2018 Feature Winners Ismael Gomez III & Joe Leone

  Death of a Fool by Ismael Gomez III & Joe Leone    A teenager and his dying grandfather conduct afterlife investigations in Miami when a mysterious man hires them to find the secret to immortality.   About the writers: Ismael Gomez III – Born and raised in Cuba, Ismael immigrated to the United […]

2018 Feature Finalist Khamanna Iskandarova

A Game Of Supers by Khamanna Iskandarova    A rich eleven-year-old must come to terms with living in a country and going to public school after ending up in a poorhouse.   I was born in Baku, Azerbaijan, on the shores of the Caspian Sea and moved to the US at the age of 25. […]

2018 Feature Finalist Nathan Floody

Winter Quarters by Nathan Floody  When a dead body is found in the lion cage, an aging animal trainer must kidnap his lions from the circus while finding the real killer to clear their names.   I’ve always been passionate about fiction. As an undergraduate at Princeton University, I studied English literature, reading voraciously and […]

2018 Feature Finalist Rebecca Dreyfus

Men by Rebecca Dreyfus   MEN is the story of a woman who- when confronted with her difficult father’s terminal cancer- begins a secret, unstable affair with his favorite student.   The profound social upheaval of the #metoo movement inspired a sense of urgency to make this film; complexity and contradiction in female characters suddenly […]

2018 Feature Finalists Rebecca Shuhan Lou & Sofia Drummond-Moore

Her Weight On Me by Rebecca Shuhan Lou & Sofia Drummond-Moore   HER WEIGHT ON ME is a coming-of-age psychological thriller centering around a Chinese-American girl who, sexually stunted because of her parents’ intense pressure, must break free not only from their control but from a monstrous nightmare presence.     Sofia Drummond-Moore is a screenwriter […]

2018 Hour Pilot Winner Ben Philippe

The Backyard You Know by Ben Philippe    After a series of setbacks at Harvard University, IBI JOSEPH is forced to move back to the Bronx—the home he thought he’d escaped as a young prodigy.   My name is Ben and I’m a freelance writer currently living in New York where I teach English & […]

2018 Hour Pilot Finalist Isaac Siegemund-Broka

Odessa by Isaac Siegemund-Broka   In 1918, a young gun of Odessa’s organized crime faction attempts to rise in prominence as his closest friend takes on a leading role in the concurrent Russian Revolution. Based on selected works by Isaac Babel.   I first came upon Isaac Babel’s stories in a class called “Strange Russian Writers.” […]

2018 Hour Pilot Finalist Jacob Krasnow

News Values by Jacob Krasnow    In order to save his job, a disgraced local news videographer chases an impossible story that threatens to topple the corrupt but successful athletic program at a major university.   Journalism is dead.  Well, thanks to #FakeNews and social media culture in general, it’s dying as we know it.  […]

2018 Hour Pilot Finalist Lauren Hussey

The Golden Age by Lauren Hussey  In Post-World War II America, an aspiring horror writer moves to Hollywood to pursue her dreams. But after procuring a job at a major movie studio, an unexpected murder rocks the insular community of colorful personalities, and the suspect is anyone’s guess.   Hello there! I’m Lauren. Lauren Hussey […]

2018 Hour Pilot Finalist Randy Rex

I Love You Mr. Freeze by Randy Rex  A girl is abducted by a psychopath with a manifesto, and a world-weary Sheriff must team up with the local ice cream man to find her before it’s too late.    Randy Rex studied fine art in college, recorded and toured in a rock band for 11 […]

2018 Half-Hour Pilot Winner Joey Siara

Infinite Gary by Joey Siara    Gary, a perfectly bland middle-aged dad, begins to unravel after being violently attacked by a doppelgänger. Joined by his punk rock daughter and her half-baked boyfriend, Gary embarks on an existential odyssey to locate his attacker.  The “about me” stuff: Born and raised in southern California. My mom was a […]

2018 Half-Hour Pilot Finalist Chris Maudsley

Black Cabs by Chris Maudsley    A young, unemployed footman attempts an honest living at the height of the abolition movement in ruthless Eighteenth-Century England, thrown into a sedan-chair startup with his dead employer’s chaotic son and a savvy social campaigner. With zero hour contracts, global economic collapse, protest marches and racial inequality, nothing much seems […]

2018 Half-Hour Pilot Finalist Joshua Smooha

Area 51 by Joshua Smooha    A secret force of government agents assigned to investigate alien happenings adjust to their new and overly emotional teammate: a super A.I. in a hunky new human body.   Josh Smooha is a Los Angeles resident with a taste for the absurd and over-the-top. He considers Mike Schur, Edgar […]

2018 Half-Hour Finalist Pogo New

Issues by Pogo New    A young woman struggles to achieve and maintain basic markers of human success while literally living with anxiety and depression—as in, she sees them as her roommates.   Living with mental health issues isn’t always very cinematic. If you’re feeling anxious, you might lie in bed all day panicking about […]

2018 Half-Hour Pilot Finalist Samuel Josephs

Conception by Samuel Josephs    A hunky astronaut terraforming the moon returns to Earth to help announce his pro-life pop star wife’s candidacy for governor of Texas when he vomits and faints on Live TV – he’s pregnant with an alien baby, and life begins at conception.       My name is Sam Josephs […]

2018 Short Winner Amy Wang

WA-WA by Amy Wang    A 5-year-old girl attempts to overcome feelings of inadequacy and isolation at a boarding school for overworked parents. About Me: Since I can remember, movies and I have been partners in crime. From the age of seven, I would sneak into the living room late at night to watch the […]

2018 Short Finalist Bernhard Riedhammer

  Cardboard Box by Bernhard Riedhammer    A homeless girl’s life is defined by her troubled past, her daily struggles of survival, and her attachment to a cardboard box.   Hi, my name is Bernhard, and I’m from Munich, Germany. I started off writing when I was sixteen. First, bad teenage poems, which turned into […]

2018 Short Finalist Meegan May

First Words by Meegan May    In the near future, a new experimental technology gives two grieving parents the chance to speak to their young daughter, who has been in a coma since a vicious assault four years ago. But they will only have three minutes to help find her attacker – and say goodbye. […]

2018 Short Finalist Peter Haig

A War on Terror by Peter Haig    After enduring an attack by Taliban insurgents, a group of US soldiers wake up in a room unsure if they are alive, dead, or worse.    Peter Haig is a writer/director based in Los Angeles, California, who recently received his M.F.A. in Film & Television Production from […]

2018 Short Finalists Shekhar & Shalinder Bassi

Absolute Beginner by Shekhar & Shalinder Bassi    Grandfather and widower, PREM, sets out to fall in love for the first time but before he can do that he must find love, which proves to be a challenge.   Shekhar is a UK based screenwriter/filmmaker. Inspired by Akira Kurosawa and Billy Wilder at age 8, […]