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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.
Posted on: 11/30/2015 CONNECT Member
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. 

Posted on: 11/30/2015 CONNECT Member
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).   Tags: International Screenwriters' Association
Posted on: 12/01/2015 CONNECT Member
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.
Posted on: 11/30/2015 CONNECT Member
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.
Posted on: 11/29/2015
SANDLEY A QUARTERFINALIST IN MARQUEE LIGHTS COMPETITION

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

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

Tags: Marquee Lights Competition
Posted on: 11/21/2015 CONNECT Member
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. 
Posted on: 11/27/2015
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.

Posted on: 11/29/2015 CONNECT Member
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.  Tags: Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition
Posted on: 12/01/2015 CONNECT Member
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.  Tags: Breaking Walls Thriller Screenplay Competition
Posted on: 12/05/2015 CONNECT Member
JON LAPOMA WINS GRAND PRIZE IN LONDON FILM AWARDS FOR SECOND TIME

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

 

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

Tags: London Film Awards
Posted on: 12/15/2015 CONNECT Member
JON LAPOMA'S SANDLEY A FINALIST IN 2015 AURA SCREENWRITER AWARDS

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

 

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

Tags: AURA Screenwriter Awards
Posted on: 12/23/2015 CONNECT Member
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.

Posted on: 12/26/2015 CONNECT Member
JONATHAN LAPOMA ADVANCES IN MARQUEE LIGHTS COMPETITION Jonathan LaPoma's short script SANDLEY has advanced to the semifinals in the 2015 Marquee Lights Competition. SANDLEY follows a first-year teacher in an at-risk Los Angeles middle school who finds the inspiration to confront his bullies through his interactions with a lovable, but equally teased, student.  Tags: Marquee Lights Competition, Marquee Lights Screenwriting Competition
Posted on: 12/14/2015 CONNECT Member
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. 
Posted on: 12/10/2015 CONNECT Member
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. Tags: AURA Screenwriter Awards
Posted on: 12/05/2015 CONNECT Member
JON LAPOMA PLACES TWO SCRIPTS IN 2015 AURA SCREENWRITER AWARDS

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

 

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

Tags: Aura Screenwriter Awards
Posted on: 12/06/2015 CONNECT Member
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.

 

Tags: Indie Fest USA Int\'l Film Festival Screenplay Contest
Posted on: 11/21/2015 CONNECT Member
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.  

Posted on: 11/21/2015 CONNECT Member
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."

 

Posted on: 10/31/2015
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. 
Posted on: 11/02/2015 CONNECT Member
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. 

Posted on: 11/02/2015
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.
Posted on: 10/27/2015
Two 1st Runner Up Awards for American Frankenstein My pilot, American Frankenstein, was nominated in three different categories taking home TWO trophies! Tags: Action on Film International Film Festival
Posted on: 10/27/2015
COURIER AWARDS SELECT 3 OF JONATHAN LAPOMA'S SCRIPTS IN 2015 CONTEST

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

 

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

 

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

Tags: Courier Awards
Posted on: 10/18/2015 CONNECT Member
JON LAPOMA A TOP 12 FINALIST IN 2015 OAXACA FILM FEST Jonathan LaPoma's dark, character-driven drama THE WAY BACK HOME is a top 12 finalist in the 2015 Oaxaca Film Festival's Global Script Challenge screenwriting competition. There were about 1,000 submissions to this year's festival. THE WAY BACK HOME has won 11 awards/honors since 2014, including the Grand Jury Prize of both the 2014 Hollywood Screenplay Contest and the 2015 Las Vegas Screenplay Contest, and is ranked in the top 3% of the more than 2,600 feature-length screenplays listed on MovieBytes.com. It can be described as KES meets BILLY ELLIOT.  Tags: Oaxaca Film Festival 2013
Posted on: 10/20/2015 CONNECT Member
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. Tags: Screenplay Festival, Table Read My Screenplay Screenplay Contest - LONDON!, The Launch Pad Features Script Competition
Posted on: 11/06/2015 CONNECT Member
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. 
Posted on: 11/07/2015 CONNECT Member
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. 

  

Posted on: 11/15/2015 CONNECT Member
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. 
 

 

 
  

 

Posted on: 11/16/2015
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.

Tags: Reel Writers Screenwriting Competition
Posted on: 11/20/2015 CONNECT Member
ALL THREE SCRIPTS JON LAPOMA SUBMITTED TO COURIER AWARDS ADVANCE

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

 

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

 

 

Tags: Courier Awards
Posted on: 11/15/2015 CONNECT Member
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. 

Tags: Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition, Table Read My Screenplay - Screenplay Contest - Hwd
Posted on: 11/13/2015
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. 

Posted on: 11/09/2015 CONNECT Member
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.  

Posted on: 11/11/2015 CONNECT Member
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

 

 

Posted on: 12/30/2015 CONNECT Member
JON LAPOMA PLACES TWO SCRIPTS IN CALIFORNIA FILM AWARDS

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

 

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

 

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

Tags: California Film Awards
Posted on: 12/30/2015 CONNECT Member
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!

Tags: Atlanta Film Festival
Posted on: 02/15/2016 CONNECT Member
NEWLIFE FILM FEST SELECTS TWO OF JON LAPOMA'S SCRIPTS The NewLife Film & Script & Music Festival has chosen two of Jonathan LaPoma's screenplays as official selections of their 2015 fest. LaPoma's seven scripts have won 75 awards/honors in the last two years.  Tags: NewLife Film Festival
Posted on: 02/16/2016 CONNECT Member
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. 

Tags: George Lindsey UNA Film Festival
Posted on: 02/17/2016 CONNECT Member
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.

Tags: 10th Annual Omaha Film Festival, Bare Bones International Film and Music Festival
Posted on: 02/13/2016 CONNECT Member
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.) Tags: Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays
Posted on: 02/11/2016 CONNECT Member
JONATHAN LAPOMA PLACES TWO SCRIPTS IN FINOW FILM FESTIVAL

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

 

Tags: Finow International Film & Script Festival
Posted on: 02/02/2016 CONNECT Member
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." Tags: Blue Cat Screenwriting Contest
Posted on: 02/08/2016 CONNECT Member
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.

Tags: Bare Bones International Film and Music Festival
Posted on: 02/09/2016 CONNECT Member
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 

Tags: Contest of Contest Winners, L.A. NEO NOIR FILM & SCRIPT FEST II, The Indie Gathering International Film Festival
Posted on: 02/19/2016 CONNECT Member
Geoffrey D. Calhoun was a QuarterFinalist in Scriptapalooza

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

Tags: Scriptapalooza Screenplay & SHORTS Competition
Posted on: 02/20/2016 CONNECT Member
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.  Tags: Short Script To Screen Contest
Posted on: 02/29/2016 CONNECT Member
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.  

  

Tags: Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition, Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition, Nicholl Fellowship
Posted on: 02/29/2016
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.  

Posted on: 03/01/2016 CONNECT Member
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." Tags: Universe Multicultural Film Festival Screenplay Contest
Posted on: 02/25/2016
'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.  

Tags: WeScreenplay International Screenwriting Competition
Posted on: 02/24/2016 CONNECT Member
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. Tags: Circus Road Screenplay Contest
Posted on: 02/24/2016 CONNECT Member
'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.

 

Posted on: 02/24/2016 CONNECT Member
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/ 

 

Tags: Short Script To Screen Contest
Posted on: 02/01/2016 CONNECT Member
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.  

Posted on: 01/23/2016 CONNECT Member
JON LAPOMA'S DELLWOOD A DIAMOND AWARD WINNER IN CALIFORNIA FILM AWARDS Jonathan LaPoma's feature-length coming-of-age drama DELLWOOD is a finalist in the Diamond Award category of the 2015 California Film Awards. DELLWOOD follows a successful, but unhappy, novelist who reluctantly returns to his childhood town to attend a friend's funeral. While there, he reminisces about his experiences as a child playing basketball on a city court to escape from emotional abuse, and he understands himself and the theme of his next project more clearly. DELLWOOD can be described as STAND BY ME meets THE BASKETBALL DIARIES, and it's the 7th ranked Urban screenplay in MovieBytes.com's Top 10 Contest Winning Scripts section.  Tags: California Film Awards
Posted on: 01/09/2016 CONNECT Member
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.

Tags: California Film Awards
Posted on: 01/11/2016 CONNECT Member
"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/ 

 

 

Posted on: 01/12/2016
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).

Tags: Table Read My Screenplay - PARK CITY!
Posted on: 01/02/2016 CONNECT Member
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.

Tags: Table Read My Screenplay - PARK CITY!
Posted on: 12/31/2015
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).

Tags: PAGE International Screenwriting Awards, Table Read My Screenplay - PARK CITY!, WORLD SERIES OF SCREENWRITING CONTEST
Posted on: 12/31/2015
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." Tags: StoryPros Awards
Posted on: 12/31/2015 CONNECT Member
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

Posted on: 01/12/2016
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. 

Tags: Pasadena International Film Festival
Posted on: 01/15/2016 CONNECT Member
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. 

Tags: California Film Awards
Posted on: 01/22/2016 CONNECT Member
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.

Tags: American Gem Short Screenplay Competition
Posted on: 01/22/2016 CONNECT Member
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.

Tags: Short Script To Screen Contest
Posted on: 01/22/2016 CONNECT Member
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.

Tags: TV Pilot/Spec Screenplay Festival
Posted on: 01/18/2016 CONNECT Member
LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO OFFICIAL SELECTION OF PASADENA FILM FEST

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

 

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

Tags: Pasadena International Film Festival
Posted on: 01/16/2016 CONNECT Member
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. 
Posted on: 01/16/2016
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.
Posted on: 01/16/2016
EVOLUTION MALLORCA FILM FEST SELECTS TWO OF JONATHAN LAPOMA'S SCRIPTS The Evolution Mallorca Film Festival has chosen Jonathan LaPoma's feature-length screenplays A NOBLE TRUTH and LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO (co-written by Natalia Porras Sivolobova) as official selections to their 2015 festival. In the past week, LaPoma has had 6 of his scripts place in screenwriting competitions, including making the top 12 in the Oaxaca Film Festival. Also, his coming-of-age novel DEVELOPING MINDS: AN AMERICAN GHOST STORY won 1st place in the 2015 Stargazer Literary Prizes on October 7th.  Tags: Evolution Mallorca International Film Festival
Posted on: 10/18/2015 CONNECT Member
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. 

Tags: Creative World Awards Screenwriting Contest, Hollywood Screenplay Contest, StoryPros Awards Contest
Posted on: 10/01/2015
TV spec script by David J Schroeder is a Finalist

TV spec script, CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM: ACCIDENT, by David J Schroeder is a Finalist in the 2015 Skyway Film Festival. In the top 4, ACCIDENT will compete in a Live Pitch Competition, judged by an HBO VP of Development, and a Show-runner.

 

This script has previously won 8 'Best' screenplay awards. Winner will be announced on June 13th.

Posted on: 06/03/2015 CONNECT Member
Valentino Semifinalist in StoryPro Screenwriting Awards

Laura Hesse's family adventure/drama, Valentino, is making waves in the current StoryPro Screenwriting Awards. The screenplay is now a semi-finalist in the family category.

Posted on: 06/03/2015
Indomitable Entertainment Joins Mark Robertson and his Ghost Club

Executive producers Indomitable Entertainment (SOUL SURFER, SECRET LIVES OF DORKS) have now boarded TV drama project CHARLES DICKENS'S GHOST CLUB. The one-hour pilot script and series bible were recently optioned by Eclectic Pictures (OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN, LOVELACE) as a direct result of the ISA's promotion of the project and its UK writer Mark Robertson. Eclectic and Indomitable will now move forward together on the series, which the writer has described as a "Victorian Ghostbusters".

Tags: Eclectic Pictures
Posted on: 06/04/2015 CONNECT Member
Steven Prowse's THE NIGHT WITCHES - 49th official selection

The true story of women pilots in WW2 that terrorized the Germans continues its success.

 

This now takes the project to 16 wins, 4 second places and 29 other finals.

 

Having been introduced by The ISA to a Hollywood production company, Steven is currently negotiating an option contract with them.

Posted on: 05/28/2015
Kaufman Commissioned for Multiple Projects, Wins Award, Screens at Cannes

Esther Kaufmann was commissioned to write 8 episodes for the new series “Mindfuck Stories” adapting the book of short stories by writer Christian Hardinghaus for PRovoke Media. The script development has gotten funding by Nordmedia. Esther is also a new part of the team for Earthtree Medias new animation series for kids called "Doodle the World" and happy to develop for these nice folks from Norway! She has as well been commissioned to write the third part of the kids short trilogy "With Bobby By My Side", which will shoot in summer!

 

Esther's short film "Como Carino - S for Sweetie" (directed by Nicolai Jacobi) has been screened recently at the Cannes Short Film Festival and at the Shorty Week Cadiz. Esther was also awarded a special award for her short story "Puppet" by the Union of visually impaired and blind people of Vienna and the text was publically read there.

Posted on: 05/16/2015 CONNECT Member
Steven Prowse's THE NIGHT WITCHES notches up its 16th win

The true WW2 story of a group of women pilots won first place at the Firereel Film Festival. This claims the script's sixth win so far this year (2015), and sixteenth in total. 

 

Also since the last update it was an Official Selection at the Amsterdam Film Festival and garnered an Honorable Mention at the Honolulu Film Awards. 

Posted on: 05/04/2015
Honorable Mention for Pathos Garden Todd Sorrell's Supernatural Drama script "Pathos Garden" was accepted in to the Honolulu Film Awards and received an Honorable Mention.  This was the first Film Festival appearance for "Pathos Garden". Tags: Honolulu Film Awards
Posted on: 05/05/2015
"Silent Rescue" a Finalist at Cayfilm Cayman International Film Festival "Silent Rescue" is one of 7 finalists in contention for the top honors at the CCIFF 2015.
Posted on: 05/05/2015
JONATHAN LAPOMA SELECTED TO BE A JUDGE AT 2015 SD KIDS FILM FESTIVAL Award-winning screenwriter and novelist Jonathan LaPoma has been selected to be a judge of the 2015 San Diego International Kids Film Festival screenplay competition. Tags: San Diego International Kids Film Festival Screenplay
Posted on: 06/13/2015 CONNECT Member
Valentino by Laura Hesse Is A 3rd Place Winner at StoryPros Contest Laura Hesse's new family drama/adventure screenplay, Valentino, has just won 3rd place in the 8th Annual StoryPro's Screenwriting Contest (family category). While Laura has placed in the semi and quarterfinals in earlier Page Awards contests with other screenplays, this is the first time in the winner's circle. Tags: StoryPros Awards, StoryPros Awards Contest, StoryPros International Contest
Posted on: 06/16/2015
Jeff York's PLAY DIRTY advances to 2015 Script Pipeline semifinals Jeff York's dark comedy about a junior high nerd who hires ex-President Richard Nixon to help her win her school's band presidency in 1977 continues its success in screenwriting contests. It has just been named a semifinalist in the 2015 Script Pipeline screenwriting contest. That puts it in the top 3% of the 3,5000 + scripts submitted worldwide to this year's competition. PLAY DIRTY also took 3rd place at this year's Emerging Screenwriters contest, and it figured in the finals of the 2014 Final Draft Big Break contest, the 2014 Screencraft comedy screenplay contest, and the 2014 Table Read My Screenplay contest too.  Tags: Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition, Nicholl Fellowship, Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition
Posted on: 06/25/2015 CONNECT Member
Grand Prize Winner of the 2015 Screencraft Comedy Contest My screenplay Deerly Beloved,  about an acerbic e-commerce engineer and top wedding blogger who must scramble to right the ship after her much-hyped, televised wedding is  “deer-jacked” by a whitetail buck, is this year's Grand Prize Comedy Winner. Screencraft called it, "an uproarious, high-energy screenplay.  Though weddings have long been mined for comedy premises, Deerly Beloved succeeds in telling a consistently funny and character-driven story that is all its own." It made its way through 1200 entries to achieve this. It is also currently a semifinalist in the 2015 Script Pipeline Screenplay Contest. Tags: ScreenCraft Comedy Script Contest, Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition
Posted on: 06/26/2015
LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO (LAND THAT I LOVE), Finalist 2015 Extreme Screenplay

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

 

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

Tags: Extreme Screenplay Contest
Posted on: 06/28/2015 CONNECT Member
MICHELLE DANIEL MAKES SEMIFINALS IN SCRIPT PIPELINE FEATURE COMPETITION Michelle Daniel's THE GREY WOLF was named a semifinalist (Top 55 out of 3500+ entries) in the recent Script Pipeline Feature contest. Tags: Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition
Posted on: 06/24/2015
JON LAPOMA'S, SOFI'S JOURNEY, FINALIST IN 2015 BARCELONA FILM FESTIVAL Jonathan LaPoma's coming-of-age drama SOFI'S JOURNEY is a finalist in the 2015 Barcelona International Film Festival. This is the script's 6th award/honor.  Tags: Barcelona International Film Festival
Posted on: 06/17/2015 CONNECT Member
Michelle Daniel Wins StoryPros and Barcelona Int'l Film Fest

THE GREY WOLF by Michelle Daniel has been named the Grand Prize Winner of the 8th Annual StoryPros Awards Screenplay Contest. And to top it off with an even bigger cherry, Daniel's feature screenplay, DREAMWALKERS, was named The Grand Jury Prize Winner at the Barcelona International Film Festival.

Tags: Barcelona International Film Festival, StoryPros Awards, StoryPros Awards Contest
Posted on: 06/17/2015
Jeff York's PLAY DIRTY Is A 2015 Script Pipeline Quarterfinalist "Play Dirty", the dark comedy Jeff York wrote about a junior high nerd in 1977 who hires ex-president Richard Nixon to help her win her band's presidency at school, has just been named a quarterfinalist in the 2015 Script Pipeline screenwriting contest. Last year, "Play Dirty" was a Nicholl Fellowship quarterfinalist, as well as a semifinalist in the Final Draft Big Break screenwriting contest and the Screencraft comedy screenwriting contest. This year, "Play Dirty" and Jeff York won third place in the Emerging Screenwriters contest. Jeff and his script are currently under consideration at two production companies, and being featured within The ISA Development Program. Tags: Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition, Nicholl Fellowship, Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition
Posted on: 06/17/2015 CONNECT Member
LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO (LAND THAT I LOVE), FINALIST IN AMSTERDAM FILM FEST Jonathan LaPoma and Natalia Porras Sivolobova's feature-length drama, LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO (LAND THAT I LOVE), is a finalist in the 2015 Amsterdam Film Festival. This is the script's 9th honor. Patricia Chica (CERAMIC TANGO, WOLVERINE HOTEL) is attached to direct.  Tags: Amsterdam International Film Festival
Posted on: 05/03/2015 CONNECT Member
Reaugh's Dragonfly Time A Quarterfinalist At ScreenCraft Short Competition Rachel Reaugh's short screenplay DRAGONFLY TIME made the Quarterfinals in the inaugural ScreenCraft Short Screewriting Competition.
Posted on: 05/03/2015 CONNECT Member
Peter Wisan's "Strings" Semi-Finalist in Competition

The dystopian feature, STRINGS, placed as a Semifinalist in the Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition. Amidst heavy competition, STRINGS was one of only eight Semifinalists in the Action/Adventure - Feature category.

Tags: Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition
Posted on: 04/01/2015
JON LAPOMA'S, SOFI'S JOURNEY, FINALIST IN 2015 BEVERLY HILLS FILM FESTIVAL Jonathan LaPoma's gritty and poetic feature-length drama SOFI'S JOURNEY has been selected as a finalist in the 2015 Beverly Hills Film Festival. 
Posted on: 04/13/2015 CONNECT Member
Clark Carroll is a Tony Cox and High Scribe Award Winner

Clark Carroll was announced yesterday as the winner of the Nantucket Film Festival’s Tony Cox Award for best feature screenplay, securing him a spot at this year’s Screenwriters Colony!

 

His script, EARLY PLUS INFINITY, also helped him receive the High Scribe Award at the 2015 Sun Valley Film Fest.

 

Clark’s script, EARLY PLUS INFINITY is the story of an imaginative but quixotic 12-year-old boy who vows to stop the sun from burning out for the sake of a grieving 13-year-old girl at his school.

 

Tags: Nantucket Film Festival\'s Screenplay Competition, NFF: Showtime's Tony Cox Screenplay Competition
Posted on: 04/15/2015
Rachel Reaugh made Top 20 out of 52K entrants in Jameson's First Shot

Recently, in late March 2015, Rachel made Top 20 out of 52 thousand entrants in the Jameson's First Shot Competition for her short screenplay THE PLANT, a love story that is magic from beginning to end.  Inspired by true events.  Adrian Brody and Kevin Spacey both read her screenplay THE PLANT.

 

 

Posted on: 04/01/2015 CONNECT Member
JON LAPOMA WINS GRAND JURY PRIZE AND 1ST IN DRAMA AT LAS VEGAS SCREENPLAY Jonathan LaPoma's script, THE WAY BACK HOME, is the Grand Jury Prize winner of the 2014 Las Vegas Screenplay Contest. The script he co-wrote with Natalia Porras Sivolobova, LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO (LAND THAT I LOVE), also placed in the contest, winning 1st in the Drama category. LaPoma has won six 1st place victories since September of 2014. 
Posted on: 03/31/2015 CONNECT Member
Triple Finalist in Las Vegas Screenplay Contest Scifi Genre Three of Todd Sorrell's scripts, "Parousia", "Silent Rescue", and "The Minstrel", made the finalist round of The Las Vegas Screenplay Contest 2015.
Posted on: 03/31/2015
Steven Prowse's THE NIGHT WITCHES Notches Up 13th Win THE NIGHT WITCHES (WW2 true action story about all female fighter pilots) has been awarded Best Screenplay - Action / Adventure at the Las Vegas Screenplay Contest.

It is also an official selection at both the Firereel Film Festival and the Artemis Women in Action Film Festival. This takes the script to 13 wins, 4 second places, and 29 other official selections.
Posted on: 03/31/2015
Steven Prowse's THE NIGHT WITCHES Notches Up 14th Win Steven Prowse's World War II historical action/drama receives it's 14th win, now tallying over 40 official contest selections. Tags: Universe Multicultural Film Festival Screenplay Contest
Posted on: 04/20/2015
Schroeder Takes Top Honors at Marquee Lights and Las Vegas Contests

Screenwriter David Schroeder finds multiple successes at both Marquee Lights and Las Vegas Screenplay Contests. His Action/Adventure feature screenplay, LOST CAUSE, earned 2nd Place and his Short, BECOMING LANA LIU, earned Honorable Mention/4th Place at Las Vegas.

 

His script, HALFWAY HOME, was awarded the 'Best Feature Screenplay' at the Marquee Lights Competition, and his LOST CAUSE feature placed as a Finalist. The Marquee Lights win is Schroeder's 15th 'Best' award.

