New York, NY (PRWEB) October 13, 2012
The New York Screenplay Contest, New York’s top screenwriting competition, is pleased to announce the winners and official finalists of the 2012 New York Screenplay Contest. A complete list of the 2012 winners and official finalists can be viewed on the contest’s website, http://www.newyorkscreenplaycontest.com.
The New York Screenplay Contest awards and recognizes only the most finely written screenplays from entrants around the world with distinction in four exclusive award tiers. The judges selected one Grand Prize Winner from each official competition category along with the overall Grand Jury Prize Winner, ".270" written by Jake Lee Hanne, selected as the very best project from among all the competition categories, the contest's highest and most distinguished honor.
2nd and 3rd place awards were also presented in each of the main competition categories, the Empire Award and the Park Avenue Award, respectively. In addition, up to 10 Official Finalists were selected in each of the main competition categories at the discretion of the judges.
This year’s highlights include the Grand Jury Prize Winner, “.270” written by Jake Lee Hanne, a story of two childhood friends who take a father's rifle into the mountains only to come back with shell casings and a secret; Biographical/Historical Grand Prize Winner “Last Waltz of Vienna” written by Brian Lee Weakland, a true story account of a young chemist drafted by Nazis to liquidate the assets of Sigmund Freud after Hitler’s army overruns Austria in 1938; and Comedy Grand Prize Winner “About a Donkey” written by Kelsey Rauber. In “About a Donkey” Tim is a quiet man who has three kids. Two girls, one of which is very pregnant and one of which is a lesbian and single, and a son who likes to play the field, but now is dating the pregnant daughter's nemesis. On top of that, his wife is depressed. Tim is having trouble with getting older, so in a weak moment he decides to buy a donkey. When someone steals his donkey, the whole family tries to cheer him back up, but it isn't easy.
“Every great film begins with a great screenplay,” said Oscar Gemayel, Executive Director of the New York Screenplay Contest. “The level of writing this year was simply astounding. Undoubtedly, we are looking at the work of many of tomorrow’s leading screenwriters, and we are honored to congratulate these talented winners.”
Action / Adventure Competition:
Grand Prize Winner - “Geller High School's Mondo-Secret Crush Committee” written by C.J. Arellano
Smart, highly original, and very entertaining, Geller High School's Mondo-Secret Crush Committee, is a comedy that combines the heist and teen rom com genres.
Empire Award Winner - “The Conquered World” written by Mike Sherer
Park Avenue Award Winner - “Reggie III” written by Ashley Leach
Biographical / Historical Competition:
Grand Prize Winner - “Last Waltz of Vienna" written by Brian Weakland
Based on a true story, a young chemist is drafted by Nazis to liquidate the assets of Sigmund Freud after Hitler’s army overruns Austria in 1938. But after discovering Freud’s genius, the chemist disobeys orders, hides assets and pulls off a daring escape by Freud’s family on the Orient Express - only to be captured after the war and prosecuted as a thief by Freud’s vindictive nephew
Empire Award Winner - "Big Bob The Builder" written by Stan Augarten
Park Avenue Award Winner - "Haber" written by Daniel Ragussis
Grand Prize Winner - “About A Donkey" written by Kelsey Rauber
Tim is a quiet man who has three kids. Two girls, one of which is very pregnant and one of which is a lesbian and single, and a son who likes to play the field, but now is dating the pregnant daughter's nemesis. On top of that, his wife is depressed. Tim is having trouble with getting older, so in a weak moment he decides to buy a donkey. When someone steals his donkey, the whole family tries to cheer him back up, but it isn't easy.
Empire Award Winner - "As Luck Would Have It" written by Anna Forsyth
Park Avenue Award Winner - "Just Kill Me Already" written by Sundae Jahant-Osborn
Grand Prize Winner - "Father Frances" written by Tom Ziegler
When a hard-boiled Catholic bishop appoints a rookie priest as pastor of a violent, crime-ridden parish, he's sure the young man lacks the cojones to do the job. Turns out the bishop is right. Although no one is aware of it, Father Francis, his new rookie pastor, is actually a woman passing as a man. After slowly turning the parish into a vibrant instrument for social change, the question remains, did Frances owe her success to being a woman or, as people saw her, a man.
Empire Award Winner - "Random Acts of Chaos" written by Barry Kimm
Park Avenue Award Winner - "The Punishing Business" written by Sarah Skibinski
Family Film Competition:
Grand Prize Winner - "The Ultimate Almanac" written by David Ullendorff
A failing seventh grader, yearning to join a fellowship of misfit kids that have raised obscure, idiosyncratic talents to an art form, is shanghaied by his despairing parents to a futuristic experimental school that will set him straight.
