APRIL NEWS:

Screenwriter Lynn Vincentnathan

Big grat’s to Lynn Vincentnathan whose feature script The Venusian Chronicles is a Zed Fest Film Festival 2018 1st place winner. Yay!


Screenwriter Della Vance Greenawalt
Big grat’s to Della Greenawalt whose short script Sunflower Care just brought home the gold in the 2019 International Independent Film Awards. Yay!

MARCH NEWS:

Screenwriter Tony Ferrendelli

Big grat’s to Tony Ferrendelli whose screenplay Outsourced is an official selection of the Houston Comedy Film Festival 2019. Yay!

Screenwriter Peter Andrews

Big grat’s to Peter Andrews whose script Fragile is a Circus Road Films 2018 finalist and whose script Head Case is an official selection of the Houston Comedy Film Festival 2019. Yay!

Screenwriter Debi Yazbeck

Big grat’s to Debi Yazbeck whose short film Out of the Walls is premiering at the Shutter Speed Film Festival. Yay!

Screenings, red carpet and awards will be:
April 5-6
Holiday Inn
1311 Wet N Wild Way
Arlington, TX 76011

AND —

Grat’s again, Debi’s TV pilot Those Beneath is a top 1% finalist in the Los Angeles International Screenplay competition (LAIS). And in the running for final end of the year awards. Go, Debi, go!

Screenwriter Dan Goforth

Congratulations to Dan Goforth on the Netflix premiere on March 8th of his feature Walk. Ride. Rodeo. Yay!

AND —

More grat’s to Dan his short script Dogs of War just won the short screenplay category in the 22nd Annual George Lindsey Film Festival. Yay!

Screenwriter Della Vance Greenawalt

Congratulations to Della Greenawalt whose short script Sunflower Care just placed in the top ten in the Emerging Screenwriters Get It Made competition. Yay!

 

5150, an online international screenwriting workshop

The AFW online international screenwriting workshop 5150 has an open workshop seat available. To apply for the open workshop seat please read up on the workshop and apply via the workshop page link if it looks like this is the animal for you: 5150 Online International Screenwriting Workshop.

FEBRUARY NEWS:

Screenwriter Al Finocchio

Big grat’s to Al Finocchio whose script Give Love a Shot has won first place in Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards (LAIFFA) screenplay shorts. Yay!

Screenwriter Debi Yazbeck

Big grat’s to Debi Yazbeck who has just made the top 20 in Roadmap Writers Top Tier Competition with her feature script Brokered Heart.

AND even more good news for Debi, her TV pilot Those Beneath has just been announced as a finalist in the Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards, yay!

Screenwriter Tonia Kempler

Big grat’s to Tonia Kempler whose script Haints has just made the finals for the WAN Writers Workshop. Yay!

JANUARY NEWS:

Screenwriter Tony Ferrendelli

Big grat’s to Tony Ferrendelli whose short The Light just made the finals in the Oregon Short Film Festival for Best Drama Screenplay. Winners will be announced at the film festival on Saturday February 23rd. Go, Tony, go!

Screenwriter Tonia Kempler

Big grat’s to Tonia Kempler whose script Leora just made the Stage 32 New Blood quarterfinals. Yay! Go, Tonia, go!

Author and Award Winning Screenwriter Max Adams

 

Max Adams to speak at the Austin Entertainment Business (AEB) One Year Anniversary Event: Max Adams will be a guest speaker at the AEB one Year Anniversary Event January 24th, 2019, at the Speakeasy in Austin Texas.

For more information on dates, times, and how to sign up to attend the event, visit :::AEB::: and RSVP.

 

 

 

Screenwriter Tony Ferrendelli

Congratulations to Tony Ferrendelli whose short script just made the next cut in the NYC Midnight Short Screenplay Challenge. Yay! And more good January news for Tony, more grat’s are due for his short script The Light being chosen as an official screenplay selection by the Oregon Short Film Festival, go Tony go!

Screenwriter Debi Hill

Congratulations to Debi Hill, whose short film script Babirusa has made the top 10 in the Cinequest Screenwriting Competition. Yay!

