WE ARE HONORED TO ANNOUNCE THE WINNERS & TOP 5 FINALISTS FOR THE FALL SEASON OF OUR SHORT FILM FUND!
Thank you so much to all the writers and filmmakers who shared their work with us this season. It is undeniable that there are many fantastic stories out there that deserve to be told – that need to be produced – and we are grateful to all those who entrusted their work with us. And now, our panel of award-winning Judges have chosen this season’s Winners.
Our Short Film Fund doesn’t end here. We are excited to now help our Grand Prize Winner into pre-production, production, and beyond. We will also be circulating the Top 15 Finalists’ scripts to select members of our Industry Roster & Directors with the writers’ permission.
For full details of what happens next, check out our post-contest timeline.
Want to know more about how the Short Film Fund can help get your stories produced and kickstart your career? Read about the History of Our Short Film Fund and/or listen to this podcast episode of JUST CLICK SUBMIT with our Short Film Fund Manager.
GRAND PRIZE WINNER -WHO ARE YOU, NANU?
WRITTEN BY ANJINI TANEJA AZHAR
(AWARDED $15,000 CASH PRODUCTION GRANT)
WHO ARE YOU, NANU?
After her grandfather’s (Nanu’s) ceremonial cremation brings her to the Holy Ganges River in India, eight-year-old oddball Aisha befriends the phantom of her Nanu’s rambunctious 11-year-old self and discovers the journey after death.
SECOND PLACE WINNER - MY IDIOT SISTER
WRITTEN BY MICHAEL BASHA
(AWARDED $1,000 CASH PRIZE)
MY IDIOT SISTER
After their mother dies, a selfish young woman visits her childhood home in order to cheer up her profoundly disabled sister.
OUR TOP 5 FINALISTS
We would also like to congratulate our Top 5 Finalists!
A EULOGY FOR THE BELOVED CARL JENKINS by Brian Rawlins
HARAM MY LOVE by Nathalie Ahmadzadeh & Debora Bottino
MILO AND THE SILENT KING by Duran Jones
NIP by Taylor Karin
THE BOY WITHOUT WORDS by Debby Huvaere
This season, our Top 5 Finalists will receive feedback from one of our Judges in addition to having their scripts circulated to select members of our Industry Roster & Directors, with the writers’ permission.
OUR 2023 FALL SEASON TOP 15 FINALISTS
(in alphabetical order by writer’s first name)
OUR 2023 FALL SEASON SEMI-FINALISTS
(in alphabetical order by writer’s first name, 50 screenplays have progressed representing the Top 3% of all submissions)
|Allison Orr Block
|Handle With Care
|Anjini Taneja Azhar
|Who Are You, Nanu?
|Ariel Mahler & Matisse Haddad
|Barry Smyth & Martin Nee
|What makes Leni run?
|A Eulogy for The Beloved Carl Jenkins
|I See You
|El Lenguaje de Las Flores
|Story of My Mother
|We are Seeds
|Patient L51 (The Budgie)
|Get You Better
|The Boy Without Words
|Milo and the Silent King
|Eli Berg & Alejandro Berron
|You Are Going To Die Today
|Felicia Manning & Alex Troxler
|Gianfranco Fernández-Ruiz & Pablo Cervera-Gutierrez
|When Big People Lie
|They Burn Witches. Don’t They?
|Hollis Westling & Emilee Reynolds
|The Truth About Space
|Jerome Watson & John Carter
|Out By Sundown
|A Place so Savage
|Little Tokyo Story
|Fish Out of Water
|My Idiot Sister
|Michelle Zende & Mélia Lisette
|Se Necesita Un Pueblo
|Mike Sorce & Matthew Kic
|Nathalie Ahmadzadeh & Debora Bottino
|Haram My Love
|Nelson González & Alex Ulises
|Leaves Falling Moon
|The Big Chop
|i want to go to moscow
|Dress at a Funeral
|Tosh H Cameron