Showtime Tony Cox Feature Screenplay Semi-Finalists

NFF is pleased to announce the ten semi-finalists for our Showtime Tony Cox Feature Screenplay Competition. Selected from hundreds of submissions, these scripts are in the running to compete for a $5000 cash prize, a month-long residency at the Nantucket Screenwriters Colony, an All Access badge to NFF '19, complimentary travel and lodging at the festival, and more. Read on for a brief synopsis and writer biography of each semi-finalist.

Donuts With Jerry

Synopsis: When a charming stranger becomes stranded in a small town at Christmastime after a car accident, he finds himself in the middle of a heated mayoral election. By sharing his quirky, yet profound wisdom, he transforms the town through the power of love and donuts.

Bio: Ron Peer and Mitzi Lynton are married screenwriters living in Phoenix, Arizona. Donuts With Jerry marks their first collaboration.

Early Plus Infinity

Synopsis: Inspired by his comic hero, an imaginative but quixotic 12-year-old boy vows to stop the sun from burning out for the sake of a grieving 13-year-old girl at his school.

Bio: Clark Carroll is a freelance writer who has co-authored several books for Lonely Planet related to the Hawaiian Islands. He was a finalist in the 2013 Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition in the Drama category.

Magic Hour

Synopsis: Magic Hour is a fantasy action/adventure story about Dusk — a shy, lowly lamplighter — who falls from a kingdom of light into a city plagued by shadows. He embarks on an epic quest to defeat the Great Darkness, before it engulfs everything he knows.

Bio: As a child of a diplomat, Bo Yeon "Boey" Kim grew up in five different countries and seven different cities before her family returned to Korea. She is currently an MFA candidate at UCLA’s prestigious screenwriting program.

Mona Richy Robby Ray

Synopsis: A black woman uses a white church and a psychic for a job promotion.

Bio: Oreathia Smith is a graduate of Millsaps College (BA in English) and the University of Southern California (MFA in Writing for the Screen and Television). While in Los Angeles, she wrote for the hit web-series Mis-Adventures of an Awkward Black Girl.

No Man's Land

Synopsis: Several decades into the future, males have been all but wiped out by a genetic mutation that makes them mature into monsters. Here, a teenage girl finds herself in a secret romance with the last remaining boy…on the cusp of his transition.

Bio: Michelle Davidson is the regional Emmy award-winning writer and director of the comedic short film A Senior Moment, which was also recognized with a Celtx Seed Grant and awards at various film festivals. She hosts a morning lifestyle and entertainment show on Kansas City's NBC affiliate, KSHB-TV.

Jeffrey R. Field is a 2013 and 2012 Nicholl Fellowship semifinalist, a 2012 Bronze Prize winner in the PAGE International Screenwriting Awards and a 2011 Austin Film Festival semifinalist. He has optioned three scripts.

President's Day

Synopsis: When Kelly and Grace's dead father’s beloved golden retriever George passes away, a charming and erratic Grace convinces her uptight sister to embark on a cross-country journey to bury George in the family plot, and reclaim the years they've lost.

Bio: Actress Bethany Geaber adds screenwriter to her resume with her first feature film script President’s Day, which currently sits in one of the top comedy spots on the exclusive industry The Black List. The Rhode Island native's previous acting credits include: Homeland, Hart of Dixie and Criminal Minds. 

Snake River Canyon

Synopsis: After a lifetime in Twin Falls, Idaho, library clerk Avery Jensen and her fiancé Holden are ready for a change. Upon botching an audition for an independent film shooting in town, she takes action that will forever change herself, her future husband, and his frontier-stock family.

Bio: Nate Biagiotti is a recent graduate from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He has been to Nantucket exactly once, during which time he received a child's ticket for the basket-weaving museum because he seemed 'lost'.


Synopsis: A year after an uptight twenty-something Boston lawyer gets dumped by his girlfriend, he goes to a wedding of a mutual friend to try and win her back. At the reception, however, he is shocked to find his ex-girlfriend is now dating a woman.

Bio: Todd Bartels is an actor and writer who has appeared off-Broadway, on television in "The Americans" and the upcoming Steven Soderbergh series "The Knick," and in films including Whit Stillman's Damsels in Distress and the upcoming Unreachable by Conventional Means. He lives in Brooklyn.

Michael Mitnick's plays include Sex Lives of Our ParentsEd, Downloaded, and Fly By Night. He wrote the screenplay for The Giver and was named one of Variety's "Ten Screenwriters to Watch." He lives in Brooklyn.

Up in Flames

Synopsis: An obliviously flamboyant college freshman is surprised when everyone he meets assumes he's gay.  He struggles with his identity as he tries to act “straighter” so he can get the girl of his dreams.

Bio: Jason Kessler is a screenwriter currently living in Brooklyn.  He graduated from Princeton University and Columbia Law School.

What Ever Happened To Barbara Brown?

Synopsis: A young housewife in 1950s Baltimore starts to unravel as her troubling secrets come to light under heavy scrutiny following the disappearance of her husband and his mistress.

Bio: Lutfu Emre Cicek is a writer/director currently based out of Istanbul, Turkey, whose short films have screened at several genre festivals including Telluride Horror Show and Shockfest of Hollywood. His first feature screenplay What Ever Happened to Barbara Brown? was a winner of the Atlanta Film Festival's Screenplay Competition earlier this year.