Want to get your short film script made?

The idea behind the IMDb Script to Screen Award is simple: anyone can submit a script for a short film with a running time of 10 minutes or under. Entries are then read and discussed by a panel from the creative writing team at Bath Spa University.

Five scripts are shortlisted and performed in June by Bath Spa’s drama students in front of our industry judges and a live audience. Both the judges and the audience vote for the best script and the winner receives £5000 cash and £1000 worth of hire kit from Visual Impact (UK filmmakers only) to turn their script into a film. Plus, the winner receives a coveted IMDb Enamel Badge and prestigious glass-etched award.  The winning film is not only screened at FilmBath Festival but at several other film festivals across the country.

The IMDb Script to Screen Award final is a wonderful evening with prestigious judges who in previous years have included:

  • Col Needham (CEO of IMDb – always!)
  • Sarah Gavron – director Suffragette, Brick Lane etc
  • Gaby Chiappe – screenwriter, Their Finest, Holby City, Eastenders etc
  • Kate Leys – script editor (American Animals, Churchill, Pin Cushion etc)
  • Ashley Pharoah – writer (The Living & The Dead, Ashes to Ashes, Life on Mars etc)
  • Olivia Hetreed – writer (Girl With The Pearl Earrings, Wuthering Heights etc

Read the IMDb Script to Screen Award Rules here.

Watch our promo film here

If you have not had any previous distribution then enter your short into our IMDb New Filmmaker Award – you could win £1,000 cash PLUS £1,000-worth of hire kit.

We do NOT accept submissions of features – our wonderful Programming Team source and select them.

Submissions ONLY via Film Freeway (please do NOT ask for a fee waiver, thank you)


  • Earlybird – April 5 2020
  • Standard – May 17 2020

Script Surgery

To help budding screenwriters give their script the best chance, we offer a FREE script surgery with an LA film producer and script editor before scripts are submitted. If you’d like to take advantage of this service, simply email us your script.

Email us by 1 May 2020. You will receive feedback on your script in time to make changes and submit before the deadline.

Submission fees

$7 – $12

(apologies, it’s an American platform!)

Exact fee will vary subject to status and date of submission