2018 WINNER (FILM)
written, produced & directed by Kateryna Balabay
Genre: Drama | Short
Logline: The TV-crew arrives in the ATO zone to interview volunteers. Journalist Bogdan and cameraman Anton are sure that the volunteers are fighting only for mercantile reasons. Sudden shelling forces the crew to stay. Will their attitude change to the defenders of Ukraine? Will they be able to understand what “MY LAND” means for all generations of Ukrainians?
Bio: Kateryna Balabay. Born 08.02.1981. Director. Citizen of Ukraine, a resident of Kharkiv. Since 2002 worked as a journalist in various publications, then an editor. In 2007 she came to the television where she worked as a journalist. At the same time, she began to create reports, video essays independently. In 2015 graduated from Kharkiv State Academy of Culture, specializing in “Director of Cinema and Television”. Among the works are amateur films “At the Dnieper Ranges” (first and second parts), reportages and advertising video. In 2017 she shot a feature film about volunteers “My Land”.
2018 WINNER (SCREENPLAY)
SOMEWHERE BETWEEN LOVE AND JUSTICE
by S.W. Andersen
Based on the novel “Somewhere Between Love and Justice”
Genre: Western | Adaptation
Logline: A hardened cowgirl seeks revenge against the gang leader who killed her parents and forced her into his service while she learns to open her heart to the woman she loves.
Bio: From old west gunslingers to modern day romance, S.W. Andersen offers a variety of romantic adventures. She has four novels under her belt, including the best selling lesbian romances “Love By Design” and “Switchback.” She is currently working on her first screenplay, the adaptation of her first novel, “Somewhere Between Love and Justice.” Having been raised by her mother, a strong female character in her own right, she has always been attracted to stories that depicted independent, determined, capable women.
A romantic at heart, her characters are rooted in hope and perseverance. She has spent a large part of her life around horses and rodeos and has always had an affinity for the cowgirl lifestyle. Her love of the mountains, westerns and stories involving strong female characters were the driving forces behind the Sarah Sawyer series. When she isn’t working or writing, she enjoys outdoor activities and traveling with her wife, Dianna. They share their ten acres in rural Florida with a rambunctious crew of two dogs, four cats and two horses.