The goal of the Emerging Screenwriters GET IT MADE Short-Form Screenplay Competition is to provide an opportunity for writers like you to see your work produced at the highest quality and connect you directly to the professional film production process. Each season we will select a 3-5 page grand prize winning short and provide all the necessary tools and up to $5,000 to see it through production and a final edit. Then we will seek distribution on as many platforms as possible to showcase your talent.
Sponsored by the ISA and Canon and produced by Absurd Hero Productions, an independent Los Angeles-based film company specializing in narrative films, music videos & commercials, this contest is an opportunity for screenwriters and filmmakers to get their work MADE, at industry standard quality. This will be a stepping stone into your career in filmmaking.
How it Works
Submit a 3-5 page short-form script. Use your creativity to submit an original story that takes place in one location, with no major stunts, props, pyrotechnics, or CGI, etc. The script must be accompanied by a logline to be considered. Open to all genres, except animation.
Each season we will select the Top 100 shorts from all entrants.
Nine runners up will be eligible for raffles, which includes paid positions on the crew, free entry waivers, script consultations, on-set shadowing, and other offers and prizes.
One Grand Prize and nine runner-up winners are selected each season.
Grand Prize Winner
With a budget of up to $5,000, Absurd Hero Productions will produce your Grand Prize Winning short and consult with you through all aspects of the project – from casting and crewing up to shooting & editing. You will get the opportunity to be on a working set.
Your short script will be produced with a complimentary consultation from both the ISA and Canon, with access to the Canon Burbank space for post-production services.
Upon completion of your short film, you will receive a writer’s credit on IMDb and hard and digital copies of the final product for your reel. Plus, Emerging Screenwriters and the ISA will seek all methods of distribution available.
5 x PAID Production Assistant Positions including:
• Set Lighting
• Art Department
5 runners-up will be invited to join the production. Each will receive $50 per diem and an up close and personal look into the filmmaking process!
• 2 x FREE Entry Waivers
• 1 x Gift or prize from our sponsors
• 1 x Director Shadowing Experience – Learn from and personally assist the director of the winning project.
You know your work inside and out, now it’s time to get a second opinion. We’ll read your full script, and you’ll receive a detailed personalized critique up to 2 pages on what we see, what we think, and suggestions on where to go next.
Matthew Boda is a Writer and Director known for Bed-Stuy Lullaby (2012), Teetering (2014) and Blood, Sweat & Years (2016). Boda also directed two animated music videos for the multi-platinum rock band 311 and as an IATSE Local 728 Set Lighting Technician, has multiple credits on some of Hollywoods biggest productions.
In 2009 he founded Absurd Hero Productions. After teaming up with producer / cinematographer, Brandon Woodard, in 2014, AHP has become a full service independent production company able to bring any size project from inception to completion. Absurd Hero adopts a "DIY" attitude and through our extensive network of collaborative relationships, we offer our clients the industry standard filmmaking process at an affordable cost. Their in-house production gear and editorial equipment help to streamline our workflow. Making quality films has never been more accessible or more efficient...
AHP and Matt Boda has worked with a range of clients and his films & videos have been viewed by millions of eyeballs across the interweb.
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(If you are a writer and want to be considered for the TOP 25, you must be an ISAConnect Member)