Each year, the festival will explore a new theme and focus on some of the behind-the-scenes aspects of the filmmaking process. The theme for 2019 is “Heroes.” The screenwriting competition, also for short films, is based on the same theme and will explore the foundational aspect of filmmaking – the script. A focus of this new four-day event is to bring the community together to experience the best films they’ve never seen and experience one of the foundational aspects of filmmaking – the screenplay.
Official Screenplay Selections
CONGRATULATIONS TO TIMOTHY MCDEVITT FOR BEING SELECTED THE WALTER HINES PAGE SCREENPLAY AWARD WINNER FOR OUR FIRST FESTIVAL in 2018!
TRANSPLANT – Writer: Timothy McDevitt
A Philly sports fanatic with strong connections to his South Jersey hometown has trouble accepting that his relocation to North Carolina may be more than temporary. As his young son becomes “too southern”, he takes him back “home” to reconnect to his Jersey roots, but he soon learns that home is defined not by where you live, but by who you live with.
2018 SCREENPLAY FINALISTS
HURDLES – Writer: Tina Shakiyah
A teenage track star is diagnosed with a chronic illness that challenges her to jump a new type of hurdle.
NOTHING IN DURHAM – Writer: Thomas Buhrman
Twenty years ago a guitarist left his musical family, which was the premiere French Goth band of Durham, North Carolina. The group could not function without him, so they disbanded and drifted into absurd lives: an artist who makes unusable tools, a lifestyle mime, and the owner of a conceptual hotel. The guitarist hoped things would be better for him elsewhere, but they weren’t. Now the guitarist returns to Durham to look for his family, and things have changed dramatically. During his search he meets a taxi driver who doesn’t drive, mimes, hipsters, a junk librarian, and other creatives on the fringes of the community. Things don’t go as expected.
The winning script also wins a table read at the Festival on Saturday, June 16. The table read will be hosted by the Cary Playwrights Forum.
Prizes are provided by InkTip, where producers go for scripts and writers. Winners of the Walter Hines Page Screenplay Award will receive an InkTip Script Listing to promote themselves and their scripts to InkTip’s entire network of producers, managers, and agents.
Companies who are InkTip members include: ABC, Anonymous Content, APA, CBS Films, HBO Films, ICM, Paradigm, Paramount Pictures, Hallmark Channel, FX, Universal, WME, Echo Lake, Zero Gravity, Bad Robot, 20th Century Fox, and many more. Producers have made more than 350 films from scripts and writers found through InkTip.