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2018

UK based Grand Prize Winner SEBASTIAN MAGIERA signed with manager Lou Pitt of The Pitt Group. His winning pilot FOLKLORE is available, but he has generated interest with two new scripts and producers in London.

First Runner Up DAVID MCMAHON and FLSC continue to work on his feature script UNTITLED SOUTHERN DRAG and are currently out to producers.

RYAN O'LEARY's pilot script THE CHOP has garnered interest at G-Unit and he is currently on the writing staff of CBS' "Tommy" in NYC.

2017

Grand Prize Winner R.B. RIPLEY's pilot SUGAR LAND is under option with Blazing Elm Productions. He recently completed writing a feature for Josh Gad.  He is represented by Authentic Management.

First Runner Up COLLEEN BURNS and FLSC continue to work together on her feature DESERT RAIN and are currently out to producers.

Second Runner Up HELEN DARVALL and FLSC continue to work together on her feature A FISH FOR RUDY, sending it to Australian producers. It placed second in the 2019 Gold Coast Film Festival. 

2016

UK based Grand Prize Winner CHARLIE JONES has been a part of the prestigious Everyman & Playhouse Playwrights' Programme and was recently accepted into the Cinema Rediscovered Film Critics Workshop Programme and has started a film review blog - Angry Usher Reviews. He continues to write screenplays and is working on a children's book. His winning script FREEDOM AIN'T FREE is available.

India based Second Runner Up ADITE BANERJIE signed with agent Sidharth Jain at Story Ink. She has written several books for Harlequin/Harper Collins as well as self-publishing. She has written a festival short film "7 Lives" and feature, "Kaamyabi" for Performance. Her winning script COACHING CLASS, which also was a semi-finalist in the Nicholl Fellowship, is available.

Australian based writer/director MAZ LAHOOTI just finished directing his first feature, BELOW, starring Anthony LaPaglia. He has signed with Josh Kesselman at Thruline and Keith Sweitzer at Paper Road in Australia. He won the Warner Bros. Australia/Veerhuis Pictures Australian Script Writing Opportunity, awarding him a two-picture deal and is currently in pre-production on his next film. His winning script, NOMAD is available.

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2019

2019 Winners

GRAND PRIZE WINNER

OLD DOGS AND STILL WATERS by AVI GLICK

FIRST RUNNER UP

WILLFUL BLINDNESS by BARBARA NUNBERG

SECOND RUNNER UP

CONTRABAND by CHARLOTTE ESSEX

2019 Winners and Log Lines

FEATURE SCREENPLAYS

BENNELONG by James R. Ridley - Held prisoner by British first settlers, an Aboriginal boy learns the ways of his captors with the hope of saving his people from mass extinction (Drama, Historical)
BURNING SEA by Christos Kardana - An embittered immigrant in London must face his past and fear of the ocean when he travels to an Indonesian sea gypsy village to recover the body of his drowned son. (Drama)
CHARLIE HORSE by Zack Frizzell - In ranching country Oklahoma, 1955; a defiant teenage cowboy, who’s lost his friends and a happy home after catching polio, challenges society's stigma by competing in the rodeo. (Drama, Sports)
EVERYTHING ELSE by Leo Marks – When a grieving young mother is visited by strangely vivid dreams of her dead son’s unlived life, her bewildered husband must relearn everything he thinks he knows about bravery and devotion. (Drama)
KANE by Robert Homer Mollohan - A retired fighter, struggling with alcohol abuse, is forced to clean himself up and indulge in Detroit’s violent underground fighting world, when the mother of his children is diagnosed with a life threatening disease. (Drama. Sports)
MANN IS IN THE FOREST by Kerry Mark – A coming-of-age tale about the hunters who killed Bambi's mother. (Drama, Coming of Age)
MOTHERS by Ali Qassim – When a group of middle-aged mothers searching for their abducted children threaten to expose the military dictatorship in 1970s Argentina, a young Naval Officer infiltrates the group to try and destroy them. Based on a real story. (Drama Thriller, Historical)
NEEDS by Christopher J. O'Bryant – A wealthy entrepreneur who previously filed bankruptcy to avoid paying the man he crippled with his car, finds his integrity and billion dollar business threatened when a disgraced attorney reopens the case after meeting the victim at AA. (Drama, Legal)
OLD DOGS AND STILL WATERS by Avi Glick - When a descendant of slaves sets out for justice, one rice miller will stop at nothing to preserve his cherished heritage and multi-billion dollar company. Inspired by true events. (Drama, Crime) - GRAND PRIZE WINNER
ON TIME by Xavier Neal-Burgin - A mother must make a difficult decision when she's late for her job interview. (Drama)
PADDYROLLER by William Nyerere Plastow - Reformed car thief Odell Jackson takes the wrong turn from hell when he is kidnapped by a racist Sheriff and forced to participate in a terrifying local tradition. (Thriller, Horror)
PERENNIALS by Jack Freeman – A blue-collar father miraculously emerges weeks after a mining collapse, leaving him with disturbing visions that suggest an ancient portal connecting worlds is buried deep in the mines. (Drama, Thriller, Science Fiction)
PERIGEE HEART by Robert Languedoc - In the future, the International Space Station is repurposed as a luxury retirement home due to the benefits of low gravity living, until a pilot and his uncle begin to question the operation of the facility. (Science Fiction)
POD by Nabil Chowdhary - After a mission to save mankind goes wrong, an astronaut awakens in her escape pod to find that decades have passed and that she's on a direct course for the very thing she was supposed destroy: a black hole. (Science Fiction)
STAR AND THE CRESCENT MOON by Parviz Saghizadeh – A young Hasidic Jewish man and a conservative Muslim woman, both doubting the traditions of their religions, find kindred spirits in each other and fall in love in modern day New York. (Drama)
STELLA ON THE VERGE by Samantha Morgan - After a crappy situation leaves a down on her luck young actress scrambling to recover; she decides the only way to save her career is to make her own film-- assembling a rag tag team of a novice writer and an ex-boyfriend director in the process. (Comedy)
SUNSHINE STATE: DUENDE by Kai Thorup - A disillusioned college drop out joins friends camping in a remote part of the Florida Everglades and reflects on the woman she wants to become, while they're hunted by a dangerous creature of mysterious origins. (Horror)
SURGEON HONG by Paul Gross - A music-loving surgeon helps the orphaned prodigy of a disgraced violinist during the tumult and violence of China's Cultural Revolution. (Drama)
THE FOLLOWERS by Colin Dalvit & Andrew Lahmann – After arriving at their remote hideout, two young and ambitious social media "influencers" find themselves pursued by the wrong kind of followers. (Horror, Thriller)
THE GODMOTHER by Shar Carter - After being paired up with an orphan boy, a reluctant female assassin is forced to be a mentor, all while dodging bullets. (Action, Comedy)
THE SOCIOPATH SAINT by Daniel Choi – Caravaggio, an Italian auteur, takes the 16th century entertainment industry by storm with his profanity and piety. (Historical, Drama)
THE WELL by Richard D. Grennan - After moving from the city to their grandfather's house on a remote island, a young deaf girl is all that stands between her family and a terrifying supernatural horror. (Horror)
TURNOVER by Matthew Borlik - A single mother temping at an astrophysics facility must deliver a cup of coffee to the corporation's reclusive founder, whose inter-dimensional-portal experiment has gone horribly wrong. (Science Fiction, Dark Comedy)
WE, WHO ARE ONLY SAILORS by Stephen Erickson - London in 1711 is abuzz with a sea captain's grim yet heroic story of shipwreck, winter survival and cannibalism; but his crew mutinies in the court of public opinion with the help of a female publisher determined to report the truth. (Historical)
WHALES by Nora Jaenicke and Lisanne Skylar - When adult sisters Margot and Louise meet their mother Linda on the Island of Elba for their estranged father's funeral, they unearth a painful, long-buried family secret. (Drama, Thriller)
WILD HEARTS by Jessica Rowlands - A young mother in rural Zimbabwe, desperate to provide for her daughter, is recruited by the elite, all-female anti-poaching unit responsible for her husband’s recent arrest. (Drama. Action)
WILLFUL BLINDNESS by Barbara Nunberg - Plucked from obscurity by Rupert Murdoch to lead Britain's oldest tabloid paper, Rebekah Brooks risks destroying her hard-won success when she authorizes the phone hacking of a teenage murder victim. (Political Drama) - FIRST RUNNER UP
Z.APP by James A. Allen & Justin Hayward - A mild-mannered professional joins the resistance to stop an app that turns crime and punishment in the City of London into a blood-thirsty game. (Thriller)

