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JON LAPOMA'S, 'A NOBLE TRUTH', WINS 1ST PRIZE AT AWARENESS FILM FESTIVAL Jonathan LaPoma's multi-award-winning coming-of-age drama, A NOBLE TRUTH, won 1st prize in the 2014 Awareness Film Festival's "scripts that inspire" competition. The festival's goal is to show "films that do more than entertain." Tags: Oaxaca Film Festival 2013 , Sacramento International Film Festival , WriteMovies.com
LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO (LAND THAT I LOVE), NEW YORK SCREENPLAY FINALIST Jonathan LaPoma and Natalia Porras Sivolobova's multi-award-winning drama, LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO (LAND THAT I LOVE), is a finalist in the 2014 New York Screenplay Contest. Patricia Chica (CERAMIC TANGO, SERPENT'S LULLABY) is attached to direct.   Tags: Barcelona International Film Festival , New York Screenplay Contest , The Indie Gathering International Film Festival
Jonathan LaPoma is a Grand Jury Prize Winner at Hollywood Screenplay Jonathan LaPoma's multi-award-winning drama, THE WAY BACK HOME, won the Grand Jury Prize in the 2014 Hollywood Screenplay Contest, for best overall script. According to the HSC website, over 1,000 scripts were submitted to this years competition. Tags: Chicago Screenplay Contest , Hollywood Screenplay Contest , WriteMovies.com
LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO an Official Selection of Glendale Film Festival Jonathan LaPoma and Natalia Porras Sivolobova's multi-award-winning drama, LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO (LAND THAT I LOVE), is an Official Selection of the Glendale International Film Festival. Patricia Chica (CERAMIC TANGO, SERPENT'S LULLABY) is attached to direct. Tags: Barcelona International Film Festival , New York Screenplay Contest , The Indie Gathering International Film Festival
Jonathan LaPoma Wins 1st Place in West Field Screenwriting Awards Jonathan LaPoma’s first feature-length screenplay, A NOBLE TRUTH, has earned its 9th honor, winning “The New York Award” in the 2014 West Field Screenwriting Awards for best screenplay by a writer from Upstate New York. Jonathan was born and raised in Buffalo, and the first act of his script is set there, so this is a particularly special honor. Tags: Sacramento International Film Festival , The Indie Gathering International Film Festival , WriteMovies.com
Jonathan LaPoma's A NOBLE TRUTH to be Published by Laughing Fire Press Laughing Fire Press will publish Jonathan LaPoma's feature-length coming-of-age screenplay, A NOBLE TRUTH, in various electronic formats available for purchase at www.laughingfire.com in early 2015. In the past year, A NOBLE TRUTH has won 9 awards/honors, including first place in both the 2014 Awareness Film Festival and the 2014 West Field Screenwriting Awards ("The New York Award"). It can be described as a mix between EASY RIDER and GOOD WILL HUNTING. Tags: Oaxaca Film Festival 2013 , Sacramento International Film Festival , WriteMovies.com
THE WAY BACK HOME, GRAND PRIZE WINNER AT 2014 LONDON FILM AWARDS Jonathan LaPoma's multi-award-winning feature-length drama, THE WAY BACK HOME, is the Feature Screenplay Grand Prize Winner of the 2014 London Film Awards. THE WAY BACK HOME has won 6 awards/honors in 2014, including the Grand Jury Prize at the Hollywood Screenplay Contest for best overall screenplay from over 1,000 submissions. It can be described as a cross between KES and BILLY ELLIOT.  Tags: Hollywood Screenplay Contest , London Film Awards , WriteMovies.com
JONATHAN LAPOMA PLACES TWO SCRIPTS IN WRITEMOVIES 37

WriteMovies has named Jonathan LaPoma's feature-length screenplays, SOFI'S JOURNEY, and, LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO (LAND THAT I LOVE)--co-written by Natalia Porras Sivolobova - quarterfinalists in its WriteMovies 37 competition. Semifinalists have not yet been announced. 

 

Patricia Chica (CERAMIC TANGO, WOLVERINE HOTEL) is attached to direct LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO. 

