#NFF2019 Showtime's Tony Cox Feature Screenplay & Episodic Screenplay (60 Min) FINALISTS Announced!

Read more below about the finalists’ scripts and the prizes up for grabs!

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Feature Screenplay Finalists:

10 by Charles Forbes  
The life story of famed, gay author, Tennessee Williams.

GREENWOOD by Nathan Patton
Buck Franklin is an African American lawyer in 1920s Oklahoma, struggling to find work and provide for his family. When he hears of an all black community in Greenwood, he decides to visit the town and explore his opportunities. Shortly after his arrival, an incident involving a young black man and white woman sparks a race riot and the destruction of the black community, and Buck sets out to bring justice to the people of Greenwood.

SUNDOGS by Elizabeth Chatelain 
When Alex's father dies and their family farm slips into debilitating debt, she takes her 12-year-old daughter Jenny West with her to work on the North Dakota oilfields. But after the oil industry's decline begins and Alex loses her job, she must decide which is more important: the farm, or her fragile relationship with her daughter.

Finalists Receive:

  • VIP week-­long Pass to Nantucket Film Festival;

  • Attend Showtime ­sponsored reception during the Film Festival;

  • Participation in Mentors Brunch with prominent screenwriter during the Film Festival;

  • Name inclusion on Festival catalogue and website as Competition winner;

  • Print and media coverage.

And One Winner, to be announced during the Festival, will receive:

  • $5,000 cash prize from the Nantucket Film Festival;

  • All expenses paid, month­-long stay at exclusive Screenwriters Colony on Nantucket in October;

  • VIP week-­long Pass to Nantucket Film Festival;

  • Round­ trip from New York to Nantucket to attend Film Festival;

  • Accommodations in Nantucket during the Film Festival;

  • A Showtime­ sponsored reception during the Film Festival in the winner’s honor;

  • Participation in Mentors Brunch with prominent screenwriter during the Film Festival;

  • Name inclusion on Festival catalogue and website as Competition winner;

  • Print and media coverage.

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Episodic 60 Minute Pilot Screenplay Finalists:

BACK-ALLEY by Young Eun (Grace) Kim 
Ada, a disgraced former surgeon, decides to team up with a motley medical devices engineer and become the Robin Hood of medical procedures.

COMPTON, NH by Hyun Chessman
A small, rural town is turned upside down by the sudden appearance of the City of Compton in its backyard.

LIVING by Kate Levitt
Ezra, a seventeen-year-old Jewish James Dean, leads a double life--at home, Orthodox and pious, and at school, drugging and partying.  As he juggles the two worlds, his “pious" family faces their own challenges.  

One Winner Receives:

  • $1,000 cash prize from the Nantucket Film Festival;

  • Private one-on-one consultation with Showtime executive;

  • VIP week-­long Pass to Nantucket Film Festival;

  • Attend Showtime ­sponsored reception during the Film Festival;

  • Participation in Mentors Brunch with prominent screenwriter during the Film Festival;

  • Name inclusion on Festival catalogue and website as Competition winner;

  • Print and media coverage.

#NFF19 Showtime's Tony Cox Episodic Screenplay (30 Min) FINALISTS Announced!

Read more below about our finalists, their scripts, and the prizes up for grabs!

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Episodic Screenplay (30 Min) Finalists:

FLORIDA WOMAN SAVES THE DAY by Leanna Adams
The lives of three strong women with nothing in common become intertwined in the linty underbelly of the Sunshine State.

Leanna Adams has written, directed, produced, edited and starred in dozens of award-winning shorts that have screened in festivals around North America, some of which have aired on TBS and Fox's LaughsTV and been featured by Huffington Post and Funny or Die. Her short films and scripts have also received numerous awards. Leanna’s TV pilot, FLORIDA WOMAN SAVES THE DAY, was a finalist in the 2019 Atlanta Film Festival, a finalist in the 2018 WIF/The Black List Episodic Lab, a finalist in the 2018 Shore Scripts TV Pilot competition, a quarter-finalist in the ScreenCraft Pilot Launch competition and has received numerous positive evaluations on The Black List including a rare 8/10.

FUNDERLAND by Sasha Perl-Raver
During the golden age of Public Access Television—1985 New York City—an aspiring puppeteer could be the next big thing, if only his Tourette’s syndrome weren’t so severe.

Sasha Perl-Raver has written, produced, and appeared on television and digital platforms including FX, NBC, CBS, FOX, PBS, LOGO, Style Network, TV Guide Channel, Facebook, and many others. She is a USC grad, a former Food Network chef, and was once proclaimed “Funniest in LA” by the NY Daily News. Most recently, Sasha was one of just six women awarded a spot in the prestigious Black List/Women in Film Episodic Lab.

WATCH OUT GALS! by Madalyn Baldanzi
When a perfectionist producer becomes the first woman to produce her own game show in 1982, she faces the challenging reality behind her dream job.

