2023 FEATURE CONTEST WINNERS & FINALISTS

We are proud to announce the Winners and Finalists of our 2023 Feature Screenplay Contest.

 

We have greatly enjoyed reading the fantastic cinematic stories entered into this year’s contest and proudly shared them with our award-winning industry Judges.

 

And now the Judges have spoken!

 

Huge congratulations to all the writers who have so generously shared their work with us. With so many strong scripts from talented writers, we are in no doubt that a large number of this year’s entrants will go on to have successful careers in the industry.

 

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GRAND PRIZE WINNER - VIBRATIONS BY KEDAR WILLIAMS-STIRLING

VIBRATIONS

A generational story set in East London exploring the journey and family life of an old man’s relationship with his grandson, within the Sound System community.

2ND PLACE WINNER - I'LL F*CKING KILL YOU! BY RYAN BRENNAN

I’LL F*CKING KILL YOU!

Mary, a hair-trigger pool hustler, has her hedonistic lifestyle all figured out until she meets Ray, a fellow pool shark. Will she change her ways and let herself fall in love? Or just f*cking kill him and suffer the consequences…

3RD PLACE PRIZE WINNER - THE IMPERSONATOR BY EVE FLORIN & COREY MACKEY

THE IMPERSONATOR

A washed-up Elvis impersonator running from his past and the mob enters the world’s largest Elvis impersonator competition and here, under the lights of Graceland, he’s forced to choose between continuing his charade or risking everything to rediscover his authentic self.

FEATURE SCREENPLAY FINALISTS
(20 Finalists – alphabetical order)

 

A. Peterson Only If Never A young woman discovers that her ex didn”t leave her but has actually been missing for several months, a mystery she must solve so everyone will stop hassling her about it.
Anthony Marinelli Life Sucks
A 100-year-old vampire falls in love with a man who is about to commit suicide. As a result, she bestows on him the one thing he was most desperately trying to avoid: eternal life.
Bartosz Pietryka Our Father Maggie, a fiercely independent single mother – and daughter of the state’s most notorious serial killer – after 30 years decides to settle the family matters and sell her father’s house…which, in the meantime, has become a place of worship for an enigmatic cult treating her father as a messiah. The plan to purge the past quickly descends into madness as ritualistic copycat murders in the vain of her father begin again – threatening the sanity and safety of her son and herself…
Dan Abramovici Searching for Marceau A young artist, determined to hone his gifts as a mime, embarks on a surreal journey of self-discovery, where the line between reality and imagination becomes blurred.
Danny Wascou Tonight Tonight A tight-knit group of gay teens in the 1990s must band together to earn $750 in one night or risk one of them being outed to their conservative family, forcing them to race against the clock in a series of high-stakes and outlandish schemes to raise the cash before the sun comes up.
Dean Walton The Input Problem A gifted but troubled programmer, faced with losing his job while on the verge of creating world-changing technology to restore lost memories, desperately tries to meet the demands of a ruthless CEO, repair a difficult home life, and race to save his father from the debilitating effects of Alzheimer’s.
Eve Florin & Corey Mackey The Impersonator A washed-up Elvis impersonator running from his past and the mob enters the world’s largest Elvis impersonator competition and here, under the lights of Graceland, he’s forced to choose between continuing his charade or risking everything to rediscover his authentic self.
Ivan Kander Nice Jewish Girls Dumped and broke, Marissa, an aimless 30-something aspiring New York comedian, moves in with her strait-laced sister, Sarah, and her traditional Jewish family in the Jersey suburbs, and, in the process, forms an unlikely romance with the local synagogue’s cantor.
Jason William Lee The Bridge Troll After falling victim to a violent assault at the hands of a homeless mute, a woman must solve a 40-year-old murder mystery connected to her attacker and the fairytale world of The Three Billy Goats Gruff locked within his mind.
Justin Ballheim The Deadhead On a luxury airliner, a genius flight attendant believes she receives a message from the future: she has to kill a tech billionaire before the plane lands, or millions of people will die.
Kari Mote Crabs In A Mother F*cking Bucket A single twenty-year-old Latinx mom struggles to navigate in her conservative small town after being sexually assaulted by a police officer. She raises her chaotic six-year-old with help from her closeted roommate as the officer’s harassment becomes life-threatening.
Kedar Williams-Stirling Vibrations
A generational story set in East London exploring the journey and family life of an old man’s relationship with his grandson, within the Sound System community.
Keri Lee Cage Life While training for a must-win fight against a trash-talking sociopath, MMA’s most beloved and self-destructive bad boy must take on an even fiercer opponent, his long-repressed past, with the help of an equally dysfunctional female therapist.
Madi Stine Out of Water When an aspiring mermaid performer fights to join a group of famous mermaid influencers, her obsession starts unraveling her life, forcing her to decide what her dreams are worth.
Mark Cooper Takedown After coming out to his best friend, an elite high school wrestler struggles with their splintering relationship while fighting for the state title.
Noemie Nakai Nana Blues When Mori, a quirky old lady is released from a rural Japanese prison, she feels so lonely outside that she will do whatever it takes to be arrested again.
Ryan Brennan I’ll F*cking Kill You! Mary, a hair-trigger pool hustler, has her hedonistic lifestyle all figured out until she meets Ray, a fellow pool shark. Will she change her ways and let herself fall in love? Or just f*cking kill him and suffer the consequences…
Sara Dinga Breaker Lane A pampered cheerleader struggles to reinvent herself as a competitive surfer and win “Breaker Lane” — Santa Cruz’s white-knuckle surf contest.
Soni Jorgensen Bad Break A hot-headed ex-con botches a robbery and must team up with his hostage, a suicidal psychotherapist, to evade the FBI and ultimately find redemption.
Timothy Kontje Zero Line
A hard-charging journalist teams up with a cynical soldier of fortune and a timid archaeologist as her investigation of ISIS antiquities trafficking takes her to the front lines of combat. Inspired by true events.

