NHFF Screenplay Competition Announces 2013 Grand Prize Package and Industry Judge
New Hampshire Film Festival 2013 Screenplay Competition Returns with Stellar Grand Prize Package: A Writer’s Residency at the Fabulous Star Island Retreat Center
Grand Prize Judge—Playwright, TV Writer, and Author Susan Kim—to Select this Year’s Winning Scribe
Once again the New Hampshire Film Festival (NHFF) Screenplay Competition, is partnering with Star Island Corporation, and offering the Grand Prize Winning Writer a Two-Week Screenwriter’s Residency on Star Island, located in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of New Hampshire, including accommodations for two guests in the same room, meals, ferry transportation aboard the M/V Thomas Laighton to and from the island (via Portsmouth, NH), internet access, and two lobster dinners for two, to be enjoyed during the Summer 2014. The Prize Package is valued at $3,660.
Entry is easy via WithoutABox (WAB). Early Deadline is June 5; Official Deadline is July 5; and the Late Deadline is July 15 (or the Extended Deadline of July 30 for WAB members). Please note that the late and extended deadlines for the Screenplay Competition differ from that of film submission deadlines (Late Deadline: Aug. 5, Extended Deadline: Aug 15)
Choosing the Top Scribe this year is Susan Kim, playwright, TV writer, and author, who has written and produced documentaries for PBS, National Geographic, HBO, and AMC. Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust, which she wrote and co-produced, was an official selection of the Tribeca Film Festival and won special jury and audience awards at the Hamptons and Fort Lauderdale international film festivals. She also won the Writers Guild of America award for the PBS documentary about feminism in the 1950s, Paving the Way.
Susan has written for more than three dozen children’s TV series, including Wonder Pets!, Arthur, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, and Speed Racer, and has been nominated for the Emmy four times and the Writers Guild award five times. She won a Writers Guild award in 1993 for PBS’ Square One TV.
She wrote two graphic novels with Laurence Klavan, City of Spies and Brain Camp, which have received numerous awards from the American Library Association, Junior Library Guild, Scripps Howard News Service, and others. With Klavan, she is currently writing a 3-part young adult series called Wasteland for HarperTeen, a subsidiary of HarperCollins.
Plays include the stage adaptation of Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club and numerous one-acts; her work has been produced around the country and internationally. She lives in New York City and teaches dramatic writing at NYU and in the MFA program at Goddard College.
In promotion of this year’s competition NHFF has launched a separate twitter account @NHFFscripts to keep submitters and followers connected, and informed throughout the submission process.