2011 Winners

2011 GRAND PRIZE CONTEST RESULTS

Congratulations to our winners of Philadelphia’s 2011 ScreenplayFest!

To contact the writers and read their Screenplays, please visit: Click Here, or email us at: info@screenplayfest.com.

GRAND PRIZE WINNER

COMEDY

Lookout Lou (The Big Lebowski meets License to Drive) A neurotic movie usher falls in love with a tourist while combating his fear of travel. With only 24 hours before she departs, he must overcome his inner-anxieties and drive to the Standard on Sunset Blvd. If it were only that easy for Lou Tilly.

CATEGORY WINNERS

1) DRAMA WINNER:

Rube (Forrest Gump meets The Natural) The true story of the most colorful character in baseball history, a mentally-challenged man who rises to superstardom as a Hall of Fame pitcher and the game’s biggest drawing card.

2) ACTION / SCI-FI / ADVENTURE / FANTASY WINNER:

The Eaglet (Manchurian Candidate meets Doctor Zhivago) A tough survivalist, a Navy pilot has an ultimate trial of his Native American fortitude when he is shot down over Korea and enemies torture him to force him into treason.

3) HORROR / THRILLER WINNER:

Lucid Dreams of Wickedness (Seven meets Zodiac) Troubled by a gruesome nightmare involving a brutal serial killer, homicide detective Vincent Lynch wakes up to realize that not only is the murder real but part of the very investigation that he is heading up.

MENTIONABLE:

DRAMA

The Jungle (Mystic River meets The Town) When his partner is killed during a heist, a college student turned criminal risks capture when he forms a bond with the deceased’s grieving father, who is also the cop on his trail.

Shadowboxing The Mob ( Raging Bull and The Fighter) Carmen Basilio refused to be bought by the mob-backed International Boxing Commission (IBC) during the 1950s, boxing’s ‘Golden Age.” It cost him plenty in terms of time, money, and glory. But he put honor first and not only saved the sport he loved, but achieved his boyhood dream of becoming the welterweight and middle weight champion of the world.

COMEDY

I Snatched Andy Warhol (Snakes on a Plane meets Gandhi) An accidental internet superstar hates his web-addled, fame-obsessed generation, and decides to make an example of the founder of the current ideology: Andy Warhol.

V Facter (American Pie meets Sex In The City) A group of girlfriends develop a plan to help Mila get over her ex, Brandon. The solution? Since Brandon was her ‘first’, the girls decide Mila should sleep with a virgin, but not just any virgin. The ‘victim’ has to meet a very specific checklist. As if finding this ‘qualified’ virgin isn’t hard enough, Mila falls in love with her ‘victim’ Jesse. Now things are really complicate, it’s no longer just about getting over an ex, but about winning back Jesse after he discovers Mila’s initial intentions.

THRILLER / HORROR

Cabin Call (Misery meets Ten little Indians) Fun and pleasure are not the only commodities you can find on a cruise. when the ship starts sailing to the ports of call you might get sea sick but watch for the treatment you’ll get on board, it could be poison.

 EXTENEDED CONTEST #4 RESULTS:

1) DRAMA FINALISTS:

Shadowboxing The Mob ( Raging Bull and The Fighter) Carmen Basilio refused to be bought by the mob-backed International Boxing Commission (IBC) during the 1950s, boxing’s ‘Golden Age.” It cost him plenty in terms of time, money, and glory. But he put honor first and not only saved the sport he loved, but achieved his boyhood dream of becoming the welterweight and middle weight champion of the world.

Through Laura’s Eyes (The Blind Side meets The Soloist) A struggling journalist takes personal and professional risks to tell the story of a talented homeless teenager.
2) COMEDY FINALIST:

Dirty Business (When Harry Met Sally meets Legally Blonde)

V Facter (American Pie meets Sex In The City) A group of girlfriends develop a plan to help Mila get over her ex, Brandon. The solution? Since Brandon was her ‘first’, the girls decide Mila should sleep with a virgin, but not just any virgin. The ‘victim’ has to meet a very specific checklist. As if finding this ‘qualified’ virgin isn’t hard enough, Mila falls in love with her ‘victim’ Jesse. Now things are really complicate, it’s no longer just about getting over an ex, but about winning back Jesse after he discovers Mila’s initial intentions.

3) ACTION / SCI-FI / ADVENTURE / FANTASY

The Eaglet (Manchurian Candidate meets Doctor Zhivago) A tough survivalist, a Navy pilot has an ultimate trial of his Native American fortitude when he is shot down over Korea and enemies torture him to force him into treason.

