Shore Scripts was founded to help kickstart the careers of screenwriters.

We are extremely proud that our platforms have helped 100+ writers gain representation, option, sell, and have their screenplays produced.

Below is a celebration of our writers’ success stories.

Helene Taylor

A screenwriter from the Pacific Northwest, Helene worked in the tv and film industry in New York before returning to Vancouver, Canada. She specializes in harnessing the narrative power of stories torn from the headlines or IP and reimagining these events through the POV of a female protagonist. She was a 2021 semi-finalist for her TV Pilot, THE GRIFTER SISTERS, and has since signed on with The Characters Agency. THE GRIFTER SISTERS is now a thirty-minute comedy packaged with Showrunner and talent attached. Last Summer, she signed a shopping agreement for her streaming feature FOR THE BIRDS; her limited series WEYBURN was selected for the Canadian Marketplace Mentorship Talent Program, and she’s recently completed her one-hour high concept TV drama CHRONICLES OF A RADIOACTIVE GIRL GUIDE.“Shore Scripts reached out to me after placing in their contest and provided guidance in ways that gave me confidence in my work and elevated my projects. They stayed in touch for two years, encouraging my progress and circulating my work to managers. I’m grateful for their support during this transition from emerging to a working writer.”

Rachel Benaissa

​Rachel Benaissa is a French actress and writer, based in London. Rachel’s writing is female-focused, often blending drama with dark humor and finding comedy in the absurdity and challenges of everyday life. Rachel’s television feature for a US network channel is currently filming in Florida and she is developing her short film THE COMMITMENT following its placing as a Top 5 Finalist in the 2022 Shore Scripts Film Fund. “After placing as a Top 5 finalist in the Shore Script Short Film Fund, I really felt looked after by Shore Scripts, there’s a great efficiency and follow-up on their part. I had a phone call with the writers’ development team that quickly lead to me being introduced to my new agent – Emily Smith at The Agency. I highly recommend Shore Script for anyone looking to get their career to the next level. Thank you again so much for your help, it’s been a great experience!”

Alex George Pickering

​Alex’s 2020 Shore Scripts Drama-winning screenplay HEARD is currently in development as a comic book series with Scout Comics, with movie rights by Mosaic Media, having won the 2021 Script2Comic Contest. Alex is now repped by Citizen Skull Management with his frequent writing partner Matthew Breault, the production wing of which has optioned two of their award-winning feature scripts, IMPULSE CONTROL, and CRATE. With an MFA in Cinema-TV Production from the USC School of Cinematic Arts and a BA from Georgetown, Alex also wrote PUSS IN BOOTS and KUNG FU PANDA shorts for DreamWorksTV (now Peacock Kids). Most recently, Alex has set up his feature historical drama JUMPMAN with a prominent production company. Outside of his writing career, Alex is a professor of cinema and film production at California Baptist University and LAUSD’s Division of Adult & Career Education.

Chelsea Isabella Clark-James

Chelsea was one of our 2022 SFF1 Winners with her short NEMT which has just finished production in Denver, Colorado. 
“I just wanted to thank you again. The support that has come along with winning Shore Scripts has been as impactful as the funding itself. I wouldn’t have gotten into the Sundance Collab without it. Between your team and Maria helping with notes and being available for questions, I feel encouraged and supported to push my growth with this project. I simply wanted to share my gratitude”. 

Sarah Juma

An escapee from the dread of stock market charts, Sarah is an ex-investment banker currently receiving her MFA from Loyola Marymount’s School of Film and Television, eight thousand miles from Nigeria, where she was born and raised. She has placed in the Austin Film Festival Teleplay contest twice and directed a short, Trinket (a finalist in the Shore Scripts Short Film Fund), which will hit the festival circuit next year. She was recently named a BAFTA US Newcomer for the 2022 cohort. She’s repped by Bellevue Productions & Kaplan Stahler. When she’s not writing characters with big ethical dilemmas, she’s binge-watching a limited series or debating Formula 1 with friends.


​Neer Musa Shelter caught the eye of several producers after his short scripts were placed as finalists in our contest between 2016 and 2020. He is now negotiating his first feature script sale and has several signed shopping agreements. He has also sold his shorts to Eurostar’s onboard entertainment and Telecom Argentina’s streaming services. Neer is a semi-finalist in the Academy Nicholl Fellowship, an Austin Film Festival finalist, a Final Draft Big Break top 3 finalist, and a Page Awards gold winner. Neer grew up on cargo ships around the world, served in the military, became a 3rd Dan Black Belt, and gained a BA at film school. Following his studies, he worked in the industry for over a decade, and he’s read for companies such as; StudioCanal, Coverfly, and The Story Doctor.

Lisa Lueddecke

Lisa Lueddecke was the sci-fi winner in the 2021 feature competition with her script EPHEMERAL. The script also won in the sci-fi category at the PAGE Awards and was a semi-finalist in the 2021 Nicholl Fellowship. Since then, Lisa has signed with a management team at Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment.

