Screenplay Finalists



HE HANGS BRIGHTLY by Daniel Talbott (USA). Feature Drama, LGBTQ, Romance.

Two young men move through the joys, heartbreaks, and complexities of falling in love and trying to be together in three different lifetimes – during the Golden Age of Hollywood, at the height of the AIDS crisis in New York City, and at the ocean’s edge near Monterey Bay in the present.

I PROMISE YOU THIS by Todd G. Sorrell (USA). Feature, Romance, LGBTQ.

An Air Force Sergeant and mixed race young man take on anti-gay policies, workplace and domestic hostilities, and even the threat of terminal illness to win at love.

LURED by Frank J. Avella (USA). Feature Drama, LGBTQ, Thriller.

In Russia, vigilante groups lure gay men via the Internet and Phone Apps and abduct them in order to “out” them, humiliate them, often torture them. And these gangs capture the encounters on video to post on social media. In LURED, one group decides to turn the tables.

RIDING SHOTGUN by Nafi Ayvaci (USA). Feature Drama, Dark Comedy, Road Movie.

When a Turkish immigrant truck driver, who is being extorted by his “greencard wife”, reluctantly agrees to drive his stepdaughter to find her biological father, he finds himself chased across the country by his wife’s violent drug dealer boyfriend who is desperate to retrieve the product the stepdaughter stole.

TEMPLIN HIGHWAY by William Prosser (USA). Feature Sci-Fi, Drama.

Hounded by space aliens and men in black, an underemployed carpenter struggles to hang on to his disaffected girlfriend.

THE STARVING SWANS by Karlton Parris (UK). Feature Drama, LGBTQ.

As the guns fall silent and the great war ends, a young officer, and also poet, takes a train to the empty and silent moorlands of West Yorkshire.


BARCODE by Huseyin Urcuk (Turkey). Short Drama.

Barcode” symbolizes the rebellion against the erosion of values and the commodification of people in today’s consumer society, dominated by objects and substances.

BODY by Matthew McGuinness (UK). Short Drama, Experimental.

See and hear the world through the lens of our protagonist and experience an out-of-body phenomenon as he discovers himself anew.

OSCAR and JOSEPH by Juliette Rose (UK). Short Drama, LGBTQ.

“Oscar and Joseph” is about a meeting between Oscar Wilde and Joseph Merrick, better known as the Elephant Man. It explores what happens when Oscar, who has to hide his sexuality, meets Joseph, who has to be hidden away because of his physicality, with these integral aspects of themselves being unaccepted in 19th century society, and the connection they forge.

THE DRIVE BACK by Justin Guidroz (USA). Short Drama, LBGTQ, Romance.

After a late night encounter on a business trip, two friends struggle to reconnect as they drive across the country back home. A silent film dealing with sexuality, friendship, and the unknown space in between.

THURSDAY by Margaret Rowe (Ireland). Short Drama, Women.

When suffering a miscarriage, Fiona journeys through treatment and everyday life, searching for a place to put her hidden and growing grief.