We’ve reached out to various alumni over the history of the Screenplay Competition. Here are just a few updates on what previous Second Rounders, Semifinalists, Finalists, and Winners have achieved since placing at AFF.
Winning at Austin had an immediate impact on my career. Within weeks I’d signed with a management company (LBI Entertainment) and begun meeting producers about my historical drama pilot, Ascension. I loved every minute of the Writers’ Conference, and will be eternally grateful to the AFF, as well as to AMC for sponsoring my category.”
– Wes Brown, 2014 AMC One-Hour Pilot Winner for Ascension (staffed this year on the upcoming new AMC show, Goliath)
The AFF is a brilliantly run, prestigious film festival. Having your screenplay placed or winning means something in the film and TV business around the world. The movers and shakers sit up and take note. And this is the ONLY reason I am in LA right now taking meetings with agents, managers, production companies—people who can get my script made, realize my dreams and ambitions.”
– Shani Grewal, 2015 Horror Screenplay Award Winner for 77 Minutes
I was thrilled to win at Austin. Since the competition, doors have started to open. My movie has a much better chance of getting made than it had before. But even if I hadn’t won, I would have had the equally valuable experience of the Conference itself. This is what sets Austin apart–the incredible opportunity to talk with and learn from the top professionals in the industry and the fabulously talented attendees. I really believe this is a learner’s business, and that’s what AFF understands so well.”
– Robert Rue, 2015 Drama Winner for Detroit
More of Our Success Stories By Year
- Shelli Wright, 2015 Comedy Finalist, is thrilled to be represented by Matt Horwitz and Chelsea Benson at Echo Lake Entertainment. After her comedy feature, Plausible, was announced as a finalist at Austin Film Fest, Shelli was contacted by several management companies. Ultimately, it was one of the AFF judges who connected Shelli with the Echo Lake management team.
- Wes Brown, the 2014 AMC One-Hour Pilot Award Winner for Ascension has begun working for AMC on their show Goliath.
- Noelle Russo, the 2011 Semifinalist for Black Bear Inn, gained a number of writing gigs from various producers after her Semifinalist placement. In 2014, her first feature, A Christmas Tail was produced by Nasser Entertainment.
- Troy Miller, the 2013 Horror Award Winner, had his winning script The Hitch optioned in 2014 by Frank Darabont’s Darkwoods Productions, the official sponsor of the Horror category that year.
- At the 2014 Festival, AFF presented the world premiere of Dawn Patrol, a film produced from a 2008 Finalist script written by Rachel Long and Brian Pittman that was acquired by Enderby Entertainment. The film was directed by Daniel Petrie, Jr. and stars Scott Eastwood, Rita Wilson, and Jeff Fahey.
- Eric Haywood, 2013 AMC One-hour Pilot Winner for his script Liberators, has since been hired to write for the new Fox drama Empire.
- Amy Aniobi, 2011 One Hour Pilot Semifinalist for her script Rings, has been hired to write for HBO’s Silicon Valley.
- Julie Cross, 2013 TV Sitcom Pilot Winner for her script I Love Monsters and 2013 Comedy Semifinalist for her script Emily’s Ex Factor, has since written for a series called Firststhat’s currently being represented by ICM Partners. A producer working on Firsts plans to develop Cross’s series Emily’s Ex Factor as a web series later on.
- Alison Flierl and Scott Chernoff, Second Rounders in 2012 for their sitcom pilot Manchild, 2013 for their sitcom pilot The Worst American Hero, and 2014 for their sitcom spec Bob’s Burgers: Everything Touches Turns to Sold have written episodes for BoJack Horsemen.
- Mike Sundy, 2012 Comedy Screenplay Finalist and Enderby Entertainment Finalist, has optioned his script, Santagate to Visioneer Studios, a production company that is applying the Pixar development model to live action films.
- Austin Reynolds, 2012 Enderby Entertainment and Drama Finalist for his script From New York to Florida, has been hired as a Feature Staff Writer for Disney.
- Matthew A Brown, Drama Semifinalist in 2012 for his script, The Rise and Fall of Lorenzo the Kid, has written, produced and directed his feature film Julia. The film has been picked up for worldwide sales by Archstone Distribution. Matthew is now personally represented by Keith Redmon and Tariq Merhab of Anonymous Content.
- Nicole Levy, 2008 One Hour Pilot Finalist in 2008 for her script, Thin Air, has begun working for NBC on their show Allegiance.
