Beverly Hills, CA (PRWEB) January 24, 2005
Second Prize Winners win $500.00 cash awards: ÂMusic CategoryÂ winner is Australian screenwriter Adam Spellicy with his screenplay ÂRace with the DevilÂ, a biopic about the passionate and tormented life of 50Âs rocker Gene Vincent, and Richard Hamilton of Los Angeles took second in the ÂAll Genre CategoryÂ with ÂHiddenÂ a thriller about a childless couple, both doctors, who adopt the boy next door when his parents are murderedÂ and begin to wonder if the boyÂs as innocent as they believed. $250.00 Third Prize winner Chris Velazquez of Los Angeles won in ÂMusic CategoryÂ with his submission of ÂInappropriateÂ a wild comedy about a brilliant advertising exec on the verge of a nervous breakdown, who is forced by his company to spend the next 24 hours a day with a famous woman psychiatrist, who may be having her own break with reality, and Lorri Shundich and Daniel Ezell of Santa Monica, California won third in the ÂAll Genre CategoryÂ with Â41 MinutesÂ, a drama about a New York composer who has to teach chorus in a public school while he pursues his big break. All winners will also receive a prize package of goods and services from Movie Magic, ScriptShark, Scr(i)pt Magazine, and the Writers Boot Camp.
Winners were selected by a panel of professional filmmakers, including screenwriter Sam Harper (ÂCheaper by the DozenÂ, ÂJust MarriedÂ), producer-manager Doug Draizin (ÂFools Rush InÂ, Spy HardÂ), and Director Bryan Gordon (ÂHBOÂs ÂCurb Your EnthusiasmÂ).
This is the first year of the Screenplay Showdown and is sponsored by the Nashville Screenwriters Conference. The Screenplay Showdown was created to honor the work of the best new screenwriters from around the country and to serve as a bridge between writers and the Hollywood film industry.
The competition, which began in May 2004, attracted 368 participants from all over the country, as well as Canada, England and Australia. All contestants had to meet eligibility requirements and could not have earned income more than $20,000 as writers in the film and/or television industry. Screenplays submissions from 34 applicants advanced to the semi-final round and the top three finalists in each category had their screenplays read and considered for representation by people from literary agencies and management companies including Creative Artists Agency, the William Morris Agency, United Talent Agency, Paradigm Literary Agency, Industry Entertainment, Bender-Spink Literary Agency, and Blue Train Entertainment. In addition, the winning screenplays were read for possible optioning and development deals by production companies and producers: HBO Films (ÂThe SopranosÂ, ÂSix Feet UnderÂ, ÂDeadwoodÂ), Tapestry Films (ÂThe Wedding PlannerÂ, ÂPay it ForwardÂ, Plan B (ÂBrad Pitt and Jennifer AnistonÂs Production Company) Fusion FilmWorks and William Teitler Prods (ÂPolar ExpressÂ, ÂMr. HollandÂs OpusÂ)
For information about the Screenplay Showdown visit http://www.nashscreen.com
About The Nashville Screenwriters Conference:
Founded in 1999, the Nashville Screenwriters Conference is a 501 (C) (3) not-for-profit organization. A portion of conference profits benefit the Watkins Film School.
For more information about NSC visit http://www.nashscreen.com or contact Lisa Jackson at MaxMedia 951-272-2228
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