Tuesday, September 20, 2011

New Hampshire Film Festival announces top three finalists in the 2011 Screenwriting Competition

[From Dana Biscotti Myskowski, NHFF Screenplay Competition Director & Producer, Green Chair Pictures, www.greenchairpictures.com.]

Congratulations to the Top Three Finalists of this year’s NHFF Screenplay Competition:

SAVING SERGEI (War Drama)
By Barry Leach
On a Nazi-occupied British island, Libby risks imprisonment for hiding Sergei, an escaped Russian slave laborer. When Sergei is captured, to perform a daring rescue Libby must do what is unthinkable: trust a German.

REUNIONS, AND OTHER LIES (Comedy)
By Kenneth Lemm
Would you risk the future to find something you lost in the past? Haunted by the idea he may have let true love slip through his fingers, a tightly wound attorney with a picture-perfect life risks everything to attend his high school reunion and face the love he may have left behind.

BANANAFISH SANDWICH (Coming of Age)
By Kevin O’Malley
To get into college it used to be just good grades, two teacher recs, a kick-ass personal essay and, when all else fails, a donated building. Nick Ellis, a high school senior at Hanover High, NH, thinks a little philanthropic burglary might improve his chances – with college and maybe even the trustee’s daughter.

The top three screenplays have advanced to the final round where they are being 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.