#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.

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

Congratulations to all - keep an eye out for finalists, to be announced soon!

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Feature Screenplay Semifinalists:

CAMBRIDGE by Henry Hayes and Zolan Kanno-Youngs
DEALING WITH DAD by Tom Huang
FELL SWOOP by Clay Prietsch
THE HEART OF A TIGER by SreyRam Kuy
THE NOVICE by Lauren Hadaway
OIL AND WATER by Alfred Thomas Catalfo and Morgan Webster Dudley
OSCAR AND ELLA by Lindsay McRae
QUEENS by Max Sokoloff
SAINTS AND POETS by Richard LaPorta
YOUTH DECAY by Brandon Hall

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Episodic 60 Min Pilot Screenplay Semifinalists:

BETWEEN THE EYES by Gregory Levy
DETESTABLE by Brandon Morrissey
KYLA'S WAR by Hank Isaac
LEGACY by Kellen Hertz
OH, MIGHTY RIVER by Dan Ritter
SUNDOWN by Melody Cooper

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Short Screenplay Semifinalists:

ASSISTS, GOALS, SAVES by Kelly Pike
CINDERELLA WAR by Margaret Kane-Rowe
EMPATHIC by John Burdeaux
THE INVISIBLE MONSTER by Gordon LePage
SAL by Zoe Mancuso

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

More Finalists for Showtime's Tony Cox Screenplay Competition Announced!

Congratulations to the Short Screenplay and Episodic Screenplay (60 minute) Finalists!

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SHORTS FINALISTS:

Koko Ni Inai (I'm Not Here), by Emel Saat
An imaginative, visually rich story in which two characters tackle themes of social media, isolation in a crowd, and the need to connect. 

The Yao of Tao, written by Rajiv Shah with Jesse Wang and Robert Berg
Tao, a Chinese caregiver for Isaac, a dying cancer patient, finds himself at odds with Isaac’s estranged daughter.

Unreliable Narrators, by Sara Alize Cross
A storyteller suffering from writer's block encounters a younger woman with a story eerily similar to her own.

From L to R: Emel Saat, Rajiv Shah, Sara Alize Cross

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.
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EPISODIC (60 MINUTE) FINALISTS:

The Line by Tesia J. Walker
In the era of civil rights, racial tensions run high in a small South Carolina town home to a historically black university.

The Rize by Bryan Parker
A teenage boy from the projects discovers he may be the key to saving his neighborhood from both a gentrifying developer and darker forces at work.

Rue Pigalle by Jessica Shields
In 1930s Paris, on the seedy streets of Montmartre, a group of musicians, mobsters and misfits desperately cling to their slice of utopia as they contend with the global depression and encroaching war.

From L to R: Tesia J. Walker, Bryan Parker, Jessica Shields

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;
  • 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 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. 

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. 

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

NFF is pleased to announce the five semi-finalists of our Showtime Tony Cox Episodic Screenplay (30 Min) Competition. These five are in contention to win the following: a $1000 cash prize, an all-access badge to the 2016 Nantucket Film Festival, consultation with a Showtime executive, participation in the Mentor’s Brunch and, new this year, an all-inclusive, two-week-long writer's retreat on Nantucket in June with The Screenwriter's Colony and NFF.   
Also new this year is announcing the 30 Minute TV Pilot category earlier than the other three categories in the Showtime Tony Cox Screenplay Competitions.  Stay tuned for news on the other categories in May, but for now, learn about the 30 minute scripts and screenwriters below. Be sure to check back during the week of April 25th for the announcement of the winner.

30 Minute TV Pilot Semi-Finalists

ARUN NARAYANAN

ARUN NARAYANAN

The Adventures of Ash and Owen                                                                                                                                   Synopsis: Ashwin "Ash" Balasubramanian is a Dr. Dre fanatic and a social outcast in his predominately white middle school in Connecticut. When a new student, Owen Morris, approaches him with a scheme to charge five dollars to complete their peer's math homework, they form a friendship that is anything but simple.

Bio: Arun Narayanan is a writer and filmmaker based in Los Angeles. His writing/directing credits include the short films: CELLULOID DREAMS, which aired on PBS’s Shorts Showcase in 2013, and FALSE WITNESS, which will air on ShortsHD in 2016. He is currently writing a made-for-television feature film for Larry Levinson Productions, which is his first paid job as a screenwriter.

HUONG NGUYEN

HUONG NGUYEN

The Disappointments
Synopsis:  Christine, a Vietnamese American, has put her career on hold to deal with her divorce. Through flashbacks we find out that her three siblings have also left promising careers--violinist, lawyer, entrepreneur-- behind, and now all four are running their overbearing mother's donut shop.

Bio: Huong Nguyen was born in Saigon, Vietnam, and raised by a single-mother in Virginia. Huong graduated from the University of Virginia in 2005.  After graduation, Huong pursued a corporate career, but kept writing at night. While working at Kaiser Permanente, her first spec for Modern Family made her a finalist in the Nickelodeon Writing Fellowship. Since leaving Kaiser, Huong has worked as a writer’s assistant on Mr. Box Office. She currently works as a writer/producer for WorldWise Productions. 

WYNDHAM LEWIS

WYNDHAM LEWIS

The Godmother
Synopsis:  The dark horse of a perfect family is called on to take care of her spoiled niece and nephew when her rich sister and brother-in-law go to prison for fraud.

Bio: Wyndham Lewis is a television writer who most recently served as Story Editor and Staff Writer for the Emmy Award winning Showtime series, Nurse Jackie. Previously, Wyndham served as Speechwriter, Press Secretary and Chief of Staff serving four Massachusetts Governors.  During his time in television and politics, his political, food, lifestyle, sports and technology articles were published in several newspapers and magazines including: Esquire; Details; Boston Magazine; Boston Globe; Boston Herald; Boston Phoenix.

