2016 Launch Pad Feature Competition

The Tracking Board is thrilled to announce the winners of our 2016 Launch Pad Feature Competition, featuring the Overall Winners, Winners of our Vertigo Entertainment and Twin Padres prizes, Winners of our ESA and Bellevue Guaranteed Signing prizes, as well as all three of our Mentorship Program Winners!

With one of our finalists having already sold to Sony in a bidding war for Margot Robbie to star (Congratulations again Pete Barry on Marian), and several of our writers having already begun the meeting and signing process, we’re incredibly proud to present the features our judges deemed the very best of the best. Featuring an incredibly diverse spectrum of genres, stories, and locations, this year’s pool of entries not only set a new record for number of entries, but also came to us from every continent on the globe. And, once again, the range of characters, concepts, voices, and originality on display was a reminder as to just how wonderful the art of storytelling truly can be.

This year’s Overall Winners run the gamut of genres, from grounded sci-fi that’ll keep you guessing, to a pulse-pounding thriller that never lets up, to a road trip comedy that delivers the laughs from beginning to end, these stories all feature unforgettable characters, smart and elevated storylines, and most importantly, the distinct talents each of these writers are ready to bring to the world!

Our exclusive partners Vertigo Entertainment and Twin Padres have made their selections, and once again have gone above and beyond, selecting exciting sci-fi, comedies and supernatural projects to dive into. Our distinguished Mentors Marianne & Cormac Wibberley, Andrew Baldwin, and Gary Graham, have equally gone beyond our expectations, each diving into intimidating stacks of reads, and truly making personalized picks of the writers they’re excited to take under their wings to help guide their careers (and once again, making picks even beyond our finalists). And last, but certainly not least, ESA and Bellevue have combed through their reads to make their signing picks… and for the first time, having both selected the same writer!

And, as one more competition comes to a close, we’re reminded of how passionate this industry is, how excited we are to introduce these new writers to Hollywood, and how wonderful each and everyone of our partners, judges, and writers have truly been since we began this journey.

So, without further ado, please enjoy your first look at the Winners of our Launch Pad Feature Competition!

Overall Winner

SHELL, THE

Charlie Neubauer

MINORITY REPORT meets TRANSCENDENCE

In a future where death has been eradicated thanks to a revolutionary technology that allows people to be resurrected, a petty criminal is tasked with solving the seemingly impossible murder of its inventor – his mother.

Sci-Fi Thriller Overall Winner Bellevue Entertainment Selection ESA Entertainment Selection

Top Drama

SUBMERGED

Dan Hall

THE SHALLOWS meets OPEN WATER

Trapped in a shrinking air pocket deep beneath the ocean’s surface, the survivors of a plane crash battle to stay alive long enough for the rescue teams to locate them.

Thriller Top Drama

Top Comedy

DERBY CITY

Alexis Perkins

SAVED meets LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE

A bartender (and small-time con artist) fleeing a criminal gambling charge convinces a naive Mormon missionary to drive across country with her, but when their truck and money are stolen, they have to resort to hustling pool in order to make it to Utah.

Comedy Top Comedy

Twin Padres / Vertigo Entertainment Prize

VIOLET

Scott Thomas

INSIDIOUS meets ORPHAN

Fleeing from her abusive husband in the dark of night with her young daughter in tow, a woman moves back into her childhood home. But it’s there she realizes the horror isn’t over, and that the sadistic imaginary friend she had as a child is very real, and plans to trap her in the house where they can play forever

Horror Supernatural Thriller Top 25 Vertigo Entertainment Selection

JESSE’S GIRL

John Wikstrom

THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN meets SHE’S THE MAN

In a bid to make his ex jealous and win her back, a high school senior invents a girlfriend on social media, but runs into trouble when he falls for the real-life girl he based her on.

Comedy Teen Twin Padres Selection Top 25

Bellevue and ESA Prize

SHELL, THE

Charlie Neubauer

MINORITY REPORT meets TRANSCENDENCE

In a future where death has been eradicated thanks to a revolutionary technology that allows people to be resurrected, a petty criminal is tasked with solving the seemingly impossible murder of its inventor – his mother.

Sci-Fi Thriller Overall Winner Bellevue Entertainment Selection ESA Entertainment Selection

Mentorship Winners

BLOOD INK

Gia Gordon

AMADEUS meets ANNA KARENINA

Franz Schubert’s struggles to be recognized as a composer as dissension rises against the oppressive government of the 19th Century Hapsburg Empire.

Biopic Drama Period Mentorship Selection | Cormac Wibberley & Marianne Wibberley

EDGE OF ETERNITY

Steve Isles

PASSENGERS meets EX MACHINA

A solitary prisoner sentenced to work in isolation mining precious metals on a remote asteroid creates a synthetic female companion for himself, and life gains meaning for him when the two fall in love. But when an emergency brings another astronaut to rescue them, he instead lays claim to everything the prisoner has.

Romance Sci-Fi Thriller Top 10 Mentorship Selection | Gary Graham

DOUBLE INDIANA

David Keith Miller

THE NICE GUYS meets RAISING ARIZONA

Two mobsters running a delivery from Los Angeles to Las Vegas discover that the money in their briefcase, which may or may not have been there in the first place, is missing, and consequently kidnap a woman, who may or may not have stolen it, to try to track it down before their boss has them killed.

Action Comedy Drama Mentorship Selection | Andrew Baldwin Top 75


The Top 5% Of All Entries

105 ROYAL AVENUE

Victoria Armstrong

PRIDE meets GOOD VIBRATIONS

In the dangerous conflict zone of 1979 Belfast, a strong willed punk strives against persecution to create her own nightclub. A safe haven for her misfit friends who, united by their love of music and fashion, are desperate to escape the violence and despair of their war torn city and find their own place to belong.

Comedy Drama Period Top 50

420 MINUTES

Jody Gehrman

PINEAPPLE EXPRESS meets JUNO

When a college student and aspiring detective meets a guy who claims he has only 420 minutes to live, she infiltrates a series of increasingly dangerous underworlds to help him save his sister from a biker gang.

Action Comedy Honorable Mention

A CHRISMISCUE

Gregory Harty

SCROOGED meets THE GOOD PLACE

In this reversal of the classic “A Christmas Carol” story, the nicest guy in town gets accidentally “Scrooged” and is forced to see how poorly everyone else treated him in Christmases past, present, and future, all the bureaucratic system of heaven attempts to right the mistake before any damage is done.

Comedy Fantasy Top 75

A MISSISSIPPI MURDER

Mark G. Anderson

MISSISSIPPI BURNING meets TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

The true story of two African American reporters who travel to Mississippi in 1955 to cover the trial of Emmett Till, the young black man whose brutal murder ignited the Civil Rights Movement. After discovering the existence of several key black witnesses, they work with the prosecuting attorney to bring the witnesses to testify amongst threats and racial prejudice.

Drama Period Top 25

A NECESSARY ACT OF VIOLENCE

John Torma

A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE meets TAKEN

When an army vet is framed for his wife’s murder, he must to go on the run with his stepdaughter to protect her. But when he discovers that both the police and a local fracking tycoon are responsible, he must turn back and avenge his wife’s death.

Action Thriller Top 50

ACTUAL VAMPIRE KEANU REEVES

Ashley Moon

THIS IS THE END meets BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER

When her coworker disappears, a pop culture nerd discovers that Keanu Reeves is a murderous vampire who may have something to do with her mother’s death, and that she is his next target.

Comedy Horror Top 75

ADAM & EVE

David Kushner

PINEAPPLE EXPRESS meets CHILDREN OF MEN

In a future where all men and women are unable to reproduce, a stoner accidentally grows a strand of weed that allows him to fertilize the first human embryo in years, and must team up with a straight-laced procreation scientist to combat the android forces determined to annihilate the human race.

Action Comedy Sci-Fi Top 75

AMARA, 15

Hannah Leshaw

SHORT TERM 12 meets PRECIOUS

A 15-year-old Bronx teenager struggles to escape her father’s sexual abuse without leaving her two little sisters behind.

