This was all about giving writers a platform to showcase the script they feel is the best representation of their writing, and a chance to help everybody expand their own personal network of writing associates.
I offered to list one script per writer, and the responses were many.
Boy, were they.
A whopping 130 scripts for both film and TV are here, with genres of all kinds represented. Trust me when I say there is A LOT to choose from.
So have at it. Read. Enjoy. If something about your script catches somebody’s eye and they want to contact you about reading it (or potentially more), that’s why the email addresses are included.
A very hearty thanks to everybody who sent in.
And if there’s any interest, I might do this again later this year.
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8TH WONDER OF THE WORLD
Pricilla Devi Kumar
A young French wrestler uses his ailment of giantism to dominate the sport of American wrestling, becoming one of the most celebrated wrestlers of the franchise; a fated journey that leads to his premature and preventable death.
Dramedy, Coming of Age, Asian
A 23-year woman’s entire life changes in the span of 9 months, starting with her mother falling ill and then her own unexpected pregnancy.
Screencraft Fellowship – quarterfinalist
Los Angeles International Screenplay – quarterfinalist
This story is about Jane, a girl with persecutory delusion, and Ragen, a psychotic killer with OCD. Jane is abducted by Ragen and imprisoned in a small cabin deep in the mountains, who tortures her every day for fun. During their time together, Jane seemingly uncovers the other identity of the psychotic killer, which is a 6-year-old little girl named Sanja, and she realizes as long as she can control this little girl who comes out every night, she might just have the chance to escape…
7 on The Black List
A CHRISTMAS CHEER
Seven years after his redemption, old Ebenezer Scrooge passes away on Christmas Eve morning. When he learns the spirit of Jacob Marley – who helped to redeem him – still roams the earth shackled and chained, Scrooge chooses to put his own Eternal Reward at risk so to confront Marley’s Ghosts of Christmases Yet to Come, Present, and Past in an effort to return the favor to his friend.
Page Turner “First 15” – quarterfinalist
American Zoetrope – Top-Rated Screenplays for February 2020 – first place
Dallas International Film Festival – semifinalist
Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards – semifinalist
Inroads Screenwriting Fellowship – finalist
A LONG AWAITED DAY
Mary Kate Allen
When a WW2 plane wreck is discovered, it unites a group of strangers who work together to bring home a missing person. Based on actual events.
Content Creators of Atlanta – Best Feature Screenplay
Women Who Write In Film International Screenplay Competition – winner
The Monthly Film Festival – semifinalist (pending)
Featured on Coverfly’s The Red List
Sci-Fi Family Adventure
When your mom isn’t your mom but really looks like your mom – she just might be an alien. That’s what 12-year-old Daniel discovers. So he sets out on an adventure to get his “real” mom back with the help of his three siblings. And yes, the alien comes too.
AN UNBALANCED LINE
Kristy Leigh Lussier
A female football prodigy makes history when she saves a failing program and becomes the first woman named Head Coach of a college football team.
Script Summit – Best Drama
Twin Falls Film Festival – Best Screenplay/Excellence in Screenwriting
Las Vegas International Screenplay – Best Sports Screenplay
West Texas Film Festival – Finalist, Best Screenplay
Filmmatic Drama – finalist
Screencraft Drama – semifinalist
WeScreenplay Diverse Voices – semifinalist
AN UNDOCUMENTED RUMOR
Philip C. Sedgwick
A journalist for an US-based Arabian TV network heads to the Arizona border to sleuth out a rumor regarding a terrorist attack formulating in Mexico. When the rumor proves true, the reporter enlists a most unlikely team to intercept the attack and take on the even more unlikely forces behind the operation.
Burbank Film Festival – Best Feature Screenplay
San Antonio Film Festival – Best Feature Screenplay
StoryPros – finalist (2x)
Hollywood Screenplay – finalist
Richmond Film Festival – finalist
Jimmy George & Chris LaMartina
A faithless bar owner must rally a motley crew of patrons to defend her pub against the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
BARNSTORMING: A STORY OF SEX AND BASEBALL
Ronald J. Drescher
In 1925, a hard drinking, rule bending English scandal reporter on the hunt in America to expose the lurid truth behind Babe Ruth’s worst slump must use all her wiles to save the Babe after discovering his true humanity and the sinister plot to destroy him.
Diverse Voices – finalist
Donna Mae Foronda
A young white man meets his Filipino girlfriend’s family for the first time and easily wins their approval, but in more ways than he ever could imagine.
