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Shore Scripts Short Film Fund

Shore Scripts Short Film Fund

Contact

171 Pier Avenue #145
Santa Monica, CA 90405-5363

Web:
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Email:
contact@shorescripts.com

Contact: Julia Morizawa, Short Film Fund Manager

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Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.6/5.0)
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Objective

Turn your calling card script into an attention-grabbing short film with our $15,000 cash production grant!

As much as we love to read scripts, too many excellent shorts never progress beyond the written word, which is why we established the Shore Scripts Short Film Fund to help take those compelling stories off the page and onto the screen.

Many of our previous 19 funded short films have played at some of the top film festivals in the world, including Sundance, Tribeca, BFI London, Austin, Cannes, Encounters, and Palm Springs. They’ve even won BAFTA’s! Those writers have gone on to gain representation, sold screenplays, and been staffed on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, & BBC shows as a direct result of winning and producing their shorts with us. Show More

Deadline/Entry Fees

Deadline Date
Days till:
Entry Fee
Early August 20, 2024
35
$39
Regular September 30, 2024
76
$49
Final October 31, 2024
107
$59

The contest opens on July 15, 2024.

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Notification: Semi-Finalists Announced Nov 25, Finalists Announced Dec 04, Winners Announced Dec 16, 2024.

Rules

  • Scripts should be within 2-30 pages. Writers can exceed the recommended limits by up to 15 pages (for a total of 45 pages maximum) for an additional fee of $1 per page.
  • We welcome submissions from all countries. All scripts must be written in English. The winning short(s) can be filmed anywhere in the world.
  • We accept foreign language films (as long as the script is in English). The finished film will need to have English language subtitles.
  • You do not need to be a screenwriter to enter, however, whoever enters the script must have the prior approval and agreement to do so from the writer(s).
  • All submitted screenplays must be the writer’s original work or they own the copyright.
  • If a writing team enters, both/all writers must consent.
  • We accept scripts for narrative short films (live action & animation), web series pilots, half-hour TV pilots, and proof-of-concept shorts for features and TV series.
  • We accept scripts for short films that have already been filmed or are in the process of production and need additional finishing funds. Submissions for finishing funds must be entered as a Standard Entry but with the Format marked as “In Production Film.” Then include a password-protected link to a Vimeo or Youtube screener where we can view your work-in-progress film or footage in the text box provided. Please note that we do not offer feedback or coverage reports on rough cuts, shot footage, or finished films.
  • Previous Short Film Fund applicants may apply, including Finalists. Grand Prize and 2nd Place Winners are ineligible.
  • All ages can enter; however, the funds would need to be transferred to a legal adult’s account or business account if won.
  • You may enter a script that has been previously submitted to the Fund.
  • You may submit as many scripts as you wish.
  • We accept all genres. If your script is a combination of multiple genres or sub-genres, use the Coverfly Genre dropdown to indicate the main genre on your submission, and make a note of other genres, and any other information you feel will be relevant to the reader in the Comment to Reader field.
  • To help the environment, Shore Scripts only accepts electronic entries. We prefer scripts to be sent as a PDF file.
  • Please only include the Script Title on the cover page.
  • Scripts should be properly formatted according to industry standards at size 12-point Courier.
  • Each writer, or writing team, may not have earned more than $50,000 in screenwriting fees in the preceding 18 months. This clause is in place to help us support emerging talent. (Contest and Fellowship awards and writing fees received outside of fiction screenwriting do not count toward this total).
  • Shore Scripts staff and associates are unable to enter this fund.
  • You may enter a newer draft of an already submitted script. There will be a small fee involved. You may re-enter your script through the Resubmission page.
  • The decision of Shore Scripts is final. By applying to the Fund each participant agrees to hold Shore Scripts, our judges, and sponsors immune from any competition disputes, claims, liabilities, and expenses.
  • If Shore Scripts helps a writer gain representation, option, sell, or have their screenplay produced, then we are entitled to state this on our website and any other platforms whenever we see fit.
  • The Winners consent to Shore Scripts using their name, script title, and any other relevant information for promotional purposes on our website. This will be used to inform other contestants and the media of the results. We will also be unrestricted in how and where we promote the finished film once it is officially released.
  • The Winners agree to cut a trailer and provide a poster of the film for Shore Scripts to use on our website, social media, and other promotional platforms.
  • If the writer wishes to direct their own script, then it will be given serious consideration. A previous portfolio of work will help in making this decision. We are also open to working with first-time directors.
  • The Winner’s filmmaking team will have the final call on cast, crew, and edit. Shore Scripts will ask to see the audition tapes of the lead character(s) before they are cast.
  • Shore Scripts will be listed as one of the ‘Production Companies’ on the project and also receive an ‘Executive Producer’ credit. The Shore Scripts logo will need to be added to the end credits.
  • Winners who take advantage of the ARRI Rental camera package should also add the ARRI Rental logo to their film’s end credits.
  • The funds can be transferred to a freelance producer or production company attached to the project, or the winning writer or writer/director.
  • We are open to working with filmmakers known to the Winner. We are also open to co-productions and additional funding from outside sources.
  • Shore Scripts is flexible as to the production dates of the winning project(s). However, if said projects haven’t been filmed within 12 months of our winner’s announcement, Shore has the discretion to transfer the funds to another submitted project. If the project has been filmed but not completed within 18 months of our winner’s announcement, Shore has the discretion to take over and complete the project internally.
  • Please note that our sponsor ARRI may not be able to supply equipment if the project is to be filmed in a country where they do not operate. Production will also need to cover any logistics and costs of getting camera equipment to the set.
  • By entering a Shore Scripts fund or contest, you authorize us to use any trusted third-party online, cloud-based, and email services and databases for hosting, managing, and/or sending/transmitting your submission file(s).