Madalyn Baldanzi is a comedy writer, director, and teacher in New York City. She recently wrote for Go90's Mr. Student Body President. At the Upright Citizen's Brigade Theatre, Madalyn wrote for several house teams and shows including running shows Bullshit Women, A Date With Every Boy, and currently, Sketch Cram. She is the co-writer of Above Average series Katie: A Lady and was a long-time contributor to Funny Or Die.  She was a 2017 Made In New York Writers Room Fellow.  Madalyn is extremely fond of teaching sketch comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Training Center. She also enjoys directing live theatre, as well as directing and producing videos through her production company, Fancy Family. 

Finalists Receive:

  • VIP week-­long Pass to Nantucket Film Festival;

  • Showtime ­sponsored reception during the Film Festival;

  • Participation in Mentors Brunch with prominent screenwriter during the Film Festival;

  • Name inclusion in Festival catalogue and on website

And One Winner, to be announced during the Festival, will receive:

  • $1,000 cash prize from the Nantucket Film Festival;

  • All-inclusive two-weeks-long episodic comedy writer's retreat on Nantucket in June with Screenwriters Colony and NFF;

  • One-on-one consultation with Showtime executive;

  • VIP week-­long Pass to Nantucket Film Festival;

  • Showtime ­sponsored reception during the Film Festival;

  • Participation in Mentors Brunch with prominent screenwriter during the Film Festival;

  • Name inclusion on Festival catalogue and website as Competition winner

#NFF18 Showtime's Tony Cox Feature Screenplay, Episodic Screenplay (60 Min), and Shorts Writer FINALISTS Announced!

Read more below about our finalists, their scripts, and the prizes up for grabs!

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Feature Screenplay Finalists:

CAMBRIDGE by Henry Hayes and Zolan Kanno-Youngs
The life of Boston Bomber, ‎Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, as seen by friends who knew him before the event, and who struggle to rationalize their friend with the killer he became.

THE NOVICE by Lauren Hadaway
An overachieving novice rower becomes obsessed with making the Varsity team, to the point that she starts to lose touch with reality.

QUEENS by Max Sokoloff
Sperm donor, Ben, meets his crossing-dressing middleschooler son for the first time and has to decide if he wants to be a dad. 

Finalists Receive:

  • VIP week-­long Pass to Nantucket Film Festival;

  • Attend Showtime ­sponsored reception during the Film Festival;

  • Participation in Mentors Brunch with prominent screenwriter during the Film Festival;

  • Name inclusion on Festival catalogue and website as Competition winner;

  • Print and media coverage.

And One Winner, to be announced during the Festival, will receive:

  • $5,000 cash prize from the Nantucket Film Festival;

  • All expenses paid, month­-long stay at exclusive Screenwriters Colony on Nantucket in October;

  • VIP week-­long Pass to Nantucket Film Festival;

  • Round­ trip from New York to Nantucket to attend Film Festival;

  • Accommodations in Nantucket during the Film Festival;

  • A Showtime­ sponsored reception during the Film Festival in the winner’s honor;

  • Participation in Mentors Brunch with prominent screenwriter during the Film Festival;

  • Name inclusion on Festival catalogue and website as Competition winner;

  • Print and media coverage.

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Episodic 60 Min Pilot Screenplay Finalists:

BETWEEN THE EYES by G.J. Lee
America's first female detective is hired by Abraham Lincoln to ensure his safety in traveling to Washington, DC for his inauguration.  

DETESTABLE by Brandon Morrissey
The closeted son of a pastor arrives to a Christian university where his understanding of the world is challenged by his peers.

LEGACY by Kellen Hertz
An elite Connecticut University finds a doll reenactment of a heinous crime (which was committed 20 years ago) at the original site, The Founders Tomb, and it seems an important legacy student is  somehow connected with the current crime.

One Winner Receives:

  • $1,000 cash prize from the Nantucket Film Festival;

  • Private one-on-one consultation with Showtime executive;

  • VIP week-­long Pass to Nantucket Film Festival;

  • Attend Showtime ­sponsored reception during the Film Festival;

  • Participation in Mentors Brunch with prominent screenwriter during the Film Festival;

  • Name inclusion on Festival catalogue and website as Competition winner;

  • Print and media coverage.

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Short Screenplay Finalists:

ASSISTS, GOALS, SAVES by Kelly Pike
Rising field hockey star Emmie starts to change after a visit to the team doctor.

CINDERELLA WAR by Margaret Kane-Rowe
A quaint family in Ireland receives a hostile visit from the Irish Republican Army. 

THE INVISIBLE MONSTER by Gordon LePage
A boy at the beach, playing pretend from his favorite TV show, finds a monster.
 

One Winner Receives:

  • $500 cash prize from the Nantucket Film Festival;

  • VIP week-­long Pass to Nantucket Film Festival;

  • Attend Showtime ­sponsored reception during the Film Festival;

  • Participation in Mentors Brunch with prominent screenwriter during the Film Festival;

  • Name inclusion on Festival catalogue and website as Competition winner;

  • Print and media coverage.