DECEMBER NEWS:

Screenwriter Tony Ferrendelli

Big grats to Tony Ferrendelli whose feature script Outsourced just made semi-finals in the Park City 2019 Table Read My Screenplay comp. Yay!

Screenwriter Della Vance Greenawalt

Big Grat’s to Della Greenawalt for her best shorts dialogue win in the Queen Palm International Film Festival. Yay!

OCTOBER NEWS:

AFW Photo Frenzy! The AFW Photo Gallery

Austin Film Festival Photo Frenzy! Yay! Hit the AFW Flickr Photo Gallery to see some of what we were up to.

Screenwriter Tony Ferrendelli

More grat’s to Tony Ferrendelli whose short The Light just won 1st place for Best Short Screenplay for September in the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival yay!

 

AFW Movers & Shakers September 2018

Congratulations to Della Vance Greenawalt who placed 2nd in two categories with her feature The Gate and with her short Sunflower Care in the Austin Revolution Film Festival. To Tony Ferrendelli whose feature Outsourced was just named a Fall 2018 official selection by the Portland Comedy Film Festival. Peter Andrews whose feature Fragile just placed in the semi-finals in Screenplay Festival. To Tonia Kempler whose short The Child just won Best Horror Short, August 2018, in Just4Shorts, and Tony Ferrendelli whose short The Light just won Best Screenplay August 2018 in Just4Shorts. To Debi Yazbeck whose pilot Those Beneath just made the quarter-finals in Final Draft Big Break. And to everyone else who just placed or won who (ahem) needs to send me email.

SEPTEMBER NEWS:

AFW Movers & Shakers September 2018

Congratulations! To Kristen McNaule just nominated for best writing by the Detroit Shetown Film Festival and just announced as a semi-finalist in the Austin Film Festival screenwriting competition! To Austin Film Festival second rounders Tonia Kempler and Debi Yazbeck and Christopher Bosley. Yay! To Screencraft Short Screenplay Quarterfinalists Tonia Kempler and Debra Hill and Helene Taylor and Peter Andrews and Tony Ferrendelli. Yay! To Austin Revolution Film screenwriting finalist Della Vance Greenawalt. Yay! And to WeScreenplay quarterfinalist and Table Read My Script finalist Suzanne Griffin. Yay!

Screenwriter, Author, and Consultant Max AdamsScreenplay consults September 2018 Special: September 15 through September 30, 2018, Max Adams is offering a half off special on screenplay consultations. Consultations will be $475.00 for a limited time only. Please visit seemaxrun.com and hit “contact” to email for more details

AUGUST NEWS:

Screenwriter Arthur Rains-McNally

Big grat’s to Arthur Rains-McNally whose TV pilot Tabitha, Witch of the Order just won best webseries at the California Independent Film Festival. Yay! Tabitha, Witch of the Order will also be showing at the ITVFest in Virginia in October. Yay!

Screenwriter Peter Andrews

Big grat’s to Peter Andrews whose feature script Fragile has been accepted into the prestigious Stowe Story Labs 2018 fall lab. Yay!

Screenwriters Debi Yazbeck, Della Greenawalt, Julie Hower, and Stacy Baker Masand

Major grat’s to AFW peeps advancing in the Page International Screenwriting Competition Semi-Finals: Debi Yazbeck (The Wrong Heart); Della Greenawalt (Sunflower Care); Julie Howe (Journey); and Stacy Baker Masand (Pretty Ugly). Yay!

Screenwriter Peter Andrews

Big grat’s to Peter Andrews whose feature script Fragile is a finalist for a Final Draft Stowe Story Labs Fellowship. Yay!

Screenwriter Arthur Rains-McNally

Big grat’s to Arthur Rains-McNally whose web series Tabitha, Witch of the Order will be playing at the California Independent Film Festival Saturday, August 25th at 11 PM. Yay!

JULY NEWS:

More big grat’s for Kristen McNaule whose short film From Sarajevo has just been selected by the Detroit Shetown Film Festival yay!

