***SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR OUR WINTER ’14 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 (IFC Entertainment), 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 January 1st to be considered for our current competition. The fee for entry is $30. The participating fests in our Winter ’14 contest include: Los Angeles Film Festival, Sarasota Film Festival, Maryland Film Festival, IFFBoston, Nashville Film Festival, RiverRun International Film Festival, Sidewalk Film Festival, and New Media Film Festival (and hopefully more to be added periodically!).
Winter ’14 Judges
Zellner Brothers — David and Nathan Zellner most recently made the features KID-THING and GOLIATH, but they have been a fixture on the independent film scene for years having produced a mind-bendingly excellent array of short work. Visit their official website to watch most of their work.
Amy Dotson is the Deputy Director of the Independent Feature Project in New York City.
Lauren Wolkstein is a NYC based filmmaker whose previous film The Strange Ones (co dir. Christopher Radcliff and starring David Call, Tobias Campbell, and Merritt Wever) premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and has gone on to screen at over 100 festivals worldwide, including SXSW, Rotterdam, Clermont-Ferrand, and Tokyo. In addition it has received over 25 awards, including several Oscar-qualifying festival wins. Lauren has also directed the acclaimed short films Cigarette Candy (best short film, SXSW 2010), and Social Butterfly, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. She earned her MFA in film from Columbia University, where she received the Plum Pictures Most Promising Filmmaker Award. Lauren was also recently selected as one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film. ***Social Butterfly was the winner of the Summer ’13 HTN Short Film Contest***
So what are you waiting for? Submit your short film now!
Have a question about the contest? Email us!
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