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Deadlines

  • Final
    Oct 27, 2022
Mega Early Deadline:

Jun 30, 2022

Early Deadline:

Jul 31, 2022

Regular Deadline:

Sep 08, 2022

Final Deadline:

Oct 27, 2022

CATEGORIES & FEES

Final Deadline
(10/27/22)
  • Standard Entry $69
  • ISAConnect Entry $59
Final Deadline
(10/27/22)
  • Standard Entry $69
  • ISAConnect Entry $59

Announcements

Quarter-Finalists

Dec 06, 2022

Semi-Finalists

Jan 03, 2023

Top 10 Finalists

Jan 24, 2023

Genre Winners

Feb 07, 2023

Grand Prize

Feb 07, 2023

SPONSORS

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Emerging Screenwriters Genre Screenplay Competition

CONTEST DESCRIPTION

Limited Time Entry Offers:
- Add a 2nd Entry and receive $20 OFF
- Add a Development Evaluation for only $99 (normally $199)

 

Compete in your own space!

Features & TV Pilots in 7 Genres with $25,000 in CASH Prizes

We’re looking for ALL emerging screenwriters! Whether you’re just beginning or a seasoned writer ready to redefine your career, we can elevate you to the next level. We’re searching for the most authentic and unique scripts in seven broad genre categories. For example, your script can be straight drama or a crossover script with dramatic elements. Mix and match any of the genres and surprise us to win cash in any category! This year we want to read your best work, the script that represents your genuine talent!


The winner of each genre category will receive $2,500 cash and be considered for acceptance onto the ISA Development Slate, where the Development Team will get your script in front of top industry pros from companies like MGM, Gidden Media, ICM, plus ISA vetted literary agents and managers. Of the seven scripts selected, one of you will go on to win the Grand Prize and receive an additional $7,500 for a total of $10,000.

 

7 Genre Winners Will Meet With Industry Executives

This season's readers include:

Niki Montazaran – Motion Picture Talent Agent at WME
Niki Montazaran is a Motion Picture agent at WME, where she focuses her business on representing directors, writers, actors, and producers. Her clients include Babak Anvari (who is in post on his most recent feature for Netflix called I CAME BY), Eva Longoria (whose documentary LA GUERRA CIVIL premiered at Sundance this year and who is currently in post on her feature directorial debut FLAMIN’ HOT for Searchlight), Eugene Lee Yang (who is best known as a member of the Try Guys and is currently writing a feature he will direct with Christine Vachon producing), Kalinda Vazquez (who is currently writing the next installment of the STAR TREK franchise for Paramount Pictures), Katori Hall (Pulitzer-winning playwright and creator of P-VALLEY for Starz), Nida Manzoor (who created WE ARE LADY PARTS and is currently in production on her first feature), and Roshan Sethi (who co-created THE RESIDENT on Fox and is beginning prep on his sophomore film for Disney+). Montazaran was on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in the Arts and Entertainment section in 2019 for her work amplifying the voices of artists from underrepresented communities.

President/Producer – Navid McIlhargey (Vandal Entertainment)
Navid Mcllhargey has been a studio executive and producer for over 20 years. In 2000, McIlhargey became an executive at Joe Roth’s Revolution Studios, where he oversaw production on the feature films such as WHITE CHICKS, PETER PAN, and TEARS OF THE SUN. He also worked on films such as BLACKHAWK DOWN, XXX, and ANGER MANAGEMENT.

In 2004, he moved to Joel Silver’s Silver Pictures where he was a producer on the Guy Ritchie directed ROCKNROLLA as well as ECHELON CONSPIRACY. While there, Navid also oversaw development on much of Silver’s larger action movies, including THE FORBIDDEN PLANET, LOGAN’S RUN, THE DIRTY DOZEN, ALTERED CARBON, MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE, HOT WHEELS, TIME AND AGAIN, and Orson Scott Card’s EMPIRE. In 2008 Navid became Executive Vice President at New Regency, a film studio where he oversaw production of THE DARKEST HOUR starring Emile Hirsch and Joel Kinneman as well as BROKEN CITY starring Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe. He developed his favorite slate of projects alongside Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, James Grey, James Mangold, Rob Cohen, Joseph Kosinski, Kurtzman and Orci, Simon Kinberg, Zak Penn among many others. In 2015, Navid started his own consulting and production shingle, Vandal Entertainment. As a media consultancy, McIlhargey is currently working with several entertainment and tech-based companies.

As a production entity, Vandal focuses primarily on elevated thematic and character based/high-concept genre fare. The company released its first film entitled THE HUNTER’S PRAYER directed by Jonathan Mostow and staring Sam Worthington. McIlhargey most recently produced MODERN LOVE for Amazon. Vandal currently has over 40 film and television projects in development, is casting 7 movies (including one with Sam Jackson) and producing even more with the likes of Will Smith, Kevin Hart, and others.

