Exclusively for shorts, the goal of the Artists Alliance Short Screenplay Contest is to recognize and reward the screenwriter, independent filmmaker, or ambitious writer-director who creates an exceptional and innovative short screenplay.

Any short screenplay 20 pages or less is welcome, the more original the better! We strive to find and reward the “outside the mainstream” content, and we are open to all genres and styles.

*The 2017 contest is only open for entries from the United States.

The 2017 Artists Alliance Short Screenplay Contest will award one screenwriter the choice between two prize packages!

The ScriptFest Getaway Package for screenwriters, or the Production Gear Package for Filmmakers!

ScriptFest Getaway Package: A 3 day/2 night trip to Los Angeles to mingle with writers and meet with executives at the 2017 ScriptFest!

Gold Pass to the ScriptFest June 23-25, 2017
-Access to all Saturday Classes
-Pitchfest Pass to Sunday PitchFest
-Ticket to Sweet Taste of Success Party
-Executive Directory of Production Companies
-Ticket to Executive Sunday Luncheon to meet
with industry executives
-Ticket to Friday Master Class
-Private Consultation to personally pitch your
script to producers or agents
-Pitch Boot Camp
3 Days/2 Nights at the Los Angeles Marriott in Burbank, CA
$500 for airfare to Los Angeles
AASSC Screenwriter of the Year Trophy

What is the ScriptFest?

“ScriptFest is a conference that kicks off on Friday night with a master class intensive, followed by a full day of screenwriting panels, workshops, roundtables, networking parties, and our latest addition of the Pitch Alley (pitch to executives on Saturday AND Sunday) – all day Saturday.

The Great American PitchFest is held on Sunday, featuring approximately 100 production companies, agents, managers, and other industry professionals seeking material to option, and writers to hire, manage, and represent. Find the connections you need and develop the skills for your screenwriting career to move forward during this life changing weekend.”

To learn more about ScriptFest, go to www.scriptfest.com.

Production Gear Package: 2 weeks free rental of the OneStone Artists Alliance total filmmaking equipment package!

-Sony NEX-FS100 Super 35mm Sensor Camera
-3 Prime Lens Kit
-Dual Stage Tripod with True Fluid Head
-Glidecam Steadicam
-Shotgun Mic with phantom power and accessories
-Lowel DV Creator Full Lighting Kit
-Various on-set accessories
AASSC Screenwriter of the Year Trophy

For more information on the Production Gear Package, visit the link below:


*Can be redeemed between September 1, 2017 and August 31, 2018

-Screenplays must be original works, and the sole property of the entrant(s).

-All screenplays must be no longer than 20 pages (excluding title page).

-Entries are limited to the United States, and must be submitted in the English language.

-Any genre will be considered.

-Entrants must be at least 18 years of age.

-Grand Prize winners of any prior Artists Alliance Short Screenplay Contest are not eligible to enter.

-Judges, employees, or contractors of OneStone Artists Alliance, LTD, and their immediate family and friends are not eligible to enter.

-No submitted material will be returned.

-Decisions of the judges and evaluating committee are final, and can not be disputed.

-Screenplays that have been sold, produced, or currently under option are not eligible.

-Multiple entries are permitted, however each entry must have its own entry form and entry fee.

-It is the entrants responsibility to register their material with the US Copyright Office, Writers Guild, or any other registering agency.

-Entrants must not be employed full time as a writer of any kind, and/or not have earned more than $50,000 in the last year for literary works or screenplays.

-Deadlines are final, and no late entries will be considered.

-Entry in this contest is void where prohibited by law.

Overall Rating
  • Joe Starzyk

    Was extremely pleased and proud to be a finalist. It prompted me to start to convert some of my stage plays into screenplays. Hope to get to submit again some day.

    August 2018
  • Addison Bhuyan

    I give this screenplay competition a five star rating because, ONE, everything in the "About" section turned out to be true; TWO, the prize package is substantial for a small competition; and, THREE, when I won, the communication from Luke Affholter (who runs it) through emails, phone calls and follow-up emails, to make sure I was getting every part of my prize package, was most impressive. It's a smaller competition; But, they treat you the way a big competition should treat you....

    July 2017
  • Maryll Botula

    Honored to be a finalist and in the company of nine other writers. Wonderful and supportive communication.
    Thank you for championing my work!

    June 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for exposing us to your work Maryll, and best of luck in the future!

  • Thank you so much for placing IN DREAMS in the top 10! While I didn't win it is wonderful to know that the judges saw my vision and appreciated it. I will definitely enter this contest again!

    June 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for the review Jerry, and we thoroughly enjoyed "In Dreams". Truly, best of luck in your writing endeavors, and stay tuned to what we have to offer in the future.

  • Carol Garlick

    The Artists Alliance Short Screenplay Competition was a great resume and writing builder. The grand prize of being flown out to LA for the Great American Pitch Festival was rewarding and supremely helpful for networking and further growth in my own career of screenwriting both personally and professionally. Excellent competition. I highly recommend it to all screenwriters.

    June 2016
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    Response from festival:

    We were honored to champion your screenplay "Palooka", and we look forward to staying in contact with you in the future as you establish and build your career. Thank you for the insightful information you have given our organization, and we can't wait to see what you create!