There are millions of reasons why people choose to write and whichever it is - we are very happy about it. There are a lot of scripts written around the world and very few of them get made into films. So what happens with all the other scripts? Aren’t they also hard work, shouldn’t they have a chance to be read, to be found, to be noticed? WE THINK THEY DO.

We came up with the idea to create online short screenplay writing competition „Too Short to Die“ which is interactive and transparent. It‘s an innovative system which benefits most those who nurture it: the more of you apply the greater possibilities we create for all.

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We want you to know how and where your dollar, euro, pound or whichever currency you use lands. Let’s say you submit one script. Here’s how the fee will be divided for every single project:

  • 40% goes to the prize pool;
  • 25% goes to the readers;
  • 35% to the maintenance, marketing and taxes;

Let’s do a simple mathematics. Imagine that we have 200 people, 15 EUR per script - 3000 EUR:

  • 1200 EUR prizes
  • 750 EUR readers
  • 1050 EUR maintenance, marketing and taxes

What happens if we get a thousand or more?


Before you submit your screenplay you have to make sure you meet our requirements:



Competition has no boundaries - you can be from New Zealand or China, Lithuania or Syria, Australia or Mexico, you name it - everyone is welcome!


You have to be at least 18 years old to participate.


We don‘t care as long as you have something to say.

SCREENPLAY you want to submit is:

      • in English
      • written in a standard script format (saved in .pdf)
      • a fiction film of a short format (from 5 to 30 minutes)
      • not produced into a film, however, if your script enters into production after the submission - we are happy for you and you are still in!

WHAT'S in it for YOU?



Prize money collected during the competition! You will also receive a Final Draft award - Final Draft Screenwriting Software.


Final Draft Screenwriting Software!


Screenplay consultation with screenwriter, script consultant and lecturer Christina Lazaridi for 2 of the participants!


InkTip: Where producers go for scripts and writers. Producers have made more than 315 films from scripts and writers they found through InkTip. 3 winners will receive an InkTip prize package: InkTip Script Listing and a logline featured in InkTip Magazine.



  • Prize money collected during the competition.
  • A Final Draft screenwriting software.
  • InkTip prize package to promote themselves and their scripts to InkTip’s entire network of producers, managers, and agents. Each winner will receive an InkTip Script Listing and have their logline featured in InkTip Magazine. InkTip Magazine is sent to over 15,000 producers and representatives.
  • Jury's feedback on your project.


  • Consultation with Christina Lazaridi.
  • A Final Draft screenwriting software.
  • InkTip prize package to promote themselves and their scripts to InkTip’s entire network of producers, managers, and agents. Each winner will receive an InkTip Script Listing and have their logline featured in InkTip Magazine. InkTip Magazine is sent to over 15,000 producers and representatives.
  • Jury's feedback on your project.


  • Consultation with Christina Lazaridi.
  • A Final Draft screenwriting software.
  • InkTip prize package to promote themselves and their scripts to InkTip’s entire network of producers, managers, and agents. Each winner will receive an InkTip Script Listing and have their logline featured in InkTip Magazine. InkTip Magazine is sent to over 15,000 producers and representatives.
  • Jury's feedback on your project.


  • A Final Draft screenwriting software.
  • Jury's feedback on your project.

Short screenplays can be submitted from 1st of September, 2016 till 1st of June, 2017. There are 3 deadlines for submission on which the participation fee proportionally depends.

Please mind, that some platforms offer a discount for submittion if a discount pack is purchased (Withoutabox, NetworkISA), in this case the actual submitted fee is counted into the sum.


1st of NOVEMBER, fee 15 EUR


1st of FEBRUARY, fee 25 EUR


1st of JUNE, fee 35 EUR 

Winners are announced on July, 2017. You can do what you please with your prize: buy an iphone, spend it on vacation, invest it in your film or develop your skills.

Links to the online submission

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SUBMIT with PayPal!


If you are not registered to platforms, mentioned above and don't plan to, we also accept payments with PayPal. The procedure is simple - send your script by e-mail: competition@inscript.lt. We will contact you for further information and payment details.


christina lazaridiChristina Lazaridi

Christina Lazaridi was born and raised in Greece in a family of musicians, politicians and artists. She was educated in the US at Princeton and Columbia University where she received her MFA in Screenwriting and began her film career with the Holocaust drama “One Day Crossing,” which was nominated for an Academy Award.

Currently Christina teaches at Columbia University’s Graduate Film Division and since 2011 she teaches full time at Princeton University’s Creative Writing Program where she also conducts joined research with the Princeton Neuroscience Institute. Christina’s research on the structure of Narrative and Brain Function has been awarded the prestigious Magic Grant from the Humanities Council. Recent writing projects include: Coming Up Roses, directed by Lisa Albright, with Bernadette Peters, and Peter Friedman released theatrically by AMC Theaters, distributed by Indican Pictures in 2014. Her adaptation Ismael and Rosa (a Greek-Turkish co-production) is due for release in the winter of 2016. Christina is also the co-writer of Julia Solomonof’s next feature film, Nobody’s Watching an Argentinean, US, co-production, completing editing in the Fall of 2016.

During her career Christina has mentored hundreds of screenwriters through South America, the United Arab Emirates, Europe, and the US, and has worked as a script editor for several international film development funds. She is currently the academic director and core mentor at the international development retreat, Cine Qua Non Lab (CQNL) and is the director of studies and senior mentor at the Mediterranean Film Institute (MFI), which has published three of her books on screenwriting. Films she has helped develop have won awards at Cannes, Berlin, and the Ariels (Mexican Oscars), among others.

JamesJames Fernald

Studied filmmaking at Ithaca College in New York.

