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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
DANIEL P. DOUGLAS ADVANCES IN SCREENCRAFT'S 2015 SHORT STORY CONTEST

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

Posted on: 02/18/2016
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
A LABOUR OF LOVE a winner at Courier Awards A Labour of Love, a biopic of Academy Award winner Kevin Brownlow written by Olga Holtz, is one of the three winning feature scripts at Courier Awards. A Labour of Love previously placed in the finals of the World Series of Screenwriting, True Tales Script Competition, StoryPros International Screenplay Contest, London Film Awards, and was an official selection at Oaxaca Film Festival. Tags: Courier Awards, True Story Screenplay Competition, WORLD SERIES OF SCREENWRITING CONTEST
Posted on: 02/10/2016 CONNECT Member
"The Legend" quarter finalist in the Fresh Voices Screenwriting Comp

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

 

 

Tags: 2016 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition
Posted on: 02/13/2016
Mary Goldman places in Top 50 Emerging Screenwriters & AFF "The Redemption of Frank Malone", a suspense/thriller by Mary Goldman places in the Top 50 of the 2015 Emerging Screenwriters Short Screenplay Competition and made Second Round in the 2015 Austin Film Festival Short Screenplay Competition.. "Frank Malone" also placed in the Top 5 of the 2015 Reelheart International Short Screenplay Competition as well as was a semi-finalist in the Avanti Short Screenplay Competition. Tags: Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition
Posted on: 02/21/2016 CONNECT Member
Mary Goldman and Tim House - Martin Katz Fellowship at 2015 TIFF Mary Goldman and Tim House were awarded a Martin Katz Fellowship along with three other Canadian writers at The Blacklist Mini-Lab at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. The fellowship consisted on workshipping their screenplay, "Unholy Toledo" with fabulous one-on-one mentoring from Franklin Leonard, Scott Myers, Linsey Stewart and Dane Clark. "Unholy Toleo" was also a quarter-finalist in the 2014 Scriptapalooza, and came in top 100 in the 2014 Emerging Screenwriters Competition. Tags: The Black List
Posted on: 02/21/2016 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
Ballerina Girl Places Top Ten Finalist in American Zoetrope

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

 

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

 

Evan is repped by manager, Kailey Marsh. 

Tags: American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest
Posted on: 02/29/2016
'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
'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
Mary Goldman places Second Round at Austin Mary Goldman's short screenplay, a suspense/thriller, "The Redemption of Frank Malone", made Second Round in the 2015 Austin Film Festival Short Screenplay Competition. Tags: Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay Competition
Posted on: 02/21/2016 CONNECT Member
A LABOUR OF LOVE among the top scripts on The Black List A Labour of Love by Olga Holtz has placed on the monthly and quarterly top Black List, overall and in the Drama category. A Labour of Love is a biopic of Academy Award winner Kevin Brownlow, which focuses on his struggle to restore the epic film Napoleon and his love-hate relationship with its genius maker Abel Gance. Tags: The Black List
Posted on: 02/23/2016 CONNECT Member
Phillip E. Hardy finalist at Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest This week, Phillip E. Hardy's script The Negro League was named as finalist in the action category at Beverly Hills Screenpaly contest. This is Phillip's third year placing at BHSC, as he was finalist in 2014 and Gold Medal Winner in 2013. This week Phillip also received Official Selection honors at Beverly Hills Film Festival for Dirty Real, the Bukowski Biopic and at Los Angeles Cinefest for his tentpole script The Immortal Jack the Ripper. Tags: Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest
Posted on: 02/06/2016 CONNECT Member
Multiple successes for KT Parker in 2016 already! Four of KT Parker's scripts are amongst those that have reached the quarter-final stage of the Screenwriting Goldmine competition, one of the UK's most prestigious screenwriting competitions. This is an extraordinary result to have all four entries to a competition honoured in this way. Tags: Screenwriting Goldmine
Posted on: 02/05/2016 CONNECT Member
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
Evan Cooper Signs with Manager and Blood List Creator, Kailey Marsh

His original screenplay, Ballerina Girl, caught Kailey's attention shortly after its success in the ISA's Fast Track competition, 2015.

 

Set in Moscow, the story centers around the brutal and mysterious murder of a young ballerina. But when her brother tries to pin the crime on Russia's military elite, the case takes a frightening turn.  

 

Kailey's website, The Blood List, was created in 2009 to bring attention to unproduced dark genre screenplays.

Tags: ISA Fast Track Fellowship V, Kailey Marsh Management
Posted on: 01/19/2016
A LABOUR OF LOVE a finalist in the World Series of Screenwriting A LABOUR OF LOVE by Olga Holtz, based on the life story and book of Academy Award winner Kevin Brownlow, became one of the ten finalists in the Historical/Biographical category at the 2015 World Series of Screenwriting. Tags: World Series of Screenwriting
Posted on: 01/12/2016 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
Jody Ellis' "Pipeline" and "Girl Undercover"

Pipeline was a semi-finalist in ReelWriters Screenplay Competition 2014, a semi-finalist in Screenplay Festival 2014, a finalist in the Alaska International Film awards 2015 and a semi-finalist in Cinestory 2015.

 

Girl Undercover was a top ten winner in Reel Writers Screenplay Competition 2015 and a quarter-finalist in Screencraft Comedy Screenwriting Contest 2015.

 

 

Tags: CineStory Screenwriting Awards, Reel Writers Screenwriting Competition, ScreenCraft Comedy Script Contest
Posted on: 01/06/2016
"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
Semi Caravan

The We Screenplay International Screenwriting Competition just announced their Semifinalists, and Travis Opgenorth's Ranger Creed is among them. 

 

Travis also received news recently that his short film project, Lunacy, was among the Semifinalists in contention for the ScreenCraft / Bondit Short Film Grant. Winner(s) to be announced soon. 

Tags: WeScreenplay International Screenwriting Competition
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
Finalist Finish for Ranger Creed Ten-hut! Acclaim Scripts announced their 2015 Fall/Winter compeition standings. Ranger Creed was among the finalists named. That is all. You're dismissed.  Tags: Acclaim Scripts
Posted on: 01/31/2016 CONNECT Member
A LABOUR OF LOVE a finalist at London Film Awards A Labour of Love, a biopic of Academy Award winner Kevin Brownlow written by Olga Holtz, was named a finalist at London Film Awards. A LABOUR OF LOVE focuses on Brownlow's life-long quest to restore the epic film NAPOLEON and on his love-hate relationship with its genius maker Abel Gance. Tags: London Film Awards
Posted on: 02/01/2016 CONNECT Member
DANIEL P. DOUGLAS ADVANCES IN SCREENCRAFT'S 2015 SHORT STORY CONTEST

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

Posted on: 01/31/2016
KT Parker named as Quarter-finalist in 2015 Fresh Voices Competition KT Parker continues her run of competition success by being named a quarter-finalist in the 2015 Fresh Voices Screenwriting Competition for her action-drama script, "Africa As You Like It". (She recently won the period/historical category of Final Draft's "Big Break" contest with her script, "A Face To Paint". Tags: 2016 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition
Posted on: 01/27/2016 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
"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
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
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
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
T Gordon Stanley's "The Deported" 2016 Scriptapalooza Semi-Finalist

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

 

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

 

Tags: Scriptapalooza Television Writing Competition
Posted on: 04/05/2016
STEPHEN SIEGEL SIGNS WITH THE SAVAGE AGENCY Screenwriter Stephen Siegel has signed with A.J. Harris of The Savage Agency after being referred by the ISA. Stephen's credits include GUILTY HEARTS, a CBS miniseries which starred Academy Award winner Marcia Gay Harden, Treat Williams and Olympia Dukakis. He is a Lifetime member of the WGA and has written for the likes of Sean Connery, Dawn Steel and Dick Clark.
Posted on: 04/03/2016
Hans Cruz Luttmann hired to adapt Emmy Award winning HBO Doc into feature. Emmy award winning Director Jeff Stimmel hires Hans Cruz Luttmann to pen the adaptation of his documentary "The Art of Failure: Chuck Connelly Not for Sale".  The script is currently being shopped to top producers including Plan B and Brillstein Entertainment Partners
Posted on: 03/27/2016
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
Phillip E. Hardy wins best comedy at Cannes Screenplay Contest

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

Tags: Beverly Hills Film Festival
Posted on: 04/14/2016 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
Ranger Creed Wins Best Action/Adventure It's "mission accomplished" for Travis Opgenorth's Ranger Creed as it takes home another prize. This time it's the best feature script in the action/adventure category from the Nashville Film Festival. Tags: Nashville Film Festival Screenplay Competition
Posted on: 04/24/2016 CONNECT Member
Eric Irizarry places top scripts in The International Horror Hotel 2016

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

http://horrorhotel.net/page20.php

Tags: The International Horror Hotel
Posted on: 04/26/2016
Mary Goldman makes top 20 Emerging Screenwriters' Shoot Your Short "The Redemption of Frank Malone", a dark suspense thriller, made top 20 of the 2015 Emerging Screenwriters' Shoot Your Short competition. Tags: Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition
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
PHIL PARKER - FINALIST - SCRIPT PIPELINE

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

 

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

 

For more information, visit www.thethirdbomb.com

 

Option available.

Tags: Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition
Posted on: 04/17/2016 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
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
RICHTER'S WAR Wins Best Short Screenplay at Los Angeles CineFest

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

Tags: Los Angeles CineFest
Posted on: 03/26/2016
John Heavey's Family Animation "Gargoyles on the Case!" contest successes John Heavey's family animation "Gargoyles on the Case!"" has enjoyed Multiple Contest Finalist placings in the following competitions, New York Screenplay Contest, Courier Awards and an official selection of the Beverly Hills Film Festival 2015. Tags: Beverly Hills Film Festival, Courier Screenwriting Awards
Posted on: 03/05/2016 CONNECT Member
Nashville Film Fest Announces Finalists, Ranger Creed Present Travis Opgenorth's Ranger Creed takes aim at another "mission accomplished".  It's now a finalist in the Nashville Film Fest Screenplay contest. Ooh-Rah! Tags: Nashville Film Festival Screenplay Competition
Posted on: 03/07/2016 CONNECT Member
John Heavey's Historical Epic "Precious Warrior" Multiple Contest Finalist John Heavey's Historical Epic "Precious Warrior" has enjoyed Multiple Contest Finalist placings in the following competitions, New York Screenplay Contest, Hollywood Screenplay Contest, Courier Awards and an official selection of the Beverly Hills Film Festival 2016. Tags: Beverly Hills Film Festival, Courier Screenwriting Awards, New York Screenplay Contest
Posted on: 03/05/2016 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
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
Travis Opgenorth's RANGER CREED Honored

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

 

Tags: WeScreenplay International Screenwriting Competition
Posted on: 03/04/2016 CONNECT Member
"The Space Drifter" by Shaun M Jooste praised by Cinequest Judges

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

 

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

 

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

Tags: 2015 Cinequest Screenwriting Competition
Posted on: 03/11/2016
Evan Cooper Receives Honorable Mention x2

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

 

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

Tags: Screenplay Festival
Posted on: 03/14/2016
THE ZAHIR on the festival circuit THE ZAHIR, a tongue-in-cheek magic realist thriller written and directed by Olga Holtz, has played at 8 festivals and received 6 awards so far. Its latest accolades are a finalist placement in Courier Awards and Best Fantasy Short, Best Cinematography, and Best Visual Effects awards at Genre Film Festival. THE ZAHIR was produced by Petr Sweezer-Jankular and filmed by William Green. Tags: Courier Awards
Posted on: 03/20/2016 CONNECT Member
Andy Byrne's DISCONN - Top 50 in ISA Fast Track Fellowship III "Disconn" is the story of Jenna, a woman struggling to fit into her life in a mental utopia where people pay a hive-mind product to manage and medicate their lives. But her attempt to disconnect brings her into conflict with her instincts, her numbed husband and the manipulators of this contorted society.

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

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

Tags: BlueCat Screenplay Competition, ISA Fast Track Fellowship V, ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship
Posted on: 03/23/2016 CONNECT Member
Jon Davis' 'The Golden Age Qtr-Finalist for 2016 ScreenCraft Fellowship Of over 2,000 entries, Jon Davis' 'The Golden Age,' a one-hour TV drama pilot, was named as a quarter-finalist for the 2016 ScreenCraft Fellowship. Tags: ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship
Posted on: 03/19/2016 CONNECT Member
Finalist 2016 BlueCat Joplin Award - The Station by Andrew Byrne Andy is also currently a quarter-finalist for the ScreenCraft Fellowship for his script DISCONN. Previously he's been a semi-finalist (with his scripts THE STATION and 8802) for the Nicholl Fellowship, Script Pipeline and Final Draft Big Break competitions.  Tags: Blue Cat Screenwriting Contest, Nicholl Fellowship, Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition
Posted on: 03/16/2016 CONNECT Member
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
A LABOUR OF LOVE by Olga Holtz a StoryPros finalist A Labour of Love, a biopic of British film historian Kevin Brownlow written by Olga Holtz, was named one of the finalists in the 9th StoryPros International Screenplay Contest. Tags: StoryPros International Contest
Posted on: 01/05/2016 CONNECT Member
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
OLVERA STREET opera premiers in November 2015

OLVERA STREET, an original opera by Lindsey Harnsberger to a libretto by ISA member Robert Cartland, premiers with the Vineyard Touring Opera in November 2015. The work tells the true story of Christine Sterling's struggle to save the heart of Los Angeles from being leveled to build Union Station and the construction of the now famous Mexican marketplace instead. The opera runs about two hours and features a story and music that are family-friendly, entertaining and educational. The goal is to bring the work to older students, expanding their perspective about opera and educating them about local history. Additional performances are already scheduled for 2016 at Glendale College and the historic the Pico House.