Tags: New York Screenplay Contest , The Indie Gathering International Film Festival , WriteMovies.com
LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO (LAND THAT I LOVE) SEMIFINALIST IN WRITEMOVIES 37 Jonathan LaPoma and Natalia Porras Sivolobova's multi-award-winning feature-length screenplay, LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO (LAND THAT I LOVE), has advanced to the semifinals in the 2015 WriteMovies 37 competition. LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO can be described as a mix between MIDNIGHT IN PARIS and EVEN THE RAIN. Patricia Chica (CERAMIC TANGO, WOLVERINE HOTEL) is attached to direct. Tags: New York Screenplay Contest , The Indie Gathering International Film Festival , WriteMovies.com
THE WAY BACK HOME - FINALIST IN BEVERLY HILLS SCREENPLAY CONTEST Jonathan LaPoma's feature-length screenplay, THE WAY BACK HOME, is a finalist in the 2014 Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest. This is the 7th honor the script has received in the past year, including the Grand Jury Prize at the 2014 Hollywood Screenplay Contest, the Grand Prize at the 2014 London Film Awards, and 3rd place at the Chicago Screenplay Contest (drama category). THE WAY BACK HOME can be seen as a mix between KES and BILLY ELLIOT, and has been described as “A story that will stay with you and make you look in the mirror" by Summit Talent and Literary Agency. It's currently ranked in the top 7% of the nearly 2,500 scripts listed on MovieBytes. Tags: Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest , Hollywood Screenplay Contest , Table Read My Screenplay - PARK CITY!
A NOBLE TRUTH, OFFICIAL SELECTION OF 2015 BUFFALO NIAGARA FILM FESTIVAL Jonathan LaPoma’s feature-length coming-of-age drama, A NOBLE TRUTH, is an official selection of the 2015 Buffalo Niagara Film Festival. Jonathan is from Buffalo, and the first act of his script is set there, so this is a particularly special honor for him. A NOBLE TRUTH follows two friends who set out on a road trip to explore what truths unite people in a modern America slipping deeper into apathy and discord. It can be described as a mix between EASY RIDER and GOOD WILL HUNTING. A NOBLE TRUTH will be published by Laughing Fire Press and will be available for download on the press’s website. This is the script's 10th honor.
A NOBLE TRUTH, HONORABLE MENTION AT 2015 MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL The Mountain Film Festival has awarded Jonathan LaPoma's coming-of-age drama, A NOBLE TRUTH, honorable mention in its 2015 screenwriting competition. A NOBLE TRUTH follows two friends who take a road trip throughout America in search of what truths unite people in a nation slipping deeper into apathy and discord. It can be described as EASY RIDER meets GOOD WILL HUNTING. A NOBLE TRUTH has won 11 awards and will be published by Laughing Fire Press in early 2015. Tags: Oaxaca Film Festival 2013 , The Indie Gathering International Film Festival , WriteMovies.com
LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO (LAND THAT I LOVE), WINS AT CANADA INTERNATIONAL FF The Canada International Film Festival has awarded Jonathan LaPoma and Natalia Porras Sivolobova's feature-length drama, LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO (LAND THAT I LOVE), honorable mention in their 2015 Write Brothers Screenplay Competition. This is the script's 6th award and LaPoma's 30th overall. Patricia Chica (WOLVERINE HOTEL, CERAMIC TANGO) is attached to direct.  Tags: Canada International Film Festival , New York Screenplay Contest , WriteMovies.com
JON LAPOMA'S, A NOBLE TRUTH, FINALIST IN 2015 TWISTER ALLEY FILM FESTIVAL The Twister Alley International Film Festival has chosen Jonathan LaPoma's award-winning coming-of-age drama, A NOBLE TRUTH, as a finalist in their 2015 screenwriting competition. This is the script's 12th award. A NOBLE TRUTH will be published by Laughing Fire Press in early 2015.  Tags: Oaxaca Film Festival 2013 , Sacramento International Film Festival , WriteMovies.com
JON LAPOMA'S, SOFI'S JOURNEY, OFFICIAL SELECTION SACRAMENTO FILM FESTIVAL Jonathan LaPoma's feature-length drama, SOFI'S JOURNEY, is an Official Selection of the 2015 Sacramento International Film Festival. SOFI'S JOURNEY follows an obsessive-compulsive twenty-one-year-old Peruvian woman who travels from Lima to the USA on a work-abroad program and takes a job at a small ski resort in Montana in an attempt to find love and relief from her mental illness. It can be described as GIRL INTERRUPTED meets MARIA FULL OF GRACE.  Tags: Sacramento International Film Festival
LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO (LAND THAT I LOVE), FINALIST IN WRITEMOVIES 37 Jonathan LaPoma and Natalia Porras Sivolobova's feature-length coming-of-age drama, LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO (LAND THAT I LOVE), is a finalist in the 2015 WriteMovies 37 competition. The script made the top 27 out of almost 1,000 submissions.  Tags: WriteMovies.com
LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO (LAND THAT I LOVE), FINALIST IN WOMEN IN CINEMA Jonathan LaPoma and Natalia Porras Sivolobova's coming-of-age drama, LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO (LAND THAT I LOVE), is a finalist in the 2015 Women in Cinema International Screenplay Competition. This is the script's 7th total award/honor since 2014, and 3rd in the last month. 
JON LAPOMA WINS GRAND JURY PRIZE AND 1ST IN DRAMA AT LAS VEGAS SCREENPLAY Jonathan LaPoma's script, THE WAY BACK HOME, is the Grand Jury Prize winner of the 2014 Las Vegas Screenplay Contest. The script he co-wrote with Natalia Porras Sivolobova, LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO (LAND THAT I LOVE), also placed in the contest, winning 1st in the Drama category. LaPoma has won six 1st place victories since September of 2014. 
JON LAPOMA'S, SOFI'S JOURNEY, FINALIST IN 2015 BEVERLY HILLS FILM FESTIVAL Jonathan LaPoma's gritty and poetic feature-length drama SOFI'S JOURNEY has been selected as a finalist in the 2015 Beverly Hills Film Festival. 
LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO (LAND THAT I LOVE), FINALIST IN AMSTERDAM FILM FEST Jonathan LaPoma and Natalia Porras Sivolobova's feature-length drama, LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO (LAND THAT I LOVE), is a finalist in the 2015 Amsterdam Film Festival. This is the script's 9th honor. Patricia Chica (CERAMIC TANGO, WOLVERINE HOTEL) is attached to direct.  Tags: Amsterdam International Film Festival
JONATHAN LAPOMA SELECTED TO BE A JUDGE AT 2015 SD KIDS FILM FESTIVAL Award-winning screenwriter and novelist Jonathan LaPoma has been selected to be a judge of the 2015 San Diego International Kids Film Festival screenplay competition. Tags: San Diego International Kids Film Festival Screenplay
JON LAPOMA'S, SOFI'S JOURNEY, FINALIST IN 2015 BARCELONA FILM FESTIVAL Jonathan LaPoma's coming-of-age drama SOFI'S JOURNEY is a finalist in the 2015 Barcelona International Film Festival. This is the script's 6th award/honor.  Tags: Barcelona International Film Festival
LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO (LAND THAT I LOVE), Finalist 2015 Extreme Screenplay

Jonathan LaPoma and Natalia Porras Sivolobova's feature-length drama, LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO (LAND THAT I LOVE), is a finalist in the 2015 Extreme Screenplay Contest. This is the script's 10th award/honor and LaPoma's 40th overall for all of his scripts.

 

Patricia Chica (CERAMIC TANGO, WOLVERINE HOTEL) is attached to direct. 

Tags: Extreme Screenplay Contest
A NOBLE TRUTH Published by Laughing Fire Press

Jonathan LaPoma's award-winning feature-length drama A NOBLE TRUTH is now available for purchase on Amazon.com and on the Laughing Fire Press website (www.laughingfire.com). A NOBLE TRUTH follows two estranged friends who take a road trip throughout the US and into Mexico to write a book about what unites people in a modern world slipping deeper into apathy and discord.

 

A NOBLE TRUTH has won 12 awards/honors at various international screenwriting competitions, including 1st place victories in both the 2014 Awareness Film Festival and the 2014 West Field Screenwriting Awards (The New York Award), and it's currently ranked in the top 5% of the over 2,500 feature-length scripts listed on MovieBytes.com. 

Tags: Oaxaca Film Festival 2013 , Sacramento International Film Festival , WriteMovies.com
DELLWOOD an Official Selection of San Francisco Global Movie Fest Jonathan LaPoma's coming-of-age drama DELLWOOD is an official selection of the 2015 San Francisco Global Movie Fest. 
LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO (LAND THAT I LOVE), OFFICIAL SELECTION OF AWARENESS FF

Jonathan LaPoma and Natalia Porras Sivolobova's feature-length romantic drama, LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO (LAND THAT I LOVE), is an official selection of the 2015 Awareness Film Festival, which aims to show "films that do more than entertain." LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO follows a young half-Mexican, half-American woman who, after failing to make it as a dancer in New York City for seven years, returns to her hometown of Oaxaca, Mexico and struggles to find her place amid the political corruption and social injustice rampant in the small, traditional city. This is the 11th award/honor for the script, which can be described as BEFORE SUNRISE meets EVEN THE RAIN.

 

Patricia Chica (CERAMIC TANGO, MONTREAL GIRLS) is attached to direct.

Tags: Women In Cinema International Screenplay Competition , WriteMovies.com , Awareness Film Festival
A NOBLE TRUTH, OFFICIAL SELECTION OF GLENDALE FILM FESTIVAL

Jonathan LaPoma's character-driven, coming-of-age drama A NOBLE TRUTH is an official selection of the 2015 Glendale International Film Festival. A NOBLE TRUTH follows two friends who take a road trip through America and into Mexico with the intention of exploring what truths unite people in a world slipping deeper into apathy and discord. 

 

This is the script's 13th award/honor. 

