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2023 ScreenCraft Feature Screenplay Competition Winners

by ScreenCraft - updated on February 14, 2024

Listed below are the Winners of the 2023 ScreenCraft Feature Screenplay Competition. These exceptional screenplays were selected from almost 2,000 submissions. Congratulations to these winning writers!

Grand Prize Winner (Selected by Meg LeFauve)

The Refugee by Jennifer Black & Ibrahim Renno

A tormented Syrian refugee finds his pulse again in caring for a neglected 10-year-old, until her abduction by a savage gang forces him to resurrect his vigilante prowess to save her.

Grand Prize Winner (Selected by Stephany Folsom)

Electric Road by M.K. Ching

When an autistic boy is inadvertently taken during a carjacking, his parents give chase, remotely connecting to the car's dashcam in order to follow their son. Meanwhile, a mysterious woman attempts to goad the accidental kidnapper into murdering the boy—for reasons known only to her.

Grand Prize Winner (Selected by Samuel D. Hunter)

The Cockfighter by Andrew Case

To pay off a loan shark, a foolhardy Vietnam vet is driven to desperate ends as he navigates the go-for-broke world of underground cockfighting in 1980s Oklahoma.

Nardeep Khurmi Industry Mentorship Winner

Mother Mehreen by Anna Khan

A Muslim teenager’s lies to cover up her secret abortion from her small Mississippi town spiral out of control when she accidentally claims immaculate conception, and is soon heralded as the mother of the next messiah.

Mentorship Add-On Prize Winner

The Deadhead by Justin Ballheim

On a luxury airliner, a genius flight attendant believes she receives a message from the future: she has to kill a tech billionaire before the plane lands, or millions of people will die.

Congratulations to these winning writers, and thank you to our jury and to everyone who submitted projects; we read a number of remarkable scripts. View the quarterfinalists, semifinalists and finalists by clicking the corresponding link.

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