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ISA 2016 Fast Track Fellowship for DISCONN The ISA selected Andy Byrne's feature script DISCONN for the 2016 Fast Track Fellowship. "All the ISA team have been fantastic and so incredibly supportive. A special thank you to Felicity and Max for the week spent in LA meeting with amazing industry mentors. I came away educated and inspired. Looking forward to the year ahead!" says Andy.
Calculating Euphoria Optioned by LeoMark Studios Thru ISA Writing Gig

LeoMark Studios has announced plans to produce "Calculating Euphoria," a psychological thriller and a ScreamCraft 2014 screenplay quarter-finalist.

 

The psychological thriller takes place on a road trip to Hollywood, where two young filmmakers find themselves trapped in a nightmare straight out of one of their own horror scripts. Author, playwright, and award-winning filmmaker Don Bapst penned the screenplay, which he optioned to LeoMark in response to their search for scripts through the ISA Writing Gigs. 

 

Rachel Reaugh Hired by ADMERICA Thru ISA Writing Gig Rachel Reaugh was recently hired as a 'contracted' screenwriter for ADMERICA | Branded Entertainment Studios after finding the opportunity thru the ISA Writing Gigs. This is the second Writing Gig hire for Rachel in 2014.
Patricia White Options Family Film to TX Productions Thru ISA Writing Gig Due to applying for a posted ISA Writing Gig, Patricia White's family film "Blossoms of Faith" has been optioned by TX Productions. After a quick back-and-forth via email and a fruitful meeting, the production company agreed that not only does Patricia's writing ability and sample match the intentions of the company, but they look forward to working on multiple projects in the future. Patricia's "Blossoms of Faith" is about finding hope and faith during a time of great loss.
Rachel Reaugh Sells Short Screenplay Thru ISA Writing Gig and Profile

Rachel Reaugh's short screenplay, LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR, (a psychological thriller), was recently purchased by an up and coming Director, Aranan Perinpanathan, of London, UK. Rachel was approached directly by Aranan after he read her ISA profile.

William B. Keller options Serial Killer to Gorilla Studios William B. Keller's screenplay titled Serial Killer, a thriller in one location, was optioned by Gorilla Studios  in Miami, Florida.  This is the fourth screenplay William has optioned.  The contact was made through ISA's Writing Gigs.
Roya Aryanpad produced script by David Blacker found through the ISA! I placed an ad on ISA, looking for a meaningful drama. I got lots of submissions and found a script that I liked titled Jacob Stone, which is written by David Blacker. It's a short drama which examines interracial teen romance, dysfunctional families, high school insecurities and the pressure of not amounting to anything in life. I green lit the project and we shot it in January. We are currently in post-production and hoping to start our submission to festivals in March.
Lindsey M. Foulkes - Contracted to write feature film

Ty Mapp of Ty Mapp Cinemas contacted Lindsey M. Foulkes to write a feature film for 2014 production, as well as several shorts!

 

 This feature was brought about by the director/producing contacting Lindsey through ISA (not through Writing Gigs; independent search)!

Dawn Davis Optioned Warren Fast's Short Supernatural Thriller

One year ago, Dawn Davis bought the rights to Warren Fast's short supernatural thriller, Harmony. The film went into production in November and will be completed in time to start the film festival submission process in February. The film co-stars Dawn Davis (Dead Souls) and Chris Kerson (Cost of a Soul, Another Zero in the System) and is directed by HBO/Sundance Fellow, Logan Kibens. Agnes Films will be publishing an article and review about the film in early February.

Monte Moore's "Cutter" script optioned by One Eyed Dog Films Monte Moore has experienced many successes in his long career as a comics, gaming and fantasy illustrator, but his screenwriting career is also gaining traction and attention.  Since 2008 Monte's work has been made into 2 feature films, and he has been hired to create 2 work for hire features for clients drawn to his work.  His most recent success includes the current option by One Eyed Dog Films which came from Monte answering an ISA post looking for scripts.  The "Cutter" script was previously optioned several times, and this is now the 5th option for this screenplay, which was the very first written by Monte back in 2008.   Currently Jason Flemyng is attached to the play the title character, which can be viewed on imdb as well other actors attached to the project.
SNHU Hired Several ISA Screenwriters to Teach In Their Growing Programs After posting for writers on the ISA, Southern New Hampshire University hired a number of screenwriters to teach online as adjuncts.They are teaching screenwriting courses in the undergraduate and graduate programs.
Irina Tuchinsky found a writing partner on the ISA and is a CWA Winner! About a year ago I found a writing partner through the ISA. Although we've never met in person, we co-wrote over/e-mail a screenplay that became a winner of CWA contest last month. As a result of the win the script is now being read at many leading production companies.
Zach Jansen Has Original Screenplay Optioned An original untitled screenplay written by Zach Jansen has been optioned by Lou Coty through the Writing Gigs listings on ISA.  This is Zach's first optioned feature screenplay.

The script is a thriller/mystery about a small town detective embroiled in the search for a missing pregnant woman that forces him to accept the truth of his wife's disappearance years earlier.
Clay Smith Optioned Script to Gorilla Studios and Miami Equity

I just wrapped up negotiating an option agreement for my feature-length horror screenplay 'Investigation 13', which was discovered via the ISA website. Rolando Vinas with Gorilla Studios and Miami Equity Entertainment placed an ad on the ISA site recently, and after reviewing my submission, contacted me with the offer to option.

Brittany Lamoureux's Screenplay Optioned by Creable Films

Creable Films optioned Lamoureux's feature film screenplay 'The Art of Dying Daily' which is currently in re-writes. It also was the script that got Roman Wyden, Executive Producer with Creable Films into the 2013 PGA Diversity Workshop, which he recently completed.

The Love Rush by Zack Van Eyck and Vince Freeman

Vikram Zutshi posted an ad on ISA calling for comedy short submissions. To his pleasant surprise, he was flooded with a number of scripts, including a few outstanding ones, out of which he zeroed in on ‘The Love Rush’, a quirky, fresh look at ‘hook-up culture’ in LA, written by Zack Van Eyck. Vikram's frequent associate Vince Freeman later came on board to polish the dialogues, add a fresh twist and a whole new opening sequence.

The Love Rush is now in the can and has been sent out to various festivals and buyers. 

Apart from the script itself, ISA also enabled Vikram to establish contact with various talented individuals to work with in the future. 

Shannon K. Dunn Optioned her Script Option Agreement signed with a Director Attached for "Dumped"!  Very excited - thank you ISA!!!
Lindsey M. Foulkes - Commissioned to write YA Drama Noted science fiction author Ian Thomas Healy has commissioned Lindsey to adapt his 2013 Young Adult novel "The Guitarist" into a feature length drama.
Kathryn Kyker hired to develop and co-write dramatic feature. Kathryn Kyker contacted Dale Easterling of Before The Dawn Productions, for a sci-fi writing gig. That job was already taken, but she was hired to help develop and co- write a dramatic feature, based on the real story of Sun City-- the Hollywood of the South-- built in the 20's. The script is completed and being considered for production in Florida. 
RUBEN BUSH'S 'BLACKOUT.COM' QUARTER-FINALIST IN SCREENCRAFT FELLOWSHIP(IV) Ruben Bush's feature 'BLACKOUT.COM' has been selected as a quarter-finalist in the 4th annual ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship. 'BLACKOUT' was selected out of over 2000 submissions and will be re-evaluated for consideration as a semi-finalist. 
RUBEN BUSH'S 'BLACKOUT.COM' SEMI-FINALIST WRITE MOVIES INT'L COMPETITION Ruben Bush's feature 'BLACKOUT.COM' has been named a semi-finalist in the Write Movies International Screenwriting Competition (winter 2016). 'BLACKOUT.COM' has advanced to the next round where it will be re-evaluated for consideration as a finalist. 
RUBEN BUSH'S 'BLACKOUT.COM' SEMI-FINALIST IN LA CINEFEST FEBRUARY CONTEST Ruben Bush's 'BLACKOUT.COM' was an Official Selection at the Los Angeles Cinefest February 2017. The Official Selection means that this screenplay is a Semi-finalist in the screenplay competition, which marks the third accolade for BLACKOUT.
COURTNEY SUTTLE'S SERIES 'LOTTERY' CHOSEN AS FINALIST Courtney Suttle's episodic series, 'Lottery', was chosen as a Finalist at the 2016 Sundance Institute/YouTube New Voices Lab. 
COURTNEY SUTTLE ADDS TO 'FIRE ON ICE' LAURELS Courtney Suttle's script, 'Fire on Ice', was recently selected as a semi-finalist in the 2016 Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest, the 2016 Vail Screenplay Contest and the 2016 WeScreenplay International Screenwriting Competition, adding to a lauerls list that includes the Second Runner Up Award for Best Script at the 2015 Beverly Hills Film Festival, an Award of Excellence at the 2015 NYLA International Film Festival, an Award of Merit at the 2016 Los Angeles Cinema Festival and the River Scroll Award for Best Script at the 2016 Silent River Scrennplay Competition. 'Fire on Ice' depicts the true story of speed skater Irving Jaffee who fought his temmates, his country, and the world to become the first Jewish athlete in history to win a gold medal in the Winter Olympics of 1928 and 1932. 
'Unaccompanied Minor' wins NRFF Amsterdam

'Unaccompanied Minor', by Kitania Kavey, won best feature film script in the 2017 New Renaissance Film Festival Amsterdam.  The story was inspired by the true-life experiences of a friend.

 

Kavey's short screenplay 'Spirit Dance', a drama/animation loosely based on her own life, was also a finalist in NRFF Amsterdam.

 

'Unaccompanied Minor' concerns a lowly passenger assistant who accidentally uncovers a pedophilia trafficking ring operating through a European airport, and goes on the run with a young sex worker in order to save her life.  Inspired by a true story.
'Spirit Dance' tells the story of a disabled girl, who after the death of her father, dances her way back to happiness and provides her grieving mother with an opportunity to connect with people again.

Kevin Dwyer's screenplay Pride of Love - top 5 winners

Kevin's first screenplay adapted from his self published novel called 'Pride of Love' was one of the top 5 winners in the 2016 Las Vegas International Screenwriting Competition (winner in LGBT category).

 

'IN THE OPEN SEA' winner for Best Short Screenplay. Scott Dissinger's short script In the Open Sea won 1st Place for Award of Recognition for Best Short Screenplay for the month of February 2017 at the Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival.
'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. 
David J Schroeder Success at 2017 Twister Alley International Film Fest.

David J Schroeder had two feature scripts acceted in the 2017 Twister Alley International Film Festival: 

   •  HALFWAY HOME, a coming of age story; and

   •  LOST CAUSE, a Caribbean action/adventure story.

'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. 
'A Road to Nowhere' Official Selection in the Northern Virginia Film Fest David Earle's script, 'A Road to Nowhere',  is a current Nominee for Best Screenplay Under 20 Pages at The Northern Virginia International Film & Music Festival. Winner announced in Alexandria, VA on April 23, 2017.
PHIL PARKER RE-HIRED BY RED CENTRE FILMS

Off the back of a highly praised rewrite of an Aboriginal sci-fi/ adventure script, Phil was re-hired by the same director at Red Centre Films when it came time to do a major concept tweak of the same script.

 

The mammoth job was completed in just six weeks, much to the client's delight. And he was thrilled with the results:

 

"Once again, Phil proved himself an Olympic script athlete, going the extra mile and running it in sub-ridiculous-deadline. If there were a medal for every time he finished a section victorious, his cabinet would be full. And he certainly smashed every record I know for problem-solving on the fly. If you have a script, and it needs reworking, get Phil - and put him in the fast lane." - Josh Bryer, Director (Red Centre Films) 

Giancarlo Fusi's 'Hell to Pay' Reaches Finals in Two Festival Competitions 'Hell to Pay' the short film script version of the multiple-award winning television pilot script 'Hell Hound' reached the final four at the Copa Shorts Film Fest in Arizona and the final five at the SOMA Film Festival in New Jersey.
Jen Bieser Nomination for 'Michael Wants To Marry' Jen Bieser's feature length romance comedy screenplay 'Michael Wants To Marry' has been officially nominated for International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema Nice. Results will be announced at the awards ceremony on May 20th, 2017.
'The Magic of Your Touch' by L.M. Butler advances again L.M. Butler's 'The Magic of Your Touch' advances to the semi-finals of WriteMovies Winter 2016 Competition.
DIETRICH DANZIG wins 2017 OMAHA FILM FESTIVAL BEST FEATURE SCREENPLAY! John Pisano-Thomsen's award-winning 'Dietrich Danzig' just garnered another Best Feature Screenplay accolade for this year's Omaha Film Festival.  This is Dietrich's 3rd win and 20th accolade.  As part of the prize for winning Best Feature Screenplay, John will get an opportunity to be mentored by the one and only Lew Hunter for a year!
'Late Bloomers' by Terence J. Gabriel placed Circus Road Screenplay Con. Terence's script 'Late Bloomers' was a semi-finalist in the 2016 Circus Road Screenplay Contest
David J Schroeder's Screenplay Premiers in 9 Countries

David J Schroeder's award winning short screenplay, 'This Modern Man Is Beat' has premiered in 9 countries, screened in 81 film festivals, and won over 66 awards. Set in a world of cultural confusion, Habib bin Habib al Fulan pawns his last possession and reconciles with his American wife. This is the first production for award winning screenwriter/producer, David J Schroeder.

Alex Merkin 'Aross The Hall' directs this suspenseful  story of self-deception and redemption.  Tommee May 'Beast of No Nation' produces. The lead role is by Emmy award winning actor Jordi Vilasuso; also, featuring actress Sheena Colette and Dave Yuzuk, and DP Tom Brunstetter.
Bobby Tahouri 'Game of Thrones' composes, and Jacob Cohen 'Foxcatcher' performs cello.


 

Duncan Putney's 'Half Pint' selected for the Normandie-WW II Film Festival The Original Concept & Development Associates produced short film, 'Half Pint', was selected for the first Normandie-WW II Film Festival in France in June. The festival is the creation of filmmaker Tim Gray and the World War II Foundation.
JOHN ARVAI'S 'OFF THE HOOK' A SCREENCRAFT FAMILY-FRIENDLY SEMIFINALIST

John Arvai's animated adventure 'Off the Hook' has been selected as a Screencraft Family-friendly Semifinalist.

 

'Off the Hook' is written along the lines of 'Toy Story' meets 'Night At The Museum.'  Set in a world where a Christmas tree's star is actually a secret transmitter used by Santa to identify all of the active Christmas homes throughout the world, the story follows a "by the book" toy soldier who must lead a group of Christmas tree ornaments in a desperate race against time to find their missing star so Santa doesn't skip their house.

 

The screenplay has also been adapted into a fully illustrated family picture book.

 

'Pelée' nominee for Best Unproduced Script 'Pelée' David Earle's screenplay is a current Nominee for Best Unproduced Script at The International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema Nice. Winner TBA in Nice, France on May 20, 2017.
Phillip E. Hardy Finalist for historical and horror screenplays. This month Phillip E. Hardy is a finalist at Houston Black Film Festival for his civil rights story 'Four Negro Girls in A Church' and is also finalist for his gothic horror Western 'The Bloody Benders' at the 13Horror.com Screenplay Contest. Both of these scripts are previous finalists at several other film festivals.
Clifton Willingham's Screenplay 'Wiley Bottom' Finalist In 13 Horror.com Clifton Willingham's horror screenplay 'WILEY BOTTOM' named as a finalist in 13horror.com's Horror Screenwriting Contest!
ANDRÉA PRADO'S script 'Powder, Pencil and Eraser' Finalist in GUIÕES

The project 'Powder, Pencil and Eraser' has been a finalist in two contests, most recently in 2016, when it was a FINALIST in the portuguese language feature film contest, the GUIÕES, which takes place in Lisbon, Portugal; winning Third Place in January 2017.


In 2013 he was a FINALIST (Top 20) of the short-budget feature-length contest of MINC (Brazilian Ministry of Culture), which awards the top 10 with 2 million reais for production of the movie, after placing as a semi-finalist the year previously.

Ward Edmondson accepts BEST WEB CONTENT for 'moonbound24'

Ward Edmondson, Creator/Writer/Producer/Director/Editor of 'moonbound24' The Webseries accepted the BEST WEB CONTENT award at the Red Carpet World Premiere at the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival at Regal Cinemas LA Live. Several of the 80 cast members were in attendance.

 

JUDI JORDAN Hired to Pen "REACH" a Hard-Hitting Football Screenplay Writer Judi Jordan, well-known for her Diversity Drama/Character-Driven writing skill was hired by Producer/Actor Jacob Young to pen an emotional drama set in Texas that lays bare the "hot spots" in college football. 
'Product 125' Advances in Shoot Your Sizzle Jim Falletta's sci-fi feature script, 'Product 125', has placed in the Top 100 of the 2017 Emerging Screenwriters Shoot Your Sizzle Competition and is now moving on to the final round.
Evan Migliozzi's Short Screenplay 'Last Request' has World Premiere in UK Evan Migliozzi's short screenplay 'Last Request' was optioned in mid-2016 by David McCarrison. Production began in the Fall of 2016 and the completed short fiilm premiered January 2017, in Glasgow Scotland. 
Evan Migliozzi Top Ten Finalist 2016 Evan Migliozzi's screenplay 'A Lesson In A Piano Life'  was chosen as one of the ten finalists in the 2016 Artists Alliance Short Screenplay Contest.
Craig Holland's Script Makes Top 10 in Comedy Category in Fresh Voices

Craig Holland's comedy script 'Water From The Moon' make the Semi-Finalists list in the 2016-17 Fresh Voices screenwriting competition.

 

 

Craig Holland's Script Named Finalist in StoryPros

Craig Holland's comedy script 'Water From The Moon' was named one of the top 37 scripts (Finalist) in the StoryPros International Screenwriting Competition 2017.

 

 

"The Blanked" Selected Top 100 at Emerging Screenwriters Glenn Acosta's original pilot 'The Blanked' selected Top 100 at the Emerging Screenwriters contest.   The script is about a criminal and a woman he abducted who both have their minds erased by the government in the aftermath of their incident, so that they can resume their lives with fresh starts - but, through the perfect storm of events, life brings them back together.
David J Schroeder's 'LOST CAUSE' advances, again.

David J Schroeder's action/adventure feature script, 'LOST CAUSE',  is

 

• Nominated Best Unproduced Script in the 2017 International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema/London;

• Honorable Mention in the 2017 Mindfield Film Festival;

• Quarter-finalist in the Monthly Film Festival;

• Top 3 Best Feature Film Festival in the 2017 Poinciana Film Festival (winner pending);

• Finalist in the Miami Beach Film Festival (winner pending); and 

• an Official Section in the 2017 Military Script Showcas (winner pending).

 

Winner of 11 Best Awards, 'LOST CAUSE' is about a lost nuclear bomb found on a stranded ship heading for the Gulf of Mexico. Die-Hard-at-Sea.

 

Schroeder has won 58 Best Awards for 6 scripts and 65 Best awards for his first production/screenplay,

'Dreamland Murders' Selection of the 2016 Director's Circle Festival

The award-winning short comedy 'Dreamland Murders' was chosen as a selection at the 2016 Director's Circle Festival of Shorts.

Giancarlo Fusi's 'Hell Hound' Advances to Semi-Finals in Two Competitions

The TV pilot script 'Hell Hound' has reached the Semi-Finals round in the Milledgeville Film Festival. If selected as a Finalist, the script will be part of a special reading.

 

And 'Hell Hound' has also advanced to the Semi-Finals round of the American Gem Short Script and Literary Festival. It is now in the Top 78 scripts from 1,139 entries this year.

Giancarlo Fusi's 'First of April' a Finalist in ReelRebels Script Contest

The short suspense script 'First of April' has reached the Finalist round in the ReelRebels Entertainment Screenplay Contest. The winning script will be announced soon and be produced by ReelRebels Entertainment for submission into film festivals and online markets later this year.

 

The script was also a Finalist in the Yes! Let's Make a Movie Film Festival and the Find-the-Gem Screenplay Competition. It was a Semi-Finalist in the We Make Make Movies Short Film Challenge and a Quarter-Finalist in the the BlueCat Screenplay Competition where it placed in the top 5% from over 2,000 entries.

'A COURAGE TO CONTINUE' nominated for Best Short Screenplay. Scott Dissinger's short scriptCourage to Continue was nominated for the Jury Award for Best Short Screenplay for the month of January 2017 at the Hollywood Just4Shorts Film and Screenplay Competition.
'THE BLANKED' a Semifinalist at Stage 32 Annual TV Writing Contest Glenn Acosta's original pilot 'The Blanked' advances to the semifinals at the Stage 32 Annual TV Writing Contest.   The script is about a criminal and a woman he abducted who both have their minds erased by the government in the aftermath of their incident, so that they can resume their lives with fresh starts - but, through the perfect storm of events, life brings them back together.
'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.
Chris Courtney Martin named March Recipient for Diversity Initiative Chris Courtney Martin has been awarded the Roadmap Writers Coletta Preacely-Garcia DiversityTribute for the month of March. Through the program, one writer from an underrepresented background is selected to participate in the Roadmap Writers Screenwriting Intensive Program for free. 
Big Kid Films Hires Judi Blaze Judi Blaze has been hired by Big Kid Films out of Portland, Or., to write a feature film that takes place in the 60s. 
'Beneath Your Eyes' by Dan Rivais top 50 in ISA Fast Track IV 'Beneath Your Eyes' by Dan Rivais finished in top 50 of the ISA Fast Track IV Competition.
'Beneath Your Eyes' by Dan Rivais becomes finalist in Spotlight Contest

'Beneath Your Eyes' by Dan Rivais has been selected as a Finalist in the Spotlight Screenwriting Contest!

 

 

Ruben Bush's 'BLACKOUT.COM' Quarter-finalist Write Movies int'l competition Ruben Bush's feature 'BLACKOUT.COM' has been named a quarter-finalist in the Write Movies International Screenwriting Competition (winter 2016). 'Blackout.com' has advanced to the next round where it will be re-evaluated for consideration as a semi-finalist. This is the second competition and second accolade for this screenplay.
Ruben Bush's 'BLACKOUT.COM' Semi-finalist in WeScreenplay Feature Contest Ruben Bush's screenplay 'BLACKOUT.COM' has recently been named a semi-finalist in the WeScreenplay International Screenwriting Contest (Winter 2016). This original drama placed out of approximately one thousand entrants. This was the first contest for 'Blackout.com'.
'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.
'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. 
'CONNECT' Wins 2017 Canada Independent Film Fest. BEST FEATURE SCREENPLAY!

On February 11th, John Pisano-Thomsen's screenplay 'CONNECT' was awarded Best Feature Screenplay at the 2017 Canada Indepedent Film Festival in Montréal!

 

'Connect' has also garnered a Sierra Nevada Award from the 2017 Mountain Film Festival.  This makes 'Connect's 10th accolade.

 

 

'DIETRICH DANZIG' Now a Finalist in Omaha! John Pisano-Thomsen's screenplay 'Dietrich Danzig' is now a finalist in the 2017 Omaha Film Festival! John will be there March 11-12 for a 10-page live reading of all the finalists and to participate in a Q&A session at the 2017 Writer's Theatre. Awards ceremony will follow on March 12th.
More contest success for Jeffrey Howe's Sci-Fi and Horror screenplays 'Cover Crop,' Jeffrey Howe's Sci-Fi mystery screenplay, took top honors at the 2017 Miami International Science Fiction Film Festival in January and at the 12th SoCal Independent Film Fest this month. His Depression-era short horror script 'Medicine Show Blues' was named Best Short Screenplay as well at the SoCal Independent Film Fest, and Best Short Horror Script at The Magic of Horror Screenplay Competition.
Denise Meyers interviewed by Laura Powers - Career Highs and Contest Wins Denise Meyers, winner of the Table Read by Screenplay Grand Prize Austin (2105), sponsored by the ISA, talks about what it means to return to what she calls the dream that wouldn't die in a 40 minute podcast with Laura Powers.   The International Screenwriters Association has been central to Meyers' success, along with other groups that advocate for writers in Hollywood and specifically, advocate for women in Hollywood.  Meyers also chats about what it was like to have her first short film made with Robin Wright, Leslie Bibb and Sam Rockwell, winning the Athena List with her screenplay, 'RIDE THE WIND': The Bessie Stringfield Story, and never giving up on 'LUCKY 13', a script about the Women's Airforce Service Pilots.https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/write-hot-podcast/id1024843573?mt=2
DENISE MEYERS WINS ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL SCREENPLAY COMPETITION Denise Meyers was recently announced as one of three winners of the screenplay competition for the Atlanta Film Festival, taking place from March 24 to April 2 in Atlanta, Georgia.  Meyers will attend a writers retreat in conjuction with the festival where industry professioanls will work with the winners to polish the winning scripts. 
'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. 
'Life Is But A Dream' wins Best Original Feature Screenplay at Atlas Awards 'Life Is But A Dream' a screenplay by David Earle, wins Best Original Feature Screenplay at the 2017 Atlas & Aeris, Atlas Awards.
Cinematographer writes an inspired screenplay based on his short. Inspired by his love of sci-fi and Romance, cinematographer Jimmy Matlosz, penned and shot the short film 'The Online Date', in just three days.  Upon completion, and launching it on the film festival circuit, Matlosz wrote the screenplay that would become 'Life on Earth'. Matlosz said "I always feel like Sci-fi films rely too much on VFX and lack story" and so wrote an unrequited love story mixed with an awakening for the overworked human.
McGuinn screenplay 'Running Away' in post-production Nasser Entertainment and Run Run Media are in the final stages of post production of Sheri McGuinn's screenplay 'Running Away', based on her book of the same title.
'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' 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.
'TRUE COLORS' winner for Best Short Screeplay. Scott Dissinger's short script True Colors won 1st Place for the FIFF Award for Best Short Screenplay for the month of January 2017 at the Festigious International Film Festival.
'A COURAGE TO CONTINUE' winner for Best Short Screenplay. Scott Dissinger's short script A Courage to Continue won 1st Place for the LAFA Award for Best Short Screenplay for the month of January 2017 at the Los Angeles Film Awards.
'FREEDOM FORT' wins Final Draft Big Break category 'Freedom Fort' by Clint Williams won the period/historical category of the  2016 Final Draft Big Break contest and is one of seven feature screenplays being considered for the Grand Prize to be announced in late February.
Phillip E. Hardy Wins Best Screenplay at The Christian Film Festival Phillip E. Hardy has won Best Screenplay and fan favorite at The Christian Film Festival for his script about Paul The Apostle called 'Journey Of Mortals'. Festival Creator Richard Collins called 'Journey Of Mortals' "A great screenplay."
LISA REILY - QUARTER-FINALIST IN SCREENCRAFT CINEMATIC SHORT STORY CONTEST Lisa Reily's short psychological/horror story, 'The Groomer',  made it to the quarter-finals of the 2016 ScreenCraft Cinematic Short Story Contest. The contest seeks short stories with special cinematic potential. Lisa plans to adapt The Groomer for the screen.
Giancarlo Fusi Interviewed by the Rock 'n' Roll Film Festival of Kenya

The television pilot script 'Hell Hound: The Legend of Robert Johnson' is a Finalist in the Rock 'n' Roll Film Festival of Kenya. Giancarlo Fusi was interviewed for the festival's website at the link below.

http://kenyarockfilmfestivaljournal.blogspot.co.ke/2017/02/interview-giancarlo-fusi-screenwriter.html 

JOHN ARVAI'S 'OFF THE HOOK' MAKES THE TRACKING BOARD LAUNCH PAD TOP 75

John Arvai's animated family adventure 'Off the Hook' has been selected as one of the top 75 features in the Tracking Board Launch Pad Competition.  This script is also currently a quarter-finalist in the Fresh Voices Screenplay Contest. 

 

The screenplay has previously received multiple honors including placing as a 2016 New York Screenplay Finalist, 2015 Screencraft Family-Friendly Semi-Finalst, and a 2016 Austin Film Festival 2nd rounder, among others.

 

The screenplay has also been adapted into a fully illustrated family picture book, the details of which can be found at offthehookbook.net.

Christopher Haviland's True Crime Mystery 'HARMLESS' now under option Christopher Sirmons Haviland's mystery thriller, 'Harmless', based on the true story of a little girl who was brutally murdered in 1969, has been optioned by producer-director Peter Engert in Florida.
Duncan Putney's short 'Macy's Goes to War' is now in production. Duncan's short 'Macy's Goes to War' is now in production by award winning Original Concept & Development Associates and will be edited by R.I.S.D. professor Al Chin. The project seamlessly combines newly shot black and white footage with historical newsreel footage to crate a fabled story set in the 1940's.
Jim Soscie's screenplay 'Gated Community' burned brightly in 2016.

Jim Soscie's script 'Gated Community' placed in several contests during 2016.

Honorable Mention - 2016 Trackingb Feature Script Contest 

Finalist – 2016 Breaking Walls Thriller Screenplay Competition

Semifinalist – 2016 Emerging Screenwriters Competition

Quarterfinalist – 2016 Page International Screenwriting Awards, Cinequest Feature Competition

 

Soscie's past screenplays include 'Skullduggery' (First Place Gold Award: 2014 Page International Screenwriting Award) and 'The Revisionist' (Fifth Place: 2009 Slamdance Writing Competition

First Runner-up: 2007 AAA Screenwriting Competition).

Giancarlo Fusi's 'First of April' a Finalist in Find-the-Gem Script Contest

'First of April' reached the Finalist round of only 11 scripts in the Find-the-Gem Short Screenplay Competiton. In addition, it's still in competiton as a Finalist in the ReelRebels Entertainment Screenplay Contest where the winning script will produced by ReelRebels Entertainment of New York City. 

 

The script was also a Finalist in the Yes! Let's Make a Movie Film Fetival. In addition, it was a Semi-Finalist in the We Make Make Movies Short Film Challenge and a Quarter-Finalist in the the BlueCat Screenplay Competition where it placed in the top 5% from over 2,000 entries.

 

SUZANNE PRESCOTT'S ACTION THRILLER 'THE LARIAT GIRL' WINS GRAND PRIZE

Suzanne Prescott's Psychological Action Thriller 'The Lariat Girl' is the Grand Prize WINNER for Best Feature Screenplay in the 2016-2017 TheWriteRoom.org Screenplay Contest.

 

Coming right on the heels of winning the Grand Prize for Best Feature Screenplay at GIFF2016 Glendale International FIlm Festival, 'The Lariat Girl'  is proving to be a success for first time screenwriter Suzanne.

 

Some additional recent awards:

Finalist | RIFF2017 Richmond International Film Festival 2017

Semi-Finalist | Table Read My Screenplay Contest - Park City 2016-2017

Quarter-Finalist | WeScreenplay Feature Contest 2016

Quarter-Finalist | Story Pros International Screenplay Contest 2016

 

The Lariat Girl'   is currently still in competition at: 

Official Selection | PASADENA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2017

Quarter-Finalist | FRESH VOICES SCREENPLAY COMPETITION 2016-2017

 

MARY DESANTIS makes the Quarter Finals! 2016 FreshVoices Screenplay Contest Mary's feature script 'Ashling' is a dynamic sci-fi fantasy adventure set in Ireland. The female protagonist is a member of Ireland's minority nomadic culture known as An Lucht Siuil, or the Travelling People. The script is also under consideration for the FreshVoices Culture & Heritage Award!
'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.  

Bridget Bell McMahon's 'Rearranging Roxy' - Fresh Voices Quarter Finalist 'Rearranging Roxy' by Bridget Bell McMahon earns Quarter Finalist place in Fresh Voices Screenwriting Competition.
Andrew de Burgh's short film 'Just One Drink' scores 100% - Rotten Tomatoes Andrew de Burgh's short film 'JUST ONE DRINK' got a 100% critic score on Rotten Tomatoes. Critics said it 'succeeds in putting a new spin on the revenge genre' and called it a 'knockout film'.
Jeff York starts second year of "Page 2 Screen" podcast for the ISA With a full 53 recordings in just over a year, "Page 2 Screen" has rounded into its second year of broadcast for the International Screenwriters Association. It is hosted by acclaimed writer and ISA member Jeff York. Each week another ISA member and Jeff review a current film or television series with an emphasis on its journey from page to screen. It's grown each week in popularity, and as the 2017 year starts, a new slate of writers are being lined up, as well as some of the more popular guests from the past season. (Who knows, perhaps YOU could be one of Jeff's guests very soon!)
Jeff York's "Incurable" wins the Festival for Horror screenplay contest

This month, Jeff York's script "Incurable" won the Festival For Horror screenplay contest online. It received a table read by professional actors as part of the prize and that videotaped recording can be found on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xb_mQez_MZc. 

 

"Incurable" has won a number of screenwriting contests before, with its first draft winning acclaim in 2009 as the only spec script recommended by Script magazine and Final Draft's Script Xpert service. (Out of over a thousand spec entries they evaluated that calendar year.)

 

Jeff's horror tale is a character-driven story concerning a young man who develops ALS and then turns to a female vampire to bite him to beat the disease. 

Powderpuff wins 5th Place in Emerging Screenwriters Chelsea Watkins' feature, Powderpuff, wins 5th Place in the 2015 Emerging Screenwriters Competition.
Chelsea Watkins wins 2016 Spotlight Screenplay Competition

Chelsea Watkins' feature screenplay, Powderpuff, wins 2016 Spotlight Screenplay Competition. Powderpuff, a teen comedy, focuses on a brainy, intellectual high-schooler who must compete in the annual girls' powderpuff football game against the ruthless seniors in order to get into her dream school of Stanford. Prior to winning the Spotlight Screenplay Competition, the script earned 5th place in the 2015 Emerging Screenwriters Contest, placed as a Quarterfinalist in the ScreenCraft Comedy Contest and received a Double Recommend from the Writers' Store ScriptXpert.

 

Chaz Achieves Top 50 status with Animated Adventure Pilot for kids Chaz Pruchnicki's half-hour adventure pilot,'Fly Away', made it into the top 50 in the ISA's Fast Track Fellowship. This script, set in an engrosing post apocalyptic world, follows the story of a young boy who run away from home to find a better life. 
Alexander Meilan's 'Tokyo Fall' landed in the semi-finals Alexander Meilan's action packed/thriller script 'Tokyo Fall' was a front-runner in the semifinals for the 2016 Screencraft Action & Thriller Screenplay Contest.
Back-to-Back to Start 2017

After winning an invitation to Sundace via a 2nd place finish in the ISA sponsored Table Read My Screenplay contest, Travis Opgenorth's 'The Poacher' has placed 2nd in the ScreenCraft Action/Thriller contest.

Chris Courtney Martin Options Comedy Short As of January 2017, Martin's short comedy script 'Rock Bottom' is under option with Milepost 42 Films.
CHASE KROLL'S 'DOWN AND OUT' TAKES SECOND IN MISCIFI2017 SCREENPLAY COMP

The gripping Sci-Fi pilot continues to add to its competition circuit success, having also placed as a finalist in FINAL DRAFT's Big Break (Top 10), the Page Int'l Screenwriting Awards (Top 10), and as a semifinalist in WeTV 2016, Script Pipeline, and the Austin Film Festival writing competitions.

 

'Down and Out'  is about a deep sea exploration leader attempts to find a way to save humanity, with less than 100 years until the Earth’s surface is unlivable, while secretly searching for answers in the mysterious death of his parents. 

 

Kroll, 24, works as a writer's assistant in Los Angeles. This year, he has had three original pilots place at the finalist level in at least one major competition, and has placed 26 times (and counting) at quarterfinalist or above in 2016-17 competitions. 

Christopher Blackwell's 'Double Vengeance', quarterfinalist in Page Awards An eartly draft of Christopher Blackwell's 'Double Vengeance' placed in the top 10 percent in the prestigous 2016 Page Awards.
Christopher Blackwell's 'Double Vengeance' - quarterfinalist in Stage 32 Christopher Blackwell's 'Double Vengeance' is a quarterfinalist in Stage 32 Happy Writer's feature contest.
Christopher Blackwell's 'Double Vengeance' a finalist in LAMA New thriller is a finalist in the Los Angeles Movie Awards 2016. 'Double Vengeance' won an Honorable Mention.
Dianna Zimmerman's "Drone World" top 10 Finalist.

Dianna Zimmerman's screenplay "Drone World"  places as a top10 finalist in the Final Draft Big Break Contest - Action. 

"Drone World" takes 7th Place in Table Read My Screenplay 2017 - Park City Dianna Zimmerman's script "Drone World" has taken 7th place in the Park City Table Read My Screenplay Competition!
Joey Kent tops 50 film festival awards for screenwriting. Joey Kent, a screenwriter based out of New Orleans with over 25 years in film production experience, has recently received his 55th film festival award for screenwriting.  The "Best Screenplay" finish for Kent's script "Unwed" at the Christian Film Festival is his third top finish for this project among its nine laurels, and his fifth Best Screenplay award overall.
Final Draft's Big Break Quarter-Finalist Matt Clingempeel 'Byron, the Pale Rider' by Matt Clingempeel was a quarter-finalist in Final Draft's 2016 Big Break Screenwriting Contest.
Matt Clingempeel - Finalist in 2016 Spotlight Screenplay Competition 'KPop' by Matt Clingempeel and Brendan Vogel was a finalist in the 2016 Spotlight Screenplay Competition.
Kylie Garcelon wins Best Woman Filmmaker - Canadian Diversity Film Festival

Kylie Garcelon, writer-director of her short doc, The Culinary Professor, has won Best Woman Filmmaker at the Canadian Diversity Film Festival (Dec 2016).

 

Garcelon made the film with funding from a small GoFundMe campaign, but without crew or post production. The film follows the journey of Chef Jean Claude as he doggedly pursues the establishment of a hospitality/culinary training program in Northern Haiti after the 2010 earthquake decimated more than 80% of Haiti's higher education infrastructure.

 

Garcelon said 'An award in this festival is special because the festival focuses on diversity and inclusion. My goal has been to shed light on the power of culinary education in the developing world and to demonstrate that when we help each other, we all benefit'

Marni Sullivan's screenplay selected for Sundance Table Read Marni Sullivan's screenplay, 'Syvertsen's Complex', was selected as the Grand Prize Winner for the Table Read My Screenplay 2017- Park City 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. 
Travis Opgenorth's thriller 'The Poacher' Hits The Mark Travis Opgenorth's African set action-thriller feature 'The Poacher' just bagged the 2nd place prize in the Table Read My Screenplay (Park City) contest. The script also knotched a semi-finalist finish in the Wescreenplay Diverse Voices contest and it's a semi-finalist in the Screencraft Action/Thriller contest with those final results still pending.
Sharon Wajswol semifinalist in 2016 Screencraft Pilot Launch Competition. Sharon Wajswol's web series, 'Bombay Kitchen', is a semifinalist in the 2016 Screencrat Pilot Launch Competition. This is the script's first award/honor. 
DAVID MICHAEL KUSHNER SEMI-FINALIST IN SCREENWRITERS RESIDENCY PROGRAM David Michael Kushner's screenplay "BURNING BRIGADE" was recently selected as a semi-finalist in the Bahamas International Film Festival 2016 Screenwriters Residency Program.
DAVID MICHAEL KUSHNER SEMI-FINALIST IN 3RD ANNUAL SCREENCRAFT FELLOWSHIP David Michael Kushner's television pilot "THE CIRCUIT" was recently selected as a semi-finalist in the 3rd Annual Screencraft Screenwriting Fellowship out of over 2,000 submissions.
DAVID MICHAEL KUSHNER FINALIST SPOTLIGHT SCREENPLAY COMPETITION David Michael Kushner's screenplay "ADAM & EVE" has been selected as a finalist in the Spotlight Screenplay Competition
DAVID MICHAEL KUSHNER - ACADEMY NICHOLL FELLOWSHIP QUARTER-FINALIST David Michael Kushner's screenplay "HAMMER OF GOD" was recently selected as a quarter-finalist for the 2016 Academy Nicholl Fellowship
'A Road to Nowhere' Semi-Finalist in Hollywood Just4Shorts Competition David Earle's screenplay 'A Road to Nowehere' was an Semi-Finalist for Best Screenplay in the 2016 Hollywood Just4Shorts Film and Screenplay Competition.
'Life Is But A Dream' Official Selection in Back in the Box Competion David Earle's screenplay 'Life Is But A Dream' was an Official Selection for Best Original Feature Screenplay in the 2016 Back in the Box Competition in Los Angeles, California.
'Life Is But A Dream' Official Selection in Chhatrapati Shivaji Int'l Film David Earle's screenplay 'Life Is But A Dream' was an Official Selection for Best Screenplay in the 2016 Chhatrapati Shivaji International Film Festival in Pune, India.
HOMESTEAD-Best Period Script, by Lindsay Waite

At the Sixth Annual New Hope Film Festival in 2015, Lindsay Waite's script - "Homestead" - won the Best Period Script award.  This festival presented 97 official selections from 16 countries and had six competitive categories for Best Screenplay. 

 

Geoffrey D. Calhoun listed as one of the top 100 Indie Screenwriters

Geoffrey D. Calhoun was listed in the 2017 Top 100 Indie Screenwriters by Del Weston, the Director of the Action on Film International Film Fest.

 

 https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/top-100-indie-writers-in-world/id1198087251?ls=1&mt=11

PISANO-THOMSEN'S "CONNECT" A 2016 WESCREENPLAY FEATURE CONTEST QTR-FINALIST

John Pisano-Thomsen's "CONNECT" has just placed as a quarterfinalist in the WeScreenplay International Screenplay Contest!  $20,000 in prizes will be awarded to winners and also receive distribution to over 30 top producers and agents and mentorship from top players in Hollywood, such as Dave Green, director of Ninja Turtles 2 (coming out June 2016), and others.

 

This is CONNECT's 8th accolade among the following:

Finalist - 2017 Canada Independent Film Festival
Finalist - 2016 Wexford Film Festival Screenwriting Competition
Honorable Mention - 2016 Williamsburg Film Festival Screenwriting Competition
Semifinalist - 2017 Richmond International Film Festival Screenplay Competition
Semifinalist - 2016 Orlando Film Festival Screenwriting Competition
Quarterfinalist - 2017 Cinequest Screenwriting Competition
Second Rounder (Top 15%) - 2016 Austin Film Festival 

David J Schroeder's 'LOST CAUSE' wins, again.

David J Schroeder's action/adventure feature script, 'LOST CAUSE',  is a winner of Best Feature Screenplay in the 2016 Cinema Worldfest Awards. Winner of 11 Best Awards, 'LOST CAUSE' is about a lost nuclear bomb found on a stranded ship heading for the Gulf of Mexico. Die-Hard-at-Sea.

 

Schroeder has won 58 Best Awards for 6 scripts and 65 Best awards for his first production/screenplay, 'THIS MODERN MAN IS BEAT'; it has screened in over 80 film festivals in England, France, Italy, Belgium, Canada, the West Indies, Bucarest, Romania and the USA.

CHIJIM ONYEMENAM'S SHORT "FEATHER" NAMED IN BLUECAT CONTEST TOP 10%

Chijim Onyemenam's short, "Feather", was listed as a Top 10% finalist in the 2015 BlueCat Screenplay Contest.

The intimate drama follows a rich, dying spinster, who seeks closure in her final moments, and a man, who is employed to hold her whilst she dies.

KANE W HOLDER IS A QUARTERFINALIST OF SCRIPTAPALOOZA 2016 Kane's first feature screenplay 'Dark Island' made it to the Quarterfinals of Scriptapalooza's Feature screenplay competition 2016.
The screenplay is set on the island-state of Singapore, where four University students seek refuge in a remote industrial building on the night of the Apocalypse, when they become hunted by an unseen force outside, the group must confront an unstoppable evil that’s even closer: each other.
Kelly Beck-Byrnes finalist WE Screenplay Diverse Voices Kelly Beck-Byrnes is in the running as a finalist in the 2016 Diverse Voices competition with her screenplay "Glitches" This script is now in consideration for the Grand Prize.
Kelly Beck-Byrnes Semifinalist Spotlight Screenplay Competition Kelly Beck-Byrnes' screenplay 'Glitches' is a semifinalist in the Spotlight Screenplay Competition, and in the running for finalist.
Kelly Beck-Byrnes is a Semifinalist Table Read My Screenplay PARK CITY Kelly Beck-Byrnes screenplay 'Glitches' made the semifinals for Table Read My Screenplay - Park City. In consideration for finals, which will be announced on January 5th 2017.
Kelly Beck-Byrnes scripts Second Rounder 2016 Austin Film Festival Kelly Beck-Byrnes screenplays 'Glitches' and a spec script for 'GIRLS' were second rounders in the 2016 Austin Film Festival.
JOHN PISANO-THOMSEN'S "CONNECT" IS A CINEQUEST 2016-17 QUARTER-FINALIST!

John Pisano-Thomsen's most recent screenplay, "Connect" has been selected as a quarterfinalist in the 2016-17 Cinequest Screenwriting Competition.  Semifinalists will be determined in early January and finalists will be determined at the end of January.  Winners to be selected in February.

 

This is John's 7th accolade for "Connect" to date.

"DIETRICH DANZIG" & "CONNECT" BOTH RICHMOND INT'L FF SEMI-FINALISTS!

John Pisano-Thomsen's "Dietrich Danzig" and "Connect" have been selected as feature script semi-finalists in Virginia's Richmond International Film Festival this year.

 

This is "Danzig's" 20th accolade and "Connect's" 6th.  Winners will be announced by the New Year!

 

Grand Jury Winners receive $750 cash, Sony Vegas Pro Software (valued at $600), a Special Recognition Trophy, and 1 Year Preferred Membership to the Media Industry Xchange (valued at $175).

 

 

K.C.Wilson's 'TELEMACHUS '76' wins Wexford Film Festival Screenplay Contest Kevin C. Wilson's Bicentennial epic, 'TELEMACHUS '76' won the First Annual Wexford Film Festival Screenplay Contest in the beautiful seaside town of Wexford, Ireland.
Alexander Meilan's 'Tokyo Fall' makes semi-finals Alexander Meilan's action packed/thriller script 'Tokyo Fall' is currently in the semifinals for the 2016 Screencraft Action & Thriller Screenplay Contest.
David J Schroeder's 'LOST CAUSE' advances in three more contests

David J Schroeder's action/adventure feature script, 'LOST CAUSE',  is a Semi-Finalist (winner pending) in the 2016 Spotlight Screenplay Competition, Official Selection in the Cinema Worldfest Awards, and Official Selection in the International Filmmaker festival of World Cinema/ London. Winner of 9 Best Awards, 'LOST CAUSE' is about a lost nuclear bomb found on a stranded ship heading for the Gulf of Mexico. Die-Hard-at-Sea.

 

Schroeder has won 55 Best Awards for 6 scripts and 43 Best awards for his first production/screenplay, 'THIS MODERN MAN IS BEAT'; it has screened in over 65 film festivals in England, France, Italy, Belgium, Canada and the USA.

PISANO-THOMSEN'S 'DANZIG' IS A 2017 OMAHA FILM FESTIVAL SEMI FINALIST!

John Pisano-Thomsen's screenplay 'Dietrich Danzig' has moved on to the semi-finalist round for the Omaha Film Festival! Screenplay finalists will be announced no later than February 6, 2017, and will be eligible to participate in the 2017 Writer's Theatre with the opportunity to be given a staged reading with local actors in front of a live audience, followed by a Q & A session with the selected writers.

 

This "Dietrich's" 19th accolade.

 

 

Amanda Norman 'Mercy' Diverse Voices Finalist Amanda's family drama feature 'Mercy' was recently named a finalist in the Diverse Voices contest by Wescreenplay. 'Mercy' was also chosen as a PAGE Quarterfinalist and an AFF 2nd Rounder.
'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. 
Giancarlo Fusi's 'Hell Hound' Wins Best Teleplay at New York Film & TV Fest

The television pilot script 'Hell Hound' won Best Teleplay at the New York Film & TV Festival co-sponsored by Final Draft and InkTip. 'Hell Hound' is also in competiton for the top award in the 12th annual American Gem Short Screenplay Competition where it has advanced to the quarterfinals from among 1,139 script entries this year.

 

'Hell Hound' is inspired by the life of iconic Bluesman Robert Johnson who was just a sharecropper during the Depression until, as legend has it, he sells his soul to the Devil at a Mississippi crossroads to become the greatest guitarist of all time. But his Fuastian pact unleashes a pair of vicious and rabid hellhounds that'll doggedly pursue him for the rest of his days.

Latest Horror/Comedy Spec from David J. Stieve Places in Big Break Top 5

The latest spec screenplay from David J. Stieve, 'THE HILLS ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU', was named a Top 5 Finalist in the Horror category of the 2016 Final Draft Big Break Screenplay Competition.

 

Returning to the satirical-but-respectful deconstructionist style that he established in penning the 2007 cult classic film 'BEHIND THE MASK: THE RISE OF LESLIE VERNON', Stieve has now lovingly skewered the "mutant cannibal family" subgenre of horror. 'THE HILLS ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU' is a wickedly funny tale of one cannibal family member's lonely attempt to resist his violent upbringing, brought to a head when he falls for one of the family's next intended victims.

 

Stieve is repped by AKA Talent Agency's Gregg A. Klein.