- At the 2013 Festival, AFF presented two World Premieres from alumni of its screenplay competition: Coffee, Kill Boss by 2011 Semifinalist Sigurd Ueland and Cavemen by 2000 Semifinalist Herschel Faber.
- Dan Shea, 2012 Comedy Screenplay Winner, had his winning script The P.A.N.D.A Waroptioned by Dirty Monty Productions.
- Christopher Cantwell, a 2010 Finalist, had one of his pilot scripts Halt & Catch Fire ordered for series production by AMC.
- Since AFF, 2008 Drama Finalist for his Grey’s Anatomy script Here Comes the Rain Again, Edward Ricourt has sold a script to Summit Entertainment titled Now You See Me, with Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Woody Harrelson to star and Kurtzman and Orci to produce. He also just finished a script for Timur Bekmambetov titled “One Hundred Percent Lunar Boy.”
- Jennifer Raite and Chris Cullari, 2012 Semifinalists for their one-hour pilot The Photographer and Jennifer’s One-Hour spec Shameless: Sleeping Dogs, got an agent in 2013 and sold a drama project to NBC.
- Brian Weakland, 2013 Drama Screenplay Award winner for Last Waltz of Vienna, has been attracting attention from producers. Immediately after winning he was signed to Madhouse Entertainment.
- Don Diego, 2011 Comedy Finalist for his script, Game Over, wrote for season 5 of Communityand now writes for A TO Z, a new NBC sitcom starring Ben Feldman and Cristin Milioti.
- Richard Alvarez’s 2013 Second Round script, Walking Wounded is currently under option and in development.
- Josh Lehrman and Kyle Stegina, 2013 Sitcom Pilot Finalists for their script Matt Out of Hell, have co-written a freelance episode of Comedy Central’s show Brickleberry.
- B.D. Flory, 2012 One-Hour Pilot Winner for his script Horizon, has since received new management at Circle of Confusion.
- Alex Cramer, 2012 Comedy Screenplay Finalist for his script Blind Date, has recently completed an assignment for the Disney Channel for a feature film based on an original pitch he presented. Herschel Weingrod, 2012 AFF judge, is attached as a producer on his script Blind Date. Currently he is working on a biopic for Sony about the Christian rock singer, Bart Millard.
- Since placing as a 2003 Sitcom Spec Finalist for his Frasier script Death and Glasses, and a 2011 One-Hour Pilot Finalist for his script Book of Megiddo: The First Horseman, Ryan Harris has completed the NBC Writers on the Verge Program, and has received representation by CAA (in addition to his managers at Evolution Management), and was hired as a staff writer on Chicago Fire.
- John Stahl, 2011 Dark Hero Studio / Sci-Fi Finalist and Comedy Screenplay Semifinalist for his script How to Save America Without Really Trying, has since written and directed his short, TEECHERS which played at the 2012 LA Comedy Short Film Festival, the 2012 LA Comedy Festival, and won Best Comedy at the 2012 Super Shorts Festival in London. How to Save America Without Really Trying has been retitled Back in Black and is going to have a staged reading in May at ColumbiaUniversity.
- Since placing as a 2011 Comedy Screenplay Finalist for his script “Game Over,” Donald Diego has worked as a staff writer on NBC’s Guys with Kids. He is currently in the middle of taking meetings for television staffing season.
- Bradley Jackson, 2009 Semi-Finalist, had his script “Drunk Dial” picked up by TenFour Pictures, and it is currently being filmed in L.A. with Gil Cates Jr. directing. He also received the grand prize for the Doorpost Film Project for his film The Man Who Never Cried, which he wrote and directed.
- Christopher Cantwell, 2010 Comedy Semi-Finalist with “Piano Toes,” is now represented by ICM and Management 360 for feature and TV writing. He and his writing partner, Christopher Rogers, are currently working on a feature and TV pilot.
- VJ Boyd, 2008 Teleplay Finalist, is currently a staff writer on the FX show Justified.
- Tess Ortbals and JR Burningham were Sci-Fi Semi-Finalists in 2010 with their script “Terra Incognita.” They are now represented by CAA and Untitled Management. Recently, their Doritos ad won the #1 TV Spot during Superbowl XLV. They are currently writing/directing spots for Pepsi and Tor Books.
- 2010 Second Rounder Lee Hoverd had his script, “Ex-Men” optioned by Mike Fry (“Over the Hedge”) after hearing Lee’s pitch as a judge in the Pitch Competition during the Conference.