Alex Lawther

Alex was a Top 5 Finalist in 2021 with his moving short FOR PEOPLE IN TROUBLE. Alex began working as an actor at 17, gaining critical acclaim for his role as the young Alan Turing in the Academy Award-winning film THE IMITATION GAME. Alex continues to work across television, theatre, and film, leading an episode of Charlie Brooker’s BLACK MIRROR and BAFTA-winning Channel 4/Netflix series THE END OF THE F***ING WORLD. Recent work in film includes Ridley Scott’s THE LAST DUEL, Wes Anderson’s THE FRENCH DISPATCH, and Lucile Hadžihalilović’s EARWIG. This year Alex has been playing HAMLET in New York directed by Robert Icke, and can currently be seen in Star Wars ANDOR.

Heather Huntington & Danielle Evenson

2020 Fiction Podcast Finalists, Heather, and Danielle were approached by podcast company Aural Stories to pitch some ideas for their new startup: podcasts written for women by women. They pitched Up A River which is a rom-com about a woman who goes on a cruise with her favorite romance novelist and then falls in love with the captain. They wrote it in the spring of 2022, directed it and it came out that late summer.

Vincent Dajani

Specializing in comedy and crime thrillers, Vince’s unique voice aims to inject a bit of humor even through the darkest stories. Based on his award-winning fiction podcast series, HOW I DIED, Vince’s TV pilot under the same name was placed as a Semifinalist in Shore Scripts TV Pilot Contest 2021. HOW I DIED went on to be optioned by an independent producer, and is now currently being pitched for development. Vince continues to write indie features, podcast series with Shondaland audio, and more original pilots.

Mary Bronaugh

Mary was a Shore Scripts 2020 Feature Screenplay Winner with her Best Family Genre script JADE AND THE LEGEND OF THE LOST EMPEROR. She is currently a Staff Writer on Disney Channel’s #1 comedy series Big City Greens, which just announced season 4 and a Disney+ movie musical. She has developed both feature and television projects at Walt Disney Television, NBCUniversal, and Paramount. Most recently, she wrote, directed, and produced an original short called SWEARING as part of Film Independent’s Artist Development Program.

Lorna King

Ghanaian-Scottish writer Lorna King is signed with Steven Russell of Collective Talent and has just completed a residency on the Scottish island of Skye with the Young Films Foundation, having been commissioned through them to write a TV pilot for Sky TV. Her short film HER MIDAS TOUCH was a Top 5 Finalist in the 2020 Short Film Fund and is now scheduled for release in early 2023 and she has just been commissioned to write an episode of Scottish soap RIVER CITY.

Krystyna Łoboda

​Multiple award-winning screenwriter Krystyna Łoboda is a fellow of the 2021 Meryl Streep Writer’s Lab with her sci-fi thriller EIDOLA. Her 2020 Feature Quarter-Finalist sci-fi DOLL went on to earn a finalist placement with NBC-Universal’s Writer’s Program and has been subsequently optioned. RITES & WRONGS, which placed as a Semi-Finalist in the 2018 Feature Contest and semi-finalist of the Nicholl Fellowship, is now in pre-production as her feature directorial debut starring Ethan Embry, Loretta Devine, and Dean Winters.

Alex von Hofmann

Alex von Hofmann was the third-place winner of the 2017 Shore Scripts Feature competition, with his contained horror/thriller LOCKED IN. LOCKED IN was picked up for a shopping agreement off the back of this win. The screenplay went on to be a finalist in the Australian Monte Miller writing awards and was then optioned by Australian Producer Cathy Rodda (IRON SKY, BULLETS FOR THE DEAD). Alex and Cathy have received development funding to further develop the project and Alex is attached to direct as his debut feature. ‘The team at Shore Scripts were the first to recognise the potential of LOCKED IN, and have been a huge support throughout its journey toward production.’ – Alex von Hofmann

Taylor Anthony Hopkins

Taylor Anthony Hopkins won the 2021 Shore Scripts Thriller award with the feature screenplay, SCAM. The script is now called DON’T HANG UP. He has since signed with Romark Entertainment and Verve Agency and is currently in negotiations with a production company to film the project.

Lindiwe Makgalemele

2020 Short Film Fund winner Lindiwe Makgalemele has been chosen as a Sundance Ignite Fellow! The prestigious Sundance program for emerging screenwriters & filmmakers awarded Lindiwe her place after viewing THE TOWN which was awarded production funding from our Short Film Fund. /// READ MORE /// I would like to just reiterate my gratitude to Shore Scripts. This isn’t something that I would have believed to be possible and it was entirely enabled by the Short Film Fund. So thank you!” Lindiwe Makgalemele

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John Bickerstaff

John was a Top 5 Finalist in our Short Film Fund with DUNKED; the story of a closeted teen who takes swimming lessons to prepare for his full-immersion baptism. After writing and directing the tv series GROUNDED for OUTtv, John was snapped up as a staff writer on the Lucasfilm/Disney+ series WILLOW starring Ellie Bamber and Warwick Davis and which is due to premiere in 2022.

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Stephanie Bollag

We are proud to announce Stephanie Bollag’s ESTHER IN WONDERLAND is an official selection and will premiere at Tribeca 2021. Stephanie’s short took 1st Prize in our 2018 Short Screenplay Competition and tells the story of a Hasidic married young woman who sneaks off to join a crew of female break-dancers.