Drama Top 10

ANGELS OF THE DEEP

James L. Head

TOP GUN meets CRIMSON TIDE

In the near future, a submarine war games exercise turns into an all-out battle for the fate of the world when one side unexpectedly starts fighting for keeps, and an elite squadron of North American sub-fighter pilots are the last line of defense.

Action Sci-Fi War Top 25

APPLE TREE, THE

Matthew Arnold-Ladensack

ST. VINCENT meets THE NOTEBOOK

A closeted high school football player is forced to volunteer at a retirement community after getting in trouble with the law, where he forms an unlikely friendship with an elderly veteran mourning the loss of his long time male partner.

Coming-of-Age Drama Romance Top 50

BABY ROULETTE

Lindzi Scharf

TRAINWRECK meets BRIDGET JONES’S BABY

A 32-year-old divorce attorney desperate to have a baby starts bedding random men in order to get pregnant, but her plan backfires when she meets the man of her dreams, and her actions could come back to haunt her.

Romantic Comedy Top 75

BAD REVIEW

Patrick Connelly

HORRIBLE BOSSES meets ENVY

After he posts a negative review of a laxative online, causing the company that produced it to go bankrupt, a young go-getter is hunted down by the product’s creator, who wants to ruin his life.

Comedy Honorable Mention

BAIT NIGHT

Timothy Grant

TO CATCH A PREDATOR meets SAW

The producers of a show that baits sexual predators and exposes them on television are violently targeted by a group of pedophiles they previously caught, and one of their young “decoys” must survive a deadly game of cat-and-mouse after she reels in a psychopath that may be her sister’s kidnapper.

Drama Horror Thriller Top 50

BLOOD INK

Gia Gordon

AMADEUS meets ANNA KARENINA

Franz Schubert’s struggles to be recognized as a composer as dissension rises against the oppressive government of the 19th Century Hapsburg Empire.

Biopic Drama Period Mentorship Selection (Cormac Wibberley & Marianne Wibberley)

BORDERLINE

Clyde Tom Bennett

FARGO meets LOCAL HERO

A small South Carolina town loses its only employer when a mill closes, causing the town council to try to find a way to move the state line in order to take advantage of tax breaks in Georgia that would bring them a new car plant and save their livelihoods.

Comedy Drama Top 75

CATHARSIS AND THE CATFISH

Dillon Michael White

GONE GIRL meets CATFISH

A young widower who runs a business catfishing people on behalf of disgruntled exes, luring unsuspecting strangers into online romantic relationships, and hits it off with a woman who finds his job fascinating, but their romance is derailed when he’s hired to catfish someone who appears to be his dead wife.

Drama Romance Thriller Top 50

CHAPERONE, THE

Robert Remy

TROOP BEVERLY HILLS meets DADDY’S HOME

Determined to spend more time with his daughter, a bumbling divorcee volunteers to chaperone a camping trip for her Girl Scouts troop, but is quickly in over his head when they get stranded in the wilderness and run afoul of dangerous felons.

Comedy Family Top 50

CHARLIE REDSTAR

George Gier

MIDNIGHT SPECIAL meets CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND

When a disgraced ex-cop witnesses the alien abduction of his son, the government frames him for murder in order to cover it up. Now, pursued by a relentless agent from a shadowy organization, he must work with his estranged wife to break into a top secret warehouse filled with recovered alien technology in order to expose the truth and get his son back.

Action Sci-Fi Thriller Top 50

CLASH

Andrea Jaag

ARGO meets NO ESCAPE

After their teenage son accidentally kills a woman with his car, an estranged American family living in Saudi Arabia must cover up the crime and attempt to get out of the country before the local authorities and the victim’s sister catch up to them.

Drama Thriller Top 25

COLOUR ME JANE

Elisa McRae

SHORT TERM 12 meets SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

A high school counselor with a large facial birthmark attempts to help a student who was disfigured in a fire while simultaneously dealing with her own reluctance to accept love after meeting the man of her dreams.

Comedy Drama RomanticComedy Top 25

CONSTANTINOPLE

Rachel J. Beard

KINGDOM OF HEAVEN meets 300

A Byzantine captain escapes his long enslavement at the hands of the Ottoman Empire just as the city of Constantinople prepares to defend itself against an Ottoman siege, leaving him to prove his loyalty to those that had given him up for dead.

Action Period War Top 25

DAN & FRANKIE SAVE THE WORLD

Alan Wood

INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS meets HAROLD AND KUMAR GO TO WHITE CASTLE

A couple of young, down-and-out stoners living in Las Vegas join forces with a covert alien slayer and her team to save the President of the United States from being possessed by an alien slug.

Action Comedy Sci-Fi Top 50

DANCE OF THE VANDALS

C. Marie Robinson

EMPIRE OF THE SUN meets UNBROKEN

When a Dutch mother and her three daughters are sent to a Japanese work camp after the invasion of Indonesia in World War II, she finds innovative ways to keep her children and fellow prisoners alive as they battle starvation and the sadistic guards.

Drama Period War Top 50

DEMON’S TRAIL

C. Marie Robinson

THE EXORCIST meets DRAG ME TO HELL

A disgraced former priest turned private investigator must team up with a psychic to solve a series of mysterious deaths across Los Angeles, which might be related to an exorcism he performed on the psychic’s brother decades earlier.

Horror Supernatural Thriller Top 10

DERBY CITY

Alexis Perkins

SAVED meets LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE

A bartender (and small-time con artist) fleeing a criminal gambling charge convinces a naive Mormon missionary to drive across country with her, but when their truck and money are stolen, they have to resort to hustling pool in order to make it to Utah.

Comedy Top Comedy

DEVIL IN THE DARK

Ben Kermode

PRIMAL FEAR meets PRISONERS

With her father’s execution only three days away, a cop agrees to be hypnotized in order to find out the truth about the crime he’s charged with – her mother’s murder from 20 years earlier.

Drama Thriller Honorable Mention

DISGRASIAN

Ted Youngmin Sim

MASTER OF NONE meets 500 DAYS OF SUMMER

A young Korean-American who fears that his white girlfriend is only interested in him because she has an Asian fetish must reconcile his own ethnic prejudices when he finds out the truth of his father’s long-lost love.

Romantic Comedy Top 50

DO KNOW HARM

Jim Goode & Scott Hawthorne

JACK REACHER meets SAFE HOUSE

A CIA psychologist working in Syria is suspected of harboring treasonous information from a session and must go on the run with the help of one of her most dangerous patients in order to find out exactly what the government thinks she already knows, and why it is worth her life.

Action Thriller Top 25

DOUBLE INDIANA

David Keith Miller

THE NICE GUYS meets RAISING ARIZONA

Two mobsters running a delivery from Los Angeles to Las Vegas discover that the money in their briefcase, which may or may not have been there in the first place, is missing, and consequently kidnap a woman, who may or may not have stolen it, to try to track it down before their boss has them killed.

Action Comedy Drama Top 75

EDGE OF ETERNITY

Steve Isles

PASSENGERS meets EX MACHINA

A solitary prisoner sentenced to work in isolation mining precious metals on a remote asteroid creates a synthetic female companion for himself, and life gains meaning for him when the two fall in love. But when an emergency brings another astronaut to rescue them, he instead lays claim to everything the prisoner has.

Romance Sci-Fi Thriller Top 10

ENDRA

Oskar Tellhed

STRANGER THAN FICTION meets THANK YOU FOR SMOKING

A frustrated painter is thrust into the spotlight overnight after he inadvertently invents a brand new color, but he soon finds this newfound fame and fortune isn’t everything he had hoped for.

Comedy Drama Top 50

ESTEVAN THE BLACK

Karl Bauer & Michael Choi

THE REVENANT meets 12 YEARS A SLAVE

An African slave with a gift for languages travels with Spanish Conquistadors to Florida on a doomed quest to find and conquer the legendary city of gold. In this remarkable true story, he emerges as the unlikely hero on a journey that begins with 600 men, and ends with only left four alive.

