This is ScreenCraft's first year running the competition, and they obviously wanted its inauguration to be special by compiling a jury of executives from the Cannes Film Festival, Vimeo, Maker Studios (Disney), and the Slamdance Film Festival.

Here's a bit from ScreenCraft's co-founder John Rhodes.

We’re excited to celebrate the increasingly important art form of short film screenwriting. It’s an honor to work with this inaugural jury to discover talented short script writers and connect them with professionals in this growing niche industry of short-form narrative content.

The grant prize winner gets $1000 in cash, a phone consultation with a literary manager at 3 Arts Entertainment, and introductions to the entire jury, as well as top managers, agents, and industry executives specializing in short form content.

This competition is open to anyone anywhere in the world as long as they are at least 18 years old, though scripts must be in English. Scripts have to be at least 5 pages in length, but no longer than 35. There is also an entry fee of for each submission (you can submit as many scripts as you want):

  • Until February 10th: $19
  • Until April 6th: $29

The competition opened today and goes until April 6th. Make sure you read the rules to ensure that you (and your script) are eligible. If you're ready to go, head on over to ScreenCraft and enter.

Source: ScreenCraft Short Screenplay Contest