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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. 72 Success Stories Listed.

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.
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."
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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Emerging talent, Bernadett Belinda York, continues to prove the need for diversity in western features as her award-winning, female-driven, LGBTQ+ screenplay WILD DATURA advances to the finals in another genre competition!
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Stowe Story Labs announced female-driven western screenplay WILD DATURA among their ISA Fellowship quarter finalists in 2021... both writer and project were selected for the 2021 June narrative lab.
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The black female superhero script, Skye Montana, makes the Quarterfinals in the Emerging Screenwriters Genre Competition.
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ReAnimassassins, the latest script by Jayson Crittenden, is selected as a Semifinalist in ISA's Comedy and Genre Busting Screenplay Competition.
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KILLED TWICE IN TEXAS by Jayson Crittenden Makes The Red List as the #9 Western Feature of the month... and is selected as a semifinalist in the Creative Screenwriting Unique Voices Screenplay Competition
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Previous ISA Fast-Track Fellow Sean Collins-Smith was accepted into the inaugural Sony TV Pictures Diverse Writers Program! He was invited because of his limited series pilot WONDER DRUG, which is being called “CHERNOBYL meets ERIN BROCKIVICH.” The script chronicles the worldwide thalidomide tragedy of the 1960s, when the drug killed tens of thousands of newborn babies, and one FDA employee’s attempts to prevent it from reaching America. Readers on The Black List have called the pilot "remarkable," "fascinating," and "impeccably crafted." Sean will spend six weeks learning from writers, showrunners and execs within the Sony family.
The dark mind of an empathic serial killer is exposed in EMPATH, and has earned semi-finalist honors in the Table Read My Screenplay Genre competition for 2021.
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ANTILLIA: CONQUEST GOLD is a Semifinalist and Top 100 in the Action/Adventure genre in the 2021 Table Read My Screenplay Competition, and has advanced to the final round of judging in April. ANTILLIA: CONQUEST GOLD is the story of a mixed-race family coming together after a tragedy. Set in the Florida Keys in 1980, the lives of Pan Am flight attendant Chelsea Goldsmith, her older sister Shelly, and younger brother River are thrown into chaos when they learn a series of shocking revelations. Antillia has Semifinalist placements in the WeScreenplay TV Contest (2020), TRMS Genre Competition (2020), and Filmmatic Pitch Now - Season 3 (2021)
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