Ben Johnson & Jolie Noelle
When a group of incels imprison several young women in an old fifties-era “dream home”, one woman must find a way to outwit her captors and escape their twisted fantasy.
Screencraft Horror – quarterfinalist
A determined, ‘no-nonsense’ lawyer looks for justice in a heart-breaking case. In his way stands the last man on earth you’d expect to be accused of such a crime, along with unexplainable questions. If justice does not prevail, closure for everyone will be hard to find.
Beverly Hills Screenplay – finalist
Hollywood Screenplay – finalist
CARIBBEAN CRUISE VACATION
Comedy Adventure Parody
A white boomer must overcome his culture-centric dependence when he is forced to take a black teen on a family cruise in place of his estranged son and discovers the youth has the connections needed to bring his son aboard ship.
CHARLIE’S CHRISTMAS CAROLE
Christmas non-believer school principal Charlie Dickson must choose between keeping his job that removes the annual holiday pageant or his daughter who won the lead, his reunion with the play’s director, and an age-old reindeer with seemingly magical powers.
DARKNESS NEVER FADES
A street-wise teen and her estranged mother, embarking on a road trip, are terrorised by a supernatural force, a cursed manifestation of family infidelity.
Next Generation Independent Film Festival – Winner, “Best Creature Feature”
Nicholl Fellowship – Honorable Mention
DARK OF THE MOON
At the climax of the next space race, an astronaut must decide what’s more important: landing on the moon first or revealing the hoax.
Science Fiction/Political Drama
After a nerdy medical researcher illegally impregnates a Dream Filler, a person who fulfills one’s desires, he must fight to save his unborn child and the Dream from termination by the hands of a ruthless government agent.
When a biological weapon to wipe out specific races is shopped on the black market, a CIA operative is tasked with locating it before it falls into the wrong hands.
Screencraft Action – quarterfinalist
Graham Stone Johnson
Sci-Fi/Coming of Age
After aliens lay waste to a small town, a boy and his bully are all that remain. When the boy’s sister returns, aged 10 years overnight, she leads the trio on a perilous journey to locate the one thing that can save them.
A decorated FBI agent is assigned to find out why large groups of people are disappearing nation-wide and discovers that the answer is worse than he could have ever imagined, forcing him to question his own identity.
Black Screenplays and Stories Screenwriting Contest – grand prize
Filmmatic Drama – semifinalist
StoryPros – quarterfinalist
FAERIES: RISE OF THE SOUL EATERS
Chip Street & Sean Meehan
Four city-slickers lost in the wilderness are stalked by a pack hunting troupe of blood-thirsty faeries, and have to gamble on the erratic memory of an elderly local to find their way to the safety of a mountaintop ranger station before the creatures eviscerate them all.
Shriekfest – finalist
Jordan M. Horowitz
Timely Psychological Thriller
After being assaulted at an audition, a struggling actress lands the lead role in a film, but the further she delves into the dark mind of the character, the more her dream becomes a nightmare.
A detective helps a victim link her past attempted kidnapping to a recent abduction, and with the help of her family and friends, they unmask a heinous small-town conspiracy.
When a determined but stranded flying squirrel joins a bunch of forest animals hooked on junk food, they battle the meanest-ever junk-food junkie who’ll kill them for the donut supply.
Florida Comedy Film Festival – Best Screenplay (Titanium)
Hollywood Screenplay Festival – Silver Award
Over the course of an interview with a young music journalist, a broken and reclusive rock star reveals the secret behind his mysterious disappearance twelve years earlier, finding surprising inspiration for a possible comeback along the way.
Kosice International Film Festival – Honorable Mention, Feature Screenplay
British Independent Film Festival – official selection
New York City Independent Screenplay Festival – official selection
Rome Independent Prisma Awards – official selection
Austin Screenplay Awards – official selection
Indie Visions Film Festival – official selection
Two runaway slaves meet en route to a fort abandoned by the British following the War of 1812 and join a community of former slaves thriving under the protection of the fort’s cannons. But the growing village is threatened by a pending invasion by U.S. Army troops. Based on actual events.
Write LA – grand prize winner
Nicholl – quarterfinalist
Final Draft Big Break – finalist; winner – historical/period/war
Black List score: 8
FULL MOON OVER THE NUDEY BAR
Daniel Bridges and Emily McGuiness
Two vets head down South in search of their missing conspiracy theorist buddy only to find that he was “kinda right” and hiding in a seedy small town overrun by a pack of ’80s clad stripper werewolves.
