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2014 Screenwriting Competition Finalists
Thursday, March 13, 2014 - Nashville, TN

NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL

ANNOUNCES

2014  SCREENWRITING COMPETITION FINALISTS

Winners Will Be Announced at the Nashville Film Festival Awards Ceremony, April 24th.

The Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) today announced the finalists for its inaugural Screenwriting Competition.  The 76 finalists represent the best of 1,511 entries from all over the world.

“Our finalists had great stories to tell,” said Michael Wood, Screenwriting Competition Manager. “These screenplays and teleplays represent some of the best undiscovered screenwriting talent in the world. Our screenwriters wrote clever comedies, riveting dramas, intriguing TV pilots, memorable shorts, and more.”

The competition was fierce, with 328 entries in the drama feature competition alone.

The Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition is unique among thousands of screenwriting competitions in the U.S. because it offers more categories for short screenplays than any other competition, and a category for Young Screenwriters, which is unique to NaFF.

“We believe in up and coming talent in the film industry,” said Ted Crockett, Executive Director of NaFF. “Writers of shorts are often talented and unknown.  The accolades they receive from winning or placing in a major competition can lead them to expand their concept into a full feature, or gain financing to turn their scripts into short films. We are an important step for them in making their careers.”

The Nashville Film Festival has connections with both legendary and groundbreaking A-list studios, production companies, and directors, and some winning scripts will be passed on to these connections.

FINALISTS, Listed alphabetically by title

DRAMA FEATURE

Amanda Darling: Children of Honor

Lonas Taylor: Little Silver Heart

Danielle Barros: The Executioner

David Abram: The Translation

Alfred Thomas Catalfo: Vulture’s Row

 

COMEDY FEATURE

Sam Friedlander: hAPPy

Amanda Darling: Male Order

Amanda Darling: Misfortune Cookie

 

MUSIC INSPIRED FEATURE

Jefferson McClure: Dead Man Blues

Larry Shulruff: Man at the Top

Sabrina Siebert: Soup Sandwich

 

FAMILY FEATURE

Heather Hughes and Kate Wharton: Coincidental Miracles

Karisa Ewinger: The Key to Nede – An Adventure Begins

Jonathan Vermeer and Bart Morse: The Spirit Flyer

Elisabeth Annacone: Yes, Bub

 

INSPIRATIONAL FEATURE

Dustin Stevens: Be My Eyes

Kari Redmond and Ben Davies: Bring it Home

Mary Huckstep: William, Will You Dance?

 

ANIMATION FEATURE

Jeff DeVuono: Lost Dog

Randall C Willis: Tank’s

James McFarlane: The Princess Honeybee

 

ACTION/ADVENTURE FEATURE

Nick Mertens: Buck McAlister and The Hand of God

Stephen Hoover: Buried South of Galatians

Andrew Brown: In Debt Deep

John T. Frederick: The Myth of the Western Dragons

Andrew Eisen: Will Powers

 

HISTORICAL FEATURE

Peter Meech: Billy

LeAnn Morris: More Precious

Eugene Ramos: Newton’s Laws of Emotion

Dawn Wise: The Poem

David Rousseve: Urban Scenes/Creole Dreams

 

SCIENCE FICTION FEATURE

Timucin Leflef: Heroman

Dustin Kahia: Project Guile

Elise Carr and Dennis Carr: The Beginning

Stuart Creque: Time and Again

 

THRILLER/HORROR FEATURE

Stephen Hoover: Horror Comic

Allen C. Gardner: Sold

Andrew Mescher: The Righteous Man

Alfred Thomas Catalfo: Vulture’s Row

 

TENNESSEE SCREENWRITER FEATURE

Elvis Wilson: Driving Top Down

David Vincent: The Acadian

Ryan Estabrooks and Amber Bartlett: The Sound of the Sword

Taylor Albertson: The Vilification of Ruth Dunn

 

TV DRAMA PILOT

Aaron Rollins: Ordnung

Jackson Wickham: The Girl From Here

Grete Heinemann: Valleywood

 

TV COMEDY PILOT

Sam Boseley: Cherub Court ‘I Smite You’

Karen Rouse: Foxy Naught

Kristin Cantrell: Roomies

 

ACTION/ADVENTURE SHORT

Lee McQueen: Celara Electric

Tarp Jones: The Ten Mile

 

ANIMATION SHORT

Darren Barker: Lily, the Saddest Girl in the World

David Serra: The Dreamscape Aquarium

Wade Balance: The Hunter

 

COMEDY SHORT

Stacy Alynn:  If You Go There

Linda Rumney: Power Wash

Devi Snively: The Bride of Frankie

 

DRAMA SHORT

Alexander Briley: Cocaine Eyes

Jeffrey Rubin: The Lost Cause

Cornelius Murphy: You’re a Good Guy, Eli

 

FAMILY SHORT

Dianna Zimmerman and Brad Jost: Escape

Sundae Jahant-Osborn: Pipe Dream

Robert Gately and Lois Gately: The Barking Spider

 

HISTORICAL SHORT

Skye Lynch: Scorched Earth

 

INSPIRATIONAL SHORT

Sussu Laaksonen: Long Distance Call

Julie Akeret and Will Daniel: Shit-house Crazy

 

MUSIC INSPIRED SHORT

Anthony Cawood: A Certain Romance

 

SCIENCE FICTION SHORT

Tishehma Jones-AlAmin: Every Lady Has A Silver Lining

Ryan Sprague: In a Forest

 

TENNESSEE SCREENWRITER SHORT

Caleb Stallings: Mulligan

Melissa Sweazy: The Department of Signs and Magical Intervention

Drew Maynard: The Holler

 

THRILLER/HORROR SHORT

Nathan Ludwig: Behind You

Stuart Creque: Memento Mori

Charles Dillon Ward: The Ants Go Marching

 

YOUNG SCREENWRITER SHORT

Michael Flynn: Family Portrait

Joshua Taylor: Outpost Bravo

 

Nissan North America – NaFF Presenting Sponsor

In North America, Nissan’s operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.NissanUSA.com  and www.InfinitiUSA.com, or visit the Americas media sites NissanNews.com and InfinitiNews.com.

Nashville Film Festival (NaFF), April 17 – 26, presented by Nissan, brings the world to Nashville in an extended 10-day celebration of film. NaFF is in two locations for the first time: Regal Green Hills Stadium 16 with 200 competition films, educational presentations and parties, and downtown at Nissan Multicultural Village, Walk of Fame Park with free outdoor films nightly and Happy Hour Shorts at Festival Pub. NaFF is a public festival attended by filmmakers and industry insiders and an Academy Award Qualifying Event for short films.  In addition to Nissan, NaFF is sponsored by Comcast/Xfinity, Cabedge Design, Regal Entertainment Group, Southwest Airlines, Tennessee Arts Commission and Metro Arts of Nashville. The Festival annually garners notice from the Associated Press, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal online, MovieMaker Magazine, Film Festival Today, IndieWire, Variety, Billboard, New York and Script Magazine.

 

Ted Crockett, Executive Director

Michael Wood, Screenwriting Competition Manager

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