Tuesday, August 23, 2011

New Hampshire Film Festival announces 2011 Screenwriting Competition Top Ten Finalists

By Dana Biscotti Myskowski, NHFF Screenplay Competition Director
Producer, Green Chair Pictures, www.greenchairpictures.com

After several months of reading and scoring screenplays, New Hampshire Film Festival round one Screenplay Competition judges have narrowed down the field and determined who will advance to the next level. Congratulations to the following Top Ten Finalists of this year’s NHFF Screenplay Competition:

Sean Armstrong “A Country of Strangers”
Alyssa Rallo Bennett “Dean James”
Beth Hoover “The Little Death”
Barry Leach “Saving Sergei”
Kenneth Lemm “”Reunions and Other Lies”
Kevin O’Malley “Bananafish Sandwich”
Lisa Orkin “Sex, Drugs, & Minivans”
Deidre Patterson “Auntie”
Patrick Penta “Flash Voltner”
Elle Ramsay “Instant Message”

Round two judges will read and score screenplays through the end of August. The top three screenplays will then advance to the final round where they will be read and scored by our featured guest judge Buzz McLaughlin of Either/Or Films, who will determine the Grand Prize Winner of this year’s competition.

An award-winning playwright, screenwriter, and published author, Buzz works with writers to help hone their craft. He and his business partner are in development on several films, and have recently launched the Either/Or Script Development Lab, which features stage readings of plays and screenplays at the Starving Artist studio in Keene, NH. Buzz can be found at www.buzzmclaughlinscripts.com and at www.buzzmclaughlinscripts.blogspot.com.

This year’s New Hampshire Film Festival in Portsmouth, NH runs October 13-16. It features top independent films from around the globe; informative, entertaining and helpful panel discussions, and fabulous opportunities to network and connect with fellow filmmakers and film aficionados. Please visit www.nhfilmfestival.com for complete information about this year’s festival.