Meet our Winter 2016 Screenwriting Contest Third Placed Winners: IN THE SHADOW OF FREEDOM by Elliott Riebman and Michael Gozzard

Elliott Riebman and Michael Gozzard, the WriteMovies Winter 2016 screenwriting competition Third Placed Winners, came out on top for their script IN THE SHADOW OF FREEDOM. A very intriguing and intelligent script and one deserving of this acclaim. We are delighted to be able to bring you more information about Elliott, Michael and their winning script.

For finishing as our Third Place Winners Elliott and Michael receive:

  • 1 Full year of script mentoring for the winners, 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.). You keep 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 Elliott:

“Elliott Riebman is a lawyer and screenwriter who worked in film development for Fortress Features and for Oscar winning actor Morgan Freeman’s production company Revelations Entertainment. He is currently Vice President of Development for Pennlyn Productions.
Elliott is a cancer survivor who was inspired by Tchicaya Missamou’s life and is committed to bringing his extraordinary story to life on film.”





Here’s some background on Michael:

“Michael Gozzard wrote the Lionsgate feature film PRIDE staring Oscar nominee Terrence Howard and Bernie Mac, as well as Co-Producer on the Dimension / Freestyle Releasing horror franchise, THE COLLECTOR.  Michael was also Story Editor for Oscar winning actor Morgan Freeman’s production company and VP of Development for Fortress Features.  

Michael is a former adjunct professor at Arcadia University in Philadelphia where he taught a master course he designed in film screenwriting and TV writing.  He has also conducted screenwriting workshops in Portland, OR, Los Angeles, CA, and Tokyo, Japan, as well as conducting week long screenwriting workshops for the U.S. State Department in Nigeria and Uganda.  Michael also owns and operates the Apollo English Academy using film and acting to teach English in Toyama, Japan.”


And here is a short introduction to the script:

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.

Congratulations to Elliott and Michael on being named our Third Placed winners!

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