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Short Film Science Fiction

WIN $1,000 USD

+ Chance to be produced


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announcing the results
very soon!


Short Film Science Fiction

What can we create when we explore the vastness of science? Nearly anything. Science Fiction stories help us imagine what could be possible through science, and lets us create awe-inspiring and fascinating new ideas and events that we haven’t yet experienced in our natural world. So have fun with those aliens, rocket ships, laser guns, future (or past) tech, alternate dimensions, scientific phenomena, quantum physics, mutations, artificial intelligence, time travel, and anything else you can dream up. Keep in mind that Sci-Fi stories do NOT have to be set in the future – plenty of science fiction was created in- and can be applied to the past and present. Create a 10-minute or less screenplay for your chance to win cash prizes and the possibility to be produced. Don’t forget to think outside the box and come up with something we haven’t seen before!

Remember, Fantasy is a different genre, so this contest is not about magic or spiritual elements. Keep it to ideas that are theoretically possible based on scientific concepts.


10 minutes or less


Submission Deadline is
Oct 31st, 2022

Contest Entry Fee

See Guidelines



$1,000 USD

License fee cash award
+ Chance to be produced

$500 USD
Cash Prize

$250 USD
Cash Prize



Contest Mini-Rules

This contest is free to participate in for active Open Screenplay Members. Contest begins on Jul 1st, 2022, at 12:00 AM (ET) and ends onOct 31st, 2022, 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 $1,000, 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. See full rules and entry details.

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 Science Fiction 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 Science Fiction 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