THE WAY BACK HOME, OFFICIAL SELECTION OF OAXACA FILM FEST Jonathan LaPoma's feature-length coming-of-age drama THE WAY BACK HOME is an official selection of the 2015 Oaxaca Film Festival. This is the third consecutive year one of LaPoma's screenplays has been selected to this festival. THE WAY BACK HOME is ranked in the top 3% of the more than 2,500 scripts listed on MovieBytes.com.  Tags: Oaxaca Film Festival 2013
DEVELOPING MINDS: AN AMERICAN GHOST STORY PUBLISHED TODAY Today is the official publication date of Jonathan LaPoma's award-winning literary fiction novel, DEVELOPING MINDS: AN AMERICAN GHOST STORY. DEVELOPING MINDS follows a group of recent college graduates who struggle with feelings of alienation and their addictions as they try to survive a year of teaching at two dysfunctional Miami public schools. Kirkus Reviews awarded it Recommended Review status and called it an "Entertaining and authentic look at the troubled American education system," the San Francisco Book Review called it "Incredibly artistic . . . raw and endearing," and the Stargazer Literary Prizes awarded it as a finalist in their 2015 competition. DEVELOPING MINDS can be purchased on Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com, and the publisher, Laughing Fire Press's, website, www.laughingfire.com.
JONATHAN LAPOMA'S THE WAY BACK HOME A FINALIST IN NEW YORK SCREENPLAY Jonathan LaPoma's coming-of-age drama THE WAY BACK HOME is a finalist in the 2015 New York Screenplay Contest. This is the script's 11th award/honor.  Tags: New York Screenplay Contest
LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO (LAND THAT I LOVE) WINS 3RD AT AWARENESS FILM FEST

Jonathan LaPoma and Natalia Porras Sivolobova's coming-of-age drama, LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO (LAND THAT I LOVE), won 3rd place in the 2015 Awareness Film Festival. The Awareness Film Festival aims to show "films that do more than entertain." LaPoma's script A NOBLE TRUTH won 1st place in this competition last year. 

 

Patricia Chica (CERAMIC TANGO, WOLVERINE HOTEL) is attached to direct.  

Tags: Awareness Film Festival
EVOLUTION MALLORCA FILM FEST SELECTS TWO OF JONATHAN LAPOMA'S SCRIPTS The Evolution Mallorca Film Festival has chosen Jonathan LaPoma's feature-length screenplays A NOBLE TRUTH and LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO (co-written by Natalia Porras Sivolobova) as official selections to their 2015 festival. In the past week, LaPoma has had 6 of his scripts place in screenwriting competitions, including making the top 12 in the Oaxaca Film Festival. Also, his coming-of-age novel DEVELOPING MINDS: AN AMERICAN GHOST STORY won 1st place in the 2015 Stargazer Literary Prizes on October 7th.  Tags: Evolution Mallorca International Film Festival
JON LAPOMA A TOP 12 FINALIST IN 2015 OAXACA FILM FEST Jonathan LaPoma's dark, character-driven drama THE WAY BACK HOME is a top 12 finalist in the 2015 Oaxaca Film Festival's Global Script Challenge screenwriting competition. There were about 1,000 submissions to this year's festival. THE WAY BACK HOME has won 11 awards/honors since 2014, including the Grand Jury Prize of both the 2014 Hollywood Screenplay Contest and the 2015 Las Vegas Screenplay Contest, and is ranked in the top 3% of the more than 2,600 feature-length screenplays listed on MovieBytes.com. It can be described as KES meets BILLY ELLIOT.  Tags: Oaxaca Film Festival 2013
TWO OF JON LAPOMA'S SCRIPTS ADVANCE IN 2015 FILMMAKERS INTERNATIONAL Jonathan LaPoma's feature-length scripts THE WAY BACK HOME and LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO (LAND THAT I LOVE), co-written by Natalia Porras Sivolobova, have advanced through the first round of the 2015 FilmMakers International Screenwriting Awards. 
THE WAY BACK HOME, OFFICIAL SELECTION OF THE MONTHLY FILM FEST The Monthly Film Festival has chosen Jonathan LaPoma's feature-length, character-driven drama THE WAY BACK HOME as an officlal selection of their October-November competition. This is the script's 12th award/honor. 
LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO, OFFICIAL SELECTION OF ALBUQUERQUE FILM FESTIVAL

Jonathan LaPoma and Natalia Porras Sivolobova's romantic, coming-of-age drama, LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO (LAND THAT I LOVE), is an official selection of the 2015 Albuquerque Film Festival & Comic Con. LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO follows a 30-year old half-Mexican, half-American woman who returns to her hometown of Oaxaca, Mexico after failing to make it as a dancer in New York, and struggles with where she truly belongs. It's currently ranked at #6 in the Romance category of MovieBytes.com's Top 10 Contest Winning Scripts section and can be seen as BEFORE SUNRISE meets EVEN THE RAIN. 

 

Patricia Chica (CERAMIC TANGO, WOLVERINE HOTEL) is attached to direct.  

JON LAPOMA PLACES TWO SCRIPTS IN BLOW UP CHICAGO ARTHOUSE FILM FEST

The BLOW UP Chicago International Arthouse Film Fest has chosen Jonathan LaPoma's scripts A NOBLE TRUTH and THE WAY BACK HOME as official selections of its 2015 screenwriting competition. LaPoma's writing works have earned 61 awards/honors since 2013, with 14 of those coming in the past 5 weeks. 

  

JON LAPOMA PLACES TWO SCRIPTS IN HOLLYWOOD SKY FILM FESTIVAL

The Hollywood Sky International Film Festival has chosen Jonathan LaPoma’s scripts LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO (co-written by Natalia Porras Sivolobova) and SANDLEY as official selections of their 2015 screenwriting contest.

In the past month and a half, LaPoma has won 16 awards/honors for his writing works.

Patricia Chica (CERAMIC TANGO, WOLVERINE HOTEL) is attached to direct LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO.  

JON LAPOMA PLACES TWO SCRIPTS IN LA SCREENPLAY CONTEST

The Los Angeles Screenplay Contest has selected Jonathan LaPoma and Natalia Porras Sivolobova's coming-of-age drama, LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO (LAND THAT I LOVE), as the 2nd place winner of their 2015 drama category. They also selected LaPoma's script THE WAY BACK HOME as a finalist in the same category.

 

LaPoma has won 19 awards/honors since 10/7, and he's won 64 overall since 2013.

 

Both LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO and THE WAY BACK HOME are ranked in the top 3% of the more than 2,600 feature-length screenplays listed on MovieBytes.com, and LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO is also the 4th ranked script in the romance category.

 

Patricia Chica (CERAMIC TANGO, WOLVERINE HOTEL) is attached to direct. 

JON LAPOMA PLACES TWO SCRIPTS IN 2015 AURA SCREENWRITER AWARDS

Jonathan LaPoma's scripts DELLWOOD and SANDLEY (short screenplay) are quarterfinalists in the 2015 Aura Screenwriter Awards. 

 

LaPoma has won 21 awards/honors since October 7th, and 66 overall since 2013.  