Houston Comedy Film Festival – official selection
Portland Comedy Film Festival – official selection
Austin Comedy Film Festival – official selection
Screencraft Comedy – quarterfinalist
FUN AND GAMES
Two adopted, teenage siblings receive a mysterious box. In order to save their own lives and the lives of others, they must race against the clock to solve the riddles it holds.
A corrupted bed-and-breakfast owned by a Swedish couple hosted by a harbored African girl. Can she escape? Will she survive?
In the midst of a brewing revolution, the CEO of Heaven mysteriously vanishes, leaving a new arrival to keep the peace or face deportation to Hell.
Script 32 Comedy – quarterfinalist
IGOR AND FRANKIE
Animated family feature
Chaos abounds at the MIT women’s dorm when Igor mistakenly creates a serum that brings stuffed animals to life. When the formula’s stolen, she must team up with Frankie, her manic-inventor roommate-from-hell, to steal it back and subdue the resulting rampaging, fluffy abomination.
Nicholl Fellowship – top 10%
Austin Film Festival – second rounder
Stowe Story Labs Fellowship – finalist
A self-depleted young black man lands an internship at a prestigious law firm and quickly becomes involved with his prejudiced boss.
Diverse Stories – semifinalist
International Independent Film Awards – finalist
New York Screenplay Film Awards – finalist
Jeffrey R. Field
A suicidal Army veteran rescues a mob princess from kidnappers, only to have her blackmail him into killing a key witness against her father. Of course, it’s Florida.
Screencraft Fellowship – winner
Nicholl Fellowship – top 50
JUST MY IMAGINATION
One brother wants to be like the other, but the other brother wants him to be more and better than him.
LAST DAY ‘TIL SUMMER
Seven sinful college students win a foreign internship lottery, only to be locked in the theatre by a cult of murderous professors on the last day of class.
An out-of-work ad man saves his buddy’s failing landscaping business by targeting lonely housewives but must become a champion of nature when a shifty artificial turf dealer shows up on the scene.
WildSound Festival For Comedy – table read
LOCKDOWN AT ONKALO
S. H. Sadek
In the distant future, a woman finds herself trapped in a nuclear waste repository for 20 years with a clone left there to protect it from the monsters outside.
Queer Coming-of-Age Drama
A socially awkward loner struggles to realize his sexuality and personal potential amid the pressures and dramas of childhood, adolescence, and adulthood.
Traumatized and reclusive since a violent assault, a famed female screenwriter trying to return to her normal life accepts to write a screenplay for an independent and first time female producer who begins stalking her.
A teen singularity is hunted by relentless enemies for his shape-shifting nanotech ability embedded in his DNA. The Matrix meets Harry Potter.
The Script Lab – quarterfinalist
Screencraft Sci-fi/Fantasy – quarterfinalist
Final Draft Big Break – quarterfinalist
PAGE International – quarterfinalist
A cybersecurity agent discovers a mind-control Trojan horse in a popular VR gadget and must stop the inventor’s wicked game plan to save her daughter’s life.
Vine Hill Productions Legendary Script – winner
StoryPros – Action/Adventure – 2nd place
In 1941, two special agents must go inside the mind of a Navy sailor gone insane, to find who or what destroyed a naval base and left him as the sole survivor, re-living his memories and risking losing their own sanity in the process.
European Genre Forum – one of 10 scripts selected
MOMOTAMI: RISING SON
Mista Martel, Mary Kate Allen, Samuel C. Connor & Steve E. Holbert
In 1918, a Japanese couple comes to the United States in search of a better life. After decades filled with prejudice, humiliation and human rights violations, when World War II ends, their son decides to run for President of the United States.
Content Creators of Atlanta – winner, Best Feature Screenplay
Black Film Festival Atlanta – finalist, Best Feature Screenplay
TMFF – The Monthly Film Festival – finalist, Best Feature Screenplay
NANA AND JAKE
A retired first-grade teacher and her orphaned grandson must outwit an obsessed small-town sheriff in order to save who they think are refugee aliens on a doomed planet.
An expert informant gets infected by an unusual cybernetic virus, giving her 24 hours to live. With nowhere else to turn, she goes to her ex, who recruits a team of hackers in a rush to find the viral code and take down the dark web boss who hurt her.