Posted on: 08/19/2015
Phillip E Hardy has continuing success at film festivals and contests During the month of August, Phillip E. Hardy had three scripts chosen as "Official Selections" at the Sunscreen Film Festival in Los Angeles. These include his action thriller Red Colt, his sci-fi thriller Gaze Towards Infinity and his historical drama Four Negro Girls in a Church. Four Negro Girls in a Church was also selected as Finalist and the Monthly Film Festival and his horror thriller Purgatory Station was selected as semi-finalist at the Screencraft Horror Screenplay Contest. Tags: ScreenCraft Horror Screenplay Competition
Posted on: 08/21/2015 CONNECT Member
Eric Irizarry's "The Message" is a Best Scripts Nominee at the BTSF

2015 Brightside Tavern Shorts Fest- Eric Irizarry's "The Message" is a Nominee for Best Scripts.  The second annual event at Jersey City's Brightside Tavern hosted by Chris Cullen and Chris Capaci.

The Message is a short film thriller about an average night out that spirals into a waking nightmare as a bride to be is pursued by an inhuman stalker with a disturbing message.   

 

http://www.brightsidetavernfilmfestival.com/august-season-award-nominees.html

Tags: The Brightside Tavern Shorts Fest
Posted on: 08/17/2015
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
Phillip E. Hardy selected as Quarter-Finalist at Screencraft Horror Contest

Purgatory Station by Phillip E. Hardy, has been chosen as quarter-finalist at the highly competitive Screencraft Horror Screenplay Contest. This year Screencraft had over a thousand entries for their contest and this is Phillip's first foray into the horror genre.

Tags: 2014 ONE IN TEN SCREENPLAY CONTEST, Austin Indie Flix Showcase
Posted on: 07/27/2015 CONNECT Member
Stephen M. Hunt script repped in London. Last year  a string of 1st place wins made Steve Europe's most successful screenplay contest competitor. Networking from this platform led directly to an invitation to write a short crime-drama for an Emmy Award winning TV director (see Steve's prior posts). After that, veteran BBC writer Peter Mackie invited Steve to co-write  a TV pilot with him. The outcome was "Boss Girl" that went on to win 1st prize in this year's Marquee Lights TV pilot category. "Boss Girl" is now being promoted in London by Peter's agent. So these days, 95% of Steve's energy goes into promoting who he is and what he does. The upshot is he'll probably only finish one new feature script this year being "None Shall Survive" which is a brand new take on the horror/slasher genre.
Posted on: 08/24/2015 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
Tom Batt's Birdwatching Naked named Runner up in Scriptapalooza

Tom Batt's Birdwatching Naked finished 2015's Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition as a Top Ten Runner Up.

 

Birdwatching Naked is a spy comedy about a bored civil servant who's only wish is to become a field agent for MI6. When he's sent on a compulsory vacation after a nervous breakdown, he uncovers a terrorist plot in a small French town and decides to investigate. 

Tags: Scriptapalooza Screenplay & SHORTS Competition
Posted on: 09/13/2015 CONNECT Member
Phillip E. Hardy Second Round Austin Film Festival Finalist For his third consecutive year at Austin Film Festival, Phillip E. Hardy is a finalist for his screenplay work. This year, his controversial script Four Negro Girls in A Church has been recognized by AFF. This script is also nominated for best screenplay at next week's Austin Revolution Film Festival. Phillip has recieved finalist spots in more than a dozen film festivals and screenplay contests in 2015, for his work on The Bloody Benders, The Man Who Bore the Myth, Gaze Towards Infinity and Purgatory Station. Tags: Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay Competition, ScreamCraft Horror Script Contest, 2017 ScreenCraft Sci-Fi and Fantasy Screenplay Contest
Posted on: 09/18/2015 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
Mary Goldman's screenplay, "Unholy Toledo", gets a nine on The Blacklist Unholy Toledo, written by Mary Goldman and Tim House, recently received a nine on The Blacklist, and was a quarter-finalist in the 2014 Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition. Unholy Toledo tells the tale of how two Ohio farm boys came up against a ruthless crime boss and his accomplices in Prohibition era Toledo. Tags: The Black List
Posted on: 08/27/2015 CONNECT Member
Evan Cooper's Ballerina Girl Places Top 1% in Final Draft's Big Break 2014

Ballerina Girl by Evan Cooper made the Top-10 Features list in last year's Final Draft Big Break competition. The script was selected out of roughly 7000 entries. Ballerina Girl tells the story of an estranged brother who investigates the murder of his sister months after her disappearance from a ballet school in Russia. 

 

The screenplay was also a top finalist in both the Emerging Screenwriters Competition and Breaking Walls Thriller Contest, 2014.

Tags: Breaking Walls Thriller Screenplay Competition, Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition, Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest
Posted on: 09/02/2015
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
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
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
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
HITLER'S ASTROLOGER & TEXT MESSAGES TO GOD FINAL TOGETHER AGAIN The 24 years of research by David Bryant Perkins to record the never before revealed influence of astrology & the occult inside Nazi Germany during WWII has paid off as a novel and now adapted screenplay as a selected offical finalist in the Alaska International Film Awards along with his TEXT MESSAGES TO GOD, the timely action/adventure script written in a month giving us all an inside peep into ISIS and their working relationship with several institutions & governments who claim to be trying to fight this terror group. Tags: Alaska International Film Awards
Posted on: 07/02/2015
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
TEXT MESSAGES TO GOD finals at PEACHTREE VILLAGE FILM FESTIVAL The timely ISIS thriller by David Bryant Perkins where several governments & corporations are all after a pre-Christian archeological 'find' was named a finalist in Atlanta, Georgia at the Peachtree Village International Film Festival 2015  which takes place September 14th through the 20th of this year. Tags: Peachtree Village International Film Festival
Posted on: 06/29/2015
Eric Irizarry Is A Logline Finalist

Eric Irizarry was named a 2015 Finalist in the LA Screenwriter Logline Contest this past June. From the LA Screenwriting Team:

 

"We love the idea of a gritty, comic-book type drama that focuses on a character who may be a hero to some and a villain to others. There are a lot of levels here — plenty of fodder for multiple gripping seasons." - Angela Bourassa- The LA Screewriting Team

Tags: The LA Screenwriter Logline Competition
Posted on: 06/30/2015
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
Gary Files Table Read My Screenplay Semifinalist Gary has found success through the Table Read My Screenplay competition with his screenplay "Simon Says" in the Hollywood 2015 contest, and with "The Great Frobisher"  at the Sundance, 2014 contest. Tags: Table Read My Screenplay - PARK CITY!, Table Read My Screenplay - Screenplay Contest - Hwd
Posted on: 07/06/2015 CONNECT Member
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
Phillip E. Hardy finalist at Happy Writers Feature Film Contest Phillip E. Hardy's The Man Who Bore the Myth, his offbeat biopic screenplay about literary sacred cow JD Salinger has been chosen as finalist at the Stage 32 Happy Writers Feature Screenplay Contest. This in the ninth time this script has been recoginized by a competition. This month, Phillip has also placed for the second consecutive year at the Austin Revolution Film Festival (formerly Austin Indie Flix), for his historical epic Four Negro Girls In A Church about the 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing in 1963. Tags: Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay Competition, Austin Indie Flix Showcase, Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest
Posted on: 07/22/2015 CONNECT Member
Jeffrey Russel and Lynda Lemberg Celebrate their 35th WIN

Jeffrey Allen Russel and co-author Lynda Lemberg have WON their 35th BEST SCREENPLAY COMPETITION. Most recently, their script GRACIE has on the VOB Film Festival (Village of Brewster, NY 07-2015), the New Media Film Festival (Los Angeles, 06-2015), the Special Marquee Away at the American Movie Awards (04-2015), and the Gold Remi Award for Historical/Period Piece at WorldFest (Houston Int'l - 04-2015).

Tags: American Movie Awards, Courier Screenwriting Awards, New Media Scripts
Posted on: 07/16/2015 CONNECT Member
Phillip E. Hardy Receives Recognition From Multiple Top Contests

Phillip E. Hardy's The Man Who Bore the Myth, an offbeat biopic about literary sacred cow J.D. Salinger continues to do well on the contest circuit, after moving into the semi-final round of the Stage 32 Happy Writer's Feature Script Contest. This is the eighth honor is less than a year for this script.

 

The 2015 Fantasmagorical Comic Con Film Festival has also chosen both Hardy's sci-fi adventure Gaze Towards Infinity and his horror story The Immortal Jack the Ripper as an Official Selection. This is the first honor for "Gaze Towards Infinity". Jack the Ripper has been a finalist at several other festivals and contests. 

Tags: Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay Competition, Austin Indie Flix Showcase, Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest
Posted on: 07/09/2015 CONNECT Member
TIM DAVIS WINNER IN HOLLYWOOD AND CHICAGO Tim Davis' Drama Pilot "Finnegan's The One That Got Away" came in First Place in the TV Drama Category of The Hollywood Screenplay Contest 2014 as well as the TV Drama Category of The Chicago Screenplay Contest, also in 2014. Tags: Hollywood Screenplay Contest
Posted on: 07/07/2015 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
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
Fast Track Fellow, Melissa Birks Signs With The Savage Agency Melissa Birks and her Victorian-era thriller UNCAGED has been signed by A.J. Harris, literary agent with The Savage Agency. The script tells the story of an infirm detective hunting a madman who uses the London Zoo as his hunting ground. The script is heralded as a light Jack The Ripper origin story. Melissa was one of two of the April 2015 Fast Track Fellows/Grand Prize winners. Her script, UNCAGED, should create quite a bit of heat around town in the coming new year.
Posted on: 12/05/2015 CONNECT Member
Tin Gods by Matthew Tolbert is a Finalist Again

This sci fi feature script "Tin Gods" placed in the following contests: Austin: top 10%/ second round, Blue Cat's Movie Title contest: finalist, Page: second round, Screenplay Festival: finalist and Tracking B: semi-finalist. TIN GODS is the story of how two robots, the Monitor and the Merrimack, who must battle to determine which side will win America's Second Civil War.

Tags: Screenplay Festival
Posted on: 12/12/2015 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
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
Brian O'Connor - Top 16 Scripts Reel Writers 2015 Brian O'Connor's animated short "I Did It!," about a little boy who needs coaching from his imaginary "frenemy" to make his first plunge into the pool, placed top seven the short script category and Top 16 overall.   Tags: Reel Writers Screenwriting Competition
Posted on: 11/24/2015
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
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
DANIEL P. DOUGLAS ACHIEVES TWO OFFICIAL SELECTIONS DURING DECEMBER 2015 During December 2015, RICHTER'S WAR, a short script by Daniel P. Douglas, was an official selection for the 2016 Irvine International Film Festival and 2016 Albuquerque Film Festival. The sci-fi World War Two hardboiled detective story has previously won or placed in multiple contests during 2015. The Irvine and Albuquerque festivals will be held in January 2016.
Posted on: 12/27/2015
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
Ranger Creed Marches Forward Travis Opgenorth's latest feature script, Ranger Creed, is on the march as it clears the Quarterfinals hurdle in its very first contest entry, the WeScreenplay Intl. Screenwriting Competition. Tags: WeScreenplay International Screenwriting Competition
Posted on: 12/31/2015 CONNECT Member
The Upper Hand is a semi-finalist at Table Read my Screenplay Competition. My crime-drama TV pilot The Upper Hand was picked out of 1400 screenplays to become one of the 100 semi-finalists to be considered for Sundance's prestigious Table Read My Screenplay Competition on December 30th 2015.
Posted on: 12/31/2015 CONNECT Member
PETER DEVONALD IS WINNER OF THE COURIER AWARDS 2015

Peter Devonald's BLUE HOTEL is Winner of Best Original Television Pilot Courier Awards 2015.

 

Also placing this year has been Peter Devonald's YOU AND ME 4 EVER which was Semi-Finalist in The Aura Screenwriting Awards 2015. 

