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LOG LINE: A young girl begins her life as an Asian martial arts Mensa chick in search of the American Dream. SYNOPSIS: Lana Liu, disguised as a boy, enters a Chinese martial arts academy, only to be discovered. She fights to support her grandmother, and begin her journey to the home of her father, the USA. Winner of 4 'Best Screenplay' awards.

Written by: David J Schroeder     [Contact Author]
Format: Short Screenplay
Posted: 01/27/2012
Updated: 04/01/2017
Author Bio: STARZ Denver Film Festival: "We love the collision of the East and West, traditional and popular culture. This script is economical and disciplined with wonderful snapshots and imagery. The title character is precisely articulated in an unpredictable way. The jury gives the inaugural Shorts Screenplay Award to Becoming Lana Liu."

Contest Results: Back in the Box (First Place)
Omaha (First Place)
Denver Film Festival (First Place, 2012)
Aura Screenwriter Awards (First Place, 2015)
KCWIFT Short (Second Place, 2016 Female Antagonist)
Urban Mediamakers (Second Place, 2012)
Screenwriter Takes All (Second Place)
Winnipeg Real to Reel (Third Place, 2014)
Alaska Fest (Third Place)
SENE Film Festival (Finalist, Top 5)
Irvine Film Festival (Finalist, Top 7)
Las Vegas Screenplay (Finalist, 4th Place)
Brownfish Short Film Festival (Finalist, Top 4)
International Family (IFFF) (Finalist, Top 4)
Amsterdam (Finalist, 4th Place)
Directors Circle (Finalist, 4th Place)
SCRIPTOID Feature (Finalist, Mini-Challenge, top 7)
Kids First! (Finalist, Recommend Status)
Short Script To Screen (Finalist, top 10, winner pending)
San Francisco Global (Finalist, 2015, winner pending)
Los Angeles Independent (Finalist, July 2015)
Creative World (Quarterfinalist, top 17)
BlueCat Contest (Quarterfinalist, Winners still pending)
Woods Hole (Honorable Mention, 4th Place)
Indie Gathering (Honorable Mention, 5th Place)
Golden Age (Quarterfinalist)
ScreenCraft Short (Quarterfinalist, Winner Pending)
HollyShorts (Quarterfinalist, 2016, winner pending)