OUR FOCUS IS TO DISCOVER THE BEST NEW SCREENWRITING TALENT FROM AROUND THE WORLD

The Shore Scripts Short Film Fund offers you an opportunity to have your short film script financed and produced.

14 Industry Award-Winning Judges will decide this year’s Grand Prize Winner(s).

2020’s Fund will award production financing for at least one short film with an allocated budget of up to $15,000 per project, with a minimum budget of $10,000. Our sponsor ARRI Rental will provide free production equipment rental for the duration of the production.

The Fund welcomes submissions from screenwriters and filmmakers from around the world.

We accept short scripts, animations, web-series, and proof-of-concept shorts for TV pilots and features.

Screenplays must be in English; however, the production can be filmed in any country.

We can offer end-to-end support from script development to post-production and promotion.

Our previous Fund winners have had their films screened at Tribeca, BFI London Film Festival, Austin, Edinburgh, Encounters, and LSFF.

TAKE A LOOK AT OUR PREVIOUS WINNERS FILMS HERE:
https://www.shorescripts.com/films/

PLUS, every writer who enters will receive a FREE 18 Page booklet on HOW TO GET YOUR SCREENPLAY PRODUCED.

- Our Grand Prize winner(s) will receive a production budget of up to $15,000, with a minimum budget of $10,000.

- The resulting short film will be sent to our Judges, Industry and Directors Roster. That’s over 200 of the best people working in the industry who will see your work.

- ARRI Rental will provide free camera rental equipment for the duration of the shoot.

- PLUS, our Grand Prize Winner will also receive a FREE Pass to the RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL, LONDON, and a Free copy of Final Draft.

- Top 5 Finalists will also receive an exclusive feedback report from one of our Short Judges with suggestions on how you can further develop your screenplay and a Free copy of Final Draft.

- Top 15 Finalists - Your script will be sent to our Judges, Directors & specially chosen members of our Industry Roster AND you will receive FREE access to our Ultimate Screenwriting Course led by former UCLA Head of Screenwriting, Richard Walter.

* Scripts must be within 2-30 pages
* Writers from all countries are welcome to enter. All scripts must be in English.
* The winning script(s) can be produced in any country.
* We accept short scripts, animations, web series, and proof of concept TV pilots and features.
* All ages can enter.
* All genres welcome.
* You may submit as many scripts as you wish.
* All screenplays submitted must be the writer's original work, or they own the copyright.
* If a writing team enters, then all the writers must consent.
* The filmmaking team will have the final call on cast, crew, and edit.
* To help the environment, Shore Scripts only accepts electronic entries.
* The writer must not have earned more than $30,000 (£24,000 approx.) in screenwriting fees since 2017. This clause is in place to help us support emerging talent. Screenwriting contest awards do not count toward this total.
* Shore Scripts staff and associates are unable to enter the fund.
* You may enter a newer draft of an already submitted script. There will be a small fee involved. You may re-enter your script through our Resubmission page or via our industry partner’s platforms.
* Scripts must be submitted in PDF format.
* The winner(s) consent to Shore Scripts using their name, script title, and any other relevant information for promotional purposes on their website. This will be used to inform other contestants and the media of the results.
* If Shore Scripts helps a writer gain representation, option, sell, or have his/her screenplay produced, then we are entitled to state this on our website and on any other platforms that we see fit.
* Shore Scripts will be able to promote the winning film(s) in any way in which they see fit.
* If the writer wishes to direct his or her own script, then it will be given serious consideration. A previous portfolio of work will help in making this decision.
* We are open to working with filmmakers known to the winner(s). We will also open to co-productions and understand additional funding may be needed from outside sources.
* Shore Scripts will be one of the ‘Production Companies’ credited on the project. David Beazley will also be credited as ‘Executive Producer.’
* The budget will either go through Shore Scripts or be transferred to a producer or production company working with the filmmakers.
* The decision of Shore Scripts is final. By applying to this fund each participant agrees to hold Shore Scripts, our judges and sponsors immune from any competition disputes, claims, liabilities, and expenses.
* By entering Shore Scripts, you authorize us to use any trusted third-party online and cloud-based services and databases for hosting, managing, and/or transmitting your submission file(s).
* Shore Scripts are flexible as to the production dates of the winning project(s). However, if said projects haven’t been filmed within 12 months of our winner’s announcement, Shore has the discretion to transfer the funds to another submitted project. If the project has been filmed but not completed within 18 months of our winner’s announcement, Shore has the discretion to take over and complete the project internally.

Please contact us at contact @ shorescripts.com if you have any questions. Thanks

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  • The Shore Script Short Film Fund provides writer/director/producers with a fantastic opportunity. The Shore Scripts team are very easy to communicate with and keep the entrants up to date on the progress of the assessment process. I can highly recommend this as a worthy contest to enter.

    June 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks a lot Nir! Really appreciate your feedback