2021 Screenplay Award Longlist

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Sandy Nicholson for "The House of Saints"

Originally an influential epistemologist, Sandy spent three years working with survivors of domestic abuse, and learned how valuable storytelling can be in helping people to understand complex emotional issues. He wrote a short film campaign for the charity Women's Aid, and became a professional

Joe Heath for "Road Trippy"

On a website on the internet there lived a Joe. Not a hot, caffeinated Joe, splashed with cream and a roasty smell, nor yet a cotton-eyed Joe with over-played lyrics and a catchy beat: it was a writer Joe, and that means humor. Or something. Joe Heath writes, directs, films, produces, and acts in

Nick Taylor Buck for "The Tunnel"

Nick’s writing journey was unusual. Invited onto the set of a high profile TV show, he witnessed the power of storytelling and was completely hooked. Nobody was more surprised by this than him, and in the last two years he has written a novel (placed 2nd in a national competition), a short story

Simon Frederick for "The Untold Tale of Morgan Berkeley"

Simon Frederick (the other one) I work in feature film/TV production/development, and a writer of film, TV and content. Aiming for the writer/director/producer triptych, but mostly focussed on screenwriting. I moved to London in 2015 after realising my master's in Biomechanics was more likely to be

Peggy Hanna for "Under 'S' for Sucker"

The mother of five children, Peggy and her husband served over 25 years as a therapeutic treatment foster home (lots of stories) and then adopted their last four foster children. "Under 'S' for Sucker" is based on one of those stories. Peggy is a peace activist, ran for state and federal political

Martin Keady for "MAN OF COLOUR"

(From my website: http://theshakespeareplays.com/) Martin Keady is an award-winning dramatist, journalist, poet and lyricist. As a dramatist, his major credits include: Man of Colour, a biopic of Walter Tull, one of Britain’s first black professional footballers who subsequently became a hero of WWI

Deborah Dalton for "Winter War"

D. Dalton is an award-winning novelist and an optioned screenwriter, who has a passion for historical fiction placed in the real world. She also hosts the podcast Dark Kingdom Arts, which is a fun adventure into how-to-write and the pitfalls that popular movies, books, and TV shows often make.

Peter Gajdics for "The Inheritance of Shame"

Peter Gajdics is an award-winning writer whose essays, short memoir and poetry have appeared in Huffington Post (Canada), Maclean’s, The Advocate, New York Tyrant, The Gay and Lesbian Review / Worldwide, Gay Times, Manhattan Book Review, and Brevity, among others. He is a recipient of several

Brad Brookes for "Stacks"

Brad Brookes is a writer based in the South West of England and a recent graduate with distinction of Falmouth University's MA Writing for Script and Screen programme. He started out at the BBC, scripting and directing promos across network. Since then he's worked as a freelance copywriter across

Steve E Sloan for "Black Snow"

Following a twenty-three-year career in Arts Theatre Management, Steve retrained with the Yorkshire Academy of Film and Television Acting (YAFTA) and gained a Diploma in Applied Screenwriting (Distinction) in July 2019, under the tutelage of Simon Stirling. Steve has already received commissions for

Robbi (Roberta) Bryant for "The Darkness"

Hi! I wrote THE DARKNESS after a confrontation with the serial rapist who raped me. I showed up at the county jail where he was being held after my case ended in a mistrial. After continued frustrations of waiting for the legal system to bring justice, I went to the jail, where he was held (parole

Barbara Claypole White for "THE IN-BETWEEN HOUR"

Bestselling author Barbara Claypole White was born in rural England, but writes and gardens in the forests of North Carolina. Her passion for chipping away at stereotypes of mental illness inspires quirky stories about courageous characters with invisible disabilities, complicated relationships, and

Helena P. Schrader for "Lack of Moral Fibre"

Helena P. Schrader is an established aviation author and expert on the Second World War. She earned a PhD in History (cum Laude) from the University of Hamburg with a ground-breaking dissertation on a leading member of the German Resistance to Hitler, which received widespread praise on publication

Tony Irvin for "Love in the Space of Time"

I have a veterinary degree and PhD from Cambridge, and spent twenty years in Kenya researching a disease of cattle and wildlife which no one outside Africa has ever heard of. I travelled throughout the region and worked closely with international and local scientists as well as the diplomatic

Jacqueline Kowalczyk for "The Depths of Deception"

Jacqueline Kowalczyk is a member of Jericho Writers and has successfully competed for a place on their Ultimate Novel Writing Course (starting Oct 2021). She's currently writing two series - commercial thriller/psychological thriller, and supernatural romantic suspense. In April 2021, her first

Michele Gwynn for "The Making of Herman Faust"

Michele E. Gwynn is an award-winning Bestselling Author and former freelance journalist from San Antonio, Texas. She has worked in newspaper and contributed online to sites like Examiner.com, Yahoo Voices, and Salon.com. She has also worked as a senior editor for FashionErotica.com, written for Film

