IS YOUR SHORT READY FOR PRODUCTION?

The Grand Prize Winner will receive $75,000+ in cash and resources to produce a polished premiere-ready short. We've partnered with Emerging Screenwriters to bring your script to life with our highly experienced creative executives, top-tier production equipment and services, plus a screening at an Oscar-qualifying film festival.

As the Grand Prize Winner, you’ll have a film that is not only ready to submit to festivals or short film platforms, but primed to present to our list of agents, managers and producers as we champion you as an award-winning writer. Not a director or producer? No problem! Writers of all levels are encouraged to apply. If you don't have an existing short script, we also encourage you to adapt a scene from one of your feature screenplays.

 

Accepting shorts in multiple genres up to 15 pages in length.

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PRIZES

Fully Funded Short Script Production
$5,000 Value

We’ve got you covered, from $5,000 to fund the production to many of the necessary resources, including consulting from Creative Screenwriter Productions, to produce a polished premiere-ready short.

PRG Camera & Lighting Package
$15,000+ Value

Selection of Sony, Panasonic, Canon and ARRI cameras.

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Virtual Environment Design
$50,000 Value

SMASH Virtual Production Studios will provide an LED volume virtual production studio (1x shoot day, 1x prep day) and 12 hours of virtual environment design. They will be on hand to consult and offer advice/answer questions about the process.

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Mentoring from Production Consultants
$7,500+ value

Are you a first-time filmmaker? No problem, our production consultants will support you through the production process and in creating an eye-catching short from start to finish. You will have access to three consulting production managers, a development consultant, a consulting line producer and a consulting editor to answer all of your questions, and help you find a director if needed.

We Make Movies

We Make Movies will provide insurance, vendor relationships,discounts and production consulting.

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Screening at Hollyshorts

Hollyshorts is an Oscar-qualifying film festival.

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Set Scouter Location Services

🏆 The Grand Prize Winner receives $500 credit on Set Scouter and a 1 year subscription to Simple Callsheet. ($2,600 Value)

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The Top 10 receive a 3-month subscription to Simple Callsheet.

Set Scouter simplifies production, starting with film locations. Discover an ever-expanding catalog of unique North American locations, designed to make scouting a breeze. We’re all about making it easier, faster and more affordable to book film sets.

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Scriptation

🏆 The Grand Prize Winner will receive team licenses for the production.

🏆 The Top 10 will get subscriptions to Scriptation Industry Pro.

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Videomaker

🏆 The Top 10 will receive VideoMaker Pro.

🏆 All entrants get one free year of the digital edition of Videomaker.

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DEADLINES

EARLY

February 29, 2024

$39

REGULAR

March 28, 2024

$49

 FINAL

May 30, 2024

$69

PRG Camera & Lighting Package

PRG realizes the ideas and vision of creators, producers, designers, performers, and business leaders, working in every form of entertainment and experience. As the leading solutions provider in the production space, PRG leverages deep expertise and unsurpassed technology to power events of every scale and, with 38 offices in 29 countries, deliver in every corner of the globe. Capabilities span broadcasting, camera, audio, video, lighting, rigging, scenic and automation, digital services, virtual production, and labor. With over 250 patents and trademarks, PRG innovations have won awards and transformed the entertainment industry. For more information, please visit here.

SMASH Virtual Production Studios

First a definition: virtual production is a film technique that displays real-time 3D game-engine environments on an LED screen or volume, which is then synced and captured with camera-tracking technology.

Virtual production removes the struggles of traditional filming. No travel, no bad weather, no harsh conditions, no permits, and no changing natural light. You can fine-tune lighting, color grading, object placement, and other details during filming – which means changes can happen at your command. Check out some of our projects:

Categories Accepted

Shorts (15 pages max)

All Genres Accepted

Animation not accepted at this time.

Announcement Dates

Quarter-Finalists: June 27, 2024

Semi-Finalists: July 11, 2024

Top 10 Finalists: July 18, 2024

Grand Prize: July 25, 2024

FEEDBACK

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1 page of top quality feedback for your short.

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Q: What are the notification dates?

Quarter-Finalists: June 27, 2024

Semi-Finalists: July 11, 2024

Top 10 Finalists: July 18, 2024

Grand Prize: July 25, 2024

Q: What forms of payment do you accept?
A:  We accept PayPal, and Credit/Debit Card payments.

Q: Do you accept check or money order by mail.
A: No; all payments must be made through our site payment portal or through PayPal.

Q:  I would like to mail you a hardcopy of my script. How can I do that?
A: In an effort to maintain a green company, we only accept PDF versions of your screenplays and TV Pilots through our website or one of our partner websites (the ISA and FilmFreeway).

Q: Should I include my contact information on my title page?
A: No. please do not include your name and contact info. You should list the Title only.

Q: Who will be reading my screenplay/judging the competition?
A: The final panel of judges will be comprised of screenwriting and other industry professionals, including but not limited to producers, managers and established writers.

Q: Can I enter my Feature as a Short?
A: No, only shorts up to 15 pages may be entered, but we encourage you to adapt a scene from your feature into a short for submission.

Q: Do I maintain the rights to my screenplay?
A: YES, you retain all the rights to your screenplay. The Creative Screenwriting Shoot Your Short Screenplay Competition seeks to support and empower writers, rather than claim their hard work for ourselves.

Q: Do I need to submit a Synopsis?
A: Synopses are not required and are not considered during the judging process.

Q: Can I submit a screenplay under a pen name?
A: Yes, you may use whatever name you wish, understanding that this is the name The Creative Screenwriting Shoot Your Short Screenplay Competition will use to promote your script, should you win.

Q: Does my screenplay have to be registered with the Writers’ Guild or another organization?
A: No, but we do recommend registering your work with the WGA West, the Library of Congress Copyright office or other similar organization in your country. It’s really easy and a VERY smart thing to do.