4) HORROR / THRILLER FINALIST:

Cabin Call (Misery meets Ten little Indians) Fun and pleasure are not the only commodities you can find on a cruise. when the ship starts sailing to the ports of call you might get sea sick but watch for the treatment you’ll get on board, it could be poison.

Saviors and Sinners (The Good, The Bad, The Ugly meets Goodfellas) In the West Texas town of Diablo, the portal for the US/Mexican drug and sex trade, an entire population lives in terror. When a covert FBI agent, his cover blown and on the run, stumbles into the town, he must choose between looking the other way and waging a war to protect people he’s never met.

MENTIONABLE:

DRAMA

Founding Again (Kate and Leopold meet Atlas Shrugged) When the Founding Fathers time travel to present day will they be able to overcome the challenges of complacent citizens with the complications of today’s modern society and rise to the occasion of liberating their country once again?

Winged Victory: Following his father’s untimely death, an aimless boy shines in military school when his father’s wartime journal sparks a fresh perspective on life.
COMEDY

Playing For Home (The movie An American President meets a great baseball movie) When Puerto Rican nationalists stage a coup on their island, declaring its independence from the U.S., a war-weary President of the United States proposes an alternative to military intervention: a winner-take-all baseball series.
ACTION

Holy Hell In Cuba (Midnight Express meets Topaz) Tony de Armas is only 18 years old when he tries to leave Cuba on a homemade raft before he is caught by cuban military ans sent to a juvenile jail where his nightmares only begin.After trying to escape through a wall fan he is caught again and sent to an adult correctional where he is almost destroyed by his key masters.
THRILLER

Chinese Gift (Hell Night meets Murder in the Orient Express) You will pay for the sins by your own destruction from the hands of your close love ones seeking revenge, and they won’t stop until is over.

ONLINE CONTEST #3 RESULTS:

1) DRAMA FINALISTS:

Doctor Charlie (The Pursuit of Happiness meets Patch Adams) In this moving personal journey to find love and honesty, a doctor’s stubborn refusal to compromise leads him on disastrous spiral into homelessness and serious illness before an unlikely friendship with a schizophrenic patient and the love for his daughters forces him to face the guilt that haunts him and be true to himself.

2) COMEDY FINALIST:

Play Dead (Who Framed Roger Rabbit)In a film noir animated spoof, Rod Weiler down and out private eye dog seeks to avenge the mob hit of his father. Torn by revenge, Rod meets a femme fatale and is dragged into a complex murder case where he unravels the mystery and finds redemption.

Trial & Erin (Sleepless in Seattle meets My Cousin Vinny) Maurie, a widower attorney, falls hard for ERIN, a pretty caterer he has hired to plan his son’s bar mitzvah as he gets ready for the biggest trial of his career. When he learns that she is dating his adversary – who has wheedled her into tape recording him discussing his trial plans – he learns love can be a trying experience.

3) ACTION / SCI-FI / ADVENTURE / FANTASY

Mustang (Top Gun meets Duel)65 years after it won World War 2 for us, out of nowhere, it reappears. But this time it’s the enemy.

Princess Pain (Bladerunner meets The Fifth Element) A courier of illegal contraband is hunted by mercenaries and soldiers for an identity she refuses to accept.

4) HORROR / THRILLER FINALIST:

Silence (Confessions meets Walk on Water) During the sweltering summer of 1977 — while Son of Sam terrorizes New York and the city erupts in violence during the 24 hour blackout — world famous geneticist Abel Kohlner is plunged into his own dark past as he risks his life trying to prove that the strange German man living across from his building is the SS doctor who murdered his grandparents at Dachau concentration camp.

MENTIONABLE:

DRAMA

Ironically Of Course  (The Wackness meets Squid and the Whale) Threatened by the limitations of their artistic abilities, and bewildered by the prospect of traditional jobs, hipsters in contemporary Brooklyn confront the harsh reality of the Quarter Life Crisis.

The Eaglet (Manchurian Candidate meets Doctor Zhivago) A tough survivalist, a Navy pilot has an ultimate trial of his Native American fortitude when he is shot down over Korea and enemies torture him to force him into treason.

Old Business  (Boondock Saints meets Payback) Two brothers unwittingly inherit their fathers debts in the criminal world of Atlantic City and must muscle, bet, beat and swindle their payment in any way possible.

ACTION / SCI-FI / FANTASY / ADVENTURE

New Child (Splice meets Little Miss Sunshine) An archaeologist and his wife can’t have a child; he uses DNA from a 15,000 year-old skeleton with help of scientist friend and surrogate, but child grows up increasingly wild.

