2011 Winners, Semifinalists & Quarterfinalists
FEMALE CATEGORY WINNERS
GRAND PRIZE WINNER: CUCINA BIANCA by Michele Giannusa
LOGLINE: Bianca Regalo, a young, family-oriented
woman from Brooklyn, ventures out of her mundane Italian home life when she decides to pursue her dream of becoming a chef
by secretly entering a competition in which the Grand Prize is a full scholarship to culinary school in Paris. Fears of failure
and dreams of success are revealed through conversations with the ghost of her mother who visits in the most sacred room of
the house, The White Kitchen.
ABOUT THE WRITER:
is a graduate of The New School University, with a concentration in Screenwriting. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, she spent
many years working as a studio coordinator for Manhattan Center Productions, while spending all of her remaining free time
as a PA for film festivals. Her efforts led to a three-year position as Production Manager for VisionFest, an independent
festival organized by Brooklyn-based film society Domani Vision. Since then, she has showcased her writing in workshops throughout
New York City, receiving constant praise for her first feature, Cucina
Bianca. In a continual showcase of her talents, Michele recently completed her fourth television spec, and is
actively working on her next project: an animated feature titled The
Land of Five. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
SECOND PLACE: THE WINTER HOUSE HAUNTING by Dayle Ann Hunt
After the death of her husband and daughter, a woman renovates an old house, only to discover the home's tragic history.
ABOUT THE WRITER: Dayle Ann Hunt's first screenplay, Emily's
Window, placed among the top 15% in the Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting and was showcased at the IFP Market
in New York City as an Emerging Narrative. It placed fourth in the Slamdance Screenwriting Competition, and was a top ten
finalist script in both the La Femme and Reel Women Film Festivals in Los Angeles. The
Winter House Haunting is Hunt's second screenplay. It has placed among the top 20% in the Nicholl Fellowships,
and was a top four finalist script with the Reel Women Film Festival, as well as a top ten finalist with the Moondance, Female
Eye and Wildsound Film Festivals. Dayle Ann has co-written a spec treatment for a Broadway-based television series,
Half Hour!, inspired by her collaborator's
experience performing with the casts of five Broadway shows. Hunt is a member of the Dramatist's Guild and the WGAw Independent
Writer's Caucus, and currently lives in New York City.
THIRD PLACE: THE UGLY PRINCESS by Henderson
LOGLINE: An infamous highwayman cleverly plots to kidnap a beautiful princess, but ends up capturing her ugly
sister instead. Even worse, if he can't get her to use her magical powers to help him, their country will be annihilated
ABOUT THE WRITER: Henderson Smith began life as a military brat; she moved 11 times in the first 12
years of her life. She found it hard to make friends as a shy, homely little red-headed, freckled-faced girl and buried herself
in books: especially fairy tales. She has several degrees, none of which relate to screenwriting. About twelve
years ago, she decided she wanted to try her hand at writing screen plays. She particularly wanted to explore how the
beauty trap undermines women and their power in so many ways. Since then she has taken screenwriting classes through the UCLA
Extension program, attended a multitude of screenwriting seminars and read countless books and scripts. She has won
the Austin Film Festival Screenwriting Award for Drama/Family and the genre award for Fantasy at the Screenwriter's Expo.
Smith has also optioned a script titled, The Dog Show.
She finds the lack of heroic women characters in film quite disappointing as she knows so many heroic women in real life.
Through her work she hopes to feature women in a much wider gamut of roles.
DIVERSITY CATEGORY WINNERS
GRAND PRIZE WINNER: THE BOY ON THE COVER by Elizabeth Savage Sullivan
LOGLINE: A photojournalist in Africa shoots an award-winning photo of a small blue-eyed boy, hiding
in the folds of his mother's skirts, as she is stoned to death. The scene of violence haunts him, and ultimately,
he decides to quit the business. 20 years later, he's lured back to the same area, to find out if an African rebel, avenging
the deaths of women, is the same blue-eyed boy whose face he put on the cover.
ABOUT THE WRITER: When Elizabeth
Savage Sullivan graduated from law school she realized writing was her passion. She has written five
scripts, two of which have placed in the 2011 Nicholls Fellowship as quarter-finalist and semifinalist. Additionally, The Boy on the Cover has earned first place in another
screenwriting contest. Most recently, Elizabeth has worked as a script doctor on an adaptation of a true crime story in Ireland. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
SECOND PLACE: TALL, DARK & PERSIAN by Tamara Farsadi
LOGLINE: Growing up is hard to do when you have a father who never
did. Traveling in a minivan with her extended family on a summer road trip, 13-year-old Shannon Shekrazah offers a satirical
account of events from her formative years as a first generation Iranian-American.
Tamara Farsadi earned her BA in Film
and Television from Chapman University and an MFA in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute (AFI). Tamara has been
an active member of the WGAw Writers Caucus since 2006. Her screenplays have consistently placed in the Top 5% of numerous
writing competitions including: 1st and 2nd Place wins in Cynosure, 1st Place in American Accolades, 2nd Place in The San
Diego Film Festival, and 3rd Place in Slamdance, The Master Filmmakers and Award Winning Screenwriters. Tamara has been both
a finalist and Second Rounder in The Austin Film Festival, the Top 100 of Scriptapalooza, a Quarterfinalist for The Nicholl
Fellowships, as well as a finalist for both The ABC Creative Development Program and The Disney Writing Fellowship. In addition
to having been a selected participant of The IFP Market in New York and FIND's Film Independent Screenwriters Lab in Los
Angeles - she has twice advanced to the 2nd Round of the Sundance Filmmaker Labs. Tamara is currently looking for representation.
