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2021’s SHORT FILM FUND SPRING SEASON WINNERS

We are proud to announce our GRAND PRIZE WINNERS and TOP 5 FINALISTS!

We are now consulting with our winning writers on their plans for their projects.

It’s hugely inspiring to read the work of so many immensely talented writers. We are excited to begin the process of commissioning our Winner’s films and sharing our Finalists’ scripts with our Industry and Directors Roster.

For full details of what happens next, check out our Short Film Fund post-contest timeline.

 

THE FALL SEASON OF OUR SHORT FILM FUND OPENS ON JULY 15TH.

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GRAND PRIZE WINNER - EL VALS (THE WALTZ) written by Alycya Magaña

AWARDED A $15,000 PRODUCTION GRANT

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EL VALS (THE WALTZ)

With their mother deported and young Danny now the man of the house, acquiring a Quinceañera dress for his older sister means everything – yet how will he do it with no money and CPS closing in?

SECOND PLACE WINNER - OVER THE NEXT HILL written by Tarique Qayumi

AWARDED A $10,000 PRODUCTION GRANT

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OVER THE NEXT HILL

On a perilous journey as a refugee, eleven-year-old Zabi struggles to prove his manhood to his mother.

OUR TOP 5

In addition to our two grant winners, we would like to congratulate our Top 5 Finalists.

A MIND OF ITS OWN by Courtney Randle
CARRION by Yvonne Zhang
HEATWAVE by Raúl Eduardo Galindo Peña & Andrea Porras
PASO DOBLE by Heida Reed
SNAKESBITE by Leaf Lieber

This season, our Top 5 Finalists will receive feedback on their scripts from our Judges along with a Free Copy of Final Draft & Free Enrollment into our Ultimate Screenwriting Course. Plus, the Grand Prize Winner will also receive a free Festival Pass to HollyShorts 2021.

OUR SHORT FILM FUND FINALISTS

(in alphabetical order)

How to become a screenwriter. Screenplay Contests. Screenwriting Contests. Alycya Magana El Vals (The Waltz) With their mother deported and young Danny now the man of the house, acquiring a Quincea̱era dress for his older sister means everything Рyet how will he do it with no money and CPS closing in?
How to become a screenwriter. Screenplay Contests. Screenwriting Contests. Courtney Randle A Mind of Its Own A black woman experiences microaggressions at her workplace due to her loud talking natural hair.
How to become a screenwriter. Screenplay Contests. Screenwriting Contests. Hamish Parkinson & Brynley Stent Sibbys Two agoraphobic siblings drift apart and have to make a choice to stay together when they are locked out of their family home.
How to become a screenwriter. Screenplay Contests. Screenwriting Contests. Heida Reed Paso Doble A washed-up Latin ballroom teacher takes his life frustrations out on a student’s parent.
How to become a screenwriter. Screenplay Contests. Screenwriting Contests. Joseph Oxford Jon In Wonderland Joe is in a rut and is desperate for a good idea. When inspiration strikes, his obsession takes him down a rabbit hole that will test his sanity.
How to become a screenwriter. Screenplay Contests. Screenwriting Contests. Kali Bailey The WASP “The WASP” is a short film about Hazel Ying Lee, the first Chinese-American woman to fly for the U.S. Military. Hazel is a mischievous, driven, and brave woman who wants to serve her country in any way she can.
How to become a screenwriter. Screenplay Contests. Screenwriting Contests. Karina Hurtado From Maintenance With Love As if having to work through a pandemic wasn’t enough like living in the Twilight Zone, the skeletal maintenance crew of a deserted office building starts noticing strange, possibly supernatural occurrences, taking place during their shifts. As the unprecedented political events of 2020 intensify so do the surreal incidents taking place in the building.
How to become a screenwriter. Screenplay Contests. Screenwriting Contests. Leaf Lieber Snakesbite In a post-apocalyptic world, a lonely lieutenant forms a bond with a weary traveler, in doing so, unlocking an internalized trauma that has persisted in the wake of extinction.
How to become a screenwriter. Screenplay Contests. Screenwriting Contests. Michael Godere Ginzo A disgraced ex-cop takes his family on the lam as he battles a corrupt police department and local mafia, while his son and best friend fall in love with hip hop and battle racism over one hot summer in 1980s New England
How to become a screenwriter. Screenplay Contests. Screenwriting Contests. Onyx Shelton Hand of Glory A young thief goes to ridiculous lengths to charm a dead man’s hand into a legendary and powerful object.
How to become a screenwriter. Screenplay Contests. Screenwriting Contests. Raúl Eduardo Galindo Peña & Andrea Porras Heatwave A strong heat wave hits “Candela”, a peaceful and forgotten town in northern Mexico. Day by day, the suffocating heat pushes our three protagonists and the entire town towards an eruption of violence.
How to become a screenwriter. Screenplay Contests. Screenwriting Contests. Shezah Salam Bona Vacantia Driven to paranoia by her job cataloging the empty homes of those who die alone, council worker Nadia Basheer finds an unusual way to cope in the home of a dead sound recordist.
How to become a screenwriter. Screenplay Contests. Screenwriting Contests. Tarique Qayumi Over The Next Hill On a perilous journey as a refugee, eleven-year-old Zabi struggles to prove his manhood to his mother.
How to become a screenwriter. Screenplay Contests. Screenwriting Contests. Yvonne Zhang Carrion 8-year-old Mengmeng accidentally digs up a rotting carcass, and that night, something long-buried is unearthed in her mother.
How to become a screenwriter. Screenplay Contests. Screenwriting Contests. Zack Hosseini A Cotton Moon A pastor’s estranged son begins intercepting strange TV broadcasts from a mysterious deity, known only as The Shepherd, that inspire a novel and radical religious awakening of his own.

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