2020 Adapted Screenplay Competition

The Adapted Screenplay Competition recognizes feature screenplays and television scripts in any genre that feature adapted stories.

2020 WINNERS


DON Q

by Richard P. Alvarez

Adapted from the book "Don Quixote" by Miguel de Cervantes

Genre: Drama | Fantasy

Logline: A bizarre accident sends a middle-aged jouster into a fantasy world, where he struggles against imaginary foes on the streets of San Francisco. Assisted by his teen-aged squire he confronts the demons in his past as well as those of the present.

Bio: Richard P. Alvarez is a Texas based filmmaker who began his professional career as a television cameraman. He broadened his media experience by working as a newscaster and on-air announcer at a major market radio station, where he often wrote news and ad copy. As a theatrical producer, he owned and operated a professional jousting troupe of more than a dozen men and horses. International Action Theatre toured the US for over a decade producing theatrical extravaganzas for theme parks, conventions and events. Richard has utilized his professional skills as a fight choreographer and stunt coordinator on various short and feature film projects. In 1985, he wrote, produced and starred in his first short film "Half of Everything" which went on to win a Bronze Remi Award at WorldFest Houston Int. Film Festival. His documentary "American Jouster" premiered at the Breckenridge Film Festival. It was the first film to examine modern day 'knights' who make their living on the road. It went on to garner awards and was screened on the PBS "Video I" series. Richard's feature scripts have won awards at festivals across the U.S. He has previously optioned five of his award-winning feature scripts. Richard is Co-Author of the graphic novel series "After Twilight". This six-issue comic is based on the award winning short of the same name. Richard freelances as a Director and Videographer in the Corpus Christi Bay Area. He enjoys working on issue documentaries, short films and doing occasional voice-over work for commercials.

IN FAIR NEW YORK

by Mark Lindberg 

Adapted from the play "The Most Excellent and Lamentable Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet" by William Shakespeare

Genre: Drama | Thriller | Crime 

Logline: Two students find love while trying to escape the grip of their feuding crime families in present day New York City.

Bio: Mark Lindberg has a degree from NYU where he studied Creative Writing, Psychology and Film Production. He has published short fiction in several literary journals. His love of film and writing has led to screenwriting, with a focus on true-crime stories. This is his first adaptation of an age-old masterpiece in desperate need of a modern-day interpretation. Mark lives and writes in New York City. 

LOST BOY

by Annie Shaffer

Adapted from the book "Peter Pan" by J.M. Barrie

Genre: SciFi | Fantasy 

Logline: The origin of Peter, Wendy, and Captain Hook.

Bio: Annie Shaffer is a comedy and Sci-Fi writer from Southern California. She began her career as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and spent years in accounting and auditing fields. Now, she spends her days writing for television and film.

SON OF GUNN

by Lawrence Whitener

Adapted from the television show "Peter Gunn" created by Blake Edwards

Genre: Detective

Logline: African-American retired D.C. Detective Peter Gunn now works in L.A. as Studio Security. A late-night call from his estranged son brings him back to D.C., and into a Presidential assassination attempt as Russian and South African Diplomats try to kill him.

Bio: Mr. Whitener studied for four years under 28-yr Yale Screenwriting Professor Marc Lapadula. Mr. Whitener's scripts now have 41 Wins and 82 Nominations on IMDb.


2020 OFFICIAL SELECTIONS


A STUDY IN SCARLET by Jessica Ims

BAROQUE by Richard Vetere

BEGUILING DREAMS by Fred Stemme

ED REX by Brian Curran Lewis

HAPPY FEET... MAGIC HANDS... by Mark Donnell

HUMBLE BEGINNINGS by Mikhail Nauth

IMPOSSIBLE by Jaclyn Natoli

METAL GEAR SOLID by Agah Smith

MOODY & THE GHOST by Kim Hornsby

PILGRIM OF JOY by Randy L. Bixby

RAGS: AN AMERICAN MUSICAL by Nicole De Sapio

SEABIRD'S COMPLAINT by Phil Vengrinovich

THE HALLOWING: MARIE LAVEAU by Cristine Beato

THE WINTERS TALE by Joseph Millson

THREATENED by Dean Stavros


SUBMISSION STATISTICS


Number of Entries: 1,027

Writer Gender
Male: 61.9%
Female: 38.1%

Source
Book: 78.7%
Stage Play: 14.2%
Movie/Television: 4.7%
Musical: 2.1%
Game: 0.3 %

Genre
Drama: 38.6%
Thriller/Mystery/Crime: 23.8%
Comedy: 11.4%
Action/Adventure: 7.4%
Horror/Supernatural: 7.2%
Sci-Fi/Fantasy: 6.4%
Animation: 3.1%
Musical: 2.1%

Submission Location
United States: 82%
Europe: 12%
Australia: 5%
Unknown: 1%

Format
Feature Screenplay: 81.8%
Television Script: 18.2%