Competition Opens: early April
Competition Closes: July

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THE International academy of television arts & sciences Foundation

Created in 1989, The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation has its own Constitution, Officers and independent Board of Trustees.

Each year, The Foundation administers the Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award. The competition is designed to motivate non-American novice writers under the age of 30, and offer them the recognition and encouragement that might lead to a successful career in television scriptwriting. Entrants are asked to create a completed half-hour to one-hour English-language television drama script.

The award winner receives $2,500, a trip to New York City, and an invitation to the International Emmy® Awards Gala in November.

The 2016 Competition is now open - Deadline is July 1, 2016.

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The 2015 winner, from Australia, was Gabriel Bergmoser for his script, Windmills: Leo.

Gabriel Bergmoser is a Melbourne based author and playwright. In 2010 his first play, Windmills, was produced by Misfit Theatre in the Yarra Valley, followed by Life Without Me in 2012. In 2013 his plays Hometown and Reunion were produced by Centrestage Youth Theatre and Bitten By Productions respectively. In early 2014 his play Below Babylon became one of the most successful independent theatre shows ever performed at the iconic Revolt Theatre in Kensington, a success echoed by its sequel, Beyond Babylon, which opened in August 2014 to rave reviews. His most recent play, The Last Supper, opened in May 2015 to excellent reviews and sell-out shows. He is currently working on a steampunk adventure novel series for younger readers and a post-apocalyptic thriller entitled Phoenix, for a young adult audience.

Gabriel has performed for various theatre companies around Victoria, and is a member of the comedy podcast collective Sanspants Radio. He is also a writer for,, and a critic for His personal website is

Previous Ustinov Winners:

2015 - Gabriel Bergmoser (Australia) - Windmills: Leo
2014 – Caitlin D. Fryers (Canada) Fealty

2013 – Rosy Deacon (UK) Shards
2012 – Sophie Petzal (UK) Sanctioned
2011 Robert Goldsbrough (UK) The Forge
2010 Jason Spencer (Australia) Spirits of the Past
2009 – Claire Tonkin (Australia) Me & Mine
2008 – Jez Freedman (UK) The Storyteller
2007 – Felicity Carpenter (Australia) Touching People
2006 – Nimer Rashed (UK) The Great McGinty
2005 – John Allison (UK) Distant Relatives
Caroline Doherty (South Africa) Passion Gap
Jo Kasch (Australia) Upstream
2002 – Howard Hunt (UK) Lie of the Land
2001 – Colm Maher (Ireland) True Story
2000 – Sylke Rene Meyer (Germany) Who is Anna Walentynowicz?
1999 – Glenn Weller (Australia) Beautiful Music
1998 – Tatyana Murzakova (Russia) Smile of the King

Special thanks to the 2015 Ustinov Jurors:

Tom Blackmore
Adrienne Bortoli
Bryan Delaney
Louisa Burns-Bisogno
Caitlin Fryers 
Felicity Carpenter
Jaclyn Chan
Stephen Corvini
Pedro Cristiani
Jorgede Sá Gouveia
Dilman Dila
Maite Echave
Allan Farbman
Cristina Ferreira Gomes
Nell Greenwood
Rios Guillermo
Ayanda Halimana
Peter Henning
Peter Hunziker
Sandra Kawar
Cynthia Larsen
Link Wim Lehnhausen
Norbert Maass
Katerina Marinaki
Peter Mohan
Mark Montefiore
Bernhard Natschlaeger
Alaa Nemeh
Alon Newman
Nicolette Pearce
Sophie Petzal
Ashley Pharoah
Julie Poll
Tim Pye
Nimer Rashed
Marie Rickard
Eric Roque
Laurie Scheer
Minky Schlesinger
Jason Spencer
Teresa Fernandez-Valdes
Scott Thompson
Robbie Thorpe
Matt Toner
Claire Tonkin
Jo Tracy
Ümit Ünal
Joe Vinciguerra
Toby Welch
Airin Zainul


"Any attempt to explain the experience I had, the doors it opened or the ways it changed my life will inevitably fall short of conveying just how much winning the Ustinov Award meant to me. Maybe that sounds hyperbolic, but being whisked away from the independent theatre scene in Melbourne to spend a weekend mingling with some of the most exciting filmmakers from around the world at the International Emmys, walking the red carpet, watching my script read by Broadway actors and so much more isn’t the kind of thing I ever seriously thought might happen to me, and when it did, well, it’s still hard to absorb as a real thing that actually happened. But that doesn’t stop it being the best. I am so grateful to everyone at the International Academy for the experience and opportunity, and to anyone thinking about entering, frankly you’d be crazy not to."

2015 Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award Winner – Gabriel Bergmoser (Australia) - Windmills: Leo


"Within a few weeks of winning the Sir Peter Ustinov Award I was contacted by multiple Agencies asking to read Fealty. A short time later I met with my top three and had the difficult - but very nice - problem of making a choice between them. I’ve since signed with Meridian Artists and optioned a series pitch to an award winning production company. All this, and I had the amazing experience of a weekend in New York at the International Emmys! I really can’t thank the Foundation enough."

2014 Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award Winner – Caitlin D. Fryers (Canada) Fealty


"I do not have enough good things to say about the Sir Peter Ustinov Award. I know that as someone who won a writing competition you'd think that finding the right words would be my strong point but it's hard to sum up exactly what the award has meant to me. I sent my script off on a whim – it was the day of the deadline and I almost didn't bother, not daring to think it could ever win. But it did. Since then, the award has given me the most unbelievable start, helping me find an agent, launch me as a writer and connecting me with producers and directors from all around the world. It's completely spoilt me for the rest of my career. But with this award sitting on my desk, it's hard to mind. If you fit the criteria and have a script, then enter. You have absolutely nothing to lose and so, so much to gain." 

2013 Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award Winner – Rosy Deacon (UK) Shards

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