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Short Film Thriller

WIN $1000 USD

+ Chance to be produced


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Short Film Thriller

It’s hard to define the thriller genre, but it’s easy to tell when you’re watching one. If you find yourself inching slowly toward the edge of your seat, your heartbeat is up a few beats, and you’ve squeezed the air out of a cushion you’re hugging, it's safe to say you’re watching a thriller. Suspense and a sense of tension is key, of course to a good thriller, and there are generally some recurrent themes such as murder, political intruige, espionge, conspiracy, criminal activity or psychological manipulation.

In this contest, we want you to bring out your inner Hitchcock and write a nail-biting screenplay. It can be about any subject you like as long as it gets our heart racing, and our inner sleuth guessing. Just be sure to stick to the guidelines. The top 3 screenplays will receive cash prizes, and the top screenplay will be considered for production!


10 minutes


Submission Deadline is
May 1st, 2022

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 free to participate in for active Open Screenplay Members, or by paying a 1-time Entry Fee of $40 USD per submission to participate. Contest begins on Jan 6th, 2022 at 12:00 AM (ET) and ends on May 1st, 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 $1000, and in Open Screenplay’s sole discretion, the option of production, one (1) Second Prize USD $500, (1) Third Prize 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 Thriller 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 Thriller 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