Q & A with Brooks Elms (pt 2)

Brooks Elms is a screenwriter and independent filmmaker. His specialty is grounded personal characters and writing stomach-churning story tension.

He’s written 30+ screenplays, a dozen of them on assignment, and sold several scripts, including one this year with Brad Peyton as Executive Producer. Brooks was recently hired to rewrite a screenplay started by an Oscar-winning writer. Brooks began his career writing, directing, and producing two indie features (personal dramas) that he screened all over the world.

Here’s an interview with Brooks from last year. He also loves coaching fellow writers who have a burning ambition to deeply serve their audiences, and has two new programs available to give them a helping hand.

You started your new mentorship program ANSWER THE CALL in late 2020 and the online course UNLEASH YOUR SUPERPOWER in early 2021. There are a lot of similar screenwriting courses and programs out there. What is it about yours that sets it apart from the rest?

Depth. I go ALL IN on the success of my writers. Most consultants give you their best for an hour or two, or maybe for the month you take their online course. And they play the numbers game. But since I only work with a few writers at a time, I’m better positioned to move the needle for you in a BIG way. I fully invest in writers: giving my time, my contacts, my everything – for life. I love helping them succeed as much as I love serving my audience with my own screenplays. 

Is this a course more applicable for screenwriters just starting out, those with a few scripts under their belts, or both?

I enjoy new writers, but the best way I can help them is through my free tips found here https://www.brookselms.com/new/. I’m on the planet to serve my own audiences, and to help talented intermediate-level writers turn pro ASAP, and to keep them working at their highest levels – for life. And by intermediate, I mean they’ve written a couple scripts OR they’re a working professional in an adjacent creative field: copywriting, journalism, novels, acting, producing, directing, etc… 

Do you consult with writers regarding which program would be the best for them?

The website helps writers with that. But the summary is that ff you want a working WGA screenwriter to uplevel every facet of your game, consider the in-depth 1:1 story development program – ANSWER THE CALL. If you want help getting your script to people in Hollywood to launch your career forward, consider the outreach course & community – UNLEASH YOUR SUPERPOWER.

What was the inspiration for calling the programs ANSWER THE CALL and UNLEASH YOUR SUPERPOWER?

ANSWER THE CALL is from Joseph Cambell’s work about the mythic CALL that begins every great story. Too often, writers Refuse The Call to get the support they need to move to their next level – and they remain stuck in Act 1 in agony and cynicism. My program is for writers ready for the emotional risk to ANSWER THE CALL. UNLEASH YOUR SUPERPOWER is just a fun way to think about branding and outreach, because that side of the game, more than any other, needs a playful approach to be GREAT at it.

One of the aspects of your ANSWER THE CALL program is that you work with several writers as a group, as opposed to just keeping it one-on-one. Do you find that more beneficial, and why?

The group coaching calls add dimension to learning the system. Sometimes, I’ll show you a craft adjustment 1:1, and you kinda get it, but then in the group call you see me coaching a different writer on that same principle and it will now totally click for you. And the writers I select are super-creative so our group calls are an amazing sounding board for getting quick collective reactions. Plus, having a circle of peers that are ambitious, team-oriented and active in the business – keeps you inspired. Because when one of us win, all of us win.

How extensive is your work with writers for ANSWER THE CALL? Do you help them develop a script from beginning to end, or should they come in with one already written?

We go the full distance. So you can repeat the process, for life. We’ll take a deep dive into your favorite films & shows and why you love them. Then discuss an idea for a new story, or it could be re-writing a previous story you couldn’t crack. 

I take you through every step in my simple, proven professional process, to be sure you’re squeezing ALL the creative juice from your story idea. I help you answer all your audiences questions that you didn’t think to ask yourself. I am your first and best audience member that’s rooting you on every step of the way.

And even when you get several drafts into the screenplay, I’m still with you and tapping into all my personal contacts to get this project set up, get you representation, and get you all the other success you want.

I can’t guarantee WHEN this will happen for you, but I do guarantee you WILL cross significant career milestones with this system if you keep using it. 

And I haven’t found a more comprehensive and effective system for success as a screenwriter anywhere — because of the in-depth 1:1 attention, and the inspired community I cultivate.

Part of the ANSWER THE CALL program is that you select 5 out of all applicants to participate. How do you determine who makes the cut, and what if somebody applies and doesn’t get selected?

I help everybody that applies. Some writers will be the best match for me, and I work with those 5 people myself. And because I’m getting so many serious writers applying, I’ve also brought in 2 guest mentors (with better credits than mine!) to support others I can’t work with myself. IF the writer and that other mentor hit it off, they’re still in my program with my community and group coaching calls, and they just get their 1:1 support from an even more fitting working writer than me.

For the writers that aren’t the best fit for my program, I still make an introduction to another amazing mentor colleague who works hourly, which allows them to still get custom support.

The qualities I look for in the writers that are a match for this program are:

– ambition while being open to earn how to fulfill that ambition

– team player

– talented – I don’t have to love their genre, but I have to love their creative approach and POV on life

– demonstrated commitment to the craft (written several screenplays, or created something else at the professional level and are ready to write screenplays)

– willing to go to the deepest places in themselves, so they can move their audiences in the deepest way

But most of all, I get a feeling when I do the first free coaching session that tells me “Hell yeah I want to help this person succeed myself AND they’re ready” or “I love that this person applied and I’m excited to help them a different way.”

It’s a soft landing for you either way, and just filling out the free (and fast) application will get you leaning forward in your career anyway. Easy!

While ANSWER THE CALL covers the actual writing of the script, UNLEASH YOUR SUPERPOWER is more about what a writer can do once the script is ready to go. Is this a topic that’s challenging to a lot of writers?

Oh yeah. Writers tend to create a lot of drama in the outreach process, and that’s the single biggest factor that’s slowing down your career. Whatever level of talent you have, the speed of your success hinges upon the quality of your outreach game. Lean into your outreach game, and you’ll move into the fast-track of your success.

Follow-up – how would you work with a writer who at the very start says “I’m a complete mess when it comes to pitching”?

I welcome that! We all are on the journey. Myself included. So we just practice, and then we become a little less of a mess, and practice some more — so we become “okay.” And we practice some more until we get good… and even great. And what’s most important is we enjoy that journey of developing our game, and to not take ourselves too seriously as we’re learning. It’s lots of fun.

A lot of writers say lack of access to the industry is one of the biggest obstacles to establishing a screenwriting career. What are your thoughts on that, and how do you help writers with it?

When writers say their problem is “lack of access,” I see the real problem is “lack of a good habit” to face their fears of socializing.

News flash: over half of Hollywood is online posting about all sorts of things. Go to them directly! Get into genuinely engaging conversations with YOUR people – for the sheer fun of it.

Some of those online conversations will escalate into deeper colleague connections and even attachments to your projects – IF and only if – you’ve got the goods. So… the only thing stopping writers from their own amazing outreach game is their habit of wallflowering. But since they chose that habit, they can choose a new one. With practice. Totally in their control and power.

Say a writer completed a script in ANSWER THE CALL that you felt was of above-average quality. What would your next steps be? Pass it along to an agent, manager, or producer? Recommend they enroll in UNLEASH YOUR SUPERPOWER?

Once I make sure their script is as great as it can be, I map out a sales strategy for them and introduce them to my own contacts. I got one of my mentees signed to my own manager. Everybody in the core development program ANSWER THE CALL is automatically enrolled in UNLEASH YOUR SUPERPOWER as part of me helping them succeed.

Are there any success stories regarding former students you can share?

There sure are. In the very first year of the program, writers have already been advancing in contests, got an 8 on the Black List, gotten a handful of paid writing assignments, got producer attachments, and a former client won a Nicholl Fellowship last year (top 5 out of 7200 scripts).

Did I mention it was the first year of the program?

Success begets success, and this snowballing has just begun.

How can somebody interested in either or both of these courses get in touch with you?

Go to https://www.BrooksElmsCoaching.com. The deadline to register for ANSWER THE CALL is October 31st of this year

Last time around, you said your favorite pie was pecan (a la mode), with banana cream coming in a close second. Still the case?

Damn right.

Here’s to an opportunity (for TV & film writers!)

I’m a big believer in supporting the writing community, and helping writers promote themselves and their work whenever I can.

Thus: The Maximum Z Script Showcase.

A catalog of sorts, chock-full of listings for film and TV spec scripts, all available to read by any and all interested parties.

Previous efforts have proven to be positive and productive experiences, so the time seemed right to do it again.

The Autumn ’21 Showcase will post on 29 Oct. The perfect treat heading into Halloween weekend, no?

It’s a very simple process.

