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WriteMovies Spring 2018 Contest Winner

WriteMovies Spring 2018 Contest Winner

The desert takes care of its own… A hard-bitten oil explorer and a desperate group of orphans led by two unorthodox nuns are forced into a hellish desert confrontation to escape the Nazis and help ensure an Allied victory.

From the fierce competition of our most recent contest, one script emerged victorious. We are proud to introduce the WriteMovies Spring 2018 Contest Winner: DESERT RUN by Christopher Thomas!

A wartime action-adventure script set in Egypt, 1942, DESERT RUN is a thrilling script that rejuvenates the classic era of adventure. Full of excitement and romance, it kept us on the edge of our seats from the first page to the last, and deservedly took the top spot in our contest. Chris wins a cash prize of $2000, a year of script development worth up to $3200, and more!

Here’s a summary of the WriteMovies Spring 2018 Contest winner…

Michael Quinn, a man haunted by memories of a war-scarred childhood, grows into the roughshod desert explorer who discovers the enormous oil reserves in Saudi Arabia. By 1942, his company is the most important source of oil in the world –  a world that craves his product – a world at war.

As Quinn tries to keep the oilfields out of Hitler’s hands, he discovers that the lives of a young nun and her crew of streetwise orphans are pawns in a deadly deal. And as the Nazis brutalize North Africa, Quinn and the boys devise their escape.

With Nazis at their back and the Sahara desert before them, a monster sandstorm offers them refuge. It’s said that the desert takes care of its own but the price is high, and when the survivors are finally confronted with a real hell-on-earth, they find their bonds irrevocably forged and their mettle tested.

WriteMovies Spring 2018 Contest WinnerAnd a short bio of Chris…

As a little girl growing up in Saudi Arabia, I was aware that I was surrounded by stories of epic proportions. History was happening everywhere and it gave me a particularly urgent perspective on humans, their conditions and their resilience that continues to feed my screenwriting. When I’m not mired in some dark and dire world I’ve created, I’m a creative writing instructor and a writer/designer of educational material based in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  I’m also the Director and Lead Instructor for the Boulder Writing Studio’s Summer Creative Writing Camp series in Boulder, Colorado and serve on the Board of Directors. Prior to that I spent over 20 years as a senior level creative in the fields of animation, broadcast advertising, media design and film/video production. I have an MA in Educational Design E-learning from the University of Colorado Denver.

Want to follow Chris and become a Grand Prize Winner? Our Winter 2019 contest is now open – final deadline January 2019! Enter today and take your first steps towards writing success with WriteMovies!

Spring 2018 Contest – Our Second Placed writer and script!

Spring 2018 Contest – Our Second Placed writer and script!

We’ve got another great script to present to you! Our Spring 2018 contest 2nd place script is KLONDIKE MIKE by Thomas Zmiarovich!

This hilarious family comedy has an unusual Alaskan setting, lovable characters, and brilliant set pieces that will have you roaring with laughter. A big congratulations to Tom for his win; he receives Development Notes, previews of our Virtual Film School, exclusive prizes from InkTip, and more! Read on to find out more about this script…

spring 2018 contest 2nd place

Here’s the logline for KLONDIKE MIKE:

A family start a new life in Alaska where they encounter extreme wildlife and an eccentric local prospector with a talent for finding gold…

And the writer’s summary of his script:
In this adventurous family comedy, Sam McCord inherits a gold claim and decides to put his dead-end job with a corporate mega-store chain on hold and move his dysfunctional family to Alaska for the summer in hopes to strike it rich and solve all his problems.

Virtually dragging his wife, 16-year-old son and 9-year old genius daughter to the wilds of Alaska, he soon realizes that he knows nothing about working a gold claim. At a local saloon, Sam meets Klondike Mike, a rustic, flamboyant, vagabond lady’s man prospector, who convinces Sam he’d make the perfect straw boss to run the claim. With no other options, Sam hires him, and under Klondike’s direction the claim is soon running like clockwork. So, what could go wrong?

For Sam, everything – from pesky Yellow Jacket attacks, feisty raccoon encounters, cell phone-outhouse mishaps, Magic Mushroom trips with a cookie eating Grizzly bear, and the underhanded dealings with the Bible thumping claim jumpers trying to steal Sam’s claim back. Not to mention, Sam’s worries that his children admire Klondike more than him.

