Interviews

Meet 2016 Cordelia Winner Haydn Fox

 Title IX by Haydn Fox As a couple’s marriage heads towards a disastrous end, the story reflects on the events that brought them to the present. Email: haydnfoxscreenwriter at gmail.com My name is Haydn Fox; I am the screenwriter of TITLE IX. I’m 22 years old and live in the United Kingdom. Someone at BlueCat must really like […]

Meet 2016 Short Screenplay Finalist Tess Carroll

 I Sleep Easy by Tess Carroll A young girl demonstrates her method of appeasing the yellow-eyed beast that haunts her town. Email: tess.carroll8 at gmail.com  “I Sleep Easy” is composed of two conflicting narratives: the story we are told, and the story that unfolds visually. The narrator, a young girl named Sylvie, weaves a bleak fairytale, in which […]

Meet 2016 Joplin Winners Chad J. Nelson & Alexander Ellerston

   Parody by Chad J. Nelson & Alexander Ellerston After a chance encounter with his identical twin’s mistress, a curious psychologist begins to unravel a web of deceit leading to fatal consequences. Contact chadjamesnelson at yahoo.comAlex Twitter:  Chad Twitter  Alex on left, Chad on right.After meeting at film school in Sydney, we both worked on various projects before […]

Meet 2016 Roshan Winner Paras Borgohain

 Deepest, Darkest or How Not to Lie by Paras Borgohain When a public relations executive discovers a note from her deceased best friend, she must find the trigger for his untimely death – revealing his long-distance relationship with a man, while confronting her own fears of unrequited love.  Email:  pborgohainster at gmail.com Twitter   I’ve been writing since 2006 […]

Meet 2016 Short Screenplay Finalist Nikki Tran

 When We Run by Nikki TranSaigon, 1978. A young girl learns the meaning of sacrifice during an impromptu escape out of Vietnam. Email: nikki at nikkitran.com.auwww.nikkitran.com.au “When We Run” is a story born from experiences in my family’s history as well as current global events concerning refugees and the mass exodus of peoples fleeing war and oppression. […]

Meet 2016 Short Screenplay Finalist Nic Yulo

 Changelings  by Nic Yulo Struggling to keep his dysfunctional family afloat, a teenage boy challenges his immature father by threatening to ruin a family tradition. Email: nic  at nicyulo.comwww.nicyulo.com InstagramVimeoLinkedin  In my very first screenwriting class, a Professor gave me this advice: ‘Write the story that only you can tell; the story for the little girl that you were, that […]

Meet 2016 Short Screenplay Winner Elizabeth Capot

  Apart by Elizabeth Capot A woman wakes up to find that she is literally falling apart—again. Email: elizabeth.capot at gmail.comTwitter | Instagram  My name is Elizabeth Capot (or Betty, if you’re not one of my family members or a telemarketer or a barista when they catch me off guard). I’m currently a senior at Emerson College, where I […]

Meet 2016 Feature Finalist Justin Piasecki

  Death of An Ortolan by Justin Piasecki A disgraced White House chef is discovered decades later preparing meals for prisoners on death row, but he risks a chance at redemption when he befriends an inmate whose guilt appears doubtful Email: Justin.Paul.Piasecki at Gmail.com The idea started with the most exclusive meal in the world. A little two-ounce songbird, […]

Meet 2016 Feature Finalist Jonathan Holmes

 In the Cradle of Granite by Jonathan Holmes When a young girl discovers the corpse of a notorious outlaw, her father must strike a deal with the stranger bringing the body to justice. Miles from civilization in the harsh Oregon frontier, together the two men will discover a bounty is always best earned alone. Email: Holmes5387 at […]

Meet 2016 Feature Finalist Hannah Leshaw

  Amara, 15 by Hannah Leshaw Amara, 15 (formerly Hijita de Papá) is a coming-of-age feature about a 15-year-old Bronx teenager who is desperate to escape her father’s sexual abuse but who will do anything not to leave her two little sisters behind. Email: info at hannahleshaw.comwww.hannahleshaw.comFacebookFilm’s FacebookInstagram Hannah Leshaw is an award winning writer and filmmaker from the […]

