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Finalists in the LONDON 2017, New Renaissance Screenwriting Competition

A big thank you to all the screenwriters who entered the LONDON 2017 Screenwriting Competition. Below are the results of the finalists who will be invited to attend the festival. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony, on 20 August.

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FEATURE SCREENPLAY FINALISTS

Christopher Marlowe

Feature Screenplay • Drama, Thriller, War, History, Biography 

Francis Hamit 

COUNTRY  U S A

The poet, playwright and spy lives in two worlds at a time when politics was religion and vice-versa. He is a brilliant playwright and an effective spy but his intemperate ways and desire for power as well as fame combined with a free thinking pose of atheism eventually lead to his death at the hands of his fellow agents at the order of Queen Elizabeth herself. Timeline is from 1585-1593 and includes real events such as the Babington Plot, The execution of Mary, Queen of Scots, and the sailing of the Spanish Armada. Characters based upon real personalities of the time, and extensive research.

Henry the Ninth

Feature Screenplay • Drama, Action, History

Nick Boocock

COUNTRY UK

A debt-ridden builder, about to lose his home, discovers he is descended from Henry VIII’s illegitimate offspring. Barricading himself into a former Tudor palace, he challenges crown and country for ownership of his ancestral pile.

Roadtrippers

Feature Screenplay • Comedy, Drama

Rebecca de Fargues

COUNTRY UK

Things get out of control when four downhearted taxidermists go on a roadtrip to try convince themselves they’re masters of their own destiny and not dead yet.  

The Thursday Whaler

Feature Screenplay • Drama, Action, History

Damien Mulvany

COUNTRY U S A

A young sailor’s passion for the sea drives him to become an Australian naval officer, but tragedy strikes resulting in a court martial and a government scandal.

Harm for the Holidays

Feature Screenplay • Comedy, Drama

Jonathan LaPoma

COUNTRY U S A

After his younger brother attempts suicide a few weeks before Christmas, an asshole with a heart of gold moves back in with his dysfunctional family to help his brother, only to find his brother helps him.

Z and V

Feature Screenplay • Thriller, Mystery

Dean Straffon

COUNTRY UK

Two children investigate when a strange man moves in upstairs.

 

SHORT SCREENPLAY FINALISTS

Dance Yourself Free

15 Minute Screenplay • Musical, Drama

Patrick Bosset 

COUNTRY GERMANY

In the last days of the GDR, the dashing East Berliner DANI, comrade and professional swimmer, questions her convictions after she’s been exposed to the infectious (if illicit) sound of Acid House music. Torn between her socialist upbringing and the political shift in her environment, she eventually dances up the courage to face her newfound freedom.

The Last Karaoke

15 Minute Screenplay • Romance, Drama

Thomas Simon

COUNTRY FRANCE

An elderly widower looks to connect one last time with the love of his life, and inspires a new love in the process.

Sandley

15 Minute Screenplay • Drama

Jonathan LaPoma

COUNTRY U S A

A first-year teacher in an at-risk Los Angeles middle school finds the inspiration to confront his bullies through his interactions with a lovable, but equally teased student.

Laserbeam

15 Minute Screenplay • Drama, Family

Shaun Kobrak  

COUNTRY UK

Seeing his brother trapped in a confrontation with local bullies, an intrepid 6-year-old uses mirrors, walkie talkies and his own special kind of love to help his family through the toughest summer of their lives on a London Council estate.

Late Night Quiet

15 Minute Screenplay • Drama, Family

Dan Levey

COUNTRY UK

When singer Jess Anders meets her rock idol, Ed Mahone, her life looks set to change forever. But Jess has a secret that could end her dreams before they begin.

The Yawn

3 Minute Screenplay • Drama, Action

Eoin Kavanagh

COUNTRY UK

In the purgatorial surrounds of a waiting room, a contagious yawn cuts its way through a group of strangers leaving a trail of destruction in its wake… and leads to a shocking discovery.

 

YOUNG TALENT SCREENPLAY FINALISTS

The Favor & Sidewalk Safari

Young Talent Screenplay • 

Jack Fossett

COUNTRY UK