Screenwriter/Director Kristen McNaule

Kristen McNaule’s short film From Sarajevo has been picked up by CBC (Candadian Broadcasting Corporation) and will air on Absolutely Ottawa on Saturday, August 4, at 7 PM. Yay yay yay!

Screenwriter Della Vance Greenawalt

Big grat’s to Della Greenawalt, whose feature script The Gate and whose short script Sunflower Care are both final nominations in the Austin Revolution Film Festival. Yay!

AFW Page 2018 Quarter-Finalists

Big grat’s to AFW 2018 Page Quarter-Finalists Julie Howe (Down on the Farm, Journey), Kristen McNaule (Alphabet City), Debi Yazbeck (Blind Pursuit, The Wrong Heart), Della Greenawalt (Sunflower Care), and Tonia Kempler (Leora). Jeez, guys, way to take no prisoners. Yay!

(Now I am going to go soak my little carpel tunnel wrists sheesh you movers and shakers you are hard to keep up with.)

Screenwriter Della Vance Greenawalt

Big grat’s to Della Vance Greenawalt whose scripts The Gate and Sunflower Care have just been announced as finalists in the Austin Revolution Film Festival 2018 screenwriting competition. Yay!

Screenwriter/Director Kristen McNaule

Big grat’s to Kristen McNaule whose short film From Sarajevo is a Chain New York City Film Festival official selelction; From Sarajevo has also been sellected by the CBC for broadcast in the CBC short film series. Yay, Kristen, yay!

Screenwriter Lynn Vincentnathan

Big grat’s to Lynn Vincentnathan whose feature script The Venus Syndrome has hit the semi-finals in the Austin Revolution Film Festival screenwriting competition. Yay!

JUNE NEWS:

Screenwriter Tonia Kempler

Big grat’s to Tonia Kempler whose script Oleander has won Best Screenplay in the Hollywood Just4Shorts screenwriting competition. Yay!

Screenwriter Debi Yazbeck

Big grat’s to Debi Yazbeck, whose two scripts Those Beneath and Blind Pursuit have been announced semi-finalists in the Table Read My Screenplay competition. Yay!

Screenwriter Della Vance Greenawalt

Big grat’s to Della Greenawalt who just made the semi finals in the Austin Revolution Film Festival. Yay!

Screenwriter Jodi Lustig

Big grat’s to Jodi Lustig who just made the first quarter final’s cut in the Stage32 Comedy Screenwriting Competition with her television spec Boobleyox. Yay, Jodi!

Screenwriter Peter Andrews

Big grat’s to Peter Andrews whose feature script Fragile just made the finals in the StoryPros screenwriting competition. Yay!

MAY NEWS:

Screenwriter Tonia Kempler

Grat’s to Tonia Kempler whose script Hoodoo just made it to the Screencraft 2018 Fellowship Semi-Finals yay!

APRIL NEWS:

Screenwriter Tonia Kempler

Big grat’s to Tonia Kempler, who has just made the Quarter-Finals of the 5th Annual ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship program with her feature screenplay Hoodoo. Yay!

MARCH NEWS:

Screenwriter Della Vance Greenawalt

Big grat’s to Della Greenawalt whose short Sunflower Care just won Best Comedy Screenplay in the Hollywood Just4Shorts screenwriting competition. Yay!

Sunflower Care also took 3rd place in the March LAIFF screenplay shorts division. Yay!

Screenwriter Lynn Vincentnathan

Big grat’s to Lynn Vincentnathan who just took down the bronze in Best Feature Script in the Global Independent Film Awards yay!

Screenwriter Debi Yazbeck

Big grat’s to Debi Yazbeck whose feature script Teton Reckoning is in the top 50 for an ISA Fellowship. Go, Debi, go!

Screenwriter Michele Koop

Big grat’s to Michele Koop whose feature spec script Diana Truly just made the Women in Film/Black List Features semi-finals. Yay!

Screenwriter Lynn Vincentnathan

Congratulations to Lynn Vincentnathan whose feature script The Venus Syndrome just won Best SciFi Script in the Sci Fi Miami Film Festival. Yay!

Congratulations to Tonia Kempler who just placed in the finals in the Hollywood Just4Shorts screenplay competition with her short script Passages. Yay!