Fade In Sci-Fi – semifinalist
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Santa, held up at the grotto, uses his magic to save a lost soul getting nicked.
Bloodstained Indie Film Festival – winner, Best Short Script
Top Indie Film Awards – nominee, Best Short Script
Afraid of losing everything, a fading rock star tries to save his career by faking his own death.
OH, MY LEO!
A man has the opportunity to spend twenty-four hours with his wife… three days after his funeral.
Georgia Shorts Film Festival – Best Feature Comedy
An aging farmer saddles up to hunt down a Western outlaw and his gang after a shootout takes away the last of everything he holds dear.
OPHIDIA (THE SNAKE)
A nightmare vision of a former activist getting over a bad breakup and becoming entangled with a woman who claims to be helping him but who threatens to feed him to a giant snake.
Oaxaca Film Fest – finalist
13Horror.com Film & Screenplay – finalist
Oregon Scream Horror Week Film Festival – official selection
Indie Suspense Horror Sci-Fi Film Festival – official selection
A suicidal detective investigating a spate of missing persons becomes one herself when she’s apparently trapped inside a suspiciously perfect hotel run by a peculiar proprietor.
After accidentally causing the death of his brother, a renowned surgeon starts to cut pieces of himself off.
The Million Dollar Screenplay – semifinalist
Screencraft Horror – quarterfinalist
Horror Hotel – Best Horror/Thriller Script
Shriekfest – Best Thriller Feature Screenplay
StoryPros – finalist
Script Summit – finalist
We Screenplay – finalist
PAGE International – quarterfinalist
Minh-Anh Vo Dinh
While struggling with a dead end job to support his dysfunctional family, a young man begins to experience nightmare inducing sleep paralysis, in which malevolent forces and horrifying visions terrorize him.
Screencraft Horror – semifinalist
Based on actual events, a young reporter investigates the life and murder of a Lakota Sioux girl as the killer’s confession rock the foundations of a small town.
Big Break Screenwriting – finalist
TSL Free Screenwriting Contest – finalist
Social Horror – short film
Isaac goes to Nebraska to visit his friend Luke. During his stay he experiences creepy and unnerving encounters with the townspeople of Sandhills.
A woman’s assumptions of reality are unraveled as she experiences different lives in different universes.
SKIP TO MY LOU
A man held prisoner in a futuristic desert penal colony befriends a soulful zombie hitchhiker, the last of many pets he names “Chrissy”, but Chrissy is jealous, and has a tendency to eat any new friend the man makes.
After discovering that her best friend is sleeping with her fiancé, an unstable Instagram influencer invites her cheating friend on an all-inclusive Jamaican vacation where she plans to take her revenge.
8 on the Black List
Stephen A. Rutkowski
With the sun dying, a family joins an intergalactic mission to a new planet in hopes of restarting civilization. After an arduous journey that spans generations, they finally arrive at the new planet, Terminus 9, which has a healthy sun but may be uninhabitable for other, more sinister reasons.
THE FLASHLIGHT FARMER
Alison C. Wroblewski
A young widow must save her home and dairy farm with the help of her opioid-addicted father before the bank forecloses for a debt she didn’t know her dead husband accrued.
Richmond International Film Festival – finalist
Fresh Voices – semifinalist
The Black List x Women In Film Residency – semifinalist
Screencraft Fellowship – quarterfinalist
Screencraft Drama – quarterfinalist
Sundance Labs – second-rounder
Phillip E. Hardy
Science Fiction/Film Noir
When several women are murdered in Texas, a small-town lawman suffering violent dreams and premonitions tries to prevent a growing body count, while hunting for what could be a serial killer from another world.
L.A. Neo Noir Festival – Winner, Best Iconic Neo Noir Screenplay
Mindfield Film Festival – Winner, Best Science Fiction Screenplay
Filmquest – Finalist, Best Script
Los Angeles Film Awards – Winner, Best Science Fiction Screenplay
Kapow Intergalactic Film Festival – Finalist, Best Screenplay
Shriekfest – Quarterfinalist, Best Screenplay
Hollywood Blood Horror Festival – Winner, Best Screenplay
THE IRON HORSE OF LUCY STEELE
Paul E. Zeidman
1874. A fiery train engineer relentlessly pursues the ruthless outlaw who has stolen her one-of-a-kind locomotive to pull off the biggest heist in U.S. history.
