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Feb 27, 2020

Hollywood Just4Shorts Film and Screenplay Competition


The history of short films can be traced back before features existed.

In today's new media environment, filmmaking has become more democratized than ever. And short films have become an excellent vehicle for new directors and screenwriters to demonstrate undiscovered talent to audiences and Hollywood professions.

A short film and script contest giving filmmakers increased industry exposure. Winning shorts will also be considered by Hollywood insiders seeking new talent and feature film adaptation deals.


The winning short script will be sent out to our contacts in Hollywood who will consider you for representation or adaptation rights. Depending on scheduling and interest, we'll also send your script to directors who may be interested in shooting a script in your genre.

Scripts are all eligible for a category award, emphasizing the project's achievement within its genre and making the project eligible for IMDb award listings once the project has been produced.

All submitted material is considered by our industry contacts including Hollywood professionals and New Media outlets seeking original material.

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  1. We are a GREEN competition: To reduce waste, only electronic submissions are accepted. Physical submissions are NOT accepted. Short scripts must be submitted in PDF format.
  2. By submitting your script, you confirm that you own 100% of the rights to the work. If the work's copyright is held by more than one person, the submitter must have the written consent of all other owners prior to submitting.
  3. Scripts must be written in English.
  4. Entrant must be 18 years of age or older. (Entrants between the ages of 13 to 18 may enter with a written letter of consent from a legal guardian.)
  5. The script must be less than 60 pages in length to qualify.
  6. Any decisions made by the judges and/or competition administrators must be considered final and cannot be disputed. 
  7. The competition and its administrators shall not be liable for any typographical errors.
  8. Entry fees must be paid in US Dollars and are non-refundable. The winner is responsible for filing income taxes on any cash prizes that may be received if any is received.
  9. Entry must be received by 11:59 PM Pacific Time on the date of the deadline specified.
  10. All rights to the submitted material will remain with the entrant. The contest administrators and operators DO NOT claim any rights to the material submitted to the competition.


Do you accept scripts on paper by mail?
No. We aim to stay GREEN and avoid the waste of traditional physical submissions. Please submit your script digitally in PDF format. (Most popular screenwriting software comes with an export feature that allows you to export to PDF. If you have any problems, please consult the customer support of your software.)

I already submitted my short screenplay to other competitions. Can I still submit it to Just 4 Shorts?

Can I enter more than one short screenplay?
Yes. There is no limit to how many different scripts you enter. However, you may not enter the same script more than once.

Can I enter a script that's longer than 60 pages?
No. We only accept scripts for short films and the industry generally considers scripts to run approximately one minute per page. We only accept scripts that are 60 pages or less.

What's the minimum length of a script?
There's no minimum. However, it's generally challenging to tell a strong story in a single page. If you can do it, then no one will stop you. In general, most of the highly regarded short films are between 5 to 15 minutes in length, and since it's generally accepted in the industry that one script page is equal to one minute of screen time, you can aim for at least 5 to 15 pages unless your particular story calls for a decision otherwise.

However, rest assured, as long as your film is 60 pages or less, it will qualify and will only be judged on its own merits as a short film script, not based on its length.

Do you accept scripts in languages other than English?
We presently only accept scripts written in English.

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