You email the following info about your script under the subject “Maximum Z Autumn ’21 Script Showcase” here:

Film or TV

Title

Author(s)

Genre(s)

Logline

Awards (if applicable) – for those with numerous awards, please limit it to 5

Your email – in case someone wants to contact you about reading your script

That’s it. Nothing else.

Two very important details to keep in mind:

DO NOT SEND THE SCRIPT!

Just the info listed above.

-and-

ONE SCRIPT PER PERSON. Sorry. No exceptions.

If you’ve submitted to the Showcase before, you’re more than welcome to send the same script, but we do encourage giving your new stuff a chance to shine.

Submissions will be accepted until Thursday 28 Oct, so don’t delay and send it today!

Some classic hits from days gone by…

After a busy week of interacting with other writers, both directly and indirectly, all through social media, this seemed like an opportune time to offer up some older posts that discuss that sort of thing, a few related issues, and some words of encouragement.

Enjoy!

Don’t be that person

Two shoulders, no waiting

May I be of some assistance?

I (and others) will not hesitate to help

Try the direct approach

Iron fists, meet velvet gloves

Hope this helps

Words that need to be heard

It takes a lot of determination and persistence to make it as a screenwriter.

A LOT.

And since so many other people are trying to accomplish the same things (more or less) as you and I, the difference between good days and bad days is a vast one indeed.

We learn to take the hits and the disappointments to the point that we chalk it up to “them’s the breaks”, and move on to the next thing. It is vital that we toughen up our skin to help us survive the journey.

But let’s go back to the good days thing.

When something positive happens for us, we do not hesitate to trumpet it from the rooftops – a rooftop in the form of some kind of social media platform.

And when that happens, our network of peers and associates is just as quick to join in the celebrating. We’re practically deluged with “congrats!”, “that’s awesome!”, “well deserved!”, and the like. Speaking for myself, I really appreciate it, and make a point of returning the sentiment when appropriate.

As writers, we live and breathe using words as our craft. We write something and hope it has the desired effect. Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn’t, and sometimes it makes a much bigger impact than you could have ever expected. (Those are particularly pleasing.)

Don’t underestimate the power of what you write. Not just for your latest script, but also when it comes to how you present yourself to the rest of the writing community.

Are you always there with a positive message? Do you think “telling ’em like it is” is the way it should be?

Sure, somebody who does well in the Nicholl or Austin is going to get all sorts of congratulatory messages, but what about somebody who came in second or made the quarterfinals in that small contest you’ve never heard of? Are you just as enthusiastic for them? Do you let them know that?

When I was just starting out, I naturally had the novice’s daydreams of “they’re going to love it!”, which of course didn’t happen. Just about every response from my queries would be along the lines of “thanks, but no thanks” (if there was a response at all), and the contest updates that most of the time start with “Unfortunately…” It’s just the way the business is. You take your lumps, move on, and try to be a better writer so you do better next time.

Anybody who’s reading this knows exactly what I’m talking about. We’ve ALL been there.

I’ve recently read the lamentations of a novice writer who hasn’t had much luck in their efforts. They’re convinced that this can only mean that they’re a terrible writer, their family isn’t supportive of them even trying, and are thereby doomed to fail no matter what, so why even try? With as much sympathy and understanding I can put into text on a screen, I (and others) have tried to explain to them that everything they mentioned, from not placing in a contest to getting a pass from a query to them feeling completely alone in this, is not unique to them. Making any kind of progress on any of those fronts won’t happen overnight.

If ever there was a time that words could make a difference for the better, this was one of them. Hopefully my comments had at least the start of the desired effect.

We’re all busting our asses trying to make it however we can in this crazy business, and any outside offering of hope or encouragement is always welcome.

So as you skim your way across the turbulent waves in the vast ocean of social media and see someone’s comment, good or bad, about how they or their writing are doing, take a second to respond.

Let them know you’re rooting for them and hoping for continued success.

You’ve been where they are and hope things get better.

You’re thrilled for them.

You’re sorry.

You’d be amazed at how effective words, especially yours, can be.

Maximum Z Script Showcase – Summer ’21 edition

Any screenwriter who’s done their homework can tell you there are plenty of platforms and websites out there offering up the opportunity to put scripts on display.

Granted, I know this little operation of mine isn’t the biggest or the most well-known, but I also know how frustrating it can be when you’ve got a script you’re really proud of and want to let the rest of the world know about it.

I’m a big believer in supporting the writing community, and wanted to do what I could to offer up that same opportunity to any and all interested parties.

“Send me the vital details for your script, and I’ll post ’em!” I announced.

And 167 of you did exactly that.

What you will find below is a virtual treasure trove of material.

Film and TV scripts covering a vast spectrum of genres, many with accompanying awards and accolades.

But the most important part is that each and every one is available for you to read – courtesy of the writer’s email being included.

Something grabs your attention, makes you think “I’d like to read that.”? All you have to do is contact the writer and ask. Maybe they’ll want to do a swap.

This is networking and establishing professional relationships at their finest.

So settle in and start perusing. Hope you find something you like.

(And as long as I’ve got your attention, feel free to hit the ‘like’ button, and even take it one step further and start following this blog.)

FILM

12 HOURS 2 STEAL

Justin Hayward

Thriller, Heist

A struggling artist must navigate a series of instructions to steal a valuable treasure for an unknown puppetmaster after she downloads an audio tour podcast for a specific painting in a gallery.

Winner, Best Unproduced Feature Screenplay – UK Motion Picture Festival, Spring 2021

Finalist – PIMFF 2021

Finalist – European Cinematography Awards 2021

Official Selection – Amsterdam World International Film Festival 2021

Finalist – Best Script Award 2021

Official Selection – Rome Independent Prisma Awards 2021

ian@reddoorvision.co.uk – my agent Ian Taylor at Red Door Vision

A BULLET FOR MERRI

Tim Brennan

Western

When a notorious outlaw is wrongly arrested, a young sharpshooter who idolizes Western legends must team with him to defend her mountain town from bandits seeking revenge.

tbrennan75@gmail.com

A SISTER IN NEED

Michael Field

Mystery, Thriller

A woman is found dead and her sister believes its murder as she uncovers secrets of a small New England town in search of the truth.

mdfield@me.com

AIN’T NO COWBOYS IN NASHVILLE

Christopher O’Bryant

Crime, Drama

An aspiring country singer willing to hustle, a broke bartender with a big heart, and a two strike criminal find their lives thrust together under the neon shadows of Music City after a robbery gone bad turns to revenge.

Quarterfinalist – 2019 Nicholl Fellowship

Winner – Best Screenplay, 2018 California Film Awards, Orson Welles Awards, Best Screenplay

Finalist – 2019 Los Angeles Crime and Horror Festival

Quarterfinalist – 2019 Roadmap/Road to New Republic

Selection – 2019 Sacramento International Film Festival Screenplay Contest

Quarterfinalist – 2018 & 2019 PAGE

Semifinalist – 2021 Stage 32 Drama Screenplay

Semifinalist – 2018 & 2019 Screencraft Drama

Quarterfinalist – 2018 WeScreenplay Feature

obryantcj@gmail.com

ALL THE STARS IN THE HEAVENS

William B. Stoddard

Drama

A once famous, burned out writer at MGM and a young, aspiring writer, a Studio Page take a tumultuous journey that will alter both of their lives.

williamstoddard52@gmail.com

AMERICAN CHECKOUT

Todd Foley

Thriller, Horror, Dark Comedy

While stocking shelves in a retail store, a struggling, newly single dad gets caught in a diabolical game where he must follow the instructions in each box he opens, or his estranged children will be murdered.

scribbledrevisions@gmail.com

AMONG THIEVES

Danny Katz

Thriller

A young man in recovery is recruited by his N.A. sponsor to join a cult-like group of thieves. Lured in with the prospect of helping his father’s shaky new sales career in the home-security sector, Ethan learns the hard way, there’s no honor among thieves.

dankatz920@gmail.com

AN ANGEL WALKS INTO A BAR…

Paul E. Zeidman

Comedy

After literally dying onstage, a caustic comedian must fix three of the many lives he ruined when he was alive, or be damned to his own personal hell for eternity.

paul.zeidman@gmail.com

ANASTASIS

Simon Doyle

Comedy, Horror

A museum security guard sets out to destroy a painting the same night a motley crew attempt a bungled heist. Shame the painting’s haunted. And eats people.

simon.doyle@doctors.org.uk

BACKMASKING

Charli Quevedo

Drama

A doctoral student who discovers the cure to an ongoing epidemic inadvertently falls in love with the potential environmental terrorist.