Creative Screenwriting Unique Voices – winner, western genre
Screencraft Action – top 10 finalist (2x)
Nicholl Fellowship – top 15% (2x)
Screencraft Fellowship – semifinalist
Tracking Board Launchpad – top 50
StoryPros – semifinalist, action/adventure
Worldfest Houston – Gold Remi – western screenplays
THE LAST TREE STANDING MOTEL
After two hired killers murder someone at a remote motel, they receive a call from their boss telling them they can’t leave the motel until he gives them permission—but won’t tell them why; are their lives at stake, or is this some sort of sick joke. Whatever it is, tragedy is inevitable.
PAGE International – semifinalist
Austin Film Festival – semifinalist
All Access – semifinalist
London Screenplay – finalist
Glendale Screenplay – finalist
Beverly Hills Film Festival – official selection
THE MARIO PUZO STORY
M. J. Moore
After his Depression-era youth in Hell’s Kitchen and his decades of postwar obscurity as a struggling novelist, author Mario Puzo triumphs in 1969 with “The Godfather,” which immediately became the fastest-selling novel in publishing history.
Roxanne Marchand and Sheila Brothers
Family, Coming of Age
11-year-old Harry’s estranged grandfather finds him sneaking around in the forbidden attic and is none too happy but the smallest of treasures and Grampa’s nostalgic stories take them both back to see the lives that were touched by this special coin while unknowingly forging an unbreakable bond between the two.
The Penny was honored and published in short story form in the book “Family Movies Hollywood Didn’t Make, But Should” by Young Films and Publishing.
A career politician under Mussolini faces revenge when his fight against the fascist regime is no longer tolerated. To avoid certain death, he and his family escape from Sicily, secreted on a commercial fishing boat, destined for French Morocco.Two years later the Nazis occupy France in WWII, setting in motion a series of life-threatening events as the story of three generations of his family unfolds.
Esther Agulian Carr
A Scottish Highlander in the 1800’s haunted by a dark spirit, must find the woman whose destiny is mingled with his, and yet it will take more than their love to break the phantom’s curse.
Screencraft Drama – finalist
Screencraft Public Domain – finalist
THERE’S BLOOD ON THE DISCO BALL
Brian Flaccus and Chadwick Hopson
Four friends in crumbling relationships set out for a night of party therapy while hunting a serial killer.
THINGS KEPT HIDDEN
After being hired to locate a young woman, a new Pinkerton and a mysterious bounty hunter each with their own secrets, set out to find her, only to discover a cult will stop at nothing to keep her for themselves.
Breaking Walls Thriller – finalist
Los Angeles Crime and Horror Film Festival – semifinalist
Screencraft Fellowship – semifinalist
David Chester and Blake Pinter
When her tyrannical father forces her to leave school to work on the family farm, a gifted girl secretly embarks on a life-changing journey to follow in the footsteps of her beloved teacher.
Pitch Now Screenplay Competition – finalist
Screencraft Public Domain Screenplay Contest – finalist
Vail Film Festival – finalist
UNBURIED (based on the play UNBURIED)
Rebecca Norris – both play & screenplay
A wisecracking chronic hoarder must face her complicated past when authorities give her 72 hours to clean up her home or be put out on the street.
O’Neill Theater Center – National Playwright’s Conference – semifinalist
Austin Film Festival – 2nd rounder
Screencraft Playwriting – quarterfinalist
WHAT KIND OF WOMAN
Dramedy – short
A young woman’s life is flipped upside down by secrets from her mother and she is forced to become the parent instead of the child.
Screencraft Film Fund – quarterfinalist
SF Indie Fest Screenplay – finalist
When their post-high school lives don’t turn out the way they’d hoped, five millennials return to their small Rust Belt hometown in hopes of finding personal fulfillment.
Danny Aviv and Jeff Haber
A former photographer, nervous about #MeToo culture, gains a new perspective on life and love when he meets his ideal woman at the chess shop where he works.
4-F: OPERATION UNDERWORLD
Historical Crime Drama Espionage
The New York Mafia of Lucky Luciano & Meyer Lansky work with Naval Intelligence in World War II to stop the Axis powers. Focus on Lansky underling with ALS & his handler a Sarah Lawrence graduate and a member of Women’s Reserve. Boardwalk Empire meets Sicario.
