Empire Screenplay Contest:

WINNERS


FOURTH ANNUAL
Hollywood or Bust: relatively expensive to produce

BELLE CHARLOTTE
by Bill Koch

The headstrong daughter of an abolitionist dons the persona of a Southern belle to aggravate a narcissistic plantation owner. Her misadventures in the pre-Civil War South lead them both to question their strongly held beliefs--and to fall in love.
(romantic comedy)

GENEVA
by Beth Szyperski

The heir to the throne of Callendria refuses to marry until her father dissolves the conditions which will prevent her from ruling the kingdom. In the process, she becomes enmeshed in a dangerous political intrigue and discovers love.
(historical romance)

SCHOOL FOR LOVERS
by Kal Wagenheim

Lorenzo Da Ponte, Mozart's "libertine librettest", tirelessly seeks glory in an 89-year life that starts in Venice. Jew, defrocked Catholic priest, fugitive from justice, brilliant poet, friend to Casanova, bookseller, querulous complainer--he ends up in New York, where he founds the city's first opera house.
(bio-drama)


High Value: relatively inexpensive to produce

LAGUNA MONSTERS
by Larry Newnam

Precocious teenagers set out to make a sexy low-budget monster movie, when an offshore earthquake unleashes a real beach monster and changes everything.
(comedy)

SASHA SAYS
by Daniel Louie

In an isolated corner of the snowy woods, two estranged brothers fight for the affections of a mute girl named Sasha, while eluding the simmering rage of their domineering mother.
(drama)

WHEN HARRY TRIES TO MARRY
by Ralph Stein and Nayan Padrai

A young Indian man seeks to find "arranged" love through the quirky avenue of arranged marriages.
(romantic comedy)



THIRD ANNUAL
Hollywood or Bust

WARLORD (or DUX BELLORUM)
by Kirk Kirkland

Recreating the life of the real King Arthur, a Dark Age warlord battles to free Britain from Saxon invaders, and the betrayals of his own kinsmen.
(historical epic)


High Value

INDIAN COUNTRY
by John D. Brumm

Best friends Danni and Clarisa, having the time of their lives on a back-country river rafting trip, collide with some hard-drinking cops, out to escape their wives and their lives, whose teasing gets a little out of hand. Armed with crossbows and knives, what begins as a race for justice deteriorates into a battle of wills as a bitter man and an angry women succumb to their demons.
(action-thriller)



SECOND ANNUAL
Hollywood or Bust

NEGROES WITH GUNS
by Laura Mola

(drama)


High Value

AN AVERAGE JOE
by John North

(action-comedy)



FIRST ANNUAL
Hollywood or Bust

TONY ALONI
by David Min and Julie Ann Lowery

(comedy)


High Value

MIRROR EDGE
by Chris Rogers

(thriller)



All winners, finalists, and semifinalists from any year may take weekend workshops without charge. See progress being made regarding Contest commitments.