'Pelée' nominee for Best Screenplay, The European Independent Film Award 'Pelée' David Earle's screenplay is a  current Nominee for Best Screenplay at The European Independent Film Award. Winner TBA in Paris, France on September 30, 2017.
'Pelée' nominated for Best Script (Feature) at the Paris Play Film Fest. 'Pelée'  a screenplay by David Earle, nominated for Best Screenplay (Feature) at the 2016 Paris Play Film Festival.
'A Road to Nowhere' wins Best Screenplay Short / Los Angeles Int Film 'A Road to Nowhere' David Earle's short screenplay is the Best Screenplay Short Winner at the 2016 Los Angeles Independent Film Awards.
'A Road to Nowhere' wins 3rd Place Best Short Screenplay David Earle's 'A Road to Nowhere' (short screenplay) - Winner 3rd Place Best Short Screenplay at the 2016 Mediterranean Film Festival Cannes.
David Earle's 'Life Is But A Dream' wins Best Feature Screenplay 'Life Is But A Dream'  a screenplay by David Earle is honored as the Winner Best Feature Screenplay at the 2016 Mediterranean Film Festival Cannes.
'Postnuptials' wins Best Comedy Screenplay - Canadian Diversity Film Fest. David Earle's screenplay 'Postnuptials' wins Best Comedy Screenplay at the 2016 Canadian Diversity Film Festival.
'Life Is But A Dream' Runner-Up Best Drama Screenplay at GO West Fest The screenplay 'Life Is But A Dream' by David Earle - Winner Runner-Up Best Screenplay Drama Over 20 Pages at the 2016 GO West Fest.
'Life Is But A Dream' wins Jury Choice Award at the NOVA Int'l Film Fest David Earle's screenplay 'Life Is But A Dream' is the Winner of the Jury Choice award at the 2016 Nothern Virginia International Film & Music Fesitval.
2015 Nicholl Fellowship Quarter-finalist Katherine VanPelt

Katherine VanPelt's original screenplay "The Master Adventurer" placed as a Quarter-finalist in the 2015 Academy Nicholl Fellowship Awards. The script was one of 375 to advance to the Quarterfinals out of a total of 7,442 entries. Set against the backdrop of 1939 WWII, 'The Master Adventurer' is a laugh-out-loud disfunctional adventure that follows rival explorers as they backstab, sabotage, and try to kill eachother in an epic race to become the next Master Adventurer. 

 

Katherine VanPelt is an optioned writer represented by Alexia Melocchi at Little Studio Films. Katherine's been been a working screenwriter and coverage analyst for over eight years.  

2015 Nicholl Semi-finalist Katherine VanPelt

Katherine VanPelt's original screenplay "The Circle and the Sway" placed as a Semi-Finalist in the 2015 Academy Nicholl Fellowship Awards. The script was one of 149 screenplays to reach the Semi's out of a total of 7,442 entries. The Circle and the Sway is a sweeping period epic blending fantasy and mystery as we follow the tale of a young man facing execution for sorcerous murder and the aging detective who wants to believe magic is real.

 

Katherine VanPelt is an optioned writer represented by Alexia Melocchi of Little Studio Films. She has been a working screenwriter and coverage analyst for over eight years.  

Judi Blaze a Quarter Finalist in WriteMovies

Judi Blaze's screenplay 'Squid Jiggers' was a quarter finalist in the 2016 Summer competition at WriteMovie.

 

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. 
'Life Is But A Dream' wins runner-up Best Sci-Fi, NOVA Int'l Film Festival David Earle's screenplay 'Life Is But A Dream'  awarded the Winner Runner-Up for Best Sci-Fi Feature at the 2016 Nothern Virginia International Film & Music Festival.
Paul Mahoney is Euroscript 2016 Winner for Romantic Comedy 'Elvis Town'

The annual International Euroscript competition for emerging screenwriters has announced its 2016 competition winners.  The first prize winner for the best-unproduced screenplay for 2016 is a romantic comedy 'Elvis Town' written by emerging Brisbane screenwriter Paul Mahoney.

 

'Elvis Town' is a “feel good movie” set in the Australian rural town of Parkes and is about their annual Elvis Festival where Elvis Presley impersonators abound.  It is a romantic comedy about a Network news journalist and his TV crew who are sent to Parkes to cover the events and personalities of the festival.  As an ambitious network news reporter, Ted dreams of better, more important mainstream reporting, but romantic and hilarious events change his life forever.

 

'Postnuptials' chosen as an Official Selection at NOVA Int'l Film Festival David Earle's screenplay 'Postnuptials' was an Official Selection in the 2016 Northern Virginia International Film & Music Festival.
PHIL PARKER'S SCRIPT OPTIONED BY BAFTA-WINNER

Phil Parker's multi-award winning spec script 'The Third Bomb' has been optioned by BAFTA-winning producer Sias Wilson, known for 'Flying Monsters 3D with David Attenborough' (documentary), 'Hannibal' (TV movie), 'The Golden Bowl' (film), 'Space Race' (TV mini-series) and many others. Sias's experience as a producer, director and writer working with other BAFTA and Emmy-winners leaves him well placed to get this riveting action/ adventure script packaged and financed.

 

'The Third Bomb' was the Historical Grand Prize winner in ISA's Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition 2014.

Birgit Myaard's post-9/11 dramatic thriller makes TRMS Park City's top 100 Birgit Myaard's dramatic thriller, 'True Blue Widow', in which a young Afghan-American woman turns CIA spy to infiltrate al Qaeda and avenge the deaths of her parents who died in the 9/11 attacks, is one of the top 100 semi-finalists in the ongoing Table Read My Screenplay, Park City contest. TRMS will announce the top 10 and Grand Prize winners on 5 January 2017. 
'IN THE OPEN SEA' winner for Best Short Screenplay. Scott Dissinger's short script In the Open Sea won 1st Place for the LACF Award for Best Short Screenplay for the month of May 2016 at the Los Angeles CineFest.
'A COURAGE TO CONTINUE' nominated for Screenplay to Production. Scott Dissinger's short script A Courage to Continue was nominated for the BIFF Award for Screenplay to Production Contest at the 2016 Boston International Film Festival.
'A COURAGE TO CONTINUE' nominated for the Golden Palm Best Screenplay. Scott Dissinger's short script A Courage to Continue was nominated for the Golden Palm Award for Best Screenplay at the 2016 Beverly Hills Film Festival.
JOHN PISANO-THOMSEN'S "CONNECT" A CANADA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL FINALIST

John Pisano-Thomsen's newest screenplay, "Connect," is now 1 of 4 finalists in the Canada Independent Film Festival that will take place in Montréal February 10-11.  Winner will be announced at the festival's awards ceremony on February 11th at Cinema du Park, Montréal.

 

"Connect" has also garnered these most recent accolades:

 

* Finalist: 2016 WEXFORD FILM FESTIVAL SCREENPLAY COMPETITION
* Honorable Mention: 2016 WILLIAMSBURG FILM FESTIVAL SCREENPLAY COMPETITION
* Semifinalist: 2016 ORLANDO FILM FESTIVAL SCREENWRITING COMPETITION

* 2nd Rounder: 2016 AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL SCREENPLAY COMPETITIONS

JOHN PISANO-THOMSEN'S "DANZIG" 2017 "TABLE READ" - PARK CITY SEMIFINALIST

John Pisano-Thomsen's award-winning screenplay, "Dietrich Danzig" is now 1 of 100 semifinalists selected to move on to the finals of the 2017 "Table Read My Screenplay - Park City" Screenwriting Competition.  Top 10 winners, including Grand Prize, 1st and 2nd winners, will be announced January 5, 2017 and the Top 3 will receive flight and accommodations at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.  Grand Prize winner will receive $1,500, a full table reading and scene workshops with prestigious actors and directors.

 

This is the 18th accolade that "Dietrich Danzig" has received over the last two years, including Best Feature Screenplay for the 2016 Atlanta Film Festival and the 2015 Tea Dance Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.

John Bias has reached the Finals in an Overseas Film Festival With his short screenplay "Generation Killer", John Bias was selected to be one of the Finalist during the 2016 Fantastic Planet Film Festival in Austraila, showcasing the best in Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller, and Fantasy movies and screenplays from around the world.
Selene Castrovilla named a Semi-Finalist in Table Read My Screenplay

Award-winning young adult and children's author Selene Castrovilla has turned screenwriter, and her adaptation 'The Girl Next Door' is a Table Read My Screenplay - Park City Semi-Finalist! This is the fourth acknowledgment for this screenplay, which is also the First Runner-Up Drama Winner in the Creative World Awards, a second-rounder at the Austin Film Festival and a Finalist in the Write Room competition. 

 

Adapted from Castrovilla's acclaimed novel,  'The Girl Next Door' tells the story of Samantha, a teen grappling with her lifelong hidden love for her terminally ill best friend Jesse, and also with the ghost of her dead dad. It takes place in Manhattan, where Central Park is a character all it itself. 

 

 

'The Main Event...in America' by Antwan W. McKnight - TRMS Park City Antwan W. McKnight's script 'The Main Event...in America' has been chosen as a top 100 semi-finalist in the Table Read My Screenplay - Park City 2017. 
'MOLLY MALONE' by James Vincent, FINALIST in Waterford Film Contest

The 'short' script; 'MOLLY MALONE' written by James Vincent was a finalist in the 10th Waterford Film Festival.

 

Molly Malone is an iconic character who gets millions of internet hits world-wide every year. Numerous versions of the song "Cockles and Mussels" were recorded by various artists, yet no film production has been made to date. A wide demographic already exists for this legendary character.

 

James Vincent is looking for funding to produce the 'short' film with a budget of €40,000, although he has also written a full 97 page feature on Molly Malone.

 

'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. 
ASHLING labeled "KID-FRIENDLY" by 2016 Emerging Screenwriters contest judge

A judge in the 2016 Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition has described Mary DeSantis's feature-length script 'ASHLING' as "an eventful adventure that showcases a mythological world filled with elves, giants and dragons" that will "engage young fans of fantasy adventure films like "Brave" and "How to Train Your Dragon."

The judge went on to say, "The narrative also offers strongly cinematic action and battle sequences that should look great on the big screen."

Robin Wright directs 'The Dark of Night' by Denise Meyers Robin Wright ('House of Cards', 'Forrest Gump') made her short film directorial debut with 'THE DARK OF NIGHT', a Table Read My Screenplay (Austin) Grand Prize Winning script by Denise Meyers. Starring Leslie Bibb, Sam Rockwell, Callie Thorne, Michaele Godere and Nini Le Huynh, 'The Dark of Night' is a film noir thriller about a woman on her way to Chicago for a job interview who gets stranded at a diner in the middle of a downpour in 1930.  The crew from House of Cards helped make this short film a reality, shot on location at the Hollywood Diner in Baltimore.
Daniel J. Mitchell Receives Dual Awards in BEA Festival of Media Arts Daniel J. Mitchell snags two awards at the BEA Festival of Media Arts: 1st place in the Short Subject category for his action-comedy "Superfluous", and 2nd place in the Original TV Series Pilot category for his hi-octane, sci-fi thriller, “War Bank”. Awards were presented by Academy Award winner Antonio Zarro at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Timonthy Kestrel honored at the New York Film and TV Festival 2016 Timonthy Kestrel's screenplay 'RANGER' - Progenitors of Freedom was selected as Best TV Series Concept at the New York Film & TV Festival 2016.
Andy Maycock's "Hitchcock Murders" Wins Film and Script Showcase Andy Maycock's thriller screenplay "The Hitchcock Murders" has won the Film and Script Showcase "Crime List" competition. This is a further accolade for this award winning writer after being the Grand Prize Feature winner for 2016 Table Read My Screenplay Contest in Park City.
'FOR ALL ETERNITY' Finalist in Apeiron Film Festival Berlin, Germany Judy Bednarek's 'For All Eternity' is a Short Script Finalist in the 2016 Apeiron Film Festival in Berlin, Germany.
Ahana Umesh's "MATCHED BY SERA" is Emerging Screenwriters 2016 Finalist Ahana Umesh's screenplay, "Matched by Sera" qualified as a finalist in the 2016 Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition. Featuring witty repartee, it revolves around the CEO of a matchmaking company, who is better adept at handling other people's love lives than her own.
Chase Kroll's 'Leap' takes 3rd place in Writer's Digest Writing Competition

Chase Kroll's one hour period drama, 'Leap', was awarded Third Place in the Television/Movie Script category of the 85th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition. 

 

The story follows a loyal romantic as he explains, through a trail of cryptic letters, why he's run from his pregnant lover to join the circus. As she fights for answers under a tyrannical father, he uncovers clues of a mysterious crime syndicate that may be targeting his train.

 

The full announcement will be featured in the Writer's Digest's November/December 2016 issue.  

 

L.M. Butler's "Acts of Fate" is StoryPros quarterfinalist L.M. Butler's screenplay, "Acts of Fate"  qualified as a quaterfinalist in the 10th Annual StoryPros International Screenplay Contest. After the gruesome murder of his wife, an award-winning writer travels to Singapore for a lecture tour where he meets and falls in love with a married woman who looks like an exact, younger version of his murdered wife.
Vicki Joyce's 'Hell Gate to Golden Gate' finalist in 2016 Scriptapalooza

Vicki Joyce's feature script 'Hell Gate to Golden Gate' was a finalist in the 2016 Scriptapalooza screenwriting contest. This script has also done well in other screenwriting contests this year.  Another one of her scripts, 'Frat Mom,' was a finalist in the Filmakers International Screenwriting Awards in 2009 and a finalist in Red Inkworks Screenwriter Competition in 2009.

 

 

JOHN ARVAI DEBUTS CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOK, 'OFF THE HOOK'

John Arvai has adapted one of his animated family screenplays into a fully illustrated Children's picture book, titled 'Off the Hook: A Christmas Ornament Adventure'.


Set in a world where a Christmas tree's star is actually a secret transmitter used by Santa Claus to identify all the active Christmas homes throughout the world, the story follows two groups of ornaments from opposite sides of their tree who must learn to work together to find their missing star before Santa passes their family's house by!


The screenplay has received multiple honors including placing as a 2016 New York Screenplay Finalist, 2015 Screencraft Family-Friendly Semi-Finalst, and a 2016 Austin Film Festival 2nd rounder.


The book has received two 5-star reviews from ReadersFavorite.com and is currently available in paperback and Kindle format on Amazon.com.

'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. 

'BUSCÓN', by Jeffrey Storms, is WeTV Grand Prize Winner Jeffrey Storms' 'BUSCÓN',  an original one-hour television drama has been named the WeTV Grand Prize Winner.  It takes place in a gritty world where everyone wants a piece of the hottest young Dominican baseball prospects. The story follows a sports agent who is quicker to use his gun than he is his pen.
'THE MYSTERIOUS LIFE OF MADELEINE' - NOVEMBER 2016 WINNER OF TV PILOT FEST.

'The Mysterious Life of Madeleine' by Eve Noel won the TV pilot screenplay for November 2016.  The script was performed by professional actors and can be viewed on Youtube.  It is a Horror-Fantasy screenplay with biblical implications.  See it at:  

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgelDXu6GQ8

Film Co-Written by James "Doc" Mason Wraps Production

Production has wrapped on The S.H.U.

 

Edi Gathegi stars in the Aaron Fjellman-directed indie, which Fjellman co-wrote with James Doc Mason. The film follows an affluent, African American psychiatrist (Gathegi) convicted of murder and sent to solitary confinement. He must fight for an appeal and survive one of two deadly truths: that he's guilty and being haunted by the ghost of his victim, or innocent and succumbing to the mind bending effects of extreme isolation. James Jagger, Melora Hardin, Angela Sarafian and Tony Amendola co-star. Fjellman produced with Pete Kirtley, Jessa Zarubica, and Matthew Temple. Gathegi played Laurent in the Twilight Saga films and can currently be seen in Crackle's StartUP and up next in The Blacklist: Redemption. He is repped by ICM.

Noreen Jenkins Debuts Pre-teen Fantasy Book, 'The Golden Sword'

Noreen Jenkins, an 11 year screenwriter who specializes in fantasy, sci-fi and horror, has adapted one of her scripts into a book, titled 'The Golden Sword'. The story is intended for preteens and teens and it is book one of the Chronicles of Drenyon Series. The combination of action packed adventure and a strong female protagonist makes the story appealing for both boys and girls. It debuted as an E-Novel in September 2016. The hardcover book will be available in early 2017. Jenkins has released this E-book under the pen name NLJ. It is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobos, and Itunes. It has recently recieved praise by ReadersFavorite.com. More information can be found at the author website: chroniclesofdrenyon.com.
  

 

 

Glenn Acosta's 'GLIMPSE' - Semifinalist at 2016 Diverse Voices Glenn' Acosta's feature script 'GLIMPSE' advances to the semifinals at 2016 Diverse Voices.  This follows advancing to the Second Round at the 2016 Austin Film Festival, which represents the top 15% of 9,100 scripts entered. 'GLIMPSE' is co-written with Andy Froemke, a 2016 Nicholl Fellowship Quarterfinalist. 
James M. Freeman 'Kill Gandhi' winner in 2016 Short Script Showcase James M. Freeman's short script 'Kill Gandhi' has been named a Winner in the Short Script Showcase.
Timothy Kestrel's TV Series a Finalist in NY Film & TV Festival Timothy Kestrels's screenplay 'RANGERS - Progenitors of Freedom' has been selected as Best TV Series Concept Finalist in New York Film & TV Festival.
'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. 
'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. 
Quinn's "Loser Says What" makes Final Draft Big Break Semi-Finals Elizabeth Quinn's half-hour, original TV pilot comedy,  'Loser Says What' made the quarter-finals of the 2016 Final Draft Big Break contest.  'Loser Says What' is about what happens when you hit mid-life and realize all of your hard work has led to...nothing. Do you declare yourself a loser and call it a day? Or do you keep going and give yourself one last chance to give yourself the life you've always dreamed of? 
Daniel J. Mitchell’s action-comedy “Superfluous” Top 100 Finalist Daniel J. Mitchell’s quirky, superhero action-comedy “Superfluous” makes the Top 100 Finalists in the 2016 Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition.
JOHN CARSTARPHEN'S FEMALE-DRIVEN ADVENTURE PILOT AT COMIC-CON

John Carstarphen's screenplay 'The Adventures of The Rocket Ace' screens as an Official Selection at The Grand Rapids Comic-Con 2016. 

JOHN CARSTARPHEN'S ADVENTURE SERIES PILOT FILM WINS FESTIVAL AWARD Screenwriter/Director/Animation Artist John Carstarphen's female character-driven action-adventure, 'The Adventures of The Rocket Ace', screens as an Official Selection in the Women's Only Entertainment Festival 2016 and wins an Honorable Mention as Best Webseries.
JOHN CARSTARPHEN'S SHORT FILM WEB/TV SERIES PILOT RECEIVES NEW HONOR CG animated adult webseries/television series pilot, 'The Adventures of The Rocket Ace', scored another festival kudo with its official selection in the FirstGlance Philadelphia film festival.  The adventure drama is about a mysterious woman who dons a mask to sabotage the Nazi occupation somewhere in the Arabian Desert in 1941.
'Deep in the Amazon' by Will Hudson - Quarterfinals Shore Scripts 2016

Will Hudsons first feature "Deep in the Amazon" recently earned the honor of placing in the top 6% of all entries in the 2016 Shore Scripts competition. This is his first feature after previously only writing a short tv pilot. 

The script is about Brielle and her escape from her Amazonian tribal village after her father is assasinated by Kyarr, his most loyal hunter. She escapes with Pela her best friend and together they try to outpace some of Kyarrs most well trained hunters. They eventually meet another undiscovered tribe in the rainforest and their chieftess, Kabita agrees to help them get their tribe back. They return and with some of Kabitas warriors take back their tribe. However in the ensuing war and following the death of Kyarr at the hands of Brielle the old village is destroyed, so they leave to find a new place to settle in the forest.

James M. Freeman's "To Kill Gandhi" honored. James M. Freeman's "To Kill Gandhi," the script won a Wildsound Table Read Award for September 2016 and under the title "Gandhi and the Goonda" was selected as a 2016 Semi-Finalist at Table Read My Screenplay London.
"The Interview" by James M. Freeman & Karsten Freeman honored. "The Interview" by James M. Freeman & Karsten Freeman is a 2016 Finalist in the HollyShorts Screenplay Contest and a 2016 Semi-Finalist in the Diverse Voices Screenplay Competition.
James M. Freeman's "Untouchable Student" wins awards. James M. Freeman's "Untouchable Student" wins two awards: (1) Best Screenplay, 5th Delhi Shorts International Film Festival-16 and (2) Best Scene Award for short scripts at Action on Film International Film Festival, 2016.
James M. Freeman's "The Time of Killing" honored. James M. Freeman's "The Time of Killing" won the Runner-Up Award  for Most Ambitious Script at the Action on Film International Film Festival, 2015, was a Finalist at the First Ten Pages Script Contest 2016, and was a Second Rounder at the Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition, 2016.
Giancarlo Fusi's 'Hell Hound' Winner of 2 Contests & Finalist in Another

Giancarlo Fusi's TV pilot 'Hell Hound' inpsired by the life of legendary Bluesman Robert Johnson finished as a Top 5 Finalist in the Las Vegas International Screenwriting Competition. In addition, it was named a Winner of the True Story Screenplay Competition. And it also won Best Short Script in the Independent Horror Movie Awards.

 

'Hell Hound' is inspired by the life of iconic Bluesman Robert Johnson who was just a sharecropper during the Depression until, as legend has it, he sells his soul to the Devil at a Mississippi crossroads to become the greatest guitarist of all time. But his Fuastian pact unleashes a pair of vicious and rabid hellhounds that'll doggedly pursue him for the rest of his days. 

 

Giancarlo Fusi is an ISA Master Class alumni.

Shay Thurmon's action/adventure script- Semi finalist in Scriptapalooza Shay Thurmon's action/adventure feature screenplay "Minor Alterations" advances to semi-finals in Scriptapalooza script competition.
Shay Thurmon's action film - second rounder at Austin Film Festival. Shay Thurmon's action feature "House of Jaguar" is named a second rounder in the 2016 Austin Film Festival Screenwriting Competition.
Shay Thurmon's feature - second rounder in Austin & Nicholl Shay Thurmon's action/adventure feature "Minor Alterations" is a second rounder in the Nicholl Fellowship and the Austin Film Festival.
Top Ten Finalist for Living Storm Productions Short Screenplay Contest Rebecca Williams Spindler's short dramedy, 'Holster', placed in the Top Ten for the 2016 Screenwriting competition Living Storm Productions Short Screenplay Contest.  A bitter yet comedic tongue-in-cheek story of a divorced dad who is reaquainted with his weapon of choice.
Jax Kearney's screenplay 'The Overlord's Bridge' wins at Action on Film

ISA CONNECT member Jax Kearney won 1st runner up "Best Action Script" 2016 for his screenplay "The Overlord's Bridge" at the 2016 Action on Film International Film Festival.

JOHN ARVAI'S 'DO OR DIE' A FINAL DRAFT BIG BREAK FINALIST

John Arvai's action/thriller script 'Do Or Die' has been selected as one of the 2016 Final Draft Big Break Contest Finalist.

 

'Do Or Die' is written along the lines of 'Cliffhanger' and 'Die Hard' and follows a former pro hockey enforcer turned coach who is his son's only hope after his hockey team is taken hostage by unknown forces during a tournament in Russia.

Shelley Krawchuk's 'Noodletown' Animated Short Successes

ISA CONNECT member Shelley Krawchuk's 'Noodletown' Animated Short successes continue, placing in 2016 Austin Film Festival 2nd Rounder Quarter Finalist as the best short, and is still in the running for 2016 Scriptamation (winner announcements pending) for best animation 

Shelley Krawchuk's screenplay 'Blintzes to Burkas' Continuing Success

ISA CONNECT member Shelley Krawchuck's scrreeplay 'Blintzes to Burkas' continues to do well in competitions coming in as a Semi-FInalist in the 2016 Page International Screenplay Competition - TV Comdy Pilot, and winning the Silver Prize for best TV Sticom at the 2016 Hollywood Screenplay Contest.

L.M. Butler's "The Magic of Your Touch" scores Silver "The Magic of Your Touch" wins the Silver Award for the 2016 World Series of Screenwriting Competition in the Horror Category.
'Daffodil' by Christina Wollerman - Quarterfinalist in 2016 BlueCat

'Daffodil', is Christina Wollerman's first screenplay. Set in Chicago, it is a dark comedy about a narcissistic therapist who slowly loses his mind.

Julia Skikavich's serialized drama Top 6 winner in Emerging Screenwriters ISA CONNECT member Julia Skikavich's TV drama pilot script, 'Missing Pieces', has placed in winners' circle of the Top 6 of the 2016 Emerging Screenwriters screenplay competition. The pilot of the serialized drama series was hailed as a "kick butt script". The story was graded as ripe with potential, tension and drama.
Julia Skikavich's workplace comedy a Top 100 in Emerging Screenwriters Julia Skikavich's TV pilot, 'Sourdoughs', has placed in the Top 100 of the 2016 Emerging Screenwriters contest. Set in an Arctic town, the workplace comedy was cited as "brillant" fish-out-of-water comedy with a new and innovative twist. 
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). 
Ana Sue Antlitz's script "Longing For Flowers" honored Her Shorts screenplay titled, "Longing For Flowers" placed as Finalist in the Scriptapalooza's Shorts screenplay contest 2016.
LISA REILY IN TOP 6% OF SCRIPTS IN SHORE SCRIPTS 2016 FEATURE CONTEST Lisa Reily's new feature screenplay, 'Nothing Lasts Forever', was recently selected as a Quarter-finalist in Shore Scripts 2016 Feature Contest, making it into the top 6% of entries. A relationship drama set in Australia, this is Lisa's third feature.
CHIJIM ONYEMENAM'S 'STARS OF FIRE' NAMED IN NICHOLL FELLOWSHIP TOP 15%

Chijim Onyemenam's "Stars of Fire" was listed in the Top 15% at the 2016 Academy Nicholl Fellowship Screenwriting Competition.

 

The high-concept sci-fi follows a man able to transport clients to various realities across the multiverse, who has to chase down his last client across numerous dimensions in order to save the love of his life.

 

Marni Sullivan's script reaches Semi-Finalist of Nicholl Fellowships 2016 Marni Sullivan's screenplay 'SYVERTSEN'S COMPLEX' made semi-finals of the Nicholl Fellowships in 2016.
SANDRA SMITH & AVERY SMITH'S 'OPENING ENVELOPES' NAMED AFF 2ND ROUNDER

Sandra Webb Smith & Avery Lauren Smith's "Opening Envelopes" was named a Second Rounder at the 2016 Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay Competition.

 

The dramedy portrays a widow who feels betrayed after learning about a secret her late husband kept, so she begins a creative writing project to help her cope, only to meet a new soul mate who challenges her ability to trust again. 

Hal Harris 'Better At Life' Wins Silver Award at Page 2016 Hal Harris' script 'Better At Life' was awarded Silver in the Family Film Category at the 2016 PAGE International Screenwriting Awards.
Giancarlo Fusi's Hell to Pay Wins 1st Place at Glendale Int'l. Film Fest

'Hell to Pay' the short film script version of the multiple-award winning television pilot script 'Hell Hound' won the Best Short Screenplay Award at the Glendale International Film Festival. The script is also a Semi-Finalist in the Short Film Grants Competition & Awards. And it's an Official Selection of both the Cannes Latititude Film Festival & Script Contest and the Gullah Geechee Heritage Film Festival.

Giancarlo Fusi's 1st of April-Finalist in Yes! Let's Make a Movie FilmFest

The short suspense thriller 'First of April' is a Finalist in Canada's Yes! Let's Make a Movie Film Festival. The script was also a Semi-Finalist in the We Make Make Movies Short Film Challenge where it recieved a staged reading by SAG actors in L.A. And it's a Quarter-Finalist in the short script category of the BlueCat Screenplay Competition where it placed in the top 5% out of over 2,000 submissions. In addition, it was an Official Selection of the APM Short Screenplay Competiton.

 

The script is set on April Fool's Day when a radio disk-jockey gets a late night call from his ex-girlfriend, a mental patient, claiming that she escaped the asylum and planted a time-bomb in his DJ booth that will blow him up in 5 minutes. But is she telling the truth or is it all an elaborate prank?

Giancarlo Fusi's Hell Hound Wins Southern California Screenplay Competition

The TV pilot script 'Hell Hound' is the Grand Prize Winner of the Southern California Screenplay Compettion. Even better than recieving a monetary award for the win, the contest's founder Theo Davies is getting the script into the hands of possible producers including one on the hit Netflix show Orange is the New Black.

 

'Hell Hound' is inspired by the life of iconic Bluesman Robert Johnson who was just a sharecropper during the Depression until, as legend has it, he sells his soul to the Devil at a Mississippi crossroads to become the greatest guitarist of all time. But his Fuastian pact unleashes a pair of vicious and rabid hellhounds that'll doggedly pursue him for the rest of his days. 

LUCY (Writer/Producer) SELECTIONS, AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS

As of October 2016  Alexios Giannoulis script 'Lucy' has had 10 Festival Selections including 5 Awards and 2 Nominations

 

The script (english version) has been selected and participated in two competitions (Scriptapalooza Shorts and Scripts and Cinequest Script Contest where it reached the Top 40.  

 

Also 'Lucy' has featured in two marets and short film events whereas its trailer features on Film Shortage

 

Finally the Rights of 'Lucy' have been bought for 5 years by New World Cinemas for S/VOD platforms.  

 

 

SCREENWRITER PHIL PARKER ADVANCES IN BIG BREAK CONTEST

After being honored by the ISA's Emerging Screenwriters contest in 2014, once again, the multi-award winning spec script 'The Third Bomb' by Phil Parker is impressing readers and judges alike as its success on the contest/ festival circuit continues.

 

Phil's thrilling WWII action/ adventure has now advanced to the semifinals in one of the world's top 10 competitions - Final Draft's Big Break Screenwriting Contest. And already a top Hollywood agency has requested to read it!

 

 

'Gargoyles' Finalist in Hollywood Screenplay Contest 2016 John Heavey's family animation 'Gargoyles' is a finalist in the 2016 Hollywood Screenplay Contest.
Melissa Emery's 'Surviving Leo 'Named Austin Film Festival 2nd Rounder

Melissa Emery's ''Surviving Leo (aka Worst Hostage Ever) was named a Second Rounder for the Austin Film Festival. It was also named Semi-finalist for both ScreenCraft Comedy Script Contest and Table Read My Screenplay Contest

 

The buddy comedy feature tells the story of loveable Stanley who, after screwing up a bank robbery, panics and grabs Leo - the worst hostage ever - for ransom.   

Young and Hungry List 2016: Top Emerging Screenwriters

Tracking Board lists Norith Soth as a screenwriter to watch in their 2016 Young and Hungry List.

 

Repped by Mark Lawyer at Markerstone, his projects include:

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Erin Dooley's 'A Way to Forgiveness' Premiere's November 6th 2016 ISA CONNECT member Erin Dooley's documentary film 'A Way to Forgiveness' will premiere in North Hollywood on November 6 and will be available online and on DVD on November 16. The documentary follows Erin's journey along the centuries old pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, as she explores the topic of forgiveness.
Dianna Zimmerman Dianna Zimmerman's script "Drone World" was selected as a semifinalist in the 2016 Final Draft Big Break contest.
JOHN ARVAI'S 'DO OR DIE' A FINAL DRAFT BIG BREAK SEMI-FINALIST

John Arvai's action/thriller script 'Do Or Die' has been selected as one of the 2016 Final Draft Big Break Contest Semi-Finalists.

 

'Do Or Die' is written along the lines of 'Cliffhanger' and 'Die Hard' and follows a former pro hockey enforcer turned coach who is his son's only hope after his hockey team is taken hostage by unknown forces during a tournament in Russia. 

'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. 
'Hat Trick' Back in the spring of 2012, Adam Luff was living in San Francisco and wrote, directed and played the lead in his silent movie homage 'Hat Trick' a short about an unconfident man using magic to solve all his problems but magic cannot solve everything.


This light-hearted, family film is Adam's personal favourite genre and audience to write for. He later adapted the same story into a children's picture book manuscript entitled "The Hat Tricks of Harry Hocus" which he has submitted to UK publishing companies and awaiting feedback on.

Hat Trick has achieved two nominations at film festivals:

 

- "Best Short Film" nomination at the Big Water Film Festival in Washburn Wisconsin (November 2013)

- Finalist for "Best Music Score" at the Los Angeles CineFest (June 2016)

'Nurture of the Beast' has a great 2016 In January 2016, Adam Luff collaborated with actor and long time friend, Tom Brumpton on a micro short 'Nurture of the Beast' a sci-fi horror about a scientist that has devoted his life to work at the cost of his family life.

 

Adam wrote, directed and (under pseudonyms) produced and edited while Tom Brumpton produced and played the doomed scientist, Quatermass.


The film has achieved the following success at festivals around the world:

- Official Selection at the Los Angeles CineFest (Apr. 2016)

- Official Selection at the IndieWise Virtual Film Festival (Sept. 2016)

- Commendation Award at the Red Ditch Halloween Film Festival (Sept. 2016)

- Official Selection at the Horror Online Art Film Festival (Sept. 2016)

- Official Selection at the 15 Second Horror Film Challenge (Oct. 2016)

Adam Luff's 'Lunar Art' has a run of competition success. 2016 has been a successful year for Adam Luff's science fiction drama 'Lunar Art'.


A short script that Adam envisions being made for animation about immigration laws on the moon forcing a retired painter to return to Earth and leave his robot servant and companion behind has achieved the following:

 

- New Renaissance Film Festival's first ever "Screenplay of the Month" (May 2016)

- Reaching the Quarter Finals at Scriptapalooza (July 2016)

- Official Selection at the Los Angeles Lift-Off Film Festival (August 2016, final results in December)

- Winner of two awards at the New Renaissance Film Festival, "Best Screenplay of the Month" and "Award of Excellence" (August 2016)

- Quarter-Finalist at the 2016 Shore Scripts comeptition (the results of the Semi-Finals will be announced on November 5th 2016)

Brooke Purdy & Colette Freedman's Awards For 'The Last Bookstore' The post apocalyptic screenplay 'The Last Bookstore' won a number of prizes included Grand Prize at the CWA. 

When the technological age has brought humanity to its brink, it is, ultimately five kids, their love and a book that can save mankind. 

 

Brooke Purdy and Colette Freedman’s post apocalyptic story is a cross between 'Goonies' and 'Stand By Me' with a hint of 'Mad Max' as a group of kids who have survived an EMP must fight for their survival as they travel through dangerous territory to find an important medical book to save their mother.

 

In the last three months, the script won Best Science fiction film at Action on Film, Grand Prize at Creative World Awards and was a finalist in several competitions including Cinestory, New York Screenplay Festival and Emerging Screenwriters Festival. 

Jason Kessler's 'PITIGLIANO' 2016 Austin Film Festival Semifinalist

Jason Kessler's feature-length hostage drama 'PITIGLIANO' was a Semifinalist in the 2016 Austin Film Festival Screenplay Contest.  'PITIGLIANO' follows a young, black, Jewish woman vacationing in Italy who struggles for survival when she's taken hostage by anti-Semitic extremists in the cavernous ruins of Pitigliano's old Jewish quarter. 

 

Jason is currently earning a screenwriting MFA at UT Austin, and he previously attended Princeton University and Columbia Law School. 

'DISCONN' wins GOLD for Sci Fi in PAGE International Screenwriting Awards

Andy Byrne's sci-fi script 'DISCONN' secured him a place as a Mentee for the ISA's Fast Track Fellowship, and has now received a further accolade in winning gold in the PAGE International Screenwriting Awards. Andy said of this recent success "It helps me focus even harder on learning and honing my craft and building a network. It's a honor to be able to share this journey with the ISA community."

 

'DISCONN' follows a newly pregnant woman's struggle to disconnect from a hive-mind product which society eagerly pays to manage/medicate their lives. In conflict with her husband, society and the manipulators of this augmented reality, her determination may end up losing more than just her own life.  

Kelly Beck-Byrnes reaches Semifinals of 2016 Final Draft Big Break Contest Kelly Beck-Byrnes continues her positive streak as two of her scripts move forward in the 2016 Final Draft Big Break Contest: 'Glitches' for Drama, and 'Girls' for one-hour spec.
Kelly Beck Byrnes Comedy Feature 'Glitches' wins Gold 'Glitches' was honored with Gold award in the International Independent Film Awards (Summer 2016).
Kelly Beck-Byrnes in Top 50 for ISA Fast Track Fellowship Kelly Beck-Byrnes' comedy Feature film 'Glitches' was accepted into the top 50 in the ISA Fast Track Fellowship
'RECOVERY' by Matthew Burris Wins 2016 Traveling Shorts Film Fest

'Recovery' is a ten minute short film about a Croatian land mine disposal expert who has to recover a Syrian refugee from a field after having crossed the border.

 

The film won best student film at the 2016 Traveling Shorts Film Festival, screened in Italy and triumphed over films from all around the world. 

 

 

MARY DESANTIS - FINALIST IN THE WEXFORD FILM FESTIVAL, IRELAND!

Native Irish writer, Mary DeSantis, has made it to the finals of the very first international screenplay competition at the Wexford Film Festival. Her Fantasy/Adventure script 'Ashling' is based upon Ireland's mythology and history.

 

"I am delighted that my writing has been honored in this way by my fellow countrymen. This is, indeed, a powerful validation of the story." -- Mary DeSantis. 

 

DeSantis has called California home for three decades. 

Afonso Henrique awarded TIME WARNER SCREENWRITING FELLOWSHIP Afonso Henrique has been selected for a Screenwriting Fellowship with Time Warner via the Bourough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC).
'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.
'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.
'Isabelle's Eyes' Wins award at Amsterdam Lift Off Film Festival

Lori Finnila won a 'Special Mentions Award' at Amsterdam Lift Off Film Festival for her teen abuse story 'Isabelle's Eyes'. Lori's success has empowered her to follow her dream of being a screenwriter, after drawing on her own personal experiences to write the screenplay. Lori praised the ISA for being a supportive platform to allow her work to be recognised Internationally and is looking forward to future collaborations with producers.

 

L.M Butler's "The Magic of Your Touch" progresses in Story Pros & Austin FF L.M. Butler's screenplay "The Magic of Your Touch" is an adaptation from the short story by Peter Robinson about a jazz musician in 1954 whose desire for success and love leads him to make a bargain with The Devil that ultimately  leads to fame, fortune and terror. This suspense //thriller placed in the top ten finals of the 2016 Story Pros Genre Contest and the Second Rounder placement in the 2016 Austin Film Festival Contest.
Travis Opgenorth's 'Ranger Creed' optioned and 'The Poacher' hits the mark. Producer David Harris (Security (2017)) has entered into a shopping agreement with Travis Opgenorth for his contest-winning action-thriller 'Ranger Creed'. This is the second feature to be shopped around for Travis as Partner In Crime Films (Knuckle Draggers) had previously optioned his contained actioner 'Day of Reckoning' in 2012. Travis is currently in discussions with Sixth Sense Productions (Hotel Rwanda, The First Grader) regarding a potential writing assignment. Sixth Sense reached out to Travis after reading his recently completed action-thriller, 'The Poacher', which was written while Travis participated in Max Timm's Master Class.
"Darlings" earns 4th place in Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition

Aaron Yeung's 'Darlings' places 4th in the Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition for 2016.

 

Finalist for WeScreenplay's first Diverse Voices Competition Spring 2016 Aaron Yeung's 'Darlings' was selected as a finalist for Diverse Voices Competition, among many other talented writers.
RICHARD WILLETT'S "AFTER THE STORM" IS WINNER OF TRUE STORY COMPETITION

Richard Willett's 'After The Storm' about Franklin D. Roosevelt's struggle with polio, was one of the winners in the 2016 Rebel Seed Entertainment True Story Screenplay Competition.

Mark William Moore Quarter Finalist 2015 Cinequest Screenwriting Comp. Mark William Moore is a Quarter - Finalist in 2015 Cinequest Screenwriting Competition with two (2) of his feature dramas... 'I Am Champion' - the historical, true story of a slave turned boxing hero, and 'Only Make Believe' - about a drifter who becomes a success under the most dubious of circumstances.
Quinn's half-hour TV comedy pilot makes Top 50-ISA Fast Track IV Elizabeth Quinn's half-hour, original TV comedy pilot,  'Loser Says What' has made the Top 50 list for consideration for the 2016 ISA Fast Track Fellowship IV. 'Loser Says What' is about what happens when you hit mid-life and realize all of your hard work has led to...nothing. Do you declare yourself a loser and call it a day? Or do you keep going and give yourself one last chance to give yourself the life you've always dreamed of? 
Quinn's half-hour original comedy pilot makes Screencraft Semi-Finals Elizabeth Quinn's half-hour, original TV comedy pilot, 'Loser Says What' made the semi-finals of the 2016 Screencraft Pilot Launch Competition. 'Loser Says What' is about what happens when you hit mid-life and realize all of your hard work has led to...nothing. Do you declare yourself a loser and call it a day? Or do you keep going and give yourself one last chance to give yourself the life you've always dreamed of? 
Quinn's one-hour pilot makes the 2016 Nashville Fest Semi-finals

Quinn's one-hour, original TV drama pilot 'Going Reno' made the semi-finalist list in the 2016 Nashville Film Festival Screenplay Competition.

 

'Going Reno' tells the story of the men and women who flocked to Reno, Nevada in the 1930s for quickie divorces, legalized gambling and a chance to escape their past mistakes and start over.

Quinn's one-hour drama pilot makes Tracking Board Pilot Launch Pad Top 50!

Quinn's one-hour, original TV drama pilot 'Going Reno' made the Top 50 of the 2016 Tracking Board Pilot Launch Pad Top 50.

 

'Going Reno' tells the story of the men and women who flocked to Reno, Nevada in the 1930s for quickie divorces, legalized gambling and a chance to escape their past mistakes and start over.

Elizabeth Quinn Semi-Finalist - 2016 Table Read My Screenplay - London

Quinn's one-hour, original TV drama pilot 'Going Reno' made the semi-finalist list in the 2016 Table Read My Screenplay Contest - London.

 

'Going Reno' tells the story of the men and women who flocked to Reno, Nevada in the 1930s for quickie divorces, legalized gambling and a chance to escape their past mistakes and start over.

Scott Pittock's 'Sanctuary' - semi-finalist in Austin Revolution Film Fest

Scott Pittock's horror/western script 'Sanctuary' placed as a Semi-Finalist in the Austin Revolution Film Festival.

 

 

Geoff Holder's horror script 'THE DEVIL'S ANSWER' optioned

Geoff Holder's contained supernatural horror 'THE DEVIL'S ANSWER' has been optioned by a production company in LA.

 

This is Holder's second horror script to be optioned in 2016

A LABOUR OF LOVE recognized at two more contests

'A Labour of Love', a feature written by Olga Holtz, was selected a finalist of the 2016 Hollywood Screenplay Contest and listed among the top 100 scripts by Emerging Screenwriters.

 

'A Labour of Love' is the story of an obsessive English film-maker who sacrifices all - money, personal life, career - to restore the epic silent film `Napoleon', while his idol, the delusional genius director of the mutilated masterpiece, sabotages the restoration. It is based on the real story of Academy Award winner Kevin Brownlow's restoration of 'Napoleon' and his love-hate relationship with Abel Gance.

 

The newest digitized restoration of 'Napoleon' will be widely released in the UK at the end of 2016 and in France in 2017.

Jeffrey Howe's Family, Sci-Fi scripts recognized with top honors Jeffrey Howe's screenplay 'Robo4ce' took top honors in the Family category of the 20th Fade In Awards yesterday. Meanwhile, his sci-fi script 'Cover Crop' was the runner-up in the Feature Screenplay competition at the inaugural GenreBlast Film Festival in Virginia in August. 
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.

Adite Banerjie is First Runner-up in Finish Line Script Competition, 2016

Adite Banerjie's Drama script, 'COACHING CLASS', has been judged First Runner-up in Finish Line Script Competition, 2016.

 

A discredited teacher seeks redemption by taking on the powerful education mafia in order to give his brilliant but dirt poor students a fighting chance at competing for the entrance exams to India's most prestigious engineering institute.

'Alien In My Pocket' places top 10% in Nicholl's 2011

Joe Borriello's 'Alien In My Pocket' places in the top 10% in the Nicholls Fellowship in 2011

 

The screenplay follows a pocket-sized alien prince who tries to prove his worth as king by traveling to Earth to open relations, but when he discovers his Uncle is plotting his assassination to achieve galactic domination, he must team with the humans and use his diplomacy to restore peace.

'Alien In My Pocket' places top 10 in Contest of Contest Winners 2016 Joe Borriello's PG 13 - Sci-Fi/Adenture/Drama 'Alien In My Pocket' placed in the top 10 in the Contest of Contest Winners in 2016.

 

The story concerns a pocket-sized alien prince who tries to prove his worth as king by traveling to Earth to open relations, but when he discovers his Uncle is plotting his assassination to achieve galactic domination, he must team with the humans and use his diplomacy to restore peace.

 

 

Christina Wollerman's script moves forward ISA Fast Track Fellowship Top 50

Christina Wollerman's screenplay the 'Medicine Show' places in the top 50 in the ISA's Fast Track Fellowship IV

 

The script is a frontier Western told in interwoven timelines about a narrow-minded community receiving its comeuppance after destroying a young woman's life.

Julia Skikavich's TV pilot places in Top 100 of Emerging Screenwriters 2016 Julia Skikavich's TV drama pilot script, 'Missing Pieces', has placed in Top 100 of the 2016 Emerging Screenwriters screenplay competition. Cited as a "kick butt script", the story was graded as being ripe with potential, tension and drama.
MARK WILLIAM MOORE TOP 100 IN 2016 EMERGING SCREENWRITERS COMPETITION Representing the top 7% of all entries, Mark William Moore's "I Am Champion" places in the Top 100 in the 2016 Emerging Screenwriters Competition.
Two of Jeff York's TV pilots make Screencraft's Pilot Launch Semifinals In the 2016 Screencraft Pilot Launch screenwriting contest, Jeff York had two scripts that placed in the semifinals (the top 5% of the scripts entered). His kids' talk show called 'HISTORY/HERSTORY', where the celebrity guests are famous people from history, placed in the top 20 scripts honored in the comedy wing of the contest. His other entry was a television adaptation of his multiple award-winning big screen script 'THE SCOUNDRELS CLUB'. This one-hour western pilot placed in the contest's drama wing. 
'The Between Place' By Marcus Leighton in top 50 of ISA Fast Track IV

Horror screenplay, 'The Between Place', makes it into the top 50 of ISA's Fast Track Fellowship! Winnters to be announced October 25th.

 

When a boy finds the ability to step between time, slowing time and moving into the empty spaces hidden by time’s forward motion, he finds sanctuary from his sadistic father, but unleashes a dark power he cannot control. 

Robert Wooldridge's 'The Boat' wins success at Catalina Film Festival Robert Woolridge's screenplay 'The Boat' - the story of a gay teen who helps his mother after she has a vision of the town flooding, wins a Certificate of Excellence at the Catalina Film Festival.
John Bias Reached the Quarterfinals with his short Screenplay "The Beast". John Bias has been selected as one of the Quarterfinalist in the Web Series Catagory during the 2016 Screencraft Pilot Launch Competition with his short screenplay "The Beast". 
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."  

PHIL PARKER ADVANCES IN FINAL DRAFT'S BIG BREAK CONTEST

Phil Parker's thrilling WWII action/ adventure script 'The Third Bomb' has already achieved great success on the contest circuit, winning 1st place at the Nashville Film Festival, reaching the finals in the Script Pipeline and Screencraft competitions, and the 2nd Round at Austin. Now the streak continues, with 'The Third Bomb' advancing to the quarterfinal stage in the notoriously difficult Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest. 

 

Phil was recently re-hired by an award-winning production company to write another script treatment for them, this time for a feature-length comedy/ adventure.

 

 

Dianna Zimmerma's 'Radical' top 10 finalist Dianna Zimmerman's Screenplay 'Radical' is a top ten finalist in the New York Screenplay contest in the biography/historical category.
Michael Curtis named Official Finalist in 2015 New York Screenplay Contest Michael Curtis named Official Finalist in 2015 New York Screenplay Contest for his drama short, "Gravel Heart."
Michael Curtis named Official Finalist in 2016 New York Screenplay Contest Michael Curtis named Official Finalist in 2016 New York Screenplay Contest for his drama feature, 'Inheritance'.
Michael Curtis selected to ISA Fast Track Fellowship - Top 50 'Inheritance', by Michael Curtis, has made the Top 50 in the 2016 ISA Fast Track Fellowship Competition.
Trudy Handel has been named a Top 50 finalist in ISA Fast Track Fellowship

Trudy's screenplay, "My Mother's Daughter" has been named a Top 50 finalist in the ISA Fast Track Fellowship IV.

 

In "My Mother's Daughter", a family member's death unleashes an emotional tidalwave in Sally's carefully organized life. Will long held secrets heal her or destroy her forever? 

'Drone World' by Dianna Zimmerman progresses in two prestigious contests

Diane Zimmerman's screenplay 'Drone World' has been selected in the top 50 in ISA's Fast Track, and made it to the Quarter Finals in Final Draft's Big Break.

 

C M Landrus - September 2016 TV PILOT Screenplay Winner

OLYMPUS RISING TV Pilot Written by C M Landrus   

 

SYNOPSIS: 
Genre: Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Adventure 
The gods of Mt. Olympus awaken as human teenagers to struggle with the immortal bonds of kinship while reclaiming their rightful places as rulers of humankind.