Selection – Hollywood Jumbo

chaliquevedo21@gmail.com

BLUE SKY AND I

Durnford Edward King

Comedy, Drama

A suicidal comic, trapped in an isolated cabin with a traumatized ten year old girl who hasn’t spoken in over a year, discovers that if he assumes the persona of her favorite cartoon character, she’ll respond. They put crazy on hold, have a hell of an adventure helping each other survive, and begin to heal their personal wounds.

durnking@aol.com

BONE BROTH

Noelle Messier

Psychological Thriller

In an isolated, small town, a squeamish, vegan, lesbian detective falls in love with a sadistic, serial-killer cannibal and battles her inner and outer demons in an intimate and twisted psychological cat and mouse battle for survival. With the help of a brave Deputy in a wheelchair, she learns she needs to become her fear to overcome it.

noellemessier@gmail.com

BREAKING GROUND

Natalie O.

Drama, Indie, Female-Driven

Lexi, a heavily tattooed woman in her mid-20’s, who was known to be an on-the rise young skateboarder during her childhood, gave up her talent as she approached her mid 20’s due to her the loss of her father and her mother in rehab. She lives with her disabled grandmother and likes spending time with her abusive boyfriend. However, with her finances hanging on by a thread each day, she decides to run back to the one thing she loves the most, skateboarding.

natalieolajide27@gmail.com

BREAST IN SHOW

Andrea Berting

Dramedy

A young burlesque dancer reeling from a breast cancer diagnosis forms an unlikely bond with the much older members of her support group, and must push past conservative mindsets and patriarchal, ageist ideas of beauty in order to run a burlesque workshop helping her fellow survivors reclaim ownership of their bodies. 

Quarterfinalist – Screencraft Screenwriting Fellowship

andreaberting@gmail.com

BRIDGE BY THE EARTHEN HOUSE

Paul Howard Hunt

Drama

A man with early-onset dementia continues to hide his condition when his son commits suicide. Past and present, lies and truth begin to merge.

Best Screenplay Award – 2020 European Independent Film Festival

paulhowardhunt@gmail.com

BROOM GOES THE DYNAMITE

Jeffrey Field

Sports, Comedy

When a superstar college quarterback suffers an injury that threatens to derail his pro career, a shrewd sports marketer offers him lifetime financial security if he can carry a team of talented misfits to the Olympic trials… in curling.

jefffield88@yahoo.com

CALYPSO

Fiona Faith Ross

Supernatural Thriller, Fantasy, Horror

After her granddad dies, a bereaved young American travels to the ‘old country’ to connect with her last living family, an aunt who insists she is the immortal sea-goddess, Calypso.

fionafaithross@gmail.com

CLIMBING MOUNTAINS

Paul Ober

Magical Realism

A young boy who’s always wanted to go on an adventure is dying of lung cancer. On the brink of losing all hope and youthful imagination, his friend’s teddy bear comes to life, bringing him on an adventure unlike any other.

Stereo podcast week 4 – $10,000 grand prize winner.

pauloberofficial@aol.com

DARK HOLIDAY

James Lemke

Comedy, Horror

Two clueless women take a vacation to get away from boyfriends and the city only to find themselves in a hilarious Canadian government experiment with Zombies. Hockey players and all.

Finalist – New Wave Film Festival

Selection – New York Tri-State International Film Festival

jclemkeart@yahoo.com

DARK SHAMROCK

Jalissa Cruz

Thriller, Mystery, Suspense

While the Vice President of a video game company tries to prevent her kidnapper from hacking into her company’s data, her coworker and best friend of over 40 years tries to escape the hacker’s accomplice.

yelissaaawrites@gmail.com

DEFINITELY NOT ANYMORE

Paige Feldman

Romantic Comedy

Two colleagues who don’t like each other – and who are both in other relationships – fall in love and get married over one Passover. It’s a story about family, following your passion, and fish (gefilte, and otherwise).

Second Rounder – 2020 Austin Film Festival

paige.feldman@gmail.com

DIAMOND CODE

Kimberly Eaton

Thriller

Chloe Monet, desperate to prevent a predicted death, is introduced to two jet-setting brothers from Greece, exposing an International diamond scheme. Although diamonds are considered a girl’s best friend, in this case they are a source of contention and danger.

scripchik@aol.com

EDEN’S FLOWER

Marcelo Rabelo

Thriller

A girl raised in isolation by her brother is forced to flee when he becomes a threat, and must now survive in a world she knows nothing about.

mrjfilho@icloud.com

EDEN’S PARADISE (2nd in a trilogy)

J.E. Swainston

Sci-Fi, Action

An idealistic young woman fights to stop the violent disintegration of society and create a peaceful haven.

Finalist – Beyond The Curve Int’l Film Festival

janetswainston@gmail.com

ESPERANZA

Blake Armstrong

Western

A pacifist sheriff wants to shape the west with non-violence but his moral code is pushed to the limit when he transports a dangerous killer across the New Mexican desert. 

blake@roboteatingrobot.com

FAMILY TIES

Brian Weston

Drama

When a ruthless entrepreneur’s grandmother in Ireland dies in suspicious circumstances, he decides it is time for revenge against his evil criminal kingpin uncle.

bw1707@yahoo.com

FERVOR

Luke Greensmith

Horror

Tensions between young and old in a small town are manifested in the mysterious appearance of the “Miracle Church”, and the transformations that follow.

lukegreensmith@gmail.com

FIVE ORCS

Kevin Ryan

Fantasy, Animated, Comedy

As the final battle between Good and Evil approaches, five desperate orcs plan to steal a magical shield from their Queen’s enormous fortress so they can pay for their escape from the inevitable slaughter.

Bronze – Prix Royal Paris Screenplay Awards

Winner – Golden Nugget Feature Screenplay Awards

Semifinalist – 2021 Shriekfest

kevinryan333@gmail.com

FIVE SWORDS UNDER HEAVEN

Logan Shaw

Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Western

A vengeful train robber and a female Samurai forge an unlikely partnership as they race across the Old West to rescue the Emperor’s daughter and stop a gang of thieves from stealing five mystical swords. 

Finalist – 2021 Screencraft Fellowship

Top 100 – 2021 Table Read My Screenplay Genre Competition

Semifinalist – 2020 Screencraft Action/Adventure

Quarterfinalist – 2021 WeScreenplay

Quarterfinalist – 2021 StoryPros

Quarterfinalist – 2021 SWN Goldman Award

sloganshaw@gmail.com

FOREVER CRUSH

Ms. Uthman & Joy Princess

Romance

Two tenants, a poet and a fan of poetry, Desmond and Vicky are drawn to each other by their love for poetry. Their closeness threatens Desmond’s relationship with his fiancé. 

shrekoxymann@gmail.com

FULL MOON OVER THE NEW ‘D’ BAR

Daniel Bridges

Horror, Comedy

After their conspiracy theorist buddy goes missing, two dumbass vets enter a seedy town with a seedy strip club that just happens to be full of seedy 80s clad stripper werewolves, and once again they need to save ‘Merica.

Coverfly – Overall Top 10%

Quarterfinalist – 2021 Richmond International Film Festival

Quarterfinalist – 2020 Big Break Script Competition

Semifinalist – 2020 ScreenCraft Comedy Screenplay

Semifinalist – Filmmatic Comedy Screenplay Competition

Official Selection – 2019 Portland Comedy Film Festival

Official Selection – 2020 Houston Comedy Film Festival

Official Selection – 2020 Austin Short Film Festival

danielobridges@gmail.com

GARAGE SALE

Sheila M. Cronin

Family, Drama

A cinematographer receives his first offer to direct a film, but must convince his soon-to-be ex-wife to star in it or lose the opportunity.

sheila.giftcounselorbook@gmail.com

GHOSTS IN THE MACHINE

Blaise Hesselgren

Sci-Fi

Trapped inside a computer simulation with its two creators, an emergent AI has to hack its way into their minds to find the way out to the real world.

Semifinalist – 2018 PAGE International Screenwriting Awards

blaise.hesselgren@gmail.com

GIRL IN THE SHADOWS

Stephen Knight

Thriller

Haunted by a childhood trauma, a small town cop searches for the killer of people from her past, but the man in charge and her past consort to stop her.

Top Ten Feature – SWN Goldman Award

step1knight@gmail.com

GODFATHERS

Sharon Samson

Comedy

Tricked into babysitting their godchildren, a trio of egocentric dudes find themselves in the middle of a robbery turned kidnapping, leaving them one kid short. With the aid of a frenemy cop, they must defeat the bandits and save the kid before daddy returns.

sharonsamson89@hotmail.co.uk

GOLEM

Max Kinchen

Historical, Fantasy, Drama

As his people face constant persecution in 16th century Prague, Chief Rabbi Judah Loew suffers a crisis of faith and creates a Golem as a means of protection, only to lose control of his monster and be forced to stop it before it brings about an even greater threat.

