The Devil’s Justice by Bryan Michael Block has been selected as the winner of the 2017 ScreenCraft Short Screenplay Contest. It’s an intriguing, classical and character-driven drama about a depleted and cursed bounty hunter who enters a dead bar at closing time and confesses his crimes to the local sheriff and bartender. Evocative, cinematic and tense, it’s a powerful piece that struck a chord with all of our judges.
We’re also proud to highlight as the runner-up Flyology by Michael Leung. The short centers on a young inner city girl with respiratory issues who aims to learn how to fly and begins corresponding with a female inventor who sought to do the same in the Victorian era. Imaginative, warm and novel, Flyology creatively blends live action and animation to deliver a resonant narrative experience.
The following finalists also warrant special mention:
- The Sex Act by Madelyn Rideout
- Walk On The Moon by JB Minerva
- Learn Bhangra in 7 Days by Nevin Sharma
- Come To Grief by Michelle Bracks
- The Seminole by Daniele Dohring
- Echo Chamber by Travis Lemke
- Plasticity by Dina Klein
- A War On Terror by Peter Haig
In addition to the ScreenCraft team, the judges included: Alice Kharoubi, Director of the Cannes Film Festival Short Film Programme; Filmmaker Benjamin Cleary, recipient of the 2016 Academy Award for Best Short Film; Andrew Allen, Founder & Managing Director of Short of the Week—the web’s leading discovery engine for the new generation of filmmakers; Mike Carrier, filmmaker, writer and videographer at BuzzFeed, performer, & producer featured in @AustinFilmFest @Slamdance @McSweeneys @ABCNews @MTV @BuzzFeedVideo @DreamworksTV; and Jeffrey Bowers, who curates short films for Staff Picks for Vimeo and VICE Shorts and has also worked for Tribeca Film Festival and the Hamptons Film Festival.
The top two winners will receive cash prizes and circulation of their projects to the ScreenCraft Network, and the top three finalists will receive Final Draft 10 licenses.