 

CAST LIST: 
NARRATOR - Julian Ford ASHER - Nick Hendrick Wicht WILDHOFF - Sean Ballantyne MICAH - Kheon Clarke RYKER - Donald Molnar DIANA - Alicia Payne TEGAN - Katelyn Varadi

Justin Prince - September 2016 FAN FICTION Screenplay Winner (TMNT)

Fan Fiction: VIGILANTE: The Origins of Casey Jones (TMNT) Written by Justin Prince

 

SYNOPSIS: 
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller 
After an injury put a halt to his plans of playing hockey in the NHL, Casey Jones doesn't believe life can get much worse. He soon finds out just how wrong he is. Faced with a tragedy Jones takes justice into his own hands, becoming a hockey mask wearing vigilante. (Based on the character from Eastman and Laird's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles).

 

CAST LIST: 
NARRATOR - Steve Rizzo CASEY - Randy Baumer BOSS - Dan Cristofori HUN - Steve Mitchell

CRISTO - John FrayV AN - Kaleb Alexander APRIL - Norma Dawn Dunphy

Frederick Julius - September 2016 1st Scene Screenplay Winner

VOODOO LOVE Written by Frederick Julius  Watch the Winning Screenplay: 

 

SYNOPSIS: 
Genre: Drama, Romance, Crime 
The script follows a black-hearted vixen who lures an ambitious hustler into her mansion as he seeks out a forbidden love. When merciless thugs come to rob and kill, it'll cost him his fortune to save her lost soul.

 

CAST LIST: 
NARRATOR - Steve Rizzo TUCKA - Kaleb Alexander DAMIEN - Randy Baumer MR. KING - Steve Mitchell EL TORRO - John Fray ASIA - Heather Dicke CASSANDRA - Norma Dawn Dunphy

Corean Strong - September 2016 1st Scene Screenplay Winner

CHASING THE WIND Written by Corean Strong Watch the Winning Script:

 

CAST LIST: 
NARRATOR - Steve Rizzo TONY - Dan CristoforiALLISON - Norma Dawn DunphyWILLIE - Kaleb AlexanderJONATHAN - Steve MitchellMOM-DONNA - Heather Dicke  SYNOPSIS: 

 

Genre: Crime, Mystery, Drama, Thriller 
The script follows a high flying, arrogant female homicide cop assigned to a serial killer case that thrusts her into a downward tailspin. She struggles to close the case due to eerie connections she cannot explain.

Dermott Hayes - Sept. 2016 1st Scene Screenplay Winner

1st SCENE Screenplay: OLD BONES September 2016 ReadingWritten by Dermott Hayes  Watch the Winning Screenplay: http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/old_bones.html  SYNOPSIS: 
Genre: Fantasy, Crime, Drama 


We lose our soul when we bury the dead without dignity and for the sake of manna. Two brothers are caught in a dilemma of conscience, to lose their jobs or their souls.  

 

CAST LIST: 
NARRATOR - Steve Rizzo COSTELLO - Steve Mitchell SEAMUS - Randy Baumer JOHN - John Fray VOICE - Dan Cristofori

Charlie Jones named Finish Line Competition Grand Prize Winner 2016

Charlie Jones's first feature-length screenplay 'Freedom Ain't Free' has been announced as Finish Line Script Competition's Grand Prize Winner. 

 

'Freedom Ain't Free' follows a black slave, who, after the sadistic overseer of a cotton plantation is found brutally murdered, is offered the freedom he so desperately desires - but it comes at a price.

'The Battle of Boxhill' by Liam McCann places at the Austin Film Festival

Liam McCann's screenplay for a children's animation called 'The Battle of Boxhill' reaches the second round of the 2016 Austin Film Festival's screenwriting competition.

 

Having been optioned in 2011 by Oscar-nominated producer Bulat Galimgereyev (Mongol, 2008), Liam's script will now be given another polish before taking on the Academy Nicholl Fellowship in 2017.

 

The script follows a young falcon, who when a gamekeeper steals his eggs and kidnaps his partner, exchanges his pride for a spirit of co-operation and goes into battle against powerful foes.

Timothy Kestrel is a Quarter-Finalist in Screencraft competition

Timothy Kestrel's Pilot script 'RANGERS' - Progenitors of Freedom was selected as one of the 2016 Screencraft Pilot Launch TV Script Contest Quarter-Finalists.

 

'Rangers' is about a motley group of underdogs who find themselves trapped in a remote frontier fort surrounded by troubled colonials with dark secrets during the French & Indian War. They discover that the only way out is to team up with the notorious Rogers Rangers in a deadly chase for elusive freedom.

Chris Bell's Script 'Brutal' placed as a Runner-up in Scriptapalooza

Chris Bell's Scipt 'Brutal'  placed in the top 10 runner-up spots for Scriptapalooza in 2016.

 

The script follows Police officer Henry Chamber who is guilty of horrible police brutality. When Internal Affairs picks him to find and bring to justice a crooked cop, he will have to befriend and betray a man more vicious than himself. Brutal is part redemption story, part thriller that touches on contemporary issues of racism and injustice.

 

 

 

 

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. 

 

 

 

 

Ryan Herring is named a Runner-Up in the 2016 Scriptapalooza Contest Ryan A. Herring  was named as a Runner-Up in the 2016 Scriptapalooza Contest for his feature sript 'The Olympians'.
The Expense of a Man by Melissa Emery Finalist in Acclaim Competition

Screenwriter Melissa Emery's dark comedy The Expense of a Man was named a Finalist in the Acclaim Scripts Screenwriting Competition.  

The Expense of a Man tells the story of an insecure housewife who suspects her husband of an affair and so - along with her unstable sister - hires a series of amateur hit men to try to kill him.

Timothy Benson's animation script, HATCHED, wins BEST SCREENPLAY at Meters New York - Timothy M. Benson's creepy/crawly, Sci-Fi, feature animation screenplay, 'HATCHED', wins top honors at the Meters Intl. Film Festival. This is the third best feature screenplay for 'HATCHED' and Timothy's 72nd screenwriting honor across the 2015-2016 film festival circuits.


The screenplay follows three middle schoolers race to save a city under siege after a greedy extermination company's genetic experimentation goes horribly wrong.


Think Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs meets Arachnophobia!

Wendy Jane Henson Moves Up to Semifinalist WeTV Screenwriting Competition

Wendy's teleplay 'EARTH NOW', a 2016 Acclaim TV winner and one of six finalists in the 2015 Oregon International Film Awards, has advanced to semifinalist staus in the WeTV Screenwriting Competition. 

 

The story deals with a broadcast journalist who begins a steamy love affair with a rogue geologist and persuades him to join her crusade against an oil company conspiracy, risking their careers and his life.

Geoffrey D. Calhoun Nominated for Best New Writer at AOFFEST Geoffrey D. Calhoun was nominated for Best New Writer in the 2016 Action On Film Festival XII.

 

 

He also took home Best comedy scene for his TV pilot 'Pushers' and Best Dialogue.

 

 

Now in their 12th Season, Action On Film (The AOF) is the go to festival for filmmakers, writers, producers, actors, DPs, composers and post production professionals to have their work recognized and honored.

Travis Opgenorth's Pilot 'Kingdom of God' moves to WeTV Semifinals

Travis Opgenorth's most recent TV pilot project, 'Kingdom of God', has advanced to the semifinals of the WeTV Pilot Competition.

 

Feedback on the script has been strong, as it has received a "Recommend" via WeScreenplay's coverage service and a "Highly Consider" from Script Shark prior to them closing up shop earlier this month.

Taylor Albertson celebrates a great year for her script 'Signs Of Warning'

2016 has been a stellar year for Taylor Albertson's faith based screenplay, 'Signs of Warning'.

 

'Signs of Warning' was awarded a place as a BlueCat quarterfinalist, won the Winnipeg Real to Reel screenplay competition and been in the semi's of The Page International Screenwriting Awards and the Screen Craft Family Friendly competition.

 

Albertson says of her success  "I've been working away on this script with every spare minute I've had.  I've been learning and growing and have gone from just quarterfinal finishes to semi's and even winning.  Hard work pays off and I'm going to keep chipping away and learning all while looking for representation."

Kirk Weddell Academy Nicholl Fellowship Finalist 2016

The Nicholl Fellowship has chosen their Finalists, and ISA member, Kirk Weddell, was among the top 10 (our of over 6,000 scripts). 

 

Weddell is honored to make the shortlist for the Nicholl Fellowship 2016. His script, a Sci-Fi/Thriller titled "Alone", revolves around a lone astronaut in an orbiting space station and how he witnesses Earth's explosive destruction.

 

The fellowship winners will each receive a $35,000 prize, the first installment of which will be distributed at an awards presentation on November 3 at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

Section 504 by Melissa Emery Named 2016 Page Awards Finalist

Screenwriter Melissa Emery's true story drama Section 504 has been named a Finalist for the 2016 PAGE International Screenwriting Awards

Section 504 was also named Semi-finalist (Top 25) for the 2016 Cinestory Feature Fellowship Awards and Semi-finalist for the 2016 Stage 32 Happy Writers Feature Screenplay Contest.

Set in 1977, Section 504 tells the story of the longest sit-in in US History by a group of disabled people determined to earn their civil righs.  

 

KT Parker Moves Forward as a Page International Awards Semi-finalist

KT Parker's short fantasy drama "Dead Zingers" reached the prestigious Page International Screenwriting Awards semi-finals.

 

The final 2016 winners will be announced on October the 15th.

Phillip E. Hardy Wins Best Screenplay at American Grindhouse Film Festival Phillip E Hardy has won the Best Action/Adenture Screenplay at American Grindhouse Film Festival for "Gina Jericho". This script will also be competing in upcoming Screencraft Action Contest and an earlier draft placed at Austin Film Festival.  
T.P. Productions hire Phil Parker for second writing gig

Hired to write a treatment by T.P. Productions, Phil Parker has proved himself to be a worthwhile investment as they have recently procured his services for another feature project.

 

The ISA CONNECT member Phil Parker will write a full script outline for a feature-length comedy in the vein of Coming to America meets The Big Lebowski.

 

PRAISE FROM TENT PICTURES:

 

"My concept for 'A Street Cat Named Anbar' is now a perfectly constructed and very comprehensive treatment, with compelling characterizations and appealing plot. This would NEVER have happened without the assistance of Phil. I am very grateful to work with him, and still continue to do so. Thank you for running such a fine business. Great work!" - F. A., Producer (T.P. Productions)

'Fishin' With Pops' finalist in the New York Screenplay Contest

Damon Ragsdale's short script 'Fishin' With Pops' was a finalist (top 10) in the New York Screenplay Contest in both the Short Screenplay and Stage Play categories.

 

The New York Screenplay Contest is a global screenwriting contest designed to launch careers and provide recognition and network opportunities to the world's best new voices in screenwriting for film and television. The New York Screenplay Contest awards its winners with prizes, sponsorship packages, and meetings with leading industry professionals.

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. 

One Child Born won First Prize in 2016 DC Shorts Screenwriting Competition

Stuart Creque's  Short script: 'One Child Born', won first prize at the DC Shorts Screenplay Competition. The six finalist scripts chosen by the festival were read before a live audience, and the audience voted to award first place to 'One Child Born', which is a tale of the Rwandan genocide.

 

Part of the prize is a cash award contingent on finishing the film in time for next year's DC Shorts Film Festival.

 

The DC Shorts Film Festival showcases one of the largest collection of short films in the USA. In 2016 out of over 1,300 entries from around the globe, their programmers selected 131 films that reflect the 33 nations they represented — bringing a world view to Washington, DC.

Jeff York's horror script "Incurable" makes Screencraft semifinals

Jeff York's screenplay "Incurable" just made the Screencraft horror screenplay contest semifinals. This is one of Jeff's most successful screenplays as it has finished in the finals of over a dozen contests. It also won the prestigious honor of being the only spec script to receive a "recommend" rating from Script magazine's Script Xpert evaluations in 2009.

 

It has been honored by placing in the finals of the Final Draft Big Break screenwriting contest, the Script Pipeline contest, and Table Read Your Screenplay contest over the years, among others.

 

The story concerns a young man who's diagnosed with ALS and chooses to let a vampire bite him to escape that fate, but living with his decision is another matter.

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. 

2016 PAGE AWARDS FINALIST for Andy Byrne's Grounded Sci-fi DISCONN

DISCONN continues to make progress after winning the 2016 ISA Fast Track Fellowship and placing 2nd in Table Read My Screenplay - London.

 

The script is also gaining industry interest, along with Andy's new grounded dystopian feature JONAS CARTER. 

 

DISCONN is currently semifinalist in the ISA-sponsored 2016 Emerging Screenwriters and quarterfinalist in Screen Craft Sci-Fi.

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.

SCOTT PITTOCK'S SANCTUARY OFFICIAL SELECTION IN THE OAXACA FILMFEST 'Sanctuary', Scott Pittock's feature-length horror/western is up for three awards in the 7th annual Oaxaca Film Festival: best feature, best original concept, and the 2016 Global Script Challenge for best overall script!
Robert Milner's Script Parallax moves forward in ScreenCraft Sci-Fi 2016

PARALLAX is a quarter-finalist in the 2016 competition.

 

ScreenCraft Sci-Fi 2016's featured judge is CAA agent Fred Specktor whose iconic clients include Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, Pierce Brosnan, Jeremy Irons, Dan Aykroyd, John-Henry Butterworth (writer: Edge of Tomorrow), Stephen Hopkins (Predator 2, Lost in Space) and many more.

 

PARALLAX is a also a second-rounder in the AFF Screenplay and Teleplay competition 2016 coming in the top 15% in the drama category.

TIMOTHY BENSON'S "HOOKED" SELECTED AS A FINALIST AT OAXACA

Oaxaca, Mexico - NY screenwriter Timothy M. Benson's feature animation screenplay, "HOOKED," a family-fun, fishing-themed adventure has been honored as a FINALIST in the "Best Family" and "Best Original Concept" categories at the '16 Oaxaca Film Festival.

 

"HOOKED" has exploded across the 2016 global film festival circuit this summer winning over twenty writing awards, including numerous Best Feature Screenplay honors.

"HOOKED's" high-concept is driven by a 10 year old boy's quest for a legendary fish vs. a villainous fishing captain's thirst for fame and fortune.

Diana Galimzyanova wins at StarGate Galactic International Film Festival "A Fangirl" has won The StarGate Chappa Award for Best Short Horror Film Screenplay. It is a dark story about a young woman who goes to see her favorite band playing live, and brings a big sports bag of sharp tools with her.

 

 

The StarGate Galactic International Film Festival's mission is to promote up-and-coming filmmakers by providing a gateway to expand their careers in the entertainment industry. They actively champion indie and independent filmmaking, and are one of the few film festivals in the world that offers a film distribution seminar to help filmmakers guide their cinematic vision toward profitability.

RICHARD WILLETT'S "THE FLID SHOW" IS AFF SECOND-ROUNDER THE FLID SHOW, Richard Willett's story of a charismatic, belligerent English nightclub singer born with flipper-like arms because his pregnant mother took the drug thalidomide, has second-rounded in the Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition (top 15% out of more than 9,000 scripts).
Malachi Broadus was a finalist for best short screenplay Malachi Broadus' short "Saint Rehab" was a finalist for best short screenplay in the Meters International Film Festival.
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.

 

Giancarlo Fusi's 'Hell Hound' Nominated for 3 Awards at the Oaxaca FilmFest

The televison pilot 'Hell Hound' reciveved three nominations at the Oaxaca FilmFest including Best Horror Script, Best Original Concept and Best Global Script, the festival's top award. As one of the top film festivals in Latin America, Oaxaca has been called the "Sundance of the South" and is one of MovieMaker's Top 50 Festivals in 2016. 

 

'Hell Hound' is inspired by the life of iconic Bluesman Robert Johnson who was just a sharecropper during the Depression until, as legend has it, he sells his soul to the Devil at a Mississippi crossroads to become the greatest guitarist of all time. But his Fuastian pact unleashes a pair of vicious and rabid hellhounds that'll doggedly pursue him for the rest of his days. 

 

https://www.oaxacafilmfest.com/p/hell-hound 

Anthony Cawood's 'Graft' announced as finalist in Emerging Screenwriters Graft is announced as one of the finalists in the Emerging Screenwriters 2016 competition, placing in the top 7% out of 1500 scripts. 
Glimpse Advances at 2016 Austin Film Festival Glenn's feature script Glimpse advances to second round at the 2016 Austin Film Festival (top 15% of 9,100 entries).  This follows being selected as Semifinalist at StoryPros and Quarterfinalist at Stage 32.   Glenn's other script Redreamers advanced to quarterfinals at Screencraft Sci-Fi.
SANCTUARY BY SCOTT PITTOCK - FINALIST IN THE LAS VEGAS INTER SCREEN COMP Scott Pittock's Sanctuary, his horror/western about a family at odds with each other who must work together when a feral posse invades their home, placed as a Finalist in the western category in the Las Vegas International Screenwriting Competition!
'Moral Compass', written by Kylie Garcelon, official selection at YoFi Fest Annother serve of industry recognition for 'Moral Compass', the confronting and dramatic short, written and directed by Kylie Garcelon. Moral Compass, produced by Gladiolus Productions, LLC and starring Annie McGreevy, Steve Carter and Robyn Babina has made an impact on the independant festival circuit this year with this selection being the film's fifth. 
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.  

SANDRA WEBB SMITH'S ELITE AWARD FOR IN-BETWEEN IN-BETWEEN, an inspirational, coming-of-age drama, written by Sandra Webb Smith, won first place in the drama category of the 2014 Filmmakers International Screenwriting Awards and was named runner- up in the inspirational category of the 2015 Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition.  The script was also a semi-finalist in the 2016 WeScreenplay Diverse Voices Writing Contest.
Triple-Triple to Close Out the Summer

With three scripts in three different formats each advancing in three separate contests, summer goes out like a lion for Travis Opgenorth. Among the recent WeTv Quarterfinalists is Travis' historical drama Kingdom of God. Meanwhile, his action feature, Ranger Creed, marches into the Finish Line Screenplay Contest Semifinals, and his short script, Before Dishonor, also slices its way into the Semifinals of the SoCal Screenplay Contest.

Andy Byrne's DISCONN in Semifinals of Emerging Screenwriters Competition

This latest placing adds to a successful year for the grounded sci-fi DISCONN (Winner 2016 ISA Fastrack Fellowship, 2nd Place Table Read My Screenplay, current semi-finalist, PAGE International, current quarterfinalist Screencraft SciFi).

 

DISCONN: A woman struggles to disconnect from a hive-mind product that society eagerly pays to manage and medicate their lives. Her attempt to become a natural human drives her up against family, society and the architects of this augmented reality. Her determination may end up destroying more than just her own life.  

Jeff York's TV pilot of "The Scoundrels Club" is a WeTV quarterfinalist Jeff York's western "The Scoundrels Club" won the Grand Prize in the Table Read My Screenplay contest in 2013, and now the TV adaptation of it has placed in the quarterfinals of the 2016 WeTV television pilot contest. Some of the judges of various contests, as well as those who run the top 5 screenwriting contests, suggested to Jeff that it might make for a great anthology series, so in 2015 Jeff adapted it as a TV series treatment, as well as wrote a one-hour pilot for it. WeTV is the first contest "The Scoundrels Club" was entered in as an adaptation. 
Jeff York's "Incurable" takes 3rd prize in Table Read - London Jeff York's horror movie "Incurable" continues its string of success in screenwriting contests taking third place in the 2016 Table Read My Screenplay contest in London. It received Script magazine's only recommend rating back in 2009, out of over 1000 spec scripts they analyzed that year, and it has figured in the finals of almost a dozen contests since then. The story concerns a young man diagnosed with ALS who decides to become a vampire to escape that horrible disease. Jeff has done well in the Table Read contests before, having won Best Thriller with his script "Fiend" in 2012, and the Grand Prize in 2013 with his western adventure "The Scoundrels Club."
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. 

Bridget Bell McMahon's Love, Dementia Rock "N" Roll name Finalist Love, Dementia, Rock "N" Roll (Rearranging Roxy) earns Finalist award in 2016 Creative World Awards Screenwriting Competition 2016 (Drama)
McLeary's Mulligan, Finalist, 2016 Las Vegas International Screenwriting McLeary's Mulligan earned Finalist in 2016 Las Vegas International Screenplay Competition in the drama category
Siovonne Smith Siovonne Smith's epic war drama "The Polish Medallion" has been named a Screenplay Finalist in the upcoming Catalina Film Festival 2016. 
Robert Wooldridge's THE BOAT a Page International Semifinalist Robert Wooldridge's screenplay THE BOAT advanced to the Semi-Finals in the Page International Screenwriting Awards.  The story is of a young gay teen who helps his mother find a boat after she has a vision of their town flooding.
LIVE READING OF SIFF CATALYST FINALIST, "DIETRICH DANZIG" SET FOR SEPT 21

John's Pisano-Thomsen's award-winning screenplay and SIFF Calalyst finalist, "Dietrich Danzig" will have a live, public reading at the Seattle International Film Festival Center on September 21 at 6:30PM.

 

Admission is free and tickets are available at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/siff-first-draft-dietrich-danzig-tickets-27079938826

 

A Creative Writing alumni from the University of Utah, John is a native Californian and a former New Yorker who lives in Toronto with his husband, Robert, and his teenage son, Dakota. He is an Associate Member of the Dramatists Guild of America and currently works for Canada's public broadcasters: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Société Radio-Canada.

 

www.thatwriterjohn.com.

 

 

 

 

Joshua Keller Katz' "The Secret of Sleep" gets an 8/10 review on Black List Fewer than 5% of the scripts hosted on The Black List have received an overall score of 8 or above. If you're an industry professional or WGA member, and want to see what makes Joshua Keller Katz' voice unique as a screenwriter, go to https://blcklst.com/profile/joshua-keller-katz to view his original feature screenplay: "The Secret of Seep".
Jeremy Rigby - August 2016 Short Screenplay Winner THE CONFESSIONAL Written by Jeremy Rigby Watch Reading:  http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/the_confessional.html CAST LIST: 
JASON - Sean BallatynePRIEST - Julian Ford  SYNOPSIS: 
Genre: Drama, Dark 
With an unholy twist from a private confession, Jason, 15 unexpectedly exposes a potentially greater sin when provoked by a Priest in a confessional.
Mark Richards - August 2016 Short Screenplay Winner RED DOT Written by Mark Richards Watch Reading:  http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/red_dot.html  SYNOPSIS: 
Genre: Suspense, Comedy, Action 
Synopsis: An assassination attempt gets botched by an unlikely source.
CAST LIST: 
TEXTILE MANAGER - Sean BallatyneNARRATOR - Julian Ford
Mike Fardy - August 2016 Short Screenplay Winner MATCHSTICK Written by Mike FardyRead 10 Questions with the writer  Watch Reading:   http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/matchstick.html  SYNOPSIS: 
Genre: Horror, Thriller 
Caitlyn's therapist convinces her to try a new form of hypnosis that allows her to communicate with her anxiety but when her thoughts appear as a violent, ghostly woman Caitlyn discovers her therapist has held back crucial information about the procedure.
CAST LIST: 
NARRATOR - Holly SarchfieldCAITLYN - Dorian KolinasGUY - Kris HagenBRANDEAU - Geoff MaysMODEL - Elizabeth Griffin
Stephen M. Hunt - August 2016 Short Screenplay Winner ROUGH SLEEPER Written by Stephen M. HuntRead 10 Questions with the writer  Watch Reading:  http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/rough_sleeper.html  SYNOPSIS: 
Genre: Drama 
A documentary filmmaker pays plenty for a down-and-out?s story.
CAST LIST: 
NARRATOR - Becky ShrimptonCAMERAMAN - Rais MuoiSID - Sean Ballantyne
Thomas Thorpe - August 2016 Short Screenplay Winner DESPERATE CROSSING Written by Thomas Thorpe Watch Reading:  http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/desperate_crossing.html  SYNOPSIS: 
Genre: Historical Thriller 
Three sisters are stranded on the coast of Russia. Separated from their husbands, they encounter escaped convicts from the Siberian Gulag. CAST LIST: 
NARRATOR - Becky ShrimptonELIZABETH - Laura DarbyVICTORIA - Victoria Urquhart
Christopher Willis - August 2016 Short Screenplay Winner VESTIGES OF A LIFE Written by Christopher Willis Watch Reading:  http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/vestiges_of_a_life.html CAST LIST: 
NARRATOR - Sean BallantyneWOMAN - Becky ShrimptonNEWSCASTER - Rais Muoi  SYNOPSIS: 
Genre: Drama 
The pivotal moment of change in the life of one woman.
Marty Smith - August 2016 Short Screenplay Winner DELTA SELECTION Written by Marty Smith Watch Reading:  http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/delta_selection.html  SYNOPSIS: 
Genre- Action/Adventure
A soldier decides to pursue special operations as a career path. This is the story of what it takes to be a highly elite soldier capable of responding to difficult missions at a moment's notice  CAST LIST: 
NARRATOR - Becky ShrimptonJAKE/CADRE MEMBER - Sean Ballantyne
Scott Pittock - August 2016 Short Screenplay Winner   SOMETHING UNDER THE BED Written by Scott Pittock Watch Reading:  http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/something_under_the_bed.html  CAST LIST
NARRATOR - Holly SarchfieldSHEPARD - Kris HagenAMBER - Dorian KolinasKAREN - Elizabeth GriffinWILL - Geoff Mays
  SYNOPSIS: 
Genre: Thriller, Sci-Fi 
A scientist may or may not be hiding the key to the future under his bed.
Scot Walker - August 2016 Short Screenplay Winner DRAC'S CAFE Written by Scot Walker Watch Reading:  http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/dracs_cafe.html  SYNOPSIS: 
Genre: Fantasy, Comedy 
Dracula, Political Correctness and Greenwich Village.
Through the wall feature script Daryn Castle's eature drama 'Through the wall' made the semi-finals of the Bluecat Fellini Screenplay contest in 2011. It has since been through numerous further drafts and has received an endorsement by a BBC TV Script Editor. 
Jo Hannah Afton options screenplay Hells Canyon Jo Hannah responded to a CONNECT request for a screenplay by Actress / Producer Dawn Davis, who was looking for a script with a strong female lead. As a result of the connection, and further discussion, HELLS CANYON was optioned, and is now in pre-production.
Chris Gebhardt & Jenn Russi - August 2016 TV PILOT Screenplay Winner SURVEILLANCE TV Pilot Written by Chris Gebhardt & Jenn Russi  Watch Reading:  http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/surveillance.html CAST LIST: 
NARRATOR - Julian FordSARAH - Kayla LakhaniJEFF - Jonathan ShabooALEX - Alicia PayneMITCHELL - Mark SparksDEV - Sean KauffmanDREW - Shelly Antony
Adam Preston - August 2016 TV PILOT Screenplay Winner DIGITAL NATIVES TV Pilot Written by Adam Preston 
Watch Reading:  http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/digital_natives.html CAST LIST: 
NARRATOR - Becky ShrimptonPHIL - Lorne HiroALICE - Susan WilsonSAM - Rais MuoiQUILLON - David StrausGEORGE - Stephen FlettJOHN - Adam McNamaraVERA - Laura Darby
David Cryan - August 2016 TV Spec Screenplay Winner RICK & MORTY ?The Rickgotiator? "The Cokeroach" TV SPEC Written by David Cryan Watch Reading:  http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/rick_and_morty_the_rickgotiator.html CAST LIST: 
NARRATOR - Becky ShrimptonRICK - Stephen FlettMORTY - Adam McNamaraBETH - Laura DarbyJERRY - David StrausBLECKAR - Lorne HiroGARY - Rais MuoiSUMMER - Victoria Urquhart  SYNOPSIS: 
Genre: Comedy, Animation 
When Morty accidentally gets his family kidnapped while trying to stop an alien war, he and Rick must execute an elaborate plan to rescue their family and trick the aliens into calling a truce.
Lukas Hassel - August 2016 1st Scene Screenplay Winner HALFWAY Written by Lukas HasselRead 10 Questions with the writer  Watch Reading:  http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/halfway.html
CAST LIST: 
NARRATOR - Julian FordRUSSELL - Shelly AntonyMOLLY - Alicia Payne  SYNOPSIS: 
Genre: Drama, Romance 
Two recovering addicts skip out of rehab to rediscover their sober identities on their own. Determined to, for once, be winners in life, they quickly lose track of where they are going and why.
Vincent Masson - August 2016 1st Scene Screenplay Winner KABUL Written by Vincent Masson Watch:  http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/kabul.html  SYNOPSIS: 
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War 
Two boys growing up in post-9/11 Afghanistan take different paths ? One becomes a soldier, the other a Taliban Fighter.  CAST LIST: 
NARRATOR - Julian FordFAHRAN - Shelly AntonyKOSHAN - Jonathan ShabooHASRA - Mark SparksKASTI - Kayla Lakhani
Ian Wilson - August 2016 Fan Fiction Screenplay Winner THE MASK OF LEIA Fan Fiction TV Pilot Written by Ian Wilson  Watch Reading:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OWcq-ADul0  SYNOPSIS: 
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi 
Following the Battle of Endor and the defeat of the Empire, Leia secretly struggles with her own ongoing internal battle with the Force.  CAST LIST: 
NARRATOR - Becky ShrimptonLEIA - Laura DarbyEMPEROR - Stephen FlettHAN SOLO - David StrausACKBAR - Rais Muoi
Stephen M. Hunt - August 2016 Stage Play Winning Writer TWO MERCHANTS OF VENICE Stage Play Written by Stephen M. Hunt Watch Reading:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GisUw0Wef8  SYNOPSIS: 
Genre: History, Drama 
A radical adaptation of The Merchant of Venice that in the main rearranges Shakespeare's text to turn the main themes on their head and to tell a very different story for 21st century audiences.
Matthew O’Connell - August 2016 Feature Screenplay Winner FOR ALL MANKIND Written by Matthew O'Connell Watch:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXx9I_hP5wM CAST LIST: 
NARRATOR - Holly Sarchfield ARTHUR - Peter NelsonPRITCHETT - Kris HagenMARY - Elizabeth GriffinBLAZANOV/COLIN - Geoff MaysIVANA - Dorian Kolinas  SYNOPSIS: 
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi 
In this high concept, atomic-era, sci-fi adventure, a brilliant WWII veteran and his determined daughter lead a team of mercenaries across the globe in a race to recover a mysterious, supernatural artifact with the power to permanently alter the future of humanity.
TWO SCRIPTS IN THE QUARTER-FINALS OF SCREENCRAFT HORROR COMPETITION Scott Pittock places two feature scripts Sanctuary and Cloven Hoof (co-written) in the Quarter-Finals of the 2016 ScreenCraft Horror Screenplay Competition.  
Eve Noel's Short "Love in a Dungeon" a Finalist in the Courier Awards Eve Noel's Love in a Dungeon, named as a finalist on 12/13/2015 at the Courier Awards.  This is her 9th award and we are sure more is to come.  Love in a Dungeon is a short that takes place inside the dark world of New York's train dungeon where a chance meeting of two lonely people ends up in a romance.  
Jeffrey Howe's family, sci-fi scripts recognized Jeffrey Howe's family screenplay Robo4ce advanced to the Semifinals of the Fade In Awards. His science fiction script Cover Crop was the runner-up at the inaugural GenreBlast Film Festival in Northern Virginia.
KELLY BECK BYRNES ACCEPTED TO THE 2016 WRITERS RETREATS

Kelly Beck-Byrnes has been selected to attend the 2016 Writers Retreat at Stowe Story Labs in Vermont.

 

The first two scripts she wrote (in 2015) "Asptiration Date and "Penny Finch" (now Glitches) made it to the Semifinals of the Screencraft Comedy contest in 2016. Glitches was a quarter-finalist in Script Pipeline in 2016 and a semifinalist in the Page Awards as well. 

 

 

Duncan nominated for a NH Literary Award Duncan's mystery e-novella, POCKET CHANGE, received a nominatioin for the 2016 New Hampshire Literary Awards for outtanding books set in the state of New Hampshire. Also available as an audio book voiced by Chris Cuilla.
'Cleaning House' wins Grand Prize in TABLE READ MY SCREENPLAY - LONDON

 

Mark Grisar's film noir script CLEANING HOUSE, is the Grand Prize Winner of TABLE READ MY SCREENPLAY - LONDON 2016, and will see Mark travel from NYC to London for a professional reading, and a showcase event for producers at Soho House. Mark’s trip will take place during the prestigious 60th London Film Festival.

 

Previously it was a Semi Finalist in the Nicholl Fellowship (top 30) and Semi-Finalist at the Austin Film Festival (top 10)

Moral Compass - an Official Selection at Noosa International Film Festival! Moral Compass, written and directed by Kylie Garcelon, has been officially selected to the Noosa International Film Festival's open short film category. Moral Compass (originally titled WIFEALITY) is a confronting film about a loving wife who is faced with a terrible reality as she watches her husband, suffering with Alzheimer's disease, fall into a steep, mental decline. 
Maureen O'Grady's "Separate Journeys" named ScreenCraft 2016 Semifinalist "Separate Journeys", a tragic romance exploring how a child abuse survivor handles love as an adult, was named a ScreenCraft 2016 Semifinalist selection.
I Would Give Anything, written by Alena Cadova (Winner)

Alena Cadova wins the Best 3-Minute Screenplay category of the New Renaissance Film Festival 2016, taking place in London. Her screenplay presents 'a story of a grieving widow, not able to cope with the death of her beloved. She blasphemes and offers her own life to Death, so she could be with her beloved again.'

The jury called the screenplay "An evocative short story". There were 40 participants in the category. 

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.  

Michael Curtis accepted to the 2016 Writers Retreat Michael Curtis has been selected to attend the 2016 Writers Retreat at Stowe Story Labs in Vermont.
Michael Curtis named Finalist for Stowe Story Labs Fellowship Michael Curtis named a Finalist for the 2015 Stowe Story Labs Fellowship. 
Michael Curtis selected as Finalist at 2015 PAGE Screenwriting Awards

Michael Curtis has been named a Finalist at the 2015 PAGE International Screenwriting Awards for his screenplay "Gravel Heart." 


Giancarlo Fusi's Hell Hound Places in 2 Louisville Film Festivals in 1 Week

Louisville loves 'Hell Hound!' In the span of one week, the television pilot script telling the Southern Gothic tale of the Legend of Robert Johnson was chosen as a Top 10 Screenplay Finalist at the Imaginarium Film Festival and an Official Selection at the Fright Night Film Festival, both in Louisville, Kentucky.

 

'Hell Hound' is inspired by the life of iconic Bluesman Robert Johnson who was just a sharecropper during the Depression until, as legend has it, he sells his soul to the Devil at a Mississippi crossroads to become the greatest guitarist of all time. But his Fuastian pact unleashes a pair of vicious and rabid hellhounds that'll doggedly pursue him for the rest of his days.

Thomas Thorpe's Night Wind to Bahia winner of the 2016 1st Scene Festival

Thomas Thorpe's screenplay Night Wind to Bahia is the winner of the 2016 1st Scene Screenplay Festival sponsored by Wild Sound Festival.com. Performance reading will take place in October.

 

The script centers on a nobleman, who after a shipwreck, searches for his wife uncovers a plot to kill Brazil’s eight-year old Prince with a blood transfusion 60 years before blood typing. 

2016 1 page screenplay festival winner: Thomas Thorpe's Desperate Crossing

Thomas Thorpe's screenplay: Desperate Crossing is the winner of the 2016 1 page screenplay festival sponsored by L.A. FEEDBACK Film Festival .The winning screenplay performance reading is forthcoming.

 

Three sisters are stranded on the coast of Russia. Separated from their husbands, they encounter escaped convicts from the Siberian Gulag. 

Daniel P. Douglas Script GLIMPSE Advances in 2016 PAGE Awards

GLIMPSE, by Daniel P. Douglas, has advanced to the semifinals of the 2016 PAGE International Screenwriting Awards. This is the first screenwriting contest in which the science fiction Cold War thriller short script has placed. Finalists will be announced in September.

Jeff York's "Incurable" makes Screencraft Horror Quarterfinals Jeff York's awarded script "Incurable", about a young man with ALS who chooses to become a vampire to escape that disease, has been named a quarterfinalist in the 2016 Screencraft Horror Screenplay Contest. "Incurable" has placed in the finals of almost a dozen screenplay contests over the years, and Screencraft's honor is particularly special as it's one of the top horror writing contests in the world. 
Nominee "Best unproduced short script" Houssein Hijazi has been nominated in the International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema Berlin 2016, based on his unproduced screenplay "Haria's Worlds".
Herman and Aronson's M.I.L.F.S attracting huge attention!

Two 40-something women follow their dream of writing erotic romance novels; but what happens when their teenaged sons, conservative husbands, and judgmental community takes notice? Rife with innuendo, but clean on the screen, MILFS is exactly what these two moms are. 

 

Herman and Aronson's hilarious tv pilot for M.I.L.F.S. Is attracting strong buzz. Funny, sarcastic, a bit raunchy, and definitely satirical, M.I.L.F.S has already been requested for follow up with two production companies! 

 

Based on the true experiences of  Tam's and Cindy's journey into writing erotic romance fiction, while balancing the issues of raising teenaged sons (and special needs sons as well), M.I.L.F.S is sassy and brash, but truly exciting and unique. 

 

 

Linda Falcao's Adventures of Super Bambina Selected for San Diego Kids IFF Happy to announce that The Adventures of Super Bambina has been selected for inclusion in the 2016 San Diego International Kids Film Festival! After receiving superhero powers from a mysterious stranger, a young gymnast must fight a villain who threatens her mother and her school, and a bully out to reveal her secret identity. Available as a feature, 1 hour TV pilot, or webseries. (Official Selection, 2016 Action on Film Film Festival; retitling of a script that won 3rd Place, Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition (Family); Platinum Award, IIFA; and Finalist, Artemis Women in Action)
TWO SCRIPTS BY SCOTT PITTOCK ARE SEMI-FINALISTS IN THE FADE IN AWARDS Scott Pittock's feature horror/western Sanctuary and his short the sci-fi/thriller Something Under the Bed place in the semi-finals of the 20th Annual Fade In Awards!
Sci-fi feature DISCONN is a PAGE 2016 Semi-Finalist

DISCONN follows up the 2016 ISA Fast Track Fellowship win and 2nd place at Table Read My Screenplay - London with a semi-finalist spot in the PAGE International Screenwriting Awards. The placing puts DISCONN in PAGE's Top 25 Science Fiction features.

  

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. 

Robert Coles Robert Coles has been accepted in the 2016 Stowe Story Labs in Vermont, based on his screenplay SUBPRIME.
IRISH FILM BOARD PRAISES FANTASY SCRIPT 'ASHLING'

The Irish Film Board has high praise for Mary DeSantis's Fantasy/Adventure screenplay, Ashling. The following are excerpted from IFB Readers' Reports, August 2015:

 

"Pulling together elements of stories such as Lord of the Rings, "Game of Thrones," Hunger Games and even Brave, this sprawling epic seems more suited to the expanse of a novel than a screenplay."

 

"...there's a hunger for these kinds of stories."

 

"Mythology-based fantasy adventure of epic proportions set in Ireland... Along the lines of Narnia, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Harry Potter, Beowulf... Very strong heroine... It has a lot of commercial elements and could be visually striking: big war/battle pieces, fantastical creatures, superpowers, romantic subplot, chess-style power games between groups, a ticking clock."
 

DeSantis Nominated for Culture & Heritage Award, 2016 FreshVoices Contest!

Mary DeSantis was recently notified that her Fantasy/Adventure script, Ashling, has been nominated for the 'Culture & Heritage Award' during the preliminary judging stage of the 2016 Fresh Voices Screenplay Contest.

 

"This script represents the myths and fables of Ireland with great reverence, which, despite the popularity of Western mythology in the fantasy genre, remains underrepresented," explained the Fresh Voices Judge as the reason for the nomination. 

 

Ashling is set entirely in Ireland and features a strong female lead, a time travel element, mythological creatures, a romantic subplot, plus epic battles between humans, giants and elves.

 

David J Schroeder's Short Script is a Finalist

David J Schroeder's short screenplay, BECOMING LANA LIU, is a Finalist in the 2016 HollyShorts Film Festival. The winner recieves a $10k production deal.

 

Also, Schroeder's short film, THIS MODERN MAN IS BEAT, will be screening at the HollyShorts FF.

Leslie Longworth selected to go to 2016 Writers Lab funded by Meryl Streep

Leslie Longworth has been selected to be 1 of 12 writers going to the 2016 Writers Lab funded by Meryl Streep!


With mentors Caroline Kaplan (Time Out of Mind), Kirsten Smith (Legally Blonde), Jessica Bendinger (Bring It On), Mary Jane Skalski (The Station Agent), Susan Cartsonis (What Women Want), Lisa Cortes (Precious).


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WENDY JANE HENSON WINS TV SCRIPT COMPETITION Wendy's TV pilot EARTH NOW INC. "Honey, You Can't Make Up This Stuff" has won the Acclaim TV Script competition. Previously one of six finalists in the Oregon International Film Awards, the action/romance follows a broadcast journalist who persuades a rogue geologist to join her crusade against an oil company conspiracy, risking their careers and his life. 
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.

 

"Ardent" Makes Quarter-Finals in Nicholl Fellowship Competition

Joseph Ramunni's Sci-Fi screenplay "Ardent" has made the Quarter-Finals in the Nicholl! Hopefully more good news to come.

Marvin C. Reid Hired to Create Feature Film Drama Aneesah Perkins of Love Bank Productions hired scribe Marvin C. Reid to create the drama feature, Love Bank. Ms. Perkins and her team expect to be in full production before the year's end. 
Before Dishonor Named Runner Up In Writemovies.com July Contest Writemovies.com has announced that Travis Opgenorth's short Samurai script Before Dishonor placed as the Runner Up in their monthly contest for July.
NO MORE HEROES continues to get attention After winning the recent ISA Fast Track Fellowship with her TV pilot NO MORE HEROES, Lily Mercer's script continues to get attention.  Now officially a finalist in the 2016 Creative World Awards, as well as being a finalist in the Austin Revolution Film Festival and placing fifth in London's Table Read My Screenplay, Lily credits the success to the characters in her story, who made the world come to life. NO MORE HEROES is an episodic drama about a team of medical professionals who rush into war-torn West Africa after chaos erupts - bringing their expertise and their own personal demons along for the ride.
Linda Falcao's The Adventures of Super Bambina selected, Action on Film FF

Happy to announce that The Adventures of Super Bambina has been selected for inclusion in the 2016 Action on Film Film Festival!  After receiving superhero powers from a mysterious stranger, a young gymnast must fight a villain who threatens her mother and her school, and a bully out to reveal her secret identity. Available as a feature, 1 hour TV pilot, or webseries. (Official Selection, 2016 San Diego International Kids Film Festival; retitling of a script that won 3rd Place, Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition (Family); Platinum Award, IIFA; and Finalist, Artemis Women in Action)

SUTTLE WINS RIVER SCROLL AWARD AT 2016 SILENT RIVER SCREENPLAY COMPETITION

Courtney Suttle won the River Scroll Award for Best Feature Screenplay for Fire on Ice in the 2016 Silent RIver Scrennplay Competition. Fire on Ice was also a Finalist in the Historical category at the 2016 Nashville Film Festival. Fire on Ice tells the true story of record setting speedskater Irving Jaffee, who fought his teammates, his country and the world to become the first Jewish athlete in history to win a Gold medal during the Winter Olympics of 1928 and 1932.

 

In addition, Suttle's scripted series, Lottery, was chosen as a Finalist in the Sundance Institute/YouTube New Voices Lab.  

RICHTER'S WAR by Daniel P. Douglas Earns Finalist Spot at Filmmatic Awards

RICHTER'S WAR, a short screenplay by Daniel P. Douglas, has placed as a finalist at the 2016 Filmmatic Screenplay Awards. The sci-fi World War II hardboiled detective story has previously won or placed in multiple contests during 2015 and 2016.

Mary Goldman & Tim House make semifinals of Scriptapalooza! Unholy Toledo, by Mary Goldman and Tim House, just made the semifinals of the 2016 Scriptapalooza Feature Screenplay competition. Inspired by their grandfather's life as a slot-machine runner in Prohibition Era Toledo, Ohio, Unholy Toledo is a an action/adventure story about friendship and selfdetermination.
Timothy Kestrel one of the semi-finalists TV Pilot Kit for the RANGERS - Progenitors of Freedom won Timothy Kestrel a spot as one of the 50 semi-finalists in the Industry Insider Television Writing Contest.
RICHARD WILLETT IS WORKING WITH KAMALI FILMS Richard Willett is currently working with producer Yolanda Parks of Kamali Films writing a script based on a true story she has life rights to.
RICHARD WILLETT'S "THE FLID SHOW" IS REBEL SEED SEMIFINALIST Richard Willett's screenplay THE FLID SHOW was a semifinalist for Rebel Seed Entertainment's 2016 Adapted Screenplay Competition. It's based on his stage play and tells the story of an adult survivor of the drug thalidomide. http://www.adaptedscreenplay.com/winners-2016/
Randall C Willis's "The Naughty List" named Quarterfinalist by Screencraft Randall's dark comedy that sees Santa try to stop a civil war he may have triggered was selected as a quarterfinalist in Screencraft's 2016 Comedy Screenplay competition. The competition targets "smart feature film screenplays with strong command of the craft, lots of heart and unique comedic voices."
A LABOUR OF LOVE on The Hot 100 list A Labour of Love, a biopic of Academy Award winner Kevin Brownlow written by Olga Holtz, placed 6th on The Hot 100 list of the 2016 Capital Fund Screenplay Competition.
David J Schroeder's short script is a Semi-Finalist

David J Schroeder's short screenplay, BECOMING LANA LIU, is a Semi Finalist in the Short Film Grants Competition and Awards. BLL has previously won 5 Best Awards.

 

Schroeder's six screenplays have won 55 Best Awards, and his first produced short, THIS MODERN MAN, winner of over 31 awards, will be screening at the iconic Chinese Theater in Hollywood, CA during August.

Evan Cooper is a 2016 Script Pipeline Finalist

Out of 5000 entries, Evan's feature screenplay, Ballerina Girl, received a spot in the top 20 at this year's Script Pipeline contest. Set in Moscow, the script tells the story of a young woman's mysterious murder in the Russian capital, and the grisly investigation that follows.  

 

Evan is repped by manager Kailey Marsh.  

Ranger Creed Lands in "Hot 100" Ranger Creed continues its contest circuit success by finishing in the Capital Fund Screenplay Contest's Hot 100. 
Alex Giannoulis (Writer/Producer) LUCY Rights Sold

Rights sold for LUCY for 5 years starting October 1st, 2016 to NWC for TV and Broadband based VOD platforms for the regions of: USA, EU (Incl. UK), PRC, Japan, South Korea.

 

This is the first commercial success of LUCY. 

Lindsey M. Foulkes signing with Los Angeles manager! With all done but signing on the dotted line, Sam David Management will be representing Lindsey in all her literary, film, and TV pursuits. 
Lindsey M. Foulkes contracted to write 3 episodes for RMPBS Lindsey M. Foulkes wrote 3 documentaries for Rocky Mountain PBS' hit documentary show, "Hittin' The Road". All 3 episodes are available for viewing on the RMBPS site!
EVE NOEL'S "THE MYSTERIOUS LIFE OF MADELEINE - A FINALIST AT MASSIFF Congragulations again to Eve Noel  for "The Mysterious Life of Madeleine, winnning it's third award.  It is a fantasy tale of a young woman's learned true identity at the age of 30 and her purpose on earth.   This screenplay has been written as a short and a feature and as a three part television series.   This is her eighth award since her introduction to screenplay writing in 2014.    
David J Schroeder makes the Capital Fund Screenplay Competition 'Hot List'

David J Schroeder's feature coming of age script, HALFWAY HOME, is ranked #15 on the Capital Fund Screenplay Competition 'Hot List.'

 

Also, Schroeder's action/adventure screenplay, LOST CAUSE, ranked #54. In 2015, his slap-stick comedy screenplay, THE BIG IDEA, ranked #31.

 

So far, Schroeder has won 55 Best screenplay awards, and 31 wins on IMDB for his first short film, THIS MODERN MAN IS BEAT.

Karen Powell-Riggs

Memoir "Queen of the Road" was published on Amazon and Kindle Oct 2014 - 4.5 stars

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00O70XWWW#customerReviews 

 

Writer Karen Powell-Riggs also wrote the screenplay for this book.

PETER DEVONALD AND KEVIN SCRANTZ TOP 10 FINALIST IN CAPITAL FUND COMP 2016 "The Life of Dreams", a feature script written by Kevin Scrantz and Peter Devonald, is Capital Fund Screenplay Competition Top Ten Finalist 2016.

THE LIFE OF DREAMS is about young lovers kept apart by fate and geography meet twice a year in their dreams.


Part of the prize is to receive a one-on-one phone consultation with a working film financier working with funds in excess of USD $150 million.

Stephen M. Hunt

How many entries into screenplay competitions does it take to get a short screenplay filmed?  Well, in the case of Stephen M. Hunt's short fantasy drama script “Death’s Lady Love”, during 2015/16 Hunt entered it into dozens and dozens of them. It got nowhere frequently but also gradually clocked up eleven finalist placings and on one occasion came second. But during all this it was also accumulating 1st place wins -  it wasn’t until the seventh top prize that a deal was done. “Death’s Lady Love” commences filming this autumn on location in Maine.  There are two morals here. Firstly, just like Hollywood itself, screenplay competition land is fickle, indeed. Secondly, ride those ups and downs and never give up.