Austin Film Festival – AMC Pilot Script – Finalist
Scriptapalooza – 3rd place
A GENTLEMAN’S HEIST
limited series – Action/Adventure
A crew of nine engages the FBI, Catholic Church, and the Cuban regime in a complicated game of cat and mouse across the globe while in pursuit of the remnants of a long lost king’s treasure.
Coverfly’s The Red List – #15 Adventure Television of the Year
AKITA ON PAROLE
Jordan SuperMan Taylor (RIH), Sire Eminence Zakkiyyiah, Stacci D. Great
Akita, an accomplished, strong-willed, ball-busting attorney formulates an exit program to combat recidivism because she’s very arduous of the judicial system’s failing track record for rehabilitating repeat offenders. Little did she know that the implementation of this program would be like a punch to the throat.
WildSound February 2020 – winner
Catalina Filmfest – finalist
Dan Phillips and Chris Townsend
A small group of misfits find their place in local amateur dramatics where relationships grow in the strangest of ways, in the strangest of costumes.
ANGELS OF WAR
Natalie G. Bergman and Victoria E. Rau
pilot – Drama, World War II history, Medical & Military – diverse cast led by female lead role ensemble
The untold true story of a group of American nurses trapped behind enemy lines for over three brutal years in the South Pacific during World War II. Follow their heroism, relationships, endurance and survival.
The Golden Script Competition – semifinalist
Gary M. Howell
When a deep-sea explorer goes missing, his son must unravel a mystery embedded in his father’s will, and doing so will entangle him in a world of drug smugglers, murderers and backstabbers.
WeScreenplay – semifinalist
Screencraft Pilot Launch – finalist
Atlanta Film Festival – semifinalist
PAGE International – quarterfinalist
pilot – Supernatural Drama
On the south side of Chicago at the helm of Prohibition, a horror writer finds herself torn between two worlds when she stumbles upon a speakeasy run by vampires.
Austin Film Festival – second rounder
Screencraft Pilot Launch – quarterfinalist
Screencraft Fellowship – finalist
James A. Michener Fellowship – awardee
Murders trigger a latent gift in a hard-nosed tenacious Asian detective. As she investigates the bizarre killings, she uncovers strange amulets linked to the Chinese Zodiac – and the world of demons.
Script Summit Screenplay – Official Selection (pilot)
Script Summit Screenplay – Official Selection (pitch bible)
Extreme Screenwriting – Recommend
A clumsy FBI analyst must overcome self-doubts and a dysfunctional bureaucracy to locate a compromised informant and gain her boss’s trust.
“Curtain Call” follows a touring company of a failing musical as they struggle with low ticket sales, insane crew members, and an unreliable cast.
Rome Independent Prisma – semifinalist
Marc Blitstein & Brian Rousso
30-minute single-cam comedy
A once-promising urologist who abandoned his profession, now this underachieving pool cleaner, is forced to start practicing medicine again to prevent his estranged broke father from ending up on his couch.
A tightly-wound, bottom-tier business man is thrown into the underbelly of his mundane city after he witnesses the unthinkable on a night out.
1/2 hour Dramedy pilot
An orally fixated neurotic psychologist falls for an anally retentive businesswoman and all sex breaks loose. Will this modern couple be able to navigate through self-deception, projection, codependency and anger to find love or will their relationship become a dysfunction junction. In the vein of auteur-driven half-hour dramedies such as Fleabag, Girls, Better Things, and You’re the Worst.
Currently #1 for Drama Television (Half-hour)s of the year on the Red List
Years after the virus he created killed his wife and millions of others, Vik Frankenstein and his brother have to harvest organs from the dead to keep Vik alive long enough to take down his old friend, the scientist who actually unleashed the virus.
Screencraft Fellowship – finalist (pending – winners announced in July)
WriteMovies Screenwriting – grand prize winner, Winter 2020
Inroads Screenwriting Fellowship – winner (top 10)
Stage 32 4th Annual TV Writing Contest – quarterfinalist
A successful podcaster reunites with a job-hopping childhood friend and exposes his brother’s true identity.
1/2-hour single-cam Comedy
Ladies’ man widower Sid Shineman, the former owner of a high-end women’s boutique, moves in with his fashion designer daughter Abby after the death of his wife. Together, they navigate the world of online dating, while weeding through advice from their flamboyant live-in housekeeper, Wanda. COMPS: Grace and Frankie, The Kominksy Method
Stage 32 Pilot Competition – quarterfinalist
When Australia’s top ER doctor is permanently struck off, his life spirals into chaos. Desperate, he takes a job as private doctor to a secretly unwell Croatian crime boss as gangland tensions rise.
