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2020 ScreenCraft Virtual Pitch Competition Winners

by ScreenCraft - updated on February 3, 2022

We are excited to announce the winners of the 2020 ScreenCraft Virtual Pitch Competition.

Ten Virtual pitch finalists were selected from nearly 1200 entries to pitch their projects virtually to an esteemed panel of jury at the ScreenCraft Virtual Pitch Grand Finale Event. The jury offered their feedback for each pitch and selected the top three pitches.

Bako by Lizzie Perrin was selected as the Grand Prize Winner. Blackout by Wesley MacInnes has been selected as the First Runner Up, and Go To The Body by Kyra Jones has been selected as the Second Runner Up.

Bako, is a pitch for a TV series about an adopted Japanese American teenager who must grapple with her heritage and save the world when she accidentally unleashes some of the most dangerous creatures from Japanese mythology onto her small, Southern town.

Blackout, is a pitch for a TV series about a faded rock star and musical prodigy, who is a shadow of her former self. Self-sabotaging and reckless, addiction threatens to swallow her whole, as she lives each day to forget the last. But when a rising star comes knocking at her door, she is given an opportunity to reclaim her future and take down the ruthless figures who stole more from her than her career.

Go to The Body, is a feature pitch about a rising racial justice organizer, who is sexually assaulted by a fellow activist. She tries to push past her trauma and return to her normal life. The only thing standing in the way is her fiancé, Kendrick, an overprotective boxer who has his own idea of justice.

The Virtual Pitch Grand Finale jury included

  • Marc Manus, Literary Manager and Partner, World Builder Entertainment
  • Eric Heisserer, Oscar-nominated Screenwriter, ARRIVAL, BIRD BOX, LIGHTS OUT
  • Wendy CalhounTV Writer and Showrunner (PRODIGAL SON, STATION 19, EMPIRE, NASHVILLE, JUSTIFIED, etc)
  • Amy Retzinger, Literary Agent and Partner, Verve Talent Agency

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 submissions.

View the Semifinalists, and Finalists here.  The Grand Prize Winner will receive a cash prize and circulation of their materials to top literary managers and agents.

And if you’d like to receive a notification when this contest re-opens for entries in 2021, you can subscribe for updates via Coverfly here.

And be sure to check out more of ScreenCraft’s recent success stories here.


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