Awards

  • Grand Prize Winner will be awarded a Cash Production Grant of $15,000, free camera equipment rental from ARRI rental for the duration of production (some restrictions may apply), a Film Festival Strategy Package from Tribeca programmer KIMBERLEY BROWNING, and a free online or in-person All Access Badge to HollyShorts 2024. Once the film is complete, the Winner will also have the opportunity to circulate the finished film to members of our Industry Roster of producers, agents, and managers.
  • Grand Prize & 2nd Place Winners will connect with two-time Oscar-nominated producer MARIA GRACIA TURGEON for development, production, and career guidance, and will receive a free 30-minute consultation with Seed & Spark, plus free access to a Stage 32 Webinar of their choice.
  • Top 5 Finalists will receive feedback on their scripts from one of our esteemed Judges and a free copy of “(Not Just) Another Book on the Craft of Screenwriting" by the International Screenwriters' Association's (ISA) Director of Education, Max Timm, Founder of The Story Farm, and a Free 6-month ISAConnect membership. Plus, one US-based writer will get on a call with Natalie Gergely (VP, Scripted at Gunpowder & Sky) and one European-based writer will get on a call with Kirstie MacDonald (Creative Director of TV at FilmNation) to discuss their projects and receive career advice.
  • Top 15 Finalists (including the Winners) will have the opportunity to have their scripts circulated to select members of our Industry Roster and Directors.
  • Semi-Finalists (and above) will receive a PDF of the Shore Scripts Film Festival Guidebook.

Shore Scripts Short Film Fund

Contact

171 Pier Avenue #145
Santa Monica, CA 90405-5363

Web:
Click here
Email:
contact@shorescripts.com

Contact: Julia Morizawa, Short Film Fund Manager

Report Card

Overall: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.5/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.6/5.0)
Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.6/5.0)
Signficance: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.5/5.0)
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Shore Scripts Short Film Fund

Contact

171 Pier Avenue #145
Santa Monica, CA 90405-5363

Web:
Click here
Email:
contact@shorescripts.com

Contact: Julia Morizawa, Short Film Fund Manager

Report Card

Overall: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.5/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.6/5.0)
Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.6/5.0)
Signficance: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.5/5.0)
Report Cards: Less than 5  
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Contest News

Shore Scripts Names Short Film Fund Finalists

Fifteen finalists have been selected for Shore Short Film Fund. Two Grand Prize Winners & the Top 5 Finalists will be announced on June 14th.

TOP 15 FINALISTS

(in alphabetical order)

Alexander Cox & Robert Bell, ORA ET LABORA ET MOR
Upon the death of their monastic colleague, two medieval monks reckon they’ve found a shortcut into paradise.

Beck Williams, Pace
While on separate challenging journeys, two Trans boxers find solace in training together.

Brea Cola Angelo, Definitely Not a Monster
Months after burying her husband of forty years, a devoted mother of five is still dealing with the fallout from his rape allegations. To set the record straight, she arranges a televised interview with a famed journalist. But things don’t go according to plan.

Callie LeClaire, Over and Out
A lost hiker’s only chance for survival is a high-functioning autistic boy and a two-way radio.

Eddie Mujica, LOCO
A surreal, dark comedy about mental health stigma in the Latinx community. At his first therapy session, Rafael Reyes relives the anxious thoughts from the night of his 30th birthday.

Jessica Rowlands, RISE
A charismatic young boy who lives on a rubbish dump in Zimbabwe must convince a reclusive boxing coach to teach him to fight to find safety and strength in a world that has left him behind.

Joe Tripician, The Gringo in the Hammock
When a rapacious American businessman tries to buy a piece of Brazilian beachfront property, he gets the runaround from a craggy local fisherman who repels him in the most extraordinary and devilish way.

Josh Thompson, The Boy
A 12-year-old boy discovers something about himself.

Kacy Boccumini, Every Day is Sunday
When the team captain gets hurt right before the big game, Coach, a middle-aged trans man, and former athlete, tries to rally a team of trans and non-binary football players in a game against their biggest rivals: The Cissies.

Lee Whittaker, Dear Harley
Harley, nine, deals with gender dysmorphia, and is confronted with hateful bullies at school and struggling parents at home.

Natasha Mwansa, South of Jemima
When Jemima tries a new form of contraception, she encounters a horrifying cocktail of side effects. Suffering from hallucinations, changes in appearance, and some kind of parasite growing inside of her. Will she be able to recover her former self?

Nico Raineau, The Lighthouse Keeper’s Wife
When Katie McCoy suffers a tragedy, she goes to great lengths to avoid being relocated by the Lighthouse Bureau, fighting against a male-dominated society to remain in her home: the Limestone Lighthouse off the coast of New England. Inspired by true events.

Pablo Riesgo Almonacid, Cuando Volvimos A La Tierra
An astronaut recreating Mars conditions in the US desert is saved by a couple of passing immigrants. A deadly negotiation ensues over the astronaut’s water, vital for both the astronaut’s humanity-saving mission and the immigrants’ hopes to survive their journey.

S. J. Thompson & Hayes Hart-Thompson, free martin
A fourteen-year-old and her girlfriend run away from home after fears their relationship has been discovered.

Vi Trang Empty House
A little girl secretly goes back in time to reminisce about her late mother, until her absent father finds his own way there.

Updated: 06/02/2023

Shore Scripts Short Film Fund

Contact

171 Pier Avenue #145
Santa Monica, CA 90405-5363

Web:
Click here
Email:
contact@shorescripts.com

Contact: Julia Morizawa, Short Film Fund Manager

Report Card

Overall: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.5/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.6/5.0)
Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.6/5.0)
Signficance: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.5/5.0)
Report Cards: Less than 5  
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