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The Short Film Fund is more than just a screenwriting contest. It's an opportunity to get your script produced. The script is the beginning, not the end. If the screenplay is the blueprint for the film, then the writer's ultimate goal is to see that film produced and distributed.
Shore Scripts has commissioned 14 short films through the Fund that have played at some of the top film festivals around the world including Cannes, Tribeca, and BFI London, and have won major awards including a BAFTA. The writers have gone on to gain representation, sell and option screenplays, and get staffed on TV shows as a direct result of placing in the Fund.
GRAND PRIZE - $10,000 Production Grant 2ND PLACE - $5,000 Production Grant
Plus, our sponsor ARRI Rental will provide free production equipment rental for the duration of production in any country in which they operate.
Our Top 5 Finalists will receive an exclusive feedback report from one of our award-winning Judges with suggestions on How You Can Further Develop Your Screenplay.
And all of our finalists will receive Free access to our exclusive Writers Forum - The Script Hub and the opportunity to have their scripts read and considered by our award-winning Judges, associate Directors, and a special selection of our Industry Roster.
PLUS, every writer who enters receives a Free 18-page booklet on How to Get Your Screenplay Produced.
Many filmmakers start with shorts. Short films help us learn the craft, are more easily produced independently and on a budget, and have a dedicated market in film festivals that can get a new voice noticed and launch a career.
Ava DuVernay's first film, SATURDAY NIGHT LIFE, was a $6,000, 12-minute short about a struggling single mother that screened at festivals and was broadcast on Showtime in 2007. Wes Anderson's career-launching film, BOTTLE ROCKET, was originally a 13-minute short written alongside Owen Wilson whom he met in a playwriting class that screened at Sundance in 1994. And early in his career, Taika Waititi began making shorts for New Zealand's annual 48-hour film contest. His short, TWO CARS, ONE NIGHT earned him an Academy Award nomination in 2005.
Of course, short films still require a solid script, financing, and resources for production.
In addition to cash grants, our Short Film Fund connects you with our Industry Roster and Directors and offers production support from the Shore Scripts team.
BOTH OF OUR WINNERS WILL EACH RECEIVE MEETINGS AND BE MENTORED BY OSCAR-NOMINATED PRODUCER MARIA GRACIA TURGEON – FAUVE, IKHWÈNE.
Check out the Film Fund and get ready to get your script produced.
Our Short Film Fund offers a unique opportunity to add a produced script to your project portfolio. We provide funding & support for screenwriters & filmmakers seeking to make short films, or proof-of-concept projects for features, tv, and web series. We also accept submissions for finishing funds.
Still got questions? Here are some of our recent FAQs.
Can I direct my script if I win? To date, every winner has had their choice of director. However, should agreement not be reached, the winner can always walk away. We do not seek to obtain the rights to your script or the resulting film at any time, and we would never make the film without you.
Who decides the winning script? Shore Scripts has assembled an amazing panel of award-winning Judges who are responsible for choosing the winning scripts. The panel includes Producers, Writers, Directors, and Festival Programmers from around the world who will also view the winning films as they get made.
Our Directors Roster provides another link in the chain between your script and produced project. With your permission, our Directors receive the Finalists’ scripts from each season, with a view to attaching talent and project development.
The Short Film Fund (Spring Season) Regular Deadline ends at midnight on March 31st pacific time!
Short Film Fund | Final Deadline | Midnight MAY 2ND PT
Want to get your script into production? Winners of the Short Film Fund receive a full prize package including cash production grants, and free camera equipment rental for the duration of the production from our sponsor and close partner, ARRI Rental.
“ARRI Rental has always been a huge supporter of emerging filmmakers. Being able to support them creatively and be instrumental in realizing their vision is what we do best. Shore Scripts’ mission is the same and this makes our partnership successful at all levels."- Dana Harrison, ARRI Rental
MORE BENEFITS OF THE SHORT FILM FUND
Project mentorship from two-time Oscar-nominated producer, Maria Gracia Turgeon, for the Winners.
Post-Production & PR Support - join our alumni of films that have screened at major festivals and won a BAFTA.
Industry Reach – the Top 15 Finalists' scripts are circulated to our 150+ roster of production companies, agents & managers.
Feedback on your story idea – All entrants are able to see their submission scores and placing means getting the thumbs up from this year's judges; including an array of award-winning writers, producers, directors, and festival programmers.
We are thrilled to announce the Winners and Top 5 Finalists of the Spring Season of the 2022 Short Film Fund!
Grand Prize Winner NEMT by Chelsea Isabella Clark-James. A driver for a family transportation business has to find an open medical bed for a long-time alcoholic involuntarily committed for medical detox by the state, which turns out to be more difficult than it should be.
As the Grand Prize Winner, Chelsea will be awarded a $10,000 cash grant, mentorship with Oscar-nominated producer Maria Garcia Turgeon, the opportunity of a free ARRI Rental camera rental package, her script, and her completed film shared with our Judges, Directors, and relevant Industry Roster, and more!