2017 True Story Screenplay Competition

The True Story Screenplay Competition recognizes and showcases exceptional feature screenplays and television scripts in any genre that feature stories based on, or inspired by, true events.

2017 WINNERS


PUNCH CARD GIRLS

by Emily Aspland

Based on the writer’s family.

Genre: Drama

Logline: In 1960’s Birmingham – the industrial heart of England – ambitious working class girl Maggie Goodwin strives to make a name for herself in the new and innovative world of computer programming. But her social status, gender and disreputable Black Country family mean she’s got her work cut out for her in a world where men are in charge and women are just Punch Card Girls.

Bio: Emily is a British writer from the Black Country who moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dream of becoming a television writer. She has recently completed the UCLA Extension TV Writing Certificate with distinction, and was nominated by the UCLA Writing Department as “the best, brightest, most dynamic and interesting participant in the certificate program”, leading to her representing the certificate in their Public Relations work.

Contact: emilyaspland@yahoo.co.uk


ZIGI

by Jeff Eagle

Story by Max Levine and Jeff Eagle

Based on the life of Zygmund Leboshevitz

Genre: Drama

Logline: The true story of an Auschwitz survivor who reinvents himself as a butcher in racially unstable Brooklyn.

Bio: Jeff Eagle was a writer for hire for the action/thriller screenplay, ZERO TOLERANCE, for Piccadilly Pictures (Darryl F. Azzopardi, producer). His comedy, MORTAL TENDENCIES was optioned to Stock Grange Productions (Jessica Rains & Gus Trikonis, producers, Gus Trikonis, director). His auto-biographical comedy, FADE TO BLUE, offer from Mad Mack Productions (Don Most, director/producer.

His dramedy, THE COUNT OF MONTE CEITO was a winner at the Telluride IndieFest. “Slapshot,” a memoir of his skating audition for George Roy Hill’s film, “SLAPSHOT,” won 1st place at The Palm Springs Writers Guild Awards. He was a staff writer for the feminist sketch comedy pilot, FEM-TV and attended NYU Film School and the Hollywood Scriptwriting Institute. He is a Scriptwriting U — Pro-Series Alumnus. In addition, he studied comedy writing with Jerry Paris and improv with The Groundlings.

Contact: J22Eagle@aol.com


2017 OFFICIAL SELECTIONS


$40 BILLION FALSE CLAIMS by J.J. Frey
BALL OF FIRE by Sean Coleman
FIVE STAGES TO FINALLY by Liliana Quiroga
HEAVIER THAN AIR by Bill Levinson
HOSTAGE: THE TRUE STORY OF A KIDNAPPING by Slavica Bogdanov
IN BAD COMPANY by Ke De Sol
LAST STOP by Tommy McInnis
LIONS OF THE SEA by Jessi Thind
MAN AT THE FOOT OF THE BED by Joey Madia
MARGARET by A.K. Russell
ONE BLADE by Robert Drusetta
REAFFIRMED: THE ROBERT DAVIS SOTRY by Mark Daniels
RINGS OF TRIUMPH by Greg Hill
THE DECLINE OF DAISY DE MELKER by Tony Bryan and Maureen Ann Bryan
THE HOUSE OF ESTHER BIRD by Rebecca Stallard
THE NEW WINE by Matt Pinard
THE SALT BOX by Robert J. Rogers
TRITON by Marc DeLamater
VON $TROHEIM by Nevada McPherson
WATCH YOU BACK, KHADAR by Taju Omolaran
YOU GOTTA DANCE by Bryant Daluz