Director – Star Victoria (Lust, Death of a Telemarketer)
Star Victoria is a 2020 DGA jury award-winning director. She graduated with her MFA in Production from the University of Southern California in 2019. Star directed her first feature film in 2021 for A&E Networks/Lifetime called Lust starring Tank and Keri Hilson. She is a Director mentee of the Ryan Murphy Half Initiative Director Diversity Program where she shadowed veteran director Loni Peristere on an episode of Fox’s Scream Queens. Star is also an invaluable 1st Assistant Director. She has AD’d over 15 feature films and several Shorts/music videos and commercials. One such short, Lalo’s House, a USC thesis film won the Student Oscar in October 2018. Star is also a Mentee of Director Mike Listo, Loni Peristere, Robert Townsend, Nina Yang Bongiovi, Cindy Cowan, Garcelle Beauvais and the late John Singleton. She is currently repped by Anthony Marotto at APA.

Director/Producer/Editor – Alrik Bursell (The Alternate, Red Snow, Making Movies is Hard)
Alrik Bursell is a freelance director/producer/editor who’s worked on feature films and corporate videos. He has directed seven short films including Strange Thing, which played a film festivals worldwide. Alrik’s first feature film The Alternate played at over 25 film festivals and brought in awards for best director, best sci-fi feature and won the gold ring at the Ravenna Nightmare Film Festival in Italy. The film has world wide distribution and will be released in North America on September 13th. Alrik has also worked on commercial videos for brands such as the NFL, Comcast Xfinity and HBO. Alrik is currently working as a Post Production Producer at Glass & Marker in Oakland, California. Alrik is also one of the hosts of Making Movies is Hard a popular indie filmmaking podcast and he is currently development on his next feature film.

Literary Manager, Producer – Lee Stobby (Lee Stobby Entertainment)
Lee Stobby is a producer, literary manager, and principal of Lee Stobby Entertainment who has over 10 years of management and producing experience. Some of his client highlights include: Shay Hatten (JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3, JOHN WICK 4, ARMY OF THE DEAD, ARMY OF THIEVES), Kate Trefry (made the Black List in 2013 (PURE O) and 2016 (REVOLVER) who has an overall deal at Netflix and currently writes on STRANGER THINGS), Isaac Adamson (#1 Black List script BUBBLES), Rodney Ascher (ROOM 237, THE NIGHTMARE, A GLITCH IN THE MATRIX), and Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy (Cannes winner THE TRIBE).

Stobby’s Producing highlights and credits include SISTER AIMEE, which premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival; WILDLING starring Bel Powley, Liv Tyler and Brad Dourif and premiered at the 2017 SXSW; as well as development set up with Matt Reeves’ 6th and Idaho, Universal, and Netflix.


Creative Exec Braxton Rickert (Lee Stobby Entertainment)

More to be announced soon. 

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Categories: Feature / TV Pilot

Genres: Action/Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family/Holiday, Historical/Bio, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Suspense (Mystery/Crime/Thriller/Horror)

PRIZES

Grand Prize Winner 
(Selected from 7 Genre Award Winners)

$10,000 Cash (Includes $2,500 from Genre Award)
- Script Consultation with an ISA Executive ( 2 Meetings )
- 1 Year ISAConnect with access to Writing Gigs and Industry Pros
- 12 Year Copyright from Creators Vault

- Prizes in all other categories

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Genre Award Winners
(7 Winners Selected from 7 Genre Categories)

$2500 Cash Each
- Meeting with a top industry executive
- ISA Development Slate Consideration 
ISA Development Slate Evaluation (for a New Script)

ISA Pitch Practice session
- 12 Months ISAConnect with access to Writing Gigs and Industry Pros

- 8-Year Copyright from Creator's Vault
- All Prizes from Finalists

 

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Finalists (Top 10 of Each Genre)
- 3 month ISAConnect with access to Writing Gigs and Industry Pros

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Semi-Finalists 
- Digital Copy of "(Not Just) Another Book on the Craft of Screenwriting"

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All Entrants

-1-Month Introductory ISAConnect Membership

 

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GENRES: Action, Adventure, Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Historical, Horror, Mystery, Science Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult, Holiday, Family/Animated

