6th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival Screenplay Contest

HollyShorts Film Festival (HSFF) is an annual short film festival showcasing the best and brightest short films and short screenplays from around the globe. The festival showcases the top short films produced 40 minutes or less and is looking for the best short screenplays 30 pages or less.

The 6th annual HollyShorts Screenplay Contest is part of the 16th annual HollyShorts Film Festival (August 13-22, 2020). We are looking for short screenplays 20 pages or less. All Semi Finalists will be announced and invited to the festival with an all access pass. Top 3 screenplays will be announced/awarded at the HollyShorts Awards Ceremony and the winning scripts receives production deals courtesy of Seattle Film Summit  $10,000 production grant to film the short in Seattle. The completed shorts will screen at the 2021 HollyShorts Film Festival at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres.

Awards & Prizes:

Best Short Screenplay
The first place winning short screenplay will get produced by our production company sponsor Seattle Film Summit, to be completed and screen at the HollyShorts Film Festival in 2021.


Sponsor: Seattle Film Summit*
Cash Award Value: 10,000 U.S. Dollar
Value of Goods/Services: 10,000 U.S. Dollar

2nd Place
Final Draft Software
Sponsor: Final Draft
Value of Goods/Services: 300 U.S. Dollar

3rd Place
Final Draft software prize
Sponsor: Final Draft
Value of Goods/Services: 300 U.S. Dollar

Honorable Mention
Script Pipeline free subscription prize. 
Sponsor: Script Pipeline
Value of Goods/Services: 200 U.S. Dollar

Semi Finalists
All semi finalists get invite to attend the festival, all access pass. 
Value of Goods/Services: 600 U.S. Dollar

Rules & Terms:

All entries submitted are eligible to win the top prizes.

Employees (and their immediate families (parent, spouse, child, sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and those living in their same households, whether or not related) of HollyShorts and any of their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries and advertising and promotion agencies or festival sponsors, are not eligible to win. There is no limit on the number of short screenplays you can submit; however, each short screenplay submitted by you must be original and different from any other short screenplay submitted by you, submitted separately and accompanied by its own completed submission form and participant agreement. Short screenplays may be a maximum of 30 pages, must be in English and must be submitted in proper script format. HollyShorts reserves the right to reject any short screenplay that it determines, in its sole and absolute discretion, contains prohibited content or is offensive, inappropriate or otherwise unacceptable. All eligible entries received by HollyShorts will be judged by the HollyShorts selection committee and the production company sponsoring the contest.

By submitting your script for consideration for the HollyShorts Screenplay Contest, you agree for HollyShorts and its contest sponsor to produce your short screenplay if selected as the overall winner. The completed film(s) will premiere at the HollyShorts Film Festival.

**Writer Agreement for Chosen Script

Writer agrees that should his/her material be chosen as winning script, writer shall review and sign the Certificate of Writer Engagement before the Short Film can be produced as part of the award, The Certificate of Writer Engagement, in part, states that to the fullest extent allowable and for the full term of protection otherwise accorded to Writer under such applicable law, Writer hereby assigns and transfers to Producer the Rights and, in connection therewith, any and all right, title and interest of Writer in the Short FIlm. Writer shall be credited as screenwriter on the production. Credits shall follow standard narrative film credit format for the writer credit.

*Prizes subject to change


Early Bird Deadline: January 24, 2020

Regular Deadline: March 20, 2020

Late Deadline: May 1, 2020

Extended Deadline: May 22, 2020

Notifications to arrive: On/Around- August 3, 2020

16th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival Dates: August 13-22, 2020


Submissions are now OPEN. Click below to submit: