Thursday, March 13, 2014

Was Your Script a Finalist in the NaFF's Inaugural Screenwriting Competition?

Posted By on Thu, Mar 13, 2014 at 1:18 PM

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This week's Scene spotlights some of the changes coming to the Nashville Film Festival April 17-26 in Green Hills, where the long-running fest will celebrate its 45th year. Besides a new downtown outpost at Walk of Fame Park across from the Country Music Hall of Fame, the biggest addition is a screenwriting competition that put entries in the hands of judges such as Harmony Korine, former Universal Pictures chief Tom Pollock, veteran casting director Laray Mayfield, and Nicole Kidman's production company Blossom Films.

Today the NaFF announced the 76 finalists who'll be competing for cash and prizes totaling $55,000. Submitted scripts numbered 1,511 international entries; according to competition manager Michael Wood, 130 of them came from Tennessee screenwriters (roughly 70 from the Nashville area). The competition covers an unusually high number of genres and categories, from features to shorts and TV pilots, and the dramatic feature category alone drew 328 entries.

The winning scripts will be announced April 24 at the festival awards ceremony. Below, the full list of finalists from the NaFF's release.

NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL
ANNOUNCES
2014 SCREENWRITING COMPETITION FINALISTS

Winners Will Be Announced at the Nashville Film Festival Awards Ceremony, April 24th.

Nashville, TN - The Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) today announced the finalists for its inaugural Screenwriting Competition. The 76 finalists represent the best of 1,511 entries from all over the world.

“Our finalists had great stories to tell,” said Michael Wood, Screenwriting Competition Manager. “These screenplays and teleplays represent some of the best undiscovered screenwriting talent in the world. Our screenwriters wrote clever comedies, riveting dramas, intriguing TV pilots, memorable shorts, and more.”

The competition was fierce, with 328 entries in the drama feature competition alone.

The Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition is unique among thousands of screenwriting competitions in the U.S. because it offers more categories for short screenplays than any other competition, and a category for Young Screenwriters, which is unique to NaFF.

“We believe in up and coming talent in the film industry,” said Ted Crockett, Executive Director of NaFF. “Writers of shorts are often talented and unknown. The accolades they receive from winning or placing in a major competition can lead them to expand their concept into a full feature, or gain financing to turn their scripts into short films. We are an important step for them in making their careers.”

The Nashville Film Festival has connections with both legendary and groundbreaking A-list studios, production companies, and directors, and some winning scripts will be passed on to these connections.

FINALISTS, Listed alphabetically by title

DRAMA FEATURE
Amanda Darling: Children of Honor
Lonas Taylor: Little Silver Heart
Danielle Barros: The Executioner
David Abram: The Translation
Alfred Thomas Catalfo: Vulture's Row

COMEDY FEATURE
Sam Friedlander: hAPPy
Amanda Darling: Male Order
Amanda Darling: Misfortune Cookie

MUSIC INSPIRED FEATURE
Jefferson McClure: Dead Man Blues
Larry Shulruff: Man at the Top
Sabrina Siebert: Soup Sandwich

FAMILY FEATURE
Heather Hughes and Kate Wharton: Coincidental Miracles
Karisa Ewinger: The Key to Nede - An Adventure Begins
Jonathan Vermeer and Bart Morse: The Spirit Flyer
Elisabeth Annacone: Yes, Bub

INSPIRATIONAL FEATURE
Dustin Stevens: Be My Eyes
Kari Redmond and Ben Davies: Bring it Home
Mary Huckstep: William, Will You Dance?

ANIMATION FEATURE
Jeff DeVuono: Lost Dog
Randall C Willis: Tank's
James McFarlane: The Princess Honeybee

ACTION/ADVENTURE FEATURE
Nick Mertens: Buck McAlister and The Hand of God
Stephen Hoover: Buried South of Galatians
Andrew Brown: In Debt Deep
John T. Frederick: The Myth of the Western Dragons
Andrew Eisen: Will Powers

HISTORICAL FEATURE
Peter Meech: Billy
LeAnn Morris: More Precious
Eugene Ramos: Newton's Laws of Emotion
Dawn Wise: The Poem
David Rousseve: Urban Scenes/Creole Dreams

SCIENCE FICTION FEATURE
Timucin Leflef: Heroman
Dustin Kahia: Project Guile
Elise Carr and Dennis Carr: The Beginning
Stuart Creque: Time and Again

THRILLER/HORROR FEATURE
Stephen Hoover: Horror Comic
Allen C. Gardner: Sold
Andrew Mescher: The Righteous Man
Alfred Thomas Catalfo: Vulture's Row

TENNESSEE SCREENWRITER FEATURE
Elvis Wilson: Driving Top Down
David Vincent: The Acadian
Ryan Estabrooks and Amber Bartlett: The Sound of the Sword
Taylor Albertson: The Vilification of Ruth Dunn

TV DRAMA PILOT
Aaron Rollins: Ordnung
Jackson Wickham: The Girl From Here
Grete Heinemann: Valleywood

TV COMEDY PILOT
Sam Boseley: Cherub Court ‘I Smite You’
Karen Rouse: Foxy Naught
Kristin Cantrell: Roomies

ACTION/ADVENTURE SHORT
Lee McQueen: Celara Electric
Tarp Jones: The Ten Mile

ANIMATION SHORT
Darren Barker: Lily, the Saddest Girl in the World
David Serra: The Dreamscape Aquarium
Wade Balance: The Hunter

COMEDY SHORT
Stacy Alynn: If You Go There
Linda Rumney: Power Wash
Devi Snively: The Bride of Frankie

DRAMA SHORT
Alexander Briley: Cocaine Eyes
Jeffrey Rubin: The Lost Cause
Cornelius Murphy: You're a Good Guy, Eli

FAMILY SHORT
Dianna Zimmerman and Brad Jost: Escape
Sundae Jahant-Osborn: Pipe Dream
Robert Gately and Lois Gately: The Barking Spider

HISTORICAL SHORT
Skye Lynch: Scorched Earth

INSPIRATIONAL SHORT
Sussu Laaksonen: Long Distance Call
Julie Akeret and Will Daniel: Shit-house Crazy

MUSIC INSPIRED SHORT
Anthony Cawood: A Certain Romance

SCIENCE FICTION SHORT
Tishehma Jones-AlAmin: Every Lady Has A Silver Lining
Ryan Sprague: In a Forest

TENNESSEE SCREENWRITER SHORT
Caleb Stallings: Mulligan
Melissa Sweazy: The Department of Signs and Magical Intervention
Drew Maynard: The Holler

THRILLER/HORROR SHORT
Nathan Ludwig: Behind You
Stuart Creque: Memento Mori
Charles Dillon Ward: The Ants Go Marching

YOUNG SCREENWRITER SHORT
Michael Flynn: Family Portrait
Joshua Taylor: Outpost Bravo

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