Hugh Jackman Stole My Husband by Maisie Culver has been selected as the grand prize winner of the 2019 ScreenCraft Horror Screenplay Competition. A desperate, out-of-work actress goes to an exclusive, private island for networking opportunities and walks into a trap laid by the deadliest celebrity of all — Hugh Jackman. The unique premise and superb execution won the judges over. As one industry member exclaimed, “that script is f@$%ing batshit!”
Fresh Hell by Dave Rock been named the runner-up. A robbery-gone-wrong pits an aging artist and her girlfriend against a determined duo of thieves in a close-quarters home-invasion thriller. Judges responded to the strong leads and how the steady pacing built to a thrilling unraveling.
Getaway by Laura Grey & Megan Stein has been selected as the winner of the concept category. A codependent woman attends a yoga retreat to become a better person for her shitty fiancé, but ends up leading the fight against a toxic space creature who aims to make all of humanity “his bitch.”
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In addition to the ScreenCraft team, the judges included: Ryan Turek, VP of Development at Blumhouse Productions (company credits include Paranormal Activity, Insidious, Sinister, Oculus, The Purge, The Green Inferno); Pip Ngo, Director of Sales and Acquisitions at XYZ Films (company credits include MANDY, The Standoff at Sparrow Creek, Apostle, In Darkness, and Mandy); Brittany Klesic, Creative Executive at Monkeypaw Productions, Jordan Peele’s production company behind such iconic horror titles as Get Out and Us; Juan He, Manager at Good Fear, a management production company whose clients’ credits include It Follows, Cloverfield, Donnie Darko and The Butterfly Effect; and Writer-Director Ari Aster & Producer Lars Knudsen, the filmmaking team behind such acclaimed recent horror films as Hereditary and Midsommar.
The following projects have also been selected to receive special mention:
|Bare Metal||Jess Gupta|
|Hell Is An Open Door||Jim Lopezzo|
|Miscreations||Alan Loubeau & Mike Meyerson|
|She Keeps Calling||Justin Lee|
|The Devil’s Bite||Ervin Anderson|
|The Man in the Wood||Alex Schor|
Congratulations to these winning writers, and thank you to our judges and to everyone who submitted projects; we read a number of remarkable screenplays.
Grand prize winner Culver will receive a $1,000 cash prize and hand-picked industry consultations and introductions, while Rock will receive a $500 cash prize and have his script circulated and recommended to ScreenCraft’s network of over 60 managers, agents, producers and development executives. Grey & Stein will receive an exclusive development mentorship from Klesic and Monkeypaw Productions.
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