Tags: Aura Screenwriter Awards, Courier Awards, Courier Screenwriting Awards
Posted on: 12/29/2015 CONNECT Member
A LABOUR OF LOVE by Olga Holtz a finalist in True Tales Script Competition A Labour of Love written by Olga Holtz was selected a finalist in 2015 True Tales Script Competition. It is based on the true story of the restoration of the epic film Napoleon by a British film-maker Kevin Brownlow, who sacrifices all - money, personal life, career - to his idol: Abel Gance, the delusional genius director of the mutilated masterpiece, who sabotages the restoration.  Tags: True Story Screenplay Competition
Posted on: 12/27/2015 CONNECT Member
ERIKSSON by Matthew Tolbert Reaches Nicholl Quarterfinals. Matthew Tolbert's latest screenplay placed in the quarterfinals for Nicholl Fellowship. ERIKSSON, an epic historical biopic telling the story of Leif Eriksson, a Viking who, to prove himself to his legendary father, embarks on a dangerous voyage to find new lands and inadvertently discovers America. Tags: Nicholl Fellowship
Posted on: 11/21/2015 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
Travis Opgenorth's Pilot, Kingdom of God, Best in Category Travis Opgenorth's historical drama, Kingdom of God was recently announced as the Best In Category winner in the 2015 NexTvEntertainment Writing Contest. This marks the fourth notable finish for the teleplay as it also finished as the 1st Runner Up in the People's Pilot Contest and had two quarter-finalist finishes in the Stage 32 Happy Writers and PAGE International contests.  Tags: PAGE International Screenwriting Awards, People's Pilot Competition
Posted on: 11/03/2015 CONNECT Member
Travis Opgenorth Dreams of Better Things with Chimera Travis Opgenorth's feature thriller, Chimera, finished 3rd in the 2014 Story Pros Awards Screenwriting Contest. The script placed in five of the six contests it was entered in with semi-finalist or quarter-finalist finishes in the Writemovies.com, PAGE Awards, Austin Film Festival, and Final Draft's Big Break contests.  Tags: PAGE International Screenwriting Awards, StoryPros Awards Contest, WriteMovies.com
Posted on: 11/03/2015 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
Three Phillip E. Hardy screenplays receive honors

Three screenplays written by Phillip E. Hardy have received several honors this month. Gaze Towards Infinity has been selected as a semi-finalist by the Screencraft Sci-Fi Script Contest. The Negro League has been chosen as official selection at the Indie Film Festival, The Kinolit Film Festival, the Legends of Hollywood Film Festival and the London Shows Film Festival. And Purgatory Station was chosen as official selection at Dazed 4 Horror Film Festival and Haunted Halloween Film Festival. Phillip has received more than a dozen honors in 2015 and has attracted the attentions of a major talent agency and film studio.

Tags: 2014 ScreenCraft Action & Thriller Script Contest
Posted on: 10/20/2015 CONNECT Member
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
Ballerina Girl Receives "Special Mention" in the ISA Fast Track Fellowship

Out of roughly 1000 entries, Evan Cooper's crime thriller, Ballerina Girl, placed in the top ten screenplays at this year's ISA Fast Track Program, receiving an honorable mention as well.

 

Set in Russia, the story centers around the grisly and mysterious murder of a young ballerina. But as the hunt for her killers runs dry, an overlooked piece of evidence leads one investigator to believe she was killed by a high-ranking military official. An idea that quickly becomes unpopular in Moscow. 

Tags: ISA Fast Track Fellowship V
Posted on: 10/14/2015
Psych-Thriller, Luna, Howls for Travis Opgenorth

Travis' short script, Luna(cy), a genre-bender that mixes a pyschological thriller with a werewolf creature feature, was just announced as a Semifinalist in the 2015 Courier Awards screenplay contest. It also

took home a Finalist finish at the 2015 Twisted Horror Picture Show. A feature-length version of the story previously clawed its way to a Finalist finish in the 2012 Scream Fest Film Festival and The Beverly Hills Film Festival and Quarterfinalist finishes in the Stage 32 New Blood and PAGE Awards contests that same year. 

Tags: Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest, Courier Awards, Screamfest Horror Film Fest / Screenplay Competition
Posted on: 11/03/2015 CONNECT Member
"Weimar" by Ben Maraniss wins Pilot Grand Prize Ben Maraniss's pilot, Weimar, has been named the Pilot Grand Prize winner at the Table Read My Screenplay - Screenplay Contest - Austin! The series revolves around the Nachmanns, a family of German-Jewish industrialists forced to take control of their father's steelworks, after his untimely death at the end of World War I, while stuggling to remain loyal in an increasingly turbulent Germany. Tags: Table Read My Screenplay - Screenplay Contest - AUSTIN!
Posted on: 11/04/2015 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
Christopher Schultz Christopher Schultz's feature action script STILLWATER received honorable mention in the Stage32 script writing contest, 1st runner up in the Creative World Awards action category, and a quarter finalist in The Big Break screenwriting contest. Tags: Creative World Awards Screenwriting Contest, Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest
Posted on: 11/14/2015 CONNECT Member
*Update: Ranger Creed #19 On The Black List

Updated - 11/17/15

Travis Opgenorth's latest feature, Ranger Creed, has moved up to #19 on The Black List's (Month to Date) Top Screenplay List. One evaluator had this to say of the script, "Strong dialogue and scene-writing make this a polished, production-ready piece. This thrilling, emotionally charged story has massive potential and could turn into a real commercial hit in the right hands." Ranger Creed is Travis' third feature in as many years with his two previous works, Chimera and Gridiron, taking home fourteen top placings between them including a 3rd Place finish in the Story Pros Awards Contest, and a Semi-Finalist finish in the Nicholl Fellowship Contest respectively. 

Tags: The Black List
Posted on: 11/05/2015 CONNECT Member
Faisal Lutchmedial signs with The Characters Talent Agency

Lutchmedial is now being represented by Brent Sherman and Sohrab Merchant of The Characters Talent Agency. For over 4 decades THE CHARACTERS has proudly represented some of North America's top actors, directors, voice talent, producers & production talent. With offices in both Vancouver and Toronto, it remains one of Canada's only national talent agencies.

 

Posted on: 11/05/2015
"Secret & Confidential" by Ben Maraniss named Top 100 w/ "Special Mention". Secret & Confidential, a pilot by Ben Maraniss, was named one of the top 75 submission in the 2016 Launch Pad Pilot Competition. This pilot previously advanced as one of the Top 100 semi-finalist and given a "Sepcial Mention" at the Table Read My Screenplay - Screenplay Contest - Austin! and placed as a Quarter-Finalist in the 2015 PAGE Intermational Screenwriting Awards. The series follows the transformation of Patricia Lewis from a 1970s-era Washington DC housewife into the most powerful woman in the country through her clandestine career as a liaison between the Mafia, the CIA and the Nixon White House. This pilot Tags: 2016 Launch Pad Pilots Competition, PAGE International Screenwriting Awards, Table Read My Screenplay - Screenplay Contest - AUSTIN!
Posted on: 11/04/2015 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
Phillip Hardy wins best comedy at Cannes Screenplay Contest Dirty Real, The Bukowski Biopic, has won "best comedy" at the first Cannes Screenplay Contest. It is also nominated for best screenplay at the Houston Comedy Film Festival. Recently, this screenplay has been an official selection at several film festivals including Beverly Hills Film Festival; and is also a current semi-finalist for the Screencraft fellowship. Tags: Houston Comedy Film Festival
Posted on: 05/03/2016 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
A LABOUR OF LOVE recognized at two more contests

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

 

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

 

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

Tags: Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition, Hollywood Screenplay Contest
Posted on: 10/06/2016 CONNECT Member
PHIL PARKER ADVANCES IN FINAL DRAFT'S BIG BREAK CONTEST

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

 

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

 

 

Tags: Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest
Posted on: 09/30/2016 CONNECT Member
'The Battle of Boxhill' by Liam McCann places at the Austin Film Festival

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

 

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

 

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

Tags: Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay Competition
Posted on: 09/28/2016
Chris Bell's Script 'Brutal' placed as a Runner-up in Scriptapalooza

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

Tags: Scriptapalooza Screenplay & SHORTS Competition
Posted on: 09/27/2016 CONNECT Member
Timothy Kestrel is a Quarter-Finalist in Screencraft competition

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

 

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

Tags: 2016 ScreenCraft Pilot Launch Competition
Posted on: 09/28/2016 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
Travis Opgenorth's 'Ranger Creed' optioned and 'The Poacher' hits the mark. Producer David Harris (Security (2017)) has entered into a shopping agreement with Travis Opgenorth for his contest-winning action-thriller 'Ranger Creed'. This is the second feature to be shopped around for Travis as Partner In Crime Films (Knuckle Draggers) had previously optioned his contained actioner 'Day of Reckoning' in 2012. Travis is currently in discussions with Sixth Sense Productions (Hotel Rwanda, The First Grader) regarding a potential writing assignment. Sixth Sense reached out to Travis after reading his recently completed action-thriller, 'The Poacher', which was written while Travis participated in Max Timm's Master Class.
Posted on: 10/11/2016 CONNECT Member
Melissa Emery's 'Surviving Leo 'Named Austin Film Festival 2nd Rounder

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

 

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

Tags: Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay Competition, ScreenCraft Comedy Script Contest, Table Read My Screenplay Screenplay Contest - LONDON!
Posted on: 10/22/2016 CONNECT Member
'Gargoyles' Finalist in Hollywood Screenplay Contest 2016 John Heavey's family animation 'Gargoyles' is a finalist in the 2016 Hollywood Screenplay Contest. Tags: Hollywood Screenplay Contest
Posted on: 10/23/2016 CONNECT Member
Erin Dooley's 'A Way to Forgiveness' Premiere's November 6th 2016 ISA CONNECT member Erin Dooley's documentary film 'A Way to Forgiveness' will premiere in North Hollywood on November 6 and will be available online and on DVD on November 16. The documentary follows Erin's journey along the centuries old pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, as she explores the topic of forgiveness. Tags: D.A.S.H. Entertainment, LLC
Posted on: 10/21/2016 CONNECT Member
'DISCONN' wins GOLD for Sci Fi in PAGE International Screenwriting Awards

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

 

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

Tags: PAGE International Screenwriting Awards
Posted on: 10/16/2016 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
'RECOVERY' by Matthew Burris Wins 2016 Traveling Shorts Film Fest

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

 

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

 

 

Posted on: 10/15/2016
Ryan Herring is named a Runner-Up in the 2016 Scriptapalooza Contest Ryan A. Herring  was named as a Runner-Up in the 2016 Scriptapalooza Contest for his feature sript 'The Olympians'. Tags: Scriptapalooza Screenplay & SHORTS Competition
Posted on: 09/26/2016 CONNECT Member
The Expense of a Man by Melissa Emery Finalist in Acclaim Competition

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

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

Tags: Acclaim Scripts
Posted on: 09/26/2016 CONNECT Member
2016 PAGE AWARDS FINALIST for Andy Byrne's Grounded Sci-fi DISCONN

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

 

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

 

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

Tags: Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition, PAGE International Screenwriting Awards, Table Read My Screenplay Screenplay Contest - LONDON!
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
Triple-Triple to Close Out the Summer

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

Tags: Finish Line Script Competition, SoCal Film Festival, WeTV (WeScreenplay Television Contest)
Posted on: 09/02/2016 CONNECT Member
Andy Byrne's DISCONN in Semifinals of Emerging Screenwriters Competition

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

 

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

Tags: Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition, 2017 ScreenCraft Sci-Fi and Fantasy Screenplay Contest
Posted on: 09/01/2016 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
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
T.P. Productions hire Phil Parker for second writing gig

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

 

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

 

PRAISE FROM TENT PICTURES:

 

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

Posted on: 09/20/2016 CONNECT Member
Travis Opgenorth's Pilot 'Kingdom of God' moves to WeTV Semifinals

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

 

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

Tags: WeTV (WeScreenplay Television Contest)
Posted on: 09/23/2016 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
Section 504 by Melissa Emery Named 2016 Page Awards Finalist

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

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

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

 

Tags: CineStory Screenwriting Awards, PAGE International Screenwriting Awards, Stage 32 Happy Writers Feature Screenplay Contest
Posted on: 09/21/2016 CONNECT Member
KT Parker Moves Forward as a Page International Awards Semi-finalist

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

 

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

Tags: PAGE International Screenwriting Awards
Posted on: 09/21/2016 CONNECT Member
Phillip E. Hardy Wins Best Screenplay at American Grindhouse Film Festival Phillip E Hardy has won the Best Action/Adenture Screenplay at American Grindhouse Film Festival for "Gina Jericho". This script will also be competing in upcoming Screencraft Action Contest and an earlier draft placed at Austin Film Festival.   Tags: Austin Revolution Film Festival
Posted on: 09/21/2016 CONNECT Member
SCREENWRITER PHIL PARKER ADVANCES IN BIG BREAK CONTEST

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

 

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

 

 

Tags: Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest
Posted on: 10/24/2016 CONNECT Member
CHIJIM ONYEMENAM'S 'STARS OF FIRE' NAMED IN NICHOLL FELLOWSHIP TOP 15%

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

 

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

 

Tags: Nicholl Fellowship
Posted on: 10/27/2016
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
Back-to-Back to Start 2017

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

Tags: Screencraft Action, Table Read My Screenplay - PARK CITY!
Posted on: 01/20/2017 CONNECT Member
Travis Opgenorth's thriller 'The Poacher' Hits The Mark Travis Opgenorth's African set action-thriller feature 'The Poacher' just bagged the 2nd place prize in the Table Read My Screenplay (Park City) contest. The script also knotched a semi-finalist finish in the Wescreenplay Diverse Voices contest and it's a semi-finalist in the Screencraft Action/Thriller contest with those final results still pending. Tags: Diverse Voices presented by WeScreenplay, Screencraft Action, Table Read My Screenplay - PARK CITY!
Posted on: 01/06/2017 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
JOHN PISANO-THOMSEN'S "CONNECT" IS A CINEQUEST 2016-17 QUARTER-FINALIST!

