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2021 Black List x Hornitos "Take Your Shot" Short Film Program


The Black List is pleased to partner with Hornitos to present the 2021 "Take Your Shot" Short Film Program in order to support and amplify new voices in inclusive and intersectional storytelling. Up to five filmmakers will receive a $15,000 grant each for the purpose of filming a short proof of concept based on their feature screenplay.

Opt-ins will be open until midnight on Tuesday, August 31st, 2021. On Wednesday, September 1st, 2021, up to twenty (20) writers will be invited, based on the strength of their scripts as determined by the Black List, to submit additional materials, including a one-page personal statement and professional resume. Writers will also be asked to earmark which pages of their feature they would like to adapt for the short and what their rough production plan looks like. Those materials will be due on Wednesday, September 15th, 2021. From those submissions, up to five (5) writers will be selected by the Black List and Hornitos to be a part of the 2021 "Take Your Shot" program. Grant recipients will be notified on October 1st, 2021 and will have until December 31st, 2021 to finish production and until January 31st, 2022 to complete their short proof of concept and deliver it to the Black List and Hornitos.


Evaluations Deadline (optional) - July 15, 2021
Submission Period Closes - August 31, 2021
Short List Writers Notified - September 1, 2021
Additional Materials Due - September 15, 2021
Final Participants Notified - October 1, 2021
Wrap Production no later than - December 31, 2021
Completed Films Due - January 31, 2022


When's the deadline?

The deadline to opt-in is midnight (PST) on August 31, 2021. Please purchase your evaluation(s) no later than July 15, 2021 if you wish to receive them by the close of the submission window.

Do I submit a feature or a pilot?

Only feature film scripts will be considered.

Can I submit multiple scripts for consideration?

Yes, the totality of a writer's submissions will be considered by the Black List in determining the Short List but only the writer's strongest script will be considered.

My script was on the site a while ago, but I took it down to work on a rewrite. Does a script have to be live on the site to be considered?

To be considered for this program, a script need only be live on the site for a minimum of one week during the submission period. If your script has not been hosted during that submission period, we recommend reactivating the script for one week at some point during this submission period. You must host a script by August 24, 2021 at the latest in order to meet the one-week hosting minimum by August 31, 2021.

Do I have to film the script that got me selected for the program or can I write something new?

Your short film needs to be adapted as a proof of concept for the feature script that got you selected for the program. If you are selected for the short list, you will be asked what pages of the feature script you are planning to adapt for the short.

When will I be expected to shoot my short film?

All films need to be shot before the end of 2021. However, the completed film will not be due to Hornitos and the Black List until January 31, 2020.