TheFilmSchool’s 9th Annual
Great American Short Screenplay Contest

Submissions accepted March 15th – May 1st, 2016

In seven (correctly formatted) pages or less, put your story on the page for a chance at a full-tuition scholarship to TheFilmSchool’s flagship program, the 3 -Week Screenwriting & Filmmaking Intensive.

Grand Prize – Full Scholarship ($2,995 Value)
Runners Up -$500 Scholarships

The 2014 2nd place winner, El Camino Solo written and directed by Shawn Telford was eventually produced in the TFS Production Lab and went on to screen in over 15 film festivals around the world.

How to Apply:

Submit a piece of writing in script form that you would like to develop into a production ready screenplay. Scripts can be short films, web or television pilots, feature length films or documentaries.

Write your screenplay. This is the hardest step.
Attach your entry in an email to All submissions must:
Include “Screenplay Contest Submission” in the subject.
Include your full name and phone number.
Include your screenplay as an attachment, correctly formatted as a pdf document.
Include a one paragraph synopsis of your screenplay (250 words or less)
Wait 3-5 business days for your screenplay to be posted.
After you receive email confirmation that your script has been accepted, share your screenplay with friends & colleagues and have them vote for your screenplay using the provided link.

Contest Rules

Short screenplays only. Try to keep it within 5-7 pages.
Contest finalists will be determined by preliminary votes, shares, and pageviews.
Winner and runners up will be selected from the finalists based on writing quality.
Preliminary votes do not guarantee a winner or runner up position
Only one screenplay may be submitted per person.
Entries not adhering to the submission guidelines will be ignored.
Submit script for consideration to
Deadline: May 1st, 2015

Submissions accepted March 15th – May 1st, 2016

The 2016 Great American Short Screenplay Contest has ended.

Congratulations to the winners:

First Place Winner; Grand Prize (Full Scholarship for Summer 3 Week Intensive):  The End of the War  written by Jeffrey Smith

Second Place Winner; 2nd Place Prize ($500 towards Summer 3 Week Intensive):  Get a Life written by Kendall Castor-Perry

Many thanks to all those who participated.


A Father’s Legacy


The Care Givers

Dad’s Scar

The End of the War

For the Love of a Gun


Get a Life

The Goat


The Pact

Quick Stop