JANUARY NEWS:

Congratualtions to Tonia Kempler who just placed in the Cinestory Quarterfinals with her TV pilot Tabu, and just placed in Roadmap Writers Top Tier Contest with both Tabu and Lucy, yay

DECEMBER NEWS:

Kristen McNaule, Best Director, Digi60 2017, From Sarajevo

Big grat’s to Kristen MacNaule who just won the 2017 Best Director Award for her short film From Sarajevo at the Ottawa Digi60 Filmmaker’s Festival. Yay, Kristen!

Nektarios Chrissos continues to make December news, Nek’s feature script Exit Permit just made the 11th Annual Story Pros screenwriting competition finals. Yay, Nek!

Screenwriter Nektarios Chrissos

Congratulations to Nektarios Chrissos whose feature script Exit Permit just made semi finals in the 11th annual StoryPros screenwriting competition yay!

NOVEMBER NEWS:

Screenwriter Nektarios Chrissos

Congratulations to Nektarios Chrissos whose feature script Exit Permit just made quarter finals in the 11th annual StoryPros screenwriting competition yay!

Author & Screenwriter Nancy Bilyeau

Congratulations to Nancy Bilyeau whose fourth histoical novel, The Blue, has just been picked up for publication by Endeavor Press. Yay!

Screenwriter Kent Williams

Congratulations to Kent Williams who was just named one of ISA’s Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2018 yay!

OCTOBER NEWS:

Screenwriters Laurel Aarsvold, Amy Mttila, Debi Yabeck and Diana Richardson

Major grat’s to the Dallas Law Ladies (from left to right) Laurel Aarsvold, Amy Mattila, Debi Yazbeck, and  Diana Richardson who just hit the finals in the Final Draft comp yay!

Screenwriter Suzanne Griffin

Congratulations to Suzanne Griffin who just made the Austin Film Festival finals with her script The Chocolate Kandinsky yay!

Screenwriter Debi YazbeckScreenwriter Diana RichardsonScreenwriter Laurel Aarsvold

Congratulations to Debi Yazbeck, Diana Richardson & Laurel Aarsvold who just made the Final Draft Big Break quarter-finals with their series pilot Dallas Law yay!

Screenwriter Jennifer Mulligan

Big grat’s to Jennifer Mulligan who just received a Festival Director’s Award at Lady Filmmakers Film Festival for her film Death Isn’t the Same Anymore. Yay yay yay!

This is the only shot I have right now I want it up because I love award shots yay!

Screenwriter & Director Jennifer Mulligan LadyFilmmaker's Director Award Death Isn't the Same Anymore, 2017

SEPTEMBER NEWS:

Screenwriter Jennifer Mulligan

Cool interview with Jennifer Mulligan from We Are Moving Stories about Jennnifer’s short film Death Isn’t the Same Anymore screening this Saturday in Beverly Hills at the Lady Filmmaker’s Film Festival.

Screenwriter Ana Maria Montoya

Big grat’s to Ana Maria Montoya whose feature script Sofie & Sam is a finalist in the Napa Valley Film Festival’s inaugural screenplay competition. Yay!

Screenwriter Debi Yazbeck

Big grat’s to Debi Yazbeck whose feature script Blind Pursuit is a finalist in the Wise Words screenwriting contest yay!

Big grats to Kristen McNaule, Saint Charles Place just slammed home Official Selection at the Atlantic City Film Festival yay!

Screenwriter Kristen McNaule

The Last Rampage

Big congrat’s to Alvaro Rodriguez on The Last Rampage which will be screening at the 50th Annual Sitges Film Festival in October in Spain.

Screenwriter Alvaro Rodriguez

Austin Film Festival

Big grat’s to AFW’s Austin Film Festival Second Rounders Ana Maria Montoya, Cameron Grieve, Debi Yazbeck, Diana Richardson, Kent Williams, Laurel Aarsvold, and Tonia Kemplar. Yay!

Screenwriter Della Vance Greenawalt

Big grat’s to Della Greenawalt who is a 2017 Austin Revolution Film Festival nominee yay!

