TORONTO, Jan 20, 2021 – Open Screenplay is delighted to announce that its award-winning short film, The Poem, has been picked up for worldwide distribution by Discover.film, and is now available to view on over 100 Million handsets, and on the entertainment systems of some of the world’s top airlines.
The Poem is based on the winning screenplay from the Mental Health screenwriting contest hosted in partnership with Layla, a mental health service that facilitates access to therapy. The contest, which was held back in 2019, encouraged writers to use the immense power of storytelling to tackle the challenges of speaking openly about mental health, and in the words of Layla founder and CEO, Samer Abughannam: “replace stigma with empowerment, isolation with community, and systemic shortcomings with collective demands for change”.
For Open Screenplay, according to founder & CEO, Khaled Sabawi, “This marks a significant milestone as it demonstrates the high quality of the screenplays and diverse writers on the Open Screenplay platform. It also demonstrates Open Screenplay’s ability to create high quality content for businesses looking to stand out while empowering and launching the careers of underereprested screenwriters”.
Layla and Open Screenplay are teaming up for another contest in 2022 as they look to repeat the success of “The Poem”, and amplify the voice of another talented writer looking to tackle this important subject.
Click here to watch The Poem.
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: Samer Abughannam, CEO
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