- Julie Howe, 2010 Comedy Winner for “Jasper Milliken”, has entered into a collaborative production agreement with Experience Media Studios. Michael-Ryan Fletchall will produce with Julie remaining on as co-producer. Filming will take place in the Midwest which is where the story takes place.
- Dan Steele, 2010 Sitcom Teleplay Winner, was admitted into the Warner Bros. Workshop and is now a staffed writer on “Gossip Girl”
- Daniel Corey’s 2009 Second Round screenplay, “”Moriarty: The Dark Chamber”, has been acquired by mega-publisher Image Comics (“Walking Dead”, “Spawn”). The story follows the nefarious Professor Moriarty, arch nemesis of Sherlock Holmes. Look for Image to release issue #1 of “Moriarty” on May 11th of this year.
- Kevin Miller, 2010 Finalist in the Comedy category, signed with manager Peter Meyer through a relationship that began at the 2010 AFF. Also, Miller’s action/comedy, Mother’s Day was quickly optioned after the Festival by Sony producer Harry Gittes (About Schmidt).
- Oren Uziel, the 2008 Latitude Productions Winner and 2008 Drama Finalist, recently optioned his script, “The Kitchen Sink”, to Matt Tolmach, the former Columbia Pictures Co-President of Production.
- JR Burningham and Tess Ortbals, 2010 Sci-Fi Semi-Finalists for their screenplay “Terra Incognita”, have started a production company called Mythmakers Entertainment with the goal of developing and producing family adventure entertainment.
- Dale Taylor, second rounder at the 2009 Austin Film Festival, created a new CG animated web series called Martyrs based loosely on his previously screenplays. Martyrs launched on January 5th on www.martyrstheseries.com.
- Shane McCabe, 2010 Drama and Latitude Finalist for his script “Probable Cause,” is currently working on a new short film. Since his last short film, “Lucky Escape,” went viral on YouTube, McCabe was able to secure financing from theUSto shoot his short that he co-wrote titled “Love Hurts.” McCabe just signed with a manager and they are currently doing some edits on “Probable Cause.” In addition, they are also developing his latest script “KopKiller,” which received first place at Gotham 2012.
- Since his placement as a Drama Finalist in 2010 for his Mad Men script “White Smoke,” Dan Barton has been signed with an agent and a manager and is now working on paid assignments. He was also a quarterfinalist in the Nicholl Fellowship with his script, which is his fourth time to be recognized with the Fellowship.
- After the festival, Patrick Hegarty, Latitude Screenplay Winner for “Flower of Fire” in 2007, received representation with Adam Kolbrenner of Madhouse Entertainment and Paradigm. Through Kolbrenner’s representation, he has taken out two action/thriller scripts. One of the films, entitled “S.T.E.A.L”, was named on the Hit List as one of the best spec screenplays in Hollywoodin 2010 and is currently in development with a division of 20th Century Fox.
- Sarah Cornwell, 2009 Semi-Finalist in the Teleplay Competition, landed the 2010 Humanitas Student Drama Fellowship with her spec script Friday Night Lights – “Just a Game.”
- Andrew Lanham, 2010 Drama and Latitude Productions Award Winner, has signed with United Talent Agency. Also, in 2010, he was selected as a winner of the Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting for his screenplay, “The Jumper of Maine.”
- Terrence Michael, a Second Rounder in the 2010 AFF Screenplay Competition, has had his comedy script “The Girl with Something Extra” added to the 2010 Black List. Also, he has been signed by Original Artist and Media Talent Group.
- Jesse Wolfe, a 2009 Drama 2nd Rounder will have his screenplay Eye of the Hurricane produced by Braveart Films out of Los Angeles. Principal photography is scheduled to begin August 2010. Jesse will direct the project. The movie features Campbell Scott and Jose Zuniga.
- In 2010, Enderby Entertainment (Daniel Petrie Jr. and Rick Dugdale’s production company) acquired the 2008 Semi-Finalist script, Stranded by AFF alums Rachel Long and Brian Pittman. Rachel and Brian attended the 2008 Festival where they met the producing partners after a Conference panel at the Driskill Hotel.
- 2009 Drama Semifinalist Joe Muszynski currently has a film in pre-production called Peace, Love, and Misunderstanding. It is directed by Bruce Beresford, staring Jane Fonda, Catherine Keener, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Chace Crawford.
