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.
“Our goal is to motivate, inspire, and guide screenwriters to write horror shorts with feature adaptation potential.” said Alison Parker, Contest Director. “We’re looking for big ideas. The best horror shorts rely heavily on visual scares and unique world building. Putting this kind of terror on the page isn’t for the faint of heart. For the few who succeed, this could be the break that launches their career.”
Killer Shorts partners 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.
The Top 3 scripts will be read by agents, managers and producers at the following companies: Grey Matter Productions, Paradigm Talent Agency, Good Fear Content, and Affirmative Entertainment. In addition to guaranteed industry reads, a combined $3,000+ worth of prizes are also up for grabs. The top 3 screenwriters will receive free copies of Final Draft, 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, Free Subscriptions to Shudder, 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, and more!
Submissions are now open for the 2019 season! Deadlines and Fees are as follows:
Early Bird – October 15th 2019 – $15
Regular – November 15th, 2019 – $20
Final – December 15th, 2019 – $25
For more information on Killer Shorts, please visit: https://www.killershortscontest.com/