Interviews

2017 Pilot Finalist MJ Palo

  Clementine by MJ Palo    After a recently murdered high-school sweetheart’s body is dug up from her grave, the secrets of a small mountain town begin to unravel.   Email: mj.palo@yahoo.com   My name is MJ and I’ve been a storyteller and a movie lover as long as I can remember. For some reason, […]

2017 Short Screenplay Winner Will Schneider

  Ageusia by Will Schneider    A depressed lunch lady finds new meaning in her mundane life when she falls for a troubled janitor.   Email: Williamschneider182@yahoo.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/willnoir182 Instagram: @willschneider82 Twitter: @Will_I_Was Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/willschneider82    My name’s Will and I’m a writer/director born, raised, and based in the wonderful city of Chicago, Illinois. I’m absolutely in […]

2017 Short Screenplay Finalist Walker Hare

  Sun Shine by Walker Hare    When an African American teenager gets a seemingly depressed white guy to open up, she discovers he’s on his way to commit a mass shooting.   Email: walkerhare@gmail.com My name is Walker Hare and I’m an actor, writer, and filmmaker from California, currently based in Brooklyn. Sunshine, is a short film […]

2017 Short Screenplay Finalist Mohamed Karim

  Borders of Life by Mohamed Karim    A gritty portrait of courage, tragedy and immigrant life through the eyes of a Syrian refugee.   Email:  info@losbandidos.studio Instagram: @los_bandidos Website: www.losbandidos.studio   My name is Mohamed Karim, born in Cairo, Egypt. I started my filmmaking career in 2006 as a trainee assistant director on the Egyptian […]

2017 Short Screenplay Finalist Colm Ryan

  The Call By Colm Ryan    A taxi driver is interrogated over a bank bombing. As he is questioned about what happened by a police detective, certain details do not add up.   Email: colm.ryan10@gmail.com Twitter: @Colmatthemovies Instagram: @colmr10 Blog: https://trackingshot.wordpress.com/     Writing screenplays can be exhilarating and frustrating. When I studied films in college, […]

2017 Short Screenplay Finalists Cameron Thrower & Joe McKernan

2017 Short Screenplay Finalists Cameron Thrower & Joe McKernan

  The Scientist by Cameron Thrower & Joe McKernan   Dr. Roy Jackson was once an accomplished scientist. Now a 60 year old homeless man, living in the woods and spending all of his time acquiring junk to help him build a time machine out of a shopping cart. His latest attempt fails and he’s back […]

2017 Fellini Winner Jason Chan

    Unpromised by Jason Chan    Waking up after 15 years in a coma as the result of a traffic accident, an unhappily married woman has to re-learn everything with the aid of her husband’s new fiancée, and map out a new path for her life.   Email: jasonchan@j-chan.net IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5244343/?ref_=nv_sr_3 Instagram: @jasonchan_1215   […]

Meet 2016 Cordelia Winner Haydn Fox

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 […]

Meet 2016 Short Screenplay Finalist Tess Carroll

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 […]

Meet 2016 Joplin Winners Chad J. Nelson & Alexander Ellerston

 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.com Alex Twitter:  Chad Twitter     Alex on […]

Meet 2016 Roshan Winner Paras Borgohain

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:  […]

Meet 2016 Short Screenplay Finalist Nikki Tran

2016 Short Screenplay Finalist Nikki Tran   When We Run by Nikki Tran Saigon, 1978. A young girl learns the meaning of sacrifice during an impromptu escape out of Vietnam.   Email: nikki at nikkitran.com.au www.nikkitran.com.au   “When We Run” is a story born from experiences in my family’s history as well as current global […]

Meet 2016 Short Screenplay Finalist Nic Yulo

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 […]

Meet 2016 Short Screenplay Winner Elizabeth Capot

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 […]

Meet 2016 Feature Finalist Justin Piasecki

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 […]

Meet 2016 Feature Finalist Jonathan Holmes

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 […]

Meet 2016 Feature Finalist Hannah Leshaw

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 […]

Meet 2016 Feature Finalist Conall Pendergast

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.com TwitterInstagram     As a child I was obsessed with […]

Meet 2016 Feature Winner Oreathia C. Smith

2016 Feature Winner Oreathia C. Smith  MONA. RICHY. ROBBY. AND RAY By 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 […]

Interview with 2015 Feature Finalist: Theodore Schaefer & Patrick Lawler

Theodore Schaefer & Patrick Lawler writers of   Taking the Toll – The Life and Life of Gilbert Booth A 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 […]