- Jim Stansberry, 2009 Latitude Screenplay Finalist for “Lone Photo,” has since written an action adventure script about Somali pirates with AFF second rounder, Melody Cooper. The script has gone into development and Stansberry has recently optioned another screenplay that he has co-written with Swedish screenwriter, Annika Tuneld.
- Skot Christopherson and John Harden, Winners of the Sci-Fi competition in 2009 for “The Sensitivity Program,” are continuing to work with their winning script. “The Sensitivity Program” is being read by two production companies. Christopherson is currently writing a novelization of “The Sensitivity Program” and is supervising the visual effects on Harden’s short: www.NewTheMovie.com
- Jim Martin, a Semi-Finalist in 2008, was hired as a staff writer for Heroes and is now a member of the WGA.
- Kirby Timmons’s 2008 Teleplay Semi-Finalist script, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation – “Miasms of the Mind,” also placed at Scriptapalooza and won the grand prize at Toronto’s WildSound Film Festival in 2009. Kirby is currently working on a feature.
- Oren Uziel has optioned his script /Shimmer Lake/ (2008 Latitude Productions Award Winner and 2008 Drama Finalist) to Fox Atomic. Barry Josephson is attached to produce.
- Irin Evers, 2008 Second Rounder for The Junior Detectives and the Cities of Gold, has signed with agent Sue Giordano at the Hudson Agency.
- Marcia Chandler Rhea and Margaret C. Ford, 1999 Semifinalists for The Carolina Storyteller, have optioned their script to Sydell Albert Productions, Inc.
- Adrienne Lusby and Emiliana Dore, 2008 Finalists for Relativity, have optioned their script to Dahooma Productions and Trilogy Films both based in NY.
- Sean Corrigan, 2008 Semifinalist for Confession, has been selected for the 2009 Writers Ranch.
- Melissa McVeigh, 2008 Finalist for Senior Prank and Domesticated, has been selected for the 2009 Writers Ranch
- K.W. Pearson, 2008 Finalist for Short Tracker, has been selected for the 2009 Writers Ranch.
- Writing duo Brian Pittman and Rachel Long’s 2008 Latitude Screenplay Finalist and Drama Screenplay Semifinalist script “Stranded,” (now titled Dawn Patrol) is targeted to go into production soon with Rick Dugdale from Enderby attached and Dan Petrie Jr. directing. Pittman and Long have recently finished a rewrite with Escape Artists/Zhiv Productions, and have a confidential deal pending with a studio. The two are managed by Madhouse Entertainment.
- VJ Boyd, 2008 Drama Finalist for his Mad Men Teleplay script “Ship of Fools,” is currently writing for the television show Justified.
- Kathy Garcia, 2007 Sci-Fi Semifinalist for The Kingdom, was selected for the 2008 Writer’s Ranch.
- Keith Davidson, 2007 Adult/Family Finalist for When Lanterns Dim, was selected for the 2008 Writer’s Ranch.
- Sean Minogue, 2007 Adult/Family Finalist for Son of No Man, was selected for the 2008 Writer’s Ranch.
- Jimmy Miller (winner Adult Family Category in 2007 for Slugger) signed with Gayla Nethercott at Buchwald
- Russell Gilwee, 2004 Adult/Family Semifinalist, has optioned his screenplay (SHADY CREEK) with Jo Films out of New York. They are shooting for a late fall 2008 production date. He has been hired to write a second project for Jo Films as well as working on a project for Momentum Films.
- Pamela Ribon, 2001 Sitcom Finalist, is a writer on the ABC series Samantha Who?
- Patrick Rodio’s script CRICKET HILL was a finalist in the 2003 Comedy category at Austin. It was optioned in 2005 by Prospect Pictures. He was also able to land a great manager who he is currently working with on a script.
- Tobia Iaconis, 2003 Adult/Family SemiFinalist, is writing a small movie for Fox; he just did a re-write for the director and producer, it starts shooting in Puerto Rico in two weeks.
- Devon Lehr, 2003 Adult/Family Finalist, got representation at CAA as a direct result of his placement in the Austin Film Festival. He sold his first script last year, a television movie for Lifetime entitled “Lost in the Dark.” It aired in June 2007. He currently has another project in development and is working on a comedy series proposal.
- Stephen Scaia and Matthew Federman, 2003 Drama Teleplay Winners, have been writing for TV since almost immediately after their trip to Austin in ’03. They have written on several shows since including CBS’ Judging Amy, ABC’s E-ring, and the entire run of Jericho.
