Giving short film and screenplay projects by up-and-coming filmmakers and screenwriters increased recognition and industry exposure. Winning short films are considered by Hollywood insiders seeking new talent and feature film adaptation rights.

Official Awards for the best of each genre are given to outstanding projects demonstrating originality and quality among its peers... and all category winners are now eligible for official awards in specific categories!

PRIZES FOR BEST SHORT FILM:

The winning short film will be promoted to our Hollywood contacts who will consider your work for representation or adaptation deals.

* OPTIONAL: If your film is available for public viewing, we'll also add it to our curated Showcase and promote it on our high traffic web presence and social media profiles to give you an additional boost of exposure to audiences and other industry professionals worldwide.

BEST SHORT SCREENPLAY AWARDS:

The winning short script will be sent out to our contacts in Hollywood who will consider you for representation or adaptation rights. Depending on scheduling and interest, we'll also send your script to directors who may be interested in shooting a script in your genre. Scripts of each round will be eligible to win an official category Short Screenplay Award.

PLUS: Winners in all Short Screenplay categories are now eligible for official awards in multiple categories!

SHORT FILM AWARDS:

Genre-specific Awards will be given to a variable number of projects in any given round which achieve a high level of quality and originality in storytelling.

The awards are intended to give an added emphasis on a project's achievement within its genre when the winner is sent out to industry professionals for consideration. (Projects must be entered into the genre-specific categories to qualify for the corresponding award.)

PLUS: Winners in all Short Film categories are now eligible for official awards in multiple categories!

1. We are a GREEN competition: To reduce waste, only electronic submissions are accepted. Physical submissions are NOT accepted. Your Short Film must be uploaded to Vimeo (either public or a private screener using a shared password). Short scripts must be submitted in PDF format.
2. By submitting your film or script, you confirm that you own 100% of the rights to the work. If the work's copyright is held by more than one person, the submitter must have the written consent of all other owners prior to submitting.
For short films only: If the entrant, for any reason, prefers NOT to have their film made available on the public Just 4 Shorts Showcase, the entrant is responsible for notifying the competition administrators.
3. Scripts must be written in English. Films may originate from anywhere in the world. However, if the film has dialogue which is required to understand the narrative in any language other than English, then English subtitles must be included.
4. Entrant must be 18 years of age or older. (Entrants between the ages of 13 to 18 may enter with a written letter of consent from a legal guardian.)
5. The short film/script must be less than 70 minutes/pages in length to qualify.
6. Any decisions made by the judges and/or competition administrators must be considered final and cannot be disputed.
7. The competition and its administrators shall not be liable for any typographical errors.
8. Entry fees must be paid in US Dollars and are nonrefundable. The winner is responsible for filing income taxes on any cash prizes that may be received if any is received.
9. Entry must be received by 11:59 PM Pacific Time on the date of the deadline specified.
10. All rights to the submitted material will remain with the entrant. The contest administrators and operators DO NOT claim any rights to the material submitted to the competition.
11. Each film or script is eligible to be entered into multiple categories. All categories qualify for the general prizes. However, only projects entered into genre-based categories qualify for the individual genre awards.

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  • Thank you for awarding us with the honor of BEST HORROR SHORT for the film "Misplaced Trust." The whole team was very excited to hear the news! The festival was communicative, and they met the deadline to announce the winners! I appreciate that they make sure to do the IMDB update for filmmakers--it's a pesky little task and it's so nice that they are right on it.

    January 2021
  • Thank you so much for selecting me as a finalist in your screenplay competition. I am truly honored. In this current world, it's amazing to have the opportunity to still be able to network with people in the film industry and be a part of festivals like this one. I wish you all the best in the coming year!

    January 2021
  • Devone Jones

    Thank you so much! This is an honor! Thank you for selecting the screenplay for "Pen & Pencil: Graduation" as a finalist.

    January 2021
  • Amazing! I made it into the semi-finals for my script "FULL FIGURED." Thank you for your support HJFASC.

    December 2020
  • Mark Higgins

    I am very happy to have been chosen as a finalist in this competition. I find this an excellent platform for new and up and coming screenplay writers to get their work out there. Thank you to all of the team from Just4Shorts Film and Screenplay Competition great job!

    December 2020