TORONTO, April 1st, 2022 – For the 2nd year in a row, Open Screenplay has partnered with Layla Care to advance the conversation about mental health through the innovative format of a screenwriting contest. This year, the contest titled Every student has a story is bringing awareness to the mental health of students in the post secondary environment, in hopes of giving them the creative space to share their journeys and inspire others.
The free-to-enter contest invites current and former students to write a short film screenplay exploring mental health in a university or college setting, with cash prizes being given to the top 3 winners.
“At Layla, we believe in the power of community, and sharing as a tool to promote early intervention and to reach people before they need to reach out themselves. Through storytelling we can reduce the stigma around mental health and demonstrate the meaningful contributions that our words and our lived experiences bring to the wider community. The time is now to validate the emotions and experiences of students”
- Emily McIntyre, Community at Layla Care.
For Open Screenplay, “One of our most popular and well-received contests has been our Mental Health screenwriting contest hosted in partnership with Layla, and which led to the production of the critically lauded short film “The Poem”. We are delighted to launch this contest with Layla for the 2nd year in a row, and create another opportunity for emerging writers to tackle this important topic”
- Co-Founder & CEO, Khaled Sabawi.
The contest submission period starts on April 1st, and runs until June 30th, 2022. Guidelines for the contest are available on Open Screenplay’s contest page. All writers are welcome!
About LAYLA Care
Layla empowers you to take greater control of your mental health, bridging the gap between wanting care and getting it. We're a human-first, tech-powered service that makes it simpler to connect with the right mental health support. Visit us at www.layla.care
Press Contact: Emily McIntyre
About Open Screenplay
Open Screenplay, a free, first-of-its-kind online platform for screenwriters, was founded to provide access to writers struggling to break into the business by helping them create better stories through the platform’s proven story-writing process and tools. Open Screenplay is creating a global community, where members have the option to collaborate with writers around the world. Visit us at www.openscreenplay.com
Press Contact: Khaled Sabawi, Founder & CEO