Tags: Las Vegas Film Festival Screenplay Contest
Posted on: 04/20/2015 CONNECT Member
David J Schroeder Scores Twice

LOST CAUSE places 2nd in the 2015 Amsterdam International Film Festival, and 2nd in the 2015 Northern Virginia International Film Festal.

 

Ranked #1 Thriller script on Moviebytes.com Winning List. This is Schroeder's 109th Top Three finish for six different scripts since 2010.

Tags: Amsterdam International Film Festival
Posted on: 04/30/2015 CONNECT Member
David Schroeder, Halfway Home

HALFWAY HOME, my feature drama script wins Bronze (3rd Place) in the 2014 Aura Screenplay Awards, and LOST CAUSE, my feature action/adventure script, finishes as a Finalist (top 12).

 

HALFWAY HOME remains ranked #1 on Moviebytes' Drama, Comedy and Famiy  'Winning List.' LOST CAUSE is ranked #1 Thriller.

Tags: Aura Screenwriter Awards
Posted on: 05/01/2015 CONNECT Member
"Silent Rescue" Makes Final Cut In Mexico Todd Sorrell's fantasy script SILENT RESCUE is a Top 13 finalist at the 2015 Mexico International Film Festival.
Posted on: 05/01/2015
Fresh Voices gives Libby Baker's 1/2 hour pilot Honorable Mention Libby Baker's female driven comedy, "Takes A Village", was one of the top three finalists in the 1/2 hour pilot category in the 2014-2015 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition. Tags: 2016 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition
Posted on: 04/24/2015
"Silent Rescue" is a finalist again Todd Sorrell's fantasy drama "Silent Rescue" took 14th place among 25 finalists in the 2014 IFIPG Screenwriting Contest.  "The Minstrel"  was a semi-finalist. Tags: 2014 IFIPG Scriptwriting contest
Posted on: 04/23/2015
Steven Prowse's THE NIGHT WITCHES wins Special Jury Award and 15th win

Contrary to earlier reports, not only did THE NIGHT WITCHES (true WW2 story, all women) win the historical category at Worldfest Houston, it also received a Special Jury Award.

 

It was also awarded Best Action Screenplay at the Veer West Screenplay Festival.

 

in other news, TNW also won third place at the inaugural Artemis Women In Action Film Festival, geared towards martial arts and stunts.

Posted on: 04/21/2015
Gerald Hanks' "Dreamland Murders" Wins REMI Award at Worldfest Houston "Dreamland Murders" won the Silver REMI award for Best Dark Comedy category at the WorldFest 2015 Houston. Tags: Worldfest Houston International Film Festival
Posted on: 04/23/2015
Reaugh's LOST FARE placed HOT 100 in Capital Fund Competition

Rachel Reaugh's feature screenplay LOST FARE scored 21st in the HOT 100 most interesting screenplays in the Capital Fund Screenplay Competition. 

 

LOST FARE, will now be sent out to buyers and financiers world-wide.

Tags: Capital Fund Screenplay Competition
Posted on: 07/01/2015 CONNECT Member
MICHELLE DANIEL MAKES TOP 20 FOR SCRIPT PIPELINE Michelle Daniel's THE GREY WOLF was selected among the top 20 of over 3500 entires in Script Pipeline's feature screenwriting competition.  Tags: Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition
Posted on: 07/04/2015
THE WAY BACK HOME, OFFICIAL SELECTION OF OAXACA FILM FEST Jonathan LaPoma's feature-length coming-of-age drama THE WAY BACK HOME is an official selection of the 2015 Oaxaca Film Festival. This is the third consecutive year one of LaPoma's screenplays has been selected to this festival. THE WAY BACK HOME is ranked in the top 3% of the more than 2,500 scripts listed on MovieBytes.com.  Tags: Oaxaca Film Festival 2013
Posted on: 09/09/2015 CONNECT Member
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.

 

 

Tags: San Diego International Kids Film Festival Screenplay
Posted on: 09/10/2015 CONNECT Member
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.

Tags: True Story Screenplay Competition
Posted on: 09/11/2015 CONNECT Member
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. 

Tags: 2017 ScreenCraft Sci-Fi and Fantasy Screenplay Contest
Posted on: 09/09/2015
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. 

Posted on: 09/06/2015 CONNECT Member
NY Screenwriter, Timothy Benson wins at The British Animation Film Festival

NY screenwriter, Timothy M. Benson, has been honored by the British Animation Film Festival, where he won in the category of BEST UNPRODUCED SCREENPLAY for his feature-length animation screenplay, "HOOKED," a family-fun, fishing-themed adventure.HOOKED has exploded across the global film festival circuit winning just shy of ten screenwriting awards in only a few short months. As an avid Northern Pike fisherman, Benson 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. 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 lake's most respected inhabitant. The story weaves between the human and fish worlds in an epic tale filled with humor, high-stakes, and edge of your seat adventure.

Tags: British Animation Film Festival
Posted on: 08/18/2015 CONNECT Member
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."  

Tags: Adapted Screenplay Competition
Posted on: 08/27/2015 CONNECT Member
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.

Tags: Raindance, Stage 32
Posted on: 08/28/2015 CONNECT Member
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.

Tags: Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest, Scriptapalooza Screenplay & SHORTS Competition
Posted on: 09/12/2015
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.
Posted on: 09/14/2015 CONNECT Member
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.
Posted on: 09/25/2015
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.  

 

 

Tags: Nashville Film Festival Screenplay Competition, Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition, Oaxaca Film Festival 2013
Posted on: 09/28/2015 CONNECT Member
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."
Posted on: 10/01/2015 CONNECT Member
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.  Tags: ScreenCraft Horror Screenplay Competition
Posted on: 09/24/2015 CONNECT Member
LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO (LAND THAT I LOVE) WINS 3RD AT AWARENESS FILM FEST

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

 

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

Tags: Awareness Film Festival
Posted on: 09/22/2015 CONNECT Member
JONATHAN LAPOMA'S THE WAY BACK HOME A FINALIST IN NEW YORK SCREENPLAY Jonathan LaPoma's coming-of-age drama THE WAY BACK HOME is a finalist in the 2015 New York Screenplay Contest. This is the script's 11th award/honor.  Tags: New York Screenplay Contest
Posted on: 09/19/2015 CONNECT Member
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.

Tags: Raindance Film Festival, Stage 32
Posted on: 09/22/2015 CONNECT Member
David J Schroeder continues to move upward

David J Schroeder's screenplays continue to recieve recognition. He has recieved 52 Best screenplay awards for 6 different scripts since 2010, and currently writing a TV pilot under the tutelge of Tom Musca (STAND & DELIVER).

 

HALFWAY HOME was a feature Finalist, and BECOMING LANA LIU a short Finalist in the 2015 San Francisco Global Movie Festival.

 

HALFWAY HOME is a Finalist (top 3) in the 2015 Cincinnati FF, winner still pending.  HH is also a Finalist in the 2015 Awareness FF, winner still pending.

Posted on: 08/18/2015 CONNECT Member
LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO (LAND THAT I LOVE), OFFICIAL SELECTION OF AWARENESS FF

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

 

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

Tags: Women In Cinema International Screenplay Competition, WriteMovies.com, Awareness Film Festival
Posted on: 08/12/2015 CONNECT Member
Costello's Traveling Without Moving Begins Principal Photography Traveling Without Moving by Colin Costello has started filming in Chicago. It's a famliy sci-fi adventure film about two sisters who travel to a parallel Earth to search for their missing parents. It is scheduled for theatrical release in 2016.
Posted on: 07/08/2015
Costello's Committed, a charity fan film, begins Indiegogo campaign

Award-winning and produced scribe, Colin Costello, writer of the family film, The Stream and the upcoming Traveling Without Moving, has joined forces with actress, Brandi Price and director Terry Ziegelman (Horton Hears a Who) to launch a crowd-funding campaign for a short charity fan-film, titled Committed. 

 

"It's about the Joker and Harley Quinn in Couple's Therapy. We are big fans of comics and DC as well as this nutty couple. So we wanted to explore what makes them tick. Kind of go behind the scenes."

 

The short film is not only designed for the film festival and fan circuit but to be used as a donation to troops overseas. "There's a great charity called Operation Comix Relief. They package comics to our real heroes around the globe. We want to thank them by entertaining them."

 

If you would like to support this campaign go to www.igg.me/at/committed. 

Posted on: 07/12/2015
A NOBLE TRUTH Published by Laughing Fire Press

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

 

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

Tags: Oaxaca Film Festival 2013, Sacramento International Film Festival, WriteMovies.com
Posted on: 07/12/2015 CONNECT Member
Colin Costello Takes Chicago On an Adventure Answer's Media new short film, The Great Chicago Adventure, premieres this July 4 at the Chicago History Museum. The plot revolves around an 11-year-old boy and his teen babysitter who discover an ancient artifact that whisks them back through Chicago's history. The film was written by scribe, Colin Costello (The Stream, Traveling Without Moving). It makes its debut in the museum's new state-of-the-art Robert McCormick Theater.
Posted on: 07/04/2015
Colin Costello's Deerly Beloved makes top 20 finalists in Script Pipeline Deerly Beloved, the story of a bridezilla and her white tail buck, has laughed its way through over 3500 Script Pipeline entries to make into the top 20 finalists. The grand prize is $20,000 as well as exposure to over 200 Hollywood execs. Winners are announced August 8. Tags: Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition
Posted on: 07/04/2015
MICHELLE DANIEL'S PILOT A WINNER AT TABLE READ MY SCREENPLAY (Hollywood) Michelle Daniel's hour-long pilot DOWNBEAT GANGSTERS won best overall drama at the 2015 Table Read My Screenplay (Hollywood) screenplay contest. A second pilot DREAMWALKERS received special distinction. Tags: Table Read My Screenplay - Screenplay Contest - Hwd
Posted on: 07/04/2015
THE NIGHT WITCHES WINS 17TH SCREENPLAY COMPETITION

The script, based on a true story of women pilots in WW2, picked up its 17th win at the Long Island International Film Expo (LIIFE).

 

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 25 wins, 9 second places, and 95 other official selections. 

Posted on: 07/04/2015
Taylor Albertson's Horror/Thriller Short A Page Quarterfinalist

Up and coming screenwriter Taylor Albertson's horror/thriller short, Dream House, has been named a Page Quarterfinalist. This is the second shout out to the short script. Earlier this year it was named a semi-finalist at Palm Street Films annual contest.

 

"This is very exciting! The next step is to see it made into a short film." The script is available on the ISA site and Taylor "would love to see it made by an ISA member."

Posted on: 07/15/2015 CONNECT Member
DELLWOOD an Official Selection of San Francisco Global Movie Fest Jonathan LaPoma's coming-of-age drama DELLWOOD is an official selection of the 2015 San Francisco Global Movie Fest. 
Posted on: 07/18/2015 CONNECT Member
NY Screenwriter, Timothy M. Benson recognized by 2015 Film Festival circuit

Timothy M. Benson, screenwriter and Chief Creative Officer of Story Giant Films, is being recognized promptly and notably across the 2015 Film Festival circuit, receiving over 20 screenwriting awards for his 2014 and 2015 developed feature/short animation screenplays.

 

Benson founded Story Giant Films in 2014 and teamed with a group of liked-minded, award-winning screenwriters to collaborate together and to establish a platform to promote their narrative talents. Each of the Story Giant writers has realized great success this spring on the film festival circuit where their work is being very well received.

Tags: International Independent Film Awards, San Diego International Kids Film Festival Screenplay, StoryPros Awards
Posted on: 07/24/2015 CONNECT Member
Jonathan LaPoma's THE WAY BACK HOME a Semifinalist in Reel Writers Contest

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

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

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

Tags: Hollywood Screenplay Contest, London Film Awards, Reel Writers Screenwriting Competition
Posted on: 08/07/2015 CONNECT Member
Reaugh's THE PLANT made semi-finals in the Hollyshorts Screenplay Contest

Rachel Reaugh's short screenplay THE PLANT made the semi-finals in the HollyShorts Screenplay Contest.  Being a semi-finalist, Rachel is granted complete access to the Hollywood Short Film Festival happening during August 13 - August 22, 2015.  

 

At the Award Ceremony night, on August 20, 2015, THE PLANT will be a contender for the Grand Prize win which will consist of THE PLANT being Produced and Screened at the Hollywood Short Film Festival in 2016!!

 

 

Tags: HollyShorts Screenplay Contest
Posted on: 08/10/2015 CONNECT Member
Hahn is a Nicholl Quarterfinalist and a Movie Guide Top 10 Finalist

CRASH BACKWARDS currently has placed in the top 5% of the Nicholls Fellowship grading out at one of 375 screenplays from roughly 7400. The psychological thriller/mystery is set in the Florida Everglades with a female lead and several Lynchian like characters.

 

RW Hahn's Western, ON THE SPARROW, also finished in the Movie Guide Awards 2015 Top 10. The Faith-based script set in the 1880's is about a young preacher who forsakes his calling to find the killers of his wife and get back his baby boy whom they kidnapped.  

Tags: Nicholl Fellowship
Posted on: 07/23/2015
Hahn's OASIS - Best Horror Scrip Table Read My Screenplay - Hollywood 2015 OASIS is a horror story played out in the Libyan Sahara. It is largely 2 locations with an ensemble cast. It has been likened to Moby Dick in the desert and lends itself to being the first movie in a series franschise.  Dinosaurs have nothing on this ancient leviathan.   Tags: Table Read My Screenplay - Screenplay Contest - Hwd
Posted on: 07/23/2015
Nicholl Success With a Dash of Consultant High Regard

Kent Williams' period World War II drama, "Again, Spring" made the 2015 Nicholl quarterfinals, one of 375 out of 7,400.  Equally exciting is that Andrew Hilton a.k.a the Screenplay Mechanic included it in his "Lugnut List" of the ten best screenplays he covered in 2014 (Drew is a politely brutal, highly-regarded script consultant).   

Posted on: 07/22/2015 CONNECT Member
THE NIGHT WITCHES RECEIVES ITS 52ND OFFICIAL SELECTION

The script, based on a true story of women pilots in WW2, picked up an official selection at the Colorado IFF and and honorable mention at Colortape IFF.

 

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 this screenplay to 52 official selections, including 17 wins and 4 second places.

Posted on: 07/23/2015
LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO ADVANCES IN SCREENCRAFT FELLOWSHIP Jonathan LaPoma and Natalia Porras Sivolobova's character-driven coming-of-age drama, LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO (LAND THAT I LOVE), has advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2016 ScreenCraft Fellowship. This is the script's 23rd award/honor.  Tags: ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship
Posted on: 03/02/2016 CONNECT Member
"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.  Tags: ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship, Table Read My Screenplay - PARK CITY!
Posted on: 03/03/2016 CONNECT Member
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.  Tags: ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship
Posted on: 10/03/2016 CONNECT Member
LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO ADVANCES TO FINALS IN HOLLYWOOD SCREENPLAY CONTEST

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

 

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

Tags: Hollywood Screenplay Contest
Posted on: 10/04/2016 CONNECT Member
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

Posted on: 10/06/2016 CONNECT Member
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."  

Posted on: 10/01/2016 CONNECT Member
Sofia's Journey & The Way Back Home Semifinalists in Evolution Mallorca FF

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

Tags: Evolution Mallorca International Film Festival
Posted on: 09/26/2016 CONNECT Member
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.

Tags: Action on Film International Film Festival
Posted on: 09/25/2016 CONNECT Member
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.

Tags: Acclaim Scripts, WeTV (WeScreenplay Television Contest)
Posted on: 09/25/2016
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!

Tags: Meters International Film Festival
Posted on: 09/26/2016 CONNECT Member
'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.
Posted on: 10/14/2016 CONNECT Member
'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.
Posted on: 10/14/2016 CONNECT Member
'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)

Tags: Los Angeles CineFest
Posted on: 10/20/2016
'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. 
Posted on: 10/20/2016 CONNECT Member
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.
Posted on: 10/25/2016
'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)

Tags: Los Angeles CineFest
Posted on: 10/20/2016
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)

Tags: Lift-Off Film Festival Global Network, New Renaissance Film Festival (London,UK), Scriptapalooza Screenplay & SHORTS Competition
Posted on: 10/20/2016
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). Tags: New York City Independent Film Festival, New York Screenplay Contest
Posted on: 10/14/2016 CONNECT Member
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. 

Posted on: 10/15/2016 CONNECT Member
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."

Posted on: 09/22/2016 CONNECT Member
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. 

Posted on: 09/19/2016 CONNECT Member
HARM FOR THE HOLIDAYS, SEMIFINALIST IN EXTREME SCREENPLAY CONTEST

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

 

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

 

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

Tags: Extreme Screenplay Contest
Posted on: 08/31/2016 CONNECT Member
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." Tags: Table Read My Screenplay Screenplay Contest - LONDON!
Posted on: 08/31/2016 CONNECT Member
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.  Tags: Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition, Table Read My Screenplay - PARK CITY!
Posted on: 08/31/2016 CONNECT Member
Siovonne Smith Siovonne Smith's epic war drama "The Polish Medallion" has been named a Screenplay Finalist in the upcoming Catalina Film Festival 2016.  Tags: Catalina Film Festival Script Contest
Posted on: 08/30/2016 CONNECT Member
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.  Tags: Noosa International Film Festival
Posted on: 08/23/2016 CONNECT Member
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. 

Tags: First Scene Screenplay Festival
Posted on: 08/18/2016 CONNECT Member
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.  

Posted on: 08/20/2016 CONNECT Member
HARM FOR THE HOLIDAYS ADVANCES TO SECOND ROUND IN AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Tags: Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay Competition
Posted on: 09/03/2016 CONNECT Member
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.  Tags: Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition
Posted on: 09/06/2016 CONNECT Member
HARM FOR THE HOLIDAYS AN OFFICIAL SELECTION OF MAC FILM FESTIVAL

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

 

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

Tags: Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay Competition, PAGE International Screenwriting Awards
Posted on: 09/15/2016 CONNECT Member
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.

Tags: Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest, ScreenCraft Horror Screenplay Competition
Posted on: 09/17/2016 CONNECT Member
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.

Tags: DC Shorts Screenplay Competition
Posted on: 09/18/2016 CONNECT Member
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.

Posted on: 09/10/2016 CONNECT Member
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.

Tags: Oaxaca FilmFest
Posted on: 09/08/2016 CONNECT Member
HARM FOR THE HOLIDAYS, OFFICIAL SELECTION OF 2016 OAXACA FILM FESTIVAL

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

 

Tags: Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay Competition, Oaxaca FilmFest, PAGE International Screenwriting Awards
Posted on: 09/06/2016 CONNECT Member
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. Tags: Meters International Film Festival
Posted on: 09/07/2016
LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO (LAND THAT I LOVE), A FINALIST IN WORLD SERIES CONTEST Jonathan LaPoma and Natalia Porras Sivolobova's feature-length coming-of-age drama, 'LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO' (LAND THAT I LOVE), is a finalist in the 2016 World Series of Screenwriting. This is the script's 30th award/honor and LaPoma's 102nd. 'LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO' is ranked 2nd in the Urban, 5th in the Romance, and 9th in the Drama categories of MovieBytes.com's Top 10 Contest Winning Scripts (over 2,700 scripts are listed on the site).  Tags: WORLD SERIES OF SCREENWRITING CONTEST
Posted on: 11/01/2016 CONNECT Member
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. Tags: 2016 Living Storm Productions Screenwriting Competition
Posted on: 11/04/2016 CONNECT Member
'HARM FOR THE HOLIDAYS', FINALIST IN BEVERLY HILLS FILM FESTIVAL Jonathan LaPoma's feature-length, holiday-themed black comedy, 'Harm For The Holidays', is a finalist in the 2017 Beverly Hills Film Festival. This is the script's 12th award/honor and LaPoma's 113th overall.  Tags: Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay Competition, Beverly Hills Film Festival, PAGE International Screenwriting Awards
Posted on: 02/12/2017 CONNECT Member
'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. 
Posted on: 02/16/2017 CONNECT Member
'HARM FOR THE HOLIDAYS' ADVANCES IN WRITEMOVIES Jonathan LaPoma's feature-length, holiday-themed black comedy, 'HARM FOR THE HOLIDAYS', has advanced to the quarterfinals in the 2016 WriteMovies winter contest. This is the script's 13th award/honor and LaPoma's 115th overall. Tags: Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay Competition, PAGE International Screenwriting Awards, WriteMovies Spring 2017 Screenwriting Competition
Posted on: 02/17/2017 CONNECT Member
'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. 
Posted on: 02/06/2017 CONNECT Member
'HARM FOR THE HOLIDAYS' ADVANCES IN SACRAMENTO FILM FESTIVAL Jonathan LaPoma's feature-length, holiday-themed black comedy, 'Harm For the Holidays', has advanced to the semifinals in the 2017 Sacramento International Film Festival. This is the script's 11th award/honor and LaPoma's 111th overall. Tags: Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay Competition, PAGE International Screenwriting Awards, Sacramento International Film Festival
Posted on: 02/06/2017 CONNECT Member
'HARM FOR THE HOLIDAYS' Advances in Fresh Voices Competition

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

 

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

Tags: 2016 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition, Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay Competition, PAGE International Screenwriting Awards
Posted on: 01/26/2017 CONNECT Member
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! Tags: 2016 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition
Posted on: 01/26/2017 CONNECT Member
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.
Posted on: 02/01/2017 CONNECT Member
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. 
Posted on: 02/23/2017 CONNECT Member
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,

Tags: Miami Beach Film Festival, Poinciana Film Festival, The Monthly Film Festival
Posted on: 03/03/2017 CONNECT Member
'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. 
Posted on: 03/16/2017 CONNECT Member
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.

Posted on: 03/16/2017 CONNECT Member
'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. 
Posted on: 03/19/2017 CONNECT Member
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.


 

Tags: Action on Film International Film Festival, Poinciana Film Festival, The Brightside Tavern Shorts Fest
Posted on: 03/12/2017 CONNECT Member
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.

Posted on: 03/07/2017 CONNECT Member
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.

 

 

Tags: 2016 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition, StoryPros International Contest
Posted on: 03/04/2017 CONNECT Member
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.

 

 

Tags: 2016 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition
Posted on: 03/04/2017 CONNECT Member
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!) Tags: International Screenwriters' Association
Posted on: 01/23/2017 CONNECT Member
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. 

Tags: Festival for Horror Screenplay Contest, Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest, ScreamCraft Horror Script Contest
Posted on: 01/23/2017 CONNECT Member
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. Tags: BEA Festival of Media Arts
Posted on: 12/07/2016
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."

Tags: Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition
Posted on: 12/09/2016 CONNECT Member
'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. 
Posted on: 12/09/2016 CONNECT Member
'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. 

