Thank you to all of the writers who entered the WeScreenplay Feature Competition this year! Everyone who entered, especially the finalists, were incredible storytellers. Thank you for sharing your work.
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After 4 rounds of reads from our readers, 2 internal reads, and then reads from all four of our jury members, the winners have been chosen. Please join us in thanking the wonderful jury who helped pick these fantastic winners:
Karen Kirkland – Literary Agent
Karen Kirkland is a literary agent at the prestigious Abrams Artists Agency. Formerly, she worked as Nickelodeon’s VP of Talent Development and numerous writers she has worked with have gone on to work at major outlets such as HBO, Comedy Central, Adult Swim, Fox, Amazon, Hulu, and NBCUniversal.
Scott Carr – Literary Manager
Scott Carr is the principal literary manager at Management SGC. He has a history of working hard with his clients to sell their specs, get them staffed, and land them open writing assignments. He’s successfully worked with young writers to see their work realized, like with MISS SLOANE starring Jessica Chastain.
Melissa Azizi – Producer
Melissa Azizi is an executive at Pretty Pictures (THE DANISH GIRL, KINSEY). Melissa was on the WeScreenplay Feature Jury last year and is currently producing the 2nd place winner’s work!
Michael Doven – Producer
Michael Doven is a producer of such celebrated films as MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE, VANILLA SKY, MINORITY REPORT, A FEW GOOD MEN and THE LAST SAMURAI.
Without further ado, the 2018 WeScreenplay Feature Contest Winners:
BURIED written by Karen Frank
After a fatal car accident, a Police Chief’s attempt to help a grieving mother backfire when she signs on with an ambitious reporter who creates a narrative more harmful than the truth.
GUILT written by Jamie Severson
During the final days of the second world war, an SS Officer newly assigned to a NAZI death camp struggles between duty and conscience when torn by obligation and a fledgling friendship with a Jewish inmate. Inspired in part by a true story.
THE DEVIL, A REBEL, A FOOL by Clay Fusco
A brash young hooligan ropes a Midwestern general store owner into a plot to kill a legendary bounty hunter after he steals the store owner’s dime novel about the mythic gunslinger.
LAST TO FALL by Jim Maceda
A dogged reporter and friend pieces together the final moments of the last soldier killed on the battlefield in WW1, only 60 seconds before the Armistice, and uncovers an ugly truth — the conflicted German-American didn’t have to die. Based on a true story.
Grand Prize Winner
TRASHED by Samuel Brett Williams
Molly, mother to a ten-year-old boy, works as a receptionist for an auto mechanic while pursuing her demolition derby dreams on the weekends. She works her way up to Metal Mayhem, the largest demolition derby in the world, driving for pride, a better future for her family and for the dreams of the women watching, who hope to one day follow in her tire tracks.
Congratulations to the winners! The jury loved your scripts and we’re excited to work with you to see what’s next in your writing careers.
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