Make it Count

David Mamet once opined . . . “A good film script should be able to do completely without dialogue.”

That may be a bit extreme, but has any director ever called for more words? The art of crafting an evocative film lies in being pithy. 100 words are just enough for a narrative to work. The 100 Words Film Festival is a celebration of the fastest-growing, most exciting category of filmmaking in its purest form – the short.

All films accepted into the 100 Words Film Festival compete for $10,000 in total prize money. Each film is judged by an independent panel of professional film critics. Learn more about submitting a film. Or click on one of the links below.

Have a clever idea for a short film? Have a story from a bigger project you are building? 100 Words is an excellent, fun way to demonstrate your storytelling chops. We accept nearly any genre: drama, documentary, comedy, animation, horror… just make it compelling and exactly 100 Words.

The 100 Words Film Festival offers cash prizes and a trophy to winners in the Scripted and Documentary categories.

Benefits include:
  • FIlms are professionally reviewed
  • Film are shown in front of large audiences
  • Earn IMDB Credits
  • Opportunity for your film to be shown to audiences around the world.
Student filmmakers from around the world compete for cash prizes at the 100 Words Film Festival. Make your mark, and show how well you use the resources at hand, with your 100 Words film. We accept nearly any genre: drama, documentary, comedy, animation, horror… just make it compelling and exactly 100 Words.


Davidson College, Queens University, San Francisco State, Santa Rosa College, Ohio State University, North Carolina School of the Arts, Johnson C. Smith, Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), University of North Florida, University of Tennessee, Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC), Carolina School of Broadcasting, University of North Carolina Charlotte, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina Greensboro, University of Utah, University of Montreal.

If your school or charity is interested in participating, please contact us for more information.

The 100 Words Film Festival’s special student/charity mentorship program makes a powerful impact on the screen and beyond. We match talented student filmmakers with industry professionals to help them create a 100 words film that tells an important story of a charitable organization in their community.

Benefits Include:
  • Not-For-Profit – Each non-profit receives a high quality film that helps tell their story to potential donors and supporters.
  • Student Filmmakers – The experience provides student filmmakers “real world” mentoring with the support of industry professionals in script writing, cinematography, graphics, editing and sound.
  • Sponsors – Sponsors are able to give their favorite charities a tool to leverage more funding and support while helping students in their community receive valuable mentoring.

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