Screenwriter Kristen McNaule

Big grat’s to Kristen McNaule whose feature script The Liberation Front is a finalist at the Oaxaca Film Festival yay!

Screenwriter Julie Howe

Big grat’s to Julie Howe whose film Cupid’s Proxy releases September 12th on VOD platforms Amazon, iTunes, Comcast On-Demand, DirecTV, Dish Network, Hulu and more! Yay!

Jennifer Mulligan

Big grat’s to Jennifer Mulligan whose short film Death Isn’t the Same Anymore will have its US debut at the end of September at the 9th annual Lady Filmmakers Film Festival in Beverly Hills yay!

AUGUST NEWS:

Della Vance Greenawalt

Della Vance Greenawalt’s winning entry The Gate in the First Scene Screenplay Festival competition is available to view online on the First Scene Screenplay Festival website, First Scene produces the winning entries, yay!

Screenwriter Christie LeBlanc

Christie LeBlanc whose feature project 02 recently attached Anne Hathaway to star is featured in ScriptMag this month: WRITERS ON BREAKING IN: Screenwriter Christie LeBlanc — yay!, go, Christie, go!

Screenwriter Debi Yazbeck

Big grat’s to Debi Yazbeck whose pilot Those Beneath just advanced to the semi-finals in the BlueCat 2017 screenwriting competition yay!

Screenwriter James Harbinson

Big grat’s to James Habinson whose feature script Hag has just advanced to the semi-finals in the 2017 BlueCat screenwriting competition yay!

Screenwriter Ana Maria Montoya

Big grat’s to Ana Maria Montoya who has just advanced to the semi-finals in the Napa Valley Film Festival screenplay competition. Yay!

Screenwriter Laurel Aarsvold

Big grat’s to Laurel Aarsvold whose feature script Editing Chase Parker co-written with Jesse Hendrickson has just advanced to the second round of the 2018 January Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab competition, yay!

Screenwriter Debi Yazbeck

Congratulations to Debi Yazbeck whose feature script Dead Motion has just been accepted into Stowe Story Labs 2017. Yay!

Screenwriter James Harbinson

Congratulations to Jamie Harbinson whose feature Hag has just made quarterfinals in the Screencraft 2017 Horror Screenplay Contest. Yay!

Screenwriter Peter Andrews

Big congrat’s to Peter Andrews who just placed in the Page semi-finals yay Peter!

Screenwriter Debi Yazbeck

Big grat’s to Debi Yazbeck who just placed in the BlueCat quarterfinals yay, Debi!

Screenwriter Michele Koop

Big grat’s to Michele Koop who just placed in the Page semi-finals yay Michele!

Screenwriter James Harbinson

Big congrat’s to Jamie Harbinson who just placed as BlueCat quarter-finalist and as a Page semi-finalist. Yay, Jamie!

Screenwriter Kristen McNaule

Big grat’s to Kristen McNaule whose film Saint Charles Place has just been accepted into the Toronto International Film Festival yay!

Screenwriter Peter Andrews

Big grat’s to Peter Andews whose feature script Off Balance has placed in the Scriptapalooza quarter finals, yay!

Della Vance Greenawalt

Big grat’s to Della Vance Greenawalt whose short Sunflower Care has been selected by Holly Shorts, yay! And more grat’s, Della’s opening pages from her feature script The Gate have been selected by the First Scene Screenplay Festival. Yay!

JULY NEWS:

Screenwriter Christie LeBlanc

Big grat’s to Christie LeBlanc, whose sci-fi thriller O2 just attached Anne Hathaway to star. Yay! Go, Christie, go!

Screenwriter Ana Maria Montoya

Big grat’s to Ana Maria Montoya who just signed with Fourth Wall Management. Yay! Go, Ana Maria, go!

Screenwriter Laurel Aarsvold

Congratulations to Laurel Aarsvold whose feature script Editing Chase Parker co-written with Jesse Hendrickson just placed in the 2017 Page Quarter-Finals, yay!

Screenwriter Debi Yazbeck

Congratulations to Debi Yazbeck whose feature script Blind Pursuit just placed in the 2017 Page Quarter-Finals, yay!

Screenwriter Peter Andrews

Congratulations to Peter Andews who feature script Off Balance and short script Pix both just placed in the 2017 Page Quarter-Finals, yay!

Screenwriter James Harbinson

Congratulations to James Harbinson whose feature script Hag just placed in the 2017 Page Quarter-Finals, yay!

Screenwriter Michele Koop

Congratulations to Michele Koop whose feature script Diana Truly just placed in the 2017 Page Quarter-Finals, yay!

Della Vance Greenawalt

Big grat’s to Della Vance Greenawalt whose short Sunflower Care has just been announced as a finalist(!) in the Austin Revolution Film Festival, yay!

Screenwriter Debi Yazbeck

Big grat’s to Debi Yazbeck who feature, Blind Pursuit, AND short, Horse Trading, have both just been announced as semi-finalists in the Austin Revolution Film Festival, yay!

Della Vance Greenawalt

Big grat’s to Della Vance Greenawalt whose short Sunflower Care has just been announced as a semi-finalist in the Austin Revolution Film Festival, yay!

Kristen McNaule

Big grat’s to Kristen McNaule whose film Saint Charles Place won the Audience Choice Award at Frostbite International Online Film Festival. Yay!

JUNE NEWS:

Screenwriter Tonia Kempler

Big grat’s to Tonia Kempler whose short script Lucy just won the 2017 Hollywood Just4Shorts Best Screenplay award. Yay!

Screenwriter Debi Yazbeck

Big grat’s to Debi Yazbeck whose script Blind Pursuit is a finalist in the 10th Annual StoryPros Awards. Yay, Debi!

Screenwriter Tonia Kempler

Big grat’s to Tonia Kempler whose script Lucy won honorable mention in the NYC Midnight Screenwriting Challenge 2017. Yay, Tonia!

Screenwriter Alvaro Rodriguez

Big grat’s to Alvaro Rodriguez who just joined the Chicago Fire writing staff. Yay, Alvaro, yay!

MAY NEWS:

Screenwriter Jennifer Mulligan

Big grat’s to Jennifer Mulligan on the screening of her short Death Isn’t the Same Anymore. Yay! Yay!

Big grat’s to Debi Yazbeck on the launch of her first short film project, Saltwater. This is such a cool set photo, yay!

Debi Yazbeck on the set of Saltwater

Big grat’s to Kristen McNaule on the official selection of Saint Charles Place by Direct Short Online Film Festival yay yay yay!

Congratulations to Kristen McNaule for the official selecton of Saint Charles Place by Direct Short Online Film Festival.

Big grat’s to Debi Yazbeck whose feature film script Blind Pursuit is a finalist in the Screenplay Festival Competition. Go, Debi, go!

Screenwriter Debi Yazbeck

MARCH NEWS:

Nancy Bilyeau's THE CHALICE is a staff pick at Powell's in Portland yay!

Big grat’s to Nancy Bilyeau whose book THE CHALICE is a staff pick at Powell’s in Portland go Nancy yay!

Della Vance Greenawalt
More big grat’s to Della Vance Greenawalt whose short Sunflower Care just took first place at WildSound Writing & Film Festival Review. Yay!

FEBRUARY NEWS:

The European Independent Film Festival

AFW is partnering up with The European Independent Film Festival. ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival – is dedicated to the discovery and advancement of the very best independent filmmakers from around the world. The festival provides a unique platform for risk-taking storytellers to reach the broadest audiences possible.

It’s a real pleasure for AFW to be participating and to be supporting the festival and its entrants and winners.

Della Vance Greenawalt

Big grat’s to Della Vance Greenawalt who just won the gold in the Beverly Hills Screenwriting Contest in the shorts category with her script Sunflower Care. Yay!

