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2018 Feature Winners Ismael Gomez III & Joe Leone

Death of a Fool

A teenager and his dying grandfather conduct afterlife investigations in Miami when a mysterious man hires them to find the secret to immortality.

2018 Hour Pilot Winner Ben Philippe

The Backyard You Know

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.

2018 Half-Hour Pilot Winner Joey Siara

Infinite Gary

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.

2018 Short Winner Amy Wang


A 5-year-old girl attempts to overcome feelings of inadequacy and isolation at a boarding school for overworked parents.

2018 Fellini Winner Kwok Keong


A budding photographer yearns to do hard-hitting journalism just like her late father until she lands the opportunity to cover the 2008 elections in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, the very place where her father was brutally murdered while on assignment just a decade earlier.

2018 Feature Finalist Khamanna Iskandarova

A Game of Supers

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.

2018 Feature Finalist Nathan Floody

Winter Quarters

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.

2018 Feature Finalist 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.

2018 Feature Finalists Rebecca Shuhan Lou & Sofia Drummond-Moore

Her Weight On Me

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.

2018 Hour Pilot Finalist 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.

2018 Hour Pilot Finalist Jacob Krasnow

News Values

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.

2018 Hour Pilot Finalist Lauren Hussey

The Golden Age

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.

2018 Hour Pilot Finalist Randy Rex

I Love You Mr. Freeze

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.

2018 Half-Hour Pilot Finalist Chris Maudsley

Black Cabs

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. 

2018 Half-Hour Pilot Finalist Joshua Smooha

Area 51

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.

2018 Half-Hour Finalist 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.

2018 Half-Hour Pilot Finalist 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.

2018 Short Finalist Bernhard Riedhammer

Cardboard Box

A homeless girl’s life is defined by her troubled past, her daily struggles of survival, and her attachment to a cardboard box.

2018 Short Finalist Meegan May

First Words

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

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. 

2018 Short Finalists Shekhar & Shalinder Bassi

Absolute Beginner

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.

2018 Short Film Finalist Alicia MacDonald

Bad News

When some people are unable to switch off from work, it can be fairly noticeable. We see one particular group of friends who are suffering more than most and hear how it has even started affecting one of the group's home life.

2018 Short Film Finalist Derin Seale

The Eleven O'Clock

The delusional patient of a psychiatrist believes he is actually the psychiatrist. As they each attempt to treat each other the session gets out of control.

2018 Short Film Finalist Jennifer Boles

Cowboy Town

Cowboy Town is an impressionistic documentary about a 1970s replica roadside ghost town with automatons in rural South Dakota.

2018 Short Film Finalist Marielle Woods

Do No Harm

A short film about a combat medic attempting to hold on to humanity in the midst of a war much bigger than himself. A medic's job is to fix people up, but how does that obligation reconcile with someone who is trained to fight and may be asked to kill?

2018 Short Film Finalist Monica Santis

Towards the Sun

A 12-year-old girl confronts her scarring past when she is placed at an immigrant children's shelter for unaccompanied minors in Texas. As her future hangs in limbo, she embarks on a healing journey to recover her own sense of power through her artwork.

2018 Short Film Finalist Omar Al Dakheel


The bond between a disabled Muslim father and his son is tested when love is pitted against religion.

2018 Short Film Finalist Sarah-Leigh Burger

Mite-y Beard

A displeased wife enters a world of unexpected adventure after deciding to finally confront her husband's stubborn, unkept beard. 

2018 Short Film Finalist Shanrica Evans


A teenager with gender dysphoria witnesses the physical assault of a transgender woman.

2018 Short Film Finalist Steve Sears

Special Feature

A special feature making-of for a motion picture. 

2018 Short Film Winner Tessa Hoffe


A young girl cares for her younger brother at home, while she awaits her mother’s return.

2017 Feature Winners Judy Soo Hoo & Isaac Ho

Cadaver Dog

When a young autistic Latina rescues a stray cadaver dog, she stumbles upon a 15 year-old cold case that no one wants solved.

2017 Feature Finalist 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.

2017 Feature Finalist Baruh Benjamins

The Townhouse 

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.

2017 Feature Finalist Jesus Celaya

Chico Grande

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.

2017 Feature Finalist Sachin 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.

2017 Pilot Winner Beanie Barnes

White-Shoe U

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.

2017 Pilot Finalist Maria Soscia

Junk Dreams

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.

2017 Pilot Finalists Allie Kingsley & Tony Baker

The Orphan

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.

2017 Pilot Finalist 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.

2017 Pilot Finalist 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.

2017 Short Screenplay Winner Will Schneider


A depressed lunch lady finds new meaning in her mundane life when she falls for a troubled janitor.

2017 Short Screenplay Finalist Walker Hare

Sun Shine

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.

2017 Short Screenplay Finalist Mohamed Karim

Borders of Life

A gritty portrait of courage, tragedy and immigrant life through the eyes of a Syrian refugee.

2017 Short Screenplay Finalist Colm Ryan

The Call

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.

2017 Short Screenplay Finalists Cameron Thrower & Joe McKernan

The Scientist

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.

2017 Fellini Winner 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.

2016 Cordelia Winner Haydn Fox

Title IX

As a couple’s marriage heads towards a disastrous end, the story reflects on the events that brought them to the present.

2016 Short Screenplay Finalist Tess Carroll

I Sleep Easy

A young girl demonstrates her method of appeasing the yellow-eyed beast that haunts her town.

Meet 2016 Joplin Winners 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.

Meet 2016 Roshan Winner Paras Borgohain

Deepest, Darkest or How Not to Lie

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.

Meet 2016 Short Screenplay Finalist Nikki Tran

When We Run

Saigon, 1978. A young girl learns the meaning of sacrifice during an impromptu escape out of Vietnam.

Melissa Brandt Interview

BlueCat Contributer

John Erick Dowdle Interview


Ryan David Jahn Interview

2005 (Screenplay Live Winner)

Jerry Mahoney Interview

Grand Prize (2009)

Vicki Speegle Interview

Finalist (2007)

Timo E. Peltonen Interview

Grand Prize (2008)

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