This is where the competition starts hotting up! We’ve been hard at work reading and judging for our Fall 2019 Screenwriting Contest, and after some careful decision making, we’ve decided on our semi-finalists…
This is always a tough stage of any contest. There are lots of close calls to be made, with some great scripts only just missing out on making it through to the next round.
Sometimes it comes down to the simplest of things. Is this a unique concept we’ve never seen before? Do we like the characters and want to follow their stories? Is the plot well-structured and clear?
When the margins are so fine, it’s important to get the basics right. Keep that in mind in your screenwriting: don’t run before you can walk. Make that you understand the fundamentals before trying to do anything to complicated!
And don’t forget how vital your first ten pages are. These are the most important pages of any script, being your chance to make a good first impression and grab our attention. A lot of producers don’t have time to read much more than this, either – and that’s something we take into account when judging!
Our semi-finalists all impressed by doing the basics well and engaging us quickly. So here they are; the Fall 2019 Screenwriting Contest Semi-Finalists!
|POST CIVIL, Adam Hersh||SUBCONSCIENT, Ayden Reese & Laetitia Demelas||GHOSTED, WITH LOVE, Bob Canning|
|THE WOMAN OF HIS DREAMS, Bob Canning||A SPY ON EVERY CORNER, Bob Canning||DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH, Bob Dawson|
|BREAKING POINT, Christina Ward||STARSTRUCK, Christina Ward||ROCK’N’ BISCUIT, Craig Miller|
|THE PAPER ROUTE, Danny M. Howell||MONGER, David Axe||DHAMPIRA, Eduardo Soto-Falcon|
|MINDSET, Edward Smythe||MCBRIDES, Erna Mueller||HAVENWOOD, Jai Brandon|
|THE PINCH, James Raynor||HOLLYWOOD WOMAN, Jesse Lopez||TO PROTECT THE POETS, John Doble|
|CODE.7390, Johnny Gilligan||SUNSHINE STATE: DUENDE, Kai Thorup||TOYS IN THE ATTIC, Keith Piner|
|WHEN NIGHT AWAKENS, Ken Paiva||M – DEMON KILLER, Mark Hammond||TRANSFERENCE, Mark Spera|
|FLIP-FLOP, Matt Lewis||ALEWIVES, Cynthia Genesoni & Meredith Genesoni||A LUPINE BLOOMS IN WINTER, Michael O’Donnell|
Finalists and Winners will be announced on December 9th.