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Screenwriting Contest

Short Film Contest III


Stay tuned, we will be announcing the
results very soon!


Short Film Contest III

We are delighted to announce the return of our popular annual Open Topic Short Film Contes! For the 3rd year in a row this contest has given our members an opportunity to flex their creative muscles without restraints. No wonder it is a favorite among our members! This is an open topic, open genre contest, so you are free to write about anything you want. Just be sure to read the contest rules and guidelines. Happy Writing!


10 min or less


Submission Deadline is
Feb 28th, 2023

Contest Entry Fee

See Guidelines



$1000 USD

License fee cash award

+ Chance to be produced!

$500 USD

Cash Prize


$250 USD

Cash Prize



Contest Mini-Rules

This contest is open to Members of Open Screenplay only. Contest begins on Nov 1st, 2022 at 12:00 AM (ET) and ends on Feb 28th, 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 $1000, and in Open Screenplay’s sole discretion, the option of production, one (1) Second Prize consisting of a license fee cash award of USD $500, and one (1) Third Prize consisting of a license fee cash award of USD $250. Open to Open Screenplay Members, 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 number and quality of eligible entries received before contest closes. Limitations apply. full Contest Rules & Guidelines.

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 Short Film Contest III 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 Short Film Contest III 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

Stay tuned, we will be announcing the
results very soon!