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Exciting ISAConnect Member Success Stories

These are the top success stories listed by ISAConnect Members. If you're an industry pro and interested in viewing the work of these emerging writers, please request Industry Pro status.

SPENCER, 1928 named Top 100

SPENCER, 1928, a fantasy feature for the family written by Veronica R. Tabares, placed in the Top 100 of the 2018 Emerging Screenwriters Shoot Your Sizzle Competition. SPENCER, 1928, has already been named a 2018 Nashville Film Festival Screenplay Contest Semi-Finalist.
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HAUNT FOR HIRE named Top 100

HAUNT FOR HIRE, a four-quadrant paranormal comedy written by Veronica R. Tabares, placed in the Top 100 of the 2018 Emerging Screenwriters Shoot Your Sizzle Competition.HAUNT FOR HIRE has previously been named a Quarterfinalist in the 9th Annual StoryPros Awards Screenplay Contest.
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UNRAVELLED places in Top 100 Shoot Your Sizzle Reel 2018

Ted Campbell's psychological thriller UNRAVELLED has placed in the Top 100 Shoot Your Sizzle Reel contest.
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PHIL PARKER Hired To Write A Feature Film.

Phil Parker proves himself, once again, worthy of inclusion on the 'ISA Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2018 List' with his most recent success story. Producers have hired Phil to write the feature-length screenplay for their winter sports action/drama BROKEN WINGS, with experienced director Rob Kaplan attached to direct.
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SEMI-FINALIST in ScreenCraft's Family Friendly screenwriting competition

David Michael Kushner's A LOVE STORY has been named a SEMI-FINALIST for ScreenCraft's Family Friendly screenwriting competition.
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DIPLOMATIC AMMUNITY! Wins 2nd Place in Las Vegas Screenplay Contest

Jonathan LaPoma's feature-length coming-of-age black comedy DIPLOMATIC AMMUNITY! won 2nd place in the 2018 Las Vegas Screenplay Contest's comedy category. This is the script's 11th award/honor and LaPoma's 155th overall.
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COLETTE & CAMILLE Placed First in the Get It Made Short Script Contest

Harker Jone's suspense short COLETTE & CAMILLE placed first in the Get It Made Short Script Contest, which means they're going to produce it. Casting has taken place, and a location has been secured. Production is going ahead with shooting starting on the 15th of April 2018. 

Wendy Jean Wilkins WHERE THE MEN ARE Road Picture Comedy Continues to Win

Wendy Jean Wilkins' over-30 female driven road picture comedy WHERE THE MEN ARE (an updated homage to the 1960's original Spring Break film 'Where The Boys Are') continues to place in script competitions, most recently as a SEMI-FINALIST for Women Who Write in Film! Previous placements include Top 10 in 2013 Scriptapalooza's Feature Competition, 3rd place in 2013 Comedy Screenplay Competition as well as 7 Finalist placements, including the first New York Women In Film: Meryl Streep Writing Lab.
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Top 50, ISA's Fast Track Fellowship and Other Awards

Jace Lacob has made the Top 50 Screenwriters in ISA’s Fast Track Fellowship. His drama pilot script CONNECTION recently won LiveRead/LA's March edition, and was named a West Field runner-up, a Barnstorm Festival finalist, a Hollywood Hills Script Competition finalist, an IndieBOOM! Festival finalist, and a semi-finalist in TV Writer's People's Pilot Competition, Finish Line Script Competition ScreenCraft’s Pilot Launch Contest, and WeScreenplay’s Diverse Voices. His feature script ESCAPE won Best Screenplay at the IndieBoom! Festival and 1st Place, Supernatural Horror in the Hollywood Hills Screenplay Competition, and has also placed in a variety of other screenwriting competitions. A former journalist and critic, he resides in LA.

Wormhole 276 wins Family Best Scene

Veronica R. Tabares's science fiction feature, WORMHOLE 276, won the February 2017 Family Best Scene in the Festival for Family. In the same festival it went on to win FEMALE Written Best Scene Screenplays; TEEN Stories, Novels, Films, Screenplays (January-June); Time Travel Stories, Novels, Films, Screenplays (January-June); SCI-FI/FANTASY Best Scene; and February Female Directed & Written Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films (Best Scene).
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Taking Flight New Writing Competition and Festival 2017

Mei Joan Guyll's play 100% OF NOTHING IS NOTHING was selected as one of three winners in the Taking Flight New Writing Competition and Festival.  The script was then produced by Red Dragonfly productions and staged in six theatres around the United Kingdom, including London, to sell-out performances.

