RIIFF ANNOUNCES 2018 SCREENPLAY COMPETITION WINNERS
.... 477 submissions received from throughout the United States and across the globe
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Shawn Quirk, RIIFF Program Director with Dr.Nancy Carriuolo and Lukas Hassell,
previous winner of the RIIFF Grand Prize for Best Screenplay.
Photo by Mike Braca
(PROVIDENCE, RI – October 29, 2018) • Rammy Park from Brooklyn, NY is the Best Screenplay
Grand Prize Winner for this year's Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF)
Screenplay Competition. Rammy’s winning screenplay is entitled “Monitor City.”
George T. Marshall, RIIFF Executive Director/CEO, made the announcement of the 2018 awards
that featured 477 entries in competition. From these, 43 scripts were selected as semi-finalists
and 14 scripts were selected Finalists by an international team of adjudicators.
The “Monitor City” storyline: A Greek tragedy in a futuristic sci-fi setting, “Monitor City” pits
reluctant hero Olivia Andressa against a totalitarian system of control and surveillance, as she
struggles to accept her role in the City’s resistance movement and to bring her fractured family
"Rammy Park’s script breathes new life into the dystopian genre. The script is a defining work,
that is teeming with social commentary. Rammy has successfully created a tragic futurist tale
that serves as a timely parable for today's ever growing dependence on technology and
surveillance," said Shawn Quirk, RIIFF Program Director.
“What an amazing year for storytelling and our screenplay competition. This year’s entries were inventive and re-defining. They were scored on criteria that included character, dialogue, setting, plot, structure and technique,” added Quirk. “We reviewed the largest entry base in competition’s history making for difficult decision-making on the part of our international group of judges.
"After extensive and careful deliberation, prize winners were chosen in seven distinct categories: Best Screenplay, Best International, Vortex Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror, Best LGBTQ, Spotlight on New England, Best Short Screenplay and Best Television Pilot," Shawn Quirk, RIIFF Program Director noted.
"Our sincere congratulations to this year's winners," stated George T. Marshall. "This competition continues to introduce us to some of the world's brightest and most talented writers in the craft and serves as a major source of inspiration to those in the creative community."
AND THE 2018 WINNERS ARE...
“Monitor City” |Rammy Park, Author | Brooklyn, NY
“Hinterland” | S.J. Main Muñoz, Author | Venice, CA
“Sound of the Somme” | Alexander Menu & Thomas Besançon, Authors | Belgium
“White Whale” | Rustem Samigullin, Author | Homberg, Germany
VORTEX HORROR/SCI-FI SCREENPLAY
“Blank Shores” | Alex Kyrou, Author | London, United Kingdom
“Silence” | Collin Kornfeind, Author | Astoria, NY
JAMES L. SEAVOR LGBTQ SCREENPLAY
“Liza Herself” | Joan Kelly, Author | Somerville, MA
“Chasing The Dragon” | Eduardo Ayres Soares, Author | Porto Alegre, Brazil
SPOTLIGHT ON NEW ENGLAND
“Oil and Water” | Alfred Thomas Catalfo and Morgan Webster Dudley, Authors | Dover, NH
“Blood and Plunder” | Adam Olenn, Author | Providence, RI
BEST TELEVISION PILOT SCRIPT
“The Reservoir” | Dylan Allen, Author | Brooklyn, NY
“Matched” | Tess Allen, Author | Playa Vista, CA
BEST SHORT SCRIPT
“Red Shirt” | Mary C. Ferrara, Author | Quincy, MA
“Last Day of School” | Gypsy Nelson | Mason, WI
Prizes awarded to the winners of the screenplay competition (which vary with the specific screenplay category) include: 1 Script Listing and 1 Magazine Listing from InkTip; Final Draft software featuring Final Draft Screenwriting Suites; and Passes to the 2019 Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival and the ScriptBiz™ Screenwriter's Workshop.
The Best Screenplay Grand Prize winner will be brought to Providence to attend the 2019 ScriptBiz program, where their screenplay will be a central focus of the program, plus receive a private script consultation and an official award on RIIFF's Opening Night Celebration on the stage of the 1,900-seat Vets located at One Avenue of the Arts, Providence.. Lodging and transportation will also be provided.
The 2018 Semi-Finalists:
Aborning | Jay Greenwell, Author | New York, NY
Absence Of Color | Shiva Ramanathan, Author | Irvine, CA
The All American Girls | Timothy Hastings, Author | Williamsburg, VA
Amen Evil The Possession | Steven Williams, Author | Henderson, NV
Among Us | Arturo Portillo, Author | Chaparral, NM
Behind the Badge | John Martins III, Author | Sierra Vista, AZ
Blank Shores | Alex Kyrou, Author | London, United Kingdom
Busara Road | David Sanders, Author | Philadelphia, PA
Chasing The Dragon | Eduardo Ayres Soares, Author | Porto Alegre, Brazil
Fury of a Woman Scorned | Eriah Howard, Author | Pamdale, CA
The Heart of The Artist | Aidan Brady, Author | London, United Kingdom
Hinterland | S.J. Main Muñoz, Author | Venice, CA
Johnny Jump Up | Shiva Ramanathan, Author | Irvine, CA
Last Day Of School | Gypsy Nelson, Author | Mason, WI
Liza Herself | Joan Kelly, Author | Somerville, MA
Lost in Control | Maria Massei-Rosato, Author | Cold Spring Harbor, NY
Matched | Tess Allen, Author | Playa Vista, CA
Metro | Tristan Aird, Author | Paso Robles, CA
Monitor City |Rammy Park, Author | Brooklyn, NY
Native Sons | Adam Olenn, Author | Providence, RI
Newcomer | Michael Leung, Author | Maroubra, Australia
Nothing Personal | Ralph Toporoff, Author | New York, NY
OIL | Ayse Altinok, Author | Portland, OR
Oil and Water | Alfred Thomas Catalfo, Author | Dover, NH
One Last Game Night | Jen Gutierrez, Author | Studio City, CA
Perry | Jim Watson, Author | San Francisco, CA
Plastic Dad | James Charleston, Author | Belen, NM
The Pocketknife | Jerry Perez, Author | Providence, RI
A Pound of Dust | H.G. Middlemas, Author | Longwood, FL
Red Shirt | Mary C. Ferrara, Author | Quincy, MA
Redefine | Bella Dontine, Author | North Hollywood, CA
ReFocused | Steve Becker, Author | New York, NY
The Resevoir | Dylan Allen, Author | Brooklyn, NY
The Revengers | Timothy Stack, Author | Carpinteria, CA
Sideshow Bandit | Marie Wilson, Author | Toronto, Canada
Silence | Collin Kornfeind, Author | Astoria, NY
Sound of the Somme | Written by: Alexander Menu & Thomas Besançon, Authors | Belgium
Supposed To Be | Beth-Anne Blue, Author | Melrose, FL
This is Snow | Lisa Younger, Author | New York, NY
Third Party | Alex Bernstein, Author | San Francisco, CA
Time Fail | Marian Meidel, Author | Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Under Cover | Hideki Kiyota, Author | Yokohama, Japan
White Whale | Rustem Samigullin, Author | Homberg, Germany
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