The BROOKS Pharmacy Providence/Rhode Island International Film Festival for independent film and video announced the winners for this year’s annual Screenplay Competition. With 210 screenplays received for this year’s event from all over the world, the jury, composed of industry professionals, peers and film fans, found their work daunting and time-consuming. After careful review of each entrant by three separate judges, one Grand Prize winner was selected along with seven First Prize winners.
This year’s winner is NIGHT OF LIGHT by filmmaker Jonny Kurzman from the United Kingdom. Mr. Kurzman also has a film being screened in competition in this year’s Festival.
The Grand Prize winner receives a cash prize of $2,500 and a public reading of his script by local actors on Thursday, August 10. The reading will be open free to the public. Jonny’s script will also be made available to agents in Los Angeles and New York.
First Prize winners of the Competition, who receive copies of Syd Field’s Screenwriting Workshop, are:
“THE OFFERING” – Diane Hooks of Swansea, MA ^ “BROTHER TO BROTHER” -Rodney Evans of Brooklyn NY ^ “THE FARMER’S SON” – Phillip Pletcher of Monterey, CA ^ “HALLOWELL” -Eric Devlin Taylor of Los Angeles, CA ^ “DITTO” -Royce Scott Buckingham of Bellingham, MA ^ “GLOUCESTER GIRL” -Brian Heffron of Los Angeles, CA
Also selected was “WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET” by Michelle Molhan-Zang of Guilford, CT. Her screenplay will actually have select scenes shot during this year’s Take One, Two, Three; Filmmaking with the Pros (August 7-9). The visiting Director for the program is independent filmmaking legend Lloyd Kaufman, the founder of Troma Pictures. Editing for the scenes will be supervised by Academy Award winner Tom Ohanian, co-founder of the Avid editing system.
To learn more about the Screenplay Contest winners, and to check out the Rhode Island Film Festival, go to [ www.film-festival.org ]