May 24, 2017

Come for the Prizes, Stay for the Judges: ScreenCraft's Short Screenplay Contest Is Now Open

Cash prizes are great, but nothing's better than your short screenplay being read by the greatest minds in short film.

ScreenCraft is back with another great opportunity for burgeoning screenwriters to get their work noticed by some major players in the film industry. If you don't know much about ScreenCraft, they're known for holding some of the best screenwriting competitions in the land, offering winners cash prizes, circulation of work to industry pros, and, of course, major bragging rights, and their Short Screenplay Contest is now taking submissions.

Prizes include $1000 to the first place winner, $500 to the runner-up, and circulation of scripts to the contest's jury and over 60 agents, managers, producers, and development executives. The top 3 finalists will also receive a free copy of Final Draft 10 screenwriting software.

And this year's panel of judges is just as exciting as the cash prizes!

  • Benjamin Cleary: Oscar-winning writer/director
  • Alice Kharoubi:  Head of the Cannes Film Festival’s Court Métrage (Short Film Corner)
  • Andrew Allen: Founder & Managing Director of Short of the Week
  • Mike Carrier: Filmmaker, writer and videographer at BuzzFeed
  • Jeffrey Bowers: Curator of short films for Staff Picks for Vimeo and VICE Shorts

Anyone in the world who is at least 18 years of age is welcome to submit as many scripts as they like, though they have to be written in English. All scripts must be no shorter than 5 pages and no longer than 35 pages.

The early deadline for the contest is June 17th, 2017 and the late deadline is August 1st, 2017. There is an entry fee of $49 for each submission, but if you get it in before the early deadline, it's only $39. To learn more, head on over to ScreenCraft.

So, get crackin' on those short screenplays! Good luck!      

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