The Short Screenplay Contest Is Back with an Incredible Jury!

by Ken Miyamoto on May 5, 2016

ScreenCraft is excited to announce that after many requests, the ScreenCraft Short Screenplay Contest is back and open for entries. The contest had initially been merged with our Short Film Production Fund, however, with the rise in demand for high quality short content across new platforms and devices — and the increased importance of short-form narrative filmmaking worldwide — we’re honoring the craft of short-form screenwriting with this 2nd annual competition. We have partnered with a prestigious jury of industry-leading professionals who are eager to discover our talented grand prize winner.

The jury includes executives from the Cannes Film Festival, Maker Studios, Slamdance, Snapchat, Academy Award-winner, and more!

2016 Short Screenplay Contest Jury

Benjamin Cleary Academy Award-winning short filmmaker living between London and Dublin. In 2011 he completed an MA in screenwriting at the London Film School. Since then he has won many awards including an Oscar at the 88th Academy Awards for his short film Stutterer, an Irish Film & Television Award, and a London Critic’s Circle Award. trophy-oscar-512

Alex Leibowich

Creative Executive at SnapChat. Alex previously worked at JJ Abrams' Bad Robot and at AMC's Fear the Walking Dead. snapchat_snapcode

Michael Felker

Slamdance Film Festival short film programmer. Michael is a talented filmmaker, with credits at 20th Century Fox, XYZ Films, Discovery and Diablo Entertainment. logo-slamdance-512

Rebecca Bourke

Managing Director and Executive Producer of the Irish production company Assembly. She has worked in the film industry for the past 14 years and has produced several award-winning films. logo

Kamran Kamjou

Senior Executive at Disney’s Maker Studios, largest multi-channel network on YouTube. Maker Studios has over 50,000 YouTube channels with some of the biggest stars. maker-studios-logo-l-200x200

Alice Kharoubi

Alice serves as the head of Court Métrage, an entity dedicated to Short Films at the Cannes Film Festival. She is also the short film programmer for the Abu Dhabi Film Festival since its creation, as well as the international shorts programmer for Festival Tous Ecrans in Geneva, Switzerland. Festival_de_Cannes_logo.svg






The Grand Prize winner will receive $1,000 and a targeted phone call with one of our esteemed jury members to discuss content development, while the runner-up will receive $500 and a phone call with a judge as well.

The top ten finalists will be gifted with a one-year subscription to WriterDuet Pro ScreenCraft Edition — the industry’s most powerful screenwriting software available.

So what are you waiting for? The contest is open for entries between May 5th, 2016 and August 1st, 2016. Entry fees for each short screenplay are $29 until the early deadline on June 5th, and then $39 until final deadline on August 1st, 2016.

Optional feedback from a professional reader may be purchased for an additional $40.

Enter Your Short Script Here!


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