#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 Gregory Levy
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.

Showtime's Tony Cox Feature Screenplay Finalists Announced!

Congratulations to our three finalists in Showtime's Tony Cox Feature Screenplay Competition:

Corporate Retreat, by Marty Johnson. Eliza, a single mom and would-be actress making ends meet as a property manager for second homeowners, takes on the role of a lifetime: one of her wealthy clients.

Johnny Ace, by Moon Molson. Christmas, 1954: Houston homicide detectives investigating the seemingly accidental death of popular R&B singer Johnny Ace discover that the case is far more complex than it first appears.

Lifers, by Amanda Peppe with Chris Peppe. An ex-con gets out of prison after 35 years and seeks redemption, standing up for a family of migrant farmworkers.

From L to R: Marty Johnson, Moon Molson and Amanda Peppe

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;
  • Custom leather bound copy of the winner’s script, courtesy of Showtime;
  • Name inclusion on Festival catalogue and website as Competition winner;
  • Print and media coverage.

Showtime's Tony Cox Feature Screenplay SemiFinalists Announced!

Congratulations to our writers:

Any Given Week by Jen Richards
A week in the lives of three successful, but very different, transgender women, as they navigate career, love, and friendship.

Corporate Retreat by Marty Johnson
Eliza, a single mom and would-be actress making ends meet as a property manager for second homeowners, takes on the role of a lifetime: one of her wealthy clients.

The Esther Code by Esa Nurminen
An FBI agent must solve a ancient hidden code to stop a serial-killer vigilante.

Germ by Niki Sharirli
Inspired by true events. In the mid 1800s, Ignaz Semmelweis worked against the prejudices of his peers and his own self-doubt to pioneer one of the most important procedures in modern medicine - hand washing.

Henry County by Walker Kalan
While struggling to raise his preteen cousin, a young mechanic in rural Virginia falls for a journalist from New York.

The Interlude by Paul G. O'Connor
An idealistic young American woman running a soup kitchen near the front lines in World War I is confronted with the realities of war by a mysterious Belgian soldier.

Johnny Ace by Moon Molson
Christmas, 1954: Houston homicide detectives investigating the seemingly accidental death of popular R&B singer Johnny Ace discover that the case is far more complex than it first appears.

Lifers by  by Amanda Peppe with Chris Peppe
An ex-con gets out of prison after 35 years and seeks redemption, standing up for a family of migrant farmworkers.

Long Shot by by Tamar Halper with Stephen Wiesmore
A young biracial dancer from a broken home has big dreams that seem completely unattainable until she meets the most unlikely mentor.

Savage Beauty by Charles Lyons
The story of Edna St. Vincent Millay, the ultimate bohemian of 1920s Greenwich Village, and her struggle to find love while burning her candle at both ends.

    Showtime's Tony Cox Feature Screenplay Competition Semi-Finalists

    NFF is pleased to announce the ten semi-finalists of our Showtime Tony Cox Feature Screenplay Competition. These seven are in contention to win the following:  a spot in the month-long October Screenwriters Colony, with complimentary travel, housing, and meals; a $5,000 cash prize; a VIP week­-long Pass to the 2016 Nantucket Film Festival; and a roundtrip NYC/Nantucket flight with accommodations to attend the Festival. 

    Conjugal, by Conway Preston

    Daisy Chain, by Rachel Gerlach

    Flyboy, by TR Lawrence

    House of Horowitz, by Jennifer Meyer

    Motor City, by Matthew Kohnen and Sean Kohnen

    Ninja Girl, by Camille Beaudoin

    Tel Aviv on Fire, by Sameh Zoabi

    The Count, by David Bluestein

    Time Tourists, by Josh Miller

    Undead Outlaws, by Matthew David

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