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Screenwriting Contest

Beyond HeteronormativityA Path to Queer Empowerment

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the results very soon!



Beyond Heteronormativity: A Path to Queer Empowerment

Heteronormativity is the attitude that heterosexuality is the only normal and natural expression of sexuality, and follows the viewpoint that cisgender people (meaning those whose gender identity corresponds with their at birth-assigned sex) in opposite-sex relationships are the socially-constructed “standard” and “acceptable” kind

Heteronormative societal assumptions and influences can be seen everywhere from traditional views on marriages, religion, cinema and Western & international media, including the news, commercials and advertisements. This may be one of reasons why we live in such a heteronormative society that is harmful and inherently discriminatory to the LGBTQ+ community as it makes one feel like they don’t belong in what society deems to be acceptable.

We want to use the power of storytelling to tackle this subject and evoke real change. By amplifying the voices of those who identify as queer, we believe we can move beyond heteronormativity and strive toward a society that does not shame or marginalize those who do not fit this narrow framework.

We need your help to write compelling screenplays that imagine a future beyond heteronormativity, where we have overcome societal imposed queer shame: a new world of allyship, diversity, and inclusion.

10 minutes
Submission Deadline is August 31st, 2021
Contest Entry Fee
  • Free



$1,000 USD

License fee cash award
+ Chance to be produced

$500 USD

License fee cash award
+ Chance to be produced

$250 USD

License fee cash award
+ Chance to be produced



Contest Mini-Rules

There is no cost to participate in this contest. This contest is open to all registered users of Open Screenplay. Contest begins on Jun 15th, 2021 at 12:00 AM (ET) and ends on August 31st, 2021 at 11:59 PM (ET). There are a total of three (3) prizes available to be won as follows: one (1) First Prize consisting of a license fee cash award of USD $1,000, and in Contest Partner’s sole discretion, the option of production, one (1) Second Prize consisting of a license fee cash award of USD $500, (1) Third Prize consisting of a license fee cash award of USD $250. Contest is open to registered Open Screenplay users, excluding residents of Quebec, Canada, who are 13 years of age or older at the time of entry (parental or guardian consent required if entrant is under the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence at the time of entry). Odds of winning depend on the number and quality of eligible entries received before contest closes. Limitations apply. See full rules and entry details.

About Contest Partner

Pride Toronto is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to bring people together to celebrate the history, courage, and diversity of the 2SLGBTQ+ community.

For more information visit at www.pridetoronto.com

Enter to Win

Participating is easy! There are two ways you can contribute:

START a new short film screenplay: simply sign in to Open Screenplay and click START SCREENPLAY on the main menu. Choose Beyond Heteronormativity contest to enter your screenplay into the competition. The screenplay must be completed on openscreenplay.com..

FIND a short film screenplay to contribute to: go to the Find Page and under type, select SHORT FILM and CONTEST ENTRY. Select any short film screenplays with Beyond Heteronormativity contest's label below it. If the screenplay is public, you can contribute right away. If it’s private, you have to request an invitation to the screenplay.

Chance to get produced!

The screenplay awarded the first prize will be considered for production! The screenplay must be original and must be written on www.openscreenplay.com.

(Optional) Refer to win!

As part of our contest, we are also offering a very special incentive: refer someone and, if they win, you can earn the same amount of money they earn.

Yes, if you refer someone who participates in the contest and their contribution earns them part of a cash award, you will receive an amount of money equal to what they earn.

For example, if you refer one person who earns $50 – you receive $50. If you refer 15 people who collectively earn $1,250 – you receive $1,250