Finalists Announced for Showtime's Tony Cox Episodic Screenplay (30 Min) Competition

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Congratulations to our three finalists in Showtime's Tony Cox Episodic Screenplay (30 Minute) Competition:

ALL WE DO IS NGUYEN BY HUONG NGUYEN
An ambitious woman’s fast ride to the perfect life is interrupted when she moves back to her hometown and attempts to fix her hillbilly immigrant family.

FINALE BY GREG FUSCO
When the creator of the world’s most popular show tragically dies its clueless producers must juggle a disorderly cast, a rabid fan base, and an impending deadline to write the perfect three hour finale to a series they know nothing about.

GOING VIRAL BY JORDAN PICK
A half-hour, episodic comedy series about two knuckleheads failing to make their videos go viral.

The winner receives:

  • A $1,000 cash prize from the Nantucket Film Festival
  • An all-inclusive two-weeks-long writer's retreat on Nantucket in June with the Screenwriter's Colony and NFF
  • One-on-one consultation with a Showtime executive
  • A VIP week-long Festival Pass to all events
  • Participation in our Mentor Brunch during the Festival
  • A Showtime-sponsored reception during the Festival in the winners’ honor
  • A Custom leather bound copy of the script, courtesy of Showtime
  • Print and media coverage
  • Name inclusion on Festival program materials as a competition finalist and winner

Stay tuned for the announcement of our winner!

Semi-Finalists for Showtime's Tony Cox Episodic Screenplay (30 Min) Competition Announced

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It's that time again - congratulations to our ten Semi-Finalists of Showtime's Tony Cox Episodic Screenplay (30 Min) Competition! Stay tuned for the Finalists, to be announced soon!

ALL WE DO IS NGUYEN BY HUONG NGUYEN

ALL WE DO IS NGUYEN BY HUONG NGUYEN

COUPLED BY JANET SILVERMAN

COUPLED BY JANET SILVERMAN

DON'T CALL IT A COMEBACK BY STEPHEN BROWN

DON'T CALL IT A COMEBACK BY STEPHEN BROWN

FINALE BY GREG FUSCO 

FINALE BY GREG FUSCO 

THE FREEDOM NEWS NETWORK BY ERIC CYPHERS

THE FREEDOM NEWS NETWORK
BY ERIC CYPHERS

GOING VIRAL BY JORDAN PICK

GOING VIRAL BY JORDAN PICK

HYPE BY ADRIAN BRINKLEY

HYPE
BY ADRIAN BRINKLEY

THE LAB BY ALICIA LOMAS-GROSS

THE LAB BY ALICIA LOMAS-GROSS

PRODUCERS BY LES ZIG

PRODUCERS BY LES ZIG

THE YEARBOOK OF REVELATION BY PETER SHERER

THE YEARBOOK OF REVELATION
BY PETER SHERER

Finalists Announced for Showtime's Tony Cox Episodic Screenplay (30 Min) Competition

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Congratulations to our three finalists in Showtime's Tony Cox Episodic Screenplay (30 Minute) Competition:

CASEY CAN'T by KAITLIN FONTANA
A dark comedy about a flawed writer who is blackmailed into managing a hipster music blog by its manchild owner, heir to a porn fortune. It's about being too old for this shit before you’re 40.

SUBSCRIBE NOW by CARRIE MCCROSSEN
Wharton grad Christine finds herself the newbie at a YouTube-like company, tasked with finding and developing new content makers.

WAKE by GREGORY BONSIGNORE
81-year-old Maggie moves from Arizona back to NYC to pick up the life she had left as a young woman. 

The winner receives:

  • A $1,000 cash prize from the Nantucket Film Festival
  • An all-inclusive two-weeks-long writer's retreat on Nantucket in June with the Screenwriter's Colony and NFF
  • One-on-one consultation with a Showtime executive
  • A VIP week-long Festival Pass to all events
  • Participation in our Mentor Brunch during the Festival
  • A Showtime-sponsored reception during the Festival in the winners’ honor
  • A Custom leather bound copy of the script, courtesy of Showtime
  • Print and media coverage
  • Name inclusion on Festival program materials as a competition finalist and winner

Stay tuned for the winner, to be announced soon!

Showtime's Tony Cox Episodic Screenplay (60 Min) Competition Semi-Finalists

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NFF is pleased to announce the seven semi-finalists of our Showtime Tony Cox Episodic Screenplay (60 Min) Competition. These seven are in contention to win the following: a $1000 cash prize; a private consultation with a Showtime executive and a VIP week-­long Pass to this year’s Nantucket Film Festival.   
 

Beasts of Burden, by Margaret Rose Lester

CLEO, by Julia Fontana

False Flag, by Erin Weller and Kate Heckman

Gate City, by Dawn Wise

The Molly Maguires, by Matthew Kohnen and Sean Kohnen

Painted Ladies, by Jana Stella Sintsching

Southside, by Margaret Rose Lester

The winner will be announced during the Festival at the Showtime Tony Cox Awards Brunch on Friday, June 24th.