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.... 371 submissions received from throughout the United States and across the globe

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(PROVIDENCE, RI) • Jenna Sullivan and Quentin James from Marshfield, MA were the Best Screenplay Grand Prize Winners for this year's 2013 FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) Screenplay Competition for their winning screenplay “Growing Things.” George T. Marshall, RIIFF Executive Director/CEO, made the announcement of the 2013 awards.


According to the Jenna Sullivan, "If 'Lost in Translation' and 'Punch Drunk Love' had a baby and that baby was adopted and raised by 'Natural Born Killers' and 'Sweeney Todd,' it would grow up to be 'Growing Things.'"


The story revolves around Lilith, a wayward and neurotic out-of-work costume designer who meets Samuel, a successful, enigmatic, serial-killing gardener and their instant connection. Both are struggling to find their place in the world. Suffocating in their virulent self-loathing, the couple discovers what they think is their salvation: killing people. As the two self-hating misfits' love unfurls, they partner in both business and pleasure, experiencing success in their landscaping company and wreaking revenge on anyone foolish enough to like them.


"This is an exceptional screenplay. It's smart, witty, and very well thought out. Jenna and Quentin's unique writing style conveys a dark comedic tone that works wonders in bringing the story's characters to life." Shawn Quirk, RIIFF Program Director.


"It was an outstanding year for screenplay entries. The exceptional quality and the solid storytelling were compelling, making for difficult decision-making on the part of our international group of judges," added Quirk. "Our adjudication team read 371 screenplay entries this year, the largest entry base in the competition's history. Each submission was analyzed and scored according to a set of criteria, including character, dialogue, setting, plot and technique."


"After extensive reading and deliberation among the judges, prizewinners were chosen in four different categories: Main Competition, LGBTQ, International Focus and Short Screenplay," he added. "Each will come with its own set of awards."


"Our sincere congratulations to this year's winners," stated George T. Marshall. "This competition has introduced us to some of the world's brightest and most talented writers in the craft."





Grand Prize:

“Growing Things”

Written by: Jenna Sullivan and Quentin James, (Marshfield, Massachusetts, USA)



“Half Angels”

Written by: Deja Bernhardt, (Austin, Texas, USA)



"Ruta Sagrada"

Written by: Helmut Dosantos (Italy)


BEST LGBTQ (Barren Branches)

"The Lion's Storyteller"

Written by: Kate Dent, (South Africa)



Grand Prize:

"More Than Life"

Written by: Ashley Matteson, (Warwick, Rhode Island, USA)



"Points of Origin "

Written by: Anya Leta, (California, USA)


Prizes awarded to the winners of the screenplay competition (which vary with the specific screenplay category) include: a free year of screenplay promotion services to the winners, through ScreenwriterShowcase.com; a 1-year Writers Database membership from Script Pipeline; Full Script Delivery to over 3,000 industry professionals comprised of studio executives, producers, agents etc. through ScriptDelivery.net; Final Draft Screenwriting Suites from Final Draft software; and passes to the 2014 FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival and the ScriptBiz™ Screenwriter's Workshop.


The BEST SCREENPLAY Grand Prize winner will be brought to Providence to attend the 2014 ScriptBiz program, where their screenplay will be a central focus of the program, plus receive a private script consultation and an official award on RIIFF's Opening Night Celebration. Lodging will also be provided.


The 2013 Semi-Finalists:


“The Beast” Written by: John Bias, (San Diego, California, USA)


“Bouncing” Written by: Peter Fitzgerald, (Northbridge, Australia)


“Bully For Me” Written by: Missy Cohen-Fyffe, (Pelham, New Hampshire, USA)


“Considerare” Written by: Philip Sedgwick, (Tucson, Arizona, USA)


"Points of Origin" Written by: Anya Leta, (California, USA)


"Forgive Not Their Trespasses" Written by: John J. Maffucci , (Somers, New York, USA)


“Growing Things” Written by: Jenna Sullivan and Quentin James, (Marshfield, Massachusetts, USA)


“Half Angels” Written by: Deja Bernhardt, (Austin, Texas, USA)


"If I Tell You" (Short Film) by Richard C. Anderson, (Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA)


“Knock Out” Written by: Christopher Brown, (Lewisham, London, United Kingdom)


“Leaves of the Tree” Written by: David Healey, (Sugar Land, Texas, USA)


“The Lions' Storyteller” Written by: Kate Dent, (Pietermaritzburg, South Africa)


“Love Undone” Written by: Dawn Scibilia, (Brooklyn, New York, USA)


"More Than Life" (Short Film) Written by: Ashley Matteson, (Warwick, Rhode Island, USA)


“Muse of Laguna” Written by: Phil Saroyan, (California, USA)


“One and One” Written by: Written by: Sophia Dixon and Antonia Frydman, (Brooklyn, New York, USA)


“Ruta Sagrada” Written by: Helmut Dosantos, (Italy)


“Swing Low” Written by: Michael Borowiec, (Rexford, New York, USA)


“Terra Firma” Written by: Austin Alward, (New Orleans, Louisiana, USA)


“The Tomato Eaters” Written by: Sean Hennessy, (Phoenix, Arizona, USA)


“Unconditional Loss” Written by: Oliver W. Ottley III, (Encino, California, USA)




The mission of the Rhode Island International Film Festival is to discover and empower filmmakers. Held in Providence, and at locations throughout the state, RIIFF is one of only 75 film festivals worldwide that is a qualifying event for the Oscars. It is also New England’s largest film festival. Its innovative programming, cultivated industry ties, and loyal audiences have made the Festival a strategic and desirable platform for film premieres, drawing hundreds of independent filmmakers from around the globe.


The next Festival will take place August 5-10, 2014.  For more information about the festival.



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