“You guys at Shore Scripts were the first to recognize ESTHER IN WONDERLAND. I will forever be grateful fo it.”

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Ashley James Louis

Ashley James Louis’s neo-western thriller THE LAST VICTIM has been picked up for worldwide sale by Concourse Media and was presented at the 2019 American Film Market. The impressive cast attached to the project includes Ron Perlman (Guillermo Del Toro’s Hellboy), Ralph Ineson (Game of Thrones), and Ali Larter (Resident Evil). Ashley was a quarter-finalist in our 2018 Feature competition with his screenplay A LONG SHADOW AT NOON.

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Amy Wang

Amy was a Finalist in our 2018 Short Film Contest with her script WA WA. Her feature screenplay, WENDI was featured both on The Black List, and The Hit List in 2019. That same year, she directed five episodes of the series THE BIRCH for Facebook Watch. She is currently writing on the Netflix Limited Series FROM SCRATCH, starring Zoe Saldana (Avatar, Guardians of The Galaxy) and executive produced by Reese Witherspoon and Hello Sunshine. She is represented by Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment.

Jonny King

We first introduced Jonny to Sean Dubravac of Entertainment Lab after Jonny placed 2nd in the 2019 Feature Screenplay Contest with LAND’S END. Sean is now representing Jonny’s sitcom pilot GIFTED and pitching it to major broadcasters and production companies and LAND’S END has Theresa Larche on board to produce alongside Starcross Entertainment as executive producers. We set up the LAND’S END project with EMMY nominated director Ben Tricklebank who is a member of our Director’s Roster and who optioned the script after falling in love with it.

“Thank you so much for everything you’ve done to make this happen. Without you, it would never have got in front of Ben in the first place. I can’t tell you how grateful I am.”

Kyra Jones

Kyra was a 2020 TV Pilot Finalist with her ½-hour comedy GOOD VIBES ONLY. After achieving success in our contest Kyra was invited to participate in Coverfly’s Pitch Week where she was selected to staff Hulu’s hit comedy WOKE. Most recently, Kyra has been writing on the ABC series QUEENS. Kyra Jones (she/her) is a Chicago-based Black feminist screenwriter, filmmaker, and actor whose work focuses on Black women’s experiences with intimate relationships, sex, and liberation. Kyra is represented by Echo Lake Entertainment.

Sara Casey

Sara is a writer from the San Francisco Bay Area. Raised by journalists, she decided to go in a vastly different direction and make up stories for a living. Her directorial debut, Abortion Desert, won Best Short Narrative at Atlanta Comic-Con. Following her win of the 2020 ½-Hour TV Pilot Contest with her darkly comic story RBF we introduced Sara to Jax Media. After much interest, Sara subsequently signed with Anonymous Content.

Claire Fowler

Claire Fowler won our inaugural Short Film Fund. Salam premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and won a BAFTA in 2020 for Best Short Film at BAFTA Cymru. She directed the TV Show MERCHED PARCHUS for BBC Wales in 2019 and directed on the fourth season of the Netflix show MANIFEST which will be released in 2023. /// READ ABOUT HER BAFTA WIN /// /// READ ABOUT SALAM AT TRIBECA /// /// WATCH THE FILM ///

Jacob Wehrman

We are delighted to have set up Jacob’s 2019 winning feature with our roster judge, director & producer Patrick Lussier (Drive Angry, Terminator Genisys). BAD WATER is the story of a troubled biologist who teams up with a grieving migrant to reveal a disturbing eco-terror plot. “I have such a long list of great things to say about Shore Scripts and the wonderful people that run this competition, so I don’t really know where to start. But it begins and ends with my sincere appreciation to all of your team and readers. I’m just so grateful for the introduction to Patrick, and can’t wait to see what happens next with my script.” Following his contest win, Jacob’s feature film CRAWLSPACE was produced by Wonder Street and distributed by Viacom CBS. /// READ MORE ///

LeLe Park

LeLe is represented by VERVE Talent & Literary Agency and Brillstein Entertainment Partners. Her drama series THE BLISS KILLER is currently being packaged. She also signed on to be part of the Warner Bros. Discovery/ WarnerMedia 150, agreeing to co-create/write a neo-noir drama series titled ARGUS. She recently finished her dramatic action feature “Nunca.” When she’s not screenwriting, she’s busy advocating for AAPI inclusion, a volunteer refugee advocate for Syrian children, and an active mother of two. “I genuinely love your competition. It’s a great space for writers looking to legitimize their skillset. And, it keeps up with the artist and helps roll them forward!”

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Sam Baron

Sam Baron was a winner of our 2017 Short Film fund with his screenplay THE ORGY. Starring Amit Shah and Alexandra Roach, his short went on to have a successful international festival run. Afterward, Sam was approached by a number of producers and he is now developing the short into a television series with Sony Pictures. He also has original film and TV projects with Netflix, DNA Films, and New Pictures, and recently he’s been in the writers’ room for Netflix’s Lockwood & Co.