8 – The Black List

Quarterfinalist – Screencraft Fellowship

2nd rounder – Launchpad

2nd rounder – Austin Film Festival

max.kinchen@gmail.com

GRAMMY GOES GANGSTER

Scotty Cornfield

Seniors, Gangsters, Comedy

A group of under-appreciated old ladies form a street gang to save the life of a dying grandson. 

scotty@scottycornfield.com

HAIL MARY

Sophia Baratti

Thriller, Drama, Comedy

When three self-indulgent college students find millions in stolen cash, a spontaneous spring break turns into a vengeful weekend as they push each other to their greediest limits.

sabaratti@gail.com

HAULING ASH

Derek Wightman

Comedy

The do-nothing son of a recently deceased business mogul is tasked to deliver his estranged father’s ashes cross country in order to inherit the family fortune. Along the way, he must evade 2 hit men hired by his father’s spurned business partner, with his unbeknownst secret agent girlfriend assisting him along the way.

derekscottw2@hotmail.com

HERMIT

Brendon Udy

Horror, Thriller

A grieving man isolates himself on an island after the loss of his daughter and wife, but when his wife returns, his sanity and devotion are pushed to the brink as she shows increasingly violent, animalistic behaviours.

brendon.u@gmail.com

I DON’T KNOW

Arthur Tiersky

Comedy, Rom-Com

A seemingly conventional romantic comedy is disrupted when its own screenwriter inserts himself into the story and appears to be a better match for the leading lady than the leading man is.

Finalist/Residency – Bahamas International Film Festival

Best Unproduced Screenplay – Unrestricted View Film Festival

Best Screenplay Feature and Best in Show – Cinema WorldFest Awards

Best Screenplay – Montreal International Film Festival

Best Feature Screenplay – Pollino International Film Festival

Best Comedy – Best Script Award

artiefromtheblock@yahoo.com

IF THEY WERE OF US

Rosemary Griggs

True Crime, Drama

Inspired by a True Story, a middle-aged FBI agent in Suburban Chicago soon finds his latest murder case is invading the lives of the people he loves.

8 – The Black List

Semifinalist – Launch Pad

Semifinalist – Stage 32 Drama

grigs521@gmail.com

INDEBTED

Jake Peter

Thriller

After losing big, a gambler decides to rob a bank to pay off his debt and escape his merciless boss.

jakepeter025@gmail.com

INDUCEMENT

Jeffrey Lee Sibley

Sci-Fi, Action

When a low-level criminal reveals his hidden power of complete persuasion, omnipotent forces attempt to exploit his extraordinary ability with life-altering repercussions.

jeffsibley1@gmail.com

INSIDE THESE WALLS

Jade Tostanoski

Sci-Fi

An inclusive dystopian sci-fi screenplay about a hot-headed woman, who after her mother is taken for missed organ payments, joins a small rebellion effort to save her, but when they uncover darker truths about the repossessed victims, she must save the people of the encased city, which seems impossible because the powerful CEO is standing in her way.

jade.banzhoff@gmail.com

I WOULD LIKE TO THANK

Benedict Ransley

Comedy

To stage his long-desired comeback, a disgraced Hollywood star must join forces with a quirky British acting coach.

Shortlisted for Barnstorm Festival 2020

benedict@moviemagicdarling.com

JHO LOW

Teng Ky-Gan

Drama, Biopic

Upon accidentally gaining access to a sovereign fund containing billions of dollars, an awkward social-climber has to siphon as much money as he can, using brilliant and complicated financial structures, before the authorities close in. Based on the real-life fugitive Jho Low who was involved in the biggest financial scandal in history.

1st Place – Table Read My Screenplay (Genre: Historical / Biopic) 2021

tengkygan@gmail.com

K9-47

Attris Jewitt

Action, Thriller

DEA Special Agent John Fisk and Kayla, his detection dog, are a force to be reckoned, when a mission goes sideways, killing him. Waking up wounded and alone, it takes the unwitting help of a rookie agent for Kayla to exact justice.

attyisearnest@gmail.com

LAW OF THE WEST

Troy Greenwood

Epic, Western

Rooted in a gateway valley, a family of homesteaders and Indigenous band become targets of a railway tycoon intent on exploiting a recent gold discovery in the neighboring hills.  Driven to defend their way of life the valley’s inhabitants must put aside their differences and join together if there’s any hope of preserving honor and justice in this brave ‘New World’.

troygreenwood@hhsproductions.com

LIFE OF CY

Mark Anthony Ramitt

Drama, Coming of Age

Determined to attend senior prom, a teen born with a rare genetic disorder must also overcome social anxieties to secure a prom date, until a teacher he is smitten with provides him with a unique opportunity and arrangement.

Adaptation of my short script GENERATION CY, which placed in the semifinals in the 2020 Barnstorm Film & TV Fest

markramitt@gmail.com

LOVE SCARS

Jodi Ippolito

Drama, Coming of Age

For transgender teen, Andy Cooper, finding love – much less a date to prom – is a pretty tall order. Things change when Andy rekindles his friendship with Valedictorian, Olivia McDonald. Together, the duo confront transphobic peers, family struggles, challenging friendships and life altering SCARS.

Official Selection – 2021 Script Summit

MANIFEST DESTINY

Deidre Berry

Drama

A biracial teen comes of age in inner city Miami, and resents her mother’s return home after serving  a lengthy prison sentence.

berrydeidre82@gmail.com

MOTHER

Benas Drabavicius

Horror, Thriller

Members of a Satanist band must escape the wrath of a pious Catholic mother, dangerously obsessed with saving the souls of the Satanist trapped in her care.

asa.benas@yahoo.com

MUDDY WATERS

John M. Ware

Crime, Drama

When a small, southern town is ravaged by a deadly new drug, a tough detective and grief stricken medical examiner must team up to bring down a drug kingpin.

johnm.ware80@gmail.com

MUSTANG EXPRESS

B. Jack Azadi

Crime, Drama, Neo-Western

New Mexico, 1979: After killing a corrupt Deputy Sheriff, two Chiricahua-Apache women resort to a desperate scheme to start a new life across the border.

Comps: Thelma and Louise, Hell or High Water

bjackazadi@gmail.com

MY DREAM OF CHLOE SEVIGNY

Ryan Greenwood

Comedy

When a Columbia Law professor meets the internationally-acclaimed actress at the New York Public Library, the line between reality and dreamscapes quickly blurs.

ryancgreenwood@gmail.com

MY FAVORITE COLOR

Lou Paoletti

Dark Comedy

After being forced to make an impossible decision about his relationship, a love-struck man battles newfound mental illness while navigating an existential crisis.

loupaoletti1@gmail.com

NINE LIVES

Bart Baker

Hard action, Comedy

The good news:  Disgraced, down on his luck, dog-loving, former special-op, Mutt Hickock, finds his fortunes changing when he’s named the executor of a billion and a half dollar trust.  The bad news: The massive fortune has been left to a pampered, Persian cat, which Mutt not only can’t tolerate, he’s allergic to as well.  The worse news: There is a very badass group of people from Mutt’s past that want the cat dead so they can get their hands on the money.  The worst news: Killing Mutt in the process would just be a bonus. 

bartshd@aol.com

NOVUM

Joseph Rhea

Sci-Fi, Dystopian Drama

In an aging undersea colony, a troubled cargo-sub captain must join forces with an untested crew to destroy an ancient weapon that threatens what’s left of the human race.

Note – adapted from the first book in my own series, so could be first 2 hours of a ~10-hour limited series

wjrhea@gmail.com

ON THE HOUR

Brandon Rhiness

Horror

A group of friends spending the weekend in the country fall victim to a curse that causes them to die off one by one, every hour, on the hour.

brhiness@gmail.com

PARENTAL DISCRETION ADVISED

Joel Murphy

Horror-Comedy, Coming of Age, Road Trip

In the summer of 1999, four high school friends must band together to save professional wrestling from an ancient demon known as the Flayed One.

joeldmurphy@gmail.com

PASSING THROUGH

Robert Rhyne

Drama

A guilt-ridden doctor conceals his identity to secretly care for his female hit and run victim — only to fall in love with her — even as her vengeful father and the police close in on her assailant.

