infomercials, music videos, documentaries, trade shows. Worked with clients such as Coke, Jerry Springer, CMTV, Blue Jays, Coors Beer, Cold Case files, Campaign ads, Pep Boy, Stanley Steemer, Must live in Pinellas County commercials, Reality shows, two TV series, Walk on Water, and Condo Cops, currently being aired and many more.

Bobbi and Nancy will offer casting tips and outlooks from their separate views as casting directors. Bobbi has over 34 years casting experience, and Nancy McBride, National and State President of Women in Film And Television, Florida has also made a name for herself over the years as a casting director. Cost for the workshop is $20 for members and $30 for non-members.


New Script Contest Through December 31

Calling all Scriptwriters! Time to get on your computer and write that contest winning short script. The Tampa Bay Film Society has launched a new short script contest and is seeking two movie scripts for production in 2018.

Entry deadline is December 31. Winners will be announced at the January meeting. with production date TBA. The second script will be produced in early fall 2018.

Contest entry is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. We will offer script analysis for additional cost of $10 for all entries for writers wanting a critique of their work.

Rules and Regulations

Please read the following Rules and Regulations carefully.  If you have a question that is not answered here, please email Marcus Kempton at:

  • All scripts must be submitted in English. Entry fees must be paid in U.S. dollars. Entry in the competition is void where prohibited by law.
  • By submitting online to the Operation Screenplay Contest, all writers authorize the submission of their entry.
  • All scripts must be submitted electronically, in PDF format.
  • Screenplay should be no more than 10 pages.
  • The script should contain no more than 2 locations within a 30mile radius from the Tampa International Airport to be considered.
  • If your script is accepted, TBFS will executive produce the film.
  • TBFS approves all locations and Director.
  • Once a script has been entered into competition, we will not accept substitutions or revised drafts. If you wish to submit a revised draft of your script, you must enter it as a new submission.
  • Entries will not be returned. Be sure to retain a copy of all material submitted.
  • You must submit your entry and payment online.
  • Entries must be received by the applicable Entry Deadline of December 31, 2017.
  • The Operation Screenplay Contest will not share your screenplay with anyone except the official judges of the competition.
  • By entering the Operation Screenplay Contest, you represent that your entry is your original work, and does not infringe on the copyright or other rights of other people.
  • Entry fees are non-refundable.
  • The Operation Screenplay Contest reserves the right to make any necessary changes, postponements, or cancellations at our discretion.
  • Awards are based solely on the overall merit of entries. Judges reserve the right not to grant an award.
  • Notification of winners and official finalists will be sent by email in January.


By agreeing to these Rules and Conditions you agree that you have read the rules of the contest and that you have the authorization to submit this screenplay to the Operation Screenplay Contest. You further agree that your screenplay is owned by you (and co-author(s).


  • Judges, sponsors, administrators, and independent contractors who work with Tampa Bay Film Society are not eligible to enter.
  • Scripts must be the original work of the authors and may not be encumbered by any third party on the date of submission. Scripts that have been sold, produced, or are currently under option are not eligible.
  • Only original screenplays are eligible. Novels, short stories, stage plays, treatments, synopses, reality show concepts and or spec scripts for existing TV series are not eligible, nor are scripts that have previously won a prize in Operation Logline competitions.
  • Adaptations of books, plays, or other source material written by another author are not eligible under any circumstances. A script that has been adapted from your own book, play, or other source material is eligible if you have retained all film and television rights to the work.
  • Entries must be submitted electronically to Marcus Kempton at: on or before midnight eastern standard time on the deadline in order to qualify as an entry.
  • Any submissions transmitted after the Final entry deadline will be disqualified.
  • Once a script has been entered in the competition, under no circumstances will we accept substitutions of new drafts or corrected pages.
  • The contest and its administrators are not responsible for submissions that are lost, stolen, or damaged in transit, and we cannot return scripts once they have been submitted.
  • Decisions of the Judges are final and may not be disputed. The Judges are required to adhere to our instructions and evaluate scripts based on our Judging procedures. However, the contest and its administrators may not be held responsible for any errors or omissions on the part of the Judges.


Below are some script formatting and submission guidelines. Your script will not be disqualified for violating any of these guidelines but, in order to maximize your chance of success we highly recommend that you adhere to these industry standards

  • Scripts should be written in standard screenplay format, set in 12point Courier font and in PDF format. If you’re not familiar with standard formatting, we recommend the following book as a guide “The Screenwriter’s Bible by David Trottier.”
  • You must keep your short film script at a maximum of 10 pages.
  • Pages should be numbered. Before you submit your script, please check to make sure there are no missing or duplicated pages.
  • As our judging process is anonymous, please include only the title on your title page. When we receive your entry, we will assign your script a number and our Judges will identify your screenplay by title and script number.
  • Under no circumstances should you include your name or contact information anywhere within the body of your script.
  • Please do not enclose synopses, casting suggestions, letters, resumes, or photos with your submission. They will not be forwarded to the Judges.

Operation Screenplay

Volunteers Needed For TB Underground Film Festival

Volunteers are needed for the fourth annual Tampa Bay Underground Film Festival to be held Nov. 30-Dec. 1 at the Britton Theater in Tampa.

All volunteers will get a free VIP pass. This will allow them into all showings and parties including the opening night and Awards Night Buffys parties. The Buffys Awards is the biggest event in the festival. It’s modeled on the Oscars with clips of nominees and envelopes announcing the winners.

Those TBFS members planning to enter films are eligible for a $10 discount. Contact TBFS President Ellen Schnur, for details regarding the special Film Freeway discount code.

The Tampa Bay Film Society is now associated with the Tampa Bay Underground Film Festival. The Festival was founded by award-winning Bay Area filmmakers, actors, critics, artists and cinephiles to catch the independent films that fall through the cracks and end up… underground. With most independent films going straight to home video, TBUFF offers cast and crew the
opportunity to see their movie on the big screen in digital sound at a real theater, as well as marketing, promotion and accolades to shore up distribution prospects. The title of the festival has more to do with the “underground” nature of the filmmaking (low budget indies) than genre.