Posted on: 11/19/2016 CONNECT Member
'A SACRIFICE TO THE GOD OF THE BLUES' ADVANCES IN LA CINEFEST Jonathan LaPoma's short drama 'A Sacrifice To The God Of The Blues' has won its second award today, advancing to the semifinals of the 2016 Los Angeles CineFest. A Sacrifice To The God Of The Blues' is based on LaPoma's short story of the same name which appeared in the November 2014 issue of 34thParallel Magazine, and that story is based on a chapter of LaPoma's novel 'Understanding The Alacran'. LaPoma's ten scripts have won a total of 104 awards/honors in the last three years.  Tags: Los Angeles CineFest
Posted on: 11/10/2016 CONNECT Member
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. Tags: Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition
Posted on: 11/06/2016
'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. 
Posted on: 11/10/2016 CONNECT Member
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.  Tags: Table Read My Screenplay - PARK CITY!
Posted on: 12/13/2016 CONNECT Member
JON LAPOMA WINS THE LONDON FILM AWARDS FOR 3RD CONSECUTIVE YEAR For the third consecutive year, Jonathan LaPoma has won the feature screenplay grand prize at the London Film Awards, winning this year with his coming-of-age drama 'A NOBLE TRUTH'. This is the script's 19th award/honor, and it's ranked in the top 2% of the more than 2,800 screenplays listed on MovieBytes.com.  Tags: London Film Awards
Posted on: 12/16/2016 CONNECT Member
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

Posted on: 01/02/2017 CONNECT Member
'HARM FOR THE HOLIDAYS' WINS HONORABLE MENTION IN CALIFORNIA FILM AWARDS Jonathan LaPoma's feature-length holiday-themed black comedy, 'Harm For The Holidays', won honorable mention in the 2016 California Film Awards. This is the script's 9th award/honor and LaPoma's 109th overall.  Tags: California Film Awards
Posted on: 01/06/2017 CONNECT Member
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'

Tags: Canadian Diversity Film Festival
Posted on: 01/07/2017 CONNECT Member
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.

Tags: Cinema Worldfest Awards
Posted on: 01/01/2017 CONNECT Member
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.

Posted on: 12/22/2016 CONNECT Member
Judi Blaze a Quarter Finalist in WriteMovies

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

 

Posted on: 12/16/2016 CONNECT Member
'HARM FOR THE HOLIDAYS' WINS HONORABLE MENTION IN WRITEMOVIES CONTEST Jonathan LaPoma's feature-length holiday-themed comedy, 'HARM FOR THE HOLIDAYS', won honorable mention in the December 2016 edition of the WriteMovies Monthly Contest. This is the script's 8th award/honor and LaPoma's 108th overall for his ten scripts.  Tags: WriteMovies Monthly Contest
Posted on: 12/20/2016 CONNECT Member
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. 

Tags: L.A. FEEDBACK Film Festival
Posted on: 08/18/2016 CONNECT Member
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.  Tags: Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest, ScreenCraft Horror Screenplay Competition
Posted on: 08/17/2016 CONNECT Member
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.  Tags: Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition, Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest
Posted on: 04/19/2016 CONNECT Member
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.  Tags: Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition, Table Read My Screenplay - PARK CITY!
Posted on: 04/19/2016 CONNECT Member
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. 

Posted on: 04/20/2016 CONNECT Member
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. Tags: The International Horror Hotel
Posted on: 04/15/2016 CONNECT Member
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

Posted on: 04/14/2016 CONNECT Member
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.

Posted on: 04/13/2016 CONNECT Member
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.

 

 

Posted on: 04/14/2016 CONNECT Member
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. 

 

 

Posted on: 04/14/2016 CONNECT Member
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.

Tags: Nice in the South of France International Film Festival
Posted on: 04/23/2016 CONNECT Member
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.

Posted on: 04/23/2016 CONNECT Member
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). Tags: Nashville Film Festival Screenplay Competition, Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition
Posted on: 04/27/2016 CONNECT Member
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

 

Posted on: 05/05/2016 CONNECT Member
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. Tags: Animation Day in Cannes
Posted on: 05/05/2016 CONNECT Member
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.  

Tags: Hoboken International Film Festival
Posted on: 04/27/2016 CONNECT Member
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. Tags: Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition, Utah Film Awards
Posted on: 04/24/2016
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.

Posted on: 04/23/2016 CONNECT Member
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.
Posted on: 04/24/2016 CONNECT Member
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.  

Tags: New York City Independent Film Festival
Posted on: 04/10/2016 CONNECT Member
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. 

 

 

Tags: Canada International Film Festival
Posted on: 04/10/2016 CONNECT Member
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. Tags: Nashville Film Festival Screenplay Competition
Posted on: 03/08/2016 CONNECT Member
A NOBLE TRUTH, OFFICIAL SELECTION OF RIVER BEND FILM FEST Jonathan LaPoma's feature-length coming-of-age drama A NOBLE TRUTH is an official selection of the 2016 River Bend Film Festival. A NOBLE TRUTH follows two estranged best friends who take a road trip to explore what truths unite people in a modern America slipping deeper into apathy and discord. It's soon clear, however, that truth is the last thing either man seeks. EASY RIDER meets GOOD WILL HUNTING.  Tags: River Bend Film Festival
Posted on: 03/08/2016 CONNECT Member
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.

Posted on: 03/11/2016 CONNECT Member
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.  

Tags: WeScreenplay International Screenwriting Competition
Posted on: 03/04/2016 CONNECT Member
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. 
Posted on: 03/03/2016 CONNECT Member
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.  Tags: Nicholl Fellowship, ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship
Posted on: 03/03/2016 CONNECT Member
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.    Tags: Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest, ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship
Posted on: 03/03/2016 CONNECT Member
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.  

Posted on: 03/12/2016 CONNECT Member
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. Tags: Visceral Films International Horror Screenplay Contest
Posted on: 03/13/2016 CONNECT Member
JON LAPOMA'S, A NOBLE TRUTH, FINALIST IN 2016 LAS VEGAS SCREENPLAY CONTEST Jonathan LaPoma's feature-length coming-of-age drama A NOBLE TRUTH is a finalist in the 2016 Las Vegas Screenplay Contest. LaPoma's 8 screenplays have won 81 awards/honors in the last 2 years. Tags: Las Vegas Screenplay Contest
Posted on: 03/31/2016 CONNECT Member
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. Tags: Table Read My Screenplay - PARK CITY!
Posted on: 03/31/2016 CONNECT Member
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. 
Posted on: 04/04/2016 CONNECT Member
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). Tags: WildSoundFestival
Posted on: 03/31/2016 CONNECT Member
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. Tags: 2014 ScreenCraft Action & Thriller Script Contest
Posted on: 03/26/2016
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.

Tags: Pasadena International Film Festival
Posted on: 03/14/2016 CONNECT Member
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

Tags: Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition
Posted on: 03/15/2016 CONNECT Member
"Silent Rescue" is Silver Winner Todd Sorrell's fantasy script "Silent Rescue" took 2nd Place overall at the Honolulu Film Awards 2016 Tags: Honolulu Film Awards
Posted on: 05/05/2016
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.

 

Watch this space for updates.

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Posted on: 05/08/2016 CONNECT Member
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! 
Posted on: 07/23/2016
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.

Tags: Capital Fund Screenplay Competition
Posted on: 07/25/2016 CONNECT Member
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. 

Tags: New World Cinemas
Posted on: 07/26/2016 CONNECT Member
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." 

 

Tags: PAGE International Screenwriting Awards
Posted on: 07/18/2016 CONNECT Member
HARM FOR THE HOLIDAYS ADVANCES IN PAGE INTERNATIONAL SCREENWRITING AWARDS

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

 

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

Tags: PAGE International Screenwriting Awards
Posted on: 07/16/2016 CONNECT Member
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.  

 

Posted on: 07/02/2016 CONNECT Member
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). 

 

 

Posted on: 07/04/2016 CONNECT Member
JONATHAN LAPOMA A JUROR FOR 2016 SAN DIEGO KIDS FILM FEST The San Diego International Kids Film Festival has chosen Jonathan LaPoma as a juror of their 2016 screenwriting competition. This is the second consecutive year LaPoma has been a juror of this festival.  Tags: San Diego International Kids Film Festival Screenplay
Posted on: 07/04/2016 CONNECT Member
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.

Tags: Short Film Grants Competition and Awards
Posted on: 07/29/2016 CONNECT Member
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." Tags: ScreenCraft Comedy Script Contest
Posted on: 07/31/2016 CONNECT Member
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.

 

Tags: 2016 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition
Posted on: 08/12/2016 CONNECT Member
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."
 

Tags: Irish Film Board
Posted on: 08/12/2016 CONNECT Member
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. 

Posted on: 08/13/2016 CONNECT Member
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.

Tags: HollyShorts Screenplay Contest
Posted on: 08/10/2016 CONNECT Member
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.  Tags: Acclaim Scripts
Posted on: 08/09/2016
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. Tags: Creative World Awards Screenwriting Contest
Posted on: 08/05/2016 CONNECT Member
LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO and THE WAY BACK HOME ADVANCE IN CREATIVE WORLD AWARDS

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

 

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

 

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

 

Tags: Creative World Awards Screenwriting Contest
Posted on: 08/06/2016 CONNECT Member
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. 

 

 

Posted on: 06/27/2016 CONNECT Member
Screenwriter Sarah Horwell's script long listed for WriterSlam UK 2015 for TV Pilot Comedy Series! Tags: WriterSlam UK
Posted on: 06/21/2016
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.  Tags: ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship, Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition, Table Read My Screenplay - PARK CITY!
Posted on: 05/19/2016 CONNECT Member
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.
Posted on: 05/20/2016 CONNECT Member
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. Tags: los angeles new wave international film festival
Posted on: 05/23/2016
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.  Tags: ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship, Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition, Table Read My Screenplay - PARK CITY!
Posted on: 05/19/2016 CONNECT Member
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.
Posted on: 05/16/2016
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.

Tags: Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition, ISA Fast Track Fellowship V, Scriptapalooza Screenplay & SHORTS Competition
Posted on: 05/11/2016
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.  Tags: Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition, ScreenCraft Comedy Script Contest
Posted on: 05/13/2016 CONNECT Member
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. 

Posted on: 05/26/2016 CONNECT Member
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.

Tags: 2015 Launch Pad Feature Competition, Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest, PAGE International Screenwriting Awards
Posted on: 05/27/2016 CONNECT Member
HARM FOR THE HOLIDAYS A SEMIFINALIST IN LOS ANGELES CINEFEST Jonathan LaPoma's latest feature-length script, HARM FOR THE HOLIDAYS, is a semifinalist in the Los Angeles CineFest. HARM FOR THE HOLIDAYS is a black comedy that follows an unrepentant asshole with a heart of gold who moves back in with his comically dysfunctional family to help his suicidal brother, only to find that his brother is the sanest of them all (SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK meets BAD SANTA). This is the script's first award/honor and LaPoma's 83rd overall. 
Tags: Los Angeles CineFest
Posted on: 06/04/2016 CONNECT Member
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)
Posted on: 06/07/2016 CONNECT Member
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.  Tags: Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition, Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest
Posted on: 06/14/2016 CONNECT Member
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 

  

Posted on: 06/04/2016 CONNECT Member
JON LAPOMA A JUROR OF SAN DIEGO INTERNATIONAL KIDS FILM FEST

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

 

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

Tags: San Diego International Kids Film Festival Screenplay
Posted on: 05/29/2016 CONNECT Member
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.

Tags: Screenplay Festival, Table Read My Screenplay Screenplay Contest - LONDON!, The Launch Pad Features Script Competition
Posted on: 05/28/2016 CONNECT Member
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.

Tags: Screenplay Festival, Table Read My Screenplay Screenplay Contest - LONDON!, The Launch Pad Features Script Competition
Posted on: 05/28/2016 CONNECT Member
Patricia White Options Anti-bullying Film to TX Productions After teaming up for the short, Blossoms of Faith, via an ISA Writing Gig post and was hired by TX Productions, TX has optioned second script by Patricia White, Following Phil - an anti-bullying story whereby tweens learn the only way to stop the pain of bullying is though acceptance.  Patricia is honored to be working with such a team of dedicated professionals once again.
Posted on: 03/21/2015 CONNECT Member
Steven Prowse's THE NIGHT WITCHES Notches 12th Win

THE NIGHT WITCHES (WW2 true action story about all female fighter pilots) has been awarded Best Screenplay at the Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival.

 

It is also an official selection for the St Tropez & Nice International Film Festival.  This takes the script to 12 wins, 4 second places, and 28 other official selections.

Tags: Worldfest Houston International Film Festival
Posted on: 03/21/2015
Jess Parra - 2013 Final Draft Big Break Contest Quarter Finalist "Infest" was a 2013 Final Draft Big Break Contest Quarter Finalist   Tags: Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest
Posted on: 02/04/2014 CONNECT Member
"Infest," is a 2013 Horror Finalist in the Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest "Infest," is a 2013 Horror Finalist in the Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest Tags: Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest
Posted on: 02/04/2014 CONNECT Member
Posted on: 02/06/2014 CONNECT Member
STEVE SOMERS OFFICIAL FINALIST IN 2013 BEVERLY HILLS SCREENPLAY CONTEST Steve Somers romance/fantasy script, 'Just One More Day', is an official finalist in the 2013 Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest.. Tags: Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest
Posted on: 02/02/2014 CONNECT Member
Kimberly Manky, Semifinalist in Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition Kimberly Manky's Magnus the Magnificent was named a Quarterfinalist in the Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition. Tags: 2016 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition
Posted on: 01/30/2014 CONNECT Member
FIEND is a semi-finalist in the ScreenCraft thriller screenplay contest

Jeff York's script "Fiend" was just announced as one of the 50 top semi-finalists in the ScreenCraft thriller screenwriting contest on Friday, January 24th. This is the sixth contest it's been a finalist in over the last 2 1/2 years. "Fiend" is a historical faction story about Robert Louis Stevenson and the origins of his most famous work "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde". 

Posted on: 01/24/2014 CONNECT Member
Stuart Land's family script won category for Table Read My Screenplay So stoked that my family screenplay, Todd McCoy's Adventure West, won the top honor in the action adventure category in the Table Read My Screenplay contest, especially since it's a period piece.  Tags: Table Read My Screenplay - Screenplay Contest - Hwd
Posted on: 01/27/2014 CONNECT Member
Carson Turell Nominated for Best Writer Shockfest Film Festival (2014) Carson was Nominated for Best Writer for the film Crazy Town starring Sean Young, Michael Monks and Kyla Druckman. The festival is held in Los Angeles, CA. Tags: Tartfuel Entertainment
Posted on: 01/28/2014
Nilofer Dhillon - Finalist in Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest The treatment/Concept  for the animation  screenplay ' Lose the Alien'  is an official  finalist in the 2013 Beverly Hills screenplay contest. Tags: Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest
Posted on: 02/15/2014
Magi Hart - Finalist in Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest

2013 Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest Finalist    TV CONCEPT/TREATMENT  -  THE APARTMENT

Tags: Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest
Posted on: 02/15/2014 CONNECT Member
Alejandro Leopardi is an Official Selection at the Beverly Hills Film Fest Alejandro Leopardi's feature-length script Along the Way was an Official Selection at the 2012 Beverly Hills Film Festival. Tags: Beverly Hills Film Festival
Posted on: 02/20/2014 CONNECT Member
Lindsey M. Foulkes tapped to polish L.A.-funded horror feature! An L.A.-based director has hired Lindsey M. Foulkes to polish his feature horror script! Pre-production has begun, filming will commence in Colorado in Summer 2014!
Posted on: 02/20/2014
Peter Wisan placed as a semi-finalist in Table Read My Screenplay Peter Wisan's screenplay, Strings, placed in the semi-final category for the Sixth Annual Table Read My Screenplay Contest. This script is about an aged music teacher and a violin prodigy finding beauty in a  dystopia. Tags: Table Read My Screenplay - Screenplay Contest - Hwd, Table Read My Screenplay - PARK CITY!
Posted on: 02/21/2014
Alejandro Leopardi is a Finalist at the LA Comedy Film Fest Alejandro Leopardi's short script Beyond the Sheets was 1 of 3 finalists at the 2011 LA Comedy Film Festival.
Posted on: 02/20/2014 CONNECT Member
Alejandro Leopardi Wins Best Narrative Award Alejandro Leopardi won the Best Narrative Award at the Columbia Gorge International Film Festival for his feature-length screenplay, Along the Way.
Posted on: 02/20/2014 CONNECT Member
Lindsey M. Foulkes - Tapped by British filmmaker for western short Paul Vernon, a British filmmaker, has tapped Lindsey M. Foulkes to write a western short. Titled "Bloody Spurs", it features a Billy The Kid-type character with a twist at the end. It is currently in script polishing phase, with the producer currently scouting locations. It will be filmed in the southwestern United States in 2014.
Posted on: 02/17/2014
Stuart Land enters semi-finalist stage with Screenplay Festival contest. I'm happy to have made it this far with my script, Todd McCoy's Adventre West, an action adventure family movie that just won the that category in the Table Read My Screenplay contest. Finals will be annouced in March. Tags: Screenplay Festival
Posted on: 02/20/2014 CONNECT Member
William B. Keller's screenplay Retribution optioned. Producer Joel Reisig has optioned William B. Keller's Retribution.  Joel has produced ten feature films.
Posted on: 01/21/2014 CONNECT Member
Lindsey M. Foulkes contracted to write gritty short

Ty Mapp Cinemas has asked for (and received) a gritty short for entry into the festival circuit, starting 2014. Principal filming begins in 2 weeks! 

This short was brought about by the director/producer finding Lindsey on ISA (not through Writing Gigs; independent search)! 

Posted on: 01/19/2014
Byron Anderson's success with Question for Light - Adventure of the Magi Byron Anderson completed Quest for Light, the screenplay in 2012.  Since then, it has won many awards, including: Winner of the Illinois International Film Festival, Winner Query Pros Competition, Winner Winnipeg Real to Reel, Top Finalist Richmond International Film Festival, Semi-Finalist The Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays, Semi-Finalist Writr's Place Competition, Runner-Up Action on Film Festival.  Tags: Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest, Extreme Screenplay Contest, Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays
Posted on: 01/14/2014 CONNECT Member
Randy Hatch Wins 1st Place Best Script & Honorable Mention Best Screenplay Randy Hatch's 4th screenplay A WORLD TURNED UPSIDE DOWN a romantic adventure drama won 1st Place Best Script at the 2014 Los Angeles Movie Awards. A WORLD TURNED UPSIDE DOIWN also won Honorable Mention Best Screenplay at the 2014 California Film Awards in San Diego. Tags: California Film Awards, Los Angeles Movie Awards
Posted on: 01/14/2014
Michael E. Bierman Official Finalist ALL THAT GLITTERS... ALL THAT GLITTERS... is an Official Finalist at 2013 London Film Awards. Tags: London Film Awards
Posted on: 01/17/2014
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.
Posted on: 01/12/2014 CONNECT Member
HITCHCOCK BLONDE by Jeff York makes Austin Table Read My Screenplay finals Two of Jeff York's scripts just were announced as finalists in the 2013 Table Read My Screenplay contest which will be part of the Austin Film Festival this year. His psychological thriller THE CONFESSION OF LIZZIE BORDEN and his black comedy HITCHCOCK BLONDE both made the finals. The winners will be announced in the coming weeks. 
Posted on: 01/11/2014 CONNECT Member
THE LOVE SEAT by Jeff York figures in Table Read's Sundance contest Jeff York's award-winning romantic comedy THE LOVE SEAT (one of Script magazine's four best spec scripts winner in 2010) was an honorable mention finalist in the 2014 Table Read My Screenplay contest being held at The Sundance Film Festival this year.  Tags: Table Read My Screenplay - PARK CITY!
Posted on: 01/11/2014 CONNECT Member
FIEND by Jeff York is a Screencraft screenwriting contest quarterfinalist! Screencraft just announced its quarter-finalists in their big thriller screenwriting contest and Jeff York's script FIEND is one of them. This is now the seventh screenwriting contest 'finals' that FIEND has figured in. It was previously a Top 10 finisher in both the Script Pipeline contest in 2010 and the Flatshoe contest in 2011. And it won Best Thriller at the Table Read My Screenplay contest held at Sundance in 2012. 
Posted on: 01/11/2014 CONNECT Member
Michael E. Bierman THE FAD 4th Place Michael E. Bierman's THE FAD takes 4th Place at 2013 Screencraft Horror Script Contest Tags: ScreamCraft Horror Script Contest
Posted on: 01/17/2014
Michael E. Bierman WON 2nd Place -- THE FAD Michael E. Bierman's THE FAD WINS 2nd Place  at 2013 (6th) StoryPros Awards Tags: StoryPros Awards
Posted on: 01/17/2014
Lindsey M. Foulkes - Contracted to write web series Camera Speeds, Inc. has hired Lindsey M. Foulkes to write their supernatural web comedy series, Paranomal Pizza!
Posted on: 01/18/2014
Lindsey M. Foulkes - Asked to write short 0 FX Productions has hired Lindsey M. Foulkes to write/develop a Western short. The result? "Stead - A Whisper, Wyoming" story that is in post-production and will be hitting the festival circuit soon!
Posted on: 01/18/2014
Lindsey M. Foulkes hired to co-write/develop feature drama Dreammaker Films has hired Lindsey M. Foulkes to co-write and develop a feature drama with Jack Grant. The trailer is in pre-production!
Posted on: 01/18/2014
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)!

Posted on: 01/18/2014
Lindsey M. Foulkes - QUARTERFINALIST - StoryPros Postcards In The Attic was nominated as a Quarterfinalist in the 7th StoryPros International Screenwriting Competition (2013)! Tags: StoryPros Awards
Posted on: 01/18/2014
Michael E. Bierman IMPACT TOP 25 short scripts at PAGE AWARDS Michael E. Bierman IMPACT TOP 25 short scripts at PAGE AWARDS Tags: PAGE International Screenwriting Awards
Posted on: 01/17/2014
Michael E. Bierman THE FAD Honorable Mention Michael E. Bierman THE FAD Honorable Mention at 2013 London Film Awards Tags: London Film Awards
Posted on: 01/17/2014
JASON VINLEY FINALIST AT BEVERLY HILLS SCREENPLAY CONTEST

Jason Vinley's full-length play, ELVIS WAS KING, BUT JOLIE WAS GOLDEN, was a finalist in the 2013 Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest, Stage Play category. EWKBJWG is a character-driven story about a deadbeat dad, rock singer on the lam who attempts to win back his estranged wife and son. 

 

Philip Taylor, who directed plays in NYC, then led a successful career directing, producing and writing for network TV, and now teaches screenwriting at ASU, said, “It starts out as a  wonderfully light romantic comedy but, just as you're getting comfortable, it takes a totally different direction. The play continues to spiral and surprise until the final curtain, but never loses its sense of humor. And, while Vinley is whisking us along on a magic carpet ride of mystery and intrigue, he unobtrusively makes some perceptive points on a failed artist's confrontation with his own ambition. This is a superbly written piece of work. I urge you to read it."

Tags: Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest
Posted on: 02/21/2014
PEDDLER, by Shaun Peter Cunningham, Receives Credit from IMDb.