Adventure Period Top 25

EULOLOGY

Martin Williams

TRAINWRECK meets THE WEDDING RINGER

A reserved single father who works as a professional eulogist risks embracing a new love with the help of a terminally ill client.

Romantic Comedy Honorable Mention

FELLOWSHIP, THE

Brendon Udy & Victoria Rau

FANBOYS meets THE HANGOVER

Just days before his wedding, a man’s friends surprise him with a trip to New Zealand for the world’s biggest Lord of the Rings role playing battle. But the adventure goes awry when one of their tour guides drugs everyone so he can swipe the valuable ring the groom bought for his fianc_e, leading to an epic journey to get it back before the big day.

Adventure Comedy Top 25

GAME-CHANGER, THE

Patrick Sherman

RUDY meets MILK

A gay linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys deals with his life on the down low while struggling to make his mark in the most macho of professional sports, and the consequences of becoming the first active NFL player in history to come out of the closet.

Drama Sports Top 25

GARGOYLE

Brendon Udy & Victoria Rau

PAN’S LABYRINTH meets BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

When Nazis raid a children’s home, two young sisters flee into the forest where they discover an ancient creature under an evil spell. As their partisan parents fight to find them, the girls agree to help the creature break the curse in return for his own protection.

Adventure Fantasy Period Top 50

GFE

Rizwanul Haq

PRETTY WOMAN meets DEMOLITION

Five years after the death of his wife, a man refuses to get back into the dating world, too afraid of becoming emotionally attached. But when he takes the first step in overcoming his fear by exploring the no-strings-attached option of hiring a professional escort, he finds himself unexpectedly falling for one of the women he hires.

Drama Romance Honorable Mention

GLITCHES

Kelly Byrnes

THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER meets WHAT’S EATING GILBERT GRAPE

An 18-year-old girl struggles with her place in life when she and her father are forced to leave California for Iowa to live with her fundamentalist aunt in Iowa, and she soon finds herself attracted to her autistic cousin.

Drama Honorable Mention

GROW HOUSE, THE

Miley Tunnecliffe

WEEDS meets ERIN BROCKOVICH

When a woman unable to get a job with a felony conviction hanging over her head gets hired to live in a suburban marijuana grow house, she struggles to build a normal life for her and her daughter while falling for the house drug dealer, and keeping her new best friend, his wife, from finding out.

Action Comedy Drama Top 75

HITCHCOCK MURDERS, THE

Andy Maycock

SUNSET BOULEVARD meets HITCHCOCK

After the apparent suicide of a movie producer, a private eye follows a trail of clues, and bodies, that lead to the great Alfred Hitchcock himself. But much like in one of the director’s films, there are no easy answers, and no one can be trusted.

Mystery Period Thriller Top 50

HONEY TRAP

Juhana Lumme

HITCH meets THE WEDDING RINGER

A woman who runs a fidelity investigation business – testing men’s loyalties to their girlfriends and collecting the reward when they cheat – finds herself falling in love with her latest target, an aspiring politician who’s blind to her charms.

Romantic Comedy Top 50

HUNGER PAINS

Farrin Rosenthal

SANTA CLARITA DIET meets BRIDEZILLA

After suffering a savage bite from an escaped genetics experiment, a sweet, innocent, vegan planning her dream wedding must hide a sudden craving for living flesh or risk losing her one true love.

Comedy Horror Romance Honorable Mention

HYBRID, THE

Richard Turgeon

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND meets MIDNIGHT SPECIAL

Six years after their first son went missing, a troubled private investigator and his estranged wife come to realize their long-missing son may have been abducted by aliens… and that their youngest son is next.

Sci-Fi Thriller Top 75

INDI THE UNICORN

Darren Moroney & David Smith

PETE’S DRAGON meets MY LITTLE PONY

When a shy and isolated girl struggling to accept her parents’ recent divorce finds a lost unicorn, she discovers her inner courage by helping him evade capture and return to his family in the clouds.

Animation Family Fantasy Honorable Mention

IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THIS

Patrick Wiegers & Scott Marshall Taylor

FIELD OF DREAMS meets THE BUCKET LIST

A dying man takes a road trip with his best friends and former high school teammates to see all 30 Major League ballparks before he dies.

Drama Sports Top 75

JACARANDA

Ryan W. Smith

TSOTSI meets WINTER’S BONE

In apartheid South Africa, a young black freedom fighter sets out to rescue her father, who has been wrongfully arrested for a bombing she caused. Through her pursuit, she comes face-to-face with the grotesque underbelly of the apartheid regime, and forms an unlikely friendship with the son of her enemy.

Drama Period Thriller Top 50

JESSE’S GIRL

John Wikstrom

THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN meets SHE’S THE MAN

In a bid to make his ex jealous and win her back, a high school senior invents a girlfriend on social media, but runs into trouble when he falls for the real-life girl he based her on.

Comedy Teen Twin Padres Selection Top 25

LAST BADASS, THE

Adam Draves & Paul Colahan

EQUILIBRIUM meets LETHAL WEAPON

In a future utopia where citizens must take a daily pill that makes them euphoric, one resident skews the balance by accidentally going off his meds, committing the community’s first murder, inspiring a sexual reawakening or two, and leading a revolt against the “perfect” society.

Action Comedy Top 75

LAST YEAR’S MAN

Tim Glister

THE AMERICAN meets BOURNE

On the rugged, remote Faroe Islands, a disgraced former CIA agent connects with his long lost son, a burnt-out reporter who could set the story straight, while luring in those who betrayed him for one last game of revenge.

Action Mystery Thriller Top 75

LEGENDARY

Dana Brawer & Sean Lee

SUPERBAD meets BROAD CITY

Two senior girls want to score a ton of weed for their last high school party to cement their legacy, but their plans take a crazy and hilarious detour after they wind up scoring more than they can handle.

Comedy Teen Honorable Mention

LOVE ME TOMORROW

Kent Moran

JUST LIKE HEAVEN meets IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE

After dying of a broken heart, a widowed man gets a second chance to be with the love of his last life when they are both reincarnated.

Drama Romance Honorable Mention

MAJOR TAYLOR

PW Valentine

RACE meets CHASING LEGENDS

Based on the true story of cyclist Major Taylor who, in the 1890s, battled racism and the world’s top riders to become the first ever African American to be recognized on an international level for his athletic achievements

Biopic Period Sports Top 50

MANZANAR

Ian Hayden

EMPIRE OF THE SUN meets UNBROKEN

A Japanese-American family struggles to maintain their identity and stay together after they are relocated to the Manzanar internment camp during World War II.

Drama Period War Top 25

MARIAN

Pete Barry

ROBIN HOOD meets SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN

When Robin Hood is killed, Maid Marian must take on his mantle in order to seek revenge on his murderer and save England from a secret French invasion.

Action Adventure Period Top 25

MARKING TIME

Darrin Reed & Tom Crehan

OCEAN’S ELEVEN meets INSIDE MAN

A billionaire and master thief takes on his biggest job yet, stealing the famous clock from New York’s Grand Central Terminal. But it’s a race against time when his greatest enemy enters the picture.

Action Comedy Thriller Honorable Mention

ME & KIP

Carlotta Harlan

DEATH AT A FUNERAL meets RACHEL GETTING MARRIED

Two years after disowning her family, and shortly after the death of her addict brother, a young woman is forced to reunite with the very people she despises for the celebration of her other brother’s wedding.

Comedy Drama Honorable Mention

MISS LIBERTY

Craig Paulsen

MISS CONGENIALITY meets THE SANDLOT

In order to get money to take care of his grandmother, a boy and his friend kidnap a beauty queen and hold her for ransom, but the crime quickly escalates to capture the attention of their entire small town.

Comedy Drama Period Top 75

MISSING TIME

Philip James Booth

THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU meets 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE

A blue collar worker in Northern Florida wakes up with no memory of the past two years to find the world has moved on without him. When his loved ones refuse to believe his problems are anything other than self-inflicted, he tries to unravel what happened to him with the help of a woman who has experienced the same phenomenon.

