2015 SCREENPLAY CONTEST FINALISTS AND WINNERS

As part of its ongoing mission to encourage work in Science Fiction, Other Worlds Austin held its first SciFi Screenwriting Contest to reward creativity in its earliest stages and encourage writers to keep working in the genre. The contest is sponsored by No BullScript Consulting.

The contest garnered an impressive array of scripts from all over the country. The Grand Prize winner is the teleplay JEN-16 by Craig Berger. Other Worlds Austin congratulates Mr. Berger on his compelling, entertaining, and well-written script.

"What was amazing about every single script,” says Reid Lansford, Programmer and Director of Registration, “was the sheer scope of imagination and wonder in each one. If these are even just a small sample of the future of SciFi screenwriting, we're in for a bright future."

 

2015 Other Worlds Austin Screenplay Finalists

 

Screenplay Short

TURN ON DESIRE by Lauren Hoekstra

A MANY SPLENDORED THING by Justin McLachlan

ALPHA SON by Jeremy Scroggins

 

Teleplay

JEN-16 by Craig Berger

THE LUCKIEST MAN ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH by Chris DelliCarpini

AUGMENTED by Nandita Seshadri

TAPES "FRIENDSHIP STATION" by Will Zech

 

Screenplay Feature

LIVE, FROM THE MILKY WAY by Joe Borriello

DRONES & DRIVERS by Haley Isleib                           

SHIFT by Jim Jackson

CROSSED CURRENTS by Frederick Kim

THE SLEEPING DEEP by Jeffrey Blake Palmer

 

2015 Other Worlds Austin Screenplay Winners

 

Screenplay Short

ALPHA SON by Jeremy Scroggins

A young man navigates the complexities of growing up in space as the first human born in space.

 

Teleplay

JEN-16 by Craig Berger

A genetically engineered teenage superweapon must lead a group of misfits through a brave new world when they escape from a secret Russian laboratory.

 

Screenplay Feature

DRONES & DRIVERS by Haley Isleib

A soldier with the enhanced ability to take over robots finds herself the target of mysterious government-related forces when she returns home after a war.

 

"Our finalists were all very strong,” says Bears Fonté, OWA Founder and Director of Programming, “but I think our winners stand out as scripts that bring the reader to another world and show tremendous amounts of both thought and craft.

The Short Script winner, ALPHA SON, looks at the weight of choices made aboard a generational spaceship/space station, but through the eyes of the 2nd generation, the generation that didn’t make the initial choice to climb aboard and head for the skies.  

Still from BLOODY KNUCKLES

Still from BLOODY KNUCKLES

The Feature Script winner, DRONES & DRIVERS, creates a fully realized world and geo-political system, and builds a fantastic conspiracy right into it. Says Fonté. “It is the kind of script that feels so packed with twists it must be an adaptation of a famous book, but it’s not.”  

Teleplay winner, JEN-16 was also named the overall Grand Prize winner. “JEN-16 is one of the best pilots I’ve read in years,” says Fonté. “The characters the writer sets up, as well as the possibility for an exciting season arc, show not just the ability to craft an action-packed story, but also a depth and mystery that can be tossed and turned over in the audience’s mind episode and episode. Honestly, I was annoyed when I reached the final page—I wanted to binge-read right into the second episode."

As the Grand Prize winner, Craig Berger (JEN-16) receives a $500 cash prize. Jeremy Scroggins (ALPHA SON) and Haley Isleib (DRONES & DRIVERS) each receives a $250 cash prize for winning the Screenplay Short and Screenplay Feature categories respectively.

All three winners also receive a Development Notes Phone Consultation with Danny Manus of No BullScript Consulting, a top 15 script consultant according to Creative Screenwriting. In addition, Manus has agreed to offer a $25 discount to all entrants on Consulting Services like Basic and Extensive Studio Notes, Developmental Notes, and TV Pilot Notes. For a full list of services available, go to www.nobullscript.net.

Feedback will be available for all scripts entered at the writers’ request by emailing www.screenplay@otherworldsaustin.com.


About Danny Manus

Danny Manus is one of the most in-demand script consultants as CEO of No BullScript Consulting (www.nobullscript.net) and author of “No B.S. for Screenwriters: Advice from the Executive Perspective.” He was ranked one of the Top 15 “Cream of the Crop” script consultants in CS Magazine and named one of ScreenCraft’s “25 People Writers Should Follow on Twitter”.

Manus was previously the Director of Development for Clifford Werber Productions (Cinderella Story, Sydney White), where he sold “To Oz” to United Artists. He was also Development Consultant for Eclectic Pictures (Lovelace) and the DOD at Sandstorm Films (The Covenant, 8MM2), which had a first look deal at Screen Gems. HeDanny is a columnist for ScriptMag, a judge four years running for the PAGE Awards, and has been a speaker at Austin Film Festival, Kansas City Film Fest, and well over a dozen other major writing conferences.


About Other Worlds Austin

Other Worlds Austin is dedicated to bringing the best of SciFi to Austin, Texas. The festival programming team looks past budgets or the Hollywood push to find great stories and give them an Austin premiere. Other Worlds Austin was founded by Bears Fonté, formally director Director of programming Programming for Austin Film Festival 2012-2014.


Contact:  Don Elfant

               don_elfant@otherworldsaustin.com

               512-217-9867

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