Fast Track Fellow Andy Byrne signed to write new sci-fi feature

The fast-paced, reality-bending sci-fi is currently under wraps. Producer Jay Douglas and Andy have just been invited to pitch the project to Ridley Scott's Scott Free Productions in March. This brings Andy's current projects in development to four -- including the 2016 ISA Fast Track Fellowship-winner DISCONN. Cameras roll on another commissioned feature in just over a month. That film and the remaining project, SILO, are slated to be discussed in an industry announcement later this month/early April. Andy hopes to get some sleep at some point in the next 6 months.
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THE SUMMER OF CRUD an Amazon Hot New Release

Jonathan LaPoma's dark and disturbing literary novel THE SUMMER OF CRUD is a Hot New Release on Amazon's UK store. The novel was published by Almendro Arts on February 20th.
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PRIDE & PRESIDENT - a 2018 RIFF Finalist!

John Pisano-Thomsen's PRIDE & PRESIDENT is now a Feature Finalist in the 2018 Richmond Int'l Film Festival in Richmond, Virginia. Winner to be determined at the festival April 23-29.
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LAST of the BURLY GIRLS - an American Zoetrope 2017 semi-finalist!

John Pisano-Thomsen's LAST of the BURLY GIRLS was recently selected as a semi-finalist in Francis Ford Coppola's 15th Annual American Zoetrope Screenwriting Contest. Out of roughly 1,600 entries, BURLY GIRLS made the Top 23! In addition, BURLY GIRLS was also a recent semi-finalist in the 2nd Annual Roadmap Writer's/Route One Entertainment Screenwriting Competition.
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DIPLOMATIC AMMUNITY! and THE KIDNAPPED Official Selections of Sacramento FF

Jonathan LaPoma's black comedy screenplays DIPLOMATIC AMMUNITY! and THE KIDNAPPED have been selected to the 2018 Sacramento International Film Festival. THE KIDNAPPED is LaPoma's latest script, and this is its first award/honor and LaPoma's 153rd overall for his 11 screenplays.
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Barnes & Noble Selects THE SUMMER OF CRUD to Press Presents list

Barnes & Noble selected Jonathan LaPoma's new novel, THE SUMMER OF CRUD, to its February and March B&N Press Presents list, where "B&N Press editors have handpicked the best books from emerging authors and new voices." The novel was also recommended by Kirkus Reviews, one of the world's largest book reviewing publications.
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MOUNT PLEASANT Selected for ATX Television Festival/The Black List Program

MOUNT PLEASANT is one of 15 scripts selected for the ATX Television Festival and The Black List writing program. They have partnered with HBO, Bad Robot, Carlton Cuse Productions, Okay Goodnight, Annapurna, Kilter Films, and Amblin Entertainment on a unique writing program for the third year, specifically designed to identify TV writers for staffing consideration across the participating networks, studios and production companies. The script will also move onto the next round of ATX’s pitch competition.
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Award Wins and Nominations for THE OTHER CAPULET Short Film

Writer/Director Afonso J Henrique has produced his screenplay THE OTHER CAPULET and has already, in such a short time, won a few awards for Best Film, as well as Honorable Mentions and other nominations. The short film was released in November 2017 and has already accumulated 'Best Film Award' wins at the Grove Film Fest, SFAAF (Chile), West Wing Film Competition, and the Firefly Film Competiton. Afonso won Best Screenplay at the Oniros Film Awards forTHE OTHER CAPULET and has taken Honorable Mentions in Cinematography, Best Director, Best Sound Design, Best Actress (SFAAF,) and Best Thriller Short Film (LA Film Awards,) and Best First Time Director (Afonso J Henrique), Best Idea, and Best Short Film (Oniros Film Awards.)
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Four 1st Place Wins in 2017 For PAROUSIA

Todd Sorrell's supernatural thriller script PAROUSIA maintained a consistent hot streak throughout 2017, winning top honors in 4 different film festivals. The 1st Place finish at the Atlanta Film Festival kicked it off, followed by the first place wins at Cinema New York City Film Festival, Toronto International Independent Film Festival, and the London Film Awards.
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