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Short Film True Story

WIN $1000 USD

+ Chance to be produced


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Short Film True Story

Nothing adds intrigue to a film’s opening more than the phrase “Based on a true story”. While we may be aware that events are dramatized, the dialogue is mostly made up, timelines are condensed, and directors have taken liberties, films based on true stories provide us with a unique entertainment experience. True stories transport us to places in the past in a real and visceral way. They remind us that the events we’re about to see unfold on screen really did happen. And while we are immersed, our skepticism and our awe have to walk hand-in-hand. From historical epics like Ghandi, Schindler’s list, and Lawrence of Arabia, to modern day crime dramas like Goodfellas and Spotlight, some of the most powerful and celebrated films have been based on true events.

We are looking for a great short film script that is based on a true story that is dying to be told! It can be in any genre, time or place, as long as it's based on true events. The top 3 screenplays will win cash prizes, and the 1st prize winner 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 True Story 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 True Story 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