Winner – UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television Screenwriting Program

Winner – We Screenplay

Finalist – Austin Film Festival

Semifinalist – Slamdance

Quarterfinalist – Nicholl Fellowships

randprhyne@aol.com

PORCELAIN GIRL

KB Jackson

Drama

An ambitious girl at the start of her senior year makes a significant decision about her baby’s future due to an unexpected pregnancy.

fantastiafann@yahoo.com

REDEMPTION RIDGE

Michael Dickson

Drama, Music

A washed-up country music legend and Nashville’s hottest new star must set aside their differences and work together to save the young star’s tarnished reputation.

mimmikmedia@gmail.com

RETURN TO SENDER

Adam Sturkenboom

Comedy, Adventure, Fantasy

In an attempt to save his dying relationship, a socially inept slacker finds a way to adopt a literal monster baby, sparking a cross-country road trip to return it before someone dies or all their money runs dry.

adamlanesturkenboom@gmail.com

SAVING ELVIS

Clint Williams & Dennis Love

Sci-Fi

A burned-out rock critic and his billionaire publisher travel back in time to rescue the self-destructive Elvis Presley from himself and the evil Colonel Tom Parker.

clintwilliams3@gmail.com

SCARLET SEAS

J.C. Young

Action, Adventure, Horror

Father and daughter hunters pursue a fugitive vampire to the New World; her blood-thirst unleashed when pirates plunder the ship ferrying her coffin.

Red List – Feb 2020 Coverfly

Top 23% – Coverfly

Semifinalist – 3rd 2020 Filmmatic Pitch Now

Semifinalist – Unique Voices

Quarterfinalist – 2020 Script2Comic

Quarterfinalist – StoryPros

Top 10 (4 weeks) – Talentville.com

writer.jcyoung@yahoo.com

SEARCHING FOR WENDY

Diego Sanchez Nicolas

Home Invasion, Survival, Horror

An agoraphobic girl fights through a bloodbath of death when the psychotic Peter breaks into her flat with his violent gang of “Lost Boys”.

diegosancheznicolas@hotmail.es

SNIPER QUEEN

David Ennocenti

Action, Biography

When Nazi Germany invades her Ukraine homeland, a 24-year-old University student enlists in the Rifle Division of the Soviet Red Army, over the objectionss of her family and the recruiter;  she becomes her country’s most prolific sniper.

Finalist – Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition

Official Selection – Artemis Women In Action Film Festival

d.ennocenti@gmail.com

SOMEWHERE SAFE

Kris Taylor

Action, Adventure, Thriller

When a damaged Somali Soldier’s hidden past is uncovered, he faces his demons to shepherd an innocent family on the run to Europe. But blood ties to the vengeful military regime hunting them force him to make an impossible and deadly choice.

kris.taylor80@gmail.com

STILETTO

Shauney Taylor

Psychological, Thriller

A successful novelist with a dark secret takes in a lodger whose own secret changes her life forever.

2nd Place – Raindance

taylorsue42@yahoo.com

SWEAT

Hyten Davidson

Thriller, Drama

When an Army ranger is forced to pass an unconventional sobriety program or face a dishonorable discharge, she stumbles upon a dark plot within the facility capable of undoing her past while sabotaging her future.

Best Feature Screenplay – 2021 FunMill Film Fest, Cleveland, OH

hytendavidson@gmail.com

SYNDICATE

Kevin O’Leary

Action, Adventure

A naïve girl must grow up fast when her genius father is kidnapped by a futuristic, dystopian, multinational corporation.

privateer808@hotmail.com

THANKS FOR YOUR DONATION

Matthew J. Kaplan

Thriller, Horror

When an orphan discovers that she has been adopted for the sole purpose of being an organ donor for her sickly new brother, she must fight her new family and escape their old mansion before her life is taken and her lungs are harvested.

kapmatt@gmail.com

THE BOY FROM THE MEADOW

Geoffrey Enright

Drama, Thriller

A young boy escapes from the grip of a religious compound and falls into the arms of a small-town sheriff who vows to protect him at all costs.  

geoffreyenright@gmail.com

THE CALL OF THE VOID

Graham McNeill

Supernatural, Horror

In the days before Hurricane Katrina, a former investigative journalist is drawn back to New Orleans following the death of her sister, where one of the Crescent City’s oldest families is on the verge of summoning an ancient god of prehistory.

Quarterfinalist – Final Draft Big Break

graham@graham-mcneill.com

THE CHAMELEON

Anthony Moore

Thriller

An attractive animal rights activist must stop a serial killer, while avoiding becoming his next victim, to prevent an infatuated cop from uncovering her dark secret.

Grand Prize Winner – Thriller, 2018 Fade In Awards

techrat@live.com

THE CHECKERED

Mark Gunnion

Action, Dramedy

In 1970s Indianapolis, a 2nd-generation hot rodder finagles a way to stay out of the Army (and the County Jail) so he can keep doing what he loves – RACING – but a cop with a grudge is obsessed with wrecking his life, and making him pay for ALL his family’s crimes.

Finalist, Official Selection – 2021 Die Laughing Film Festival

Semifinalist – Filmmatic Comedy Film Festival

Semifinalist – StoryPros

markgunnion@gmail.com

THE CHRISTMAS BET

Katie Haskins

Drama, Romance, Christmas

A reluctant bet between a disenchanted Christmas novelist and her playboy brother. Before Christmas Eve, she’s going to find his Mrs. Claus and he’s going to find her holiday spirit.

katie.haskins@gmail.com

THE COLLAR

P.B. Forde

Crime, Comedy

When a revenge plot goes horribly wrong, a sickly priest finds himself caught up in the chaos. As violence unfolds around him, and doubt enters the fray, he must do what he can if he wants to get out alive.

paulbforde@gmail.com

THE DARK BELOW

Brian Fitzpatrick

Horror, Sci-Fi

Ruthless mercenaries, fanatical cultists, and celestial horrors won’t stand in the way of an all-girl urban explorer team hell bent on rescuing their young sister from the grip of a shadowy monster in a secretive lab.

brianfitzauthor@gmail.com

THE DUNA HOTEL

Ryan Berry

Horror, Comedy

As a newly appointed bell-boy, Ryan expected to meet a lot of guests. What he didn’t expect was for one of them to be a murderer, or for half of them to be monsters. It’s going to be a long night.

ryberry@hotmail.co.uk

THE EDGE OF HONOR

Katherine Bryan

Action, Thriller

Wanted for murder, a Navy SEAL must save his fiancé by plunging into the most desperate hunt of his life–a shattering search for a brilliant killer who has come back to finish a job he failed at several years before.

katie-bryan@att.net

THE FAMILY BUSINESS

Eva Wakeford

Neo-Western, Black Comedy

Loosely based on the twisted tale of America’s first serial killer family. Set in the absurd and abnormal town of Labette, a determined yet naive young woman strikes up an unlikely companionship with a gunslinger, teaching her that she must forge her own way in the world. But when you come from a family of murderers, heads are guaranteed to roll.

evawakeford@gmail.com

THE FUNNY FARM

Robert Ward

Horror

A wise-cracking demon terrorizes a farm family, then battles the lone survivor to the death… who happens to be the farmer’s ingenious and badass teenage daughter.

Winner – 2019 Filmmatic Horror Screenplay Awards

2nd place – Best Feature Script – 2019 Hollywood Horrorfest

Finalist – 2018 Page Turner Horror & Thriller

Finalist – 2017 New York City Horror Film Festival

Finalist – 2017 Shriekfest Horror Film Festival

rward@got.net

THE HALF LIFE OF HARRY FIGG

Mark Wesley

Sci-Fi, Drama laced with Humor

After seeing a strange light, a feral boy’s life is changed when he breaks into a reclusive scientist’s home and discovers a star in a jar.

markwesley13@googlemail.com

THE HOMESTEAD

Ian Sandusky

Comedy

When a couple from New York City move to Missouri to build the glamping homestead of their dreams, they will have to reevaluate everything they think they know to save the farm – and their marriage.

ian.sandusky@gmail.com

THE LAST EARTH STATION

Kathryn Radmall

Sci-Fi

When a space station, missing for over a century, suddenly reappears on the far side of the galaxy, the team sent to investigate discover that the lost don’t always want to be found.

kathryn.radmall@icloud.com

THE LAST PRIEST

Brian Mulligan

Historical, Faith-based, Drama

Berlin 1938. The Catholic Church makes a deal with the devil and a reluctant young priest must either comply with the church’s appeasement of Hitler’s government or rise up against two powerful forces to become the hero the world needs.

Semifinalist – Screencraft Fellowship

bmull863@gmail.com

THE LAST RAIN

Kathryn Rushent

Sci-Fi, Drama, Magic Realism

In the endless rain and crop failures of an apocalyptic volcanic winter, a mythic being – both man and monster – comes to the aid of a diverse blended family to bring back the sun. (MAGGIE meets THE SHAPE OF WATER)

rushentk@gmail.com

THE LEGEND OF YAKATUTCH

Sean Francis Ellis

Horror

A snowboarder must embrace his First Nations heritage to save his girlfriend from a legendary beast, which needs her DNA to restore its humanity.

