2006 Winners, Semifinalists and Quarterfinalists:
FEMALE PROTAGONIST CATEGORY
GRAND PRIZE WINNER: Mother of Frankenstein
by R. Ian Simpson
Logline: A dark biopic that re-imagines how author, Mary Shelley, finds her true inspiration for Frankenstein.
ABOUT THE WRITER: Ian graduated from Vassar in 2005 with BAs in
both Psychology and Film. With a Burnam Fellowship, he wrote/produced/directed
a short doc about the Underground Railroad during the summer of 2004, as well as wrote/produced/directed his thesis film for
Vassar in 2005. Ian has completed the first of two years of his MFA at the American
Film Institute, concentrating on screenwriting. His writing reflects his interests in history, blurring the lines between
'fact' and 'fiction,' and providing strong voices for minority characters.
Place: Rememory by Brooke
When her father falls ill, Sam, a detached 27 year old, returns to a home rife with memories, both tender and devastating. She falls for a candy striper but in order to experience love, Sam must confront the
memory that resulted in a loss of childhood forever.
Third Place: The Door to Hades by Anne
E. Arleigh Winter
Young Jesse Flick skips out of a Chicago halfway house, travels south to Mississippi, and turns up on the doorstep of retired
English teacher Edith Maeweather to claim she is the daughter the brittle spinster gave up for adoption 21 years ago. This is not a soft, sepia-toned mother/daughter-bonding story. Jesse is a thief. Edith’s students dubbed her the “Terror
of Turner, Mississippi.” It’s a fair match.
GRAND PRIZE WINNER: Curse of the Precious Consort
by Quan Lelan
Logline: In feudal times the Heavenly Sword that built
the Kingdom of Vietnam
fell under the curse of the Precious Consort, whose legendary beauty drove kingdoms to wars.
When the Sword is once again unearthed, the terrifying Curse of the Precious Consort returns.
ABOUT THE WRITER: Quan Lelan graduated from
University of California San Diego
with a Bachelor degree in Visual Arts. He also has a MFA from the University of Southern California Graduate School
of Cinema-Television. He is currently working in
China and Vietnam
writing and directing commercials. He was also the Casting Director & Assistant Director for "Three Seasons", the first
American film to shoot in Vietnam and he worked as an adviser and assistant
director for Phillip Noyces' "The Quiet American" during the Ho Chi Minh City
shoot. His script "Hill 66" was a Quarter-Finalist in the 2001 Nicholl Fellowship
Second Place: Ball by Julian Breece
Logline: Cast out by his family for being gay, a teen prodigy finds
strength and survival in NYC’s underground world of gay vogue balls.
Third Place: Mr. In Between by Andrew Smith
An undercover cop with a serious alcohol problem finds an unexpected relationship with a South American drug lord (who is
also a recovering alcoholic).
Voice Winner: MSG Added by Susan Rossi
Logline: After losing his job, a Chinese American man and
his best friend open a restaurant as a cover for their gambling circuit sponsored by a group of zealous Chinese ladies.
A Doll's Life by Kathy Drum
Abilene by Michael Raymond
Captured by Katrina L. Coombs & Susan Wescott
Catawampous by J.W. Levinson
Dusty by Mark Bankins
Finding Velma by Elizabeth Savage Sullivan
Mary of Scotland by Dana Osmundson
Mine by Anita Justice Skibski
On the Bayou by Sean Bridges
The Outlaw by Larry Whatcott
Preeti Girl by Todd Holmes
Stellunia by Jerry Jennings
Unfinished Business by Larry Maness
Booker T. by Joseph Holland
Chu and Blossom by Ryan O'Nan & Charles Chu
Cowboys and Indians by Cicely Wynne
Esperancia by John Edward Flynt
Kheng Kheng Crocodile by Donna Lisa Rothstein
Mr. Smith's Class Goes To Washington by Lisa Yoffee & Steven Samuels
Pray for New Light by Rasheed Newson
Rising Star by Ifeoma Sesiana Amobi
Sugarcane Blues by Chris Gordon