2020 Finalists

In order to choose the Grand Prize and Honorable Mention winners for Screenplay Festival, there are three rounds to the competition. In the second round, every script is read by at least two more judges in addition to previous readings. The screenplays with the highest ratings move on to the final round! The scripts listed below deserve recognition as Screenplay Festival Finalists.

The most frequent question we get asked is, “What percentage placement does being a Finalist make me?”  This year, Finalists represent the top 20% of entries that we receive.

We appreciate everyone’s hard work and would again like to congratulate everyone for their great writing!

2020 Finalists

Movie: Action / Adventure

36 Hours – Rajan Gulati
Addictive – “T.L. Tribble”
And Death Shall Have No Dominion – Ery De Jong
Black Tiger – Karl Mather
Critical Error – “Samantha Brennan”
Damn the Valley – Daniel Clark
Earth and Sky – Kimberly Cronkite
Fled – Paul G. Andrews
Guards – Michael Oduah
Hectic – Samantha Brennan
In The Redd – Jason Loring
Inversion – Suzy Stein
Karachi Dreams – Alexander Devereaux
Kill the Prince – Laura Fortier
Last Chance Cafe – John Rice
Little Psychos – Alex Flaster
Marshal Dodge – Brad Catherman
Massive Destruction – Julia Lyon
Minor Alterations – Shay Thurmon
Paladin – Bridget Bell McMahon
Rebel in a Modern Age – ed Munter
Rebel Rising – Sarah Taylor
Sarcophagus – John Montgomery
Seven Washington Place – Larry Leinoff
The Eye of Midnight – Anthony Sands
The Pawnbroker – J.A. Brown
The Unfavored One – Ruby Smith

Movie: Comedy

Age Bracket – Mitch Emoff
American Money – Karen E. Johnson and Timothy A. McGhee
American Road Trip – Cassandra Schneider
Assassin Gram – Benjamin Pollack
Billy Forbes Couch potato – “David Fisher”
Breaking Rule Number Three – “Donald Hauka”
Brook Farm – Alexander Wake
Buff Nuggs – Judy Lowe
Building Utopia – John Montgomery
Eggs – James Shockley
Gallows Humor – Demian Cuthbertson
Gay For Jesus – Jason Laurits
Happy Medium – Aaron Lieben
Hit Girl – Wendy R Williams
In Another World – “Bridget Addison”
Inside Out – Patrick Farrell
Loserville – John Montgomery
Meet Me at Maxim’s – Adam Korbitz
MegaBall$ – Marc Baron
Power Couple – Peter Andrews
Power Move – Michael Ellis
Publish or Perish – David Liban
Shut-In Santas – Joe Doran
Snowflakes – Mark Perlick
Spy-chology – Danielle Newport
Super Turbo Overdrive – Peter Hsieh
Taming Holden Caulfield – Virginia Austin
The Breakup List – Grant Lyon
The Cookoff – Evelyn Pitt-Stoller
The Devil’s Stick – Chris Reina
The Grim Job – Anthony Sands
The Hotel Palmyra – John Montgomery
The Love Docta’ – Brus Messinger
The Real Thing – Matthew Papadopoulos
Tobacco Man – Mark Marinovich

Movie: Drama

175 – Yael Deynes
A Devil in the Pines – Stephanie Holman
Act Naturally (Big and Rich) – Kenny Rice
An Unfamiliar Life – Toni D’Antonio
Audrey’s Children – Julia Fisher Farbman
bGone – Scott Marshall Taylor
Black Star Rising – Doug Williams
Bloody Mary – Jon Hampton
Class of 1940 – James Morrison
Clean Living – Kim Townsel
Destiny’s Grace – Kirby Freeman
Drenched – Roopal Badheka
Fractal – Euroy Tan
Happy Night – Deirdre Timmons
Her Seventh Death – Virginia Austin
Innocent One – Christopher Buonopane
It Chooses You – Jordan Galland
King of Swing – Alessandro King
Land of the Rising Sun: A fictional tribute to Biafra – Ngozi Obi
Like Normal People – John Montgomery
Maeta’s Story – Charles DeRykus
Paddy’s Tonsorial Emporium – Ronald Milburn
Raggedy Ann Heart – Heather McPhaul
Roya – Mahmoud Salimi
ScareActor – Kim Donovan
Smidgely, Alabama 1974 – “Stacey Bean”
Special Arrangements – Patricia Salier
Stealing Dreams – Salvador Paniagua
Stories I Told My Father – William Ebert
The Adoption – Linda Cattani & Mark Schimmel
The Anthropology of Pez the Dispenser – Collin Colson
The Buzzing Tree – K. Carlton Mayfield
The Coyote – Andrew Yusi
The Culling – Conor Gallagher
The Desert Shrine – V.R. Marianne Zahn
The Final Candidate – Steve Hernandez
The Girl With The Paintbrush – Christie Allen
The Lies We Tell Ourselves – Courtney Froemming
The Snow Pony – Stephanie Holman
The Statue Garden – Peter Hsieh
There is No One in Hell – Nijean Philippe
They Call Me Terrorist – “Amrita Singh”
Touch of Grey – Daniel Talamantes
Undesirable – Rodolfo Alvarado
Visceral Fatherland – LeLe Park
Warpaint – Helen Taylor
What We Leave Behind – “David Duty”

