I'm excited to announce that the Off the Hook screenplay has just been named a semifinalist in the Spring edition of the Big Apple Film Festival Screenplay Contest.
The full list will be posted on their web site soon but in the meantime, you can read a pretty impressive list of actors like Jessie Eisenberg, Cuba Gooding Jr, and Haley Joel Osment, whose films have been recognized by BAFF here.
This marks the twelfth award for the screenplay. You can see the full list of awards here.
Some more good news to share on the Off The Hook screenplay:
We’re writing to let you know that your script Off the Hook has been selected as one of our Top 100 Screenplays in this year’s $25,000 Feature/Pilot Competition. Congratulations!
The number of entries received in the 2017 competition was the largesst in Emerging Screenwriter’s history, with your script rising to the top of 2000 other screen- and teleplays. You can find the list that includes your work at the link below. We invite you to share the list with everyone and anyone, and don’t forget to add the success to your ISA Profile so that you can share it with Industry Professionals connected through their system.
One important note: while we understand that it has been a while since you entered and you may have done more work on your screenplay, we will not be able to accept any revised versions for this year’s contest. The good news is your work as already gotten you this far.
I'm very excited to announce that the Off the Hook screenplay has just made the quarter-finals in the family/animated category of the Final Draft Big Break Contest!
The Final Draft Big Break Contest is one of the 6 or 7 heavyweights in the screenwriting contest world with entries totaling in the 7 to 8 thousand (yes, thousand!) range so it's very cool to make the first cut leaving just 19 left in my category.
This marks the 10th contest placement for the script (complete list can be found here) and I've been lucky enough to have it requested by some of the biggest agencies in Hollywood and even a director. Thus far that's as far as it's gotten but every placement helps keep the momentum going!
Last year I had another script called, Do or Die, finish in the top 10 in the action category so we'll see if Off the Hook can top that mark this year!
Some bittersweet news this morning in regards to the Off the Hook screenplay and the prestigious Academy Nicholl Fellowships. And yes, I'm talking about the Academy -- the ones that give out those little gold statues once a year!
The good news is that the script made the Top 10% this year out of over 7,000 entries which is pretty cool. The bad news is that according to the email they sent me (see below), it just missed out on the quarterfinals by 3 to 8 points. OH SO CLOSE!
Can't win 'em all but rest assured I'll be back to stuff another script or two down Nicholl's chimney next year!
July 18, 2017
After completing over 15,400 reads, we’ve arrived at the next stage of the 2017 Academy Nicholl competition. After tallying the scores for the 7,102 entries, now we face the daunting task of informing too many writers of good scripts featuring compelling and entertaining stories, intriguing and engaging characters and strong craft that they have not advanc...
Last year this script made it to the semi-finals of this contest so after a rewrite that was the direct result of improvements from writing the book version of this story (for example -- Sergeant Rough Stuff and the Green Bearets were not in the original version of the screenplay), let's see if it can match, and hopefully beat, last year's placement!
I've got the book entered in 9 contests so here over the next few months I will report back if it does any damage in those!