TSA contest success stories

2022 Success Stories

ELVIS WILSON‘s dramedy script “Sink Swim” has advanced to the quarterfinals in the Atlanta Film Festival’s Screenplay Competition.

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Mister Pickwick

Congratulations to the TSA’s IRISH JOHNSTON (writer/producer) and ELVIS WILSON (director/editor) whose short film “Mister Pickwick” won Best Horror Film at the Short and Sweet Film Festival in Price, Utah.

The seven-minute flick unravels when the uncle of a young niece resorts to telling her the ghost story of Mister Pickwick to scare her into going to bed. But strange sounds on deck lure the niece  into the dark night where she mysteriously vanishes, perhaps lending some truth to the ghost story.

The film stars Andrew McGinnis and Hannah Ciubotaru.

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Congratulations to TSA President JEFFREY CHASE whose script, “The Penetration Expert”, has been named a quarterfinalist in the ISA Action/Adventure Genre Busting Screenplay Competition! 

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Congrats to MELISSA SHERIDAN! Her animated script “The Adventures of Sock Man and The Lost World” was picked as a semi-finalist in the 2022 Nashville Family Film Festival.

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G. ROBERT FRAZIER‘s TV comedy pilot “Bill Fisher’s Trading Post” has advanced to the semifinals of the ScreenCraft Family Screenplay Competition. It is one of 33 scripts still in the hunt for the top prize. The same script also finished as a quarterfinalist in the Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards for its Fall 2021 contest. His short script “Skin” is a quarterfinalist in the Filmmatic Horror Screenplay Awards – Season Six.

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UPDATE: 2021 Success Stories

Several Tennessee Screenwriting Association members saw more contest success in 2021. 

Congrats to MELISSA SHERIDAN! Her musical script “Finding Christmas” was selected as a finalist and her animated script “The Adventures of Sock Man and The Lost World” was picked as an award winner in the Beyond Entertainment Family Film Festival. Her script “Back to Christmas” has been named an official selection of the 2022 Austin Revolution Film Festival.

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ELVIS WILSON‘s feature script “Driving Top Down” was a finalist in the 2021 Vail Film Festival screenwriting contest.

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“Skin,” a short horror script from G. ROBERT FRAZIER, was a semifinalist in the 2021 Nashville Film Festival screenwriting contest in the shorts category. An earlier version of the script was a quarterfinalist in the 2021 Killer Shorts Screenwriting Contest.

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JAY WRIGHT‘s short script “Exam” was a top ten finalist in the Writer Duet 48-Hour Summer Throwdown.

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G. ROBERT FRAZIER and JAY WRIGHT‘s “Kings of Mississippi” also placed as a quarterfinalist in the Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards for its summer 2021 season.

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TSA President JEFFREY ALAN CHASE was a quarterfinalist with his script “Phone Man” in Stage 32’s TV Drama Writing Contest. The same script was also a quarterfinalist in the Emerging Screenwriters Genre Screenplay Competition. His script, “The Penetration Expert,” advanced to the semifinals of the Austin Table Read My Screenplay Contest. His script “Little Old Ladies” was named a quarterfinalist in the Screencraft Horror Competition.

MARK BROWN‘s TV pilot script “Redneck Army” and TOM WOOD’s script, “Sunday in Shanghai,” both advanced to the Second Round of the 2021 Austin Film Festival screenwriting contest. Mark’s script “Feeling Gravity’s Pull” was also a quarterfinalist in the Nicholl Fellowship contest and is a second rounder in Launch Pad’s Feature Competition.

2020 Contest Results

Tennessee Screenwriting Association members placed in several contests in 2020. Check out these awesome success stories:

JEFFREY CHASE‘s feature script, “The Penetration Expert,” advanced to the quarterfinals round of the 2020 Nashville Film Fest in the Genre Feature category. The script — along with a second, “Phone Man,” — also placed in the top 100 of the Table Read My Screenplay Contest.

PAULA PHELPS WEAVER‘s feature script “The Lion in Winter County” advanced to the quarterfinals round of the Nashville Film Fest in the Tennessee Writers category.

G ROBERT FRAZIER‘s comedy pilot, “Bill Fisher’s Trading Post,”  advanced to the semifinals round of the 2020 Nashville Film Fest in the Tennessee Writers category.

JAY WRIGHT‘s short horror script, “The Siren,” advanced to the semifinals round of the 2020 Nashville Film Fest in the Tennessee Writers category

MARK NACCARATO‘s drama pilot, “The Exodusters,” was a finalist in the 2020 Nashville Film Fest in the Tennessee Writers category. The script is also a quarterfinalist in the ScreenCraft TV Pilot Contest.

IRISH JOHNSTON‘s short script, “Seismic Attraction,” advanced to the semifinals round of the 2020 Nashville Film Fest in the Shorts category

“Kings of Mississippi” by JAY WRIGHT & G ROBERT FRAZIER  advanced to the semifinals round of The Script Lab screenwriting competition, making it one of the top 300 scripts out of almost 13,400 entries.

TOM WOOD’s screenplay, “A Night on the Town,”  co-written by Michael J. Tucker, advanced to the semifinals of the Southeastern International Film Festival. The script was a finalist in the Peachtree Village International Film Festival. Tom’s script, “Death Takes a Holliday,” is a semifinalist in the WeScreenplay Shorts Contest.

PATRICIA SMITH‘s feature, “I Was Beautiful,” advanced to the quarterfinals in ScreenCraft’s Drama Competition.

Congrats to all our writers on their accomplishments. Did we miss yours? Email us at tennscreen@gmail.com!

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