May 1

Open

May 31

Early Deadline

July 31

Final Deadline

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Recipients Announced

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Judges from Cannes, Sundance and Short of The Week!

Rules and eligibility.
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This year’s jury includes executives from Cannes, Sundance and Short of The Week. With the rise in demand for high quality short content across new platforms and devices, and the increased industry importance placed on short filmmaking worldwide, we’re honoring the craft of short-form narrative screenwriting via this 2019 competition, which features a prestigious jury of industry-leading professionals.

Accepting short film screenplays up to 35 pages in length.

1st PlaceGrand Prize

$ 1,000

Cash
  • circulation of winning script to our jury as well as over 60 agents, managers, producers and development executives
  • personal introduction to producers, managers, agents and studio executives

2nd Place Short Script

$ 500

Cash
  • circulation of runner-up script to our jury and network of industry professionals

Top 3 Finalists

$ WriterDuet Pro

complimentary screenwriting software
  • Top three finalists will receive a complimentary lifetime license to WriterDuet Pro screenwriting software courtesy of our competition sponsor ($199 value).

Judges

Alice Kharoubi

Alice Kharoubi is the the Head of the Cannes Film Festival’s Court Métrage, an entity dedicated to Short Films developed by 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. She is continually a part of selection committees and has participated as a jury member at festivals all over the world.

Sudeep Sharma

Sudeep is a Programmer for Short Film submissions at the Sundance Film Festival, the world-renowned festival celebrating independent filmmakers and storytellers. He holds a PhD in Film & Television and has worked previously with the Los Angeles Film Festival, Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, among others.

Andrew Allen

Filmmaker and technologist, Andrew Allen is the Founder & Managing Director of Short of the Week—the web’s leading discovery engine for the new generation of filmmakers. Recognized by Filmmaker Magazine as one of 25 New Faces of Indie Film, he has had his films recognized by Wired, Fast Company, and festivals around the world.

Linda Olszewski

Linda is a Creative Executive at Shorts.TV, the world’s first and only 24/7 cable and satellite television channel dedicated to excellent short films, including Academy Award-nominated short films.

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RULES:

  • Submissions are accepted via electronic submission on this website only, between May 1st, 2019 and July 31st, 2019.
  • Entry fee for each short screenplay is $39 until the early deadline on May 31st, and then $49 until final deadline on July 31, 2019.
  • Optional feedback from a professional Hollywood reader may be purchased for an additional $49.
  • Short scripts must be no shorter than 5 pages and no longer than 35 pages.
  • There is no limit to the number of projects you may submit.
  • Entries must be received on or before the deadlines and submission fee payment must be made in full at time of the submission. All entry fees are non-refundable
  • All submitted material must be original, and all rights must be wholly owned by the writer(s).
  • Material must be submitted by the writer. Material written by writing teams must be submitted by one of the writers, with consent of the other(s).  All writers must be credited on title page.
  • If a writing team is chosen as a winner, prizes will be given to the person who submits the project. Each team is responsible for dividing or sharing the prize money.
  • Substitutions of new drafts are allowed via a special link you will receive in your entry confirmation email.
  • It is recommended that original material be registered with the WGA or The Library of Congress before submitting to any competition, however we do not require registration.
  • All ownership and rights to the scripts submitted to this contest remains with the original rights holders.

ELIGIBILITY:

  • All writers at least 18 years of age are eligible. However, a writer who has earned more than $50,000 (or equivalent currency) from professional screenwriting in the preceding two years is not eligible. (Contest winnings not included.)
  • All persons from anywhere in the world are eligible; however the material submitted must be in English.
  • All material submitted to other competitions or contests are eligible.
  • There are no requirements as to when the material was written.
  • The material submitted must not be encumbered by any obligation to, or option held by, a third party prior to entering the competition.
  • Any submitted work must be wholly owned by the writer without incumbrance of an option agreement or a sale.
  • Material should be submitted in standard screenplay format, font, spacing and margin.
  • Adaptations are ineligible unless the underlying rights are owned by the writer or the work is in the public domain.
  • Short screenplays longer than 35 pages will not be eligible.
  • All material must be submitted electronically as a PDF or it will not be eligible.

The judging panel, selected by ScreenCraft or its representatives in its sole discretion, will include one screenplay development professional from each of these studios and production companies listed on this year’s jury, however these studios and companies are in no way official sponsors or endorsers of this contest. Every script is read a minimum of two times at every stage of the competition by multiple readers and assessed in the following craft categories: concept, plot, characterization, format, originality, voice, structure, dialogue, conflict, pacing, theme, tone, catharsis, commercial appeal, current market potential, and casting potential. Scripts that receive divergent analyses are read by an additional reader. Quarterfinalists represent approximately the top 25% of submissions received, semifinalists represent approximately the top 10% of submissions received, while finalists list the top ten submissions. As scripts advance, industry judges and eventually the executive jury continue to read at every round to ensure that the most compelling scripts rise to the top.

The  finalists will be notified by email and may be contacted by interested industry representatives, such as managers, agents or producers. Entrants may be required to submit further information to assist in the judges’ verification of eligibility. Any entrant may be deemed ineligible at the sole discretion of ScreenCraft. Quarter-finalist, semifinalist, and winner announcements will begin 4-6 weeks after the final deadline. Finalists may be required to sign and return within seven (7) business days of receipt a notarized Affidavit of Eligibility and a Release and Indemnification and any other documents that ScreenCraft or any other partner may require before receiving prize payment. Failure to respond to the initial notification within ten (10) days or return of notification will result in disqualification. We reserve the right to amend these rules at any time.

COPYRIGHT AND OWNERSHIP

ScreenCraft or any other partner, employee or agent associated with this contest claims no ownership nor first right of option to any original screenplay submitted to this contest. All ownership and rights to the scripts submitted to this contest remains with the original rights holders until and unless other agreements are made.

PUBLICITY

Except where prohibited by law, participation in the contest constitutes each entrant’s consent to ScreenCraft and its agents’ and contest sponsor’s use of entrants’ names, likenesses, photographs, and/or personal information for promotional purposes in any media, worldwide, without further payment or consideration. All uses of a entrants’ information are in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

REFUND POLICY

All entries are non-refundable.

ENTRY CONDITIONS AND RELEASE

By entering this contest, each participant agrees to release and hold harmless ScreenCraft LLC, ScreenCraft.org, its subsidiary, parent and affiliated companies, Prize contributors, Sponsors, and any other organizations responsible for administering, advertising or promoting the Contest and Promotion, and every one of their respective members, directors, employees, agents and representatives (collectively, the “Released Parties”) past and present from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liability, including but not limited to damages and negligence to property and persons, including but not limited to invasion of privacy, defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, copyright, infringement of trademark or other intellectual property rights relating to a participant’s Entry, participation in the Promotion and/or acceptance or use or misuse of Prize; provided however, that such release will not apply to any commercial exploitation of the script by a Released Party in violation of your rights under applicable copyright law; and (c) indemnify, defend and hold harmless the ScreenCraft.org and its Sponsor, agents and employees from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liabilities (including reasonable attorneys fees) relating to an entrant’s participation in the Contest and/or entrant’s use or misuse of Prize. Employees of ScreenCraft and their immediate families are ineligible to participate in this contest. Any such submission will be immediately disqualified. Entry to this contest is void where prohibited or restricted by any Federal, State or Local law. Voided entries will be refunded. Recipients’ eligibility will be verified before the grant is awarded and the winner may be required to sign an affidavit of eligibility. By entering the contest, you authorize us to use any trusted third-party online and cloud-based services and databases for hosting, managing and/or transmitting your submission file(s).