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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. 3448 Success Stories Listed.

SCARLET SEAS, the action-adventure horror feature, was selected as Semi-Finalist in the Pitch Now Season 3 screenplay contest. Finalists and Semi-Finalist get to pitch their project to the company/agency of their choice from the list. (via Virtual Pitch Fest)
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In a universal effort to dispel the negative stereotypes of Arabs in western media, Open Screenplay's "Arab Stories: Debunking Arab Myths" invited writers from around the world to submit no more than 5 pages to their 2020 short competition. Sharilyn's story "Hijab-N-Hair" earned an Honorable Mention. It focuses on two high school girls, an African-American who hides her baldness under a chic wig and her Muslim bestie, who suffers from Alopecia, but feels safe under her Hijab. They skip school for a spa day at a salon that specializes in hair and scalp disorders. As in most of her stories, "Hijab-N-Hair" crosses ethnic and religious boundaries in order to expose the human bonds that fortify female friendship.
David Hartfield's TV series CONTINGENCY is currently in development with Emmy-nominated director David Platt attached.
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John Hartfield has just completed a six-minute trailer for his TV series pilot, SWAG TOWN, which was directed by Emmy-nominated director, David Platt of LAW & ORDER:SVU, QUEEN OF THE SOUTH and THE BLACKLIST fame. Veteran showrunner, Daniel Truly (LAW & ORDER:SVU, BLUE BLOODS and UNDER THE DOME) served as one of the Executive Producers.
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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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GHOST SPECIES, Justin's horror feature screenplay won the Best Dialogue - Feature Screenplay category at the Annual Queen Palm International Film Festival 2021, having previously taken Gold in the Fourth Quarter Awards earlier this month.
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QUOTA, the episode that Melody Cooper wrote for Stage 13's Two Sentence Horror Stories, airs on CW on Tuesday, 1/26/21 8 pm PT (free to stream on Wed. 1/27 at CWTV.com). Her second episode, IBEJI about Black women and mistreatment by the U.S. healthcare, debuts on 2/16. Here's the promo: https://youtu.be/pJZMuFh6gGA
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THE PECULIAR PREDICAMENTS OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER RATS was published as a children's book, and is available on AMAZON.
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The dystopian sci-fi short, EBO, a story about a placEBO's healing effect upon a future society suffering from radiation poisoning, advances to the semifinal round in the 2021 Emerging Screenwriters Shoot Your Short Screenplay Competition.
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Testimonial: ISA's Fast Track fellowship was a fantastic experience. During the fellowship week of meeting, I met some fantastic people who had read my pilot, were so welcoming and curious - just the kind of people I hope and love to meet in our industry. But the meetings were more than just good discussion, they were productive - I had three executives ask to send along additional scripts. Those meetings, along with a year of support that comes with the fellowship, entering ISA's Fast Track was a smart investment, and one that has me setup for a productive, career-changing 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.
Testimonial: As a novelist, I came late to the screenwriting industry and had no idea how to get my work into the tight network of agents, managers and producers. Then I entered and won the 2019 ISA Fast Track award and everything changed! I now have industry pros requesting my work. My most recent TV Pilot, HIGHER PRIMATES is represented by 5X5 productions and being read by executives at Amazon, CBS, MSM Tollin and Indy Entertainment. Thank you ISA!
Testimonial: Entering the Fast Track competition was a great investment in my career. The connections I was able to make during the week of general meetings have proven invaluable. In addition to the pilot that ISA sent them before we met, three executives asked to read additional scripts during our call! There are lots of screenwriting competitions out there, but Fast Track provides a year of support and can get you in front of people who can help change your career.
Testimonial: During my ISA Fast Track Fellowship, I spent one glorious whirlwind week meeting industry insiders—and the relationships that began that week are still an important part of my professional life all these years later. The people I met that week continue to champion my work, and I now have friends and advocates at some of the best production companies and studios in Hollywood.
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ISA 2021 Top 25 Writer Johnny Gilligan's TV pilot REVELATIONS tops Coverfly's The Red List for 1-Hour Sci-Fi pilots. His two other Sci-Fi pilots WOKE and SAVANT follow closely in #3 and #4 spots.
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Kim Hornsby's short screenplay, CHAT, ended the year in the top ten in Short Thrillers on Coverfly's Red List for 2020 after making it to the 2nd Round of Austin Film Festival. This was the second time Hornsby has had a script on the Red List and in AFF. A 20-page script of a woman's revenge on a serial killer, CHAT is unproduced but available.
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The mission of the Writers Guild Foundation’s Veterans Writing Project is to identify emerging writers from United States military backgrounds and provide them with the tools and insights to nurture their passion for writing and successfully navigate the entertainment industry.
Following its selection for the Frontières international co-production market at Fantasia back in July, Stéphanie and her production partner at Frenzy Films, Sean McConville, have just secured a deal with NYC-based Visit Films ( IT FOLLOWS, PRIMER, UPSTREAM COLOR,) to finance and distribute ICE which Stéphanie will also be directing.
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WUNDERLAND, Chris DeWan's TV series set inside a VR world, has been optioned by Vancouver-based Omnifilm Entertainment
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Chris DeWan's screenplay AVALON, a "gay, teen Shape of Water," has been optioned by Awesomeness/Viacom
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