PEDDLER, written by ISA member Shaun Peter Cunningham, has been granted in-development credit by IMDb, the world's most popular and authoritative source for movie, TV and celebrity content.

 

Peddler is a feature-length crime thriller inspired by the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world; human trafficking. However, behind the story is a stark reality. Cunningham began writing his screenplay after seeing a news article published by Reuters in July, 2013. The article reported the FBI had arrested 150 people across 76 U.S. cities in relation to human trafficking.

 

Cunningham admits he gravitates towards writing stories that reflect the darker side of the human condition. "Moral values have been routinely violated since the beginning of time," he shared, "and the reality is it fascinates audiences."

Tags: Picto Films, Screenwriting
Posted on: 02/25/2014
Philip Sedgwick's Olivia's Oath captures First Runner Up

Olivia's Oath, an emotionally evocative screenplay set in the Spanish-American War, received the 1st Runner-Up Award from the Golden Palm Screenplay Awards at the prestigious Beverly Hills Film Festival. This was the fourth consecutive year in which Sedgwick had a screenplay place in the Official Selection (finalist) category.

Upon his return to his trusty computer, Sedgwick received news that his screenplay, The Cat That Saved The (Hollywood) Stars, placed in the Top Ten of Screencraft's Family-Friendly Inaugural contest.

More information can be found on Sedgwick's website. 

Tags: Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest
Posted on: 05/02/2014 CONNECT Member
STEVEN PROWSE'S THE CONCERT WINS ITS THIRD SCREENPLAY COMPETITION

Los Angeles seems to love The Concert.  In the last two months it has scooped Best Screenplay at the Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood and at the The Los Angeles New Wave International Film Festival. Today it repeated its success at the Los Angeles Reel Film Festival.

Synopsis - A group of kids try to prove their grandfathers' innocence of the largest theft of artwork in history.

This is a family movie that focuses on family bonds and friendship and the sacrifices people are willing to make to preserve and protect them.  The story is inspired by true events - the theft of USD 500m of artwork from the Gardner Museum in Boston in 1990 which remains unrecovered to this day. One painting alone, Vermeer's The Concert, is currently worth over USD 200m.

Tags: Los Angeles Film
Posted on: 05/07/2014
JEFF RYBACK GRAND PRIZE WINNER AT SACRAMENTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL -- Jeff Ryback's screenplay, The Wind Riders, has won the Grand Prize for Best Screenplay at the Sacramento International Film Festival. "...Riders" is an action/ adventure film and love story, based on the Tibetan-Chinese war. Judges included Lew Hunter, screenplay guru and former UCLA screenplay instructor emeritus. Tags: Sacramento International Film Festival
Posted on: 05/09/2014 CONNECT Member
Jeff Ryback's "The Snakeman" and "The Wind Riders" both finalists... Two of Jeff Ryback's feature screenplays, The Snakeman (Action/ Adventure) and The Wind Riders(Epic Historical love story about the Tibetan-Chinese war), have been chosen as finalists (2 of 9) at the Amsterdam International Film Festival (screenplay competition) in the Netherlands. Tags: Amsterdam International Film Festival
Posted on: 05/01/2014 CONNECT Member
Randall C Willis named Winner at Nashville Film Festival 2014

On April 25, Randall C Willis's screenplay Tank's was named Best Animated Feature at the Nashville Film Festival's inaugural screenwriting competition. The competition received more than 1,500 screenplays for features, shorts and television.

Previously, Tank's had been a Second Rounder at the 2013 Austin Film Festival and Quarterfinalist at Scriptapalooza 2012.

Tags: Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition
Posted on: 04/29/2014 CONNECT Member
Randy Hatch Won Best Feature Screenplay Randy Hatch's 3rd feature screenplay The Lord's Lie won 1st Place Best Feature Screenplay at the Bare Bones International Film and Music Festival in Muskogee, Oklahoma on April 13, 2014. Tags: Bare Bones International Film and Music Festival
Posted on: 04/19/2014
Jeff Ryback's, The Snakeman wins "Award of Excellence" The Snakeman by Jeff Ryback has been awarded an "Award of Excellence" (1 of 3) at the NYLA International Film Festival on April 24, 2014. The Snakeman has now won over ten awards at various International Film festivals. Tags: NYLA Film Festival
Posted on: 04/24/2014 CONNECT Member
STEVEN PROWSE'S THE NIGHT WITCHES WINS TWO SCREENPLAY COMPETITIONS

The Night Witches, a true WW2 story based on women pilots has won Best Screenplay at the Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood as well as Best Action / Adventure Screenplay at the Los Angeles Film and Script Festival.

 These two wins, along with an Award Of Merit at the Women's Independent Film Festival takes the total number of placings / official selections to twelve in just six months.

Tags: Los Angeles Film
Posted on: 04/26/2014
Rod Thompson Won Best Drama for The Squire Rod Thompson's The Squire took home top prize in the January announcement of the top genre winners for the Table Read My Screenplay Competition, selected from over 1200 entrants. Tags: Table Read My Screenplay - Screenplay Contest - Hwd, Table Read My Screenplay - PARK CITY!
Posted on: 05/14/2014
Rod Thompson's "The Squire" makes NAFF 2nd Round Cut! The Squire by Rod Thompson advanced through the second round of competition at the Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition! Tags: Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition
Posted on: 05/14/2014
Kimberly Manky, Cinestory Quarterfinalist for "Magnus the Magnificent" Kimberly Manky's MAGNUS THE MAGNIFICENT has advanced to the Quarterfinals of the prestigeous Cinestory Screenwriting Awards, from over 500 enties. Tags: CineStory Screenwriting Awards
Posted on: 05/17/2014 CONNECT Member
STEVEN PROWSE HITS 100 PLACINGS IN 18 MONTHS

The Night Witches, a true WW2 action script based on women pilots, has been Officially Selected at the Female Eye Film Festival (June, Toronto), and Act 1 will get a table read at the event as a result.

 This takes the number of placings Steven has received for his five screenplays to one hundred in eighteen months, including:

7 wins

39 Official Selections

12 Honorable mentions / Awards of merit.

Tags: Female Eye Film Festival
Posted on: 05/21/2014
Absolute Rubbish - top 100 of Emerging Screenwriters - Helen Rose Roberts The family feature Absolute Rubbish placed in the top 100 in this years Emerging Screenplay competition. Helen Rose Roberts is thrilled to announce.  Tags: Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition
Posted on: 05/31/2014
Suzan Battah's BaSatai: Outside In by Suzan Battah achieves Award of Merit BaSatai: Outside In by Suzan Battah  achieves Award of Merit at the Women's Independent Film Festival in the Script Category Competition.  Tags: Women\'s Independent Film Festival 2014
Posted on: 05/16/2014
Mike Boss - ScreenCraft Family-Friendly Script Contest -- Semi-Finalist THE LITTLE GIANT is a fun Sci-Fi about a bullied boy who dreams of being a suoerhero and ends up battling robots in a miniature world. Tags: ScreenCraft
Posted on: 05/15/2014
Mike Boss - CineStory Screenwriting Contest - Quarter Finalist The screenplay A TASTE OF FREEDOM, which is about a boy who wants to rescue an abused circus elephant, consistently ranks high in screenplay contests of all kinds.  Semi-Finalists will be announced June 11th.  Someone should make it already!  :-D Tags: CineStory Screenwriting Awards
Posted on: 05/15/2014
Mike Boss - ScreenCraft Family-Friendly Script Contest Semi-Finalist The screenplay A TASTE OF FREEDOM, which is about a boy who wants to rescue an abused circus elephant, again ranked high in a screenplay contest. Tags: ScreenCraft
Posted on: 05/15/2014
Jonathan LaPoma - Finalist, 2014 Beverly Hills International Film Festival

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

 

A Noble Truth has won the following awards:

 

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

-Beverly Hills International Film Festival, 2014 - Finalist 

-Sacramento International Film Festival, 2014 - Official Selection 

-WriteMovies, 2013 - Quarter Finalist

-Indie Gathering Film Festival, 2013 -  Honorable Mention

-Oaxaca Film Festival, 2013 - Official Selection

-Filmmakers International, 2013 - Second-Round Qualifier

 

Tags: Oaxaca Film Festival 2013, Sacramento International Film Festival, WriteMovies.com
Posted on: 04/18/2014 CONNECT Member
Stuart Land - Grand Prize Winner, family category - Screenplay Festival Stuart Land's, TODD MCCOY'S ADVENTURE WEST, just won the GRAND PRIZE in the family category of the SCREENPLAY FESTIVAL contest. This exciting story about a 12-year-old boy who gets thrown from a train in 1870s America when he discovers his friends and he are being sold into servitude, also won the GRAND PRIZE family category for the TABLE READ MY SCREENPLAY contest in January. This is a heart-warming story that the whole family can enjoy, inspiring imagination, and giving  a glimps into times past. Tags: Screenplay Festival, Table Read My Screenplay - PARK CITY!
Posted on: 04/11/2014 CONNECT Member
Steve Atkinson "Finalist" All Access Screenplay Competition

No Mountain Too High chosen among thousands of entries as a "Finalist" for the All Access Screenplay Competition.

Tags: Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition
Posted on: 03/06/2014 CONNECT Member
Steve Atkinson - "Best Screenplay" Nominee Catalina Film Festival

No Mountain Too High was honored as a nominee for Best Screenplay at the Catalina Film Festival.

 

 

Tags: Catalina Film Festival Script Contest
Posted on: 03/06/2014 CONNECT Member
Lindsey M. Foulkes - Postcards In The Attic - 2nd Round Selection! Postcards in the Attic, a romantic feature drama, was selected for the 2nd round (aka Quarterfinals) in the Nashville Film Festival! Tags: Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition
Posted on: 03/07/2014
Steve Atkinson's script named "Best Drama" - Table Read My Screenplay

No Mountain Too High was named Best Drama at the Table Read My Screenplay Competition during the Sundance Film Festival.

 

 

Tags: Table Read My Screenplay - PARK CITY!
Posted on: 03/06/2014 CONNECT Member
Steve Atkinson - Grand Prize Emerging Screenwriters Competition

Was honored to be named the Grand Prize winner of the Emerging Screenwriters Competition

 

 

Tags: Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition
Posted on: 03/06/2014 CONNECT Member
Dumped in Pre-Production with Jespor Emborg to direct

My screenplay Dumped is currently in pre-production and will be directed by Jespor Emborg.
The Executive Producer is Kasper Graversen with "The Kompany" - he has offices in Beverly Hills and Copenhagen. Jamie Elliott and Ralph Portillo from Hemisphere Entertainment in Los Angeles are also possibly interested in co-producing along with The Kompany. The script is out to agents to attach celebrity talent.

 

Posted on: 03/02/2014
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. Tags: Gorilla Studios
Posted on: 03/02/2014 CONNECT Member
Serita Deborah Stevens New Work Book For Writers New book, The Ultimate Writer's Workbook for books and script, will be available from Motivational Press in April.  This is based on my years teaching at USC and UCLA, as well as other schools.  Tags: Motivational Press
Posted on: 03/10/2014
Amy Amani, multiple options and contest placer

Amy's TV pilot, Dazzleland, has placed in two contests, and won the TV Pilot Category in the Table Read My Screeplay contest. Currently, it is one of the 5% of submitted scripts being read by the BBC Writersroom.

Her feature adaptation, Fintan Fedora and the Mythical Brazilian Chocoplum, was an Official Selection of the International Family Film Festival 2013.

Amy has had one other TV pilot and one other feature optioned. 

Tags: ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship, Table Read My Screenplay - Screenplay Contest - Hwd, The Happy Writers, International Family Film Festival
Posted on: 03/13/2014 CONNECT Member
Birgit Syran Myaard's TRUE BLUE WIDOW TRUE BLUE WIDOW, a dramatic thriller by Birgit Syran Myaard, an American screenwriter living abroad, was a semi-finalist and one of seven nominees for Best Foreign Script in the 2011 Fresh Voices screenplay contest. TRUE BLUE WIDOW is about a young, Afghan-American woman who infiltrates al Qaeda for the CIA but must one day face down her terrorist-sympathizing, revenge-seeking brother-in-law and decide just how far she is willing to go to fight for what she believes in. Tags: Fresh Voices
Posted on: 04/03/2014 CONNECT Member
Birgit Syran Myaard's TRUE BLUE WIDOW - Finalist

Birgit Syran Myaard's dramatic thriller was a finalist in the 2012 Creative World Awards screenwriting contest. The CWA reader wrote:

"This is an extremely strong story that effectively portrays the post 9/11 world from the unique perspective of a Muslim family. The familiar tragedy that befalls Ariana and her sister makes these characters instantly relatable. The story tastefully dealt with difficult and contemporary issues in a way which felt authentic. This is definitely a movie that makes you think. Beyond this, the story has a lot of action, suspense, and is thoroughly entertaining. This is a fantastic screenplay: original idea, interesting characters, and a gripping story with a great theme. Nice job!"

"In this story, 9/11 is handled so tastefully that this could be the perfect movie to begin exploring September 11th and all the after math. I expect this screenplay to do well, both in this contest and beyond."

Tags: Creative World Awards Screenwriting Competition
Posted on: 04/03/2014 CONNECT Member
Jeff Ryback WINNER - BEST SCREENPLAY (Drama) Los Angeles Film & Script Fest Jeff Ryback's screenplay The Mountain of the Moon, a drama script with a strong female lead, has won the Best Screenplay Award (drama) at the Los Angeles Film & Script Festival. This comes on the heels of his screenplay The Snakeman, being chosen as a finalist at the Gasparilla Film Festival, and his script The Plumber, chosen as a finalist at the Charleston International Film Festival (now in progress) with high hopes of winning. Tags: Los Angeles Film
Posted on: 04/09/2014 CONNECT Member
Birgit Syran Myaard's PETRIFIED Takes Family Category/8th place Overall

The Emerging Screenwriters 2012 contest awarded 8th place to Birgit Syran Myaard's PETRIFIED, a family adventure screenplay about an American scientist and his son who battle wild, reanimated trolls that run amok and threaten the secret population of tame trolls protecting Norway's gold reserves.

Tags: Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition
Posted on: 04/03/2014 CONNECT Member
A Step Up for SCREENWRITING: STEP BY STEP by Wendy Jane Henson

When I first taught screenwriting, I wanted a clear, simple, user-friendly textbook that began with the fundamentals of writing drama and graduated to writing drama for film. When I found none, I wrote one. At first, my college photocopied the book for my classes. But a film professional friend urged me to find a real publisher. My first email query went to Allyn & Bacon/Pearson Education. Within an hour, their editor asked for the manuscript. A year later, my book was in print.

 

SCREENWRITING: STEP BY STEP, now available in various languages, is used for college courses in several countries. Recently, Pearson Education translated my book into Chinese, and it is helping aspiring screenwriters in China's growing film industry. Copies are in at least 71 libraries worldwide, including...of all places...Libya! When I got my Chinese copy, I was bowled over to see a shot from LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE on the cover and to receive praise from professors at the University of Beijing for a book that is "...creative, intelligent, and scientific."

 

Posted on: 03/20/2014
Helen Rose Roberts signs publishing contract with Short On Time Books Short On Time Books has signed author and screenwriter Helen Rose Roberts to publish her children's book "Adamas of Hickorytick Forest - The Dragon's Dream & The Wizard's Wish". 
Posted on: 03/15/2014
Kim Brantley Placed in 2nd Round in Nicholl Fellowship and Page Awards

I worked hard and had a good run that year.  With the help of screenplay consultants Ken Rotcop, Glenn M. Benest, Pilar Alessandra and David Kohner Zuckerman I placed in seven contests, including the 2nd rounds of both Page Screenwriting Awards and the Nicholl Fellowships.

Although I have yet to parlay those successes into a professional writing career, I have continued to expand my expertise in the film business as a studio technician and producer at DCTV in Washington, DC.

Tags: 2011 Expo Screenplay Competition, 2011 Moondance Film Festival
Posted on: 03/20/2014
Amber Epling hired through Writing Gigs to write a film After Jill Melody of Sunset Beach Entertainment bought three episodes of my series, she hired me to write a film. It is called Going Down. 
Posted on: 01/10/2014 CONNECT Member
Randy Hatch Places 3rd For His Second Sports Genre Screenplay Randy Hatch recently placed 3rd at the 2013 All Sports Film Festival for his screenplay IF PLANES WERE SHOOTING STARS. At the 2012 All Sports Film Festival he won 1st place for his screenplay TAKING THE LAST SHOT based upon his book WINLESS WINNER published in 2005. In 2013 TAKING THE LAST SHOT was optioned  and the story itself featured on ESPN and The New York Times  He has written two other screenplays and one teleplay all receiving awards in twelve film festivals and screenplay contests. Tags: All Sports Film Festival Screenplay Competition
Posted on: 01/09/2014
The Big Chew by Leah Mann was in the Top 100 in The Emerging Screenwriters

Leah's film noir screenplay "The Big Chew" was a top 100 finalist in the Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition.

Tags: Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition
Posted on: 07/03/2013 CONNECT Member
Jeff York interviewed by International Screenwriters Association Screenwriter Jeff York was interviewed by the International Screenwriters Association during a teleseminar on Saturday, June 29. "Machete" screenwriter Alvaro Rodriguez conducted the interview with Jeff and discussed his Grand Prize victory at the Table Read My Screenplay contest at Sundance in 2013, as well as what process went into writing "The Scoundrels Club", his award-winning western. The Table Read top prize helped Jeff's script get requested for reading by over a dozen producers and it sparked interest in his work by agents at United Talent Agency (UTA) in Hollywood.   Tags: Table Read My Screenplay - Screenplay Contest - Hwd
Posted on: 07/10/2013 CONNECT Member
Award winning film and television writer, Paul W. Cooper

I've been awarded 3 Emmys (5 nominations), the Humanitas Prize (2 nominations) and 1 Writers Guild Award with 4 nominations.  The Western Writers of America honored me with their Spur Award and my movie won Best Picture at a number of prestigious film festivals.  My most current projects include a movie for Showtime, produced and directed by Salma Hayek which won 5 Emmy nominations.  I wrote a movie for the Hallmark Channel that was the 3rd highest rated Hallmark Channel film of all time and spawned two sequels.  The Disney Channel bought and produced one of my scripts and The Animal Planet produced another.  Did I mention I taught Writing for Film and Television at Pepperdine University?

 

 

Posted on: 07/18/2013 CONNECT Member
True-crime drama HARMLESS a quarter-finalist in Coppola's Zoetrope Christopher Sirmons Haviland's true-crime drama HARMLESS was a quarter-finalist in Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope Screenwriting Contest in 2003.
Posted on: 07/02/2013 CONNECT Member
Fantasy FAITH & FAIRIES a Quarter-finalist in the Nicholl Fellowships Christopher Sirmons Haviland's fantasy FAITH & FAIRIES (originally entitled THE TREE) was a quarter-finalist in the 1993 Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, with over 4000 entries worldwide. FAITH & FAIRIES was later written as a novel. (http://www.faithandfairies.com)
Posted on: 07/02/2013 CONNECT Member
Fantasy script FAITH & FAIRIES a Quarter-finalist in CSM's Expo Christopher Sirmons Haviland's FAITH & FAIRIES (originally entitled THE TREE) was a 2002 quarter-finalist in the Screenwriting Expo script contest sponsored by Creative Screenwriting Magazine.
Posted on: 07/02/2013 CONNECT Member
Fantasy script FAITH & FAIRIES a Finalist in the People's Picture Show Christopher Sirmons Haviland's fantasy FAITH & FAIRIES (originally entitled THE TREE) was a 2001 Finalist in the People's Picture Show script contest. FAITH & FAIRIES was also a 1998 semi-finalist in the Chesterfield Writer's Film Project contest, sponsored by Universal Pictures and Amblin' Entertainment. It made the semi-finals again in 2001.
Posted on: 07/02/2013 CONNECT Member
Fantasy FAITH & FAIRIES made Honorable Mention in the Writer's Network Christopher Sirmons Haviland's fantasy FAITH & FAIRIES (originally entitled THE TREE) made Honorable Mention in The Writer's Network script contest in 2001.
Posted on: 07/02/2013 CONNECT Member
Benn Flore's "Chicken Dinner Date" Screened Short movie 'Chicken Dinner Date' by Benn in Books, filmed by the American/European Levi Baldwin, will by screened at Film by the Sea.
Posted on: 07/26/2013 CONNECT Member
LOCAL SUGAR / Andrew Garrett / 1st Place Family-Teen-Animation / StoryPros

Andrew Garrett's Louisiana fable "Local Sugar" took 1st Place in the Family/Teen/Animation category of the 6th Annual StoryPros Awards screenwriting contest!


In "Local Sugar", mouse mayor Mary Lou, and her beau Sly Snake, fight back when slimy frog land baron Rowley threatens to wreck their little bayou town of Sugarville--and their wedding.

Posted on: 07/26/2013
Andrew Garrett's "A Whisker Past Midnight" - Finalist, ThrillSpy FF

Andrew Garrett's animated feature screenplay "A Whisker Past Midnight" was a finalist in the 2nd Annual ThrillSpy Thriller & Spy Film Festival.

"A Whisker Past Midnight" is a gritty, paranoid thriller with barbed wire wrapped firmly around its funny-bone.  

Posted on: 07/29/2013
Lindsey M. Foulkes - Drama Finalist - United Film Fest Los Angeles 2013 Postcards in the Attic, a feature length drama, was one of three Feature Drama finalists in the United Film Fest Los Angeles 2013.
Posted on: 08/02/2013
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.
Posted on: 08/02/2013
INCURABLE by Jeff York named a Screencraft horror contest quarter-finalist Jeff's horror script "Incurable", available to read here on ISA, has been named a quarter finalist in the 2013 ScreamCraft Horror Script Contest. "Incurable" was Jeff York's very first script ever written and received Script magazine's only recommend rating out of the over 1000 spec scripts they evaluated in 2009. (The semi-finalists of the ScreamCraft contest will be announced in a few weeks, and then the winner will be chosen shortly after that.) Tags: 2014 Horror Screenplay Contest
Posted on: 07/29/2013 CONNECT Member
Arty Finkelstein & Andrew Garrett's "Only In America" - Oaxaca Film Fest

Arty Finkelstein & Andrew Garrett's feature screenplay "Only In America" is an official selection of the 2013 Oaxaca Film Fest!
Based on Arty Finkelstein's own struggles, "Only In America" is a slice of (a very frantic and endangered) life in the 1960s

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Posted on: 07/28/2013
LOCAL SUGAR, Andrew Garrett--Two awards, 2012 Love Unlimited Film Festival! In 2012, on a rainy afternoon in Venice--California, not the other one--Andrew Garrett had the pleasure of reading a section from his Louisiana fable, "Local Sugar", to a room of fellow writers and film lovers.
The "Love Unlimited Film Festival & Art Exhibition" was true to its name--a positive and dedicated bunch (they had to be, with the weather), coming together to celebrate stories with a focus on relationships and lifting each other up.
"Local Sugar" was blessed with two awards in the festival -- "Best of Fest Award in Scripts (Animated Category)", and "People’s Choice Award in Scripts (Animated Category)".
Posted on: 07/26/2013
Andrew Garrett's "Local Sugar" screenplay finalist, New Media Film Festival Andrew Garrett's animated feature screenplay "Local Sugar" was a finalist in New Media Scripts at the 4th Annual New Media Film Festival in Los Angeles.

