Rules & Regulations

Rules and Regulations

Please read the rules and regulations for the Canadian Short Screenplay Competition below:

Submissions will not be considered for competition until full entry fee has been received.

1. Entry into this competition confirms each entrant’s acceptance of these rules and regulations and the terms as set forth on this page.
2. The Canadian Short Screenplay Competition (CSSC) is open to writers of any nationality from any country worldwide.
3. Multiple authorship screenplays are acceptable.
4. The entered screenplay must not have been previously optioned, sold or produced and the exclusive publishing rights must remain available. The submitted Material must be wholly original works, not based on any pre-existing intellectual property or works by another author, and the sole property of the Applicant(s).
5. If the submitted Material becomes optioned or purchased between the time of submission and the end of the judging period that Material will no longer be eligible (entry fees are non-returnable).
6. Screenplays must be: written in the English language, industry standard format, no more than 15 pages in length, numbered and without the inclusion of headings or footnotes on pages and bound with one (1) brass brad on plain white paper (in the case of hard copy submissions). Failure to adhere will mean that the Short Screenplay may be disqualified (entry fees are non-returnable).
7. The screenplay must be no more than fifteen (15) minutes screen running time (approx. 1 minute per page) or 15 pages, whichever comes first.
8. Screenplays of any genre will be considered and must be the original work of the Applicant(s) submitting it. Screenplays based upon another piece of work are not allowed and will be disqualified. The ONLY exception are works in the public domain (entry fees are non-returnable). Proof of chain of title will be required before any script can be announced as a top three winning script as part of the competition.
9. Screenplays based upon another work in the public domain must be clearly marked as such.
10. Screenplays must be submitted by the deadline and all entries may be sent by email to:, or by post (no hand deliveries please) to:
The Canadian Short Screenplay Competition
c/o Year of the Skunk Productions
33 Mill Street, Suite #1108
Toronto, ON M5A 3R3