Thomas Zmiarovich Bio:
Born in Seattle, in the shadow of the aerospace giant, Boeing, my love for movies began as far back as I can remember. From the age of 10, much of my paper route money found its way to the cheap, week-day, matinees in summer at the Columbia City theater, a mile walk from my home on Beacon Hill. Sci-fi, comedy, action, you name it, I could have lived there if I could.
As an adult, I never lost that love of the big screen. Even as I raised a family and worked as a Tool Design Engineer, for Boeing. I always dreamed that I had something to contribute to the craft I loved so much.

Through the years, I wrote my stories and scripts, developing and learning the craft of writing and story-telling from names like Stanley Kramer, Abby Mann, Michael Hauge, Richard Walter, and others. I’ve had scripts finish in the quarter and semi-finals at Nichol, Austin, and others; am a finalist with Script Pipeline and the Washington State Screenplay Competition; and have had numerous Top Ten finishers.

My love of story telling will never allow me to stop trying to get those stories to the big screen for all to see.

Spring 2018 Screenwriting Contest – Semi-Finalists and Best Studio Script, Indie Script and Short Script!

Spring 2018 Screenwriting Contest – Semi-Finalists and Best Studio Script, Indie Script and Short Script!

We are pleased to announce the Semi-Finalists for our Spring 2018 Screenwriting Contest – and the winner of our Best Studio Script, Best Indie Script, and Best Short Script Awards!

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After another tough judging period, we’ve decided on the Semi-Finalists for our Spring 2018 Contest – plus three awards in new categories!

The scripts that advanced to the semi-finals impressed us for many reasons, with fantastic stories, well-crafted dialogue, and strong commercial potential – and as ever, a lot of great scripts just missed the cut. If yours is one of them, don’t feel downhearted – all of our Quarter-Finalists were impressive entries.

And don’t forget, if you want to find out why your script didn’t make it, and want to take it to the next level, all our Script Report services are on special offer until 31st August – and you get free entry to our next contest as a bonus!

Alternatively, check out our Elite Mentoring service: invaluable one-to-one advice from actual Hollywood producers and studio execs!

See the full list of Semi-Finalists below… but first, we’re announcing the best of those movie scripts that aimed themselves firmly at either a HIGH or a LOW budget which we felt could be the most desirable to producers at the budget it set… and, working to a different kind of constraint, we’re also announcing the Best Short Script! Writing a short film demands a particular skill: the ability to tell a complete, poignant story in the space of only a few short minutes – normally less than 15 pages instead of the usual 120.

Next week: we name our top ten and our Overall Winner! Who will take the big prize for the very best entry in our latest major contest?

Best Studio Script Best Indie Script Best Short Script
DESERT RUN, by Christopher Thomas!
With Honorable Mentions to: CHARMER, David Kurtz, and KLONDIKE MIKE, Thomas Zmiarovich.
FIRE ON THE ISLAND, by Timothy Jay Smith!
With Honorable Mentions to: LOVERS IN PARIS, Andy Conway, and THE UNDERTAKER’S CHILDREN, Natasha Le Petit.
ROLL WITH IT, by Rosie Byrnes!

A big congratulations to the latest winners; we’ll be in touch with them soon about their winnings! Meanwhile, these are all of the other SEMI-FINALISTS who are still in the running for the big one… congratulations to all of them!

Semi-Finalists
BLUT WIRD FLIEßEN, Urs Aebersold REMOTELY WORKING, William Baber ROLL WITH IT, Rosie Byrnes
PARDON MY GENDER: SUCH A FARCE!, Bob Canning LOVERS IN PARIS, Andy Conway UNE CHANCE POUR GUÉRIR, Christine de Chauvelin
LES NIOCKS, Edith Devillet THE GOOD CITIZEN, Joel Doty OPERATION BROTHER SAM, Gustavo Freitas
ON THE SPARROW, RW Hahn THE LAST KING OF AMERICA, Richard Guimond SOUL OF AN EMPIRE, Ryan Jaroncyk
THE SAX, Pascal Kulcsar HOLLYWOOD’S MOST WANTED: I’M READY FOR MY CLOSE-UP, ESE, Manny Jimenez Sr. SHOOTING ANGELS, RW Hahn
HOBBY AND FITZ, James Milton CHARMER, David Kurtz WINDSPIRIT, Paul Penley
MAUDITE ÉQUATION, Joel Prost THE UNDERTAKER’S CHILDREN, Natasha Le Petit THE MYTHICAL GOLDEN TROUT, Craig Peters
DESERT RUN, Christopher Thomas WHEN I WAS A CHILD, T. L. Needham FIRE ON THE ISLAND, Timothy Smith
THE LOST OPERA, Rachel, Thomas-Medwid THE ARIZONA BALLOON BUSTER, Mark Perlick and Steven Pripps THE ELECTRIC WAR, Arthur Tiersky
THE CRACK IN PEGGY SUE’S FLOOR, John Woodard CHILDREN OF EDEN, Raymond Just KLONDIKE MIKE, Thomas Zmiarovich
MANHATTAN MARILYN (book), Philippe Laguerre MASON, Andrew Marshall
Spring 2018 Screenwriting Contest – Quarter Finalists, Book and Stageplay WINNERS!

