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!


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.


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!


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.

Overall Rating
  • David Luck

    Honored that my Comedy Short Film, Brunch before Baptism made it as a Semi-Finalist. Very good communication and support from the Hollywood Just4Shorts Team!

    January 2019
  • Nick Trost

    So honored to be included in this festival! Will submit again!

    December 2018
  • Phillips Mitchell

    I am very appreciative of winning an award for my short screenplay, but I did not receive any communication from the festival after I won the award 2 months ago. I reached out twice over email and cannot find a phone number for the festival or administrator.

    January 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your review. We sincerely apologize for any difficulties you had in communicating with us.

    Unfortunately, we did not receive your questions at the times you indicated. We make an effort to respond to all questions within 48 hours.

    Our support email is which is listed on our FilmFreeway page but we will try to make it more visible in notification emails to winners in the future based on your comments.

    Please feel free to contact us and we will make every effort to respond as soon as possible, even on a Sunday afternoon. Thanks again for participating in our competition and congratulations on your win!

  • Frank Vespe

    Truly honored they enjoyed my OKAY HONEY...thanks so much.

    December 2018
  • Jai Mohan

    My project “The Maid" was chosen as the winner in the Best Horror Script category of the Hollywood Just4Shorts Competition.

    Thanks to all involved, and for those who took the time to read my script. It was an honour to be a part of this contest!

    December 2018