We have come to a consensus and are excited to announce that The Thallus of Marchantia by Matthew Hirschhorn has won the top prize of the 2013 ScreenCraft Comedy Script Contest. It’s an original, audacious and laugh-out-loud comedy that uses a true story as the launching point for a political farce with real heart. Here’s the logline:
For his psychology final project and in a bid to woo his unobtainable dream girl, an insecure college student tricks the city of Buffalo into believing he is the prince of a nonexistent country but the farce quickly gets out of hand.
Matthew Hirschhorn is a producer for One Big Ball Pictures, an up-and-coming New York based production company. He started writing comedy after seeing Superbad when he was 20 years old and has been working towards a career as a writer/producer ever since.
The runner-up is Snuff Film by R. J. Daniel Hanna. Logline:
Hoping to gain publicity, two fledgling low-budget horror directors fake the murder of a B-list celebrity and upload the video to YouTube… only to find themselves on the run from the law and a mysterious stalker when they discover the celebrity’s body in their apartment hours later, killed in the exact same way.
Daniel Hanna has just been signed by one of our judges, a literary manager at Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment. Hanna was a finalist in the 2013 Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition, as well as the 2013 Script Pipeline Screenwriting Contest. Hanna is a writer, director, and editor living in Los Angeles. Films he has edited have received recognition by The Director’s Guild of America, The Emmy Foundation, BAFTA, and the University of Southern California. Hanna has directed narrative projects for Coca-Cola, Subway Restaurants, and Cole Haan in addition to numerous short films and music videos.
Both The Thallus of Marchantia and Snuff Film are skillfully written, full of voice, and genuinely funny. In addition to cash prizes and ScreenCraft consultation, our top two winners will receive a year’s subscription to Celtx Edge screenwriting software suite. Here are the excellent screenplay entries that comprise the rest of the top ten finalists:
Accounting For Trixie by Josh Berman
Brother Against Brother by Ryan Peek
Dead Enders by Brent Hartinger
Game Crush by Hamilton Mitchell
Machina by Tom Radovich
My Boyfriend’s The Antichrist by Adam Taylor
Senility by Michael Lee Barlin
The Replacement by Mark Simborg
Congratulations to the finalists. See the semi-finalists here.
Thank you to all who submitted. We read an amazing slate of funny, promising scripts and can’t wait to do it again.