Brian McCauley Johnson

A 2019 TV Pilot Semi-Finalist, Brian is developing his THE LEAGUE OF PAN pilot with SyFy & Universal Content Productions.He will write and produce the fantastical series that picks up the beloved characters of Peter Pan and his Lost Boys 10-years on from their return to the real world. Bill McGoldrick, President of Original Content at NBCUniversal Entertainment, described the project as taking the story into uncharted lands, making for new adventures, and showcasing these characters as you’ve never seen them before. /// READ MORE /// /// OUR Q&A WITH BRIAN /// Brian is repped by Kaplan / Perrone Ent.

Louis Ackerman

We are over the moon to have set up Louis Ackerman’s horror/thriller script, Flesh & Blood, with industry roster company, Blumhouse. The film is part of Hulu’s ‘Into the Dark’ series. Dermot Mulroney (Arrested Development/New Girl) stars and our Feature Contest Judge Patrick Lussier (My Bloody Valentine) directed. /// READ OUR INTERVIEW WITH LOUIS /// /// READ ABOUT IT ON INDIEWIRE /// After we made introductions to our Industry Roster, Louis was signed by talent agents Dench Arnold. Louis was one of our Feature Grand Prize Winners. “Shore Scripts has literally put me on such a life and career-changing trajectory. I’m so grateful to you and the team. I continue, to this day, to tell my writing friends to enter with their work because it’s the best decision I ever made with my writing.”

Kate Shenton

Kate is a London-based writer and has signed with Casarotto Ramsay (who rep Emma Watson, Chiwetel Ejiofor) after her TV-Pilot THE BIG O took first place in our 2019 contest. “I don’t believe I would have been able to do it without Shore Scripts. Thank you!”

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Ben Gutteridge

Ben took the grand prize in our 2017 Short Film Fund with THE NAKED MAN; a story about an invisible man, whose hopes of being seen again are unleashed when he meets a fascinating blind girl. Ben has gone on to direct the new Netflix series INTIMIDAD (Intimacy) where a leaked sex video of a promising politician serves as the catalyst for a story of four women treading the fine line between public and private life – starring Itzia Ituño, the lead of MONEY HEIST.

“Winning the Shore Scripts Fund not only meant I got to make a short with total creative freedom and support, but I also made my most important creative partnership for the future!”

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Dan Benamor

Dan was a Semifinalist in our 2019 TV Pilot contest for his script ASH & BONE. Since then, Dan has had his feature script THE SPARE ROOM produced, Quiver is going to be releasing the film. In 2016 he wrote the NGN Productions feature film STAGECOACH: THE TEXAS JACK STORY. In 2018-2019 he wrote episodes for the Netflix show ROMAN EMPIRE. He is represented by CAA and ATN Entertainment.

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Billie Bates

​Billie was a Finalist in our 2019 Feature Contest for her script HELLDORADO. The story of Helldorado centers around a straitlaced young woman who struggles to run a saloon in prohibition-era Vegas. Her script THE  SPIRIT HALLOWEEN was filmed and set for an October 2022 release starring Christopher Lloyd and Rachel Leigh Cook. She is based in Colorado.

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Nate O'Mahoney

Nate was a Finalist in our 2019 TV Pilot Contest for his script KIDS OF THE BLACK HOLE; a story about a commune who discovers they’ve been squatting and how they fight to keep the house they’ve called home. He currently lives in New Orleans and Los Angeles and has worked as a writer’s assistant in a variety of productions. In 2020 he wrote his first episode of TV on Fox’s THE RESIDENT. He is repped by Rascality Entertainment.

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Vivian Kerr

Vivian was a Top 5 Finalist in our 2018 Short Film Fund and a Semifinalist in our 2020 TV Pilot Contest. Vivian is currently in the process of filming a feature adaptation of her short, SCRAP, in which she will write, direct, and star alongside actor Anthony Rapp (RENT, STAR TREK: DISCOVERY) and actress Lana Parrilla (WHY WOMEN KILL, ONCE UPON A TIME). She is represented by Authentic Talent and Citizen Skull.

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Bryan Kelsey

Bryan was a Quarterfinalist in our 2019 feature contest with his script THE MAN BY THE RIVER; a tale of a former gunslinger who’s forced to get back on the saddle when his estranged daughter’s life is threatened. In 2020, he had his script VIRGINIA ROSE AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD optioned by Silver Lion Films. Bryan is from East Tennessee. “Shore provided me with an early confidence boost and helped me to believe that my writing was good enough. Those little victories add up over time.”

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Melody Cooper

Melody was a Quarterfinalist in our 2017 Feature Contest with her script THE SOUND OF DARKNESS. She just completed the 2021 Sundance Episodic Lab and has been selected for an Adobe Women at Sundance Fellowship. She’s gone on to write TV episodes for TWO SENTENCE HORROR STORIES, and LAW AND ORDER: SVU. Melody has been tapped by Netflix to adapt the new novel BEASTS OF PREY which will be produced by Bryan Unkeless and Scott Morgan of Clubhouse Pictures. She is represented by CAA “It’s always great to have validation from a contest like Shore Scripts early in your career to know you’re on the right track and should keep writing and honing and not give up. It can be the light at the end of the tunnel!” Photo: Dan Ostergren

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Stephanie Zari

Stephanie was a Semifinalist in our 2016 Feature Contest with her script IN OUR BLOOD. In 2021 she co-wrote and directed the feature film ZEBRA GIRL which was produced by 19th Street Productions and distributed by Bohemian Media. The film stars Tom Cullen (DOWNTOWN ABBEY, BLACK MIRROR, WEEKEND) and Jade Anouka (CLEANING UP, HIS DARK MATERIALS), and Sarah Roy (GLUE). “Being a semi-finalist of Shore Scripts feature competition really aided my project in further attracting a great Producer as well as getting on various filmmaking labs. It’s since become and huge resource for the screenwriting community and I can’t recommend it enough!”

