The Screenwriting Challenge 2018 | 2nd Round Results


2nd Round Results
The results of the 2nd Round of the Screenwriting Challenge 2018 are below in ascending order by heat number! If your screenplay is listed among the top 5 of your heat, congratulations on advancing to the 3rd and Final Round kicking off at 11:59PM EDT this Friday, July 20th. The 50 advancing writers will be challenged to create a 5 page (maximum) screenplay in just 24 hours based on a final genre, subject, and character assignment.

 

Regardless if you placed, everyone should be proud of making it to the second round and creating two short screenplays from scratch. We hope the competition was inspiring and everyone continues to challenge themselves as writers. Best of luck to the finalists and thank you to everyone for submitting so many wonderful screenplays in both rounds!

 
Top Screenplays by Heat

HM =  Honorable Mention

 

      HEAT RANK TITLE AUTHOR LOGLINE      
1 - Thriller / An experiment / A freediver 1 Deprivation Greg Sisco Haunted by nightmares after the drowning of her daughter, an insomniac agrees to undergo experimental hypnosis in a sensory deprivation unit.
1 - Thriller / An experiment / A freediver 2 Nelly Zachary J Urban A woman searches for her friend in a mysterious cave.
1 - Thriller / An experiment / A freediver 3 Defiant Larissa Duggan A young swimmer is forced to act after witnessing his unhinged coach put his teammate through a dire experiment.
1 - Thriller / An experiment / A freediver 4 Oblivious Kaitlin Larson A free diving inventor is testing out her latest experimental suit when she gets inadvertently wrapped up in someone else’s dark affairs.
1 - Thriller / An experiment / A freediver 5 OPC Rebecca Owen A freediver helps an FBI agent as various forces close in on them.
1 - Thriller / An experiment / A freediver HM The Line Juli Kobayashi When a hurricane severs the life support system of an illegal saturation diving complex, a free diver must descend into shark-infested waters to save the crew.
1 - Thriller / An experiment / A freediver HM Deep Thought Susannah Hunt When a US Navy vessel is sunk, a surviving officer and her team take it upon themselves to find and destroy sensitive documents still on board the wreck before they fall into nefarious hands. But is her mission compromised from the start?
1 - Thriller / An experiment / A freediver HM Heartbeats Steven Swan A freediver has an incredible ability that seems impossible.  And some want to know why.
2 - Mystery / Graffiti / A fisherman 1 Hands Jasmine Collins When memories fail and mental health declines, there's only one therapist who can dive in and find the answers you need.
2 - Mystery / Graffiti / A fisherman 2 Dead Name Audrey Webb A transgender detective fights for justice for a female murder victim while struggling for personal acceptance in her small hometown.
2 - Mystery / Graffiti / A fisherman 3 Thicker Than Water Craig Gustafson The maid of honor is murdered at a wedding reception, where the only clue is a message scrawled in lipstick in a bathroom stall.  Good thing the nearest hard-ass private eye is the bride.
2 - Mystery / Graffiti / A fisherman 4 Arbitrium Mark Griffin Two men are prompted to follow an unknown path into the woods after awakening on a dreary deserted beach.
2 - Mystery / Graffiti / A fisherman 5 Miss Sycamore Solves a Mystery ellie king What happens when a pair of venerable, well-loved TV sleuths find

themselves on stage and slap in the middle of a real life mystery?
2 - Mystery / Graffiti / A fisherman HM Graffiti Bomb Beatrice Imrie In a futuristic city, art serves a more sinister purpose.