Announcements

  • Quarter-FinalistsDec 06, 2022laurels

Rules

All writers from all countries are welcome to enter the competition; however, all scripts must be submitted in English, and entry fees must be paid in U.S. dollars.
Emerging Screenwriters Grand Prize Winners and their screenplays are ineligible to enter into any future contest season.
If you receive 2nd – 6th place awards 3 times with 3 different screenplays, you will no longer be eligible to submit.
Scripts must be the original work of the author(s) and may not be encumbered by any third party.
Scripts that have been sold, produced for a profit, or are currently under option are not eligible.
Novels, short stories, stage plays, treatments, synopses, reality show concepts, and/or spec scripts for existing TV series are not eligible. Your script must be an original screenplay or teleplay.
Screenplays adapted from your own self-published books, plays, or other source material are eligible if you have retained all rights to your work.
Adaptations from other works are permissible, provided all rights have been secured to adapt the work.
Adaptations of works in the public domain are permissible.
Collaborative work is eligible; the writers are responsible for the distribution of the competition prize(s).
Those that receive a free script feedback are not eligible to receive a free resubmission, which may come as an option with purchased script analyses or unless otherwise stated in a promotion.
You understand that a script analysis can take up to 90-days turn-around time and may not be received before the end of the contest.
Entries and payments are accepted online only. We’re GREEN!
Promotions must be used at the time of submission and will not be added to previous submissions.
Multiple entries are permissible and get a discount.
Once a script has been entered into the competition, we will only accept substitutions of new drafts or corrected pages if you contact us within 24 hours. After that, under no circumstances will we accept changes. If you wish to submit a revised draft of your script, you must enter it as a new submission and pay the appropriate entry fee.
Writers under the age of 18 years old must have parent or legal guardian’s permission to participate.
Competition applicants must accept without reservation the decisions rendered by the judges.
You understand that it is your sole responsibility to register Material with the U.S. Copyright Office and/or with the Writer’s Guild of America or the appropriate agency in his/her country.
Payments to be accepted via Paypal or through registrations on the ISA website. All major credit cards accepted.
By entering this competition, and in the event you are declared a finalist and/or winner, you understand and accept that Emerging Screenwriters and the ISA will be free to use your name, likeness and voice for advertising or promotional purposes without additional consideration.
You are under no obligation to participate therein.
You may submit your screenplay to any other person, competition, producer, agent, publisher, and/or organization.
If you submit to the Emerging Screenwriters Competition, you will retain all rights to your screenplay.
No agreement for compensation, other than the prizes, has been implied.
Prizes may be distributed in the rate of 1 package per person based on the highest placement and not per winning screenplay, depending on the request of the sponsor.
The cash prizes will be distributed 3 months from the date of the final announcement.
ISAConnect Membership prizes expire after 90 days and cannot be combined with a current free ISAConnect membership.
Decisions of the Judges are final and may not be disputed. The Judges will adhere to our competition guidelines; however, the competition and its administrators may not be held responsible for any errors or omissions on the part of the Judges.
Length requirements are as follows: 1). Full-Length Features: 70-120 pages. 2). TV Pilots: Up to 70 pages.
If you order a script analysis you may be charged separately $1 for each page over 120 pages, or the reader may only read the first 120 pages.
Please do not enclose synopses, casting suggestions, letters, resumes or photos with your submission. They will not be forwarded to the Judges. However, standard supplementary materials, such as lists of recurring characters and future episodes, may be included with a TV Pilot submission. Email them to: Submissions@ EmergingScreenwriters.com.
You understand that your logline and screenplay will be reviewed by our staff and/or our panel of Industry Judges for evaluation. You also understand that any one of the staff or judges may have been or may be exploring ideas similar to yours, and you hereby waive any claim that the Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition, its staff or judges may have misappropriated any ideas or portions of your submission logline or screenplay.
You understand and accept without reservation that you are an independent contractor and that Competition Administrators are not responsible for withholding any taxes or payments to any government agency, at any level, be it state, local or federal.
By entering the Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition, you agree to the rules.
For more inquiries, please email us at Info@EmergingScreenwriters.com

FAQs

FAQ: https://www.emergingscreenwriters.com/rules-faqs/

For any other questions, please email us: Info@EmergingScreenwriters.com

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Screenplay competitions like Emerging Screenwriters are a great way to take a chance on your dreams through your creativity. However, unless you win the Grand Prize or one of the Genre Awards, you may never know how your script actually compared – and even if you do find success, you won’t actually know what it was about your script that caught the judges’ eyes and set you apart. That’s where Professional Script Feedback comes in.

In this business, doors only open every so often, so when you walk through you want to make sure you present the best version of what you have to offer. You don’t just want your screenplay to win a competition – you want producers and agents to read your screenplay and say, “I want THIS.” Script Feedback will give you that insight into those industry minds before you even get the appointment.

General Feedback (2-3 Pages) $69 – You know your work inside and out, now it’s time to get a second opinion. We’ll read your full script, and you’ll receive a detailed personalized critique on what we see, what we think, and suggestions on where to go next. Focus on plot, dialogue, characterization, format, length, plot sequencing and how to focus the narrative. Plus, dialogue & character improvements.

ISA Development Evaluation (5 Pages) $99 (normally $199) – This is for those looking to submit to the ISA Development Slate. Writers who select this feedback will not only be considered for the Slate but receive suggestions on how to improve overall writing, story, structure, commercial appeal and more.


ISA-Certified Script Readers are experienced industry professionals with a variety of success in screenwriting, producing, and literary management. They are here to empower you to improve your work based on their well-informed perspective and how it relates to the structure and technique contained within your script. We strive to give you something more than just a pat on the back; we’re here to propel your script to the front of the line.