Tags: Aura Screenwriter Awards
JONATHAN LAPOMA #1 BEST SELLER ON AMAZON Jonathan LaPoma's award-winning coming-of-age novel, DEVELOPING MINDS: AN AMERICAN GHOST STORY, is a #1 Amazon Best Seller in the "Satire" and "Urban Life" Kindle categories, putting it ahead of works by Neil Gaiman, Kurt Vonnegut, John Grisham, and Chuck Palahnuik. DEVELOPING MINDS follows a group of recent college grads who struggle with alienation and addiction as they try to survive a year of teaching at dysfunctional Miami public schools. It can be seen as POST OFFICE by Charles Bukowski meets TEACHER MAN by Frank McCourt. 
JON LAPOMA WINS GRAND PRIZE IN LONDON FILM AWARDS FOR SECOND TIME

The London Film Awards has selected Jonathan LaPoma and Natalia Porras Sivolobova's romantic drama, LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO (LAND THAT I LOVE), as the Grand Prize winner of their 2015 Feature Screenplay category. This is the second consecutive year LaPoma has won the Grand Prize in this competition, winning with his script THE WAY BACK HOME last year. His scripts have won 67 awards/honors in the last two years. LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO can be seen as BEFORE SUNRISE meets EVEN THE RAIN. 

 

Patricia Chica (CERAMIC TANGO, WOLVERINE HOTEL) is attached to direct.  

Tags: London Film Awards
JON LAPOMA PLACES TWO SCRIPTS IN CALIFORNIA FILM AWARDS

The California Film Awards has selected Jonathan LaPoma's feature-length scripts THE WAY BACK HOME and LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO (co-written by Natalia Porras Sivolobova) as a part of their 2015 competition. THE WAY BACK HOME won 5th place and LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO is a finalist. 

 

Jonathan LaPoma's screenplays have won 69 awards/honors since 2013.

 

Patricia Chica (CERAMIC TANGO, WOLVERINE HOTEL) is attached to direct LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO.  

Tags: California Film Awards
JON LAPOMA'S DELLWOOD A DIAMOND AWARD WINNER IN CALIFORNIA FILM AWARDS Jonathan LaPoma's feature-length coming-of-age drama DELLWOOD is a finalist in the Diamond Award category of the 2015 California Film Awards. DELLWOOD follows a successful, but unhappy, novelist who reluctantly returns to his childhood town to attend a friend's funeral. While there, he reminisces about his experiences as a child playing basketball on a city court to escape from emotional abuse, and he understands himself and the theme of his next project more clearly. DELLWOOD can be described as STAND BY ME meets THE BASKETBALL DIARIES, and it's the 7th ranked Urban screenplay in MovieBytes.com's Top 10 Contest Winning Scripts section.  Tags: California Film Awards
LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO OFFICIAL SELECTION OF PASADENA FILM FEST

Jonathan LaPoma and Natalia Porras Sivolobova's feature-length character-driven romantic drama, LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO (LAND THAT I LOVE), is an official selection of the 2016 Pasadena International Film Festival. This is the script's 20th award/honor, and LaPoma's 71st overall. LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO can be seen as EVEN THE RAIN meets BEFORE SUNSET and is ranked in the top 2% of the more than 2,600 scripts listed on MovieBytes.com. 

 

Patricia Chica (CERAMIC TANGO, WOLVERINE HOTEL) is attached to direct.  

Tags: Pasadena International Film Festival
TWO OF JON LAPOMA'S SCRIPTS ADVANCE IN FILMMAKERS INTERNATIONAL

Jonathan LaPoma's scripts THE WAY BACK HOME and LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO (LAND THAT I LOVE), co-written by Natalia Porras Sivolobova, have advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2015 FilmMakers International Screenwriting Awards. Both scripts are ranked in the top 2% of the more than 2,600 listed on MovieBytes.com. LaPoma's screenplays have won 71 awards/honors in the last two years.

 

Patricia Chica (CERAMIC TANGO, WOLVERINE HOTEL) is attached to direct LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO.  

JONATHAN LAPOMA PLACES TWO SCRIPTS IN FINOW FILM FESTIVAL

The Finow International Film & Script Festival chose Jonathan LaPoma's scripts DELLWOOD and LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO (LAND THAT I LOVE), co-written by Natalia Porras Sivolobova, as official selections of their 2016 screenwriting competition. LaPoma's seven scripts have won 73 awards/honors in the last two years.

 

Tags: Finow International Film & Script Festival
NEWLIFE FILM FEST SELECTS TWO OF JON LAPOMA'S SCRIPTS The NewLife Film & Script & Music Festival has chosen two of Jonathan LaPoma's screenplays as official selections of their 2015 fest. LaPoma's seven scripts have won 75 awards/honors in the last two years.  Tags: NewLife Film Festival
LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO ADVANCES TO SEMIFINALS IN FILMMAKERS INTERNATIONAL

Jonathan LaPoma and Natalia Porras Sivolobova's character-driven coming-of-age drama, LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO (LAND THAT I LOVE), has advanced to the semifinals in the 2016 FilmMakers International Screenwriting Awards, putting it in the top 7% of more than 1,500 submissions. LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO follows a 30-year old half-Mexican half-American woman who, after failing to make it as a dancer in New York City, returns to her hometown of Oaxaca, Mexico and struggles with where she truly belongs. It can be described as EVEN THE RAIN meets BEFORE SUNRISE.

 

Patricia Chica (CERAMIC TANGO, WOLVERINE HOTEL) is attached to direct.  

JON LAPOMA PLACES TWO SCRIPTS IN LOS ANGELES CINEFEST Los Angeles CineFest has chosen Jonathan LaPoma's scripts SANDLEY and THE WAY BACK HOME as official selections of their 2016 competition. LaPoma's scripts have won 78 awards/honors in various international screenwriting competitions in the last two years. 
JON LAPOMA PLACES TWO SCRIPTS IN TWISTER ALLEY FILM FEST

The Twister Alley Film Festival has selected Jon LaPoma's feature-length scripts THE WAY BACK HOME and LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO (LAND THAT I LOVE), co-written by Natalia Porras Sivolobova, in their 2016 screenwriting competition. Both scripts are ranked in the top 2% of the more than 2,600 listed on MovieBytes.com. 

 

LaPoma's 8 screenplays have won a total of 81 awards/honors in the last two years.  

JON LAPOMA'S, A NOBLE TRUTH, FINALIST IN 2016 LAS VEGAS SCREENPLAY CONTEST Jonathan LaPoma's feature-length coming-of-age drama A NOBLE TRUTH is a finalist in the 2016 Las Vegas Screenplay Contest. LaPoma's 8 screenplays have won 81 awards/honors in the last 2 years. Tags: Las Vegas Screenplay Contest
JON LAPOMA A JUROR OF CORDOBA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL The Cordoba International Film Festival has selected Jonathan LaPoma as a juror of their 2016 short film competition. 
JON LAPOMA A JUROR OF SAN DIEGO INTERNATIONAL KIDS FILM FEST

The San Diego International Kids Film Festival has chosen Jonathan LaPoma as a juror of their 2016 screenplay competition. 

 

LaPoma is also a juror of the 2016 Cordoba International Film Festival's short film competition.  