Mystery Sci-Fi Thriller Top 50

MR. MOON

Mike Langer

STRANGER THINGS meets E.T.

A wisecracking kid and his friends investigate strange happenings in their town, which he thinks might be tied to the disappearance of his father years earlier. With the help of a salesman who claims to own the moon, they must outsmart a rogue government agent and rescue an alien rover stranded on earth.

Adventure Family Sci-Fi Top 75

MURPHY’S CREEK

Carol Mulholland

NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN meets THE BOURNE IDENTITY

The sheriff of a remote town falls for the prime suspect in a murder case – a woman who wandered in from the desert with no idea who she is or where she came from – only to discover that she is involved in a dangerous conflict between the FBI and a group of violent drug dealers.

Action Thriller Western Honorable Mention

NOSTALGIA

Michael Aloyan

ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND meets ENEMY OF THE STATE

A man who works for a black market company that erases people’s memories without their knowledge finds himself embroiled in a political conspiracy thanks to his latest job, which also brings to light a dark secret from his own past.

Action Sci-Fi Thriller Top 75

OFF THE HOOK

John Arvai

TOY STORY meets NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM

In a world where a Christmas tree’s star is actually a secret transmitter used by Santa Claus to identify all of the active Christmas homes throughout the world, a toy soldier must lead a group of ornaments in a desperate race against time to find their missing star so Santa doesn’t skip their house.

Animation Comedy Family Top 75

ON THE SIDELINES

Sam Greisman

ALMOST FAMOUS meets G.B.F.

The teenage son of a famous actress steps into the spotlight and catches the eye of his movie star crush after giving a speech at a gay rights event, soon finding himself torn between his new boyfriend and his overbearing mother

Drama RomanticComedy Teen Top 75

ONE WHITE CROW

Pippa Hinchley

THE X-FILES meets JANE EYRE

An arch skeptic and brilliant academic, famous for debunking fraudulent mediums, and an unassuming Bostonian housewife with an extraordinary ability scientifically prove there is life after death. This is a true story.

Period Romance Supernatural Thriller Top 50

PAST TIME

RC Miles

ABOUT TIME meets ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND

A man wins the chance to visit three important moments from his past, giving him the potential to alter the direction of his life as he knows it and make a better future for himself.

Drama Sci-Fi Honorable Mention

PENNY

Arthur Panoyan

THE WAY, WAY BACK meets GARDEN STATE

A socially awkward coin collector plans a trip upstate to acquire a rare penny that has eluded him for years, but finds his dream hindered when a loud-mouthed girl forces herself into his plans and tags along.

Comedy Top 50

PINOCCHIO WARS

Damian Knoll, Jay Murphree, & Ryan Oyler

I, ROBOT meets WESTWORLD

Seeking to uncover the truth behind her mother’s suspicious death, a tech-savvy journalist discovers a secret island of abandoned, malfunctioning robots that possess sentience, and must navigate their uprising while surviving the brutal retaliation of an AI corporation attempting to silence her.

Action Sci-Fi Honorable Mention

PLAN C

David Ngo

ROUNDERS meets HOT FUZZ

After the Chinese Mafia threaten to harm his family if he doesn’t make good on his gambling debts, a detective does the only logical thing he can think of – he hires two petty criminals to help him rob an illegal poker tournament. The plan is foolproof, until people start dying. When plans A and B fail, it’s time for Plan C.

Action Comedy Honorable Mention

POACHER, THE

Travis Opgenorth

BEASTS OF NO NATION meets ROAD TO PERDITION

A Serengeti native and haunted former guerilla soldier, forced into poaching ivory to feed his starving family, finds himself gaining unwanted notoriety after shooting his estranged brother – a ruthless warlord who comes looking for revenge.

Action Drama Top 10

POST SCRIPT

Ariadne Shaffer

GRACE AND FRANKIE meets SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE

When they win a free rent contest together, an elderly woman is compelled to share an apartment with a man she has harbored a 50-year grudge against. When they become more than just roommates, they must find a way to work around disapproving family, ancient insults, and damaging secrets.

Comedy Drama Romance Honorable Mention

PURGATORY HIGH

Edward Somers

HEAVEN CAN WAIT meets SIXTEEN CANDLES

After dying, an immature, life-long partier is sent to a unique kind of purgatory where he has to relive his senior year of high school to atone for his teenage sins. If he passes all his classes, he’ll move on, but if he fails, he’ll be stuck in the 1980s attending high school over and over again.

Comedy Period Honorable Mention

RED THREAD

Leif Johnson

THELMA AND LOUISE meets THE HANDMAIDEN

An anxious American in Tokyo befriends a mysterious woman who became famous for committing murder as a girl, and find they complete each other in the worst way. When their relationship blossoms into murder, they go on the run, embarking on a bloody journey of self-discovery across Japan.

Drama Romance Thriller Top 75

RED WINTER

Evan McNamara

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD meets THE MARTIAN

When her parents are killed, a young woman living in an isolated colony on Mars must trek across the planet to find other colonists, avoiding the dangerous feral humans roaming the red sands

Action Sci-Fi Top 25

SAND CREEK

Jane Paulson & Marcy Kelly

DANCES WITH WOLVES meets LINCOLN

The tragic true story of an idealistic Union officer stationed in the remote Colorado territory during the Civil War who struggles against cultural misunderstandings, politics, and greed to navigate contentious peace talks with the local Native Americans, and to protect the tribe from the extermination orders handed down from his superiors.

Period Western Top 50

SANGUINE

Emma Fissenden

PENNY DREADFUL meets PRIDE AND PREJUDICE

A 17-year-old amateur detective, who must tread carefully between the upper echelons of Victorian England society and her work assisting the police in secret, attempts to uncover the truth behind a rash of mysterious deaths in London, in which the bodies have all been drained of blood.

Horror Period Romance Supernatural Honorable Mention

SAVAGE, THE

Christopher Yeazel

THE NEW WORLD meets LAST OF THE MOHICANS

After being kidnapped from his lands as a child, the Patuxet Indian Squanto spends his life fighting impossible odds to return home, setting in motion a series of events that changes the course of history. The epic true story behind one of America’s most endearing myths.

Adventure Biopic Period Top 10

SECRET WEAPON

Peter Limm

LEGALLY BLONDE meets 21 JUMP STREET

A dim-witted, failing actress is recruited by the FBI to help bring down a powerful crime syndicate by going undercover as the daughter of a major crime lord, who just happens to be her doppelganger.

Action Comedy Top 75

SENIOR CAMP

Kenny Wright

NEIGHBORS meets GRUMPY OLD MEN

After being put in a senior resort, an elderly grouch rallies his fellow seniors to fight back against the rival youth party resort next door that’s opened next door.

Comedy Top 10

SHADOWS OF OZ

Nathan Wilcoxen

ALICE IN WONDERLAND meets THE WIZARD OF OZ

When a wicked witch of Wonderland invades Oz in search of a legendary all-powerful scepter, the Mad Hatter recruits Alice’s granddaughter, a teenage convict, to stop her.

Adventure Fantasy Top 25

SHELL, THE

Charlie Neubauer

MINORITY REPORT meets TRANSCENDENCE

In a future where death has been eradicated thanks to a revolutionary technology that allows people to be resurrected, a petty criminal is tasked with solving the seemingly impossible murder of its inventor – his mother.

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SHORE BREAK

Anthony Guidubaldi & Keith Strausbaugh

OUT COLD meets DODGEBALL

After inheriting a bankrupt watersports company, two slackers and a group of castoffs challenge the encroaching developer hell-bent on privatizing the beach to the ultimate showdown: a jet ski competition that will determine fate of their beachfront community.

Comedy Teen Top 75

SIDEWAYS DOWN THE SKY

Barry Brennessel

ATONEMENT meets THE NOTEBOOK

An elderly Japanese man brings two young gay men together to tell them the story of his childhood romance with another boy during World War II, attempting to provide them the chance at true love he never had.

