November 16, 2007 (Atlanta, GA) The winners of of
the 2007 Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Competition gathered at
the Margaret Mitchell House November 9-11, 2007, for an intensive
workshop retreat with six industry mentors.
Flown in from around the country, the competition winners were
paired with industry professionals in one-on-one mentoring sessions.
This gave the winning screenwriters the chance to receive detailed
feedback and coverage on their scripts, and practical real world
advice about film production. During the group sessions, the winners
were also able to pick the brains of the mentors about their experiences
working in the film industry.
"I'd take the retreat over a cash prize any day and I can
use the cash," said Steven Brooks from Suwanee, Georgia. "Having
someone who works in the industry read my script and then spend
time giving honest objective feedback was incredible."
Included in the weekend retreat was a public reading of the winning
scripts at the Woodruff Art Center's 14th Street Playhouse on November
10. The evening's readers were selected from IMAGE Film & Video's
Acting Workshop Class taught by actor/director/writer Steve Coulter
(Tyler Perry's House of Payne, Mr. Brooks,
Prison Break). The event was a public opportunity
to hear selected portions of the winning scripts.
"We want the Atlanta Film Festival to be known as a festival
that discovers new talent and introduces that talent to the world,"
said Atlanta Film Festival Director Dan Krovich. "By all accounts
I can confidently say, as just one component of our long term plans,
this weekend accomplished that."
The winners of the 2007 AFF screenplay competition were:
- "Apparition" by Steven Brooks (Suwanee, GA)
- "Molewhackers" by Yarrow Wayman (Tacoma, WA)
- "Pentimenti" by Jennifer Deaton (Los Angeles, CA)
- "The Seventh Daughter" by Bret Wood (College Park,
- "Vera" by Caitlin McCarthy (Worcester, MA)
- "Zeroes and Ones" by Avi Weider (Brooklyn, NY)
Screenplay retreat mentors this year were:
- Traci Carroll, (Writer/Director/Producer) 2005 Nicholl Fellowships
in Screenwriting Semi-Finalist, Creative Director at Warner Brothers
- Joy Lusco Kecken, (Writer/Director/Producer) HBO's The
Wire, NBC's Homicide Life on the Street
- Kent Osborne, (Writer/Actor) Hannah Takes the Stairs,
Dropping Out, Emmy Nominated for Nickelodeon's Spongebob
Squarepants and Camp Lazlo
- Doug Sadler, (Writer/Director) Riders, Swimmers
- Michael Lucker, (Writer) Mulan II, Vampire
- Molly Mayeux, (Producer) Dandelion, Easy