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Annual Mental Health Screenwriting Contest: Every student has a story

Winners Announced!

We are very pleased to announce the winners of LAYLA Annual Mental Health Screenwriting Contest: Every student has a Story

We are very pleased to announce the winners of LAYLA Annual Mental Health Screenwriting Contest: Every student has a Story

CONTEST TOPIC:

Every Student Has a Story

Open Screenplay has partnered with Layla Care to shed light on the journey of being a student and navigating mental health in the school setting. The university or college setting can be a place of many firsts - first love, first time living away, first time navigating a major life event or traumatic experience or the first time coping with life stresses on your own.

We invite you to write a 10-minute short film screenplay, and you are free to explore the subject of mental health in a college setting without limitations. Some ideas that could be considered are: What does it look like to be diagnosed with a mental illness while at university? How does being in school create additional challenges for your mental health? What types of grassroots initiatives are you involved in to raise awareness about mental health and stigma on campus? How has your school supported you or fell short to support when you were dealing with a mental health crisis? How has being a student felt more lonely during COVID-19? Share your story with us, to help guide and support others that can relate and see themselves in your story.

the winners

$1,500 CAD FIRST PRIZE

License fee cash award & may advance to commissioned screenplay and / or production*

Young, Bitter, and Tired

By: Sam Al-Balasmeh

$500 CAD

second prize


Screenplay Title

One Coffee and Two Sips of Tea

$250 CAD

third prize - (TIE)


Screenplay Title

Where did you hide you hands ?

$250 CAD

third prize - (TIE)


Screenplay Title

Good!!
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Congratulations to all the Winners!

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