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12th DC Shorts Screenplay Competition – September 2019
DC Shorts is proud to present a different kind of screenwriting competition. A panel of readers consisting of filmmakers, screenwriters, and critics review and provide condensed coverage (feedback) for scripts of 15 pages or less.
Six finalists are invited to attend DC Shorts and, with the assistance of local directors and agents, cast a live table reading of the script from a bank of actors. The readings are performed in front of an audience, who vote on their favorites. These votes, along with the scores of the readers, determine a competition winner.
- The DC Shorts Screenplay Competition awards up to $2,000 ($1000 at time of winning and a $1,000 for finishing funds to complete the film) to a winning script, and guaranteed acceptance into the DC Shorts Film Festival the year the film is completed.
- We consider screenplays in every genre and subject matter. However, because the finalists are read in front of a live audience, the judging committee looks for material that can be successfully conveyed to a general audience in a table reading.
- Scripts must be under 15 pages (not including a cover page).
- Scripts must not be in production. The purpose of the competition and award money is to foster the creation and successful completion of an independent short film. All film/video shooting must take place after the award presentation.
- DC Shorts has been named by MovieMaker Magazine every year since 2010 as one of 25 festivals worth the entry fee for our unique feedback system in which EVERY writer is able to review their scores and receive readers’ comments.
- The 2017 script winner, The Pharoahs by David Malouf, premiered at our 2018 DC Shorts Film Festival.