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Nashville Film Festival Announces Screenwriting Competition Winners

The Nashville film Festival is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Screenwriting Competition.  The competition garnered more than 1,350 submissions from all over the world.  Finalists and semi-finalists won all-festival passes to attend the festival, network with filmmakers and industry, and attend educational panels and presentations.
 
“I was especially pleased to see that our panels were sold out,” said Debra Pinger, director of the competition.  “It shows how passionate writers are about developing their craft. With screenwriters from Ireland, Russia and China in attendance, as well as student and professional screenwriters, we are proud that Nashville is attracting quality scripts and talented writers.  The script, after all, is the foundation of every film.”
 
OVERALL WINNER
Brian MacEvilly
 
FEATURE
 
Drama
Winner: Oil and Water – Alfred Catalfo & Morgan Dudley
Runner-up: Independence Pass – Brian MacEvilly
 
Comedy
Winner: The Full Irish – Brian MacEvilly
Runner-up: My Bad Day in Hell – Eric Carlson
 
Music-Inspired
Winner: Blind Boone – Moss Hall & Max Morath
Runner-up: Chris Gaines Saves the World – Donald Driscoll
 
Sci-Fi
Winner: No Man’s Land – Michelle Davidson & Jeffrey Field
Runner-up: Eden – Jessica Chou
 
Inspirational
Winner: Heart Stringz – Barbara Ashdown
Runner-up: In-Between – Sandra Smith
 
Animated
Winner: My Monster Burrufu – Alberto Corral
Runner-up: The Mythfitz – Nicholas Julius
 
Historical
Winner: Kid Convict – Julie Umbreit
Runner-up: Samson – Shawn Hoffman
 
Family
Winner: Eleven Days – Jaginder Singh
Runner-up: Darby Petty and the Lost Treasure – DC Sayre
 
Action/Adventure
Winner: The Third Bomb – Phillip Parker
Runner-up: Guns and Grace – Odin Ozdil
 
Thriller/Horror
Winner: A Texas Story – David Martin-Porras & Julia Fontana
Runner-up: Bad Blood – Billie Bates
 
Tennessee
Winner: The Last Drop – A.D. Smith
Runner-up: Sink Swim – Elvis Wilson
 
TELEPLAY
 
Drama
Winner: Long Lost – Deanna Shumaker
Runner-up: Limbo – Jessica Chou
 
Comedy
Winner: Star Pupils – Tom Ruprecht
Runner-up: The Knot – Adam Rosenbaum
 
SHORTS
 
Drama
Winner: Illuminate – Robert Pawloski
Runner-up: Which Spoke of Freedom – Aria Marrogi & Chris Germiller
 
Comedy
Winner: U Got Tagged – Andrew Roxby
Runner-up: That Other Crazy Thing You Do – Michelle Leibel
 
Genre
Winner: Lumen 18 – Darren Tibbits
Runner-up:  Guest – Charles Dillon Ward
 
Family Friendly
Winner: Wiindigoo the Cannibal – Michael O’Rourke & Winona LaDuke
Runner-up: The Home of Rock – Brian MacEvilly
 
Tennessee
Winner: The Incident at Broadway and Grand – Francis Wolff
Runner-up: The Ice Road – Taylor Albertson
 
Young Screenwriter
Winner: The Pride Club – Kirill Dyshlovoy
Runner-up: The Favor – Jack Fossett
 
Nashville Film Festival (NaFF), April 16 – 25, 2015, presented by Nissan North America, brings the world to Nashville in a 10-day celebration of film. NaFF honors the diversity of the human vision by curating varied program segments and partnering with nearly 100 community organizations. Founded in 1969 by Mary Jane Coleman, it is one of the oldest film festivals in the U.S.  Each year NaFF attracts hundreds of filmmakers, actors, screenwriters, musicians, industry insiders, world media and over 40,000 film fans to celebrate with over 250 films from over 50 countries. A team of 500 volunteers make NaFF happen. As an Academy Award Qualifying Event, NaFF garners notice from the Associated Press, The New York Times, The Wall Street JournalMovieMaker Magazine, IndieWire, Variety, Billboard, New York and Script Magazine.