2024’s SCRIPT DEVELOPMENT FUND WINNERS

WE ARE HONORED TO ANNOUNCE OUR WINNERS AND TOP 5 FINALISTS!

 

This season, 50 Shore Scripts industry professionals in multiple countries read and reviewed over 400 submissions from aspiring and emerging screenwriters from around the world. The process of selecting this season’s placings was an incredibly difficult task and a testament to the quality and diversity of the submissions we received.

 

Our Script Development Fund doesn’t end with the competition. We are humbled and thrilled to now support our two Winners as they write their screenplays in the coming year.

 

Heartfelt thanks for your participation.

 

For full details of what happens next, check out our Script Development Fund post-contest timeline.

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GRAND PRIZE WINNER - WARDEN OF THE BAY (AWARDED $2,000 CASH GRANT)
written by LISA WILLS

WARDEN OF THE BAY

After her mother commits suicide, a savvy, teenage girl living in a San Francisco group home uses her grifting skills to make enough money to break out of the foster care system.

SECOND PLACE WINNER - OUTREACH (AWARDED A $1,000 CASH PRIZE)
written by MOREETSI GABANG

OUTREACH

Jacob Lesiba, a seasoned detective haunted by family loss, teams up with journalist and former abductee, Katlego Moloi, to investigate a ritual murder tied to an otherworldly church.

OUR TOP 5

In addition to our two Winners, we would like to congratulate our Top 5 Finalists.

CHERRY PICKED by Adele Smaill & Michael Buonocore
THE LEAVES WILL CHANGE by Kevin Bryce
FOULE BLOOD by Lynette Willoughby
SCORN by Sebastian Magiera
LILAN & HAYRAN by Talar Baker

Our Top 5 Finalists will receive feedback on their scripts from our team along with free membership to our alumni Screenwriters’ private Facebook Group.

OUR TOP 15 FINALISTS

(in alphabetical order)

Adele Smaill & Michael Buonocore Cherry Picked Two tourists turned reluctant farm workers – and even more reluctant bunkmates – must join forces to survive when they find themselves caught in their sadistic employer’s lethal trap.
Azure Osborne-Lee Quiet Kwame A chosen family reunites to celebrate Kwanzaa together, but when one of them is murdered, they must work through their differences to unmask the killer amongst them.
Catherine Wright Through Fire and Water In 1757, a Scotsman who fought against the king eleven years earlier is abducted, conscripted into the British Army, and sent to fight in America during the French & Indian War. After he refuses to follow commands and uses Highland war tactics, he receives unwelcome promotions in rank by British General James Wolfe, an Englishman who realizes the key to a British victory is for him to rely on the Scottish rebels he sent to America to die on the front lines. A limited series based on a true story.
Erin Audley Night of the Werepoodle While attempting to impress his girlfriend by making her dinner, Peter is attacked by a furry monster and finds himself changing
Heather Jensen Tuning Heartstrings When his nephew dies on his operating table, a surgeon helps a rock star manage her secret heart condition on tour in hopes of overcoming imposter syndrome before his career is permanently derailed.
Jon-Carlos Evans The Count of St.Domingue 1819. A mysterious man claiming to be a Moorish prince arrives in New Orleans accompanied by a mute European boy. Together, they threaten to disrupt both the chattel society and forces of the supernatural until a personal vendetta reveals their true intentions.
Kevin Bryce The Leaves Will Change When a conservative Catholic father discovers that his youngest son is not straight, he must learn to reconcile his love for his faith with his love for his family.
Lisa Wills Warden of the Bay After her mother commits suicide, a savvy, teenage girl living in a San Francisco group home uses her grifting skills to make enough money to break out of the foster care system.
Lynette Willoughby Foule Blood A feisty reporter risks her life to solve the ongoing disappearance of local indigenous children. To uncover the dark secret of Lizard Man she must reconnect to the blood-stained land of her grandmother’s people and make peace with the new-to-town local cop.
Molly Schenkenberger & Henry Bulkeley Sunshine A little girl struggles to find joy at a hospital when she discovers hope in a new friend going through a similar journey.
Moreetsi Gabang Outreach Jacob Lesiba, a seasoned detective haunted by family loss, teams up with journalist and former abductee, Katlego Moloi, to investigate a ritual murder tied to an otherworldly church.
Naomi Christie Stolen Paradise A teenage girl in the ghettos of Oahu decides to run away and join a hippie commune in the jungle where she gets entangled in unconventional spirituality, bending societal norms, and young love.
Oren Shafir Me, My and Mo When a washed-up writer flies to Copenhagen for help finishing his novel, he finds inspiration in the unlikeliest of places – the no-nonsense, silver-haired editor assigned to whip his book into shape.
Sebastian Magiera Scorn In the cutthroat realm of British elite society, Isabel, a scorned socialite, and her ally Alexander wage a malicious game of seduction and revenge against the powerful Lord Montague who broke Isabel’s heart. However, an unexpected love affair between Montague’s fiance and Alexander causes their vindictive alliance to fracture, triggering a power struggle that threatens to unravel the darkest secrets of the elite with impending political, social, and international ramifications.
Talar Baker Lilan & Hayran Set in ancient Babylon, this is the timeless tale of forbidden love and devastating loss between feuding tribes. In this tragic romance, Lilan defies prejudice by hiding and falling in love with runaway Hayra. As fate deals a cruel blow and Hayran is discovered, Lilan sets off on an unlikely rescue mission to save him from her own family, where she joins the notorious bandits of the rival tribe, going against all she’s ever known and believed.

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