The History of our
Short Film Fund
Learn how our Short Film Fund has helped numerous screenwriters and filmmakers break into the Film & TV Industry.
19 Greenlit Short Films & Counting
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The films we have produced have gone on to play at hundreds of film festivals, including Sundance, Tribeca, Cannes, BFI London, Austin, Palm Springs, Encounters, and have won a BAFTA and other major awards.We started our Short Film Fund in 2016 to create another avenue to get screenwriters work out there into the industry. Having your screenplay produced, and gaining that credit, is instrumental in the building of your career. It will help to create interest in you and your work from managers, agents and production companies. Going to festivals and meeting like-minded people will allow you to naturally build connections that will help pave the way for your future success.
Short films have started the careers of most of our favorite filmmakers in the world. You can see below how it has started the careers of many of those who have won our film fund. Also, listen to our Short Film Fund Manager share more about the opportunity on the podcast Just Click Submit.
2023 - SFF2
WHO ARE YOU, NANU?
WRITTEN BY ANJINI TANEJA AZHAR IN PRE-PRODUCTION
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.
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2023 - SFF1
WRITTEN BY EDDIE MUJICA IN PRE-PRODUCTION
A surreal, dark comedy about mental health stigma in the Latinx community. At his first therapy session, Rafael Reyes relives the anxious thoughts from the night of his 30th birthday.
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2022 - SFF2
HE WOKE UP TO DEFLATING NEWS
WRITTEN BY LAURA SPINI & LAURENCE BROOK IN PRE-PRODUCTION
When her estranged alcoholic sister lands in the hospital after a relapse, Charlie reluctantly agrees to drive her from New York to rehab in Kentucky. But she must deal with a secret addiction of her own along the way.
“All I have left to say is THANK YOU to Kimberley Browning, Julia Morizawa, Dave Beazley, and the entire Shore Scripts team for your support of THIRSTYGIRL! Winning the Short Film Fund has brought so many gifts, the least of all being the financial support you provided. I can’t say how grateful I am for all of you and what you do for emerging filmmakers. Thank you, thank you, thank you!”View Trailer & Read Post-Shoot Q&A
2022 - SFF1
NON EMERGENCY MEDICAL TRANSPORT
WRITTEN BY CHELSEA ISABELLA CLARK-JAMES AWAITING RELEASE
A driver for a family transportation business has to find an open medical bed for a long time alcoholic involuntarily committed for medical detox by the state, which turns out to be more difficult than it should be.
"I just wanted to thank you again. The support that has come along with winning Shore Scripts has been as impactful as the funding itself. I wouldn't have gotten into the Sundance Collab without it."View Trailer & Read Post-Shoot Q&A
A WEDDING DAY
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY BRENDAN BEACHMAN PREMIERED AT CALGARY UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL & ON RELEASE
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY JOSEPH LEE PREMIERED AT NATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FOR TALENTED YOUTH & ON RELEASE
In the winter of the Korean War, a North Korean family on the run escapes to the seaside, where they must quietly sneak across the water on a fisherman’s boat to reach freedom.
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HORNY WRITTEN BY HANNAH LEOPARD IN POST-PRODUCTION
An anxious teenager, who is terrified of losing her virginity, discovers a horn is growing out of her forehead on the day she’s meant to do it. Read Pre Shoot Q&A
2021 - SFF1
EL VALS &
OVER THE NEXT HILL
BOTH PROJECTS IN PRE-PRODUCTION
EL VALS WRITTEN BY ALYCYA MAGAÑA
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?
OVER THE NEXT HILL WRITTEN AND TO BE DIRECTED BY TARIQUE QAYUMI
On a perilous journey as a refugee, eleven-year-old Zabi struggles to prove his manhood to his mother.
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In 2020 we decided to run the Short Film Fund twice yearly to further support new writing talent.
Enter your short script for the chance of having your work produced, gain a credit, and kickstart your screenwriting career.ENTER OUR SHORT FILM FUND
2020 - SFF2
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY ANTHONY FLOREZ
Life on the Rez is tough, but not as tough as underdog, Casey TwoBears, a veteran whose life has been a constant state of survival.
Third-grade teacher Anna Wheeler receives a new student with her same first and last name, triggering eerie similarities and traumatic memories when the girl’s father fails to pick her up from school.
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2020 - SFF1
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY LINDIWE MAKGALEMELE
A car breaks down in an anonymous South African town.
“I would like to just reiterate my gratitude to Shore Scripts. This isn’t something that I would have believed to be possible and it was entirely enabled by the Short Film Fund. So thank you!”
WRITTEN BY JAMES GOULD-BOURN & BEN TRICKLEBANK
DIRECTED BY BEN TRICKLEBANK
Jake might only be 12, but that’s old enough to be a man as far as his dad is concerned. The only problem is that Jake isn’t sure he’s ready to grow up – at least not in the way that his dad wants him to.
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WRITTEN BY MOLLY O'SHEA DIRECTED BY ELLA JONES
If luck is a lady, grief is a bitch. A young woman loses her mother and finds herself. A coming of rage story.
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WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY NORA KIRKPATRICK
When the reigning queen of the Home Shopping Network is killed live on-the-air during a hair drying demonstration gone wrong, her three venomous, power-hungry disciples enter into a cut-throat competition for her coveted time slot.
NORA WENT ON TO DIRECT AN EPISODE OF THE ABC SHOW GOLDBERGS AND WROTE FOR THE AMAZON LIMITED SERIES DAISY JONES & THE SIX. SHE RECENTLY WRAPPED HER DEBUT FEATURE.View Trailer
ARRI Rental come onboard as a sponsor, giving free camera equipment for the duration of our shoots
ARRI have always been a champion of upcoming talent. It’s been a real honor to partner with them since 2017, aligning our shared interests in helping to support the next generation of screenwriting and filmmaking talent.Read about our relationship with ARRI
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY SAM BARON
A heartbroken guy throws caution to the wind and goes to an orgy.