NOTES: TSA holiday party, December challenges, contest dates announced

Join us for our annual Tennessee Screenwriting Association holiday party from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Dec. 8 at TSA member David Deverell’s house, 1418 Huffine St., Nashville. There is ample parking on the either shoulder of the street. See you there!

Nashville Women in Film & Television will also hold their holiday bash from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Dec. 8. Their party will be held at Nashville Film Institute, 191 Polk Ave, in Nashville. Admission is a $5 donation.

Don’t forget the TSA’s short screenplay holiday challenge coming to the Dec. 12 meeting at Watkins. Write a short screenplay up to five pages with a holiday theme and bring copies to be read. We’ll have holiday treats!

Entries for the 2019 Page International Screenwriting Awards are now being accepted. Page is considered one of the top screenwriting contests to submit to with a $25,000 grand prize.

Competitions in all categories for the 26th Annual Austin Film Festival open Dec. 5. Austin’s screenwriting competition is often cited as one of the top five screenwriting competitions, so sharpen up those scripts and submit. Also, if you entered this past year’s competition, look for feedback from your reader coming in the next week.

To celebrate National Screenwriters Day on Jan. 5, the folks over at Thirty Day Screenplay have issued a challenge to write a screenplay in a month. There’s no entry fee and no pressure, just a supportive community to help you see your screenplay from Fade In to Fade Out. Check out their site for more information.

ScreenwritingU Magazine has thrown down the gauntlet to read a screenplay a day leading up to National Screenwriters Day on Jan. 5. Reading screenplays is one of the best ways to learn how to write screenplays, so give it a shot. Follow Screenwriting Magazine on Twitter @WritingMag or Facebook for more info.

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Celebrate the holidays with TSA script challenge

Our Halloween horror short script contest went so well, we’ve decided to have a Holiday Short Script challenge. Write a five-page or less family-themed script to celebrate the holidays. Scripts can be funny (think “Vacation”), dramatic, action-oriented (Is “Diehard” a Christmas movie?), or anything your imagination can come up with. The important thing is to write and to have fun. Bring copies of your script to our Dec. 12 meeting at Watkins where we’ll read them aloud. See you there!

NOTE: TSA meetings open to all. Contest open to paid TSA members only. Update your membership here.

TSA members’ scripts, films earn notice

Several TSA members have recently received recognition for their works on page and on the screen:

  • Elvis Wilson’s screenplay, Strawberry Plains, made the list of semi-finalists in the drama feature category for the Austin Film Festival screenwriting contest, while his comedy script, Strike and Spare, is a finalist in National Lampoon and Stage 32’s Search for Comedy Writing Gold contest.
  • The Odds, written and directed by Bob Giordano, was the closing night film for the Raindance Film Festival in London. Look for an interview with Giordano on this site coming soon.
  • Blind-Sighted, a short film directed by Dustin Alexander III and written by Alexander and G. Robert Frazier, has been named an official selection of the Franklin International Independent Film Festival. The film will be shown with five other shorts beginning at noon Nov. 2 at Academy Park Performing Arts Center, 120 Everbright Ave., in downtown Franklin.
  • Pinked, starring Donnie Clark, has made its way to three film festivals this year: the NC Black Film Festival, the Videoscream International Film Festival in Portland, Ore., and the International Black Film Festival, which had its run recently at Watkins College of Design, Art & Film.

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Giordano beats ‘The Odds’; wins closing night spot at Raindance

Bob Giordano

Tennessee Screenwriting Association member Bob Giordano’s film debut, The Odds, has landed the coveted closing night spot on Oct. 7 at the prestigious Raindance Film Festival. A psychological game of cat and mouse between captor and captive, the film previously won Best Horror Feature Film at the New York City International Film Festival and Graveyard Shift Audience Choice Award at the Nashville Film Festival. Giordano, who also wrote the screenplay, won Best Suspense Feature Screenplay in the Poe Contest. Actor James J. Fuertes was named Best Actor at North Hollywood Cinefest.

Watch for an exclusive interview with Giordano coming to this page soon.