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Winter 2018 Screenwriting Contest – Semi-Finalists

Winter 2018 Screenwriting Contest – Semi-Finalists

We are delighted to announce the Semi-Finalists for our Winter 2018 Screenwriting Contest.

We are delighted to announce the 26 Semi-Finalists for the Winter 2018 Screenwriting Competition! Selecting the scripts with the strongest claim to join our winners has made for a tough but enjoyable task for us the past couple of weeks.

Check out the full list of 26 Semi-Finalists below.

Head on over to our Facebook page and our Twitter feed to congratulate the Semi-Finalists yourselves!

The final results will be announced in two weeks’ time – Friday, March, 16th.

At this time, we try to only include scripts that we’re still considering as a potential winner. Having made the Quarter-Finalists shows that a script or writer already has some clear potential, and a Semi-Final place means that with more development this script could become a contender. Keep that in mind as you think about what to do with your script next. These results should give you a good guide to the current state of your idea, writing and script.

Next, we refocus our attention to the book and television entries as we wind up to next week’s TV and book awards announcement!

Here are the Winter 2018 Screenwriting Contest Semi-Finalists…

Semi-Finalists
THE DAWN OF EVE, James Bingham TO DIE IN TAJOUTE, Virginia Bola INSURRECTION, Simon Bowler
THE OUTSKIRTS OF PARADISE, Montgomery Burt WHEN THE WHITE DOVE SPEAKS, Al Case VALENTYNE, Dashiell Finley
ENDANGERED SPECIES, Mark Flood SHAKESPEARE OF AVON, James Hanson MAGIC MAN, Norma Hickox
BLACK SHEEP, John Hunter WHEN WE FALL BEHIND, Dan Hutchinson NEW REALITY, Carolyn Kras
CHARMER, David Kurtz THE LOCKSMITH, Jeffrey Morales BAD DOG, Phil Olsen
THE CRAWL UP, Gabriell DeBear Paye A SHADOW IN SPACE, Bryan Reilly SAVIOR, Bo Sanders
STAR BLUE SOLDIER, Donahue Silvia THE FOURTH COURIER, Timothy Jay Smith THE FIRSTBORN, William Smith
SLAVE SHIP, Tyler True LAST PRINCE OF WALES, Ethan Westgate COLD FOOTED, Tanya M. Wheeler
THE REALM, Tanya M. Wheeler LEGACY OF THE GODS, Tim Wong
Winter 2018 Screenwriting Contest – Semi-Finalists

Winter 2018 Screenwriting Contest – Quarter Finalists

We are delighted to announce the Quarter-Finalists for our Winter 2018 Screenwriting Contest.

 

Since that Bonus Extension in January, we have had a lot of interesting and high-quality scripts to get through – but it’s been another great judging period!

Congratulations to the 51 Winter 2018 Quarter-Finalists! All of them had some special spark that caught our eye and we’re looking forward to giving them new eyes as we consider our Semi-Finalists and winners…

Those who didn’t make it this time were an equally fascinating set of submissions too, and showed a lot of promising qualities. We hope that you will stay in touch with us: we’re currently confirming details for our next contest and will keep you informed.

If you want to know why your script didn’t make it, or where to take it next? Has a revised edition of your script come out short yet again? We recommend that you consider getting a mentoring service or consultancy, too. That way you can find out what we currently feel is holding your script back. And as a sweet bonus, you’ll get free entry into our next main contest!

See the full list of Quarter-Finalists below…

Congratulate the Quarter-Finalists on our Facebook page and our Twitter feed.

