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This competition consists of two challenges over the course of two weekends. 

Each writer will have the same 48hrs to create an original short screenplay using the challenge parameters below.


Create an original short screenplay within 48hrs, 5 pages max.

A genre, location and object will be assigned.


 Create an original short screenplay within 48hrs, 10 pages max.

A genre, location and object will be assigned.

Think you can create a rich, full story, using only 5 pages? How about within 48hrs? Sounds easy enough you say, great! Follow the link below to accept, "The 48hr Script" challenge and walk away with thousands, in cash!


Writers will be judged on how well they are able to create complete stories, using the assigned criteria in the most innovative and creative ways possible. Top 3 writers not only win thousands in cash prizes but will automatically be entered to compete for The Hollywood Film Institutes, Grand Prize. The chance to see your script come to life!

*Top three writers from each challenge will be entered automatically, free of charge, to compete for the GRAND PRIZE, at a later date.


APRIL 10th

Challenge #1 Begins




APRIL 24th

Challenge #2 Begins



FEB 1st


Challenge Open

MAR 13th

Early Submission Deadline


Final Submission Deadline

MAY 15th














*Top three writers from each challenge will be entered automatically, free of charge, to compete for the GRAND PRIZE at a later date.



Genre, Location and Object Assignments

Writers are encouraged to interpret given assignments in their own unique and creative way. However, submissions that blatantly disregard assignment directions and criteria will be disqualified.


Incorporating other genres along with the assigned genre is acceptable, as long as the assigned genre is obviously predominant. If the assigned genre is not obvious and judges have to ask the question, "is it one or the other?". Then you have not followed guidelines and your script will be disqualified.

For example: If your assigned genre is a Western and you submit a screenplay that reads as Science Fiction, your screenplay will be disqualified. If your assigned genre is a Western and you submit a screenplay that is undoubtably a Western but have incorporated elements of Science Fiction, that is acceptable. 

A list of genres and their definitions can be found on the ABOUT page.


Similar to Genre, the location assigned must be predominant. You may use other locations as long as the assigned location is predominant throughout.



The object assigned must be physically tangible at some point during your screenplay. Imagination and creativity of how you use the object assigned to help tell your story, directly correlates to how well your screenplay will be scored.

If the assigned object is a "Duck", naming a character, "Duck" or the title of a book or simply just mentioning the word "Duck" will not be acceptable. Your screenplay won't necessarily be disqualified, however judges will definitely take the lack of following the object assignments into consideration when scoring your screenplay. 

For Example:

You must have an actual duck appear at some point during your script. Whether it be alive, running around living its best life. Stuffed, collecting dust on the mantle above a fire place or cooked, ready to eat during a family lunch. The choice is ultimately yours but the actual object must be used. 

Always refer to the Rules & Eligibility and FAQ pages. Most, if not all questions can be answered on our FAQ page. If that fails, use common sense and your best judgment when writing your story. Any further questions, please Contact Us, using the message box at the bottom of this page.

Submissions, Deadlines and Fees


All challenge accepted links above will guide you through a simple payment process. Once processed you shall receive a confirmation email along with information and instructions regarding your chosen challenge and the upload process. All screenplays must be uploaded in .PDF form only (Adobe Acrobat). The upload process is simple and may take you only a few minutes however, please make sure to give yourselves ample time. DO NOT wait until the final minute before the submission deadline to upload your script. Cut off times are final, no exceptions will be made.



48hr Challenge opens for submission: Feb 1st

Early submissions deadline: March 13th

Final submission deadline: April 3rd

Challenge #1 Begins: April 10th

Challenge #2 Begins: April 24th

Submissions cut off time: 8:59pmPST - 11:59pm EST.



Early submission fee: $39
Regular submission fee: $59


  • Challenge #1 script must be no longer than 5 pages.

  • Challenge #2 script must be no longer than 10 pages.

  • All material must be submitted electronically as a PDF only.

  • All material must be in standard screenplay format, font, spacing and margin.

  • Submissions are accepted via electronic submission on this website only.

  • Submission fee payment must be made in full at time of the submission.

  • Entries must be received on or before the deadlines.

  • All entries are final and fees, non-refundable.

  • Early submission deadline is March 13th.

  • Early submission fee: $39.

  • Final submission deadline is April 3rd.

  • Entry fee after early submission: $59.

  • All submitted material must be original.

  • Material submitted must be in English.

  • All persons from anywhere in the world are eligible

  • There is no limit to the number of projects you may submit.

  • Submitted material rights must be wholly owned by the writer(s).

Best of luck to everyone and we look forward to seeing some amazing screenplays!