3rd and Final Round of the Screenwriting Challenge 2015, the 40
finalists were given the following assignment:
Subject: An arranged wedding
Character: A photographer
They had just 24 hours to create an original short screenplay no longer
than 5 pages. Through 3 rounds of competition and from an
original field of over 1,000 writers, we finally have our winners.
Congratulations to the writers below and to everyone that
participated this year for submitting so many amazing screenplays!
#1 'By The Book' by
David F.M. Vaughn LOGLINE - Two childhood
friends find themselves in court battling over a contract made over
20 years ago.
#2 'Tintype Molly' by Jonathan Greene LOGLINE - A photographer in
the Arizona Territory is caught in the cross fire of two men laying
claim to the same bride.
#3 'Shotgun Wedding' by
Sydney Mitchel LOGLINE - A rookie cop goes
undercover as a photographer at a wedding that turns out to be so
fun, it's practically criminal.
#4 'Something Assigned, Something Free' by Meghan Malone LOGLINE -
Two high school students are partnered together to plan a wedding
for their “Life Skills” class, making it their mission to do so on a
#5 'Mister Massive and the Super Squad' by David Mair LOGLINE - A
father comes to understand his son through his son's photos of a
#6 'Collage' by Scott Dale LOGLINE - A progressive photographer
introduces her one-night stand to her collage of arranged marriages.
#7 'And Obey' by Jake Dovey LOGLINE - Lady Diana mentally prepares
for the wedding of the century with the help of a photographer's
#8 'Spoils of War' by
Steele Tyler Filipek LOGLINE - After making it
across the frontier amidst the Bosnian War, a cynical photographer
tries to help his blind companion find a forgotten treasure before
enemy forces close in.
#9 'Fix You' by John O'Neill LOGLINE - Mistaken as gay by his
parents, an everyday Indian-American bro must navigate out of an
unpleasant arranged engagement.
#10 'Oh, Happy Day!' by Adam Harvey LOGLINE - A photographer
counsels a young groom-to-be through a life changing decision.
#Honorable Mention 'Dario' by Scott Young & Derek Stewart LOGLINE - Dario uses his
camera to see lonely people in need of their significant others.
When he kidnaps Cody and Trish and arranges for them to be married,
things don't turn out quite the way he hoped they would.
#Honorable Mention 'Hospital Gown' by Rebecca Landman LOGLINE -
Before heading into a transplant surgery, a young girl films her
favorite story for her widowed mother.
#Honorable Mention 'In A Flash' by Russell Ward LOGLINE - On the
evening of her arranged marriage, a young princess shares her fears
and uncertainties with the wedding photographer, with unexpected
#Honorable Mention 'The First Wife of Uqbah' by
Tom Bourne LOGLINE -
The 12-year-old daughter of a Yemeni mountain tribe leader is
married to an ISIS commander in exchange for the "protection" of
their village. But, before he can claim his prize, the commander
must first speak with the little girl's grandmother.
#Honorable Mention 'The Trap Room' by Jesse Shaul LOGLINE - As kids
across America anxiously await the nuptials of Bun Bun and Timber,
the puppeteers behind the scenes must come face-to-face with their
own flawed relationships.
The 12th Annual Screenwriting
Challenge is a competition open to screenwriters
around the world. There are 3 rounds of competition. In
the 1st Round (April
24 - May 2), writers
are placed randomly in heats and are assigned a genre, subject, and
character assignment (see examples of past assignments
here). Writers have 8 days
to write an original short screenplay no longer than 12 pages.
The judges choose a top 5 in each heat to advance to the 2nd
Round (June 18-21) where writers receive new assignments,
only this time they have just 3 days to write an 8 page (maximum) short
screenplay. Judges choose a top 5 in each heat
from the 2nd Round to advance to the 3rd and final round of the
competition where writers are challenged to write a 5 page
(maximum) screenplay in just 24 hours (July 24-25).
A panel of judges review the final round screenplays and winners are
selected to share in over $14,000 in
cash and prizes.
Sound like fun? Join the competition below...
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View the 1st Round Results
View the 2nd Round Assignments
Official Rules and Partcipation Agreement.
||April 24 - May 2, 2015
||June 18-21, 2015
||July 24-25, 2015
Not only does every writer receive feedback from the judges for every
screenplay submitted, but
a special review forum is available for the participants to submit
their screenplays for review from fellow writers throughout the
competition. During the Screenwriting Challenge 2014, there
were over 1,200 comments made
on the 125+ screenplays submitted on the forum.
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