Quarter-Finalists
STRANDED, Christopher Andre STEVE DEUCE, Justin Andreas BUSHIDO BASEBALL, Charles R. Astone
MEGABALL$, Marc Baron THE DAWN OF EVE, James Bingham TO DIE IN TAJOUTE, Virginia Bola
INSURRECTION, Simon Bowler THE OUTSKIRTS OF PARADISE, Montgomery Burt WHEN THE WHITE DOVE SPEAKS, Al Case
ADIONA, Ian Causer DEAD MAN’S HEAD, Ronald Ecker ICE CREAM DON’T MELT IN ENGLEWOOD, Richard Ehrenreich
VALENTYNE, Dashiell Finley ENDANGERED SPECIES, Mark Flood THE OATH, Axel Gerand
SHAKESPEARE OF AVON, James Hanson MAGIC MAN, Norma Hickox BLACK SHEEP, John Hunter
WHEN WE FALL BEHIND, Dan Hutchinson BOMMY!, Boim Hwang A SECOND CHANCE, Manny Jimenez Sr.
MATANZAS, Piotr Kaszuba NEW REALITY, Carolyn Kras CHARMER, David Kurtz
TALK THERAPY, Thomas Moore THE LOCKSMITH, Jeffrey Morales PROJECT ΩMEGA, P. James Norris
BAD DOG, Phil Olsen TREE HOUSE, Chris Ossman FINDING ATLANTIS, Katherine Panzella
AMERICAN REBEL, Sydney Parran THE CRAWL UP, Gabriell DeBear Paye GATEKEEPERS TO THE STARS, Thelma Pickett
A SHADOW IN SPACE, Bryan Reilly 2020AD, Mike Rogers SAVIOR, Jerome Sanders
STAR BLUE SOLDIER, Donahue Silvia THE FOURTH COURIER, Timothy Jay Smith THE FIRSTBORN, William Smith
TIMBER, Patricia Stevens, Marian Mathews Clark CUL DE SAC, Charles Stock SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES, Charles Stock
SLAVE SHIP, Tyler True THE VENUS SYNDROME, Lynee Vincentnathan LAST PRINCE OF WALES, Ethan Westgate
COLD FOOTED, Tanya M. Wheeler THE REALM, Tanya M. Wheeler ISOLATION, Brian Whiteman
LEGACY OF THE GODS, Tim Wong DISRUPTED, Meredith Wood AMERICAN MYTHS OF BLACK & WHITE, Aaron Yarber
How we’re pitching our winners…

How we’re pitching our winners…

How we’re pitching our screenwriting contest winners to the industry…

Since our relaunch in February 2016, we’ve gained a wonderful, varied slate of award-winning scripts and writers, many of which have now completed their year of free script development as we prepare them and their writers for the pitching process. As our campaign to pitch them gathers momentum, I thought now would be a great time to show you what we’ve been doing for our winners and the great responses we’ve been getting. We can’t reveal the confidential details of course, but there’s plenty we can show you as this gains pace. (more…)

Our Wall of Fame 2017: Grand Prize winners!

Our Wall of Fame 2017: Grand Prize winners!

Our Wall of Fame 2017: Grand Prize winners!

We look back at our Grand Prize winners from 2017 today and reveal the full Wall of Fame infographic. If you enter the Winter 2018 Contest and come out on top, you could see your name up on next year’s Wall of Fame – as well as winning $2000 in cash!

Here’s all you need to know about our Grand Prize winners from 2017… The scripts are improving every day, and we’re closing in on pitching them to our industry contacts soon…

  • BLACKOUT.CON by Ruben Bush III: “Two young African-American men find a unique and dangerous way to handle white supremacists and help their community.” Read more here
  • CHOKE JOB by David Dell Johnson: “A slick defense attorney with a penchant for getting guilty clients acquitted has his life methodically destroyed by a mysterious stranger and must embark on a desperate race to clear his name of murder.” Learn more
  • SPOON FED by Scott LaFortune: “A feisty feminist with a sweet-tooth is hired to curb the obesity crisis, then battles USDA corruption as she brings down a chauvinistic sugar lobby.” Read more

Check out the full 2017 Wall of Fame below – click on it to see it in all its might! Then, with the inspiration juices flowing, finish off that script you have sitting on the shelf and take a chance with the Winter 2018 Contest before Sunday’s deadline…

Our Wall of Fame 2017: Second Placed Winners

Our Wall of Fame 2017: Second Placed Winners

Meet our Second Placed Winners from our Wall of Fame 2017…

No way is second the first of the losers with any of our contests as you receive one year of free script and pitching development and the guarantee that we will pitch your project to industry – which is what the Second Placed winner for our current Winter Contest will also receive!

Here’s all you need to know about our Second Placed winners from 2017… The scripts are improving every day, and we’re closing in on pitching them to industry very soon.

  • THE ARENA by Belinda Whitney: A futuristic gladiator battles for his life while trying to shield the son he loves from the brutality of the arena. Read more here
  • THE FACTION by Kevin Karp: In 1978, crippled by a blown operation that sees one of its agents murdered in West Berlin, MI6 activates skeptical veteran HILL to exact revenge on the man responsible: ex-SS war criminal ALD STITZMAN, who has taken control of the Stasi-funded Red Army Faction that is terrorizing West Germany. Read more
  • FOR LOVE OF COUNTRY by Ron and Tony Basso: 70 years after an extraordinary true story of freed slaves volunteering to return to the South to spy on Confederate military forces, one spy questions if it was worth it. Learn more here.