Matthew J. Kaplan
When a drummer’s deal with the devil results in the disappearance of the singer, the remaining bandmates must face their own demons in order to break the deal before the next singer vanishes.
HOW HEATHER SURVIVED THE APOCALYPSE
A smart-but-sneaky teen girl stuck in a crazy Baptist cult in 1986 discovers the world will definitely end in two years’ time.
Screencraft Comedy – quarterfinalist
HOW WE ROLL
Trapped under the boot of her father, a closeted young woman who comes to find herself, and her sexuality, through roller derby in 1984 California.
HUNTING VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN
M. Pepper Langlinais
1-hour Drama – pilot
A newly dead man, a mortician, and a cop work together to seek the source of local zombie activity in small-town Kansas.
Fresh Voices – “worthy of network consideration”
Creative World Awards – semifinalist
hour-long Drama (adapted from the author’s play of the same name)
Emily is forced to go home for her father’s funeral. When Emily crosses paths with her ex-boyfriend, she is not sure which scares her most – the fear that he hasn’t changed a bit … or the fact that she still has feelings for him. An explosive new drama about the hidden cycles of violence in rural Maine.
Planet Connections Theatre Festival – nominee, Outstanding Playwriting of a New Script
INVASION OF THE CUBECUMBERS
Animated Children/Family Comedy
When an overzealous boy applies too much fertilizer to his father’s crop of cubecumbers, he and his family scramble to put the abundant crop to good use.
Comedy & Drama
A South Asian woman leaves her sheltered family life in Vancouver, BC to New York City after a series of events lead her to a calling for a new life and a new career path as she embraces her autonomy and her sexuality.
Michael Paul Caruso
In Portland, Oregon, 1889, an atypical vaudeville producer works to become a bold voice for justice to fight against a ruthless band of pirates who capture citizens and sell them to work on ships.
A workplace comedy about a PR woman representing a company of matchmakers who genetically engineer women for love, even though gene therapy technology is still often defective.
Austin Film Festival – second round
T. Gordon Stanley
Dark comedy, mystery
A disgraced intelligence officer, who steals three million dollars, goes underground in a peculiar small town, but loses his leg while setting up an illicit operation to unveil international corruption.
Table Read My Screenplay – Park City – semifinalist
MYTHIC QUEST: MIDNIGHT KINGDOM
Mythic Quest’s newest expansion “Midnight Kingdom” has leaked to the public and it’s not well-received. Co-creative directors Ian and Poppy blame each other while Davis tries to deal with Montreal.
pilot – Horror
After her American husband is killed in an accident, a Japanese woman must save his children from a pack of mythological demons.
Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards – quarterfinalist
Austin Screenplay Awards – quarterfinalist
Scripts & Scribes Logline Madness – top 24
NO THANK YOU
Brittany Suzanne Kelly
Tawnie, a plus-size Caribbean woman living in LA fed up with her romantic connections not panning out, drunkenly places an explicit personal ad that gets over 500 replies. She decides to date those who responded in hopes of finding her true sexual match.
Inspired by the true story of two women in Occupied Europe who spy for Allied forces by rescuing downed soldiers and translating Nazi intelligence, only to be betrayed and captured.
Probation forces a twentysomething to find work or go to jail. He finally lands a job, unbeknownst to him it’s with South Florida’s largest gun and drug runner.
As the Roman Empire collapses, a vengeful grandmother protects her grandchildren while on a warpath to the magical rulers that murdered her husband and son.
A new detective unit tasked with criminal justice reform faces obstruction when they investigate police corruption and brutality, starting with an officer-involved shooting of an unarmed Black celebrity.
Kayona Ebony Brown
hour-long pilot – Drama, Crime, Fantasy
After being demoted from her job as the Grim Reaper, Death uses her unearthly powers to exact vigilante justice for the soon-to-be-dead.
Roadmap Writers Diversity Initiative – Winner/1st Place
RESTING BITCH FACE
1/2 hour comedy
When a people-pleasing starlet loses her ability to fake a smile, she must learn to embrace her inner bitch and rebuild her identity in a society that demonizes women who are not ready to make nice.
Craig Guerra and Jason Gardner (based on Craig Guerra’s memoir ALIVE and UNWELL)
pilot – Coming-of-age true crime drama
When his mother dies, a college student studying far from home struggles to reconcile with his estranged father while slipping deeper and deeper into the prescription drug trade.