Joe Byrd for "Monet & Oscar"

My BS in Journalism and MA in Communications degrees inspired me to become a pioneer in electronic publishing. As a McGraw-Hill editor, I developed one of the first computer publishing systems. In the rapidly developing PC software industry, I co-authored one of his two books using PC desktop

Paul Zeidman for "The Iron Horse of Lucy Steele"

Paul Zeidman is an award-winning screenwriter based in San Francisco. While open to working in any genre, he’s always up for creating a ripping yarn that grabs the viewer and takes them on a rollercoaster ride of thrills and excitement. There's a certain charge he gets from crafting a story that

Christianne Robinson for "Hedged"

Christianne is an attorney in Houston, Texas. She enjoys words, happy hour, cheese, cars, and Longhorn football. Currently, she lives with her husband and their cat Batman; soon they will be adding a Great Pyrenees puppy to the family.

Judge Leonia J. Lloyd for "Your Honor, Your Honor screenplay award"

I am a public speaker and author whose former careers as a teacher, lawyer and judge has spanned decades serving the citizens of Detroit Michigan. I had an identical twin sister (Leona) who was also a teacher, lawyer and a judge. We were very close and had very similar philosophies, especially when

Craig Moody for "The Gold Rush Girls"

Craig Moody was born and raised in Pembroke Pines, Florida, a suburban community that edges the beautiful Florida Everglades. Author of the multi-indie-award-winning debut novel The ’49 Indian and multi-indie-award-nominated and winning follow-ups His Name Was Ezra, The Stars of Locust Ridge, and

Craig Moody for "The Mercy of Henry Collins"

Craig Moody was born and raised in Pembroke Pines, Florida, a suburban community that edges the beautiful Florida Everglades. Author of the multi-indie-award-winning debut novel The ’49 Indian and multi-indie-award-nominated and winning follow-ups His Name Was Ezra, The Stars of Locust Ridge, and

Lynette WILLOUGHBY for "Foule Blood"

Lynette Willoughby is a financial planner by day, and an aspiring writer by night. She lives by the beach in Adelaide, and on a calm morning she can be seen gliding over the waves on her paddle board as she ponders the next plot twist. Since completing a short-story course in 2015 she has

Nick Walsh for "Cryin' Times"

Nick wrote his first screenplay over 20 years ago using Syd Field's book as a reference and it won 2nd Place Runner-up at the Austin Film Festive. He didn’t write another until he retired from the construction business five years ago and got a Master Screenwriter Certificate after attending

Michael Golvach for "Dormir"

Michael Golvach is an award winning novelist and freelance writer from Grayslake, IL. He doesn't believe in single-layered genres - though every story is a romance of some sort - and has written many titles that run the gamut from character studies to full-on hard-boiled crime fiction. He spends his

Lise Pearlman for "The Lindbergh Kidnapping Suspect No. 1 -- The Man Who Got Away"

PRIZE-WINNING AUTHOR LISE PEARLMAN is a former trial lawyer and judge and nationally recognized speaker whose books have won multiple awards in the categories of law, U.S. History, multicultural nonfiction and social change. Her latest book is The Lindbergh Kidnapping Suspect No. 1 -- The Man Who

Penny Berlin Berlin for "Forever Catalunya"

Penny Berlin has had a varied life. She worked for the famous Molton Brown hair salon in London’s West End. With this rich experience under her belt she eventually worked on Holland America Cruise ships, visiting The United States, Bermuda, Caribbean, Mexico and Canada. Later spending 30 years in

Tina Beattie for "The Good Priest"

Why do I write? "What good is love if it is not shared?" (from "This Bitter Earth" by Dinah Washington) Writing - like love - is nothing if it is not shared. Even the most private diary has an audience - an other to whom it is addressed. To write is to make words flesh, to take them out of the realm

Nick Harrison for "Sink"

Since attaining my MA in Play and Screenwriting – graduating from City, University of London, in 2014 – I have had three plays successfully produced in London: commissioned and directed by Martin Parr, known for producing work in unconventional spaces. Consequently, with a produced two-hander, one

Nicola Green for "The Split"

Studied at AFTRS (Australian Film, Television and Radio School), Sydney, NSW. Currently writing a sequel to my biopic feature The Split, entitled The Reunion. I have dual nationality, born and raised in London, UK, moved to Australia over 25 years ago, where I have lived in Adelaide, South Australia

LM Latham for "Vixen: Gladiatrix"

I'm a journalist and editor whose work has regularly appeared in top international publications, including the New York Times, FT, Sunday Times and Wall Street Journal. I have a degree in literature and film. Naturally terrified of risk but always on the hunt for a good story, I've trekked in Tierra

LM Latham for "Shoot The Savage"

I'm a journalist and editor whose work has regularly appeared in top international publications, including the New York Times, FT, Sunday Times and Wall Street Journal. I have a degree in literature and film. Naturally terrified of risk but always on the hunt for a good story, I've trekked in Tierra