Meet our Winter 2016 Screenwriting Contest Grand Prize Winner: BLACKOUT.COM by Ruben Bush III

The winner of the strongest field we’ve had in a long time… truly an achievement to be proud of for Ruben Bush III, the Grand Prize winner of the WriteMovies Winter 2016 Screenwriting Competition for his script BLACKOUT.COM. This was a provocative and ambitious script with real originality. We’re excited to get working on this and our other new winners Belinda and Elliott and Michael’s scripts.For finishing as our overall winner Ruben receives:

  • The grand cash prize of $2000.
  • 1 Full year of script mentoring for BLACKOUT.COM, including development notes on all re-writes of winning scripts. Worth $3,200.
  • Up to $1 million in option monies from the A-List producers we work with. If an established studio/production company with theatrical credits wishes to option the script, we will fly the winner to Los Angeles and pay (up to $4,000) for their accommodation.
  • We will pitch the top three projects to relevant production companies (such as Neal Moritz Productions, Bruckheimer Films, Scott Rudin Prods.) & studios (Paramount, Warner Bros, Universal, etc.). The writer keeps ALL the option/sales money. The names of the top three winners and their projects are mentioned in press releases and on the web. The names of the top three winners and their projects are mentioned in press releases and on the web.

Here’s some background on Ruben:

“Originally from Springfield, Massachusetts, Ruben currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia where by day he teaches middle school mathematics and by night writes screenplays.   “I guess you could say I’m a glutton for punishment.”  Never one to sit idle, Ruben, having recently completed the feature “Blackout.com”, is presently working on a new full-length feature as well as a TV pilot. He hopes to continue to improve his craft and create compelling content that will engage, enlighten and entertain.”

And here is a short introduction to the script:

“Two young African-American men find a unique and dangerous way to handle white supremacists and help their community.”

Congratulations to Ruben on being named our overall winner! We look forward to helping develop the script and pitch it to the industry over the next year.

Follow in Ruben’s footsteps and enter in our current main international contest, the Spring 2017 Screenwriting Competition RIGHT HERE!