TELEVISION PILOTS & SHORT SCRIPTS

A FEAST FOR THE BEASTS by Ali Mozaffari - A political meeting over dividing Africa among European colonial powers goes terribly wrong when dinner arrives and turns this civil meeting into a bloody grotesque feast. (Drama, Satire, Short Script)
BITCH REVOLUTION by Zeus Kontoyannis – In the dystopian future, a group of rogue women plan to fight back against an extreme patriarchal society. (Action, Science Fiction, Short Script)
BLIND TIGERS by Jacob Glover - In the underworld of Koreatown, a lovesick owner of a speakeasy, must survive the usually lonesome night shift, after a seductive customer walks in looking to steal more than just his heart. (Drama, Neo-Noir, Romance, Short Script)
BROOKLYN PANSY by Jason Forbach – In 1890’s New York, a young poet, searching for his identity, entangles himself within a group of other queer Brooklynites who are all mysteriously connected to the death of an unidentified young girl. (Coming of age, Period, Crime, Drama)
CONTRABAND by Charlotte Essex - A reckless journalist risks her life to expose the impact of animal trafficking across three continents, only for the story to give her a reason to live; but will she survive? (Thriller, Drama) - SECOND RUNNER UP
DEATH OF A REVOLUTIONARY by Marshall Ferrin - A brilliant and driven French revolutionary has the ability to write a new chapter in his country's rich history, but what begins as a battle for liberty, equality, and fraternity, becomes a vindictive quest for supremacy, power and money. (Drama, Historical)
ELLIE by Becca E. Davis & Kathrene Gawel – A young man who's always attempted to live his life off-the-grid meets his perfect girl and sacrifices his way of life in order to be with her, only to discover that neither she nor their relationship are what they seem. (Social Science Fiction, Drama, Thriller, Short Script)
FINDING SATOSHI by Shruti Saran - When two struggling drug dealers, a cynical professor, and an abused Saudi housewife discover a powerful new technology created by a mysterious hacker, they are unwittingly drawn into a global dark market powered by one of the most disruptive inventions of the 21st century: Bitcoin. (Drama)
IDENTITY CRISIS by Nate Ruegger - A woman with amnesia must become an assassin for a devious intelligence agency to unlock the secrets to her past - and to her superhuman powers. (Drama, Science Fiction)
LITTLE JUDAS by Greg Boose - Young and mischievous Judas Iscariot dreams of ruling the streets of Nazareth while reluctantly befriending his strange and annoying new neighbor, Jesus. (Dark Comedy, Animation)
NOSA by Michael Harriel - When a highly accomplished surgeon can no longer practice medicine, she creates a program that helps patients cope with their condition. (Drama)
NOVA: FIRST FLIGHT by Rachel Fischer - The ceasefire in the war between Earth and the citizens of the Space colonies is jeopardized when a freighter on a diplomatic mission goes missing and two former enemies must put aside their differences to find the ship and preserve the peace. (Science Fiction, Action, Drama)
SOMNUS by James Cripps - A nihilistic detective moves between purgatory and the physical world; a byproduct of his worsening condition of fatal insomnia, while hunting down the mastermind of an online suicide game, a being from another world. (Supernatural Noir)
THAT SISTER THANG by Lindiwe Mueller-Westernhagen & Dale Winton - Two black South African sisters tackling life in weird ’n wacky Austin grapple with the revelation that one of them is the love child of a white Texan conservative. (Comedy)
THE BREACHING by Wendy Young - When an ecologically destructive weapon wreaks havoc in the etheric realm of the Fair Folk, an envoy of four Folk must cross through a portal (The Breach) and take human form to disarm the weapon, and rescue an earlier lost team from being trapped in the human world forever. (Fantasy, Drama)
THE HALL MONITOR by Chris Caleo - After losing his job, his wife, and his son in one fell swoop, a meek commodities trader transforms himself into THE HALL MONITOR, a web-based crusader looking to decimate the worst offenders in capitalism. (Drama. Magical Realism, Crime Thriller)
THE LOTUS EATER by Jay Furby - Convinced his ex is a real life demon, a man attempts to burn the traumatic relationship from his mind by gorging on 12 different drugs in 12 months. Are the drugs warping his imagination, or is she what the world truly fears - the Devil incarnate? (Drama, Horror, Thriller)
UNDER WATERTOWN by Bob Gebert - While researching a cold case, a low-level FBI transcriber inadvertently relaunches a long dormant criminal underworld and takes on the role of the mysterious crime boss of Watertown, New Jersey. (Thriller, Drama Crime)

2019 Semi-Finalists

FEATURE SCREENPLAY


BENNELONG by James R. Ridley
BURNING SEA by Christos Kardana
CHARLIE HORSE by Zack Frizzell
EVERYTHING ELSE by Leo Marks
KANE by Robert Homer Mollohan
MANN IS IN THE FOREST by Kerry Mark
MOTHERS by Ali Qassim
NEEDS by Christopher J. O'Bryant
OLD DOGS AND STILL WATERS by Avi Glick
ON TIME by Xavier Neal-Burgin
PADDYROLLER by William Nyerere Plastow
PERENNIALS by Jack Freeman
PERIGEE HEART by Robert Languedoc
POD by Nabil Chowdhary

STAR AND THE CRESCENT MOON by Parviz Saghizadeh
STELLA ON THE VERGE by Samantha Morgan
SUNSHINE STATE: DUENDE by Kai Thorup
SURGEON HONG by Paul Gross
THE FOLLOWERS by Colin Dalvit & Andrew Lahmann
THE GODMOTHER by Shar Carter
THE SOCIOPATH SAINT by Daniel Choi
THE WELL by Richard D. Grennan
TURNOVER by Matthew Borlik
WE, WHO ARE ONLY SAILORS by Stephen Erickson
WHALES by Nora Jaenicke and Lisanne Skylar
WILD HEARTS by Jessica Rowlands
WILLFUL BLINDNESS by Barbara Nunberg
Z.APP by James A. Allen & Justin Hayward

 

TELEVISION PILOTS & SHORT SCRIPTS

A FEAST FOR THE BEASTS by Ali Mozaffari
BITCH REVOLUTION by Zeus Kontoyannis
BLIND TIGERS by Jacob Glover
BROOKLYN PANSY by Jason Forbach
CONTRABAND by Charlotte Essex
DEATH OF A REVOLUTIONARY by Marshall Ferrin
ELLIE by Becca E. Davis & Kathrene Gawel
FINDING SATOSHI by Shruti Saran
IDENTITY CRISIS by Nate Ruegger


LITTLE JUDAS by Greg Boose
NOSA by Michael Harriel
NOVA: FIRST FLIGHT by Rachel Fischer
SOMNUS by James Cripps
THAT SISTER THANG by Lindiwe Mueller-Westernhagen & Dale Winton
THE BREACHING by Wendy Young
THE HALL MONITOR by Chris Caleo
THE LOTUS EATER by Jay Furby
UNDER WATERTOWN by Bob Gebert

2019 Quarter-Finalists

FEATURE SCREENPLAY


25 SPECIAL SPELLS TO GET YOUR MAN BACK by Cara Washington
800 by Bjorn B. Bjornsson
ADA by Bethany Edgoose
A NEW ORDER FOR AMERICA by Steven Bogart
ARBITRAGE by Jeremiah Lewis
BENNELONG by James R. Ridley
BLACK TALON by Kris Lippert
BLOOD STAINED BANDAGE by Hassan Kafi
BONEBREAKER by Nathan Floody
BURNING SEA by Christos Kardana
CHALE by Nina Martinez
CHARLIE HORSE by Zack Frizzell
COWBOY by Randall Harvey & Alex Mindt
DARKEST PLEISTOCENE by Chris Turtle
DEEP EAST TEXAS by Shaun Ireland
DON'T TELL A SOUL by Dan Stone
EGGS by Kristen N. Granet & Brandon Joyner
EVERYTHING ELSE by Leo Marks
FACE OF EVIL by Stephen Ayres
FRANK DRESDEN by Colin McLaughlin
FULLER by Antonio Aguinaga
HOUSE ON DUFFY STREET by James R. Ridley
INCARNATIONS by Albert M. Chan
IRAZU by Daniel Kopec
JESS by Sean J.S. Jourdan & Danielle Prall
KANE by Robert Homer Mollohan
KID SOLDIER by Kelly Jean Karam
LEAVING IRNIA by Jelena Borojevic
MARCO POLO by Jeff Heckler
MANN IS IN THE FOREST by Kerry Mark
MIDNIGHT by John-Mark Davidson
MISSING MOM by Lou Wollin
MOTHERS by Ali Qassim
MURMANSK RUN by John MacRitchie
NEEDS by Christopher J. O'Bryant
OLD DOGS AND STILL WATERS by Avi Glick
ON TIME by Xavier Neal-Burgin
PADDYROLLER by William Nyerere Plastow
PERENNIALS by Jack Freeman
PERIGEE HEART by Robert Languedoc
PERSONA by Kathryn Graham
PETER THE GREAT by Jack Zafran
POD by Nabil Chowdhary