CATEGORIES & FEES

Final Deadline
(10/27/22)
  • Standard Entry $69
  • ISAConnect Entry $59
Final Deadline
(10/27/22)
  • Standard Entry $69
  • ISAConnect Entry $59

Rules

All writers from all countries are welcome to enter the competition; however, all scripts must be submitted in English, and entry fees must be paid in U.S. dollars.
Emerging Screenwriters Grand Prize Winners and their screenplays are ineligible to enter into any future contest season.
If you receive 2nd – 6th place awards 3 times with 3 different screenplays, you will no longer be eligible to submit.
Scripts must be the original work of the author(s) and may not be encumbered by any third party.
Scripts that have been sold, produced for a profit, or are currently under option are not eligible.
Novels, short stories, stage plays, treatments, synopses, reality show concepts, and/or spec scripts for existing TV series are not eligible. Your script must be an original screenplay or teleplay.
Screenplays adapted from your own self-published books, plays, or other source material are eligible if you have retained all rights to your work.
Adaptations from other works are permissible, provided all rights have been secured to adapt the work.
Adaptations of works in the public domain are permissible.
Collaborative work is eligible; the writers are responsible for the distribution of the competition prize(s).
Those that receive a free script feedback are not eligible to receive a free resubmission, which may come as an option with purchased script analyses or unless otherwise stated in a promotion.
You understand that a script analysis can take up to 90-days turn-around time and may not be received before the end of the contest.
Entries and payments are accepted online only. We’re GREEN!
Promotions must be used at the time of submission and will not be added to previous submissions.
Multiple entries are permissible and get a discount.
Once a script has been entered into the competition, we will only accept substitutions of new drafts or corrected pages if you contact us within 24 hours. After that, under no circumstances will we accept changes. If you wish to submit a revised draft of your script, you must enter it as a new submission and pay the appropriate entry fee.
Writers under the age of 18 years old must have parent or legal guardian’s permission to participate.
Competition applicants must accept without reservation the decisions rendered by the judges.
You understand that it is your sole responsibility to register Material with the U.S. Copyright Office and/or with the Writer’s Guild of America or the appropriate agency in his/her country.
Payments to be accepted via Paypal or through registrations on the ISA website. All major credit cards accepted.
By entering this competition, and in the event you are declared a finalist and/or winner, you understand and accept that Emerging Screenwriters and the ISA will be free to use your name, likeness and voice for advertising or promotional purposes without additional consideration.
You are under no obligation to participate therein.
You may submit your screenplay to any other person, competition, producer, agent, publisher, and/or organization.
If you submit to the Emerging Screenwriters Competition, you will retain all rights to your screenplay.
No agreement for compensation, other than the prizes, has been implied.
Prizes may be distributed in the rate of 1 package per person based on the highest placement and not per winning screenplay, depending on the request of the sponsor.
The cash prizes will be distributed 3 months from the date of the final announcement.
ISAConnect Membership prizes expire after 90 days and cannot be combined with a current free ISAConnect membership.
Decisions of the Judges are final and may not be disputed. The Judges will adhere to our competition guidelines; however, the competition and its administrators may not be held responsible for any errors or omissions on the part of the Judges.
Length requirements are as follows: 1). Full-Length Features: 70-120 pages. 2). TV Pilots: Up to 70 pages.
If you order a script analysis you may be charged separately $1 for each page over 120 pages, or the reader may only read the first 120 pages.
Please do not enclose synopses, casting suggestions, letters, resumes or photos with your submission. They will not be forwarded to the Judges. However, standard supplementary materials, such as lists of recurring characters and future episodes, may be included with a TV Pilot submission. Email them to: Submissions@ EmergingScreenwriters.com.
You understand that your logline and screenplay will be reviewed by our staff and/or our panel of Industry Judges for evaluation. You also understand that any one of the staff or judges may have been or may be exploring ideas similar to yours, and you hereby waive any claim that the Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition, its staff or judges may have misappropriated any ideas or portions of your submission logline or screenplay.
You understand and accept without reservation that you are an independent contractor and that Competition Administrators are not responsible for withholding any taxes or payments to any government agency, at any level, be it state, local or federal.
By entering the Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition, you agree to the rules.
For more inquiries, please email us at Info@EmergingScreenwriters.com

FAQs

FAQ: https://www.emergingscreenwriters.com/rules-faqs/

For any other questions, please email us: Info@EmergingScreenwriters.com

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Lorraine Flett - Top 100 Emerging Screenwriters 2012

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Deborah Vajda's THE BECKONING BUSH - Finalist 2012 Emerging Screenwriters

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John Mawson - Emerging Screenwriter Finalist

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Rick Markus\' Chicago Nine-Eleven - finalist in multiple contests

Chicago Nine-Eleven placed Top 100 in Emerging Screenwriters, was a Table Read My Screenplay 2012 Semi-finalist and a Scriptapalooza 2012 Quarter-finalist.
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\"USB\" written by Jody levesque wins \"Best of Festival.\"

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T.A. Snyder\'s DEAD MEN won multiple awards

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Jason Kessler's TV Pilot wins Honorable Mention in Emerging Screenwriters

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L.A. Longworth

Coming up for air after being lost in a new script and launching a website, so I'm just getting around to documenting the ride I took this past year with my last feature script ONE BAD ASTRONAUT, which was a quarter-finalist in the Nicholl, a...
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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...
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Special Mention (Top 20) In The Emerging Screenwriters Shoot Your Short

Damon Ragsdale received Special Mention (Circle of 20) in the 2015 Emerging Screenwriters Shoot Your Short Competition.
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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...
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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.
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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...
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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,...
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McLeary's Mulligan, adaptation of the novel by Bridget Bell McMahon

