RIIFF Announces 2005 Screenplay Competition Winners
PROVIDENCE, RI (September 9, 2005) After weeks
of deliberation, the ninth annual Rhode Island International
Film Festival (RIIFF) is pleased to announce the winners
for this year's Screenplay Competition. With over 200
screenplays submitted, choosing the winners was no easy
task. Many excellent screenplays were submitted covering
the spectrum from comedy to drama to contemporary to
The Grand Prize winner for 2005 is Alderman’s
Story by George Csicsery of Oakland, California. His
historical drama gives a balanced portrayal of the rising
tensions between the original English colonists and
the Native Americans that culminated in the King Philip’s
“George’s script was insightful and engaging,
he obviously understood his subject matter and was able
to craft it into a compelling story,” commented
Adam Short, the Coordinator for the Screenplay Competition
According to George T. Marshall, Executive Director
of RIIFF, “The quality of this year’s screenplays
exemplifies the respect and maturity of our competition.
It is known within the film industry for encouraging
innovative storytelling. We work hard to ensure this
tradition and this year is no exception. I am very excited
about this year’s winners.”
The RIIFF accepts original feature-length screenplays
on any subject matter and in any genre. A distinguished
panel of industry professionals, screenwriters, and
members of the general public judge the screenplays
based on their creativity, innovation, vision, originality,
and use of language.
The Grand Prize winner will be presented with an award
at RIIFF's Opening Night Gala in 2006. He will receive
round-trip travel, accommodation at a bed and breakfast,
and two-all access VIP passes to attend the Festival.
He will be a guest at the Festival's screenwriter’s
workshop, ScriptBiz where select scenes from his script
will be given a staged reading.
In addition, the Grand Prize winner receives: a one-year
database membership from Script P.I.M.P., a consulting
firm founded by Sean McKittrick, producer of Donnie
Darko; six-month website promotion of her script (including
logline and synopsis) and logline magazine placement
from InkTip.com; a one-year subscription to scr(i)pt
magazine; and a copy of Final Draft version 7 software.
The top three winning screenplays will also be automatically
submitted to the Manhattan Short Film Festival’s
Screenplay Competition for consideration to be turned
into a low-budget film. The RIIFF Screenwriting Competition
is the only one in New England to have been chosen for
this innovative program.
"The Screenplay Competition is an integral part
of the Rhode Island International Film Festival,"
said Mr. Marshall," It's important to us to work
with the screenwriter and to formally recognize the
writer at the opening of each year's Festival, giving
the respect he or she deserves."
This year's Screenplay Competition also awarded five
other prizes to screenplays that exemplified high-quality,
powerful storytelling. The winners are as follows:
Grand First Prize
George Csicsery, Oakland, CA
The Gold Men
Arzhang Kamarei, New York, NY
Joseph M. Galligan, West Des Moines, IA
Blue Suede Shoes
Eric Diekhans, Evanston, IL
Courtney Wagner & Nicole Whelan, Brooklyn, NY
The Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF)
is dedicated to the creation of opportunities for artistic
interaction and exchange among independent filmmakers,
directors, producers, distributors, backers, and the
film-going community. Now heading into its ninth year,
the Festival is produced by the Flickers Arts Collaborative,
an organization with 24 years of experience presenting
major artistic events as well as independent and foreign
films to the public. For more information, contact the
Festival at PO Box 162, Newport, RI 02840 or call 401/861-4445.
For more information about the Manhattan Short
Film Festival, please visit www.Msfilmfest.com
or contact Nicholas Mason at (212) 529-8640, nick@Msfilmfest.com.