Empire Award Winner - "Kheng Kheng Crocodile" written by Donna Rothstein
Park Avenue Award Winner - "Norman the Conqueror" written by Deanna Dewey
Horror / Sci-Fi Competition:
Grand Prize Winner - "Crater" written by Luke Pimentel
A prison on a remote moon comes under attack — fueled by highly personal motivations, the prison's warden teams with an unusual convict to battle the threat.
Empire Award Winner - "The Feast" written by Tracy Whittington
Park Avenue Award Winner - "The Zone" written by Marie Scott
Grand Prize Winner - "Cutthroat" written by James Hsiao
Three medical students engage in a competition to see who can save the most lives, but their ambition causes them to cross some lines. Soon, their efforts at being doctors are sabotaged, and they end up in the ER, one by one, on the brink of death. With their lives at stake, they work together to find the culprit before it is too late.
Empire Award Winner - "Anderson Falls" written by Giles Daoust
Park Avenue Award Winner - "Wretched Refuse" written by Ellen Bryant
Short Screenplay Competition:
Grand Prize Winner - "No Answers In A Gun" written by Ken Wallace
A family of pranksters tests the limits of a do-gooder with disastrous consequences.
Empire Award Winner - "@FlorianHarazkaiewicks" written by Marcos Villaseñor
Park Avenue Award Winner - "Morgan St. Watch Co." written by Gur Benshemesh
Stage Play Competition:
Grand Prize Winner - "BOHICA a play in two acts" written by Lewis Manalo
When four American soldiers are stranded on a hilltop in Afghanistan, they must fight off the Taliban and boredom while they endlessly wait for rescue.
Empire Award Winner - "Oh Grace!" written by Diana Richardson and Laurel Aarsvold
Park Avenue Award Winner - "The City of Burning Bridges" written by Ivana Dolic
Grand Prize Winner - "Werewives of London Treatment" written by Bruce Gadel
The new American Ambassador to London has his hands full when he finds out his wife and the British opposition party leader are both werewolves and battle for power and dominance of the London social and political elite. The head of Scotland Yard’s Special Protection Unit and the agent in charge of the local office of the U.S. Secret Service try to stay ahead of this primordial battle and keep the political leaders safe and the British state sovereign.
Empire Award Winner - "The Event" written by Izabela Borowska
Park Avenue Award Winner - "Street Club Kids" written by Greg Hill
Television Concept Competition:
Grand Prize Winner - "New Sealand" written by Sundae Jahant-Osborn
Don’t change the world, just create a new one! "The Truman Show" meets "Gilligan's Island" in what could be the most unique social experiment and most daring adventure ever documented for TV, as an eccentric cast of “founding fathers” sacrifice their safe comfortable lives to battle the world and each other, as they fight to found their own new sovereign nation.
Empire Award Winner - "The Sports Rookie" written by Greg Hill
Park Avenue Award Winner - "Breaking News" written by Mark Hefti
Television Pilot – Drama Competition:
Grand Prize Winner - "Love's History" written by Dale Brandenburg
After an innocent girl is burned at the stake as a witch in 1692 because Salem's puritanical reverend disapproved of her and his grandson's love, she accepts an offer by the powers to be to remain on Earth as a cupid and able to travel through time to help other victims of unrequited love. But she has to look out for the evil reverend that made a similar deal but with an entirely different entity and is hell bent on stopping her from reuniting anyone much less her and her soul mate.
Empire Award Winner - "The Rascals" written by Doug Sharf & Ricky Dunlop
Park Avenue Award Winner - "The Selected" written by Meghan Faiella
Television Pilot – Sitcom Competition:
Grand Prize Winner - "Moms.Single" written by M. Esther Sherman
An ethnically divorced family deals with issues of race, divorce, relationships, and parenting through humor and honesty.
Empire Award Winner - "XXXtracurriculars" written by Beth Patton
Park Avenue Award Winner - "Royally Duped" written by Winnie Khaw
Television Spec Script Competition:
Grand Prize Winner - "Lost in Transmission - Pilot" written by Sid Ramesh
A ragtag group of American journalists face the pressures of working for a fledgling Middle Eastern news network in NYC.
Empire Award Winner - "Workforce" written by Joe Fenico
Park Avenue Award Winner - "Parole" written by Kara Smith
Additionally, the New York Screenplay Contest is proud to honor powerful screenwriters and official finalists like William Drake, Ron Eid, Dong Won Kang, Greg Hill, and Donna Lisa. Their superlative work guides readers through the heart breaking and the light-hearted. Every word - a gripping one.
2012 Official Finalists
Action / Adventure
Biographical / Historical
Horror / Sci-Fi
Television Pilot - Drama
Television Pilot - Sitcom
Television Spec Script
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