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Competition: Shore Scripts Short Film Fund

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Shore Scripts

By Writing.ie

Competition deadline: August 29th 2022

Our Short Film Fund offers an opportunity for emerging screenwriters and filmmakers to have their short films financed and produced. We will finance and produce two short films through our Fall Season of the Fund. 

Our goal is to help emerging screenwriters break into the industry. Monetary prizes are really secondary to that. 300+ Award Winning Judges, Directors, Production Companies, Agents and Managers and have all signed up to read each year’s top submitted screenplays.

At any point during the competition, if we feel the script and time is right, we will send it with our full backing to a producer or production company who we have a relationship with. We always obtain prior consent from the writer before doing so.

The writer’s information will be passed onto the relevant party and all further correspondence will be made between them and the writer. This has happened with a number of writers who have entered. Check out our Success Stories.

The money helps the writer continue writing, but ultimately what every writer wants is to see their words spoken on screen.

Terms and Conditions

We accept Short Scripts, Animations, Web Series, and Proof of Concept Shorts.

  • We do accept shorts that have already been filmed and are in need of additional Finishing Funds. If this is the case, please note this and include a password protected link to the film in your submission. Writers entering our contests for finishing funds and who are seeking coverage on their script should request coverage via our website. Our coverage is solely focused on the script. We do not provide feedback on films.
  • Previous Short Film Fund applicants may apply, including Finalists. Grand Prize and 2nd Place Grant winners are ineligible.
  • You may enter the same script that has been submitted to the fund previously.
  • All ages can enter.
  • All genres are welcome.
  • You may submit as many scripts as you wish.
  • All submitted screenplays must be the writers original work, or they own the copyright.
  • Shore Scripts and the filmmaking team will share responsibility for sending the film to festivals.
  • If a writing team enters, then both/all writers must consent.
  • The Filmmaking Team will have the final call on cast, crew and edit.
  • To help the environment, Shore Scripts only accepts electronic entries.
  • Each writer, or writing team, may not have earned more than $50,000 in screenwriting fees in the preceding 18 months. This clause is in place to help us support emerging talent. (Contest & Fellowship awards do not count toward this total).
  • Shore Scripts staff and associates are unable to enter this fund.
  • You may enter a newer draft of an already submitted script. There will be a small fee involved. You may re-enter your script through the Resubmission page.
  • Scripts should be formatted at size 12 Courier.
  • We prefer scripts to be sent as PDF’s.
  • The winners consent to Shore Scripts using their name, script title, and any other relevant information for promotional purposes on their website. This will be used to inform other contestants and the media of the results. We will also be unrestricted in how and where we promote the finished film.
  • The winners agree to cut a trailer for Shore to use on their website and on other promotional platforms.
  • If Shore Scripts helps a writer gain representation, option, sell, or have his/her screenplay produced, then we are entitled to state this on our website and on any other platforms whenever we see fit.
  • The decision of Shore Scripts is final. By applying to this fund each participant agrees to hold Shore Scripts, our judges and sponsors immune from any competition disputes, claims, liabilities and expenses.
  • If the writer wishes to direct his or her own script, then it will be given serious consideration. A previous portfolio of work will help in making this decision.
  • Shore Scripts will be listed as one of the ‘Production Companies” on the project and also receive an ‘Executive Producer’ credit. The Shore Scripts logo will need to be added to the end credits.
  • The budget will either go through Shore Scripts or be transferred to a freelance producer or production company.
  • We are open to working with filmmakers known to the winner. We will also consider co-productions and additional funding from outside sources.
  • By entering Shore Scripts, you authorize us to use any trusted third-party online, cloud-based and email services and databases for hosting, managing and/or sending/transmitting your submission file(s).
  • Shore Scripts are flexible as to the production dates of the winning project(s). However, if said projects haven’t been filmed within 12 months of our winner’s announcement, Shore has the discretion to transfer the funds to another submitted project. If the project has been filmed but not completed within 18 months of our winner’s announcement, Shore has the discretion to take over and complete the project internally.
  • Please note that our sponsor ARRI may not be able to supply equipment if the project is to be filmed in a country where they do not operate.

See here for further information and to enter.

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