HORROR / THRILLER

Death Wind (Dances with Wolves meets Ravenous)When a pioneer doctor uncovers a series of bizarre murders near an Indian reservation and army post, he must confront a mysterious tribe of sub-human cannibals to save his small prairie town from the cannibals’ dark god, a bloodthirsty sentient tornado.

ONLINE CONTEST #2 RESULTS:

The following FOUR finalists from Online Contest #2 will be entered into the GRAND PRIZE Contest on September 1, 2011.

To contact the writers and read their Screenplays, please visit: Click Here, or email us at: phillyscriptfest@screenplayfest.com.

1) DRAMA FINALIST:

The Jungle (Mystic River meets The Town) When his partner is killed during a heist, a college student turned criminal risks capture when he forms a bond with the deceased’s grieving father, who is also the cop on his trail.

2) COMEDY FINALIST:

GBF (Mean Girls meets Queer as Folk) Unpopular, closeted gay teens Tanner and Brent have their friendship put to the test when Tanner is accidentally outed and finds himself suddenly ‘in’ – as the new, must-have accessory of teen girls everywhere: The G.B.F. (Gay Best Friend).

3) ACTION / SCI-FI / ADVENTURE / FANTASY

Thunderstruck (Blade Runner meets Lethal Weapon) A hardnosed detective is chasing down a fabled crime lord. In the midst of his investigation he gets himself entangled in an ongoing war between a gang and a small clan of ninja.

4) HORROR / THRILLER FINALIST:

Past Dues (Sixth Sense meets Third Man) When his past life comes to claim it’s dues, RICH has to relive the night that started it all to protect his family from the truth.

MENTIONABLE:

DRAMA

*Through Laura’s Eyes (The Blind Side meets The Soloist) A struggling journalist takes personal and professional risks to tell the story of a talented homeless teenager.

*Gallo (Bugsy meets Goodfellas) Gallo, a true crime drama follows Joe Gallo, a Brooklyn mobster as he struggles to overthrow a mafia boss. After failing, he dodges attempts on his life and survives a prison sentence, leading to long awaited release where everyone waits to see if the charismatic, unpredictable Gallo will make peace with his former enemies or go to war with them.

ACTION / SCI-FI / FANTASY / ADVENTURE

Oblivion (V for Vendetta meets Memento) After waking up with amnesia, Ethan must uncover the secrets of his past to find the woman he loves and save the world from an evil organization.

COMEDY

Baby On Board (Ruthless People meets Trapped in Paradise) When brothers Mikey and Bruno accidentally kidnap a pregnant woman while escaping from a bungled bank robbery, the town of Whisky Creek becomes the setting for a low-brow comedy where bozos can perform brain surgery and sheep aren’t safe.

HORROR / THRILLER

Brakken Cove (13 Ghosts meets Friday the 13th) A group of recent high-school graduates ventures to Brakken Cove to throw one last party together before they leave for college; but, angry spirits of a murdered congregation haunt the lake itself, and they have a lust for the blood of their killer’s descendant – who happens to be among the graduates.

ONLINE CONTEST #1 RESULTS:

The following FIVE finalists from Online Contest #1 will be entered into the GRAND PRIZE Contest on September 1, 2011.

To contact the writers and read their Screenplays, please visit: Click Here, or email us at: phillyscriptfest@screenplayfest.com.

1) COMEDY  / FAMILY FINALIST:

Lookout Lou (The Big Lebowski meets License to Drive) A neurotic movie usher falls in love with a tourist while combating his fear of travel. With only 24 hours before she departs, he must overcome his inner-anxieties and drive to the Standard on Sunset Blvd. If it were only that easy for Lou Tilly.

2) DRAMA FINALIST:

Rube (Forrest Gump meets The Natural) The true story of the most colorful character in baseball history, a mentally-challenged man who rises to superstardom as a Hall of Fame pitcher and the game’s biggest drawing card.

3) ACTION / ADVENTURE / SCI FI / FANTASY FINALIST:

The Assigned (X-Men meets Bible) Three young adults are given extraordinary powers from God after each of their lives is shaken by tragedy.

4) THRILLER / HORROR

Lucid Dreams of Wickedness (Seven meets Zodiac) Troubled by a gruesome nightmare involving a brutal serial killer, homicide detective Vincent Lynch wakes up to realize that not only is the murder real but part of the very investigation that he is heading up.

