2020 First 10 Pages Script Competition

The First 10 Pages Script Competition recognizes and showcases exceptional feature screenplays and television scripts in any genre. Why The First 10 Pages? A writer only has the first 10 pages (sometimes less) to grab an executive, producer, manager, agent, or talent and hook them into reading the entire screenplay.

2020 WINNERS


BEAUTY THE CAT

by Juliette Garrigues

Genre: Animated

Logline: During World War II, Beauty, a kitten who has been separated from her mother and brothers, integrates with the Animal Resistance Network and helps humans repel enemy forces. Once the war is over, Beauty is praised for her bravery and finds her mother and brothers, whom she believed were dead.

Bio: Juliette spent 7 years in the industry as a composer of music for films in France. Two of the films she contributed to include Far Away and Changing Times by director André Téchiné. She won the Special Jury prize for the original score of André Téchiné’s film Far Away (Festival International Musique et Cinema, Auxerre, France). In 2004, she was a jury member at the Cannes Film Festival’s “Directors’ Fortnight”. She is also an alternate board member of the SACEM in France.

Never forsaking music, her passion for film led her to study filmmaking at the New York Film Academy. She then opened a production company and began to produce her own movies. Her documentary Revealing Form premiered at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival (Doc Film Corner). For the feature film Smile, You’re on Camera! she was a finalist at the 2015 Creative World Awards. Additionally, with this project, she was the top finalist at the 2015 Mexico International Film Festival and made the ‟Hot 100 List” at the Capital Fund Screenplay Competition in 2017. In 2019, after having made some changes in the script, she was a finalist at the Las Vegas Screenplay Contest for the screenplay.

For the one-hour drama pilot The Exchange, she was a finalist at the Las Vegas Screenplay Contest. Additionally, it was a winning screenplay at the First 10 Pages Screenplay Contest and made the ‟Hot 100 List” at the Capital Fund Screenplay Competition in 2017. In 2019, after having made some changes in the script, the episode received second place at the Las Vegas Screenplay Contest. For the one-hour dark comedy pilot Who are you Victor Goddard? she was a finalist at the Las Vegas Screenplay Contest. She has written two other screenplays: Etienne Flores and Le pays où l’on n’arrive jamais

CONTRIBUTING TO THE DELINQUENCY OF A VAMPIRE

by Michael William Hogan

Genre: Comedy | Horror

Logline: A millennial vampire must choose between a patriarchal role in his homeland and the trappings of western pop culture.

Bio: Michael W. Hogan has written numerous award-winning feature-length and short film screenplays. A sampling includes Best Comedy Screenplay "The Funny Thing About Road Kill"; faith based drama, “The Near Death Experience of Dr. John Dantry”; and his latest comedy/sci-fi script, “Benny B” which began its run on FilmFreeway with a perfect 7/7 selection rate (as of January 2020).Two of Michael's produced horror shorts, "Room Service" and "Just a Nibble", became popular selections on the film fest circuit. He also reverse-adapted his 4Q family sci-fi script "Sebastian and the Invisible Island" into a novel for young readers.

PIPE DREAM

by Corey Mayne & Eric Mayne 

Genre: Comedy

Logline: Grief-stricken by his grandfather's death, Ronnie MacDonald masquerades as a drummer and joins The World’s Most Dangerous Pipe Band for free passage to Scotland. Once there, he embarks on a frenetic pilgrimage to his ancestral homestead, where he confronts the demons that have cursed his family for centuries -- sheep.

Bio: In 2017, Corey Mayne incorporated his own Toronto-based production company, Formido Films, with long-time collaborator and respected producer, Barbara Szeman. Now, their adaptation of Stephen King’s original ghost story "Willa" is the first of many exciting, ambitious projects they have slated to produce under that banner. As an industry VFX artist, Corey narrowed his focus to providing services for shows more analogous to the type of content that inspires him, shows like "Vikings", "Penny Dreadful", "The Borgias", and "Game of Thrones". He began his industry career as a VFX artist at Sony Imageworks and Pixar whilst taking advantage of their employee writing & directing enrichment courses.

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TOKEN IDIOTS: FIRST BURN (Pilot)

by Matthew Lutz

Genre: Comedy/Drama

Logline: At the dawn of the 2017 Bitcoin boom, an inept programming geek inadvertently joins forces with the Bulgarian mafia to launch a new cryptocurrency aimed at solving global warming. He’ll either save the planet, or die trying!

Bio: Matthew Lutz is a multi award-winning and produced screenwriter who specializes in high-concept comedy features and TV. He earned his M.A. in Film Studies from UCD, wrote and co-produced a comedy sitcom pilot, and is currently working on a pilot development deal. While developing TOKEN IDIOTS, he spent 18 months working amongst Blockchain Pioneers and Bitcoin Billionaires.

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UNDEAD IN PARIS

by Terry Wright

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Logline: Boston television news writer Alina Carr, scarred by a childhood dog attack, gets new beauty when she’s turned into a vampire’s daughter, but her rebellious blood-brother in Paris draws the attention of vampire hunters determined to exterminate her newfound family.

Bio: There’s nothing mundane in the writing world of Terry Wright. Tension, conflict, and suspense propel his readers through the pages as if they’re on fire. Once traditionally published in Science Fiction, Horror, and Supernatural, he now runs his own publishing company, TWB Press. His mastery of the action thriller has won him International acclaim as an accomplished screenplay writer. When he's not writing or editing, he's out riding his Harley Davidson Motorcycle, flying light aircraft, and country dancing. He lives in Centennial, Colorado, with his wife and their Yorkie.

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2020 OFFICIAL SELECTIONS


ADRESTIA by Michael Yorke

ATASCOSA by T.W. Lawrence

FOR HELENA by Steven Scott Clayton

FREEDOM FALLS by Norma Thomas

GOD'S WAITING ROOM by E. J. Mayer

HOMELESS by Zaric Reed

KIDS STILL by Robert C. Bonfiglio

MAELSTROM by Jordan Emans

MY CHRISTMAS CARYL by Rick Eager

PROJECT OMEGA: NINA BLACKE (Pilot) by James Norris

SILENT OPPRESSORS by Joshua Goldman

SQUISH! by Vinny Smith

THE EMENDATIONS by K.C. Wilson

THE IDIOCRATIC METHOD by Keith Leu

THE MANSION by Eric Ayala

THE WALKING 5 by Annette Callahan & Lorin McCraley

VACANCY by John Shea

WITH ENEMY AT THE SAME TABLE by Yaroslav Tryniv


SUBMISSION STATISTICS


Number of Entries: 1,529

Writer Gender
Male: 83%
Female: 17%

Source
Original Screenplay: 87%
Adapted Screenplay: 13%

Based On, or Inspired by, True Events
17%

Genre
Drama: 23%
Science Fiction/Fantasy: 22%
Comedy: 21%
Horror: 13%
Thriller/Mystery/Crime: 9%
Action: 5%
War: 4%
Inspirational/Faith-Based: 3%

Submission Location
United States: 83%
Canada: 8%
Europe: 6%
Unspecified: 3%

Format
Feature Screenplay: 74%
Television Script: 26%