Pandorium by Graham Parke has been selected as the winner of the 2017 ScreenCraft Sci-Fi Screenplay Competition. It’s an original, high-concept time travel odyssey that features a compelling father/daughter relationship at its core. It centers on a young scientist who has discovered a way to track time travelers. When the scientist is arrested on hacking charges, he is recruited by a shadowy organization to help capture the world’s inaugural time traveler…and the strange girl who springs his trap turns out to know more about his mother’s disappearance than she should.
Harvest Season by Matthew Johnston has been deemed the runner-up. Evocative, dark and tense, the script tells the following story: when an extraterrestrial being lands near an Amish community, a troubled, unwed and recently pregnant young woman discovers that it’s there for her unborn baby and must fight to save the both of them.
The following screenplays were selected as the competition finalists:
- The Fairy King by Steven Snell
- Extraction by Martijn Smits
- Red Winter by Evan McNamara
- The Cargo by Billie Jo Mason
- Persephone by Chris Kappel
- Automatic by Jonathan W.C. Mills
- Aquarianna by Brian Young
- Rendezvous by Michael Leung
In addition to the ScreenCraft team, the judges included: Jonathan Wu, Development Executive at 20th Century Fox, the studio behind Avatar, X-Men, Another Earth, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Prometheus, Predators and more! Steven Douglas-Craig, Executive Assistant at Sony Pictures, the studio behind Passengers, Ghostbusters, Men In Black, Resident Evil and Spider-Man; and Meredith Wieck, Development Executive at Lionsgate, the studio behind Twilight, The Hunger Games, and Divergent.
Grand prize winner Parke will receive a $2,000 cash prize and hand-picked industry consultations, while Johnston will receive $500 and will have his script circulated and recommended to ScreenCraft’s network of over 60 managers, agents, producers and development executives. All semifinalists will receive a 50% discount to WriterDuet Pro.
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.