Student and Alumni Screenwriting Awards

Sergio Kopelev, M.F.A. Screenwriting 2017
Rebellion – Historical War Drama – Feature Film (Writer) – Screenplay
2017 PAGE International Screenwriting Awards – Quarter-Finalist

Hacked-Up – Comedy – Television Series (Creator / Writer) – Pilot
Stage 32 Second Annual Happy Writers TV Writing Contest – Semi-Finalist (Top 25)

Reshma Patricia Crawford (projected year of graduation – 2018)
Contest: 2015 Spirit Quest Film Festival
Category: Best Short Length Screenplay
Script: Swan Song
Final placement in contest (quarter finalist, semifinalist, finalist, or winner):  Finalist

Matthew Marshall, M.F.A. Screenwriting 2011
2011 – Rhode Island International Film Festival
Horror Script – The Portrait
Best Horror Script

2014 – New York Los Angeles International Film Festival (NYLA)
Feature Length Screenplay – The Portrait

David Morrow, M.F.A. candidate October 2017
Contest – Screencraft Fellowship
Script – The Bargain
Final placement in contest – Quarter-finalist 

Niam Itani, M.F.A. Screenwriting 2010
Contest: MAISHA Screenwriting Lab, Zanzibar – May 2010
Category: Short Script
Script: Super.Full.
Final placement: Winner

Festival: Trebas International Student Filmmaking Awards
Category: Best Comedy
Film: Nickelheads (This was a short made at the Hollins Video Production class with Amy Gerber-Stroh)
Final Placement: Winner

Festival: Forster Film Festival (Australia) – 2011
Category: Short Film
Film: Super.Full.
Final Placement: Winner of Special Jury Commend Prize

Festival: Your Film Festival [Google, YouTube, Sir Ridley Scott & Michael Fassbender] – 2012
Category: Short Film
Film: Super.Full.
Final Placement: Finalist – Screened at the Venice Film Festival in Italy (Out of more than 15,000 films submitted to the festival)

Grant: Doha Film Institute Film Grants – 2011
Category: Development, Feature Fiction Screenplay
Script: Shadow of a Man (This was a screenplay written as a Hollins student in 2008.)
Final Placement: Awarded a Development Grant

Grant: Arab Fund for Arts & Culture (AFAC) – 2012
Category: Development, Feature Fiction Screenplay
Script: Shadow of a Man
Final Placement: Awarded a Development Grant

Festival: Lebanese Film Festival, Beirut, Lebanon – 2016
Category: Feature Documentary Film
Film: Twice Upon a Time 
Final Placement: Winner, Best Documentary Award

Apart from those mentioned, Shadow of a Man as a screenplay has been selected for multiple film forums, workshops and meet-ups in the Middle East and in Europe but these were not festivals nor competitions – although the selection is very competitive. These included the Rotterdam Producers Lab, the Cannes European Producers Network, and the Produire au Sud workshop in France, among others.

Jared Gordan, M.F.A. Screenwriting 2010
Three-time quarterfinalist in The Austin Film Festival Screenwriting Competition
Three-time quarterfinalist in Final Draft Screenwriting Competition
Top 10% in Nicholl Fellowship Screenwriting Competition
Rocaberti Writers Scholarship

Nicholas Leitzke, M.F.A. Screenwriting 2015
Semi-finalist in PAGE Screenwriting Competition
Second rounder in Austin Film Festival Screenwriting Competition

Dave DeBorde, M.F.A. Screenwriting 2015
Produced the feature film Old Fashioned. The film grossed $2 million in the United States and is currently available on DVD and many streaming services.

Heidi Willis, current student
Winner of 2016 Screencraft Screenwriting Fellowship
Winner, Atlanta Film Festival Screenwriting Competition
Finalist, Emerging Screenwriters Competition
Finalist, Austin Film Festival Screenwriting Competition

Dan Kelly, M.F.A. Screenwriting 2014
Wrote and produced the feature film, Susie’s Hope. Screened throughout the country and is currently available on DVD and streaming on Amazon Prime.

Anna Fahr, M.F.A. candidate October 2017
Selected from thousands of submissions to participate in the following:
2017 Cineplex Entertainment Film Program Resident at The Canadian Film Centre (Toronto, Canada)
2017 Film Independent Screenwriting Lab (Los Angeles —one of four selected from thousands of applicants)