Tags: San Diego International Kids Film Festival Screenplay
SOFI'S JOURNEY AN OFFICIAL SELECTION OF MEDIA ADVENTURES FILM FEST

The Media Adventures International Film Festival has chosen Jonathan LaPoma's feature-length drama SOFI'S JOURNEY as an official selection of their 2016 screenwriting competition. SOFI'S JOURNEY follows a twenty-one-year-old obsessive-compulsive Peruvian woman who travels from Lima to the USA and takes a job at a small ski resort in Montana in hopes to find love and relief from her mental illness. LaPoma's 8 screenplays have won 82 awards/honors in the last two years.

 

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HARM FOR THE HOLIDAYS A SEMIFINALIST IN LOS ANGELES CINEFEST Jonathan LaPoma's latest feature-length script, HARM FOR THE HOLIDAYS, is a semifinalist in the Los Angeles CineFest. HARM FOR THE HOLIDAYS is a black comedy that follows an unrepentant asshole with a heart of gold who moves back in with his comically dysfunctional family to help his suicidal brother, only to find that his brother is the sanest of them all (SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK meets BAD SANTA). This is the script's first award/honor and LaPoma's 83rd overall. 
Tags: Los Angeles CineFest
LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO AN OFFICIAL SELECTION OF SWEDISH FILM FEST

Jonathan LaPoma and Natalia Porras Sivolobova's feature-length coming-of-age drama, LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO (LAND THAT I LOVE), is an official selection of the 2016 Swedish International Film Festival. This is the script's 25th award/honor and LaPoma's 84th overall. LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO is ranked in the top 2% of the over 2,600 scripts listed on MovieBytes.com. 

 

Patricia Chica (CERAMIC TANGO, WOLVERINE HOTEL) is attached to direct. 

 

 

HARM FOR THE HOLIDAYS WINS 4TH IN INDIE GATHERING FILM FEST

Jonathan LaPoma's latest feature-length script, HARM FOR THE HOLIDAYS, won 4th place in the 2016 Indie Gathering Film Festival's screenwriting competition (comedy category). HARM FOR THE HOLIDAYS is a black comedy that follows an unrepentant asshole with a heart of gold who moves back in with his comically dysfunctional family to help his younger brother after his brother tries to commit suicide a few weeks before Christmas. It's soon evident, however, that the brother is the sanest of them all. 

 

LaPoma's scripts have won 85 awards/honors.  

 

DEVELOPING MINDS, FINALIST IN 2016 FAPA PRESIDENT'S AWARDS

Jonathan LaPoma's best-selling coming-of-age novel, DEVELOPING MINDS: AN AMERICAN GHOST STORY, is a finalist in the 2016 Florida Authors and Publishers Association President's Awards (Adult eBook category). DEVELOPING MINDS follows a group of recent college grads who struggle with alienation and their addictions as they try to survive a year of teaching at dysfunctional Miami public schools (POST OFFICE by Charles Bukowski meets TEACHER MAN by Frank McCourt). 

 

 

JONATHAN LAPOMA A JUROR FOR 2016 SAN DIEGO KIDS FILM FEST The San Diego International Kids Film Festival has chosen Jonathan LaPoma as a juror of their 2016 screenwriting competition. This is the second consecutive year LaPoma has been a juror of this festival.  Tags: San Diego International Kids Film Festival Screenplay
HARM FOR THE HOLIDAYS ADVANCES IN PAGE INTERNATIONAL SCREENWRITING AWARDS

Jonathan LaPoma's feature-length black comedy, HARM FOR THE HOLIDAYS, has advanced to the quarterfinals in the 2016 Page International Screenwriting Awards. This is the script's 4th award/honor in the last month and LaPoma's 90th overall (including literary awards).

 

HARM FOR THE HOLIDAYS follows an unrepentant asshole with a heart of gold who moves back in with his comically dysfunctional family a few weeks before Christmas to help his suicidal brother only to find that his brother is the sanest of them all (SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK meets BAD SANTA).

Tags: PAGE International Screenwriting Awards
LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO and THE WAY BACK HOME ADVANCE IN CREATIVE WORLD AWARDS

 Jonathan LaPoma's feature-length scripts THE WAY BACK HOME  and LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO (LAND THAT I LOVE) , co-written by Natalia Porras Sivolobova, have advanced through the first round of the 2016 Creative World Awards.

 

Both scripts are ranked within the top 2% of the more than 2,700 screenplays listed on MovieBytes.com.

 

LaPoma's scripts have won 89 awards/honors in various international screenwriting competitions.

 

Tags: Creative World Awards Screenwriting Contest
DEVELOPING MINDS WINS BRONZE IN FAPA PRESIDENT'S AWARDS

Jonathan LaPoma's best-selling novel, DEVELOPING MINDS: AN AMERICAN GHOST STORY, won the bronze medal in the 2016 Florida Authors and Publishers Association President's Awards. 

 

DEVELOPING MINDS follows a group of recent college graduates who struggle with alienation and their addictions as they try to survive a year of teaching in dysfunctional Miami public schools. The novel is a #1 Amazon Best Seller in the "Satire" and "Urban Life" Kindle categories, and it also won the 2015 Stargazer Literary Prizes (Visionary and Metaphysical Fiction category). 

 

LaPoma's literary works and screenplays have won over 90 awards/honors in international writing competitions since 2013. 

A NOBLE TRUTH, OFFICIAL SELECTION OF WAYFARER FILM FESTIVAL

Jonathan LaPoma's feature-length coming-of-age drama A NOBLE TRUTH is an official selection of the 2016 Wayfarer Film Festival, which "...embodies the spirit of the great American road trip, the lost traveler, and the unbeaten path."

 

A NOBLE TRUTH follows two estranged best friends who take a road trip through the US and into Mexico to discover what truths unite people in a world slipping deeper into apathy and discord. It's soon event, however, that truth is the last thing either man seeks (EASY RIDER meets THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES).

 

A NOBLE TRUTH has won 17 awards/honors, and LaPoma's 9 scripts have won 90 overall.  

HARM FOR THE HOLIDAYS, SEMIFINALIST IN EXTREME SCREENPLAY CONTEST

Jonathan LaPoma's feature-length comedy, HARM FOR THE HOLIDAYS, has advanced to the semifinals of the 2016 Extreme Screenplay Contest.

 

HARM FOR THE HOLIDAYS follows a charming asshole who moves back in with his dysfunctional family after learning about his brother's recent suicide attempt, only to find that his brother is the sanest of them all (BAD SANTA meets SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK). 

 

HARM FOR THE HOLIDAYS has won 5 awards/honors in the last 2 months, and LaPoma's 9 scripts have won 91 awards/honors overall. 

Tags: Extreme Screenplay Contest
HARM FOR THE HOLIDAYS ADVANCES TO SECOND ROUND IN AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL

Jonathan LaPoma's feature-length holiday-themed comedy, HARM FOR THE HOLIDAYS, has advanced to the second round of the 2016 Austin Film Festival. They had this to say about the script:

 

"Our readers felt your script was effectively funny with nuanced and witty dialogue. Jim is a very well-rounded character with an interesting arc."

 

HARM FOR THE HOLIDAYS follows an asshole with a heart of gold who moves back in with his dysfunctional family after his brother attempts suicide a few weeks before Christmas, only to find that his brother is the sanest of them all (BAD SANTA meets SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK).