FEATURE SCREENPLAY SEMI-FINALISTS
(53 screenplays have progressed)

 

NAME(S) SCRIPT TITLE
A. Peterson Only If Never
Adam Seidel Anywhere
Alan Schwarz Exposed
Alex Murawski Walking in Iowa
Andrew Smith Hay’s Code
Anthony Marinelli Life Sucks
Ariel Mayer Guilty Conscious
Assia Lau’ren Benefit of the Doubt
Bartosz Pietryka Our Father
Blazej Dzikowski Dog Night Brother
C. E. Simon The Divide
Cedric Petitcollin The Hold
Dale Griffiths Stamos Imbalance
Dan Abramovici Searching for Marceau
Danny Katz Bloodhound
Danny Wascou Tonight Tonight
David Schlow The Silent Room
Dean Walton The Input Problem
Douglas Dilg The Inheritance
Eileen Dennehy Masked Men
Eve Florin & Corey Mackey The Impersonator
Gabrielle Nehring The Fallen
Geaux Francois The Pugilist
Ivan Kander Nice Jewish Girls
Jack Aupperle Sonoran
Jason William Lee The Bridge Troll
Jonny Rae-Evans Tryouts
Justin Ballheim The Deadhead
Kari Mote Crabs In A Mother F*cking Bucket
Kedar Williams-Stirling Vibrations
Kelly Stanphill Exiled to Leisure Village
Keri Lee Cage Life
Levi Scott The Mare
Lindsay Jean Michelle & Pam Bussuk App World
Lisa Cole Filthy
Lynn H. Elliott Alta California
Madi Stine Out of Water
Mark Cooper Takedown
Matt O’Reilly Inner Station
Matthew Schlissel Classmates
Max Rissman The Chötgör
Nan Schmid The Language of Wolves
Noemie Nakai Nana Blues
P. J. Palmer Son of a Preacher Man
Robbie Robertson Just In Time
Ryan Brennan I’ll F*cking Kill You!
Sara Dinga Breaker Lane
Sarah Juma Speed Trap
Scott Carelli & Nick Jimenez The Other Side of Solitary
Soni Jorgensen Bad Break
Stefan Alexander & Eric Williford Ars Gratia Artis
Timo von Gunten The Big Prince
Timothy Kontje Zero Line

FEATURE SCREENPLAY QUARTER-FINALISTS
(105 screenplays have progressed)

 

 

