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.

The 6th annual HollyShorts Screenplay Contest is part of the 15th annual HollyShorts Film Festival (August 8-17, 2019). 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. Top 3 winners receive Final Draft software. The completed short will screen at the 2020 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 winnerwill 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

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
  • Jen Gutierrez

    Wonderful festival! Loved every minute of it, and highly recommend that other filmmakers and writers apply. The festival team was fantastic to work with, and the level of talent behind each film was outstanding.

    September 2018
  • Jeffrey Howe

    Couldn't make it out to L.A. for the fun so left the "live" categories blank. The festival did a good job of promoting the screenplay advancement announcements on social media.

    It would have been even cooler for writers if the festival had a finalist round the way they did in previous years--getting to the finals at HollyShorts' level of competition is more significant than *winning* some other contests.

    September 2018
  • I love this festival. I've attended the past two years with scripts in competition, and it is one of the most enjoyable festivals that I attend. The parties are fun, the blocks are well-curated, and the programmers make everyone who's selected feel welcomed. I can't wait to submit films to this festival in the coming years!

    August 2018
  • James Knowles

    As a first time screenwriter and festival entry I was pleasantly surprised at mt script 'Grounded Love' being selected. As I live overseas in the UK I was unable to attend the event, however all communication with Hollyshorts was effective, informative and very hospitable. I value my selection very much and I hope to enter future festivals, maybe even making it to the finals.

    August 2018
  • As a screenwriter, I was thrilled to be included in this festival. I received great communication throughout and was even able to make the drive to Hollywood to attend. Quite an event. I hadn't been in Hollywood since I lived there over twenty years ago. A huge event to pull off and they did with is aplomb! Amazing festival.

    August 2018