Screenplay Finalists

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Feature Screenplays

(DIS)HONOURED by Sarah Davison

Robert is a war hero – who saves the lives of his fellow soldiers, but must pay the price for secrets left on the battlefield. This drama is set in both the United Kingdom and Helmand Province, Afghanistan, in the midst of the Afghanistan war. The drama’s themes tackle PTSD, depression, and LGBTQ issues, both in the army and at home.


A brother and sister’s estrangement and reconciliation played out over four weeks on a 500-mile pilgrimage across the Camino de Santiago in Spain. She is confronting a terminal disease which he doesn’t know about, and he is grappling with guilty feelings for her which she does know.

Among its many awards, Hollywood Blvd Film Festival selected JTF as its Best Drama Feature screenplay, and a review from ScriptFest gave it a score of 9/10, calling it an “emotional, well-written, cleverly plotted and highly engaging character drama set against a rich cinematic backdrop.” Alan Lambert’s objective is to have this character-based story filmed for a reasonably low budget.


Two gay brothers inherit their Uncle’s business – a private men’s gym in Manhattan – only to discover that the members are all straight and their silent partner is the mob.

Ronny Jay began his Hollywood career writing and producing promos for Star Trek The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine which led to numerous other shows including Tales From The Crypt, Psi Factor, Robocop, VIP and The Untouchables to name a few. “The Brothers Sinclair” – has won numerous national and international Film Festival awards, to date.

THE CONTEST by Scott Hurley

This teen musical follows three scholarship candidates at an elite music school. The school has a very traditionalist approach to music but one of the candidates, Alex, has a passion for musical theatre. As Alex’s alternative tastes are noticed by teachers and fellow pupils, as well as his parents, he faces backlash against the traditionalist sensibilities. This is further intensified by Alex’s own struggle with his sexuality, and his reluctance to admit it. As the contest become more intense and the final concert performance comes closer the feelings and secrets of the candidates are revealed, and Alex must choose between hiding his feelings and dreams, or realising them.

Short Screenplays

COUNTRY PEOPLE by David Bobrow

A gay writer moves to a small town after the death of his lover. He encounters a strange group of local misfits who hold secrets. Adapted from an award winning story.

DON’T WRITE ME OFF by Yuquing Chi

An average girl who had been struggling with all aspects of her daily life. One day, the popular boy at her school come accidentally enters her world, however, just she is almost conquer her own self- esteemed issue to start with something new, an unbearable thing happens…

EXPOSED by Sheri Davenport and Lois Norman

The mysterious circumstance surrounding the suicide of a teenage girl sends a repressed photographer on a journey into her own past, forcing her to face the abuse she experienced and gain the courage to finally bring her abusers to justice.

This is a cross-Atlantic collaboration between two award-winning writers and filmmakers, Sheri Davenport and Lois Norman. Click on the name links to read their individual biogs.

LEAVING MALCOLM by Annemarie Bettica

A man struggles to be the father he never had. It will take his son’s genuine heart and the wisdom of an unlikely friend to show him the way.

LE REFUGE by Chiara Alivernini

The story begins when SARAH, a 26 years old girl, decides to change her life … totally. She feels herself isolated and alone and so begins a search for … a Refuge.

Chiara Alivernini has won several literary competitions (including MISS POESIA director Giorgio Weiss, GGBelli Journalism First Prize, EIP MUsique Esperance and a special mention at the FAO), and has published two poetic collections: “Controcorrente” (Edizioni Il Filo) and “Dimensione Noir “(Editions Geva).


Two sisters journey to a small New Zealand town to witness the burial of their childhood abuser. New Zealander Mary Sewell, currently resides in Madison WI USA. A professional violinist for thirty years, Mary switched to screenwriting and began writing and producing for independent film.

Let Your Sisters Be recently picked up two awards at the 2018 Monaco International Film Festival winning Best Family Drama and Best Factual Screenplay. Mary Sewell’s first film (as producer) won Best International Short at the Oxford International Film Festival May 2018.

MIKE AND SETH by Lovell Holder and Daniel Talbott

Seth is gay; Mike is straight. These estranged best friends reunite on the eve of Mike’s wedding, but long-simmering resentments and frustrations threaten the future of their relationship. As booze flows and the conversation careens from their rocky past to their present states of arrested development, one of them must finally attempt to break their cycle of co-dependence if they’ll ever genuinely move forward.

Daniel Talbott is a writer, director, actor, and a Lucille Lortel and Obie Award winning producer. He is an artistic associate and on the Lit Team of Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and is the artistic director of Rising Phoenix Rep. He received a 2011 Theater Hall of Fame Fellowship and was also named one of the 15 People of the Year by He is a graduate of Juilliard, a proud member of Echo Theater Company, and a member of the Actor’s Studio. Lovell Holder graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University. He then went on to receive his MFA from Brown University. Lovell’s work has been screened and garnered prizes at dozens of American and international film festivals, including Fantasia International Film Festival, Shanghai International Film Festival, and Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

PARÁ BLUE by Alexandre Maximino

Pará and Azul are two unusual opposites that complete each other in the pursuit of their place in the world.


A young girl grapples with her identity the night before her high school graduation.