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

 

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

Tags: Cinequest Screenwriting Competition
Posted on: 12/28/2016 CONNECT Member
PISANO-THOMSEN'S "CONNECT" A 2016 WESCREENPLAY FEATURE CONTEST QTR-FINALIST

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

 

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

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

Tags: WeScreenplay International Screenwriting Competition
Posted on: 01/02/2017 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
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
'DIETRICH DANZIG' Now a Finalist in Omaha! John Pisano-Thomsen's screenplay 'Dietrich Danzig' is now a finalist in the 2017 Omaha Film Festival! John will be there March 11-12 for a 10-page live reading of all the finalists and to participate in a Q&A session at the 2017 Writer's Theatre. Awards ceremony will follow on March 12th.
Posted on: 02/14/2017 CONNECT Member
'CONNECT' Wins 2017 Canada Independent Film Fest. BEST FEATURE SCREENPLAY!

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

 

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

 

 

Tags: Canada Independent Film Festival
Posted on: 02/14/2017 CONNECT Member
'FREEDOM FORT' wins Final Draft Big Break category 'Freedom Fort' by Clint Williams won the period/historical category of the  2016 Final Draft Big Break contest and is one of seven feature screenplays being considered for the Grand Prize to be announced in late February. Tags: Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest
Posted on: 02/04/2017 CONNECT Member
Phillip E. Hardy Wins Best Screenplay at The Christian Film Festival Phillip E. Hardy has won Best Screenplay and fan favorite at The Christian Film Festival for his script about Paul The Apostle called 'Journey Of Mortals'. Festival Creator Richard Collins called 'Journey Of Mortals' "A great screenplay." Tags: The Christian Film Festival
Posted on: 02/03/2017 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
"DIETRICH DANZIG" & "CONNECT" BOTH RICHMOND INT'L FF SEMI-FINALISTS!

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

Tags: Richmond International Film Festival
Posted on: 12/28/2016 CONNECT Member
PISANO-THOMSEN'S 'DANZIG' IS A 2017 OMAHA FILM FESTIVAL SEMI FINALIST!

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

 

This "Dietrich's" 19th accolade.

 

 

Posted on: 12/21/2016 CONNECT Member
Vicki Joyce's 'Hell Gate to Golden Gate' finalist in 2016 Scriptapalooza

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

 

 

Tags: Scriptapalooza Screenplay & SHORTS Competition
Posted on: 11/28/2016 CONNECT Member
Chase Kroll's 'Leap' takes 3rd place in Writer's Digest Writing Competition

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

 

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

 

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

 

Tags: 85th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition, Writer\'s Digest Screenwriting
Posted on: 12/01/2016 CONNECT Member
Timothy Kestrel's TV Series a Finalist in NY Film & TV Festival Timothy Kestrels's screenplay 'RANGERS - Progenitors of Freedom' has been selected as Best TV Series Concept Finalist in New York Film & TV Festival.
Posted on: 11/14/2016 CONNECT Member
JOHN CARSTARPHEN'S FEMALE-DRIVEN ADVENTURE PILOT AT COMIC-CON

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

Tags: Grand Rapids Comic-Con
Posted on: 11/06/2016
JOHN CARSTARPHEN'S SHORT FILM WEB/TV SERIES PILOT RECEIVES NEW HONOR CG animated adult webseries/television series pilot, 'The Adventures of The Rocket Ace', scored another festival kudo with its official selection in the FirstGlance Philadelphia film festival.  The adventure drama is about a mysterious woman who dons a mask to sabotage the Nazi occupation somewhere in the Arabian Desert in 1941.
Posted on: 11/06/2016
JOHN CARSTARPHEN'S ADVENTURE SERIES PILOT FILM WINS FESTIVAL AWARD Screenwriter/Director/Animation Artist John Carstarphen's female character-driven action-adventure, 'The Adventures of The Rocket Ace', screens as an Official Selection in the Women's Only Entertainment Festival 2016 and wins an Honorable Mention as Best Webseries.
Posted on: 11/06/2016
'FOR ALL ETERNITY' Finalist in Apeiron Film Festival Berlin, Germany Judy Bednarek's 'For All Eternity' is a Short Script Finalist in the 2016 Apeiron Film Festival in Berlin, Germany.
Posted on: 12/04/2016
Timonthy Kestrel honored at the New York Film and TV Festival 2016 Timonthy Kestrel's screenplay 'RANGER' - Progenitors of Freedom was selected as Best TV Series Concept at the New York Film & TV Festival 2016. Tags: New York Film
Posted on: 12/07/2016 CONNECT Member
JOHN PISANO-THOMSEN'S "CONNECT" A CANADA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL FINALIST

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

 

"Connect" has also garnered these most recent accolades:

 

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

* 2nd Rounder: 2016 AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL SCREENPLAY COMPETITIONS

Tags: Canada Independent Film Festival
Posted on: 12/13/2016 CONNECT Member
PHIL PARKER'S SCRIPT OPTIONED BY BAFTA-WINNER

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

 

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

Posted on: 12/13/2016 CONNECT Member
JOHN PISANO-THOMSEN'S "DANZIG" 2017 "TABLE READ" - PARK CITY SEMIFINALIST

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

 

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

Tags: Table Read My Screenplay - PARK CITY!
Posted on: 12/13/2016 CONNECT Member
'MOLLY MALONE' by James Vincent, FINALIST in Waterford Film Contest

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

 

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

 

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

 

Tags: 10th. Waterford Film Festival
Posted on: 12/11/2016
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
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
LIVE READING OF SIFF CATALYST FINALIST, "DIETRICH DANZIG" SET FOR SEPT 21

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

 

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

 

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

 

www.thatwriterjohn.com.

 

 

 

 

Tags: Atlanta Film Festival, Seattle Int'l Film Festival Catalyst Screenwriting Competition, TeaDance Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
Posted on: 08/30/2016 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
Palm Street Films Honors Before Dishonor

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

Tags: Palm Street Films Script Contest
Posted on: 06/14/2016 CONNECT Member
PHIL PARKER - PRAISED BY SCREENCRAFT

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Tags: ScreenCraft
Posted on: 06/02/2016 CONNECT Member
PHIL PARKER - 1ST PLACE - NASHVILLE

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

Tags: Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition
Posted on: 06/02/2016 CONNECT Member
PHIL PARKER - FINALIST - SCREENCRAFT ACTION

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

 

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

 

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

 

For more information, visit www.thethirdbomb.com

 

 

 

Tags: Screencraft Action
Posted on: 05/29/2016 CONNECT Member
ISA 2016 Fast Track Fellowship for DISCONN The ISA selected Andy Byrne's feature script DISCONN for the 2016 Fast Track Fellowship. "All the ISA team have been fantastic and so incredibly supportive. A special thank you to Felicity and Max for the week spent in LA meeting with amazing industry mentors. I came away educated and inspired. Looking forward to the year ahead!" says Andy. Tags: ISA Fast Track Fellowship V
Posted on: 06/01/2016 CONNECT Member
PHIL PARKER - PRAISED BY BLACK LIST

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Tags: The Black List
Posted on: 06/15/2016 CONNECT Member
"Snowman" Feature - Semi-Finalist 2015 Table Read My Screenplay "The Snowman", a feature written by Nick Cammilleri and David Macfarlane, was a finalist in the 2015 Table Read My Screenplay Competition.  Tags: Table Read My Screenplay - PARK CITY!
Posted on: 06/16/2016
Free Spirits by Craig Fleming receives Special Mention at Table Read London Missed it by THAT much! "Free Spirits," one-hour supernatural drama by Craig Fleming, missed finishing in the top ten, receiving a Special Mention by the judges at Table Read My Screenplay - London. Tags: Table Read My Screenplay Screenplay Contest - LONDON!
Posted on: 06/17/2016 CONNECT Member
PHIL PARKER - CONTRACTED FOR FEATURE

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

 

The client was thrilled with the result:

 

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

 

Posted on: 06/18/2016 CONNECT Member
"Hungry Dogs" - Quarter-Finalist, Page Int'l Screenwriting Awards "Hungry Dogs," written by Nick Cammilleri and David Macfarlane, was a quarter-finalist in the 2014 Page Int'l Screenwriting Awards.  Tags: PAGE International Screenwriting Awards
Posted on: 06/16/2016
"Conquest of the Soda Men" - First Prize, Rhode Island Int'l Film Contest "Conquest of the Soda Men," written by Nick Cammilleri and David Macfarlane, won First Prize in the 2012 Rhode Island International Screenplay Competition. 
Posted on: 06/16/2016
"Vile" (Short Film) - Finalist, 2015 Beverly Hills Film Festival "Vile," written by Nick Cammilleri and David Macfarlane, was a finalist in the 2015 Beverly Hills Film Festival.  Tags: Beverly Hills Film Festival
Posted on: 06/16/2016
"SOUND EFFECT" (TV DRAMA) ADVANCES TO QUARTER-FINALS IN SCRIPT PIPELINE "Sound Effect," (Drama) written by Nick Cammilleri and David Sanner Macfarlane, has advanced to the Quarter-Finals in 2016 Script Pipeline TV Competition. Tags: 2016 Script Pipeline Screenwriting Contest
Posted on: 06/16/2016
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
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
KT Parker's "Promised Land" Named A Finalist KT Parker received another laurel to add to her collection when her refugee epic feature film script "Promised Land" reached the finals of Rebel Seed Films & Entertainment's First 10 Pages Contest in May 2016. Tags: First 10 Pages Script Contest
Posted on: 05/13/2016 CONNECT Member
KT Parker reaches semi-finals of American Zoetrope Contest KT Parker's period biopic, "The Sad Triumph Of Caroline Norton", recently reached the semi-finals of prestigious US screenwriting contest, the American Zoetrope Competition. Tags: American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest
Posted on: 05/13/2016 CONNECT Member
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
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
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.

https://www.facebook.com/firstonlymovie
http://www.firstandonlymovie.com/
@firstonlymovie

Posted on: 05/08/2016 CONNECT Member
A LABOUR OF LOVE wins Best Feature Script at Top Indie Film Awards A Labour of Love, a biopic of Academy Award winner Kevin Brownlow written by Olga Holtz, has been named Best Feature Script at April 2016 Top Indie Film Awards. Tags: Top Indie Film Awards
Posted on: 05/09/2016 CONNECT Member
Brian O'Connor "I Did It!" Top 10 Finish I Did It!, an animated short, is about a small boy that overcomes his fear of the swimming pool with the coaching of his imaginary 'frenemy.'  I Did It! earlier scored a Top 7 finish in the 2015 Reel Writers Screenplay Contest. Tags: 2016 Phoenix Film Festival Short Screenplay Contest
Posted on: 05/18/2016
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
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
Two more awards for The Zahir

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

Tags: Top Indie Film Awards, Worldfest Houston International Film Festival
Posted on: 05/22/2016 CONNECT Member
Alan Zatkow's Zombies optioned by Peabody Award winning producer

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

 

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

Posted on: 05/20/2016
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
Andy Byrne's DISCONN wins 2nd place Table Read My Screenplay- London!

