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Announcing the 2016 Grand Prize Screenplay Judge and Finalists

There’s a lot of anticipation building for this year’s festival! One of the things we’re thrilled to announce is the Grand Prize Screenplay Judge for the 2016 New Hampshire Film Festival — please help us in welcoming Bill Phillips!

In this role, Phillips will select the winning scribe for this year’s NHFF Screenplay Competition.


“Bill Phillips has written for most of the major studios, networks and cable companies. He won the Ace Award for Best Screenplay (with John Carpenter) for El Diablo, was nominated for the Edgar Award (with Brian Dennehy) for Shadow of a Doubt, and adapted Peter Maas’ In a Child’s Name, which was nominated for an Emmy as Best Miniseries. He has adapted Stephen King and Caroline Chute and has directed one feature for Paramount (There Goes the Neighborhood), which he wrote. He has been a member of the Writers’ Guild of America since 1980 and has written about fifty screenplays, half of which have been made. His first produced screenplay was Summer Solstice, starring Henry Fonda and Myrna Loy. Lately, he has returned to film production, as head of Northern Lights Productions, out of Vermont.” (Dartmouth College)

And the 2016 Screenplay Competition Finalists are . . .

Please also join us in congratulating each of the writers selected by Phillips as finalists in the 2016 Screenplay Competition:

  • ROSALIE by Adam Whitaker
  • SLAVES TO THE RHYTHM by Terry Connell
  • BEHIND THE PAINTED LINE by Theresa Tierney and Eilen Tierney
  • SERPENTINE by Leslie Davis
  • MODERN PERSECUTION by Jennifer Treacy Cole
  • TINSEL CHILD by Tom Radovich
  • SINKING SUBS by Steve Spremo
  • GHOST TOURS by Kathlene Ennis

Congratulations to each of these talented writers for their powerful and entertaining creations! Stay tuned for our Top 3 Finalist announcement to come.


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