Submit Your Screenplay
13th DC Shorts Screenplay Competition – Friday, September 18, 2020
DC Shorts is proud to present a different kind of screenwriting competition where a panel of readers reviews scripts of 15 pages or less, six finalists are selected for the competition, the scripts are performed in front of a live audience who choose the Screenplay Competition winner.
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 2018 script winner, “By Any Other Name” by Peter Kimball, had its World Premiere at our 2019 DC Shorts International Film Festival.
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