Student and Alumni Screenwriting Awards

Tif Robinette ’10
Current student (projected year of graduation: 2025)

Contest: 2020 Academy Nicholl Fellowships competition
Category: Feature Script
Script: Haint Blue
Final placement in contest: Top 15% of all entries

Contest: Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards
Category: Feature Script
Script: Haint Blue
Final placement in contest: Semifinalist


Alva Moore
Current student

Contest: ScreenCraft Pilot Launch TV Script Contest 2017
Script: The Bridge to Pagan Bay:  Lovin’ Hurts
Final placement in contest: Semifinalist

Contest: ScreenCraft’s 5th Annual Screenwriting Fellowship 2018
Script: The Bridge to Pagan Bay:  Lovin’ Hurts
Final placement in contest: Semifinalist


Gina DeAngelis, M.F.A. Screenwriting 2020
Contest: 2020-2021 Humanitas David and Lynn Angell College Comedy Screenwriting Fellowship
Script: Mia’s Accidentals
Final placement in contest: Finalist

Contest: 2020 ScreenCraft True Story & Public Domain Competition Semifinalists
Category: feature script
Script: Muscle and Bark
Final placement: Semifinalist

Contest: PAGE International Screenwriting Awards
Category: Family
Script: Muscle and Bark
Final Placement: Silver Award Winner (#2 of top 3)

Contest: Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition
Category: Feature script, Drama category
Script: Muscle and Bark
Final Placement: Semifinalist (top 50 of 4,477 entries)

Contest: Table Read My Screenplay (Los Angeles)
Category: feature script
Script: Muscle and Bark
Final Placement: Top 100

Contest: Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards
Category: Short script
Script: BA
Final Placement: Finalist

Contest: Screencraft Screenwriting Fellowship
Category: feature script
Script: Private Thompson’s Secret War
Final Placement: Quarterfinalist


Purnesh Konathala, M.F.A. Screenwriting 2020
Contest: ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship 2017
Category: Feature
Script: Lavender
Final placement in the contest: Quarter-Finalist


Elizabeth Blackmer, M.F.A. Screenwriting 2019
Contest: 2020 New York International Screenplay Awards
Script: Art in Tandem
Final placement in contest: Semi-Finalist

Contest: 2020 Screencraft Screenwriting Fellowship
Script: Art in Tandem
Final placement in contest: Quarter-Finalist

Contest: 2020 Edinburgh Screenwriting Competition
Script: Art in Tandem
Final placement in contest: Semi-Finalist

Contest: Slamdance Screenplay Competition
Script: Art in Tandem
Final placement in contest: Semi-Finalist

Contest: Screencraft Sci-Fi & Fantasy 2019 Screenplay Competition
Script: The Iron Tournament
Final placement in contest: Quarter-Finalist

Contest: Screencraft Family-Friendly 2018 Screenplay Competition
Script: Art in Tandem and The Dragon’s Hoard
Final placement in contest: Quarter-Finalist

Contest: Screencraft Family-Friendly 2017 Screenplay Competition
Script: Art in Tandem
Final placement in contest: Semi-Finalist


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, M.F.A. Screenwriting 2019
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

Contest: WeScreenplay
Category: Feature – all
Script: The Last Good Man
Final placement in contest: Semifinalist
Year: 2020

Contest: Austin Film Festival
Category: Feature – Drama
Script: The Last Good Man
Final placement in contest: Second Rounder
Year: 2018

Contest: ScreenCraft
Category: Feature – Horror
Script: The Last Good Man
Final placement in contest: Quarterfinalist
Year: 2018

Contest: 11th Annual StoryPros Awards Screenplay Contest
Category: Sci-Fi / Fantasy / Horror
Script: The Last Good Man
Final placement in contest: Semifinalist
Year: 2018


Cameron Posey
Current student (projected graduation year: 2021)
Graduation Year: 2021

Contest: Writing for Television competition 2019, The Film Empire
Category: Adventure
Script: Scribe Wielders
Final Placement: Semifinalist


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
Finalist


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

Contest – ScreenCraft
Category – Family
Script – Moonbeam Junior
Final placement in contest – 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
2016 4th Annual Screencraft Screenwriting Fellowship: Quarterfinalist for Reverb
2016 Austin Film Festival: Second Round for Reverb
2017 Virginia Screenwriting Competition: Finalist for Reverb
2017 Screencraft Sci-Fi/Fantasy Screenplay Contest: Quarterfinalist for Heavenstar
2017 PAGE International Screenwriting Awards: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Quarterfinalist for Heavenstar
2017 PAGE International Screenwriting Awards: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Semifinalist for Tranquility
2017 Screencraft Pilot Launch TV Script Contest: Semifinalist for Companion
2018 5th Annual Screencraft Screenwriting Fellowship: Quarterfinalist for Companion
2018 5th Annual Screencraft Screenwriting Fellowship: Quarterfinalist for Tranquility
2018 Screencraft Sci/Fantasy Screenplay Contest: Quarterfinalist for Tranquility


Tyler Gallimore, M.F.A. Screenwriting 2014
Contest: 2016 Blue Cat Screenwriting Contest
Script: Like A Rock
Final placement in contest: Quarter Finalist

Contest: 2016 Final Draft Big Break Screenplay Contest
Script: Like A Rock
Final placement in contest: Semi Finalist

Contest: 2017 Screencraft Family Screenplay Contest
Script: Like A Rock
Final placement in contest: Quarter Finalist


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. Screenwriting 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)