We are excited to announce the winners and finalists of the 2015 ScreenCraft Pilot Launch TV Script Contest! Culled from over 1,500 submissions, Halcyon Falls by Jeff Bower has been named the Drama winner, Socio-Pam by Rowan Wheeler has been named the Comedy winner, and Celebration by Lindsay Golder has been named the Web Series winner.
In Halcyon Falls, a town struggles in the wake of a recent school shooting that threatens to tear the community apart even after the killer is stopped. It masterfully threads the needle between working gripping, topical issues and creating an organic storyline. The ensemble built in the pilot takes the reader on a journey of devastation, suspense, and hope, and the writing is appropriately intense and dramatic.
Socio-Pam centers on a sociopathic woman who finds the perfect community in a sociopath fan club masquerading as a`support group. It’s an uproariously funny project that features a unique and engaging cast of absurd social misfits. The jokes leap off the page and, coupled with the writer’s strong comedic style, provide a hilarious and engaging narrative experience from start to finish. It doesn’t pull any punches as it freshly showcases everyone’s greatest–and most ridiculous–inner demons.
Celebration tells the story of acerbic Minnesotans Arden and Tippy, best friends whose chaotic personal lives begin to bleed into their party planning business. Consistently funny and enjoyable, the lighthearted coming-of-age story subtly addresses social and relationship issues without being overtly critical or prescriptive. It blends unabashedly coarse, riotous dialogue with a healthy dose of heart and offers an appealingly modern female perspective on relationships and sexuality.
The following pilots, listed in no particular order, were selected as the competition finalists:
Dead Drop by Nancy Duff
Evolution by Cara Winter
Testers by Julie Anne Wight
The Relief by Ross Denyer
The Shack by Martin Jay Weiss
Chosen by Sabrina C. Nouadir
Coldwater by Craig Berger
Sugar Land by R.B. Ripley
Toast by Anastazja Davis
Delivered by Scott C. Reynolds
Cupid’s Arrow by Daniel Lawlor
Such A Drag by Jeremy Padow
Damaged Goods by Mishki Vaccaro
Champions by Rowan Wheeler
Evie by Tim Schildberger
Sketch by Dylan Visvikis
Snap Out Of It by Todd Zing
Tanked by Eric Leong and Bradford Hodgson
The Real Steal by Robert Axelrod (created by Natalia Ochoa, Andrew Webster)
All Those Women by Tina Cesa Ward
Strip by Tina Cesa Ward
Born Stars by Andrew Ryan
Fat Ninja by Justin Giddings & Ryan Welsh
The Grass Is Always Greener by Meredith Post
Class A by Simon Schneider, Oliver Deacon and Charley Packham
Hang In There! by David Lawrance
Ice by Estella Gabriel
In addition to the ScreenCraft team, the judges included: Georgia Ranes, Executive Assistant to VP of Production at HBO; Ari Lubet, Manager at 3 Arts, the company behind such shows as ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, BROOKLYN NINE-NINE, SILICON VALLEY, PARKS AND RECREATION, 30 ROCK, THE MINDY PROJECT, LOUIE, IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA, SAINT GEORGE and more; Ryan Mickels, Development Executive at Universal Cable Productions; and Taylor Benzie, manager at Kaplan/Perrone.
Grand prize winners Bower, Wheelan and Golder will receive cash prizes, consultations with the ScreenCraft team, and personal introductions via phone to top managers, agents and producers who specialize in drama and comedy TV development and production.
Congratulations to these winning writers and finalists, and thank you to our judges and to everyone who submitted projects; we read a number of remarkable screenplays. View the quarter-finalists and semifinalists here.