When a dead vandal’s work reemerges, it might be a chance to

unlock decades of crime.
2 - Mystery / Graffiti / A fisherman HM Jormungandr Chris Mitchell When his wife mysteriously disappears, a reclusive fisherman must follow a fresh trail of ancient runes in order to find the answer.
2 - Mystery / Graffiti / A fisherman HM Fisherwoman Lucy Gamades A terrible crime in a small town, a scary note, and a wrongful suspect. Kathleen may be deaf, but she isn't blind.
3 - Ghost Story / Summer / A valedictorian 1 All Souls' Abbey Faye Upton Twombly never wanted to give the leavers' speech. And his classmates want to make sure he doesn't.
3 - Ghost Story / Summer / A valedictorian 2 When The Sun Never Seems To Set Ed Hicks A valedictorian with stage fright seeks advice from her principal, but when tragedy strikes it is the guilt ridden principal who needs guidance most of all.
3 - Ghost Story / Summer / A valedictorian 3 A Summer of Septembers Nick Coleman Joshy Boy's in summer school hoping to avoid a fifth year in high school, but as he roams the halls to pass the time he finds out he's not the only one stuck here.
3 - Ghost Story / Summer / A valedictorian 4 The Plans Ryan Plato An accident days before a high school graduation alters the plans of the school's curmudgeonly janitor.
3 - Ghost Story / Summer / A valedictorian 5 Port Charles Marta Dacosta A Paranormal Investigator goes on a job that is anything but routine.
3 - Ghost Story / Summer / A valedictorian HM This is the first day of the rest of your (after)life. Adam Miller MJ Shelton is spending her summer helping her uncle manage the equipment for a ghost hunting show. Things begin to get really interesting when this particular location happens to have actual things that go bump in the night.
3 - Ghost Story / Summer / A valedictorian HM Being a King Grace Rein In an asylum, Mary recounts the tale of hauntings in her final year of high school. Was it real, or did she snap under the pressure of family expectation?
3 - Ghost Story / Summer / A valedictorian HM IT TAKES SACRIFICE Paul Grodell When Melissa joins her cousin at a burger joint to celebrate becoming valedictorian, she finds that the past isn't the only thing that doesn't stay dead for long.
4 - Action/Adventure / An organ transplant / A dog walker 1 Heartless Eric Williams A young boy finds himself at a crossroads when he gets caught up

in a military mission to save an African warlord.
4 - Action/Adventure / An organ transplant / A dog walker 2 On the Run Olivia Janicek A surgeon goes for a morning run and stumbles into something he wishes he wouldn't have.
4 - Action/Adventure / An organ transplant / A dog walker 3 LOYAL Warren Middleton A man and his highly trained German Shepherd save a group of young girls from falling prey to a black market organ trafficking syndicate.
4 - Action/Adventure / An organ transplant / A dog walker 4 Northern Solstice Scotty-Miguel Sandoe An Inupiat Boy must traverse the treacherous Alaskan tundra to deliver a transplant kidney to the airport to facilitate its timely arrival for the recipient in Chicago.
4 - Action/Adventure / An organ transplant / A dog walker 5 Held Up Sean Holloway When a woman working odd jobs gets caught in a crime scene,

she struggles to value her safety over her job security.
4 - Action/Adventure / An organ transplant / A dog walker HM KID C Moxie While on the run from the Scavvy Organ Hunters, Kid finds new friends and hope for survival.
4 - Action/Adventure / An organ transplant / A dog walker HM NOT EXACTLY A WALK IN THE PARK Leslie J Linder When Martha the dog-walker sets off from Central Park with her charges, she encounters deadly members of a terrifying organ-theft ring.
4 - Action/Adventure / An organ transplant / A dog walker HM Heart Bonus Lisa Laney A teenage girl is excited for a fresh start after receiving a heart transplant, but she discovers her new heart comes with some unexpected side effects.
5 - Horror / An art exhibition / A receptionist 1 THE LOST DALÍ Joshua Carlin A stolen painting from the great surrealist, Salvador Dalí, reappears at an art exhibit in New Jersey bringing hell with it.
5 - Horror / An art exhibition / A receptionist 2 Assemblage Beverly Reynolds An awkward date turns horrifying when a young couple get more than they bargained for at a serial killer art exhibition.
5 - Horror / An art exhibition / A receptionist 3 Introspection Tony Zeno When a young man is assigned to help with an art show, he comes face to face with a past that refuses to stay hidden.
5 - Horror / An art exhibition / A receptionist 4 The 9th Cradle David Richards An unsuspecting receptionist helps complete a terrifying masterpiece.
5 - Horror / An art exhibition / A receptionist 5 Behind the Black Veil Niroshini Dahanayake When a mysterious artefact goes on display at a collector’s private exhibition, events take a petrifying turn.
5 - Horror / An art exhibition / A receptionist HM Do You See Me? Christine Krebsbach Simon Lake is used to taking what he wants when he wants it,