Set on the Louisiana bayou, "Local Sugar" is a loose and lively retelling of the classic folk song "Froggy Went A' Courtin'"--but this frog's no prince, and the bride is already spoken for!
Posted on: 07/28/2013
SF Satire CODE & CHEMISTRY a Semi-Finalist in the Chesterfield Christopher Sirmons Haviland's science fiction satire CODE & CHEMISTRY was a 2001 Semi-Finalist in the Chesterfield Writer's Film Project screenplay contest managed by Universal Pictures and Steven Spielberg's Amblin' Entertainment.
Posted on: 07/02/2013 CONNECT Member
Horror comedy FANG HUNTERS a Finalist in AAA Screenplay Contest Christopher Sirmons Haviland's horror comedy FANG HUNTERS was a 2006 Finalist in the AAA Screenplay Contest sponsored by Creative Screenwriting Magazine.
Posted on: 07/02/2013 CONNECT Member
Short film takes Director's Choice at Prescott Film Festival

Mirage at Zabul Province, an evocative Afghanistan war film, written by Philip C. Sedgwick, received the Director's Choice Award at the Prescott Film Festival. The direction, Helen Stephenson, reported this is one of the best short films she has ever seen - from screenplay to acting and directing - everything!

 

Director Nathan Bettisworth and Philip Sedgwick are in pre-production on another short, scheduled to shoot in Seattle, next year. As well, they have recently completed beats for a feature that takes on one of the political hot buttons of our day. Writing is in progress.

Posted on: 05/08/2013 CONNECT Member
Philip C. Sedgwick's Considerare was a Finalist

Considerare was a Finalist (Top Ten) in the 5th Annual Story Pros Awards for Action-Adventure Genre and a Finalist (Top 15) in the Vail Film Festival, 2013.

 

Posted on: 05/08/2013 CONNECT Member
Philip C. Sedgwick's Scripts Won Horror Contests

Frost on the Pumpkin was a Grand Prize Winner for the Horror Genre in the Rhode Island International Film Festival, 2013.

Scarecrow in the Snow won 2nd Place in the 2012 Horror Screenplay Contest.

 

Posted on: 05/08/2013 CONNECT Member
Philip C. Sedgwick's Nuclear Option Took Several Awards

1st Place, 4th Annual Story Pros Awards, Action-Adventure genre

2nd Place, Woods Hole Film Festival 2011, Mystery-Thriller genre

Posted on: 05/08/2013 CONNECT Member
Amber Epling has success from the ISA Writing Gigs page! I just recently signed a deal with Jill Melody, a producer with Sunset Beach Entertainment who is set to produce three episodes of a series I wrote called Injustice. Hopefully, these episodes can gain interest with a television company.
Posted on: 05/07/2013 CONNECT Member
THE SCOUNDRELS CLUB by Jeff York wins Table Read's Grand Prize @ Sundance

Jeff York was invited to Sundance as guest of honor for winning Grand Prize for his screenplay, "The Scoundrels Club", for the 2013 Sundance Film Festival "Table Read My Screenplay" contest. His script was chosen from over 1000+ entries. The Western script also won Best Action/Adventure category in the contest. It is already under consideration at 11 production companies because of the Sundance experience. Last year, Jeff’s script, "Fiend", won Best Thriller at Sundance.  "Fiend" also was a top 10 finalist in the 2011 Script Pipeline screenwriting contest, as well as the 2012 Flatshoe screenwriting contest. Overall, the six feature film scripts he’s written have been finalists in 16 contests and counting. He's been writing since 2009.

Tags: Table Read My Screenplay - Screenplay Contest - Hwd
Posted on: 04/17/2013 CONNECT Member
Stephen Potts wins Angel Award for Best Adaptation at Monaco Film Festival UK based screenwriter Stephen Potts won the Angel Award for Best Adapted Screenplay at the Monaco Film Festival in December 2012, for his family adventure feature COMPASS MURPHY, adapted from his own successful novel of the same name.
Posted on: 05/04/2013 CONNECT Member
Philip C. Sedgwick script gets optioned dreamFilm of Los Angeles optioned Philip's romcom, Adapting Louis. Pre-production is in progress.
Posted on: 05/08/2013 CONNECT Member
Christopher Haviland's SF Script in 1% best in Nicholl Fellowships 2012

Christopher Sirmons Haviland's CODE & CHEMISTRY (SF) was a Semi-finalist in the 2012 Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting contest, among 129 out of 7,197 entries (1% best unproduced screenplays in the world according to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences). This was the biggest contest of its kind to that date.

Tags: Nicholl Fellowship
Posted on: 05/18/2013 CONNECT Member
Philip C. Sedgwick takes 3rd Place in Story Pros Awards with Sci-Fi script Superior Conjunction, a semi-contained, sci-fi thriller with a philosophical twist, recently won 3rd place in the Sci-Fi Horror Genre of the 6th Annual Story Pros Awards.
Posted on: 06/22/2013 CONNECT Member
Helen Roberts' Absolute Rubbish - quarterfinalist Final Draft Big Break The Family Fantasy Comedy Absolute Rubbish placed as a quarterfinalist in the Final Draft Big Break contest 2012.  That's in the top 10% from over 4000 screenplays entered.  Tags: Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest
Posted on: 06/29/2013
Helen Rose Roberts family feature Absolute Rubbish places as semifinalist Absolute Rubbish placed as a semifinalist in the 2012 Screenplay Festival contest in the Family genre category.   Tags: ScreenplayFest.com Philadelphia
Posted on: 06/29/2013
Beverly Gandara wins the Golden Palm Award for Best Screenplay at the 2012 Beverly Hills Film Fest.

The Golden Palm Screenplay Competition Award went to Beverly Gandara for “Rent Money.” The first runner-up award went to Michael Buchanan for "Confederate Son."  The second runner-up award went toRockin’ Reverend Script,” written by Scot Michael Walker.

Tags: Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest
Posted on: 06/15/2013
Benn Flore's Jenny to be screened in September Film by the Sea has chosen 'Jenny' as one of the short movies to be screened at their festival.
Posted on: 06/12/2013 CONNECT Member
Suzan Battah - St Tropez Intl Film Festival Winner BaSatai: Outside In was a St Tropez International Film Festival Winner for- Best Unproduced Script Based on a Novel 2013 and 2012. It also received 2013 Nomination for Best Unproduced Feature Script and was a Canada International Film Festival 2013 Royal Reel Award Winner.
Posted on: 05/18/2013
Jeremy Rigby A Film Writer International Screenplay contest semifinalist!

I am a multi-optioned and produced writer from Australia. My latest screenplay Stalin’s Warriors has just been announced a semifinalist in a Film Writer's International Screenplay contest.

A recent coverage report said: “Stalin’s Warriors is an intriguing premise that offers suspense, horror, and a satisfying resolution. Overall, this is very well done.”

The story is inspired by true events. These events are taken to extreme.

Posted on: 06/03/2013
Posted on: 08/05/2013 CONNECT Member
Winner Drama Feature 2013 Indie Gathering Film Festival - Shari MacDonald

Winner Drama Feature 2013 Indie Gathering Film Festival

 

 

Posted on: 08/05/2013 CONNECT Member
Rod Thompson's Screenplay, Croquanna, in Post I am proud to announce that my indepedently produced story CROQUANNA is now in the final days of post production! A truly superb twisting of an already dying found footage/docudrama genre - this film will be making festival round in 2014 and is one to watch for.
Posted on: 11/03/2013
Lucky Penny selects Jean Yeager's "How Santa Claus Came to Zone W.A.R." Jean Yeager's short play, How Santa Claus Came To Zone Wiskey Alpha Romeo will be produced by Lucky Penny Playhouse and Napa Valley Theater in Napa, CA as part of their "8X10 Christmas" offering.
Posted on: 11/04/2013
Thomas Mazzola's THE SPIRIT WIND - Semi-Finalist in Page Awards

Thomas Mazzola’s original screenplay THE SPIRIT WIND, a family film about ambigious loss, was a semi-finalist in the Page International Screenplay Contest of 2013. Page Awards director Jennifer Berg wrote, Congrats once again on making it into the Semi-Final Round of competition this year! You faced some fierce competition, so that's a real achievement, and speaks very well for your beautiful screenplay THE SPIRIT WIND. Best of luck in this Semi-Final Round!! Sincerely yours, Jen.” (Jennifer Berg – Director of Page International Awards)

 

 

 

Posted on: 11/22/2013
Jeff Ryback's screenplay, The Plumber, 3rd place Downbeach International Jeff Ryback's feature screenplay, The Plumber, was selected as a 3rd place winner at the Downbeach International Film Festival in Atlantic City, NJ . The Plumber has won several other screenplay awards.
Posted on: 10/29/2013 CONNECT Member
Jeff York's FIEND a semi-finalist in the Final Draft Big Break contest Jeff's thriller FIEND, a historical 'faction' tale about Robert Louis Stevenson, has been named a semi-finalist in the 2013 Big Break screenwriting contest sponsored by Final Draft. It's one of the biggest screenplay competitions in the nation, and the contest's finalists will be announced in November.  Tags: Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest
Posted on: 10/25/2013 CONNECT Member
Randall C Willis is Semifinalist in Scriptapalooza TV 2013 Randall C Willis's lifestyle concept Yours, Mine & Ours chosen as a Semifinalist in the reality television category of the Scriptapalooza TV 2013 competition. Tags: Scriptapalooza Television Writing Competition
Posted on: 09/28/2013 CONNECT Member
Stephen Potts lands development deal for GLAZVOROV

Back in 2011 I woke one morning with the basis for a historically set horror film in my head. (The premise: a trainload of Tsarist Russians steams eastwards, fleeing the Russian Revolution. A pack of Siberian Zombies bars their way.)

 

Then titled ZOMBIE EXPRESS, I  pitched it at the London Screenwriters' Festival before a couple of hundred people, one of whom liked it enough to ask me to submit it to his company, Iron Box Films. Retitled GLAZVOROV, with a new monster  - and no zombies -  but still set in the Russian Revolution, it then had a rehearsed reading before John Madden and a live audience at BAFTA in London, in the Rocliffe New Writing Forum. Soon after that I clinched a funded development deal with iron Box, a fledgling British company with a growing slate of films in producution and  development.

Posted on: 10/06/2013 CONNECT Member
Lindsey Foulkes' Postcards In The Attic - Spotlight Award Nominee I just received word that Postcards is a nominee for a Spotlight Award (Diversity & Inclusion) in the Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition! Tags: 2016 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition
Posted on: 10/22/2013
Thomas Mazzola's screenplay made Quarter Finals of CWA

THE SPIRIT WIND, a family adventure/drama about ambiguous loss, made the quarter finals of THE CREATIVE WORLD AWARDS

Tags: Creative World Awards Screenwriting Contest
Posted on: 11/22/2013
QUEST BY SHAUN PETER CUNNINGHAM WINS BEST TELEVISION DRAMA AWARD

QUEST, written by Shaun Peter Cunningham, has been named an award winner in the category of Best Television Drama at the 2013 HOLLYWOOD SCREENPLAY CONTEST.

 

"Of the more than 1,000 unique screenplay entries we received this year, Quest has earned special distinction as among the very best of the best," said John Vincent, Executive Director of the Hollywood Screenplay Contest. As one of the world's most visible and recognized screenplay competitions, the Hollywood Screenplay Contest is responsible for discovering and recognizing the brightest new talent and original voices in film and television storytelling from around the world.  

Tags: Picto Films
Posted on: 11/28/2013
Jeff York's thriller FIEND was a finalist in the Big Break contest "Fiend", Jeff York's script about Robert Louis Stevenson was a the top 10 finalist in the thriller/horror category of Final Draft's Big Break Contest in 2013. The category had the most entries of any this year. 
Posted on: 12/04/2013 CONNECT Member
Stephen Potts wins screenplay awards at Monaco Film Festival.

My screenplay adapting Jessica Francis Kane's novel THE REPORT for London's ItchyFish Films picked up two screenwriting awards at the 2013 Monaco Film Festival - Best Historical Drama and Best Adaptation.

 

It's now being looked at by a major production company and a UK TV network.

 

My only regret - Air Traffic Control meltdown meant I couldn't actually get to Monaco for the ceremony!

Posted on: 12/18/2013 CONNECT Member
Rod Thompson's "The Squire" a Finalist in Table Read Contest

Previously rated an 8 on Franklin Leonard's BlckLst.com, "The Squire" continues to perform well, now placing as a finalist in the Table Read My Screenplay Contest. An emotional, heartwarming tale of an imaginative young boy's attempt to save his dying mother through four feats bravery, "The Squire" has been met with nothing but praise and Kleenex from readers worldwide.

Tags: Table Read My Screenplay - Screenplay Contest - Hwd, Table Read My Screenplay - PARK CITY!
Posted on: 01/05/2014
Kimberly Manky's Modern Family spec a Final Draft Quarterfinalist

Kimberly Manky's Modern Family spec is named a Quarterfinalist in Final Draft's Big Break Competition.

Tags: Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest
Posted on: 12/04/2013 CONNECT Member
Kimberly Manky's "Magnus the Magnificent" Nicholl Fellowship Semifinalist

Of 7,251 entries Magnus the Magnificent was a Nicholl Fellowship Semifinalist (top 136), 2013.

Tags: Nicholl Fellowship
Posted on: 12/04/2013 CONNECT Member
Shaun Peter Cunningham gets Official Selection at 2012 AIFF for THE NOTE

The Note - Official Selection, 2012 American Independent Film Festival, Los Angeles, CA.

Hollywood Screening, November 1, 2012.

Tags: Picto Films
Posted on: 11/28/2013
Edward Ybarra's "A DELIBRATE WOMAN" reaches Semi-Finals in Austin, Texas Ybarra's provocative story of seduction was a Semi-finalist at the 2013 Table Read My Screenplay Contest in Austin, Texas. Tags: Table Read My Screenplay - Screenplay Contest - Hwd
Posted on: 11/30/2013
Randall C Willis named Second Rounder for TV at 2012 Austin Film Festival Randall C Willis achieved Second Rounder status at the 2012 Austin Film Festival screenplay competition for his spec script of television's The Big Bang Theory. Tags: Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay Competition
Posted on: 09/28/2013 CONNECT Member
Randall C Willis's success with Tank's in Scriptapalooza 2012 Randall C Willis's animated family feature Tank's was announced as Quarterfinalist in the Scriptapalooza 2012 screenplay competition. Tags: Scriptapalooza Screenplay & SHORTS Competition
Posted on: 09/28/2013 CONNECT Member
Posted on: 08/24/2013
New Writer, Bela Wolf, Official Selection in 17 festivals, multiple awards

Bela Wolf's screenplay "She Was Left Alone", based on the novella SHE WAS LEFT ALONE By Bela Wolf, has been in 17 festivals, placing top honors in many. This is Bela's first screenplay and she is gaining a lot of attention with it.

Festivals and awards include 2013 Harlem Int'l Film Festival Best Short Screenplay Award, 2013 Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood Screenplay Award of Merit, 2013 LifeFest International Film Festival Best Screenplay Honors, 2013  Atlanta Peachtree Village International Film Festival Screenplay Finalist, 2013 The Writers Place Screenplay Competition Finalist, 2013 Oaxaca Film Fest Screenplay Official Selection, 2013 Columbia Gorge Int'l Film Festival Screenplay Official Selection, 2013 Nextv Entertainment Pitch and Writing Competition QF, 2013 Awareness Film Festival Screenplay Top 10 Finalist, 2013 New Hampshire Film Festival Screenplay Semi-Finalist, 2013 Evolution International Film Festival Hollywood Best Screenplay Award -Hollywood Best Screenplay will be voted for in Spain and  Dubai 2014, 2013 Burbank Int'l Film Festival Screenplay Nominee, 2013 Creative World Awards Semi Finalist, 2013 KIDSFIRST! Jury Endorsement Award, 2013 Urban Media Film Festival Official Selection, second round Finalist in the 2013 WriteRoom Screenplay Competition, 2013 Table Read My Screenplay Honorable Mention.

Tags: Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition
Posted on: 08/30/2013
Jeff York's thriller FIEND makes finals @ Creative World Awards contest Jeff York's thriller "Fiend" has made it into the final round of the 2013 Creative World Awards screenwriting contest. It is a top contender in the thriller/fantasy/horror category. Jeff's action/adventure script "The Scoundrels Club" was a semifinalist in the contest this year. The top winners of CWA will be announced in the coming weeks. Tags: Creative World Awards Screenwriting Contest
Posted on: 09/05/2013 CONNECT Member
Duke University Library accepts Jean Yeager's film / video archive

In 2012, the Duke University Rubenstein Library Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections accepted Yeager's collection of original scripts for corporate presentations, executive speeches, audio-video, sales films and corporate "theatre" presentations as well as radio and television commercials, print ads, sales collateral and other materials documenting the career of Jean W. Yeager as part of Duke's Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising and Marketing History.

Posted on: 08/14/2013
Christopher T Lovett's "Ties That Bind", a finalist Christopher's first screenplay, TIES THAT BIND, was a finalist in the 8th Annual Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays Tags: Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays
Posted on: 08/11/2013 CONNECT Member
Best Screenplay Nomination 2013 Action On Film Shari MacDonald Best Screenplay Nomination 2013 Action On Film International Film Festival
Posted on: 08/05/2013 CONNECT Member
Edward Ybarra's 'TINK' - Mulitply Awards

In category of Original - Family -

Finalist, 2012 Hollywood Screenwriting Competition; Honorable Mention, 2011 LA Movie Awards; 2010 Award of Merit, LA Cinema Society of Hollywood

Posted on: 08/08/2013
William B. Keller's The Samaritans produced by A Studio on Mars The Samaritans, a short screenplay written by William B. Keller was filmed by A Studio on Mars.  Entered in multiple contests, the film has been screened several times.
Posted on: 09/06/2013 CONNECT Member
Shannon K. Dunn Optioned her Script Option Agreement signed with a Director Attached for "Dumped"!  Very excited - thank you ISA!!!
Posted on: 09/09/2013
Jeff Ryback Writing for Hire job - Jean Claude van Damme Production

Presently I am in Bangkok finishing up a "write for hire" screenplay for Location Thailand, LTD. on a Jean Claude van Damme production. I am also in discussions to write a screenplay biopic on an Australian Vietnam War hero.

 

Posted on: 09/22/2013 CONNECT Member
Additional reviews for Mona Deutsch Miller's The Beating More review excerpts:

"Fascinating way to take us into a trial and jury deliberations -- and if you've ever had to serve on a trial, you'll identify. The question on the table -- did a father hit his son with a belt buckle -- was gripping. ...the play is full of movement and rhythm..." 

"...a brilliant interpretation of the criminal trial process. As a lawyer, it was exceptionally enlightening to see the adversarial tone between prosecution and defense depicted as a flamenco dance. I loved every second in this artfully carved piece."

Posted on: 09/23/2013 CONNECT Member
Randall C Willis's Second Rounder status at Austin Film Festival 2013

Randall C Willis' animated screenplay Tank's was selected as a Second Rounder at the 2013 Austin Film Festival screenplay competition, placing it within the top 10% of the approximately 8600 entrants in the screen- and teleplay competition.

Tags: Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay Competition
Posted on: 09/28/2013 CONNECT Member
Jeff Ryback's The Snakeman Won Several Awards, Finalist in 8 Festivals

"The Snakeman" began the year by winning the Los Angeles International Film & Script festival's best action/ adventure script award followed by an "Award of Merit," from the Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood. This was followed by an "Honorable Mention" award from the Los Angeles Movie Awards competition. It won "Most Ambitious Screenplay" Award - Action on Film International Film Festival (AOF), was 1 of 6 nominees for the "Arthur Feldman Award for Excellence in Dramatic Writing" at AOF. "The Snakeman" has been a finalist in 8 festivals since April of 2013.

 

 

Posted on: 09/22/2013 CONNECT Member
Mona Deutsch Miller's absurdist play "The BEATING" receives rave reviews

The Beating premiered at the Hollywood Fringe Festival in June 2013.  Review excerpts:

"The Beating is great theater ... If you've ever served on a jury or questioned the efficiency and effectiveness of our justice system, The Beating is a must see."

"... not your typical courtroom drama. What separates this production is the physicality of the show - sound effects, spontaneous tango dances, excellent use of the sparse set."

[more reviews will continue on a separate post]

Posted on: 09/22/2013 CONNECT Member
THE CONFESSION OF LIZZIE BORDEN by Jeff York makes Austin Table Read finals Two of Jeff York's scripts just were announced as finalists in the 2013 Table Read My Screenplay contest which will be part of the Austin Film Festival this year. His psychological thriller THE CONFESSION OF LIZZIE BORDEN and his black comedy HITCHCOCK BLONDE both made the finals. The winners will be announced in the coming weeks.  Tags: Table Read My Screenplay - Screenplay Contest - Hwd
Posted on: 09/11/2013 CONNECT Member
Multiple Contest Wins - 5 scripts

THE TREASURE GALLEONS:

LA Lift-Off Film Festival - WINNER

Back-in-the-Box - WINNER

WeScreenplay - Finalist

Tableread My Screenplay - Semi-Finalist

ScreenCraft Family-Friendly - Semi-Finalist

Creative World Awards - Prelim Finalist

Liverpool Lift-Off FF - Top Four Finalist

Beverly Hills FF - Official Selection

Madrid Int'l FF - Official Selection 

Undisclosed - Official Selection - tba October 

 

EVANGELINA:

StoryPros Int'l - GRAND PRIZE

Extreme Screenplay - Finalist 

Fresh Voices - Semi-Finalist - best thriller

Fresh Voices - Semi-Finalist - best female lead

ScriptXpert - Eyestorm Productions - Top 4 thriller 

Open Curtain - Top 4

Filmmakers Int'l - 3rd Place

Table Read My Screenplay - Top 100

Bare Bones Int'l - Top 15

 

SHROUD OF MYSTERY:

StoryPros Int'l - Finalist

Filmmakers Int'l - Quarter Finalist

Long Island Int'l - Top 10

 

A PIRATE'S CHOICE:

IWR Rendezvous - WINNER

Hill Country FF - Finalist  

 

THE KLEPTO & THE MANIAC:

NYC Midnight Challenge - Hon. Mention

Tags: StoryPros International Contest, Table Read My Screenplay - Screenplay Contest - Hwd, WeScreenplay International Screenwriting Competition
Posted on: 09/20/2013 CONNECT Member
Erica & Bryan Diamond's screenplay TRIPLE receives honors Several years ago, I pulled our optioned script our of a direct to dvd and on demand film package, deciding we really had a gem on our hands we could polish.  To test our theory, we did as polish and submitted our script to various contest and competitions to see how it would do.  Our then titled Triple: A Dog's Story also Triple Effect, came in as a second-round finalist at the Austin Film Festival and the Nashville Film Festival. What really encouraged us to keep going with it however, was the fact after revision, our next draft placed as a semi-finalist at TWO different ISA-Sponsored TABLE READ MY SCREENPLAY contests, one at Austin and  the other at Sundance! Even better, we received such excellent notes from the Sundance ISA contest that we were able to take our presently titled, Triple: A Dog Story up several levels.  Our "gem" of a script has become a likely first place contest winner, as well as a project of interest to an A-list producer! Thank you ISA!!! Tags: Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay Competition, Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition, Table Read My Screenplay - Screenplay Contest - Hwd
Posted on: 06/02/2014
Alejandro Leopardi Official Selecion at Columbia Gorge Int'l Film Fest Escape, a short film written and directed by Alejandro Leopardi, was recently selected as an Official Selection for the 2014 Columbia Gorge International Film Festival. Alejandro won Best Narrative for his feature-length screenplay Along the Way a couple of years ago and looks to snatch up another award with his psychological thriller. Tags: Columbia Gorge International Film Festival
Posted on: 06/03/2014 CONNECT Member
Debi Calabro's "Out Of Brooklyn" Officially In Development

Feature film script "Out of Brooklyn" is currently in development with Director, Gil Cates Jr. and Producer, Howard Rosenman.  Recently actors Melanie Griffith and Mimi Rogers expressed interest playing lead roles.

