Short Film / Short Script Competition

Submit a short script or short film today to the Fade In Awards Short Script/Short Film Competition.

Early Deadline

December 31, 2023

Regular Deadline

January 31, 2024


March 1, 2024


First Prize

Jason Richard Robinson & Chris Hooper

Grand Prize

Michael Dufek

Second Prize

Gerald Teaster

1st place
2nd place

Our Winners Work!

Now in its 28th year, the Fade In Awards feature nine distinct contests for you to enter. Submit a script or short film to the Fade In Awards Short Script/Short Film Contest. With 27 years experience spotting, mentoring and introducing talented new screenwriters and filmmakers to the Hollywood community, our winners have gone on to sign with major Hollywood talent agencies ICM, UTA, APA, CAA & WME; write/direct hit feature films and television shows (e.g., The Marksman (2020), Your Honor, The Blacklist, Cold Pursuit, Blades of Glory, Adam, Office Christmas Party, If Only) and; be nominated for Academy Awards (Culture).

“After winning [the Fade In Awards], we optioned [our award-winning] script to a prominent producer who had made one of the Speed films. The award gave us motivation and encouragement, which has huge value when starting out.” – Danny Kravitz, The Marksman

The Blacklist Executive Producer/Creator Jon Bokenkamp calls his decision to enter the Fade In Awards, “The most important moment in my career.”

Cold Pursuit screenwriter/Your Honor co-Executive Producer Frank Baldwin says, “I owe my success to Fade In. These guys don’t just promise access they deliver it!”

The Fade In Awards deliver by working closely with Grand Prize winners to make sure their winning entry gives them the best chance at launching their filmmaking career. That’s why Hollywood’s A-list buyers and reps call the Fade In Awards one of the best screenplay contests and short film competitions in the world to enter.

“When CBS Studios producer Todd Nelson encouraged me to submit,” says Bokenkam, “my inclination was to say, ‘No.’ I remember thinking there was no way I could afford it. But my script Preston Tylk won and got me an [CAA] agent. It was huge for me.” Bokenkamp went on to work with Angelina Jolie and Halle Berry on Taking Lives and Perfect Stranger, respectively.

The Fade In Awards Short Script/Short Film Competition is open to aspiring screenwriters of short screenplays and filmmakers of short films. Judges are looking for compelling stories featuring well-drawn characters that could easily translate to a feature film. All genres welcome.

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