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The 2017 NHFF Winning Screenplay Is…

The winner of the 2017 New Hampshire Film Festival Screenplay Competition is….

YUBA CITY by Gursimran Sandhu!


Following the accidental death of her parents, a teenaged Indian American girl and her younger brother are forced to live with conservative Sikh relatives in rural California. But when her brother mysteriously disappears, she must confront the forces of an insular society that refuses to bend.

About Gursimran Sandhu

Sandhu is an award-winning writer-director who currently works as a Staff Writer on GAME OF THRONES. Her short film HOMECOMING screened in over 45 festivals, including the 2011 New Hampshire Film Festival, and was a finalist for the Director’s Guild of America Student Award. Her personal essay “When My Indian Mom Divorced My Dad, She Became an Outcast. It Also Saved Her Life” went viral on the Huffington Post. Having spent time at LAW & ORDER, Warner Bros., Black Entertainment Television, Universal Pictures, and Cartoon Network Studios, Gursimran is currently based in Northern Ireland, prepping Season 8 of GAME OF THRONES.

Congratulations to this year’s winner for this achievement.

We’d also like to extend a huge thank you to this year’s screenplay judge, Martie Cook.

Cook is a Professor and associate Chair of the Department of Visual & Media Arts at Emerson College. She has more than three decades of experience as a respected writer and producer of television and film. She has worked for ABC, NBC, CBS, and PBS as well as for Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox, Columbia Pictures, and Universal Studios.

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