PROLONGED EXPOSURE by Nathaniel Blaesing
QUEEN & CoUNTRY by Varun Raman
RANCOR by Louis Patrick Earle & James Rotramel
RETURN TO TREASURE ISLAND by Kerry Glamsch
SEAN GLICK F*CKS THE WORLD by Isabella Vergun
SECRETS OF THE SOUTH by Kathy Berardi & Walter Richardson
SEVEN DEVILS by Theodore James
STAR AND THE CRESCENT MOON by Parviz Saghizadeh
STELLA ON THE VERGE by Samantha Morgan
SUNNY DAY FLOODING by Marya Cohn
SUNNYSIDE BEACH by Harriet Beaney
SUNSHINE STATE: DUENDE by Kai Thorup
SURGEON HONG by Paul Gross
THE BRIDE WORE BLOOD by Sam Kurd
THE FOLLOWERS by Calin Dalvit & Andrew Lahmann
THE FRIENDS OF JIMMY DELFONIC by Scott Corbett & Rohitash Rao
THE GIRL, DYING by Ally May
THE GODMOTHER by Shar Carter
THE HAVEN by Cord McConnell
THE HERO ENGINE by Dennis Cooper
THE PRIEST by Noelle Nelson
THE RED DEATH by Jason Rotolo
THE REFUGEE by Jeffrey Kerr
THE SOCIOPATH SAINT by Daniel Choi
THE TIME WASTERS by Kyle Works
THE WAY OF WALKING ALONE by Mitchell Mountain
THE WEATHERWAY CONSPIRACY by Ryan Lange & Alan Peery
THE WELL by Richard D. Grennan
THREE HUNDRED YEARS IN PARADISE by Stephen Graf
TILT by Pearse Lehane
TOLL BOOTH by Martin Stocks
TOMORROW THEY WILL KISS by Ralph Portillo
TRANSFERENCE by Paul Harker
TURNOVER by Matthew Borlik
UNNATURAL SELECTION by Sally Ashby
WAN MEI (PERFECT) by Yiyi Yin
WE'LL ALWAYS HAVE PARIS by Carl Brodt
WE'RE THE KIDS IN AMERICA by Imelda O'Reilly
WE, WHO ARE ONLY SAILORS by Stephen Erickson
WHALES by Nora Jaenicke and Lisanne Skylar
WHERE THE COLD WIND BLOWS by Larry Myers
WHERE MALES FALL FROM STARS by Matthew Mikulich
WILD HEARTS by Jessica Rowlands
WILLFUL BLINDNESS by Barbara Nunberg
ZAPP by James A. Allen & Justin Hayward
ZERO DARK CHRISTMAS by Michael Egan

TELEVISION PILOTS & SHORT SCRIPTS


A FEAST FOR THE BEASTS by Ali Mozaffari
AMERICA FIRST by Barbara Nunberg
ANTIGEN by Rachael Blackwood
ASSISTING by SallyAnn Hall
BACK-ALLEY by Young Eun (Grace) Kim
BITCH REVOLUTION by Zeus Kontoyannis
BLIND TIGERS by Jacob Glover
BROOKLYN PANSY by Jason Forbach
CHARACTERS by Chris Harris
CHRISTINA ON-CALL by Corinna Mendis
CIVILIZED by Amanda Samaroo
CONTRABAND by Charlotte Essex
DEATH OF A REVOLUTIONARY by Marshall Ferrin
ELLIE by Becca E. Davis & Kathrene Gawel
EVE by Corey Swim
FAKENHAM HALL by Yellowlees Douglas
FINDING SATOSHI by Shruti Saran
HEX by Joey Capuana
IDENTITY CRISIS by Nate Ruegger

INTERPOL by Lee Lawson
LIFT by Alison Orr Block
LITTLE JUDAS by Greg Boose
NARCOBRUJA by Alessandro Pederzoli
NIGHT BLIND by Robert O'Twomney
NOSA by Michael Harriel
NOVA: FIRST FLIGHT by Rachel Fischer
ODYSSEUS by David Barbeschi
POP PSYCHOLOGIST by Jeremy Kruse
SOMNUS by James Cripps
THAT SISTER THANG by Lindiwe Mueller-Westernhagen & Dale Winton
THE BREACHING by Wendy Young
THE GLOBAL FUND by Anne M. Brauer & Josep Colomer
THE HALL MONITOR by Chris Caleo
THE LOTUS EATER by Jay Furby
THE MASHINGS by David Crane
UNDER WATERTOWN by Bob Gebert
WORST BEST FRIENDS by John Anthony

2018

2018 Winners and Log Lines

Winners

Grand Prize Winner:   Folklore by Sebastian Magiera - Set in 18th century colonial America, a Spanish priest and a cursed enchantress band together to prevent malevolent supernatural forces from destroying the lives of helpless villagers. One Hour Television Pilot Genres: Horror, Drama, Thriller

First Runner-Up:   Nancygirl by David McMahon - A middle-aged woman's obsession with a drag queen takes her and her best friend from Alabama to New York City on a journey that threatens to destroy her family and her husband's political ambitions. Feature Script - Genres: Drama, Comedy, LGBTQ

Second Runner-Up:  The Chop by Ryan O’Leary - A landlord struggles with heat, murder and parking spots as she fights to keep her inner-city block from regressing back to its notorious legacy of crime and violence. - One Hour Television Pilot - Genres: Crime, Drama

Semi-Finalists Log Lines

2018 Semi-Finalists Television Pilots

Costal Shelf by Michael Berlind - Two teenage girls from opposite sides of the tracks conspire against their narcissistic parents, threatening to tear apart the facade of a family & of a community. Genres: Drama, Thriller

Crossroads by George Gutierrez - A resilient & by-the-book sheriff strives to uncover the disappearance of her enigmatic goddaughter while braving an evil organization tied to sex trafficking & supernatural elements. Genres: Drama & Sci-Fi

Drag by Nick Kirby - As knackered old drag queen Miss Barry Bangs turns 60, a shocking series of events turn his world upside down. Now he’s got to find his balls and fight for what matters. Genres: Drama, Comedy

Emergency Psychiatric Services by Holly Scarabosio -  Based on true events. An idealistic young nurse cares for mentally-ill patients — while struggling with her own crazy life and her “abilities”. Genres: Dramedy

End Of Life by Sean Collins-Smith - Frank runs an elaborate and decidedly illegal operation: helping stage murders for the suicidal. Their life insurance doesn't get voided, his team gets a cut, everyone goes home happy. What could possibly go wrong? Genres: Drama, Dark Comedy, Crime

Hot Steaming Garbage by Brandon Brown - The first-ever human born in space ungracefully attempts to navigate the perils of a city that refuses to forget her unique origins all these years later.  Genres: Dark Comedy, Dramedy, Sci-Fi

Juiceheads by Milan Tomasevic - In the booming 90s, a Serbian-American steroid expert cheats his way to a blood doping empire. Genres: Crime-Drama, Comedy

Lift by Quinn Spicker - Set in an alternate 1870s universe where the surface of the earth is uninhabitable and the surviving humans live in airship cities in the sky. The story follows Queen Victoria's drug-addicted youngest daughter and two orphans on the run as war breaks out. Genres: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Action

Midnight Sun by Jennifer Titus - After finding a mysterious artifact in the melting polar ice, a timid climate scientist must go on the run with a reckless mercenary to keep the artifact, rumored to contain the antidote to global warming, out of the hands of an evil corporation. Genres: Action-Adventure, Sci-Fi, Family

