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Remixing the Script:

Challenging Stereotypes & Celebrating Arab-American Identity


WIN $1500 USD

+ Chance to be produced


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Remixing the Script: Challenging Stereotypes & Celebrating Arab-American Identity

It’s time to Remix the Script! In celebration of Arab Heritage Month, Open Screenplay is partnering with Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) to host a groundbreaking screenplay competition that seeks to challenge and subvert stereotypes about Arab American identity in film.

For far too long, we, as Arab Americans, have not seen ourselves and our stories reflected or represented on screen. There is a significant importance to telling an authentic, nuanced story that reflects the complexity and beauty of the Arab-American experience. This competition is an opportunity for writers of ALL levels and experiences to showcase their creativity and originality while also contributing to a broader cultural conversation about identity and representation. We are looking for stories that break free from tired tropes and one-dimensional characterizations and instead offer fresh perspectives and authentic portrayals of Arab American life. Whether it's a coming-of-age drama set in a Detroit suburb, a romantic comedy that celebrates the intersection of cultures, or a suspenseful thriller that challenges preconceived notions about Middle Eastern politics, we want to see your unique vision brought to life on the page.

The winning screenplay will be awarded a cash prize, and finalists and semi-finalists will receive feedback and exposure from top professionals and producers in the entertainment industry.

Storytelling has the power to transform the way we see ourselves and each other. Join us in breaking down barriers and reshaping the narrative about Arab American identity.


15 minutes or less


Submission Deadline is
May 31st, 2023

Contest Entry Fee

  • Free
See Guidelines



$1500 USD

License fee cash award
+ Chance to be produced

$500 USD
license fee cash award

$250 USD
license fee cash award



Contest Mini-Rules

This contest is free to participate in for active Open Screenplay Users. Contest begins on Apr 4th, 2023 at 12:00 AM (ET) and ends on May 31st, 2023 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 $1500, and in Contest Partner’s sole discretion, the option of production, one (1) Second Prize 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. Full rules and entry details available at: Contest Rules & Guidelines

About Contest Partners


ADC is a civil rights organization committed to defending the rights of people of Arab descent and promoting their rich cultural heritage. ADC was founded by former U.S. Senator James Abourezk in 1980. Today, ADC is the largest Arab American grassroots organization in the U.S.

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 Remix the Script 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 CONTEST ENTRY. Select any screenplays with Remix the Script label below it. 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.