Thank you to all of the incredible writers who entered Diverse Voices this year! Your hard work, talent, and dedication to storytelling shines through in the entries we received.
As you probably know — WeScreenplay believes that the best way for writers to grow is through feedback. That is why WeScreenplay is providing free, written feedback with every single competition entry. We are glad to hear from so many of you how helpful the notes were and excited to see WeScreenplay writers are improving all the time!
We are thrilled to welcome the Grand Prize Winners for our Diverse Voices Four-Day Screenwriting Lab. The Lab will include hands-on development with industry executives, WeScreenplay staff, writers, and each other. It’ll also include meetings with executives and managers about the writers, their career, and their projects in development.
Beyond that, the winners’ work will be strategically sent to producers, agents, and managers with whom WeScreenplay has a relationship. All Finalists will be publicly recognized through our website and e-mail lists.
We also want to acknowledge all of the strong scripts that were not selected. If your script is not on this list, it does not at all mean that our judges didn’t enjoy the read – in fact, we’re confident some of the scripts not advancing will bring their writers success in the very near future. Thank you for entering your script and always keep writing.
Without further ado, here are the Spring 2020 Diverse Voices Grand Prize Winners (listed in alphabetical order by script title):
BROOKLYN PANSY, 1 hour Period Drama Pilot
Written by Jason Forbach
In 1890s Brooklyn, a young poet searching for his identity entangles himself within a group of other queer vaudevillians who are all mysteriously connected to the death of an unidentified young girl.
FOR THE CULTURE, 1/2 hour Comedy Pilot
Written by Phylicia Pearl Mpasi
A young, educated Congolese American woman who does not identify with black culture, must find a way to connect with the black community in Southeast, D.C. as she campaigns for a white politician needing the black vote in the D.C. area.
PLEASE, 1 hour Drama Pilot
Written by Elise Brown
When an ambitious dominatrix opens her own high-end dungeon, she quickly finds her business under siege by an old rival that’s intent on blowing up her perfectly compartmentalized life.
RISING SON, Historical/Magical Realism Feature
Written by Junot Lee
RISING SON is a magical realism tale about a Japanese-American grandfather who shares his memories of brotherhood and war with his granddaughter. He regales her with fanciful stories to mask the trauma, but the truth cannot be hidden…