Murder Of Crows by Jason Forbach - A young man in a coma is kept alive with the help of a down-on-her-luck nurse in a government designed simulation program where he must survive within the simulation to clear his name of a crime he is certain he didn’t commit in the real world. Genres: Family Drama. Sci-Fi, Thriller

Queen Of Spades by Rafael Piexoto - A police hostage negotiator, scarred by a family tragedy, has to face her most powerful enemy: a man with no past that seems to know everything about her. But can a woman with no desire to live win a man with a strong desire to kill? Genres: Crime, Drama, Action

Ride The Fence by RM Shafer - A small town watches aghast as one of their own dies during the bull riding competition.  Maggie McClusky, a brilliant, bored ranch wife fears her son might have been involved, but when an attractive detective is sent to investigate, she finds herself running interference while simultaneously trying not to fall for the first man in years (maybe ever) to appreciate her mind. Genres: Drama, Western, Mystery

Savage by David Schlow - An exiled super-solider suffering from degenerative brain damage must train his estranged children to use their newfound abilities and resist becoming tools of the dystopian government that created him—all while protecting them from an even bigger threat: himself. Genres: Sci-Fi, Drama

Savior by Tim Molloy - A grad student infiltrates a cult to find out what happened to her missing husband. Genres: Drama, Thriller

Strange Fruit by Jordan Traylor - Idris, a slave, arrives at a notoriously brutal cotton plantation, where he begins to experience supernatural events as the plantation overseers try to figure out who's responsible before the infamous plantation owner returns. Genres: Supernatural, Historical, Drama

The Dilettantes by Ellen Doyle - Three restless girls from Phoenix move to Los Angeles at the height of the 1979 punk rock explosion to pursue their dreams. Genres: Drama

The Hall Monitor by Chris Caleo - After losing his job, his wife, and his son in one fell swoop, a meek commodities trader transforms himself in The Hall Monitor, a web-based crusader looking to topple the worst offenders in capitalism. His first target: the Hedge Fund King who he holds responsible for decimating his only child. Genres: Magical Realism, Drama, Psychological Thriller.

The Harlow Effect by Nathan Adolfson -  Joshua Gaines has beaten the odds so far, but balancing his double life as a college freshman and a hitman just might kill him.  Genres: Crime, Drama

The Resurrectionists by Travis Opgenorth - Inspired by true events: In 1820s Edinburgh, where demand for medical cadavers is high and supply is limited, a prominent doctor makes moves to fund his life-saving research by leveraging control of a lucrative cadaver black market with a pair of poverty-stricken ne'er-do-wells out to make a living selling the bodies of their murder victims. Genres: Historical, Drama, Thriller

The Switch by Thomas Clary - After an unexplained global event, where everyone on Earth has switched bodies, FBI Agent Cooper Langford must recapture every serial killer he’s ever put in jail after they’ve “escaped” into other people. They look nothing like they did before; they have different DNA and fingerprints... But one thing hasn’t changed — their desire to kill. Genres: Sci-Fi, Suspense Thriller, Drama

The Trouble With Audrey by Paul Ashton - When their best friends die in an accident, a couple become guardians of their two children... and the secret to AGI (in the form of a humanoid called Audrey). They must then protect her, and their new family, from sinister government agents trying to weaponize Audrey's technology. Genres: Sci-Fi, Dramedy, Family

The Weather Underground by Brian Burstein - Based on actual events. During the 1970s, America's most successful, home-grown terrorist organization bombed targets as highly protected as the Pentagon and Capitol Building, forged alliances with our most feared enemies in Cuba and North Vietnam, and landed themselves on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List. And somehow, they all got away with it. Today, they are published authors and tenured professors at some of America's most prestigious universities. This is the untold story of the Weathermen. Genres: Biopic, Thriller, Period

Twist by Damian Wayling - As war threatens, a free-thinking teacher must protect his school against the stifling status quo or risk their only chance of sanctuary. Genres: Historical Drama, Romance, War

2018 Semi-Finalists Feature Screenplays

Anvil Jack by Kerry Mark - The story of an African-American blacksmith living in the post-Civil War South who is the target of a family of killers looking to reclaim the young white boy that he has been raising. Genres: Historical drama, Action

A Yacht in The Apache Junction by Avi Glick - A Native American police officer living on an Apache reservation attempts to teach his daughter how to be "good" in a town plagued by hate, greed, and two unclaimed winning lottery tickets. Genres: Satire, Crime, Comedy

Bad Mark by Elizabeth Delaney - One dark night, out upon the desolate moor, Dr. Morana 'Moody' Blue's quiet hit goes awry when she rescues a young boy from her mark's submerging car – just as her arch nemesis closes in. Genres: Thriller, Drama, Action

Behind The Badge by John Martins III - An evidence officer for a sheriff’s department struggles to be law-abiding in the midst of civil rights corruption, before revealing his secret-self. Genres: Police Drama, Drama, Action

Bliss by Peter Sreckovic - A painter who believes that the key to artistic greatest is turmoil and pain pushes himself too far, until his artistic creations come to life and torment him. When he meets and falls in love with Elise, a young medical student, he must decide between love and his pursuit of art, all while continuing to fight against his pestering creations.  Genre: Drama, Magical Realism

Broken Sinclair by Beth Ashby - Broken Sinclair finds himself at something of a disadvantage when it comes to being normal—he was born empty.  While his parents attempt to sell him to a collector of oddities, an unwanted middle school crush gives him a reason to fight for his life and discover secrets to being human.  Genres: Dark Comedy, Fantasy

Bullet Catcher by Graham Bowlin - When soldiers return from Afghanistan, they find that what they believed to be symptoms of PTSD may actually be vengeance-seeking spirits of war. Genres: Thriller, Horror

Darkness Awaits by Christopher Blackwell - After a woman has an emotional breakdown following the death of her son, her husband takes her on a trip to their new home in the mountains. However, the area turns out to be much more hostile and full of secrets than they anticipated. Genres: Thriller, Terror, Horror

Dronegames by Jay Kim - Three tech savvy teens accidentally witness an attack on an eccentric local drone inventor, and work to uncover an international conspiracy that threatens them all. Genres: Drama, Thriller, Mystery

Experience by Taj Musco - A lonely bus driver is torn between truth and deception when she discovers a lost love doll on her bus, then secretly befriends the doll’s owner under false pretenses. Genres: Drama, Mystery, LGBT

Fast Fashion by David Mandell - An orphaned Syrian refugee working in a Turkish sweatshop sews pleading messages into the clothes, which are found by a law student in Los Angeles who becomes obsessed with saving her. Genre: Drama

Forget-Me-Nots by John Dummer - As they await a supernova explosion that will end all life on earth, an astrobiologist and two uninvited guests at his island cabin must fend off an invasive plant from another world – but is the plant a predator or an interstellar lifeline? Genres: Sci-Fi, Horror

Frequently Used, Easily Forgotten by Audrey Cornett - A bitter and despondent girl makes a pact with a troubled actor (Robert Downey Jr., himself) in order to finally accomplish her deepest desire: killing herself. Genres: Drama, Dark Comedy, Coming of Age

Hanna Glade by Leslie Witter - A damaged young woman develops a loving and life altering relationship with her sister's neglected adopted son and struggles with her own demons and her sister's determination to end their relationship. Genre: Drama

Juniper's Point by Amber Alexander - In the wilds of rural Canada, a formidable mountain woman investigates a murder in her religious community. As she seeks to unearth the truth she becomes entangled in a bloody battle for justice. Genres: Thriller, Drama

Killing Kelko by Kieran Angelini - A cop, haunted by his disastrous wedding night, must now team with his ex-wife to save her second husband, a Donald-Trump-like presidential candidate who’s been kidnapped by a crazy criminal family. Then the cop is implicated in the abduction. Genres: Comedy, Rom-Com, Action

Like A Bloody Monkey by Maurizio Caduto - A Muslim trans woman is unjustly arrested and used for prostitution in a Malaysian male prison. The violence she must endure slowly poisons her soul as she fights for survival and revenge. Genres: Drama, LGBTQ

Lion Killer by Adam Scheiner - A bitter broken down weightlifter drives himself and everyone in his life to love and madness in an obsessive pursuit of his last chance at true glory. Genres: Sports, Drama

Los Idiotas by Renee Phoenix - Two less than savvy friends, trying to get rich quick, find themselves embroiled in a drug trafficking stunt. Only their incompetence may save their lives. Genre: Black Comedy, Crime, Action