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Kitty Percy

Kitty Percy was a Winner in our 2016 Short Screenplay Contest with THE DISAPPOINTMENT CLUB which is a love story set in a benign, low-tech future where humans have evolved to live in platonic communities and extreme emotions no longer exist. Kitty has since been working across film and TV. She recently wrote on the BBC Mark Benton comedy series SHAKESPEARE & HATHAWAY, and the up-and-coming crime comedy SISTER BONIFACE. 2021 sees the release of her first feature, SHE WILL, starring Alice Krige, Malcolm McDowell, and Rupert Everett.

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Shaun S. Needham

Shaun was a Quarterfinalist in our 2016 feature contest with his film CALLING OUT TO TOMMY; A story about a WW2 British soldier who forms an alliance with a German prisoner of war as he attempts to get home to see his newborn daughter. Shaun has gone on to have his script REMINDING SHEILA optioned by Skolebrød Productions. He is from Sheffield, UK. “I had been writing for several years before placing in the QF of Shore Scripts. It gave me some much-needed validation which, ultimately, encouraged me to keep going. I now have my first option with a feature in development in the US.”

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Scott Liapis

Scott was a Quarterfinalist in our 2016 feature contest with his script HUNTERS POINTE. Since then, he’s had his script VIRGINIA BLANTON optioned by Coast Art Productions.

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Catherine Hurd

​Catherine was a Quarterfinalist in our 2015 Feature Contest with her script MRS. MOON AND THE DIRTY LITTLE MOVIE. Since then, Catherine has gone on to write MY HUSBAND’S SECRET WIFE in 2018 which was produced by Stargazer Films and distributed by Lifetime Television. The original TV movie stars Helena Mattson ​(IRON MAN 2) ​and ​​Briana Evigan​ (S. DARKO)​.

Lauriel Marger

TV Pilot Winner Lauriel has signed with Shore Industry Roster Manager, David Katsman of LINK Entertainment. Her winning script Peaches was commissioned as a series by QUIBI, produced by Stephen Garrett (The Night Manager, Hunted, Life on Mars, Eastern Promises). /// READ ABOUT IT ON VARIETY /// She has recently sold a series to Youtube, and is writing on the FOX show, Prodigal Son. “The thing I like most about Shore, why my experience with Shore has been so great, is that they really do get your script out there to people who can actually do something with it, people who can help you.”

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Maria HinterKoerner

​Maria was a Semifinalist in our 2015 feature contest with her script EX VITRO, a story about a female soldier who sets out on a search for her missing son and husband in a world where infertility is rampant and 99% of the population is female. Since 2019, she’s been writing on the show VIENNA CRIME SQUAD , amongst other TV procedural formats. In 2019, she also wrote and directed her sci-fi short film SY​NTHIA​. She currently lives and works in Austria and is managed by Echo Lake Entertainment.

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Mark Steensland

Mark Steensland was a 2015 Feature Winner with JIMMY THE FREAK, a tale that focused on an ex-con and his differently abled but supernaturally blessed friend. Mark has had two screenplays produced in the last year: THE SPECIAL, which was released in October of 2020 after a successful festival run; and JAKOB’S WIFE, which premiered at SXSW this past March before a theatrical release in April. The film is next headed to Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service for horror, thriller, and the supernatural.

James Gould-Bourn

James is the winner of the 2019 short film fund with CHAMP (A Young Man’s Game.) His debut novel Keeping Mum will be published in 12 countries in 2020 and has been optioned for a TV series by the triple Emmy-winning Lime Pictures. James has also co-written several short films including Sniper, which was funded through the Lithuanian Film Centre. He is represented by the literary agency, Hardman and Swainson.

Nora Kirkpatrick

2018 Short Film Fund winner Nora Kirkpatrick’s ASSISTED LIVING is in development with CBS Television Studios and Gloria Sanchez Productions. The project stems from a first-look deal Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Prods. and its female-centric production arm Gloria Sanchez, have with CBS Studios. Nora developed her Shore Scripts winning comedy BEST SELLER at Comedy Central with Gloria Sanchez and is repped by Verve, Burstein Co. and Jackoway Tyerman. /// READ MORE /// She has recently directed an episode of The Goldbergs.

Beth Curry

Beth was our 2017 Feature Winner. We introduced Beth to a number of managers, one of which was Elevate Entertainment who she has now signed with. She won the Nicholl Fellowship in 2020 and her winning script was optioned by Mandalay Pictures which is being packaged. She has another film with Mike Medavoy’s company, Phoenix Films. And a third film with Jacki Weaver attached. Beth is also repped by APA.“Shore Scripts is in a category all of its own. After I won, they sent out my script to industry professionals that I would’ve never had access to. They helped me get amazing representation. Now, I feel like I’m finally on the road to being a working writer. And it is ALL because of Shore Scripts. I know there are a ton of contests out there…believe me, I did a lot of them. But, save your money. Just do Shore, it’s money well spent.”

