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Karmic Shorts

Earlybird Deadline-Oct. 20

Regular Deadline-Nov. 20

Late Deadline-Nov. 30

Extended Deadline-Dec. 20


Stop Pitching. Start Creating.

In its inaugural year, Karmic Shorts is a unique short film competition. In addition to being seen by our award-winning board of filmmakers, the winning script will receive a fully realized production. Beyond the connections and resume boosts offered by other competitions, Karmic Shorts gives you the opportunity to bypass the often endless circuit of talks and red tape between competition winners and their production, and jumps right to the part that matters most to you, bringing your script to life.


Winners receive in house services worth over $10,000 including a full camera, lighting, and post production package, as well as guidance for film distribution and festival entry.


All writers are encouraged to have a hand in the production, if in the New York City area they are of course welcome on set throughout the production. If there is a specific element of production you would like a hand in please specify in your synopsis. If you are located outside of the New York City area a mobile viewing station can be established. Winners will be consulted throughout pre-production on cast and crew decisions.


Scripts should be no more than 12 pages long. We are interested in scripts of any genre or topic. Scripts must be in English. Please include a one page or less story synopsis with your submission.


Have a brilliant idea for a short film but aren't quite sure how to translate it into a script? Submit a treatment of your story! If a treatment is selected a screen writer will be provided for you to help bring your story to the page before production begins. Submit treatments via FilmFreeway. Full scripts will be accepted on FilmFreeway or Withoutabox.


Karmic Shorts has a tri-monthly application process and even though finalists may not be chosen for full production they will be automatically re-entered into the next round of submissions free of charge. Finalists are also eligible to receive a series of services including script notes and development guidance.


Karmic Shorts is a competition that brings the world of your script closer to realization than any other.


Sponsored in part by FilmFreeway.

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