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2022 Screenplay Competition

2022 was another great year for the New Hampshire Film Festival’s Screenplay Competition which continues to grow in both quantity and quality each year. Our submissions featured some especially competitive material this year, making the process difficult for our committee. Star Island will once again host the winner of the 2022 NHFF Best Screenplay Award for a one-week residency at the Star Island Family Retreat and Conference Center. The prize package includes room, board, lobster dinner, and more – for two guests.

Congratulations to our winner:


Written by Danny Latrenta & Eric Hanson

A young Steven Spielberg, charged with a major blockbuster, attempts to salvage both the film and his sanity as the production spirals into chaos.

Congratulations to our finalists:

Beggar’s Bay

Written by Peter Richard Christensen

A remote and squalid town in a state of constant fear and isolation serves as the home to many sorts, some with the potential to make true change, and others who’ve fallen victim to their environment. A destitute and debt-ridden sailor driven by pure ego to start his own fishing business is quickly thrust into action after his boat is set ablaze in the middle of the night, by whom we do not know. Forced to settle his debt and create a new future from scratch, he and a child named Ricky, also pressed by the same issue, sign a week-long contract to collect product out at sea, with only the clothes on their backs, and the resolve to see it through. All of this goes according to plan, for those in the shadows who want it to.

Winter Bird

Written by Stephen Delos Treacy

Winter Bird hinges on a subconscious connection between two Alaskans. One a former physician, now Rare Book Room Librarian, who helped his beloved wife commit suicide a few years ago. The other, a subarctic entity, who was brutally murdered while pregnant 100 years before. The librarian becomes intrigued by the amber-eyed blonde who is hell-bent on obtaining a rare set of herb books to heal her foundling infant. Based on indigenous legend, this mythical shape-shifter still haunts the desolate woods near Anchorage, sometimes as a snowy owl, in an effort to share the full horror of her origin. Seemingly interested in the librarian, she vanishes abruptly.

About Star Island

Star Island is one of the nine Isles of Shoals located seven miles off the coast of New Hampshire and Maine. From mid-June through mid-September, all are welcome to explore the island for a day, enjoy a meal, spend the night, or attend a conference. For the last 100 years, Star Island has offered an all-inclusive summer camp experience for families and hosted a wide variety of themed weeks and personal retreats. Star is owned and operated by the nonprofit Star Island Corporation. Whether you find yourself mesmerized by the sunset in a rocking chair on the porch, exploring Gosport Harbor in a kayak, or learning about innovative environmental programs, Star Island is unforgettable.