4th 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 20 pages or less.

The 4th annual HollyShorts Screenplay Contest is part of the 13th annual HollyShorts Film Festival (August 10-19th, 2017). 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 Evil Slave and The Louisiana Film Prize $10,000 production grant to film the short in Louisiana. The completed shorts will screen at the 2017 HollyShorts Film Festival at the TCL Chinese Theatres.

Awards & Prizes:

Best Short Screenplay
The first place winning short screenplay will get produced by our production company sponsor Evil Slave, to be completed and screen at the HollyShorts Film Festival in 2017.

The Louisiana Film Prize sponsored Best Short Screenplay wins a $10,000 production grant rebate to shoot the winning selected short screenplay in Louisiana and the winner will also be flown and put up in Shreveport, Louisiana in October for the LA FILM PRIZE Festival. Finished film will get an automatic screening at both HollyShorts and the Louisiana Film Prize festivals!

Sponsor: Evil Slave
Cash Award Value: 10,000 U.S. Dollar
Value of Goods/Services: 10,000 U.S. Dollar

LA Film Prize Best Short Screenplay
Sponsor: Louisiana Film Prize
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 20 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.


Early Bird Deadline: January 27, 2017

Regular Deadline: March 24, 2017

Late Deadline: May 5, 2017

Extended Deadline: May 26, 2017

Notifications to arrive: On/Around- August 4, 2017

13th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival Dates: August 10-19, 2017


Submissions are now OPENClick below to submit: