Winners, Semifinalists and Quarterfinalists:
FEMALE PROTAGONIST CATEGORY
WINNER: Green Shag Carpet Girls by Tamara Farsadi
LOGLINE: Two high school juniors start a band -- traveling from the suburban hell they call
home into a world where they can finally be who they want to be. When their career starts to take off... the future and the
ABOUT THE WRITER: Tamara Farsadi earned her BA in Film and Television from Chapman University.
She went on to earn her MFA in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute in Los Angeles in 2003. She is currently working
on a Supernatural Thriller entitled THE DREAM EXCHANGE. As well as a spec script of the Emmy Award winning television show
WITHOUT A TRACE -- entitled "A Downtown Train."
(Comedy) by Matt Simon
LOGLINE: With her three children in full-rebellion mode and her half-wacky husband intent
to prove how much he “loves the Jewish people,” Berta Valenzuela struggles to pull off the perfect Christmas Eve
dinner for her family and two Jewish house guests in this surprisingly irreverent and affecting indie Christmas comedy.
ABOUT THE WRITER: Since graduating from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2003, where
he won awards and praise for his irreverent short comedies, Matt has worked both outside the industry as a ninth-grade
health education teacher and political associate for the loser in the 2004 presidential election, and inside the
industry as assistant to the wonderful Winnie Holzman, creator of My So-Called Life, and as assistant to the equally
wonderful Greg Garcia, creator of NBC’s My Name Is Earl starring Jason Lee.
Matt’s goals are to follow in the footsteps of his mentors to someday create his own great television series,
as well as to write and direct feature films in the mold of Cameron Crowe and Alexander Payne, films both funny and moving.
(Drama) by Elizabeth Savage Sullivan
LOGLINE: Poverty and oppression force an adolescent girl out of her tenement and onto a freight
train finding the best and worst in America and in herself.
ABOUT THE WRITER: Elizabeth is currently working on script number six, and acting in an independent
film. She has a law degree and Masters' credits in English. Her passion is to create authentic, unique female characters with
an eye to social issues and of course, good story telling.
VOICE AWARD: Malibu A.D.D (Dramedy) by Carol Sevilla
LOGLINE: A satiric look at the pampered Hollywood has-been
ABOUT THE WRITER: Carol comes from a professional background of script supervising film and
stage managing theatre and opera, before settling into writing. She writes, "At the time that I was truly 'emerging' as a
writer in my early college days, I cared terribly about trends and the market. I've come only in recent years to realize the
futility of such thinking…whether folly or focus, I now write exclusively in my own 'voice;' and this voice at the moment
only cares about exploring the unique complexities of women or the whimsy of the children who create such complex adults."
WINNER: Lovejoy, S.C. (Drama) by Yolanda Buggs
LOGLINE: A woman with HIV returns to her hometown to reunite with her son and ex-husband.
ABOUT THE WRITER: Yolanda received her BA in Film and Video from Georgia State University.
She went on to attend graduate school at AFI, where she received her MFA in Screenwriting. Yolanda has written, produced and
directed several short films, music videos and public service announcements. While a WGA Writer-Trainee on UPN’s, now
syndicated sitcom, “The Parkers,” she was entrusted to direct the sitcom’s new show opening. Ms. Buggs most
recently line produced and directed the 4th Annual Hoodie Awards, a live, multi-camera celebrity awards show hosted by Steve
SECOND PLACE: Stories Just Off the Turnpike (Drama) by Alan Roth
LOGLINE: A sports writer leveled by personal tragedy finds unexpected inspiration when
he is assigned to profile a successful but underperforming, bitter pro basketball player.
ABOUT THE WRITER: Alan is a partner in a leading video production company in New Jersey. After
attending Emerson College in Boston, he joined the editorial staff at Time Magazine. He has written and produced numerous
award winning TV commercials and public service video programs, and co-wrote Stoned Cold, an Emmy nominated PBS docudrama.
“Stories Just off the Turnpike” is his first screenplay. The script is currently represented by AEI, under the
title Hang Time. Alan recently completed another screenplay, “The Day Sinatra Died”, and is at work on a new script,
“Every Good Boy Does Fine.”
The Reinsman (Drama) by D. Michael Moran & C. Gardner Powell
LOGLINE: A young Mexican boy escapes across the border into Arizona, fleeing from his
abusive alcoholic father. Arriving at a ranch where racehorses are raised, he
meets a woman and her daughter who show him love, and a man who teaches him to use his talents to be a successful jockey.
ABOUT THE WRITER: Michael Moran is a lifetime horseman. He has been a rider, trainer, owner,
breeder, judge, course designer and commentator for equestrian show jumping. He
is also an active voice over and commercial actor and is in the equine insurance business.
He partnered with Gardner Powell to do the actual writing of the script. Gardner Powell has also been in the horse
industry as a professional coach and rider for many years.
EMERGING VOICE RUNNER UP: Half Way Home (Drama) by Lemar Fooks
LOGLINE: A recently paroled rap record producer and a former Beverly Hills psychiatrist
to the stars, whose license to practice was revoked, must live in a half way house and reconcile their differences in order
to save their homes, families and future.
ABOUT THE WRITER: LeMar is a versatile, writer who, after earning his Bachelor of Science
degree in Electrical Engineering, went on to work as a satellite payload specialist by day, while developing his writing skills
by night. His talents earned him a staff writing position at Paramount Studios on the television series, The Untouchables
and assignments on The Watcher.
A Hint of Heaven (Drama) by Charles Bender
Andy Warhol's Dead (Drama)
by Cheryl Compton & Chris Alan Young
At the Point of a Sword (Action-Adventure
by Patrick Vala-Haynes
Balls (Comedy) by Lynda Levy
Circles (Supernatural Drama)
by Sharlin Quest
Doreen Gray (Drama) by Chris Philpott
Elements of Color (Drama) by Erica Meredith
Escape From Pleasanton Middle School
(Action-Adventure) by Kenny Byerly
Ezzy Fish (Drama) by Tamar
Geoffrey and Matilda (Historical
Drama) by Cynthia Hyer English
Good Ol' Gal (Drama) by Michael James
Heavens to Betsy (Comedy)
by Brad Hennig
Red, White and Blue (Action)
by Tamar Halpern
Strike Back (Drama) by Holly Villa
The Last Wish Girl (Drama) by Lauren Sheppard
Twisted Stands (Thriller)
by Marjory Kaptanoglu
(Romantic Drama) by
An American Desert (Drama)
by Mark Barrionuevo
Angels (Drama) by Martin Henshaw
Booker T. (Drama) by Joseph Holland
Devil's Due (Drama) by Jennifer Lynn Lopez
Hurricane Nena (Comedy) by
I'll Rise (Drama) by Michael James Mahin
Land of the Free (Drama) by
The Asphalt Prairie (Drama) by David Boito
The Dragon and the Thief (Fantasy
Adventure) by Gillian & Alan Bradshaw
The Incredible Adventures of Ace
Goodspeed (Action Adventure) by Michael Voltz