Drama Period Romance Top 75

SLAMMIN’

Brandon Martin

BRIDESMAIDS meets A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN

Inspired by true events, two struggling actresses join the first all-female pro wrestling league at the height of the wrestling hysteria of the 1980s.

Comedy Period Sports Top 50

SOFT MACHINE, THE

David Lawrance

ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST meets CHANGELING

In order to unravel the truth about her lover’s supposed suicide, a young nurse goes undercover at the psychiatric hospital that treated him, discovering that the doctor in charge is performing dangerous experiments that may be killing patients.

Drama Period Thriller Honorable Mention

STEP MOMSTER

Chase Caldwell

STEPMOM meets LOOK WHO’S COMING TO DINNER

When her recently widowed, soon to be 70-year-old father starts dating her former high school classmate, a woman decides she has to break up the relationship before it’s too late.

Comedy Top 50

SUBMERGED

Dan Hall

THE SHALLOWS meets OPEN WATER

Trapped in a shrinking air pocket deep beneath the ocean’s surface, the survivors of a plane crash battle to stay alive long enough for the rescue teams to locate them.

Thriller Top Drama

TECH & STRYKER

Odin Ozdil

THE NICE GUYS meets CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE

After getting into a fight at work, a CIA tech guy drunkenly orders a hit on his Cold War throwback colleague, but in the attempt to shut it down, the two men get caught up in a dangerous international conspiracy.

Action Comedy Top 75

THEMBI

Tom Glasson

THE GHOST AND THE DARKNESS meets AMERICAN SNIPER

Haunted by her experiences in Afghanistan, a young American soldier finds hope and salvation when she joins a small band of veterans fighting the war against illegal ivory poaching in South Africa.

Action Drama Top 50

THESE WOODS ARE LOVELY

Tyler Theofilos

SIDE EFFECTS meets V/H/S

After agreeing to take part in a psychology study for the extra cash, a Yale freshman begins to experience strange blackouts, making him realize he’s either losing his mind, or his entire identity.

Horror Thriller Honorable Mention

THREE HUNDRED YEARS IN PARADISE

Stephen Graf

HUNGER meets CASABLANCA

A widowed American diplomat is plunged into IRA intrigue when he travels to Belfast to help negotiate a treaty to end The Troubles, only to find himself falling in love with the lonely wife of an informer at the heart of the conflict.

Drama Period Romance Honorable Mention

TRICKSTER AND THE DEMON, THE

A.M. Sanchez

THE EXORCIST meets DRAG ME TO HELL

A brother-sister con artist team pretending to be witch doctors find themselves in need of real help when one of them gets possessed by a very real, very dangerous demon.

Horror Thriller Honorable Mention

TWILIGHT TOURIST, THE

Charles Hopkins

SPRING BREAKERS meets REQUIEM FOR A DREAM

When a reserved college freshman orders party drugs over the deep web from a dealer who resorts to extreme measures when his customers do not pay, he triggers a chain reaction that embroils his impressionable girlfriend, his closeted buddy, and a local detective with criminal fetishes.

Drama Thriller Honorable Mention

UN-CROWD, THE

Scott Thomas

WARM BODIES meets DAWN OF THE DEAD

After an explosion at a nearby military base turns a teenage boy and his neighbors into zombies with no cannibalistic tendencies, he and the others are reluctantly reintroduced to society. But when one of his undead friends goes “full zombie” and eats a girl, their uneasy truce is put in jeopardy, and he fears he may be destined to be a monster after all.

Comedy Horror Teen Top 75

VILNA

Matt Huston

THE PIANIST meets DEFIANCE

After the Nazis invade Lithuania, a band of rebels comes together in the capitol of Vilna to resist the massacre of their country’s people. Inspired by the true story of the man who formed the resistance, and his descent from a man of peace to a man of vengeance.

Drama Period Top 75

VIOLET

Scott Thomas

INSIDIOUS meets ORPHAN

Fleeing from her abusive husband in the dark of night with her young daughter in tow, a woman moves back into her childhood home. But it’s there she realizes the horror isn’t over, and that the sadistic imaginary friend she had as a child is very real, and plans to trap her in the house where they can play forever

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WHERE DEVILS ROAM

Nathan Wilcoxen

SILENCE OF THE LAMBS meets ZODIAC

A scarred Pittsburgh cop turned private detective is brought back to his West Virginia hometown to investigate the disappearance of a reclusive heiress’s granddaughter 30 years earlier after, when the girl’s body is finally discovered.

Drama Thriller Top 50

WHISPERS FROM THE WATCHTOWER

Jai Brandon

GONE BABY GONE meets PRISONERS

When his daughter goes missing, a popular radio talk show host and professional skeptic must work with a psychic in a last ditch attempt to get his child back.

Drama Thriller Top 10

WITHOUT PREJUDICE

Kenlon Clark & William Rubio

HIDDEN FIGURES meets THE UNTOUCHABLES

The incredible true story of one of the nation’s first African-American female lawyers who overcame racism and gender bias, risking both her job and her life, to bring down the most infamous gangster in New York City’s history.

Drama Period Thriller Top 50

WOE TO THE WICKED

Chris Dennis

THE LAST STAND meets HIGH NOON

When the arrival of a mysterious stranger leads to the death of a drug lord’s brother, the residents of a small town must band together to survive by standing up to the drug cartel that has been abusing and killing them for years.

Action Thriller Top 75

WORLD LIFEGUARD CHAMPIONSHIPS!, THE

J.J. Wheeler

BAYWATCH meets DODGEBALL

A washed up competitive diver whose greatest failure made him a Youtube sensation attempts to rehabilitate his image by entering a lifeguarding competition with a team of misfits.

Comedy Honorable Mention

WOULD YOU LIKE AN EXTRA SHOT?

Johnny Griffith

BURN AFTER READING meets GO

After an unsuccessful robbery, a thief accidentally kidnaps a woman with Alzheimer’s, leading the woman’s daughter on a wild chase to save her.

Action Comedy Top 75

Announcing The Top 10

The Launch Pad Feature Competition, alongside our exclusive competition partners Vertigo Entertainment, Twin Padres Productions, ESA, and Bellevue, are incredibly thrilled to announce the 2016 Launch Pad Feature Competition’s Top 10.

This year’s Top 10 features a wide array of genres including everything from tense thrillers, elevated sci-fi, and historical epics, to heart-wrenching dramas alongside side-splitting comedies. These stories transport us everywhere from a modern day wildlife refuge in Africa, to 17th century colonial America, to an asteroid prison with a solitary inmate, to a future where everyone can live forever. This year’s fourth round of finalists represents a vast range of storytelling, and a group of talented writers who bring these stories and characters to life while inviting us along for the ride.

Without further ado, we are incredibly excited to announce our Top 10 scripts for our 2016 Feature Competition.

(As a reminder: If you selected the ESA/Bellevue Signing Prize, Vertigo/Twin Padres Option Prize, or Mentor add-ons at time of entry, but did not advance to the Top 10, you are still in contention to win those prizes. In fact, every competition since we began featuring add-on partner packages has featured winners who did not make the initial finalist round.)

AMARA, 15

Hannah Leshaw

SHORT TERM 12 meets PRECIOUS

A 15-year-old Bronx teenager struggles to escape her father’s sexual abuse without leaving her two little sisters behind.

Drama

DEMON’S TRAIL

C. Marie Robinson

THE EXORCIST meets DRAG ME TO HELL

A disgraced former priest turned private investigator must team up with a psychic to solve a series of mysterious deaths across Los Angeles, which might be related to an exorcism he performed on the psychic’s brother decades earlier.

Horror Supernatural Thriller

DERBY CITY

Alexis Perkins

LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE meets SAVED

A bartender (and small-time con artist) fleeing a criminal gambling charge convinces a naive Mormon missionary to drive across country with her, but when their truck and money are stolen, they have to resort to hustling pool in order to make it to Utah.

