Competition Winners


Deadline announcement

FEATURE Winner: 

  • RIVER KINGS by Penn Javdan*

FEATURE Runner Up:

  • GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY by Carolina Brettler* (drama)

SHORTS Winner:

  • [OUTPUT] by Connor Riordan (drama)

TV Category: 

  • Winners (tied for first place): 
    • MELLOW DRAMA by Eric Cheng* (comedy)
    • OLIGARCHS by Deborah Cincotta (drama)


  • MELLOW DRAMA by Eric Cheng* (comedy)
    OLIGARCHS by Deborah Cincotta (drama)


Deadline announcement

FEATURE Winner: 

  • CHERRY HILL BLUES by Shay Ball

SHORTS Winner:


TV Category: 

  • Winners (tied for first place): 
    • GAS N’ SHOP by Rupak Ginn and Amar Shah
    • SHROOMS by Min-Woo Park
  • Runner Up: 
    • BOONE by Katherine Hart


  • LOST CAUSE by Jared Lopez



  • Features Winner: Daniel Rogers* - Stardust
    • David Bowie, glam rock icon, is set up on a blind date with legendary Somali supermodel Iman Abdulmajid on October 14, 1990. What begins as a whirlwind romance is soon complicated by issues of fame, addiction, and parenthood. 
  • Runner-Up: Joy Goodwin - Over It
    • Sick of the superhero workplace bullshit, two female superheroes— a working mom and her Millennial trainee— go rogue to stop a villain, changing their squad forever.
  • Runner-Up: Samuel Johnson - Great Big Love
    • Sara Slavin is an ace corporate lawyer in NYC, struggling to find love, but with her Jewish mother breathing down her neck and her raunchy best friend egging her on, she finally meets the man who may be the one!
  • Runner-Up: Virginia Marcus - The Celebrity
    • A tabloid writer teams up with a washed-up pop star to sabotage her ex-best friend's fame.
  • Runner-Up: Nandana Sen* - The Performer
    • When trauma forces a beloved Indian superstar to rediscover himself, he must confront the private failures that came at the cost of his public success. Will he get a chance to be a true hero - and to reclaim his only family?


  • TV Pilot Winner: Ryan Slattery-Martinez - Beyond the Call
    • BEYOND THE CALL is a network medical procedural set in a U.S. military trauma center in San Diego, with an ensemble of doctors and nurses balancing their own lives and careers while saving those who serve.
  • Runner-Up: Nora Sagal and Henry Johnson - Scout’s Honor
    • Briar Scout Troop 435 might seem ordinary, but the berets and badges are a cover. These gumshoe scouts would rather solve whodunits around town than sell cookies. Led by spunky sleuth Frankie, the girls operate a mystery-solving business out of their souped up clubhouse—until a goody two-shoes new girl arrives.


  • Shorts Winner: Kimiko Matsuda-Lawrence* - Junior High
    • A book-smart thirteen-year-old black girl navigating the chaos of junior high school circa 2006 must reckon with her burgeoning sexuality when she develops a secret crush on her struggling ninth grade basketball captain.


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Drama Winner: Dirty Business (One-Hour Drama) by Alison McKenzie

A wealthy Philadelphia coed embeds herself in the 1960’s anti-war and Black Panther movements while working undercover as a mole for the FBI’s illegal Cointelpro program.

Comedy Winner: Branching Out (Half-Hour Comedy) by Katie O'Hanlon 

After losing her dream job at a top New York City law firm, Liv Harris returns to her small Arizona hometown and reluctantly begins selling diet supplements for a questionable multi-level marketing company in order to make ends meet.


Winner: Bardo (Animated Short) by Myles McDonough 

One of the last unenlightened sentient beings in the universe must overcome his poor meditation discipline to attain Nirvana.

Winner: City of Angeles (Sketch Comedy) by Justin Monticello

Whether they're practicing mindful goat yoga or attending a celebrity fundraiser hosted by an unvaccinated SnapChat star, Angelenos are just a little more enlightened than other people. City of Angels is a sketch comedy series that satirizes the lives of privileged LA residents.


