The 2020 Women in Film & Video New England

Screenwriting Competition



Women in Film and Video New England (WIFVNE) works to “Change the Lens” for New England filmmakers by advancing female storytellers in their craft through networking, community, mentorship, and education.

WIFVNE is pleased to announce its 2020 Short Screenplay Competition, which aims to inspire creativity for screenwriters and independent artists. We welcome you to submit a 10 page screenplay concerning the theme of "Isolation." Scripts should have a strong female protagonist as the primary character.

Women in Film & Video New England is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to supporting the accomplishments of women working in the film, video and new media industries. We provide an educational forum for media professionals and a valuable network for exchange of ideas and resources. WIFVNE works to promote proactive images of women to the public and to empower all women in film and video to achieve their professional potential. Women in Film & Video New England is a member of an umbrella group called Women in Film & Television International (WIFTI). WIFTI is a global network comprised of around 70 WITTI and WIFTI-partner chapters on six continents – all working for the same goal: gender balance in the industry.


  • Screenplays should be a response to the theme of "Isolation."
  • Screenwriters of all genders are eligible to submit scripts.
  • Scripts must, however, have a strong female protagonist.
  • Genre is open, we accept narrative, documentary and experimental screenplays.
  • Screenplay should be original work, and the sole property of the author.
  • Scripts should not have been made into a motion picture of any kind.
  • Author should be 18 years or older at time of writing.
  • Scripts should be 3-10 pages including title page. Longer scripts will not be accepted.
  • Proper screenplay formatting guidelines expected. For guides on formatting, please visit
  • Entry fee is per script. Multiple entries may be submitted but there is a separate submission fee.
  • Scripts must be written or translated into English.

Entry Deadline

  • Early deadline May 1, 2020.
  • Late deadline May 22, 2020.
  • $5 for members, $10 for non-members, payable via credit card or paypal.


  • Winners will be announced on June 19th, 2020.
  • FIRST PRIZE: $100 and a year membership to WIFVNE. The first place winner will additionaly receive a profile through WIFVNE media channels.
  • SECOND PRIZE: Year membership to WIFVNE.


Meet the Judges

Wendy Wilkins

Wendy S. Wilkins


Wendy spent the early part of her career working as a Change Management professional and executing large scale multi-million dollar corporate programs while collaborating with business partners in a highly matrixed environment. These skills along with her passion for story telling and entertaining others made her transition into independent film making and producing community theater a natural fit. Wendy has a passion for bringing people together and helping support their dreams. Her journey began with screenwriting, and she has moved into Producing and Directing while continuing to write.

As a founding member of the Cromwell Art Alliance and current Vice President, she spearheaded the creation of the Cromwell Community Theater and acts as the organization’s Executive Producer as well as creating ongoing programs to support the arts in her community.

She has been collaborating with the Mystic Film Festival since it began 3 years ago and is managing various programs and the screenwriting competition, which was added to this year’s festival.  Wendy is the CT state representative for Woman in Film and Video: New England and continues to engage with others in the film industry to bring more resources and networking to CT.  In addition, she represents ISA by leading the ISA Hartford’s Third Thursday networking events and bringing additional programming to Connecticut.

In 2014, she founded her own production company which focuses on film and theater.  She has supported various student films and currently has half a dozen projects in various stages of development. Her most current project is the production of a cooking show initially launched on YouTube called “Everyday Adventures in Cooking with Rick”, which began in early 2020. She has another web series “Soundbites with Sydney” launching in the summer as well as the production of a couple short films later this year.


Cheryl Eagan-Donovan


Cheryl Eagan-Donovan is a writer, director, and producer whose new documentary Nothing Is Truer than Truth, premiered at the Independent Film Festival Boston in 2018 and was released on Hulu and Amazon Prime in 2019. Her debut documentary All Kindsa Girls screened at film festivals and art house theaters in London, Toronto and throughout the U.S.Former president of Women in Film & Video New England, she is a frequent lecturer at conferences. She moderated a panel on screenwriting at the Association of Writers and Writing Professionals (AWP) 2019 conference, spoke about Shakespeare last month at The National Press Club, and is serving as a screenwriting mentor for the South By Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival this year.She teaches writing, film, and literature at Lesley University, Northeastern University, Lasell University, and Grub Street Center for Creative Writing. She also provides script consultations for screenwriters  and producers, and has served as a judge for several screenwriting contests and fellowships.Eagan-Donovan has published articles about screenwriting and film in journals and magazines, appeared on several podcast series, and is currently working on a book for screenwriters, Shakespeare Auteur: Creating Authentic Characters for the Screen.
She is the recipient of the 2019 Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship Oxfordian of the Year Award.

photo by Mark Teiwes

Claudia Croce-Tashman

Claudia Croce-Tashman


Claudia has over ten years of experience as an entertainment professional. A recent transplant from Los Angeles, Claudia has worked as a creative producer for both prime time and cable networks, with an emphasis on documentary style and competition shows. Prior to her career in Entertainment Claudia worked in the political sector, first in Brussels for the European Commission on EU integration and then in Bosnia and Herzegovina for the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), where she helped to develop transparent and efficient election and democratization practices. Claudia also enjoys writing and acting and is a member of both the Producer’s Guild (PGA west) and SAG-ATRA.

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