McLeary's Mulligan, adaptation of the novel by Bridget Bell McMahon, Finals in Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition, 2013.    McLeary's Mulligan, Finalist, Las Vegas International Screenwriting Competition,...
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MARK WILLIAM MOORE TOP 100 IN 2016 EMERGING SCREENWRITERS COMPETITION

Representing the top 7% of all entries, Mark William Moore's "I Am Champion" places in the Top 100 in the 2016 Emerging Screenwriters Competition.
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"Darlings" earns 4th place in Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition

Aaron Yeung's 'Darlings' places 4th in the Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition for 2016. 
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Julia Skikavich's serialized drama Top 6 winner in Emerging Screenwriters

ISA CONNECT member Julia Skikavich's TV drama pilot script, 'Missing Pieces', has placed in winners' circle of the Top 6 of the 2016 Emerging Screenwriters screenplay competition. The pilot of the serialized drama series was hailed as a "kick butt...
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Julia Skikavich's workplace comedy a Top 100 in Emerging Screenwriters

Julia Skikavich's TV pilot, 'Sourdoughs', has placed in the Top 100 of the 2016 Emerging Screenwriters contest. Set in an Arctic town, the workplace comedy was cited as "brillant" fish-out-of-water comedy with a new and innovative twist. 
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Julia Skikavich's TV pilot places in Top 100 of Emerging Screenwriters 2016

Julia Skikavich's TV drama pilot script, 'Missing Pieces', has placed in Top 100 of the 2016 Emerging Screenwriters screenplay competition. Cited as a "kick butt script", the story was graded as being ripe with potential,...
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Ahana Umesh's "MATCHED BY SERA" is Emerging Screenwriters 2016 Finalist

Ahana Umesh's screenplay, "Matched by Sera" qualified as a finalist in the 2016 Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition. Featuring witty repartee, it revolves around the CEO of a matchmaking company, who is better adept at...
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Powderpuff wins 5th Place in Emerging Screenwriters

Chelsea Watkins' feature, Powderpuff, wins 5th Place in the 2015 Emerging Screenwriters Competition.
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Daniel J. Mitchell's TV Pilots make Top 100 in Shoot Your Sizzle

Daniel J. Mitchell's quirky, superhero action-comedy, "Superfluous", and high-octane thriller, "War Bank" both made the Top 100 in the Emerging Screenwriters Shoot Your Sizzle competition. The scripts are now advancing to the...
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'Product 125' Advances in Shoot Your Sizzle

Jim Falletta's sci-fi feature script, 'Product 125', has placed in the Top 100 of the 2017 Emerging Screenwriters Shoot Your Sizzle Competition and is now moving on to the final round.
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Daniel J. Mitchell's action-comedy "Superfluous" Top 100 Finalist

Daniel J. Mitchell’s quirky, superhero action-comedy “Superfluous” makes the Top 100 Finalists in the 2016 Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition.
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YOUNG CREATURES

Giulia is an Italian teenager with a seemingly normal life. A few months from her sixteenth birthday Giulia made an odd and recurrent dream that would change her life forever. In the dream, Giulia saw herself, running through a dark path, where it...
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Daniel J. Mitchell's 'Superfluous' 8th Place in "Shoot Your Sizzle" contest

Daniel J. Mitchell's action-comedy pilot 'Superfluous' wins another accolade, this time taking 8th in the 2017 Emerging Screenwriters "Shoot Your Sizzle" competition.
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Jeff York's dark comedy 'Play Dirty' named Script Pipeline quarterfinalist

Jeff York's dark comedy 'Play Dirty' was just named a quarterfinalist in the 2017 Script Pipeline screenwriting contest. The story concerns Becky Shrum, a nerdy 13-year-old girl in San Clemente, CA who is running to be the president of the junior...
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Zee Kershaw - Emerging Screenwriters' Shoot Your Sizzle Competition

Kershaw's Sizzle Reel Short script 'The Unobtainables' placed in the top 100 in the 2017 "Shoot Your Sizzle" Competition. Placing in the top 100 meant that they won a prize, as well as recognition for all the hard work.
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The Doodler

*America's Rainbow Film Festival Winner: Best Screenplay for The Doodler*Genre Celebration Festival Winner: Best Screenplay for The Doodler*Cannes Screenplay Contest Historical Competition Official Finalist for The Doodler
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2011 Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition - 2nd Place Overall

Derek Asaff's animated/family feature GUINEA PIGS takes 2nd Place at the 2011 Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition.
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Ted Campbell selected for the ISA's Top 25 Writers of 2017

Ted Campbell has been chosen as one of ISA's Top 25 Writers of 2017. The decision was based on five primary points and conditions: overall writing talent and presentation of a gift for the craft of screenwriting, project/script success in...
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Don Thompson is in the Emerging Screenwriters Top 100

Thompson's screenplay 'Medea, South Carolina' moves him to the top 100 in the Emerging Screenwriters Contest.
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Pilot 'Token Kyle' by Melissa Emery is Top 100 for Emerging Screenwriters