but there's a price to pay for the evil he spreads in the world.
5 - Horror / An art exhibition / A receptionist HM The Final Creation Sianne Tarda When Kaylie opens up a new exhibition for a controversial artist she becomes a part of the display.
5 - Horror / An art exhibition / A receptionist HM VEIL Michael Clohesy After being coerced into taking part in a highly mysterious yet disturbingly personal immersive art experience, a tightly wound receptionist struggles to retain his grip on reality when the lines between life and art become indistinguishable.
6 - Comedy / A birthday / A skier 1 Holy Vestments Terri Kohl A drag performer and his Evangelical minister brother must each put aside his assumptions about the other in order to fulfill their grandmother's final wish, and learn they are more alike than they had believed.
6 - Comedy / A birthday / A skier 2 Push The Boat Out Janet Wells An Elderly Man makes a grand gesture when he forgets his wife's 70th birthday.
6 - Comedy / A birthday / A skier 3 America's Slalom Sweetheart Joni Mitchell What could go wrong when a slalom skier wakes up with the flu and takes too much medicine on the day of the Olympics? Everything.
6 - Comedy / A birthday / A skier 4 Haole Benjamin Young Four friends & water skiers head to Hawaii for a birthday

weekend, but just getting to the beach proves to be as

difficult as skiing down a snowless mountain.
6 - Comedy / A birthday / A skier 5 Ain't No Mountain Erin Middleton Sadie Betcha is a professional skier with a passionate, dedicated coach. When Sadie falters in her resolve, can Hugh guide her through what promises to be the biggest hill of her life?
6 - Comedy / A birthday / A skier HM Bernie's Got This Dale Franzmann On her 80th birthday, Bernie discovers she's still got a whole lot of life left to live.
6 - Comedy / A birthday / A skier HM THE PLEASANTRIES OF BOOTYMEAT Timothy Hearn An eccentric young man struggles with communication while being stuck on a ski lift with a young lady.
6 - Comedy / A birthday / A skier HM Happy Birthday, Cupcake Ross Jacobs A horrible boss, an obnoxious athlete, and a wise grandmother

play their parts in teaching a young production assistant a few lessons about sticking up for yourself.
7 - Sci-Fi / A beauty pageant / A hijacker 1 Survivor Peter Bond Beacon has a knack for surviving. When he crash lands on a space station in the Barakas Galaxy, his skills are put to the test.
7 - Sci-Fi / A beauty pageant / A hijacker 2 Harley-Ann John Casey A natural-born girl gives an unorthodox performance at a beauty pageant of genetically-engineered contestants.
7 - Sci-Fi / A beauty pageant / A hijacker 3 Something's Wrong with Miss Andorra John Timothy When Horace and Kate come upon a dark secret while fixing the malfunctioning Miss Andorra, they must make a decision with far reaching and mortal consequences.
7 - Sci-Fi / A beauty pageant / A hijacker 4 Beholders Weston Holder Beauty is only skin deep. Sometimes that's enough.
7 - Sci-Fi / A beauty pageant / A hijacker 5 To The Moon Robert William Johnson The Contestants of the esteemed Miss Universe pageant have been kidnapped and taken to the Moon where their bodies are to be harvested. However, one of the lovely ladies has a few tricks up her sleeves to even the score.
7 - Sci-Fi / A beauty pageant / A hijacker HM Eye of the Beholder Sarah Nivala On the tenth anniversary of the Aphrodite Beauty pageant, a competition that offers winners a modicum of freedom, the first winner hijacks the car of a corrupt CEO who peddles a dangerous beauty injection.
7 - Sci-Fi / A beauty pageant / A hijacker HM Symmetric Joe Moore A federal agent must protect his wife as genetically manufactured hijackers begin killing hundreds.
7 - Sci-Fi / A beauty pageant / A hijacker HM A Lesson in Pageantry Nasha Foster A young alien, Glib, is sent on his first undercover mission to hijack the spacecraft of the Miss Galactic 3000 pageant.
8 - Drama / Nostalgia / A pastry chef 1 Sehnsucht and Saint-Michel Katherine Evans A young woman arrives at a pâtisserie in a country that struggles to come to terms with its past. She must decide if she will offer the pâtissier more than the few euros that are the cost of an éclair.
8 - Drama / Nostalgia / A pastry chef 2 Resistance Karin Taylor In Nazi occupied France, a mother forces her 9 year old daughter to work for the Resistance.
8 - Drama / Nostalgia / A pastry chef 3 Remembering Me Cher Lytle A woman, hoping to connect with her Alzhiemer's-afflicted father, realizes that she must change her expectations of the parent-child dynamic.
8 - Drama / Nostalgia / A pastry chef 4 The Pugilist's Patisserie Eric Johnson Frankie is forced to spend a boring afternoon at his grandfather's bakery, who tells him the interesting story behind his technique.
8 - Drama / Nostalgia / A pastry chef 5 Chasing the Memory Douglas MacNeal June is trying to recreate one perfect day from her past, if