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Bernardo Duran

Bernardo was a Top 5 Finalist in our 2019 Short Film Fund, with his imaginative animated short BLANK. Bernardo has worked in roles across the industry like In-House Producer for Mexican-based production company CANANA and Associate Producer on CREED 2. He is currently in production on BLANK as writer, producer, director and is currently shooting on location for Steven Caple Jr.’s next film, Transformers: Rise of the Beasts.

Ella Roby and Lachlan Marks

2017 TV Pilot screenplay contest winners, Ella Roby & Lachlan Marks, have received Development Funding from a local funding body associated with the Australian Writers’ Guild, founded by Shane Brennan (EP, show runner and writer on shows like NCIS LA, CSI), for their pilot Small Town.

They are now signed with The Fleming Agency in Australia.

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Bruce Branit

​Bruce was a Winner in our 2018 Feature Contest with his time-travel drama THE BRANCH MANAGER (LOOP THIEF). Since then Bruce has continued his innovative work in Visual Effects, having been an 8-times Emmy nominee for work on shows such as Lost, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Breaking Bad, and Westworld. Bruce has had two feature scripts optioned, and is now developing tv series THE OVERLAY, starring Chris Bylsma, Rori Flynn, and Jack Terbush. Bruce is repped by Circle of Confusion.

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James Stewart

James Stewart was a Finalist in our 2019 Feature Contest for his script FOXED; a tale centered around children from a fantastical steampunk town who are kidnapped by shape-shifting foxes. James has directed over 300 commercials and is currently directing FOXED with his production company Geneva Film Co. In 2018 he co-created the successful web series CHATEAU LAURIER. In 2019 he won the Telefilm Canada New Voices Award. He is represented by GGA.

Dave and Nell Thomas aka MrsandMrThomas

We are proud to announce that Mrs&MrThomas’ 2016 winning feature screenplay, The Assessor, has been picked up and is being developed by Shore Judge – Oscar-nominated producer, Stephen Woolley. His production company, Number 9 Films, is part of Shore’s Industry Roster. Film Four are also involved in the project. Dave and Nell have also received a paid commission to write the screenplay for The Secret Inventor’s Club from producer Rachel Gold who heard about them through watching their winning video on our website. Dave & Nell have also been signed with one of Shore’s Industry Roster Agents, The Agency (who rep Sam Mendes). /// READ ABOUT IT HERE ///

“Winning Shore Scripts has been a wonderful and career changing experience. It’s opened doors we simply couldn’t have opened ourselves. Shore has shown us that the career we’ve always wanted is possible. It’s a terrific competition that’s well recognised within the industry. Many thanks again for this opportunity.”

Ben Cleary

Ben, one of our Short winners, won 2016’s Best Live Short Film OSCAR for his film Stutterer. Since then he has signed with Anonymous Content & The Agency. His latest project, SWAN SONG is a heart-wrenching Sci-Fi starring Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali (Moonlight, Green Book, True Detective) has been nominated for a Golden Globe award.

“Being a winner was very exciting. In the months following the announcement, I have been approached by numerous directors who are interested in scripts of mine. Delighted I decided to enter!”

James Price

James Price was one of our short script winners. Street Hassle has since been developed into a feature script through Creative Scotland, under the guidance of producer Olivia Stewart (Velvet Goldmine). James has gone on to write and develop multiple short films and gained a best short film nomination at the 2015 BAFTA Scotland ceremony. His feature screenplay Gallus Days won him a place in the BBC Drama Room in 2018, and since then has been commissioned by World Productions Scotland to write a pilot for a semi-autobiographical TV series based around his childhood growing up around the gang culture of Glasgow. He is represented by United Agents.

Rob Lambert

Rob Lambert, 2016’s TV Pilot Winner, has had his pilot Los Ninos Sicarios picked up by Sony Crackle. He is currently developing the show with their team. His feature length film Cuck was nominated for best film at the 2019 Oldenburg film festival, and was nominated for best independent American feature film at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

Nabil Chowdhary

Was a 2018 Semi-Finalist with The Replacement which has since been produced. He has been signed by Writ Large and Verve Talent.

Jordan Prosser

Jordan is the winner of our 2018 feature competition with Hungry Man. He has written and directed multiple short films, including 2016’s Tanglewood, which received completion funding through the Screen Australia Hot Shots program. He co-wrote the screenplay for Justin Dix’s horror feature Blood Vessel (2020) and is currently developing a number of genre projects in both film and television.

Jeff Bower

Jeff was a 2018 TV Pilot Semi-Finalist with FIX, and 2017 Semi-Finalist with HALCYON FALLS. Jeff was signed by Paul Weitzman, co-founder of Culture Creative Entertainment, and FIX was subsequently put into development at renowned production company Kennedy Marshall. Most recently, Jeff has moved over to audio, having written the play, ONE LAST SHOT, for Theatre Lab in Florida.