Comedy

EDGE OF ETERNITY

Steve Isles

EX MACHINA meets PASSENGERS

A solitary prisoner sentenced to work in isolation mining precious metals on a remote asteroid creates a synthetic female companion for himself, and life gains meaning for him when the two fall in love. But when an emergency brings another astronaut to rescue them, he instead lays claim to everything the prisoner has.

Romance Sci-Fi Thriller

POACHER, THE

Travis Opgenorth

BEASTS OF NO NATION meets ROAD TO PERDITION

A Serengeti native and haunted former guerilla soldier, forced into poaching ivory to feed his starving family, finds himself gaining unwanted notoriety after shooting his estranged brother – a ruthless warlord who comes looking for revenge.

Action Drama

SAVAGE, THE

Christopher Yeazel

THE NEW WORLD meets LAST OF THE MOHICANS

After being kidnapped from his lands as a child, the Patuxet Indian Squanto spends his life fighting impossible odds to return home, setting in motion a series of events that changes the course of history. The epic true story behind one of America’s most endearing myths.

Adventure Biopic Period

SENIOR CAMP

Kenny Wright

NEIGHBORS meets GRUMPY OLD MEN

After being put in a senior resort, an elderly grouch rallies his fellow seniors to fight back against the rival youth party resort that’s opened next door.

Comedy

SHELL, THE

Charlie Neubauer

MINORITY REPORT meets TRANSCENDENCE

In a future where death has been eradicated thanks to a revolutionary technology that allows people to be resurrected, a petty criminal is tasked with solving the seemingly impossible murder of its inventor – his mother.

Sci-Fi Thriller

SUBMERGED

Dan Hall

THE SHALLOWS meets OPEN WATER

Trapped in a shrinking air pocket deep beneath the ocean’s surface, the survivors of a plane crash battle to stay alive long enough for the rescue teams to locate them.

Thriller

WHISPERS FROM THE WATCHTOWER

Jai Brandon

GONE BABY GONE meets PRISONERS

When his daughter goes missing, a popular radio talk show host and professional skeptic must work with a psychic in a last ditch attempt to get his child back.

Drama Thriller

Announcing The Top 25

The Launch Pad Feature Competition, alongside our exclusive competition partners Vertigo Entertainment, Twin Padres Productions, ESA, and Bellevue, are incredibly thrilled to announce the 2016 Launch Pad Feature Competition’s TOP 25.

This year’s Top 25 features a wide array of genres including everything from high stakes action, near future sci-fi, and war epics, to romantic dramedys and even period piece adventure biopics. These stories take us from 1950s Mississippi during the dawn of the Civil Rights Movement, to an isolated colony on Mars, to the Manzanar internment camp during World War II, to the football fields of the NFL, to the middle ages of England, to the timeless halls of high school. This year’s third round of finalists represents a vast range of storytelling, and a group of talented writers who bring these stories and characters to life while inviting us along for the ride.

Without further ado, we are incredibly excited to announce our Top 25 scripts for our 2016 Feature Competition.

(As a reminder: If you selected the ESA/Bellevue Signing Prize, Vertigo/Twin Padres Option Prize, or Mentor add-ons at time of entry, but did not advance to the Top 25, you are still in contention to win those prizes. In fact, every competition since we began featuring add-on partner packages has featured winners who did not make the initial finalist round.)

A MISSISSIPPI MURDER

Mark G. Anderson

MISSISSIPPI BURNING meets TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

The true story of two African American reporters who travel to Mississippi in 1955 to cover the trial of Emmett Till, the young black man whose brutal murder ignited the Civil Rights Movement. After discovering the existence of several key black witnesses, they work with the prosecuting attorney to bring the witnesses to testify amongst threats and racial prejudice.

Drama Period

AMARA, 15

Hannah Leshaw

SHORT TERM 12 meets PRECIOUS

A 15-year-old Bronx teenager struggles to escape her father’s sexual abuse without leaving her two little sisters behind.

Drama

ANGELS OF THE DEEP

James L. Head

TOP GUN meets CRIMSON TIDE

In the near future, a submarine war games exercise turns into an all-out battle for the fate of the world when one side unexpectedly starts fighting for keeps, and an elite squadron of North American sub-fighter pilots are the last line of defense.

Action Sci-Fi War

CLASH

Andrea Jaag

ARGO meets NO ESCAPE

After their teenage son accidentally kills a woman with his car, an estranged American family living in Saudi Arabia must cover up the crime and attempt to get out of the country before the local authorities and the victim’s sister catch up to them.

Drama Thriller

COLOUR ME JANE

Elisa McRae

SHORT TERM 12 meets SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

A high school counselor with a large facial birthmark attempts to help a student who was disfigured in a fire while simultaneously dealing with her own reluctance to accept love after meeting the man of her dreams.

Comedy Drama Romantic Comedy

CONSTANTINOPLE

Rachel J. Beard

KINGDOM OF HEAVEN meets 300

A Byzantine captain escapes his long enslavement at the hands of the Ottoman Empire just as the city of Constantinople prepares to defend itself against an Ottoman siege, leaving him to prove his loyalty to those that had given him up for dead.

Action Period War

DEMON’S TRAIL

C. Marie Robinson

THE EXORCIST meets DRAG ME TO HELL

A disgraced former priest turned private investigator must team up with a psychic to solve a series of mysterious deaths across Los Angeles, which might be related to an exorcism he performed on the psychic’s brother decades earlier.

Horror Supernatural Thriller

DERBY CITY

Alexis Perkins

LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE meets SAVED

A bartender (and small-time con artist) fleeing a criminal gambling charge convinces a naive Mormon missionary to drive across country with her, but when their truck and money are stolen, they have to resort to hustling pool in order to make it to Utah.

Comedy

DO KNOW HARM

Jim Goode & Scott Hawthorne

SAFE HOUSE meets HOMELAND

A CIA psychologist working in Syria is suspected of harboring treasonous information from a session and must go on the run with the help of one of her most dangerous patients in order to find out exactly what the government thinks she already knows, and why it is worth her life.

Action Thriller

EDGE OF ETERNITY

Steve Isles

EX MACHINA meets PASSENGERS

A solitary prisoner sentenced to work in isolation mining precious metals on a remote asteroid creates a synthetic female companion for himself, and life gains meaning for him when the two fall in love. But when an emergency brings another astronaut to rescue them, he instead lays claim to everything the prisoner has.

Romance Sci-Fi Thriller

ESTEVAN THE BLACK

Karl Bauer & Michael Choi

THE REVENANT meets 12 YEARS A SLAVE

An African slave with a gift for languages travels with Spanish Conquistadors to Florida on a doomed quest to find and conquer the legendary city of gold. In this remarkable true story, he emerges as the unlikely hero on a journey that begins with 600 men, and ends with only four left alive.

Adventure Period

FELLOWSHIP, THE

Brendon Udy & Victoria Rau

THE HANGOVER meets FANBOYS

Just days before his wedding, a man’s friends surprise him with a trip to New Zealand for the world’s biggest Lord of the Rings role playing battle. But the adventure goes awry when one of their tour guides drugs everyone so he can swipe the valuable ring the groom bought for his fiance, leading to an epic journey to get it back before the big day.

Adventure Comedy

GAME-CHANGER, THE

Patrick Sherman

RUDY meets MILK

A closeted gay rookie for the Dallas Cowboys struggles to make his mark in the most macho of professional sports, and the consequences of becoming the first active NFL player in history to come out of the closet.

Drama Sports

JESSE’S GIRL

John Wikstrom

THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN meets SHE’S THE MAN

In a bid to make his ex jealous and win her back, a high school senior invents a girlfriend on social media, but runs into trouble when he falls for the real-life girl he based her on.

Comedy Teen

MANZANAR

Ian Hayden

EMPIRE OF THE SUN meets UNBROKEN

A Japanese-American family struggles to maintain their identity and stay together after they are relocated to the Manzanar internment camp during World War II.

Drama Period War

MARIAN

Pete Barry

ROBIN HOOD meets BRAVEHEART

When a conspiracy to conquer England leads to the assassination of Robin Hood right before her eyes, Marian must rise to power and lead her people into a war that will not only decide the fate of the kingdom, but that will see her don the mantle of the man she loved, and reimagine the story of a legend we thought we knew.

