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Similar to the "48hr Challenge", each writer will have the same ten days to create an original short screenplay. 

Writers will be judged on how well they are able to create rich, full stories, using the challenge parameters below in the most innovative, interesting and creative ways possible.


Create an original short screenplay within 10 days, 25 pages max.

A genre, location and object will be assigned.

With the dwindling attention span and the rise in new platforms, streaming services and devices. The demand for high quality short content within the film industry, is increasing exponentially. Thus forcing more and more to shift focus from full length feature films to short-form narrative screen writing. 

Recognizing this demand, The Hollywood Film Institute places more importance on short form challenges and contests, such as "48hr Challenge" and "The Short Script". Competitions such as these will occur more frequently than our full feature length contests. Ultimately giving writers more opportunities to win thousands in cash, to help fund careers and projects of their own. The top 3 writers from each competition will be entered automatically to compete for the Grand Prize. The chance for the HFI to bring their work to life.

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


MAY 22nd

Challenge Begins




MAY 29th

Challenge Ends



MAR 15th


Challenge Open

APRIL 16th

Early Submission Deadline

MAY 15th

Final Submission Deadline

JUNE 18th





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



Genre, Location and Object Assignments

Writers are encouraged to interpret given assignments in a unique and creative way, ultimately making it their own. However, submissions that are completely off assignment 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. However, if your assigned genre is a Western and you submit a script that is undoubtably a Western and have incorporated elements of Science Fiction. That is acceptable. 

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


Like 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. Your imagination and creativity of how you use the object assigned to help tell your story, directly correlates on 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 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.



Short Script Challenge opens for submission: March 15th.

Early submissions deadline: April 16th.

Final submission deadline: May 15th. 

Challenge Begins: May 22nd

Challenge Ends: May 29th

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



Early submission fee: $49
Regular submission fee: $69


  • Challenge - script must be no longer than 25pages.

  • Challenge - you will have 10 days max.

  • All material must be submitted electronically as 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 April 16th.

  • Early submission fee: $49.

  • Final submission deadline is May 15th.

  • Entry fee after early submission: $69.

  • 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!

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