Melissa Emery's original comedy pilot Token Kyle is currently in the Top 100 for Emerging Screenwriters Feature/ Pilot Competition.Token Kyle is about a man who wants nothing more than to make partner at work to win the approval of his deadbeat...
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Mugs Cahill makes Emerging Screenwriters Top 100

Mugs Cahill was named in the Top 100 for the ISA's Emerging Screenwriters Feature/Pilot Competition for her TV Pilot submittal JOOK. The same script which garnered the Austin Film Festival Second Rounder.
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Clarke Mayer's SKYJACK named Emerging Screenwriters Top 100 Semi-Finalist

SKYJACK has been named a Finish Line Script Competition quarter-finalist, as well as an Emerging Screenwriters Hot 100 semi-finalist. SKYJACK is a fictionalized historical thriller based on the true story of folk hero D.B. Cooper.
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3 Contest Placements for Robert Rossetti Comedy Script JIMMY LYNCH

Robert Rossetti, a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, and former NYC Stand Up Comic, has recently placed in 3 Contests with his Comedy Feature, THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF JIMMY LYNCH! a 90's Comedy about Worcester, Massachusetts. The Script...
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Ted Campbell's BLUE MOTEL Semi-Finalist Emerging Screenwriters Contest

Ted Campbell's crime thriller BLUE MOTEL is a Semi-Finalist in the Mystery category for Emerging Screenwriters Genre Screenplay Competition. BLUE MOTEL recently won the Grand Prize in the Your Script Produced screenplay contest.
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Ted Campbell's HARM'S WAY Semi-Finalist Emerging Screenwriters Contest

Ted Campbell's suspense thriller HARM'S WAY is a Semi-Finalist in the Mystery category for Emerging Screenwriters Genre Screenplay Competition.
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SURVIVORS: B.S. wins Drama category of Emerging Screenwriters

Julia Skikavich's darkly funny, one-hour drama SURVIVORS: B.S. has won the Drama category of the 2019 Emerging Screenwriters Genre Screenplay competition. The contest’s judges highlighted the writer’s unique voice, the script’s compelling...
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LUANA chosen for Emerging Screenwriters

LEGACY and LUANA both came in as Semi-finalists or Top 25 Sci-fi/Fantasy Screenplays in The Emerging Screenwriter Gene Competition!!
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LEGACY chosen for Emerging Screenwriters

LEGACY and LUANA both came in as Semi-finalists or Top 25 Sci-fi/Fantasy Screenplays in The Emerging Screenwriter Gene Competition!!
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"Dead Don't Speak" selected for Frontières International Co-Pro Market

Christian Lybrook's period thriller script "Dead Don't Speak" is one of 20 selections for the 2020 Frontières International Co-Production Market. The film is being produced by Noah Lang ("The Climb", "The Strange Ones") and is being directed by...
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DEAD DON'T SPEAK Optioned by Witchcraft Motion Picture Company

Christian Lybrook's 1950s thriller feature script DEAD DON'T SPEAK has been optioned by producer Noah Lang ("The Climb") with the Witchcraft Motion Picture Company. The script, about an obsessive deputy’s investigation into a history of abducted...
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Jeffrey Howe's FLAT-RATE FRANK advances in Nicholl Fellowship

FLAT-RATE FRANK, Jeffrey Howe's historical coming of age drama, advanced to the quarterfinals of the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting. It also entered the semifinal round at the Creative Screenwriting Unique Voices competition.
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HARLEM HELL FIGHTERS by Jayson Crittenden awarded by Emerging Screenwriters

After a record number of submissions, HARLEM HELL FIGHTERS by Jayson Crittenden was selected as a quarter-finalist in the Emerging Screenwriters Genre Screenplay Competition. Another humbling accomplishment for this remarkable true story.
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Second Time a Second Rounder at AFF

For the second year in a row, Deborah Syna has a Feature screenplay that placed in the second round of the Austin Film Festival. In 2019, a crime drama involving a Nigerian Romance Scam SUGARLAND, and this year, a Supernatural Thriller TALON, set in...
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2020 Emerging Screenwriters Quarter-Finalists & Semi-Finalists Announced!

Rollin Jewett's environmental action adventure comedy is Quarter Finalist in the 2020 Emerging Screenwriters Genre Screenwriting Competition!
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DOWN BY THE RIVER scores a spot among the Quarter Finalists

Western/Drama pilot DOWN BY THE RIVER by Teymur Faris scored its first official selection thanks to the Emerging Screenwriters Genre Screenplay Competition. After applying its first version of the script to the Historical category, DOWN BY THE RIVER...
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RELOCATION - Semifinalist, 2020 Emerging Screenwriters Genre Competition

Warren Clarke's RELOCATION was named a semifinalist in the 2020 Emerging Screenwriters Genre Competition. The sci-fi thriller was also a semifinalist in these 2020 contests: Big Apple Screenplay Competition, Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting...
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MENTAL - Semifinalist, 2020 StoryPros International Screenplay Contest