 

This same script has placed as first runner-up in The Creative World Screenwriting Competition and semi-finalist in the Reel World Screenwriting Contest and New York Screenwriting Contest. 

Tags: Creative World Awards Screenwriting Contest, New York Screenplay Contest, Reel Writers Screenwriting Competition
Posted on: 12/15/2014 CONNECT Member
THE WAY BACK HOME, GRAND PRIZE WINNER AT 2014 LONDON FILM AWARDS Jonathan LaPoma's multi-award-winning feature-length drama, THE WAY BACK HOME, is the Feature Screenplay Grand Prize Winner of the 2014 London Film Awards. THE WAY BACK HOME has won 6 awards/honors in 2014, including the Grand Jury Prize at the Hollywood Screenplay Contest for best overall screenplay from over 1,000 submissions. It can be described as a cross between KES and BILLY ELLIOT.  Tags: Hollywood Screenplay Contest, London Film Awards, WriteMovies.com
Posted on: 12/15/2014 CONNECT Member
Rod Thompson Has Three Scripts Optioned via SimplyScripts.com

Rod Thompson's monster short film, "Gimme Shelter", has been optioned by Zone 7 Films and is currently in pre-production for a mid-February shoot. The story follows divorcees James and Moira as they seek shelter in an old Cuban Missile Crisis Era bomb shelter. The five-page short was optioned after being featured on SimplyScripts.com, then expanded to 30 pages after the option agreement was reached. "Shelter" is slated for a Summer 2015 festival release while his second short film, "Friendly" was also optioned via SimplyScripts.com. "Friendly" is slated for a Summer 2015 release as well.

 

Thompson's intense, emotional thriller, "A Memory In Winter", recently wrapped UK production (December 2014) after being optioned - also through SimplyScripts.com - last summer. The short script was highlighted on SimplyScripts and optioned the same day.

Posted on: 12/16/2014
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.
Posted on: 12/14/2014 CONNECT Member
Jonathan LaPoma's A NOBLE TRUTH to be Published by Laughing Fire Press Laughing Fire Press will publish Jonathan LaPoma's feature-length coming-of-age screenplay, A NOBLE TRUTH, in various electronic formats available for purchase at www.laughingfire.com in early 2015. In the past year, A NOBLE TRUTH has won 9 awards/honors, including first place in both the 2014 Awareness Film Festival and the 2014 West Field Screenwriting Awards ("The New York Award"). It can be described as a mix between EASY RIDER and GOOD WILL HUNTING. Tags: Oaxaca Film Festival 2013, Sacramento International Film Festival, WriteMovies.com
Posted on: 12/03/2014 CONNECT Member
Carmela Starace's Thriller THE DEVOTED Optioned by Production Company

Thanks in part to being named a Top 100 in the 2013 Emerging Screenwriters Contest, Carmela Starace's elevated thriller THE DEVOTED was optioned in October 2014 by Emerald Films. 

 

Posted on: 11/17/2014
MARK ROBERTSON'S GHOST CLUB TAKES THIRD PLACE IN SCREENCRAFT PILOT LAUNCH

UK writer Mark Robertson's 1-hour TV pilot script CHARLES DICKENS'S GHOST CLUB has taken "bronze" in the 2014 Screencraft Pilot Launch TV Script Contest. The script -  a "Victorian Ghostbusters" with a female protagonist and a "Doctor Who-ish" vibe - impressed industry judges Ben Simpson (HBO), Ari Lubet (3Arts Entertainment) and acclaimed script consultant Jen Grisanti to secure third place in a field of more than 1300 entries. 

Tags: 2014 ScreenCraft Pilot Launch
Posted on: 11/24/2014 CONNECT Member
Taylor Albertson's The Ice Road Takes 2nd at IFFF and Wins at Oregon Taylor Albertson's exciting short script, THE ICE ROAD, has taken second place at the International Family Film Festival and won the Orgeon Film Festival. This is her first script to garner recognition on the festival circuit, but not the first she has written.  While not yet optioned the wins and recognition, "inspire me to keep going. I am getting better and better and I'm not quitting." "One day this will get made and I can't wait." THE ICE ROAD deals with a teenage father's attempt to save his family after getting them stuck on one of Alaska's trecherous ice roads, and is on the ISA site.
Posted on: 12/03/2014 CONNECT Member
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.
Posted on: 12/17/2014 CONNECT Member
THE NIGHT WITCHES WINS 10TH CONTEST THIS YEAR "The Night Witches" just won its tenth screenplay competition this year -  Back In The Box Best Screenplay based on Factual Material.  The true story about female Soviet WW2 pilots terrorizing the German front lines is now the #1 script for Action / Adventure on MovieBytes as well as the #1 biographical and #2 historical screenplay.
Posted on: 12/20/2014
Reaugh's PROMISE IN A BUBBLE Set To Be Performed at WILDsound Festival

Rachel Reaugh's short screenplay PROMISE IN A BUBBLE was selected to be perfomed at the WILDsound Festival in February 2015! About Promise, The WILDSound judging committee said, "The sense of mystery along with a quiet sadness creates a fascinating tale about beginnings and endings."

Tags: WildSoundFestival
Posted on: 01/01/2015 CONNECT Member
THE NIGHT WITCHES WINS SECOND PLACE AT IIFA

THE NIGHT WITCHES, a true story of women pilots in WW2, has won second place at the International Independent Film Awards.  This takes the tally over twelve months to 10 wins, four 2nd places, and 19 other Official Selections.  That's excluding semi and quarterfinals.

 

In the two years that Steven has been writing, he has 18 wins, 9 second places, 6 third places and 74 other official selections for his body of work. 

Tags: International Independent Film Awards
Posted on: 01/02/2015
"DREAMWALKERS" AND "THE GREY WOLF" WIN MULTIPLE FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS

DREAMWALKERS, a sci-fi exploring the future of national security through the life of a Navy SEAL, won the Diamond Award at the 2014 California Film Awards, the Platinum Award at the 2015 International Independent Film Awards, and an Honorable Mention at the Los Angeles Movie Awards. It was also accepted for inclusion into the Miami International Science Fiction Film Festival.

 

The action/political thriller, THE GREY WOLF, also achieved Honorable Mention at the 2014 California Film Awards and the Gold Award at the 2015 International Indepent Film Awards. And, recently, it made quarterfinalist at the 2014 WeScreenplay International Screenwriting Competition.

Tags: International Independent Film Awards, Los Angeles Movie Awards
Posted on: 01/02/2015
Sorrell Moves Two Projects Through RIFF "The Minstrel" was a semifinalist at the Richmond International Film Festival 2015, and "Silent Rescue" made it to the quarterfinal round.
Posted on: 12/30/2014
Shaun Peter Cunningham's, STRANGER, Receives Exclusive Rights Dev. Deal

ISA member, Shaun Peter Cunningham has signed an exclusive development contract with Los Angeles-based, Voyage Media, for his feature screenplay, STRANGER.

 

Stranger is a gritty thriller about a child abduction investigator who is pushed to his limits in the search for a missing girl.

 

The contract includes the attachment of Voyage Media's CEO, Nat Mundel, as producer, as well as former Head of Distribution for Newmarket Films, John Crye. Crye was instrumental in the development and distribution of Christopher Nolan's 2001 indie classic, MEMENTO, (Guy Pearce) as well as several other Newmarket releases, including DONNIE DARKO (Jim Gyllenhaal) and Nolan's, THE PRESTIGE (Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale).

 

Shaun is a previous winner of a 2013 Hollywood Screenplay Award for his TV drama, QUEST.

 

Tags: Hollywood Screenplay Contest
Posted on: 12/26/2014
MICHELLE DANIEL'S "DREAMWALKERS" IS FINALIST IN MULTIPLE CONTESTS Michelle Daniel's "DREAMWALKERS", a sci-fi about a top-secret Department of Defense security endeavor that merges human minds with advanced computing technology, was a finalist in the 8th annual StoryPros International Contest, a quarter-finalist in two categories for the 2014 Courier Awards, and a quarter-finalist for the WeScreenplay International Screenwriting Competition.  Tags: Courier Screenwriting Awards, StoryPros International Contest, WeScreenplay International Screenwriting Competition
Posted on: 12/21/2014
Marc Prey's "Paid in Full" Set to Premier in Early 2015 Marc Prey's writing assignment for Jenesys Entertainment Group has resulted in the feature film, "Paid in Full," set to premier in early 2015.  The revenge-thriller script was written for producer Nipa Shah and filmed by award-winning director Lance Kawas.  Marc has two more feature scripts scheduled to go into production in early 2015: The family fantasy film "Mail Order Monster" with Edgewood Studios and sex comedy, "The Sex Trip" with Bridgegate Films.
Posted on: 12/26/2014 CONNECT Member
"Silent Rescue" takes 3rd Place The Terror Film Festival 2014 "Silent Rescue" took 3rd place in the Feature Screenplay Competition at The Terror Film Festival 2014. 
Posted on: 11/17/2014
Andrew Garrett's LOCAL SUGAR, awarded "BEST SCREENPLAY ANIMATION"

Louisiana fable LOCAL SUGAR took top nods in the animation screenwriting category at the 2014 International Family Film Festival in Hollywood, CA. Along with other winners and finalists, it received a three-minute excerpt acted out live by actors from the Lauren Patrice Nadler Studio.

 

IFFF Mission: "To promote and encourage the creation and sharing of family films and screenplays through adjudication, exhibition and education. The IFFF brings the worldwide family together through shared stories and community to foster global peace and understanding."

Tags: International Family Film Festival
Posted on: 11/16/2014
MARK ROBERTSON'S "GHOST CLUB" SCARES UP ANOTHER QUARTERFINALS PLACEMENT Writer Mark Robertson's 1-hour TV spec Pilot CHARLES DICKENS'S GHOST CLUB has just reached the quarterfinals of the Screencraft Pilot Launch competition. It's the second quarterfinals placement the script has achieved in as many weeks, having recently reached the same stage in the Final Draft Big Break contest. Adjudication in both contests is still ongoing. Tags: 2014 ScreenCraft Pilot Launch
Posted on: 10/20/2014 CONNECT Member
Pagel's Suspense Thriller, 2nd Runner-up at LA Film & Script Festival Barry Pagel's UNDER CURRENT was the second runner-up at the Los Angeles Film and Script Festival in the Supsense category, and 17th place in all overall categories Tags: Los Angeles Film
Posted on: 10/23/2014 CONNECT Member
Jonathan LaPoma Wins 1st Place in West Field Screenwriting Awards Jonathan LaPoma’s first feature-length screenplay, A NOBLE TRUTH, has earned its 9th honor, winning “The New York Award” in the 2014 West Field Screenwriting Awards for best screenplay by a writer from Upstate New York. Jonathan was born and raised in Buffalo, and the first act of his script is set there, so this is a particularly special honor. Tags: Sacramento International Film Festival, The Indie Gathering International Film Festival, WriteMovies.com
Posted on: 10/25/2014 CONNECT Member
Jeff Ryback - Two Best Script Awards at Los Angeles Script & Film Festival Jeff Ryback has won the Fall, 2014 Best Script Award for his screenplay "The Teacher-Marine" (best suspense/ thriller script) and his script "They Dreamed of Skyboats" (best drama script) at the Los Angeles Script & Film Festival.
Posted on: 10/20/2014 CONNECT Member
Escalante's DANTURU BIRDS FLY TO THE UNITED KINGDOM is a Quarterfinalist

"Danturu The Lost Birds" written by Lorena Escalante has been selected as Quarterfinalist  in the Shore Script Screenwriting Competition.

 

"Danturu The Lost Birds is a childhood adventure story with a high commercial potential. It is an entertaining and original idea that definitely can be attractive for children." Corazon Films.

Tags: Shore Scripts
Posted on: 10/17/2014
TV Pilot "Pandora's Blight" by Joe Crouch - 2nd place in Big Star Contest

The Big Star screenwriting contest gave "Pandora's Blight", an action/thriller pilot, a 2nd place win in the Teleplay category.

 

The screenplay has placed and is still in the running in both the  2014 Screencraft Pilot Launch Contest where it is currently a Quarterfinalist, and the Big Break Screenwriting Contest where it is also currently a quarterfinalist.

 

Tags: Big Star Screenwriting Competition, Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest
Posted on: 10/14/2014
Jeff York's FIEND is Named a Stage 32 New Blood Semifinalist "Fiend", Jeff York's thriller about Robert Louis Stevenson, was named a semifinalist in Stage 32's New Blood screenwriting contest. This is the seventh contest that "Fiend" has figured in the finals, including Table Read My Screenplay where it won Best Thriller in 2011, and Script Pipeline that same year. 
Posted on: 10/14/2014 CONNECT Member
Joe Crouch's TV Pilot "Pandora's Blight" Receives Contest Acclaim

The World Series of Screenwriting Contest released their 2014 contest winners. The sci-fi thriller, "Pandora's Blight", was among the Official Finalists.

 

On top of that, Final Draft's Big Break Screenwriting Contest included "Pandora's Blight" in its list of Semi-Finalists in the 1 hour TV drama category. 

 

This screenplay has received a fair amount of recognition recently, winning 2nd place in the BigStar Screenwriting contest while also being in the running as a current quarter-finalist in the Screencraft Pilot Launch Contest.

Tags: WORLD SERIES OF SCREENWRITING CONTEST
Posted on: 10/27/2014
Jeff York's PLAY DIRTY is named a Final Draft Big Break semifinalist "Play Dirty" by Jeff York was just named a semifinalist in Final Draft's 2014 Big Break screenwriting contest. The dark comedy was hailed as a 2014 Nicholl Fellowship quarterfinalist recently as well. This is the 38th contest finals that Jeff has figured in over the last four years of pursuing screenwriting. Tags: Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest, Nicholl Fellowship
Posted on: 10/28/2014 CONNECT Member
William Haran Wins Vocativ Short Scriptwriting Competition

WE HAVE A WINNER in our Nollywood short film competition A script from a writer in Whitman, Masachusetts has won Vocativ's short scriptwriting competition. William J. Haran, who says he recently put his career on hold to focus full-time on screenwriting, wrote the winning script, "Butterfly." It's a poignant story about a a young family confronting a tragic event. Vocativ is now in talks with a producer in Nigeria to get the script made as part of a larger story about that country's film industry, also known as Nollywood.

Posted on: 11/07/2014
Finalist at Los Angeles World Series of Screenwriting Benn Flore is an Official Finalist within the Comedy genre for the script, 'Just Divorcerced; Or How to Rob The Mafia', a 90 pages script about two men bumping into each other in front of the courtroom, recently divorced and bankrupt. The old men start dating new ladies and promise a happy ending. How? By robbing the mafia.
Posted on: 11/13/2014 CONNECT Member
MARK ROBERTSON'S "GHOST CLUB" MAKES BIG BREAK TOP TEN Mark Robertson's 1-hour TV Pilot CHARLES DICKENS'S GHOST CLUB has just spooked its way into the Final Draft Big Break Top 10. With over seven thousand entries this year, the UK writer says he is "thrilled and delighted" to have reached these final stages. The script - described as a Victorian-era Ghostbusters - is Mark's first attempt at a TV Pilot, and is also currently placing well in the Screencraft Pilot Launch TV Script Contest. Adjudication for both contests is ongoing. Tags: Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest
Posted on: 11/13/2014 CONNECT Member
MARK ROBERTSON'S "GHOST CLUB" REACHES ANOTHER SEMI-FINAL

Hot on the heels of its semifinal placing in the Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Competition, Mark Robertson's 1-hour TV pilot CHARLES DICKENS'S GHOST CLUB has now also reached the semifinals of the 2014 Screencraft TV Pilot Launch competition. The Victorian Ghostbusters-type tale is Mark's first attempt at a TV pilot.

Tags: 2014 ScreenCraft Pilot Launch
Posted on: 11/04/2014 CONNECT Member
MIKE BOSS WINS BREAKING WALLS THRILLER COMPETITION Mike Boss's screenplay CHECKMATE is about the most insane chess game ever played and it has won first prize in the Breaking Walls Thriller Screenplay Competition. Tags: Breaking Walls Thriller Screenplay Competition
Posted on: 11/01/2014
CHARLES DICKENS'S GHOST CLUB REACHES SEMIFINALS OF BIG BREAK Mark Robertson's 1-hour TV Pilot, CHARLES DICKENS'S GHOST CLUB - a kind of "Victorian Ghostbusters" - has just spooked its way into the semifinals (top 4%) of the Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Competition. The script is Mark's first attempt at a 1-hour TV Pilot, and he is thrilled and amazed it has done so well. Adjudication is ongoing... Tags: Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest
Posted on: 10/29/2014 CONNECT Member
THE NIGHT WITCHES WINS 9th 2014 COMPETITION

Steven Prowse's WW2 script has just won the Twin Rivers Media Festival Screenplay Competition and was selected as the Best International Screenplay at the Rhode Island International Film Festival, nine wins this year and seventeen in total for Steven.

 

It also placed second at both the Downbeach Film Festival and the New Hampshire Film Festival. In the meantime, THE CONCERT won Best Family Screenplay at the World Series Of Screenwriting.

 

 

Posted on: 11/01/2014
Susan Feehan Makes 2014 Final Draft Big Break Semifinals With THE KISS Feehan's dramedy, THE KISS, finished in the top 25 of the 2014 Big Break contest; a script that's a mix of romantic comedy with social comment. It's Susan's second success of 2014, with real-life war story WHITE KNIGHT reaching the second place in the Euroscript story contest. Susan's black comedy COLOR ME JAKE previously took the Euroscript first prize. Tags: Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest
Posted on: 01/09/2015
JONATHAN LAPOMA PLACES TWO SCRIPTS IN WRITEMOVIES 37

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

 

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

Tags: New York Screenplay Contest, The Indie Gathering International Film Festival, WriteMovies.com
Posted on: 01/19/2015 CONNECT Member
Steven Prowse's THE NIGHT WITCHES Notches Its 11th Win THE NIGHT WITCHES (WW2 true action story about all female fighter pilots) has been awarded Best Screenplay (Action Adventure) at the International Filmmaker Festival Of World Cinema.
It is also an official selection for the Universe Multicultural Film Festival. This takes the script to 11 wins, 4 second places, and 26 other official selections.
Posted on: 02/27/2015
Judi Blaze's Feature, Squid Jiggers, In Semifinals Judi Blaze has gone through the quarterfinals at the 2015 Nashville Film Festival screewriting competition and is currently in the semifinals for her feature length screenplay, SQUID JIGGERS, which is based on her award-winning short story of the same name. Tags: Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition
Posted on: 02/27/2015 CONNECT Member
THIS MODERN MAN IS BEAT Is Now In Post-Production

David Schroeder's, THIS MODERN MAN IS BEAT, is now in post-production. The short script is the winner of 12 BEST screenplay awards, including the Golden Palm Award in the Beverly Hills Film Festival, the Best Unproduced Sceenplay Award in the St. Tropez IFF, and the Grand Prize Short Screenplay Award in the Hollywood Screenplay Contest.

 

Jordi Vilasuso (AMC, Emmy winner) plays the lead, and Alex Merkin (ACROSS THE HALL) directs. It was shot in L.A. in the pawn shop of PULP FICTION, and the motel of IDENTITY (John Cusack, Ray Liotta).

 

Screenwriter, David Schroeder has received 50 best screenplay awards for six different scripts since 2010. He has been ranked # 1 on the moviebytes.com Winning List (up to nine #1 rankings previously).

Posted on: 03/01/2015 CONNECT Member
LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO (LAND THAT I LOVE), WINS AT CANADA INTERNATIONAL FF The Canada International Film Festival has awarded Jonathan LaPoma and Natalia Porras Sivolobova's feature-length drama, LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO (LAND THAT I LOVE), honorable mention in their 2015 Write Brothers Screenplay Competition. This is the script's 6th award and LaPoma's 30th overall. Patricia Chica (WOLVERINE HOTEL, CERAMIC TANGO) is attached to direct.  Tags: Canada International Film Festival, New York Screenplay Contest, WriteMovies.com
Posted on: 02/24/2015 CONNECT Member
Winnipeg Real to Reel Names Preparation an Official Selection Screenwriter Taylor Albertson's faith-based short "Preparation" has been named an Official Selection of the Winnipeg Real to Reel Film Festival. "This script hits home in a lot of areas with me, and it teaches a valuable lesson about what we are to learn from our circumstances. I am very proud this script is garnering some attention." Winnipeg has not announced the winner yet. Taylor is one of the Top 3.
Posted on: 02/24/2015 CONNECT Member
CK Steefel's PTA Wars Optioned by Emovies Steefel's script, "PTA Wars", was optioned by Max Czertok at Emovies, Los Angeles. He has a director attached and is in the process of funding the project.
Posted on: 02/22/2015 CONNECT Member
Jeff York's PLAY DIRTY takes 3rd place in Emerging Screenwriters contest! Jeff York's PLAY DIRTY, a dark comedy about a junior high band nerd who employs ex-President Richard Nixon to help her win the band presidency, took 3rd place in the Emerging Screenwriters screenwriting contest on February 18th. It, along with his western adventure THE SCOUNDRELS CLUB, were both named top 100 finalists out of 1600+ entries in the contest back in January. PLAY DIRTY was also a Nicholl Fellowship quarterfinalist in 2014, as well as a Final Draft Big Break screenwriting contest semifinalist.  Tags: Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition, Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest, Nicholl Fellowship
Posted on: 02/22/2015 CONNECT Member
Shaun Peter Cunningham's STRANGER - Official Finalist and Option Agreement

Shaun Peter Cunningham's feature, STRANGER, was recently selected as an Official Finanlist in the prestigious Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest, 2014.

