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HAT TRICK

A retired cop goes to the current-day Army/Navy football game with his two wacky friends intending to jump onto the field and score a touchdown he should’ve scored decades ago when he fumbled during the same football classic as time ran out, only this time dozens of security guards await him, and it’ll be a friggin’ miracle if he succeeds. Synopsis PDF Excerpt

Written by: Robert Gately     [Contact Author]    Interviews
Format: Screenplay
Budget: Low
Starring Roles For: Robert Duvall
Dustin Hoffman
James Earl Jones
In the Vein Of: Grumpy Old Men
Rudy
Three Musketeers
Posted: 08/19/2003
Updated: 04/23/2016
Author Bio: Robert has written 2 novels, 2 non-fiction books, 12 screenplays and 3 stage plays in the past 15 years. His body of work has been recognized as finalist or better in over 120 festival, stage, book and screenplay competitions around the world. These placements include novel successes in Faulkner/Wisdom Creative Writing contest, Norumbego Fiction Award, Chesterfield, Writer's Network, Dana Awards, Frontiers in Writing, SFWP (Santa Fe), etc. His screenplays and stage plays combined have won a total alone 19 contests and came in 2nd place in 16 others (e.g., Spirit Quest, Breckenridge, Telluride, Fade In Magazine, Garden State Film Festival, etc.) His short play was produced at the BaCCA Performing Arts Center at a One Act Festival on Long Island, and his longer stage plays won a reading series at Abingdon Theatre in NYC and Ohio State University, and won the stage play categories in the London Film Awards, the Chicago Screenplay Contest, and American Movie Awards. He taught screenwriting 101 at the local community college and was one of the Temple University judges for the Freese Award screenwriting competition. Website: www.rgately.com.

Contest Results: Fade In (First Place, comedy)
Telluride Indie (First Place, "Winner")
Split-Screenplay (First Place)
Woods Hole (First Place)
ZoieFest (First Place)
WriteMovies Monthly (WMCm) (First Place, March 2007)
Seventh Dimension (First Place, never paid prize)
Garden State (First Place)
Indie Gathering (First Place, drama/comedy)
The-GreenLight.com Monthly (First Place)
American Movie Awards (First Place, 2016)
Pocono (Second Place, 2003)
GAFFERS (Second Place, 2007)
Phoenix Challenge (Second Place)
Breckenridge (Second Place)
Hollywood Scriptwriting (Second Place)
PAGE International (Semifinalist)
Twin Rivers (Third Place)
Table Read (Semifinalist, 2013)
L.A. Cinema Film Fest (Finalist, akacodgert'n merit winner 2011)
Charleston International (Finalist, 2010)
Hollywood Drama (Finalist, aka codgertown; 5th place)
California (Finalist, aka codgertown)
Worldfest - Houston (Finalist, (2004))
Writer's Digest (Finalist, 82nd annual aka codgertown)
Extreme Feature (Finalist, 2013)
Script Savvy (Finalist, in the top five )
Moondance (Finalist)
Austin Fest Film (Quarterfinalist)
Movie Script/Feature (Finalist)
Open Curtain (Finalist)
StoryPros International (Semifinalist)
Impractical Venture (Finalist)
Screenplay Festival (Semifinalist)
New Century (Finalist, Stage and screenplay)
Queens (Finalist)
Contest of Contest Winners (Finalist)
Great American (Finalist)
Red Inkworks (Finalist)
Blazing Quill (Finalist)
Writer's Desk (Finalist)
Progress Writers (Finalist)
Wildsound (Finalist)
New Jersey (Finalist, final four)
Sound Heritage (Finalist)
River City (Finalist)
Beverly Hills Screenplay (Finalist, 2014, drama)
New Hope (Finalist, 2015)
Marquee Lights (Finalist, still going)
Aura Screenwriter Awards (Finalist, 2014)
Hoboken Fest (Finalist, 2015)
Colorado Fest (Finalist, 2015)
American Zoetrope (Quarterfinalist, aka codgertown)
WeScreenplay Feature (Quarterfinalist)
Austin Indie Flix (Semifinalist)
Courier (Semifinalist, still going)
British Feature (Semifinalist)
Screenplay Search (Semifinalist, aka codgertown 2013)
Bare Bones (Semifinalist)
Mountain Fest (Semifinalist)
All Sports (Semifinalist, aka codgertown)
SCRIPTOID Feature (Semifinalist, aka codgertown)
Filmshift (Semifinalist, 2010 top 15 aka codgertown)
The-GreenLight.com (Semifinalist, 2010 aka codgertown)
Tennessee (Semifinalist)
Nevada Film Office (Semifinalist)
Landlocked (Semifinalist)
scriptrep.com (Semifinalist)
Barrier Magazine (Semifinalist)
Winner Take All (Semifinalist)
WriteMovies (Semifinalist, stage play version)
New Pro. Theater (Semifinalist, Stage play version)
Anything But Hollywood (Semifinalist)
Chesterfield (Semifinalist)
American Screenwriting (Semifinalist)
Writers Network Screenplay & Fiction Competition (Semifinalist)
Cash Pot (Semifinalist, aka codgertown)
Project Greenlight (Quarterfinalist)
Get Initiative (Honorable Mention)
Expose It! (Quarterfinalist)
Screenwriting Expo (Quarterfinalist, "top 25")
American Accolades (Quarterfinalist, "top 30")
Back in the Box (Quarterfinalist)
Acclaim Film (Quarterfinalist)
AAA (Quarterfinalist)
Reel Authors (Quarterfinalist)
A Film Writer Screenplay (Quarterfinalist, 2013)
FilmMakers/Feature (Honorable Mention, 2004)
Richmond Fest (Quarterfinalist, 2014 - aka codgertown)