Short Film Contest

***SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW CLOSED FOR OUR SPRING ’14 CONTEST!!!***

***Details To Come Soon Regarding Our Summer Contest***

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. Until this year 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, plus the potential to screen their film in our Hammer to Nail screening series in Brooklyn, NY. Winners and runners-up will also receive submission waivers to several major U.S. film festivals, worth up to $200. 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 April 1st to be considered for our current competition. The fee for entry is $30. The participating fests in our Spring ’14 contest include: AFI FEST, Sidewalk Film Festival, Hamptons Film Festival, Starz Denver Film Festival, New Orleans Film Festival, New Media Film Festival (and hopefully more to be added periodically!).

Spring ’14 Judges

Virginia native Jeremy Saulnier studied filmmaking at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He directed and photographed the award-winning short Crabwalk and the cult horror comedy Murder Party. His cinematography credits include Michael Tully’s Septien and Matthew Porterfield’s Hamilton, Putty Hill, and I Used to Be Darker. Blue Ruin, Saulnier’s second feature film, premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and was awarded the FIPRESCI Prize in the Directors’ Fortnight. Distributed by Radius-TWC, it opens theatrically on April 25, 2014.

Arianna Bocco is Senior VP of Acquisitions and Production for IFC Films/Sundance Selects.

Johnny Ma is a DGA and National Board of Review student-award winner and a recent graduate from the Columbia University. His grad film Grand Canal screened at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and has been nominated for a Canadian Screen Academy Award. He is currently in development for his feature project Ten Thousand Happiness with the Sundance Institute Screenwriting Lab. Other than filmmaking, Ma enjoys teaching cats how to play fetch like dogs. ***Grand Canal was the winner of the Fall ’13 HTN Short Film Contest***

So what are you waiting for? Submit your short film now!

Have a question about the contest? Email us!

PREVIOUS CONTESTS

Winter 2014Winner: Stone Cars (Reinaldo Marcus Green); Runner-up: Requiem For A Robot (Christoph Rainer); Judges: David and Nathan Zellner, Amy Dotson, Lauren Wolkstein

Fall 2013Winner: 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 2013Winner: Social Butterfly (Lauren Wolkstein); Runner-up: FLO (Riley Hooper); Judges: James Ponsoldt, Kate Brokaw, Zach Wigon, Mauro Mueller

Spring 2013Winner: The Chair (Grainger David); Runner-up: Gold Party (Nellie Kluz); Judges: David Lowery, Dustin Smith, Adam Keleman

December 2012Winners: Someone Else’s Heart (Zachary Wigon) and A World For Raúl (Mauro Mueller); Judges: Ira Sachs, Matt Grady, Penny Lane

August 2012Winner: 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