 

This is the script's 6th award/honor in the last two months, and LaPoma's 92nd overall for his 9 screenplays.  

Tags: Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay Competition
HARM FOR THE HOLIDAYS, OFFICIAL SELECTION OF 2016 OAXACA FILM FESTIVAL

Jonathan LaPoma's feature-length comedy, HARM FOR THE HOLIDAYS, is an official selection of the 2016 Oaxaca Film Festival. This is the script's 6th award/honor in the last two months and LaPoma's 92nd overall for his 9 screenplays.

 

Tags: Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay Competition , Oaxaca FilmFest , PAGE International Screenwriting Awards
A NOBLE TRUTH, OFFICIAL SELECTION OF EYECATCHER FILM FESTIVAL

Jonathan LaPoma's feature-length coming-of-age drama A NOBLE TRUTH is an official selection of the 2016 EyeCatcher Film Festival. A NOBLE TRUTH follows two friends who take a road trip throughout the US and Mexico in search of what unites people in a modern world slipping deeper into apathy and discord. On this trip for truth, however, it's soon evident that this is the last thing either friend seeks (EASY RIDER meets THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES). 

 

A NOBLE TRUTH has won 18 awards/honors in total.

HARM FOR THE HOLIDAYS AN OFFICIAL SELECTION OF MAC FILM FESTIVAL

Jonathan LaPoma's feature-length holiday-themed black comedy, HARM FOR THE HOLIDAYS, is an official selection of the 2016 MAC Underground Film Festival in Manaus, Brazil.

 

HARM FOR THE HOLIDAYS has won 7 awards/honors in the last two months, including placing in both the Austin Film Festival and Page International Screenwriting Awards, and LaPoma's ten scripts have won 95 overall. 

Tags: Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay Competition , PAGE International Screenwriting Awards
SANDLEY, OFFICIAL SELECTION OF LAKE CHARLES FILM FESTIVAL

Jonathan LaPoma's short script SANDLEY is an official selection of the 2016 Lake Charles Film Festival. SANDLEY follows a first-year teacher in an at-risk Los Angeles middle school who finds the inspiration to confront his bullies through his interactions with a lovable, but equally teased, student.

 

SANDLEY is the 8th ranked dramatic short script in MovieBytes.com's Top 10 Contest Winning Scripts. LaPoma's ten screenplays have won 96 awards/honors. 

Sofia's Journey & The Way Back Home Semifinalists in Evolution Mallorca FF

Jonathan LaPoma's feature-length dramas 'SOFI'S JOURNEY' and 'THE WAY BACK HOME' are semifinalists in the 2016 Evolution Mallorca International Film Festival. 

 

THE WAY BACK HOME follows an animal-loving boy who must cope with his father's insistence that he'll someday work at the slaughterhouse that's employed the men of their family for the past several generations (KES meets BILLY ELLIOT).

SOFI'S JOURNEY follows a 20-year-old Peruvian woman who travels to the US and takes a job at a small ski resort in Montana in hopes to find love and relief from her OCD (MARIA FULL OF GRACE meets GIRL, INTERRUPTED).

 

LaPoma's ten scripts have won a total of 98 awards/honors. 

 

 

 

 

Tags: Evolution Mallorca International Film Festival
LA TIERRA YO AMO (LAND THAT I LOVE) WINS THE AUCKLAND FILM FESTIVAL

Jonathan LaPoma and Natalia Porras Sivolobova's feature-length coming-of-age drama, LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO (LAND THAT I LOVE), won Best Screenplay at the 2016 Auckland Film Festival. This is the script's third 1st place finish, and its 27th award/honor overall.

 

LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO is ranked in the top 2% of the more than 2,700 screenplays listed on MovieBytes.com and is also ranked 4th in the Urban and 5th in the Romance categories of MovieBytes's "Top 10 Contest Winning Scripts."  

LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO ADVANCES TO FINALS IN HOLLYWOOD SCREENPLAY CONTEST

Jonathan LaPoma and Natalia Porras Sivolobova's feature-length coming-of-age drama, 'LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO' (LAND THAT I LOVE), advanced to the finals in the 2016 Hollywood Screenplay Contest. 'LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO' is ranked 2nd in the Urban category, 5th in the Romance category, and 10th in the Drama category of MovieBytes.com's "Top 10 Contest Winning Scripts" and is ranked in the top 1% of the more than 2,700 scripts listed on the site.

 

'LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO' has won 28 awards/honors, and LaPoma has won 100 overall since 2013.

Tags: Hollywood Screenplay Contest
'SOFI'S JOURNEY' ADVANCES TO FINALS IN EVOLUTION MALLORCA FILM FEST Jonathan LaPoma's feature-length coming-of-age drama 'Sofi's Journey' has advanced to the finals of the 2016 Evolution Mallorca Film Festival.
'LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO' ADVANCES TO FINALS IN ANCHORAGE FILM FEST Jonathan LaPoma and Natalia Porras Sivolobova's feature-length coming-of-age drama, 'La Tierra Que Yo Amo' (Land That I Love), has advanced to the finals of the 2016 Anchorage International Film Festival. 'La Tierra Que Yo Amo' is ranked 9th in the Drama, 2nd in the Urban, and 5th in the Romance categories of MovieBytes.com's Top 10 Contest Winning Scripts, and is ranked in the top 1% of the more than 2,700 scripts listed on the site. The script has won 29 awards/honors and LaPoma's 10 screenplays have won 101 overall.
'HARM FOR THE HOLIDAYS' WINS THE MAC UNDERGROUND FILM FEST Jonathan LaPoma's feature-length holiday-themed black comedy, 'Harm For The Holidays', won Best Screenplay at the 2016 MAC Underground Film Festival. The script is ranked 5th in the LGBT category of MovieBytes.com's Top 10 Contest Winning Scripts. 
LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO (LAND THAT I LOVE), A FINALIST IN WORLD SERIES CONTEST Jonathan LaPoma and Natalia Porras Sivolobova's feature-length coming-of-age drama, 'LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO' (LAND THAT I LOVE), is a finalist in the 2016 World Series of Screenwriting. This is the script's 30th award/honor and LaPoma's 102nd. 'LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO' is ranked 2nd in the Urban, 5th in the Romance, and 9th in the Drama categories of MovieBytes.com's Top 10 Contest Winning Scripts (over 2,700 scripts are listed on the site).  Tags: WORLD SERIES OF SCREENWRITING CONTEST
'A SACRIFICE TO THE GOD OF THE BLUES' SELECTED FOR MONTHLY FILM FEST Jonathan LaPoma's short drama 'A Sacrifice To The God Of The Blues' is an official selection of the 2016 Monthly Film Festival's October-November edition. Winners will be announced in December. 
'A SACRIFICE TO THE GOD OF THE BLUES' ADVANCES IN LA CINEFEST Jonathan LaPoma's short drama 'A Sacrifice To The God Of The Blues' has won its second award today, advancing to the semifinals of the 2016 Los Angeles CineFest. A Sacrifice To The God Of The Blues' is based on LaPoma's short story of the same name which appeared in the November 2014 issue of 34thParallel Magazine, and that story is based on a chapter of LaPoma's novel 'Understanding The Alacran'. LaPoma's ten scripts have won a total of 104 awards/honors in the last three years.  Tags: Los Angeles CineFest
'LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO', OFFICIAL SELECTION, EUROPEAN INDEPENDENT FILM AWARD

Jonathan LaPoma and Natalia Porras Sivolobova's feature-length coming-of-age drama, 'LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO' (LAND THAT I LOVE), is an official selection of the 2016 European Independent Film Award. Winners have not yet been announced.

