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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. 80 Success Stories Listed.

Following the spec script's placement in last year's Genre Competition, Emerging Screenwriters Drama Screenplay Competition announces WILD DATURA amongst its 2022 winning finalists. The project continues its momentum in the Western and Drama categories and is honored to be recognized by this esteemed contest for a second time.
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Kirk Young's UNTITLED OCEAN TELEPORTER PROJECT placed as a top 10 finalist in the horror/thriller genre for Emerging Screenwriters.
LES PETITES GARCES places as a Top 10 Finalist in the horror genre category out of 3,000 submissions.
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LONDONAUTS Semifinalist, Creative Screenwriting Animation Competition 2021
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Kirk Weddell was recently discovered by the ISA Development Department after winning the Horror/Sci-Fi Genre prize at the Table My Read Spring 2022 competition and placing in the finals of the Emerging Screenwriters Sci-Fi & Fantasy 2021 competition with his screenplay ALONE. After meeting with the ISA Team, and discussing his work, aspirations and future projects Kirk has now been invited on to the ISA's Development Slate of top tier writers. Kirk is thrilled to have been selected to join the slate and looks forward to working with the team.
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Sean Collins-Smith, who won the ISA Fast-Track Fellowship in 2018 with his pilots END OF LIFE and LIFERS ANONYMOUS, was recently staffed on the Peacock limited series FIELD OF DREAMS, Michael Schur's reboot of the beloved 90s original. Sean moved to Los Angeles in December of 2018 after winning the ISA Fellowship, and is repped at 3 Arts and A3 Artists Agency.
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Julia Skikavich’s darkly funny, one-hour drama pilot, SURVIVORS: B.S. has won the Table Read My Screenplay contest, as the Genre Winner of the Drama Category. The multi-award winning pilot has been hailed for the writer’s unique voice, the script’s compelling characters, the world-building that gives an insider’s look at Toronto, and the polished storytelling. The pilot takes a women-centric approach in tackling intractable social issues, centered around wholly relevant discussions tied to sexism, rape culture, #MeToo, and the harsh realities of dealing with a serious medical issue and related disability as a struggling young professional.
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The animated tv pilot MANSPLAINO by Dava Whisenant & Steve Young has been chosen as the ISA Fast Track Fellowship Genre Winner for Animation. The female-driven satirical comedy was also chosen as a Semifinalist in the recent Austin Film Fest Screenplay Competition. MANSPLAINO was initially inspired by Dava's personal experiences on the film festival circuit with a documentary she directed, where she was frequently assumed to be the assistant of the film's star, rather than the filmmaker. Her co-writer, a former Letterman staff writer, witnessed this happening, and MANSPLAINO's main characters developed from there.
Olga Holtz has been selected to participate in the August 2021 Sidewalk Narrative Lab, a program of Stowe Story Labs, with her psychological thriller pilot DARK MATTER.
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A LABOUR OF LOVE, a feature by Olga Holtz based on a true story, was named to the Top 50 of the 2021 ISA Fast Track Fellowship XIV.
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Paul Neuman's animated screenplay FAIRY TRAIL is a quarterfinalist in the Creative Screenwriting Animation Screenplay Competition 2021.
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Meyers was named one of two 2021 Fast Track Fellows by the International Screenwriters Association for her feature screenplay, FREEFALL, an action/adventure film that reimagines the D.B. Cooper hijacking as the work of a recently fired stewardess and an air traffic controller. Meyers shares Fellowship honors with along with Alan Jenkins, a law professor, for his screenplay, SCOTUS.
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The 28th Annual Austin Film Festival advances Parannoyance in the Produced Digital Series Competition. If selected, the pilot will premiere during the month of October 2021. Follow the paranormal dark comedy online @Parannoyance https://linktr.ee/parannoyance
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John Killoran's psychological sci-fi dramedy THE JUMP was named in the Top 10 of the Horror/Science Fiction category in the 2021 Table Read Austin Competition.
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Warren Clarke's MENTAL was named a semifinalist in the 2021 Austin Table Read My Screenplay Competition. In this horror thriller, a psychiatry student with a phobia for gore is held captive by intruders, and she must use her training to outsmart her attackers.
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Warren Clarke's ATTACK THERAPY was named a semifinalist in the 2021 Austin Table Read My Screenplay Competition. This thriller tells the story of a psychologist who must become her own therapist and conquer old demons, all so she can survive an attack aimed at protecting the career of the politician who assaulted her when they were teens.
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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 collaborating on making the story even stronger and then seeing it taken out to the market, with the hope of seeing it on screen one day. This is a significant milestone in my writing career."
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John Killoran's rom-com fantasy SCHOOL NIGHTS was recently named in the Top 10 of ISA’s inaugural Comedy and Genre Busting Screenplay Competition, an achievement that the email announcing it made seem like a big deal—so John’s decided it’s a big deal, too.
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The supernatural TV drama, THE STAY LIST, makes the Quarterfinalist rank of the 2021 ISA Drama Genre-busting competition. This script was requested by Greg Berlanti Productions and Queen Latifah's production company; Flavor Unit Entertainment. It's TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL meets GREY'S ANATOMY.
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