Registration Fee $60


Early Deadline:

Feb 03, 2018

Regular Deadline:

Feb 13, 2018

Final Deadline:

Feb 24, 2018


Final Deadline
  • Standard Entry $60
  • ISAConnect Entry $55
Final Deadline
  • Standard Entry $60
  • ISAConnect Entry $55
Final Deadline
  • Standard Entry $60
  • ISAConnect Entry $55
Final Deadline
  • Standard Entry $60
  • ISAConnect Entry $55
Final Deadline
  • Standard Entry $60
  • ISAConnect Entry $55
Final Deadline
  • Standard Entry $60
  • ISAConnect Entry $55
Final Deadline
  • Standard Entry $60
  • ISAConnect Entry $55


Approximate Announcement Date

Mar 28, 2018

Hollywood Just4Shorts Film and Screenplay Competition


It's a new era for short films!  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 entered into genre-specific categories are additionally eligible for an award, emphasizing the project's achievement within its genre.

Plus, The winning scripts of our monthly rounds will be entered into the annual competition for a chance to win the Short Screenplay Award and a $500 cash prize.

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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.


  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 40 minutes/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 nonrefundable. 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 40 pages?
No. We only accept scripts for short films and the industry generally considers scripts to run approximately one minute per page. Since we follow the Academy's definition of a short film as being 40 minutes or less, we only accept scripts that are 40 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 40 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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