Coreetta Buchan's first Script get official selection in MASS Indie Film Coreetta has been a Film Soundtrack producer for over 15 years and enjoyed the art of storytelling. To take that to the next level.she started screenwriting in 2014. Introduced by a freind to ISA and followed stories and followed advice from negative feedback after a number of submissions. After a number of attempts at re-writing and structering her script (Trials of Subtermina) It got through to the official selection. Coreetta plans to attend the festival in August! 
SANCTUARY BY SCOTT PITTOCK - LAS VEGAS INTERNATIONAL SCREENWRITING COMP The western/horror script, Sanctuary, a story about a family who must work together when a feral posse invades their home, is now an official selection in the Las Vegas International Screenwriting Competition.  
Shiv Sudhakar - July 2016 1st Scene Screenplay Winner

Watch Table Reading of the July 2016 Winning First Scene Screenplay.

SENIOR PRANK by Shiv Sudhakar

A group of cunning high school seniors must outwit their principal in order to pull off the ultimate senior class prank.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
AL – Dan Cristofori
CARL – David Occhipinti
FRAN – Viktoria Napolenova
ALFRED – Michael Gaty
GUS – Mark Boutros

Kelly Crawford - July 2016 1st Scene Screenplay Winner

Watch Table Reading of the July 2016 Winning First Scene Screenplay.

NINE SCARS by Kelly Crawford

SYNOPSIS:

A teen romance thriller that takes place in a world in which everyone has nine lives.  

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
KEITH – Dan Cristofori
PRINCIPAL – David Occhipinti
ROBBIE – Michael Gaty
MATT – Mark Boutros
JAMIE – Viktoria Napolenova

Jerry Nield - July 2016 1st Scene Screenplay Winner

Watch Table Reading of the July 2016 Winning First Scene Screenplay.

CATCH! by Jerry Nield

Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama

Synopsis: Could David really defeat Goliath?

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
ACTON – Dan Cristofori
OLD MAN – David Occhipinti
JIM – Michael Gaty
TOM – Mark Boutros
ELLEN – Judy Thrush

Jennifer Renner - July 2016 FAN FICTION Screenplay Winner

Watch the July 2016 Winning Fan Fiction Screenplay.

Star Trek Deep Space Nine: Power Loss by Jennifer Renner

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Sci-Fi, Adventure, Action, Fantasy

 The station welcomes visitors from a planet in the Gamma Quadrant that allows only women to hold positions of authority.

 

Arthur Vincie - July 2016 TV PILOT Screenplay Winner

Deadline for Television Pilot/Spec Screenplay Festival: https://tvfestival.org/

Watch the TV Pilot Screenplay Winner for July 2016:

The Spectral City by Arthur Vincie

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Sci-Fi, War, Supernatural

Three refugees, thrown together by chance, flee a modern-day civil war set in an unspecified country. Evading the army, rebels, bandits, gods, and demons, they head to the one place no one dares go to the Haunted City at the heart of the country. There they seek out the White Witch, who rules the City and who’s either their ticket out or their worst nightmare.

Evan Schullery – July 2016 Best Scene Screenplay Winner  Watch the July 2016 Winning Best Scene Screenplay Reading.

DUE SOUTH by Evan R  Schullery

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Animation, Family, Comedy

A plump baby goose who can’t fly is left behind in Canada while his family migrates south.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
AL – Dan Cristofori
GUS – Mark Boutros
CARL – David Occhipinti
ALFRED – Michael Gaty
FRAN – Viktoria Napolenova

Maroun Rached â?? July 2016 Best Scene Screenplay Winner

Watch the July 2016 Winning Best Scene Screenplay Reading. 

ELAN VITAL, TV PILOT by Maroun Rached

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Fantasy, Crime, Thriller, Sci-Fi

Synopsis: The world in the 2050’s is split into democratic regimes and Elohite theocracies.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
NATHAN – Dan Cristofori
AIDEN – Mark Boutros
FRANK – David Occhipinti
BILL – Michael Gaty

Stephen Milek - July 2016 Short Screenplay Winner

Watch the July 2016 Winning 1pg. Short Screenplay 

MATERNAL FEAR by Stephen Milek

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Kaufmann
PAM – Elizabeth Rose Morriss

 

10. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

I still feel like I am learning so not sure what advice I could pass on.

The biggest part of learning to write is seeking meaningful feedback. I always appreciate tips on how to make my writing better. I also try to read other screenplays to get a feel of how the pros do it.

*****

Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Julie Merrick - July 2016 Short Screenplay Winner

Watch the July 2016 Winning 1pg. Short Screenplay 

PRO-PETE by Julie Merrick

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Kaufmann
ALYSSA – Elizabeth Rose Morriss
ANNE – Mandy May Cheetham

Jason Smith - July 2016 Short Screenplay Winner

Watch the July 2016 Winning 1pg. Short Screenplay 

STRANGER by Jason Smith

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Kaufmann
SARAH – Elizabeth Rose Morriss
STRANGER – Neil Bennett

Steve Biggs - July 2016 Short Screenplay Winner Watch the July 2016 Comedy Short Screenplay Winner.
FIRE! by Steve Biggshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IE4jJTtXbiA
CAST LIST:
NARRATOR – Sean KaufmannCAPTAIN – Neil BennettPRISONER – Devin UphamSOLDIER #1 – Robert Notman
Sally Spitzli - July 2016 Short Screenplay Winner Watch the July 2016 Winning 1pg. Short Screenplay 
TREED by Sally Spitzlihttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2_CkxvtXnc
SYNOPSIS:
Genre: Comedy
This is a black & white silent comedy short with subtitles.
CAST LIST:
NARRATOR – Sean KaufmannVOICE OVER – Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Dave Reise - July 2016 Short Screenplay Winner Watch the July 2016 Winning Family Short Screenplay.
THE BLUE DRESS by Dave Riesehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQMLMJpHFUQ
CAST LIST:
NARRATOR – Sean KaufmannREBECCA – Elizabeth Rose MorrissEDITH – Mandy May CheethamMICHAEL – Devin UphamWALLACE – Neil Bennett
Vanessa Marlowe - July 2016 Short Screenplay Winner Short Screenplay: BOWLING FOR CONCUBINESby Vanessa Marlowe  http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/bowling_for_concubines.html  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVC7XKJzQUM  SYNOPSIS: 
Genre: Mockumentary, Comedy 
Investigative reporters, Jean Burbank and Robert Ibsen, explore the highly controversial game of Bowling for Concubines in this satirical mockumentary. Involving bowling balls and actual human concubines as pins, B.F.C. forces a nation to question its own morals. Should fun come at any cost? Some say yes. These questions and more will be answered via variously dubious testimonies.
Marc Lalonde - July 2016 Feature Script Winner (CHARLOTTETOWN JACKHAMMER) Feature Script: THE CHARLOTTETOWN JACKHAMMERby Marc Lalonde
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/the_charlottetown_jackhammer.html  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1JRxU99zVk
SYNOPSIS:
Genre: Farce, Screwball Comedy, Fantasy
A former nun, a pornographer, a brain surgeon and a quadriplegic must band together in a common cause with a wannabe serial killer who really, really, really, REALLY likes his brother to foil an international conspiracy to take over the world.
CAST LIST:
NARRATOR – Val ColeMAN – Michael GatyNATASHA – Kiran FriesenBORIS – David OcchipintiMISS WINDIG – Judy ThrushTALL LANKY GUY – Dan CristoforiCLERK – Mark BoutrosROYLA – Sean BallantyneCAROL – Viktoria Napolenova
Jeff York - July 2016 Feature Screenplay Winner (FIEND) Feature Script: FIENDby Jeff York Watch the Winning Screenplays: 
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/fiend.html  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ad8vik_4E0
SYNOPSIS:
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Crime, Mystery, History
When famed Jekyll & Hyde author Robert Louis Stevenson turns out himself to be a dangerous split personality, the only one who can save him and London from his fiendish alter ego is a maverick American psychiatrist with daring, unconventional methods.
CAST LIST:
NARRATOR – Sean KaufmannPRINCE – Michael KazarianSTEVENSON/WOLFE – Robert NotmanBURKE – Devin UphamCLAY/CARTLER – Neil BennettANNE – Elizabeth Rose MorrissFANNY – Mandy May Cheetham
Melissa Emery's The Courage Inside Wins/ Places Multiple Awards

Screenwriter Melissa Emery's political war drama The Courage Inside won Honorable Mention in the 2016 Fresh Voices Screenwriting Competition, was 2016 ScreenCraft Fellowship Runner-up, Cinestory Screenwriting Fellowship Award Finalist (Top 5) and Top 100 for Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition.

The Courage Inside is also currently one of the Top 50 screenplays for the 2016 ISA Fast Track Fellowship 

Logline: When a female documentarian is taken hostage in Darfur and sentenced to death, the two men who love her must work together with reluctant rebels in the midst of war to save her in time. 

 

Taylor Albertson Gets Two Scripts In The Quarterfinals Of Page

Signs of Warning, a faith based feature length thriller, and Dream House, a horror/thriller short, have made their way into the quarterfinals of The Page International Screenwriting Awards.

Signs has had a big year, making it to the quarters of BlueCat, the semifinals of ScreenCraft Family Friendly and now Page. Dream House has been a Crimson Finalist this year, made great strides last year at Shriekfest (Taylor is still waiting to hear about this year at Shriekfest with the script) and now of course success at Page.

"Not only is it already a good year, the rest of the year is going to be great too. No matter how any contest turns out, I've got these projects really gaining traction. On top of that I'm editing away on two other feature screenplays that have placed in various contests as well. I really feel I'm hitting my stride here and garnering a great portfolio." 

 

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).

Daniel P. Douglas Script GLIMPSE Advances in 2016 Page Awards

GLIMPSE, by Daniel P. Douglas, has advanced to the quarter finals  of the 2016 PAGE International Screenwriting Awards. This is the first time the science fiction Cold War thriller short script has placed in a screenwriting contest.

Phillip E. Hardy is 2016 Page Awards Quarter-Finalist

Dirty Real, The Bukowski Biiopic by Phillip Hardy has placed at two more script competitions including the 2016 Page International Screenwriting Awards and the Austin Revolution Film Festival (formerly Austin Indie Flix). Recently Dirty Real won best comedy at Cannes Screenplay Contest and was semi-Finalist at Screencraft Fellowship.

Before Dishonor Wins Grand Prize Domo arigato to the Palm Street Films Script Contest for selecting Before Dishonor as their short script GRAND PRIZE WINNER. 
Home And Away staffs David Lawrance The Seven Network's top rating drama Home And Away has staffed David Lawrance. After remaining until the finale of the network's hugely popular Packed to the Rafters, Lawrance shifted straight into a senior Script Editor role on the network's regular top 10 rating soap opera. 
Lawrance pilot announced as Launch Pad Pilot Competition Quarter Finalist TV serial killer thriller The Lost Boys by David Lawrance has reached the quarter finals stage of the Launch Pad Pilots competition. Please direct all reading requests to David. 
Lawrance pilot The Lost Boys reaches Screencraft semis The Ozarks-set gritty murder mystery The Lost Boys by David Lawrance has been announced as a semi-finalist in the Screencraft Pilot Launch writing contest. Contact Lawrance directly to read the pilot.
SANCTUARY BY SCOTT PITTOCK, QUARTER-FINALIST IN AUSTIN REVOLUTION FILMFEST Scott Pittock's horror/thriller western screenplay Sanctuary continues its competition/festival run with a Quarter-Finalist placement in the Austin Revolution Film Festival.
Dual Wins for Paul Horan Scripts

Paul Horan scooped first place awards in both the Short Drama, and Horror Feature screenwriting categories at The Indie Gathering International Film Festival. Short script "Confession" tells the story of a priest on his most challenging day, as he hears some very personal news while taking confession. Horror feature "Spirits" see's Selena lured to Mexico on Dia De Los Muertos with the promise of contacting her deceased sister one last time. Instead, she's tricked into returning the spirit of her sister's killer. Alas, her friends must pay the price.

Jeffrey Howe's script Cover Crop takes Sci-Fi honors After winning the Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror category at this year's StoryPros Awards, Cover Crop was announced as a screenplay finalist at the inaugural GenreBlast Film Festival in Culpeper, VA. 
THE SECRET BY EVE NOEL, RECEIVED HONORABLE MENTION An Honorable Mention for "The Secret" by Eve Noel.  This is the second recognition in a contest for The Secret and we want to congratulate her again on her success.  The Indie Gathering International Film Festival is scheduled for August 8-14 in Ohio and two of Eve's scripts will receive two awards.  The first is The Mystery about Madeleine, a TV-pilot receiving 4th place finish and The Secret, a TV-pilot as well.
Resurrecting Jane Doe by Carla Custance

Coemdy screenplay, Resurrecting Jane Doe, written by Carla Custance wins the best screenplay award at the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival.

 

This script is available for option. 

"Paftuar" (Uninvited) was screened at Cannes Film Festival Short Corner

May 2016 the short film "Paftuar" (Uninvited) in which Julian Biba is the co-writer and co-producer was screened in Cannes Festival Short Corner while competing in many more international film festivals.

http://sub.festival-cannes.fr/SfcCatalogue/MovieDetail/2788de10-64bd-4234-8401-554dc9f51e1a

Blintzes for Burkas wins official selection at Cannes Shelley Krawchuk places as Official Finalist with her teleplay "Blintzes to Burkas", 1/2 hour TV Pilot, in the Cannes Screenplay Contest - Cannes, Frances. 
JAGGED EDGE by Tamara Herman and Cindy Aronson

JAGGED EDGE by Tamara Herman and Cindy Aronson garner major wins this year with Los Angeles Independent Film Festival (2016), Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival  (2016), and 

Official Selections at TMFF; Chandler International Film Festival; and Hollywood Boulevard Film Festival 

Product 125 Receives a FINALIST Nod Jim Falletta's sci-fi thriller, PRODUCT 125, just finished as a Top 10 FINALIST in the Filmmatic Screenplay Awards. Please contact Jim directly if you would like to take a read. http://www.filmmatic.com/announcing-the-2016-filmmatic-screenplay-awards... - Check out the Sci Fi list :).
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. 
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). 

 

 

EVE NOEL 4TH PLACE FINISH THE MYSTERY ABOUT MADELEINE -TV PILOT Congratulations for a 4th place finish in The Indie Gathering International Film Festival scheduled for August 8-14, 2016.  The script, The Mystery About Madeleine, is her second award received this year and we are sure there will be more awards to come.  
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.  

 

PHIL PARKER - CONTRACTED TO WRITE TREATMENT Phil Parker has just been hired by the award-winning team over at T.P. Productions to write a treatment for their new animated feature. The treatment will be used to pitch for production funding, with the aim of hiring Phil to write the screenplay as well.
PHIL PARKER - COMMISSIONED BY BBC WORLDWIDE

Phil Parker pitched and won funding for an original infotainment series called 'Bite Size' to be broadcast on the BBC in Australia.The pilot episode, entitled "Are You Richer Thank You Think?" posits the controversial idea that more people are in the wealthiest top 1% than anyone realizes. Hosted by rugby legend and best-selling author, Peter FitzSimons.

 

 

PILOT EPISODE:

 

"Are You Richer Than You Think?" - https://vimeo.com/119903195 

Gary Files - Table Read My Screenplay Gary Files becomes a Semi Finalist placing with his screenplay "Simon Says" in the Table Read My Screenlat Contest - London.
Travis Opgenorth's Before Dishonor Scores Double Honors Domo arigato to LA Cinefest and Palm Street Films for announcing Travis Opgenorth's short Samurai actioner, Before Dishonor, as a FINALIST in both of their contests. 
Katrina Gallegos was a semi-finalist in the Shore Scripts 2015 competition. Katrina's first feature length screenplay, Elaine the Fair, was a semi-finalist in the prestigious Shore Scripts competition.
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. 

 

 

'EArTH Day' - Written by I.E. Hughes - Winner Best Screenplay June 2016

Congratulations ‘EArTH Day’ by Ian Hughes, a 2016 Christian Film Festival Award Winner for 'Best Screenplay‘! In the lead up to climate negotiations in Paris, a 'philosopher of the future' attempts to bring his environmentally themed story to the big screen during a 48-Hour Film Project. The film that results reveals a story far grander than the limited run time will allow! Congratulations Mr. Hughes this was a very creative screenplay with great characters and writing! God Bless! CFF

 

 

http://www.raeganandrjinspace.com/cff-earth-day.html

 

https://www.facebook.com/1641247486127394/photos/a.1641248876127255.1073741828.1641247486127394/1699067233678752/?type=3&theater 

SCOTT PITTOCK PLACES TWO SCRIPTS IN THE QUARTERFINALS OF THE FADE IN AWARDS Scott Pittock's thriller/horror western Sanctuary places in the quarter-finals of the 20th Annual Fade In Awards.  His short screenplay, the Sci-Fi/Thriller Something Under the Bed also placed as a quarter-finalist in the contest!
Joe Leone hired to co-write script for Sonram Productions Joe was hired to scribe the action juggernaut "Layers of Lies" with Ramin Sohrab of Sonram Productions.  This story follows a prodigal son and his European fiancée to his native home of Iran, where his betrothed is kidnapped and he must go on a life-threatening quest to not only find her, by discover why she was abducted.  
Screenwriter Sarah Horwell's script long listed for WriterSlam UK 2015 for TV Pilot Comedy Series!
SOMETHING UNDER THE BED BY SCOTT PITTOCK, AMERICAN GRINDHOUSE FILM FESTIVAL Scott Pittock's Sci-Fi/Thriller short screenplay Something Under the Bed becomes an official selection in the 2016 American GrindHouse Film Festival!
Andy Byrne's DISCONN wins 2nd place Table Read My Screenplay- London!

Andy is also a 2016 ISA Fast Track Fellow for Disconn which is currently gaining industry interest.

 

DISCONN is a low-key, social sci-fi following the story of Jenna, a woman struggling to fit into her life in a mental utopia where people pay a hive-mind product - Neura - to manage and medicate their lives. Her attempt to disconnect brings her into conflict with her instincts, her numbed husband and the manipulators of this utopia. Ultimately, her desire to disconnect may destroy precisely what she'd sought all along...

 

 

SANCTUARY BY SCOTT PITTOCK, SEMI-FINALIST, TABLE READ MY SCREENPLAY LONDON! Sanctuary is a Semi-Finalist in the 2016 Table Read My Screenplay - London!  The horror/thriller western placed in the top 100!
The God Particle - Resurrection by Tom Rico After taking the film festival circuit by storm with the Screenplay and Trailer for Northern Lights with 34 Nominations and Selections and 15 wins. Tom Rico was named one of the top 10 emerging screenwriters today by INFLUX magazine of Hollywood. Just released in May of 2016 The God Particle already as of June of 2016 has 4 Nominations and 2 wins and is well on it's way to beat the success of Northern Lights. With a trilogy in mind Mr. Rico is hard at work on the third screenplay of this saga called "Crystal Children." 
PHIL PARKER - CONTRACTED FOR FEATURE

Off the strength of his multi-award winning script 'The Third Bomb', Phil Parker was hired by Sydney-based director, Josh Bryer to write 'Kindred' - a sci-fi, action/ adventure feature-length script.

 

The client was thrilled with the result:

 

'Kindred' is a unique, fun, powerful, meaningful and kick-arse screenplay because Phil challenges your story to be the most potent it can be. He really knows structure and how to write with economy, flair and versatility. Your script will be in great hands!" - Josh Bryer (client) 

 

Free Spirits by Craig Fleming receives Special Mention at Table Read London Missed it by THAT much! "Free Spirits," one-hour supernatural drama by Craig Fleming, missed finishing in the top ten, receiving a Special Mention by the judges at Table Read My Screenplay - London.
"Hungry Dogs" - Quarter-Finalist, Page Int'l Screenwriting Awards "Hungry Dogs," written by Nick Cammilleri and David Macfarlane, was a quarter-finalist in the 2014 Page Int'l Screenwriting Awards. 
"Conquest of the Soda Men" - First Prize, Rhode Island Int'l Film Contest "Conquest of the Soda Men," written by Nick Cammilleri and David Macfarlane, won First Prize in the 2012 Rhode Island International Screenplay Competition. 
"SOUND EFFECT" (TV DRAMA) ADVANCES TO QUARTER-FINALS IN SCRIPT PIPELINE "Sound Effect," (Drama) written by Nick Cammilleri and David Sanner Macfarlane, has advanced to the Quarter-Finals in 2016 Script Pipeline TV Competition.
"Vile" (Short Film) - Finalist, 2015 Beverly Hills Film Festival "Vile," written by Nick Cammilleri and David Macfarlane, was a finalist in the 2015 Beverly Hills Film Festival. 
"Snowman" Feature - Semi-Finalist 2015 Table Read My Screenplay "The Snowman", a feature written by Nick Cammilleri and David Macfarlane, was a finalist in the 2015 Table Read My Screenplay Competition. 
SANCTUARY BY SCOTT PTTOCK, A FINALIST IN THE STORYPROS AWARDS CONTEST Scott Pittock's Sanctuary, his horror/western about a family at odds with each other who must work together when a feral posse invades their home, placed as a finalist in the 9th Annual StoryPros Awards Screenplay Competition.  
Giancarlo Fusi's Hell Hound Selected by FRAPA Fest to be Pitched in Brazil

'Hell Hound' is the only script representing the United States among ten TV series pilots from around the world being pitched in Brazil at the 4th annual FRAPA – The Porto Alegre Screenwriting Festival – the first event focused on scriptwriting for television and film in Latin America. Go USA! Hell Hound's logline appears at the link below along with the nine others pilots.


http://frapa.art.br/concurso-de-roteiro/piloto-de-serie/

 

'Hell Hound' is inspired by the life of iconic Bluesman Robert Johnson who was just a sharecropper during the Depression until, as legend has it, he sells his soul to the Devil at a Mississippi crossroads to become the greatest guitarist of all time. But his Fuastian pact unleashes a pair of vicious and rabid hellhounds that'll doggedly pursue him for the rest of his days.

PHIL PARKER - PRAISED BY BLACK LIST

Great feedback continues to roll in for the Indigenous sci-fi script, ‘Kindred'!

 

The prestigious (and notoriously hard to please) film industry website, The Black List, had this to say about it:

 

"Kindred is imaginative, action-packed, and exciting... filled to the gills with obstacles and action, never letting the stakes or danger let up for even a moment... a thrilling story in a world with an interesting mythology and plot that doesn't stop moving."

 

The Black List reader gave ‘Kindred' a much sought after (and prayed-for) score of 8/10, putting them in the top 5% of scripts on the site for awhile.

 

Set in the Australian Outback - and with Indigenous Australians in several lead roles - Kindred is a rollicking adventure in the vein of District 9 and Star Wars. It tells the tale of one man's failed alien abduction and how he must work with his would-be captor to save humankind from extinction before the monsters from his past catch up with them.

 

Other Indigenous sci-fi has made the news recently with the exciting new series, ‘Cleverman‘ showing on the ABC in Australia and being picked up for a second season by SundanceTV in America

 

Palm Street Films Honors Before Dishonor

Travis Opgenorth's short screenplay, Before Dishonor, has been named as a top-five finalist in the Palm Street Films Script Contest. 

Jeff York's "Play Dirty" script named ScreenCraft comedy semifinalist Jeff York's dark comedy "Play Dirty" was just named to the 2016 ScreenCraft comedy screenwriting contest's list of semifinalists. It has figured in the finals of a number of contests, including Final Draft's Big Break contest, and most notably taking third prize at the Emerging Screenwriters contest in 2015. The story takes place in 1977 San Clemente, CA and concerns a junior high nerd running for band president who enlists the help of ex-President Richard Nixon to help her win her campaign with dirty tricks. 
Paul Corricelli - June 2016 Feature Screenplay Winner (INKED IN BLOOD) Watch the Winning Feature Screenplay Reading from June 2016. All screenplays performed by professional actors. CLICK the links and get to know the writers. 
Feature Screenplay Reading: INKED IN BLOOD, by Paul Corricelli
https://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2016/06/01/june-2016-winning-feature-screenplay-reading-inked-in-blood-by-paul-corricelli/
Genre: Horror, Crime, Thriller
Synopsis:
A young man with a tortured past discovers that you really can go home again. To kill.
****
Director/Producer: Matthew ToffoloCasting Director: Sean BallantyneEditor: John Johnson
Kevin D Story - June 2016 Fan Fiction Screenplay Winner (SPACE 2099) Watch the Winning FAN FICTION Screenplay Reading from June 2016. All screenplays performed by professional actors. CLICK the links and get to know the writers. 
SPACE 2099  by Kevin D  Story (Based on the television series Space  1999)
https://fanfictionfestival.com/2016/06/14/june-2016-fan-fiction-screenplay-winner/
Genre: Sci-Fi, Adventure, Action, Fantasy
John Koenig, the commander of Moonbase Alpha, must prevent a terrorist group, led my an old adversary, from taking over a nuclear refinery.
****
Director/Producer: Matthew ToffoloCasting Director: Sean BallantyneEditor: John Johnson 
Gina Scanlon - June 2016 TV PILOT Screenplay Winner  Watch the 3 Winning TV Screenplay Readings from June 2016. All screenplays performed by professional actors. CLICK the links and get to know the writers.   TV PILOT Reading: CIVILIAN by Gina Scanlon
https://tvfestival.org/2016/06/13/tv-pilot-reading-civilian-by-gina-scanlon/
Genre: Drama, Crime
Synopsis: A young marine returns to her small Texas town after a recent tour in the South Sudan to complete police academy.
****
Director/Producer: Matthew ToffoloCasting Director: Sean BallantyneEditor: John Johnson 
Julie Nichols - June 2016 TV PILOT Screenplay Winner

Watch the 3 Winning TV Screenplay Readings from June 2016. All screenplays performed by professional actors. CLICK the links and get to know the writers. 

 

 TV PILOT Reading: WILD MAGIC by Julie Nichols

 

https://tvfestival.org/2016/06/13/tv-pilot-reading-wild-magic-by-julie-nichols/

 

Genre: Family, Fantasy, Drama, Comedy

 

Synopsis: A female teenager enters a typical High School and is immediately challenged by bully. Unbeknown to her she has the ability to do magic. It’s Buffy meets ABC Family.

Linsen Oyosa - June 2016 TV Spec Screenplay Winner Watch the 3 Winning TV Screenplay Readings from June 2016. All screenplays performed by professional actors. CLICK the links and get to know the writers. 
#1 – TV SPEC: BROOKLYN NINE NINE by Linsen Oyosa
https://tvfestival.org/2016/06/14/tv-spec-reading-brooklyn-nine-nine-by-linsen-oyosa/
Genre: Sitcom, Comedy, Crime
Synopsis: Jake and Charles try to take down a drug dealer. Meanwhile, Terry deals with inter-precinct theft and Holt helps Rosa deal with her recent politeness.
Craig Mrock - June 2016 Short Screenplay Winner  Watch the 3 Winning Short Screenplay Readings from June 2016. All screenplays performed by professional actors. CLICK the links and get to know the writers.  Short Screenplay - OZARK, by Craig MrocK
https://festivalforcomedy.com/2016/05/31/short-screenplay-reading-ozark-by-craig-mrock/
Genre: Comedy
Synopsis: Roger, takes a chance at sitting next to the girl he’s madly in love with, Brittany. Of course, even the simplest of actions don’t happen easily when average teens experience such intense emotions,

****
Director/Producer: Matthew ToffoloCasting Director: Sean BallantyneEditor: John Johnson
Allan B. Hill - June 2016 Short Screenplay Winner Watch the 3 Winning Short Screenplay Readings from June 2016. All screenplays performed by professional actors. CLICK the links and get to know the writers. 
 Short Screenplay – LESS THAN HOMELESS, by Allan B. Hill
https://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2016/05/31/short-screenplay-reading-less-than-homeless-by-allan-b-hill/
Genre: Drama
Synopsis: The life of Henry, a sombre, homeless man living in the city. It explores ideas on how the public relate to the homeless community and also how the homeless community exists within itself.
   ****
Director/Producer: Matthew ToffoloCasting Director: Sean BallantyneEditor: John Johnson
Stephen M. Hunt - June 2016 Short Screenplay Winner Watch the 3 Winning Short Screenplay Readings from June 2016. All screenplays performed by professional actors. CLICK the links and get to know the writers. 
#1 – Short Screenplay: DEATH’S LADY LOVE, by Stephen M. Hunt
https://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2016/06/02/short-screenplay-reading-deaths-lady-love-by-stephen-m-hunt/
Genre: Horror
Synopsis:
Death falls in love only to find that love is a killer.  ****
Director/Producer: Matthew ToffoloCasting Director: Sean BallantyneEditor: John Johnson
Eric Irizarry - June 2016 Best Scene Screenplay Winner Watch the 7 Winning Best Scene Screenplay Readings from June 2016. All screenplays performed by professional actors. CLICK the links and get to know the writers.   Best Scene from IX, by Eric Irizarry
https://festivalforhorror.com/2016/06/01/horror-best-scene-screenplay-reading-from-ix-by-eric-irizarry/
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Synopsis: A group of kidnap victims endure a sick game by nine killers of a death cult: Leave the room and you die. Stay and live through the fear.
****
Director/Producer: Matthew ToffoloCasting Director: Sean BallantyneEditor: John Johnson
Mark Wasserman - June 2016 Best Scene Screenplay Winner Watch the 7 Winning Best Scene Screenplay Readings from June 2016. All screenplays performed by professional actors. CLICK the links and get to know the writers.   Best Scene from LONG IN THE TOOTH, by Mark Wasserman
https://festivalforhorror.com/2016/06/01/horror-best-scene-screenplay-reading-long-in-the-tooth-by-mark-wasserman/
Genre: Horror, Drama
Synopsis: Lonesome, irritable widower Fred Pierce is a senior citizen with bad teeth who lives in a depressing retirement community in a small New England town. One evening, while conversing with his dead wife in the town cemetery he meets Goth kids Bo and Tana.
Matthew O’Connell - June 2016 Winning Best Scene Screenplay  Watch the 7 Winning Best Scene Screenplay Readings from June 2016. All screenplays performed by professional actors. CLICK the links and get to know the writers.  Best Scene from FOR ALL MANKIND by Matthew O’Connell
https://fantasyscififestival.com/2016/06/13/best-scene-from-for-all-mankind-by-matthew-oconnell/
Genre: Adventure, Sci-Fi
Synopsis: In this high concept, atomic-era, sci-fi adventure, a brilliant WWII veteran and his determined daughter lead a team of mercenaries across the globe in a race to recover a mysterious, supernatural artifact with the power to permanently alter the future of humanity.
David E. Baugnon - June 2016 Best Scene Screenplay Winner

Watch the 7 Winning Best Scene Screenplay Readings from June 2016. All screenplays performed by professional actors. CLICK the links and get to know the writers. 

 

 Best Scene Screenplay: THE MESSIAH PROJECT, by David E. Baugnon

 

https://tvfestival.org/2016/06/02/best-scene-tv-screenplay-the-messiah-project-by-david-e-baugnon/

 

Genre: TV Pilot, Drama, War

 

Synopsis:

 

Hour long TV Pilot transcript reading. Scene begins as Bruce wakes up in the hospital not to happy about what has just transpired.

Gary R. Billings - June 2016 Best Scene Screenplay Winner

Watch the 7 Winning Best Scene Screenplay Readings from June 2016. All screenplays performed by professional actors. CLICK the links and get to know the writers. 

 

 Best Scene Screenplay: SEED OF THE WOMAN by Gary R. Billings

 

https://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2016/06/01/best-scene-screenplay-seed-of-woman-by-gary-r-billings/

 

Genre: Bible Drama, Unconventional Love Story, Family

 

Synopsis:

 

A Bible-drama love story in which Eve, as the “helper”, leads a resistance movement against a world being taken over by evil.

Ray Whittinger - June 2016 Best Scene Screenplay Winner Watch the 7 Winning Best Scene Screenplay Readings from June 2016. All screenplays performed by professional actors. CLICK the links and get to know the writers.   Best Scene Screenplay: QUEST FOR MIHTE LUGH by Ray Whittinger
https://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2016/06/01/best-scene-screenplay-quest-for-mihte-lugh-by-ray-whittinger/
Genre: Action, Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Fantasy
Synopsis:
Jack was thought a dreamer and a fool, until he was abducted into the Balor’s wintery kingdom. Through trial and wit he is recognised as the prophesied Fairy King returning to revive the world.
Philip Naiman - June 2016 Best Scene Screenplay Winner Watch the 7 Winning Best Scene Screenplay Readings from June 2016. All screenplays performed by professional actors. CLICK the links and get to know the writers. 
#1 – Best Scene Screenplay: AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT by Philip Naiman
https://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2016/06/01/best-scene-screenplay-as-luck-would-have-it-by-philip-naiman/
Genre: Comedy
Synopsis:
After being saddled with the care of a niece he has never met a gambler’s life becomes further complicated when he is unable to pay off his kid brother’s bad debt to a Vegas hood.
Brandon Maline - June 2016 First Scene Screenplay Winner

The 1st Scene Screenplay Festival Announced its June 2016 Winners. Watch each winning screenplay performed by professional actors: 

 

 1st Scene – EXISTENTIAL QUANDARY, by Brandon Maline

 

https://firstscenescreenplay.com/2016/06/01/1st-scene-script-reading-existential-quandary-by-brandon-maline/

 

Genre: Horror, Thriller, Crime

 

Synopsis:  A serial killer who turns his victims bodies into works of art becomesfixated on a little girl. She has dreams of him and thinks he is her angel, her mother pays little attention to it until the girl makes a model of the murderer.

 

****

 

Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

James Gillard, Kevin McGruder - June 2016 1st Scene Screenp The 1st Scene Screenplay Festival Announced its June 2016 Winners. Watch each winning screenplay performed by professional actors: 
1st Scene – WHEN THERE WAS TIME, by James Gillard, Kevin McGruder
https://firstscenescreenplay.com/2016/06/13/1st-scene-from-when-there-was-time-by-james-gillard-kevin-mcgruder/
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Synopsis: When a drug dealer is killed in Harlem, NY, a corrupt cop is ordered to solve the case.  A conscious witness in the community steps forward.
"GLIMPSE" and "REDREAMERS" Advance to Semifinals at 2016 STORYPROS Both of Glenn Acosta's high concept scripts, Glimpse and Redreamers, advanced to the semifinals at StoryPros.  Redreamers' logline: When a car accident takes the life of his wife and son, a man turns to a dream technology so he can continue "living" his lost life through his dreams; but when he meets a new woman he must decide between fantasy and reality.  Glimpse's logline: A female District Attorney looks for the man she believes is her reincarnated lover to prevent the murder she saw forty years ago in a vision.
Chuck Griffith wins Silver Award for Best Original TV Pilot Screenplay

Chuck Griffith's screenplay for his TV pilot, "Waterloo", won Silver at the 2016 American Movie Awards. The script is about a New York City playboy deciding to move back to his hometown in Waterloo, Iowa and take over his late uncle's tractor company.  

 

The script placed second in American Movie Awards's Original Television Pilot category. The script also won the grand prize in this year's 1st TV Script Writing Competition sponsored by FIlmmakers Magazine.

 

Chuck Griffith Wins Grand Prize for 1st TV Script Writing Competition

Filmmakers.com is pleased to announce the winners in the 1st Annual, 1st TV Scriptwriting Competition. The grand prize was awarded to Chuck Griffith for his TV pilot "Waterloo".  Placing above all 626 entries, Griffith's script about a New York City playboy deciding to move back to his hometown in Waterloo, Iowa to take over his late uncle's tractor company won Filmmakers Magazine 2016 national contest.  

SOMETHING UNDER THE BED BY SCOTT PITTOCK, FANTASY/SCI-FI FILM & SCREENPLAY Scott Pittock's short script the Sci-Fi/Thriller Something Under the Bed has been selected by Fantasy/Sci-Fi Film & Screenplay Contest.  The short will be performed by professional actors in early fall. The short was also a Finalist in the 2015 Short Script To Screen Contest.
EArTH Day - 'Official Selection' for the June 2016 Christian Film Festival

Congratulations ‘EArTH Day’, a script by Ian E. Hughes, an official selection for the 25 June 2016 Christian Film Festival! Attached is the script cover with the laurels the film was awarded for being an 'official selection' to the CFF! In this story, in the lead up to climate negotiations in Paris, a 'philosopher of the future' attempts to bring his environmentally themed story to the big screen during a 48-Hour Film Project. The film that results reveals a story far grander than the limited run time will allow! Congratulations Mr. Hughes this was a very creative script with great characters and writing! God Bless! 

 

 


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KANE W HOLDER'S SINGAPOREAN-SCI-FI 'DARK ISLAND' IS A TOP 100 FINALIST

Kane W Holder's debut feature, 'Dark Island', has recently made it to the Top 100 Semi-Finalist in the 2016 Table Read My Screenplay Contest – London. The sci-fi thriller is set on the island-state of Singapore, where four University students seek refuge in an industrial building on the night of the apocalypse. But when they become hunted by an unseen force, the group must confront an unstoppable evil that’s even closer: each other.  

BETWIXT AND BETWEEN Reaches ScreenCraft Family Feature Contest Semi-Finals BETWIXT AND BETWEEN, The True Origins of Peter Pan, shoots to the top in ScreenCraft Family Feature Contest, reaching the Semi-Finals. 
LUCY @ LA SHORTS AWARDS LUCY nominated for Best Screenplay at the November 2015 edition of LA Shorts Awards where it won another 2 awards (Bronze Award for Best Leading Actress and Bronze Award for Best Original Score)
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. 
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.

 

www.jonlapoma.com 

  

PHIL PARKER - PRAISED BY SCREENCRAFT

Off the back of his success with his multi-award winning screenplay, 'The Third Bomb', screenwriter Phil Parker was hired by director Josh Bryer to write a screenplay based on his original short script, Kindred - an action/ sci-fi set in the Australian Outback.

 

One Screencraft reader already has high praise for this rollicking adventure:

 

"(Kindred is) fantastic, adventurous, and loads of fun as it takes readers across The Outback, introduces them to uncommonly featured peoples, and manages to tell a story of grand proportions."

 

"The action and conflict were absolutely awesome... The stakes were high, the energy was great, and the fights were thrilling to read."

 

 

 

 

 

PHIL PARKER - 1ST PLACE - NASHVILLE

Phil Parker's WWII action/ adventure screenplay, The Third Bomb, won 1st Place at the 2015 Nashville Film Festival's Screenwriting Competition, beating out thousands of competitors for top honors.

 

Praised by one reader from The Black List as "...an incredibly well-written script with strong, three-dimensional characters", The Third Bomb tells the riviting tale of a top American pilot shot down over Japanese territory in the final days of WWII who must stop an ambitious enemy commander from capturing his secret cargo - the third atomic bomb.

 

Phil's spec screenplay has had great success on the fesitval and competition circuit. As a result, producers and production companies are circling. For more information, visit www.thethirdbomb.com

 

 

SANCTUARY BY SCOTT PITTOCK - SEMI-FINALIST IN FILMQUEST Scott Pittock's horror/western feature script Sanctuary a Semi-Finalist in FilmQuest 2016.  FilmQuest was considered one of the Top 50 film festivals to enter in 2015 by MovieMaker Magizine!
Giancarlo Fusi's 'Violette Hayes' Wins 1st Place Award & a Filmmaker Grant

Supernatural short 'Violette Hayes: A True Story' won 1st Place in the Shallow Sea Stories Screenplay Compettion. 

 

'Violette Hayes' was also awarded a Filmmaker Grant at the Love Your Shorts Film Festival to be produced as a short film.

 

And 'Violette Hayes' was also named an Official Selection fo the Guild of Italian American Actors Film Festival. 

 

'Violette Hayes' is the story of high-school buds Sonny and Jake who drive to their prom down a lonely road in the Florida Keys where they encounter Violette Hayes, a beautiful and mysterious girl who will change their lives forever.

 

 

Blue Shirt Green Tie wins Best Story award. Blue Shirt Green Tie, written and directed by Darren Swanson, wins Best Story Award at 2015 Show The Love Film Festival.
PHIL PARKER - FINALIST - SCREENCRAFT ACTION

Phil Parker's spec script 'The Third Bomb' has wowed readers and judges again, this time at Screencraft in Los Angeles.

 

The WWII adventure that one Tracking Board reader said was "likely to attract top international talent", placed among the Top 10 FINALISTS at the 2015 Screencraft Action/ Thriller Screenplay Competition.

 

'The Third Bomb' tells the gripping story of an American pilot, shot down in Japanese territory, who must manually detonate his atomic weapon if he cannot stop an ambitious enemy commander from capturing it. An excruciating decision that becomes all the more difficult when the pilot discovers a POW camp nearby.

 

For more information, visit www.thethirdbomb.com

 

 

 

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.  

Darren Swanson's short comedy Blue Shirt Green Tie airs on ABC2 Blue Shirt Green Tie, a short comedy written and directed by Darren Swanson is produced under the Raw Nerve initiative, and screens publicly in Hobart, Tasmania. Blue Shirt Green Tie goes on to be screened internationally at various films festivals and airs multiple times on TV on ABC2 and online on IView.
Mark Robertson's E-DEN Places Again in Competition

Mark Robertson's new teen SF screenplay E-DEN has just chalked up its third recent competition placing. Currently, the script has reached the semi-finals of Table Read My Sceenplay - London, while the script's previous competition placings include Top 75 in the Launch Pad Features Script Compeition, and an "Honourable Mention" runner-up place in the Screenplay Festival Screenwriting Contest.

Mark Robertson's E-DEN takes "Honourable Mention" in Screenplay Festival

Mark Robertson's new teen SF screenplay E-DEN has just secured a win in the Screenplay Festival screenwriting competition, taking an "honourable mention" place in the comp's "Family Movie" category. It's the script's second competition placing now, having recently earned a top 75 place in the Tracking Board's Launch Pad Features competition. The UK writer is delighted with the script's success so far.

CONTEST SUCCESS LIMITED SERIES ADAPTATION OF PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING BOOK

Second Round Sundance Episodic Lab, Creative Screenwriting Expo Finalist, Quarterfinalist Final Draft Big Break, Quarterfinalist PAGE Awards, Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition Second Round, and the DC Women in Film’s Spotlight on Screenwriters.

 

A limited series based on the true events in the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Slavery by Another Name. Forty years after the Civil War, the economically downtrodden South creates trumped up laws to arrest thousands of blacks, forcing them into the new “perfect” business model – prison leasing. Intertwined are stories of the women behind the powerful men, and the racist-driven political manipulation of African Americans from the local sheriff, to Wall Street moguls, and right up to the President of the United States.

Stephen Barber was named 'Finalist' in the 2015 - Script Pipeline "By Noble Means" was awarded 'Finalist' for 2015, Script Pipeline's 'First Look Project' for the Adaptation category. As a True Story of a troubled youth being forced to change his trajectory, this script has been awarded the admirable placing in one of the most impressive contests.  As a full time, Financial Advisor, and a father of three, Stephen Barber spends his available time (when he's not flying) writing Features and Pilots.  He's currently looking for representation.
Kentrell Liddell's screenplay Little Kid, Big Fears

The screenplay is a semi-finalist in the 2016 WeScreenplay (a division of WeTV) Diverse Voices Screenplay Competition.

 

It was also named as a semi-finalist in the 2016 BlueCat Screenplay Competition.

 

From the Heart Productions awarded the screenplay fiscal sponsorship in 2015. 

Jeffrey Howe's family, SciFi scripts advance in contests Jeffrey Howe's family screenplay Robo4ce continued its string of contest successes, advancing to the Quarterfinals of the 2016 Fade In Awards after taking First Place at the American Movie Awards in the first-time screenwriters category. Meanwhile, his science fiction script Cover Crop is in the semifinal round of the Table Read my Screenplay-London competition. 
2nd Place for "Parousia" Supernatural thriller script "Parousia" took 2nd place at the Los Angeles New Wave International Film Festival.  This is the third Runner Up finish for Todd in 2016, with 2nd place showings at the Nashville Film Festival and Honolulu Film Awards.
Andrew Garrett -- Animation Day in Cannes - 3 screenplays

"It was an honor to participate in Animation Day in Cannes 2016!"  Andrew Garrett's animated feature screenplays "Local Sugar", "A Whisker Past Midnight", and "Outstanding In The Field" were included in the catalog of available projects.  For more information, please see:

 

http://www.filmfestivals.com/blog/animation_day_in_cannes/scripts_from_animation_day_in_cannes

 

or visit the author's Facebook page at:

 

http://www.facebook.com/animwriter

 

Vive la France! 

Two more awards for The Zahir

The Zahir, a magic realist short thriller written and directed by Olga Holtz, has received a Platinum Remi Award at WorldFest-Houston International Film & Video Festival and a Top Indie Film Award for Best Original Idea. These are the 7th and 8th awards for the short, which is on the festival circuit.

Rebekah Wilkinson's Hotel Soleil makes finals in 4 international festivals

Short screenplay Hotel Soleil has achieved finalist in the 2016 international festivals: ECU - The European Independent Film Festical, NYC Independent Film Festival, Universe Multicultural Film Festival and the British Independent Film Festival. The script was also commended in the April 2016 Screenwriting Goldmine Freestyle Short Script Competition and is currently a semi-finalist in the London Table Read My Screenplay Contest.

 

The story of a chronically shy woman becomes a 12 year old cleaner's only hope of survival when civil war breaks out, the drama Hotel Soleil is a short version of a feature script currently in development.

CHARLES LEIPART, semi-finalist 2016 TRMS-London Charles Leipart's original mystery/thriller screenplay, AFFAIR OF THE POISONS, has been selected as a Top 100 Semi-Finalist in the 2016 Table Read My Screenplay Contest – London.  
Jeff York's "Incurable" named as 2016 Table Read My Screenplay semifinalist Jeff York's modern take on the vampire love story called "Incurable" was just named a semifinalist in the 2016 Table Read My Screenplay contest. Its unique spin starts with a young man choosing to let a female vampire bite him to give him everlasting life after he's diagnosed with ALS and fears his remaining years will be in a wheelchair or worse. "Incurable" first achieved recognition six years ago when it was the only spec script that Script magazine awarded with a "recommend" rating out of the 1000 + they evaluated that year. Since then, it's figured in the finals of 9 different screenwriting contests. Jeff has had excellent experiences at Table Read in the past too, having five scripts figure in their finals over the years, including his thriller "Fiend" taking that category in 2012, and his western "The Scoundrels Club" winning best action/adventure and the grand prize at their Sundance outing in 2013.
Joshua Katz seeks representation after graduating Writers Guild mentorship Following the completion a mentorship through the Writers Guild Foundation at the Writers Guild Association, West, emerging screenwriter Joshua Keller Katz is looking for representation from an agency or management for his award winning original feature-length screenplays.

The Veteran Writers Program is a year-long mentorship where military veterans who are emerging writers are guided by working writers in the Film and Television industry. This is the most prestigious and reputable program of its kind. Mentees work closely with their Mentors over the course of a year to develop quality scripts with the goal of brining the unique stories and voices of military veterans to the industry.
MIKE MURPHY LANDS BIG AUDIBLE CONTRACT WITH THE ONLINE STAGE The Online Stage, an Australia-based production company of audio plays, will be producing eleven audio scripts by Mike Murphy, including nine centered around Christmas/winter. The company plans to have all of them released and available for sale on Audible for the holidays.
Hisonni Johnson - May 2016 Fan Fiction Festival Winner (Green Lantern) POWER TV Pilot  (Green Lantern Pilot)Written by Hisonni Johnson  Watch the winning screenplay performed by professional actors:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9qtef_olu0  SYNOPSIS:
Genre: Comic book, Drama, Sci Fi, Action, Superhero
Synopsis: A tragic turns of events leaves one of the world’s greatest heroes injured, without his powers and public enemy number one.
CAST LIST:
NARRATOR – Sean BallantyneJOHN – Mark SparksSANDRA – Lavinia LathamSHIERA – Isabella BontorinDENNIS – Neil KulinLAWTON – Dan Cristofori
Bryan O'Flaherty - May 2016 Fan Fiction Festival Winner (Star Wars)

STAR WARS Episode 1: The Redemption of Skywalker Feature Screenplay

Written by Bryan O’Flaherty 

  

Watch the Winning Screenplay Performed by professional actors: 

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oh35-CZeoUI

 

 SYNOPSIS:

 

Genre: Sci-Fi, Adventure, Action, Fantasy

 

Synopsis: Some stories are too important, some stories must be retold. The story of Anakin Skywalker will be molded between the pressure of separate forces vying for his soul, which will determine the fate of the galaxy.

 

CAST LIST:

 

NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne

ANAKIN – Chris Ormrod

SHALI/MARA – Isabella Bontorin

OWEN/VARIOUS – Neil Kulin

ADMIRAL LEOPOLD/VARIOUS – Mark Sparks

OBI-WAN – Dan Cristofori

Scott McEntire - May 2016 Feature Screenplay Winner

Feature Screenplay - THE BOO 
May 2016 Reading
Written by Scott McEntire

 

Watch winning screenplay performed by professional actors:

 http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/the_boo.html

 

 SYNOPSIS: 

 

Genre: Thriller, Suspense, Horror, Drama 

 

Synopsis: Ronnie is a small-town sheriff in the South who still talks to his dead wife on a daily basis. His estranged sister-in-law, Brooke, is dealing with the sudden loss of her husband while still trying to conquer the mental demons of her past.  

