Best Short Script Prize 2022

Entries are now open for our Best Short Script prize and we’re delighted that for 2022 we’ll be partnering with Shedunnit Productions for the fourth year in a row to offer script consultation and mentoring to the winner. 

Creating short scripts is such an artform, so we want to recognise and celebrate that. We’re always blown away by the complexity that can be demonstrated within just a few short pages, showcasing the talent that goes into the creation of a short script, and we can’t wait to meet the characters within this year’s entries, and those behind their creation.

We’re passionate about supporting the creation of female-focused, intersectional stories. Shedunnit Productions is an incredible partner in this initiative, so we’re happy to be working with them on this once again.

As well as adding the title of Best Short Script Prize 2022 to their accolades, the winner will be given the fantastic opportunity of being personally mentored and given a script consultation by Helen Jacey. Helen is the author of international best-seller The Woman in the Story: Writing Memorable Female Characters, as well as the founder of Shedunnit Productions.

Helen said: “This competition not only celebrates the talent of older women in film, but hopefully inspires and encourages more women over 50 to develop both on screen and behind the camera. We’re proud to be involved for another year.”

What’s the prize?

⭐️ Mentoring and script consultation from Helen Jacey

⭐️ a signed copy of The Woman in the Story: Writing Memorable Female Characters by Helen Jacey

⭐️ a winner’s certificate

⭐️ a bottle of Mother’s Ruin handmade gin (Mother’s Ruin Gin sponsors this prize)

Runner-up short drama scripts’ prizes include:-

⭐️ a signed copy of a Helen Jacey book

⭐️ a winner’s certificate

Who can enter?

The competition is for any short drama script that is as yet unproduced, which is written by a woman over 50 or has a woman over 50 as the central character. 

The prize recognises international talent, but entries must be written in English. 

How do I enter?

Visit for all details, terms and to enter the competition. 

Entries are open until 2 July. However, this window may close early if judges receive 50 scripts for consideration ahead of this date.

The standard entry fee is $12, a $2 discount available for Gold Film Freeway members and students can enter for free.

Find out more about this year’s Festival and how to enter.