***The Fall Contest is CLOSED!!***
DEADLINE WAS FRIDAY, November 18
Since 2008, we at Hammer to Nail have committed ourselves to spreading love for all the great and often underseen films made on a dime and fueled by a love for cinema. Previously we have focused on films on the festival circuit, in theaters, and available on home video and VOD. Now we are taking the next step with our Short Film Contest, which aims to seek out the best short work — of all genres and styles, made by filmmakers from all over the world — and help to get that work seen and discussed by our dedicated audience of online cinephiles.
Winners will receive a full review by one of our critics on hammertonail.com and the opportunity to share their film with our readers online. Winners and runners-up will also receive submission waivers to several major U.S. film festivals, as well as subscriptions to Fandor, all worth over $400. Your submission to these festivals will come stamped with a Hammer to Nail seal of approval (*please note, you will still be responsible for submitting your film through the proper channels according to the terms of each festival*).
We will also continue to support and promote your film throughout its life on the festival circuit. Perhaps most importantly, all finalists will have their film judged by a rotating panel of industry insiders like Ted Hope (Double Hope Films), Jeff Deutchman (Paramount), Chris Horton (Sundance Institute) and Richard Lorber (Kino Lorber Inc.); filmmakers like David Gordon Green, Lena Dunham, Craig Zobel, Alex Ross Perry and the Safdie brothers; and film critics from our experienced group of contributing writers as well as previous contest winners.
If you have a completed short film (19-minutes-and-59-seconds or less!) that you want the world to see, submit it by midnight on ***Friday, November 18*** to be considered for our current competition. The fee for entry is $30. The participating fests in our Summer ’16 contest include: IFFBoston, Maryland Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival, Montclair Film Festival, Oak Cliff Film Fest, St. Cloud Film Fest, Sun Valley Film Fest, Julien Dubuque International Film Festival, Oxford Film Fest, Indie Memphis, Sarasota Film Festival, DC Shorts Fest, Denver Film Festival, Dallas Video Fest, Atlanta Film Festival, Sidewalk Film Festival and just added the San Diego International Film Festival and Cleveland International Film Festival!
The Winner of the Spring Shorts Contest will also get a ONE YEAR SUBSCRIPTION TO FANDOR!!! Runners up will each receive a 6 month subscription!
Fandor makes it easy for you to find the right film to watch. With the biggest handpicked collection of the most-talked-about independent films from around the world, there’s always something great to watch, whatever your mood, on almost any device. But they’re more than just a destination for exceptional films. They’re’re also building a community of film lovers and makers and developing industry-leading initiatives, including FIX and Fandor edu.
Why wait? SUBMIT TODAY!
Fall ’16 Judges
Zach Clark is no stranger to Hammer to Nail. He wrote for us back in 2012-2013 and his writing/directing skills have created such HtN faves as White Reindeer and Modern Love is Automatic. His latest film Little Sister premiered at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival and is available right this very moment in limited release and on VOD.
Frank Mosley is another HtN stalwart who’s beautiful short film Casa de mi Madre (My Mother’s House) won our Summer 2016 shorts contest. Keep an eye out for that film in heavy rotation at film festivals worldwide this year and next.
Jennifer Lafleur is a writer, actor and director who you’ve undoubtedly seen in countless indie films. Her latest performances include starring roles in Sarah Adina Smith’s The Midnight Swim as well as Mark and Jay Duplass’s The Do-Deca-Pentathlon.
So what are you waiting for? Submit your short film now!
Have a question about the contest? Email us!
Summer, 2016 Winner Casa De Mi Madre (Directed by Frank Mosley); Runner-up Get the Life (Directed by Ozzy Villazon) Judges: Anna Rose Holmer, Lance Edmands, Ben Hicks
Spring, 2016 Winner Strays (Lance Edmands); Runner-up Chopping Onions (Adinah Dancyger) Judges: Megan Griffiths, Myrsini Aristidou, John Magary
Winter, 2015 Winner Semele (Myrsini Aristidou); Runners-up Cosmetics (Eli Daughdril), Actresses (Jeremy Hersh) Judges: Kent Osborne, Matt Grady, Tati Barrantes
Fall, 2015 Winner Vincent (Tati Barrantes); Runner-up Judy Judy Judy (C. Mason Wells) Judges: Bridey Lee Elliott, Destin Daniel Cretton, Jay Giampietro
Summer, 2015 Winner Hernia (Jay Giampietro); Runners-up RPG (Sadie Rogers) and The Little Deputy (Trevor Anderson); Judges: Kris Swanberg, Houston King and Michael Tyburski.