Debris & Detritus, the Lesser Greek Gods Running Amok

The fantasy anthology Debris & Detritus featuring the short story The Night I Shot Johnny Valentine from yours truly and stories from other great fiction writers including author Toni McGee Causey and author and editor Patricia Burroughs (among others) is available for presale on Amazon and has a release date of February 14th. You know you want that. :::Go See:::

JANUARY NEWS:

5150 Seattle Meet Up Jan 2017: Pictured Left to Right: Jason LaCour, Jerry Hermandez, Staci Bernstein, and Jared Thomas

Seattle 5150 members [and visiting Los Angeles member Jerry] had a fun Seattle get together. Left to Right: Jason LaCour, Jerry Hernandez, Staci Bernstein and Jared Thomas. You can see more meet up photos in the AFW Flckr Gallery. Go Seattle 5150 go!

DECEMBER NEWS:

Toni McGee Causey, The Saints of the Lost and Found

Big grat’s to Toni McGee Causey, winner of the Authors on the Air 2016 Book of the Year Award for her novel The Saints of the Lost and Found yay!

Screenwriter Christie LeBlanc

Big grat’s to Christie LeBlanc who just made The Black List 2016 with her script O2. Go, Christie, go!

Kristen McNaule Best Screenplay Digi60 2016

Big grat’s to Kristen McNaule [pictured above, right, with David Harte Rajsic] for her Digi60 Filmmakers’ Festival Best Screenplay award for Electric Castles yay!

Screenwriter Debi Yazbeck

Big grat’s to Debi Yazbeck who just made the finals in the StoryPros International Screenplay Contest with her script Blind Pursuit. Go, Debi, go!

Screenwriter Christie LeBlanc

Big grat’s to Christie LeBlanc who just made TrackingBoard’s Hit List: Best Spec Scripts of the Year with her script O2. Go, Christie, go!

NOVEMBER NEWS:

Anita Williams

Big grat’s to Anita Wiliams who just received news two of her shorts projects, Side Piece and The Dog Walker, are finalists in the Hollywood Just4Shorts competition. Yay!

5150 online screenwriting workshop, Ottawa meet up

Ottawa 5150 Screenwriting Workshop members hot Ottawa get together in November — this is the first Canada get together yay!

5150 New York November 2016

New York 5150 Screenwriting Workshop members hot New York get together in November yay! And Chesh grabbed a photo. Yay!

Kerry Valderrama & Kevin Stanford

Kerry Valderrama & Kevin Stanford kicking it in New York representing for Sanitarium. Yay! Go Kerry & Kevin go!

Screenwriter Debi Yazbeck at Ojai Film Festival, November 2016

Big grat’s to Debi Yazbeck whose script Teton Reckoning is a finalist at the Ojai Film Festival this month. Yay, Debi!

Screenwriter Max Adams, Mastering Story Momentum, a Stage 32 Next Level Webinar

Yours truly is working with Stage 32 to bring you a new Next Level Webinar November 15th: Mastering Story Momentum: How to Jump Start Dramatic Tension & Pacing. Hope to see you there.

OCTOBER NEWS:

Ryan Jackson

Big grat’s to Ryan Jackson who just made the 2016 Blood List with his feature script Let the Devil Out. Way to go, Ryan! Yay!

Max Adams and Debi Yazbeck, Stage 32 Party, Austin Film Festival October 2016

Austin Film Festival is in full swing, there are Debi Yazbeck and I at the Stage 32 Austin Film Festival party. Yay!

Debi, by the way, just slammed home three (yes, 3) second rounder scripts in the AFF script competition. We’re all calling her the “Yazbeast” now. Go, Debi, go!

Also got a chance to visit with Erik Grossman who moderates my Stage 32 webinars (we have another of those coming up November 15th stay tuned for updates) usually we only get to talk via computer visiting in person was great yay! —

Erik Grossman and Max Adams, Austin Film Festival October 2016

And to catch up with RB Botto from Stage 32 too. Yay!

Max Adams, RB Botto, Debi Yazbeck, Austin Film Festival 2016

AND — we were so missing Terry Rossio this year at Austin Film Festival there is an entire photo collage on Facebook of people missing Terry. I can’t show you the WHOLE collage, but here I am with some of the usual suspects including Pamela Segger, Laura Ingles, and Asmara Bhattacharya at Austin Film Festival October 2016 missing Terry Rossio. [Worst festival evah! Never miss again Terry!]

