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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 ScriptBest Indie ScriptBest 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 AebersoldREMOTELY WORKING, William BaberROLL WITH IT, Rosie Byrnes
PARDON MY GENDER: SUCH A FARCE!, Bob CanningLOVERS IN PARIS, Andy ConwayUNE CHANCE POUR GUÉRIR, Christine de Chauvelin
LES NIOCKS, Edith DevilletTHE GOOD CITIZEN, Joel DotyOPERATION BROTHER SAM, Gustavo Freitas
ON THE SPARROW, RW HahnTHE LAST KING OF AMERICA, Richard GuimondSOUL OF AN EMPIRE, Ryan Jaroncyk
THE SAX, Pascal KulcsarHOLLYWOOD’S MOST WANTED: I’M READY FOR MY CLOSE-UP, ESE, Manny Jimenez Sr.SHOOTING ANGELS, RW Hahn
HOBBY AND FITZ, James MiltonCHARMER, David KurtzWINDSPIRIT, Paul Penley
MAUDITE ÉQUATION, Joel ProstTHE UNDERTAKER’S CHILDREN, Natasha Le PetitTHE MYTHICAL GOLDEN TROUT, Craig Peters
DESERT RUN, Christopher ThomasWHEN I WAS A CHILD, T. L. NeedhamFIRE ON THE ISLAND, Timothy Smith
THE LOST OPERA, Rachel, Thomas-MedwidTHE ARIZONA BALLOON BUSTER, Mark Perlick and Steven PrippsTHE ELECTRIC WAR, Arthur Tiersky
THE CRACK IN PEGGY SUE’S FLOOR, John WoodardCHILDREN OF EDEN, Raymond JustKLONDIKE MIKE, Thomas Zmiarovich
MANHATTAN MARILYN (book), Philippe LaguerreMASON, Andrew Marshall
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