My Big Black Gay Wedding by Caryn K. Hayes - As the elaborate wedding of a lesbian couple comes together, family grievances and career crises threaten to tear the relationship apart. Genres: Drama, Family, Comedy

None Is Too Many by Brian Wilson - Young Boruk navigates the horrors of the Jewish ghetto through a series of letters given to him by his recently escaped father. Genres: Drama, Historical, Period Piece

One Shot by Dave Thomas - Hostages fight for their lives as they take the gun from a drug crazed robber who barges into a small store - becoming his judge and jury. Their backstories reveal who they really are and why some want to kill the gun man. Genres: Thriller, Crime, Drama

Paleo by Octavia Martin - When his fiancée turns into a Neanderthal and traps him in an exotic game-meat restaurant, a romantically-insecure real estate agent and his two friends must turn her back before she eats them all. Genres: Horror, Comedy

Rise by Ruth Setton - In 1963, A fourteen year-old immigrant photographer dreams of moving to the wealthy white West End of her New Jersey town where the “Real Americans” live, but when the Mayor plans to demolish her blue-collar, multicultural neighborhood, she has to decide whether to fight for her dream or for her community.  Genres: Drama, Family, Coming of Age

Settlement by Jason Sheedy - In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, two resilient young brothers find refuge in a thriving settlement, only to discover that the community's good fortune is tethered to an inescapable covenant with a hellish creature. Genres: Horror, Thriller, Drama

Shrimp by Nicole Jones - A 62-year-old introverted woman develops supernatural abilities as a result of being born in the Great Salt Lake to a young polygamist girl. Through the process of losing a loving relationship, she discovers a new life and the confidence to share her unique powers with the rest of the world. Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Steam by Robert Languedoc - Two inner city boys befriend an elderly man over a mutual interest in trains, then embark upon an adventure to save a forgotten steam engine. Genres; Drama, Family

The Bad Habits Of Unhappy People by Chantal Massuh-Fox - Frances, a sexually free, troubled, and rebellious young woman strives to become a famous writer as she figures out the dysfunctional baggage of her past. Genres: Comedy, Drama, Coming of Age

The Beer-Die Kid by Matthew Chaffee - A socially awkward college freshman must compete in a sport-drinking tournament to win the girl of his dreams. Genre: Comedy

The Carrington Affair by Devon Lehr - Star-crossed lovers miss their chance to be together in late 19th century Boston, but find each other again, decades later, reincarnated as new people.  Genres: Historical/Period, Romance

The Fat Lady aka The Dead And The Living by Jaeden Henkel - In Prohibition-era New York, three derelict hitmen try to dig up their latest victim's body after a legendary Mob Boss orders it done. Genres: Horror, Crime, Period Drama

The Deal by Andi Delott - A headstrong Hollywood executive puts her career on the line when she pursues a controversial film from a new writer/director. When a scandal from his past emerges, it raises questions about her true motivation and threatens to ruin them both. Genres: Drama, Suspense, Psychological Thriller

The Hammer by Jason Hunter - Spurred by famine, a pious, by-the-book Norwegian and his family voyage to the untamed American West to carve out a new life as homesteaders. But when they finally arrive, someone else is already on their land. Genres: Western, Adventure, Drama

The Reboot Camp by Martin Burke - Two film makers set out to expose the self help industry as a sham, but ironically their fake self help group turns into a full blown cult. Genres: Black Comedy, Mockumentary, Satire

The Warriors' Concerto by Jamaal Pittman & Lila Hood - After a medical crisis involving their infant son, a violinist and her husband are accused of child abuse. They must fight the legal and medical systems to prove their innocence, get him the treatment he desperately needs, and keep their family together. Genres: Drama, Biopic, Legal Drama

The Weight Of Lies by Amanda Samaroo - Two sisters navigate a sexually abusive childhood and the PTSD that consumes and shapes them on the different roads they take through life. Genre: Drama

Unconventional Warfare by Phillip Hardy - Based on actual events. The mind of a killer is explored during a weeklong rampage, when a former naval reservist and LAPD officer transforms from public servant into public enemy number one.  Genres: True Crime, Drama, Action

Vivian's Tai Chi Role by Costas Anastasiadi - A struggling actress gets a chance at success only to find the filmmakers require extraordinary control over her behavior to help her prepare for the role. Genre: Martial Arts, Comedy, Drama

Waitlist by Sheila Jenca - A high school senior, third on Harvard’s waitlist, schemes to keep three accepted students from attending. Genres: Coming of Age Comedy, Romantic Comedy, Buddy

Warbrave by Andres Rivera - Inspired by true events. After his tribe is massacred by a racist Colonel, a Native American brave must learn to trust a white man he hates to prevent an all-out war. Genres: Western, Drama, Action

Yellow by Josh Walkling - Tasked with solving a seemingly random murder, an apathetic private detective is drawn into a deadly game by a sadistic killer, forcing him to confront some dark truths about both himself and humanity as a whole. Genres: Thriller, Mystery, Neo-Noir


2018 Finish Line Script Competition Semi-Finalists

These are 67 semi-finalists; a hard cull of some very talented writers and well written scripts. It goes without saying that these were not easy choices to make, but we feel that these semi-finalist scripts, both television pilots and feature screenplays, best represent who we are and the voices we respond to at this moment in time. Our judges have read them, reviewed script consultants notes and reread the resubmissions. All are well written. Some need work. They hit all the genres - some are funny, some serious, some filled with action and adventure, others evoke fear and tension, while others touch our heart strings and make us think about their theme - the writer’s voice echoing in our ears, hearts and minds. Not all of them are traditionally commercial, but that’s never been what we’re about.

Congratulations to our 2018 semi-finalists. Rewrites, for those who want to resubmit new drafts, are due October 23rd. This is free unless you want our script consultants to provide notes for you. Please refer to the email we sent you for this procedure. Our three finalists will be announced November 8th.

2018 Finish Line Script Competition Semi-Finalists

Pilots

Coastal Shelf by Michael Berlind

Crossroads by George Gutierrez

Drag by Nick Kirby

Emergency Psychiatric Services by Holly Scarabosio

End of Life by Sean Collins-Smith

Folklore by Sebastian Magiera

Hot Steaming Garbage by Brandon Brown

Juice Heads by Milan Tomasevic

Lift by Quinn Spicker

Midnight Sun by Jennifer Titus

Murder of Crows by Jason Forbach

Queen of Spades by Rafael Peixoto

Ride The Fence by RM Shafer

Savage by David Schlow

Savior by Tim Molloy

Strange Fruit by Jordan Traylor

The Chop by Ryan O'Leary

The Dilettantes by Ellen Doyle

The Hall Monitor by Chris Caleo

The Harlow Effect by Nathan Adolfson

The Resurrectionists by Travis Opgenorth

The Switch by Thomas Clary

The Trouble With Audrey by Paul Ashton

The Weather Underground by Brian Burstein

Twist by Damian Wayling

Feature Screenplays

Anvil Jack by Kerry Mark

A Yacht in The Apache Junction by Avi Glick

Bad Mark by Elizabeth Delaney

Behind TheBadge by John Martins III

Bliss by Peter Sreckovic

Broken Sinclair by Beth Ashby

Bullet Catcher by Graham Bowlin

Darkness Awaits by Christopher Blackwell

Dronegames by Jay Kim

Experience by Taj Musco

Fast Fashion aka Notes From Nadia by David Mandell

Forget-Me-Nots by John Dummer

Frequently Used, Easily Forgotten by Audrey Cornett

Hanna Glade by Leslie Witter

Juniper's Point by Amber Alexander

Killing Kelko by Kieran Angelini

Like A Bloody Monkey by Maurizio Caduto

Lion Killer by Adam Scheiner

Los Idiotas by Renee Phoenix

My Big Black Gay Wedding by Caryn K. Hayes

Nancygirl by David McMahon

None Is Too Many by Brian Wilson

One Shot by Dave Thomas

Paleo by Octavia Martin

Rise by Ruth Setton

Settlement by Jason Sheedy

Shrimp by Nicole Jones

Steam by Robert Languedoc

The Bad Habits Of Unhappy People by Chantal Massuh-Fox

The Beer-Die Kid by Matthew Chaffee

The Carrington Affair by Devon Lehr

The Dead And The Living by Jaeden Henkel

The Deal by Andi Delott

The Hammer by Jason Hunter

The Reboot Camp by Martin Burke

The Warriors' Concerto by Jamaal Pittman & Lila Hood

The Weight Of Lies by Amanda Samaroo

Unconventional Warfare by Phillip Hardy

Vivian's Tai Chi Role by Costas Anastasiadi

Waitlist by Sheila Jenca

Warbrave by Andres Rivera

Yellow by Josh Walkling

2017

2017 Winners

Grand Prize Winner

"Sugar Land" written by R.B. Ripley (Los Angeles, CA) - one hour television drama pilot

First Runner-Up

"Desert Rain" written by Colleen Burns (Norwich, Norfolk, UK) - feature screenplay

Second Runner-Up

"A Fish For Rudy" written by Helen Darvall (Queensland, AUS) - feature screenplay

Thank you again for all who have participated.  Your hard work and dedication may not have resulted in a win this year but you now have a tightly written script ready to show representatives, producers and enter into other competitions. We have enjoyed your development journey greatly and seeing such progress is very satisfying. We wish you well and hope to see you next year. 