Austin Film Festival 2016 missing Terry Rossio

SEPTEMBER NEWS:

Debi Yazbeck at Austin Revolutio Film Festival, Austin Texas Setpember 2016

There is our Debi Yazbeck representing at the Austin Revolution Film Festival. Or, we are calling her in workshop these days, “The Yazbeast.” Debi also nailed second rounder status in Austin Film Festival this month with 3 scripts. Yes, sports fans. 3 Second Rounder feature scripts at AFF. Go, Debi, go!

Last Call at Murray's written by Betsy Hannas Morris

Last Call at Murray’s written by Betsy Hannas Morris is premiering at the Burbank International Film Festival on Wednesday, September 7th, yay!

Screenwriter Debi Yazbeck

Grat’s to Debi Yazbeck bringing it home again with her feature Teton Reckoning, Debi’s a finalist in the Emerging Screenwriters 2016 Competition, still barreling towards the finish line. Go, Debi, go!

AUGUST NEWS:

Joah Philo, Screenwriter & Casting Director

Congratulations to Joan Philo, winner Best Writing, The Roof, Madison 48 Hour Film Project. Yay!

Screenwriter Anita Williams

Congratulations to Anita Williams, finalist at Peachtree Village International Film Festival. Go, Anita, go!

Screenwriter Debi Yazbeck

Congratulations to Debi Yazbeck whose script Teton Reckoning just came in a finalist in the Acclaim Spring/Summer 2016 Screeenplay Awards. Yay!

JULY NEWS:

Screenwriter Debi Yazbeck

Debi Yazbeck received the 2016 Best Feature Script award this month at the California Women’s Film Festival. Yay! Go, Debi!

Screenwriter Julie Howe

Julie Howe was named one of Austin Film Festival’s 25 Screenriters to Watch 2016 in MovieMaker. Yay, Jules!

Richard Dane Scott

Congratulations to Richard Dane Scott who just made the 2016 Page Quarter Finals with his feature script Tumbleweed AND his feature script Star-Cross’d yay!

Screenwriter Debi Yazbeck

Congratulations to Debi Yazbeck who just made the 2016 Page Quarter Finals with her feature script Teton Reckoning yay!

Stacy Baker Masand

Congratulations to Stacy Baker Masand who just made the 2016 Page Quarter Finals with her feature script Dr. Feel Good yay!

Chris Schuepbach

Congratulations to Chris Schuepbach who just made the 2016 Page Quarter Finals with his feature script Father’s Day yay!

Screenwriter Christie LeBlanc

Congratulations to Christie LeBlanc who just made the 2016 Page Quarter Finals with her feature script 02 yay!

Jennifer Mulligan

Big grat’s to Jennifer Mulligan whose “BEDS” experimental shorts proposal was just selected for a SAW JumpStart Video Grant. Yay! Go Jenn!

Screenwriter Debi Yazbeck

Big grat’s to Debi Yazbeck whose feature script Teton Reckoning just won best screenplay in the California Women’s Film Festival. Yay, Debi!

JUNE NEWS:

Joah Philo, Screenwriter & Casting Director

Congratulations to Joan Philo, yay! Who just made the top five cut in the New York City Midnight Screenwriting Competition with her script Red yay!

Screenwriter Anita Williams

Big grats to Anita Williams Isaroom whose short screenplay Whitewashed won first place in the George Lindsey UNA Film Festival shorts competition yay!

AND! For placing as an official finalist in the Peachtree Village International Film Festival with her feature script Westbound yay!

Peachtree Village International Film Festival

MAY NEWS:

Screenwriter Wey Loh

Big grat’s to Wey Loh whose horror script Universe – Stellar Birth just went into production. Universe – Stellar Birth, coming to you from Unlevelhead Productions and ThoseOneGuys Inc. and produced by Jesse Hatter is directed by James Browning and stars Amber Gelinas and Alexandra Octavia. Yay!

Screenwriter Debi Yazbeck

Congratulations to Debi Yazbeck whose Lilyhammer “Bring Jerry Home” won honorable mention in Screenplay Festival’s 2015 One Hour Spec division. Yay!

That’s all for now.

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