Spring 2018 Screenwriting Contest – Quarter Finalists, Book and Stageplay WINNERS!

We are delighted to announce the Quarter-Finalists for our Spring 2018 Screenwriting Contest! And even more importantly, our next two winners…

 

ScreenplayThere have been a lot of great scripts for us to read for this contest, especially with our extended late entry running into June! The competition has been especially fierce, and we’ve enjoyed judging all the scripts we were sent.

So congratulations to our Spring 2018 Quarter-Finalists! Each script here deservedly advances in the contest. We’ll be giving every last one of them a fresh read as we consider which ones will make the Semi-Finals…

With so much competition this time around, a number of promising writers have unfortunately missed out – so don’t feel down if you’re one of them. A lot of the scripts that didn’t make it were strong contenders with a lot of positive features.

If you’d like to know why your script placed where it did, and how to take it to the next level, commission a Script Report from us to get a professional analyst’s opinion on what’s currently working and what’s holding it back. We provide large numbers of studio-quality Script Reports for writers and producers every year – and as an added bonus, you’ll get free entry into our next main contest!

Alternatively, check out our Elite Mentoring service: invaluable one-to-one advice from actual Hollywood producers and studio execs!

See the full list of Quarter-Finalists below… but first, here are the winners of Best Book and Best Stageplay!

BEST BOOK: BLUT WIRD FLIEßEN, by Urs Aebersold

BEST STAGEPLAY: THE CRACK IN PEGGY SUE’S FLOOR, by John Woodard

Hearty congratulations to them and everyone else who is still in the running for our other prizes! We’ll be in touch with them soon about their winnings…

Quarter-Finalists
BLUT WIRD FLIEßEN, Urs Aebersold REMOTELY WORKING, William Baber NICKERBACHER, Terry Barto
THE DAWN OF EVE, James Bingham HOPE IS NOT A BLACK AND WHITE RAINBOW, Harold L. Brown ROLL WITH IT, Rosie Byrnes
PARDON MY GENDER: SUCH A FARCE!, Bob Canning LOVERS IN PARIS, Andy Conway UNE CHANCE POUR GUÉRIR, Christine de Chauvelin
LES NIOCKS, Edith Devillet THE GOOD CITIZEN, Joel Doty RELENTLESS, Jay Fisher
OPERATION BORTHER SAM, Gustavo Freitas THE LAST KING OF AMERICA, Richard Guimond BIG BALLS aka FUTUREBALL, Richard Guimond
ON THE SPARROW, RW Hahn SHOOTING ANGELS, RW Hahn RACE, Justin Jackson
THE HAPPY PLACE, Justin Jackson THE BROKEN CYPHER, Justin Jackson SOUL OF AN EMPIRE, Ryan Jaroncyk
VIVA – A COLDPLAY MUSICAL, Ines Jimenez HOLLYWOOD’S MOST WANTED: I’M READY FOR MY CLOSE-UP, ESE, Manny Jimenez Sr. CHILDREN OF EDEN, Raymond A. Just
THE SAX, Pascal Kulcsar CHARMER, David Kurtz THE HEART OF A TIGER, SreyRam Kuy (book and screenplay)
MANHATTAN MARILYN, Philippe Laguerre (book and screenplay) THE UNDERTAKER’S CHILDREN, Natasha Le Petit INSPIRED, David Lawrence Lynch
HOBBY AND FITZ, James Milton WHEN I WAS A CHILD, T. L. Needham WINDSPIRIT, Paul Penley
THE SHADOW OF DHARMA, Mark Perlick THE ARIZONA BALLOON BUSTER, Mark Perlick and Steven Pripps THE MYTHICAL GOLDEN TROUT, Craig Peters
MAUDITE ÉQUATION, Joel Prost WHATEVER IT TAKES, Robin Regensburg THE LAST JOURNEY OF NOAH, Mark Rigoglioso
PERISH, Mike Rogers IMMORTALIZING RAYMOND, James Rosenfield FIRE ON THE ISLAND, Timothy Smith
DESERT RUN, Christopher Thomas THE LOST OPERA, Rachel, Thomas-Medwid THE ELECTRIC WAR, Arthur Tiersky
THE CRACK IN PEGGY SUE’S FLOOR, John Woodard KLONDIKE MIKE, Thomas Zmiarovich
Spring Contest 2018 closes Sunday June 17 – Last Chance to Enter!