Meet 2016 Feature Finalist Conall Pendergast

  Dog by Conall Pendergast A mute drifter and a lonely night clerk must face their deepest fears when confronted by a mysterious man in a patchwork dog mask at a remote, rundown motel. Email: conall.conall at gmail.comW:  www.conallpendergast.comTwitterInstagram  As a child I was obsessed with movies, the weirder the better. Each week I’d ravenously scour the TV guide to […]

Meet 2016 Feature Winner Oreathia C. Smith

 MONA. RICHY. ROBBY. AND RAYBy Oreathia C. Smith A black woman will not allow another black woman to attend her white church. Email: oreathiasmith at gmail.comTwitter: @oreathiasmith  I did not begin writing when I was young (though I did win a $50 savings bond in the 9th grade for writing an essay on patriotism—go ‘Merica!), and it wasn’t […]

Interview with 2015 Feature Finalist: Theodore Schaefer & Patrick Lawler

Theodore Schaefer & Patrick Lawlerwriters of Taking the Toll – The Life and Life of Gilbert BoothA young toll booth operator falls for a woman at his father’s nursing home but soon discovers that it’s her 99 year old grandmother who may be more in tune to his eccentric philosophies, including time travel and his imaginary […]

Interview with 2015 Feature Finalist: Palmer Holton

Palmer Holtonwriter of The Anxieties of Peter WilhelmWhen Peter Wilhelm’s adulterous daydreams creep too close towards becoming reality, he finds himself being whisked away to a rehab facility for sex addiction, only to become part of a radical new procedure that promises to make him fall in love with his wife again… or drive him insane. The […]

Interview with 2015 Feature Finalist: Joseph O’Driscoll

Joseph O’Driscollwriter of Scriptures and CigarettesAfter a near-death experience, a devout Mormon teenager experiments with the outside world for the first time, risking his relationship with his family and community. As much as Scriptures and Cigarettes is a story about the struggle of ones faith and belief system, it is also a coming of age tale that deals with […]

Interview with 2015 Feature Finalist: Alex Rollins Berg

Alex Rollins Bergwriter of iAfter a flash flood kills his father, destroys the family farm and leaves him to support his younger brothers, a poor but enterprising teenager sets off to Kuala Lumpur for an iPhone factory job, only to get caught up in the lives of the fabulously wealthy American factory owners. i is a coming-of-age adventure […]

Interview with 2015 Short Screenplay Finalist: Ludwig Thelin

Ludwig Thelinwriter of The Last Days of the Dolores ProjectIn a few days, the chimpanzee Dolores will step out of the flight simulator and onto a real airplane, together with the pilot who taught her how to fly, but before the flight, the pilot wants to tell a colleague a secret. The Last Days of the Dolores […]

Interview with 2015 Short Screenplay Finalist: Danielle Barcena

Danielle Barcenawriter of SilkAn abused woman struggles to free herself from her brother’s web of control when a grocery store clerk offers her the chance to escape. In Silk, Paige is having trouble escaping a bad relationship, what was your goal in telling this story?I really like horror and thrillers. I feel that monsters are everywhere in our […]

Interview with 2015 Short Screenplay Finalist: Darren Robert Tibbits

Darren Robert Tibbitswriter of WakeFollowing the deaths of two teenage boys, a small-town simpleton with a hobby of crashing strangers’ funerals makes the locals more uncomfortable by trying to sell his homemade casket. Wake is a genuinely touching story about a man who unwittingly develops a unique bond with a grieving mother. Can you talk a little bit […]

Interview with 2015 Cordelia Award Winner: Kitty Percy

Best Screenplay from the UK Butter Side UpWhen a hopelessly unlucky smalltime criminal kidnaps a celebrity by mistake, he finds his luck starting to change in unexpected ways. The dialogue in Butter Side Up is fantastically witty and comedic. What was your process in crafting the dialogue in such an authentic way?Why thank you, BlueCat. I feel […]