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WriteMovies Wall of Fame 2019

WriteMovies Wall of Fame 2019

It’s been a great year for us here at WriteMovies, with three successful contests – Winter, Spring, and Fall – producing a lot of great scripts! We’ve also been very proud of our first two genre awards to celebrate great writing: the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Award and the Horror Award.

We’re already hard at work with our winners on developing their scripts and getting them out there to the industry, but today we look back at our contests and reveal our full Wall of Fame for 2019.

Here’s a reminder of our Grand Prize winning scripts…

  • PROMISE OF TOMORROW by Andrew Pennington: A fantastic British rom-com that made us laugh out loud from start to finish, capturing our attention with its quirky characters, heartwarming story, and fantastic audience appeal.
  • CARAVAGGIO by Alasdair McMullan: Based on the tempestuous life of the Italian painter, this television pilot was as fun as it was fascinating, making the most of its strong concept and engaging main character.
  • MONGER by David Axe: The winner of our Horror Award also took the Grand Prize in the Fall Contest. The plot and the monster that haunts the protagonists both feel fresh, and with well-rounded characters we quickly came to care about, it kept the suspense high throughout.

And a special shout out to the first ever winner of our Sci-Fi and Fantasy Award, too: THE TIME-TRAP by Mark Flood! To describe this script as a thrilling ride would be an understatement; it kept us gripped from the first page to the last.

If you’d like the chance to see your name on next year’s wall, submit to our Winter 2020 Contest and Rom-Com Award today – just one week until the Standard Deadline!

WriteMovies Fall 2019 Screenwriting Contest – Winner Announced!

WriteMovies Fall 2019 Screenwriting Contest – Winner Announced!

The last WriteMovies competition of 2019 – our 20th anniversary year – is over. It’s been a fantastic contest, with amazing scripts at every stage – but in the end, there can only be one victor. And today is the day that we announce the winner!

What is it that separates our winner from the rest? How do we make that decision? We’ve given our hints and tips in the past, but here’s a quick guide for all you screenwriters as you hone your craft…

  • Come up with a concept that we haven’t seen before. Your script needs a unique selling point that will make people sit up and take notice!
  • Grab us in the first ten pages. These are the most important pages of your script, your chance to make a good impression; make sure you don’t have a weak opening.
  • Get us invested in your characters before hitting us with the action. We need a reason to care about the things that are happening – and that means we need to care about the people those things are happening to!
  • Make sure you understand the basics before trying anything more complicated. The true masters of the craft know the fundamentals inside and out, and often the best scripts are the ones that implement do the simplest things well.

These are all things we’re looking for when judging – and the things that guided us when making our decision this time around as we picked… the WriteMovies Fall 2019 Screenwriting Contest winner!

 

Winner

MONGER,

David Axe

2nd Place 3rd Place

THE PINCH,

James Raynor

HAVENWOOD,

Jai Brandon

 

 

Honorable Mentions
GHOSTED, WITH LOVE,
Bob Canning
BREAKING POINT,
Christina Ward
ROCK’N’BISCUIT,
Craig Miller
THE PAPER ROUTE,
Danny Howell
MINDSET,
Edward Smythe
HOLLYWOOD WOMAN,
Jesse Lopez
CODE.7390,
Johnny Gilligan
SUNSHINE STATE: DUENDE,
Kai Thorup
WHEN NIGHT AWAKENS,
Ken Paiva

OUTCAST – the WriteMovies Spring 2019 Screenwriting Contest 3rd Place Script!

Spring 2019 Screenwriting Contest – Semi-Finalists Announced!

When we announced our Quarter-Finalists, we said at the time that the bar had never been higher. The same is certainly true for our Semi-Finalists; what an amazing bunch of scripts! Congratulations to everyone who has made it through to this stage of the competition!

The standard here was so good, we had an incredibly tough time choosing which scripts were going to make it through to the next round. With so many fantastic stories to pick from, you’ve never made our jobs so difficult – or so enjoyable!

When judging scripts, we keep a lot of different things in mind. The uniqueness of the concept, the quality of the writing, the structure and execution of the story. But we’re also looking at potential; with a year of free script development as a prize for our top three, we’re looking for scripts that can go even further and be taken to another level.

If your script didn’t make it through this time, it’s hard not to feel disappointed – but you should remember just how tough the competition has been . Even making the Quarter-Finals of our Spring 2019 Screenwriting Contest was an achievement, so well done!

As ever, if you’re not certain why we haven’t put your script through to the Semi-Finals, we’d recommend that you buy one of our Script Report services. That way you can get professional standard feedback on your work – and get free entry to our next competition, the Fall 2019 Screenwriting Contest which is now open for submissions!

And so, here we announce a group of scripts that we couldn’t be more proud of. Ladies and gentlemen, here are the WriteMovies Spring 2019 Screenwriting Contest Semi-Finalists!

 

Semi-Finalists  
BISCAYNE, Adam Hersh THE ENCHANTED OPAL, Alan Smith CARAVAGGIO, Alasdair McMullan
TORONTO THE GOOD, Andrew Moodie GLEIS DER VERGELTUNG, Astrid Korten LADY IN RED, Astrid Korten
DIE TRANE, Astrid Korten MADE IN AMERICA, Rikki Rivera STARRING… JOHN DILLINGER, Bill Walker & Brian Anthony
RACE MUSIC, Eric Weber & Hasan Oracius ITER APOCALYPSE, Jean-Francois Oviode A CHANGE OF PLANS, Jeffrey Ward
UN CRIME PLUS QUE PARFAIT, Joel Prost KID SOLDIER, Kelly Karam LENA’S RULES, Ken Comer
PLANET SPARTA, Link Miller THE TIME-TRAP, Mark Flood THE REVOLT OF THE WHALES, Michael Rhodes
VOYAGE DANS L’HISTOIRE, Nanny Silvestre CINQUIEME ETAGE, Natacha Astuto THE SAX, Pascal Kulcsar
SHIRO, Pascal Kulcsar SURGEON HONG, Paul Gross OUTCAST, Sarah Bellwood
FRESH START, INC.,  Scott Taylor THE CHEESE DANCE FILM FESTIVAL, Steven Bednar A TASTE OF PRIVILEGE, Steven Bednar
APOCALYPSE, Tyler True LOVE IS EVERYTHING, Tyler True DER LETZTE BUS, Urs Aebersold

Finalists and Winners are due to be announced on August 16th – watch this space!