2023 Finalists

In order to choose the Grand Prize and Honorable Mention winners for Screenplay Festival, there are three rounds to the competition. In the first round, every script is read by at least two judges and rated regardless of genre. The screenplays with the highest ratings move on to the second round!

The most frequent question we get asked is, “What percentage of scripts make it through the first round?”  This year, the Second Round screenplays listed below represent the top 15% of entries that we receive.

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


Movie: Action / Adventure

A Need For Something New by John T. Frederick
Britt Johnson by Peter Bloomquist
Brothers Blood by Virginia Travers, CV Herst, Scott Amour, Clayton Shuster
Closer to The Sun by Sara Althani
Epicenter by Luke Swanson
Heroes and Villains by Timothy Burgess, John Burgess
If You See Me by Vanesa Stoynova
King of Blades by Paul Hikari
Nobody’s Heroes by Michael Alan Elliott
Pardou by lacy mcclory, Duane Mcclory
Sixgun Saint by Warren Lane
Spiralmind by Benito F Perez, Jackson J Smith
The priory of Sion by Cazebon-Taveau Cazebon-Taveau Cazebon-Taveau
The Rifle Brothers by Brett McKay Prieto
The World Turned Upside Down by Dennis O’Flyng

Movie: Comedy

A Midsummer Night’s Play by Eric MacKinnon Johnson
Beyond Romeo by Aaron Fitzgerald
Blood Money by Dominic Flanagan
Eating Rhode Island by Lawrence Thelen
I’ll Be Doggone by Robert Cole
Love in the Time of Coronavirus by Emilio Santín
Love In The Time of Covid by Dennis Manuel
Love Me X 3 by Erin Elizabeth Keefer
Me’n Gus by Leslie Flannery
Playing Hero by Warren Lane
Rock On by Bill Rutkoski, Dan Karlok
The Littlest God by Barry Steven Kohl
The Resurrectionists by Duncan Putney
Under Done by El Brazil
Wildwood by Damon Fabbo

Movie: Drama

A City Clean and Good by Daniel Lin Worthen
A Letter to Sakharov by Andrew Joseph Crane
Anna Incognito by Laura Preble
Ball of Fire by Sean Coleman
Before the Dust Returns by Adam Peditto
Call Me Thor by Jamie Campbell
Devotion by Leon McConnell
Learning To Be Human by J Frederick
Look at It This Way by Danae Clark
Lyman: The Movie by Anne Johnstonbrown
Manongs by Mariel Madrid, Keone Madrid
Paradise Destroyed by Robin Neil Chambers
Replacement by Borys Shusterman
Reunion at Red Paint Bay by George E Harrar
Victory Disease by Andrew D TePas

Movie: Thriller/Horror

Bento Box by Brian Elliott Feinberg
Chateau Sauvignon by David M. Night Maire, Adam T. Wolfe
Dark Destinies by Warren Lane
Hello. by Sophia Lee
Home of the Dead by Rod Tipton
Margo and the Monster by Don Famularo
Ombre by Kevin Brunner
Rev by Jay K McGrath
Rough Cut by Mitchell V Slan
S-21 by Kylee Q Robinson
Scratch by Cedrick Nichols
Stupid Dead Boy by Alex Vickery-Howe
The Dive by Andrew Essig
Time, Space, And The Poet by John Turner
WiLL by Ryan Hughes

Television: Half Hour Script

Always Something by Courtney Slusser
AnHedonia by Lucky Bailey
Bender by Vic Paul
Film Or Be Filmed – Pilot by Alexander Green
Hoof & Horn by Kevin Brunner
Lemonlight by M. Rowan Meyer
Locked Up: The Fish by Ronald D. Smith
The Black Paintings by Finn Weatherstone
The Gang Gets Diverse by Jordan Champagne
TINU by Nirali Shastri

Television: One Hour Script

Aisle of Arsara by Jess Carlyle Palmer
Amy (Sort Of) by Peter Podgursky
Desert Star News by Robert Alan Haus
Gemini by Alex Vickery-Howe
Gilligan’s Island Of The Dead by Jerry Kokich
Life Through the Lens by Chad Hutson
Mrs. Ashby by Jesse Millward
Norwich by Hisonni Mustafa
Still’s Life by Duncan Putney
The Combat Art Collective by Baron Rotza
The Mind’s Eye by Gabriel Meyers
The Orphans by Johnny Galvan
The Scripts of Virtue by Jairaj Singh Walia
Watchlist by Alex Vickery-Howe
Wench by Aaveen Marandi, Tommy Miller