 

A gritty thriller about a child abduction investigator who faces his worst mightmare when his own daughter is kidnapped, STRANGER has since been optioned by Voyage Media with a development contract that includes former head of distribution for Newmarket Films, John Crye, who was instrumental in the release of Chistopher Nolan's indie classic, MEMENTO, as well as Mel Gibson's THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST.

Tags: Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest
Posted on: 02/23/2015
JON LAPOMA'S, A NOBLE TRUTH, FINALIST IN 2015 TWISTER ALLEY FILM FESTIVAL The Twister Alley International Film Festival has chosen Jonathan LaPoma's award-winning coming-of-age drama, A NOBLE TRUTH, as a finalist in their 2015 screenwriting competition. This is the script's 12th award. A NOBLE TRUTH will be published by Laughing Fire Press in early 2015.  Tags: Oaxaca Film Festival 2013, Sacramento International Film Festival, WriteMovies.com
Posted on: 03/02/2015 CONNECT Member
SONGBIRD feature script by Rebecca Williams Spindler makes NaFF Semi-Finals

Rebecca's screenplay, SONGBIRD, makes the Semifinals in 2015 Nashville Film Festival screenplay competition in Music Inspired genre.

 

Rebecca says, "I'm so humbled that this script is gaining interest. This story took me on a journey outside of my usual family-friendly genre into the world of Sadie, an abused 15 year old girl devasted by the loss of family and home from a natural disaster. Depsite life's obstacles, Sadie digs deep to find her roots and a courageous voice. The inspiration came to me after watching Carrie Underwood's music video of 'Blown Away'. It warms my heart knowing SONGBIRD has taken flight all on its own."

Tags: Nashville Film Festival Screenplay Competition
Posted on: 03/05/2015 CONNECT Member
Judi Blaze in Finalist in 2015 Women in Cinema Screenplay Competition Squid Jiggers, Judi Blaze's feature length script, was named as a finalist in the Women in Cinema Inernation Screenplay Competition. This is the first full-length screenplay for Blaze and the second award for Squid Jiggers. Tags: Women In Cinema International Screenplay Competition
Posted on: 03/16/2015 CONNECT Member
LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO (LAND THAT I LOVE), FINALIST IN WOMEN IN CINEMA Jonathan LaPoma and Natalia Porras Sivolobova's coming-of-age drama, LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO (LAND THAT I LOVE), is a finalist in the 2015 Women in Cinema International Screenplay Competition. This is the script's 7th total award/honor since 2014, and 3rd in the last month. 
Posted on: 03/16/2015 CONNECT Member
JONATHAN LAPOMA'S, SOFI'S JOURNEY, TOP THREE IN RIVER BEND FILM FESTIVAL

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

Tags: River Bend Film Festival
Posted on: 03/21/2015 CONNECT Member
Christopher Haviland's horror-comedy FANG HUNTERS now under option. Christopher Sirmons Haviland's horror-comedy FANG HUNTERS has been optioned.
Posted on: 03/13/2015 CONNECT Member
LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO (LAND THAT I LOVE), FINALIST IN WRITEMOVIES 37 Jonathan LaPoma and Natalia Porras Sivolobova's feature-length coming-of-age drama, LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO (LAND THAT I LOVE), is a finalist in the 2015 WriteMovies 37 competition. The script made the top 27 out of almost 1,000 submissions.  Tags: WriteMovies.com
Posted on: 03/07/2015 CONNECT Member
Eclectic Pictures Joins Mark Robertson and His Ghost Club

ECLECTIC PICTURES (Olympus Has Fallen, Lovelace) has optioned UK writer Mark Robertson's TV Pilot CHARLES DICKENS'S GHOST CLUB. The script, described by the writer as a "Victorian Ghostbusters", recently achieved top ten in the 2014 Final Draft Big Break Competition, and won third place in the 2014 Screencraft TV Pilot Launch Contest. ECLECTIC PICTURES Development Executive Kyle Cooper discovered the 1-hour TV Pilot through the International Screenwriters' Association development program.

Tags: 2014 ScreenCraft Pilot Launch, Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest
Posted on: 03/06/2015 CONNECT Member
JON LAPOMA'S, SOFI'S JOURNEY, OFFICIAL SELECTION SACRAMENTO FILM FESTIVAL Jonathan LaPoma's feature-length drama, SOFI'S JOURNEY, is an Official Selection of the 2015 Sacramento International Film Festival. SOFI'S JOURNEY follows an obsessive-compulsive twenty-one-year-old Peruvian woman who travels from Lima to the USA on a work-abroad program and takes a job at a small ski resort in Montana in an attempt to find love and relief from her mental illness. It can be described as GIRL INTERRUPTED meets MARIA FULL OF GRACE.  Tags: Sacramento International Film Festival
Posted on: 03/06/2015 CONNECT Member
Karen McKenna Toft's script is finalist in Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest Karen McKenna Toft's spec script, "Parenthood: Coming Out" was chosen as a finalist in the category TV--Existing Series at the 2014 Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest.  The contest exists to celebrate excellence in storytelling and to bridge the gap between talent and industry.  Karen McKenna Toft was also the 2014 winner of the Spaceview Entertainment AD X Film Contest. Tags: Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest
Posted on: 02/21/2015
John F. Taylor Has Early Success

Two of Taylor's novels were published, "Yesterday's Fear" and "Unnatural Allies", and are a available on the Internet. John's scripts have also placed in the Scottsdale Film School short films contest and the Scottsdale Film School screenplay contest.

 

His work has been recommended by Kate Herbert, the former Director of Scottsdale Film School and Author of two books on screenplays. 

Posted on: 02/21/2015 CONNECT Member
MAGI HART OPTIONS TAKE TEA AND TALK THRU ISA WEBSITE

Magi Hart posted an Ad on ISA calling for a Dari Translator, getting a Translator and Option Agreement for her script, TAKE TEA AND TALK, with Morteza Ahmadzadeh, and backed by the Mandegar Group, Afghanistan.

 

Posted on: 01/29/2015 CONNECT Member
THE WAY BACK HOME - FINALIST IN BEVERLY HILLS SCREENPLAY CONTEST Jonathan LaPoma's feature-length screenplay, THE WAY BACK HOME, is a finalist in the 2014 Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest. This is the 7th honor the script has received in the past year, including the Grand Jury Prize at the 2014 Hollywood Screenplay Contest, the Grand Prize at the 2014 London Film Awards, and 3rd place at the Chicago Screenplay Contest (drama category). THE WAY BACK HOME can be seen as a mix between KES and BILLY ELLIOT, and has been described as “A story that will stay with you and make you look in the mirror" by Summit Talent and Literary Agency. It's currently ranked in the top 7% of the nearly 2,500 scripts listed on MovieBytes. Tags: Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest, Hollywood Screenplay Contest, Table Read My Screenplay - PARK CITY!
Posted on: 02/02/2015 CONNECT Member
Jeff Hand's LARRY, LORD OF DARKNESS wins the animated/family genre

Jeff Hand's animated script, LARRY, LORD OF DARKNESS, won the animated/family genre category in the 2014 Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest. This is the first time this script has been entered in a contest. There were nearly 7000 scripts entered in 11 feature and TV categories. Jeff's horror script, HEX'T, was was a quarterfinalist in the horror/thriller category. 

 

Tags: Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest
Posted on: 02/03/2015 CONNECT Member
Peter Wisan Places As QuarterFinalist in Fresh Voices Competition

Peter Wisan's future dystopian feature, "Strings" placed as a quarterfinalist in the 2014-2015 Fresh Voices competition.

 

"Strings" competed against over 1,500 other screenplays to place as a quarterfinalist. Semifinalists will be announced on March 3rd. The awards shortlist as well as the finalists will be announced on March 24th, 2015.

Tags: 2016 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition
Posted on: 01/26/2015
Reaugh's MIDNIGHT LILY makes Quarter Finals in the Fresh Voices Competition Rachel Reaugh's feature screenplay MIDNIGHT LILY, a timeless noir thriller, was selected as a Quarter Finalist in the Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition, and will be moving forward to the Semi-Final round of the competition. Tags: Fresh Voices
Posted on: 01/26/2015 CONNECT Member
Jeff Ryback Selected As One of AOF's Top 50 Screenwriters in the World Del Weston, the head man over at the Action on Film Int'l Film Festival, and his staff, have compiled a list of the 50 Best Independent Screenwriters world-wide based on their work at the festival and other independent festivals. Jeff Ryback was among the top 50 selected. The work is soon to be published.
Posted on: 01/20/2015 CONNECT Member
LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO (LAND THAT I LOVE) SEMIFINALIST IN WRITEMOVIES 37 Jonathan LaPoma and Natalia Porras Sivolobova's multi-award-winning feature-length screenplay, LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO (LAND THAT I LOVE), has advanced to the semifinals in the 2015 WriteMovies 37 competition. LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO can be described as a mix between MIDNIGHT IN PARIS and EVEN THE RAIN. Patricia Chica (CERAMIC TANGO, WOLVERINE HOTEL) is attached to direct. Tags: New York Screenplay Contest, The Indie Gathering International Film Festival, WriteMovies.com
Posted on: 01/22/2015 CONNECT Member
Two Jeff York Scripts Make Emerging Screenwriters Competition Final 100

Two of Jeff York's scripts made it to the top 100 screenplays for the finals of the 2015 Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition. His western adventure "The Scoundrels Club" advanced, as didhis dark comedy "Play Dirty". In 2013, "The Scoundrels Club" was honored at the Sundance Film Festival as the Table Read My Screenplay competition's Grand Prize winner. The western's accolades continued with, amongst others, a top 10 screenplay finish in the 2014 Script Pipeline competition. "Play Dirty", a dark comedy about ex-President Richard Nixon helping a junior high nerd with her campaign for band president, was a Nicholl Fellowship quarterfinalist in 2014, a 2014 Screencraft Comedy Screenwriting competition semifinalist, and a 2014 Table Read My Screenplay competition finalist.

Tags: Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition, Nicholl Fellowship, Table Read My Screenplay - Screenplay Contest - Hwd
Posted on: 02/06/2015 CONNECT Member
A NOBLE TRUTH, OFFICIAL SELECTION OF 2015 BUFFALO NIAGARA FILM FESTIVAL Jonathan LaPoma’s feature-length coming-of-age drama, A NOBLE TRUTH, is an official selection of the 2015 Buffalo Niagara Film Festival. Jonathan is from Buffalo, and the first act of his script is set there, so this is a particularly special honor for him. A NOBLE TRUTH follows two friends who set out on a road trip to explore what truths unite people in a modern America slipping deeper into apathy and discord. It can be described as a mix between EASY RIDER and GOOD WILL HUNTING. A NOBLE TRUTH will be published by Laughing Fire Press and will be available for download on the press’s website. This is the script's 10th honor.
Posted on: 02/07/2015 CONNECT Member
Amy Amani & Scott Gibson's Pilot "Dazzleland" Optioned by Mozark Prods

"Dazzleland" is an hour long fantasy drama about the ghostly inhabitants of the titular abandoned amusement park. Pitched as a ghost story told by ghosts. The pilot eposide placed in several contests (Quarterfinalist in Happy Writers, semifinalist in ScreenCraft Fellowship, got a full read from the BBC Writersroom) and won the T.V. Pilot Category for the 6th Season of the Table Read My Screenplay Contest. This January the pilot was optioned by Mozark Productions. The script was submitted toDavid Nichols of Mozark, sctrictly for feedback. Fortunately, David loved it and passed it up to Harry Thomason, who also loved it. The writers and producers are currently working on edits in preparation for putting together a pitch package.

Tags: 4th Annual ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship, Table Read My Screenplay - Screenplay Contest - Hwd
Posted on: 02/16/2015 CONNECT Member
William B. Keller's DEADLY REUNION Optioned by Baron Jay Littleton Jr. With forty-one acting credits and three producer credits, Baron Jay has optioned "Deadly Reunion" from William B. Keller. Production is scheduled for 2015.
Posted on: 02/16/2015 CONNECT Member
Steven Prowse Continues To Find Success

Since the last update in mid Jan, Steven's screenplays have notched up the following successes:

 

THE NIGHT WITCHES (WW2 true action story - all women) has been officially selected at the Pasadena International Film Festival, Veer West Screenplay Competition, ScreenplayFest.com, International Filmmaker Festival Of World Cinema London, St Tropez & Nice International Film Festival and the Mongolia International Film Festival. It has also garnered Honorable Mentions at the Mountain Film Festival and the Canada International Film Festival.

 

Other scripts have been officially selected at the Bare Bones International Film & Music Festival, The Indie Horror Screenplay Contest, Miami International Science Fiction Film Festival, Houston Comedy Film Festival and the Comedy Screenplay Contest.

 

This takes Steven to 18 wins and 100 other placings in two years.

Posted on: 02/21/2015
Coppola's American Zoetrope Names "The Naughty List" A Semifinalist Randall Willis' dramatic comedy The Naughty List was named a semifinalist in Francis Ford Coppola's 12th Annual American Zoetrope Screenwriting Competition. The contest's aim is to seek out and encourage compelling film narratives, and to introduce the next generation of great screenwriters to today's leading production companies and agencies. Tags: American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest
Posted on: 02/15/2015 CONNECT Member
A NOBLE TRUTH, HONORABLE MENTION AT 2015 MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL The Mountain Film Festival has awarded Jonathan LaPoma's coming-of-age drama, A NOBLE TRUTH, honorable mention in its 2015 screenwriting competition. A NOBLE TRUTH follows two friends who take a road trip throughout America in search of what truths unite people in a nation slipping deeper into apathy and discord. It can be described as EASY RIDER meets GOOD WILL HUNTING. A NOBLE TRUTH has won 11 awards and will be published by Laughing Fire Press in early 2015. Tags: Oaxaca Film Festival 2013, The Indie Gathering International Film Festival, WriteMovies.com
Posted on: 02/12/2015 CONNECT Member
Sorrell Scores a Triple Feat in Mountain Film Festival

Screenwriter, Todd Sorrell has placed three scripts, all of which receiving honors, at the Mountain Film Festival.

 

His feature, "Silent Rescue" received the runner-up/2nd Place nod while his script "Parousia" was also selected as a Finalist, and "The Minstrel" placed in the top 13 with an Honorable Mention.

Posted on: 02/10/2015
Taylor Albertson's Vengeance Makes Emerging Screenwriter's Top 100 ISA Member Taylor Albertson's action/thriller "Vengeance" has been named one of the top 100 at the Emerging Screenwriter's Screenplay Competition. "This is so awesome!"  the writer beams. This success comes as another one of her scripts, the drama short "The Ice Road", found success at the IFF as the runner up last year. "I'm feeling really blessed lately," she states. "I'm on pins and needles waiting for the annoucement of the top six from Emerging." No matter the outcome, Taylor plans on continuing writing, editing, and doing whatever needed to get what every screenwriter wants most, the elusive sell. Tags: Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition
Posted on: 02/12/2015 CONNECT Member
Sci-Fi screenplay "Genesis Prime" by Joe Crouch Wins/Places in 12 contests

Genesis Prime is a four quadrant screenplay with fun sci-fi action, humor, and drama that recently was named the Winner for Best SciFi Screenplay at the Shriekfest Film Festival, and as a Finalist at the Hollywood Screenplay, New York Screenplay Contests, as well as Back in the Box Competition, Int'l Horror & and SciFi Fest, Fresh Voices and Scriptapalooza Competitions. It has received acclaim as a Semi-Finalist at the Creative World Awards, the Write Movies 33rd Writing Contest and at the Cinequest Screenwriting Contest.

Tags: Hollywood Screenplay Contest, Scriptapalooza Screenplay & SHORTS Competition, Shriekfest Film Festival and Screenplay Competition
Posted on: 10/14/2014
Lee Tidball Options SANDI CLAUS Lee Tidball's Christmas family fantasy/comedy SANDI CLAUS was optioned in May, 2014 by Berenika Bailey, producer for Magic Elevator.  Berenika discovered the script when Lee responded to an Inktip Preferred Newsletter lead posted by Magic Elevator for animated, family-friendly scripts.  Magic Elevator has since packaged the script and intends to produce it in 2015 pending the securing of private equity financing as a live-action film.  SANDI CLAUS is a two-time Top Ten Finalist in the PAGE Awards (Family Films--2007, 2009) and also a Top Ten Finalist in the Writers On the Storm Screenplay Contest of 2007.  Lee is grateful to Hal and Cheryl Croasmun of Screenwriting U for their Professional Series in Screenwriting and subsequent classes which helped him to elevate SANDI CLAUS to a truly professional level, and Jim Cirile of Coverage Ink for his personal attention that made SANDI CLAUS the script that it is today.  Tags: Magic Elevator, ScreenwritingU
Posted on: 10/12/2014 CONNECT Member
Joanne Groshardt - Monologue for "JULIA SUN, MY INTRODUCTION"

Writing a comedy monologue that will be produced off Broadway for Julia Sun of EBRU TV, Indie Zone TV, and The Street.

Posted on: 07/27/2014
Christopher T Lovett's Debut Script - Top 100 with Emerging Screenwriters TIES THAT BIND placed in the Top 100 of the Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition. Tags: Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition
Posted on: 07/30/2014 CONNECT Member
Margaret Riseley's COME TO ME - A 2014 ScreamCraft Semi-finalist Also a 2013 BlueCat semi-finalist and Joplin Award finalist, this supernatural horror is now a PAGE Awards quarter-finalist, and most recently a semi-finalist in the highly competitive, ScreamCraft Screenplay contest. Tags: 2014 ScreenCraft Action & Thriller Script Contest, Blue Cat Screenwriting Contest, PAGE International Screenwriting Awards
Posted on: 07/30/2014
Jeff York's script PLAY DIRTY is a Nicholl Fellowship Quarterfinalist Jeff York's script "Play Dirty" has just been announced as a quarterfinalist in the 2014 Nicholl Fellowship screenwriting contest. The black comedy about junior high band is the latest script from Jeff to figure in the finals of a screenplay contest. He's been recognized in 32 finals in the last four years. Tags: Nicholl Fellowship
Posted on: 07/24/2014 CONNECT Member
Steven Prowse - 5 Screenplays In 110 Contests - 9 Wins Over 18 Months

After recently securing Official Sections at Woods Hole, Big Bear Lake and Oaxaca this week (for the second year running), Steven Prowse has cut ties with his UK literary agent Watson Little for his 5 screenplays, which have placed over 110 times and won on 9 occasions in the last 18 months and is looking for new (US) representation.

 

Prose's novelization of The Retirement Plan won Best Unpublished Novel at the 2014 Paris Book Fair.

Tags: ReelHeART International Film Festival
Posted on: 07/20/2014
Black Widow co-written by Jeff Ryback and Ric Lawes starts shooting soon The film Black Widow, written by Ric Lawes and Jeff Ryback, starts shooting in Thailand on September 22.
Posted on: 07/14/2014 CONNECT Member
Gerald Hanks: Script for "Curveball" Wins 2013 48 Hour Film "Most Improved"

My script Curveball was named Winner, "Best Sound Design" and "Most Improved" in the 48 Hour Film Race - Houston, 2013

Posted on: 07/14/2014
Gerald Hanks: "Dreamland" Nominated for 2014 48 Hour Film "Best Screenplay" My script Dreamland Murders was named Winner "Best Use of Genre" and 5 other categories and Nominee for "Best Screenplay" and 11 other categories in the 48 Hour Film Race - Houston, 2014.
Posted on: 07/14/2014
Margaret Riseley's BURNED - A 2014 ScreenCraft Action/Thriller semifinalist

Judge's comment: Burned is a fantastic story that has a good chance at seeing production one day. It is skillfully constructed and I would easily recommend it. 

 

Logline: It's karmic revenge time when a Boston judge recognizes the accused murderer in her court as the man who once burned her as a witch. 

Tags: 2014 ScreenCraft Action & Thriller Script Contest
Posted on: 07/30/2014
Garon Cockrell Horror Script IN A CROOKED LITTLE HOUSE - Festival Favorite

IN A CROOKED LITTLE HOUSE won Best Screenplay at the 2013 Motor City Nightmares Film Festival.

 

It was also a Quarter Finalist in the 2014 Screamcraft Horror Script Contest. 

Tags: ScreamCraft Horror Script Contest, Motor City Nightmares Film Festival
Posted on: 07/31/2014 CONNECT Member
Steven Prowse Wins Two Categories at Trindiefest With Two Different Scripts

And so Steven Prowse's success continues...

 

At Trindiefest, THE NIGHT WITCHES wins Best Action Screenplay, its seventh win this year. And TIME AND SPACE won Best Comedy Screenplay, its first win despite over thirty official selections and two second places.

 

That takes Steven to 13 Best Screenplay wins so far, 11 this year. 

 

Posted on: 08/05/2014
JONATHAN LAPOMA'S A NOBLE TRUTH IS A FINALIST IN 2014 AWARENESS FEST Jonathan LaPoma's multi-award-winning coming-of-age drama, A NOBLE TRUTH, is a finalist in the 2014 Awareness Fest in LA. This festival aims to bring "...awareness and to open eyes to some of our world's pressing issues: Ecological, Political, Health/Well Being and the Spirit." Tags: Oaxaca Film Festival 2013, Socially Relevant Film Festival New York, WriteMovies.com
Posted on: 08/05/2014 CONNECT Member
Andrew Garrett's LOCAL SUGAR is a Golden Monkey King Award Nominee

Animated feature screenplay LOCAL SUGAR, set on the bayou in 1970s Louisiana, made a long-distance trip to China and was honored with a nomination for CICAF's Golden Monkey King Award in the writing category!

 

China International Cartoon and Animation Festival (CICAF) is China's largest cartoon and animation event and has been held annually in Hangzhou since 2004.

 

Here's hoping that reaching out across borders continues to be fruitful for LOCAL SUGAR!

 

Tags: Golden Monkey King Award
Posted on: 08/12/2014
Andrew Garrett's, A WHISKER PAST MIDNIGHT, LA Neo Noir Film Fest Selection

A WHISKER PAST MIDNIGHT, Andrew Garrett's WWII-era thriller, is an Official Selection of the L.A. Neo Noir Film Fest II.

 

In "Whisker", a 'simple' ocean crossing turns into a fight for survival when a pair of American mice face off against a crew of Nazi rats who have turned an ill-fated ocean liner into a fiendish trap.

 

Tags: L.A. NEO NOIR FILM & SCRIPT FEST II
Posted on: 08/04/2014
Steven Prowse, The Night Witches, Notches Two More Contest Wins

Best Action Screenplay and Best Period Screenplay now brings the number of wins for THE NIGHT WITCHES to six.

 

That's now 11 wins and over 60 Official Selections for Steven's screenplays in just a year and a half.  He is actively seeking representation.

