2020 Roadmap Shorts Competition

Entry Pricing & Deadlines


Early | June 17th, 2020 | $25

Regular | July 15th, 2020 | $35

Late | Aug 10th, 2020 | $45

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Grand Prize (1)

Short Script & Short Film Category
  • Development Agreement with Studio 71
    • Winner will work directly with Studio71's development team of executives to develop their short or a new original concept into a feature-length film or TV series!
  • 5x "social distance"-friendly virtual general meetings with industry executives and/or competition judges
  • A Month Mentorship with an executive of your choice from Roadmap's list of available execs
  • 5x Free Open Pitch Sessions
  • 5x Months of Roadmap's "Industry On-Ramp" Program
  • A 30-Minute Marketing & Strategy Call with Roadmap's CEO and Director of Operations

See below for full list of placements and prizes!



Why Should I Enter?

Our shorts competition is designed to give writers unique opportunities to advance their creative careers. We work with more than 400 working industry professionals to help discover new and unique voices.

Whether it’s through one-on-one virtual meetings, executive pitching opportunities, or webinars, we are here to advocate for writers for months after our final announcement. Your success is our success, and we are always in your corner!

We bring the same level of industry access from our virtual classrooms to our competitions.


Announcing Roadmap's Inaugural Shorts Competition!

This competition is open to both short films and short scripts of all genres.

Roadmap Writers is a leader in screenwriting education and training taught by working industry executives & literary representatives. In just four years, Roadmap has helped more than 160 writers get signed to representation with agents and managers! Through our educational programs and competitions, Roadmap has directly helped writers get signed to companies including CAA, APA, Gersh, 3 Arts, Circle of Confusion, Gotham Group, Zero Gravity, Good Fear, Echo Lake Entertainment, and many more!

In addition to a killer roster of industry judges, our shorts competition also features two exciting partnerships that will create amazing opportunities for writers... 

First, we've partnered with Studio71 who will select at least one creator from the competition to develop their project with an eye towards a feature film or TV series.

We are also pleased to announce our partnership with management company First Friday Entertainment to offer a guaranteed signing prize! 

2020 Shorts Competition Judges Include...

  • CAA - Julia Glausi & Janae Desire (Media Finance Executives)
  • Academy Award-Winning Producer - Andrew Carlberg, Producer of short SKIN
  • Grey Matter Productions - Ben Everard (COO), Producer of LIGHTS OUT
  • Rumble Films - Stephanie Wilcox (Head of Development) - DRIVE, WHIPLASH, NIGHTCRAWLER
  • Studio 71 - David Devries (Director of Development)
  • First Friday Entertainment - Devon Byers (Manager/Producer)
  • Archstone Entertainment - Jack Sheehan (President of Worldwide Sales & Development)


is a full service development and production studio, with a highly successful team of producers and a full suite of production and post production services, including soundstages in Burbank. Studio71 recently produced the films PLUS ONE, which won the Narrative Audience Award at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, and Adventure Force 5, which was released on Vudu last year. Other notable Studio71 film productions include the V/H/S franchise, which consists of three films with the original having premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012.

Studio71 has also seen success in scripted series with The Real Bros of Simi Valley starring Jimmy Tatro, season 3 was released on Facebook Watch earlier this year, and Mr. Mom, a 2019 Vudu original series based on the 1983 movie that was written by John Hughes and stars Michael Keaton.

First Friday Entertainment
is a management and production company representing writers, directors, and producers in the film, TV, and digital space. They place a premium on developing clients with fresh voices and diverse points of view. They love to discover writers and directors that traditionally have been under-represented. Their clients have worked on projects such as TRANSPARENT, LIVING SINGLE, FAMILY GUY, DR. KEN, as well as the comic book HARRIET TUBMAN: DEMON SLAYER.

First Friday Entertainment managers and co-heads, Krista Sipp and Devon Byers will guarantee to sign at least one writer/filmmaker to representation from this year's competition. 

Both of these amazing opportunities are INCLUDED free with your entry.

All entrants are eligible to win the Guaranteed Signing Prize, so even if you don't place in the Top 25 or above you are still in contention for this prize! So whether you have a short script or a short film, Roadmap's Shorts Competition is here to bring you big career changing opportunities!

2020 Judges

Additional Prizes

Top 5 Finalists

  • 3 Virtual meetings with industry execs
  • 3 months of Roadmap's "On-Ramp" Program
  • 3 Free Open Pitch Session credits. Choose to pitch to execs or reps.
  • 30-Minute Marketing & Strategy Call with Roadmap CEO and Director of Operations
  • Logline and bio circulated to over 400 execs

Top 10 Semifinalists

  • 1 month of Roadmap's "On-Ramp" Program
  • 1 Free Open Pitch Session credit. Choose to pitch to execs or reps.
  • 15-Minute Marketing & Strategy Call with Roadmap CEO and Director of Operations
  • Logline and bio circulated to over 400 execs

Top 25 Quarterfinalists

  • One 60-Minute Group Strategy Webinar with an industry executive 
  • Featured on Roadmap Writers Website
  • Logline circulated to over 400 execs we work with.


Submissions will be judged by independent industry experts based on the following criteria. The below explanations of each criterion is by no means an exhaustive list, but just an example of some of the questions readers and judges consider in each category.

Is it unique/original? Is it a new spin on a familiar story? Does the concept have longer form potential for either film or TV? Can it succinctly be explained? Do the actions and obstacles advance the story?

Are the characters well developed? Is their purpose or struggle clearly identifiable? Do they have a clear and complete arc? Are they multi-layered? Are the characters relatable or accessible to the reader/viewer?

Does the dialogue elevate the scene? Does it heighten the overall story? Does it propel the story forward?

Is the story compelling? Does it serve to drive the characters and events forward in a meaningful way? Does it emphasize a deeper theme? Does the story explore new ideas?

Does the story have a clear beginning, middle and end? Does it have the appropriate structural beats? For scripted work, is it formatted properly? For filmed content, is it edited effectively?

Does the writer use interesting word choice and sentence structure?  Do they have a unique way to view and relay what’s happening in the story? Does the writer/filmmaker have a unique perspective?


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