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 20 pages or less.

The 5th annual HollyShorts Screenplay Contest is part of the 14th annual HollyShorts Film Festival (August 9-18, 2018). We are looking for short screenplays 20 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 Evil Slave. Top 3 winners receive Final Draft software. The completed short will screen at the 2019 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 Evil Slave, to be completed and screen at the HollyShorts Film Festival in 2019. Finished film will get an automatic screening at HollyShorts!

Sponsor: Evil Slave
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

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 20 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
  • As a screenwriter who reached the semi-finals with my screenplay 'The Book Lovers' but was unable to attend the event I found the way the HollyShorts team made my substitute Bella Gadsby welcome at the event amazing! Bella, a young actor, writer and dramaturge attended seminars, acted in and helped workshop a script and more! Thanks HollyShorts, hope to see you next time!

    August 2017
  • Dimi Nakov

    Amazing communication and tons of useful information about the events during the contest. I really wish I could attend this year. Fingers crossed we can come next time.

    August 2017
  • John Humber

    HollyShorts is a wonderful festival with an impressive quality in its programming. The staff is first rate and make everyone feel welcome.

    August 2017
  • HollyShorts is a dream come true the moment you are selected. Expect an open-armed welcome, heartfelt movies, knowledgeable panels, and that old-time feeling of Hollywood happiness. Because HollyShorts exists to inspire the writer who dreams to create.

    August 2017