Quarterfinalist – 2017 Screencraft Fellowship

Official Selection – 2017 Beverly Hills Film Festival Screenplay Competition

Finalist – 2016 Toronto Horror Film & Screenplay Festival

Producer Spotlight Project – 2015 Toronto’s Int’l Financial Forum and Trans-Atlantic Partners

Best Project & Pitch – 2014 3-D Stereo Media Summit – Liege, Belgium

seanfrancisellis@gmail.com

THE MAN WITH A GLOVE

Suzanne Lutas

Supernatural, Thriller

When a claustrophobic art restorer is held captive, she must renovate a Renaissance era painting which has more inside than just paint.

Quarterfinalist- 2018 Screencraft Horror

Semifinalist – 2019 Miami Screenplay

Semifinalist – 2019 Wiki Screenplay

Finalist – Horror/Thriller – 2019 Pitch Now

Quarterfinalist – 2020 TSL Screenplay

suzannebl@mail.pf

THE MONITOR

Erik Sternberger

Social Thriller

Returning from Iraq, Jacob Diaz works as a social media monitor where he’s forced to constantly watch videos of cruelty, conspiracy, and hate. Fed up with the inaction of his supervisors and the authorities—plus the toll on his psyche—he hunts down the offending posters in search of peace. Finding that he has become a viral sensation himself, he must now escape a rabid fanbase that uses him as its inspiration.

erik.sternberger@gmail.com

THE NOBODY

David Dinning McDermott & Zvi Jaari

Action, Spy

Pawns in the spy world, the betrayal, the guilt, and one mans journey through it all.

Selected – Silicon Beach Film Festival

Selected – Hollywood Jumbo: Screenplay Festival

Selected – The Beverly Hills Film Festival

Selected – 4th Dimension Independent Film Festival

Finalist – 4th Dimension Independent Film Festival

AWARD WINNER – 17th season of World Film Carnival – Singapore(WFCS).

Selected – World Film Carnival – Singapore

Selected – L.A. Indies’ Film Festival

dinningproduction@gmail.com

THE OBSERVER

Ronnie Shantz/Robinson

Sci-Fi

Sometimes being on someone’s radar isn’t all that. Beware an alien woman scorned…

electronten@outlook.com

THE PIRATE PRINCESS

Bobby Kirk

Adventure, YA

A refined young woman must avenge her father’s death by becoming what she despises most, a pirate. Chasing her father’s nemesis across the high seas and through the Queen’s court to extract vengeance and save the kingdom.

A Katniss Everdine heroine in a Princess Bride world. A story for girls that want to be the hero and a princess.

stlbobby@gmail.com

THE PRINCE OF WALGROVE MANOR

Phillip E. Hardy

Dark Comedy, Romcom

A young male rocker plays with 80’s bands, works a white-collar job, and dates multiple women until two of them collide at a party and one of them pulls a gun.

phillip_hrdy@yahoo.com

THE RAVENING

Brian & Robert Kelly

Horror

A young woman is terrorised by her ex-boyfriend after he’s attacked by a werewolf and must fight to the bitter end to save herself and all that she holds dear from the big bad wolf.

seven_tower@hotmail.com

THE RICKETY MAN

Jeremiah Lewis

Horror, Folk, Period

In 1810 England, a bankrupt and disgraced London socialite has three days to uncover the truth about her ex-lover’s disappearance and make amends for her role in her sister’s death before she’s taken by a mythical entity that punishes wrongdoers.

jeremiah.lewis@gmail.com

THE SCAM

Kevin McCormack

Heist, Drama

When an overworked, underpaid college grad finds the promises of her higher education degrees aren’t paying off, she teams with two misfit friends to steal a prized sculpture from their alma mater in order to save her father’s house and finally make a difference.

kevinmccormack8@gmail.com

THE SUBTLE ART OF JUMPING OFF BUILDINGS

Sean Fee

Thriller

A man with a fear of heights falls head over heels for a woman with the unusual hobby of watching people jump off buildings.

sean_fee@hotmail.co.uk

THE TALE OF OBSIDIAN LANDING

Mista Martel

Western, Adventure

When a thriving Freedmen’s town is held hostage by the deranged realtor Dexter Spite, Tijuana Adams must venture back home to avenge her father, the sheriff, and save her mother, the doctor.

Finalist – Beyond The Curve International Film Festival

actormista@gmail.com

THE VANILLA CHILDREN

Gabe Dye

Mockumentary, Dramedy

Six friends who are all siblings of child prodigies try to do something to get themselves recognized by getting into the Guinness Book of World records.

gabe_ms@live.com

THIS IS IT!

Berg Rosenberg

Comedy

Entering her senior year 1999, Allison James has 180 school days left to date the hottest guy, party like a rockstar, and lose her virginity. This is it! 

bergscreenplay@gmail.com

THURISAZ

Yosuke Mitton

Horror, RomCom, Road Trip

After a case of mistaken identity, a shiftless young woman must retrieve an ancient artifact for a crazed cult leader and must battle redneck cannibals, a werewolf, and an ancient evil along the way.

Official Selection: Twin Falls Sandwiches Film Festival

yomitton@gmail.com

TILLIE

David Chester & Blake Pinter

Coming of Age, Period, Drama

In 1890s Pennsylvania Dutch Country, an intellectually gifted farm girl rebels against her tyrannical father and risks her life to get an education to follow in the footsteps of her beloved teacher. 

Finalist – 2019 Pitch Now Screenplay Festival

Finalist – 2019 Screencraft Public Domain

Finalist – 2020 Vail Screenplay Contest

davidhalchester@gmail.com

TIME AT FORT PECK

Anthony Nelson

Neo-Western, Sci-Fi, Crime, Thriller

In pursuit of riches, a woman teams up with her ex-husband to hunt dinosaur bones in the Montana badlands.

amvnelson@gmail.com

UNSPOKEN

Maura Campbell

Psychological Thriller

A non-speaking disabled woman has to overcome her learned helplessness and save herself when her unstable aunt tries to starve her to death.

maura.campbell@btinternet.com

UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN

Antonio Shorter

Family, Drama

The relationship between a father and her daughter is deepened and explored throughout a series of events.

antonioshorter.21@gmail.com

VAMPIRIC

Kelly Parks

Horror

A young couple must survive the night when they become the sexual obsession of a sadistic vampire.

Finalist – StoryPros

kelly.parks@gmail.com

VOODOO MACBETH

Daren Wagar

Period, Drama, Based on a True Story

A young Orson Welles contends with racial tensions, a drunk lead actor and his own ego as he tries to stage MACBETH with an all-Black cast in 1930s Harlem.

Semifinalist – Academy Nicholl Fellowship

daranwagar@outlook.com

WE DON’T SMILE ANYMORE

Leah Simmons

Thriller

Dragged to an exclusive couples retreat, a career-focused woman discovers too late that she and her ambitious husband are the center of a dangerous game.

juliawild375@gmail.com

WHERE THE SUN SETS

Dallas Rector

Western, Drama, Adventure, Crime, Period

When a vindictive bounty hunter transports a bank robber from New Mexico to Colorado to pay for his crimes, the outlaw tests his captor’s weakness and forces the bounty hunter to find out if he truly has the courage to dispense his own personal justice.

dallasrector@runpicturerun.com

TELEVISION

#HOTMESS

Ana Christina Perez Del Rio

Dramedy

A young mess of a woman, trying to break into the business of Hollywood and obsessing over her ex-boyfriend, fakes a pregnancy to get him back but it may be real. 

aperezentertainment@gmail.com

#SANTAMUERTEHEARMYPRAYER

Chelly Pike

YA, Drama, Horror

After a 17yo student at a pretentious New Orleans Catholic school digs into her Colombian heritage in search of a pretty, petty picture to paint to get back at her infuriating Religion teacher, her project on Santa Muerte leads to her lighting candles and murdering her lecherous uncle, but did she find Santa Muerte or did Santa Muerte find her? Maybe death is her destiny?

mpike818@gmail.com

ABDUCTED

Lee Lawson

Action, Thriller

A specialist recovery team risks it all as they fight politics, jealousy, and industry corruption to return kidnap victims home.

leejlawson@gmail.com

ALTERS

Courtney DeCamp

Drama, Thriller

SYBIL meets DEXTER

After witnessing a murder, a woman’s alternate personality goes into hiding, forcing the other quirky personalities to help the police solve the case while attempting to hide their own bloody crimes.