THIRD PLACE: UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY by Peter Tamaribuchi
LOGLINE: An inner city teen hopes to find refuge from street violence at his new school, the elite Morgan Hill.
He soon discovers, under the seemingly perfect suburban facade, new dangers that he is not yet ready for.
ABOUT THE WRITER: Peter Tamaribuchi started out as a playwright, earning a M.A. at Boston University, as well as a M.F.A. from
UCLA. His plays have been produced at a wide range of theaters and venues including Boston Playwrights Theater, Francis Ford
Coppola's One Act Festival, Kennedy Center Festival and Stanford University. In early 2000, he began to transition
to writing screenplays by working with Justin Lin's production company (Fast
Five; Better Luck Tomorrow).
Since then, his screenplays have received accolades from many contests and festivals, including Slamdance, Austin Film Festival,
Final Draft's Big Break, BlueCat, PAGE international, Creative World Awards, Cynosure and Nicholls. In addition to screenwriting,
Tamaribuchi has been a drama and film teacher for over a decade, working with a cross-section of youth, from the inner
city, to the suburbs. Three years ago, he started Cross Current Films, a production company dedicated to developing critically
and commercially successful films that explore contemporary teen life. He hopes to see their first project, Undiscovered Country, become a film that reaches a wide
audience: changing the way people see the problems of inner city teens.
PLACE: UNCLE HOPPY AND THE PECOS KID by Clint and Jim Braly
LOGLINE: With the help of an inexperienced cowboy angel, two estranged
brothers, who have not spoken in fifty years, come together to aid a badly injured grandson. These two hard-drinking, combative
brothers face difficult obstacles: being crippled, a dying grandson whose custody is in question, and being stalked by a brutal
ex-convict. In the end, what the two ultimately find is forgiveness.
ABOUT THE WRITERS: Clint and
Jim Braly are having an extraordinary year as first time screenwriters. Their script was the only one
to make the finals in the Drama and Family genres at both the 2011 Creative World Awards and the Page Awards. Even though
they both have college diplomas, their professional backgrounds have not been helpful in writing this story. They have read
numerous how-to books followed by rewrite after rewrite...losing count at fifty. The Bralys' goal with Uncle Hoppy and the Pecos Kid was to write a unique, character-driven, and
inspirational story that would attract teenagers through its action, adventure and off-beat characters, while being universally
diverse enough to touch the hearts and minds of adults: an audience too often ignored by Hollywood.
(Alphabetized by Title)
A Work in Progress (Drama) - Written by Alonzo Peterson.
After Julian (Mystery Drama) - Written by Dona Marans.
All the Broken Animals (Drama) - Written by John Torma.
Ascension (Science Fiction) - Written by Jeff Lewis.
Condolence Call (Comedy) - Written by Michelle Hankin.
Cutter's Daughter (Western) - Written by Curtis David Sackett.
Dead Day (Drama) - Written by David Carren.
- Written by Bird Cox.
- Written by Brian Smith.
Loss (Drama) - Written by
Love and Madison (Romantic Comedy) - Written
by Brian Signer & Helaine Signer.
Missing Love (Drama)
- Written by Ronald Marchand & Rhonda Ewing.
My First Lady (Romantic Dramedy) - Written by Mary
Nightingale (Historical Drama) - Written by Brad Taylor and Kelly Maddox.
Past My Prime (Teen Comedy) – Written
by Justine Barron.
Pinch Hitter (Romantic Comedy) - Written
by Janis Brody.
Wild (Horror) -
Written by Eric Diekhans.
Scatterbrains (Horror/Thriller) - Written
by Richard Hohenrath.
National Park (Dramedy)
- Written by Andrew Rothschild.
(Drama) - Written by Jennifer Lefever.
Soiled Doves (Western) - Written by Elizabeth Rockett.
Suspended Belief (Drama) - Written by
Sweeping Forward (Drama) - Written by
The Basement (Thriller)
- Written by Dawn Marie Guernsey.
Last Cha-Cha (Romantic
Comedy) - Written by Devi Snively.
The Monitor (Historical Drama) - Written by Tim O'Shea.
The Outliers (Science Fiction/Thriller) - Written by Linda Haltmaier.
The Precipice (Thriller) - Written by Marjory Kaptanoglu.
The Virgin of Poughkeepsie (Romantic
Comedy) - Written by Eva Konstantopoulos.
Boy Apocalypse (Science Fiction) - Written
by Eric Obame.
Gal: The Story of Cathay Williams (Western) - Written by Michelle Buckley.
College of Consuela (Comedy) - Written by Brad Hennig.
Ghosts Anonymous (Supernatural Comedy) - Written by Kari Ciardi.
Hip Hop Daddy (Comedy) - Written by
My Last Breath (Drama/Romance) - Written by
Paradise Under the Sun
(War Drama) - Written by Glenn Harding.
Redemption (Drama) - Written by Robert Horvath.
Rest in Peace (Drama) - Written by Dennis Sampler.
Riding the Rumble Strip (Drama) - Written by Bradford Willis & Anne Dunkin.
Silence (Mystery/Drama/Crime) - Written by John Edward Flynt.
Slow Lane (Gangster/Drama) - Written by Fernand Smith.
The Mother Hood (Drama) - Written by Shawn Chou
Tussle (Drama) - Written by Aaron Yarber.
Una Vida Mejor (Drama) - Written by Deborah Wolfe.
Via Crucis: A Way of the Cross (Drama) - Written by
Frank Canino and Joseph DiPasquale.
Wandering the Elysian Fields (Mystery/Drama) - Written by Richard
Wannabe (Coming of Age) - Written by