 

 CAST LIST: 

 

NARRATOR - Sean Kaufmann 

BROOKE - Kelci Stephenson

RONNIE - Zack Amzallag

OLIVIA/ANGELA - Jennifer Ferris

LUCIEN - Moui Nene

RAYLAND - Sean Ballantyne

James Griffiths - May 2016 1st. Scene Screenplay Festival Winner 1st Scene Screenplay - PUPPETS May 2016 ReadingWritten by James Griffiths Watch winning screenplay performed by professional actors:  http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/puppets.html  SYNOPSIS: 
Genre: Sci FI, Thriller, Noir 
A rebellious New Yorker suspects his warehouse retail employer is controlling the minds of it's staff and causing them to commit suicide.  CAST LIST: 
NARRATOR - Sean KaufmannLADY - Jennifer FerrisANNOUNCER - Moui Nene
Amy E. Jones - May 2016 Short Screenplay Winner Short Screenplay - SCENARIO 957 May 2016 ReadingWritten by Amy E. Jones Watch winning screenplay performed by professional actors:  http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/scenario_957.html  SYNOPSIS: 
Genre: Sci-Fi, Action 
Synopsis: Fighting against time and terrorists on an earth struggling to survive after a devastating energy crisis, young scientific genius James Kale must figure out how to launch the rocket destined to save mankind before it's too late.  CAST LIST: 
NARRATOR - Kelci StephensonJAMES - Sean KaufmannDR. KALE/HENRY: - Moui NeneGREG - Zack AmzallagCOMPUTER - Jennifer Ferris
Kwasi Mensah - May 2016 Short Screenplay Winner Short Screenplay - FIFTY FIVE SECONDS May 2016 ReadingWritten by Kwasi Mensah  Watch reading performed by professional actors:http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/fifty_five_seconds.html  SYNOPSIS: 
Genre: Mystery, Drama, Film Noir 
A grizzled veteran hitman tries to impart wisdom to his younger colleague but then they're forced to question their loyalty to each other.  CAST LIST: 
NARRATOR - Sean KaufmannFRANK - Moui NeneLISA: - Jennifer Ferris
Erin Richardson - May 2016 Short Screenplay Winner Short Screenplay - CUTTING REMARKS May 2016 ReadingWritten by Erin Richardson Watch reading performed by professional actors: http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/cutting_remarks.html  SYNOPSIS: 
Genre: Drama, Comedy 
Upper-class housewife Nancy visits her hairdresser Amelia to change her look for her new beau, but she doesn't know him quite as well as Amelia does.  CAST LIST: 
NARRATOR - Sean KaufmannNANCY - Kelci StephensonAMELIA - Jennifer Ferris
Alan Zatkow's Zombies optioned by Peabody Award winning producer

Alan Zatkow's original hour long action/drama television show Zombies has been optioned by Peabody Award winning producer Marc Henry Johnson. 

 

In addition, Marc Henry Johnson along with Montel Williams have become co-executive producers on McFool, a half-hour situation comedy about the life of stand-up comedian Pat McCool. McFool is co-created by Pat and Gwen McCool and Alan Zatkow.  

Katie Bero - May 2016 TV Spec Screenplay Winner (The Mindy Project) TV SPEC Screenplay - THE MINDY PROJECT "Culture Club" May 2016 ReadingWritten by Katie Bero Watch winning screenplay performed by professional actors:  http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/the_mindy_project.html  SYNOPSIS: 
Genre: Comedy, Sitcom 
Mindy and Danny clash over how culturally aware to raise their child. Meanwhile Morgan tries to help Jeremy avoid deportation.  CAST LIST: 
NARRATOR - Becky ShrimptonMINDY - Kayla LakhaniDANNY - Paul FalkowskiMORGAN - Abraham AstoTAMRA - Aisha EvelynaJEREMY/RISHI - Benjamin HarrisBEVERLY - Meggie McKinnon
Hershel D. Rephun - May 2016 TV Pilot Screenplay Winner TV PILOT Screenplay - SMITHEREENSMay 2016 ReadingWritten by Hershel D. Rephun Watch winning screenplay performed by professional actors:  http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/smithereens.html  SYNOPSIS: 
Genre: Comedy, Drama 
The story of a man, in pieces: This one-hour episodic dramedy series chronicles the journey of a man fished out of Miami's Biscayne Bay. He remembers only his first name (Harry) and his mother tongue (Cockney). Flashbacks paint a complicated picture of a man battling alcoholism and engaged in some dark pursuits.   CAST LIST: 
NARRATOR - Becky ShrimptonHARRY - Abraham AstoNAN - Aisha EvelynaREG - Benjamin HarrisREB JOEY - Paul FalkowskiCARMEN/SARAH - Meggie McKinnon 
Mark S. MacDonald, Darsey Meredith - May 2016 TV Pilot Winners TV PILOT Screenplay - THE REAPER: REBELLION "AFTERLIFE" May 2016 ReadingWritten by Mark S. MacDonald, Darsey Meredith Watch the winning screenplay performed by professional actors:   http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/the_reaper.html  SYNOPSIS: 
Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy 
Eva, who may or may not be Eve from the Book of Genesis, inadvertently creates Death in the world by inciting her siblings and lover to eat the Divine Apple from the Tree of Life. It's an interesting spin on the immortal story about how the humans lost paradise and incurred the wrath of God.  CAST LIST: 
NARRATOR - Becky ShrimptonRHODA/DEATH - Meggie McKinnonLAILAH - Aisha EvelynaMAALIK - Sean BallantyneAZRAEL - Benjamin HarrisGOD/DRAVEN - Paul FalkowskiHANNAH - Kayla Lakhani
Jeff York's "The Scoundrels Club" in top finals of Screencraft Fellowship Jeff York's western adventure "The Scoundrels Club" made the top finals of the 2016 Screencraft Screenwriting Fellowship. It had previously figured in a number of screenwriting contests, most notably winning Best Adventure and the Grand Prize at Table Read My Screenplay at Sundance in 2013. It also placed in the Top 10 of Script Pipeline's 2014 screenwriting contest. Jeff York had another script listed additionally as a finalist in the Fellowship, his horror screenplay "Incurable." That gave him the distinction of being the only writer who had two in the top finals this year. Before that, "Incurable" had figured in the finals of almost a dozen screenwriting contests, starting off winning Script magazine's only "recommend" rating out of the 1000 + spec scripts they evaluated in 2009. 
Jeff York's "Incurable" script makes Screencraft Fellowship top finals Jeff York's modern vampire tale "Incurable" made the top finals of the 2016 Screencraft Fellowship. He had another script listed additionally,"The Scoundrels Club", and that gave him the distinction of being the only writer who had two scripts in the top finals. Before this, "Incurable" has figured in the finals of almost a dozen screenwriting contests, starting off winning Script magazine's only "recommend" rating out of the 1000 + spec scripts evaluated in 2009. And "The Scoundrels Club", a western, has figured in a number of screenwriting contests too, winning both Best Adventure and the Grand Prize at Table Read My Screenplay at Sundance in 2013. It also placed in Script Pipeline's Top 10 in their 2014 screenwriting contest. 
Brian O'Connor "I Did It!" Top 10 Finish I Did It!, an animated short, is about a small boy that overcomes his fear of the swimming pool with the coaching of his imaginary 'frenemy.'  I Did It! earlier scored a Top 7 finish in the 2015 Reel Writers Screenplay Contest.
THE INSELBERG EFFECT - WRITTEN BY SCOTT PITTOCK, SNAKE ALLEY FILMFEST Tony Bonacci's The Inselberg Effect an official selection in the 2016 Snake Alley Festival of Film.  Tony's dark comedic short, written by Scott, continues its festival run!
Jim Picariello's, The Cult of Us, a 2015 Nicholl Fellowship Qtr-Finalist The Cult of Us, a Romantic-Comedy about two people who fall in love as they try to save the other from their respecive cult, places as a quarter-finalist in the 2015 Nicholl Fellowship.
Addison Bhuyan's "MoneyGripp" Pilot A Semi-Finalist At Diverse Voices

A Semi-Finalist at WeScreenplay's Diverse Voices makes "MoneyGripp" Addison's third script in six months to place in competition.  He already has two wins under his belt for a TV spec of The Americans and a short screenplay, respectively.

Giancarlo Fusi Interviewed by MovieBytes for Winning Silver at AURA Awards

MovieBytes interviewed screenwriter Giancarlo Fusi for his Silver Award win at the Aura Screenwriter Awards for his TV pilot 'Hell Hound.'

 

http://www.moviebytes.com/ContestDetail.cfm?tab=tab4&InterviewID=793&ContestNumber=2959

 

In addition, 'Hell Hound' won 2nd Place at the Las Vegas Screenplay Contest. It's a Finalist at the London Film Awards and the Acclaim TV Scripts Contest. And it was also selected as an ISA Fast Track Top 50 script.

 

'Hell Hound' is inspired by the life of iconic Bluesman Robert Johnson who was just a sharecropper during the Depression until, as legend has it, he sells his soul to the Devil at a Mississippi crossroads to become the greatest guitarist of all time. But his Fuastian pact unleashes a pair of vicious and rabid hellhounds that'll doggedly pursue him for the rest of his days.

Giancarlo Fusi's 'Hell Hound' has Table Read at Brown University's Ivy Fest

'Hell Hound' was one of only three Finalists in the TV Pilots category at the 15th annual Ivy Film Festival, the largest student run film festival in the world. Special guest speakers included Jodie Foster and Robert DeNiro.

 

'Hell Hound' is inspired by the life of iconic Bluesman Robert Johnson who was just a sharecropper during the Depression until, as legend has it, he sells his soul to the Devil at a Mississippi crossroads to become the greatest guitarist of all time. But his Fuastian pact unleashes a pair of vicious and rabid hellhounds that'll doggedly pursue him for the rest of his days. 

 

During the Ivy Fest, a table read of the "crossroads" scene where Robert Johnson makes his legendary deal with the Devil was held at a historic hall on the Brown University campus in Providence, Rhode Island.  

Within These Walls wins TWO 1st Place Trophies at NovaFest Horror script "Within These Walls" by Tracie Jules took home top honors at the NovaFest April 30th. It won Best Horror and Best Drama script amongst many talented writers. This is its 6th award. Tracie's other horror script that she co-wrote with my son, Sam Jules, "A Cake for Momma", took home it's 1st award in second place in the horror category.
Uprising (aka The Revolt of the Whales) by Michael Rhodes Rhodes' The Revolt of the Whales (Uprising) received First Prize - Science Fiction in the Table Read My Screenplay competition for its fascinating portrayal of the surreal underwater world of the whales as they are prodded into reaction by the savage attacks of whaling ships.  The script has been a finalist in five additional contests.
Bison Man by Michael Rhodes

Bison Man grabbed first place in the diversity category and became the Cynosure Screenwriting Awards - Grand Prize WInner in 2014 with its poignant portrayal of a man lost at midlife, who is traveling in the new, multicultural West in search of his father.

 

 

KT Parker reaches semi-finals of American Zoetrope Contest KT Parker's period biopic, "The Sad Triumph Of Caroline Norton", recently reached the semi-finals of prestigious US screenwriting contest, the American Zoetrope Competition.
KT Parker's "Promised Land" Named A Finalist KT Parker received another laurel to add to her collection when her refugee epic feature film script "Promised Land" reached the finals of Rebel Seed Films & Entertainment's First 10 Pages Contest in May 2016.
Jeff York's dark comedy "Play Dirty" makes Screencraft's 2016 quarterfinals Jeff York's comedy "Play Dirty" has been announced as a quarterfinalist in the 2016 Screencraft Comedy Screenplay contest. The dark comedy script takes place in 1977 when a desperate nerd turns to ex-president Richard Nixon to help her win the campaign to be junior high band president against the most popular girl in school. "Play Dirty" has placed in the finals of a number of other screenwriting contests, most notably taking third prize in the 2015 Emerging Screenwriter's contest. And it helped make Jeff a semifinalist in this year's Screencraft Fellowship contest. 
Eddy Gardiner's western up for 'Best International Script' Eddy Gardiner's western, Bodies Of Rust, was nominated as one of just ten scripts for Best Script Written Outside Of The US at the prestigious Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition, along with its selection as a quarter-finalist.
SANCTUARY - WRITTEN BY SCOTT PITTOCK, FINALIST IN THE NYISA

Scott Pittock's western/horror feature placed as a finalist in the 2016 New York International Screenplay Awards.   

Competition Results

Writer Neal Wiser has garnered success over the last few years with impressive competition results. His Quantum Effects pilot made the TOP 50 of the ISA Fast Track III Fellowship 2016, 6TH PLACE (of 1400) in Emerging Screenwriters 2015, a FINALIST (11 of 200) at People's Pilot 2015, and a SEMIFINALIST (Top 37 (for TV) of 2000+) in the ScreenCraft Fellowship 2015.

ANDY MAYCOCK'S "THE HITCHCOCK MURDERS" WINS GOLD LAUREL Andy Maycock's feature script "The Hitchcock Murders" has won a Gold Laurel Award at the L.A. Neo Noir Film Festival.
TONY HEAVER-WREN'S "VICTOR" - GATHERS MULTIPLE CONTEST SUCCESSES

 

Tony Heaver-Wren's feature script "Victor" has been honoured as a Finalist in two contests:

 

*   the 2015 WeScreenplay International Screenwriting Competition (top 10); and 

*   the LA New Wave's Fall 2015 Festival (top 6).


This success for Tony Heaver-Wren's high concept, richly cathartic script, Victor, comes after a string of other contest placings, including two Semi-Finalist placings (Fimmakers and Moondance) and two Quarter-Finalist placings (Shore Scripts and Acclaim Scripts).

 

 

A LABOUR OF LOVE wins Best Feature Script at Top Indie Film Awards A Labour of Love, a biopic of Academy Award winner Kevin Brownlow written by Olga Holtz, has been named Best Feature Script at April 2016 Top Indie Film Awards.
Geoff Holder hired to write British supernatural thriller FIRST AND ONLY

Writer Geoff Holder joins the screenwriting team for upcoming British supernatural thriller FIRST AND ONLY.

 

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"Silent Rescue" is Silver Winner Todd Sorrell's fantasy script "Silent Rescue" took 2nd Place overall at the Honolulu Film Awards 2016
Timothy Benson's, HOOKED, accepted at 2016 Animation Day in Cannes Cannes, France - Screenwriter Timothy M. Benson's flagship feature animation screenplay, HOOKED, a family-fun, fishing-themed adventure, has been recently honored by acceptance at the 2016 Animation Day in Cannes. HOOKED has exploded across the 2015-16 global film festival circuits, winning almost twenty screenwriting awards, including multiple Best Feature Screenplay honors. Benson was inspired to write HOOKED based on his own fishing adventures as a boy and his fascination with the theme of legend.

The story's high-concept is driven by a 10 year old boy's quest for a LEGENDARY fish vs. a villainous fishing captain's thirst for fame and fortune. Below the water's surface, the race is on, as a young fish teams with a group of spirited comrades to find and save his Great Aunt (the legendary behemoth Northern Pike fish known to humans as, "The Beast"). HOOKED has been acclaimed as an epic tale of "legendary proportions" filled with humor, high-stakes, and edge of your seat adventure.
David J Schroeder's short film wins at NOVA

David J Schroeder's first produced screenplay, THIS MODERN MAN IS BEAT, wins Best Actor, and Runner-Up for Best Cinematography in the 2016 NOVA Internal Film & Music Festival.

 

Tom Musca (STAND & DELIVER) said, "This film is beyond beautiful. It's what a short film should be. Poetry." 

 

Jordi Vilasuso wins Best Actor as 'Habib bin Habib al Fulan,' a victim of cultural confusion, erroneous judgment, who finds redemption through self deception.

 

Tom Brunstetter, director of photography, wins Runner-up for Best Cinematography

 

THIS MODERN MAN IS BEAT also was nominated for Best Short, and Alex Merkin (ACROSS THE HALL) was nominated for Best Director

 

Eve Noel's The Mystery About Madeleine Eve's screenplay has received the prestigious Grand Jury Award for 2016 from the Neo Noir Film and Script Festival in L.A..  She has won numerous awards for her writing skills and, we are sure there are more to come.   We want to congratulate her. 
Official the Bronze Prize Winner for 2014 TV Drama Pilot - Charlie Phoenix

The World Series of Screenwriting is dedicated to recognizing and advancing the work of the world's most talented and compelling storytellers in film and television screenwriting. The Bronze Prize Winner for TV Drama Pilot is BorderState from Charlie and Kayden Phoenix. The story of family, politics, war and medicine at the onset of the civil war. In the border state of Missouri there is no blue or grey, only blood. 

Phillip Hardy wins best comedy at Cannes Screenplay Contest Dirty Real, The Bukowski Biopic, has won "best comedy" at the first Cannes Screenplay Contest. It is also nominated for best screenplay at the Houston Comedy Film Festival. Recently, this screenplay has been an official selection at several film festivals including Beverly Hills Film Festival; and is also a current semi-finalist for the Screencraft fellowship.
Nashville FF Names Bob Lawler Script Category Runner-Up in 2016 Contest Bob Lawler's short-film screenplay Together, Alone was named "Runner-Up" in the "Tennessee Short Script" category in the Nashville Film Festival's 2016 Screenwriting Competition.
John E. Bias has received a Grand Jury Award for his Sci-Fi Thriller John E. Bias has won a Grand Jury Award for his short Sci-Fi Thriller screenplay "Generation Killer". The third award in four months for this screenplay about a mercenary that is sent back in time to retrive an object and at the same time kill off an entire bloodline. 
TUTTLESON'S HAUNTED TOY STORE - IA 2016 ScreenCraft Semi-Finalist Bradford Richardson's fun Family Fantasy, TUTTLESON'S HAUNTED TOY STORE was selected as a 2015-16 Semi-Finalist in the ScreenCraft Family-Friendly Screenplay Competition.
The Gift Northern Ireland Screen is delighted to announce that three short films have been chosen to go into production from its Access Shorts scheme.

Access Shorts is an initiative to find film-makers exclusively from groups that are under-represented in the film and television sector. Didem Durak Akser's "The Gift" was selected!

 

Brandon Maline's first scene is chosen for a live reading at Wildsound

The first scene from Brandon Maline's screenplay Existential Quandary was recently chosen by the committee of Wildsound Festival to be featured at one of their upcoming Festival dates for a live reading by professional actors. 

 

This is the first 10-pages from a supernatural thriller/slasher flick where a new killer shows up, but may have ties to previous murders years ago, and some how a single mother and her daughter have been found connected to everything in unexplainable ways. What makes these two special? Why is the killer drawn to killing and drawn to the daughter as he tries to figure out his own existential quandary of who, or why, he is in this life. 

 

https://firstscenescreenplay.com/2016/06/01/1st-scene-script-reading-existential-quandary-by-brandon-maline/

Frank Floyd & Cesar De La Torre WildSound Festival

Originally from Venezuela where he starred in the number 1 TV series across several countries Cesar De La Torre had the idea of putting together a feature based on the recent revolution's history in Venezuela. After pitching the idea to Frank Floyd they came up with a true events fictional drama, Nosotros El Pueblo, We The People. The feature sheds light on the revolution from Hugo Chavez's failed coupe attempt to his death while holding Presidential office. Many true life political figures and their sotrylines are included in the feature. To give a vision to the realities of the past and current state of the countries citizens, a fictional drama based on several families living in the country and how their lives are affected by the revolution is in the story. It has been promoted by WildSound Festival. Nosotros El Pueblo, We The People:

 http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/nosotros_el_pueblo_we_the_people_by_frank_floyd_.html

 

Linda Falcao's Out Flying Past My Bedtime, Platinum Award Winner, IIFA A young girl acquires superhero powers from a mysterious stranger and must hide them from her crazily overprotective parents as she goes out to save the world. A coming-of-age superheroine action-comedy for the whole family. Start of a franchise or series (also available as a 1 hour pilot). Out Flying was also a Third Place Winner, 2015-2016 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition, and Finalist, 2016 Artemis Women in Action Screenplay Competition.
Anthony Cawood's Glitch wins Thriller/Horror award. It's a second win at Nashville for Anthony, with Glitch taking the Thriller/Horror short script award after 2014's success with A Certain Romance (in post-production).
Kylie Garcelon's 'Moral Compass' screening at Hoboken Int. Film Fest!

Moral Compass, a narrative short written by Kylie Garcelon and produced by Gladiolus Production's is screening at the famous Paramount Theater in Middleton, New York. 

 

This is the thrid official selection and second screening for Moral Compass as it begins its festival run.  

Eric Irizarry places top scripts in The International Horror Hotel 2016

Eric Irizarry placed top scripts in the short comedy horror genre of The International Horror Hotel 2016.  His short script "Six Feet Under Par" outlines a Golfer and a Caddy's, who happen to be serial killers, rampage across town using people like they would golf balls.  Reviewers called it an anarchistic absurdist comedy with an underlying distubed nuance.

http://horrorhotel.net/page20.php

3 Scripts Place at Nashville Film Festival 2016 Todd Sorrell's 3 scripts all placed at Nashville Film Festival 2016.  From over 1500 submissions, "The Minstrel" came in 2nd Place, and "Parousia" came in 3rd in their respective categories, Music Inspired and Science Fiction.  "Silent Rescue" placed top 5 in the Inspirational category.  "Parousia" was also a Top 4 Finalist at the Utah Film Awards earlier this month.
Ranger Creed Wins Best Action/Adventure It's "mission accomplished" for Travis Opgenorth's Ranger Creed as it takes home another prize. This time it's the best feature script in the action/adventure category from the Nashville Film Festival.
HORSEMAN advances to the Semi Finals at Screencraft's Pilot Launch Contest

An early draft of Terry Erickson's "Horseman", a high concept supernatural pilot, has advanced to the semi finalist round of Screencraft's 2015 Pilot Launch Competition.

 

The story of "Horseman" centers on a school bully who finds he possesses otherworldly abilities in the midst of dealing with the real world consequences of his actions.

Terry Erickson's HORSEMAN Wins Fresh Voices 2015-16 Honorable Mention Terry Erickson's "Horseman", a high concept supernatural pilot, has been awarded an Honorable Mention at the Fresh Voices 2015-16 Screenplay Competition in the One Hour Pilot category. Fresh Voices stresses "While traditional criteria such as tone, structure and character are equally important, in our experience the one quality that cannot be taught or rewritten is the author's original voice."

The story of "Horseman" centers on a school bully who finds he possesses otherworldly abilities in the midst of dealing with the real world consequences of his actions.
David J Schroeder's short wins SENE Film, Music & Art Festival David J Schroeder's first produced short, THIS MODERN MAN IS BEAT, wins Best Short Film at the 2016 SENE Film, Music & Art Festival. This our 3rd Best Award, and 18th festival offical selection.
Alex Cope & Will Zech's 'Creepypasta' Wins 2015 Fresh Voices Competition

Alex Cope and Will Zech's half-hour pilot Creepypasta (submitted under working title 'Tapes') has won first place in the 1/2 Hour TV Pilot category of the Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition. The script previously won Best Scripted Digital Series in the 2015 Austin Film Festival.

 

Creepypasta is about an eccentric teen girl who enlists the help of the boy next door to research strange local incidents tied to internet urban legends called "creepypasta" in an effort to solve her uncle's mysterious disappearance. Together they face incidents of the supernatural in the internet age, from malevolent chatbots to possessed memes, all while grappling with a more timeless challenge: growing up.

 

Reader Comment from Austin Film Festival: "This needs to be a produced show, like now."

 

 

David J Schroeder wins at the 2016 Silver Springs IFF

David J Schroeder's first produced screenplay, THIS MODERN MAN IS BEAT, wins at the Silver Springs International Film Festival.

 

A short film about cultural confusion, erroneous judgment, and redemption through self-deception, TMMIB won Best Fresh Squeezed Florida Made Short Film.

 

So far, we have been nominated in 17 film festivals.

David J Schroeder's short film wins Best Actor

David J Schroeder's first produced screenplay, THIS MODERN MAN IS BEAT, wins Best Actor in the 2016 NYLA International Film Festival.

 

Jordi Vilasuso wins Best Actor as 'Habib bin Habib al Fulan,' a victim of cultural confusion, erroneous judgment, who finds redemption through self deception.

 

THIS MODERN MAN IS BEAT will screen in the NYC's Producer's Club theater in May, and again in L.A. in October.

David J Schroeder receives 5 Nominations

David J Schroeder's first produced screenplay receives 5 nominations in the 2016 Nice in the South of France International Film Festival.

 

A story of self deception directed by Alex Merkin, we are nominated for the Jury Award, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Sound Design, and Best Costumes.

 

The screening and awards will be the first week of May.

Linda Falcao's Out Flying Past My Bedtime Finalist Artemis Women in Action CONNECT member Linda Falcão's Out Flying Past My Bedtime was honored as a Finalist in the Artemis Women in Action Film Festival Screenplay Competition, April 22-24, 2016. Out Flying Past My Bedtime is the family-friendly action-packed story of a superhero-obsessed girl who suddenly acquires superhero powers, but must hide them from her crazily overprotective parents as she goes out to save the world. "An incredibly original premise with great visuals"- "Lauren is a first-rate character"- "Could be the start of a franchise or a back-door pilot" (Also a Third Place Winner, 2015-2016 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition and Platinum Award Winner, 2016 International Independent Film Awards)

 

Jason Kessler's "Up In Flames" a Top 5 script in ISA Fast Track Jason Kessler's script "Up In Flames" was honored with a Special Mention as a top 5 script in the 2016 ISA Fast Track Fellowship.  Jason is currently earning a screenwriting MFA at UT Austin, and he previously attended Princeton University and Columbia Law School.
Giancarlo Fusi's TV Pilot 'Hell Hound' is an ISA Fast Track Top 50 Script

'Hell Hound' selected as a Fast Track Top 50 script for the International Screenwriters' Association Fast Track Fellowship out of nearly 1,000 entries. 'Hell Hound' is inspired by the life of iconic Bluesman Robert Johnson who was just a sharecropper during the Depression until, as legend has it, he sells his soul to the Devil at a Mississippi crossroads to become the greatest guitarist of all time. But his Fuastian pact unleashes a pair of vicious and rabid hellhounds that'll doggedly pursue him for the rest of his days.

 

 

Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition - Honorable Mention SYVERTSEN'S COMPLEX was the first Honorable Mention in the Science Fiction category of the 2015-2016 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition.
MIKE MURPHY'S "THE WISE MAN" AN AUDIO VERSE AWARDS FINALIST

Mike Murphy's "The Wise Man," a Christmas-themed episode of his Jim Nolan, Private Eye audio series, has been nominated as an Audio Verse Awards finalist in the category Best Writing of a Self-Contained Long-Form Production. The Audio Verse Awards are dedicated to "celebrating the best in free audio drama around the world."

 

Murphy's tale deals with the Christmastime disappearance of a senior citizen from a retirement home.The Jim Nolan, Private Eye audio series recently premiered its 23rd episode. It is produced through Misfits Audio Productions, where Murphy writes many audio scripts. 

Jaime Medina - April 2016 TV Spec Screenplay Winner Fan Fiction Screenplay - TWILIGHT ZONE "Punchline" April 2016 ReadingWritten by Jaime Medina Watch script reading:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwumcJuHoJE
SYNOPSIS: 
Genre: Mystery, Thriller 
A failed comedian makes a deal with the Devil to switch places with the Vegas star who stole his act!.
CAST LIST: 
NARRATOR - Sean KaufmannVIC - Michael LakeSCRATCH - Noah CaseyTRIXIE - Kiran FriesenLITA - Sandra KrstinBENNY - Dennis Barham
Jamie Pierce - April 2016 TV Pilot Screenplay Winner TV PILOT Screenplay - MARRIAGE EQUALITY April 2016 ReadingWritten by Jamie Pierce Watch script reading: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3tLNO_8ilI
SYNOPSIS: 
Genre: Comedy, Romance 
A gay couple deals with two life-changing events on Mother's Day.
CAST LIST: 
NARRATOR - Sean KaufmannANDREW - Michael LakeANTHONY - Noah CaseySTACY/ANDREW - Sandra KrstinJUDY - Kiran FriesenDAD - Dennis Barham
Jacques Edeline - April 2016 TV Pilot Screenplay Winner TV PILOT Screenplay - MAILROOMIESApril 2016 ReadingWritten by Jacques Edeline Watch script reading: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtN1ElMnIg0
SYNOPSIS: 
Genre: Comedy 
Pilot about a young man (Charlie) who starts at the bottom of the food chain in the Hollywood industry.
CAST LIST: 
NARRATOR - Sean KaufmannCHARLIE - Dennis BarhamPAT - Noah CaseyZOE - Sandra KrstinMEG/TIA - Kiran FriesenWILL - Michael Lake
Jerry Kokich - April 2016 1st Scene Screenplay Winner Monster Beneath The IceWritten by Jerry Kokich Watch script reading: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdCMo2o510k
CAST LIST:
NARRATOR – Sean KaufmannVLADIMIR – Noah CaseyEVGENY – Michael LakePILOT – Dennis Barham
SYNOPSIS:
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
A good, old fashioned “B” picture for your first scene enjoyment.
EVGENY and VLADIMIR discuss when the supply plane will arrive. Outside, Evgeny is almost knocked down by a moving ridge in the ice, but Vladimir saves him. The ridge destroys shacks and machinery, and the incoming plane just manages to rescue them.
Steve Mikals - April 2016 1st Scene Screenplay Winner Man Seeking MonkeyWritten by Steve Mikals Watch winning screenplay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5dR8Mefk8E
CAST LIST:
NARRATOR – Sean KaufmannMITCHELL – Michael LakeDET. STRUMMER – Noah CaseyARTHUR – Kiran FriesenARTHUR – Dennis Barham
SYNOPSIS:
Genre: Comedy
Aided by their human friends, chimpanzees with typewriters try to climb the Evolutionary ladder.
Brett Bacon - April 2016 1st Scene Screenplay Winner The Wedding ThiefWritten by Brett Bacon Watch winning reading: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LATeghWQnvw
CAST LIST:
NARRATOR – Sean KaufmannJOEY – Michael LakeLORENZO – Noah CaseyDOM – Dennis Barham
SYNOPSIS:
Genre: Comedy, Crime
A professional thief pilfers money from the super-rich at weddings until he is caught stealing from the Italian mob and then is forced to take a priceless work of art from the Russian mob or die trying.
Adam Preston - April 2016 Feature Screenplay Winner Feature Screenplay - MISPRINTS April 2016 ReadingWritten by Adam Preston Watch script reading: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsdKVLCRoDY
SYNOPSIS: 
Genre: Comedy, Romance
An emotionally shredded proof reader shares an apartment with a naive intern at a publishing house. When they decide to publish a rejected manuscript by an uncontrollable, priapic, egotistical and superannuated author their little island of dissatisfaction is blown apart.
CAST LIST: 
NARRATOR - Frances Townend RICHARD - Kaleb AlexanderOLLIE - Jarrid TerrellDR. ZAHN - David OcchipintiSARAH - Erynn BrookJESSICA/FI - Christina SantosNICK - Rob Notman
Alexander Nachaj - April 2016 Feature Screenplay Winner Feature Screenplay - DEAD NORTH April 2016 ReadingWritten by Alexander Nachaj Watch Script Reading:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAB23Uic03k
SYNOPSIS: 
Genre: Horror, Comedy, Adventure 
Survivors battle zombies and rival groups in post-apocalyptic Northern Canada
CAST LIST: 
NARRATOR - Frances Townend OWEN - Rob NotmanMAG - Christina SantosPILOT - Kaleb AlexanderCAINE/STEIN - Jarrid TerrellBARKER/REESE - David Occhipinti
Martin Blinder - April 2016 Feature Screenplay Winner Feature Screenplay - CATCH THE DEVIL April 2016 ReadingWritten by Martin Blinder Watch Script Reading: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuOlfd4cq_E
SYNOPSIS: 
Genre: History, War, Adventure, Drama 
Synopsis: A Civil War true adventure tale of three Union soldiers, the first winners of a Congressional Medal of Honor, whose audacity and bravery trumped the superior lethal technology of the Confederate South in their daring raid into the heart of Dixie.
CAST LIST: 
NARRATOR - Danielle Nicole EVERETT - Geoff MaysMABEL - Scott McCullochVARIOUS - Hugh Ritchie
Addison's Table Top Dancer WINS Best Short Script at 2015-16 Fresh Voices Addison Bhuyan's The Table Top Dancer is the WINNER for best short at the 2015-16 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition.  This makes two wins for Addison, as his TV spec of The Americans won the WILDsound Festival in November 2015.
Troy Anthony Miller's THE HITCH is the latest Black List Podcast

Selected by online voting, Troy's award-winning original screenplay THE HITCH has been produced as a Table Read Podcast by The Black List and Earwolf Media. The script won the Austin Film Festival's "Horror Award", Table Read My Screenplay's "Thriller Award", was selected for The Black List's Screenwriter's Lab, and is currently under option with Frank Darabont's Darkwoods Productions.

 

Set in Los Angeles in 1927, THE HITCH tells the story of young British filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock who's accused of murder and must go on the run to prove his innocence. Available on iTunes and at Earwolf.com, the podcast stars Tom Rhys Harries as Alfred Hitchcock, along with Jack Falahee, Shelley Hennig, Angela Gots, Dave Hill, Graham Hamilton, Louis Herthum, John Getz, Jayne Taini, Lauren Bass, and narration from Cooper Thornton: http://www.earwolf.com/episode/the-hitch/

Mary Goldman makes top 20 Emerging Screenwriters' Shoot Your Short "The Redemption of Frank Malone", a dark suspense thriller, made top 20 of the 2015 Emerging Screenwriters' Shoot Your Short competition.
Linda Falcao's Out Flying Past My Bedtime in Table Read My Screenplay Top 100 Semifinalist in Table Read My Screenplay, Park City! A four-quadrant coming-of-age action comedy about a young girl who suddenly acquires superhero powers, but has to hide them from the crazily overprotective parents as she goes out to save the world.  Third Place, Fresh Voices, Platinum Award, IIFA, Finalist, Artemis Women in Action, Official Selection, San Diego Int'l Kids and Action on Film FFs (Nominated Best Comedy Feature). "A charming script with an engaging and fun central character" (TV Writing Festival) - "This writer can write and definitely has a good sense of humor for comedies" (Academy Nicholl Fellowship) -  "Compelling premise and engaging characters. Marketability/Commerciality: Excellent" (Fresh Voices) -"An incredibly original premise with great visuals" (The Black List)
Jeff York's "The Scoundrels Club" in 2016 Screencraft Fellowship semifinals Jeff York's western "The Scoundrels Club" was named a semifinalist in the 2016 Screencraft Screenwriting Fellowship contest. Jeff also had his horror script "Incurable" named to the same semifinals this year. "The Scoundrels Club" has figured in a number of top screenwriting competitions finals in the last few years. It won the Grand Prize, along with Best Action/Adventure script, at the 2013 Table Read My Screenplay competition at Sundance. And it was in the top 10 finals of the 2014 Script Pipeline screenplay competition in Los Angeles. 
Jeff Yorks' "Incurable" is named 2016 Screencraft Fellowship semifinalist Jeff York's horror script "Incurable" was named a semifinalist in the 2016 Screencraft Screenwriting Fellowship contest. Another script of Jeff's, his western entitled "The Scoundrels Club", was also selected as a finalist in the same competition. "Incurable" has figured in the finals of a number of screenplay contests, most recently in the 2015 Emerging Screenwriters competition. It was also the only spec script from over a thousand evaluated by Final Draft's Script Xpert service to receive a "recommend" rating in 2009. 
PHIL PARKER - FINALIST - SCRIPT PIPELINE

The thrilling action/ adventure spec, 'The Third Bomb' beat out 3,500+ competitiors to reach the prestigious list of Top 20 finalists in 2015. The WWII-era screenplay tells the story of an American B29 pilot shot down over Japanese territory who must stop an ambitious enemy commander from capturing his secret cargo - the third atomic bomb.

 

Praised by a Black List reader as "an incredibly well-written screenplay. Actors would kill for these parts", The Third Bomb continues to ride a wave of festival and competition success.

 

For more information, visit www.thethirdbomb.com

 

Option available.

Diana Galimzyanova wins at The International Horror Hotel Film Festival "A Fangirl" has won 4th place in the short horror category. It is a dark story about a young woman who goes to see her favorite band playing live, and brings a big sports bag of sharp tools with her. 
JANE THERESE'S RETURN ME, PLACE'S IN FIRST 10 PAGES

RETURN ME, a semi - finalist, is a well - executed scipt. The true story based on the memoirs of Fiona Doyle's book, Too Many Tears follows Fiona through a tormented lost childhood, struggling through a thirty year journey to bring charges against the man responsible, her father.

 

Too Many Tears reached #2 in Ireland. Fiona recieved Ireland's People of the Year Award in 2013, The Tatler Award and the Pride of Irenad Award in 2014. Producer/Director kept under wraps until funding is secured. Only serious inquires.

JANE THERESE'S WHAT ARE THE ODDS? PLACES IN FRESH VOICES

JANE THERESE'S What Are The Odds? placed TOP FIVE in Fresh Voices. A quirky dramedy about a percosious  ten year old Charlie who's faced with a life-altering  dilemma. She makes a last ditch efforet to save her family. In a time of shoot 'em, car bombs, the fear factor movies, it's nice to know there's a story that breathes hope and joy into the hearts of others. An uplifiting ending that changes not only Charlie, but the couple who come to her rescue.

 

 

John E. Bias has won 1st Place with his Short Sci-Fi Thriller John E. Bias has taken 1st Place during the 2016 Internationl Horror Hotel with his short screenplay Sci-Fi Thriller "Generation Killer" in the Short Sci-Fi Category of the competition. This is the second award for this screenplay that is picking up steam on the contest trail.  
THE INSELBERG EFFECT - WRITTEN BY SCOTT PITTOCK, PRAIRIE LIGHTS FILMFEST Scott Pittock's dark comedic short The Inselberg Effect (directed by Tony Bonacci) was recently announced as an official selection in the 2016 Prairie Lights Film Festival.  It's now made it into six film festivals!
Geoffrey D. Calhoun Places first with Hipster Z Geoffrey D. Calhoun places first place in the 2016 International Horror Hotels Film Fest for his Zombie Comedy Hipster Z.
Phillip E. Hardy wins best comedy at Cannes Screenplay Contest

Dirty Real, The Bukowski Biopic has won best comedy at the first Cannes Screenplay contest. It has also been chosen as official selection at Beverly Hills Film Festival, Paris Online Film Festival and Houston Comedy Film Festival.

David j Schroeder wins at Cannes Screenplay Contest

David j Schroeder wins multiple awards in the 2015 Cannes Screenplay Contest:

     • THE BIG IDEA wins 2nd Place Feature Comedy,

     • CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM: ACCIDENT wins 2nd Place TV Spec Script, and

     • LOST CAUSE is an Official Finalist (top 7).

http://cannesscreenplaycontest.com/winners

Julie Livingston's Self Help wins in Acclaim Self Help, a single-camera comedy about an ambitious book editor who lies about her interest in Self Help to get a job with a famous relationship guru was awarded the top prize in Acclaim's TV category.
Julie Livingston's Self Help wins honorable mention in Fresh Voices Self Help, a single-camera comedy about an ambitious book editor who lies about her interest in Self Help to get a job with a famous relationship guru was awarded honorable mention in the 1/2 pilot category of the 2015-16 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition.
MIKE MURPHY'S "A HEAVENLY PRICE" WINS SCRIPT-WRITING COMPETITION AWARD

The Friends of Old-Time Radio has announced that Mike Murphy's script "A Heavenly Price" has taken second place in their annual script-writing competition. Murphy's tale tells the story of aliens who come to Earth to let us know that they can cure all of our diseases. . . if we will only give them the moon.

 

The competition called for writers to produce a script that could have been a part of a series from the era of old time radio. 

 

 

CONTAGION FILMS ADAPTS MIKE MURPHY'S "THE CANDY MAN" INTO A SHORT FILM

Contagion Films has adapted "The Candy Man" by Mike Murphy into a short film entitled "Dark Chocolate." The film won the Audience Choice Award as the best film in the horror/sci-fi/fantasy genre at the San Diego Film Consortium Awards, beating out 11 other films.

 

The film tells the unusual story of an old widower and the life-or-death power of a box of chocolates.

 

 

David j Schroeder's THIS MODERN MAN IS BEAT wins

David j Schroeder's award winning short script, THIS MODERN MAN IS BEAT, wins the 2016 Silver Springs International Film Festival 'Fresh Squeezed Florida Made Short Film.'

 

Alex Merkin (ACROSS THE HALL) directs this story of self-deception: In a world of cultural confusion and erroneous judgment, Habib bin Habib al Fulan pawns his guitar and cashes in to reconcile with his wife.

 

This is Schroeder's first produced script. THIS MODERN MAN IS BEAT has been accepted into 17 film festivals and nominated for 19 awards.

Eve Noel's Short "The Secret", a finalist Congratulations again to Eve Noel for her short screenplayThe Secret, chosen as one of 10 finalists. A winner will be chosen on April 30th,and we wish her luck. This is a fourth recognition for Eve, as she continues to hone and craft her skills, and wish her many more to come.
NIR SHELTER is an award winning writer/director. Over the last 7 years, Nir Shelter's projects have been officially selected in over 40 international competitions and festivals around the world, often achieving finalist status. Nir has won first place at The London Film Awards 2014, won second place in the Hollywood World series for screenwriting 2014 and won the grand prize in the Shoot Your Short competition 2015.

For Nir's directing and co writing work accolades include web comedy at the New Heaven International Film festival 2015, was nominated for 8 awards at the LA Web Fest 2016 and was nominated for best web comedy at the Toronto Open World Film Festival 2015.
Kylie Garcelon's produced short 'Moral Compass' screening at NYC Indie FF!

Kylie Garcelon's dramatic and confronting short, Moral Compass has been produced by Gladiolus Productions (of which she is a co-founder) and has won an official selection at the NYC Independent Film Festival. 

'A loving wife faces the unthinkable when her husband, suffering with Alzheimer's disease, falls into a steep, mental decline'. 

 

This is a compelling and heartbreaking drama that compells the viewer to think about the contentious issues of ageing, Alzheimers and death.  

Kylie Garcelon's short 'Clowning Around' wins Honorable Mention at CIFF!

It has been said that one way to overcome a phobia is to write about it and that is exactly what Kylie Garcelon did when she penned her comedic short, 'Clowning Around'.

When a NYC rock musician falls for a shy accountant it feels like true love at last, until her shy lover, against the advice of his friends, reveals a secret that might destroy it all. 

 

 

"Unaccompanied Minor" Finalist in Filmmakers Int'l Screenwriting Awards

Kitania Kavey's true-life drama "Unaccompanied Minor" has advanced to the finals in the 14th Annual Filmmakers International Screenwriting Awards.  In 2015 Unaccompanied Minor won at the Moondance Film Festival, was a finalist in the Beverly Hills Film Festival, and made it to the secound round in the Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition, as well as being the official selection in several other festivals.

 

 

"Redreamers" a Finalist at 2015 Filmmakers International

My original, high concept script "Redreamers" reaches a new height.  First placing Quarterfinalist at 2015 Shore Scripts.  Now a Finalist at 2015 Filmmakers International. 

 

What if all your dreams could be retrieved?  And the one dream you pick is played back to you as you pass away so you die believing that was actually the life you lived?  This concept weaves through the story centered around Mike, who turns to that technology to continue "living" with the family he lost in a car crash.  But when he meets a new woman, he must decide between fantasy and real life.

 

In The Black List coverage, the reader says: "There's something very relatable and compelling about this reality even though it is science fiction.  It's both escapist and tragic in a layered and clever way.  Plus, it's just a great pitch."  

T Gordon Stanley's "The Deported" 2016 Scriptapalooza Semi-Finalist

American in Every Way But Birth!  Never has there been a more timely show.  Daily, the United States deports individuals who live here illegally. Yet, most Americans do not have insight into the consequences of certain deportations.

 

T Gordon Stanley's "The Deported" focuses on individuals who were brought to the United States as children, some as infants. We explore how they were raised American: played baseball; went to the prom; joined the military; married. It is a 2016 Scriptapalooza semi-finalist.

 

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. 
STEPHEN SIEGEL SIGNS WITH THE SAVAGE AGENCY Screenwriter Stephen Siegel has signed with A.J. Harris of The Savage Agency after being referred by the ISA. Stephen's credits include GUILTY HEARTS, a CBS miniseries which starred Academy Award winner Marcia Gay Harden, Treat Williams and Olympia Dukakis. He is a Lifetime member of the WGA and has written for the likes of Sean Connery, Dawn Steel and Dick Clark.
ISA podcast host Jeff York joins Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle Jeff York, ISA member and host of the network's podcast "Page 2 Screen", has been invited to be a member of the Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle. He was recognized for his movie reviews for the Examiner online, his weekly blog about the movie business called The Establishing Shot, and his hosting of the movie review program "Page 2 Screen" for networkisa.org where each week. On that 45-minute weekly podcast, available at networkisa.org and on iTunes, he and a fellow ISA member/screenwriter evaluate a movie currently playing in theaters. 2016 is the first year for the new critics organization and Jeff is very honored to become a member during its founding.
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.
"A Fangirl" is a Finalist in Las Vegas Screenplay Contest It is a short psychological horror by Diana Galimzyanova. A twisted story about a successful, beautiful introverted young woman who controls every aspect of her life except for her hidden obsession with a faded rock star. It previously was a finalist in five other competitions and film festivals, including official selection at Motor City Nightmares Film Festival.   
REDEEMING GRACE (by WL Gorman) - PILOT SCRIPT CHOSEN TO BE TABLE READ Bud Gorman's REDEEEMING GRACE - a television dramatic series - was selected as a winning pilot script and was table-read by a group of actors in Toronto in May of 2015 (WILDSOUND Film and Writing Festival).
Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival Official Selection - Fall 2014 Tina Czarnota's short, an excerpt off Deadwaiter, 2nd mystery/comedy in her Country Inn, Dead & Breakfast series, made Official Selection at FLIFF where it was screened.  
There's a Monster in My Closet, written by Alena Cadova - finalist (TOP 5) A short horror/thriller screenplay "There's a Monster in My Closet" has been chosen as one of the 5 best screenplays and got to the final round. It is a short story about a little girl escaping to her own world full of ghosts and boogeymen, since in real life there is a real "monster" endangering her.
SONY International Pictures requests GENETIC MEMORY script GENETIC MEMORY, the Sci-Fi adventure script by Kenneth Wood, has been requested by SONY International Pictures.
Hans Cruz Luttmann hired to adapt Emmy Award winning HBO Doc into feature. Emmy award winning Director Jeff Stimmel hires Hans Cruz Luttmann to pen the adaptation of his documentary "The Art of Failure: Chuck Connelly Not for Sale".  The script is currently being shopped to top producers including Plan B and Brillstein Entertainment Partners
Ken Miyamoto's The Enemy Within wins ScreenCraft's Action/Thriller Contest After months of some explosive debates, hand-to-hand combat and breakneck chases, the jury has come to a triumphant consensus and we’re proud to announce THE ENEMY WITHIN by Ken Miyamoto as the grand prize winner of the 2014 ScreenCraft Action & Thriller Script Contest. It’s a fast-paced wrong man thriller with sharp character work that keeps the reader involved in the story and continually elevates the emotional stakes. Gritty and grounded, the script explores quintessential contemporary themes like personal versus national loyalty, how well we can ever truly know another person, counterterrorism doctrine and the perniciousness of fanatical terrorism.
"Things To Do Before Leaving" by James Byrne, comedy "Things To Do Before Leaving", a feature length comedy by James Byrne placed as a Finalist (top 20) in the 2016 Los Angeles Cinefest.
RICHTER'S WAR Wins Best Short Screenplay at Los Angeles CineFest

RICHTER'S WAR by Daniel P. Douglas has won best short screenplay at the February 2016 Los Angeles CineFest. The sci-fi World War II hardboiled detective story has previously won or placed in multiple contests during 2015 and 2016.

Diarra McCormick - March 2016 Short Screenplay Winner Short Screenplay: LEROY'S DREAMby Diarra McCormick Watch the winning screenplay reading: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lEiizFdsgk  SYNOPSIS: 
Genres: Drama 
A disgruntled hardworking father struggles to communicate with his combative alcoholic wife who must find the strength to pursue his true passion of becoming a world renowned painter.  CAST LIST: 
NARRATOR - Val ColeLEROY - Ucal ShillingfordDARYL - Rob NotmanSONYA - Alicia Payne
James M. Freeman - March 2016 Short Screenplay Winner BEST INTERESTS Written by James M. Freeman  Watch Screenplay Reading: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lu1Ya66wmJk  SYNOPSIS: 
Genres: Action, History, Drama 
To protest inhumane treatment and unfair rejection of his application for refugee status, a teenage Vietnamese asylum seeker challenges the authority of a Hong Kong detention camp commandant, resisting the commandant's efforts to force him to repatriate.
CAST LIST: 
NARRATOR - Nadia Gigi InaraANN - Alicia RyanHIEU - Suchiththa DeSilvaMINH - Ryan AnningUNHCR OFFICER - Steve Rizzo
Pamela Green - March 2016 Feature Screenplay Winner GATES OF HELL Written by Pamela Green  Watch Winning Screenplay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RO8plbHPZ4  SYNOPSIS: 
Genres: Drama, Family 
Entails the life of Everett House as he grows up in a poor, Christian home in a Midwest city following the Great Depression, portraying his passion for playing the steel guitar just as his invalid father had, and then, beginning at age 17, portraying Everett's years in a mental asylum. 
CAST LIST: 
NARRATOR - Sean Ballantyne EVERETT - Ryan AnningMABEL - Alicia RyanVARIOUS - Steve RizzoVARIOUS - Suchiththa DeSilvaVARIOUS - Nadia Gigi Inara
Fredric Maffei - March 2016 Feature Screenplay Winner MOTHS TO FLAME Written by Fredric Maffei Watch Winning Screenplay Reading:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9O5OTFEu6s  SYNOPSIS: 
Genres: Horror, Thriller 
Days from receiving his inheritance, young Nick hops in his truck and is California bound. Starved for a mentor/hero in his life, Nick hooks up with as canny a secret predator as ever was.    CAST LIST: 
NARRATOR - Fran Townend NICK - John MarcucciHENRY - Jonathan RobbinsSYLVIA/BARBIE - Annie MacKayBUNNY - Nikita Ivy Boston
Robin Jennings' "Empty Creatures" Selected For Princeton Film Festival Robin Jennings' original TV pilot, Empty Creatures, is an Official Selection in the screenplay category of this year's Princeton Film Festival. Empty Creatures centers on Nico Bray, a failing artist who can't seem to get a hold of her inner demons. When she decides to end her life but fails yet again, she's committed to a psychiatric hospital where her botched suicide attempt may end up being the big break she needs.
Dan Bronzite named Top Finalist in Breaking Walls Thriller Contest Breaking Walls Thriller Contest has named Dan Bronzite's supernatural thriller spec EYES OF EVE a Top Finalist.  Dan is currently working on US thriller script SMOKE OUT for Foton Films and Kidulthood director Menhaj Huda, as well as his own feature directorial debut psychological thriller URGE.
Addison Bhuyan's short, The Table Top Dancer is a finalist at Fresh Voices After being a semi-finalist at the Nashville Film Festival, Addison's short script, The Table Top Dancer is now a finalist in the 2015-16 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition.
Addison Bhuyan's spec of The Americans scores at 2016 Screenplay Festival Addison's spec, The Americans - Revolution and Resolution continues its success on the festival circuit as it garners the Honorable Mention Award at the 2016 Screenplay Festival.
Andy Byrne's DISCONN - Top 50 in ISA Fast Track Fellowship III "Disconn" is the story of Jenna, a woman struggling to fit into her life in a mental utopia where people pay a hive-mind product to manage and medicate their lives. But her attempt to disconnect brings her into conflict with her instincts, her numbed husband and the manipulators of this contorted society.

