HollyShorts Film Festival (HSFF) is an annual short film festival showcasing the best and brightest short films and short screenplays from around the globe. The festival showcases the top short films produced 40 minutes or less and is looking for the best short screenplays 30 pages or less and TV pilots 50 pages and under.

The 7th annual HollyShorts Screenplay Contest is part of the 16th annual HollyShorts Film Festival (August 13-22, 2020). We are looking for short screenplays 30 pages or less. All Semi Finalists will be announced and invited to the festival with an all access pass. Top 3 screenplays will be announced/awarded at the HollyShorts Awards Ceremony and the winning scripts receives production deals courtesy of The Seattle Film Summit and Film Augusta. Top 3 winners receive Final Draft software. The completed shorts will screen at the 2021 HollyShorts Film Festival at the TCL Chinese Theatres and receive automatic distribution on Bitpix!

Best Short Screenplay
The first place winning short screenplay will get produced by our production company sponsor Seattle Film Summit, to be completed and screen at the HollyShorts Film Festival in 2020. Finished film will get an automatic screening at HollyShorts! Top winner will also receive a meeting with Buffalo 8.

Sponsor: Seattle Film Summit
Cash Award Value: 10,000 U.S. Dollar
Value of Goods/Services: 10,000 U.S. Dollar
*all completed winning scripts get automatic distribution on Bitpix.

2nd Place
Final Draft Software
Sponsor: Final Draft
Value of Goods/Services: 300 U.S. Dollar

3rd Place
Final Draft software prize
Sponsor: Final Draft
Value of Goods/Services: 300 U.S. Dollar

Film Augusta prize
$10,000 value in production to make the winning screenplay in Augusta, GA. Completed film will screen at HSFF.

Best TV pilot

Quarter and Semi Finalists
All semi finalists get invite to attend the festival, all access pass.
Value of Goods/Services: 600 U.S. Dollar

All entries submitted are eligible to win the top prizes.

Employees (and their immediate families (parent, spouse, child, sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and those living in their same households, whether or not related) of HollyShorts and any of their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries and advertising and promotion agencies or festival sponsors, are not eligible to win. There is no limit on the number of short screenplays you can submit; however, each short screenplay submitted by you must be original and different from any other short screenplay submitted by you, submitted separately and accompanied by its own completed submission form and participant agreement. Short screenplays may be a maximum of 30 pages, must be in English and must be submitted in proper script format. HollyShorts reserves the right to reject any short screenplay that it determines, in its sole and absolute discretion, contains prohibited content or is offensive, inappropriate or otherwise unacceptable. All eligible entries received by HollyShorts will be judged by the HollyShorts selection committee and the production company sponsoring the contest.

By submitting your script for consideration for the HollyShorts Screenplay Contest, you agree for HollyShorts and its contest sponsor to produce your short screenplay if selected as the overall winner. The completed film(s) will premiere at the HollyShorts Film Festival and on our distribution platform Bitpix.

Overall Rating

    Great festival! I met great people and learned a lot. Films excellent caliber. Events were really fabulous

    January 2020
  • Malhaar Gupte

    Overall had a really positive experience. Can't wait to be back!

    October 2019
  • Hilary Van Hoose

    Very cool festival if you manage to get selected. My script Sherlock Holmes Meets Dracula in the 21st Century was a quarterfinalist, which entitled me to a Screenwriter badge and free entry to the fest and the after parties. The first after party on the roof of Madame Tussauds was very enjoyable and had excellent complimentary food and drinks. I didn't end up attending the others, but they seemed to be at some of the best night clubs in town. I really wish I could have been able to have taken the week off from work to attend all the events and panels, as they sounded very interesting from the descriptions in the schedule.

    August 2019
  • I sincerely appreciate the Quarterfinalist Selection. The communication, especially with Nicole was excellent! I wish that I was able to attend the festival. But, due to new employment, I couldn't get the time off work. However, I hope to submit more material next year, and definitely attend this highly respected festival. I would highly recommend this competition to any and all serious screenwriter.

    August 2019
  • Thank you HollyShorts for a great fest! The team takes great care of you as a creator. Amazing films and opportunities for creatives.

    August 2019