Cat Dale

2017 TV Pilot Winner Cat Dale recently signed her first screenwriting assignment with ELEVEN ARTS Studios and is currently producing her first feature film, BEASTS UNDISCOVERED.

Jamie Napoli and Joshua Paul Johnson

Jamie & Joshua were 2017 Feature Winners with their dark comedy, Getaway. Their script was picked up and is currently being developed by Romark Entertainment.

Peter Haig

Peter Haig is a writer/director based in Los Angeles, California, and was originally a 2017 Semifinalist with the short form A WAR ON TERROR. He went on to become a Semifinalist again in 2019 with the feature of the same name and which is currently in development. Peter is repped by our Industry Roster member, Entertainment 360.

C.J. Wells

C.J. was one of our 2016 TV Pilot Winners. She has gone onto write the 2017 film The Malevolent, starring Mischa Barton. She’s been hired to write the sequel and also The Stacks which Jose Magan is attached to produce. She has gone onto write Legionnaire’s Trail which is currently filming with Mickey Rourke starring.

Michael Perri

Michael was one of our 2016 TV Pilot Quarter-Finalists with Nick The Hat. He has since signed with Echo Lake Entertainment and been staffed on the NBC show STATE OF AFFAIRS. He’s recently joined the writing team for the sixth season of The Blacklist.

Patrick Tobin

Patrick was a 2012 Quarter-Finalist with his feature, Cake. It follows Claire as she initiates a dubious relationship with a widower while confronting fantastical hallucinations of his dead wife. The film stars Jennifer Aniston and was released in Jan 2015 by Warner Brothers.

Patrick is repped by William Morris.

Alice Seabright

Alice was a 2016 2nd Place Feature Winner and following her placing she received an offer for her winning screenplay OUT OF MIND from an LA-based production company. Alice went on to be named a 2019 Screen International Star of Tomorrow and is currently show running her original series CHLOE for the BBC. Alice is repped by Curtis Brown in the UK. “Thanks again for everything – Shore opened up so many doors!”

Amanda Duke

2012 Winner, Amanda Duke has gone on to write the factual drama film The Cure for Channel 4 directed by Bruce Goodison and starring Sian Brooke and Sue Johnson. /// PRESS RELEASE /// for which she won DEBUT CREATOR at the New Voices Awards 2020, in association with the International Edinburgh TV Festival. Amanda is currently writing several episodes of an original series for Netflix that will hit screens in the second half of 2022. She is represented by Sheil Land Associates.

Guy Francisco Polin

Guy was a 2017 Feature Semi-Finalist with HEMOPHILIA. He has since signed with management company Markerstone.

Eugene Rhee

“After winning the contest, Christopher Figg, one of Shores judges contacted me and Optioned my script, which was great because it was just further validation from the industry.”

Eugene sold the option to his 2012 Grand Prize Winning script, The Oriental, to Shore Scripts judge, Christopher Figg. Warner Bros based producer Polly Johnsen has now come onboard to turn his short film The Garden into a big budget feature. In 2017, Eugene sold a feature screenplay to a large Chinese Media Company. In 2018, Eugene gained a writing credit on the NETFLIX Original film, Despite Everything.

Robert Weinberger

Robert was our 2016 5th Place TV Pilot Winner with his script Long Island. He has signed with Roger Strull at Preferred Artists.

Jason Gruich

Jason was a 2016 Feature Semi-Finalist. He has just had his first feature produced: Pups Alone, starring Dolph Lundgren. He is signed to Boundless Pictures

Ward Parry

Ward was a Quarter-Finalist with his script, The Pied Piper. Since then he has written the thriller, The Shattering which was released in 2015. He is repped by Shore Industry Member, Danny Toth of The Gersh Agency.

Moon Molson

Moon wrote and went onto direct The Bravest, The Boldest, a Shore Scripts Semi-Finalist. It’s gone onto win over 17 International Festival awards and was nominated for the Short Grand Jury Prize at 2014’s Sundance Film Festival. Moon is represented by United Talent.

Lisa Donato

Lisa was one of our 2016 Quarter-Finalists. She has gone onto to have her Signature Move screenplay produced. It was released in theaters in 2017

Susie Farrell

A 2015 Quarter-Finalist, Susie has since written on the BBC drama series, 6Dgrees, and is repped by Dench Arnold.

Samuel Garza Bernstein

Samuel was one of our Quarter-Finalists. He was a writer on the UK show, Shimmer and Shine, and has a feature currently in production.

Naz Sadoughi

“After Shore Scripts I got Crescent Moon onto the Sundance’s Screenwriters lab in November which was amazing. I’ve also just directed a short that I wrote off the back of all their encouragement.”

Janice Hallett

A 2013 Quarter-Finalist with her script, Divine, Janice has gone onto co-write the thriller, Retreat with director Carl Tibbetts. It stars Jamie Bell, Cillian Murphy and Thandie Newton. She is repped by Sheil Land Associates.

Marina Shron

Marina was a 2012 Shore Scripts Quarter-Finalist. She is one of the writers on Buddha’s Little Finger, a drama about the failed coup attempt on Mikhail Gorbachev. It stars Toby Kebbell. Her latest film, Sea Child, premiered at Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal and went on to screen at 8 other venues around the globe, including festivals in Toronto, UK, Paris and India.

