After several rounds of judging by Writers’ Program instructors, the top 3 finalists in each of the 3 categories of the 2014 UCLA Extension Screenwriting Competition have been decided! These 9 talented writers now move on to the next phase of the competition in which they’ll spend 2 months revising and polishing their scripts with the guidance of a Writers’ Program instructor/mentor.

In October, the finalists’ scripts will face a final round of judging by an agent, producer, and/or creative executive who will determine the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each category. Winners will receive a cash award, will be included in an ad in The Hollywood Reporter, and their names and loglines will be sent to more than 1,000 entertainment industry executives. Read on for an alphabetical list of the finalists and their loglines.

FEATURE FILM WRITING COMPETITION

Adi Boltman, Reality Check (Comedy)

When an unhappy underachiever signs up for a mysterious study, she gets to experience what her life would have been like had she made different choices.

Kurt Hohenstein, Triangle (Drama)

A naïve immigrant girl working in the brutal sweatshops of 1911 NYC is forced to choose between a life of comfort and justice for her friends in the aftermath of a tragic factory fire.

Hillary Yablon, The Good Cancer (Comedy)

When an advertising executive fakes cancer in a moment of desperation in order to land his firm a client, he finds his life oddly turned upside down — for the better — as people think he’s dying.

TELEVISION PILOT WRITING COMPETITION

Laura Maccabee, Spin (One-Hour Drama)

Disgraced Washington strategist Dave Feldman takes the only job he can get–advising a third-party congressional campaign in Minnesota–but when it turns out his boss is a meth kingpin, Dave becomes a reluctant DEA informant.

Erin Muroski, Level Up (Half-Hour Comedy)

When life hands you lemons you’re supposed to make lemonade, but what if everyone else has already moved on to champagne and Johnny Walker Black? A couple entering their 30s is surrounded by successful friends while still struggling to find a boost over the fence from Loserville to AdultTown, or at least ComfortablyMakingRentBurg.

Neill Nagib, Journal Square (One-Hour Drama)

A charismatic Imam runs a terrorist cell from his community outreach center whilst managing his growing criminal empire and the demands of family.

TELEVISION SPEC WRITING COMPETITION

Elizabeth Baron, Parks and Recreation: “Parks vs. Recreation” (Half-Hour Comedy)

After being denied the chance to serve on jury duty, Leslie turns the parks department into a courtroom to defend Jerry in a mock trial.

Anna Capezzera, Criminal Minds: “Salvation (One-Hour Drama)

While the BAU team is working in Anaheim, Will informs them that J.J. has been abducted from their family vacation at Disneyland. With J.J. a perfect fit in their UnSub’s victimology, Hotch and his team must work even faster to identify and catch the killer before one of their own becomes the next dead body.

Laura Maccabee, The Good Wife: “Too Legit to Quit” (One-Hour Drama)

When a man is murdered as a result of being wrongfully deported, Alicia and Will take the U.S. government to court.


Finally, we acknowledge those semi-finalists whose scripts bubbled to the top of some very tall stacks of scripts to make it into the top 10 in each category. While these writers will not advance in the competition, their names and loglines will be kept on file in the Writers’ Program and will be made available to industry executives upon request. We encourage all of these talented writers to continue writing and submitting their scripts to the UCLA Extension Screenwriting Competition.

FEATURE FILM WRITING COMPETITION

Sean Cabiling – Rebound (Romantic Comedy)

Darlene Inkster – Beyond the Shadows (Eco-Thriller)

Harley Jane Kozak – Mrs. Jones & Mrs. Jones (Comedy)

Jessica Topacio Long – Open City (Drama)

Alexa Schulz – Love Notes (Romantic Comedy)

Howard Slater – Dead Girl’s Song (Drama)

Paul Yoshida – Zombie with a Gun (Horror/Action)

TELEVISION PILOT WRITING COMPETITION

Michael Carreiro – Hacks (Half-Hour Comedy)

Woody Henkel – Forged (One-Hour Drama)

Elaine Low – Allie the Alien (Half-Hour Comedy)

Claire Naber – Limbo High (One-Hour Drama)

Emily Needell – Singularity (One-Hour Drama)

Jade Raybin – The Golden Cage (One-Hour Drama)

TELEVISION SPEC WRITING COMPETITION

Kevin Larkin – Downton Abbey: “Full Moon”

Tracey McClain – New Girl: “Reunion”

Christopher Parman – Mike and Molly: “Love Ya, Miss Ya, Bye”

Gabriel Posey – The Walking Dead: “A Day At The Mall”

Aatif Rashid – Veep: “Nominees”

Marc Suszynski – It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: “Charlie Gets His Learners Permit”

Vincent Ware – Elementary: “One Big Happy Family”

For information on how you can qualify for the 2015 competitions in feature film writing, television pilot writing, and television spec writing, or to read success stories of our previous winners, go here. To talk to a screenwriting advisor, call (310) 825-9415.

 

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