2013 Screenplay Competition Winners

All Girls Should Know How to Braid

Tonya Holloway – Albany, GA

A self-conscious girl thinks her hair will make her dreams come true but her Mom has other ideas and sends her scurrying for a place to hide…within her heritage.

Butterfly Children

Melanie Schiele - Brooklyn, NY

Set in the majestic South Island of New Zealand, a furniture craftsman struggles to save his failing marriage and his young daughter who is afflicted with a rare debilitating skin disease.

Meadowlandz

Moon Molson - New York, NY

A Black American teen returns from a night of partying to find his Nigerian-immigrant stepfather passed-out drunk in their apartment building hallway. After a chaotic and dangerous late-night trip through urban New Jersey, futilely searching of a place for his stepfather to sleep, the teen is pressured by his friends into the murdering him.

2013 Screenplay Competition Finalists

Out of 222 entries, these 16 scripts* have been selected as the finalists for the 2013 competition. Three winners will be selected from the finalists and the writers will participate in mentoring workshop at this years ATLFF.

*ordered alphabetically by title

All Girls Should Know How to Braid

Tonya Holloway – Albany, GA

A self-conscious girl thinks her hair will make her dreams come true but her Mom has other ideas and sends her scurrying for a place to hide...within her heritage.

Beneath the Surface

Deirdre Brenner – South Pasadena, CA

BENEATH THE SURFACE is a drama about an estranged brother and sister whose lives collide when the bones of their mother are discovered in a car at the bottom of a lake twenty years after she first disappeared.  As the adult siblings cope with the suspicious circumstances of their mother's death, they're also forced to confront their own fractured relationship.

The Break-Up Nurse

Adeline Colangelo – Brooklyn, NY

Amelia is Manhattan's number one break-up guru, helping the city's most lovesick sad sacks repair their broken hearts, but when her own ex returns to town Amelia will have to put her famous advice to the test with her most challenging client ever: herself.

Butterfly Children

Melanie  Schiele – Brooklyn, NY

BUTTERFLY CHILDREN is a family drama, set in the majestic South Island of New Zealand, about a furniture craftsman struggling to save his failing marriage and young daughter afflicted with a rare debilitating skin disease.

Cumberland

Scott Larson – Chicago, IL

Wheeler-dealer George Allen assembles a ragtag team of Cumberland University Law Students to play an unauthorized football game against formidable Georgia Tech, led by the legendary coach John Heisman, or forfeit $3,000 as a contract penalty.  Based on a true story.

A Deep Sleep and a Dark Dream

Anna Espada – Decatur, GA

Two low-level drug dealers get wrapped up in nightclub politics in a bombed-out future Las Vegas.

The Great American Transcontinental Foot Race

Eric Carlson – Williamsburg, VA

Hoping to save the family farm, win the heart of the girl he loves, and gain the respect of his disapproving father, a 19 year old Oklahoma farm boy takes on the world's greatest runners as he races 3400 miles across America in the Great Transcontinental Foot Race of 1928. Based on a true story.

Guinevere

Dana Cowden – Austin, TX

Though trained since childhood to seek revenge for her father's murder, when Guinevere falls in love with King Arthur she embraces the dream of Camelot, until it is ripped away from her and once again she must fight to save all she loves.

Love Scene

Bethany Ashton Wolf – Studio City, CA

LOVE SCENE explores the 25-year love story of Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier that began as a scandalous affair in 1935 when they fell madly in love while married to other people. With the studios hiding their union from their adoring fans in their quick rise to stardom, they soon became the most iconic, celebrity couple of their time. Their love story began to crumble behind the limelight as Vivien suffered from extreme bipolar disorder, a yet-to-be-named disease at the time that drove Leigh into mad fits of hysteria. Clinging to a love that neither one wanted to lose, Leigh and Olivier found themselves living a poetically blurred line between their art and their real lives in the most passionate, glamorous, and tragic setting possible.

Meadowlandz

Moon Molson – New York, NY

A Black American teen returns from a night of partying to find his Nigerian-immigrant stepfather passed-out drunk in their apartment building hallway. After a chaotic and dangerous late-night trip through urban New Jersey, futilely searching of a place for his stepfather to sleep, the teen is pressured by his friends into the murdering him.

The Money Shot

Jimmy Monack – Annapolis, MD

When a retired Prima Ballerina attempts to consolidate her queen-bee status in a small town, she is challenged in every way by the town's newest resident; a retired porn star.  Challenging questions are asked about society's roles for both women and men in this comedy of extremes.

Separate > Equal

Thomas Lidd – Cedar Rapids, IA

'Separate > Equal', is based on the true story of future NBA legend Oscar Robertson, aka The Big O, and his Crispus Attucks teammates who were the first segregated high school team in the United States to win a state championship in any sport.

Terrorists in Love

Jyn Hall – Norcross, GA

In intertwining stories of Arab love and loss, a scorned son's quest for acceptance leads him down a destructive path, while star-crossed lovers fight against oppressive societal norms to be together.

Warrior and the Beast

Erik Bernard and Lyndon Tait – Port Wentworth, GA

A young man becomes a warrior as he battles the goddess of war to save the world and restore the beauty of a princess in action packed retelling of Beauty and the Beast.

Wonder Drug

Caitlin McCarthy – Worcester, MA

WONDER DRUG is inspired by the true story of DES (diethylstilbestrol), seen as a medical miracle to help women with pregnancy issues and a cash cow for pharmaceutical companies upon its creation in 1938. However, by 1971, the drug's full impact and the corruption hiding the truth from the public began coming to light. Set in Boston, Massachusetts, WONDER DRUG interweaves the lives of a Big Pharma executive, feminist doctor, and thirtysomething newlywed across different decades.

Zora

Cynthia Adarkwa – Silver Springs, MD

The night before graduation, Zora Graham, an offbeat outsider, casually hooks up with Al, a cool wallflower and her regular sex partner. This results in a surprise pregnancy, which causes  Zora to reevaluate her move home and her dreams of dance stardom. She begins a job at Prancing Ponies Dance Studio, where she discovers that she actually likes kids. Shirking any aid from Al, Zora attempts independence, eventually falling into performance art. Can she accept her future as a young mother, a fate her own mother, Georgia, had to accept, or will Zora tread off the beaten path and make of her life what she wishes?

MISSION & OBJECTIVE The Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Competition looks to discover high quality screenplays and then help 3 writers further develop and refine their script through an intensive workshop retreat that will coincide with the 2013 Atlanta Film Festival (March 15, 2013 - March 24 2013) with professional writers and filmmakers.