Q: Is an adaptation of a published novel or other work written by someone else eligible?
A: You must have the legal rights to adapt the book to enter your screenplay. Either the original work must be in the public domain, or you must have the author’s permission to adapt it. Spec scripts without written permission will not be considered.

Q: Can I send you a revised copy of my script or make edits to my genre or logline?
A: Once we have received your entry, you have 24 hours to contact us about any replacements you need to make. After the 24-hour period is through, NO script revisions will be accepted FOR ANY REASON. If you would like to enter a revised version of your screenplay, you may do so as a new entry.

Q: What stops you from taking my idea and developing it yourself?
A: Our panel of judges is comprised of respected industry professionals, and they have no intention of stealing your material.

Q: What’s the minimum/maximum required page length?
A: Up to 15 pages

Q: My script is over 15 Pages. Will I be disqualified?
A: Scripts that run over suggested page lengths will not be disqualified; however, extra pages can affect everything from pacing to structure to marketability, so we would advise you to get your script as close as possible to where the industry expects it to be.

Q: Will I be charged more if I go over 15 pages?
A: The entry fee does not change. However, if you purchase feedback, we will need to invoice you $2 per page above 15 for the Reader.

Q: Can I enter two scripts in one document?
A: You may enter up to two scripts per entry, but all scripts MUST be in their own individual PDF document.

Q: What genres do you accept?
A: We accept all genres. You may select up to 3 applicable genres for each script on the entry form. We cannot accept animation shorts at this time.

Q: Can multiple scripts from one writer place in the Semi-Finalists, Finalists and Grand Prize list?
A: Yes, some writers may have more than one script reach any level. We’re looking for the absolute best scripts we can find.

• All writers from all countries are welcome to enter the competition; however, all scripts must be submitted in English, and entry fees must be paid in U.S. dollars.

• Scripts must be the original work of the author(s) and may not be encumbered by any third party.

• Scripts that have been sold, produced for a profit, or are currently under option are not eligible.

• Novels, short stories, stage plays, treatments, synopses, reality show concepts, and/or spec scripts for existing TV series are not eligible. Your script must be an original screenplay or teleplay.

• Screenplays adapted from your own self-published books, plays, or other source material are eligible if you have retained all rights to your work.

• Adaptations from other works are permissible provided you have the writer’s written permission to adapt the work.

• Adaptations of works in the public domain are permissible.

• Scripts are accepted via the site or other 3rd party platforms in PDF form only. No printed materials are accepted.

• Collaborative work is eligible; the writers are responsible for the distribution of the competition prize(s).

• The writer understands that a script analysis can take up to 90-days turn-around time and may not be received before the end of the contest.

• Promotions must be used at the time of submission and will not be added to previous submissions.

• Multiple entries are permissible.

• Once a script has been entered into the competition, we will only accept substitutions of new drafts or corrected pages if you contact us within 24 hours. After that, under no circumstances will we accept changes. If you wish to submit a revised draft of your script, you must enter it as a new submission and pay the appropriate entry fee.

• Writers under the age of 18 years old must have parent or legal guardian’s permission to participate.

• Competition applicants must accept without reservation the decisions rendered by the judges.

• Writer understands that it is his/her sole responsibility to register Material with the U.S. Copyright Office and/or with the Writer’s Guild of America or the appropriate agency in his/her country.

• Payments to be accepted via Paypal or Credit/Debit on our site. Most major credit cards are accepted.

• By entering this competition, and in the event you are declared a finalist, you understand and accept that Creative Screenwriting will be free to use your name and likeness for advertising or promotional purposes without additional consideration.

• Contestants are under no obligation to participate therein.

• Contestants may submit their screenplay to any other person, competition, producer, agent, publisher, and/or organization and will retain all rights to their screenplay.

• No agreement for compensation, other than the prizes, has been implied.

• Prizes may be distributed in the rate of 1 package per person based on the highest placement and not per winning screenplay, depending on the request of the sponsor.

• The cash prizes will be distributed within 90 days of winner notification.

• Decisions of the Judges are final and may not be disputed. The Judges will adhere to our competition guidelines; however, the competition and its administrators may not be held responsible for any errors or omissions on the part of the Judges.

• Length requirements are as follows: Up to 15 pages.

• If you order feedback you may be charged separately $2 for each page over 15 pages, or the reader may only read the first 15 pages.

• Please do not enclose synopses, casting suggestions, letters, resumes or photos with your submission. They will not be forwarded to the Judges.

• You understand that your logline and screenplay will be reviewed by our staff and/or our panel of Industry Judges for evaluation. You also understand that any one of the staff or judges may have been or may be exploring ideas similar to yours, and you hereby waive any claim that Creative Screenwriting Magazine or Creative Screenwriter LLC, its staff or judges may have misappropriated any ideas or portions of your submission logline or screenplay.

• The writer understands and accepts without reservation that he/she is an independent contractor and that Competition Administrators are not responsible for withholding any taxes or payments to any government agency, at any level, be it state, local or federal.

• Except where prohibited by law, participation in the contest constitutes each entrant’s consent to Creative Screenwriting 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.

• BY ENTERING THE CONTEST YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE READ AND AGREE TO THESE CONDITIONS. You agree to release and hold harmless Creative Screenwriting and Creative Screenwriter LLC. its subsidiary, parent and affiliated companies, Prize contributors, judges, screenplay readers, Sponsors, and any other organizations responsible for administering, advertising or promoting the Contest, 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 Contest 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 Creative Screenwriting 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 Creative Screenwriting 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 cash 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).

• To enter the Creative Screenwriting Shoot Your Short Screenplay Competition you must agree to the Rules.

 

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