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

 

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

 

 

Tags: ISA Fast Track Fellowship V, Table Read My Screenplay Screenplay Contest - LONDON!
Posted on: 06/20/2016 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
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
Before Dishonor Named Runner Up In Writemovies.com July Contest Writemovies.com has announced that Travis Opgenorth's short Samurai script Before Dishonor placed as the Runner Up in their monthly contest for July. Tags: WriteMovies Monthly Contest
Posted on: 08/05/2016 CONNECT Member
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
Mary Goldman & Tim House make semifinals of Scriptapalooza! Unholy Toledo, by Mary Goldman and Tim House, just made the semifinals of the 2016 Scriptapalooza Feature Screenplay competition. Inspired by their grandfather's life as a slot-machine runner in Prohibition Era Toledo, Ohio, Unholy Toledo is a an action/adventure story about friendship and selfdetermination. Tags: Scriptapalooza Screenplay & SHORTS Competition
Posted on: 08/01/2016 CONNECT Member
RICHTER'S WAR by Daniel P. Douglas Earns Finalist Spot at Filmmatic Awards

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

Tags: 2016 Filmmatic Screenplay Awards
Posted on: 08/01/2016
Robert Coles Robert Coles has been accepted in the 2016 Stowe Story Labs in Vermont, based on his screenplay SUBPRIME. Tags: The Writers Lab
Posted on: 08/13/2016 CONNECT Member
Sci-fi feature DISCONN is a PAGE 2016 Semi-Finalist

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

  

Tags: PAGE International Screenwriting Awards
Posted on: 08/15/2016 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
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
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
Daniel P. Douglas Script GLIMPSE Advances in 2016 PAGE Awards

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

Tags: PAGE International Screenwriting Awards
Posted on: 08/17/2016
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
Timothy Kestrel one of the semi-finalists TV Pilot Kit for the RANGERS - Progenitors of Freedom won Timothy Kestrel a spot as one of the 50 semi-finalists in the Industry Insider Television Writing Contest. Tags: Industry Insider Television Writing Contest
Posted on: 08/01/2016 CONNECT Member
A LABOUR OF LOVE on The Hot 100 list A Labour of Love, a biopic of Academy Award winner Kevin Brownlow written by Olga Holtz, placed 6th on The Hot 100 list of the 2016 Capital Fund Screenplay Competition. Tags: Capital Fund Screenplay Competition
Posted on: 07/30/2016 CONNECT Member
"Paftuar" (Uninvited) was screened at Cannes Film Festival Short Corner

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

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

Posted on: 07/09/2016 CONNECT Member
Before Dishonor Wins Grand Prize Domo arigato to the Palm Street Films Script Contest for selecting Before Dishonor as their short script GRAND PRIZE WINNER.  Tags: Palm Street Films Script Contest
Posted on: 07/12/2016 CONNECT Member
PHIL PARKER - CONTRACTED TO WRITE TREATMENT Phil Parker has just been hired by the award-winning team over at T.P. Productions to write a treatment for their new animated feature. The treatment will be used to pitch for production funding, with the aim of hiring Phil to write the screenplay as well.
Posted on: 07/02/2016 CONNECT Member
PHIL PARKER - COMMISSIONED BY BBC WORLDWIDE

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

 

 

PILOT EPISODE:

 

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

Tags: BBC Worldwide
Posted on: 07/02/2016 CONNECT Member
Travis Opgenorth's Before Dishonor Scores Double Honors Domo arigato to LA Cinefest and Palm Street Films for announcing Travis Opgenorth's short Samurai actioner, Before Dishonor, as a FINALIST in both of their contests.  Tags: Los Angeles CineFest, Palm Street Films Script Contest
Posted on: 06/29/2016 CONNECT Member
Gary Files - Table Read My Screenplay Gary Files becomes a Semi Finalist placing with his screenplay "Simon Says" in the Table Read My Screenlat Contest - London. Tags: Table Read My Screenplay Screenplay Contest - LONDON!
Posted on: 07/01/2016 CONNECT Member
Phillip E. Hardy is 2016 Page Awards Quarter-Finalist

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

Tags: Austin Indie Flix Showcase, PAGE International Screenwriting Awards
Posted on: 07/15/2016 CONNECT Member
Daniel P. Douglas Script GLIMPSE Advances in 2016 Page Awards

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

Tags: PAGE International Screenwriting Awards
Posted on: 07/16/2016
Ranger Creed Lands in "Hot 100" Ranger Creed continues its contest circuit success by finishing in the Capital Fund Screenplay Contest's Hot 100.  Tags: Capital Fund Screenplay Competition
Posted on: 07/27/2016 CONNECT Member
Evan Cooper is a 2016 Script Pipeline Finalist

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

 

Evan is repped by manager Kailey Marsh.  

Tags: Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition
Posted on: 07/28/2016
PETER DEVONALD AND KEVIN SCRANTZ TOP 10 FINALIST IN CAPITAL FUND COMP 2016 "The Life of Dreams", a feature script written by Kevin Scrantz and Peter Devonald, is Capital Fund Screenplay Competition Top Ten Finalist 2016.

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


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

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

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

Posted on: 07/23/2016 CONNECT Member
Melissa Emery's The Courage Inside Wins/ Places Multiple Awards

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

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

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

 

Tags: 2016 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition, CineStory Screenwriting Awards, ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship
Posted on: 07/18/2016 CONNECT Member
Liam Hayes' script places in the Table Read My Screenplay 2015 semi-finals Pottersville, Liam Hayes' original TV pilot about a novice private eye in 1940s Hollywood, has made it to the semi-finals of the 2015 Table Read My Screenplay competition.  Tags: Table Read My Screenplay - Screenplay Contest - Hwd
Posted on: 06/28/2015
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
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
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
Phillip E. Hardy Finalist for 2014 Screenplay Contest This week the Hill Country Film Festival in Fredericksburg Texas announced that Phillip E. Hardy is a finalist for their screenplay contest for his screenplay about Michael Rockefeller called A Whole Life, A Head. The winner of the screenplay contest will be announced at the HCFF awards ceremony on May 3, 2014. Tags: Hill Country Film Festival
Posted on: 04/05/2014 CONNECT Member
Mary Goldman--TOP SIX Reelheart International Screenplay Competition

Mary Goldman's "Changeology" came in the top 6 of the 2014 ReelHeart International Film Fest's screenplay competition. Humorously interweaving the themes of faith, family and prejudice, "Changeology" follows one family's struggle to accept change.

 

Tags: Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition
Posted on: 04/05/2014 CONNECT Member
Peter Devonald scripted Short Film 'Picture Perfect' wins major awards

'Picture Perfect', a 30 minute short film Peter Devonald co-wrote with Kevin Scrantz, has won a series of major awards and is having a wonderful festival run which includes Best Film 4th Peleponnesian Corinthian "Bridges" CINE@ART 2013, Best Short Film Cyprus International Film Festival 2013, Best Film: Mestre Film Festival - Venice Event Academy 2013 and Best Director award Kharkov Lilac Film Festival 2013.

 

This April it has its American premiere and is nominated for a Remi at the 47th WorldFest Houston International Film Festival's Best Short Film Award 2014. It is also nominated for the London Independent Film Festival's Best Short Film Award, also April 2014.

Tags: London Film Awards, Worldfest Houston International Film Festival
Posted on: 03/30/2014 CONNECT Member
John Simpson interviewing for creation of new TV Series! I was searched through the ISA Writers' Database and am being considered to join an international staff of screenwriters to develop, and possibly lead, the creation of a new television series. I interviewed via Skype with a Maltese company. It was a blast, and they loved my rather on the spot creation! Fingers crossed!
Posted on: 04/03/2014
Big News for Stephen M. Hunt

Being named in January as an ISA "writer to watch" was a huge surpise and a great pleasure. 

 

So in sceenwriting competitions since the new year I've finished quaterfinalist in the Nashville Film Festival and ScreenCraft Feature. I got to the semifinals of Table Read My Screenplay, ScreenCraft Fellowship and Screenplay Festival. I made the finals of Acclaim Film, Creativescope Awards and The Bare Bones Film Festival. I was a winner in The Bare Bones Film Festival (2nd script), Los Angeles Film & Script Festival and Screenplay Festival (2nd script). I'm presently advancing through various rounds in The Calssic City Film Festival, The Snake Alley Festival of Film, Reel Writers, Filmmaker Int Awards, Hill Country Film Festival and The Beverly Hills Film Festival. 

 

Watch my profile page for news on the chance-of-a-life-time writing gig I've landed and details of my short that's being filmed this summer.

Posted on: 04/11/2014 CONNECT Member
Dan Healy - Finalist in Multiple Contests Gabriel's Bones was a finalist in the Screenplay Search and New Hope Film Festival screenplay contests, and a semi-finalist in the Scriptapolooza screenplay contest. Tags: New Hope Film Festival Script Competition, Scriptapalooza Screenplay & SHORTS Competition
Posted on: 04/18/2014 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
PETER DEVONALD SCRIPTED SHORT FILM 'PICTURE PERFECT' WINS GOLD REMI AWARD Picture Perfect, a 30 minute short film Peter Devonald co-wrote with Kevin Scrantz, won a Gold Remi at the 47th WorldFest Houston International Film Festival's for Best Dramatic Original Short Film 2014.

The film was directed by Irina Izmestieva. Producer Rebecca Knapp (Popcorn, Frozen). DOP Philip Robertson. Original Music Christoffer Sandberg. Cast includes: John Carson (Doomsday, Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter), Tina Gray (The Decoy Bride), Dina Korzun (Last Resort, Cold Souls), Sidney Kean (The Fear, Fakers) and Ivor (The dog).

The film has won a series of major awards and is having a wonderful festival run which includes Best Film 4th Peleponnesian Corinthian "Bridges" CINE@ART 2013, Best Short Film Cyprus International Film Festival 2013, Best Film: Mestre Film Festival - Venice Event Academy 2013 and Best Director award Kharkov Lilac Film Festival 2013.

Tags: Worldfest Houston International Film Festival
Posted on: 05/05/2014 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
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
Zach Jansen Has Original Screenplay Optioned

Zach Jansen's original feature-length screenplay How We Really Won the Space Race has been optioned by Royer Films whose current feature film AIR will premiere later this year.

This is Zach's second optioned script, following his untitled thriller that was found through the ISA Writing Gigs page.

Posted on: 03/14/2014 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
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
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
Brian Beckwith named head writer of the "Jackson & Lewis" web series Jackson & Lewis is the brainchild of creator/Director, Pierre M. Coleman, whose previous work includes the critically acclaimed short, ‘Hello, My Name Is Trouble.’  The series stars Omar Scroggins (Boardwalk Empire, Brining Out the Dead, Crooklyn) as Jackson and Dee Martin (NYC 22) as Lewis.  Each episode can currently be viewed on You Tube.

Jackson & Lewis is an action comedy about two contract killers, Jackson  (a hypochondriac with short term memory loss) and Lewis (an action junky), who are roped into taping a reality show as a result of Lewis’ desire to work in Hollywood.  Each mission turns into a series of mishaps and mayhem while Jackson and Lewis try to manage their dysfunctional relationship.

Posted on: 01/23/2014
Rachel Long & Brian Pittman's THE CIVILIAN script named to The Blacklist

Rachel Long & Brian Pittman's THE CIVILIAN, recently acquired by Millennium, was named to The Blacklist 2013 (#18). The husband and wife writing team's latest script was also named to The Hit List. 

 

Posted on: 01/20/2014 CONNECT Member
Shoshana Rosenbaum Successfully Crowdfunding Short Film She Wrote

After being the only female finalist with her script "The Goblin Baby", at the 2013 DC Shorts Film Festival Screenplay Competition, Shoshana Rosenbaum moved into pre-production on her first film as writer/director/producer. The project is 126% funded on Indiegogo and is up for Indie Reign's Project of the Week.

Tags: DC Shorts Screenplay Competition
Posted on: 01/22/2014 CONNECT Member
Zach Jansen Named ScreenCraft Fellowship Semi-Finalist

On the strength of his screenplay The Incredible Frog Boy Is On the Loose Again!, Zach Jansen was named a Top 10% semi-finalist in the first annual ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship.

Tags: ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship
Posted on: 02/04/2014 CONNECT Member
Brian Beckwith: Finalist, Garden State Film Festival Screenplay Competition Brian Beckwith named one of five finalists in the Garden State Film Festival Screenplay Competition for his script, "The Forgotten Night".
Posted on: 02/06/2014
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
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
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
Phillip E. Hardy "Official Selection" at Richmond International Film Fest

Phillp E. Hardy's Within These Walls, the Angela Davis Story is an "Official Selection" at the 2013 Richmond International Film Festival and will be competing for the Grand Jury Award on March 2, 2014.

 

 

Posted on: 02/08/2014 CONNECT Member
Phillip E. Hardy Gold Medal Winner at Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest

Phillip E. Hardy's screenplay Once Upon A Time In LA has won the gold medal for best thriller at the Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest.

 

Tags: Beverly Hills Film Festival
Posted on: 02/08/2014 CONNECT Member
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Michael Sieve's Stevie Ray Vaughan Biopic, Semifinalist in Austin Semifinalist in the Austin Indie Flix Showcase for his script LITTLE SISTER, a Stevie Ray Vaughan Bio Pic that is generating some fast interest. Tags: Austin Indie Flix Showcase
Posted on: 08/17/2014 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
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
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
John Simpson hired as a result of an ISA ad! Due to an ad posted on ISA's writing gigs that I answered, I've just been hired as a main scriptwriter for an international production company based in Malta. The process took months with SKYPE tryouts as well as conversations. I am greatly looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead! Thank you ISA!
Posted on: 06/27/2014
Ludlow by Bradd Hopkins won multiple awards

Ludlow won the 2013 LA Screenplay Competition.

Ludlow also won the WILDsound Screenplay Competition (Toronto) in 2013. Annabelle and Me by Bradd Hopkins was also one of the four finalists.

The Ludlow script advanced to semifinalist (feature film) in the Final Draft/Big Break Screenwriting Competition.  

Tags: Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest, Screenplay Competition Awards
Posted on: 06/03/2014 CONNECT Member
Annabelle and Me by Bradd Hopkins garnered multiple awards

•WILDsound Screenwriting Competition, 2013 Finalist. (Another of the writer's scripts, Ludlow, won this competition.)

•Great Lakes Film Association Screenwriting Competition, 1st Runner-Up, 2008.
•Writer's Digest/American Screenwriters Association 77th Annual International Scriptwriting Competition, 51st Place (of 36,000 submissions), 2008.
•PAGE International Screenwriting Awards, 2006, Quarterfinalist.