"Disconn" is the first in a series of stand-alone sci-fi titles Andy is writing over the next three years. Its a project aimed at delivering sci-fi features described as "sci-fi with a voice that can be made for a price".

"Disconn" is also currently in the SCREENCRAFT quarter-finals. Another of Andy's features, THE STATION, was a TOP FOUR FINALIST in BlueCat's 2016 Joplin Award.

THE ZAHIR on the festival circuit THE ZAHIR, a tongue-in-cheek magic realist thriller written and directed by Olga Holtz, has played at 8 festivals and received 6 awards so far. Its latest accolades are a finalist placement in Courier Awards and Best Fantasy Short, Best Cinematography, and Best Visual Effects awards at Genre Film Festival. THE ZAHIR was produced by Petr Sweezer-Jankular and filmed by William Green.
"A Fangirl" is a Finalist in Crimson Screen Horror Film Fest "A Fangirl" by Diana Galimzyanova is a finalist in the 2016 Crimson Screen Horror Film Fest. It is a short psychological horror about a successful, beautiful introverted young woman who controls every aspect of her life except for her hidden obsession with a faded rock star.
Jon Davis' 'The Golden Age Qtr-Finalist for 2016 ScreenCraft Fellowship Of over 2,000 entries, Jon Davis' 'The Golden Age,' a one-hour TV drama pilot, was named as a quarter-finalist for the 2016 ScreenCraft Fellowship.
DENISE MEYERS is a finalist for the Nashville Film Festival LUCKY 13, about the first American women to fly airplanes during World War Two, is a finalist in the Drama catagory at the Nashville Film Festival.  This remarkable true story chronicles the experiences of 13 female pilots who were tasked with training male combat pilots to fly the B26 Widowmaker, arguably the most dangerous plane of the entire war effort.   The women succeeded in their mission, only to be abruptly disbanded by Congress after fighting to receive military status because "women can't fly airplanes". The winners will be announced on April 22 in Nashville. 
Finalist 2016 BlueCat Joplin Award - The Station by Andrew Byrne Andy is also currently a quarter-finalist for the ScreenCraft Fellowship for his script DISCONN. Previously he's been a semi-finalist (with his scripts THE STATION and 8802) for the Nicholl Fellowship, Script Pipeline and Final Draft Big Break competitions. 
Robo4ce a finalist again for Jeffrey Howe The screenplay for Robo4ce was a finalist at the Canada International Film Festival in Vancouver. This comes after it won Best Feature Screenplay at the SoCal Film Festival and the fantasy/animation category at Table Read My Screenplay (Park City) earlier this year.
Anthony Cawood's Glitch announced as Finalist at Nashville

Anthony's script, Glitch, progresses from the semi-finals stage and is announced as Finalist in the Horror/Thriller short scripts category. The winner is announced at the festival in April.

This is Anthony's second sucess at Nashville, with his script, A Certain Romance, winning at the 2014

SANCTUARY - BY SCOTT PITTOCK, DOUBLE WINNER IN OMAHA FILM FESTIVAL Scott Pittock's western/horror feature Sanctuary won Best Feature Screenplay and Best Nebraska Screenplay in the 2016 Omaha Film Festival.  Sanctuary also placed Semifinalist in the thriller/horror category in the 2016 Nashville Film Festival. 
Siovonne Smith's "The Polish Medallion" wins Best Screenplay

Siovonne Smith's epic screenplay "The Polish Medallion" just won "Best Screenplay" at the 2016 Pasadena International Film Festival.

Robert Wooldridge's THE BOAT a finalist in Screenplay Festival THE BOAT received an honorable mention in the Screenplay Festival Competition. The Boat is set in 1965, Riviera, Texas, where a closeted gay teen, struggling with his sexuality, helps his mother build a boat after she has a vision of the town flooding, but this "Mrs. Noah" story has an unforeseen twist...
Evan Cooper Receives Honorable Mention x2

Evan Cooper's original feature, Ballerina Girl, picked up two honorable mentions in this year's Screenplay Festival for Action/Adventure and Thriller. 

 

Set in Russia, the story centers around a grisly murder investigation of a foreign ballerina.   

Steven Lebowitz Steven Lebowitz's short screenplay, "Playground Rules" placed in the top 50 in the 2015 Emerging Screenwriters Shoot Your Short Competition!
Anthony Cawood's script, Dr Psycho's Terror Night, is runner up... Anthony Cawood's Comedy/Horror script, Dr Psycho's Terror Night, is runner up in the Visceral Films Horror Screenplay competition and was optioned as a result, with production due in 2017.
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.  

David j Schroeder is a Finalist in the 2016 Kansas City FF

BECOMING LANA LIU is a Best Female Protagonist Finalist (top 2) in the 2016 Kansas City Film Festival. This is BECOMING LANA LIU's 12th top three award, and David J Schroeder 123rd top three finiish. 

 

A stage reading is scheduled, and Winner is pending.

"The Space Drifter" by Shaun M Jooste praised by Cinequest Judges

Even though the screenplay did not make it through to the finalist listings due to string competition, Shaun Jooste's script "The Space Drifter" was still received high praise from the judges:

 

"Sci-fi is notorious for being difficult. You have created a world with solid bones and great potential...."

 

Shaun's third epic fantasy novel, "The Sadgi", has also recently been shortlisted for the 2016 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing.

Jack Fossett's "Sidewalk Safari" makes NaFF Semi-Finals

For the second year in a row, a script by up-and-coming screenwriter Jack Fossett has been recognized in the Nashville Film Festival's Screenplay Competition. "Sidwalk Safari", an action short inspired by a song of the same name, was named a short screenplay Semi-Finalist on March 4th, 2016.

Last year, Fossett took home second place in the Young Screenwriter category with "The Favor." 

Bruce Spiegelman an Kele McGlohon hired by Nasser from an ISA job posting Work-for-Hire celebrity biopic feature film job accepted and completed from a posting originally on ISA. Job was posted in December. We had both worked for Nasser years ago on a few other projects, but found this particular job via an ISA Writing Gig e-mail. Script has been finished, accepted and should go into pre-production within the next few months. Thanks ISA!
Stuart Wright is the March 2016 1st Scene Screenplay Winner Watch the winning writing performed by professional actors. Watch BEFORE GOD by Stuart Wrighthttp://www.wildsoundfestival.com/before_god.html
SYNOPSIS:
Genres: Psychological Thriller
After surviving a suicide attempt, a troubled pastor is tormented by visions of a 12 Year Old Boy that force him to confront a suppressed childhood memory.
Alan Mehanna is the March 2016 1st Scene Screenplay Winner Watch the winning writing performed by professional actors. Watch ELISSA OF TYRE by Alan Mehannahttp://www.wildsoundfestival.com/elissa_of_tyre.html
SYNOPSIS:
Genres: History, Drama, Fantasy
TYRE 820 BC - the death of the king causes ripples within the city as politics take over and the citizens fight over who between his two heirs should take the throne in his place. This is the origin story of Elissa, Princess of Tyre and how she rose to become the legendary Phoenician Queen.
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Robert Tolz is the March 2016 1st Scene Screenplay Winner Watch the winning writing performed by professional actors.
Watch RENAISSANCE MAN by Robert Tolzhttp://www.wildsoundfestival.com/renaissance_man.html
SYNOPSIS:
Genres: Comedy, Romance
A humble renaissance fair actress with working-class values meets the man of her dreams - whom she believes to be a fool, but who turns out to be a prince... or rather, a massive multinational corporate CEO. And her boss.
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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. 
Rebecca Williams Spindler's SONGBIRD nabs Top 6 at 2016 Nashville Film Fest Rebecca Williams Spindler's SONGBIRD placed in the Semi-Finals Top 6 for Music Inspired Feature at the 2016 Nashville Film Festival for the 2nd year in a row!  The culturally diverse script depicts the struggle and survival of a teenage gifted singer and her gospel inspired mentor.
Joy Gee's DRAGON CALLER

DRAGON CALLER, the story of an orphaned teen brought to the planet Tylan 4 where he is paired with a dragon and must fight intergalactic terrorists, is now a semifinalist in the Filmmakers International Screenplay Competition after winning gold in the Science Fiction category in the World Series of Screenwriting. This script is also available in a four-part mini-series format and won BEST TV PILOT in the Westfield Screenwriting Awards.

SANCTUARY - WRITTEN BY SCOTT PITTOCK, NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL Scott Pittock's horror/western feature Sanctuary is a semifinalist in the 2016 Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Contest.
Nashville Film Fest Announces Finalists, Ranger Creed Present Travis Opgenorth's Ranger Creed takes aim at another "mission accomplished".  It's now a finalist in the Nashville Film Fest Screenplay contest. Ooh-Rah!
June Escalante's Top Ten Winner THE LODGER, June Escalante's thriller screenplay has been chosen as a Top Ten Winner in the 2015 Wescreenplay Screenwiting Contest. This is one of many top ten wins for this script.
John Heavey's Family Animation "Gargoyles on the Case!" contest successes John Heavey's family animation "Gargoyles on the Case!"" has enjoyed Multiple Contest Finalist placings in the following competitions, New York Screenplay Contest, Courier Awards and an official selection of the Beverly Hills Film Festival 2015.
John Heavey's Historical Epic "Precious Warrior" Multiple Contest Finalist John Heavey's Historical Epic "Precious Warrior" has enjoyed Multiple Contest Finalist placings in the following competitions, New York Screenplay Contest, Hollywood Screenplay Contest, Courier Awards and an official selection of the Beverly Hills Film Festival 2016.
Addison's The Table Top Dancer makes Semi-Final of Nashville Film Fest

In addition to advancing to the semi-final round of the Fresh Voices competition, Addison Bhuyan's short drama script, The Table Top Dancer has now made the semi-finals of the 2016 Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition.  Keep writing, and keep moving forward.

THE DRAGON RIDER by Geoff Holder wins Honorable Mention in WISC

Geoff Holder's sci-fi THE DRAGON RIDER gains Honorable Mention (4th Place) in the WeScreenplay International Screenplay Competition. 

 

A few comments from the judges:
"This is a terrific piece that does an excellent job of making the impossible probable. The core of the story is strong and offers a truly exciting adventure."

"Filled with chair gripping action, The Dragon Rider is a fun yet somewhat campy fantasy romp with a cast of unique characters who manage to stand out while not upstaging our protagonist. Sigourney Weaver like heroine Jane is nicely complex, dark yet likable, helping give body to an extremely enjoyable tale."

 

Congratulations to all the winners.  

Travis Opgenorth's RANGER CREED Honored

Happy to see my feature script Ranger Creed received an Honorable Mention in the 2015 WeScreenplay Contest. Congrats to the top writers. 

 

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. 
Jeff York's "Incurable" named 2016 Screencraft Fellowship quarterfinalist Jeff York's horror script "Incurable" was named a quarterfinalist in the 2016 Screencraft Screenwriting Fellowship contest. In total, Jeff York had three screenplays chosen for the quarterfinals this year. His dark comedy "Play Dirty" and western "The Scoundrels Club" were also named. "Incurable" has figured in the finals of a number of contests. It also received Final Draft's only "recommend" rating in 2009, from over 1000 spec scripts reviewed through FD's Script Xpert service.   
Jeff York's "Play Dirty" named 2016 Screencraft Fellowship quarterfinalist Jeff York's dark comedy "Play Dirty" was named a quarterfinalist in the 2016 Screencraft Screenwriting Fellowship contest. In total, Jeff York had three scripts chosen for the quarterfinals this year. His western "The Scoundrels Club" and horror script "Incurable" were also named. "Play Dirty" has figured in the finals of a number of contests in the last 3 years and was chosen as a Nicholl Fellowship quarterfinalist in 2014. 
"The Scoundrels Club" named 2016 Screencraft Fellowship quarterfinalist Jeff York's western "The Scoundrels Club" was named a quarterfinalist in the 2016 Screencraft Screenwriting Fellowship contest. In total, Jeff York had three scripts chosen for the quarterfinals this year. His dark comedy "Play Dirty" and horror script "Incurable" were also named. "The Scoundrels Club" has figured in the finals of a number of contests in the last 3 years and was the Grand Prize winner of the Table Read My Screenplay contest in 2013 held at the Sundance Film Festival. 
ADDISON BHUYAN'S TWO SCREENPLAYS ADVANCE TO FRESH VOICES SEMI-FINALS Addison Bhuyan's spec The Americans and short, The Table Top Dancer have advanced to the Semi-Final round of the Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition!
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. 
SUTTLE ADVANCES TO SEMIFINALS IN NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL SCRIPT COMPETITION Courtney Suttle added to his list of acheivements for his script Fire on Ice, advancing to the semifinals in the Historical Feature category in the Nashville Film Festival 2016 Screenwriting Competition. Other awards for Fire on Ice include Second Runner Up, Best Script Award at the 2015 Beverly Hills Film Festival, Award of Excellence, 2015 NYLA International Film Festiva,l and an Award of Merit, 2015 Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood. In addition Fire on Ice was selected as one of three Finalists for the 2015 West Field Screenwriting Awards and named a Quarterfinalist in the 2015 WeScreenplay International Screenwriting Competition. Fire on Ice tells the true story of legendary speed skater Irving Jaffee, the first Jewish athlete to win gold in the Winter Olympics of 1928 and 1932.
RICHARD WILLETT'S "THE GAZEBO" SEMI-FINALIST IN FRESH VOICES COMPETITION Richard Willett's short screenplay THE GAZEBO is now a semi-finalist for the Fresh Voices Screenplay Competiton. The script tells the story of the final hours of an elderly couple who die together in a stalled household elevator during a heat wave.
Semi-Finalist Short

Lee Krempel's short screenplay, "Henry Porter," is in the semi-finals of Blue Cat. "Henry Porter" is a slow burn suspense story in which an average small town man has a fateful encounter with an enigmatic, terrifying contract killer that will change both of their lives forever.

 

Here's hoping for more good news on the 13th! 

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.  

Alison Lani My original comedy Webseries, BURNING BRIDGES, won "Best Webseries" at Miami International Film Festival. You can check out the episode here: http://youtu.be/aGSeshv-O8U
LISA REILY: FINALIST IN UK SHORT SCREENPLAY COMPETITION 2016 Three short screenplays by Lisa Reily, 'I Will Die Someday', 'Cheesecake' and 'What Are You Doing?', have been selected as finalists in the UK short screenplay competition, 'Create50: The Impact'. 

 

Second Featured Screenplay Honor at Beverly Hills Film Festival Dwayne Conyers screenplay “Daddy’s Dirty Girl” is a featured selection in the 2016 Beverly Hills Film Festival.  
Ballerina Girl Places Top Ten Finalist in American Zoetrope

Francis Ford Coppola's 13th Annual Screenwriting Competion has selected Evan Cooper's original feature, Ballerina Girl, as a top finalist. The script will be forwarded on to a multitude of agencies and production companies for consideration at the end of the month. 

 

After a young woman is murdered in Moscow, the investigation takes a grisly turn when her brother pins the crime on Russia's military elite.

 

Evan is repped by manager, Kailey Marsh. 

L.A. Longworth

Coming up for air after being lost in a new script and launching a website, so I'm just getting around to documenting the ride I took this past year with my last feature script ONE BAD ASTRONAUT, which was a quarter-finalist in the Nicholl, a semi-finalist in the Nashville, Honorable Mention in the Emerging Screenwriters Contest (2014) and the Top 100 at Cinequest.  

  

Reaugh's THE PLANT won best screenplay in Short Script to Screen Contest Rachel Reaugh's short 'THE PLANT' won Best Screenplay in the Short Script to Screen Contest 2016, sponsored by Rebel Seed Entertainment. 
Paul Paseli, PsyD The Metaphors Of The Heart Part I: One of 18 official screenplay selections for 2016 Universe Multicultural Film Festival [UMFF]. This is Paul Paseli's very first success story for his very first screenplay which he wrote recently [September, 2015]. He says: "I am luck that I did not have to wait for years to have a success story. I am honored, humbled, and intensely encouraged."
'THE DRAGON RIDER' BY GEOFF HOLDER FINALIST IN WESCREENPLAY INT'L CONTEST

Geoff Holder's THE DRAGON RIDER is a sci-fi epic which pitches dragons versus aliens.

    A disaffected psychic discovers she has been chosen by a great Dragon to lead the human resistance against an overwhelming alien invasion. But she doesn't want the job. Until the ETs threaten her estranged daughter. 

    Things explode. A lot.

    The script was previously a quarterfinalist in the Stage 32 Search for New Blood contest.  

'ZOMBIE PATROL' BY GEOFF HOLDER WINS HORROR COMP & GOES INTO DEVELOPMENT

Geoff Holder's Oscar-bait screenplay ZOMBIE PATROL has won the International Horror Screenplay Competition run by Visceral Films. It's now in development for their 2016 production slate with a $2million budget. 

    A newly-created zombie wants to return to life so he can woo the girl he loves - but first he has to deal with the vicious biker gang who want to take over the horror theme park where he works as a pretend zombie.

    Visceral Film's President Scott Wohlstein said: "Geoff Holder's story works in so many different ways - it's a character-driven horror rompfest complete with humor and a great story arc. It highlights the Land of Illusion theme park and the mission of the contest perfectly."

    With a cast that includes Voodoo gods, chainsaw maniacs and mad scientists, the movie's principal location is the Land of Illusion Horror Theme Park in Ohio.

    Geoff also has a first-look deal wih Visceral Films for future projects.

 

BUZZARD HOLLOW BEEF produced Indie horror film, Buzzard Hollow Beef, wrapped principal photography in December of 2015. 
DENISE MEYERS IS ANNOUNCED AS AN ATHENA LIST WINNER 2016

The Athena List celebrates the best in unproduced screenplays featuring strong female protagonists that have yet to be made into films.   Denise Meyers is the first screenwriter to have two screenplays make the final round of judging with RIDE THE WIND: The Bessie Stringfield Story, about the first African American woman inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame, and LUCKY 13, about the American women pilots in World War Two who played a pivotal role in training male pilots how to fly the most dangerous aircraft in American history.  RIDE THE WIND was named an Athena List winner in February 2016, and Lucky 13 was named a finalist during the Athena Film Festival in New York.  Meyers also placed in the top 50 for the Emerging Screenwriters shorts contest, and in the top ten for the Emerging Screenwriters contest.

EVOLUTION written & created by Cara Winter Cara Winter's sci-fi drama EVOLUTION won 1st Prize in Drama in the 2015 People's Pilot, as well as reaching the Finals of the 2015 Screencraft Pilot Launch competition.  Cara's manager is currently shopping EVOLUTION to various production companies and networks. 
THE RELIEF Advances to Top 10 Finalist with STAGE 32 TV Writers Fellowship!

More good news for Ross Denyer's pilot - The Stage 32 Happy Writers TV Writers Fellowship has selected his sci-fi drama, The Relief, as a Top 10 Finalist! 

 

The Relief follows Ethan, a man with the ability to relive and replace the memories of others, and the police unit tasked with tracking him down. 

 

Of the Top 10 Finalists, Stage 32 will select two winners to claim spots in their 12 week fellowship, overseen by executives from leading agencies and management companies. Winners announced on March 2nd.

David J Schroeder's Feature Screenplay Success: LAIFFA and Circus Road David j Schroeder's feature script, HALFWAY HOME, is a 2nd Place finisher in the January 2016 Los Angeles International Film Festival Awards. His action/adventure feature script, LOST CAUSE, is a Finalist in the Circus Road Screenplay Contest.
THE BIG WAD - WRITTEN BY SCOTT PITTOCK Scott Pittock's animated short The Big Wad was a 2014 Semifinalist in the Screencraft Comedy Script Contest.
"The Portrait" Wins Best Overall Picture at the Frozen Film Festival.

"The Portrait", a horror short written by David Ho and directed by John Borowski, entered the 4th Annual Frozen Film Festival that took place here in Woodridge, IL and took home the best overall picture.

 

Congratulations to John Borowski and everyone involved in making the film a success!

 

 

"The Yellow Ribbon Around Her Neck" by David Ho Wins 3rd Place

"The Yellow Ribbon Around Her Neck", a horror short screenplay written by David Ho, placed THIRD overall in the 2015 Holly Shorts Screenplay Contest.

 

The story is inspired by an American folklore and is about a disfigured female demon whose curse has her forever searching for a beautiful head to replace the hideous head attached to her shoulders by a single yellow ribbon.

 

 

Blue is not a feeling written by Jana Ploetz Jana Ploetz's short script "Blue is not a feeling" is about a young man who fights his depression. Literally. It is featured in the top 50 of the emerging screenwriters screenplay competition.
A LABOUR OF LOVE among the top scripts on The Black List A Labour of Love by Olga Holtz has placed on the monthly and quarterly top Black List, overall and in the Drama category. A Labour of Love is a biopic of Academy Award winner Kevin Brownlow, which focuses on his struggle to restore the epic film Napoleon and his love-hate relationship with its genius maker Abel Gance.
Emanuel Ruggeri is the February 2016 1st Scene Screenplay Winner Watch the February 2016 1st Scene Script Winners performed by professional actors: Watch ROAD TO TEXAS by Emanuel Ruggerihttp://firstscenescreenplay.com/2016/02/16/1st-scene-screenplay-reading-road-to-texas-by-emanuel-ruggeri/
Synopsis:
One’s redemption and the dynamics of a broken family’s relationship through the guise of a haunting thriller that touches on many genres through the protagonist’s hellish journey.
Michael DeMattia is the February 2016 1st Scene Screenplay Winner Watch the February 2016 1st Scene Script Winners performed by professional actors:
Watch THE SHOT by Michael DeMattiahttp://firstscenescreenplay.com/2016/02/16/1st-scene-screenplay-table-reading-the-shot-by-michael-demattia/
Synopsis:
One hunter, who never speaks, journeys through a unique forest to discover its mystery.

CAST LIST:
NARRATOR – Jarrid TerrellHUNTER – Sasha Rajamani
COOPER'S PROMISE SCORES AGAIN! Cooper scores again! Hus screenplay adaptation of his own novel, Cooper's Promise, is a Finalist in the Circus Road Films screenplay competition.That's almost thirty contests this screenplay has won or placed in!
TEACHER'S PET - WRITTEN BY SCOTT PITTOCK Scott Pittock's comedy Teacher's Pet was a 2014 Semifinalist in the Creative World Awards Screenplay Contest and a Quarterfinalist in Screencraft's Comedy Script Contest.  In 2011, it was a Quarterfinalist in Scriptapalooza and a Semifinalist in the AAA Screenplay Contest.  It placed as a Finalist in the 2010 Movie Script Screenwriting Contest.
THE INSELBERG EFFECT - WRITTEN BY SCOTT PITTOCK, WORLDFEST-HOUSTON FILMFEST Scott Pittock's dark comedy The Inselberg Effect (directed by Tony Bonacci) is an official selection and Remi Winner in the 49th Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival.  The short script was a 2014 Semifinalist in the Creative World Awards Screenwriting Contest.
LUCIFER'S REVENGE Finalist Circus Road Screenplay Contest 2015

John Alarid's sci-fi action script LUCIFER’S REVENGE is about a  rookie journalist who finds herself in the middle of an epic battle between Angels and Demons after she discovers that Hell has infiltrated the White House and that Satan has possessed the President  It’s up to her to save the human race from becoming Lucifer’s minions. It was a finalist in the Circus Road Screenplay Contest in 2015.

Special Mention (Top 20) In The Emerging Screenwriters Shoot Your Short Damon Ragsdale received Special Mention (Circle of 20) in the 2015 Emerging Screenwriters Shoot Your Short Competition.
Oaxaca Film Festival Official Selection

Sandra Campbell's feature political drama "Article V" was an official selection of the 2015 Oaxaca Film Fest Global Script Challenge

Mary Goldman places Second Round at Austin Mary Goldman's short screenplay, a suspense/thriller, "The Redemption of Frank Malone", made Second Round in the 2015 Austin Film Festival Short Screenplay Competition.
Mary Goldman and Tim House - Martin Katz Fellowship at 2015 TIFF Mary Goldman and Tim House were awarded a Martin Katz Fellowship along with three other Canadian writers at The Blacklist Mini-Lab at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. The fellowship consisted on workshipping their screenplay, "Unholy Toledo" with fabulous one-on-one mentoring from Franklin Leonard, Scott Myers, Linsey Stewart and Dane Clark. "Unholy Toleo" was also a quarter-finalist in the 2014 Scriptapalooza, and came in top 100 in the 2014 Emerging Screenwriters Competition.
Mary Goldman places in Top 50 Emerging Screenwriters & AFF "The Redemption of Frank Malone", a suspense/thriller by Mary Goldman places in the Top 50 of the 2015 Emerging Screenwriters Short Screenplay Competition and made Second Round in the 2015 Austin Film Festival Short Screenplay Competition.. "Frank Malone" also placed in the Top 5 of the 2015 Reelheart International Short Screenplay Competition as well as was a semi-finalist in the Avanti Short Screenplay Competition.
Geoffrey D. Calhoun was a QuarterFinalist in Scriptapalooza

"Silver Dollar" a character Drama was a quarterfinalist in 2015's Scriptapalooza contest. 

Geoffrey D. Calhoun's script Pink Bunny wins multiple awards.

Geoffrey D. Calhoun's "Pink Bunny" is a psychological thriller that has received multiple awards in 2015.

 

Finalist in the prestigious Scriptdoctors Contest of Contests. 

2nd place in thrillers in the Indie Gathering International Film Fest.

Nominated for Best Screenplay in L.A. Neo Noir Film Fest.

SemiFinals in the Circus Road Show Film Fest 

Thorsten Loos - TV Pilot Screenplay Winner. February 2016 TV PILOT: MINDWALKERby Thorsten Looshttp://www.wildsoundfestival.com/mindwalker.html SYNOPSIS: 
Andrew Kinderman, a loner without any friends, witnesses the murder of his professor and is shot by the killer. His mind is catapulted out of his now comatose body and is 'anchored' to the only person he really cares about: The actress of his favourite mystery TV show, beauty Anna Chastings. 
David Minaskanian - TV Spec Screenplay Winner. February 2016 THE BIG BANG THEORYby David Minaskanianhttp://www.wildsoundfestival.com/the_big_bang_theory.html SYNOPSIS: 
Sheldon's mom visits for his birthday and accidentally reveals that his grandmother Meemaw passed away. Needless to say, Sheldon does not take it well. CAST LIST: 
NARRATOR - Sean BallantynePENNY - Kelci StephensonSHELDON - Jarrid TerrellLEONARD - Chris Reid-GeislerWOLOWITZ - Sean KaufmannKOOTHRAPPALI - Sasha RajamaniMARY COOPER/AMY - Allison Kampf
Lauren Hoekstra - Short Screenplay Winner. February 2016 Short Screenplay: TURN ON DESIREby Lauren Hoekstra http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/turn_on_desire.html  SYNOPSIS: 
Genres: Sci-Fi, Thriller 
What is real and what is fiction in this haunting tale.  CAST LIST: 
NARRATOR - Susan WilsonLUKE - Mark SparksPIMP - Neil KulinBOY - Gabriel DarkuLOUDSPEAKER - Elizabeth Rose Morriss
 
Cindy Lee - Short Screenplay Winner. February 2016 Short Screenplay: FOR HOPEby Cindy Lee http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/for_hope.html  SYNOPSIS: 
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Drama 
Two rhino poachers flip their car in the Kruger National Park. Even though their lives are literally hanging in the balance none of the locals who arrive on the scene will help them. The locals decide to take a stand and send a message. Enough is enough.  CAST LIST: 
NARRATOR - Susan WilsonNIC - Elizabeth Rose MorrissTHEMBA - Mark Sparks
Bryan Ott - Short Screenplay Winner. February 2016 Short Screenplay: ANIMAL SKINSby Bryan Otthttp://www.wildsoundfestival.com/animal_skins.html SYNOPSIS: 
Genres: Sci-Fi, Drama 
Vicious wind howls, pelting snow that rips both forest and flesh, as Pim, a fatherless, country girl, ventures deep within on a dangerous, lonely trek toward Bangkok; Thailand's former capital city now submerged in icy flood waters and nearly abandon. CAST LIST: 
NARRATOR - Sean KaufmannHUNTER - Sasha RajamaniPIM - Kelci StephensonSCARBOY - Chris Reid-GeislerWILD BOY - Jarrid Terrell
Andrew L. Schwartz - Short Screenplay Winner February 2016 Short Screenplay: COMPLICITby Andrew L. Schwartz http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/complicit.html SYNOPSIS: 
Genres: Crime, Drama 
An old man tries to escape his past transgressions before having to go on trial for them. CAST LIST: 
NARRATOR - Sean BallantyneLT. HAMMELSTEIN - Sean KaufmannCLARITA/MARIE - Kelci StephensonSCHEINBERG - Chris Reid-GeislerSGT. SACCO - Jarrid TerrellPAP PAP - Sasha Rajamani
Stanley Eisenhammer - Short Screenplay Winner February 2016 Short Screenplay: LOVES LABORS LOSTby Stanley Eisenhammer http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/loves_labors_lost.html  SYNOPSIS: 
Genres: Comedy, Romance 
After her boyfriend botches a marriage proposal, Nicole accidentally drops the engagement ring in the toilet and begins to have second thoughts.  CAST LIST: 
NARRATOR - Neil KulinJEFF - Gabriel DarkuNICOLE - Amanda PereiraCHLOE - Elizabeth Rose MorrissVOICE - Susan Wilson
L.R. Whittinger - February 2016 Feature Screenplay Winner Feature Script: HENRIETTA'S ODYSSEYby L.R. Whittinger http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/henriettas_odyssey.html  SYNOPSIS: 
Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy 
To save her Henrietta's life, she is left on an earthling's doorstep by Geegle one of the most untrustworthy characters in the plot. It so happens she is left on the wrong doorstep. She falls into the hands of the greedy Fritzgrumpy's and becomes their slave. After Henri discovers she is a foundling and her supposed parents were only interested in being paid for looking after her.    CAST LIST: 
NARRATOR - Susan Wilson HENRI - Amanda PereiraEANIE/ARTHUR - Gabriel DarkuGEEGLE - Mark SparksADA/MRS. STRICT - Elizabeth Rose MorrissVARIOUS - Neil Kulin
Toby Roberts - February 2016 Feature Screenplay Winner  FOUR FOR THE BORDER by Toby Robertshttp://www.wildsoundfestival.com/four_for_the_border.html SYNOPSIS: Genres: Action, Adventure, Family, Comedy The story is about three teenagers from completely different backgrounds on the run in rural New Mexico with a thoroughbred racehorse.    CAST LIST: 
NARRATOR - Victoria Urquhart SKYE - Amaka UmehTRAPPER - Hugh RitchiePOLLY - Mohogany BrownARTURO - Isaac AlfieRUDDOCK/GELARDI - Julian FordHODDER - Sean Ballantyne
DANIEL P. DOUGLAS ADVANCES IN SCREENCRAFT'S 2015 SHORT STORY CONTEST

The Daniel P. Douglas short story, “Well, Haruki, Looks Like it’s Just You and Me, Kid,” has advanced to the semi-finals in ScreenCraft’s 2015 Short Story Contest. Winners and finalists to be announced soon. Daniel has previously adapted “Haruki” into a short screenplay entitled “Richter’s War.” The sci-fi World War II hardboiled detective script has previously won or placed in multiple contests during 2015.

Ross Denyer's Short Story, "Turn Off", is a ScreenCraft Semi-Finalist!

The inaugural ScreenCraft Short Story Contest has selected Ross Denyer's TURN OFF, as a Semifinalist!  A subversive thriller told from the perspective of an "aspiring" femme fatale, the short story explores the roots of her dangerous obsessions and is intended for cinematic adaptation.

 

Over 1,000 submissions were entered into ScreenCraft's first non-screenplay contest, created to discover short fiction with "special cinematic potential".  The Semifinalist round represents the Top 50 submissions, with announcements for finalists and winners expected within the next couple of weeks. 

Siovonne Smith

Siovonne Smith's epic Feature Screenplay "The Polish Medallion" has just been selected as a Screenplay "Official Selection" (3rd Place) in the 2016 George Lindsey UNA Film Festival scheduled to take place in March 2016. 

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. 
Annie Macdonald's FAITH ON THE RUN Quarter Finalist

Annie Macdonald's FAITH ON THE RUN has reached the quarter-finals at Goldmine and Creative Writers Awards in 2015-16. Her previous screenplay NIGEL AND ME has gained semi-finalist status at Austin Film Fest in 2013 and at Nicholl Felowship in 2014.

 

ACADEMY NICHOLL FELLOWSHIPS IN SCREENWRITING READER COMMENTS

Screenplay Title: Nigel & Me Screenplay #: 2906

Round 1 - Read 1 Comments:

This is a charming and original story. The picturesque location of Edinburgh, Scotland, is a unique and quaint addition adding an old fashioned and romantic aura to the proceedings. We feel like we have been transported to another world as she has and her free spirit can't help breaking staid dusty traditions...

 

 

Lemon Made Wins Atlanta Film Fest Screenwriting Comp & TRMS Comedy Category

"Lemon Made" has been named one of three winners for the 2016 Atlanta film festival.  The three feature screenplay winners are flown to Atlanta during the festival for the ATLFF Screenwriters' Retreat, a three-day immersive experience where they will work with three established screenwriters and industry professionals. Winners will also receive a one (1) year-long CONNECT membership with the International Screenwriters Association. 

 

Additionally, Lemon Made continues to find success outside of the "family friendly" category by winning Best Comedy Screenplay at the 2015 Table Read My Screenplay, Park City contest!

David J Schroeder's First Short Nominated, Again

David j Schroeder's award winning script and first produced short, THIS MODERN MAN IS BEAT, is nominated (top 4) for Best International Short and Best Director/ Alex Merkin, Best Cinematography and Best Screenplay/ David J Schroeder in the 5th Annual Utah Film Awards.

 

TMMIB is also an Official Selection in the Omaha Film Festival, Bare Bones FF, Silver Springs FF, Sarasota FF, Gasparilla FF, and the Maryland International Film Festival.

SANCTUARY - WRITTEN BY SCOTT PITTOCK, OMAHA FILM FESTIVAL It was announced that Scott Pittock's screenplay Sanctuary is a finalist in the 2016 Omaha Film Festival. Sanctuary is a western/thriller about a broken family who must work together to protect themselves when a malignant force invades their home.  
THE INSELBERG EFFECT - WRITTEN BY SCOTT PITTOCK, OMAHA FILM FESTIVAL Scott Pittock's The Inselberg Effect an official selection in the 2016 Omaha Film Festival. It was a 2014 Semifinalist in the Creative World Awards Screenwriting Contest.
Glenda Ganis Glenda Ganis's screenplay "Blame It On The Chickens" has been accepted into the 2016 Beverly Hills Film Festival. 
"The Legend" quarter finalist in the Fresh Voices Screenwriting Comp

Tessa Bell's script "The Legend" has been selected as a Quarter-Finalist of the 2015-16 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition.

 

 

Ross Denyer's THE RELIEF Selected as a Semi-Finalist by Stage 32! The Stage 32 Happy Writers TV Writers Fellowship has selected Ross Denyer's sci-fi drama, The Relief, as a Semi-Finalist!  The Relief follows Ethan, a man with the ability to relive and replace the memories of others, and the police unit tasked with tracking him down.  Stage 32 will announce the finalists for their 2016 Fellowship on February 24th.

 

The Relief continues to place in other contests, including finishing 12th with Emerging Screenwriters and as a Top 10 Finalist in the 2015 ScreenCraft Pilot Launch.

 

RICHARD WILLETT'S "THE GAZEBO" A WINNER IN SHORT SCRIPT TO SCREEN Richard Willett's short script THE GAZEBO was one of four winners in the Short Script to Screen Competition. http://www.thepitchpackage.com/winners/
Addison Bhuyan has two scripts make the Fresh Voices Quarter Finals Addison Bhuyan's TV spec of The Americans that won WILDsound in December and his short, The Table Top Dancer are both quarter finalists at the 2015-16 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition.  
Birgit Syran Myaard Honored at Movieguide Awards with $10,000 Kairos Prize Movieguide and the John Templeton Foundation flew Birgit Syran Myaard (BEERgit suhRAN MYurd) to Los Angeles from Alice Springs, Australia (in the Outback) and put her up for four nights at the Universal Hilton so she could attend the Movieguide Awards on 5 February (to be televised on the Reelz network on 22 February). Birgit received the $10,000 second runner up Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays for her swords and sandals biblical adaptation THE HAND OF A WOMAN (Logline: When a reluctant warrior refuses God's call, Israel's only female judge, the Biblical prophet Deborah, finds that the fate of Israel rests in the hand of a woman.)
Jen Turriff - January 2016 COMEDY Screenplay Winner

UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT TV SPEC Written by Jen Turriff wins at Comedy Film & Screenplay Festival.


In this spec of 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,' Kimmy quickly becomes addicted to an iPad game. As she discovers she unknowingly made in-app purchases, she has to find a creative way to pay her debts. 

WILDsound Announces its February 2016 Feature Screenplay Winners Watch the winning feature screenplay performance readings for February 2016.
Script #1 – HENRIETTA’S ODYSSEY by L R  Whittinger
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/henriettas_odyssey.html
SYNOPSIS:
Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
To save her Henrietta’s life, she is left on an earthling’s doorstep by Geegle one of the most untrustworthy characters in the plot. It so happens she is left on the wrong doorstep. She falls into the hands of the greedy Fritzgrumpy’s and becomes their slave.   
Script #2 - FOUR FOR THE BORDER by Toby Roberts
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/four_for_the_border.html
SYNOPSIS:
Genres: Action, Adventure, Family, Comedy
The story is about three teenagers from completely different backgrounds on the run in rural New Mexico with a thoroughbred racehorse.  
A LABOUR OF LOVE a winner at Courier Awards A Labour of Love, a biopic of Academy Award winner Kevin Brownlow written by Olga Holtz, is one of the three winning feature scripts at Courier Awards. A Labour of Love previously placed in the finals of the World Series of Screenwriting, True Tales Script Competition, StoryPros International Screenplay Contest, London Film Awards, and was an official selection at Oaxaca Film Festival.
John Alarid 9th Annual StoryPros International Screenplay Finalist

MIRACLE MAN is an action thriller written along the lines of the X-MEN and BOURNE IDENTITY franchises about a marine chopper pilot, inadvertently exposed to a recovered UFO during a secret mission in Iraq that gives him psychic superpowers, who’s tapped by a group secretly run by CIA that wants to take over the world.

John Alarid 8th Annual StoryPros Awards Semifinalist

SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL - A rookie journalist finds herself in the middle of an epic battle between Angels and Demons after she discovers that Hell has infiltrated the White House and that Satan has possessed the President.  It’s up to her to save the human race from becoming Lucifer’s minions.

Guillermo Ramon was a finalist at the MISCIFI. Guillermo Ramon's science fiction feature film screenplay, "The Rebel Princess," was a finalist on the 2016 Miami International Science Fiction Film Festival.
RICHARD WILLETT'S 9/10 OPTIONED My screenplay 9/10 has been optioned by independent producers David Kassin Fried and Beau Harris. Visit us at http://www.910movie.com/.
DAVID J SCHROEDER'S FIRST PRODUCED SCREENPLAY IS SELECTED AGAIN

David J Schroeder's first produced screenplay, THIS MODERN MAN IS BEAT, is an Official Selection in the 2016 Bare Bones International Film & Music Festival.TMMIB ia a knowing and relevant story of a world of cultural confusion and erroneous judgment.

 

This is its 4th official selection, including Stage 32, Raindance, and Miami International FF.

"Lemon Made" Wins Grand Prize Emerging Screenwriters contest Described as Goodfellas meets The Sandlot, the family friendly Lemon Made is the Grand Prize winner in the 2015 Emerging Screenwriters Contest.  Called "inventive, nostalgic and fun for parents and kids" by the judges, Lemon Made offers up a new take on a beloved genre.
Taylor Albertson A BlueCat Quarterfinalist with Faith Based Screenplay Signs of Warning, a faith based screenplay that has been a Quarterfinalist at ScreenCraft and a Semifinalist at Story Pros, is now a Quarterfinalist at the BlueCat Screenplay Competition. "I've devoted at least one year to the development of this script. Writing and re-writing, trimming, adding, getting notes. It's paying off. I look forward to the future with this script."
RICHARD WILLETT'S "THE GAZEBO" FINALIST FOR SHORT SCRIPT-TO-SCREEN Richard Willett's screenplay THE GAZEBO is one of the ten finalists for the Short Script-to-Screen Contest. Winners announced February 15. The script tells the story of the final hours of an elderly couple who die together in a stalled household elevator during a heat wave. http://www.thepitchpackage.com/winners/
Phillip E. Hardy finalist at Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest This week, Phillip E. Hardy's script The Negro League was named as finalist in the action category at Beverly Hills Screenpaly contest. This is Phillip's third year placing at BHSC, as he was finalist in 2014 and Gold Medal Winner in 2013. This week Phillip also received Official Selection honors at Beverly Hills Film Festival for Dirty Real, the Bukowski Biopic and at Los Angeles Cinefest for his tentpole script The Immortal Jack the Ripper.
Winner World Music & Independent Film Festival 2016 The original score "Pretty Fishes" by Paige Brien with artist Jaclyn Monroe in Brien's short film 'Behind Glass' ' is doing very well in the festivals!
Andrew Garrett's LOCAL SUGAR Quarterfinalist, ScreenCraft Family-Friendly

Animated feature screenplay LOCAL SUGAR has reached the quarterfinals in the 2015 ScreenCraft Family-Friendly Screenplay Contest!  The animal bayou fable is a Cajun twist on "Froggy Went A-Courtin'", but this frog's no prince...

 

https://screencraft.org/2016/02/05/announcing-the-2015-screencraft-family-friendly-contest-quarter-finalists/

 

http://www.facebook.com/localsugarmovie

 

Multiple successes for KT Parker in 2016 already! Four of KT Parker's scripts are amongst those that have reached the quarter-final stage of the Screenwriting Goldmine competition, one of the UK's most prestigious screenwriting competitions. This is an extraordinary result to have all four entries to a competition honoured in this way.
Winner of the 2016 WildSound screenwriting contest. Inked in Blood will be the first winner of the 2016 Screenwriting Contest. A performance of the table read will be posted on the site.
COURTNEY SUTTLE CONTINUES SUCCESSFUL FESTIVAL RUN WITH SCRIPT FIRE ON ICE Suttle followed his Second Runner Up, Best Script Award at the 2015 Beverly Hills Film Festival with an Award of Excellence, 2015 NYLA International Film Festival and an Award of Merit, 2015 Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood. In addition Fire on Ice was selected as one of three Finalists for the 2015 West Field Screenwriting Awards and named a Quarterfinalist in the 2015 WeScreenplay International Screenwriting Competition. Fire on Ice tells the true story of legendary speed skater Irving Jaffee, the first Jewish athlete to win gold in the Winter Olympics of 1928 and 1932.
Burgaleta's ABOLITION OF THE SENSES, Semifinalist in Screamfest

Carlos Burgaleta's "Abolition Of The Senses" was named a finalist the recent, 2015 Screamfest Horror Screenplay Competition.

 

Feedback notes: "Great setup and introduction. The script is a slow burning, eerie page-turner. In the hands of a capable director this could be a very haunting movie."

SOMETHING UNDER THE BED - SCOTT PITTOCK, FINALIST IN SHORT SCRIPT TO SCREEN The 2016 Short Script to Screen Contest announces Something Under the Bed as one of ten finalists. The sci-fi thriller is about a scientist who may or may not be holding the key to the future under his bed. 
THE INSELBERG EFFECT - WRITTEN BY SCOTT PITTOCK, MIAMI INDIE FILMFEST

Scott Pittock's The Inselberg Effect was a February Official Selection in the 2016 MINDIE. The monthly winner is announced on Feb 27. The screenplay was also a 2014 Semifinalist in the Creative World Awards Screenwriting Contest

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.

 

ANN SIMON'S BLACK FUNERAL WINS BRONZE AWARD Ann Simon's BLACK FUNERAL wins BRONZE AWARD in the 2015 Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest for Stage Play Category. This is the third award for BLACK FUNERAL since 2014.
Julie Livingston's Self Help Self Help, a single-camera comedy about an ambitious book editor who lies about her interest in Self Help to get a job with a famous relationship guru, finds success at competitions! It is a finalist at Cinequest in which winners will be announced at the festival on March 5th, and took top prize in Acclaim's TV category.
Fantasy/Adventure Screenplay "The Mystic Sea" sees success Mark Nadratowski's fantasy/adventure screenplay, "The Mystic Sea", has been chosen as an official selection for the 2016 Beverly Hills Film Festival. "The Mystic Sea" tells the story of a rapscallion named Edward Carver who lives in New York in the early days of the American republic. Out of necessity he embarks on a journey of colonization to South America, but fate finds him taking a journey through history to the lost city of Atlantis.
A LABOUR OF LOVE a finalist at London Film Awards A Labour of Love, a biopic of Academy Award winner Kevin Brownlow written by Olga Holtz, was named a finalist at London Film Awards. A LABOUR OF LOVE focuses on Brownlow's life-long quest to restore the epic film NAPOLEON and on his love-hate relationship with its genius maker Abel Gance.
Short Success for David J Schroeder

It's official! David J Schroeder's first produced short script, THIS MODERN MAN IS BEAT, will make its North American premier in the 2016 Miami International Film Festival. (One of twelve short films, winner pending)

March 4-13, 2016
http://2016.miamifilmfestival.com/…/this-modern-man-is-beat/

 

also,

BECOMING LANA LIU, by David J Schroeder and Alfonso Orsini, is a Finalist (top 10) in the Short Script to Screen Competition. The Grand Prize award of $5,000.00 will be announced on February 15th.

 

http://www.thepitchpackage.com/winners/ 

 

O'Connell's LOVE'S REMAINS Scores Ninth Contest Placement

Matt O'Connell's real-time horror/thriller LOVE'S REMAINS was selected as a quarterfinalist in the 2015 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition.


This brings LOVE'S REMAINS' total contest placements to nine. Previous competitions to recognize it include Final Draft Big Break, The Tracking Board, Screencraft, The Aura Screenwriting Awards, The Writers Store Spotlight Competition, and more.

Finalist Finish for Ranger Creed Ten-hut! Acclaim Scripts announced their 2015 Fall/Winter compeition standings. Ranger Creed was among the finalists named. That is all. You're dismissed. 
DANIEL P. DOUGLAS ADVANCES IN SCREENCRAFT'S 2015 SHORT STORY CONTEST

The short story, “Well, Haruki, Looks Like it’s Just You and Me, Kid,” by Daniel P. Douglas has advanced to the quarter-finals in ScreenCraft’s 2015 Short Story Contest. Semi-finalists will be announced soon. Daniel has previously adapted “Haruki” into a short screenplay entitled “Richter’s War.” The sci-fi World War II hardboiled detective script has previously won or placed in multiple contests during 2015.

THREE screenplays advance to semifinals in 2016 Screenplay Festival Contest

THREE screenplays advance to semifinals in 2016 Screenplay Festival contest.

In drama, FIRE ON THE ISLAND, adapted from Timothy Jay Smith's latest novel. An FBI agent, investigating an arsonist’s threat to burn down a Greek island village, becomes embroiled in conflicts dating back generations.

 

In action/adventure, COOPER'S PROMISE, adapted from my novel published in 2012. A gay deserter from the war in Iraq promises to save a young girl trafficked into prostitution to redeem himself for an earlier promise he could not keep.

 

In thriller, NORTH 40, an original screenplay. A Special Ops soldier, whose grief over the loss of a son has torn his family apart, takes them on a vacation hoping to relive happier times when a perilous situation forces them to pull together to survive.