MATTHEW GALLAGHER

MATTHEW GALLAGHER

My Right Wing Bride
Synopsis
:  When sparks fly between a media savvy right wing political dynamo and a hard-core liberal journalist, their romance rattles their families, and their own world views.

Bio:  Matthew Gallagher hails from Danbury, Connecticut and attended Tisch School of the Arts at NYU.  Gallagher is the playwriting professor at Eastern Connecticut State University, where he also teaches acting and writing.

BRYAN RIEDEL

BRYAN RIEDEL

WPRO
Synopsis:  A failing sports talk radio station has one last shot at returning to its former glory, before ownership decides to sell it for good.

Bio:  Bryan Riedel has been a professional writer for over nine years with experience in film, television and commercials. He worked on NBC’s 30Rock for six seasons, beginning as a production assistant, moving up to writer’s assistant. He is a member of the Writers Guild.  In addition to pitching his television comedy pilot, he’s writing a ten-episode webseries. 

NFF Launches Comedy Writers Retreat with Screenwriters Colony

Screenwriters Colony: Episodic Comedy
in partnership with Nantucket Film Festival
June 10-23, 2016

The Screenwriters Colony and Nantucket Film Festival are thrilled to announce the launch of a new writers program, the Screenwriters Colony: Episodic Comedy, running June 10-23, 2016.

This inaugural collaboration will provide four emerging episodic comedy writers with an all-expense paid trip to Nantucket for an immersive residency and mentorship program. While on Nantucket, the writers will work together with eminent professional industry mentors to experience the writers' room, hone their craft, and develop their pilots.

The Nantucket Film Festival’s Episodic Screenplay (30 Min) Competition winner will receive one of the spots in the writers-in-residence program. The Tony Cox Screenplay Competitions are sponsored by Showtime. The Colony will overlap with the start of the 2016 Nantucket Film Festival, taking place June 22-27.

Eric Gilliland will serve as the Creative Advisor on the curriculum and will run the two-week program in June. Gilliland is a Peabody- and Golden Globe-winning writer/producer whose television credits include Roseanne, The Wonder Years, Who’s The Boss?, and That 70’s Show. Gilliland also produced the documentary God Grew Tired of Us: The Story of The Lost Boys of Sudan, which won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival. He currently teaches at Tisch’s Goldberg School of Dramatic Writing at New York University.

Writers and mentors for the 2016 inaugural program will be announced in April 2016.

Have a 30-min original comedy pilot script? Submit to NFF's Screenplay Competition today!

Earlybird Deadline: December 14, 2015
Regular Deadline: January 14, 2016

 

NFF Award Winners Announced!

NFF is proud to announce the winners of this year’s Audience Awards: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL for Best Narrative Feature, Ron Davis’ HARRY & SNOWMAN for Best Documentary Feature, and Eric Rockey’s PINK BOY for Best Short. Me and Earl will screen tomorrow at 9:30 am in the Dreamland Main, and Harry & Snowman will follow at 10 am in the Dreamland Studio.

The Audience Award Best Film runner up was animated comedy SHAUN THE SHEEP THE MOVIE, written & directed by Richard Starzak & Mark Burton.

Kristen Dávila’s COUNTERINTELLIGENCE, a political satire set in Pakistan involving the CIA, a budding jihadist group, and an indebted gambler who plays the two off one another in an attempt to save his own neck. Dávila receives $5000 cash prize and one of only four coveted spots to participate in partner organization the Screenwriters Colony month-long writing retreat in October.

The Feature Screenplay Competition jury was comprised of Kyle Patrick Alvarez, Director, The Stanford Prison Experiment; Franklin Leonard, Founder, The Black List; and Nigel M. Smith, Managing Editor, Indiewire.

NFF recognizes the remarkable renaissance on the small screen through two Television Pilot Competitions, one for Hour-Long Pilots and the other for Half-Hour Pilots. Both winners receive a $1000 cash prize, as well as a consultation with a Showtime executive.

The Half-Hour Television Pilot winner is SOLD by Jonathan Schwartz, which is set in a fine-arts auction house.

The Hour-Long Television Pilot winner is ICE by Estella Gabriel, which details the conflicts and violence faced by a border patrol agent.

The Television Pilot Competition jury was comprised of Jacob Fenton, Agent, TV Talent, United Talent Agency; Bob Fisher, Executive Producer/Co-Creator, Sirens; and Cynthia Littleton, Managing Editor, TV, Variety.

The Short Screenplay Competition winner is MORE COW BELL by Andy Nellis, a dark portrait of a farm family. Nellis receives a $500 cash prize.

The winner of the Best Screenwriting in a Short Film Award, given to an exceptional short film featured in this year’s festival, went to writer/director Shaka King and writer Kristan Sprague for MULIGNANS.

The Shorts Competition jury was comprised of New York film critic and author Thelma Adams; Kate Lyn Sheil, Actress, House of Cards & Writer, Men Go to Battle; and Trey Edward Shults, Writer/Director, Krisha.

The Festival’s Teen View Jury Award, selected by a group of Nantucket junior high school students, went to BIRTHDAY, written & directed by Chris King.

Earlier this weekend, the winner of the ninth annual Adrienne Shelly Foundation Excellence in Filmmaking Award was announced, which bestows a cash prize to a female filmmaker in honor of the late director. The award went to director Crystal Moselle for her acclaimed debut documentary, THE WOLFPACK.