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New Hampshire Film Festival Announces an Eleventh Finalist to the 2011 Screenwriting Competition

Submitted by NHFF Screenplay Competition Director Dana Biscotti Myskowski

Following a last-hour extension to the submission deadline for the New Hampshire Film Festival entries, an eleventh finalist has emerged from the late submissions. For her submission of “Fin Chaser,” Screenwriter Maria Cozzi joins the other ten finalists previously announced.

Congratulations to the following Top Ten Eleven Finalists of this year’s NHFF Screenplay Competition:

Sean Armstrong “A Country of Strangers”

Alyssa Rallo Bennett “Dean James”

Maria Cozzi “Fin Chaser”

Beth & Gary Hoover “The Little Death”

Barry Leach “Saving Sergei”

Kenneth Lemm “”Reunions and Other Lies”

Kevin O’Malley “Bananafish Sandwich”

Lisa Orkin “Sex, Drugs, & Minivans”

Deirdre Patterson “Auntie”

Patrick Penta “Flash Voltner”

Elle Ramsay “Instant Message”

The top three screenplays will advance to the final round where they will be read and scored by our featured guest judge Buzz McLaughlin of Either/Or Films, who will determine the Grand Prize Winner of this year’s competition.

An award-winning playwright, screenwriter, and published author, Buzz works with writers to help hone their craft. He and his business partner are in development on several films, and have recently launched the Either/Or Script Development Lab, which features stage readings of plays and screenplays at the Starving Artist studio in Keene, NH. Buzz can be found at his website and on his blog.

This year’s New Hampshire Film Festival in Portsmouth, NH runs October 13-16. It features top independent films from around the globe; informative, entertaining and helpful panel discussions, and fabulous opportunities to network and connect with fellow filmmakers and film aficionados. Please visit for complete information about this year’s festival.


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