We just found out about the AT&T Short Film Competition. Sounds like the perfect way to, if not get rich and famous, at least recoup some of the dinero you spent making your own spec TV pilot:
Call for Submissions – NO ENTRY FEE!
Eager to show the world your talent? We have the competition for you.
The AT&T Film Awards is an open competition seeking imaginative, undiscovered short films from aspiring creators who want their voices heard. We are supporting and rewarding excellence in filmmaking with $60,000 in cash prizes, exposure, and a chance to take home the coveted AT&T Film Awards trophy.
The 5th Edition of the competition will shine the light on emerging creators from across the U.S., including special categories for underrepresented voices, youth creators ages 13-18, and awards for filmmakers utilizing innovative filmmaking tech including films shot on mobile, and VR/AR/MR projects.
Entries will be accepted until Dec. 7, 2018, or once we reach 1,000 submissions (whichever comes first).