Warren Clarke's MENTAL has advanced to the semifinalist round of the 2020 StoryPros International Screenplay Contest. The thriller tells of a psychiatry student with a phobia for gore who is held captive by intruders at her mom's inn. She must use...
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FAMILY SPIES - Semifinalist, 2020 Shore Scripts Feature Contest

Warren Clarke's FAMILY SPIES has advanced to the semifinalist round of the 2020 Shore Scripts Feature Contest. The family-friendly action comedy tells of retired husband-and-wife spies who go to extraordinary lengths to keep tabs on their rebellious...
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RELOCATION - Quarterfinalist, 2020 Final Draft Big Break

Warren Clarke's RELOCATION has made it to the quarterfinalist round of the 2020 Final Draft Big Break. The sci-fi thriller tells the story of an FBI agent who places witnesses in a high-tech relocation program. Her world unravels when her husband...
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CITY SPIRIT - Semifinalist, Diverse Voices Spring 2021 Screenwriting Lab

Warren Clarke's CITY SPIRIT has been named a semifinalist in the WeScreenplay Diverse Voices Spring 2021 Screenwriting Lab. The action comedy tells the story of a loner cop and a disgraced ghost hunter who must work together to solve a series of...
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GREEN WARS - Quarterfinalist, 2020 Emerging Screenwriters Genre Competition

Warren Clarke's GREEN WARS has been named a quarterfinalist in the 2020 Emerging Screenwriters Genre Competition. The comedy looks at what happens when a fast food executive's wife finds salvation with a militant vegan activist group.
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RIGHTEOUS Makes Top 10 in Emerging Screenwriters Genre

Kathy Patterson was delighted to see her 1-hour Fantasy Drama, RIGHTEOUS, has made it to the finals in the Emerging Screenwriters Genre competition. RIGHTEOUS - where Death isn't the End of Life, but the Way to Save it.
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BREAKWATER CITY wins Genre in Emerging Screenwriters Genre Competition

Jeremy Dehn's pilot, BREAKWATER CITY, has won the Mystery/Crime genre in the Emerging Screenwriters Genre Competition. This tops off a great year for Breakwater City, as it also was a quarterfinalist in the Final Draft Big Break, became a second...
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MAMADUKES named a Top 10 Comedy Script

Oliver Warren's pilot script MAMADUKES was selected as one of the TOP 10 COMEDY SCRIPTS in the Emerging Screenwriters Genre Competition. MAMADUKES has already caught the eye of incredible Exec Producer John Melfi (Sex & The City, House of Cards,...
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ISA Development Slate 2021

As a part of the Grand Prize for her screenplay, WHAT'S LEFT OF US Rae Jones was invited to join ISA's Development Slate in 2021. She has already had a meeting with the Development Team, and is looking forward to an exciting year ahead.
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ISA Development Slate 2021

Nicholas' script SPRING-HEELED JACK won the Action-adventure category in Emerging Screenwriters Genre Screenplay Competition. This accolade meant that he has now been selected for the ISA's Development Slate.
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SKYE MONTANA: An Emerging Screenwriters Genre Competition Quarterfinalist

The black female superhero script, Skye Montana, makes the Quarterfinals in the Emerging Screenwriters Genre Competition.
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MUDDY FORK - Quarterfinalist

MUDDY FORK by Stacey Bean has placed as a quarterfinalist in the Emerging Screenwriters Genre Screenplay Competition. Muddy Fork tells the story of three teen boys in 1879 Arkansas who set out to solve a series of grisly murders.
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Comedy Feature, Crazy Athol, Gaining Traction

Proud to announce the script as a double finalist. Prior to the contest announcements, talent has been attached to the leading male character and a casting director. Still awaiting TSL's announcement which on Coverfly Crazy Athol has passed the...
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What a little revising and listening to your readers can do.

After workshopping my screenplay at the Cinestory TV retreat in March, I've been getting some great reactions and traction with the revised version. Even have a call this week with an interested manager.
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Top 10 Finalists

ISA's Top 25 screenwriters to watch in 2021, Richard Giarraffa's MAGI was recently named in the Top 10 Historical/Bio in the Genre Screenplay Competition from Emerging Screenwriters.
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Signed first attachment agreement

Todd Foley has signed his first attachment agreement with a producer for my satirical thriller feature AMERICAN CHECKOUT, one week after placing as a Quarter Finalist in the Emerging Screenwriters Genre Competition. Todd said "I look forward to...
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THE GIRL WITH THE RED HAIR - Inspired by the Nazi Killing Teen Girls of WW2

Inspired by true acts of resistance by teen girls in Nazi occupied Netherlands, this script has placed as a finalist in the 2021 Emerging Screenwriters Genre Screenplay Competition, semi-finalist/Top 50 in the ISA Fast Track Fellowship 2021, quarter...
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WISHING WELL advances to Final Rounds of Table Read My Screenplay Austin

Gary Bickal's sci fi adventure screenplay WISHING WELL has been named one of the Top 10 screenplays in the Action/Adventure genre for the 2021 Table read My Screenplay Austin competition. Genre category winners to be named in mid-September, 2021. In...
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ISA Top 25 writer Jeremy Dehn lands general meeting

On the strength of his sci-fi pilot script Breakwater City, Jeremy landed a general meeting with preeminent production company that has created award-winning series content for USA, Amazon, and Netflix. Jeremy has been invited to develop feature...
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Emerging Screenwriters places WILD DATURA in finals!

