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June 20, 2009
Volume 13, Number 25
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In this Issue:

  1. Interview: Screenwriter CV Herst
  3. Big Apple Fest Announces Contest Results
  5. Recent Script Sales
  7. Upcoming Contest Deadlines
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  9. Writers Place Announces Contest Finalists
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1. Interview: Screenwriter CV Herst
An interview with screenwriter CV Herst regarding the Worldfest - Houston Writing Competition.

Q: What's the title of the script you entered in this contest, and what's it about?

A: I received the Gold Remi award for Graven Image, which is a proposed drama series for TV. The pilot episode, The Water Carrier, introduces the main characters, teenagers, by way of a ship disaster in 2003, and then flashes forward to today where a now 23 year-old grad student in experimental psychology and a 21 year-old savant with a photographic memory are being recruited by a clandestine government agency to expose an international spy ring.

Q: What made you enter this particular contest? Have you entered any other contests with this script? If so, how did you do?

A: A woman in my writing group had success at Worldfest a couple of years ago. Graven Image has also been entered in Moviebyte-recommended Slamdance TV and Scriptapalooza TV contests.

Q: Has your success in this contest helped you market your script? Were you contacted by any agents, managers or producers?

A: Yes. I have had a couple of queries about the script from a production company and a manager.

Q: What's your background? Have you written any other screenplays or television scripts?

A: Hard core science - PhD, years of lab work in forensic pathology. I've written a lot of screenplays in three years and wouldn't you know it? They all need work! But I enjoy the process and that's a good thing.

Q: What's next? Are you working on a new script?

A: I recently completed a script rewrite for LunaVenture Productions. Based on a true story, East of Java is a character driven screenplay about the 1991 Santa Cruz cemetery massacre perpetrated by the Indonesian army on the people of East Timor. It has some great, gritty roles, sort of in the vein of A Year of Living Dangerously. And it is a story that's worth knowing about. Anyone interested must take contact with the prod co at

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Final deadline for the 5TH Annual $50,000 Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays is approaching!

Sponsored by The John Templeton Foundation, MOVIEGUDE® announces the 5th Annual Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays. The primary purpose of the prize is to further the influence of moral and spiritual values within the film and television industries. Set up to help inspire first-time and beginning screenwriters to produce compelling, entertaining and spiritually uplifting scripts, the winning scripts are read by top execs in addition to the monetary awards.

PRIZES: Grand Prize: $25,000 o 1st Runner Up: $15,000 o 2nd Runner Up: $10,000

STANDARD DEADLINE: September 7th, 2008
FINAL DEADLINE: November 2nd, 2008

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3. Big Apple Fest Announces Contest Results
Rebirth by T.L. Lewis has been named the winner of the 2009 Big Apple Film Festival Screenplay Competition:

1st Place Winner: REBIRTH by T.L. Lewis
2nd Place Winner: HORROR COMIC by Stephen Hoover
3rd Place Winner: RUNNING GUN by Mike Bencivenga

Contest info:

Hurry! Regular deadline 7/27/2009

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5. Recent Script Sales
Here are some of the projects making industry headlines this week, fresh from online pages of Who's Buying What:

Project: Chief Ron by Jordan Roberts
Buyer: Universal
Conman who claims Indian ancestry in an attempt to open a casino.

Project: Cinderella Pact by Sarah Strohmeyer, Nancey Silvers, Janet Brownell
Buyer: Lifetime
A frumpy, overworked and underappreciated magazine editor has an alter ego who is the magazine's 'reclusive' but sexy advice columnist.
Things get complicated when one her columns on weight loss inspires Nola's overworked and overweight friends to band together and create a 'Cinderella pact,' vowing to lose pounds by following the advice of their 'fairy godmother,' the advice columnist.

Project: The Familiars by Adam Jay Epstein, Andrew Jacobson
Buyer: Sony Pictures Animation
Three young wizard apprentices are whisked away to an evil kingdom by a nefarious queen, and must rely on their animal companions -- an alley cat, a blue jay and a tree frog -- to escape.

