2024 SHORT FILM FUND SPRING SEASON FINALISTS

WE ARE THRILLED TO ANNOUNCE THE TOP 15 FINALISTS FOR THE SPRING SEASON OF OUR SHORT FILM FUND!

 

We are extremely grateful to all the writers and filmmakers who graciously shared their work with us. We have been humbled by the quality of the stories we were fortunate enough to read, as well as the boldness with which so many writers shared their unique voices.

This season, we received 1,963 submissions. Our Finalists represent less than 1% of those submissions. The scripts are now being read by our panel of industry Judges.

 

OUR WINNERS AND TOP 5 FINALISTS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON JUNE 20TH.

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Learn more about our Short Film Fund alumni and how we can help you bring your stories to life by checking out the History of Our Short Film Fund.

 

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OUR 2024 SPRING SEASON TOP 15 FINALISTS

(in alphabetical order by writer’s first name)

Drew Marquardt Tomorrow Night A turning point in the lives of an elderly couple.
Emma Selinski Greedy for Life In the future, a greedy, 153-year-old woman, attends an exclusive dinner where she consumes the lives of others.
Harvey John To Catch A Siren A young orphan desperately searches for the mermaid he believes to be his mother before he is adopted and sent to live far away.
Helen Sun & Laura Malatos Wonderland In the aftermath of her father’s funeral, a grief-stricken Alice falls into the haunting Wonderland, where an uncanny version of her father makes her question her own sanity.
Isabel Anderton Little Death Like any other teenager, 18-year-old Marianne wants to experience sex. However, her disability means she is reliant upon her parents and carers. In order for Marianne to achieve her goal, her mother Laura is forced out of her comfort zone and has to acknowledge her own desires. Ultimately, Marianne discovers that sex isn’t the hard part.
Joseph O’Toole & Harriet Davies The House Always Wins One elderly man’s refusal to die prevents Charlotte from moving into her dream apartment.
Khris Burton & Colin Scott The Most Marvelous Man In The World Heralded as “the most marvelous man in the world” by Barnum & Bailey’s Circus, Luger Sylbaris, the sole survivor of the 1902 Mount Pelée eruption – saved only for being imprisoned for murder the night of the catastrophe – traverses the decimated island of Martinique in search of his missing wife.
Leanne Imber Coming Out To Grandma A usually confident woman panics when faced with the prospect of ‘coming out’ to Grandma. When Grandma is kicked out of her aged care facility and unexpectedly moves in, she strives to keep the relationship with her girlfriend secret, fearing the truth might just spell the end of her 99-year-old grandmother! 
Luis G. Santos Later is too late (‘Pa Luego Es Muy Tarde’) After running into each other through happenstance, two estranged siblings ponder if they should try to reconcile their relationship one last time.
Matthew McInerney-Lacombe Maya’s Brother Brian is a deeply insecure teen overshadowed by his popular sister and embarrassed by his working-class mother. He must confront his troubled familial relationships when his upper-class boyfriend dumps him right before he’s supposed to meet Brian’s family.
Mimi Nguyen Children of War When the air raids escalate across Ukraine, a determined doctor must evacuate the orphaned children. While struggling with the separation from her family, she embarks on a difficult journey that will test her judgment.
Paula Crichton Adela During the peak of the Mexican Revolution, a quiet but complex young woman’s domestic life is disrupted when a spirited general and her group of soldaderas arrive, igniting a passionate bond that forces her to choose between fulfilling her familial duty, or leaving it all behind.
Sarah Phillips Batchelder Little Horse When Astral Lieutenant Aiden discovers that she is unexpectedly pregnant, her career onboard the spaceship Little Horse is suddenly in jeopardy. As the other officers (and the government command) react to the news, her supervisor demotes her to the purgatorial overnight shift on the helm. Her assignment turns disastrous when reality merges with fantasy in the vast expanse of the stars.
Serena Dykman Babka In the heart of South Williamsburg, Brooklyn, a newly blind Jewish Orthodox baker forms an unlikely friendship with a queer Catholic Latino guide dog trainer, embarking on an eye-opening journey to overcome personal and cultural barriers in his quest to reopen his beloved bakery.
Steven George Demon Twink A depressed queer man named Dante is offered eternal youth via a mysterious glory hole, but soon learns his wish is granted with a deadly price.

OUR 2024 SPRING SEASON SEMI-FINALISTS
(in alphabetical order by writer’s first name, 60 screenplays have progressed representing the Top 3% of all submissions)

WRITER NAME(S) SCRIPT TITLE
Andrea Berting Eye Candy
Annie Ning Man Made Lake
Ash Santos & Lawrence J. Hughes Thank You For Your Donation
Carissa Gallo Someday It Is
Chelsea Christer Into the Sunrise
Colleen Ryan El Alma De La Sed
Daniel Foster & Autumn Olson Did You Remember The Cat?
Daniel Marques The Ballerina
David Jaffe Pining
David Polcyn The Tile Factory
Desdemona Chiang See You Tomorrow Tomorrow Tomorrow
Drew Marquardt Tomorrow Night
Edoardo Cantiello Simulacrum
Elena Fletcher Sullivan’s Shadow
Emma Selinski Greedy for Life
Esther Um Sushi for Two
Frank Abney Black Man, Black Man
Guy Pooles Tunnelmouth
Harvey John To Catch A Siren
Helen Sun & Laura Malatos Wonderland
Hewi Cinar dead but not gone
Isabel Anderton Little Death
Jason Forbach The Delicate Medium
Jeremiah Towolawi The Truth About Space
Jordan Martin & Justin Jayne Remove Before Flight
Joseph O’Toole & Harriet Davies The House Always Wins
Joshua Marc Allen Six to Wash
Julia Diddy Beasts
Katie Royer & Rebekah Cianci Perpetual Care
Khalil Hefaf & Seif Borin The Axe
Khris Burton & Colin Scott The Most Marvelous Man In The World
Kristin Dober Designing Hell
Kylie Boersma We are the Dead Girls
Larissa Salazar Mad Summer
Laurel Kulow Debbie’s Gotta Dance
Leanne Imber Coming Out To Grandma
Luis G. Santos Later is too late (‘Pa Luego Es Muy Tarde’)
Mack Velle Doopsy!
Matthew Hopper Cooper Weiss
Matthew McInerney-Lacombe Maya’s Brother
Michael Buonocore Feel That?
Mimi Nguyen Children of War
Naomi Christie
Sunhat
Nicole McLendon The Bus Stop
Paula Crichton Adela
Quamé Hamlin Pat
Rachel Forman The Hole
Randi Barros Yes
Raphael von Blumenthal Soyboy
Rodolfo Salas Bark & Boo
Saba Askari I Am, For You
Sabrina Velez Stained Glass Pain
Sarah Phillips Batchelder Little Horse
Serena Dykman Babka
Sharona D’Ornellas Keep My Brother
Steven George Demon Twink
Sunny King After Midnight
Thomas Archer Wake Up Time
Tia Matza Baby-Cakes
Willa Cuthrell-Tuttleman Potato Eaters