 

Tags: Screenplay Competition Awards
Posted on: 06/03/2014 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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
John Simpson's First movie short to begin shooting in first half of July Cap-Son Productions will begin to shoot the short, The Traffic Stop, written by John Simpson and Robert Cummings, in the first half of July. Location of shooting will be in Northeast Pennsylvania and will last two days. This will be the companies first short with two more planned.
Posted on: 06/17/2014
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
Michael Sieve Has Won 23 Film Writing Awards in the Past Year 23 Film Writing Awards this past year including top honors at the Los Angeles Movie Awards and the Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood, Best Feature Script at the WildSound Film Festival in Toronto. Also, Best Script at California International Shorts Film Festival and San Jose International Film Festival. Top 5 Best Screenplay at Nevada International Film Festival. Official Selection at Beverly Hills Film Festival, Sacramento International Film Festival, Shoreline Scripts, Writer's on the Storm Script Competition, Skyfest Film Festival and Action on Film International Film Festival in Los Angeles. Tags: Beverly Hills Film Festival, Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest, Los Angeles Movie Awards
Posted on: 01/15/2014 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
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
Posted on: 08/24/2013
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
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
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
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
Pat Silver-Lasky's erotic thriller, selling internationally. My erotic thriller, Ride The Tiger is now selling well internationally. It would make a great film.
Posted on: 08/29/2013
Stephen M. Hunt's feature, a Semi Finalist My feature screenplay Precious Vengeance is a Semi Finalist in the Fade In Awards. 
Posted on: 09/04/2013 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
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
Stephen M. Hunt's Screenplay Won in the Script Exposure Screenwriting Comp My feature screenplay Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait has won the Horror Genre section of the Script Exposure Screenwriting Competition.
Posted on: 09/16/2013 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
Stephen M. Hunt's feature a Finalist in CWA

My feature screenplay Precious Vengeance (aka Hearts of Cold Stone) is a Finalist in the Creative World Awards.

Tags: Creative World Awards Screenwriting Contest
Posted on: 09/04/2013 CONNECT Member
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
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
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
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
John Simpson's The Nursing Home won award The Nursing Home won an Honorable Mention Award this month in a horror screenplay contest.
Posted on: 04/16/2013
John Simpson's Peter's Chair is moving forward. Peter's Chair is a semi-finialist moving into the finalist round of the "Bankable Script Contest."
Posted on: 04/16/2013
Suzan Battah - Best of Fest Award Winner Love Unlimited Film Festival and Art Exhibition Best of Fest Award in Scripts (Fantasy Category) – “BaSatai: Outside In
Posted on: 04/13/2013
John Simpson's Condor One was a finalist in LA Screenplay Festival Condor One took a finalist place in the L.A. Screenplay Festival contest last month.
Posted on: 04/16/2013
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
Brian A. Beckwith named Official Finalist "The Forgotten Night" was named an Official Finalist in the 2013 Honolulu Film Awards Screenwriting Competition.
Posted on: 05/27/2013
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
Stephen M. Hunt's PRECIOUS VENGEANCE NAMED BEST FOREIGN SCRIPT Best Foreign Script Fresh Voices Feature with Precious Vengeance (aka Hearts of Cold Stone).
Quarter-finalist Fade In Awards with Precious Vengeance (aka Hearts of Cold Stone).
Quarter-finalist Sellascript All Access with Precious Vengeance (aka Hearts of Cold Stone). Tags: 2016 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition
Posted on: 06/14/2013 CONNECT Member
Brian A. Beckwtih named Finalist in the 2011 Garden State Film Fest Screenwriting Competition

 

My script, "The Beautiful People", was named as a top three finalist in the Garden State Film Fest Screenwriting Comeptition 

Posted on: 05/30/2013
Brian A. Beckwith wins 2012 Rising Star Award, Canada International Film Fest Brian A. Beckwith'sprovocative historical drama, "The Forgotten Night," receives its first major award.
Posted on: 05/27/2013
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
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
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
Millennium Buys "The Civilian" Script by Rachel Long & Brian Pittman As reported in Deadline Hollywood, Millennium Films acquired The Civilian by writing team Rachel Long and Brian Pittman. "The company hopes this will give it another franchise, this one in the vein of The Bourne Identity. It was bought in a competitive situation and will be fast tracked into production. In The Civilian, an American doctor has his identity stolen by a covert operative. The only way he can clear his name is to assume the dangerous mission of the spy who stole it. Millennium president Mark Gill is producing. Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson, John Thompson and Christine Crow are Executive Producers. The scribes are repped by UTA, attorney Ryan Pastorek and manager Scott Carr."
Posted on: 11/27/2013 CONNECT Member
Stephen M. Hunt's Precious Vengeance won Best Script

My feature screenplay "Precious Vengeance" has just won "Best Script" in the Los Angeles International Underground Film Festival. This brings my overall tally of screenplay competition successes to twenty two including Grand Prize Winner, four other wins and three finalists placings.

 

"Precious Vengeance" has secured thirteen of these successes while my latest screenplay "Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait" has secured four, including an outright win. This script is the first in a Poe trilogy to be followed by "The Raven" and "The Pit and the Pendulum." 

Posted on: 11/23/2013 CONNECT Member
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
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
Stephen M. Hunt's Screenplays in StoryPros Quarter Finals My feature screenplays "Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait" and "Precious Vengeance" both reached the quarter finals of the StoryPros Awards.
Posted on: 12/28/2013 CONNECT Member
Stephen M. Hunt London Film Award Finalist. My feature screenplay "Precious Vengeance" is a finalist of the London Film Awards. This is the sixth time this year that it has reached the finals of a screenplay competition. In three cases it went on to win.
Posted on: 12/28/2013 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
Stephen M. Hunt breaks into the Moviebytes Top Ten of Winning Screenplays.

My first screenplay competition success was in January 2013 when my feature screenplay "Precious Vengeance" was a winner (4th) in the Los Angeles Screenplay competition.

 

By December 31st 2013 I clocked up another 25 screenplay competition achievements (not all wins) the upshot being that I now have four placings in the Moviebytes Top Ten of Winning Scripts; "Precious Vengeance" is 4th Urban genre, 5th Romantic genre and 7th Historical genre. "Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait is 8th Romantic genre.

 

"A Tell-Tale Heart" is the second of my Edgar Allan Poe trilogy and is entered into three new competitions. "The Raven" should be out there in screenplay-comeption-land real soon. 

Posted on: 01/02/2014 CONNECT Member
Stephen M. Hunt in another final. My feature screenplay "Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait" reached the finals of the Reel Writers Competition. I began entering this script into competitions in August 2013 and this is the fourth time it's become a finalist. On one occasion it went on to win.
Posted on: 12/28/2013 CONNECT Member
Stephen M. Hunt in Screenplay Festival Semifinals Both my feature screenplays have reached the semifinals of the Screenplay Festival semifinals. 
Posted on: 12/28/2013 CONNECT Member
Beth Bollinger's UNTIL THE END OF THE NINTH: semi-finalist in Chicago

Just announced: Beth Bollinger's novel adaptation script UNTIL THE END OF THE NINTH is a semi-finalist in the Chicago Screenwriters Network contest.  Finalists and winners will be announced in about a month.UNTIL THE END OF THE NINTH is inspired by the true story of a 1946 minor league baseball team that died in a bus crash midway through that season. 

Tags: Chicago Screenplay Contest
Posted on: 11/22/2013
"TULIPMANIA" ASKED FOR READING BY 2 PROS VIA VIRTUALPITCHFEST Mikhail Overchenko's period drama Tulipmania was asked for reading by two production companies, Ivanhoe Pictures and 10,000 Hours, through VirtualPitchFest in November 2013.
Posted on: 11/16/2013 CONNECT Member
Shoshana Rosenbaum, DC Shorts Film Fest Screenplay Competition Finalist On Friday, September 27, Shoshana Rosenbaum, one of six finalists (and the only woman) in the 2013 DC Shorts Film Festival Screenplay Competition, directed a live reading of her short script "The Goblin Baby" for an audience of over 150 people at the Atlas Arts Center. While she didn't walk away with the prize money, the audience's enthusiatic response galvanized Shoshana to begin pre-production of her film. Tags: DC Shorts Screenplay Competition
Posted on: 10/08/2013 CONNECT Member
Randy Brown Commissioned to Write Scenes for Screenplay & is in Production

I am a Canadian screenwriter in the hinterland. Earlier this year I made a wonderful connection. Mohen Naorem, a director in eastern India, liked some of my sample writing. He's producing and directing a feature film called 'My Japanese Niece'. It's a historically important period piece designed to heal old wounds between India and Japan, 70 years after the Second World War. Mohen commissioned me to write the battle scenes for the Battle of Lion's Box and the Battle of Numshigum for a total of 28 pages. The first battle was filmed in Thailand earlier this year and the second sequence goes into production in India in November.

This marks my first writing credit in a feature film as a contributing writer. As a reward, Mohen has asked me to portray one of the characters in the second set of battle scenes. I am honored to have my work produced half way around the world with a team that comes from three continents. The lead actor, Junichi Kajioka, is of Japanese descent and lives in London. With organizations like the ISA, my work can have a global impact.

Posted on: 10/08/2013 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
Zach Jansen Has Original Screenplay Optioned An original untitled screenplay written by Zach Jansen has been optioned by Lou Coty through the Writing Gigs listings on ISA.  This is Zach's first optioned feature screenplay.

The script is a thriller/mystery about a small town detective embroiled in the search for a missing pregnant woman that forces him to accept the truth of his wife's disappearance years earlier.
Posted on: 10/02/2013 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
Lincoln's Timeless Love by Millie Raphael in Top 100 Emerging Screenwriters Lincoln's Timeless Love combines the most compelling elements of Young Mister Lincoln and Somewhere in Time.
The screenplay is based on the story of young Abraham Lincoln and the love of his life: Ann Rutledge.  It is told through the eyes of a modern day, coming-of-age woman studying History in Washington, D.C.   

“It is well-written, impeccably researched, and quite moving. There are strong, complex roles for actors.  Most importantly, it’s heartfelt and full of passion for the story, the characters and their poetry.” 
~ Academy Award winning Director's critique

Tags: Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition
Posted on: 09/28/2013
John Simpson's Screenplay SOLD! The screenplay, The Beach House, has been sold to PassionFruit Productions and will begin filming December 8th of this year. Casting has just begun. John will also act as co-producer on the production as well.
Posted on: 10/15/2013
Zach Jansen Screenplay a Top 100 Finalist

Zach Jansen's original screenplay The Incredible Frog Boy Is On the Loose Again! was named a Top 100 Finalist in the 2013 Table Read My Screenplay Contest.

Posted on: 10/22/2013 CONNECT Member
Stephen M. Hunt's Screenplay Received Certificate of Excellence in SkyFest

After winning the horror genre of the Script Exposure competition, my feature screenplay Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait  has been awarded a "Certificate of Excellence" in the SkyFest Script and Film Festival.

 

The contest's winners are sellected from the certificate winners which, in effect makes the certificate winners, finalists. (The first two stages are called "accepted" and "honorable mention" - Ralph at SkyFest does things his own way!)

 

The Oval Portrait has also become a first round qualifier in the ongoing FilmMakers International Screenwriting Awards.

 

The coverage / analysis I've received for The Oval Portrait is simply fantastic and includes "..solid, professional, an icredibly well written script and adaptation .." and also "..an incredibly salable script.."

Posted on: 11/05/2013 CONNECT Member
MIKHAIL OVERCHENKO'S "TULIPMANIA" IS ASKED FOR READING Mikhail Overchenko's Tulipmania, a drama taking place in the 17th century Netherlands, was asked for reading after a pitch by Delux Productions, producer of Girl with a Pearl Earring, in early 2013.
Posted on: 11/16/2013 CONNECT Member
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
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
Phillip E. Hardy is 2014 Finalist at Austin Indie Flix Showcase

Phillip E. Hardy's J.D. Salinger biopic screenplay THE MAN WHO BORE THE MYTH is a finalist at this year's Austin Indie Flix Showcase.

 

Tags: Austin Indie Flix Showcase
Posted on: 08/18/2014 CONNECT Member
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
TEXT MESSAGES TO GOD Finalist in the STUDIO SCRIPT Category at RIVER BEND The action adventure of two acheologists impersonating doctors when ISIS takes over Mosul is not only timely, but socially relevant, since here are two who appreciate most the very ancient relics being destroyed by the terrorists,while hiding their ability & true identies. The RIVER BEND FILM FESTIVAL held in South Bend, Indiana April 9th - 11th has selected this thriller by David Bryant Perkins as one of the top three finalist in their STUDIO SCRIPT category, the winner will be announced on Festival's final day.
Posted on: 03/20/2015
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
Eric Fisher Places Multiple Scripts in Multiple Contests

Three of Eric Fisher's scripts placed in three separate contests in 2014. Showing diversity in his writing, Fisher's ONLY 16 MILES placed as an official finalist in the 2014 Horror Screenplay Contest, while his Sci-Fi UNIVERSAL ESCAPADE made it into the top 25 in the 2014 WeScreenplay International Screenwriting Competition.

 

Fisher's historical drama THE DEPARTURE also placed as an official finalist in the 2014 Bevery Hills Screenplay Contest and as a quarterfinalist in the 2014 WeScreenplay International Screenplay Competition. 