 

'LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO' has won 31 awards/honors, and LaPoma has won 105 overall. 'LA TIERRA' is ranked 3rd in the Romance, 4th in the Urban, and 9th in the Drama categories of MovieBytes.com's Top 10 Contest Winning Scripts, and is ranked in the top 1% of the more than 2,700 scripts listed on the site. 

'LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO', SEMIFINALIST IN LA CINEFEST Jonathan LaPoma and Natalia Porras Sivolobova's feature-length coming-of-age drama, 'LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO' (LAND THAT I LOVE), has advanced to the semifinals of the 2016 Los Angeles CineFest. This is the script's 32nd award/honor and LaPoma's 106th overall for his ten screenplays. 
JON LAPOMA WINS THE LONDON FILM AWARDS FOR 3RD CONSECUTIVE YEAR For the third consecutive year, Jonathan LaPoma has won the feature screenplay grand prize at the London Film Awards, winning this year with his coming-of-age drama 'A NOBLE TRUTH'. This is the script's 19th award/honor, and it's ranked in the top 2% of the more than 2,800 screenplays listed on MovieBytes.com.  Tags: London Film Awards
'HARM FOR THE HOLIDAYS' WINS HONORABLE MENTION IN WRITEMOVIES CONTEST Jonathan LaPoma's feature-length holiday-themed comedy, 'HARM FOR THE HOLIDAYS', won honorable mention in the December 2016 edition of the WriteMovies Monthly Contest. This is the script's 8th award/honor and LaPoma's 108th overall for his ten scripts.  Tags: WriteMovies Monthly Contest
'HARM FOR THE HOLIDAYS' WINS HONORABLE MENTION IN CALIFORNIA FILM AWARDS Jonathan LaPoma's feature-length holiday-themed black comedy, 'Harm For The Holidays', won honorable mention in the 2016 California Film Awards. This is the script's 9th award/honor and LaPoma's 109th overall.  Tags: California Film Awards
'HARM FOR THE HOLIDAYS' Advances in Fresh Voices Competition

Jonathan LaPoma's feature-length, holiday-themed black comedy, 'Harm For The Holidays', has advanced to the quarterfinals in the 2016 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition. 'Harm For The Holidays' is ranked 2nd in the GLBT category of MovieBytes.com's Top 10 Contest Winning Scripts and has won 10 awards/honors in the last 7 months. 

 

This is LaPoma's 110th award/honor for his 10 scripts.  

Tags: 2016 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition , Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay Competition , PAGE International Screenwriting Awards
'HARM FOR THE HOLIDAYS' ADVANCES IN SACRAMENTO FILM FESTIVAL Jonathan LaPoma's feature-length, holiday-themed black comedy, 'Harm For the Holidays', has advanced to the semifinals in the 2017 Sacramento International Film Festival. This is the script's 11th award/honor and LaPoma's 111th overall. Tags: Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay Competition , PAGE International Screenwriting Awards , Sacramento International Film Festival
'DIPLOMATIC AMMUNITY!' ADVANCES IN THE MONTHLY FILM FESTIVAL Jonathan LaPoma's latest feature-length script, 'DIPLOMATIC AMMUNITY!', advanced to the quarterfinals in the 2017 Monthly Film Festival. This is the script's first award/honor and LaPoma's 112th overall. 
'HARM FOR THE HOLIDAYS', FINALIST IN BEVERLY HILLS FILM FESTIVAL Jonathan LaPoma's feature-length, holiday-themed black comedy, 'Harm For The Holidays', is a finalist in the 2017 Beverly Hills Film Festival. This is the script's 12th award/honor and LaPoma's 113th overall.  Tags: Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay Competition , Beverly Hills Film Festival , PAGE International Screenwriting Awards
'A SACRIFICE TO THE GOD OF THE BLUES', ADVANCES IN OREGON SHORT FILM FEST Jonathan LaPoma's short screenplay 'A SACRIFICE TO THE GOD OF THE BLUES' is an official selection of the 2017 Oregon Short Film Festival. This is the script's 3rd award/honor and LaPoma's 114th overall. 
'HARM FOR THE HOLIDAYS' ADVANCES IN WRITEMOVIES Jonathan LaPoma's feature-length, holiday-themed black comedy, 'HARM FOR THE HOLIDAYS', has advanced to the quarterfinals in the 2016 WriteMovies winter contest. This is the script's 13th award/honor and LaPoma's 115th overall. Tags: Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay Competition , PAGE International Screenwriting Awards , WriteMovies Spring 2017 Screenwriting Competition
'DIPLOMATIC AMMUNITY!', SEMIFINALIST IN MONTHLY FILM FEST Jonathan LaPoma's feature-length comedy 'DIPLOMATIC AMMUNITY!' is a semifinalist in the 2017 Monthly Film Festival. 'DIPLOMATIC AMMUNITY!' follows a struggling Hollywood screenwriter who recruits his former best friends to help him write a script about a series of pranks they pulled in high school that led to the end of their friendship.
'HARM FOR THE HOLIDAYS[', FINALIST IN TWISTER ALLEY FILM FESTIVAL Jonathan LaPoma's feature-length, holiday-themed black comedy, 'Harm For The Holidays', is a finalist in the 2017 Twister Alley Film Festival. This is the script's 14th award/honor, and LaPoma's 116th overall. 
'THE WAY BACK HOME' ADVANCES IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SCREENPLAY COMPETITION Jonathan LaPoma's feature-length coming-of-age drama 'The Way Back Home' has advanced to the semifinals in the 2017 Southern California Screenplay Competition. This is the script's 20th award/honor and LaPoma's 117th overall. 
Jonathan LaPoma's THE WAY BACK HOME 3rd Place at Chicago Screenplay Contest Jonathan LaPoma's multi-award-winning screenplay THE WAY BACK HOME has won another honor, taking 3rd place in the "Drama" category of the Chicago Screenplay Contest. THE WAY BACK HOME recently won Honorable Mention at the Indie Gathering Film Festival as well.  Tags: Chicago Screenplay Contest , Table Read My Screenplay - PARK CITY! , WriteMovies.com
JONATHAN LAPOMA'S, SOFI'S JOURNEY, TOP THREE IN RIVER BEND FILM FESTIVAL

Jonathan LaPoma's feature-length drama, SOFI'S JOURNEY, is a top three finalist in the 2015 River Bend Film Festival's Independent Screenplay category. SOFI'S JOURNEY follows an obsessive-compulsive twenty-one-year-old Peruvian woman who travels from Lima to the USA on a work-abroad program and takes a job at a small ski resort in Montana in an attempt to find love and relief from her mental illness. LaPoma's five feature-length screenplays have won a total of 34 awards/honors since 2013.  

