From Script to the Screen

The goal of the Emerging Screenwriters GET IT MADE Short-Form Screenplay Competition is to provide an opportunity for writers like you to see your work produced at the highest quality and connect you directly to the professional film production process. Each season we will select a 3-5 page grand prize winning short and provide all the necessary tools to see it through production and a final edit. Then we will seek distribution on as many platforms as possible to showcase your talent.

Sponsored by the ISA and Canon and produced by Absurd Hero Productions, an independent Los Angeles-based film company specializing in narrative films, music videos & commercials, this contest is an opportunity for screenwriters and filmmakers to get their work MADE, at industry standard quality. This will be a stepping stone into your career in filmmaking.

How it Works
Submit a 3-5 page short-form script. Use your creativity to submit an original story that takes place in one location, with no major stunts, props, pyrotechnics, or CGI, etc. The script must be accompanied by a logline to be considered. Open to all genres, except animation.

Each season we will select the Top 100 shorts from all entrants.
Nine runners up will be eligible for raffles, which includes paid positions on the crew, free entry waivers, script consultations, on-set shadowing, and other offers and prizes.
One Grand Prize Winning Short will be selected and produced each season.

One Grand Prize and nine runner-up winners are selected each season.

Grand Prize Winner
With a budget of up to $5,000, Absurd Hero Productions will produce your Grand Prize Winning short and consult with you through all aspects of the project – from casting and crewing up to shooting & editing. You will get the opportunity to be on a working set.

Your short script will be produced with a complimentary consultation from both the ISA and Canon, with access to the Canon Burbank space for post-production services.

Upon completion of your short film, you will receive a writer’s credit on IMDb and hard and digital copies of the final product for your reel. Plus, Emerging Screenwriters and the ISA will seek all methods of distribution available.

Runner-Up Prizes
5 x PAID Production Assistant Positions including:

• Camera
• Set Lighting
• Sound
• Production
• Art Department

5 runners-up will be invited to join the production. Each will receive $50 per diem and an up close and personal look into the filmmaking process!

Raffle Prizes
• 2 x FREE Entry Waivers

• 1 x Gift or prize from our sponsors

• 1 x Director Shadowing Experience – Learn from and personally assist the director of the winning project.

See here for FAQ and more information:

https://www.emergingscreenwriters.com/get_it_made_rules_faq/

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  • It was such a delight to see my short actually come to fruition! The actors and crew were phenomenal and I loved being a part of the process from start to finish. Would definitely recommend this competition!

    August 2018
  • Harker Jones

    Matt Boda and Absurd Hero Productions are a superb production company. Professional and easy to work with, they make the complicated process of filmmaking understandable and digestible. They brought my script to vivid life beyond even what I had been seeing in my head. Boda’s going to go far because he’s smart, open-minded, easygoing and a true collaborator. It was almost magical working with this prod co. because it was such a smooth, seamless experience. Truly 5 stars in every category.

    April 2018
  • Enjoyed the festival- loved the feedback and exposure my script received.

    April 2018
  • Alicia Norman

    this is a fun contest with a lot to offer. Via the contents notes, I was able to hone my script and received production consideration from two companies. That said, I was supposed to get a SKYPE meeting after Otherling made the finals in the first contest but never received one. That's cool, and it doesn't take away from the good aspects of GET IT MADE, just kinda wondered what happened.

    April 2018
  • Get It Made Short-Form Screenplay Contest is the best festival to submit if you're looking for real helpful feedback! Thank you for entering my scripts as finalist and semi-finalist. I will definitely recommend GM and will be submitting again soon!

    March 2018