I grew up near Boston, in an area noted for its writers (Thoreau, Emerson, Alcott, Hawthorne) and an appreciation of literature was instilled in me early on. I studied English at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida and filmmaking at Ithaca College in upstate New York.

After graduating I spent a year in the former Danish island of St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands, then returned north to write a humour column for a Boston newspaper. In the early 1990s I moved to Los Angeles, where I wrote over 15 screenplays and worked in development for a variety of film and television production companies, including Centropolis (Independence Day, The Patriot) and Carsey-Werner (Cosby Show, Roseanne, etc). I also worked for a production company that specialized in Australian authors, helping them adapt their work for the screen. In 2000 I and my Danish wife moved to Denmark and since then I have taught scriptwriting at the European Film College.

isabelleIsabelle Fauvel

After having worked at Flach Film and gathered experience as a producer, Isabelle Fauvel created Initiative Film in 1993, a company exclusively dedicated to film development. Since, she is the privileged partner of writers, directors and producers for all matters of projects and talents development around the following activities : talent scouting, subject research in literature, consulting, story editing and insightful advising during the whole project gestation period.

As such, she holds talks regularly in forefront events like the crossroads forum of Thessaloniki, the Sofia meetings, the coproduction forum of Namur, or Qumra in Doha. She is also a speaker in the Sorbonne university and works as a consultant for MFI (Mediterranean Film Institute), for ACE (Atelier du Cinema Européen) and for a large number of Euromed program's formation, - including creating training programs on demand - and cinema schools like FAMU in Prague. But she also ventures into the world of edition where she facilitates book adaptations, with Shoot the Book ! with the SCELF (Civil Society of French Language Publishers) for example in Cannes or Toronto, at the French crime novel festival Quais du Polar.

Her will is to contribute to the circulation of ideas and talents, to enrich the field of film development. Finally, and since the creation of Initiative Film, Isabelle is a scout for the Jerusalem International Film Lab and is a partner of the TorinoFilmLab, in which frame she cofounded AdaptLab.

hakimHakim Mao

Hakim comes from a technical background in film making. After having completed a technical degree in editing and postproduction, and a masters degree in film writing and directing at the Louis Lumière National Film School in Paris where he wrote and directed several short films.

After interning on several feature film shootings as an assistant director, he decided to dedicate himself to writing, first by developing his first feature film script at the Méditalents Trans-Mediterranean writing workshop fore over a year, before starting working at Initiative Film while developing his film projects.

Now a script consultant at Initiative Film, he alternates between the Development Department, in which he handles feature and short film analysis and the international training programs in which Initiative Film is involved.

giedreGiedrė Beinoriūtė

Giedre was born in 1976 and graduated from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Film and TV department with an MA in Audiovisual Arts in 2002. She has directed and written eight fiction and documentary short and medium-length films which have been well recognized, both nationally and internationally.

Her documentaries CONVERSATIONS ON SERIOUS TOPICS (2012), GRANDPA AND GRANDMA (2007) and VULKANOVKA, AFTER THE GRAND CINEMA (2005) received awards at film festivals in Ukraine, Belarus, Portugal, Canada, and Lithuania, and were also awarded the Lithuanian Filmmakers Union Prize in 2005 and 2007. Her short fiction film EXISTENCE (2004) was nominated for the Best European Short Film Award “Les Lutins” in France in 2005. Her medium-length film THE BALCONY (2008) received the Silver Crane award in 2009 for the Best Short Film in Lithuania and Silver prize for the Best Short Film at the Cairo IFF for Children and Youth in 2010. CONVERSATIONS ON SERIOUS TOPICS was the Lithuania‘s Official Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film 2013.

Since 2007, she has been teaching scriptwriting and film directing at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. Since 2014 she is also a student of Art Doctoral Studies at the Academy of Music and Theatre.

Giedre is a member of the Lithuanian Filmmakers Union.

sholaShola Amoo

Shola is a graduate of the National Film and Television School, his graduate film Touch won Shooting People’s Film of The Month competition, chosen by Oscar nominated cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto. Touch also toured the UK as part of The BFI’s Sci-Fi season.

Shola’s debut Feature is a multimedia Film called A Moving Image. It had its World Premiere at The LA Film Festival 2016 in competition for the World Fiction prize and received The Special Recognition Award at The Blackstar Film Festival in Philadelphia.

Shola was recently commissioned by The British Council to direct a reinterpretation of Othello written by visual artist Phoebe Boswell as part of “Shakespeare Lives”.

He is currently developing more features projects, including a drama called The Last Tree, which was initially developed on the 2014 Ifeatures scheme (BBC Films, Creative England, The BFI) and a Sci-fi script called Dome, developed on the British Council’s Script Junction program, with The Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) and The Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) in Nigeria.

egleEglė Vertelytė

Eglė Vertelytė has a bachelor‘s degree in History after finishing Vilnius University and has studied Art Studies at Vytautas Magnus University. She continued her studies in European Film College, where she has made her first short films.

In Lithuania, she has been working on National Television‘s show about cinema “25th frame” as a director and collaborated with “Studio Nominum” on documentaries. 2009 – 2010 she spent in Mongolia, where she made an internationally recognized documentary “Ub lama”. In 2012 she finished National Film and Television school and gained MA in screenwriting and script consulting. Together with her colleague creative producer Lukas Trimonis they have opened a company iN SCRiPT. Eglė has taught in several Lithuanian universities and collaborates as a screenwriter with young directors. Egle has worked as a sketch writer for a popular prime time parody TV show Repeat in Lithuania, and is currently writing the most popular Lithuanian TV show for kids “Ką pasakė Kakė Makė”.

Eglė recently completed her first feature film called "Miracle", which she has wrote and directed, and is currently working on several new feature screenplays.

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