Tags: 2014 Horror Screenplay Contest, Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest
Posted on: 03/17/2015
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
David Bryant Perkins scores TRIPLE PLAY in the IFIPG's Screenwriting FINALS HITLER'S ASTROLOGER, the historical drama based on the true story of the Third Reich's use of astrology & the occult, TEXT MESSAGES TO GOD, the action/adventure of two archeologists caught by ISIS after the fall of Mosul, and NISEI LEGACY, a Michener-styled epic following a 13th Century Japanese noble family to the present, have all made it into the Independent Film Investment & Production Groups 2014 Screenwriting Contest finals. Tags: 2014 IFIPG Scriptwriting contest
Posted on: 02/28/2015
TWISTER ALLEY FILM FESTIVAL Knocks Two Perkins' Scripts in Finals HITLER'S ASTROLOGER & TEXT MESSAGES TO GOD by David Bryant Perkins have each made it to finals in Woodard, Oklahoma, here we come...!
Posted on: 03/03/2015
Phillip E. Hardy awarded Special Selection Honor at Artemis Film Festival

Phillip E. Hardy's female driven, action screenplay Gina Jericho has been awarded Special Selection at the 2015 Artemis Women in Action Film Festival in Los Angeles. Honorees at this year's festival include actress Linda Hamilton of Terminator fame. A first draft of Gina Jericho was also recognized at the 2014 Austin Film Festival.

Tags: Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay Competition
Posted on: 03/29/2015 CONNECT Member
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
Zach Jansen Twice Named Official Finalist in Las Vegas Screenplay Contest Zach Jansen's comedy feature Bake Sale and Western feature The Education of Tobias Smith were both named as Official Finalists in the 2015 Las Vegas Screenplay Contest in the comedy and historical categories, respectively. Tags: Las Vegas Film Festival Screenplay Contest
Posted on: 04/05/2015 CONNECT Member
GI FILM FESTIVAL in Washington DC Rewards Perkins Screenplay, TEXT MESSAGES TO GOD by David Bryant Perkins was awarded a finalist spot to their film festival held in Fairfax, VA & Washington, DC from May 18 - 24th. The motto for the festival is Cinematic * Edge-Of-Your-Seat * Awsomeness fits the story of captured archeologists impersonating medical doctors to save their lives as ISIS overruns their ancient excavation site.
Posted on: 04/07/2015
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
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
Phillip E. Hardy selected as Finalist at Hill Country Film Festival

Phillip E. Hardy's The Man Who Bore they Myth has been selected as one of the four finalists at this year's Hill Country Film Festival in Fredericksburg Texas. This is the sixth honor for Phillip's screenplay about literary sacred cow J.D. Salinger.

Tags: Hill Country Film Festival
Posted on: 03/31/2015 CONNECT Member
TEXT MESSAGES TO GOD is HILL COUNTRY FINALIST The mission of the Hill Country Film Society back in 2010 was to educate & inspire the next generation of film makers, and certainly hosting the event in Fredricksburg Texas is the ideal place to do just that. David Bryant Perkins, having grown up in the area between Austin & San Antonio, knows this too, and is honored to be one of four Feature Screenplay Finalist with his story of two archeologists masquerading as medical doctors to stay alive as ISIS takes over Mosul. Tags: Hill Country Film Festival
Posted on: 03/31/2015
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
Robert Coles' Ode To Freedom Places in Multiple Contests Coles' co-written ODE TO FREEDOM, based on the life of Russian poet Alexander Pushkin, placed as a finalist in the 2015 Reel Writers Screenplay contest; a quarter-finalist in the Screenwriting Goldmine contest (United Kingdom, 2014); a semifinalist in the Table Read My Screenplay contest (Park City, 2014); a finalist in the WeScreenplay contest (Los Angeles, 2015); top fifty scripts in the  ISA Fast Track Mentorship Program (Los Angeles, 2015). While there have been numerous films made about Pushkin's life in Russia, to date nothing has been done in the West. Tags: Reel Writers Screenwriting Competition, Table Read My Screenplay - PARK CITY!, WeScreenplay International Screenwriting Competition
Posted on: 02/26/2015 CONNECT Member
Jeffrey Allen Russel and Lynda Lemberg's GRACE up for its FIFTH LIVE READ

GRACE has been chosen as a finalist at the Veer West Film Festival screenplay competition and an excerpt will be performed on stage during the festval. It will be one of five screenplays selected for a live Read in Seattle, WA. March 2015

Posted on: 01/29/2015 CONNECT Member
RUSSEL and LEMBERG reach Quarterfinals of Marquee Lights

Jeffrey Allen Russel and his co-author Lynda Lemberg's historical screeplay GRACE is a quarterfinalist in the 2015 Marquee Lights Screenplay Competition.

Tags: Marquee Lights Screenwriting Competition
Posted on: 01/29/2015 CONNECT Member
GRACE Chosen For Its Fifth Live Read by Veer West

GRACE is one of five screenplays chosen to be read at the Veer West Screenplay Competition.

"The audience choice and top three finalists will have their screenplays workshopped and revised for further consideration for production."

The event will take place in Seattle during March 2015.

Posted on: 01/27/2015 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
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
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
Phillip E. Hardy, Finalist at 2014 Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest Phillip E. Hardy was named Finalist for "Best Biography/Historical Feature Screenplay at the 2014 Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest for his JD Salinger Biopic "The Man Who Bore the Myth". This is his fourth honor for screenwriting in 2015. The "Man Who Bore the Myth" is also an "Official Selection" at this year's Mongolian International Film Festival, Quarter-Finalist at 2015 Richmond Film Festival and Finalist at 2014 Austin Indie Flix Festival. Last year, Phillip won a gold medal for "best thriller" from Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest. Tags: Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest
Posted on: 02/02/2015 CONNECT Member
Terry Coffey's ATLAS Places in Multiple Contests

"Atlas," the short screenplay and TV pilot by writer and author Terry Coffey was a semifinalist/quarterfinalist in the Bluecat Screenwriting Contest, Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition and Final Draft/Big Break Screenwriting Contest all in 2014.

 

Coffey also made the quarterfinals of 2013/14 Fresh Voices with his "VALLEY OF THE KINGS," a one-hour TV pilot based on his book "The 18th Dynasty".

Tags: 2016 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition, Blue Cat Screenwriting Contest, Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest
Posted on: 02/03/2015 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
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
DAVID BRYANT PERKINS PLACES TWO SCRIPTS IN FINALS....AGAIN HITLER'S ASTROLOGER, based on the true story how the Third Reich used astrology & the occult, and TEXT MESSAGES TO GOD, where Dr. Zhivago meets American Sniper, completed a "double play, with both scripts reaching the quarterfinals in the AURA SCREENWRITER AWARDS, after both made the same in the MARQUEE LIGHTS COMPETITION. Tags: Aura Screenwriter Awards
Posted on: 02/08/2015
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
Austin FF and New York Screenplay Contest Laud GRACE  GRACE GETS A "RECOMMEND" BY THE AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL. "Grace is an iconic, Oscar-worthy heroine who deserves to have the movie named for her." --Austin Film Festival reader, 2014

 

And from New York Screenplay Contest:

"One of the best things about the script is that it is very clear why this story is relatable and relevant to a modern audience. The story of the Highland Clearances is very relevant in the days of the Occupy movement and the One Percent. It can be a movie for the times." --New York Screenplay Contest, 2014

Tags: Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay Competition, New York Screenplay Contest
Posted on: 02/06/2015 CONNECT Member
Three Cities Online Film Festival selects Phillip E. Hardy as Finalist The Three Cities Online TV and Film Festival has selected Phillip E. Hardy's horror western The Bloody Benders as Finalist at their 2015 Festival. This is the first honor for this script, which was written earlier this year. Phillip will also be competing for best screenplay later this month at the Hill Country Film Festival in Texas, as well as being a "Special Selection" as the Artemis Women in Action Film Festival in Los Angeles later this month.  Tags: Hill Country Film Festival
Posted on: 04/09/2015 CONNECT Member
Maria Hinterkoerner - Multiple Contest Finalist and Semifinalist Finalist and Semifinalist in Circus Road Screenplay Contest, Page International Screenwriting Awards, Shoot In Philadelphia Screenplay Competition, Big Bear Lake International Film Festival Tags: Circus Road Screenplay Contest, PAGE International Screenwriting Awards, Philadelphia Film Office
Posted on: 04/10/2015 CONNECT Member
Stephen M. Hunt Receives Best Short Film Nominations After becoming an "official selection" at The Coventry Film Festival UK, Emmy Award winning Miguel Guerreiro's short film of Stephen Hunt's script "Early Release" has now been nominated for "best film" and "best actress". This intense crime / drama will be shown on July 15th with awards the same night. 
Posted on: 05/25/2015 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
Precious Warrior, Official Selection 2016 Beverly Hills Film Festival Historical script "Precious Warrior" was given an Official selection at the 2016 Beverly Hills Film Festival. Tags: Beverly Hills Film Festival
Posted on: 05/25/2015 CONNECT Member
TEXT MESSAGES TO GOD wins BEST SCREENPLAY at GIFF 15 Called the "Sundance of Military Film Festivals", the GI Film Festival held in Washington DC with special guests R. Lee Ermey & Montel Williams selected David Bryant Perkins' story combining the ISIS takeover of Mosul, two archeologists forced to masquerade as doctors, and a pre-Christian mystery that becomes the center of interest for several governments, as the winner of this year's premier military film festival.
Posted on: 05/25/2015
More Success for Stephen M. Hunt's Filmed Short Emmy Award director Miguel Guerreiro filmed Stephen M. Hunt's short script "Early Release" last year. The film became an "official selection" at the Golden Palmera Film Festival in Dubai, then The River Bend Film Festival in Indiana and then The Access Code Film Festival in Srinagar, India. It recently became an "official selection" at The Coventry Film Festival, UK to be shown on July 15th, 2015.
Posted on: 05/17/2015 CONNECT Member
Rosenbaum Claims "Best of" at 48 Hour Film and Finalist in Nashville

Shoshana Rosenbaum co-wrote the comedic short "For the Love of Pete" for the 2015 Washington, D.C. 48 Hour Film Project, which will be included in the "Best of" screening in May 2015. And "The Creepy House" was a finalist in the 2015 Nashville Film Festival Screenplay Competition in the family feature category.  

Posted on: 05/23/2015 CONNECT Member
KT Parker places 2nd in Euroscript's 2015 Screenwriting Competition

The annual Euroscript Screenwriting Competition was launched in 1994 under the auspices of the European Union’s Media II programme as part and parcel of Euroscript's vision to improve the quality of screenplays available for production. This is NOT a UK-centred competition - stories can be set anywhere in the universe and entries are accepted from anywhere in the world. KT Parker placed third in the contest in 2013 and is delighted to have come second this year. 

Posted on: 05/30/2015 CONNECT Member
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
RUSSEL and LEMBERG AWARDED SECOND PLACE at CAYFILM on GRAND CAYMAN ISLAND

The panel of eleven judges thought the battle for top spot in the Screenplay category was so tight they decided to split it into First, Second and Third. I'm honourd to announce that GRACE won SECOND PLACE. Paul Schrader, recipient of the inaugural Outstanding Achievement in Screenwriting Award presented the award to Lynda and Jeffrey at the festival. Emmy Award-winner, Mr. Brian Cox was also a presenter.

Posted on: 06/23/2015 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
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
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
Jeffrey Allen Russel and Lynda Lemberg Win NEW MEDIA F.F. The new media Film Festival was held on June 9-10, this week at a state of the art complex owned by Mark Cuban, The Landmark Theater, located on W. Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles. GRACE won the award for Best Screenpay. Jeffrey Allen Russel was in attendance to receive the award.
Posted on: 06/12/2015 CONNECT Member
David Bryant Perkins Has 4 Scripts Win the BEST DEBUT AWARD in Australia

HITLER'S ASTROLOGER, NISEI LEGACY, TEXT MESSAGES TO GOD, & MICHOACAN STORY were all selected for the ColorTape International Film Festival's BEST DEBUT SCRIPTS AWARD in Brisbane, Australia last April, all written by newcomer David Bryant Perkins, who began writing screenplays exactly one year ago...!

 

NISEI LEGACY has also finaled at the North Carolina International South Asian Film Festival which will be held on May 30th - 31st at Duke University.

Posted on: 05/16/2015
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
Emi Sano is Top 9 Finalist in NH Film Festival Screenplay Competition Sano's feature script, "A Thorn" is picked for the Top 9 Finalists in the New Hampshire Film Festival Screenplay Competition. 
Posted on: 04/19/2015
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
Emi Sano receives Honorable Mention in Fresh Voices Competition 2014-2015 Honorable Mention with the Fresh Voices Competition in the Drama Category for the screenplay "A Thorn".  Tags: 2016 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition
Posted on: 04/18/2015
Maria Hinterkoerner - Semifinalist Universal Emerging Writers Fellowship Semifinalist Universal Emerging Writers Fellowship 2015 with Comedies "Zero Ways of Finding My Body" and "Cherry Blossom Juniper"
Posted on: 04/16/2015 CONNECT Member
Mary Goldman - Top 100 Emerging Screenwriters' Competition

"Unholy Toledo", which Goldman co-wrote with Tim House, has made the top 100 of the 2014 Emerging Screenwriters' screenplay competition, as well as the quarterfinals at the 2014 Scriptapalooza competition. Inspired by true characters and events, "Unholy Toledo" is an action/crime drama set in the Prohibition Era.