11. In the event of electronic submission via email, submitted screenplays will be accepted in .pdf, .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .fdr formats. No exceptions. (NB. .pdf and .fdr formats are preferred).
12. All entries must enclose the Registration Form and the corresponding entry fee. Payments must be made either by certified cheque, postal order/money order, or debit/credit card/bank transfer using PayPal. All payments MUST be made in Canadian Dollars. Personal cheques or any other currency money order/postal order will not be accepted.
13. Submissions must include a title page that includes the title, the writer’s name, address, phone number and Email address. NB: providing an email address is optional on the title page, but highly advisable.
14. The writer’s name must not appear anywhere within the body of the screenplay to assure anonymity in the judging process. Failure to adhere will mean that the material will be disqualified (entry fees are non-returnable).
15. No additional material should be attached to the screenplay.
16. Entering the competition constitutes permission to use the winners’ names and licenses for publicity and promotions without any additional compensation.
17. The winners will be chosen by a panel of judges. The decision of the judges will be final and no correspondence nor discussion will be entered into.
18. Prizes will be awarded as is. In the event of multiple authorship on a selected winning entry, the prize will be awarded to the first applicant named on the corresponding registration form.
19. No cash alternatives to any of the prizes or additional payments shall be made.
20. All entrants acknowledge that neither the judges nor the sponsors or any partners mentioned here on this site or any other publication will be held responsible for any and all disputes between you and the CSSC.
21. All entrants acknowledge that the final top three winners will be expected to make a standard form of assignment of all rights in the finished work to Year of the Skunk Productions and provide a waiver of so called “moral rights”. All entrants further agree that should their screenplay appear in the Top 3 winning scripts that their prize money shall constitute payment in full for all right and title to their short film script.
22. By entering this competition all entrants understand their script may be selected by the judges as a winning entry. In the event an entrant’s script is selected as a top 3 winner, the entrant agrees to perform rewrites and revisions to their script without further remuneration, in a timely manner, if deemed necessary and requested by the producer on a non-exclusive priority basis.
23. By entering this competition all entrants understand that the CSSC was and is established with the intention to have screenwriters short film scripts produced and promoted to the World and as such that their screenplay may be selected by the competition judges as a Top 13 finalist and may eventually be produced by the competition, Year of the Skunk Productions or any of its affiliates or designates. In the event a competition entrant’s screenplay advances to the Top 13 finalists, the entrant agrees upon signing their registration form or attaching their electronic signature by way of CSSC website entry or Withoutabox entry that, they will grant the non-exclusive right to publish entrant’s screenplay electronically or otherwise as part of CSSC compilation or individual eBooks without compensation other than a written by credit. Entrants whose screenplays place amongst the Top 13 finalists, further consent to their Top 13 Finalist short film script being available for production as part of the CSSC Director’s Script to Screen Challenge in exchange for the corresponding prize money and that no further compensation will be owed to entrant for this exclusive right to their short film screenplay submission.
24. Year of the Skunk Productions will be the producer of the winning screenplay(s).
25. The Competition organizers reserve the right to reject any entry for any reason at their absolute discretion.
26. The Competition organizers reserve the right to appoint any director, producer, cast, crew or other personnel deemed necessary to the winning screenplay(s).
27. Once submitted, no substitution or new drafts or corrected pages for screenplay entries will be accepted for judging under any circumstances.
28. Only submit one copy. Do Not Send Originals. Screenplays WILL NOT be returned under any circumstances (entry fees are non-returnable).
29. Multiple entries are accepted provided a signed entry/registration form and additional entry fees are attached with each submission. Entries without a signed Registration form and fees will NOT be entered into the competition.
30. The Applicant indemnifies Year of the Skunk Productions, David Cormican, the CSSC, its affiliates, sponsors and judges of and from any and all claims, loss or liability that may be asserted against you or incurred by you or any associates, at any time in connection with said Material.
31. The burden of obtaining copyright, or otherwise protecting any proprietary interests in the material, rests entirely with the Applicant.
32. If confirmation of receipt is required please send a self-addressed stamped envelope with proper Canadian Return Postage.
33. As a courtesy, competition results will be made available and public on the CSSC website and/or blog.
34. Early Bird deadline is October 31st at 11:59PM PST. Early Bird Competition Administration Fee is CAD $35.00. Half-Time deadline is November 30 at 11:59PM PST. Half-Time Competition Administration Fee is $45.00. Final deadline is December 31st at 11:59PM PST. Final Competition Administration Fee is CAD $55.00. I-Missed-The-Deadline deadline is January 31st at 11:59PM PST and is available to online entry ONLY. I-Missed-The-Deadline deadline Competition Administration Fee is CAD $75.00. Submissions made after the respective deadline(s) are subject to an Administration Fee corresponding with the next appropriate deadline that has not yet passed. Submissions made or received after January 31st at 11:59PM PST will be disqualified (entry fees are non-refundable). All entries must be received on or prior to the deadline in order to be eligible for the reduced rate(s). All Final deadline snail mail submissions must be date-stamped on or before December 31 and received no later than January 31st to be considered for competition. Competition is not responsible for lost, late, missing, incomplete, invalid or misdirected submissions. Late, invalid or incomplete submissions will be disqualified (entry fee is not returnable).
35. Applicants are limited to the use of one (1) discount code per screenplay entered. Discount must be applied at the time of entry and will not be applicable retroactively. For electronic submissions, the discount will be refunded by the organizers via the same PayPal account making the original payment for entrance to the competition. Proof of the discount/coupon code must be provided before any refund will be made. Alternatively, applicants may email the competition organizers requesting an invoice for the discounted amount (providing proof of the discount/coupon to be applied). The organizers reserve the right to terminate the use of discount codes at any time. Snail mail submissions using discount codes must provide with the submission printed proof of the discount code/coupon. Snail mail entries received that are claiming a discount and are not accompanied with the appropriate discount code or proof of coupon may be disqualified from competition.
36. The organizers reserve the right to amend the prizes and these rules and regulations at any time without notice.

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