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Finalists

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First Place Winner - Lorelei Armstrong

GHOSTCATCHER — Supernatural Thriller
Logline: A thirteen year old girl must learn to catch ghosts to save her family from an ancient curse.
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Second Place Winner - Damilola Olorunnisola and Gaba Ado

PIANO IN THE DARK — Drama / Suspense
Logline: This family saga chronicles the lives of three siblings- Daniel Parish, a blind pianist, struggling to accept the fate of his dark genius; Sara, the
unflinching rock, relentless in her battle to save Daniel from himself without sacrificing her grip on his love; and Nathan, the brother, whose consumptive obsession with Sara and loathe of Daniel threatens not only to destroy him, but indeed everyone and everything he’s ever loved.
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Third Place Winner - Richard Severy

DIRTY GIRLS — Comedy
Logline: Female mechanics spark gender war.
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Fourth Place Winner - LeeAnna Neumeyer

BACKPACK — Drama
Logline: A troubled yet bright 19-year old girl surviving as a drug dealer in Manhattan seeks knowledge by sneaking into classes at Columbia University. Catching the eye of a disillusioned professor, a unique friendship soon develops that leads her to choose the life she has, or the better one that awaits her.

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Fifth Place Winner - Steve Warren

FACING THE BEAR Drama
Logline: Before KNOX STEWARD can resolve his estrangement from his own teen-aged son, he must resolve a similar estrangement from his own father who has been missing-in-action for thirty-eight years.

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Sixth Place Winner - Howard Rothschild

FORTY LOVE — Comedy
Logline: Touched by magic a father chases his dream.
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Seventh Place Winner - Daniel C. Mallery

TARA — Supernatural Thriller
Logline: A respected psychiatrist. A dangerous new drug. And a profoundly schizophrenic patient named Tara. Dr. Jack Temple never believed in the supernatural. He does now.

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Eighth Place Winner - H. Woods McLaughlin

DRAGON CHILD — Fantasy Adventure
Logline: An outcast girl protects a baby dragon and thereby saves her village. 

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Ninth Place Winner - Jud Richards

THE ROOKIE CHRONICLES — Comedy / Drama
Logline: The Rookie Chronicles is a true story of the rise and fall of a highly ranked junior hockey player’s rookie experience. Unlike the traditional sports movie that depicts the climb from despair to victory, The Rookie Chronicles is the first film to truly portray the harsh reality of amateur and professional sports. The viewer is brought into a world of disturbing initiations, sex and politics in a year that snuffed a young man’s NHL career. 

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Tenth Place Winner - Nick Diaz

THE AWAKENING — Supernatural Thriller
Logline: Five graduate students experiment with past-life regression, but soon realize that their present lives are slowly and secretly being taken over by their past characters, including one, who’s a murderer.

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Eleventh Place Winner - Adam Dooley and Paul Dooley

THE SUMMER MY BROTHER LEFT HOME — Drama / Coming of Age
Logline: Against the backdrop of a glorious West Virginia summer, 1942, young Dale Fisher searches to find someone he can depend on -- and struggles to cope with a series of family secrets, both past and present.
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Semifinalists

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Constance Kopriva

DIMINISHING RETURNS — Romance
Logline: Thelma and Louise go to Vegas, meet An Affair to Remember, and go from petty theft to a federal crime.

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Joe Nowlin and Patrick Y. Malone

ROAD TO ANYWHERE — Drama
Logline: A 15 year old African American kid, Ryan, and his white mother escape their situation in D.C., to find themselves in Oregon- strangers in a new land. An unlikely ‘mentor’ comes into Ryan’s life, showing him that there are more choices than jail. But for someone who doesn’t trust anybody, Ryan is going to take convincing... 

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Kathy Coudle King

SHRIMP PO'BOY — Family Drama
Logline: This Louisiana gumbo involves a boy and the magic of a make-believe rocket that helps him transcend the dysfunction of family life and believe that anything is possible.

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Andrea Bailey

FALLING OVER VENUS — Drama / Coming of Age
Logline: It's 1975 and fourteen year-old SARA is having one life altering year. Juggling a domineering father, a mom on the brink of insanity, a rebellious new set of friends, and a handsome flirtatious teacher, Sara tries to carve out an identity amidst the chaos that is adolescence.
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Janet Stilson

JAGUAR TRAIL — Suspense / Mystery
Logline: Written in the spirit of BODY HEAT and THE GRIFTERS. In it, a washed-up journalist travels to the jungles of Costa Rica to track down a seductive swindler who has ruined his life. He meets a second, highly alluring woman who may either be aiding him in his quest, or destroying him completely. He must discover who is responsible for a series of gruesome murders. Rain forest visuals, often as beautiful as they are deadly, add to the mood of deception and paranoia.
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Craig Good

DESERT HIGHWAY — Drama
Logline: A woman picks up a mysterious hitchhiker, who takes her life in an unexpected direction.
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Gregory A. Lewis

CHASING THE CARROT — Drama
LoglineAfter a twister destroys his family's home, a Midwest college baseball star travels to Los Angeles in hope of turning pro.
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Ernst Aebi

ARAWAN Action Adventure / based on a true story
Logline: AAn accident in the Sahara leads to a ruthless adventurer's catharsis where he helps starving slaves to fend for themselves.

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Winchel Aubourg

MAHOGANY ICE — Urban Drama
Logline: When a young hustler befriends a wise African in prison, a student-mentor relationship develops, and this young hustler is afforded a rare opportunity that could allow him to rise above the streets. However, "leaving the life" is never a simple task. 
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