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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 February 28, 2024
4
$39
Regular April 2, 2024
38
$49
Final May 2, 2024
68
$59

The contest opens on January 15, 2024.

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Notification: Semi-Finalists Announced May 28, Finalists Announced Jun 07, Winners Announced Jun 20, 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 in any country they operate, 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.
  • 2nd Place Winner will receive a Cash Prize of $1,000 and script development with Shore Scripts.
  • Both 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 our new partner Seed & Spark.
  • Top 5 Finalists will receive feedback on their scripts from one of our esteemed Judges.
  • 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, plus an invitation to our private alumni Facebook group where they can network with other winners, readers, members of the Shore Scripts team, and our Directors’ Roster, and access exclusive live industry events and specially provided learning materials.

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 2019 Short Film Fund Winners

A Young Man's Game by James Gould-Bourn has been named the Grand Prize Winner of the 2019 Shore Scripts Short Film Fund, and the project has been awarded $10,000 in cash. Miss Fortunate, by Molly O'Shea been named the $4,000 Second Place Winner.

GRAND PRIZE WINNER - A YOUNG MAN'S GAME ($10,000 GRANT AWARDED)

Jake wants to be a doctor when he grows up, but his father has different ideas.

Jake doesn't want to be sitting in a parked car with his dad watching kids playing football in the cold. He wants to be at his friend house playing video games, or riding around on the back of his stepdad's motorbike. But his dad has big plans for Jake. He wants his son to have the life that he never did, to have the opportunities that he never had, and to become the person that he never was, whether Jake likes it or not… A Young Man's Game is a darkly comic story about family, trust, and the dangers of good intentions.

WRITTEN BY JAMES GOULD-BOURN

James Gould-Bourn is a screenwriter and novelist from Manchester, England. He's written and co-written several short films, one of which (Sniper) was funded by the Lithuanian Film Centre and will debut in 2019.

James's debut novel, titled Bear Necessity in the US and Keeping Mum in the UK, will be published in 12 countries in 2020. A film adaptation is also currently in development.

TO BE DIRECTED BY EMMY WINNER, BEN TRICKLEBANK

Ben is a celebrated multi-disciplinary artist and director, helming interactive films, virtual reality installations and digital experiences. Within the creative industries, he is rapidly emerging as one of the preeminent storytellers. Ben's commercial work includes films for Hennessey, Sony Bravia, Lexus, Mini Cooper, and Playstation in partnership for agencies like Droga5, DDB, BBH, Ogilvy & Mather, and Google Creative Lab. His work has garnered awards from Cannes Lions, D&AD and The One Show, among others. His interactive documentary film, “Clouds Over Cuba,” received international accolades including an Emmy.

2ND PLACE WINNER - MISS FORTUNATE ($4000 GRANT AWARDED)

If luck is a lady, grief is a bitch. A young woman loses her mother and finds herself. A coming of rage story.

WRITTEN BY MOLLY O'SHEA

Molly is a writer and actress. She cut her teeth working with critically acclaimed, Olivier nominated immersive theatre company You Me Bum Bum Train. It was there she was headhunted by BBC Entertainment, sealing her fate as a producer in the making. A fate director Dame Jane Campion unsealed shortly after by reading Molly's script and calling it “incredible”. After much insecurity Molly eventually conceded that maybe when the first woman to win the Palme d'Or at Cannes tells you you're a writer, you should listen. Jane continues to support Molly's writing and in 2017 asked Molly to give a speech with her about the struggle for young women in film. Molly used this opportunity to tell the gatekeepers of the industry about her period and The Muppets.

At 18 Molly was told that although she was talented she was too fat to play pretty and too pretty to play fat. Identifying as neither of those things, she cried for several years before writing a one woman show that explored this dichotomy. It premiered this year to rave reviews and received four stars across the board.

Updated: 06/06/2019

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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