Movie: Thriller/Horror

Bad Summer – Richard Stringham
Between the Walls – “Carmen Brucato”
Birthmark – Damon Russell, Mylissa Fitzsimmons & Brenden Hubbard
Bone Men – Charles Becco
Carnivorous – Ruben Estremera & Gregory Wolk
Faithful Shadow – Kevin J. Howard
Final Interview – Lou Peterson
Free Range – Howard Bennett
Friday Night Frenzy – Richard Stringham
GASP – S. C. S.
Glitterfish – Robert Castle
Good & Evil – Stephen Kayfish
Invisi-Grizz – Dion Hicks
Maelstrom – Stephen Wise
Monochrome – Chloë J. Hightower
Murder Incorporated – Lawrence Moore
North Moody Road – Ronald Ecker
Room Service – Joseph D’Urso
Rush Week – Michael Bretten
Soul Passage – Patrick Mediate & Kristin Ilagan
Terror Trip – Darrin Thompson
The Good Go First – Jerome Velinsky
The Most Dangerous Game – Jonathan Anthony
The Night Hike – Rob Stennett
The Queen of Death – Cindy Pelligrini
Vermin – Chris Warner
VXX – Bridget Bell McMahon

Television: Half Hour Script

A. P. Bio: The Crush – Paula Dixon
Blood From a Stone – John King
Camp Co-Ed – Ava Feneberger
Community Theatre – Richard Wilson
Complex* – Jake Marin
Curb Your Enthusiasm – Larry’s Celebrity Poker – Scott Marshall Taylor
Dingle Berry – Ruben Estremera & Gregory Wolk
Docents – Grace Fetterman
Duck. I Have Heroes – Devin Wilson
Fogies – Collective Punishment – Peter Andrews
Gobble – Pilot Script – Troy DeWinne
Good Lord – Matthew Neff
Graphers – Jeremy Engler
Grass Fed – Ruben Estremera & Gregory Wolk
Home, Sweet Homeless – Ruben Estremera & Gregory Wolk
Honor Among Thieves – Richard Chi
Incredibull – pilot – Ruben Estremera & Gregory Wolk
It’s Always Sunny In Phildelphia: The Gang Gets Diverse – Jordan Champagne
Keisha is Coming to Lagos – Ruben Estremera & Gregory Wolk
La Isla Bonita – Ruben Estremera & Gregory Wolk
Lady Parts – “Bonnie Gross”
Love, LTD. – Ada Lee Halofsky
My Dad Can Beat Up Your Dad – Russell Robertson
My Neighbors The Nudists – Russell Robertson
New Bunkerville – Alex Diedrick
Side Effects May Include – Avery Girion
Soleil Falling – Jacques Point Du Jour
Special Days – Blake Rice
Stand-Ups – Ruben Estremera & Gregory Wolk
Surface Tension: Let Them Eat Cake – “Shane Walsh-Smith”
That’s The Spirit – Kelly McInerney
The Brew House – Kevin Matthews
The Family That Appraises Together – Paula Dixon
The Tommy Sessions – James Skowyra
Where You Are – James Brown III

Television: One Hour Script

¡Viva, La Click-Ka! The Television Series – “Rodolfo Alvarado”
1-Star Review – Ruben Estremera & Gregory Wolk
Beverly Hills Finest – Anthony Sands
Blue Spice Queen – Dean Harakas
Caregivers: In Sickness and Health – Tessa Clare
Colossus – Adam Stayberg
Confidently Conflicted – Chloé Linn
Dead Inside – Guilherme Martins
Dead Patch – pilot – Ruben Estremera & Gregory Wolk
Desert Star News – robert haus
Great White Way – Lawrence Fecho
Here Kitty Kitty – Dana Hammer & Marcus McGee
Hidden Blood – “Seda Anbarci”
In The Shadows of November (script) – Bill Albert
It’s hot in L.A. – Philipp Senn
Jungle Jam – Benjamin Pierce
Knight Errant – “Sabina Sattar”
Kurds of Nashville – Peter Andrews
Lie With Me – “Allen Amanna”
Mission Appleseed – pilot – Trent Miller
Phoenix – Jed Sutter
Quantum Bits – Mark Perlick
Rock Bottom – Tiffany Jackman
Roderick – Danny Lewis
Ruin – Justine Browning
Sit.Com – Steve Murray & Robert Meredith
The Bliss Killer – LeLe Park
The Even Darker – “Edi Ibok”
The Factory – Kevin Brunner
The Great Revealing – Mark Perlick
The Imperfects – pilot – Ruben Estremera & Gregory Wolk
The Merc Club – Blake Tamarkin
The Townhouse – David Neal
The Worst Heroes – Alison Gonzalez
The Wrong Candidate Pilot – John Ravitz
Wanted Dead – Glenn Lissner
When In Mexico – Jorge Castro-Salinas