After 25 years as a highly regarded literary journal, Gertrude has evolved to be a fabulous, community focused writers' conference dedicated to fostering collaboration and cross-pollination: The Gertrude Conference (TGC)!

TGC will include a Closing Night Gala where the five winners of the Short Film Competitions will screen in between awarding "The Gertie" to winners in the screenwriting categories. Judges, presenters, and audience members will include agents + producers + established writers.

Winning scripts will be read by managers from Curate Management, Echo Lake, Management Artists, and Navigation Entertainment.

Thank you for submitting and we hope to see you there!

Short films selected will screen at our Closing Gala on September 28, 2024 to a robust audience of peer and industry professionals! They will also receive two full access passes to the 2024 Conference ($500 value).

All Finalist will be invited to an exclusive Roundtable at the 2024 Conference to meet & greet with agents, managers, and other professionals. Winners will be announced and awarded The Gertie Award during the Closing Night Gala on September 28, 2024 and will also receive a pass to the 2025 Conference. If you cannot attend, you will be notified after the Conference.

Please remove names from title pages and throughout scripts submitted.

All short films must be linked to on-line hosting (Vimeo, etc), with passwords provided. They CANNOT be showing publicly (i.e., playing on a website, featured in a blog, exist with public access, etc).

October 15, 2023 Submissions open!
March 1, 2024 Submissions closed.
May 1, 2024 Public announcement of selected scripts and films!