CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2015 WINNERS
1st Place: Screaming My Heart Out by Janyce Lapore
2nd Place: The Mary Jane Girls by Heidi Kozak
Squid Jiggers by Judi Blaze
The Umpire Has No Balls by Debbie Bolsky
Jacob's Ocean by Jan Evans
Alien Rendevous 3D by Darlene Inkster
The Mary Jane Girls by Heidi Kozak
La Tierra Que Yo Amo (Land That I Love) by Jonathan La Poma & Natalia Porras
Screaming My Heart Out by Janyce Lapore
Grace by Lynda Lemberg & Jeffrey Allen Russel
Replica by Sharon Moore
Accepting Reason by Laura Saitta
Winning submissions will be announced on March 30, 2015
Thank you to all who submitted your work to us. We received many engaging screenplays and it was difficult to narrow it down to ten. If you are not on this list, please don't be dismayed. Writing a screenplay is a daunting task. Besides the hours, the anguish, agony and ecstasy, there is the fact that you are putting yourself out there in the world for all to see. You are doing something many would be afraid to do and we applaud all of you for doing it.
Here are some of the traps we see a lot of screenplays fall into:
Mountains of description, especially at the beginning of the screenplay
Telling us, not showing us
Too much exposition in the dialogue
Cliche descriptions of an “other” type of person, For example, Old Lady.
Cliche descriptions and dialogue for Native Americans as if Native people aren't actual humans
Writing about subjects that are not sufficiently researched
Keep working, keep writing, keep rewriting, brave people. And thank you again.
Women In Cinema International