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Winner: Hesse (Drama Feature) by Jill Bayor

In the vein of A Beautiful Mind and Carol, the life of abstract artist and childhood Holocaust survivor Eva Hesse, as she struggles to establish herself in the male-dominated art world of 1960’s New York.

Runner-up: The Grove (Drama Feature) by Richard Nguyen

At wit's end, a homeless Vietnamese man flees New York City to seek solace in his childhood hometown of Garden Grove, California. Hoping to kick-start a new life, he arrives only to find his estranged family fractured by emotional abuse, perpetual anxiety, and lost dreams.


Winner: Charged (One-hour Drama) by Garrett Schabb

How the birth of an American institution gave rise to a new breed of criminal. Set in 1958, Charged traces the early history of the VISA Card from an unconventional angle—by centering on the life of the world’s first credit card fraud artist. Matilda Walters is a Fresno bank employee who, forced to support an ailing husband and a young daughter while hitting the glass ceiling in her dead-end job, resorts to defrauding the fledgling credit card industry, eventually threatening to bring the entire system to its knees.

Runner-up: Power House (One-hour Drama) by Nicholas Nardini & Jess Brownell

When her elder brother succumbs to drug addiction, the youngest daughter of an American political dynasty must accept the public spotlight she always dreaded, to save the legacy of a family she spent her life trying to avoid.


Winner: Pandas! (Animated Short) by Samuel Johnson

World-famous pandas Meimei and Gege are the super-duper-adorable main attraction at a California zoo, but behind the scenes these two indulge in a hard-drinking, hard-drugging, sex-fueled lifestyle that makes Charlie Sheen's Saturday night look like Martin Sheen's Monday afternoon. Think: The Secret Life of Pets meets Steve McQueen's Shame.



Winner: Rain to Make a River (Drama Feature) by Meredith Bagby

A woman, whose husband has dementia, pretends to be his mistress in order to solve her mysterious death.

Runner-up: By My Eyes (Drama Feature) by Dustin Stevens

Two unlikely companions, one seeking a second chance and one their last chance, depart on a journey together that will define them both for the rest of their days.


Winner: Heat (One-hour Drama) by Todd Bartels

In the explosive restaurant scene of early 90s New York, at the dawn of the celebrity chef craze, a revolutionary but reckless young chef packs up his knives from the top place in town and attempts to open a restaurant of his own, fueled by a dash of Nirvana, a heaping portion of sex, and a side of coke snorted out of dried penne.

Runner-up: Serum (One-hour Drama) by Alison McKenzie

Richard Vine is a top FBI agent until a car wreck leaves him brain damaged. Now, his father’s pharmaceutical company has developed a serum that temporarily returns his previous high intelligence, so he can try to unravel the criminal conspiracy he was investigating at the time of the accident.


Winner: Twin Study (Short Adaptation) by Alex Lee

As identical twin sisters with remarkably divergent lives attend a series of scientific studies, eerie contradictions in their mannerisms reveal a disturbing truth that would destroy their personal and professional lives if it ever came to light.


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Winner: Please Don't Die, Roger Berman (Coming-of-Age Dramedy Feature) by Ryan P. Shrime

Fourteen-year-old Clarence Wheeler’s only friends are his fantasy novels. When he finds out that Roger L. Berman—the author of his favorite, yet-unfinished series—has been hospitalized for a heart-attack, he runs away to the hospital to save Berman before the story is lost to him forever.

Runner-up: Werewolves of New London (Horror-Comedy Feature) by Peter Limm

When a mutant strain of rabies unleashes a werewolf epidemic, two sisters must fend off beasts, boys and biker gangs in a post-apocalyptic world.


Winner: Lullaby (One-hour Crime Thriller) by Nick Baker

A young mother must venture into a mysterious criminal underworld in order to find her recently disappeared, not-who-he-seems husband.

Runner-up: The Underground (One-hour Suspense Drama) by Joy Goodwin

In the antebellum South, a few courageous slaves make the terrifying choice to run north. Hunted everywhere by slavecatchers and informants, they seek temporary refuge with a handful of courageous free blacks and whites. Gradually, this ragtag group of idealists develops into the sophisticated covert network known as The Underground Railroad.


Winner: Blanchin' Jimmies (Short) by Mustapha Khan

Set in 1974 Brady Bunch suburbia, Blanchin’ Jimmies tells the story of two 12-year old black boys in an otherwise all-white neighborhood who team up one night to avenge the presence of black-faced lawn jockey statues displayed in front of some of their neighbors’ houses — by clandestinely re-painting all of the statues white.


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Winner: The Race for Television (Biopic) - Nicholas Paleologos

David and Goliath battle as farm boy genius clashes with corporate titan over who actually unlocked the most influential secret of the twentieth century.  


 Winner: Baghdad (One-Hour Drama) - Anna Fishko

After the US invasion of Iraq, a group of hard-nosed journalists stationed in Baghdad are ready to risk it all to get the story.   

Winner: Year of the Tiger (Half-Hour Comedy) - Kathleen Chen & William Brian Polk

Overachieving Asian-American girls, under the watchful eye of their "Tiger Parents," struggle to rebel like typical teenagers in this high school comedy.  


Winner: Win Win (Comedy) - Paul D'Andrea

She finally arrived.   


Winner: A Situation (Comedy) - Sean Presant

An angry teen must solve a mystery before it destroys her quiet suburban existence.  

Runner-up:  Treasure Road (Action/Adventure) - Lauri Donahue 

In Panama, a former Texas Ranger recruits a mercenary army to protect travelers to the California gold fields.

Winner: Second Acts (Half-Hour Comedy) - Dorothy Fortenberry

When an avant-garde theater director flops in New York, she returns to her hometown. In high school, she was voted most likely to succeed, now she must take the job of her nightmares: directing the drama troupe at the local retirement center.   

Runner-up: Blood Money (Drama) - Rory Kozoll

In 1885 Portland, a  busy waterfront engenders a terrible form of corruption- the practice of shanghaiing. In the pilot, JOE KELLY shanghaiis ROBERT PENNOYER, the son of a rich industrialist, a mistake that will have far-reaching consequences for both.  
Winner: The Orphans of Panel 516 (Drama) - Ryan Slattery

Two boys struggle to overcome the loss of their fathers at the hands of the AIDS epidemic at its height in 1980's Oregon.   



Winner: ONLY WAY OUT by Richard Arthur

A small cadre of Marines just back from Iraq find themselves in a life or death struggle against the gangs of East LA.

Runner-up: THE FURIES by Alex Schemmer

The story of an orphaned girl trying to fit into an elite New England boarding school where secret traditions - and possibly a disturbed ghost - dominate beneath the prestigious surface.


Winner: MENTAL CASE by Sean Presant

A forensic psychiatrist and his team of investigators solve unusual crimes. Based on the life and work of a real New York doctor.

Runner-up: BLOODACRE CANYON (formerly Isa's Return) by Leonard Chang

A serialized one-hour crime drama about Isa, a former FBI agent who returns to her home town in New Mexico, and is drawn into a drug war.


Winner ($350) 3/5s by Alex Burger

A conversation about a dead body held by two men standing outside a gas station at sunset in Montgomery, Alabama.

Runner-up: HONEY, THE DOG IS DEAD by Samuel Chalsen

After the death of their family dog, the Marshall sisters are forced to return home from college to bury their somewhat beloved pet and their problems with each other.


HERALD (Sci Fi) by James Granger

TECH SUPPORT (Comedy) by Justin Monticello

I LOVE YOU MORE (Comedy) by Cameron Porsandeh

LOVE FOR LEASE (Comedy) by Mark Wooster

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