LA Shorts International Film Festival ranks among the most prestigious international short film festivals in the world. The festival is accredited by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television.

The LA Shorts Screenplay Competition is part of the 24th annual LA Shorts International Film Festival, July 2020 at LA LIVE Regal Cinemas and the Laemmle NoHo Theatres.

Finalists are invited to attend LA Shorts International Film Festival for a reading of the scripts. The readings are performed by professional actors in front of an invited audience, who will vote on their favorites. These votes, along with the scores of the readers, determine the winner.

- All genres welcome
- Scripts must be under 30 pages
- Original scripts that have not started film production are eligible.

LA LIVE is a sports & entertainment district in downtown Los Angeles adjacent to Staples Center and the Los Angeles Convention Center featuring Microsoft Theatre and The Novo, the Grammy Museum, the 14-screen Regal Cinemas LA LIVE Stadium 14 theatre, and ESPN broadcasting studios

PRIZES: Sponsor Goods & Services TBD

The winning script (if filmed) is guaranteed to screen at the 2021 LA Shorts International Film Festival

Finalists are invited to the 2020 LA Shorts International Film Festival and given All-Access Passes.


Please read this agreement carefully before you submit your screenplay. By submitting your screenplay, you expressly acknowledge and agree that you shall be bound by the terms of this agreement.

The LA Shorts Screenplay Competition is intended to foster emerging screenwriters/filmmakers break into the industry. It's NOT for established professional writers.

• Scripts must have been completed after July 1, 2019.
• Scripts must not exceed 30 pages in length, excluding cover page.
• Scripts must be written in English.
• A separate entry form and additional entry fee must be submitted for each script.
• Scripts must be submitted in PDF format.
• No refunds.

REVIEW PROCESS: LA Shorts will review scripts in their entirety. Scripts will be read and reviewed by members of our Selection Committee.

AWARDS: The winning script (if filmed) is guaranteed to screen at the 2021 LA Shorts International Film Festival. The winning film must contain on-screen credit “Produced in association with LA Shorts”. All film shooting must take place after the award presentation. If it is discovered that principal photography was begun before the live reading, the screenplay will be disqualified and the screenwriter will forfeit award. Restitution for prizes and associated expenses will be sought from the screenplay submitter.

NOTIFICATION: Letters of acceptance or non-acceptance, will be emailed — please ensure your email address is accurate.

PUBLICITY & MARKETING: All selected films and scripts may be excerpted for LA Shorts publicity purposes.