Registration Fee $45


Early Deadline:

Jan 23, 2018

Regular Deadline:

Mar 23, 2018

Late Deadline:

May 04, 2018

Final Deadline:

May 25, 2018


Regular Deadline
  • Standard Entry $45
  • ISAConnect Entry $40


Winners Announced

Nov 01, 2018

HollyShorts Screenplay Contest


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.


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

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International Screenwriters' Association

We are squarely focused on supporting emerging screenwriters in their professional growth by providing nearly every tool and resource available in the industry. It's our express goal to support writers of any level or background, who are proactive in developing their careers and are willing to learn from the insights and expertise of our community members. Screenwriting takes perseverance. The harder you work, the better this site will work for you.

Feedback Type

Additional Fee Added to Entry

  • ISA Introductory Feedback: (1-2 pages of notes): $30
  • ISA General Feedback: (2-3 pages of notes): $55
  • ISA Extensive Feedback: (5-6 pages of notes): $125

Feedback Type Description


In this industry, the first twenty pages can mean the difference between a "go picture" and a "go home and try again." Give your writers the advantage with a page (or two) introduction to their script from an outside perspective. We'll map out the direction of the screenplay thus far, and give advice to gently nudge them on the proper course.


Our most popular analysis. The writer will receive a personalized critique based on a thorough read-through of the entire script, up to 120 pages. Whether half-hour pilot or feature film, we'll note our thoughts on everything from the characters and dialogue to pacing, structure, and formatting, and even where the work fits in the marketplace.


Give your writers the in-depth insight of the ISA's working industry professionals. Our Readers will provide 5-6 pages of advanced notes, breaking down every moment and character arc, noting the subtleties that a writer may not have contemplated, and providing a next-level perspective that will empower screenwriters and help script achieve their full potential.


All entries submitted are eligible to win the top prizes.

Employees (and their immediate families (parent, spouse, child, sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and those living in their same households, whether or not related) of HollyShorts and any of their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries and advertising and promotion agencies or festival sponsors, are not eligible to win. There is no limit on the number of short screenplays you can submit; however, each short screenplay submitted by you must be original and different from any other short screenplay submitted by you, submitted separately and accompanied by its own completed submission form and participant agreement. Short screenplays may be a maximum of 20 pages, must be in English and must be submitted in proper script format. HollyShorts reserves the right to reject any short screenplay that it determines, in its sole and absolute discretion, contains prohibited content or is offensive, inappropriate or otherwise unacceptable. All eligible entries received by HollyShorts will be judged by the HollyShorts selection committee and the production company sponsoring the contest.

By submitting your script for consideration for the HollyShorts Screenplay Contest, you agree for HollyShorts and its contest sponsor to produce your short screenplay if selected as the overall winner. The completed film will premiere at the HollyShorts Film Festival.

**subject to change** 


None added. Contact contest admin for details.

Felicity Flesher - World Series of Screenwriting Official Finalist

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AVA MARIA placed as a semi - finalist in the Palm Street Films and HollyShorts Screenplay Contest. This sweet short film about a homeless girl with a special gift, has touched everyone who has read this touching story. Jane Therese is an award...
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Reaugh's THE PLANT made semi-finals in the Hollyshorts Screenplay Contest

Rachel Reaugh's short screenplay THE PLANT made the semi-finals in the HollyShorts Screenplay Contest.  Being a semi-finalist, Rachel is granted complete access to the Hollywood Short Film Festival happening during August 13 - August...
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Sujata Day's comedy short script SODA SHOP placed as a quarter-finalist in the 2015 Page International Screenplay Awards and semi-finalist in the 2015 Hollyshorts Screenplay Contest. Sujata is repped by 3 Arts Entertainment and Talentworks.
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2015 Hollywood Screenplay Finalist

My feature length screenpllay Road to Rosarito was accepted as a finalist in the 2015 Hollywood Screenplay competition in the drama/thriller category. It's his first time making it to the finalist round after being a semi-finalist in mulitiple...
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"The Yellow Ribbon Around Her Neck" by David Ho Wins 3rd Place

"The Yellow Ribbon Around Her Neck", a horror short screenplay written by David Ho, placed THIRD overall in the 2015 Holly Shorts Screenplay Contest.  The story is inspired by an American folklore and is about a disfigured female...
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David J Schroeder's Short Script is a Finalist

David J Schroeder's short screenplay, BECOMING LANA LIU, is a Finalist in the 2016 HollyShorts Film Festival. The winner recieves a $10k production deal. Also, Schroeder's short film, THIS MODERN MAN IS BEAT, will be screening at the...
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2016 HollyShorts Screenplay Finalist

2016 HollyShorts Screenplay Finalist.
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"The Interview" by James M. Freeman & Karsten Freeman honored.

"The Interview" by James M. Freeman & Karsten Freeman is a 2016 Finalist in the HollyShorts Screenplay Contest and a 2016 Semi-Finalist in the Diverse Voices Screenplay Competition.
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Eve Noel's The Secret - HollyShorts Official Selection 2017 Film Festival

The Secret by Eve Noel is a short screenplay set against the backdrop of the Catholic Church, involving a Priest, and a young woman. This is the third recognition for this screenplay, the winner will be announced on August 19, 2017, at the...
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