HONORABLE MENTION FINALIST:

I Snatched Andy Warhol (Snakes on a Plane meets Gandhi) An accidental internet superstar hates his web-addled, fame-obsessed generation, and decides to make an example of the founder of the current ideology: Andy Warhol.

MENTIONABLE:

COMEDY / FAMILY

*Stan and Gary vs the Dead (Superbad meets Night of the Living Dead) When a zombie outbreak hits Philadelphia, will best friends Stan and Gary be able to overcome their slacker ways and survive? Eh, maybe they’ll get around to it.

*Terry Prutlett: Super Janitor (Spiderman meets Half-Baked) Terry Putlett lives the normal, everyday life of a janitor–except his job is to clean up after Superheroes! When the League of Evil frames Terry, both the good guys and bad guys start hunting him down. Can Terry survive long enough to clear his name and prove to everyone what he already knows–that he can be a real Superhero?

Have Gunz; Will Travel: A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Hollywood (Entourage meets Step Brothers) An epic comedic tale of two inept Armenian brothers, Booker and Chick Caprice, who travel across country from Philadelphia to Hollywood with their independent feature film, GUNZ, as they encounter and dodge the likes of Hollywood studios, agents, the mob and their Father’s pornographic legacy.

Coal for Christmas (My Dog Skip meets Miracle on 34th Street) Santa brings bad boys coal for Christmas, but can young Jimmy be bad enough to heat the house and save his sick baby sister?

Hark the Harold Angel (Notting Hill meets Love Actually) A disreputable movie star returns home to save his old school from closure by appearing in a re-run of the nativity play with his former childhood friends.

Kross Country (The Darjeeling Limited meets Forgetting Sarah Marshall) A lovesick caregiver must drag his charge, a seventy-six year old Alzheimers patient, across the country to ruin his ex-girlfriend’s wedding.

ACTION / ADVENTURE / SCI-FI / FANTASY

*House of Brick (The Town meets District 9) In a dystopian future, overpopulation runs rampant and there is a major food crisis. Three men, led by Darren Webb, must rob banks to fight a global food conglomerate, which is attempting to force the US government to exterminate its citizens to alleviate the crisis.

Eyes of A Child (A Beautiful Mind meets Bridge to Terabithia) After her brother dies in a car accident, a hardened 14-year-old girl cares for a stranger with amnesia who survived the accident and leads her to a fantastical world she created during her childhood.

Blood Betrayal (The Untouchables meets Lethal Weapon) Philadelphia-based FBI agent, thrown off the force and with a contract out on his life, races with a retired cop against mob hit men to capture the man possessing secret evidence that could destroy the entire mafia. Based on a true story.DRAMA
*Shine Forth (The Great Santini meets Our Town) The true life story of a woman who survives a rural childhood of poverty, ignorance, and sexual abuse in the 1920’s, and against all odds grows into a successful person of grace and honor.

Rough and Tumble (The Natural meets Legand of the Fall) In 1918, an orphan overcomes the tragic loss of his family by healing a shell-shocked football star and saving a championship season for a hardscrabble mill town’s beloved amateur football team.

Team Becca Werth (Karate Kid meets Save the Last Dance) Becca Werth’s olympic dreams are shattered when her home is vandalized and her arm is broken in the process. A new kid at school sparks her interest in a martial arts tournament while she tries to put her life back together.

God of Laughter (A Man for all Seasons meets Shakespeare in Love) The 17th Century satirist Moliere pens comedies to re-shape Parisian society and create an enduring legacy, despite the forceful opposition of the Church, a turbulent marriage involving issues of loyalty, betrayal, and reconciliation, and a fatal illness which brings his career to a premature and ironic ending.

25 Cents Short (Grand Canyon meets Bad Lieutenant) A bus driver’s chance encounter with an elite investment manager introduces a world of opportunity to a man who is tired of driving his seedy, inner city bus route. The financial wizard takes him under his wing and promises to get him off the bus for good, but he finds out too late that the cost may be everything he holds dear.

South of Main Street (Being There meets Gideon’s Trumpet) An emotionally challenged dad, who most believe suffers from Post Traumatic Stress – or worse, sets out on a quixotic journey to find forgiveness for an act he committed ages ago, but suddenly must prove he’s ‘normal’ when his wife dies and his daughter sues for financial control of the estate.

THRILLER / HORROR

O.B.E. (The Exorcist meets Out On A Limb) Plagued by sleep paralysis, a prolific Poetess struggles with out of body experiences where she is attacked and raped by demons. Rejected from a research study she turns to ancient sacred mysteries, exorcising the demons by taking an astral journey into the Higher Realms of Light.

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