Action Adventure Period

POACHER, THE

Travis Opgenorth

BEASTS OF NO NATION meets ROAD TO PERDITION

A haunted former African guerilla soldier forced into poaching ivory to feed his starving family finds himself gaining unwanted notoriety after shooting a ruthless warlord who comes looking for revenge.

Action Drama

RED WINTER

Evan McNamara

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD meets THE MARTIAN

When her parents are killed, a young woman living in an isolated colony on Mars must trek across the planet to find other colonists, avoiding the dangerous feral humans roaming the red sands.

Action Sci-Fi

SAVAGE, THE

Christopher Yeazel

THE NEW WORLD meets LAST OF THE MOHICANS

After being kidnapped from his lands as a child, the Patuxet Indian Squanto spends his life fighting impossible odds to return home, setting in motion a series of events that changes the course of history. The epic true story behind one of America’s most endearing myths.

Adventure Biopic Period

SENIOR CAMP

Kenny Wright

NEIGHBORS meets GRUMPY OLD MEN

After being put in a senior resort, an elderly grouch rallies his fellow seniors to fight back against the rival youth party resort that’s opened next door.

Comedy

SHADOWS OF OZ

Nathan Wilcoxen

ALICE IN WONDERLAND meets THE WIZARD OF OZ

When a wicked witch of Wonderland invades Oz in search of a legendary all-powerful scepter, the Mad Hatter recruits Alice’s granddaughter, a teenage convict, to stop her.

Adventure Fantasy

SHELL, THE

Charlie Neubauer

MINORITY REPORT meets TRANSCENDENCE

In a future where death has been eradicated thanks to a revolutionary technology that allows people to be resurrected, a petty criminal is tasked with solving the seemingly impossible murder of its inventor – his mother.

Sci-Fi Thriller

SUBMERGED

Dan Hall

THE SHALLOWS meets OPEN WATER

Trapped in a shrinking air pocket deep beneath the ocean’s surface, the survivors of a plane crash battle to stay alive long enough for the rescue teams to locate them.

Thriller

VIOLET

Scott Thomas

INSIDIOUS meets ORPHAN

Fleeing from her abusive husband in the dark of night with her young daughter in tow, a woman moves back into her childhood home. But it’s there she realizes the horror isn’t over, and that the sadistic imaginary friend she had as a child is very real, and plans to trap her in the house where they can play forever.

Horror Supernatural Thriller

WHISPERS FROM THE WATCHTOWER

Jai Brandon

GONE BABY GONE meets PRISONERS

When his daughter goes missing, a popular radio talk show host and professional skeptic must work with a psychic in a last ditch attempt to get his child back.

Drama Thriller

Announcing The Top 50

The Launch Pad, in partnership with Vertigo Entertainment, Twin Padres Productions, ESA and Bellevue are thrilled to announce the Top 50 Features of 2016

Following several months of reading, re-reading, debating, and tallying scores from our fourth year of the Launch Pad Feature Competition, we, alongside our exclusive competition partners Vertigo Entertainment, Twin Padres Productions, ESA and Bellevue, are incredibly thrilled to announce the 2016 Launch Pad Feature Competition’s TOP 50.

In the four years since we started the Launch Pad Competitions, we’ve seen more than 180 writers signed, 65 projects set up, and 30 writers staffed, and the numbers just keep growing. For this competition, we’ve enlisted powerhouse producing partners Vertigo Entertainment and Twin Padres Productions, as well as all-star representation partners ESA and Bellevue. We’ve never been so excited about the potential opportunities for all our Launch Pad writers — past, present, and future.

For this year, we’ve seen not only the largest volume of submissions, but also some of the best scripts we’ve ever read, making this an incredibly tough decision all around. This year’s second round of finalists represent a vast range of storytelling, from journeys of self-discovery and misfits just trying to find their place, to heartbreaking accounts of real world injustice being righted, from epic period pieces to timely teen comedies, and spanning everywhere from fantasy lands to outer space. There are endless new worlds contained in these 50 scripts, and these finalists have invited us along for the ride.

Without further ado, we are incredibly excited to announce the second round of finalists for our fourth Launch Pad Feature Competition!

(As a reminder: If you selected the ESA/Bellevue Signing Prize, Vertigo/Twin Padres Option Prize, or Mentor add-ons at time of entry, but did not advance to the Top 50, you are still in contention to win those prizes. In fact, every competition since we began featuring add-on partner packages has featured winners who did not make the initial finalist round.)

ProjectWritten By
105 Royal AvenueVictoria Armstrong
A Mississippi MurderMark G. Anderson
A Necessary Act of ViolenceJohn Torma
Amara, 15Hannah Leshaw
Angels of the DeepJames L. Head
Apple Tree, TheMatthew Arnold-Ladensack
Bait NightTimothy Grant
Catharsis and the CatfishDillon Michael White
Chaperone, TheRobert Remy
Charlie RedstarGeorge Gier
ClashAndrea Jaag
Colour Me JaneElisa McRae
ConstantinopleRachel J. Beard
Dan & Frankie Save the WorldAlan Wood
Dance of the VandalsC. Marie Robinson
Demon’s TrailC. Marie Robinson
Derby CityAlexis Perkins
DisgrasianTed Youngmin Sim
Do Know HarmJim Goode & Scott Hawthorne
Edge of EternitySteve Isles
EndraOskar Tellhed
Estevan the BlackKarl Bauer & Michael Choi
Fellowship, TheBrendon Udy & Victoria Rau
Game-Changer, ThePatrick Sherman
GargoyleBrendon Udy & Victoria Rau
Hitchcock Murders, TheAndy Maycock
Honey TrapJuhana Lumme
JacarandaRyan W. Smith
Jesse’s GirlJohn Wikstrom
Major TaylorPW Valentine
ManzanarIan Hayden
MarianPete Barry
Missing TimePhilip James Booth
One White CrowPippa Hinchley
PennyArthur Panoyan
Poacher, TheTravis Opgenorth
Red WinterEvan McNamara
Sand CreekJane Paulson & Marcy Kelly
Savage, TheChristopher Yeazel
Senior CampKenny Wright
Shadows of OzNathan Wilcoxen
Shell, TheCharlie Neubauer
Slammin’Brandon Martin
Step MomsterChase Caldwell
SubmergedDan Hall
ThembiTom Glasson
VioletScott Thomas
Where Devils RoamNathan Wilcoxen
Whispers From the WatchtowerJai Brandon
Without PrejudiceKenlon Clark & William Rubio
Announcing The Top 75

The Launch Pad, in partnership with Vertigo Entertainment, Twin Padres Productions, ESA and Bellevue are thrilled to announce the Top 75 Features of 2016

After several months of reading, debating and tallying, we, alongside our exclusive competition partners Vertigo Entertainment, Twin Padres Productions, ESA and Bellevue, are incredibly thrilled to announce the 2016 Launch Pad Feature Competition’s TOP 75.

With this year’s competition we not only saw the largest number of entries ever, or read some of the best scripts we’ve ever read, but we also celebrated the Launch Pad Competitions ushering into it’s fourth year in existence. To think, all those years ago this was simply something we’d put together because we felt there was a void in the competition space that was really helping writers break out, and now, with more than 180 writers signed, 65 projects set up and 30 writers staffed, we’re going into year four with a list of powerful producing partners in Scott Free, Vertigo Entertainment, Twin Padres and Endgame Entertainment, representation partners in Energy Entertainment, ESA, Bellevue, Lee Stobby Entertainment and Fourth Wall Management, and publishing partners in Inkshares, we’ve never been more excited about the opportunities, the expansion, and the potential on display for all of our Launch Pad writers.