Best Foreign Featurette at Idyllwild Film Festival Sina Bowyer's eco-thriller Crude has been selected for 15 festivals so far, with distribution on Indieflix and Shorts TV. It was a Best Foreign Featurette at Idyllwild Film Festival.
Quarter Finalist 2015-2016 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition

Damon Ragsdale is a Quarter Finalist of 2015-2016 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition for his short screenplay.

KT Parker named as Quarter-finalist in 2015 Fresh Voices Competition KT Parker continues her run of competition success by being named a quarter-finalist in the 2015 Fresh Voices Screenwriting Competition for her action-drama script, "Africa As You Like It". (She recently won the period/historical category of Final Draft's "Big Break" contest with her script, "A Face To Paint".
David j Schroeder is a Finalist, again

BECOMING LANA LIU, by David J Schroeder and Alfonso Orsini, is a Finalist (top 10) in the Short Script to Screen Competition. The Grand Prize award of $5,000.00 will be announced on February 15th.

 

http://www.thepitchpackage.com/winners/ 

TV Festival announces its TV Spec Screenplay Winner for January 2016 TV SPEC – UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDTWritten by Jen Turriff
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/unbreakable_kimmy_schmidt.html
SYNOPSIS:
In this spec of ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,’ Kimmy quickly becomes addicted to an iPad game. As she discovers she unknowingly made in-app purchases, she has to find a creative way to pay her debts. Meanwhile, Titus battles his own obsession and Jacqueline struggles with her need to be accepted by Xan.
CAST LIST:
NARRATOR – Christopher HuronKIMMY – Mandy May CheethamTITUS – Kaleb AlexanderJACQUELINE – Elizabeth Owens SkidmoreBUCKLEY – Jovan KocicSALES WOMAN – Maya Woloszyn 
TV Festival announces its 2 TV Pilot Winners for January 2016 Watch each winning screenplay performed by professional actors. 
Deadline to Submit your TV PILOT/SPEC to the Festival: http://tvfestival.org
TV PILOT – LACIE BIDWELLWritten by Jameel Khan
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/lacie_bidwell.html
SYNOPSIS:
LACIE BIDWELL is about a girl who’s father created a zombie virus that killed thousands. It’s twelve years later and she’s in college and still has to deal with being the daughter of one of the most hated men in the world.
—-TV PILOT – LIFE IN THE FAST LANEWritten by Debi Calabro
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/life_in_the_fast_lane.html
SYNOPSIS:
Life in the Fast Lane is about three very different families and how their involvement in the sport of horse racing brings them together. 
Shuaib Mitchell's New Screenplay is a Finalist in Prestigious Competition Nubia Filmworks, LLC announces that A Rose By Any Other Name a feature-length screenplay written by award winning producer, director and screenwriter Shuaib Mitchell (Nocturnal Agony, Too Saved, Straight Up Go-Go) is a "Quarterfinalist" in the 2014 Scriptapalooza Screenwriting Contest. The screenplay will now move on to the semi-final round of the prestigious competition.
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.  

Local Screenwriter Alpha Blair Takes Honors at Back-to-Back Film Festivals

On Sept. 7, 2014, “The Seduction of Auntie Rose,” a feature script by local writer Alpha Blair, won for Best Original Screenplay in the 6th Annual Burbank International Film Festival (BIFF) at a star-studded gala at Burbank’s beautiful Castaway Restaurant. Just a week before, her new short screenplay, “Dancing in the Age of Paranoia,” won for Best Short in the 10th Annual Action on Film (AOF) International Film Festival in Monrovia, CA.  ...

 

To read more, please visit:

http://www.pasadenaindependent.com/entertainment/local-screenwriter-takes-honors-at-back-to-back-film-festivals/

Reaugh's PROMISE IN A BUBBLE won Best Script in the Short Script to Screen

PROMISE IN A BUBBLE, a short by Rachel Reaugh, WON BEST SCREENPLAY in the Short Script to Screen Competition, 2016.

 

This Competition is hosted by Rebel Seed Productions.

Reaugh's THE PLANT made the QuarterFinals in American Gem Short Competition

THE PLANT, a short by Rachel Reaugh, moved into the Quarter-Finals in the 11th Annual American Gem Short Screenplay Competition in association with Write Brothers.

 

Rachel will find out by January 29 of 2016 if THE PLANT has made the Semi-Finals in this competition.

Undercurrent

Screenplay "Undercurrent" was awarded a Silver Award in the 2015 California Film Awards.  Two detectives get in over their heads in a case that leads to a hidden undercurrent of Socialism trying to take over the governmrent. 

After a rewrite it was recently awarded an Honorable Mention in the 2016 California Film Awards. 

Semi Caravan

The We Screenplay International Screenwriting Competition just announced their Semifinalists, and Travis Opgenorth's Ranger Creed is among them. 

 

Travis also received news recently that his short film project, Lunacy, was among the Semifinalists in contention for the ScreenCraft / Bondit Short Film Grant. Winner(s) to be announced soon. 

2015 Screencraft - Action & Thriller semifinalist WHAT YOU KNOW is an edgy crime thriller involving an idealistic woman who steals a box of evidence from a man who had abducted her and friends years ago for a night of torture. It is a semi-finalist for ScreenCraft's 2015 Action and Thriller Screenplay contest!
Az Uddin's screenplay 'MariArt' was selected for Short of the Week

in January 2015 for part of a 12hr Film Challenge with 'Short of The Week' Az's screenplay 'MariArt' was selected to be shot.  The screenplay was a collaboration with the production company and had to be written from a brief within three hours.

 

The screenplay was chosen and was filmed within 12 hours. 

Az Uddin starts work as AD on comedy thriller short film 'Muddle'.

Az Uddin joins crew to assist with location scouting, casting and as Assistant Director on upcoming short comedy thriller 'Muddle' which is made for the web and short film circuits.

 

https://m.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.590854730971283.1073741825.171196489603778&type=3

JOHN HUNTER SELECTED FOR PRODUCTION and SHOWCASED
Last October, my whimsical short, THE COMPANION SHOP, was selected for production by the University of Illinois Media Department. In January 2016,  two of my shorts, THE NU YOU and THE HITMAN’S RETIREMENT PARTY were selected to be showcased in Simply Scripts’ Shooting-The-Shorts — To read reviews/coverage please see http://www.simplyscripts.com/2016/01/20/the-nu-you-short-script-review-available-for-production/ and http://www.simplyscripts.com/2016/01/19/hitmans-retirement-party-short-script-review-available-for-production/
Evan Cooper Signs with Manager and Blood List Creator, Kailey Marsh

His original screenplay, Ballerina Girl, caught Kailey's attention shortly after its success in the ISA's Fast Track competition, 2015.

 

Set in Moscow, the story centers around the brutal and mysterious murder of a young ballerina. But when her brother tries to pin the crime on Russia's military elite, the case takes a frightening turn.  

 

Kailey's website, The Blood List, was created in 2009 to bring attention to unproduced dark genre screenplays.

Diarra McCormick McCormick's short screenplay called, "Leroy's Dream" will be included and performed at the 2016 Feedback Writing and Screenplay Festival. The short screenplay was also a finalist in the 2015 Aura Screenwriter Awards.
WILDsound Announces its January 2016 Short Screenplay Winners Short Screenplay – US NAVY CINE-KODAK Written by Stephen M. Hunthttp://www.wildsoundfestival.com/us_navy_cine-kodak.html
SYNOPSIS:
Genres: War, Thriller, Drama
France, 1941; an American undercover war correspondent is overwhelmed by an old woman’s unique and unbelievable response to local, Nazi atrocities.—
Short Screenplay – THE NEW NEIGHBORS Written by Filippo Santaniellohttp://www.wildsoundfestival.com/the_new_neighbors.html
SYNOPSIS:
Genres: Horror, Thriller
Three friends are screening and selecting short films for a low budget horror film festival when the babysitter from the floor below rings the bell. Something bad has happened and she needs help.
WILDsound Announces its January 2016 Feature Screenplay Winner Watch the winning screenplays performed by professional actors.
Feature Screenplay – CRIME EXTRAORDINAIRE Written by Howard Fridkinhttp://www.wildsoundfestival.com/crime_extraordinaire.html
SYNOPSIS:
Genres: Action, Adventure, Thriller, Crime
For the ultimate revenge, an internationally renowned mystery writer uses his latest novel as a blueprint to steal the Eiffel Tower.
CAST LIST:
NARRATOR – Holly SarchfieldMONIER – Lorne HiroLAMADOUR – Peter NelsonMANDRELL – Dan CristoforiWORCHEV/FELICE – Geoff MaysLORRAINE – Katelyn Vanier
Short Winners for David J Schroeder

David j Schroeder's TV spec script, CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM: ACCIDENT, advances to the Semi-Finals in the 2015 TV writers Spec Scriptacular. Winner pending.

 

Most recently, BECOMING LANA LIU wins the Gold Award for Best Short Script in the 2015 Aura Screenwriter Awards.

 

Also, CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM: ACCIDENT wins the Silver Award for Existing Series TV Specs in the 2015 Aura Screenwriter 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.  

Tracie Jules Hired for Web Series Jacob Rohrbach of Dark Fire Productions has hired Tracie Jules to write one of his episodes for his Creepypasta web series. The episode titled, "The Doll Cemetery", is currently in pre-production with filming to take place in the near future. This is Tracie's first success through ISA and she looks foward to more opportunities with Dark Fire and the ISA.
Within These Walls wins its 4th award at HIMPFF Within These Walls has just won its 4th award at the Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival, taking top honors in December. This is Tracie's 9th award since first entering script competitions in April of 2015. 
Siovonne Smith

Just Announced:

 

Siovonne Smith's epic Feature Screenplay "The Polish Medallion" has just been selected as a Screenplay Finalist in the 2016 Pasadena International Film Festival that will take place in March 2016. 

Strong Contest finish for Script Writer Seth Kozak in 2015 Writer Seth Kozak garners script accolades from four film festivals! In a strong finish to 2015, Seth took home two 2nd place and two 3rd place Best Script awards between the Bare Bones and Cleveland Indie Gathering International Film Festivals. Furthermore, he earned a Best Screenplay nomination from the Beverly Hills Film Festival as well as noms for Best Dialogue and Best Comedy Scene from the Action on Film Festival. 
'PLIGHT' A QUARTERFINALIST IN THE SCRIPTAPALOOZA SCREENPLAY CONTEST

PLIGHT written by Ade` Craig became a quarterfinalist in the 2015 Scriptapalooza Screenplay & Short Competition.

 

Dawn Davis has optioned Jo Hannah Afton's feature script HELL'S CANYON Producer/Actor Dawn Davis has optioned screenwriter Jo Hannah Afton's feature screenplay titled HELL'S CANYON. This wilderness survival drama is currently in development.
Michael Lee Barlin's FINAL JOURNEY gets on 2015 Black List!

In October 2015, after his script FINAL JOURNEY, about an elderly Inuit woman who is forced out of her village to seek death on the arctic tundra, won in the 2015 Page International Screenwriting Awards, Michael Lee Barlin signed with manager Lee Stobby.

 

Lee got the script read all over Hollywood and in two months time, it lead to 30-plus meetings being set up for Michael Lee and the script making the 2015 Black List.

 

Now, in addition to much interest in FINAL JOURNEY, many executives are looking to up Michael Lee's next writing assignment.

Michael Lee Barlin's FINAL JOURNEY Wins in 2015 Page Awards

Michael Lee Barlin's screenplay FINAL JOURNEY, about an elderly Inuit woman forced out of her village to seek death on the arctic tundra, won Bronze in Drama Category of the 2015 Page International Screenwriting Awards.

 

Two judges from the competition, both managers in Hollywood, reached out to Michael Lee for representation and Michael Lee ended up signing with Lee Stobby who got the script all over town.

 

Michael Lee has since had over thirty meetings set up with high-profile Hollywood executives, all looking for projects to work on with him, and FINAL JOURNEY made the 2015 Black List!

RICHARD WILLETT'S "9/10" WINS AWARD FOR DIVERSITY Richard Willett's feature screenplay 9/10 was the first runner-up in the diversity category of the Cynosure Screenwriting Awards. The judges said: "This is a well thought out, beautifully written film. Using the device that the audience knows more than the characters is a brilliant stroke. We root for them. Ache for them. Want them to be OK. The moment before Armageddon looks just like this, that's what the script is telling us. It's funny and romantic, and spooky, and sad, and filled with powerful emotion."
A LABOUR OF LOVE a finalist in the World Series of Screenwriting A LABOUR OF LOVE by Olga Holtz, based on the life story and book of Academy Award winner Kevin Brownlow, became one of the ten finalists in the Historical/Biographical category at the 2015 World Series of Screenwriting.
Writer/Director Los Silva - 1st Runner Up with a hilarious spec commercial

Thirty second commercial directed by Los Silva for Crunch Gym's 'Shoot Me Please' Contest starring their mascot the Crunch Bunny gets first runner up. Commercial embodies Crunch's "No Judgments" Philosophy. Photographed and edited by DP Raul Martinez Liera. Philosophy.

 

 

Link: https://vimeo.com/38572078

"Nightfire" written by Los Silva and director Brando Benetton - Trailer

Nightfire is an undergraduate student film by Brando Benetton and Garrett Nicholson, and features an international cast that includes Dylan Baker (‘Spider-man 2’, ’Road to Perdition’, ‘The Good Wife’), Bradley Stryker (‘Bruce Almighty’, ‘Supernatural’), and Lorenzo Pisoni, as well as Becky Ann Baker (‘Girls’, ‘Gotham’) and Italian actor Francesco Pannofino (‘Boris’). Original music composed by Jonathan Russell.

 

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0P_PNpzUS4

Like Nightfire on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nightfiremovie

 

Follow Nightfire on IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4211480/ 

 

 

Tara Hall's "No Peas for the Weary" Produced

A writing audition from the Diaz Brothers has become a short film. Tara's assignment was to turn a blog entry from Jessica Harper AKA "The Crabby Cook" and adapt it as a scene. Executive Producer, Scott Young, loved the piece so much, he decided to produce it as a short. The project wrapped principal photography in December of 2015 and is currently in post production.

ISA Fast Track Fellowship Finalist Screenwriter Tara Hall's hour-long pilot "Private" makes it to the top 50 of ISA Fast Track fellowship in 2015. 
Hired to write feature film crime drama Scribe Brendan Cochrane was hired to write feature film crime drama based on book adaptation for the book Renegade Crew by Antonio Bustillo.
Barry Pagel's John - TV Pilot

Barry Pagel is a Diamond Award winner in the California Film Awards for his pilot spec.  

It is a modernization of the exploits of John the Beloved an Apostle of Jesus Christ and their dealing of current day issues.

1st Scene Screenplay Festival Announces its January 2016 Winners Watch the 2 winning 1st scene screenplay readings performed by professional actors. 
#1 - GUNNISON, by Daniel Duanehttp://www.wildsoundfestival.com/gunnison.html
 SYNOPSIS: 
Genres: Sci-Fi, Thriller, Supernatural 
A sniper who hunts an Air Force colonel for humiliating her on a botched cover up discovers he's masterminding one himself when a man hunt for two gunman leads to the capture of an extraterrestrial pilot being held prisoner.
#2 - PURGATORY, by Alex A. Kecskeshttp://www.wildsoundfestival.com/purgatory.html
SYNOPSIS: 
Genres: Crime, Fantasy 
Two small time ex-cons run into two angels on probation who must save their souls or be dammed forever. 
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. 
THE INSELBERG EFFECT - WRITTEN BY SCOTT PITTOCK, SELBY INTER FILMFEST in UK Scott Pittock's The Inselberg Effect takes 2016 Offical Selection for best international short film. It was also the 2014 Semifinalist in the Creative World Awards Screenwriting Contest.
BRINE: short film gets writing award at Zed Fest Film Festival 2015 Jeff Kacmarynski's short film BRINEwas honored with a screen story award at the Zed Fest Film Festival.
AKA MANTO: DREAD FLUSH, 4th place finalist Zed Fest Screenplay Comp. Jeff Kacmarynski's Japanese inspired horror screenplay, AKA MANTO: DREAD FLUSH, was a finalist and fourth place finish, at the Zed Fest Film Festival and Screenpay Competition 2015.
More contest success for Jeffrey Howe's "Robo4ce" Robo4ce received Best Feature Screenplay honors at this year's SoCal Film Festival in Huntington Beach, CA. This came soon after it took the top spot in the Family category at the Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest and was the Finalist for the Animation/Fantasy category at this year's Table Read My Screenplay (Park City) competition.
Jody Ellis' "Pipeline" and "Girl Undercover"

Pipeline was a semi-finalist in ReelWriters Screenplay Competition 2014, a semi-finalist in Screenplay Festival 2014, a finalist in the Alaska International Film awards 2015 and a semi-finalist in Cinestory 2015.

 

Girl Undercover was a top ten winner in Reel Writers Screenplay Competition 2015 and a quarter-finalist in Screencraft Comedy Screenwriting Contest 2015.

 

 

A LABOUR OF LOVE by Olga Holtz a StoryPros finalist A Labour of Love, a biopic of British film historian Kevin Brownlow written by Olga Holtz, was named one of the finalists in the 9th StoryPros International Screenplay Contest.
Gabriela Garcia Medina Finalist at Sundance Institute Writers Lab Gabriela Garcia Medina's feature film script "The Kidnapping of Casimiro Coronado" moved into the Final Round for the Sundance Institute Writers Lab 2015.
Gabriela Garcia Medina, Semi Finalist at Table Read My Screenplay. Top 100! Gabriela Garcia Medina's coming of age feature film "Little Con Lili" reaches Semi-Finalist status at the Table Read my Screenplay Competition, Park City, Utah. From over 1400 screenplays, Little Con Lili is in the Top 100 Round.
Gabriela Garcia Medina Sundance Institute Writers Lab Semi-Finalist Little Con Lili by Gabriela Garcia Medina passed into the Finalist Round (on Aug 15) for the Sundance Writers Lab 2016. This is Gabriela's second script that makes it to the Final round for the Sundance Writers Lab. Last year her screenplay The Kidnapping of Casimiro Coronado also reached the Dec 15 Finalist round for the Sundance Institute.
Judi Blaze's short script is in semi-finals Judi Blaze's short script SIGN ON THE BLOODY LINE, a somewhat dystopian story, is now a semi-finalist in the American Gem Literary Festival competition.
Howard Fridkin "The Last Adventure of Shay Blaze" wins 2nd place in the 2015 Emerging Screenwriters Competition.  This sci-fi western saga follows a mysterious gunslinger who teams up with a dirt farmer for a showdown with a maniacal 10-year-old boy from another world to rescue mankind from extinction. 
Robert Wooldridge's THE BOAT a quarter-finalist THE BOAT was named as a Quarter-Finalist in WE Screenplay Competition.  The Boat is set in 1965, Riviera, Texas, where a closeted gay teen, struggling with his sexuality, helps his mother build a boat after she has a vision of the town flooding, but this "Mrs. Noah" story has an unforeseen twist...
Zach Quinones's "Piece by Piece" and "Eden" find success Zach Quinones' short film projects "Piece By Piece" and "Eden" won awards at their respective competition.  The former winning The Walker Stalker con in Philadelphia which in turn won it a showcase spot at The Walker Stalker con in Atlanta with cast members of The Walking Dead in attendance.  "Eden" won Best In Show at the Art Institute of Atlanta.  Both projects are available for viewing upon request. 
Top Finalist in Scriptwriting Competition With raw talent but passion for story telling and love for film, screenwriter Patson Cifumbe managed to be a top finalist a Hollywood Hill 2015 screenwriting competion. Patson is now looking for collaboration to turn this dream career into a reality.
Siovonne Smith

Just Announced:

 

Siovonne Smith's epic Feature Screenplay "The Polish Medallion" was recently selected as a Top 100

Semi-Finalist in the 2015 - 2016 Table Read My Screenplay Contest - Park City (out of over 1400 entries).

Kelly Crawford's Script Doing Well in Contests "Nine Scars" written by Kelly Crawford was named one of 10 finalists in the recent Spotlight Screenplay Competition sponsored by the International Screenwriters Association.  "Nine Scars" was just named a Semi-Finalist in the Table Read My Screeplay Competition in Park City, and named a Quarter-Finalist in the WE Screenplay Competition. 
"The Valley" Semi-Finalist in ISA's 2015 Table Read My Screenplay!

Duncan Ralston's TV pilot script, "The Valley," is one of 100 Semi-Finalists in ISA's 2015 Table Read My Screenplay! With more than 1400 entries, that puts it in the top 7%. Contests finalists and Grad Prize will be announced January 12th.

 

The Valley is a fictional account of the true story of a FBI/Miami Dade undercover investigation into the '70s porn industry, to root out the mafia's involvement.

Robert Wooldridge's A HITCH IN THE PLAN makes Table Read's Semi-Finalist After reaching 13th in Emerging Screenwriter's Competition Robert Wooldridge's A HITCH IN THE PLAN made Table Read My Screenplay's Semi-Finals.  The story is of a detective who enlists the help of a bookstore owner to help solve a killer who is replicating Hitchcock movies.
Ranger Creed Marches Forward Travis Opgenorth's latest feature script, Ranger Creed, is on the march as it clears the Quarterfinals hurdle in its very first contest entry, the WeScreenplay Intl. Screenwriting Competition.
Jeff Nimoy Gets TWO Screenplays into the Finals of Table Read My Screenplay

Jeff Nimoy's mob comedy "Degenerate Gamblers" and his animated feature "Lint" were both selected as finalists (Top 100 out of 1400 entries) for the 2015-16 Table Read My Screenplay-Screenplay Contest (Park City). In 2015 "Degenerate Gamblers" was also a Scriptapalooza finalist (Top 30 out of over 3,400 international entries) and a Quarter-Finalist in the Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting contest! The screenplay was written as an ultra-low budget feature and is about a recent college graduate who tries to get his deceased father's good luck charm back from a mobster who runs an illegal gambling joint in Brooklyn.

 

In the past, the animation script "Lint," about tiny lint creatures who have to leave their village behind a washer/dryer due to a flood, was named a semi-finalist for the 2011 Final Draft Big Break screenwriting contest.

Storypros Names Taylor Albertson's Signs of Warning A SemiFinalist ISA member Taylor Albertson's faith based drama/thriller Signs of Warning has been named a StoryPros semifinalist. "I've worked really hard developing this script in 2015. I've gotten notes, and have written and re-written based on these notes. I'm proud of the placement." The script was also named a QuarterFinalist at ScreenCraft's Family Friendly contest earlier this year. " I really want to sell this one in 2016 and will work hard to get it done. It's an important story and will make either a great TV movie or feature."
Malcolm Carter The SLEEPERS, a short script by Malcolm Carter, was an semi-finalist selection for the Table Read My Screenplay contest. The sci-fi story placed in the top 100 out of over 1400 enties.
David Rocchio's script CANADIAN HOLIDAY advances to semi-finals David Rocchio's script CANADIAN HOLIDAY advanced to the semi-finals in table read competition. CANADIAN HOLIDAY is a  Christmas comedy caper about a married couple rekindling love on an odd holiday.
Irish Writer Niall Queenan Wins International Screenwriting Awards

October 2015, thriller NEXT OF KIN written by Niall Queenan won the Gold Prize in the Thriller/Horror category of the PAGE International Screenwriting Awards in Hollywood, California. As a result, Niall was signed by producer/manager Peter Katz of Story Driven in Los Angeles.

 

At the end of October his psychological thriller SHADOW OF THE BLACKBIRD also won the Bronze Prize in the Thriller/Horror category of the World Series of Screenwriting Awards in Hollywood, California.

 

2015 ended with NEXT OF KIN among the 100 semi-finalists chosen from over 1,400 entries for Table Read My Screenplay (Park City).

The Upper Hand is a semi-finalist at Table Read my Screenplay Competition. My crime-drama TV pilot The Upper Hand was picked out of 1400 screenplays to become one of the 100 semi-finalists to be considered for Sundance's prestigious Table Read My Screenplay Competition on December 30th 2015.
John E. Bias reached the Semi Finals John E. Bias has reached the top 100 out of 1400 entries with his short screenplay "Generation Killer" at the 2015-16 Table Read My Screenplay Park City Contest. "Generation Killer" is about an assassin that is sent back in time in search of an object containing information about time travel and wipe out an entire family bloodline. Will someone within the generations be able to stop the linear murder spree or will they all be wiped from time?
Suzanne LUTAS 2015 Contest Winner

In 2015 Suzanne LUTAS was a quarter-finalist in Cynosure Screenplay Awards. And, a semi-finalist in Page Awards International, and Creative World Awards Screenwriting Contests with her Action/Thriller The Dead Ringer.

 

Her Sci-Fi/Adventure Destiny's Vessel was the Eyestorm Productions/ScriptXpert Script Search Winner in the Sci-Fi category. It also placed among the quarterfinalists in Screencraft's Sci-Fi Screenwriting Contest, as well as in 2016 Fresh Voices, and received a "Recommend" in The 2015 Blue Cat competition.

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.  

ROBIN JENNINGS' TV PILOT IS A MARQUEE LIGHTS COMPETITION FINALIST Robin Jennings' original TV pilot, Empty Creatures, placed as a Finalist in the Original TV Pilot category for the 2015 Marquee Lights Competition. Empty Creatures centers on Nico Bray, a failing artist who can't seem to get a hold of her inner demons. When she decides to end her life but fails yet again, she's committed to a psychiatric hospital where her botched suicide attempt may end up being the big break she needs.
NY Screenplay Contest - Park Ave Award Winner - Monte Moore & Deren Abram

 Monte Moore and Deren Abram's Charlie and the Lost Train wins 2015 Park Avenue Award.

 

For more info on the contest visit:  https://newyorkscreenplaycontest.com/2015-winners

 

 

PETER DEVONALD IS WINNER OF THE COURIER AWARDS 2015

Peter Devonald's BLUE HOTEL is Winner of Best Original Television Pilot Courier Awards 2015.

 

Also placing this year has been Peter Devonald's YOU AND ME 4 EVER which was Semi-Finalist in The Aura Screenwriting Awards 2015. 

Northern Lights screenwriter Tom Rico 34 Festival Nom/Sel & 15 Wins!

Author/Screenwriter Tom Rico is killing it in the Festival circuit with his Screenplay for Northern Lights!

 

After shooting a low budget trailer for Northern Lights produced by Black Rock Entertainment, headed up by Chuck Powers, Tom Rico decided to hit the festival circuit entering the trailer and the screenplay in various competitions. Among the winners are the New York Screenplay competition, The World Series of Screenwriting, The Galactic Film festival and the R.I.P Festival based in Hollywood. Other Northern Lights wins include The Switzerland Indie Festival and the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival also based in Hollywood. Currently seeking a Movie deal for Northern Lights, Tom Rico is also busy with the sequel "The God Particle - Resurrection."

KT Parker named a Final Draft "Big Break" Winner KT Parker's script "A Face To Paint" has won first place in the period/historical/war category of Final Draft's "Big Break" contest. The script is now in contention for the grand prize. KT will be traveling to Hollywood in February 2016 for the awards ceremony.
A LABOUR OF LOVE by Olga Holtz a finalist in True Tales Script Competition A Labour of Love written by Olga Holtz was selected a finalist in 2015 True Tales Script Competition. It is based on the true story of the restoration of the epic film Napoleon by a British film-maker Kevin Brownlow, who sacrifices all - money, personal life, career - to his idol: Abel Gance, the delusional genius director of the mutilated masterpiece, who sabotages the restoration. 
DANIEL P. DOUGLAS ACHIEVES TWO OFFICIAL SELECTIONS DURING DECEMBER 2015 During December 2015, RICHTER'S WAR, a short script by Daniel P. Douglas, was an official selection for the 2016 Irvine International Film Festival and 2016 Albuquerque Film Festival. The sci-fi World War Two hardboiled detective story has previously won or placed in multiple contests during 2015. The Irvine and Albuquerque festivals will be held in January 2016.
O'Rourke Script Wins Grand Prize at Yosemite

In 2000 Michael O'Rourke embarked on a mission to write a screenplay about the cultural and environmental impact of the Gold Rush on the indigenous tribes in Northern California.  15 years, 7 staged readings and 26 + drafts later Yosemite International Film Festival gives "In the Land Where Acorns Dance" the Grand Prize for Screenwriting.

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. 

THE INSELBERG EFFECT - WRITTEN BY SCOTT PITTOCK SELECTED TO THE LAIFFA

The 2014 Semifinalist in the Creative World Awards Screenwriting Contest, the now produced The Inselberg Effect recently became an official selection in the December Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards and nominated for best comedy/dramedy. The dark comedy is about a divorced man seeking guidance from a well-admired author.   

"A Fangirl" is a Finalist in Marquee Lights Competition

"A Fangirl" by Diana Galimzyanova is a finalist in Marquee Lights Competitionn. It is a short psychological horror about a young woman who goes to see her favorite band playing live, and brings a big sports bag of sharp tools with her. 

 

TV Festival announces its 2 TV Spec Screenplay Winners for December 2015

Watch the table readings of each script performed by professional actors. 

 

 #1 – TV SPEC – Modern Family 

Written by Debi Calabro

http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/modern_family_2015.html

SYNOPSIS: 

The ups and the downs of parenthood but ultimately it’s all good in the end.

#2 – TV SPEC – The Americans 

Written by Addison A.A. Bhuyan

http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/the_americans.html

SYNOPSIS: 

How Elizabeth and Philip are forced to take action when they are betrayed by their daughter, Paige.

TV Festival announces its 2 TV Pilot Winners for December 2015 Watch the table readings of each script performed by professional actors. 
#1 – TV PILOT – Vincent Locke: Villain-At-Law Written by Christiaan Alexander Kutlikhttp://www.wildsoundfestival.com/vincent_locke_villain_at_law.html
SYNOPSIS: 
Besides the super-hero aspect, what Vincent Locke: Villain-At-Law is about is average people trying to make their own mark.
#2 – TV PILOT – I Heart My Demons Written by Rebecca Scotthttp://www.wildsoundfestival.com/i_heart_my_demons.html
SYNOPSIS: 
A young near-do well wakes up one morning to find his personal demons have come to life and are moving into make his life hell. 
"A Fangirl" is a Semi-Finalist in Avanti Productions Screenplay Competition

"A Fangirl" by Diana Galimzyanova is a semi-finalist in Avanti Productions' Screenplay Competition. It is a short psychological horror about a young woman who goes to see her favorite band playing live, and brings a big sports bag of sharp tools with her. 

 

It previously was a semi-finalist in the Marquee Lights Competition. 

Jeffrey Howe places at London Film Awards with Robo4ce Jeffrey Howe's family screenplay Robo4ce took fifth place in the First-time Writer category at the 2015 London Film Awards. The high-tech underdog story has now won or placed in five screenplay competitions since June, and is a contending finalist in the Final Draft Big Break contest's family/animation category.
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.  

Timothy Jay Smith's new screenplay already making waves...

FIRE ON THE ISLAND, Timothy Jay Smith's newest screenplay to hit the contest rounds, is already making its first small waves. In Screenplay Festival's competition, the first contest to report, Fire on the Island is is a semifinalist; and even before the contest closed, one of BlueCat's judges had this to say about it:

 

"The first element that really stands out is the originality of Fire On the Island.  What might feel like too many subplots in any other script, Fire On the Island does a great job at tying in all of its storylines and characters together, never straying far from the main story arc or dragging on into irrelevant scenes.  The story has a good pace... and a nice balance between drama and suspense. For a script with plenty of characters, it’s successful at creating distinct personalities and voices for each, especially through engaging dialogue that helps move the story forward."  

Story of gay soldier continues to place in more contests

Timothy Jay Smith's gritty story of a gay deserter from the war in Iraq continues to wow contest judges. "Cooper's Promise" has advaced to the semifinals in contests sponsored by Circus Films and Screenplay Festival. In other contests, the Cooper character has won Best Male Lead (Capital Fund) and Best Original Drama (Houston WorldFest). 

 

More info on Cooper's Promise on www.timothyjaysmith.com

 

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. 
WILDsound Announces its 2 December 2015 Feature Screenplay Winners Watch the 2 winning Table Readings performed by professional actors.
FEI JI by James C. Petershttp://www.wildsoundfestival.com/feature_fei_ji.html
SYNOPSIS: 

In the early 1900s young Chinese Americans, recruited to learn to fly and take "aeroplanes" to China.
A Ghost Story of Christmas Eddie Yarochhttp://www.wildsoundfestival.com/a_ghost_story_of_christmas.html

SYNOPSIS: 

"A Christmas Carol" meets "The Conjuring" when a modern-day Scrooge hires professional ghost hunters.
Robin Jennings' TV Pilot receives Honorable Mention at WIFF Robin Jennings' original TV pilot, Empty Creatures, received an Honorable Mention in the Script Competition for this season's Women's Independent Film Festival. Empty Creatures centers on Nico Bray, a failing artist who can't seem to get a hold of her inner demons. When she decides to end her life but fails yet again, she's committed to a psychiatric hospital where her botched suicide attempt may end up being the big break she needs.
Meredith Post has 2 different tv series place in finals of 2 contests

Meredith Post's script for webseries "The Grass is Always Greener" was named as finalist in Screencraft's TV Pilot Launch contest.  Additionally, her teleplay for a 1 hr TV drama, "The Easy Way," was a finalist in the best TV crime/mystery contest. 

TODD ZING'S SNAP OUT OF IT (COMEDY PILOT) IS A SCREENCRAFT TOP 10 FINALIST!

Out of more than 1,500 submissions, Todd Zing's single camera comedy, Snap Out of It, was chosen as a Top 10 Finalist in the ScreenCraft Pilot Launch Contest in 2015!  Snap Out of It is the story of Rob, an impassioned musician who wakes from a fifteen year coma and struggles to revive his music career, get his college degree, and adjust to a bizarro social media world where his friends and family are ludicrously different people than they were before. 

 

 

Tin Gods by Matthew Tolbert is a Finalist Again

This sci fi feature script "Tin Gods" placed in the following contests: Austin: top 10%/ second round, Blue Cat's Movie Title contest: finalist, Page: second round, Screenplay Festival: finalist and Tracking B: semi-finalist. TIN GODS is the story of how two robots, the Monitor and the Merrimack, who must battle to determine which side will win America's Second Civil War.

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. 
My success as a screenwriter

Sheri Davis's "Lucky Christmas," a Hallmark Christmas movie, finds success at multiple festivals. Finalist and semi-finalist status in a number of writing competitions and film festivals including: Winner ScriptSavvy Screenwriting Competition, Page International Screenwriting Awards, Winner Cynosure Screenwriting Awards, International Writemovies Writing Contest, Aura Screenwriting Awards, Filmmakers International Screenwriting Awards, Yosemite Film Festival, Oregon Independent Film Festival, Vancouver International Women’s Film Festival, Hang Onto Your Shorts Film Festival, Richmond International Film Festival, Omaha Film Festival, Landlocked Film Festival, Toronto Reelheart Film Festival and California Women’s Film Festival, South Carolina Underground Film Festival, Winner Manhattan Shorts Competition, Winner Mountain Film Festival..

 

Richard P. Alvarez options WALKING WOUNDED thriller to LA team. Writer Richard P. Alvarez optioned his award winning thriller "Walking Wounded" to producers Richard Friedman, Markus Linecker and Vince Lozano. The film is in development with plans to shoot in February of 2016.
Ross Denyer's THE RELIEF (sci-fi pilot) is a ScreenCraft Top 10 Finalist!

Out of more than 1,500 submissions, Ross Denyer's sci-fi drama, The Relief, was selected as a Top 10 Finalist in the 2015 ScreenCraft Pilot Launch CompetitionThe Relief follows Ethan, a man with the ability to relive and replace the memories of others, and the police unit tasked with tracking down him and others of his kind. 

 

The Relief is also in the Top 25 for the 2015 Emerging Screenwriters Competition, and is in  consideration for several other screenwriting contest announcements in 2016.

Jeffrey Howe's Robo4ce advances in Final Draft's Big Break Contest

Jeffrey Howe is one of three remaining finalists in the Family/Animated category of this year's Big Break Screenwriting Contest, sponsored by Final Draft. Robo4ce, his first screenplay, has won or placed in three previous contests so far this year, including top honors in the Family/Teen/Animation category at the StoryPros Awards and First Place overall in the 2015 Contest of Contest Winners.

THE CURSE BY LISA REILY ANNOUNCED AS QUARTER-FINALIST 'The Curse' by Lisa Reily has recently been selected as a quarter-finalist in the 2015 Aura Screenwriter Awards. Based on the ancient myth of the Minotaur, this is Lisa's second feature screenplay.
Kelly Jean Karam finds representation

Wendy Kram Options "Miss C" Sep 22, 2015.
Wendy discovered Kelly Jean Karam after reading her script "Miss C," and we’re pleased to announce that Wendy is now representing Kelly on the project. Wendy, an established producer whose credits include “Mad Money," is currently producing films & TV series with companies such as Anonymous Content.

 

“Miss C” won best screenplay of the year Peachtree Village International Film Festival, 2015; Finalist at the Nevada Film Festival, 2015;  winner of Eyestorm Productions, and was placed as a Quarterfinalist at this year’s Creative World Awards, Semi-Finalist StoryPros Awards Screenplay Contest and WISC, 2015.

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.  

David J Schroeder has 3 Scripts advance in the Aura Screenwriters Awards

"BECOMING LANA LIU" and "WHEN YOU'RE DEAD" are short screenplay Quarter-Finalists in the 2015 Aura Screenwriters Awards.

 

"CURB YOU'RE ENTHUSIASM: ACCIDENT" is an Existing TV sitcom script Quarter-Finalist in the 2015 Aura Screenwriters Awards.

 

Winners pending.
Fast Track Fellow, Melissa Birks Signs With The Savage Agency Melissa Birks and her Victorian-era thriller UNCAGED has been signed by A.J. Harris, literary agent with The Savage Agency. The script tells the story of an infirm detective hunting a madman who uses the London Zoo as his hunting ground. The script is heralded as a light Jack The Ripper origin story. Melissa was one of two of the April 2015 Fast Track Fellows/Grand Prize winners. Her script, UNCAGED, should create quite a bit of heat around town in the coming new year.
Catherine Fridey Top Finalist in Breaking Walls Thriller Competition Catherine Fridey's feature thriller, "Twiggers," has been named a top finalist in the 2015 Breaking Walls Thriller Screenplay Competition. This script has previously been a semifinalist in the Scriptapalooza Screenwriting Competition. 
Addison Bhuyan's TV spec of "The Americans" wins at WILDsound Festival

Addison Bhuyan's TV spec wins at WILDsound Festival. This is the first TV spec Addison has written, and his first win.  The episode entitled, Revolution & Resolution imagines the 2016 Season 4 Premiere of the FX show "The Americans"

1st Scene Screenplay Festival Announces its December 2015 Winners GIVE ME A REASON Written by Theresa Drewhttp://www.wildsoundfestival.com/give_me_a_reason.html
SYNOPSIS: 
Give Me a Reason is a dark comedy about two of the funniest subjects: suicide and cancer.  
TETON RECKONING Written by Debi Yazbeckhttp://www.wildsoundfestival.com/teton_reckoning.html
SYNOPSIS:
Teton Reckoning is about this crazy determined girl who hates being in pretentious Ft Worth society and longs for a life in pioneer territory – her dream: California. Of course, she ends up in Idaho.
LOVELESS Written by Chris Courtney Martinhttp://www.wildsoundfestival.com/loveless.html
SYNOPSIS: 
An adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s Wonderful Wizard of Oz, but at it’s core, it’s about emotional growth and maturity.  
Ross Denyer's "The Relief" is an Emerging Screenwriters Top 25 Finalist Ross Denyer's 1-hour Sci-Fi pilot THE RELIEF, about a man who takes the memories of others, has been selected as a "Top 25" Finalist in the 2015 Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition!
Jeff York's "Incurable" a finalist in 2015 Emerging Screenwriters contest In November 2015, Jeff York's horror movie entitled "Incurable" was named a top finalist in the 2015 Emerging Screenwriters Contest. The unique, character-driven story is about a young man diagnosed with ALS who has the chance to beat his disease by accepting eternal life from a vampire's bite. It has been one of his bigger successes over the years, placing in the finals of almost a dozen contests. A good script can always be made better however, and through the development program and mentoring courtesy of the ISA, Jeff was able to improve it and thus garnered a placement in the finals of this prestigious contest this month. Last year, Jeff York was honored to see his dark comedy "Play Dirty" win 3rd prize in that year's Emerging Screenwriters contest. 
Jeff York starts hosting ISA's new movie review podcast PAGE 2 SCREEN ISA member and veteran alum Jeff York has started hosting a new podcast for the ISA called "Page 2 Screen." In  this series of interviews from the ISA, Jeff will be discussing the current cinema with other ISA members and writers with a special focus on the writing elements of each movie being examined. The ISA's Max Timm is producing and the series can be heard weekly at networkisa.org as well as on iTunes. Jeff comes to this venture with the enthusiasm of a writer, movie fan and analyst of the current cinema as he has been writing his own movie blog online called The Establishing Shot for five years (www.theestablishingshot.blogspot.com). And he's been an Examiner online movie critic for almost that long too. (www.examiner.com).  
Lemon Made a semi-finalist at AFF 2015, will be staged reading at festival

Lemon Made, a semi-finalist at the 2015 Austin Film Festival, was featured as one of four staged readings at the Festival.  Erik Adolphson also took second place in the prestigious Austin Pitch Fest with his pitch for Lemon Made.

 

Additionally, Lemon Made took the Bronze prize in the Family Film category at the 2015 World Series of Screenwriting. 

Jeffrey Howe--2nd Place, Family Films, LA Screenplay Contest

Robo4ce, Jeffrey Howe's first screenplay, placed highly in the Family division of the 2015 LA Screenplay Contest this November.

 

This is the fourth set of laurels so far this year for Robo4ce, the story of a smart-but-shy eighth grade girl who learns self-confidence through a national robotics league, even as her coach recovers from emotional wounds his own mentor in the league left on him. It previously took the top spot in the 2015 StoryPros Awards (family), the Grand Prize (family) at the 2015 Hollywood Screenplay Contest, and was the overall winner of the 2015 Contest of Contest Winners. 

 

Robo4ce is currently a finalist in the 2016 Final Draft Big Break contest. 

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. 

Podium Win for LOST CAUSE LOST CAUSE wins 3rd Place for action/adventure feature screenplay in the 2015 Los Angeles Screenplay Contest. For writer/producer David J Schroeder, this is 118 top-three finishes for 6 different scripts and 7 production awards since 2010.
MARK RENSHAW'S AUTOMATIC DRIVE - TOP PICK AWARD REEL WRITERS 2015

Mark Renshaw's sci-fi short script, Automatic Drive reached the finals of the Reel Writers 2015 competition and won a Top Pick award.

 

The script is about a not-so-distant future, where the highways are automated and corporate controlled. The story centres on a family who discover the real price of progress and exactly why traffic jams are a thing of the past.

 

The same script also reached the semi-finals of Shriekfest. 

Michelle Muldoon's Screenplay Finds Festival Success Michelle's feature screenplay finds Festival success in 2015 with a runner-up award at the 2015 Northern Virginia International Film Festival, a semi-final placement at The Monthly Film Festival and an official selection to the 2015 Oaxaca Film Festival.
Triple Finalist Again My scripts "The Minstrel" and "Silent Rescue" were official finalists in the Family Film category, while "Parousia" was an official finalist in the Science Fiction genre of the Los Angeles Screenplay Contest 2015.  This is the 3rd time this year that all 3 scripts have been co-finalists in the same competition, occurring also at the Summer Slam Film Festival 2015, and Las Vegas Screenplay Contest 2015.
Timothy Benson's CUPCAKES wins Best Screenplay at Hollywood Sky Film Fest

Hollywood, CA - NY screenwriter Timothy M. Benson's short animation screenplay, CUPCAKES, takes another top film festival award, winning BEST SCREENPLAY at the 2015 Hollywood Sky Film Festival. CUPCAKES has won close to twenty writing awards since exploding onto the film festival circuit in the summer of '15.

 

CUPCAKES tells a story about the beauty and power of sisterly love and the enduring human spirit within children. The story was inspired by Benson's volunteer work at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of NY. The script was written to help bring awareness to childhood cancers and to inspire a call to action. Benson's film company, Story Giant Films, will take the multi-award winning animation screenplay into production in early '16. All film proceeds will benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities. The Story Giant Films website has more information on this inspiring film project.

FISCAL SPONSORSHIP ShelBeth Entertainment and TWIN FLAMES has just received fiscal sponsorship with From The Heart Productions which means we're entitled to grants, charitable donations, and many more sponsorship details. 
Within These Walls chosen as a Finalist in ZedFest The award winning script "Within These Walls" is now a finalist in the Los Angeles based Zed Fest 2015 Film Festival. This is the second contest that this horror script has been entered in. It won its first festival and took top honors at the LAFSF in Oct 2015. 
MARK RENSHAW'S SHORT FILM WINS TOP SHORT'S HONOURABLE MENTION AWARD No More Tomorrows is a short film written and produced by Mark Renshaw. In it's first film festival, Top Shorts 2015, it received an honourable mention award in the drama category.

No More Tomorrows is about a self-centred young woman on a family road trip encounters two strangers who are far more dangerous than they appear. As fate intervenes, she has to find the courage to learn to live for today if her family have any chance to see another tomorrow.

It was shot on location in Los Angeles and released in February 2015.

 

MARK RENSHAW WINS TOP PICK AWARD IN REEL WRITERS FINALS

Mark's short sci-fi script, Automatic Drive, tells the tale of the true price of progress, as a family take a trip on an automated super-highway with fatal results. The script reached the finals of the 2015 Reel Writers competition where it received a Top Pick award.

 

The same script also reached the semi-finals of Shriekfest.

Brian O'Connor - Top 16 Scripts Reel Writers 2015 Brian O'Connor's animated short "I Did It!," about a little boy who needs coaching from his imaginary "frenemy" to make his first plunge into the pool, placed top seven the short script category and Top 16 overall.  
WILDSound Announces November TV Festival Winners Watch winning screenplays performed by professional actors:
TV PILOT Winner - Hail MaryWritten by Stan Williamsonhttp://www.wildsoundfestival.com/hail_mary.html
SYNOPSIS:Named by her father after a football pass with little chance of success, a quick-witted former pro beach volleyball player takes on the exclusive boys club of professional sports by becoming a sports agent/attorney.

TV SPEC Winner - Bob's BurgersWritten by Travis McMaster & Tony Interdonatohttp://www.wildsoundfestival.com/bobs_burgers.html
SYNOPSIS:A full family story. Mr. Fishodoer has extorted the Belcher family into using the rec. center.
DRONES & DRIVERS by HALEY ISLEIB

A soldier enhanced with the ability to take over robots finds herself the target of mysterious government-related forces when she returns home after a war in Drones & Drivers. Winner of the 2015 Other Worlds Austin SciFi Screenwriting Contest. Earlier draft a Fresh Voices Science Fiction finalist AND nominee for Best Role for a Leading Woman. Finalist at Creative World Awards, quarter-finalist at Scriptapolooza. A very early draft was a quarter-finalist in the Science Fiction Category of the 2014 Big Break Contest.

Brett Riley wins Grand Prize in Horror at Hollywood Screenplay Contest Candy's First Kiss by Brett Riley has won the Grand Prize in the Horror genre at the 2015 Hollywood Screenplay Contest. This marks the fifth contest in which this script has succeeded. Additionally, the script won the Horror genre at the 2014 New York Screenplay Contest and the Gold Prize in Horror at the 2014 Beverly Hills Screenplay Competition. It also won third place overall at the 2014 Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest and an honorable mention in the WeScreenplay Contest. 
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.

Award Winning Short screenplay wins 6 production awards

David Schroeder's award-winning short screenplay, THIS MODERN MAN IS BEAT, wins 6 production awards in the 2015 Indie Fest Film Awards, including: Awards of Excellence for Short Film (Alex Merkin), Sceenwriter/Writer (David J Schroeder/Fawzy Zablah), Lead Actor (Jordi Villasuso), Editing, Overall Production, and Award of Merit for Lead Actress (Sheena Colette). This is the screenplay's 3rd film festival recognition.

 

ERIKSSON by Matthew Tolbert Reaches Nicholl Quarterfinals. Matthew Tolbert's latest screenplay placed in the quarterfinals for Nicholl Fellowship. ERIKSSON, an epic historical biopic telling the story of Leif Eriksson, a Viking who, to prove himself to his legendary father, embarks on a dangerous voyage to find new lands and inadvertently discovers America.
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.  

