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It’s all about the script for the first annual “Killer Shorts Horror Short Screenplay Competition”

It all starts with getting your ‘foot’ in the door <cough> script in front of the right person. You may not realize some of the most beloved horror films started out as proof-of-concept shorts. A few that have likely made you scream include The Babadook, Lights Out, Mama, and Saw. The next big things that start out as shorts are Whisper, The Burden, Behind, Sweet Tooth, and Milk that are in development as features discovered by producers like James Wan and Sam Raimi.

Our goal is to motivate, inspire, and guide screenwriters to write horror shorts with feature adaptation potential. We’re looking for big ideas. The best horror shorts rely heavily on visual scares and unique world building. Putting this kind of terror on the page isn’t for the faint of heart. For the few who succeed, this could be the break that launches their career.

Alison Parker, Contest Director

It’s about the script and having the chance to to have it seen by literary managers, agents, executives, and producers. The genre is changing to appeal to fans across the world and new voices/pov that can run with this opportunity. I’m sure it will be competitive filled with talented writes where the top 3 scripts will be read by agents, managers and producers at the following companies: Grey Matter Productions, Paradigm Talent Agency, Good Fear Contentand Affirmative Entertainment. 

The top 3 will have the industry reads and a combined $3,000+ worth of prizes that include a free copy of Final Draft, waived entry to WeScreenplay Shorts, Screencraft Shorts, Crimson Screen Horror Film Fest and Oregon Scream Horror Week Film Festival, 5 Free Pitches on Virtual Pitch Fest, Free Subscriptions to Shudder, VIP Platinum Membership on Screenwriters Network, Increased rank on Coverfly’s The Red List, with exposure to thousands of industry professionals who are looking for great screenplays, and more that might launch the next horror movie franchise!

Submissions are now open for the 2019 season! Deadlines and Fees are as follows:

  • Early Bird – October 15th 2019 – $15
  • Regular – November 15th, 2019 – $20
  • Final – December 15th, 2019 – $25

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