- Since attending the festival, Sean Minogue, Finalist for his 2007 Adult/Family script “Son of No Man,” has written two plays: Prodigals and Us & Everything We Own. Prodigals is currently in development with Piece of Mind Productions for a feature film adaptation. Currently, Sean is developing his third play.
- Troy Hunter and Geof Miller, 2007 Sci-Fi Screenplay Winners for “Keys to the Kingdom,” have since had four scripts optioned by Gran Via, Blue Sky, and Anonymous Content. Three of the four scripts are currently being sent to directors. The duo is now working on their first assignment from Anonymous Content.
- Karl Williams’ 2005 triple winner script Punctured was picked for production this year. Production on the film is set to begin this May with Shari Hancock producing and directing.
- Nick Sidorovich, Second Rounder at the Austin Film Festival in 2005 with his script Buck Forty Nine, was written up in Daily Variety for the soon to be film The Miracle of Santa Rosa.
- Cyd Casados and Curtis Casados, 2006 Comedy Finalists, were selected for the 2007 Writer’s Ranch with their script Our Lady of the Pink Pussycat.
- Michael Bucklin, 2006 Sci-Fi Finalist, was selected for the 2007 Writers Ranch with his script Chain Letter.
- Dwayne McKenzie and JJ Masley, 2006 Comedy Semi-Finalists, were selected for the 2007 Writers’ Ranch with their script Moxie.
- Todd Linden, 2006 Sitcom Winner for his My Name is Earl script “Tied Gil to a See-Saw,” has since worked as a TV assistant on various shows, including a position as script coordinator on ABC’s Happy Endings. He also co-wrote the season 1 finale of the show, and wrote his first solo episode in season 2. Soon after, Dianne Fraser took him on as a client and helped him get several staffing meetings for the upcoming TV season. In the spring of 2012 he was staffed for the first time as a staff writer on a new ABC comedy, Family Tools.
- Brian Jun premiered his directorial debut film Steel City, based on his 2003 Adult/Family Semifinalist script.
- Former Second Rounder Betsy Morris’ script Ten Inch Hero finishes post production.
- David Ullendorff, 2005 Adult/Family Winner for his script “Gideon’s Secret,” has been steadily writing since his win at AFF and has won various other competitions with different screenplays. He has since started his own company called Mathnasium.
- Kieran Turner, 2005 Teleplay Finalist for his Gilmore Girls spec script, has gone on to write, produce, and direct a feature documentary titled JOBRIATH A.D. Turner has also created an original web series called “Wallflowers,” which can be seen weekly on www.wallflowers.tv.
- Alessia Costantini, 2005 Teleplay Sitcom and Comedy Winner for her Bernie Mac script “To Kill a Mockingbird,” has since moved on to get primetime writing credits as a direct result of her placement in the competition. She was also able to get her dream job as a staff writer on Scrubs. Costantini has recently sold her original comedy pilot, “Building Slut,” to Sony and FanFare productions. Her pilot was selected as one of the 10 experienced writers for Fox’s Writers Intensive Fellowship. She is also in development for a new pilot with Nickelodeon and is currently represented by Paradigm and Artist International.
- Brian Anderson, 2005 Sci-Fi Finalist for his script “Raven Road,” has recently signed a one-year option with Stillking Films in Prague.
- Alessia Costantini, Sitcom Teleplay Winner with Bernie Mac, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” was recently accepted into the ABC/Disney Writing Fellowship and also won the Grand Prize in the Sautter Television Outreach Program. She has signed with the Broder Webb Chervin Silbermann Agency and is currently going out for staffing season. She just received her first writing credit on the Nickelodeon comedy, THE X’S, airing this fall.
- Charley Dane has recently been accepted into the ABC/Disney Fellowship program with his Semifinalist Drama Teleplay, The Shield: Sangrenegra. He is currently writing for the ABC Family drama KYLE XY.
- Benjamin Lee, Sci-Fi and Adult/Family Semifinalist, has been accepted into the Austin Film Festival Writers’ Ranch with his screenplay Mindreader.
- Terry Parmer, Adult/Family Semifinalist with The White Caterpillar, has been selected into the Austin Film Festival Writers’ Ranch. Ian Shorr has sold his Comedy Semifinalist script, Rigged, to C-47 Productions. Currently in production, the film should wrap in mid-March. Details of release to follow.
- Jeremy Wadzinski, Ruby Blue, Adult Finalist, has just signed with manager Brendan McDonald from Blazeland Entertainment. Jeremy has also been selected to participate in the Austin Film Festival Writers’ Ranch.
