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British Short Screenplay Competition

British Short Screenplay Competition


Pinewood Film Studios
Pinewood Road, Iver Heath
Buckinghamshire, UK, SL0 0NH


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MovieBytes Interview: Arif Hussein

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The British Short Screenplay Competition (BSSC) is now accepting submissions for their annual competition. The BSSC is the only competitive and international short screenplay competition that undertakes to produce the winning screenplay and is able to boast an unrivalled line-up of judges that has included: Kenneth Branagh, Charles Dance; producers: Michael Kuhn, Alan Parker, Nik Powell, Leslee Udwin, Natascha Wharton and Stephen Woolley to name but a few.

The winning screenplay will be produced. "I have been involved with this competition from the beginning and I'm very proud of what it is trying to achieve and I'm hugely impressed with the quality of screenplays coming in." Nik Powell.

"Every writer's dream is to have their screenplay produced, to see their baby up on the silver screen. Our aim at BSSC is to fulfill that dream" - says producer Arif Hussein.

Kaos Films have produced no less than nine winning screenplays which have gone on to win many, many awards and played at hundreds of International Film Festivals including: Cannes, Venice, London, Edinburgh, Melbourne, Sydney, Sitges, Rhode Island, Austin, Palm Springs and L.A. Winning screenplay were shot in USA, Hungry, Bosnia, Italy, Spain and London. All the films have been shot on 35mm. Now in its tenth year the BSSC has attracted entries from all parts of the world - from Alaska to Japan and Iceland to Australia. The competition is open to all, young, old, produced, unproduced, veterans and novices. Other competitions make promises — BSSC delivers!

Deadline/Entry Fees

Expired. Previous Deadline: 07/06/2012


Submissions must be short (narrative) screenplays in English of any genre. Screenplays must not be less than five minutes and not more than fifteen minutes screen time. Full Competition Rules on our website — online submissions accepted saving you on printing and postage!


The winning screenplay will be produced and exhibited in selected UK cinemas as well being entered into film festivals around the world. The writer will receive full on screen credit and share of the profits.

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News: British Short Screenplay Competition

Kaos Films Announces 2008 British Short Screenplay Contest Winners

Gareth David Rothwell's Waiting for Dawn has been named the winner of the 2008 British Short Screenplay Competition.

Waiting for Dawn by Gareth David Rothwell

First runner-up:
Flawed Conception by Abolaji Abimbola

Because It Is Written by Lesley Lodge
Devil's Claw by Oscar Nobi
De Profundis by Mike Lynch
Moonshine and Whiskey by Nadeem Rajwani
Punctum by Damien De Burca
Soul Heir by Craig Dennis Swindell
The Bedwetter by Toor Mian
The Cube by Scott & Paula Merrow
The Doorway by Bragi Schut

Updated: 01/23/2009
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Interviews: British Short Screenplay Competition

MovieBytes Interview: Arif Hussein

An interview with Arif Hussein regarding the British Short Screenplay Writing Competition.

Updated: 04/15/2007
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