only her husband can remember it.
8 - Drama / Nostalgia / A pastry chef HM Sweet Hearts Grace Hood-Edwards A hardworking baker trying to improve her life struggles with balancing her duties to others whilst hiding her own true feelings.
8 - Drama / Nostalgia / A pastry chef HM 4 1 3 1 4 Michael Grimm A Jewish pastry shop owner is faced with a difficult decision when an elderly man enters the store, one who she believes is the Nazi Guard who killed her father during the Holocaust.
8 - Drama / Nostalgia / A pastry chef HM Bon Appetit Brendan Mitchell A young boy attempts to cook an old family recipe to help his sick grandmother.
9 - Historical Fiction / A trap / A parachuter 1 Pun's Tower Otis Danger Trapped in her tower, Pun longs to walk on the ground among men. But is the tower her prison or a haven?
9 - Historical Fiction / A trap / A parachuter 2 The Elf Trap Sally Ross During World War Two, German paratroopers made an unsuccessful attempt to capture the strategic village of Dombås in Norway. A paratrooper caught in a tree needs to persuade a seven year old girl to help him.
9 - Historical Fiction / A trap / A parachuter 3 Shell Shock Gabriella Atallah A WWI veteran attempts to come to terms with the injury that changed his life for good. An evening at a dear friend's house proves to be more revealing than he'd ever hoped.
9 - Historical Fiction / A trap / A parachuter 4 The Knight's Sky Richard Mealey 30,000 feet above Nazi-occupied France and falling, an RAF pilot is trapped between a persistent enemy and the perilous ground beneath him.  Using his guile, and trademark British charm, he tries to turn the tables before gravity catches up with him.
9 - Historical Fiction / A trap / A parachuter 5 Blood and Milk Tim Gomersall In August 1944, three US Soldiers are dropped behind enemy lines to prepare the path of the Allied advance. Their Commander is familiar with the pain of loss, but tonight it will bite twice as deep.
9 - Historical Fiction / A trap / A parachuter HM High Fashion James Shiers While superstar balloonist Jean-Pierre Blanchard prepares to unveil yet another world's-first to his awestruck fans, his jealous partner plots to lay a high-altitude trap.
9 - Historical Fiction / A trap / A parachuter HM Good Girl Irina Ozernoy During the Allies' invasion of Normandy in 1944, one of the canine members of the British 13th Parachute Battalion went missing in action. This is her story.
9 - Historical Fiction / A trap / A parachuter HM Fleurissant Greg Eakins Private Nathaniel Jennings, separated from his company, must make his way east towards Carentan with the help of a young French boy. Despite the language barrier, they bond on the war-torn road through Normandy.
10 - Romantic Comedy / Birth control / An ambulance driver 1 Alan gives love a bad name Rick Limentani Alan hasn't had a lot of luck dating, but hopes that his new pre-date ritual will turn things around. Unfortunately, he doesn't know about his date's allergy...
10 - Romantic Comedy / Birth control / An ambulance driver 2 Wait For It Jeffrey Howe When a tenacious E.M.T. meets an oddly familiar stranger, she discovers an old connection -- and an unexpected conflict of interest.
10 - Romantic Comedy / Birth control / An ambulance driver 3 The Amniotic Avenger Jennifer Gunner Love is messy. So is mobile childbirth.
10 - Romantic Comedy / Birth control / An ambulance driver 4 Beth Control James Spillman When Beth's friends show their true feelings towards her, she discovers that what repels some men and attracts others, is out of her control.
10 - Romantic Comedy / Birth control / An ambulance driver 5 Gin Lane Joshua D. Terry In the hurly-burly of late 19th century urban America,

a young man’s love for a stranger comes in a bottle
10 - Romantic Comedy / Birth control / An ambulance driver HM Red Lights Mean Go Ross Williams As a skilled paramedic and ambulance driver, Amber is a pro at staying calm under pressure. But the arrival of a new colleague is about to get her pulse racing.
10 - Romantic Comedy / Birth control / An ambulance driver HM Nine-One-One What's Your Emergency? stephen matlock Even as she handles the life crises in Seattle's 9-1-1 call center, Angie's life comes crashing down around her--she’s pregnant and the father has abandoned her. Will a handsome stranger break through her personal emergency glass to help her, or will she toss him aside for her own protection?
10 - Romantic Comedy / Birth control / An ambulance driver HM An arrrrrgh rated love story Jason Berkowitz Love is all fun and games until someone loses an eye.

 

 

 

 

 


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