Ben Steiner

Ben came 3rd in 2015’s feature contest. Since then he has signed with JAB Management and is developing a feature.

Ross Raffin

Ross was one of our Quarter-Finalists. He’s just had his first feature produced, Time Framed.

Tom Nash

Tom was a 2015 Quarter-Finalist with his screenplay, Full Nelson. His first feature, Trivial Pursuits, has been optioned by Embargo Films. He is repped by Berline Associates.

Andrew Wallace Chamings

Since becoming a Semi-Finalist with Shore Scripts, Andrew has optioned a TV Pilot with Shore Scripts roster production company, Echo Lake, and a feature screenplay with Garden Cartwheel which is currently in development.

Joseph Cahill

Joseph was a Semi-Finalist with his screenplay, Shades Within. Since then he has had created, written and directed the TV Show H-Man. He’s also gained representation through Casarotto

Ben Watts

Ben was a 4th place winner in 2015’s contest with his screenplay, When The Devil’s Loose. He has recently signed with Markerhouse Management.

Lawrence Riggins

Lawrence won 3rd place in the first year of our contest. Since then he has gone onto have two feature films produced: White Tiger and Depraved. He’s also signed with Barry Bookin Management.

Matthew Coombes

2013 2nd Place Winner, Matthew Coombes, has had his winning script, Once In Royal Bradford City, optioned by Island Pictures. He is repped by Sheil Land Associates.

Mark Macauley

Mark was a 2015 Quarter-Finalist. He is signed up to direct his own script, Let My Country Be! Currently, in pre-production, it is set to star Charley Boorman, John Cleese, Stephen Fry & Cherie Lunghi.

Tom Wateracre

Tom was a 2015 feature Quarter-Finalist with his script, God save The Queen. He is now repped by Curtis Brown

Jayna Sweet

A 2014 feature Quarter-Finalist, Jayna has gone onto write for TV Shows, Generation Now and King & Carter. She now has an agent and manager

Robert Bryce Milburn

Was a 2014 Semi-Finalist with his short, American Hell. It has since been produced, played at 19 film festivals worldwide, and won five awards. He is currently in development on a feature.

Austin Rowlands

Austin was a 2014 Quarter-Finalist with Voiced Over. The script has been picked up and will be produced by Alphapictures Limited with La Haine actor, Anthony Souter, onboard to direct.

Jamie Crichton

​​A 2013 Semi-Finalist, Jamie has gone on to write episodes for The Last Kingdom, All Creatures Great and Small, Three Pines, The Tunnel, Law & Order: UK and Ripper Street. He is represented by The Agency.

Blu de Golyer

Blu was a Shore Scripts Semi-Finalist. He wrote the horror film, House of Good and Evil and the TV show Hillbilly Horror Show. He is currently developing projects. He is represented by Circle of 10.

Christopher Bacon

Christopher wrote the segment ‘Tied Up’ for 50 Kisses, a multi-story feature film centered around the theme of Valentine’s Day. He was a Semi-Finalist with his feature, The Renegade Mesmerist.

Taras Demian Groves

Taras was a 2013 Quarter-Finalist. In 2014 he wrote and directed the crime film, The Professional.

Brent Hartinger

Brent was a Semi-Finalist. He is a screenwriter, playwright and novelist. He wrote the 2013 comedy, Geography Club, and is currently developing his second feature.

Goran Spoljaric

Goran was a 3rd place winner in 2015’s short category with his horror short, The Priest. Since then he has directed the film, which has played at many festivals and won Best Short at Monster Fest. He is currently developing feature projects.

Adam Ethan Crow

In 2014 Adam wrote and directed the critically acclaimed short film, Warhol. It has gone onto win numerous awards at festivals around the world. He is currently in pre-production to direct his feature script, The Curator. Adam was a 2013 Quarter-Finalist. He is repped by Ditto.

Mark Jeavons

Mark has written & directed Whatever Happened to Peter Blaggit. It’s a comedy about the plight of a man stuck in a mid-life crisis. He was a 2012 Shore Scripts Semi-Finalist.

Stephen M. Hunt

Stephen was a Quarter-Finalist in both Shore’s feature and short contest. Since then Stephen has been hired to write and direct his wartime drama, Previous Vengeance through AVAnti Productions.

Alistair Rutherford

Since becoming a 2014 Quarter-Finalist, Alistair has written over 20 episodes of OOglies, made by BBC’s Scotland. He’s currently been hired by Brainstorm Films to write a thriller.

Patrick Curran

Patrick was a Semi-Finalist with his wonderfully titled The Fragile Satisfactions Of Us And Them feature. Since then he’s gained representation through Osbrink Talent Agency and is in development with Bottle of Smoke Films on his screenplay, Fragile.

Christopher Lombard

Christopher was a 2014 Semi-Finalist with WIPE. Since then he’s been hired by production company Sheringham Studios in Australia to write the drama, The Damaged Done set to be released in 2018.

Christian J. Hearn

One of our Quarter-Finalists, Christian has written and directed The Brighton Mob which was released in late 2015.

John Hoernschemeyer

A 2015 Quarter-Finalist, John’s horror film, Harbour, is currently in production with Reel King Media.