HollyShorts Screenwriting Competition

2018 season now closed


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 5th annual HollyShorts Screenplay Contest is part of the 14th annual HollyShorts Film Festival (August 9-18th, 2018). 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 e $10,000 production grant to film the short in Seattle. The completed shorts will screen at the 2019 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 2019.

Sponsor: Evil Slave*
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