RIIFF ANNOUNCES 2020 SCREENPLAY COMPETITION WINNERS
.... 557 submissions received from throughout the United States and across the globe, 16 Winners and 55 Finalists Selected...
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Rammy Park, winner of the RIIFF Grand Prize for Best Screenplay on stage at
The Vets for the 2019 Opening Night Gala where she received her award trophy
Photo by Mike Braca
(PROVIDENCE, RI – October 30, 2020) • Edward Balli from Canada won the Best Screenplay Grand Prize Winner for this year's Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) Screenplay Competition. Edward's winning screenplay is entitled “Leadeth."
George T. Marshall, RIIFF Executive Director/CEO, made the announcement of the 2020 awards that featured 557 entries in competition. From these, 55 scripts were selected as finalists and 16 scripts were selected winners by an international team of adjudicators.
“What an amazing year for storytelling and our screenplay competition. This year’s entries were inventive and re-defining. They were scored on criteria that included character, dialogue, setting, plot, structure and technique,” said Shawn Quirk, RIIFF Program Director. “We reviewed the largest entry base in competition’s history making for difficult decision-making on the part of our international group of judges.
"After extensive and careful deliberation, prize winners were chosen in eight distinct categories: Best Screenplay, Best International, Vortex Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror, Best LGBTQ, Spotlight on New England, Best Short Screenplay, Best Animation Screenplay, Screenwriting Discovery Award and Best Television Pilot," Quirk noted.
"Our sincere congratulations to this year's winners," stated George T. Marshall. "This competition continues to introduce us to some of the world's brightest and most talented writers in the craft."
Prizes awarded to the winners of the screenplay competition (which vary with the specific screenplay category) include: 1 Script Listing and 1 Magazine Listing from InkTip; Final Draft software featuring Final Draft Screenwriting Suites; and Passes to the 2021 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 2021 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 on the stage of the 1,900 seat Vets located at One Avenue of the Arts, Providence. Lodging and transportation will also be provided.
THE 2020 PRIZE WINNERS:
"Leadeth," By Edward Balli, Canada
"Deluge," By Kenneth Vatan-Woodall, Sheila Vatan-Woodall, United States
"Project Fog," By Adva Reichman, Israel
"The Shell," By Hakan Ünal, Turkey
VORTEX HORROR/SCI-FI SCREENPLAY
"Ghost Species," By Justin Hayward, United Kingdom
"Writer's Retreat," By Jennifer Potts, United States
JAMES L. SEAVOR LGBTQ SCREENPLAY
"He Hangs Brightly," By Daniel Talbott, United States
"I am Yusuf," By Zain Sheikh, Pakistan
RI SPOTLIGHT ON NEW ENGLAND
"Anna and Ahana," By Tanni Chaudhuri, United States
"TOMAS," By Robert Bedick, United States
BEST TELEVISION PILOT SCRIPT
"Versions," By Craig Reynolds, Ireland
"Still Life," By Duncan Putney, USA
BEST SHORT SCRIPT
"Entrance of Pink Elephants," By Tatiana Fedorovskaya, Russia
"Rosa," By Ferran Navarro-Beltrán, Spain
SCREENWRITING DISCOVERY AWARD
"MILA," By Bella Ramsey, United Kingdom
"Rear," By Edward Worthy, United States
The 2020 Finalists Announced:
A Tent on Jupiter | Writer: Derek Nicoletto, United States
Alec Guinness: A Kind of Victory | Writer: Bill Baxter, United States
Anna and Ahana | Writer: Tanni Chaudhuri, United States
Bleed Just Like Us | Writer: EZEKIEL Jeremiah WALKER, United States
Blood and Ash | Writer: Kenneth Sanabria, Costa Rica
Blue Jay Singing in the Dead of Night | Writer: Dale Griffiths Stamos, United States
Braddock | Writer: Gregory Caruso, United States
BRITANNIA GEARS | Writer: Alfred Thomas Catalfo, United States
Coffee with Squid | Writer: Alexander Hadley, United States
Dear Lola | Writer: Emily Fairweather, United Kingdom
Deluge | Writers: Kenneth Vatan-Woodall, Sheila Vatan-Woodall, United States
Dogwood | Writer: Joshua Marion, United States
DUNCAN | Writer: Joseph Dionisio, United States
Elemental | Writer: Jonathan Hall, United Kingdom
Entrance of Pink Elephants | Writer: Tatiana Blintzer (Fedorovskaya), Russia
Face Painters | Writer: Giovanni Sanseviero, United States
Ghost Species | Writer: Justin Hayward, United Kingdom
Great White | Writer: Justin Memovich, United States
Gretchen | Writers: Jeffrey Kerr, Joe Barajas, United States
Grynszpan/Thompson | Writer: Hal LaCroix, United States
Gunpowder | Writer: Damian Hussey, Australia
Guacamole Yesterdays | Writer: Hudson Philips, United States
HE HANGS BRIGHTLY | Writer: Daniel Talbott, United States
HEDY | Writer: Natalie Alison, Austria
I am Yusuf | Writer: Zain Sheikh, Pakistan
I Know How To Swim | Writer: Cheryl Lewis, United States
Ignorance Is Bliss | Writer: Patrick J Grizzard, United States
Impaired Innocence | Chandra Gerson, United States
Leadeth | Writer: Edward Balli, Canada
MILA | Writer: Bella Ramsey, United Kingdom
Notes from Paris | Writer: Cloe de la Vega, United Kingdom
Of Saints & Scholars | Writer: Amy N Allen, United States
Project Fog | Writer: Adva Reichman, Israel
Rear | Writer: Edward Worthy, United States
Renaissance Man | Writer: Robert Tolz, United States
Rosa | Writer: Ferran Navarro-Beltrán, Spain
Santeras | Writer: Yerania Del Orbe, United States
Scrubs - My Impossible Decision | Writer: Brian Michael McDevitt Jr., United States
Sequoia Blue | Writer: Josiah Signor, United States
Still Life | Writer: Duncan Putney, United States
The 211 Home | Writer: Jim Huggins, United States
The Breeze of Fire | Writer: Ali Javad, United States
The German King | Writers: Adetokumboh M’Cormack, Matt Feit, United States
The Ghost's Writers' Workshop | Writer: Philip C. Sedgwick, United States
The Last Schubert Hotel | Writer: Sean Patrick Hennessy, United States
The luck of the draw | Writer: Julia Antuerpem, Brazil
The Mind Electric | Writer: Johnny Coffeen, United States
THE SHELL | Writer: Hakan Ünal, Turkey
Ticket To | Writer: Qiancheng Guo, United States
Tomas 6_2020 | Writer: Robert Bedick, United States
Undercurrent | Writer: Debby Huvaere, United States
UNDERTAKEN | Writer: Alix Reeves, United States
Versions | Writer: Craig Reynolds, Ireland
Visceral Fatherland | Writer: Lele Park, United States
Writer's Retreat | Writer: Jennifer Potts, United States
THE WINNERS OF THE 2020 SCREENPLAY COMPETITION WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON OCTOBER 30, 2020
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