Winners

2019 Winners

GRAND PRIZE WINNER

OLD DOGS AND STILL WATERS by AVI GLICK

FIRST RUNNER UP

WILLFUL BLINDNESS by BARBARA NUNBERG

SECOND RUNNER UP

CONTRABAND by CHARLOTTE ESSEX

2019 Winners and Log Lines

FEATURE SCREENPLAYS

BENNELONG by James R. Ridley - Held prisoner by British first settlers, an Aboriginal boy learns the ways of his captors with the hope of saving his people from mass extinction (Drama, Historical)
BURNING SEA by Christos Kardana - An embittered immigrant in London must face his past and fear of the ocean when he travels to an Indonesian sea gypsy village to recover the body of his drowned son. (Drama)
CHARLIE HORSE by Zack Frizzell - In ranching country Oklahoma, 1955; a defiant teenage cowboy, who’s lost his friends and a happy home after catching polio, challenges society's stigma by competing in the rodeo. (Drama, Sports)
EVERYTHING ELSE by Leo Marks – When a grieving young mother is visited by strangely vivid dreams of her dead son’s unlived life, her bewildered husband must relearn everything he thinks he knows about bravery and devotion. (Drama)
KANE by Robert Homer Mollohan - A retired fighter, struggling with alcohol abuse, is forced to clean himself up and indulge in Detroit’s violent underground fighting world, when the mother of his children is diagnosed with a life threatening disease. (Drama. Sports)
MANN IS IN THE FOREST by Kerry Mark – A coming-of-age tale about the hunters who killed Bambi's mother. (Drama, Coming of Age)
MOTHERS by Ali Qassim – When a group of middle-aged mothers searching for their abducted children threaten to expose the military dictatorship in 1970s Argentina, a young Naval Officer infiltrates the group to try and destroy them. Based on a real story. (Drama Thriller, Historical)
NEEDS by Christopher J. O'Bryant – A wealthy entrepreneur who previously filed bankruptcy to avoid paying the man he crippled with his car, finds his integrity and billion dollar business threatened when a disgraced attorney reopens the case after meeting the victim at AA. (Drama, Legal)
OLD DOGS AND STILL WATERS by Avi Glick - When a descendant of slaves sets out for justice, one rice miller will stop at nothing to preserve his cherished heritage and multi-billion dollar company. Inspired by true events. (Drama, Crime) - GRAND PRIZE WINNER
ON TIME by Xavier Neal-Burgin - A mother must make a difficult decision when she's late for her job interview. (Drama)
PADDYROLLER by William Nyerere Plastow - Reformed car thief Odell Jackson takes the wrong turn from hell when he is kidnapped by a racist Sheriff and forced to participate in a terrifying local tradition. (Thriller, Horror)
PERENNIALS by Jack Freeman – A blue-collar father miraculously emerges weeks after a mining collapse, leaving him with disturbing visions that suggest an ancient portal connecting worlds is buried deep in the mines. (Drama, Thriller, Science Fiction)
PERIGEE HEART by Robert Languedoc - In the future, the International Space Station is repurposed as a luxury retirement home due to the benefits of low gravity living, until a pilot and his uncle begin to question the operation of the facility. (Science Fiction)
POD by Nabil Chowdhary - After a mission to save mankind goes wrong, an astronaut awakens in her escape pod to find that decades have passed and that she's on a direct course for the very thing she was supposed destroy: a black hole. (Science Fiction)
STAR AND THE CRESCENT MOON by Parviz Saghizadeh – A young Hasidic Jewish man and a conservative Muslim woman, both doubting the traditions of their religions, find kindred spirits in each other and fall in love in modern day New York. (Drama)
STELLA ON THE VERGE by Samantha Morgan - After a crappy situation leaves a down on her luck young actress scrambling to recover; she decides the only way to save her career is to make her own film-- assembling a rag tag team of a novice writer and an ex-boyfriend director in the process. (Comedy)
SUNSHINE STATE: DUENDE by Kai Thorup - A disillusioned college drop out joins friends camping in a remote part of the Florida Everglades and reflects on the woman she wants to become, while they're hunted by a dangerous creature of mysterious origins. (Horror)
SURGEON HONG by Paul Gross - A music-loving surgeon helps the orphaned prodigy of a disgraced violinist during the tumult and violence of China's Cultural Revolution. (Drama)
THE FOLLOWERS by Colin Dalvit & Andrew Lahmann – After arriving at their remote hideout, two young and ambitious social media "influencers" find themselves pursued by the wrong kind of followers. (Horror, Thriller)
THE GODMOTHER by Shar Carter - After being paired up with an orphan boy, a reluctant female assassin is forced to be a mentor, all while dodging bullets. (Action, Comedy)
THE SOCIOPATH SAINT by Daniel Choi – Caravaggio, an Italian auteur, takes the 16th century entertainment industry by storm with his profanity and piety. (Historical, Drama)
THE WELL by Richard D. Grennan - After moving from the city to their grandfather's house on a remote island, a young deaf girl is all that stands between her family and a terrifying supernatural horror. (Horror)
TURNOVER by Matthew Borlik - A single mother temping at an astrophysics facility must deliver a cup of coffee to the corporation's reclusive founder, whose inter-dimensional-portal experiment has gone horribly wrong. (Science Fiction, Dark Comedy)
WE, WHO ARE ONLY SAILORS by Stephen Erickson - London in 1711 is abuzz with a sea captain's grim yet heroic story of shipwreck, winter survival and cannibalism; but his crew mutinies in the court of public opinion with the help of a female publisher determined to report the truth. (Historical)
WHALES by Nora Jaenicke and Lisanne Skylar - When adult sisters Margot and Louise meet their mother Linda on the Island of Elba for their estranged father's funeral, they unearth a painful, long-buried family secret. (Drama, Thriller)
WILD HEARTS by Jessica Rowlands - A young mother in rural Zimbabwe, desperate to provide for her daughter, is recruited by the elite, all-female anti-poaching unit responsible for her husband’s recent arrest. (Drama. Action)
WILLFUL BLINDNESS by Barbara Nunberg - Plucked from obscurity by Rupert Murdoch to lead Britain's oldest tabloid paper, Rebekah Brooks risks destroying her hard-won success when she authorizes the phone hacking of a teenage murder victim. (Political Drama) - FIRST RUNNER UP
Z.APP by James A. Allen & Justin Hayward - A mild-mannered professional joins the resistance to stop an app that turns crime and punishment in the City of London into a blood-thirsty game. (Thriller)