Enter our current main contest and you can have your face appear on next year’s Wall of Fame…

Our 2017 Wall of Fame: Third Placed winners

Our 2017 Wall of Fame: Third Placed winners

It’s the final week of our Winter 2018 contest, and a great chance to celebrate our 2017 Wall of Fame. Today we honor our Third Placed Winners and their fine scripts!

Coming in third is a big win with our contests as each of the below winners is currently receiving a full year of free script and pitching development and the guarantee that we will pitch their project to industry – as the Third Placed winner for our current Winter Contest will do too.

You can see your face up in 2018’s Wall of Fame if you come in third in any of our main contests (Winter 2018 closes this Sunday!)

Here’s all you need to know about our Third Placed winners from 2017… These scripts are progressing fast and already getting attention from the industry!

  • IN THE SHADOW OF FREEDOM by Elliott Riebman and Michael Gozzard: “Inspired by the extraordinary true story of a boy soldier who escaped the Congo to become a decorated U.S. Marine, but he is still haunted by his past demons.” Read more here
  • BURNER by Bob Canning: “A Palm Springs police detective must put aside her health and marital problems to solve a brutal homicide, while the hitman responsible is now experiencing uncharacteristic bouts of guilt and anger after killing the wrong person.” Learn more
  • CHARMER by David Kurtz: “A burned-out middle-aged accountant and a young daredevil woman put their polar opposite lifestyles aside when they team up on dangerous hostage-rescue mission.” Read more

Stay tuned, as we release a special one-off Wednesday newsletter celebrating our Second Placed winners. Then we conclude our celebrations on Friday with our Grand Prize winners – as we also reveal the full Wall of Fame infographic…

Our Wall of Fame: 2017’s Featured Script of the Month winners!

Our Wall of Fame: 2017’s Featured Script of the Month winners!

Our Wall of Fame 2017: We have more winners than ever to celebrate from 2017 than ever! With 18 winners in total, we’ve seen an increase in quality from 2016, and we’re looking for that trend to continue…

Today, we’re honoring our Featured Script of the Month winners in this very special infographic (click on it to see it in all its might!) More to be revealed shortly…

Learn all about each of our Featured Script of the Month winners and their loglines:

  • GAMERS by Travis Lemke – “A man child who has lost love finds new love, but then has to kill that love after he and his Dungeon and Dragons buddies fall into possession of a magic book and summon a mysterious “protector” from hell. Shenanigans and hi-jinks abound in this contemporary comedy.” Read more
  • MARIGOLD by Lisa J. Cristoforo – “When a woman realizes her dreams are a window into her past lives connecting her to a famous actor and an 18th century Irish house servant, she embarks on a clandestine adventure to Ireland to discover the truth behind the connection.” Read more here
  • THE CHERRY ROOM by Christine Stevens DeLorenzo – “THE CHERRY ROOM (Inspired by true events.) – An undercover cop, a writer, and the owner of New York City’s most famous gentleman’s club discover a sophisticated baby-making network that supplies elite pedophiles and satanic cults with prepubescent children.” Check out more here
  • IDLE OF MAN by Joseph Campbell – “IDLE OF MAN follows the life of a depressed psychiatrist who is all of a sudden abducted by aliens and returns seeking a new perspective on life.” Read more
  • LAST RIDE OF METRO 313 by Michael Neyland – “Passengers on a commuter bus become stranded during a storm and must work together to survive strange and unnatural creatures.” Learn more
  • QUEEN OF HEARTS by Ethan Westgate – “In a world where everyone is united by a global thought-network, a small minority of people are unable to access this network. Molly Dark must lead others of her kind in a race to survive as the Network turns violently against those Unconnected.” Read more here
  • SEEMINGLY HARMONIOUS by Dengxian Cao – “When terrorists use a Mind Transfer Device to control the bodies of US officials, including the president, a Secret Service agent must battle against his seemingly own people to prevent a nuclear war.” Learn more
  • DEAD POSSUM by Jared Wayne Raun – “A boy discovers he is dead, but resists leaving his body so he can save his living girlfriend from a gang of zombie bikers, despite protestations from his spirit guide.” Read more
  • DEAD MAN’S HAND by Ronald L. Ecker – “When the hypnotist dies during a past life regression, it leaves a present-day schoolteacher and an Old West gunfighter trapped in each other’s body and times.” Read more here

Wouldn’t it be great to see your name up there next year? Well, you can! Enter the Winter 2018 Contest by the 14th January and you could see your name, face and script up in the 2018 Wall of Fame…