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Short Film
Screenwriting Contest

Public Short Film

WIN $2,000

+ Chance to be produced!

**Important Update: Prize Amount Increased!


Public Short Film

What is a “Public” Screenplay you ask? It is a screenplay written together by a group of writers using Open Screenplay’s patented collaborative authoring technology.

The ability to collaborate is an essential skill for any successful screenwriter. And now, it’s easier and more fun than ever with Open Screenplay. We're challenging you to write a Public Short Film screenplay with a minimum of 2 other writers in addition to yourself. You can choose any topic and genre. Just make sure you follow the guidelines! Happy Writing!


5 min or less


Important Update:
Submission Deadline
has been extended to
Dec 31st, 2020

Contest Entry Fee

See Guidelines



$2,000 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!


**Important Update: Prize Amount Increased!

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 Public Short Film 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 Public Short Film 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

Hurry! Contest closes Dec 31st, 2020