TELEVISION PILOTS & SHORT SCRIPTS

A FEAST FOR THE BEASTS by Ali Mozaffari - A political meeting over dividing Africa among European colonial powers goes terribly wrong when dinner arrives and turns this civil meeting into a bloody grotesque feast. (Drama, Satire, Short Script)
BITCH REVOLUTION by Zeus Kontoyannis – In the dystopian future, a group of rogue women plan to fight back against an extreme patriarchal society. (Action, Science Fiction, Short Script)
BLIND TIGERS by Jacob Glover - In the underworld of Koreatown, a lovesick owner of a speakeasy, must survive the usually lonesome night shift, after a seductive customer walks in looking to steal more than just his heart. (Drama, Neo-Noir, Romance, Short Script)
BROOKLYN PANSY by Jason Forbach – In 1890’s New York, a young poet, searching for his identity, entangles himself within a group of other queer Brooklynites who are all mysteriously connected to the death of an unidentified young girl. (Coming of age, Period, Crime, Drama)
CONTRABAND by Charlotte Essex - A reckless journalist risks her life to expose the impact of animal trafficking across three continents, only for the story to give her a reason to live; but will she survive? (Thriller, Drama) - SECOND RUNNER UP
DEATH OF A REVOLUTIONARY by Marshall Ferrin - A brilliant and driven French revolutionary has the ability to write a new chapter in his country's rich history, but what begins as a battle for liberty, equality, and fraternity, becomes a vindictive quest for supremacy, power and money. (Drama, Historical)
ELLIE by Becca E. Davis & Kathrene Gawel – A young man who's always attempted to live his life off-the-grid meets his perfect girl and sacrifices his way of life in order to be with her, only to discover that neither she nor their relationship are what they seem. (Social Science Fiction, Drama, Thriller, Short Script)
FINDING SATOSHI by Shruti Saran - When two struggling drug dealers, a cynical professor, and an abused Saudi housewife discover a powerful new technology created by a mysterious hacker, they are unwittingly drawn into a global dark market powered by one of the most disruptive inventions of the 21st century: Bitcoin. (Drama)
IDENTITY CRISIS by Nate Ruegger - A woman with amnesia must become an assassin for a devious intelligence agency to unlock the secrets to her past - and to her superhuman powers. (Drama, Science Fiction)
LITTLE JUDAS by Greg Boose - Young and mischievous Judas Iscariot dreams of ruling the streets of Nazareth while reluctantly befriending his strange and annoying new neighbor, Jesus. (Dark Comedy, Animation)
NOSA by Michael Harriel - When a highly accomplished surgeon can no longer practice medicine, she creates a program that helps patients cope with their condition. (Drama)
NOVA: FIRST FLIGHT by Rachel Fischer - The ceasefire in the war between Earth and the citizens of the Space colonies is jeopardized when a freighter on a diplomatic mission goes missing and two former enemies must put aside their differences to find the ship and preserve the peace. (Science Fiction, Action, Drama)
SOMNUS by James Cripps - A nihilistic detective moves between purgatory and the physical world; a byproduct of his worsening condition of fatal insomnia, while hunting down the mastermind of an online suicide game, a being from another world. (Supernatural Noir)
THAT SISTER THANG by Lindiwe Mueller-Westernhagen & Dale Winton - Two black South African sisters tackling life in weird ’n wacky Austin grapple with the revelation that one of them is the love child of a white Texan conservative. (Comedy)
THE BREACHING by Wendy Young - When an ecologically destructive weapon wreaks havoc in the etheric realm of the Fair Folk, an envoy of four Folk must cross through a portal (The Breach) and take human form to disarm the weapon, and rescue an earlier lost team from being trapped in the human world forever. (Fantasy, Drama)
THE HALL MONITOR by Chris Caleo - After losing his job, his wife, and his son in one fell swoop, a meek commodities trader transforms himself into THE HALL MONITOR, a web-based crusader looking to decimate the worst offenders in capitalism. (Drama. Magical Realism, Crime Thriller)
THE LOTUS EATER by Jay Furby - Convinced his ex is a real life demon, a man attempts to burn the traumatic relationship from his mind by gorging on 12 different drugs in 12 months. Are the drugs warping his imagination, or is she what the world truly fears - the Devil incarnate? (Drama, Horror, Thriller)
UNDER WATERTOWN by Bob Gebert - While researching a cold case, a low-level FBI transcriber inadvertently relaunches a long dormant criminal underworld and takes on the role of the mysterious crime boss of Watertown, New Jersey. (Thriller, Drama Crime)

Semi Finalists

2019 Semi-Finalists

FEATURE SCREENPLAY


BENNELONG by James R. Ridley
BURNING SEA by Christos Kardana
CHARLIE HORSE by Zack Frizzell
EVERYTHING ELSE by Leo Marks
KANE by Robert Homer Mollohan
MANN IS IN THE FOREST by Kerry Mark
MOTHERS by Ali Qassim
NEEDS by Christopher J. O'Bryant
OLD DOGS AND STILL WATERS by Avi Glick
ON TIME by Xavier Neal-Burgin
PADDYROLLER by William Nyerere Plastow
PERENNIALS by Jack Freeman
PERIGEE HEART by Robert Languedoc
POD by Nabil Chowdhary

STAR AND THE CRESCENT MOON by Parviz Saghizadeh
STELLA ON THE VERGE by Samantha Morgan
SUNSHINE STATE: DUENDE by Kai Thorup
SURGEON HONG by Paul Gross
THE FOLLOWERS by Colin Dalvit & Andrew Lahmann
THE GODMOTHER by Shar Carter
THE SOCIOPATH SAINT by Daniel Choi
THE WELL by Richard D. Grennan
TURNOVER by Matthew Borlik
WE, WHO ARE ONLY SAILORS by Stephen Erickson
WHALES by Nora Jaenicke and Lisanne Skylar
WILD HEARTS by Jessica Rowlands
WILLFUL BLINDNESS by Barbara Nunberg
Z.APP by James A. Allen & Justin Hayward

 

TELEVISION PILOTS & SHORT SCRIPTS

A FEAST FOR THE BEASTS by Ali Mozaffari
BITCH REVOLUTION by Zeus Kontoyannis
BLIND TIGERS by Jacob Glover
BROOKLYN PANSY by Jason Forbach
CONTRABAND by Charlotte Essex
DEATH OF A REVOLUTIONARY by Marshall Ferrin
ELLIE by Becca E. Davis & Kathrene Gawel
FINDING SATOSHI by Shruti Saran
IDENTITY CRISIS by Nate Ruegger


LITTLE JUDAS by Greg Boose
NOSA by Michael Harriel
NOVA: FIRST FLIGHT by Rachel Fischer
SOMNUS by James Cripps
THAT SISTER THANG by Lindiwe Mueller-Westernhagen & Dale Winton
THE BREACHING by Wendy Young
THE HALL MONITOR by Chris Caleo
THE LOTUS EATER by Jay Furby
UNDER WATERTOWN by Bob Gebert