Tags: Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition, Scriptapalooza Screenplay & SHORTS Competition
Posted on: 04/13/2015 CONNECT Member
Mary Goldman - Top Five ReelHeART Short Screenplay Competition Mary's short screenplay, "The Redemption of Frank Malone", came in the top five of the 2015 ReelHeART International Film Festival short screenplay competition, earning her a live read this summer by a cast of professional actors. Tags: ReelHeART International Film Festival
Posted on: 04/13/2015 CONNECT Member
J-M Mazaleyrat & Edith Woi are Quarterfinalist at WriteMovies.com #38

Akatewa:

- Screenplay Festival 2013, honorable mention

- Yosemite IFF 2014, top ten finalist

- 7th StoryPros Awards 2014, quarterfinalist

- Richmond IFF 2015, qarterfinalist

- Houston Worldfest 2015, finalist

- WriteMovies.com #38, currently quarter finalist

 

Chubby Wubby Is In Charge:

- Sanford IFF, currently finalist 

Tags: StoryPros International Contest, Worldfest Houston International Film Festival, WriteMovies.com
Posted on: 04/20/2015 CONNECT Member
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
HITLER'S ASTROLOGER Gets Int'l Renown at Mexico Int'l FF Apparently, how the Third Reich used astrology & the occult written by David Bryant Perkins is of interest south of the border as well, with the historical drama following the exploits of Karl Ernst Krafft, a winner at the third annual Mexico Film Festival & Awards...it seems the fascination over the darker sides of Nazi elites is a multi-cultural phenomenom...
Posted on: 05/06/2015
Jeffrey Allen Russel and Lynda Lemberg are Finalists at FilmMakers.com

Russel and Lemberg's historical screenplay GRACE is a finalist in this year's Filmmakers International Screenplay Awards to be held in Beverly Hills, California.  A lot of work was done on the script before submitting, and the writing team is looking forward to seeing how it fares in the coming days.

Posted on: 05/08/2015 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
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
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
David Bryant Perkins Places Two Scripts in Finals In what David Bryant Perkins describes as a mixture of Dr. Zhivago and Raider's of the Lost Ark, TEXT MESSAGES TO GOD combination of ACTION, DRAMA, & CONSPIRACY with ISIS in Iraq has not only won Silver at the International Independent Film Awards for 2015, but made quarter FINALS at the MARQUEE LIGHTS COMPETITION along with David's other script HITLER'S ASTROLOGER, the first time a single author had two scripts final at this event! Tags: International Independent Film Awards
Posted on: 01/18/2015
"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
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
Palladino Selected As A Binger Filmlab Artist-in-Residence As one of only three people selected, Rocky recently spent three months in Amsterdam, with support from the BFI, to develop a feature at the Binger Filmlab. There he was able to work with many renowned industry professionals, including Judith Weston, Olivia Stewert and Mark W. Travis, to hone his work and attune his skills as a writer-director.
Posted on: 09/26/2014
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
Stephen Hunt Options Edgar Allan Poe Adaptation

Stephen M. Hunt's feature adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Oval Portrait" has been optioned by Concord Films LLC. Hunt had found success in multiple screenplay contests with various scripts, with OVAL PORTRAIT finishing as a finalist four times, and winning twice.

 

Concord picked up OVAL PORTRAIT and will be considering it as their third produced film. 

Posted on: 09/22/2014 CONNECT Member
Jaginder Singh Uses Contests for 1st Draft Test - Places in Three Contests Releasing the first draft of script, ELEVEN DAYS, the screenplay managed to receive recognition, praise and official selections in three contests: the 2014 Silent River Film Festival - Feature Screenplay Category, the Quarterfinals of the 2014 PAGE Int'l Screenwriting Competition, and the 2014 ScreenCraft (Family Friendly) Screenplay Competition. Tags: PAGE International Screenwriting Awards, ScreenCraft Comedy Script Contest
Posted on: 09/15/2014
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
Writing Team Places as Quarterfinalists at 2014 Scriptapalooza Screenwriting team, William Harrison and Kimberly Evans-Baer, has received a quarterfinalist selection of their script SOUL OF A MAN in the 2014 Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition. Tags: Scriptapalooza Screenplay & SHORTS Competition
Posted on: 10/01/2014
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
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
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
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
KT Parker Finds Success in Multiple 2014 Screenplay Contests

KT Parker's epic action-drama "Africa As You Like It" was named a quarter-finalist in Final Draft's 2014 Big Break Contest, her screen story for feature film "Annapurna" came second in the John Yorke's (Comany Pictures) "Into The Woods" competition and her evocative period ghost story "Dowl's Mill" won Best Horror Script in Julie Gray's "Just Effing Entertain Me" competition - announced September 2014. 

Tags: Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest, Just Effing Entertain Me Screenwriting Competition!
Posted on: 10/03/2014 CONNECT Member
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
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
John Heavey's PRECIOUS WARRIOR - Finalist at Bev. Hills Screenplay Contest Heavey's PRECIOUS WARRIOR was a finalist in the 2013/2014 Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest, Historical/Biographical script, PRECIOUS WARRIOR looks to continue its success with continued contest placements. Tags: Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest
Posted on: 09/10/2014 CONNECT Member
Jeff York Places Two Projects At Table Read My Screenplay Semifinals

Two different scripts by Jeff York have advanced to the Semifinals of the 2014 Table Read My Screenplay contest. HIs TV show HISTORY/HERSTORY, a kids talk show where the celebrity guests are figures from history, is in the top 100 scripts out of over 700 Table Read entries this year. And his dark comedy PLAY DIRTY is as well.

 

PLAY DIRTY was recently named a Quarterfinalist in the 2014 Nicholl Fellowship and a Quarterfinalist in the Screencraft Comedy screenplay contest this year as well. 

Tags: Table Read My Screenplay - Screenplay Contest - Hwd, Table Read My Screenplay Screenplay Contest - LONDON!
Posted on: 09/09/2014 CONNECT Member
Stephen M. Hunt Film, "EARLY RELEASE", in Post Prod w/Emmy Winner Guerreiro

Emmy Award winning director Miguel Guerreiro has finished principal photography for Hunt's short crime thriller "Early Release" - it's now in post-production.

 

Posted on: 08/26/2014 CONNECT Member
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
Zuzana von Schlippe Contracted to Write Teen Thriller thru ISA Writing Gig Zuana von Schlippe was contracted to pen the film after Patricia Isgate-Hayward of Southern Rising Productions has selected her writing sample to be the best from 162 submissions on The Writing Gigs ISA board. It's very exciting to be developping the story material for all parties. 
Posted on: 08/23/2014
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 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
Jeff York's THE SCOUNDRELS CLUB Advances At Austin Film Fest It has just been announced that Jeff York's adventure "The Scoundrels Club" has advanced in the 2014 Austin Film Festival screenwriting contest. There were over 6700 entries this year and that places Jeff's script in the top 15%. His western has figured in the finals of five other contests previously, most notably the Table Read My Screenplay contest in Sundance two years ago. It won the Grand Prize award there, as well as the best script in the category of Action/Adventure. Tags: Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay Competition, Table Read My Screenplay - Screenplay Contest - Hwd
Posted on: 09/08/2014 CONNECT Member
Phillip E. Hardy's GINA JERICHO Receives Acclaim at Austin Film Fest

Phillip E. Hardy is a second round finalist for the second consecutive year at the prestigious Austin Film Festival for his action screenplay “Gina Jericho”. AFF Festival Director Matt Dy said: “Our readers were captivated by the strong female lead of (the) script. Gina Jericho is a great Dirty Harry for today.”  

 

Tags: Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay Competition
Posted on: 09/08/2014 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
PETER DEVONALD & KEVIN SCRANTZ SEMI-FINALISTS 2014 CIRCUS ROAD CONTEST

Kevin Scrantz and Peter Devonald's script THE LIFE OF DREAMS about two young lovers meeting only in each other's dreams, has reached the Circus Road Semi-Finalist list.

 

The semi-finalist group was announced on September 1, 2014.

Tags: Circus Road Screenplay Contest
Posted on: 09/01/2014 CONNECT Member
Jeffrey Russel and Lynda Lemberg's GRACE Wins Its 75th Honor

GRACE is an Official Finalist in the 2014 The Reel Writers Screenwriting Competition. We have been awarded a combined total of seventy-five official finishes in international competition. GRACE has now been recognised in 3 Provinces of Canada, 20 States in the US, Mexico, U.K., France, Spain and Australia.

Tags: Reel Writers Screenwriting Competition
Posted on: 08/31/2014 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
Phillip E Hardy is a Screencraft Quarterfinalist for 2nd Time in 2014 Phillip E. Hardy is a Quarterfinalist for the second time this year with the Screencraft organization. This time for his entry of his crime story with a "gangster fairytale" bent, "Halloran House", into the Pilot Launch TV Script Contest.
Tags: 2014 ScreenCraft Pilot Launch
Posted on: 10/13/2014 CONNECT Member
Lee O'Connor's short scripts are in pre-production

Lee's short scripts, West Country Revenge and The Brightest Star are now in pre-production and hope to be completed by early 2015. 

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Posted on: 11/30/2014
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
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
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" 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
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
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
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
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
Sieve Receives Multiple Wins at California Film Awards Michael Sieve strikes twice at the California Film Awards placing 2nd in the feature screenplay competition with his latest feature "Soul to Soul", and outright winning the short script competition with his multiple award winning short "Give My Love to Rose". 
Posted on: 12/31/2014 CONNECT Member
Phillip E. Hardy Wins 3rd Place Prize at California Film Awards

On December 30, 2014, Screenwriter Phillip E. Hardy won the third place prize for "Best Screenplay" at the California Film Awards for his script, And On The Seventth Day. This is his first award for his historical fiction screenplay about the Six Day War.

Tags: California Film Awards
Posted on: 12/30/2014 CONNECT Member
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
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
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
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
PETER DEVONALD REACHES SEMIFINAL OF 2014 SHORE SCRIPTS

Devonald's feature film, WASTED, reached the Shore Scripts 2014 Feature Semifinals.

 

This follows the film's success in reaching the final of the BBC Writer's Room Script competition:

 

"Lucy's relationship with her sister is beautifully observed. The characters are strong and compelling. There are clear themes running through the piece... it's a strong and topical theme. The twist is great."
BBC Writer's Room Finalist - Michelle

 

Also placing at Shore Scripts 2014 Shorts Quarterfinals was his short film PASSION FLOWER (written with Kevin Scrantz).

Tags: Shore Scripts
Posted on: 10/24/2014 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
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
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
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
PETER DEVONALD REACHES SEMIFINALS OF SCREENWRITING GOLDMINE AWARDS

"You and Me 4 Ever" is Semifinalist in the feature writing category at the 2014 Screenwriting Goldmine competition.

 

THE CHERUB HOUSE (written with Kevin Scrantz) also reached the Quarterfinals for the 2014 feature writing Screenwriting Goldmine competition.

Posted on: 10/24/2014 CONNECT Member
Lynn Santer's, "Gaston Leroux", Named Best Unproduced Screenplay Lynn Santer's spec script, "The Legacy of Gaston Leroux", crafted from in-depth research into the man behind the legendary "Phantom of the Opera", won the coveted award of Best Unproduced Script at the Moondance Int'l Film Festival. "It's time the world knew more about the exraordinary Gaston Leroux, what drove him to write this incredible story and, most importantly, the truth behind the fable of Erik - the Phantom of the Opera", said Santer. Tags: MOONDANCE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Posted on: 10/24/2014
Dustin Bowcott, A Slave's Tale, a Semifinalist at Shore Scripts Bowcott's controversial script, A Slave's Tale, documenting slavery as a whole while concentrating on black-on-white slavery during the early 19th Century along Africa's Barbary Coast, is a semifinalist at 2014 Shore Scripts. Tags: Shore Scripts
Posted on: 10/29/2014
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
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
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
HITLER'S ASTROLOGER by David Bryant Perkins SWEEPS 3 FILM FESTIVALS...!

HITLER’S ASTROLOGER, based on the Third Reich's use of astrology & the occult in World War II, recently won GOLD at the 2014 INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS, chosen BEST SCREENPLAY at the BIG SODA CINEMA FESTIVAL, and BEST SCREENPLAY at the JIVE AZZ FILM FESTIVAL held at Columbia College Hollywood.

Tags: International Independent Film Awards
Posted on: 10/26/2014
T.A. Snyder's DEAD MEN won multiple awards Just announced a quarter-finalist in CineStory.  2014 ScreenCraft Fellowship Winner.  Emerging Screenwriters Finalist. Tags: CineStory Screenwriting Awards, Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition, ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship
Posted on: 04/06/2013 CONNECT Member