Contests: Screenplays 2017

Congratulations to the winner and finalists of the Fifteenth Annual American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest! From more than 1600 entries received, Judge Francis Coppola and the Zoetrope staff have selected a winning script. The winner and the top nine finalists are listed below, as are the semi- and quarter-finalists.

The winner of the contest will receive the grand prize of $5,000.

The winner and top nine finalists will be considered for representation by William Morris Endeavor, CAA, The Gersh Agency, Exile Entertainment, ICM, Oasis Media, UTA, The Radmin Company, Prolific Entertainment, Energy Entertainment, and Dontanville/Frattaroli. Their scripts will be considered for film option and development by leading production companies, including: American Zoetrope, Samuel Goldwyn Films, Fox Searchlight, Sony Pictures Classics, IFC Entertainment, Paramount Classics, Verisimilitude, Lionsgate, Icon Pictures, Lleju Productions and Films, Second and 10th, Working Title, Dimension Films, Frelaine, Michael London Productions, Hope for Film, Kulture Machine, Number 9 Films, Folo Films, Pretty Pictures, Roserock Films, Benderspink, Astrakan Films, Industry Entertainment, Anonymous Content, Jim Wedaa Productions, Robert Evans Company, Fortis Films, Jean Doumanian Productions, Agape Media International, FX, and Ziskin Productions.

Thanks to all who entered. We are grateful for the opportunity to read your work.

Our next contest will open in Summer 2018; check back at this website for details in May 2018.

Grand Prize Winner

Caroline's Wedding
by Easmanie Michel, France-Luce Benson, and Darcy Miller
New York, NY


Anh Sang
by Barry Brennessel
Silver Spring, MD
The Violinist's Daughter
by Shelly Drancik
Chicago, IL
The Field
by Sally Fowler
Brooklyn, NY
Post No Bills
by Robin Hays
North Vancouver, Canada
Aurora Falls (Pilot)
by Kadyn Michaels
Los Angeles, CA
by Heidi Scott
Hyattsville, MD
Other People
by Meedo Taha
Beirut, Lebanon
Ascension (Pilot)
by Jordan Trippeer
Los Angeles, CA
Hope Street
by Ali Zahiri, Amisha Patel
Santa Monica, CA


Daisy (Pilot)
by Ian Baaske
Chicago, IL
by Yann Blondel
Montreuil, France
A Delicate, Scientific Instrument
by Sameer Butt
New York, NY
The Mona Lisa Caper
by Gina Cresse
Acton, CA
Garden of Delight
by Paul Grammatico
El Cerrito, CA
The Journey
by Lilia Hine
Santa Barbara, CA
Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound
by Sean Lynch
Berkeley, CA
Big Future Ahead
by Rick Mashburn
Winston-Salem, NC
Café Herrenhof
by William Parolini
Wake Forest, NC
Last of the Burly Girls
by John Pisano-Thomsen
Toronto, Canada
by Todd Rhys-Roosevelt
Burbank, CA
Once Upon A River
by Haroula Rose
Chicago, IL
My Life with Dali
by Anna Synenko
Runcorn, United Kingdom


by Stacey Asip
New York, NY
A Perpetual Kind of Funk
by Christopher Baca
Albuquerque, NM
by Lawrence Bogad
Berkeley, CA
Scandal of the Century
by Betsy Burke
Madrid, NM
by Pia Chaudhuri
Sydney, Australia
Little Girls
by Zoe Cheng
Los Angeles, CA
Soul In Exile
by Michael Culver
Lopez Island, WA
An American Tragedy
by Jackson DeLoach
Compton, CA
In the Money (Pilot)
by Joe DeLuca
Montclair, NJ
On the Wing
by Lynn Esta Goldman
San Francisco, CA
by Alexa Green, Jacob Garber
Pittsfield, MA
Doing Our Best
by Emme Harris
Summit, NJ
Bodey's Banner
by Ernestina Juarez
Austin, TX
Napoleon (Pilot)
by Kevin Karp
London, United Kingdom
by Jason Kessler
Austin, TX
Republic (Pilot)
by Faith Liu
Los Angeles, CA
Crossing the Cowhouse
by David Lykes Keenan
Austin, TX
Title IX
by Mona Lynch
Laguna Beach, CA
The Lumps
by Corina Maritescu
Los Angeles, CA
With Child
by Geoff McGee, Doug Detwiler
Euless, TX
Truth Against the World
by Denise Meyers
Mars Hill, NC
by Matthew Minson
Houston, TX
by Kym Mosley
Howard Beach, Queens, NY
by Weam Namou
Sterling Heights, MI
The Plague Doctor
by Daniel Paasch, Jeremy Westrate
Trinity, FL
by Paige Penningroth
Cedar Rapids, IA
13 East
by Enrique Posner
New York, NY
Lonely Creek
by Jared Raun
Los Angeles, CA
Black Car
by Will Reese, Sean London
Los Angeles, CA
by Benjamin Sandford
Melbourne, Australia
by Sheldon Shaw
New York, NY
The Flower Hunter
by Danny Sheehy
Brisbane, Australia
by Maya Slouka
Brewster, NY
Runaway Ship
by Theodore Soderberg
San Francisco, CA
The Grand Alchemist
by Maria Soriano
Valley Village, CA
by Timothy Tau
Los Angeles, CA
Cricket Song
by Evelyne Tollman-Werzowa
Los Angeles, CA
Choosing Flight
by Jason Urban
Tucson, AZ
by Denka Wangdi
Bellaire, TX
Young Aleister Crowley (Pilot)
by Greg Wayne
Toronto, Canada
Did You Learn to Love?
by Paul William King
Mill Bay, BC, Canada