Tags: Woods Hole Film Festival
Posted on: 08/03/2014
Jonathan LaPoma's THE WAY BACK HOME 3rd Place at Chicago Screenplay Contest Jonathan LaPoma's multi-award-winning screenplay THE WAY BACK HOME has won another honor, taking 3rd place in the "Drama" category of the Chicago Screenplay Contest. THE WAY BACK HOME recently won Honorable Mention at the Indie Gathering Film Festival as well.  Tags: Chicago Screenplay Contest, Table Read My Screenplay - PARK CITY!, WriteMovies.com
Posted on: 07/31/2014 CONNECT Member
JP Ouellette's Horror, CAPTURED, Receives High Acclaim at Test Screening

Fresh off a ScreamCraft Horror Script Contest quarter-finalist birth for Writer/Producer JP Ouellette's psychological thriller, BLACKOUT, the quickly rising genre writer took to his twitter account @Circa1888 to announce that his slasher homage film, CAPTURED, starring Brittany Curran (BACKMASK), Julian Curtis (SPOOKED), and Kirsten Prout  (JOY RIDE 3) received an amazing response at a recent test screening. The production team is eager to bring the project out to distribution companies. 

Tags: 2014 ScreamCraft Horror Script Contest
Posted on: 07/31/2014
BROADWAYWORLD NEWS FOR DOMINIC ZICARI'S "TJDLM" READING 2014

The cast has been set for the invited reading of the new coming-of-age screenplay, they just didn't like me, by Dominic Zicari, which will be held on June 3rd at the New York offices of Peter Fields of RITHOLZ, LEVY, SANDERS, CHIDEKEL and FIELDS.

Posted on: 07/13/2014
STEVEN PROWSE'S THE CONCERT CONTINUES TO PLACE

It was a busy week for Steven Prowse.  Not only is The Night Witches riding a wave but The Concert (a small budget children's movie - think Ocean's 5) had the following successes:

 

The Writers' Place Screenplay Competition - Second Place

ReelHeART International Film Festval - Third Place (which included a fully rehearsed cast-to-type table read|)

Las Vegas Film Festival - Official Selection 

Tags: Los Angeles Film, ReelHeART International Film Festival
Posted on: 07/03/2014
Jonathan LaPoma - Honorable Mention in Barcelona International Film Fest

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

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

Tags: Barcelona International Film Festival
Posted on: 06/17/2014 CONNECT Member
STEVEN PROWSE BAGS TWO OF THE TOP THREE SPOTS AT REALHEART

The Concert and The Night Witches have secured two of the top three spots at the ReelHeART International Film Festival in Toronto.  As a result, both screenplays will get a full cast-to-type live read in front of an audience next week (Wed and Fri).  It will be interesting to here what the sounds in his head actually sound like.  Awards ceremony on Saturday.

 

The Night Wiches has also secured an Official Nomination (and a live read of Act 1) at the Female Eye Film Festival, also in Toronto, a week before. 

 

 

 

 

Tags: ReelHeART International Film Festival
Posted on: 06/18/2014
Jeff Ryback's TEACHER-MARINE wins Best Screenplay at IIFA Jeff Ryback's screenplay, THE TEACHER-MARINE has won the best screenplay award at the "International Independent Film Awards" fest. In the same week his screenplay, THE MOUNTAIN OF THE MOON was named as 1 of 10 Finalists at the FilmQuest International Film Festival, and his screenplay, FREEDOM ONE won an "Award of Merit" at the Los Angeles Cinema Film Festival of Hollywood. Tags: International Independent Film Awards
Posted on: 06/19/2014 CONNECT Member
Todd Sorrell Screenplay Finalist in FilmQuest Film Festival 2014 My script The Minstrel has been selected as a Finalist for the 2014 FilmQuest Film Festival as an unproduced screenplay. Tags: FilmQuest Film Festival
Posted on: 06/16/2014
MIKE BOSS - Magic Elevator options SECOND script from Mike Boss After optioning A TASTE OF FREEDOM from Mike Boss, Berenika Bailey with Magic Elevator read another script written by Mike and instantly optioned THE LITTLE GIANT as well. Tags: Magic Elevator
Posted on: 06/12/2014
JEFF RYBACK's "The Plumber" wins Best Script at LA Int'l Underground fest. Jeff Ryback's controversial screenplay, The Plumber, a thriller has been selected as the best screenplay at the Los Angeles International Underground Film Festival. Tags: Los Angeles International Underground Film Festival
Posted on: 06/10/2014 CONNECT Member
Mike Boss - Magic Elevator options "A TASTE OF FREEDOM" Berenika Bailey with Magic Elevator loved A TASTE OF FREEDOM and optioned it from Mike Boss.  BB: "Mike writes with so much heart and soul and his stories are meaningful and carry broader messages." - Magic Elevator has produced over a dozen feature films. Tags: Magic Elevator
Posted on: 06/12/2014
Kimberly Manky named a CineStory Screenwriting Contest Semifinalist! Magnus the Magnificent by Kim Manky is a CineStory Semifinalist. Tags: CineStory Screenwriting Awards
Posted on: 06/20/2014 CONNECT Member
STEVEN PROWSE WON AT THE 12TH FEMALE EYE FILM FESTIVAL

...and in doing so became the first male screenwriter to achieve this.  The Night Witches tells the true WW2 story of a group of female pilots.  It is the third win for this screenplay.

 

Steven is looking for representation.

Tags: Female Eye Film Festival
Posted on: 06/23/2014
Jeff York's The Scoundrels Club named a Script Pipeline top 20 script -2014 Jeff York's action adventure script that won the Grand Prize at the Table Read My Screenplay contest at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013 has just been named one of the top finalists in the 2014 Script Pipeline screenwriting competition. There were over 3500 entries and The Scoundrels Club placed in the upper 1%. The winners will be announced in early August at the Script Pipeline Open Door Pitchfest in Los Angeles.  Tags: Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition, Table Read My Screenplay - PARK CITY!
Posted on: 07/02/2014 CONNECT Member
Jeff York's FIEND a quarterfinalist in 2014 ScreamFest screenplay contest Jeff York's thriller FIEND has been named a finalist in its fifth screenwriting contest. It previously won Best Thriller at the Table Read My Screenplay contest at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012. And it was also a top 20 finalist in the Script Pipeline screenwriting contest in 2011, a top 10 finalist in the 2012 Flatshoe Great American Screenplay contest. as well as a top finalist in the 2013 Final Draft Big Break screenwriting contest and the 2013 Creative World Awards screenwriting contest. Tags: Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest, Screamfest Horror Film Fest / Screenplay Competition
Posted on: 07/02/2014 CONNECT Member
STEVEN PROWSE'S THE NIGHT WITCHES WINS TWO WEEKS IN A ROW

Not content with winning Best Screenplay at the Female Eye Film Festival last week, his true WW2 story about women pilots has gone on to scoop Best Screenplay at the ReelHeART International Film Festival.  That's four wins now for TNW.  A fully-rehearsed cast-to-type table read was given.

 

Not content with that, TNW has also been named an Official Selection this week at the Woods Hole Film Festival this year.

Tags: ReelHeART International Film Festival
Posted on: 07/03/2014
Jonathan LaPoma - Honorable Mention, 2014 Indie Gathering Film Festival Three of Jonathan LaPoma's screenplays, The Way Back Home, Sofi's Journey, and La Tierra Que Yo Amo (Land That I Love) have won Honorable Mention in the 2014 Indie Gathering Film Festival. La Tierra Que Yo Amo (Land That I Love) was co-written with Natalia Porras Sivolobova and also won Honorable Mention in the Barcelona International Film Festival two weeks ago.  Tags: Table Read My Screenplay - PARK CITY!, The Indie Gathering International Film Festival, WriteMovies.com
Posted on: 07/01/2014 CONNECT Member
Posted on: 07/01/2014 CONNECT Member
LORENA ESCALANTE'S DANTURU THE LOST BIRDS FINALIST CANADA INT. FILM FEST.

Danturu The Lost Birds, a family movie written by Lorena Escalante, has been selected as an Official Finalist in the 2014 Canada International Film Festival.

 Danturu The Lost Birds is the story of Sophie, a little girl who must fight against a devilish creature in order to save her grandma's soul that is trapped inside a bird.

Tags: Canada International Film Festival
Posted on: 06/23/2014
LORENA ESCALANTE BEST SCREENPLAY TABLE READ MY SCREENPLAY CONTEST

Danturu The Lost Birds written by Lorena Escalante has been awarded Best Screenplay in the Animation/Fantasy genre category in the 2013 Table Read My Screenplay Contest.

"There's a very creative concept here, one that serves as both an epic story for a movie, as well as potentially a good parable for letting go and moving on." Script Pipeline Contest Feedback

Tags: Table Read My Screenplay - Screenplay Contest - Hwd
Posted on: 06/23/2014
Laura Hesse Options all of The Holiday Series

Thank you to Select Service Films who now has the options on the screenplays based on my YA novels for: "One Frosty Christmas", "The Great Pumpkin Ride" and "A Filly Called Easter".

 

Thank you to Magic Elevator Productions who optioned the last screenplay based on the Holiday Series of novels: "Independence" which is based on the novel, "Two Independents".

Posted on: 08/13/2014
Two of Jeff York Scripts Score in the 2014 Script Pipeline Finals Not only was Jeff York's western screenplay "The Scoundrels Club" picked as one of the Script Pipeline's Top 10 Finalists this year, but his kids' TV show idea entitled "History/Herstory" was picked as one of the top four best TV show ideas in the TV side of their 2014 contest as well.  Tags: Script Pipeline Great TV Show Idea Contest, Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition
Posted on: 08/21/2014 CONNECT Member
Sorrell is a Double Finalist at International Family Film Festival Both of Todd Sorrell's screenplays, "The Minstrel" and "Silent Rescue", are finalists (Top 6) in the screenplay competition of the Int'l Family Film Festival within the Fantasy Genre.
Posted on: 09/26/2014
Taylor Albertson's Short Script 'The Ice Road' Finds Success at IFFF Taylor Albertson's family friendly short script, The Ice Road, has been named an Official Finalist at the International Family Film Festival. The festival is set to be held in November in sunny California!
Posted on: 09/29/2014 CONNECT Member
Jonathan LaPoma is a Grand Jury Prize Winner at Hollywood Screenplay Jonathan LaPoma's multi-award-winning drama, THE WAY BACK HOME, won the Grand Jury Prize in the 2014 Hollywood Screenplay Contest, for best overall script. According to the HSC website, over 1,000 scripts were submitted to this years competition. Tags: Chicago Screenplay Contest, Hollywood Screenplay Contest, WriteMovies.com
Posted on: 10/01/2014 CONNECT Member
Jeff Ryback's "Freedom One" wins 2014 LAMA Best Screenplay Jeff Ryback's FREEDOM ONE, a political thriller with a young computer programmer at the center of the story, wins the 2014 Los Angeles Movie Awards (LAMA) "Best Script award".

Tags: Los Angeles Movie Awards
Posted on: 09/25/2014 CONNECT Member
Stevens Release New Book, and Places as Semifinalist at Circus Road

Serita Stevens' latest book, "The Ultimate Writer's Workbook for Books and Scripts" is now out from Motivational Press and available on Amazon and through Stevens' website.

 

Also, her script MURDER ME TWICE is a semifinalist at Circus Road Films Screenplay Contest.

Tags: Circus Road Screenplay Contest
Posted on: 09/24/2014
'The Funeral, The Wedding' - First Place at 626 Night Market Contest The 626 Night Market has announced that Garon Cockrell's script, THE FUNERAL, THE WEDDING was as the first place winner for their latest screenwriting contest.
Posted on: 09/23/2014 CONNECT Member
Cathy Freericks' FAMILY TIDES - Selection at New Hope Cathy Freericks' FAMILY TIDES was named an Official Selection of the 2014 New Hope Film Festival.
Posted on: 09/23/2014 CONNECT Member
LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO (LAND THAT I LOVE), NEW YORK SCREENPLAY FINALIST Jonathan LaPoma and Natalia Porras Sivolobova's multi-award-winning drama, LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO (LAND THAT I LOVE), is a finalist in the 2014 New York Screenplay Contest. Patricia Chica (CERAMIC TANGO, SERPENT'S LULLABY) is attached to direct.   Tags: Barcelona International Film Festival, New York Screenplay Contest, The Indie Gathering International Film Festival
Posted on: 09/23/2014 CONNECT Member
Multiple 2014 Contest Wins for Steven Prowse

Steven Prowse's 2014 has been a successful one. A TV treatment called WE THE JURY took home the Grand Prize at the Hollywood Screenplay Competiton. Prowse has racked up 15 wins and over 90 Official Selections in contests equaling every screenplay / treatment / novel written by him has won a competition.

 

His screenplay TIME AND SPACE was a Trindifest - Winner, His script THE NIGHT WITCHES has won or placed in the Independent Film Quarterly Film and Webisode Fest, New Hampshire FF, Williamsburg Int'l, Hollywood Screenplay, Zed Fest FF. His feature, THE CONCERT has also placed at the Hollywood Screenplay Contest and New Hampshire FF.

 

Posted on: 10/01/2014
Jeff York's PLAY DIRTY, A 2014 Final Draft Big Break Quarterfinalist The screenplay "Play Dirty" written by Jeff York was just named a quarterfinalist in the 2014 Final Draft Big Break screenwriting contest. The dark comedy was also a Nicholl Fellowship quarterfinalist and a Screencraft quarterfinalist in 2014. Tags: Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest, Nicholl Fellowship, ScreenCraft Comedy Script Contest
Posted on: 10/01/2014 CONNECT Member
LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO an Official Selection of Glendale Film Festival Jonathan LaPoma and Natalia Porras Sivolobova's multi-award-winning drama, LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO (LAND THAT I LOVE), is an Official Selection of the Glendale International Film Festival. Patricia Chica (CERAMIC TANGO, SERPENT'S LULLABY) is attached to direct. Tags: Barcelona International Film Festival, New York Screenplay Contest, The Indie Gathering International Film Festival
Posted on: 10/07/2014 CONNECT Member
Mark Robertson's DICKENS Spec Reaches Big Break Quarterfinals Writer Mark Robertson's 1-hour Spec TV pilot CHARLES DICKENS'S GHOST CLUB has just spooked its way into the quarter-finals of the Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Competition. A very British, Victorian Ghostbusters-type show, Mark is delighted the script seems to have caught the judges' attention. Adjudication is ongoing. Tags: Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest
Posted on: 10/08/2014 CONNECT Member
Mark Robertson's WOODCUTTER Top Horror Finalist Screenwriter Mark Robertson's fairytale-themed horror script THE WOODCUTTER was a recent top finalist in the horror/thriller category of the 2013 Screenplay Festival Screenwriting Competition. The script, developed with Mark's mentor Sir Kenneth Branagh through the UK's Guiding Lights scheme, is the first Mark has ever sumbitted to a competition. Tags: Screenplay Festival
Posted on: 10/08/2014 CONNECT Member
Kranti Pally Lands As Finalist at Two ScreenCraft Contests

Kranti Pally's, THE FEARSOME FOURSOME AND THE DANVILLE TREASURE placed 8th at the 2014 ScreenCraft Family Friendly Screenplay Contest.

 

And following up on her Family Friendly Contest placement, Pally's other script, a comedy called MAN TO MAN, placed 5th at the 2014 ScreenCraft Comedy Screenwriting Contest.

Tags: 2013 ScreenCraft Family-Friendly Script Contest, 2014 ScreenCraft Comedy Script Contest
Posted on: 10/04/2014 CONNECT Member
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.

Posted on: 10/04/2014 CONNECT Member
Jeff York Places Two Scripts at Stage 32 New Blood Contest Quarterfinals In the 2014 New Blood screenwriting contest sponsored by Stage 32, Jeff York has two scripts that have advanced to the quarterfinals. His thriller FIEND and his horror script INCURABLE were both selected. They've figured in the finals of other prominent screenplay contests in the last few years including Table Read My Screenplay, Final Draft's Big Break, Script Pipeline and Screencraft.   Tags: Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest, ScreamCraft Horror Script Contest, Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition
Posted on: 10/01/2014 CONNECT Member
Marnie Mitchell-Lister's Multiple Scripts - Success Through Contest Circuit

Marnie's most recent feature is a road-trip dramedy titled "Memories".  

MEMORIES Contest success: 

2015 - Top 50 ISA Fast Track Mentor Program

2014/15 - Top 5% BlueCat Screenplay Comp (out of 4500 entries)

2014 - 2nd Round (top 15% of over 6700 entries) - Austin Film Festival

2014 Finalist - Broad Humor Film Festival - Won for "Best Ensemble Comedy Screenplay"

2014 - Coverage from "Screenplay Readers" - Two readers/two "considers".

2014 - Coverage from "Danny Manus - No Bullscript" - "consider".

 

Several other of Marnie's features have made it to Semi's in BlueCat, Finals in Red Inkworks, Quarters at Page International, Quarters in Zoetrope.

 

Many of Marnie's 70+ shorts have recieved awards and 8 have been produced.

Tags: Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay Competition, Blue Cat Screenwriting Contest, ISA Fast Track Fellowship V
Posted on: 10/04/2014
JON LAPOMA'S, 'A NOBLE TRUTH', WINS 1ST PRIZE AT AWARENESS FILM FESTIVAL Jonathan LaPoma's multi-award-winning coming-of-age drama, A NOBLE TRUTH, won 1st prize in the 2014 Awareness Film Festival's "scripts that inspire" competition. The festival's goal is to show "films that do more than entertain." Tags: Oaxaca Film Festival 2013, Sacramento International Film Festival, WriteMovies.com
Posted on: 09/22/2014 CONNECT Member
Sorrell's 'Silent Rescue' Claims Spot as Finalist at Oaxaca

Todd Sorrell's SILENT RESCUE continues its success story run as a Finalist in screenplay competition at the 2013 Oaxaca Film Festival (results recently released).

 

Tags: Oaxaca Film Festival 2013
Posted on: 09/22/2014
Jeff York's THE CONFESSION OF LIZZIE BORDEN named a CWA Semifinalist Jeff York psychological thriller "The Confession of Lizzie Borden" has now made the semifinals of the 2014 Creative World Awards in the thriller/horror/fantasy category. This script has been a finalist in four other screenwriting contests since 2010. Tags: Creative World Awards Screenwriting Contest
Posted on: 08/28/2014 CONNECT Member
STEVEN PROWSE BAGS TWO OFFICIAL SELECTIONS AT TWIN RIVERS

The Night Witches, which already has seven wins to its name, and The Tapestry with one win have both been officially selected at this year's Twin Rivers Media Festival.

 

Given they are the only two Official Selections that made the cut (or the only two that were entered!) there is a fairly decent chance one of them might win Best Screenplay. 

Tags: Twin Rivers Media Festival
Posted on: 08/29/2014
Suzan Battah Official Selection at the Burbank International Film Festival

Two of Suzan Battah's screenplays have been Nominated as Official Selections in the Adapted Screenplay Category of the Burbank Int'l Film Festival: "BaSatai: Outside In" and "Second Chance" (first nomination)

 

Tags: Burbank International Film Festival
Posted on: 08/31/2014
IF I WERE THE DEVIL by SHAUN PETER CUNNINGHAM Nominated for Best Film Award

IF I WERE THE DEVIL, a narrative adaptation of the 1965 ABC Radio broadcast of the same name, made Official Selection at FWIFS 2014 in July and was nominated for Best Short Documentary Film. The screenplay was written by Shaun Peter Cunningham who also produced the film on behalf of Picto Films.

Tags: Picto Films
Posted on: 08/25/2014
Jeff Ryback Earns Three Nominations at Action on Film Int'l Film Festival

Jeff Ryback's Screenplay, The Plumber, has earned three Writer Award Nominations at the distinguished Action on Film International Film Festival  that opened August 21.

 

The nominations included:

-Best Horror Feature Screenplay

-Best Feature Film Action Sequence

-Most Likely to be Produced Feature film

Tags: Action on Film International Film Festival
Posted on: 08/22/2014 CONNECT Member
Jeff York's PLAY DIRTY is Quarterfinalist in the ScreenCraft Comedy Contest

Jeff York's dark comedy "Play Dirty" was just named a quarterfinalist in the 2014 Screencraft Comedy Script Contest. His story focuses on a nerdy band geek in 1977 going to great lengths to win her Junior High band presidency.

 

"Play Dirty" was also a recent quarterfinalist in the the 2014 Nicholl Fellowship.

Tags: ScreenCraft Comedy Script Contest
Posted on: 08/21/2014 CONNECT Member
Jeff York Two-Time Finalist at the 2014 Creative World Awards

The announcement of the first round of finalists for this year's Creative World Awards screenwriting contest has been made and Jeff York has two scripts in the running. His western "The Scoundrels Club" was named to the short list of action/adventure finalists. And his psychological thriller "The Confession of Lizzie Borden" was picked in the thriller category.

 

Both scripts have figured in a number of other screenwriting contests in the past four years including Table Read and Script Pipeline. "The Scoundrels Club" was the Grand Prize winner at the Table Read contest at Sundance two years ago.

Tags: Creative World Awards Screenwriting Contest, Table Read My Screenplay - Screenplay Contest - Hwd, Table Read My Screenplay - PARK CITY!
Posted on: 08/21/2014 CONNECT Member
Steven Prowse's The Night Witches: Three More Festival Nominations The true WW2 story of women pilots, THE NIGHT WITCHES, has been selected as a finalist / official selection at the Creative World Awards, International Film Quarterly and the Oaxaca FilmFest, taking it to seven wins and twelve other official selections / finals within a year. Tags: Creative World Awards Screenwriting Contest, Oaxaca Film Festival 2013
Posted on: 09/02/2014
Jonathan LaPoma's DELLWOOD an Official Selection of 2014 Oaxaca Film Fest Jonathan LaPoma's multi-award-winning, coming-of-age drama DELLWOOD is an official selection of the 2014 Oaxaca Film Festival. DELLWOOD has been dubbed, a mix between THE BASKETBALL DIARIES and STAND BY ME, and continues to receive praise via multiple festival nominations. Tags: Oaxaca Film Festival 2013, The Indie Gathering International Film Festival, WriteMovies.com
Posted on: 09/02/2014 CONNECT Member
Rachel Reaugh's 'Midnight Lily' - Top 15% at Nicholl

MIDNIGHT LILY, a timeless noir, placed in the Top 15% of the 2014 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting.  'Sexy, mysterious, fun, compelling characters, exciting and well structured,' were some of the positive reviews received about MIDNIGHT LILY, likening the screenplay to the Oscar winning L.A. CONFIDENTIAL.   

Tags: Nicholl Fellowship
Posted on: 09/20/2014 CONNECT Member
Sorrell is a Double Finalist at The 2014 Terror Film Festival Just in time for the Halloween season, both of Todd Sorrell's scripts, "The Minstrel" and "Silent Rescue", were selected as finalists (top 14) in The 2014 Terror Film Festival.
Posted on: 09/22/2014