Submissions are now ***CLOSED*** for the Winter 2019 contest!! 

 Welcome to the submission page for the Hammer to Nail Short Film Contest. We can't wait to watch your film! Please read over these general guidelines carefully before submitting.

 The contest is open to everyone. Whether you're a student or an old pro and no matter what genre or style you're working in, we are excited to help connect you to our audience and put your film in front of the eyes of industry professionals. But that's not all, as there are some great prizes for the taking! In order to make this contest possible, the following requirements will be strictly enforced:

Your film MUST be 19:59 minutes or less. Unfortunately we absolutely CANNOT consider films that are 20 minutes or longer.

You must own the rights to your film and take full legal responsibility for the content contained therein (music, footage, etc.).

            Films can belong to any genre, format, or style.

We can accept either a link to your film on a site like Youtube or Vimeo (make sure to include a password if required) or a compressed video file of your film in .mov format no greater than 1GB in size. That said, we would much prefer link submissions!

The deadline for this month's competition was Friday, April 5 at 11:59pm PST. Any submissions received after that time will be automatically entered into the following month's competition.

All entries will be reviewed by members of the Hammer to Nail team before 4-6 chosen films will move on to the final round, where their films will be viewed and voted upon by our panel of guest judges. 

Each month's winner and runner(s)-up will receive festival submission fee waivers to major U.S. film festivals, worth around $300, along with the Hammer to Nail stamp of approval on their submitted films. This month's participating festivals include: IFFBostonMaryland Film Festival,  Oak Cliff Film FestSt. Cloud Film Fest,  Julien Dubuque International Film Festival, Oxford Film FestSun Valley Film Festival Dallas Video Fest, Austin Film Festival , Bend Film Festival and more coming soon!

Please note, we would very much like to encourage you to allow Hammer to Nail to show your short film on the site for a one-week engagement. 

  This month's judges:

  • Amy Nicholson has been a beloved staple on the film festival circuit with her quirky yet moving docs Zipper and Pickle.
  • Nick Singer  is the winner of our fall ’18 contest with his truly FANTASTIC short film, Stella for Star. It’ll be coming soon to a film festival near you!
  • Noah Segan is the actor who, if you didn’t already know him as “Kid Blue” from Rian Johnson’s outstanding Looper you will this November as he stars in Johnson’s non-Star Wars film Knives Out which hits theaters this November.

More information about the contest and our judges can be found on the Hammer to Nail Short Film Contest page.

 Questions about eligibility or about the contest in general? Shoot us an email at

Please enter your Vimeo or Youtube link in the marked field. For all other links please include them in the Coverletter field. Don't forget to include a Password , if required, and the following information in the coverletter:

  • Film Title
  • Name of Director(s)
  • Exact Runtime

Videos must be in .mov format and no more than 1GB in size. Please include the following information in the cover letter accompanying your submission:

  • Film Title
  • Name of Director(s)
  • Exact Runtime
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