RI International Film Festival Announces 2014 Screenplay Winners

Monday, November 10, 2014


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RIIFF's winners of their annual screenplay competition have been announced with George Billard's (Eldred, NY) "Dispossessed" taking the "Best Screenplay Grand Prize". 

"Dispossessed" follows Ray Jensen - a small town sheriff - as he struggles with raising his autistic son and begins to become increasingly unhinged.

Meanwhile the town's new doctor - Joe Sullivan - is a recently defrocked and disgraced priest who suspects dark forces are at play.

"This is an exceptional screenplay. George's use of irony successfully captures the everyday contradictions in small town America through blending the controversial with the uncanny," says RIIFF's Program Director Shawn Quirk. "Our adjudication team read 396 screenplay entries this year, which is now the largest entry base in the competition's history."

The RIIFF is ranked as one of the top 10 film festivals in the US and is the only film festival unique to New England.

Other Winners Included

"First Place" was tied this year with "The Celestial" by Barry Brennessel (Silver Spring, MD), and "Dean Bailesol's Journey to Surgery" by Leonard Tachmes (Miami Beach, FL) and the "International Screenplay Grand Prize" went to Steven Prowse of the UK for "The Night Witches". 

"International Screenplay First Place" - Samuel Sebastian (Barcelona, Spain) for "Sandwoman"

"Vortex Horror/Sci-Fi Screenplay" - Raymond Just (Pasedena, CA) for "The Crimson Confession"

"Barren Branches LGBTQ Screenplay Grandprize" - Rachel Goldberg and Jonathan Pope Evans (Burbank, CA) for " Transformation Awaits" 

"Barren Branches LGBTQ Screenplay First Place" - David M. Waters (Macon, GA) for "Meena"

"Short Script Grand Prize" - Markus Mueller (Brooklyn, NY) for "Tata" 

"Short Script First Place" (Tied) Ana R. Dominick (Sherman Oaks, CA) for "Boomerang the Great" and Jennifer Delprett (Howell, NJ) for "Dishes"


Prizes included: a free year of screenplay promotion services to the winners, through ScreenwriterShowcase.com, 1 screen listing and 1 magazine listing from InkTip, a 1 year Writers Database membership from Script Pipeline, final draft software featuring Final Draft Screenwriting Suites, and passes to the 2015 FLICKERS: RIIFF and ScriptBiz™ Screenwriter's Workshop

The Best Screenplay Grand Prize winner (Billard) will be brought to Providence to attend the 2015 workshop by ScriptBiz™ and have their script as the central focus of the course. Billard will also receive a private script consultation and official award from the film festival on their annual Opening Night Celebration.

Submissions were critiqued on character, dialogue, setting, plot and technique.  

For more information about RIIFF, please visit their site.


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