Wildsound Names 1st Scene Contest Winners #1 – GRANDMA DEE AND THE LOST CONTINENT November 2015 ReadingWritten by Mark Perlickhttp://www.wildsoundfestival.com/grandma_dee_and_the_lost_continent.html
SYNOPSIS:This screenplay is about a woman who seeks healing by searching for the lost records of Atlantis, believing that these records contain the spiritual secrets that can transform and rehabilitate us all.
#2 – AVALON Written by Ed Vaughanhttp://www.wildsoundfestival.com/avalon.html
SYNOPSIS:Avalon follows the journey of two childhood friends who make a pact to get revenge for their parents who were killed by terrorists.
#3 – DOG FACEWritten by C.L. Pikehttp://www.wildsoundfestival.com/dog_face.html
SYNOPSIS:DOG FACE is the story of 3 werewolves cursed with the gift of alchemy, and the humans who enter their environment.
WILDsound Announces its November 2015 Feature Screenplay Winners Watch the 2 winning Table Readings performed by professional actors. 
#1 - FEATURE SCRIPT - Yellow Touch Red, You're Dead November 2015 ReadingWritten by Lauren Hoekstrahttp://www.wildsoundfestival.com/yellow_touch_red_youre_dead.html
Genre: Thriller, Romance, Suspense
SYNOPSIS: 
Yellow Touch Red, You're Dead is the story of an impulsive high-school girl who gets accidentally caught up in a guns-for-drugs deal gone wrong.  
--------#2 - FEATURE SCRIPT - BELLE BREZING November 2015 ReadingWritten by Margaret Carlyle Pricehttp://www.wildsoundfestival.com/belle_brezing_feature.html
Genre: Drama, History, Biography
SYNOPSIS: 
There lies a story of sex, secrets and spiritual redemption.
Stevelinck Nancy's Produced Film "Bobby en de geestenjagers" To Be Remade Stevelinck Nancy's Dutch-produced film "Bobby en de geestenjagers" is slated for an American remake in 2016 for worldwide.
Anthony Cawood's short, iRobot, receives multiple recognition

iRobot's Octegenarian hero clearly appeals to competition judges, garnering Finalist status in the Cherub Film's Short Screenlay Contest and Semi-finalist status in the Reel Writing short script competition.

Mary DeSantis writes the first screenplay published in a CWC anthology! 2015 is the year that the California Writers Club brought screenwriters in from the cold. In the recently published anthology of the High Desert branch, a short screenplay by Mary DeSantis establishes precedence as the first script ever accepted for publication by the statewide organization.

DeSantis adapted a hundred-year-old short story, titled Pigs Is Pigs, by Ellis Parker Butler. The comedy describes the outlandish knots that bureaucracies will tie in order to squeeze every last dime from consumers, and is just as relevant today as it was in 1906.

The anthology is titled 'For the Love of Writing' and is available for purchase at www.hdcwc.org
SVILEN KAMBUROV'S SCRIPT, "KING'S HEART", SCORES BIG IN REALTIME BLACKLIST!

"KING'S HEART" was previously under option with Dreambridge Films, though the project is now back on the market. The script won't remain available for long, as BLACKLIST industry pros have given it consecutive high scores, virtually propelling the screenplay to the top of the realtime blacklist in 2015.

 

The project honors King Boris III of Bulgaria and tells the extraordinary true story of the largest rescue during the Holocaust.  Svilen is also a producer on "KING'S HEART" and has been in contact with the Bulgarian Royal Family throughout much of the script's development. The project has the blessing and good-will of King Simeon II, King Boris' son. Directors at CAA and ICM are currently reading. Svilen is repped by Kenoff & Machtinger. 
 

 

 
  

 

"BEST SCREENPLAY" - POLLY 21st Screenplay recognition! Eric P Granger's heartfelt Short, POLLY, just received "Best Screenplay Short" at the South East New England Film Festival just one day aftyer receiving "2nd Place Best Screenplay Short" at the L. A. Independant Film Festival Awards And "Best Screenplay Sci-Fi Short" At NOVA Film Festival.
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. 

  

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.

 

 

TEXT MESSAGES TO GOD awarded GRAND PRIZE WINNER in Nevada Film Festival David Bryant Perkins' story of two captured archeologists impersonating medical doctors to save their lives when ISIS forces overrun their ancient excavation site, is selected the Grand Prize Winner at the Nevada Film Festival in Las Vegas.  Perhaps the pre-Bible artifacts mysteriously becoming the center of interest for the US government, the Vatican, and para-military groups unknown were the type of action/adventure/thriller sub-plots these judges were looking for....

 

Christopher Schultz Christopher Schultz's feature action script STILLWATER received honorable mention in the Stage32 script writing contest, 1st runner up in the Creative World Awards action category, and a quarter finalist in The Big Break screenwriting contest.
Table Read My Screenplay Screenplay Contest - London - Winner Pilot Cat.

Derek Asaff's one hour sci-fi/drama pilot AFTER THE MERGE wins the pilot category at the 2014 Table Read My Screenplay Screenplay Contest - London

 

Derek's comedy feature THE WHEELMAN also won the comedy category and took Grand Prize

2014 Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition 2nd Place Derek Asaff's one hour sci-fi/drama AFTER THE MERGE takes 2nd Place in the 2014 Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition
Table Read My Screenplay Contest Park City - Winner Animated/Fantasy Cat. Derek Asaff's animated/family film K-9 ACADEMY wins the animated/fantasy category at the 2014 Table Read My Screenplay Screenplay Contest Park City.
Creative World Awards Grand Prize Winner Derek Asaff's action/comedy feature THE WHEELMAN takes Top Prize at the 2014 Creative World Awards
Final Draft's Big Break Screenwriting Contest - Winner Hour Pilot Category Derek Asaff's one hour sci-fi/drama pilot AFTER THE MERGE wins its category at the 2014 Final Draft's Big Break Screenwriting Contest
Derek Asaff deemed Young and Hungry by Tracking Board

Every year, The Young & Hungry List is compiled from across the industry, proudly showcasing those writers most eager to stake their claim. Voted on by Hollywood's most influential players, each list distinguishes a fresh slate of up-and-coming creatives preparing to take the next step in their careers. Screenwriter Derek Asaff deemed Young and Hungry with his screenplay "Wheelman."

Ross Denyer's Sci-Fi Pilot, "The Relief", is a ScreenCraft Semi-Finalist! Hot on the heels of a contest placement last week, Ross's 1-hour Sci-Fi drama pilot, THE RELIEF, has been honored as a Semi-Finalist in ScreenCraft's 2015 Pilot Launch Competition. The potential TV series follows a man with the ability to absorb and reimagine the memories of others, and the police unit tasked with investigating his crimes.
WENDY JANE HENSON'S SCRIPTS SCORE IN 2015

On only its second outing in competition, Wendy's teleplay EARTH NOW INC. "Honey, You Can't Make Up This Stuff" was selected as one of six official finalists in the current Oregon International Film Awards. A pilot for a procedural drama tempered with splashes of humor and dashes of sex, the story follows a crusading journalist and a forensic geologist who risk their careers and lives to fight environmental perils and crimes.

 

Wendy's award winning feature YONKHEER, a former Nicholl Fellowship finalist and a 2015 Spring/Summer Acclaim finalist, also was one of six official finalists in the current Oregon International Film Awards. A semi-finalist for Table Read My Screenplay/Hollywood, it is now among the top 100 in Emerging Screenwriters. The rowdy romp involving two feuding brothers and a saucy barmaid offers skullduggery and romance that will delight audiences age thirteen and up. 

Duncan Putney's "ROGUE ISLAND" is a winner Duncan's supernatural/horror/mystery ROGUE ISLAND is the grand prize winner in the Spotlight on New England Screenwriting Competition sponsored by the Rhode Island International Film Festival in parnership with the Rhode Island State Office of Film & Television. The story is set in Newport, RI and includes a strong female leading character.
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.  

O'Connell's LOVE'S REMAINS Makes Top 50 in 2015 Launch Pad Competition

Matt O'Connell's real-time horror/thriller LOVE'S REMAINS has advanced to the quarterfinals in the 2015 Launch Pad Features Competition from The Tracking Board, putting it in the top 50 scripts out of more than 1500 entries.

 

LOVE'S REMAINS is also among the top 100 contenders in the Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition, and was previously recognized as a quarterfinalist in the Final Draft Big Break and Screencraft Horror Contests, as well as being a finalist for the ISA Fast Track Fellowship.

Benson's HOOKED wins again - 20th Annual International Family Film Festival

Hollywood, CA - NY screenwriter Timothy M. Benson's feature animation screenplay, "HOOKED," a family-fun, fishing-themed adventure has been honored by the 20th Annual International Family Film Festival, where he won in the category of BEST FEATURE ANIMATION SCREENPLAY. HOOKED has exploded across the 2015 global film festival circuit this summer winning over a dozen writing awards. This honor was HOOKED's third consecutive Best Feature Screenplay Award.

 

HOOKED's high-concept is driven by a 10 year old boy's quest for a legendary fish vs. a villainous fishing captain's thirst for fame and fortune. 

Sean Freelon takes home the consolation prize Sean Freelon wins the "Star Award" The Feature Script, Honorable Mention Award at the 2013 Indie Gathering Film Festival.
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. 
O'Connell's Thriller LOVE'S REMAINS Gets Further Contest Recognition

Building on previous success, Matt O'Connell's thriller LOVE'S REMAINS has earned additional contest attention, making it into the Top 75 of the 2015 Launch Pad Features Competition from The Tracking Board - or the top 5% of all entries.  

 

It was also announced last week that LOVE'S REMAINS is among the Top 100 scripts in the Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition, sponsored by the ISA.

 

The script had already been recognized by the Final Draft Big Break and Screencraft Horror Contests as a quarterfinalist, as well as being a finalist in the ISA Fast Track Fellowship.

 

LOVE'S REMAINS is a real-time horror/thriller that takes place in one night in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It's an ensemble piece that looks at loss and love in an excting, fast-paced format that keeps you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. 

Matt O'Connell's LOVE'S REMAINS Gets Contest Attention

Matt O'Connell's horror/thriller spec LOVE'S REMAINS has earned the praise of readers and judges across a variety of high-profile contests in 2015. The feature was recognized as a quarterfinalist in the Final Draft Big Break Constest and the Screencraft Horror Script Contest, and earned Matthew a place among the 50 finalists for the ISA Fast Track Fellowship.

 

LOVE'S REMAINS is a unique ensemble thriller with that takes place in real time in WIlliamsburg, Brooklyn as a serial killer with a personal vendetta terrorizes the borough.

20th Screenwriting Award - Eric P. Granger POLLY was just nominated for "Best Screenplay" at the L A Independent Film Festival Awards marking th 20 th Screenwriting Award received in 2015 for Eric P. Granger. Currently writing number 7, A comedy. 
40th "OFFICIAL SELECTION" Film Festival award TheWriteroom.org represents the 40th Film Festival Award that  Eric P. Granger, has received. Including The Russian Film Festival, Mallorca Film Festival, London Shows Film Festival, and many others. 
Mark Robertson's E-DEN hits top 75 in Launch Pad Mark Robertson's brand new YA science fiction screenplay E-DEN has just reached the top 75 in the Launch Pad Features Competition, a high profile screenwriting contest run by film industry website The Tracking Board. It's the script's first placing in a competition, and follows the writer's recent success with his TV pilot CHARLES DICKENS'S GHOST CLUB, which was a finalist in several recent competitions, and is now under option with Eclectic Pictures and Indomitable Entertainment.
*Update: Ranger Creed #19 On The Black List

Updated - 11/17/15

Travis Opgenorth's latest feature, Ranger Creed, has moved up to #19 on The Black List's (Month to Date) Top Screenplay List. One evaluator had this to say of the script, "Strong dialogue and scene-writing make this a polished, production-ready piece. This thrilling, emotionally charged story has massive potential and could turn into a real commercial hit in the right hands." Ranger Creed is Travis' third feature in as many years with his two previous works, Chimera and Gridiron, taking home fourteen top placings between them including a 3rd Place finish in the Story Pros Awards Contest, and a Semi-Finalist finish in the Nicholl Fellowship Contest respectively. 

Faisal Lutchmedial signs with The Characters Talent Agency

Lutchmedial is now being represented by Brent Sherman and Sohrab Merchant of The Characters Talent Agency. For over 4 decades THE CHARACTERS has proudly represented some of North America's top actors, directors, voice talent, producers & production talent. With offices in both Vancouver and Toronto, it remains one of Canada's only national talent agencies.

 

"Secret & Confidential" by Ben Maraniss named Top 100 w/ "Special Mention". Secret & Confidential, a pilot by Ben Maraniss, was named one of the top 75 submission in the 2016 Launch Pad Pilot Competition. This pilot previously advanced as one of the Top 100 semi-finalist and given a "Sepcial Mention" at the Table Read My Screenplay - Screenplay Contest - Austin! and placed as a Quarter-Finalist in the 2015 PAGE Intermational Screenwriting Awards. The series follows the transformation of Patricia Lewis from a 1970s-era Washington DC housewife into the most powerful woman in the country through her clandestine career as a liaison between the Mafia, the CIA and the Nixon White House. This pilot
"Weimar" by Ben Maraniss wins Pilot Grand Prize Ben Maraniss's pilot, Weimar, has been named the Pilot Grand Prize winner at the Table Read My Screenplay - Screenplay Contest - Austin! The series revolves around the Nachmanns, a family of German-Jewish industrialists forced to take control of their father's steelworks, after his untimely death at the end of World War I, while stuggling to remain loyal in an increasingly turbulent Germany.
Ross Denyer's "The Relief" Makes Emerging Screenwriters' TOP 100 Ross Denyer's 1-hour Sci-Fi pilot THE RELIEF, about a man who can relive and alter the memories of others, has been selected as a "Top 100" Screenplay in the 2015 Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition!  Final winners will be announced on November 30th.
Psych-Thriller, Luna, Howls for Travis Opgenorth

Travis' short script, Luna(cy), a genre-bender that mixes a pyschological thriller with a werewolf creature feature, was just announced as a Semifinalist in the 2015 Courier Awards screenplay contest. It also

took home a Finalist finish at the 2015 Twisted Horror Picture Show. A feature-length version of the story previously clawed its way to a Finalist finish in the 2012 Scream Fest Film Festival and The Beverly Hills Film Festival and Quarterfinalist finishes in the Stage 32 New Blood and PAGE Awards contests that same year. 

Travis Opgenorth Dreams of Better Things with Chimera Travis Opgenorth's feature thriller, Chimera, finished 3rd in the 2014 Story Pros Awards Screenwriting Contest. The script placed in five of the six contests it was entered in with semi-finalist or quarter-finalist finishes in the Writemovies.com, PAGE Awards, Austin Film Festival, and Final Draft's Big Break contests. 
Travis Opgenorth's Pilot, Kingdom of God, Best in Category Travis Opgenorth's historical drama, Kingdom of God was recently announced as the Best In Category winner in the 2015 NexTvEntertainment Writing Contest. This marks the fourth notable finish for the teleplay as it also finished as the 1st Runner Up in the People's Pilot Contest and had two quarter-finalist finishes in the Stage 32 Happy Writers and PAGE International contests. 
Heather Morris Final Draft Big Break semi-finalist

Heather's screenplay The Tattooist, the true story of the Auschwitz Concentration Camp Tattooist was a semi-finalist in the Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting competition.

 

The Tattooist was also a semi-finalist in the 2015 Creative Worlds Screenwriting Competition and is currently in the top 100 Emerging Screenwriters' Competition 2015.

 

The Tattooist is currently being adapted into a novel, a publishing deal having been secured. 

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. 
Nicholas Horwood makes the 2015 Emerging Screenwriters Top 100

Nicholas Horwood's "Journey To The Lost Island Of Killer Dinosaurs!", a period comedy about a group of eccentric Victorian explorers, has made the 2015 Emerging Screenwriter's Top 100.

 

LOGLINE: A group of eccentric Victorian explorers go on a quest to find a mysterious island full of mutant ducks, sabre-toothed squirrels, feminist cavewomen and ferocious man eating dinosaurs.

Made the top 100 list of the 2015 Emerging Screenwriters!

Tracee's screenplay 101 WAYS TO SURVIVE THE END OF THE WORLD has qualified as a top 100 finalist in the Emerging Screenwriter's Competition.The story is a heartbreaking tale of a young boy who loses his parents and is sent to live with the grandfather he has never known. In order to cope with the tragedy, he becomes obsessed with preparing for the Apocolypse, distancing himself further from the only family he has left.  

ROBERT WOOLDRIDGE PLACES 2 SCRIPTS IN EMERGING SCREENWRITERS TOP 100 Robert Wooldridge placed two screenplays, A HITCH IN THE PLAN and THE BOAT, in the top 100 of Emerging Screenwriters 2015 Screenplay Competition. A HITCH IN THE PLAN is a thriller about a detective who enlists the help of a film buff to help him catch a killer who is replicating Hitchcock movies.  THE BOAT, which won the Reel Writers 2015 Screenplay Competition, is about a young teen struggling with his sexuality who helps his mother at all cost when she has a vision of the town flooding.
Joy Gee"s DRAGON CALLER a first round qualifier! Joy Gee's DRAGON CALLER has passed first round qualification in the Filmmakers International Awards. This is the same script that recently won the World Series of Screenwriting award for science fiction.
Mike Messier's Fight or Play Basketball family drama is a semi-finalist...

Mike's new script  is a semi-finalist in the Rhode Island International Screenplay Competition. Of 433 entries entered, only 4 scripts have been announced as semi-finalists in the "Spotlight on New England" genre subcategory. Mike Messier's Fight or Play Basketball is one of those 4 scripts. Mike says, "This is a great honor and I'm extrememly pleased. This will make a great film or even TV series pilot. I look forward to talking with producers interested in this family/ sports drama, feel good story."

 

Lisa A Thorpe- Honorable Mention for Whisper Woods Lisa Thorpe's screenplay Whisper Woods was recently selected to be included in the 2015 Oaxaca Film Festival (October 2015) and the Haunted Horror International Film Festival (October 2015). Although it did not win at the Oaxaca Festival, Thorpe's screenplay did receive Honorable Mention at the Haunted Horror International Film Festival.
TV Festival Announces its October 2015 Pilot and Spec Winners

Watch the Winning Readings Performed by Professional Actors:

TV PILOT – Max Cobra 
October 2015 Reading
Written by Brad Heisler
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/max_cobra.html

TV PILOT – Westbound 
October 2015 Reading
Written by Jeff Alulis
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/westbound.html 

TV SPEC – Silicon Valley 
October 2015 Reading
Written by Jennifer McAuliffe
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/silicon_valley.html

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Deadline: TV PILOT/SPEC Script Festival – Get FULL FEEDBACK. Get script performed by professional actors
http://www.wildsound.ca/tvscreenplaycontest.html

 

LAFSF - Best Horror Script 2015 "Within These Walls" Within These Walls has won top honors at the Los Angeles Film and Script Festival. This is Tracie's sixth win since she first entered festivals in April 2015. Within These Walls, a horror feature, won Best Horror Script and is currently a finalist in another festival.
Two 1st Runner Up Awards for American Frankenstein My pilot, American Frankenstein, was nominated in three different categories taking home TWO trophies!
TWO TOP SCREENPLAYS FOR JOY GEE Results are in from the World Series of Screenwriting contest and Joy Gee has a winner in DRAGON CALLER for the Science Fiction category and a finalist, COYOTE SUMMER, in Family Films. DRAGON CALLER is a 120-minute feature film presentation of Joy's unpublished novel RISK, which is also available to option as a mini-series. 
Top Competitions

Helene Perrin-Gouron lands big at major competitions. 

The WildSound site has labeled her feature script 'That Christmas'  as "ONE OF THE BEST OF FANTASY MOVIE IDEAS AND PITCHES" in October 2015, and in November 2015, the 'Doctor of the Unfeasible' pitch/logline was qualified as 'excellent' and was promoted on the WildSound social networking channels.

 

Her screenplay 'Five Letter Word' was a second rounder at the AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL.

 

Additionally, she was a finalist at the PAGE INTERNATIONAL SCREENWRITING AWARDS with feature 'My New Life.'

 

Evolution Mallorca Film Fest Selects 'Gonies' The Evolution Mallorca Film Festival has chosen PHIL STOKES's feature-length screenplay GONIES as an official selection to their 2015 festival. In the past month, GONIES has been a finalist in the Milan Film Festival (1 of 16), the MAC Film Festival (1 of 15), and a quarter finalist in the Shore screenwriting competition.  
"The Resurrectionists" is a ScreenCraft Comedy Quarter Finalist Duncan's dark period comedy, "The Resurrectionists," set in 1835 Boston was a quarter-finalist in the 2014 ScreenCraft Comedy Screenplay Competiton.
2014 New England Emmy Nomination FLICKERS recieved another New England Emmy Award nomination for the PSA campaign, "RIIFF Around the World," created by Original Concept & Development Associates. This is the third nominatioin for a FLICKERS in the PSA catagory for a concept created for them by OCD Associates. In 2009, FLICKERS & OCD took home the statue for "Canisters."
"Rogue Island" Winner of Spotlight on New England Screenplay Competition Duncan's horror feature screenplay, "Rogue Island,"  took home the grand prize in the 2015 Spotlight on New England Screenwriting Competition sponsored by the Rhode Island International Film Festival and the Rhode Island Film & TV Office to spotlight screenplays that are set in Rhode Island and New England.
"Half Pint" wins Van Gough Award for Best Screenplay Short Film The educational short film / TV pilot won the Van Gough Award for Best Screenlay Short Film at the 2014 Amsterdam Film Festival. The film set that sends a young boy back to WW2 is currently screening at museums across the US and in Normandy France.
Eliot John Hagen's 'Erebus' a Top 10 Finalist in the Tracking Board LPPC

Eliot John Hagen's Erebus made the TOP 10 Pilots & Writers for the 2014 Launch Pad Pilots Competition (LPPC)! 

 

 

Described as a "big event-series" that mixes “The Day After Tomorrow” and “Lost," the story centers on a exploration team sent to the South Pole for a routine research run, who are caught amidst a sudden volcanic explosion and an unidentified object below the ice. Now they must fight for their survival in the most desolate place on earth. 

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. 
Three Phillip E. Hardy screenplays receive honors

Three screenplays written by Phillip E. Hardy have received several honors this month. Gaze Towards Infinity has been selected as a semi-finalist by the Screencraft Sci-Fi Script Contest. The Negro League has been chosen as official selection at the Indie Film Festival, The Kinolit Film Festival, the Legends of Hollywood Film Festival and the London Shows Film Festival. And Purgatory Station was chosen as official selection at Dazed 4 Horror Film Festival and Haunted Halloween Film Festival. Phillip has received more than a dozen honors in 2015 and has attracted the attentions of a major talent agency and film studio.

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. 

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. 
Alex Hunt - Semi-Finals of the Screencraft Sci-Fi Screenplay Contest

Alex Hunt's feature screenplay 'The Pursuit' was selected along with 49 other scripts in the Semi Finals of the Screencraft Sci-Fi Screenplay Contest.

 

Alex is a recent Film Graduate from Falmouth University and is extremely pleased to have his first feature script get recognised in the competition. 

Kerri Weston FINALIST 2014 SUNSCREEN FILM FESTIVAL St. Petersburg, FL

BRONZE is placed in the top six screenplays with Red Baron Films and Indican Pictures to select the winner.

 

This is a inspiring true story of a teenager who is suddenly paralysed and forced to face the challenges of her disability to find extraordinary strength, athletic glory and the comfort of love.

 

Set in Australia in 1980's. Women in Australia have yet to step into the male bastion of Surf lifesaving, that is until Kerri Connor and her friends become the first women in Australia to gain their bronze medallion. Not long after on New Year’s Eve, Kerri loses the use of her legs and is now paralysed. She struggles with the recovery process and rehabilitation is often fought with resistance. Kerri’s love of the water develops as part of her existence with Australia’s supreme Coach Laurie Lawrence and it becomes a turning point in her life.

 

 

Joshua Keller Katz accepted into year-long Mentorship at the Writers Guild! Joshua Keller Katz is among a select few emerging writers to be accepted into the 6th annual Military Veterans Writing Project, a year-long mentorship, hosted by the Writer Guild Association's non-profit side: the Writers Guild Foundation. Joshua and his fellow Fellows will be given hands-on mentorship by working industry writers over the course of a year in an intensive program that is the industry equivelant of an MFA in screenwriting.

Joshua's served as a veteran of the U.S. Navy before and during 9/11 and has been optioned twice through ISA. Recently, his origial script "The Secret of Sleep" placed in the top 50 of the ISA Fast Track Mentorship contest.
June Escalante's THE ORTONS, a top ten finalist in the 2015 Page awards.

The Ortons, finished as a finalist is the drama category of the 2015 International Page Awards. The Ortons has also placed in many other contests, including Austin Film Festival and Cinestory. 

 

The story revolves around two young brothers who will stop at nothing to ensure their mother's happiness when they find out their stepfather is cheating with a local waitress. However, they don't know that their mother has come up with her own dangerous plan to keep her husband at home.

 

 

Ballerina Girl Receives "Special Mention" in the ISA Fast Track Fellowship

Out of roughly 1000 entries, Evan Cooper's crime thriller, Ballerina Girl, placed in the top ten screenplays at this year's ISA Fast Track Program, receiving an honorable mention as well.

 

Set in Russia, the story centers around the grisly and mysterious murder of a young ballerina. But as the hunt for her killers runs dry, an overlooked piece of evidence leads one investigator to believe she was killed by a high-ranking military official. An idea that quickly becomes unpopular in Moscow. 

Writer Martin Blinder Finalist in True Tales Script Competition Writer Martin Blinder's script CATCH THE DEVIL is a Finalist in the True Tales Movie Idea & Script Competition for September 2015.
Templeton's first-ever screenplay a triple finalist in 2015 competitions MARIE’S NUTCRACKER screenplay makes top finals at the International Family Film Festival 20th Annual; Final judging 8 Nov 2015, in addition to a finalist in Colorado International Film Festival, Summer 2015, and a finalist in Hollywood Screenplay Contest 2015.
COMEDIC FEATURE FILM WRITER

Denis Mortenson has written screenplays, plays, novels, and stories. Most recently in 2015, his comedy, Forget You?! made the quarterfinals of Scriptapalooza. 

ANN SIMON'S BLACK FUNERAL PLACES AS A 2015 OFFICIAL FINALIST Ann Simon's BLACK FUNERAL places as a 2015 Official Finalist for Stage Play Script in New York Screenplay Contest. This is the Second Finalist Award for BLACK FUNERAL.
2015 Hollywood Screenplay Finalist

My feature length screenpllay Road to Rosarito was accepted as a finalist in the 2015 Hollywood Screenplay competition in the drama/thriller category. It's his first time making it to the finalist round after being a semi-finalist in mulitiple competitions. 

 

It's Been a Good Summer for Screenwriter Todd Sorrell

A flurry of distinctions have been handed out over the Summer to several of my scripts.  "Parousia" made the QF rounds of Storypros Awards, Creative World Awards, and then took 1st Place in the Horror Genre at the Summer Slam Film Festival where I also was honored as Best Feature Screenwriter of Festival. http://summerslamfilmfest.weebly.com/awards.html Three scripts were chosen as Official Selections/Finalists at the Summer Slam: "The Minstrel", "Silent Rescue" and "Parousia". http://summerslamfilmfest.weebly.com/official-selections.html   "The Minstrel" also made the Semifinals of Scriptwood Screenplay Competition.  "Parousia" then made the Finalist round of the Hollywood Screenplay Contest. 

Short Written For A Gig Gets a Nomination Taylor Albertson's horror/comedy short Careful What You Wish For, which was written for a gig from the Network ISA site, is now an official nominee for September at the LAIFFA. "I didn't get the gig, but I never stop writing and editing.I'm happy with the nom and can't wait to see what I can do with the script."
Lynda Lemberg's and Jeffrey Allen Russel's 63rd Award and 78th Nomination!

Contest of Contest has honoured GRACE with a 63rd win and great script notes:

 

"The concept of one brave woman standing up against injustice has been successfully used before (“Silkwood”, “Norma Rae”, “Erin Brockovich”) but this script raises the bar. It is a heartfelt, passionate and timely indictment against complacency and turning away from unpleasant subjects. The characters seem like real people and the stakes couldn’t be higher."

Also thrilled to announce that Table Read My Screenplay, Austin has selected GRACE as a semi-finalist, our screenplay's 78th nomination! 

Unaccompanied Minor, a True-Life Screenplay, Wins Moondance Film Festival

“Unaccompanied Minor” won the feature screenplay category in the 2015 Moondance International Film Festival.  The story was inspired by the real life experiences of a Dutch man who accidentally discovered an international pedophile ring operating through the airport where he worked, and took action to save the child victims.  

 

The story also gives a glimpse into how traffickers recruit children in third-world countries and upmarket them to first world countries swiftly and without much risk using the unaccompanied minor services available on many airlines.

 

This is the second time winning at Moondance for Kitania; she also won the Columbine Award there in 2006 for her short screenplay "Sunny Springs." 

"Spirit Dance" by Kitania Kavey Official Selection in ROFFEKE

Spirit Dance, a short animation screenplay is an Official Selection of the Rock 'n Roll Film Festival, Kenya.  

 

Logline: After the death of her father, a disabled girl dances her way back to happiness and provides her grieving mother with an opportunity to connect with people again.

 

Inspired in part by Kitania's own struggles with mental and physical disabilities, she was honored to be iinterviewed by ROFFEKE founder Mildred Achoch for the festival's blog:

 

http://kenyarockfilmfestivaljournal.blogspot.com/2015/09/spirit-dance-screenplay-by-kitania-kavey.html

Ed Vela's Screenplay Finalist at Oaxaca 2015 Ed Vela's dramedy screenplay: "The Mortality Game" is a Finalist for the Grand Prize in the Oaxaca Film Festival's Screenplay Contest. Vela will not be able to attend the Festival but hopes for a positive outcome for his script.
Ed Vela WINS Platinum Remi for Drama Screenplay In April 2015 Ed Vela's dramedy screenplay: "The Mortality Game" won a Platinum Remi Award at WorldFest Houston. For his efforts Vela was given a Festival Pass to attend all films and seminars offered at WorldFest Houston, and managed to network with several producers and directors from every part of the world including a driector of a really great low budget feature film from L.A. and a delightful couple from the Isle of Man who produced a prize winning documentary.
O'Rourke Adaptation Is Oaxaca 15 Official Selection

Michael's feature adaptation of Winona LaDuke's novel "Last Standing Woman," has been chosen an official selection of Oaxaca Film Fest 15 Global Script Challenge.  Movie Maker magazine calls the Oaxaca Fest "one of the best in the world."  Winona's powerful novel, now in its 2nd edition, traces the lives of seven generations of Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) on the White Earth Reservation in Minnesota.  Michael's two shorts based on excerpts from Winona's book placed as finalists in the Starz Denver Screenplay Competition and the Nashville Film Fest Screenplay Contest earlier this year.  

 

 

BEST NEW WRITER & 1st runner up for BEST SCRIPT at 2015 AOF Festival

Jax Kearney's screenplay "Neptune's Prison" was just 1st runner up for overall BEST SCRIPT and won me BEST NEW WRITER at the prestigious Action on Film Festival's screenplay contest!

This script is still available as I am also seeking qualified representation!

Timothy Jay Smith named semifinalist in Table Read My Screenplay (Austin)

In this psychological thriller, A Special Ops soldier, whose grief over the loss of a son has torn his family apart, takes them on a vacation hoping to relive happier times when a perilous situation forces them to pull together to survive.

 

This is the 7th time North 40 has won or placed in a contest. It's Straw Dogs meet Ordinary People with some Hitchcock thrown in. 

TV Festival names its September 2015 Screenplay Winner  Watch the winning TV PILOT screenplay performed by professional actors:
TV PILOT Reading of HOT FLASH HIGH 

Written by Molly Driscoll
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/hot_flash_high.html

SYNOPSIS: 

After a medical crisis, 16 year-old GRACE'S perfect high school life is threatened when she undergoes "medically induced menopause," effectively draining her of hormones. 

Deadline September 30th: TV PILOT/SPEC Script Festival - Get FULL FEEDBACK. Get script performed by professional actorshttp://www.wildsound.ca/tvscreenplaycontest.html 
THE NIGHT WITCHES WINS 18TH SCREENPLAY COMPETITION The script, based on a true story of women pilots in WW2, picked up its 18th win at the Toronto Independent Film Festival.

Steven is in discussions with a Hollywood studio for an option agreement with the help of the ISA Development Program.

This takes his results for his five screenplays to 26 wins, 9 second places, and 96 other official selections.
Jeff York's INCURABLE named semifinalist in 2015 Screencraft Horror contest Jeff York's horror script called "Incurable" was named a semifinalist in the 2015 Screencraft Horror screenwriting contest. Jeff's screenplay is about a young man who is diagnosed with ALS and then decides to let a female vampire bite him to beat the disease and give him everlasting life. It's figured in the finals of 9 screenplay contests in the last few years and is currently under consideration at two production companies. 
1st Scene Screenplay Festival Announces its September 2015 Winners Watch the Winning Readings for the 1st Scene and Short Screenplay Winners
Script #1 – 1st Scene Reading of HOW TO HOLD IS ALL IN Written by Gwen Goodkinhttp://www.wildsoundfestival.com/how_to_hold_it_all_in.html
How to Hold it All in is about a guy who’s lost the loves of his life.
 Script #2 – 1st Scene Reading of FACSIMILE Written by Gary Makinhttp://www.wildsoundfestival.com/facsimile.html
In a future Los Angeles, a homicide detective’s investigation into the attempted murder of a young woman becomes the ultimate case of identity theft when a powerful corporation is implicated. 
Script #3 – SHORT SCRIPT – PTSDWritten by Paul Myerberghttp://www.wildsoundfestival.com/ptsd.html
A PTSD soldier, living on the streets, finds his anonymity shattered when he saves a woman from assault. 
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.  

Three More Wins

Writer/producer David J Schroeder wins FIRST PLACE in the 2015 Los Angeles International Film Festival Awards for his Caribbean Action/Adventure script, LOST CAUSE.  "Die Hard"-at-Sea.

 

Also, he wins FIRST PLACE in the 2015 Cincinnati Film Festival for his coming-of-age feature script, HALFWAY HOME - its 16th BEST screenplay award.

 

Furthermore, his short film, THIS MODERN MAN IS BEAT, wins the 2015 Stage 32 Short Film Contest, and will premiere in London at the Raindance Film Festival on Sept.29th.

 

This is a total of 54 Best Awards, and over 120 top three awards.

Marc W. Johnson & John-Arthur Ingram. September Feature Screenplay Winners Watch readings of the two feature screenplay winners for September 2015. 
Script #1 - FEATURE SCRIPT Reading of LEGACY September 2015 ReadingWritten by Marc W. Johnsonhttp://www.wildsoundfestival.com/legacy_feature_script.html
Genres: Supernatural, Thriller, Action
SYNOPSIS: 
After a werewolf slaughters the family of a pregnant newlywed and she loses her child, she becomes a cold-hearted hunter and uncovers it's her best friend. 
Script #2 -  THREE PLAY September 2015 ReadingWritten by John-Arthur Ingramhttp://www.wildsoundfestival.com/feature_three_play.html
Genres: Comedy, Fantasy
SYNOPSIS: 
Oliver, a neurotic who's hopelessly in love with his best friend Blake, finally comes out to both his shameless girlfriend, Silvia, and Blake.  
 
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. 
Phillip E. Hardy Second Round Austin Film Festival Finalist For his third consecutive year at Austin Film Festival, Phillip E. Hardy is a finalist for his screenplay work. This year, his controversial script Four Negro Girls in A Church has been recognized by AFF. This script is also nominated for best screenplay at next week's Austin Revolution Film Festival. Phillip has recieved finalist spots in more than a dozen film festivals and screenplay contests in 2015, for his work on The Bloody Benders, The Man Who Bore the Myth, Gaze Towards Infinity and Purgatory Station.
SUJATA DAY'S SCRIPTS ACHIEVE AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL'S SECOND ROUNDER STATUS Multiple scripts by Sujata Day moved on to the Second Round in the 2015 Austin Film Festival Screenplay and Teleplay Competition. SODA SHOP, a comedic short film, and NOT THAT GIRL, an original comedy pilot, continue to place in some of 2015's top screenwriting contests. Sujata Day is represented by 3 Arts Entertainment and Talentworks.
FLYING TIGER lands onto the OAXACA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Flying Tiger by David Bryant Perkins makes its way into the Oaxaca International Film Festival. Based on the AVG's (whose P-40's had the shark faces painted on) first mission in China, Perkins merges The Inn of the 6th Happiness with Behind Enemy Lines with a village girl rescuing a shot down American pilot, then escaping not only the Japanese but the opposing Nationalists forces (her village are Mao supporters) as they fight their way back to his base in Kunming.  This is the 5th screenplay written by David Bryant Perkins, and the fifth to win an award...
Second Year in a row for Kathleen Cromie in the PAGE Awards Finals!

Kathleen Cromie's historical pilot "The 5th" recently made the finals of the Page Awards.  This makes the hour-long drama one of the top ten scripts submitted in its category.  The story follows the residents of the fifth arrondissement in Paris - French and German - during the Nazi occupation and the rise of the Resistance.    

 

Last year, Ms. Cromie celebrated a similar success when her sci-fi pilot "Jumpers" also made the finals/top ten of the competition in the same category (TV Drama Pilot).   

Monkey Mouth, 2015 Austin Film Festival Second Round Drama The Monte Light drama MONKEY MOUTH finished in the top 15% of the 2015 Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition, earning Second Round Drama. MONKEY MOUTH tells the story of a recovering alcoholic country singer who gets a job teaching music in prison in his hometown of Hominy, Oklahoma.
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.
Sean Frasier & Shane Frasier haunt the Scriptapalooza competition

"Appraising the Dead" - the supernatural horror screenplay written by brothers Sean Frasier and Shane Frasier - has been named a Finalist (top 30) at the Scriptapalooza competition. Sean Frasier's feature horror-comedy "Hipster Massacre" is currently set for release in 2016, and was a Scriptapalooza Quarterfinalist in 2013.

 

"Appraising the Dead" follows a property appraisal team's doomed exploration of an abandoned nursing home as they're terrorized by a violent ghost with the ability to possess and reanimate the bodies of the dead. To survive the night they must rely on an unlikely ally - another spirit on the premises.

Tom Batt's Birdwatching Naked named Runner up in Scriptapalooza

Tom Batt's Birdwatching Naked finished 2015's Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition as a Top Ten Runner Up.

 

Birdwatching Naked is a spy comedy about a bored civil servant who's only wish is to become a field agent for MI6. When he's sent on a compulsory vacation after a nervous breakdown, he uncovers a terrorist plot in a small French town and decides to investigate. 

Jeff Nimoy's Degenerate Gamblers in Finals & Q-Finals in 2 major contests!

Jeff Nimoy's mob comedy "Degenerate Gamblers" was recently announced as a 2015 Scriptapalooza Finalist! That means out of over 3,400 international entries, "Degenerate Gamblers" finished in the Top 30. The screenplay was written as an ultra-low budget feature and is about a recent college graduate who tries to get his deceased father's good luck charm back from a mobster who runs an illegal gambling joint in Brooklyn.

 

And even more recently, it was announced as a Quarter-Finalist in the Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting contest!

 

Jeff Nimoy is an Emmy Award winning Writer/Producer/Director who has recently been developing a sitcom he created for MTV and Lorne Michaels' Broadway Video.

Original TV Drama Pilot Takes Finalist Position in 2015 CWA Competition Creative World Awards Writing Competition judges have selected the original TV drama pilot "The Vestals: Do You Hear What I Hear?" by Dennis Faleris as a finalist in this year's (2015) contest! The story centers on Rhea, a teenager in ancient Italy, before the founding of Rome. 
Reaugh's LOST FARE finalist in the True Tales Movie Ideas Competition

Rachel Reaugh's feature screenplay LOST FARE (based on a true story) was a finalist in the True Tales Movie Ideas & Script Competition.  

 

As a winning finalist of this competition Rachel recieved a complimentary telephone advisory session with Development Producer Laura Cross.

Timothy Benson's HOOKED wins at San Diego International Kids' Film Festival

NY screenwriter, Timothy M. Benson, has been honored by the San Diego International Kids' Film Festival, where he won in the category of BEST FEATURE SCREENPLAY for his feature-length animation screenplay, "HOOKED," a family-fun, fishing-themed adventure.

HOOKED, the feature-length animation screenplay, has exploded across the global film festival circuit, winning almost a dozen screenwriting awards since the spring of 2015. Benson, as an avid Northern Pike fisherman, was inspired to write HOOKED based on his own fishing adventures and his fascination with the theme of legend. HOOKED's high-concept is driven by a 10 year old boy's quest for a legendary fish vs. a villainous fishing captain's thirst for fame and fortune.

 

 

"HARMONY FALLS", Quarter Finalist in the Launch Pad Pilots Competition

Anthony's pilot "Harmony Falls" was a quarter finalist in the 2015 Launch Pad Pilots Competition.

"Harmony Falls" is a supernatural mystery about a man returning to his home town to confront his childhood nightmares.

 

 

 

Two Animation Commissions for Esther Kaufmann Esther Kaufmann was commissioned by the two big Hamburg animation companies Wunderwerk and Ulysses to write a pitch and an episode for two still top secret kids animation series projects.
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. 
Peter Wisan's Strings Gains Increasing Recognition

STRINGS, a story set in a dystopian near future, placed as a Quarterfinalist in the ScreenCraft Sci-Fi Screenplay Contest, judged by script development personnel from Universal, Lionsgate, Paramount, Sony, as well as CAA Talent Agent Fred Spektor, whose clients include Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, Pierce Brosnan, Dan Akroyd, and many others. STRINGS was chosen from amongst over 800 submissions. 

Jason Kessler's "HIGH OFFICE" a Scriptapalooza top 10 Runner Up

Jason Kessler's feature comedy "High Office" was recognized as one of 10 Runners Up in the 2015 Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition.  High Office is about a U.S. President who must distance himself from his daughter after she's caught smoking weed. But she's the only person who could help him when he accidentally eats one of her pot brownies. 

 

Jason is currently earning a screenwriting MFA at UT Austin, and he previously attended Princeton University and Columbia Law School.  His feature comedy "Up In Flames" won the 2014 Las Vegas Screenplay Competition, and his web series "Over Thinker" has enjoyed over 400,000 views on Youtube. 

Joy Gee a Finalist at CWA after winning at New Hope Joy Gee continues to do well in competition with both feature film and tv pilot scripts.  In the past twelve months she has won at New Hope Film Festival Script Competition, West Field Screenwriting Awards, and was a finalist at the Creative Writing Awards.
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. 

Nevekari Enterprises' "Classical Ideal" announced semi-finalist at the CIFF We are pleased that the appreciation of Nevekari Enterprises' socially relevant short film script, "Classical Ideal", has been announced as an official semi-finalist at this years Charleston International Film Festival. From the festival: "Your screenplay, Classical Ideal...ranked in the top 20% of all screenplays received."
Evan Cooper's Ballerina Girl Places Top 1% in Final Draft's Big Break 2014

Ballerina Girl by Evan Cooper made the Top-10 Features list in last year's Final Draft Big Break competition. The script was selected out of roughly 7000 entries. Ballerina Girl tells the story of an estranged brother who investigates the murder of his sister months after her disappearance from a ballet school in Russia. 

 

The screenplay was also a top finalist in both the Emerging Screenwriters Competition and Breaking Walls Thriller Contest, 2014.

ISA's Anna Hozian is 1 of 12 Writers Selected for Streep's Writer's Lab

Four months ago, Meryl Streep announced that she would fund a script-development program for female screenwriters over 40. The Writers Lab has named its first 12 participants, who will take part in an intensive, three-day retreat on Lake George, NY, starting September 18.  The ISA's Anna Hozian is one of those lucky writers! Out of thousands of entries, Anna's work and craft was selected - a very big honor indeed.

Mario Waller a Quarter-Finalist in the 2015 Page International Awards Mario Waller's full-length screenplay "Wall of Fire" was selected in the top 10% of 6,200+ entries as a 2015 PAGE INTERNATIONAL SCREENWRITING AWARDS Quarter-Finalist. Set in the rugged Rocky Mountains, this action/thriller is a clever mash-up of two well-known concepts – a prison escape and surviving a natural cataclysm, in this case a raging forest fire – weaved together in the vein of such franchise hits as "Taken" and "Die Hard".
Robert Wooldridge's THE BOAT selected Grand Prize Winner The Boat by Robert Wooldridge was selected as the Grand Prize Winner in the Reel Writers Screenwriting Contest 2015. The Boat is set in 1965 Texas, where a closeted gay teen, struggling with his sexuality, helps his mother build a boat after she has a vision of the town flooding.
Frank Edward Kelly, Loris Simon Salum, JC Mercer Jr. - August 2015 Winners Watch the three August screenplays performed by professional actors. 
1st Scene Script: THE MANTLE by Frank Edward Kellyhttp://www.wildsoundfestival.com/the_mantle.html
SYNOPSIS: 
The Mantle is about an FBI agent trapped in a mysterious, snowbound town who stumbles on a series of unearthly deaths that mirror a tragedy from his past. 1st Scene Script: THE TEST by Loris Simon Salumhttp://www.wildsoundfestival.com/the_test.html
SYNOPSIS: 
 This screenplay is about a woman, Melissa, who makes a choice she believes is right for her relationship with Gerard.  

1st Scene Script: REDNECK CHRISTAS by JC Mercer Jr.http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/redneck_christmas.html
SYNOPSIS: 
BANG! REDNECK CHRISTMAS explodes like a shotgun blast straight from the North Pole! 
 
THIS MODERN MAN IS BEAT is a Finalist

THIS MODERN MAN IS BEAT, my first award winning short script and first production, is a Finalist in its first entry - the 2015 Stage 32 Short Film Contest. Winners will premier in London at the 2015 Raindance Film Festival!

 

Alex Merkin (ACROSS THE HALL) directed the cast of Jordi Vilasuso (AMC), Sheena Collete (WALT BEFORE MICKEY), and Brad Greenquist (WATER FOR ELEPHANTS).

 

Actress Bethany Joy Lenz (GUIDING LIGHT, ONE TREE HILL) tweeted the announcement to 481.1 K followers.

 

Actor Brett Dalton (AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.) tweeted the announcement to 194.3 K followers.

Mary Goldman's screenplay, "Unholy Toledo", gets a nine on The Blacklist Unholy Toledo, written by Mary Goldman and Tim House, recently received a nine on The Blacklist, and was a quarter-finalist in the 2014 Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition. Unholy Toledo tells the tale of how two Ohio farm boys came up against a ruthless crime boss and his accomplices in Prohibition era Toledo.
Reaugh's LOST FARE quarter-finalist in The Adapted & True Stories For Film

Rachel Reaugh's feature screenplay LOST FARE made the quarter-finals in the 'Adapted & True Stories for Film Competition.'

 

So far the Judges initial feedback on LOST FARE were: "Seductive, lyrical, poetic dialogue. Nice character reveal.  Rich storyline.  Crisp description. Engaging opening scene. Overall well written. Good set up of conflict and goals."  

TV Festival Announces its August Winning Screenplays Watch the Winning TV PILOT and TV SPEC Screenplay Winners for August 2015. 
TV PILOT Reading of HAUNTED HEART August 2015 ReadingWritten by Robert Heroldhttp://www.wildsoundfestival.com/haunted_heart.html
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TV PILOT SCRIPT - WASHED UP August 2015 ReadingWritten by Leila Ben-Abdallahhttp://www.wildsoundfestival.com/washed_up.html
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TV SPEC Reading of CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM August 2015 ReadingWritten by Chris Agnewhttp://www.wildsoundfestival.com/curb_your_enthusiasm_chris_agnew.html
 
Stephen M. Hunt script repped in London. Last year  a string of 1st place wins made Steve Europe's most successful screenplay contest competitor. Networking from this platform led directly to an invitation to write a short crime-drama for an Emmy Award winning TV director (see Steve's prior posts). After that, veteran BBC writer Peter Mackie invited Steve to co-write  a TV pilot with him. The outcome was "Boss Girl" that went on to win 1st prize in this year's Marquee Lights TV pilot category. "Boss Girl" is now being promoted in London by Peter's agent. So these days, 95% of Steve's energy goes into promoting who he is and what he does. The upshot is he'll probably only finish one new feature script this year being "None Shall Survive" which is a brand new take on the horror/slasher genre.
JOHN ARVAI RECEIVES WINS FROM MULTIPLE SCRIPTS

John Arvai's Yard Of Bricks won a top 3 Honorable Mention in the Comedy category in the 2014-2015 Fresh Voices Screenwriting Competition and was selected as a semi-finalist in the 2014 Screencraft Comedy Screenwriting Contest. Yard Of Bricks is a comedy adventure in the vein of The Hangover meets Back To The Future set at the Indy 500. John's other script Christmas Scraps was selected as a Top 5 Finalist in the 2014 Holiday Screenplay Contest. Christmas Scraps is a present day family comedy about a music teacher who spars with a childhood bully while trying to save his district's music program from budget cuts.

WILDsound Announces its August Feature and Short Screenplay Winners Submit your screenplay to the festival today: www.wildsound.ca/screenplaycontest.html 
Feature SCRIPT - THE LAST ADVENTURE OF SHAY BLAZE August 2015 ReadingWritten by Howard Fridkin
Genre: Sci-Fi, Western, Fantasy, Family
SYNOPSIS: 
It's 1874. A UFO lands in the outskirts of the peaceful town of Sea Meadow City. The lives of everyone are now threatened by a vastly intelligent 10-year-old boy from another world. His mission is to hunt down and kill his fugitive father, an important scientist, who defected from their planet with the means of annihilating their entire tyrannical civilization.   
Short Screenplay Reading of THE DEAD END August 2015 ReadingWritten by Piotr Jamroz
Genre: Crime, Thriller, Prison
SYNOPSIS: 
An imprisoned man is determined to escape to be with the woman he loves. 
Phillip E Hardy has continuing success at film festivals and contests During the month of August, Phillip E. Hardy had three scripts chosen as "Official Selections" at the Sunscreen Film Festival in Los Angeles. These include his action thriller Red Colt, his sci-fi thriller Gaze Towards Infinity and his historical drama Four Negro Girls in a Church. Four Negro Girls in a Church was also selected as Finalist and the Monthly Film Festival and his horror thriller Purgatory Station was selected as semi-finalist at the Screencraft Horror Screenplay Contest.