- Rob Blatt and Sam Reigel, Sitcom Teleplay Winners with “Pump’d”, a Curb Your Enthusiasm spec script, have recently signed with Industry Entertainment. They are currently preparing for a live sketch and music comedy show.
- Christine Boylan, with the Drama Teleplay winning script Six Feet Under: “The Strike”, is working for Tokyopop adapting Japanese comics for English audiences. She is currently working on a script to be produced and directed August ’05.
- Tom O’Connor, Comedy Winner with It Bleeds, It Leads, signed with CAA.
- David Ullendorff, Winner of the Adult/Family category with Gideon’s Secret, has signed with an agent at APA, and a manager at Blaine and Associates.
- Jonathon Chappell and Christian Raymond, writers of Semifinalist script Sand Castle, recently signed with Brant Rose Literary Agency, and just recently optioned a current script with producer Tom Engleman (Pitch Black, The Last Samurai)
- Doug Davidson, Semifinalist writer of Letter Quest, signed with United Talent agency and manager, Andy Licht.
- Matthew Fedderman and Stephen Scaia, Drama Winners with “The Second Law of Thermodynamics”, a West Wing spec, signed with the William Morris Agency. Both have worked on the shows Judging Amy and E-Ring, and are currently writing for the new show Jericho, premiering in the fall ’06.
- Devon Lehr, with the Adult Finalist script The Carrington Affair, signed with CAA.
- Semi-Finalist Russell Gilwee’s script Shady Creek was optioned by Jo Films.
- Bob Soderstrom, Adult/Family Winner with Jerusalem, signed with William Morris.
- Michael Armbruster, Adult Finalist with Bohemian Nut Roll, signed with Gayla Nethercott.
- Martina Broner, Sitcom Winner with a Sex & the City Teleplay, signed with Pat Quinn at Paradigm.
- Michael Conner, Comedy Semi-Finalist, had entry Berkshire Village Idiot optioned by David Singer Entertainment.
- Grant Janes, Comedy Finalist, Conversations with my Aunt, optioned and signed as director.
- Kevin Kerwin, winner of Comedy Category with Over and Out, signed with CAA.
- David Watts, winner of Sitcom Teleplay Competition Category with the SouthPark Teleplay, “Eric Cartmen and the Cheesy Poof Factors”, signed with UTA.
- Hendrson Smith, Adult/Family Winner with The Ugly Princess, signed with manger Gayla Nethercott.
- Adult Finalist Matt Lopez, The Passenger, optioned first screenplay to Dreamworks.
- The writer of This is Not a Toy, Family Finalist, Cindy Davis Hewitt, was signed by Pixar, and optioned this winning story with Miramax. Hewitt received a re-write job with Working Title, and was also hired to translate Spirited Away and Porco Rosso.
- Mrs. Baker, Adult Semi-Finalist, written by Kris Kristensen and Brian McDonald, an independent film produced by Scotopia Pictures, renamed Inheritance.
- After placing as a 1998 Adult Screenplay Finalist, Mike Bencivenga’s HAPPY HOUR was produced and made into a feature film. He is currently in Burbankfor the world premiere of his play Billy and Ray. Bencivenga was also a Burnt Orange Screenplay Finalist and a Comedy Screenplay Finalist for his script “Single Bullet Theory” in 2005.
- Anna Blue, written by David L. Hudacek, was optioned by Polestar Productions.
- Trapped Daylight, written by Sharon Ross, was optioned by Chicago Films.
- Happy Hour, written by Richard Levine. Optioned and made into film, starring Anthony Lapaglia, Eric Stoltz, Caroleen Feeney and Robert Vaughn. Directed by Mike Bencivenga.
- Miracle in Lane Two, Family Finalist, written by Donald Yost and Joel Kauffmann, optioned by Disney, aired on the Disney Channel.
- Natural Selection, Adult Semi-Finalist, written by B.J. Burrow and Allen Odom, is optioned by 24/36 productions. Movie stars David Carradine, Michael Bowen, Darren Burrows, Stephen Root, and Bob Balaban, aired on Showtime. Available on DVD renamed The Monster Hunters.
- Goodbye Lover, Adult Winner, written by Ron Peer, is picked up by Gotham Entertainment. Movie stars Patricia Arquette, Don Johnson, and Ellen Degeneress.
- Excess Baggage, Adult Winner, written by Max Adams, is optioned by Columbia. Movie stars Alicia Silverstone and Benicio del Torro.