Log Lines

2019 Winners and Log Lines

FEATURE SCREENPLAYS

BENNELONG by James R. Ridley - Held prisoner by British first settlers, an Aboriginal boy learns the ways of his captors with the hope of saving his people from mass extinction (Drama, Historical)
BURNING SEA by Christos Kardana - An embittered immigrant in London must face his past and fear of the ocean when he travels to an Indonesian sea gypsy village to recover the body of his drowned son. (Drama)
CHARLIE HORSE by Zack Frizzell - In ranching country Oklahoma, 1955; a defiant teenage cowboy, who’s lost his friends and a happy home after catching polio, challenges society's stigma by competing in the rodeo. (Drama, Sports)
EVERYTHING ELSE by Leo Marks – When a grieving young mother is visited by strangely vivid dreams of her dead son’s unlived life, her bewildered husband must relearn everything he thinks he knows about bravery and devotion. (Drama)
KANE by Robert Homer Mollohan - A retired fighter, struggling with alcohol abuse, is forced to clean himself up and indulge in Detroit’s violent underground fighting world, when the mother of his children is diagnosed with a life threatening disease. (Drama. Sports)
MANN IS IN THE FOREST by Kerry Mark – A coming-of-age tale about the hunters who killed Bambi's mother. (Drama, Coming of Age)
MOTHERS by Ali Qassim – When a group of middle-aged mothers searching for their abducted children threaten to expose the military dictatorship in 1970s Argentina, a young Naval Officer infiltrates the group to try and destroy them. Based on a real story. (Drama Thriller, Historical)
NEEDS by Christopher J. O'Bryant – A wealthy entrepreneur who previously filed bankruptcy to avoid paying the man he crippled with his car, finds his integrity and billion dollar business threatened when a disgraced attorney reopens the case after meeting the victim at AA. (Drama, Legal)
OLD DOGS AND STILL WATERS by Avi Glick - When a descendant of slaves sets out for justice, one rice miller will stop at nothing to preserve his cherished heritage and multi-billion dollar company. Inspired by true events. (Drama, Crime) - GRAND PRIZE WINNER
ON TIME by Xavier Neal-Burgin - A mother must make a difficult decision when she's late for her job interview. (Drama)
PADDYROLLER by William Nyerere Plastow - Reformed car thief Odell Jackson takes the wrong turn from hell when he is kidnapped by a racist Sheriff and forced to participate in a terrifying local tradition. (Thriller, Horror)
PERENNIALS by Jack Freeman – A blue-collar father miraculously emerges weeks after a mining collapse, leaving him with disturbing visions that suggest an ancient portal connecting worlds is buried deep in the mines. (Drama, Thriller, Science Fiction)
PERIGEE HEART by Robert Languedoc - In the future, the International Space Station is repurposed as a luxury retirement home due to the benefits of low gravity living, until a pilot and his uncle begin to question the operation of the facility. (Science Fiction)
POD by Nabil Chowdhary - After a mission to save mankind goes wrong, an astronaut awakens in her escape pod to find that decades have passed and that she's on a direct course for the very thing she was supposed destroy: a black hole. (Science Fiction)
STAR AND THE CRESCENT MOON by Parviz Saghizadeh – A young Hasidic Jewish man and a conservative Muslim woman, both doubting the traditions of their religions, find kindred spirits in each other and fall in love in modern day New York. (Drama)
STELLA ON THE VERGE by Samantha Morgan - After a crappy situation leaves a down on her luck young actress scrambling to recover; she decides the only way to save her career is to make her own film-- assembling a rag tag team of a novice writer and an ex-boyfriend director in the process. (Comedy)
SUNSHINE STATE: DUENDE by Kai Thorup - A disillusioned college drop out joins friends camping in a remote part of the Florida Everglades and reflects on the woman she wants to become, while they're hunted by a dangerous creature of mysterious origins. (Horror)
SURGEON HONG by Paul Gross - A music-loving surgeon helps the orphaned prodigy of a disgraced violinist during the tumult and violence of China's Cultural Revolution. (Drama)
THE FOLLOWERS by Colin Dalvit & Andrew Lahmann – After arriving at their remote hideout, two young and ambitious social media "influencers" find themselves pursued by the wrong kind of followers. (Horror, Thriller)
THE GODMOTHER by Shar Carter - After being paired up with an orphan boy, a reluctant female assassin is forced to be a mentor, all while dodging bullets. (Action, Comedy)
THE SOCIOPATH SAINT by Daniel Choi – Caravaggio, an Italian auteur, takes the 16th century entertainment industry by storm with his profanity and piety. (Historical, Drama)
THE WELL by Richard D. Grennan - After moving from the city to their grandfather's house on a remote island, a young deaf girl is all that stands between her family and a terrifying supernatural horror. (Horror)
TURNOVER by Matthew Borlik - A single mother temping at an astrophysics facility must deliver a cup of coffee to the corporation's reclusive founder, whose inter-dimensional-portal experiment has gone horribly wrong. (Science Fiction, Dark Comedy)
WE, WHO ARE ONLY SAILORS by Stephen Erickson - London in 1711 is abuzz with a sea captain's grim yet heroic story of shipwreck, winter survival and cannibalism; but his crew mutinies in the court of public opinion with the help of a female publisher determined to report the truth. (Historical)
WHALES by Nora Jaenicke and Lisanne Skylar - When adult sisters Margot and Louise meet their mother Linda on the Island of Elba for their estranged father's funeral, they unearth a painful, long-buried family secret. (Drama, Thriller)
WILD HEARTS by Jessica Rowlands - A young mother in rural Zimbabwe, desperate to provide for her daughter, is recruited by the elite, all-female anti-poaching unit responsible for her husband’s recent arrest. (Drama. Action)
WILLFUL BLINDNESS by Barbara Nunberg - Plucked from obscurity by Rupert Murdoch to lead Britain's oldest tabloid paper, Rebekah Brooks risks destroying her hard-won success when she authorizes the phone hacking of a teenage murder victim. (Political Drama) - FIRST RUNNER UP
Z.APP by James A. Allen & Justin Hayward - A mild-mannered professional joins the resistance to stop an app that turns crime and punishment in the City of London into a blood-thirsty game. (Thriller)

TELEVISION PILOTS & SHORT SCRIPTS

A FEAST FOR THE BEASTS by Ali Mozaffari - A political meeting over dividing Africa among European colonial powers goes terribly wrong when dinner arrives and turns this civil meeting into a bloody grotesque feast. (Drama, Satire, Short Script)
BITCH REVOLUTION by Zeus Kontoyannis – In the dystopian future, a group of rogue women plan to fight back against an extreme patriarchal society. (Action, Science Fiction, Short Script)
BLIND TIGERS by Jacob Glover - In the underworld of Koreatown, a lovesick owner of a speakeasy, must survive the usually lonesome night shift, after a seductive customer walks in looking to steal more than just his heart. (Drama, Neo-Noir, Romance, Short Script)
BROOKLYN PANSY by Jason Forbach – In 1890’s New York, a young poet, searching for his identity, entangles himself within a group of other queer Brooklynites who are all mysteriously connected to the death of an unidentified young girl. (Coming of age, Period, Crime, Drama)
CONTRABAND by Charlotte Essex - A reckless journalist risks her life to expose the impact of animal trafficking across three continents, only for the story to give her a reason to live; but will she survive? (Thriller, Drama) - SECOND RUNNER UP
DEATH OF A REVOLUTIONARY by Marshall Ferrin - A brilliant and driven French revolutionary has the ability to write a new chapter in his country's rich history, but what begins as a battle for liberty, equality, and fraternity, becomes a vindictive quest for supremacy, power and money. (Drama, Historical)
ELLIE by Becca E. Davis & Kathrene Gawel – A young man who's always attempted to live his life off-the-grid meets his perfect girl and sacrifices his way of life in order to be with her, only to discover that neither she nor their relationship are what they seem. (Social Science Fiction, Drama, Thriller, Short Script)
FINDING SATOSHI by Shruti Saran - When two struggling drug dealers, a cynical professor, and an abused Saudi housewife discover a powerful new technology created by a mysterious hacker, they are unwittingly drawn into a global dark market powered by one of the most disruptive inventions of the 21st century: Bitcoin. (Drama)
IDENTITY CRISIS by Nate Ruegger - A woman with amnesia must become an assassin for a devious intelligence agency to unlock the secrets to her past - and to her superhuman powers. (Drama, Science Fiction)
LITTLE JUDAS by Greg Boose - Young and mischievous Judas Iscariot dreams of ruling the streets of Nazareth while reluctantly befriending his strange and annoying new neighbor, Jesus. (Dark Comedy, Animation)
NOSA by Michael Harriel - When a highly accomplished surgeon can no longer practice medicine, she creates a program that helps patients cope with their condition. (Drama)
NOVA: FIRST FLIGHT by Rachel Fischer - The ceasefire in the war between Earth and the citizens of the Space colonies is jeopardized when a freighter on a diplomatic mission goes missing and two former enemies must put aside their differences to find the ship and preserve the peace. (Science Fiction, Action, Drama)
SOMNUS by James Cripps - A nihilistic detective moves between purgatory and the physical world; a byproduct of his worsening condition of fatal insomnia, while hunting down the mastermind of an online suicide game, a being from another world. (Supernatural Noir)
THAT SISTER THANG by Lindiwe Mueller-Westernhagen & Dale Winton - Two black South African sisters tackling life in weird ’n wacky Austin grapple with the revelation that one of them is the love child of a white Texan conservative. (Comedy)
THE BREACHING by Wendy Young - When an ecologically destructive weapon wreaks havoc in the etheric realm of the Fair Folk, an envoy of four Folk must cross through a portal (The Breach) and take human form to disarm the weapon, and rescue an earlier lost team from being trapped in the human world forever. (Fantasy, Drama)
THE HALL MONITOR by Chris Caleo - After losing his job, his wife, and his son in one fell swoop, a meek commodities trader transforms himself into THE HALL MONITOR, a web-based crusader looking to decimate the worst offenders in capitalism. (Drama. Magical Realism, Crime Thriller)
THE LOTUS EATER by Jay Furby - Convinced his ex is a real life demon, a man attempts to burn the traumatic relationship from his mind by gorging on 12 different drugs in 12 months. Are the drugs warping his imagination, or is she what the world truly fears - the Devil incarnate? (Drama, Horror, Thriller)
UNDER WATERTOWN by Bob Gebert - While researching a cold case, a low-level FBI transcriber inadvertently relaunches a long dormant criminal underworld and takes on the role of the mysterious crime boss of Watertown, New Jersey. (Thriller, Drama Crime)
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