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Jonathan LaPoma

Screenwriter

Short Bios

Jonathan LaPoma has written seven feature-length and three short screenplays that have won over 110 awards/honors, two novels, and hundreds of songs and poems. His award-winning, best-selling novel DEVELOPING MINDS: AN AMERICAN GHOST STORY (#1 Amazon Best Seller in "Satire" and "Urban Life" Kindle categories) and his screenplay A NOBLE TRUTH were published by Laughing Fire Press in 2015 (www.laughingfire.com), and his short story A SACRIFICE TO THE GOD OF THE BLUES appeared in 34thParallel Magazine's November 2014 issue.

 

LaPoma typically writes character-driven dramas that are equal parts dark and humorous, and his work often explores themes of alienation and misery as human constructions that can be overcome through self-understanding and the acceptance of suffering. He lives in San Diego, CA.

 

www.jonlapoma.com

 

LaPoma's screenplays have won the following awards/honors:

 

-Hollywood Screenplay Contest, 2014, Grand Jury Prize (Best Overall Script)

-Las Vegas Screenplay Contest, 2014, Grand Jury Prize (Best Overall Script) 

-London Film Awards, 2016, Grand Prize Winner: Feature Screenplay Category 

-London Film Awards, 2015, Grand Prize Winner: Feature Screenplay Category 

-London Film Awards, 2014, Grand Prize Winner: Feature Screenplay Category

-Awareness Film Festival, 2014, 1st Place

-Las Vegas Screenplay Contest, 2014, 1st Place: Drama Category 

-West Field Screenwriting Awards 2014, 1st Place: "The New York Award"

-Auckland Film Festival, 2016, 1st Place 

-MAC Underground Film Festival, 2016, 1st Place 

-Los Angeles Screenplay Contest, 2015, 2nd Place: Drama Category 

-Chicago Screenplay Contest, 2014, 3rd Place: Drama Category

-Awareness Film Festival, 2015, 3rd Place 

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

-Indie Gathering Film Festival, 2016, 4th Place: Comedy Category 

-California Film Awards, 2015, 5th Place 

-WriteMovies Monthly Contest (December), 2016, Honorable Mention 

-California Film Awards, 2016, Honorable Mention 

-Barcelona International Film Festival, 2014, Honorable Mention

-Indie Gathering Film Festival, 2014, Honorable Mention (for three scripts)

-Indie Gathering Film Festival, 2013, Honorable Mention (for two scripts)

-Mountain Film Festival, 2015, Honorable Mention

-WriteMovies 37, 2015, Finalist  

-Beverly Hills Film Festival, 2017, Finalist 

-Twister Alley Film Festival, 2017, Finalist 

-Oaxaca Film Festival, 2015, Top 12 Finalist (of about 1,000 screenplays)

