Get It Together by Matthew Ryan has been selected as the Grand Prize Winner of the 2017 ScreenCraft Action & Thriller Screenplay Contest. A clever, endlessly entertaining and surprisingly funny bank robbery thriller, Get It Together centers on a "charming no-hoper" who, flat broke and desperate to buy a home, uses all the skills he’s learned from his robbery expert cop ex-girlfriend to rob a bank – only to have his robbery interrupted by a bigger, more professional band of thieves.
Milwaukee by Barry P. Ambrose & Christopher Stapleton has been awarded the Runner-Up prize. Ambitious, evocative and narratively complex, the script is a neo-noir set in the 1950s that tells the story of a hard-as-nails cop who finds himself protecting the widow of a recently slain officer, and in the process uncovering a far-reaching conspiracy involving the mob, the police department and the local government.
Ryan will receive $1,500 and hand-picked industry introductions. Ambrose & Stapleton will receive $500 and will have their script circulated to ScreenCraft's network of agents, managers, producers and studio execs, as will the following finalist scripts:
- Bury Your Dead by Richard McGovern
- Danger Close by Adam Skelter
- The Iron Horse of Lucy Steele by Paul Zeidman
- A Word In A Glass Mind by Miranda Fennimore
- 17 Bullets by Van Jensen
- The Caretaker by Hussain Pirani & Sam Cooke
- Pawns by Erik Lowe
- Running Dark by John Lau
In addition to the ScreenCraft reading team, judges this year included: Tanner Mobley, creative executive at Millenium/Nu Image; Michael Doven, CEO of United Pictures Group and producer of such celebrated films as MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE, VANILLA SKY, MINORITY REPORT, A FEW GOOD MEN and THE LAST SAMURAI; Ryan Wickers, Director of Development at Luc Besson’s company EuropaCorp; 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; and Miles Chapman, the screenwriter of ESCAPE PLAN (starring Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger), as well as ESCAPE PLAN 2, and ESCAPE PLAN 3.