Spring 2015 Winner: Actor Seeks Role (Michael Tyburski); Runners-up: Making Eyes (Sean Dunn) and Collinsville Trade Day, 1988 (Charles & Jason LaRay Keener). Judges: Tim League, Yen Tan and Ahmed Khawaja.
Fall 2014 — Winner: Best Friends (Ahmed Khawaja); Runner-up: Stop (Reinaldo Marcus Green); Judges: Alex Ross Perry, Amanda Trokan, Efrén Hernández Jr.
Summer 2014 — Winner: One Year Lease (Brian Bolster); Runners-up: Hotel Y (Geraldine Baron-Visher), Hypebeasts (Jessica dela Merced); Judges: Kat Candler, Eugene Hernandez, Reinaldo Marcus Green
Spring 2014 — Winner: Master Muscles (Efrén Hernández Jr.); Runners-up: Uncle Floyd (Charles Poekel), Catherine (Dean Fleischer-Camp); Judges: Jeremy Saulnier, Arianna Bocco, Johnny Ma
Winter 2014 — Winner: Stone Cars (Reinaldo Marcus Green); Runner-up: Requiem For A Robot (Christoph Rainer); Judges: David and Nathan Zellner, Amy Dotson, Lauren Wolkstein
Fall 2013 — Winner: Grand Canal (Johnny Ma); Runner-up: The Greggs (Bruce Bundy, Nigel DeFriez, Jessie Levandov, Robert Malone, Alex Mechanik, Kira Pearson and Joe Rosenblit); Judges: Matt Porterfield, Nellie Killian, Grainger David
Summer 2013 — Winner: Social Butterfly (Lauren Wolkstein); Runner-up: FLO (Riley Hooper); Judges: James Ponsoldt, Kate Brokaw, Zach Wigon, Mauro Mueller
Spring 2013 — Winner: The Chair (Grainger David); Runner-up: Gold Party (Nellie Kluz); Judges: David Lowery, Dustin Smith, Adam Keleman
December 2012 — Winners: Someone Else’s Heart (Zachary Wigon) and A World For Raúl(Mauro Mueller); Judges: Ira Sachs, Matt Grady, Penny Lane
August 2012 — Winner: Long Days (Adam Keleman); Runner-up: Green Plastic Sandals (Stephani Wu & Andres Rosende); Judges: Ry Russo-Young, Brent Hoff, Gus Péwé
July 2012 — Winner: The Voyagers (Penny Lane); Runner-up: Arkadya (Alexander Kaluzhsky); Judges: Benh Zeitlin, Mike Plante, Levi Abrino
June 2012 — Winner: This Vacuum is Too Loud (Gus Péwé); Runner-up: Doris & the Intern (Laura Terruso). Judges: Josh and Benny Safdie, Richard Lorber, Jonas Carpignano
May 2012 — Winner: Little Horses (Levi Abrino); Runner-up: Priceless Things (Sarah-Violet Bliss). Judges: Alex Ross Perry, Chris Horton, Christina Choe
April 2012 — Winner: A Chjàna (Jonas Carpignano); Runners-up: Brute Force (Ben Steinbauer), Terrebonne (Jeremy Craig). Judges: Lena Dunham, Jeff Deutchman, Kelly Sears
March 2012 — Winner: I Am John Wayne (Christina Choe); Runner-up: Figure Father (Andrew Ellis). Judges: Craig Zobel, Alison Willmore, Mike S. Ryan
February 2012 — Winner: Once It Started It Could Not End Otherwise (Kelly Sears); Runner-up: Cork’s Cattlebaron (Eric Steele). Judges: David Gordon Green, Aaron Hillis, Michael Tully