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Exciting ISAConnect Member Success Stories

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The short film TOGETHER was completed in early 2019, and over the last twelve months has won multiple awards at significant film festivals including: Best Narrative Film; Most Inspiring Film; Best Drama; Best Producer; Best Screenplay; Best Actor; and Best Actress. The short, which was A.W. Scott's first film, was produced as a proof-of-concept for an already written feature, and has led to a commitment for equity financing for 50% of the budget of the feature film. The feature is expected to be cast in late spring 2020, and filmed in fall/winter 2020 with A.W. Scott directing.
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Lisa Jay's screenply THE DOMOVOI was chosen as the Final Draft Fellowship winner for Stowe StoryLabs Fall 2020.
Terence Brody's screenplay RENOVATE MY HEART has been optioned by Oren Kamara, with Fade To Black Films. He found the script through ISA "Writing Gigs." Kamara intends to go into production in September. Thanks ISA!
Jeffrey Howe's script PERSONA was named the Best Narrative Fiction Screenplay by the 2020 New Hope Film festival, and included in the festival's annual promotion in Variety magazine. The sci-fi thriller was also a finalist in the 2020 Story Pros Awards.
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After finishing the room for the first season of the new Gossip Girl on HBO Max, Elaine was hired on another sexy, scandalous Fake Empire show - Dynasty!
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Natalie Bergman's screenplay, ANGELS OF WAR grabs a place in the finls of The Golden Script Competition. The untold true story of a group of American nurses trapped behind enemy lines for over three brutal years in the Philippines during World War II. The screenplay follows their heroism, relationships, endurance and survival.
Ted Campbell has secured representation with Cameron Cubbison at Zero Gravity Management. Prior to becoming a literary manager, Cubbison worked as a freelance reader and story analyst for ten years, writing agency and production company coverage, and is the co-founder of ScreenCraft. Ted Campbell recently won the Grand Prize in Your Script Produced's screenplay contest. And is slated to direct the heist thriller UNDERGROUND (co-written with legendary filmmaker John Boorman) later this year.
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David Timothy Duty has just been notified that his feature length screenplay, WHAT WE LEAVE BEHIND, has been selected as a semi finalist in the 2020 Page Turner Feature & TV Drama Contest! Out of the hundreds of entries received, his script placed in the Top 15. This is the final judging status.
Producer Noah Lang ("The Climb") has optioned Christian Lybrook's thriller script IN GOD WE RUST. The story centers around a missing $7 million gold coin. 20 years after the robbery, the architect of the heist races to find the missing coin before his murderous accomplice, freshly released from prison, exacts revenge on everyone involved.
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THE WEASEL by Brianna Cohen recently placed as a quarterfinalist in the Screencraft Comedy Script Competition. THE WEASEL is a raunchy coming-of-middle-age story of a woman who swears off sex for a year on the eve of her 30th birthday. Brianna is looking forward to completing her other projects and participating in more competitions.
The Stowe Story Lab has selected LUCKY 13 for a $1000 development grant for the 2020 Fall Lab in Stowe, VT. LUCKY 13 is the inaugural recipient of a Sloan Foundation development grant. The script won the Atlanta Film Festival Screenwriting Competition in 2017 and has also been a finalist for The Writers Lab, the Nashville Film Festival and placed in the Next 100 for the Nicholl Fellowship in 2019.
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Julia Skikavich has received the 2020 Magee TV Diverse Screenwriters Mentorship Award. She is incredibly honoured to join this amazing group of emerging Canadian talents. Five winners are selected annually for the mentorship program created to support emerging screenwriters from diverse backgrounds through mentorship, networking with Canadian television professionals, and exposure to leaders in the field of screen-based writing. Julia will be mentored by Canadian screenwriter Duana Taha during the 3-month program, where she'll further develop her award-winning serialized drama SURVIVORS: B.S.. Julia is grateful to the Toronto Screenwriting Conference and Magee TV for supporting this opportunity to grow her career.
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LUCKY 13 has been selected from out of nearly 3000 submissions as a Finalist for the 2020 Screencraft Fellowship. The selection represents 1.5 percent of submissions, and adds to the growing list of accolades for this powerfully written screenplay about female pilots in World War Two. LUCKY 13 is the inaugural recipient of a Sloan Foundation Development Grant, awarded a development grant by the Stowe Story Labs for their 2020 fall season, won the Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Competition and was a Finalist for The Writers Lab and the Nashville Film Festival.
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Cas Anvar has been attached to a supporting role in Legacy II: Origins (Once titled simply Legacy). You may recognize his name from Argo or because he stars on THE EXPANSE. THE EXPANSE is the #5 most popular show from all streaming networks.
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Natalie Bergman's screenplay ANGELS OF WAR, made it to Quarterfinals, and now to Semifinals in The Golden Script Competition 2020.
Shilpa was awarded the SAGIndie Fellowship to attend the prestigious 2019 Stowe Story Labs in Vermont with her screenplay. CONTINENTAL DIVIDE. It was a jam packed week of networking, pitching, and honing story, all resulting in a greater, leaner, meaner script.
David Timothy Duty has just been notified that his feature length screenplay, WHAT WE LEAVE BEHIND, has been selected as a semi finalist in the 2020 Big Apple Film Festival (summer edition)! The Big Apple Film Festival is scheduled to take place August 18-20 at the Cinepolis Theater, New York City. This is the final judging status. A complete list of winners, finalists and semi-finalists can be found at bigapplefilmfestival.com/screenplay-competition
Alfonso Henrique has been accepted to the 2020-21 Veterans Writing Project cycle. 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.
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Shane Walsh-Smith's MATCHSTICKS 2.0, a script which leads a duel life as a Black Mirror spec and a standalone sci-fi feature script, has placed in two more competitions. It was a nominee for Best Feature Script in the Top Indie Film Awards; and is also an official selection in the Underground Indie Film Festival (the winners of which will be announced on June 25).
Denise Papas Meechan's screenplay FRECKLES is an official Selection at Hollyshorts, Toronto Independent International, and Reykjavik Film Festivals.