Tags: River Bend Film Festival
JONATHAN LAPOMA ADVANCES IN MARQUEE LIGHTS COMPETITION Jonathan LaPoma's short script SANDLEY has advanced to the semifinals in the 2015 Marquee Lights Competition. SANDLEY follows a first-year teacher in an at-risk Los Angeles middle school who finds the inspiration to confront his bullies through his interactions with a lovable, but equally teased, student.  Tags: Marquee Lights Competition , Marquee Lights Screenwriting Competition
JONATHAN LAPOMA'S A NOBLE TRUTH IS A FINALIST IN 2014 AWARENESS FEST Jonathan LaPoma's multi-award-winning coming-of-age drama, A NOBLE TRUTH, is a finalist in the 2014 Awareness Fest in LA. This festival aims to bring "...awareness and to open eyes to some of our world's pressing issues: Ecological, Political, Health/Well Being and the Spirit." Tags: Oaxaca Film Festival 2013 , Socially Relevant Film Festival New York , WriteMovies.com
A NOBLE TRUTH, OFFICIAL SELECTION OF RIVER BEND FILM FEST Jonathan LaPoma's feature-length coming-of-age drama A NOBLE TRUTH is an official selection of the 2016 River Bend Film Festival. A NOBLE TRUTH follows two estranged best friends who take a road trip to explore what truths unite people in a modern America slipping deeper into apathy and discord. It's soon clear, however, that truth is the last thing either man seeks. EASY RIDER meets GOOD WILL HUNTING.  Tags: River Bend Film Festival
Jonathan LaPoma's DELLWOOD an Official Selection of 2014 Oaxaca Film Fest Jonathan LaPoma's multi-award-winning, coming-of-age drama DELLWOOD is an official selection of the 2014 Oaxaca Film Festival. DELLWOOD has been dubbed, a mix between THE BASKETBALL DIARIES and STAND BY ME, and continues to receive praise via multiple festival nominations. Tags: Oaxaca Film Festival 2013 , The Indie Gathering International Film Festival , WriteMovies.com
JON LAPOMA'S SANDLEY A FINALIST IN 2015 AURA SCREENWRITER AWARDS

Jonathan LaPoma's humorous character-driven short drama, SANDLEY, is a finalist in the 2015 Aura Screenwriter Awards. 

 

SANDLEY follows a first-year teacher in an at-risk Los Angeles middle school who finds the inspiration to confront his bullies through his interactions with a lovable, but equally teased, student. 

Tags: AURA Screenwriter Awards
LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO ADVANCES IN SCREENCRAFT FELLOWSHIP Jonathan LaPoma and Natalia Porras Sivolobova's character-driven coming-of-age drama, LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO (LAND THAT I LOVE), has advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2016 ScreenCraft Fellowship. This is the script's 23rd award/honor.  Tags: ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship
Jonathan LaPoma - Honorable Mention, 2014 Indie Gathering Film Festival Three of Jonathan LaPoma's screenplays, The Way Back Home, Sofi's Journey, and La Tierra Que Yo Amo (Land That I Love) have won Honorable Mention in the 2014 Indie Gathering Film Festival. La Tierra Que Yo Amo (Land That I Love) was co-written with Natalia Porras Sivolobova and also won Honorable Mention in the Barcelona International Film Festival two weeks ago.  Tags: Table Read My Screenplay - PARK CITY! , The Indie Gathering International Film Festival , WriteMovies.com
Jonathan LaPoma - Honorable Mention in Barcelona International Film Fest

Jonathan LaPoma's script, La Tierra Que Yo Amo (Land That I Love), co-written with Natalia Porras Sivolobova, has won its first award, Honorable Mention at the Barcelona International Film Festival.

In the past year, Jonathan's five scripts have won a combined thirteen screenwriting awards.

Tags: Barcelona International Film Festival
ALL THREE SCRIPTS JON LAPOMA SUBMITTED TO COURIER AWARDS ADVANCE

All three of the scripts Jonathan LaPoma submitted to the Courier Awards have advanced to the semifinals. The scripts are A NOBLE TRUTH, LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO (co-written by Natalia Porras Sivolobova), and SANDLEY. 

 

LaPoma's 7 scripts have won a total of 57 awards/honors in various international screenwriting competitions since 2013.

 

 

Tags: Courier Awards
SANDLEY A QUARTERFINALIST IN MARQUEE LIGHTS COMPETITION

Jonathan LaPoma's short script SANDLEY has made the quarterfinals of the Marquee Lights Competition, earning him his 17th award/honor in the last 6 weeks and his 62nd overall. 

SANDLEY is about a first-year teacher in an at-risk Los Angeles middle school who finds the inspiration to confront his bullies through his interactions with a lovable, but equally teased, student.

Tags: Marquee Lights Competition
Jonathan LaPoma - Finalist, 2014 Beverly Hills International Film Festival

Jonathan LaPoma's award-winning script, A Noble Truth, is a finalist in the 2014 Beverly Hills International Film Festival.

 

A Noble Truth has won the following awards:

 

-Rated SR - Socially Relevant Film Festival, 2014 - Top Four Scripts

-Beverly Hills International Film Festival, 2014 - Finalist 

-Sacramento International Film Festival, 2014 - Official Selection 

-WriteMovies, 2013 - Quarter Finalist

-Indie Gathering Film Festival, 2013 -  Honorable Mention

-Oaxaca Film Festival, 2013 - Official Selection

-Filmmakers International, 2013 - Second-Round Qualifier

 

Tags: Oaxaca Film Festival 2013 , Sacramento International Film Festival , WriteMovies.com
COURIER AWARDS SELECT 3 OF JONATHAN LAPOMA'S SCRIPTS IN 2015 CONTEST

The Courier Awards has selected 3 of Jonathan LaPoma's scripts--A NOBLE TRUTH, LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO (co-written by Natalia Porras Sivolobova), and SANDLEY (short script)--as quarterfinalists in their 2015 contest.

 

In the past week, LaPoma has placed 6 scripts in 3 different screenwriting contests, and his coming-of-age novel DEVELOPING MINDS: AN AMERICAN GHOST STORY won 1st place in the 2015 Stargazer Literary Prizes for best Visionary and Metaphysical Fiction on October 7th.

 

A NOBLE TRUTH has won 15 awards/honors in various screenwriting competitions, and LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO has won 13. 

Tags: Courier Awards
Jonathan LaPoma's THE WAY BACK HOME a Semifinalist in Reel Writers Contest

Jonathan LaPoma's feature-length screenplay THE WAY BACK HOME is a semifinalist in the 2015 Reel Writers contest. According to their feedback:

"The initial glimpse into the life of a Wisconsin family whose male members have worked in the local slaughterhouse works well. The characters are all strongly written...The setting of this story in the backwoods of Wisconsin is well done...The scenes flow well and logically."

 THE WAY BACK HOME has won 10 awards/honors in various international screenwriting competitions and is ranked in the top 3% of the more than 2,500 feature-length screenplays listed on MovieBytes.com. It can be described as BILLY ELLIOT meets KES. 

Tags: Hollywood Screenplay Contest , London Film Awards , Reel Writers Screenwriting Competition