Guest Judge: David Benioff
Cowriter and showrunner of Game of Thrones

Guest Judge: David Benioff
Cowriter and showrunner of Game of Thrones



Filmmakers must be 18 years or older to enter the competition. Misrepresentation of age, upon discovery by American Zoetrope, will disqualify the entry.

Employees of American Zoetrope and its affiliated companies and their immediate families are not eligible to enter.

Film submissions must be the original work of the entrant(s), and the rights should not have been previously optioned or sold. American Zoetrope and its affiliates assume no liability with respect to the infringement of any third party’s rights if the film is based on or contains source material to which the entrant does not own rights, nor any liability with respect to the protection of any entrant’s copyright in and to his/her/their film submission.

Dialogue must be in the English language, or subtitled in English.

Films submissions must be no longer than fifteen minutes, inclusive of credits. The format must be mp4, and the maximum allowable file size is 1GB.

Films directed by one or more filmmakers are eligible. One of the filmmakers should be selected as the primary contact. Codirectors selected as winners will divide the award equally.

Submissions for the EARLY DEADLINE must be submitted online by September 1, 2019, at 11:59:59 p.m. PST. Submissions for the FINAL DEADLINE must be submitted online by November 5, 2019, at 11:59:59 p.m. PST.

An entry fee of US$35 (for the early deadline) or US$45 (for the final deadline) must be paid online by credit card at the time of submission. Entry fees will not be returned or adjusted.

Once a film is submitted, we cannot accept an updated version. However, an entrant is welcome to submit an updated version as a new entry.

One winning film and four honorable mentions will be announced on or by February 9, 2020, and those five films will be posted to The winning film and honorable mentions will be selected at our judges’ sole discretion based on a variety of criteria including creativity, originality, and technique. Entrants retain all rights to their work.

The winning filmmaker will receive $5,000. American Zoetrope will invite select talent agencies and production companies to view the winning film and four honorable mentions at The talent agencies include William Morris Endeavor, CAA, the Gersh Agency, Exile Entertainment, ICM, Oasis Media, UTA, the Radmin Company, Prolific Entertainment, Energy Entertainment, and Dontanville/Frattaroli. And the production companies include American Zoetrope, Samuel Goldwyn Films, Fox Searchlight, Sony Pictures Classics, IFC Entertainment, Verisimilitude, Lionsgate, Icon Pictures, Lleju Productions and Films, Working Title, Dimension Films, Michael London Productions, Hope for Film, Kulture Machine, Number 9 Films, Folo Films, Pretty Pictures, Roserock Films, Astrakan Films, Industry Entertainment, Anonymous Content, Jim Wedaa Productions, Robert Evans Company, Fortis Films, Jean Doumanian Productions, Agape Media International, and Ziskin Productions.