Every year Women in Film & Video of New England holds a screenplay competition with the goal of promoting women screenwriters and strong, positive roles for women. (Entries must be authored or co-authored by a woman and/or feature a woman or women in prominent roles.)
We had lots of great entries for our 9th annual contest this year and we are thrilled to announce that our Grand Prize winner is Phil Ferriere for his original screenplay, titled “SILENT KILLER“, a medical thriller about a female veterinarian who investigates a cover-up of Mad Cow Disease at a highly profitable cattle ranch in Texas.
“Doing well in a screenwriting competition is always a powerful confidence boost, but what makes winning WIFVNE’s even more gratifying is the contest’s clear focus on promoting stories with a strong female lead,” said Ferriere. “Being of the opinion that story is character, nothing could give me greater satisfaction than hearing the contest judges deeply connected with the protagonist of my screenplay.” (Watch this space for a full Q & A interview with Phil about his script, his writing process and storytelling in general.)
We’d also like to congratulate our runners-up: 2nd place finalist Michelle Ryan for her screenplay “SECOND LIVES”, about a rape victim who lives vicariously through her avatar in the virtual online world of “Second Life” until she witnesses a cyber-rape that she believes was committed by her real-life assailant, and 3rd place finalist Joan Sawyer for her screenplay “WAKE OF THE POET” about a new divorcee who, in the search for her missing father, uncovers the truth behind a high profile disappearance decades earlier, raising questions of murder and treason by the most powerful family in the country.
Honorable mentions go to Michelle Davidson for her screenplay “SCRATCHING THE ITCH” and Heather Cochrane for her screenplay “THE TEALEAF SISTERS”.
The Grand Prize Winner will receive a detailed script analysis and consultation from Grub Street.
All three finalists will receive a screenwriting software package from Final Draft, and a 6-month online script placement service by Inktip.com (where, in 2009, the winning WIFV/NE screenplay was optioned shortly after being listed.)
Special thanks to this year’s competition judge, playwright/screenwriter/TV writer Mary Conroy, and to all of our fabulous volunteer readers who donated their time, effort and excellent input to help make this contest possible.
We’d also like to thank Grub Street, InkTip.com and Final Draft for their generous support of our contest.