THE SCREENWRITERS NETWORK PRESENTS

THE KILLER SHORTS HORROR SHORT SCREENPLAY COMPETITION!

In the past few years, horror shorts have become a goldmine for Hollywood. Feature films such as The Babadook, Lights Out, Mama and Saw originated as proof-of-concept shorts. Shorts like Whisper, The Burden, Behind, Sweet Tooth, and Milk, were discovered by producers like James Wan and Sam Raimi and are now in development as features.

It all starts with the script.

Killer Shorts was created to discover, inspire and promote emerging screenwriters around the world as we dig up the freshest new voices in horror. We’re passionate about horror and all its sub-genres! Horrifying monsters, psychological terrors, hilarious horror comedies, creepy creatures…whatever your dark & twisted mind can imagine!

Submissions are now open for the 2019 season!

Submit today via Coverfly, FilmFreeway or ISA!

The Prizes

First Place

  • Circulation and personal recommendation of the top 3 scripts to our network of industry professionals (agents, managers, producers and studio executives)
  • Free Copy of Final Draft Screenwriting Software ($249 Value)
  • Waived Entry to WeScreenplay Shorts, Screencraft Shorts, Crimson Screen Horror Film Fest and Oregon Scream Horror Week Film Festival
  • 5 Free Pitches on Virtual Pitch Fest
  • 1 Year Free Subscription to Shudder
  • 1 Year VIP Platinum Membership on Screenwriters Network
  • Increased rank on Coverfly’s The Red List, with exposure to thousands of industry professionals who are looking for great screenplays
  • 100 Tokens on Screenwriters Network
  • Framed Winner’s Certificate
  • Mystery Box of Dread

Second Place

  • Circulation and personal recommendation of the top 3 scripts to our network of industry professionals (agents, managers, producers and studio executives)
  • Free Copy of Final Draft Screenwriting Software ($249 Value)
  • Waived Entry to WeScreenplay Shorts, Screencraft Shorts, Crimson Screen Horror Film Fest and Oregon Scream Horror Week Film Festival
  • 5 Free Pitches on Virtual Pitch Fest
  • 6 Months Free Subscription to Shudder
  • 6 Months VIP Platinum Membership on Screenwriters Network
  • Increased rank on Coverfly’s The Red List, with exposure to thousands of industry professionals who are looking for great screenplays
  • 75 Tokens on Screenwriters Network
  • Framed Winner’s Certificate
  • Mystery Box of Dread

Third Place

  • Circulation and personal recommendation of the top 3 scripts to our network of industry professionals (agents, managers, producers and studio executives)
  • Free Copy of Final Draft Screenwriting Software ($249 Value)
  • Waived Entry to WeScreenplay Shorts, Screencraft Shorts, Crimson Screen Horror Film Fest and Oregon Scream Horror Week Film Festival
  • 5 Free Pitches on Virtual Pitch Fest
  • 3 Months Free Subscription to Shudder
  • 3 Months VIP Platinum Membership on Screenwriters Network
  • Increased rank on Coverfly’s The Red List, with exposure to thousands of industry professionals who are looking for great screenplays
  • 50 Tokens on Screenwriters Network
  • Framed Winner’s Certificate
  • Mystery Box of Dread
  • 5 pages of in-depth analysis and actionable advice from The Script Butcher!

Quarter Finalists

  • Winner Laurels
  • 1 Free Pitch from Virtual Pitch Fest
  • 10 Tokens on Screenwriters Network
  • 5 Coverfly Tokens – for use on Coverfly’s free peer-to-peer notes exchange

Deadlines & Fees

Early Bird – October 15th 2019 – $15

Regular – November 15th, 2019 – $20

Final – December 15th, 2019 – $25

Announcements

Quarterfinalists – February 14th, 2020

Semifinalists – February 28th, 2020

Winners – March 13th, 2020

Distribution (Top Three Winners)

Killer Shorts is proud to partner with a network of literary managers, agents, executives, and producers who are actively seeking fresh voices in horror screenwriting and recognize the potential in short form content as a way of breaking into the industry. They have a proven track record of discovering talent via their horror shorts, including Leigh Whannell (Saw), James Wan (Saw), David Sandberg (Lights Out), Angel Gómez Hernández (Behind), Julian Terry (Whisper, They Hear It), Nico van den Brink (Sweet Tooth, The Burden), and more.

The Top 3 scripts will be read by agents, managers and producers at the following companies:

   

Killer Shorts is proudly sponsored by Shudder!

Shudder is the premium service for fans of horror, thrillers and the supernatural with an unbeatable selection of exclusive new releases and genre-defining classics, handpicked and updated weekly, available on most streaming devices in the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland and Germany. To learn more, visit www.shudder.com

All members of The Screenwriters Network will experience Shudder commitment-free for 14 days.    

   

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