2017 Winners & Finalists

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2017 Winners & Finalists

Feature Winner 

Cadaver Dog by Judy Soo Hoo & Isaac Ho

When a young autistic Latina rescues a stray cadaver dog, she stumbles upon a 15-year-old cold case that no one wants solved.
Feature Finalists
Spree by Laura Allen 
Liv, a single-mom and small-time shoplifter, barely makes ends meet with her deviant lifestyle.  But when she reconnects with her estranged father she finds she must navigate a new place for herself in the world.
The Townhouse by Baruh Benjamins
A young black writer spends a busy day coming to terms with his crumbling relationship with his older white girlfriend as they prepare for an afternoon recital and an evening party in their townhouse. The day comes to a head as demonstrations throughout the city break out into a full-scale riot before escalating into something much more terrifying.
Chico Grande by Jesus Celaya
A boy in 1960’s Mexico struggles with what it means to be a hero- all the while obsessing over the TV Western serials of that era.
Westchester by Sachin R. Mehta
An Indian jeweler struggling to fulfill his family’s American dream gets caught up in the darkest corners of the 1980s L.A. jewelry district.

Fellini Winner – Best International Screenplay

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.


Pilot Winner 

White-Shoe U by Beanie Barnes

Four Ivy League students build an illegal drug operation, using it to orchestrate and grow their own social power. But as their power accumulates, they find it harder not to become pawns in the game of their own making.
Pilot Finalists 
Junk Dreams by Maria Soscia
Following years of separation from her elderly mother, a mentally unstable woman confronts deep-seeded family hostilities after a radio psychic relays a message from her deceased father.
The Orphan By Allie Kingsley & Tony Baker
Al, a down and out reality show host, must make the best of the worst TV show in history: The Orphan, a show about impoverished children from around the world competing to be adopted by a wealthy family in Bel Air.
Squat by Bill Keenan
In a wryly comical near future, where too many baby boomers have saved too little money and amassed too much debt, an unemployed man aspires to the affluent lifestyle of his rich brother while trying to avoid the humiliating fate of his destitute brother who lives in a vast ghetto of boomers known as Squat City. 
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.

Short Screenplay Winner 

Ageusia by Will Scheider 

A depressed lunch lady finds new meaning in her mundane life when she falls for a troubled janitor.
Short Screenplay Finalists
Sun Shine by Walker Hare 
When an African American teenage girl tries to get a seemingly depressed white guy to open up, she discovers he’s on his way to commit a mass shooting.
Borders of Life by Mohamed Karim
A gritty portrait of courage, tragedy and immigrant life through the eyes of a Syrian refugee. 
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.
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 to the drawing board. An unlikely friendship teaches our obsessive inventor that patience is the true key to time travel.
More Past Winners and Finalists can be found here.