-Oaxaca Film Festival, 2016, Finalist 

-World Series of Screenwriting, 2016, Finalist 

-Las Vegas Screenplay Contest, 2016, Finalist 

-Los Angeles CineFest, 2016, Finalist 

-Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest, 2014, Finalist

-Los Angeles Screenplay Contest, 2015, Finalist 

-Extreme Screenwriting Contest, 2015, Finalist 

-California Film Awards, 2015, Finalist 

-New York Screenplay Contest, 2015, Finalist 

-Women in Cinema International Screenplay Competition, 2015, Finalist 

-New York Screenplay Contest, 2014, Finalist

-River Bend Film Festival, 2015, Top Three Finalist: Independent Category

-Anchorage International Film Festival, 2016, Finalist 

-Amsterdam Film Festival, 2015, Finalist 

-Hollywood Screenplay Contest, 2016, Finalist 

-Barcelona International Film Festival, 2015, Finalist 

-Aura Screenwriter Awards, 2015, Finalist 

-Buffalo Niagara Film Festival, 2015, Finalist

-Beverly Hills Film Festival, 2015, Finalist 

-Beverly Hills Film Festival, 2014, Finalist

-Twister Alley International Film Festival, 2015, Finalist 

-The Monthly Film Festival, 2016, Finalist 

-Evolution Mallorca Film Festival, 2016, Finalist

-Southern California Screenplay Competition, 2017, Semifinalist 

-Sacramento International Film Festival, 2017, Semifinalist  

-Los Angeles CineFest, 2016, Semifinalist 

-Extreme Screenwriting Contest, 2016, Semifinalist 

-FilmMakers International Screenwriting Awards, 2016, Semifinalist 

-Table Read my Screenplay, 2014, Semifinalist 

-Los Angeles CineFest, 2016, Semifinalist 

-Reel Writers, 2015, Semifinalist 

-The Monthly Film Festival, 2017, Semifinalist 

-Evolution Mallorca Film Festival, 2016, Semifinalist 

-Aura Screenwriter Awards, 2015, Semifinalist 

-Marquee Lights Competition, 2015, Semifinalist 

-Courier Awards, 2015, Semifinalist (for three scripts)  

-Austin Film Festival, 2016, Second Round 

-Lake Charles Film Festival, 2016, Official Selection 

-Oregon Short Film Festival, 2017, Official Selection 

-EyeCatcher International Film Festival, 2016, Official Selection 

-Wayfarer Film Festival, 2016, Official Selection 

-Swedish International Film Festival, 2016, Official Selection 

-Media Adventures Film Festival, 2016, Official Selection 

-Twister Alley Film Festival, 2016, Official Selection (for two scripts) 

-Pasadena International Film Festival, 2016, Official Selection 

-Evolution Mallorca Film Festival, 2015, Official Selection (for two scripts) 

-Oaxaca Film Festival, 2014, Official Selection

-Oaxaca Film Festival, 2013, Official Selection

-Finow International Film & Script Festival, 2016, Official Selection (for two scripts) 

-NewLife Film & Script & Music Festival, 2016, Official Selection (for two scripts) 

-Glendale International Film Festival, 2014, Official Selection

-Los Angeles CineFest, 2016, Official Selection 

-Sacramento International Film Festival, 2015, Official Selection 

-Sacramento International Film Festival, 2014, Official Selection 

-BLOW UP Chicago International Arthouse Film Fest, 2015, Official Selection (for two scripts) 

-Albuquerque Film Festival & Comic Con, 2015, Official Selection 

-The Monthly Film Festival, 2015, Official Selection (for two scripts) 

-Hollywood Sky International Film Festival, 2015, Official Selection (for two scripts) 

-Page International Screenwriting Awards, 2016, Quarterfinalist 

-ScreenCraft Fellowship, 2016, Quarterfinalist 

-Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition, 2016, Quarterfinalist 

-WriteMovies Winter 2016, Quarterfinalist 

-WriteMovies 37, 2015, Quarterfinalist  

-WriteMovies, 2013, Quarterfinalist (for three scripts) 

-FilmMakers International Screenwriting Awards, 2015, Quarterfinalist

-Filmmakers International Screenwriting Awards, 2013, Quarterfinalist 

-Filmmakers International Screenwriting Awards, 2013, Second-Round Qualifier

-Creative World Awards, 2016, Preliminary Finalist (for two scripts)

 

To request a screenplay, please visit the "Contact" page on his website: http://jonlapoma.com/contact/.

my screenplays

A Noble Truth
Feature
 
 
Dellwood
Feature
 
 
The Way Back Home
Feature
 
 
Sofi's Journey
Feature
 
 
La Tierra Que Yo Amo (Land That I Love)
Feature
 
 
Sandley
Short
 
 
A Sacrifice to the God of the Blues
Short
 
 
Harm for the Holidays
Feature
 
Script Avail
Diplomatic Ammunity!
Feature
 
 

classes / training

Advanced Write Your Screenplay
Jacob Krueger Studio
Online

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