1/2 hour pilot – Dramatic Comedy
After moving from Montana to North Carolina, a feisty octogenarian comes to terms (or not) with the “cliques” at his seniors home that parallel those of his grandson in his new high school and his daughter at her new job.
Ruth is psychic. Janine sees ghosts. Together, these middle-aged half sisters navigate LA life (and death), juggling relationships, careers, and the living and dead celebrities that frequent the city.
A prodigal daughter and her female fiancé return to her small southern hometown to take over the family diner, setting up a collision of worlds and values that leaves everyone trying to figure out how to coexist in the new normal.
Animated Sci-Fi Comedy – pilot (Quack Landing)
A crew of ducks crash their spaceship on an uncharted world under suspicious circumstances. Their lowest ranked crew member, reckless Sagittaria, sets out on an otherworldly journey to recover the missing ship pieces, find her missing crew and learn from the Scroops what it really means to be a true hero.
A scientist studying posthumanism goes on the hunt for a metaphysical artifact that could unlock a singular truth that’s been hidden from mankind by certain elites throughout history.
TEEN ZOMBIE SHOW
half-hour pilot – Comedy
A small town girl with a razor sharp wit searches for the fairytale man of her dreams, but “happily ever after” gets tricky when her Prince Charming turns out to be a zombie, and her mother prohibits their illicit love.
Fresh Voices Screenwriting Competition – 1st place, TV
Firereel Film Festival – 1st place
The Crime List – 1st place
Hollywood International Moving Pictures – 1st place
Worldfest Houston – 1st place
ScriptXpert coverage at The Writers Store – double recommend
When Vikings accidentally discover North America, it’s not only unfamiliar and hostile territory they have to conquer but the clash of old and new religion that causes conflict throughout the crew.
Script Summit Screenwriting Festival – Best Character Category
THE FAIRY KNIGHT
pilot – Supernatural/Fantasy
A man seeking to heal his dying aunt absorbs a stockpile of magical energy, embroiling him in an ancient fairy warrior’s hunt for revenge.
THE IMAGINATION OF BILLY COULTER
Garison Ellsworth Piatt
A young boy escapes his dysfunctional life through his overactive imagination, until his daydreams become real…and out of control.
pilot – Drama
In a sleepy seaside town in Maine, three estranged siblings must move in together after their mother’s suicide is ruled a homicide.
THIS COVIDIEN LIFE
In the midst of a global pandemic, six employees of a failing retailer decide to quarantine together in their abandoned offices. Will they save the company? Will they get caught? Or will they drive each other insane?
THIS IS AMERICA
Jared V. Walker Jr.
To escape his immoral past, an unexpected hero must deliver a powerful child to a mystical hidden city while fleeing a diabolical scientist who will stop at nothing to recover her experiment.
1/2 hour Comedy pilot
Evicted from her luxurious, virtual lifestyle, an aggrieved woman returns to a real world run by droids and smart cars.
UNTIL THE RIOTS COME
one-hour Historical Drama
A Chicago newspaper publisher fights against the federal government’s efforts to censor the Black press during WW2.
Sundance Episodic Lab 2nd rounder
When a socially conscious OHSU doctor in Portland, OR is turned into a vampire, she is ethically compelled to help the sick and injured at a mismanaged hospital for mythical creatures and monsters.
WW FilmLabTV – finalist
Alicia McLachlan & Paul Winters
pilot – one-hour Drama
In the isolated Australian Outback, an Aboriginal hostel clerk with an identity complex must decide whether to take over the struggling family business with her enigmatic best friend or leave town to pursue a life of her own.
A selfish, supernatural flesh-eater struggles to maintain her free-spirited lifestyle when she is forced to lead the family hunt to protect them from their own barbaric desires and the humans who wish to eradicate them.
Screencraft Sci-Fi/Fantasy – semifinalist
Michael A. Levine
When an anthropologist returns to her home in Milwaukee, a worldwide pandemic breaks out – unlike any other because it can be energized by electronic transmissions like smartphones and wifi. She knows someone she believes has a cure – the traditional healer of the tribe she was studying in the Nicaraguan rain forest. But to get to her she will have to travel 3,300 miles through plague-infested areas without modern transportation and needs the help of the one person she detests the most – the man she holds responsible for the death of her brother.
Stage 32 Read My Screenplay – Consider