A synopsis is a summary of a story that includes brief information about the main characters, the conflict the main character is facing, the theme or concept of the story, the setting, and the highlights of the plot. For the contest, the director also wants to know what inspired your story or the message you want your story to convey. The director is not looking for a professional synopsis. so don't worry about formatting or about including everything a professional film synopsis includes.

I've extracted the following information from Suite101.com about writing a film synopsis that might help you with writing your synopsis.

• Give an idea of the plot setting, the time and the place, and the problem.
• Give a brief description of the main characters as they appear in the story.
• When you tell what happens in your story (your plot), start at the beginning of the story and tell it in the same order as you envision the movie that could be made from it.
• The story’s ending should probably be revealed in the synopsis.
• Synopses are often only 250 words long.You are allowed 500 words for your synopsis (1-page, single-spaced)
• Tell the story in the present tense and in the third person.
• When telling the story, do not include dialogue. Just tell what happens in the story.

If you want to see some examples of movie synopses, you can take a look at the following websites:

Movie Synopsis Online at http://movies-synopsis.blogspot.com/. Most of these synopses are more focused on character, setting, and theme than on the plot.

The Internet Movie Database has various types of plot summaries and plot synopses. The plot synopses on the Internet Movie Database are too detailed for your purposes, so you can look at the plot summaries instead to get an idea of how people summarize plots. Take a look at the plot summaries of The Titanic at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120338/plotsummary if you want to see 3 different examples about the same movie. You can look at other movie plot summaries and synopses if you want to see the different ways a plot summary/synopsis can be written. Keep in mind that for your purposes, you want to limit your synopsis to 500 words.

You can read the plot summary for Takita's Academy Award winning film Departures at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1069238/plotsummary

If you want to see a list of film and TV genres, you can look at the Internet Movie Database list at http://www.imdb.com/genre/

Again, the important thing is to think of a character, a situation/conflict, or a theme that you are interested in first. What do you want to convey about your characters in your story? What inspired your idea for your story? What do you want your story to show about local culture either in the past or the present?