NAME(S) SCRIPT TITLE
A. Peterson Only If Never
Adam Seidel Anywhere
Alan Schwarz Exposed
Alex Murawski Walking in Iowa
Alex Vickery-Howe Stupid Dead Boy
Alexei Laub Flora Vision
Alia Zeid Hy-Brasil
Alina & Bart Norman Capital Punishment
Amadeus Redha Paradise By Way of Jordyn
Andrew Crane The Peacemaker
Andrew Smith Hay’s Code
Anthony Marinelli Life Sucks
Ari Gill Lex Talionis
Ari Silver Under The Moon
Ariel Mayer Guilty Conscious
Assia Lau’ren Benefit of the Doubt
Barry Leach Madame Butterfly’s Mad Jaunt
Bartosz Pietryka Our Father
Blazej Dzikowski Dog Night Brother
Brent Delaney Brownie Mary
Bret Raybould A Christmas Carol 2: In Which A Big-Box Retailer Moves Into Town, Forcing Small-Business Scrooge To Reconsider The Charitable Values He Learned In A Christmas Carol 1
Brian Koukol The Shady Side of the Mountain
C. E. Simon The Divide
Cedric Petitcollin The Hold
Cees Steenmetz Squared Circles
Christopher Lombard Deletion
Cosmo Wallace Chosen
Curt Samlaska Jingle Bell Rock
Dale Griffiths Stamos Imbalance
Dan Abramovici Searching for Marceau
Danny Katz Bloodhound
Danny Wascou Tonight Tonight
David Angelelli A Red Shirt
David Ferris Forsaken
David O’Mahony Milady
David Schlow The Silent Room
Dean Walton The Input Problem
Don Shroll Never Wake A Sleepwalker
Douglas Dilg The Inheritance
Eileen Dennehy Masked Men
Evan Jobb Night of the Living
Eve Florin & Corey Mackey The Impersonator
Farrin Rosenthal Trapped
Felix Halim Maruta
Fred Sprock Merryweather
Gabe Berry The Purpose of a Lighthouse
Gabrielle Nehring The Fallen
Geaux Francois The Pugilist
Ivan Beste Achilles
Ivan Kander Nice Jewish Girls
Jack Aupperle Sonoran
Jason William Lee The Bridge Troll
Jennifer Sumbu Longe & Rhea Mary Oommen Celestials
Jim Goode From Somewhere Else
John Mahony Blacktop
John Turner Time, Space, And The Poet
Johnny Gilligan Lifelink
Jonny Rae-Evans Tryouts
Julian Paulsen Violet’s Code
Justin Ballheim The Deadhead
Kari Mote Crabs In A Mother F*cking Bucket
Kedar Williams-Stirling Vibrations
Kelly Stanphill Exiled To Leisure Village
Keri Lee Cage Life
Kevin Michael Irvine Ragzi & The Danseuse
Lauren Camp Monsters & Angels
Lee Whittaker Catching Fireflies
LeeAnne Lowry Hick Darling
Levi Scott The Mare
Lindsay Jean Michelle & Pam Bassuk App World
Lisa Cole Filthy
Lynn H. Elliott Alta California
Madi Stine Out of Water
Mark Cooper Takedown
Martin Cooke Once, A Con, A Crime
Matt O’Reilly Inner Station
Matthew Schlissel Classmates
Max Perlick The Shadow of Dharma
Max Rissman The Chötgör
Michael Buonocore Merry Christmas from Mud Mountain
Michael Richter Only Apparently Real
Myles Lazarou Fern
Nan Schmid The Language of Wolves
Nick White Urban Pirates
Noemie Nakai Nana Blues
P. J. Palmer Son of a Preacher Man
Patti Curl Bocce’s Kiss
Phil Hamer Entangled
Rhys Sherring Crystallised
Robbie Robertson Just In Time
Ryan Brennan I’ll F*cking Kill You!
Sara Dinga Breaker Lane
Sarah Dassero You Saved Me
Sarah Juma Speed Trap
Scott Carelli & Nick Jimenez The Other Side of Solitary
Sean Hennessy & Mike Hennessy Superunknown
Soni Jorgensen Bad Break
Stefan Alexander & Eric Williford Ars Gratia Artis
Stephen Brooks One Hit Wonder
Steven Lundgren Pando
Taylor Stark Closer Than You’d Think
Timo von Gunten The Big Prince
Timothy Kontje Zero Line
Tom Burke The Precipice – America on the Edge of Madness!
Will Jones Dives Manor