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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. 50 Success Stories Listed.

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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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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A new management company recently found LUCKY 13, FREEFALL, POWDERKEG and the TV pilot for THE DARK OF NIGHT on the International Screenwriters Association website and is now in negotiations with writer Denise Meyers to represent her material. Meyers is the 2019 inaugural recipient of a Sloan Foundation Development Grant in partnership with the Athena Film Festival and Barnard College, a development grant winner through the Stowe Story Labs and winner of the Atlanta Film Festival Screenwriting Competition.
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Ted Campbell's feature writing and directing debut A DANGEROUS DEFENSE wrapped principle photography in Los Angeles this week. The indie thriller is produced by MarVista Entertainment and Shadowboxer Films. Next up, Ted is writing and directing another thriller for MVE. As well as directing his award winning heist thriller UNDERGROUND for Film Bridge International and New York based Choice Films. Ted was named a Top Screenwriter to Watch in 2018 and is a member of ISA's Development Slate.
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Oliver Warren's pilot script MAMADUKES was selected as one of the TOP 10 COMEDY SCRIPTS in the Emerging Screenwriters Genre Competition. MAMADUKES has already caught the eye of incredible Exec Producer John Melfi (Sex & The City, House of Cards, The Morning Show). MAMADUKES is a 10 x 60min Comedy Drama Series about a heavily-pregnant freelance fashion designer, with a Peter Pan complex and combusting birth-plan, who opens her home to four other desperate soon-to-be single moms, and finds herself in a constant battle for the role of matriarch as they raise their newborns in a five-woman, five-baby, no men, East Village commune. Written and Created by Oliver Warren - One of the ISA’s Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2021.
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Jeremy Dehn's pilot, BREAKWATER CITY, has won the Mystery/Crime genre in the Emerging Screenwriters Genre Competition. This tops off a great year for Breakwater City, as it also was a quarterfinalist in the Final Draft Big Break, became a second rounder at the Austin Film Festival, and got Jeremy invited onto the ISA Development Slate, where he was named one of the Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2021.
Michael Graf was one of five feature screenwriters to win the Screenwriter's Residency Program at the Bahamas International Film Festival for his inspirational true story, THE LAST INDIAN WAR.
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The original story FOLLOW THE BADGE was selected as a top 25 Action/Adventure finalist in the Creative Screenwriting Unique Voices competition. The script was also chosen as a finalist in the Table Read My Screenplay Contest. Most recently, it was featured on Coverfly's The Red List.
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The Western, KILLED TWICE IN TEXAS, placed as finalist in both Drama and Action/Adventure categories in the Table Read My Screenplay Contest. This unique tale was also selected as a top 25 finalist in the Creative Screenwriting Unique Voices Screenplay Competition. Most recently, it was recognized as a top-ten finalist in Breaking Walls: The Ultimate Thriller Contest. In addition, this script was featured on Coverfly's The Red List.
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Road picture comedy feature screenplay -- 'WHERE THE MEN ARE' -- written by Wendy Jean Wilkins, continues to be awarded FINALIST spots for script competitions, the latest being the Sherman Oaks Film Festival and the Mystic Film Festival -- its 25th and 26th placement. 'WHERE THE MEN ARE' has won Best Comedy Script with Creative Screenwriting: Unique Voices, Best Comedy Screenplay with the Creative World Awards, 3rd place in the Comedy Screenplay Competition as well as a Top-10 Runner-Up spot with Scriptapalooza.
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Stage 32 Feature Competition Finalist DEAD MAN'S GULCH is also the #1 Western Feature of the Year on Coverfly's The Red List. Other recent awards include 1ST PLACE in the Script Pipeline First Look competition, TOP 10 in the Creative Screenwriting Unique Voices competition, TOP 12 in the NYC International Screenplay Awards, and Nicholl Fellowship Quarter-finalist.
Austin Film Festival "Second Rounders" 2020- WEEKEND AT BERNIE'S III and RAILS 2019- RAILS (previous iteration ) 2018, UNCLE RON AND THE RYAN EXPRESS (previously named 'Craig and his Uncle Ron')
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Oliver Warren was invited to join the Stowe Story Lab at the Sidewalk Film Festival with his dark gay romance feature script THREE DATES WITH BEN, in Summer 2020.
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Proud to announce that JAIL BREAK has been awarded as Winner of the 'Best International Feature Screenplay Award' in the Fall 2020 Portland Comedy Film Festival
Shane qualified as a one of the TOP 7 FINALISTS in the category of memoir for 2020's Pacific Northwest Writer's Association Unpublished Book Competition out of over 600 submissions.
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Shaunia McKenzie's feature script THE WHITE WITCH OF ROSE HALL was listed as a semifinalist in the Creative Screenwriting Unique Voices Screenplay Competition.