Spring Contest 2018 closes Sunday June 17 – Last Chance to Enter!

The Final Deadline is fast approaching for our Spring Contest 2018! Add the finishing touches to your script and submit it by this Sunday, June 17 to win fantastic prizes.

There are 9 winning categories, $2000 available in prize money, plus over $3000 in script development for the 3 winners, bonuses and promotion through InkTip – we promise to develop and promote them to the top of the international film industry.

Plus, twice Academy Award nominated director Habib Zargarpour and WriteMovies founder Alex Ross are looking for VFX driven scripts to take to Hollywood – make it yours by entering our competition!

In addition to our Overall Winner, we also have prizes for the Best Studio Script, Best Indie Script, and Best Short Script – and we’re not just interested in screenplays, either. Our competition includes several other categories: get your television series started with Long and Short Form Pilots, raise the curtain on a future in theatre by sending in your Stageplay, and unleash the screen potential of your Book!

And don’t forget our newest category: Best Video Game Script! Guide us into your gaming universe and show us how creative you can be – we’d be thrilled to read your projects!

See the prizes available below, and enter our competition here!

Prizes and awards up for grabs in each category… Click on the prizes to learn more about them!

PRIZES Overall Winner Best Studio Script Best Indie Script Best Short Script Best Long Form Pilot Best Short Form Pilot Best Book Best Stageplay Best Video Game Script
$2000 Cash Prize YES
Year of script and pitching development worth $3200 YES YES YES
Elite Consulting YES
Development Notes YES YES YES YES YES YES
Studio Coverage YES YES
Judging Feedback YES YES
Confidential Studio Manual YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
Inktip prizes guaranteed to winner 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Placed Winners

 

Guaranteed Pitching to Industry 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Placed Winners

 

YES YES TBC TBC TBC
Virtual Film School exclusive previews YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES

ENTER HERE!

Deadline Extension for our 2018 Spring Writing Contest!

Deadline Extension for our 2018 Spring Writing Contest!

Our Spring Writing Contest gets a NEW DEADLINE! If you haven’t submitted your scripts yet, make sure to give them a final polish and send them our way by June 17. 

Are you an aspiring screenwriter looking to take your first steps in Hollywood? Our venerable competition is a unique opportunity to make that dream come true. Ever since 2000, we have helped the talented writers who have excelled in our WriteMovies Contest to find representation and assignments in the industry, pitch their scripts, and have their projects optioned, sold and produced.

Let us help you become our next success story! There are 9 winning categories, $2000 available in prize money, plus over $3000 in script development for the 3 winners, bonuses and promotion through InkTip – we promise to develop and promote them to the top of the international film industry.

Remember: we are not only looking for screenplays, but entries in plenty of other categories, including:

  • Long and short form pilots: eager to write for TV and series? Submit your pilots and win fantastic prizes!
  • Books: have a book you’ve worked on and are now ready to share with the world? Send it our way!
  • Stageplays: fancy breaking into the world of theatre? Show us your stageplay, and let us help you achieve your goal!
  • … and video game scripts: guide us into your gaming universe and show us how creative you can be – we’d be thrilled to read your projects!

Enter our competition HERE to become our: Overall Winner – Best Studio Script – Best Indie Script – Best Short Script – Best Long Form Pilot – Best Short Form Pilot – Best Book – Best Stageplay – Best Video Game Script! Entry fees just $45-59…

And here’s what you’ll earn by winning them…!

Prizes and awards up for grabs in each category… Click on the prizes to learn more about them!

PRIZES Overall Winner Best Studio Script Best Indie Script Best Short Script Best Long Form Pilot Best Short Form Pilot Best Book Best Stageplay Best Video Game Script
$2000 Cash Prize YES
Year of script and pitching development worth $3200 YES YES YES
Elite Consulting YES
Development Notes YES YES YES YES YES YES
Studio Coverage YES YES
Judging Feedback YES YES
Confidential Studio Manual YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
Inktip prizes guaranteed to winner 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Placed Winners

 

Guaranteed Pitching to Industry 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Placed Winners

 

YES YES TBC TBC TBC
Virtual Film School exclusive previews YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES

ENTER HERE!