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ISA Top 25 2021 Writer Johnny Gilligan's Sci-fi 1 Hr TV Pilot script REVELATIONS takes 2nd place in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy category of 2021 Cinestory TV competition. As a result of the placement, Johnny will be joining the 2021 Cinestory TV Retreat at the end of March.
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ISA Top 25 2021 Writer Johnny Gilligan's Sci-fi 1 Hr TV Pilot script REVELATIONS wins the 2020 DUMBO New York Film Festival Competition. The win comes with a cash prize of $500, a writers retreat invitation and professional script consultations with the judges.
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The story of two disparate people thrust together has garnered another award in the Screencraft Family Drama Screenplay Contest for 2021. The screenplay moved on from quarter-finalist to semi-finalist.
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Michale Lucid's feature courtroom dramedy LADY REPORTER which he co-wrote with Michael Lannan, creator of HBO's "Looking," has been named a Semifinalist in the Spring 2021 WeScreenplay Diverse Voices Competition. LADY REPORTER is based on his real experience as a juror on an intense police brutality trial in LA. Michael and his co-writer are currently working with acclaimed TV actor Michael Urie (ABC's "Ugly Betty" and CBS' "Partners") to tailor the lead role for him to play. The script has also placed highly in a number of other competitions, including: Semifinalist in the 2020 ScreenCraft Drama Competition, Quarterfinalist in the 2020 StoryPros Screenplay Competition, and Second Rounder in the 2020 Launch Pad Feature Comp.
Michael Lucid's comedy-thriller half-hour pilot LA CULT won "Best Comedy Pilot" in the Oct. 2020 Hollywood Just4Shorts competition. The pilot is his darkly loving take on his experiences with the improv comedy theater-school world in LA - it's "Barry" meets "Search Party." The pilot has also been placing highly in a number of other competitions, including: Semifinalist in the 2020 Filmmatic TV Pilot Awards, Semifinalist in the 2020 Pitch Now Screenplay Competition, Quarterfinalist in the 2021 Fresh Voices Competition, and Quarterfinalist in the 2020 WeScreenplay TV Contest.
Ryan Becker's TV pilot SAVAGE NATURE placed in top 10 percent of 1300 scripts. https://chicagoscreenplayawards.com/best-screenplay-contests-past-winners/#2021
Long time ISA member Travis Seppala has placed his script THE ELEVATOR GAME with new production company Fearworks, which is headed by producers Ed Elbert (Anna And The King, Martian Child) and Stefan Brunner (Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengance). Buffalo Gal Pictures will be co-producing, and London-based AMP International has signed on as the sales agent. It will be directed by Michael Goi (Megan Is Missing, Mary, American Horror Story). Jamie Norrie of AMP International said, "THE ELEVATOR GAME is hands down the scariest script I've ever read, and the 5th Floor Woman is such a terrifying creation she will forever haunt my dreams. Coupled with the game actually being real and you have a film that is literally the stuff of nightmares."
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REARRANGED, which won the Austin Film Festival (2019) award for "best comedy feature script" has been optioned by Marginal Mediaworks.
Out of thousands of submissions, Gregory Houghton has taken home FOUR placements in the 2021 Chicago Screenplay Awards for the four scripts he submitted. His thriller pilot TRACE took quarterfinalist. His two dramedy features The Epiphany of Faye and Pontiac Diary were both semifinalists. While his dramedy pilot TRAILER PARK ALLI took TOP TEN FINALIST!
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Christopher DeWan's serialized drama LOVE IN THE TIME OF KAIJU has been optioned to an undisclosed media company [NDA] for development. The series follows the growing tensions in a Rust Belt community that's been forced to hide in their homes, communicating only via social media—because outside, their town is overrun by battling kaiju monsters.
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Pat Holden is directing UK independent feature GENUINE FAKES this Spring 2021. It stars Oscar-nominated PETER FIRTH, COLIN MORGAN and TARA FITSGERALD. Budget 3 million USD. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4887164/fullcredits?ref_=tt_ql_1
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Pat Holden made the shortlist for this illustrious program. This is an incredible achievement as they only pick 6 people a year for this accolade.
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Jordan Ray Allen advanced to semi-finalist status after entering the one page synopsis for his feature script MELTING ICE: A TALE OF CRUCI-FICTION into a competition hosted by legendary writer-director Robert Rodriguez, who was in search of filmmakers for his docu-series 'Rebel Without A Crew'.
Amy's YA fantasy sitcom receives some love this month in the form of Quarter Finalist and Top20 in the ScreenCraft Family Screenplay Competition and Get It Made, respectively. Neither competition has closed yet, so fingers crossed that there is more love coming for WIR.
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Won special prize at Las Vegas AOF MegaFest
Chosen for 2021's Berlinale Talents at the 71st International Berlin Film Festival https://www.berlinale-talents.de/bt/page/c/pr-january-2021
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Todd Sorrell's LGBTQ script I PROMISE YOU THIS earned 1st Place LGBTQ Screenplay and 3rd Place Best Script in the main category at the 2020 Global Independent Film Awards. It also was a finalist at the 2020 Las Vegas International Film & Screenwriting Festival as well as at the 2020 Big Apple Film Festival & Screenplay Competition, and 2nd Place at LGBTQ Unbordered International Film Festival. His first TV pilot, DISTANT CALL made the semifinal round at the 2021 Filmmatic TV Pilot Awards.
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ISA Top 25 in 2021 writer Johnny Gilligan's 1 Hr Sci-Fi Pilot WOKE makes the TOP 5 in the 2020 Final Draft Big Break Competition in the 1-Hr Pilot category. Top 3 will be announced soon.
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ISA Top 25 2021 writer Johnny Gilligan's Sci-Fi 1 hr pilot script REVELATIONS makes the Top 3 in the Sci-Fi category of the Cinestory 2021 TV Pilot screenplay competition. This includes an invite to the highly acclaimed Cinestory TV writing retreat in March.
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ISA Top 25 2021 Writer Johnny Gilligan's Sci-fi 1 Hr TV Pilot script REVELATIONS is the overall winner in season 3 of Fimmatic's Pitch Now screenplay competition. The win comes with a cash prize of $1000, industry exposure and a Virtual Pitch Festival package.
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