Emerging talent, Bernadett Belinda York, continues to prove the need for diversity in western features as her award-winning, female-driven, LGBTQ+ screenplay WILD DATURA advances to the finals in another genre competition!
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SYMPTOMS OF A SMALL TOWN GIVING SCRIPT COMPS A FEVER

I've been feeling incredulous with the success this script is experiencing. I'm so grateful to share that last night I learned that it is advancing to the next round in Industrial Scripts' The TITAN Awards (2021), adding another asterisk to its...
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Not My Brother Places Quarter Finalist in Emerging Screenwriters Genre 2021

Grateful that my historical action-adventure feature film script NOT MY BROTHER (inspired by my great-great-great-grandfather and his younger brother's experience in the Civil War) placed Quarter Finalist in the Emerging Screenwriters Genre...
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CHEATERS - Action Comedy Inspired by the 2019 Varsity Blues College Scandal

A teen action comedy inspired by the 2019 Varsity Blues college admissions bribery scandal has recently won the 2021 Script Pipeline First Look competition for comedy and placed in the finals for Table Read My Screenplay (Austin 2021), top 50 for...
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AMERICAN DAYDREAM | Emerging Screenwriters Genre Competition (2021)

Jim Grieco is honored to have his feature length dramedy, AMERICAN DAYDREAM, named as a Quarterfinalist at the 2021 Emerging Screenwriters Competition.
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Gallo & Harris win Script Pipeline's First Look Project for CHEATERS!

Gallo & Harris have won Script Pipeline's First Look Project for CHEATERS, their teen action-comedy inspired by the 2019 Varsity Blues college admissions bribery scandal. This win finishes 2021 strong for the duo who were also included on the...
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Comedy pilot getting lots of love from competitions

How to Kill Yourself Like the Ultimate Badass* *and maybe fall in love along the way has been on a hot streak! In addition to two glowing "7" reviews on the Blacklist, the half hour comedy has been named a Screencraft Virtual Pitch and Filmmatic...
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Saigon Special racking up awards

Kyle Little's ode to classic film noir and the buddy action comedies he grew up on, Saigon Special, has collected over 11 competition placements, putting it in the Top 1% of all projects on Coverfly. Highlights include Screencraft Comedy and...
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First feature script earns honorable mention

Powderpuff, Kyle Little's hilarious high school sports comedy feature, was named Fresh Voices 2017 honorable mention. Not bad for the first feature script he ever wrote!
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STARLIGHT HACIENDA wins Grand Prize

STARLIGHT HACIENDA or The Secret to Eternal Life in The Desert took home the Grand Prize of ISA's Horror/Thriller Genre-bending Competition. An unpredictable blend of horror, thriller, and dark comedy, the ISA team described the script as "a wild,...
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AMERICAN DAYDREAM - Q-finalist | Emerging Screenwriters Genre Comp. (2022)

Jim Grieco is honored to have his feature length Rom Com, AMERICAN DAYDREAM, selected as a Quarterfinalist at the Emerging Screenwriters Genre Screenplay Competition (2022).
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Emerging Screenwriters Finalist

LES PETITES GARCES places as a Top 10 Finalist in the horror genre category out of 3,000 submissions.
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Comedy Finalist for Emerging Screenwriters

L J Sellers script KAREN THE SPY placed as a top 10 finalist in the comedy genre for Emerging Screenwriters.
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Emerging Screenwriters Finalist

R.L. Hooker's script HUMAN RESOURCES placed as a top 10 finalist in the comedy genre for Emerging Screenwriters.
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Emerging Screenwriters 2022 Finalist

Kirk Young's UNTITLED OCEAN TELEPORTER PROJECT placed as a top 10 finalist in the horror/thriller genre for Emerging Screenwriters.
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PINEY RIDGE Named Top 10 Finalist in Emerging Screenwriting Competition

(Los Angeles, CA - January 7, 2021) - La'Chris Jordan's historical pilot PINEY RIDGE placed in the Top 10 Historical/Bio Category for the 2020 Emerging Screenwriting Genre Competition. Winners and finalists were announced today on the competition's...
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Suzanne Griffin's pilot BLOOD AND DREAMS selected for the Legion M Top 16!

Suzanne's adventure pilot BLOOD AND DREAMS, a Finalist in ISA's Summer 2022 Table Read My Screenplay Summer Genre Competition, has been selected by ISA for the Legion M Top 16! Selected projects are featured on Legion M's Film Scout app, where the...
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Pembrook: a 2022 Urban Action Showcase Selection

Development Slate writer, L.E. Coleman's sci-fi action pilot, PEMBROOK, is an Official Selection in the 2022 Urban Action Showcase International Action Film Festival.
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Top 8% Coverfly Rating

Alex Stephens' screenplay "The Fighting First" has earned top 11% rating on Coverfly.
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