Top 10 – Stage 32 Television Writing Contest

8 on The Black List

Quarterfinalist – Page Turner Screenplays

Honorable mention – WIKI Screenplay Contest

actorcourtneydecamp@gmail.com

ASPEN GROVE

Timothy Shireman

Horror, Supernatural, Thriller

Chapter One: Evil Roots Run Deep. In the Montana Wilderness of 1845, a French-Canadian fur trapper with a dark past is captured by a Native American family. But after duplicitously talking his way out of their captivity, he faces a reckoning for his sins, stumbling into an even more harrowing nightmare that proves as haunting as it is deadly.

stimpleton69@hotmail.com

AUREM

Denise Papas Meechan

Superhero, Action

When a tenacious AAPI teen witnesses four corrupt policemen beat her dad to death, she must learn to convert her auditory PTSD into a newfound power to uncover the identities of the killers and seek revenge- even as it transforms her from a naive streetkid to gold-suited superhero, Aurem!

Quarterfinalist – Screencraft Fellowship

todenisepapas@gmail.com

BLOOD BONDS

Ashley Bower

YA, Drama

As their lives begin to intertwine by happenstance, two teenage girls navigate the layered complexities of young adulthood and family secrets by way of accidental pregnancy and DNA tests.

ashleybower107@gmail.com

BUTTERFLY

Harriet O’Neill

Historical, Drama

After their parents’ murder, two sisters join the underground fight against fascism in Nazi-occupied Belgium.

Semifinalist – 2021 Screencraft Fellowship

Semifinalist – Filmmatic Inroads Fellowship – Season 4

Official Selection – 2021 Script Summit

hlon_95@hotmail.com

COLLEGE MAN

Vin Romano

Drama, Thriller

After unknowingly taking part in a drug experiment at his school, a slacker freshman becomes big man on campus, growing more intelligent, ambitious…and dangerous.

LIMITLESS meets ANIMAL HOUSE

vt3.romano@yahoo.com

FALL FROM GRACE

Roisin Chapman

Comedy, Thriller

An exasperated housewife longing for the sweet release of death gets her first taste of freedom on the run from the law, after accidentally killing her dementia-riddled husband.

roisinc785@gmail.com

FANTASY FARM

Adam Puckoris

Drama

After 15 year old Jilly Parks witnesses a murder from her bedroom window, she begins to uncover dark horrors of her neighborhood Fantasy Farm. 

adampuckorisdna@gmail.com

FIERCE!

Pablo Diablo

Dramedy, Musical

The safety of a drag queen’s women’s shelter is compromised when her estranged high school bestie seeks a place to stay away from her abusive husband.

parmend@gmail.com

FUTURE KING

Dawn Prato

Urban, Fantasy, Drama

After accidentally waking King Arthur in the present day, a disillusioned businesswoman must sort fact from fantasy if they’re going to survive his enemies, both ancient and new – problem is, she may be one of them.

dawn.prato@gmail.com

GARDEN CITY SHUFFLE

Dave Goossen

1-hr Drama

A disgraced jazz musician returns home with hopes of reopening a club but gets caught up in deceit and the dangerous criminal underbelly of a picture-perfect tourist town.

davegoossen@gmail.com

GASOLINE

Liam Kavanagh

Action, Comedy

An uppercrust British aristocrat and a streetwise Mexican cage fighter are recruited by a mysterious benefactor to take down untouchable international criminals.

liamkavanaghmail@gmail.com

HADES

Mike Boaks

Drama

When a doctor from a family of cops is unfairly suspended from a prestigious hospital, he is thrown a lifeline by the Croatian Mafia in his old hood. Committing to help their ailing boss as an underground war erupts, he may discover his professional calling, if he can survive..

Red List #14 TV All Time, #2 TV past year

Top 1 TV Of The Month Coverfly (April 2021)

Finalist – LA Intl Screenplay Awards 2020

2nd Round – Austin Film Festival

Quarterfinalist – Final Draft Big Break

Official Selection – Script Summit

michaelboaks@hotmail.com

HENCH

Charles Rutter

Comedy, Superhero, Animation

A staffing service clerical error reclassifies a hopeful henchman as a supervillain, forcing him to reluctantly fulfill his new managerial obligations instead of what he really wants: to win back his estranged girlfriend and find a decent benefits package.

Semifinalist – Final Draft Big Break

Quarterfinalist – Screencraft Animation

Top 12% – Coverfly ½-hour TV Comedy

Top 14% – Coverfly Comedy

charlesrutter2@gmail.com

INDEFINITE LIFESPAN

Michael Raphael Salomon

Sci-Fi

In the near future, immortality science and religion are destined to collide.

Semifinalist – 2021 Screencraft Fellowship

Semifinalist – Filmmatic Inroads Fellowship, Season 4

Semifinalist – Filmmatic TV Pilots, 5th

Quarterfinalist – Screenwriters Network – SWN Screenplay Competition Goldman Award

Official Selection – 2021 Script Summit

dr.ms@earthlink.net

(in)TOLERANCE

Travis Seppala

Sci-Fi

When the Robot Rights movement is targeted by anti-bot protestors, a non-binary domestic bot finds themself in the middle of a developing uprising. 

flannelmann@yahoo.com

JOHN SUNSHINE’S LOST ROCK ’N’ ROLL TAPES

Alice Wells

Found footage, Rock-Mockumentary, Dark Comedy, Thriller, Music

Decades after the underground rock scene of the 1970s ended, a son discovers his father’s lost interview tapes with some of rock’s lesser known “legends,” and discovers that rock ‘n’ roll may never die, but it sure can kill.

jenscreenplays@gmail.com

JUNIOR HIGH GENIE

Audrey Hackett

Family, Fantasy, Comedy

A preteen girl’s life becomes increasingly complicated when she unleashes an adolescent, hard-to-manage genie, who can’t leave until he grants her three wishes and realizes he may not want to leave at all.

Endorsement – 2020 KIDS FIRST! Film Festival

Semifinalist – 2020 Creative Screenwriting Unique Voices

Quarterfinalist – 2019 Write/LA

audreyhackett0@gmail.com

LOST SUMMER

Terry Dray

Thriller, Scottish Noir

A cheap private eye has to step up his game after he unwittingly uncovers a cold case involving murder, smuggling, and police corruption to become the unlikely hero and survive his deadliest adversary yet.

terrydray@me.com

MEDICINE WOMAN

H.L. Van Hoose

Urban Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller

When a New York City medical intern of Navajo descent suddenly manifests supernatural healing powers, she must learn to control her abilities with the help of her long-lost medicine-man grandfather, and discover how a shadowy genetics corporation was responsible for her father’s mysterious death.

Finalist – Diverso Minority Report Fellowship

Semifinalist – BlueCat

Semifinalist – Cinequest

Semifinalist – Stage 32 TV Writing

Semifinalist – Filmmatic TV Pilot Awards

https://hilaryvanhoose.wixsite.com/screenwriter/contact

MILLER’S BLOOD

Ari Gill

Mystery, Thriller

After her husband’s mysterious death and the disappearance of her 9-year-old son, a teacher discovers a dark secret in her home that catapults her out of suburban London into the heart of Mumbai’s underworld. 

SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE meets BREAKING BAD

Semifinalist – Final Draft Big Break

Top 2% – BBC Writers Room

arigill8@gmail.com

MILNER FUNERARY SERVICES

R. J. Blake

1-hour Horror, Dramedy

A freak accident offers the director of a failing funeral home the solution to her family’s money problems: murdering the men responsible for her husband’s death and reaping the financial windfall of their funerals.‬

#8 – Top Pilots – Blacklist.com

Top Horror PIlots of the Year – Coverfly Red List

2nd rounder – Austin Film Festival

Semifinalist – Nashville Film Festival

Semifinalist – Cinequest Film Festival

Quarterfinalist – Final Draft Big Break

rjblake.production@gmail.com

NEMESIS

Nicole Sylla

Drama

Having survived an abusive childhood, a therapist helps his patients take revenge on the people responsible for their traumas, always at the risk of putting them all behind bars. 

nicole.sylla@gmx.net

OCCUPIED INTELLIGENCE

Collin Lieberg

Historical, Drama

Based on a true story. Two newly recruited female Resistance members risk their lives to rescue downed soldiers and translate Nazi secrets as part of a civilian spy ring, only to face betrayal and capture.

Top 50 – Fast Track Fellowship

Quarterfinalist – Page Turner Genre

Quarterfinalist – Screencraft TV Pilot

collin.lieberg@gmail.com

OFFSIDE

Hayley Griffin

Sports, Drama

At a hybrid state-run boarding school, the boys’ soccer coach must merge his team with the girls’ and win a tournament to stay funded, but can’t get his own daughter to play ball let alone the rest of the team.

Placed on Coverfly’s 2020 Red List – Top-rated Family Televsion (one hour)

#2 – Coverfly’s Red List – Dec 2020 – Top-rated Family Television (one hour)

hayleyfgriffin@hotmail.co.uk

ONE IN A TRILLION

Marven Likness

Sci-Fi, Drama

An underground Deaf society attempts to steal an experimental intergalactic ship from the government to escape persecution and torture.

