6th Annual

FAM Fest International Film Festival

August 08, 2018 to August 09, 2018


Screenplay Competition


Deadlines & Entry Fees

All fees will be charged in U.S. Dollar

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Press Kit
Submission Copy
Earlybird Deadline
December 15, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 5.00 *
Regular Deadline
April 15, 2018
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 10.00 *
Late Deadline
June 15, 2018
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 20.00 *

Discounted fees apply to projects with pre-purchased Discount Packs, on entry fees greater than 30.00.

Category Details

Approximately July 15, 2018

Shorts: minimum 20 minutes

No requirement for completed by date

Projects may originate from anywhere in the world

No premiere requirement

Project must not have distribution

Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements

  Secure Online Screener
Media Files
  Other - Digital

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

Media Files
  Other - Digital

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

Press Kit Requirements

Do not submit a press kit.

Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

“Shoot Your Short” Screenplay Award
The “Shoot Your Short” Screenplay Competition Award Includes: The winning entry in the “Shoot Your Short” Screenplay Competition (FFIFF) will be produced by Red Samurai Entertainment. There will be one winner selected in the “Shoot Your Short” category of FFIFF 2018 unless there are no qualified entries. The finished, produced winner of the “Shoot Your Short” Screenplay Competition will be announced across the industry, the site, and all social media. FFIFF and Red Samurai Entertainment will give due diligence to promoting the completed work in whatever way is most promising for the future of the winning completed short and all interested parties. The stated goal of the “Shoot Your Short” Screenplay Competition is to produce a festival-ready, saleable short film. Finalists will be notified via email prior to FFIFF 2018. The “Shoot Your Short” Screenplay Competition offers cash prize, production value only. Red Samurai Entertainment, as the producers of the winner of the “Shoot Your Short” Screenplay category in FFIFF 2018 reserve first look exclusive option for six months after the film is completed. During the first look option period Red Samurai Entertainment may sell, distribute, market or enter the completed work into other film festivals without additional permission of the screenwriter. After the first look option period expires the screenwriter and Red Samurai Entertainment will share non-exclusive rights to the finished product. A document with terms and full details for the Non-exclusive Rights Agreement will be sent to the winner of this category upon notification of the award. Failure to agree to these terms will render the screenplay ineligible in the category.
Sponsor:Red Samurai

Category Rules

“Shoot Your Short” Screenplay Rules

All General Rules of FFIFF and all General Rules listed above apply.
The submission may be from any genre.
The “Shoot Your Short” Screenplay Competition is only open to writers who do not earn a living writing for film or television.
Short scripts that have already been produced are ineligible.
Short scripts are open to any narrative short script in all genres.
The “Shoot Your Short” Competition is open to ALL writers at all levels.
No show bibles, treatments, or reality show formats will be accepted for the screenplay competition.
General Format Rules
Screenplays should be formatted according to current industry standards.
To follow standard guidelines for format, read our pdf on screenplay format following included at the end of this rules document.
Font size must be 12 point and in Courier type.
Screenplays must be approximately 5-20 pages in length.
Pages must be numbered in the top right-hand corner.
No revisions or missing pages will be accepted once the entry has been received.

Mailed-in Submissions Format

Pages should be two or three hole punched, bound between cardstock covers and fastened by two or three metal brads.
Pages may be double-sided.
Only the TITLE of the screenplay should appear on the front stock cover (legible and either written or typed).
A second title page with all contact information (title, author, author’s address, phone number, email address, and synopsis) should be included with the script. The author’s name must not appear elsewhere in the script in order to preserve anonymity while the judging is in progress.
An FFIFF “Shoot Your Short” entry form should be included with the entry.
Payment method: money order only, no checks.

Online Submissions Format

Scripts must be in PDF format.
Only the title of the screenplay should appear on the front cover page.
The author’s name, contact information, or any other personal information that may reveal the identity of the writer(s) must not appear anywhere in the script in order to preserve anonymity in the judging process.
Payment method: online via entry platform or money order through the mail, no checks.

General Eligibility

All writers of submitted material, including co-authors, must be 18 years or older.
Screenplays written by teams of two or more writers are eligible for the “Shoot Your Short” Screenplay Competition. All writers must be acknowledged in the submission.

All screenplays submitted must be in English.

Screenplays must not have been optioned, sold or produced. Applicants must notify FAM Fest International Film Festival (“FFIFF” or the “Festival”) of any changes in status following submission.

Applicants may submit more than one screenplay in this category. Each entry requires an application, payment, and script.

All submissions must be accompanied by the appropriate submission fee PER ENTRY and, if submitting by mail, a completed entry form including all authors’ original signatures. Please do not send a photocopy of your signature. Make money orders payable to “Red Samurai Entertainment.” Only US money orders will be accepted.

FFIFF reserves the right in its sole discretion to reject or disqualify any ineligible entries, without a refund.

Full Rules: