Top 20 Screenplay Finalists:

3 To Die

by Allen Rueckert & Mitch Yapko

3 To Die

When a group of young friends accidentally release killer demons into their small town, it’s up to four unexpected heroes to step in and save the day.

Horror, Comedy

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American Ridge

by Carl Clark

American Ridge

High in the mountains a father and son learn about filial responsibility, redemption, and death-with-dignity

Drama

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Dakota Caves—2 Miles

by Robert J. Rogers

Dakota Caves—2 Miles

Elmwood, a sleepy town in rural Nebraska, is the epicenter of an alien invasion. As three couples navigate through the apocalyptic massacre, they learn the devastating truth of why they’re here. Kill all men! Feed on children! Capture women to use as next-gen breeders! And to find their queen, who happens to live in…Elmwood, Nebraska!

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Engine Five-Seven-Three

by Jess Grant

Engine Five-Seven-Three

In the wake of a deadly oil-by-rail explosion, a train engineer must come to terms with his own role in the disaster and find the courage to speak out about the root causes of the derailment. Based on real-life events in Lac Megantic, Quebec, but re-imagined in the town of Redding, CA.

Drama

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Even A Just Man

by Mark Christopher Boyd

Even A Just Man

A middle-aged, good hearted but flawed priest must decide how to settle a debt with a childhood bully who’s turned his abuse towards the one source of light in the priest’s disillusioned life, an innocent named Sheila.

Drama

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Fest

by Jordan Liebowitz & Ryder Sturt

Fest

A group of aspiring filmmakers are lured to a film festival secretly run by cannibals in the central Nevada desert.

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Naughty & Nice

by Scott Gray

Naughty & Nice

When the naughtiest kid in the world, Fungus Bilgewater, takes over the North Pole and vows to give gifts to naughty kids instead, it’s up to Santa and the nicest kid in the world, Sunny Day, to stop him and save Christmas.

Family

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None Of The Above

by John Day

None Of The Above

When a teacher in Texas ends a school shooting with his own gun, the local sheriff struggles to uncover the truth behind the massacre.

Drama

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Persephone's Summer

by Sharon Alward & Gwen Armstrong

Persephone's Summer

When teen waitress Persephone discovers she was fathered by a priest, she compels two young men—an evangelist and a sociopath—to join her moral descent amidst the religious, social, and sexual hypocrisy of 1967’s “Summer of Love”.

Drama

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Prisoner Moon

by John Van Roekel

Prisoner Moon

A young German soldier in a Michigan POW camp desperately seeks escape from hardline Nazis and gets unexpected help from outside the barbed wire.

History, Drama

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Red Velvet

by Tom Radovich

Red Velvet

A baker discovers that a millennial’s red velvet cake puts all who eat it under the power of a demon and must find a way to break the spell before the dessert is sent to VIPs around the world.

Comedy, Horror

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Surprise Divorce

by William Ebert

Surprise Divorce

What happens when a stay at home father/husband has to face a surprise divorce. How does it work when traditional gender roles are turned upside-down?

Drama

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The Death Of Virgil

by Darren Kotania

The Death Of Virgil

After a night of the world crashing down on him, Virgil accidentally falls in front of a speeding train and splat! He’s crossed over…From there, Virgil is ushered towards the “light” by his guide, Clemens, a tattered-looking supernatural bum with an agenda. But refusing to pass on into the light, Virgil is left face-to-face with a world in which he has no place. For Virgil, being dead isn’t what it’s supposed to be—and it takes time for him to see in death what he was missing in life…true love.

Drama, Romance

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The Fledgling

by Tara Lynn Orr

The Fledgling

A New York songwriter relocates to a small German village with her family in search of a fresh start after the death of her twin. Upon arrival, however, she finds herself in the midst of a local mystery from which she cannot move forward until she finds answers.

Drama, Thriller, Mystery

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The Joyrider

by Kirk Davis

The Joyrider

A lonely teenager grieving the loss of his larger-than-life father meets a space alien on the run. He must master his fears and bring his family together in order to help the alien return home. Adapted from the book, The Joyrider, by Hubert Pedroli.

Science-Fiction, Family, Action-Adventure

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The Muffin Conundrum

by Diana Lee Woody

The Muffin Conundrum

University scientists are on the brink of discovering a new energy source when they are approached by a husband and wife filmmaker team who want to film their discovery. Real science life clashes with the movie view of science as they rush against time to make the fuel and finish the film.

Science-Fiction, Comedy

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Things To Do Before Leaving

by James Byrne

Things To Do Before Leaving

Olive and Clarissa, adrift in the sea of life, try to leave their boring lives behind and hit the road for the adventure of a lifetime. Possessive lovers, needy parents, and annoying friends delay their departure. They spend the remaining three days seeking closure while sinking deeper and deeper into the comedic quagmire of their so-called lives.

Comedy, Drama

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Through The Land Of Illusion

by Gunnar E. Garrett Jr.

Through The Land Of Illusion

Siblings fight for control of a magical land, but with the return of one young woman, the final battle ensues.

Family, Fantasy, Adventure

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Time Zero

by Carlo Carere & Erin Muir

Time Zero

A near-death experience leaves a hardcore CIA Operative with the disruptive ability to see everybody’s past. His self-induced isolation ends when terrorists kidnap his loved ones and force him to use his powers against his country.

Action, Thriller

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Violate

by Judah Ray

Violate

There are three sides to every story. Angelica kidnapped Gunnar… Joe is helping his best friend Tiffany look for her fiancé… and the truth is unburied from the lies.

Thriller

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