Best TV Script – Script and Storyboard Showcase

Best Original Screenplay – Hollywood Blood Horror Festival

Best New Artist – L.A. Neo Noir Novel

Best Short Screenplay – European Film Festival Mainstream and Underground

Best Screenplay – Global Monthly Online

Top 15 Short Sci-Fi Script – Coverfly Red List for August 2020

Best International Screenplay – Mile High Film Awards

Best Screenplay of the year – Picasso Einstein Buddha

Finalist: CIFF, Madras, Eurasia Fest, Indie Short Fest, PixlesGarage, Voghera, Tagore…

marven.likness@gmail.com

PARLOR

Cynthia S. Wright

Dramedy

A newly sober woman teams up with her estranged brother to take down a rival funeral parlor, stumbling over hidden secrets that reveal it ain’t just bodies her family kept buried.

cyndyswright@gmail.com

PEARL OF WISDOM

Marlene Sharp

Animated, Kid-friendly, Comedy

Under the noses of faculty, staff, parents, siblings, and cliques, 12-year-old Pearl

assembles her angst-ridden peers into an unofficial group of humorists who pan for proverbial

comedy gold in the hills and valleys of middle school.

Winner – Best Screenplay, Great Message Film Festival

Finalist – Best Comedy Teleplay, Austin Comedy Film Festival

Honorable Mention – Best Screenplay, Night of Comedy Shorts

Honorable Mention – Best Screenplay, Wiki Screenplay Contest

Official Selection and Endorsed Title (ages 12-18) – KIDS FIRST! Film Festival

Official Selection – Top Indie Film Awards

marlene.sharp@kinsane.com

PERFECT STORM

Cindi Woods

Comedy

When Hurricane Katrina blows the film industry up from New Orleans to Shreveport, a displaced eccentric talent agent, a rebellious preacher’s wife, and a diverse group of local actors form unlikely bonds at a weekly acting class, all hoping to get their big break in the other LA.

cindiwoods@gmail.com

RECLUSE

Ian Sutherland

Horror, Drama

After witnessing a bizarre murder, a paranoid medic becomes ensnared in a supernatural plot to destroy humanity as he struggles to outsmart the sinister forces at work.

ian.sutha@gmail.com

SANTA MONICA

Amanda Avalon

Romantic Comedy

Four friends living in Santa Monica, each trying to make it as they navigate love and dating in Los Angeles. 

amanda.avalon@hotmail.com

SHE CRAZY

Linda Denton

Drama, Comedy

Three Black women, on the downside side of 40, trying to stay sane while coping with mental illness, broken dreams and personal shortcomings, discover that #CrazyAF may be their new normal.

studior467@gmail.com

SHELTERED

Layla Cummins

Crime, Thriller

A homeless mother witnesses the strange murder of a political activist and becomes the new target of a wealthy and influential cult.

laylacummins@hotmail.co.uk

SILENT ASSISTANT

Brooke Greene

Dramedy

A fresh college grad must play nice with the ghost of her recently deceased predecessor in order to keep her job as a high school teacher.

brookegreene39@gmail.com

SLIFKO RULES!

Neil J. Brimelow

½ hour, Comedy, Limited Series

After being framed for a massive senior prank he didn’t commit, ex-serial prankster Freddie Slifko is forced to repeat his entire senior year at his Catholic boarding school where he vows to pull off the biggest senior prank of all time.

neil@filmvoltage.com

STANDARD, NEBRASKA

Edward Hamel

Dramedy, Sci-Fi

Surrounded by cornfields and casual racism, the town of Standard, Nebraska is anything but— When a blatantly racist statue of the town’s founder is defaced, a high school journalist and his best friend discover that their hometown is at the center of a story that threatens to tear apart not only their community but a society that has yet to come to terms with race in America.

Finalist – 2021 Cinequest Screenwriting Competition

edward.scripted@gmail.com

STAR DUCKS

Jake Lynch

Animation, Sci-Fi, Comedy

A screw-up duck stranded on a distant planet must save her missing crew, fix their ship and, with help from a young scroop, learn what it really means to be a true hero.

jakelynch25@gmail.com

SUCKING MANGOES NAKED

Amil Abraham Thomas and Tad Wojnicki

Comedy

A figure artist must win the Mango Art Show, or lose it all, including his model’s heart.

tadwojnicki@gmail.com

SWIPE RIGHT

Joyce Cyr

Comedy

A singles cruise with all the baggage.

It’s like THE GOLDEN GIRLS meets SEX IN THE CITY on THE LOVE BOAT.

joycecyr5@gmail.com

THE APARTMENT

Kipe Lyan

Comedy, Dramedy

Zyanya has to stop partying….. with Grandma, find a roommate and try to make it on her own. She learns family doesn’t have to mean blood related.

kipe.lyan@gmail.com

THE BORDER

Vance Tucker

Comedy

A “What If” comedy where the U.S. builds The Wall and it successfully eliminates all drugs and violence in America, leading to unintended consequences and a looming threat from the one place they forgot to take into account… Canada.

Quarterfinalist – 2020 Final Draft Big Break

tuckervance@gmail.com

THE FANTASTIC ADVENTURES OF TANZILA THE WOLF GIRL

Mukesh Vidyasagar

½ hour Comedy

When an Indian-American girl living in Queens gets her period, she gets more than she bargained for as an ancient family secret is revealed – she’s actually a werewolf!

mukesh.vidy@gmail.com

THE RESTORER

Laurel Pardo

YA, Supernatural, Drama

When a teen witch accepts a cemetery restoration apprenticeship, her ability to interact with spirits is reawakened. Unfortunately, so is her evil father’s desire to steal her power and use it to unleash the damned souls that he controls on the living world.

Second rounder – Austin Film Festival

Finalist – Fresh Voices

Quarterfinalist – Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards

Quarterfinalist – Screencraft TV Pilot

Consider – Austin coverage service

laurel.storylines@gmail.com

Representation – CSP Management, Tammy Hunt (tammy@citizenskull.com) & Jamie Bradley (jamie@citizenskull.com)

THE RULES

Lawnya Benton

½ hour Dramedy

A 30-year old Black woman struggles to balance her career ambitions, personal growth, and friendships while navigating life and love in Atlanta. 

lawnya.benton@gmail.com

THE VAPORS

Guy Crawford

Half-hour Single-cam Comedy

Facing eviction, three pot-smoking, golf cart-crashing, fun-loving retirement village ladies embark upon a black market scheme in order to save their homes and continue to live life on their own terms.

guyc2_2000@yahoo.com

THE ZOO

Zach Witt

Animated, Comedy

The hijinks of a prestigious zoo’s animals as they deal with the day-to-day pressures of constantly being on display.

zwitt87@gmail.com

TO HELL WITH YOU

Bianca Malcolm

Supernatural Dramedy

After she unexpectedly kicks the bucket and finds her recently-deceased boyfriend did not make it into Heaven, a saintly medical student escapes back to Earth and uses her second chance at life to stumble her way into Hell.

blmalcolm13@gmail.com

TRAILER PARK SAMURAI

Luke Baker & Jesse James Dean

Adventure, Sci-Fi, Comedy

A delusional, samurai-obsessed, young trailer rat is finally put to the test when an alien armory lands on his Airstream, and finally makes his wildest fantasies come true.

Finalist – 2020 Screencraft Animation

Semifinalist – Filmmatic TV Pilot Awards

Top 10% – #4 – Coverfly Red List – Adventure Half-Hours

lbaker4444@gmail.com

TRANQUILITY

Tim Westland

Sci-Fi

After an alien device catapults the Moon through hyperspace to the farthest edge of the galaxy, the citizens of Tranquility Base must survive an interstellar odyssey in their attempt to return the Moon back to Earth.

timwestland@hotmail.com

WAITING

Amanda ReCupido

½-hour Comedy

Two 30-something women lean on each other for support as they navigate separate fertility challenges, and learn to parent themselves on their quest to become mothers.

amanda.recupido@gmail.com

WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE

Cheryl Laughlin

Dramedy

A chance meeting between a street-smart, female fire breather and a wealthy black teenager running an illegal scam sparks a night of understanding, acceptance, and a brutal burning.

Winner, Outstanding Short Script – Sacramento International Film Festival

Official Selection – Scriptwriters & Co UK Table Read

laughlincheryl@gmail.com

WHAT NOW…?

Rob Mincoff

Sitcom

After blowing up his apartment and nowhere to go, Cole turns to his friends to help him figure his life out.

rmincoff@gmail.com

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