Project: Lance Armstrong Biography by Gary Ross
Buyer: Columbia
Lance Armstrong's improbable comeback from illness to win seven consecutive Tour de France titles.

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This screenwriting contest is loaded with opportunity! All 2009 entrants have the chance to impact an impressive high powered company list and get free access to industry Q & A's, executive video showcases, and much more. See what all the hype is about - Don't miss your last chance to enter your script into the CWA contest!

FINAL DEADLINE: June 30th, Midnight, PST
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7. Upcoming Contest Deadlines
The following contests have deadlines coming up in the next

Deadline: June 17, 2009 (final)
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Deadline: June 20, 2009
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Deadline: June 23, 2009
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Great American
Deadline: June 26, 2009
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Deadline: June 27th, 2009 (Two competitions are held each year.)
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Deadline: June 27, 2009 (final).
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ScriptBiz Short
Deadline: June 30, 2009
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Deadline: Quarterly, next deadline June 30, 2009
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Deadline: May 22, 2008 (early); June 30, 2009 (final)
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Get Initiative
Deadline: June 30th, 2009
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Scriptshark Insider
Deadline: June 30, 2009 (final)
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Movie Deal!
Deadline: June 30, 2009 (extended)
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Creative World
Deadline: June 30, 2009 (final)
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Deadline: June 30, 2009
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Best of Scene
Deadline: June 30th, 2009
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Philadelphia Screenplay
Deadline: July 1, 2009 (late).
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RIIFF/Rhode Island
Deadline: July 1, 2009
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Deadline: July 1, 2009
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Deadline: July 15, 2009
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GIAA Festival
Deadline: July 15, 2009 (final).
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Deadline: July 15, 2009 (final).
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Horror Screenplay
Deadline: July 20, 2009
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9. Writers Place Announces Contest Finalists
The Writers Place has announced their November, 2008 - April, 2009 screenwriting competition finalists.


War in the Shadows - Daniel Payne
Fin Chaser - Maria Cozzi
The Next Big Thing - Peter McArdle
Severed - Erick Ziegler
Benazir - Muhammad Ali Hasan
Duet - Pamela Wielgus-Kwon
The Zoo - Pamela Wielgus-Kwon
Uncommon Denominator - David Termuhlen
Bless Me, Father - David Termuhlen
One Story for My Brother - Rudy Tavarez
Frozen Fire - Paul Pawlowski
Running Gun - Mike Bencivenga
Friends and Romans - Gregg Greenberg
Panacea - Kent Hastings
Holiday Mix-Up - Christopher Acosta
Traces of You - Matthew Karges
Maiden Flight - Tom Jannetta
Dazzle Land - Steven Schoen & James Loos
Shadow Selves - Gavin Cruickshank
Doctor Sunshine - Lauren Uzdienski
Kheng Kheng Crocodile - Donna Lisa
Hallowed Ground - Maurizio Marmorstein
Lucky Eddie - Rusty Rhodes
Dana's Inferno - Andrew Bailey
Dr. Sky: The Relationship Guy - Gregory Schwartz


Rupert and the Flying Weasel - Katarzyna Kochany
Dragon Tales: A Special Job - Katarzyna Kochany
Want - Steven Karageanes
The Wait of Our Discontent - Juli Lasselle
Salvaging - Joseph Lyons
The Office: The Paper Cut - Gregory Heitmann
Rebound - Gavin Cruickshank
PSYCH: You Can't Spellcheck 'Yippie-Ki-Yay' - Lee Stewart
Acts of Witness - Annie Grosshans
30 Rock: Netwars - Will Dorney
My Daddy the Monster Hunter - James Butler
The Office: Going Green - Adam Perrotta

Competition winners (1st, 2nd, 3rd & honorable mentions) in both the full-length and teleplay/short categories will be announced on July 1, 2009.

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