And this year’s Top 75 once again showcased the diverse spectrum of storytelling that led us here; from sci-fi coming of age tales to revisionist history think pieces, dramatically focused biopics to holiday family laughers, epic period pieces to intense character studies, mile-a-minute action comedies to personal tales of discovery, R-rated high school adventures to supernatural thrillers, timely political conspiracies to stoner alien abductions, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. This year’s finalists not only presented us with an endless sea of worlds to play in, but they each invited us in to get lost in the beauty of their journey with them.

Now, the real fun begins. As our 2016 LPFC producing partners Vertigo Entertainment and Twin Padres Productions begin to search for their next breakout hit, and our 2016 LPFC representation partners ESA and Bellevue begin the hunt for their next star client, we dive headfirst into getting your work into the hands of our judges at WME, UTA, Anonymous Content, Good Fear, CAA, Circle of Confusion, Madhouse Entertainment, ICM, Romark Entertainment, Magnet Management, Epicenter, Zero Gravity, Paradigm, Gersh, DMG, Writ Large, Markerstone, Prime Universe, APA and Grandview amongst others. To say the next few weeks are going to be exciting would be the understatement of a lifetime.

So, before we begin our journey towards introducing these writers to the world, let us first introduce you to the 2016 Launch Pad Feature Competition TOP 75!

(As a reminder: If you selected the ESA/Bellevue Signing Prize, Vertigo / Twin Padres Option Prize, or Mentor add-ons at time of entry, but did not advance to the Top 75, you are still in contention to win those prizes. In fact, every competition since we began featuring add-on partner packages has featured winners who did not make the initial finalist round.)

ProjectWritten By
105 Royal AvenueVictoria Armstrong
A ChrismiscueGregory Harty
A Mississippi MurderMark G. Anderson
A Necessary Act of ViolenceJohn Torma
Actual Vampire Keanu ReevesAshley Moon
Adam & EveDavid Kushner
Amara, 15Hannah Leshaw
Angels of the DeepJames L. Head
Apple Tree, TheMatthew Arnold-Ladensack
Baby RouletteLindzi Scharf
Bait NightTimothy Grant
BorderlineClyde Tom Bennett
Catharsis and the CatfishDillon Michael White
Chaperone, TheRobert Remy
Charlie RedstarGeorge Gier
ClashAndrea Jaag
Colour Me JaneElisa McRae
ConstantinopleRachel J. Beard
Dan & Frankie Save the WorldAlan Wood
Dance of the VandalsC. Marie Robinson
Demon’s TrailC. Marie Robinson
Derby CityAlexis Perkins
DisgrasianTed Youngmin Sim
Do Know HarmJim Goode & Scott Hawthorne
Double IndianaDavid Miller
Edge of EternitySteve Isles
EndraOskar Tellhed
Estevan the BlackKarl Bauer & Michael Choi
Fellowship, TheBrendon Udy & Victoria Rau
Game-Changer, ThePatrick Sherman
GargoyleBrendon Udy & Victoria Rau
Grow House, TheMiley Tunnecliffe
Hitchcock Murders, TheAndy Maycock
Honey TrapJuhana Lumme
Hybrid, TheRichard Turgeon
It All Comes Down to ThisPatrick Wiegers & Scott Marshall Taylor
JacarandaRyan W. Smith
Jesse’s GirlJohn Wikstrom
Last Badass, TheAdam Draves & Paul Colahan
Last Year’s ManTim Glister
Major TaylorPW Valentine
ManzanarIan Hayden
MarianPete Barry
Miss LibertyCraig Paulsen
Missing TimePhilip James Booth
Mr. MoonMike Langer
NostalgiaMichael Aloyan
Off the HookJohn Arvai
On the SidelinesSam Greisman
One White CrowPippa Hinchley
PennyArthur Panoyan
Poacher, TheTravis Opgenorth
Red ThreadLeif Johnson
Red WinterEvan McNamara
Sand CreekJane Paulson & Marcy Kelly
Savage, TheChristopher Yeazel
Secret WeaponPeter Limm
Senior CampKenny Wright
Shadows of OzNathan Wilcoxen
Shell, TheCharlie Neubauer
Shore BreakAnthony Guidubaldi & Keith Strausbaugh
Sideways Down the SkyBarry Brennessel
Slammin’Brandon Martin
Step MomsterChase Caldwell
SubmergedDan Hall
Tech & StrykerOdin Ozdil
ThembiTom Glasson
Un-Crowd, TheScott Thomas
VilnaMatt Huston
VioletScott Thomas
Where Devils RoamNathan Wilcoxen
Whispers From the WatchtowerJai Brandon
Without PrejudiceKenlon Clark & William Rubio
Woe to the WickedChris Dennis
Would You Like an Extra Shot?Johnny Griffith

When we started our first competition just three years ago, we did so with a clear set of goals: find great new voices, discover stories, and help the writers behind these two things launch their careers. For us, being the best screenwriting competition out there means absolutely nothing if the writers involved are not getting their shot at their dreams. And in just our first few years we’ve seen wild success even beyond our own ambitious aspirations. With over 150 writers signed, 51 projects set up, more than 21 writers staffed on hit shows, and 3 studio bidding wars, we’re thrilled with the connections we’ve made, and the careers our writers have spun, but we’re far from willing to let this kick into auto pilot. Instead, we’ve expanded once again and added new partners, new programs, and even more opportunities for your career to originate directly from within this competition. And it’s with that in mind, that we’re proud to introduce to you the…


This year’s Launch Pad Feature Competition is not only the latest competition to launch, but it is the largest competition we’ve ever done. With our inaugural manuscript competition already featuring exclusive partnerships with Ridley Scott, Energy Entertainment and Inkshares, we knew we wanted to be sure we were providing that same level of exclusive opportunity those entrusting their work with the Launch Pad brand have come to expect with this competition. And, we’re happy to say we believe we’ve done just that by finalizing an exclusive partnership with Roy Lee’s Vertigo Entertainment, Jeremy Garelick’s Twin Padres Entertainment, Bellevue Productions and ESA Agency. With this new round of partners we’ve not only provided guaranteed buying outlets from some of the biggest producers in town, but we’ve also secured guaranteed signings from one of the fastest growing representation homes in Hollywood.

With the producing/creative teams behind projects such as The Lego Movie, The Hangover, The Departed, The Wedding Ringer, The Grudge, and the upcoming Baywatch film onboard to pick up a minimum of one project, we’ve immediately added two career jumpstarting opportunities. But, by adding the agents who represent the writers behind projects such as Game of Thrones, House of Cards, and Black Sails, we’ve added two more exclusive opportunities to not only kickoff your career, but to find a team that is there to help you guide it into the future.

But, we didn’t stop there. This year we’re also offering every single entrant a free two-week long seminar with the Roadmap Writers Program. Teaming up with the Launch Pad team, former development exec for Bold Films (Nightcrawler, Drive) Joey Tuccio has curated an exclusive experience for writers of all experience levels to interact with producers, executives, agents, and managers to help you build a better pitch, learn how to be good in a room, and how to be sure you’re putting your best work into the world.

As we’ve said since the beginning, we’re not interested in simply being a screenwriting competition; we’re interested in being the first step in starting your writing career.

INTRODUCING THE ALL ACCESS PASS

Three Competitions | One Low Price | Enter Any Time

Our Exclusive Partnership With
Vertigo & Twin Padres

A Minimum of Two Guaranteed Options

Between producer Roy Lee and his Vertigo Entertainment and writer/director/producer Jeremy Garelick and his Twin Padres Entertainment, chances are there is not a single one of you entering this year’s competition that has not seen at least one of their films. Between Lee’s The Lego Movie, How to Train Your Dragon, The Grudge, The Ring, The Departed, The Woman in Black, Poltergeist, Oldboy, and the upcoming Stephen King adaptations of It, and The Stand, and Garelick’s The Hangover, The Wedding Ringer, The Break-Up, The Grinder, Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life, The Rebels, and the upcoming Baywatch film, these two have not only created some of Hollywood’s biggest films and television series of the past two decades, but they’ve both joined our competition in search of their next breakout hit!

Both companies have not only signed on to judge this year, but are hungry to option projects from this year’s competition! That’s right, by entering this competition you have not one, but two shots at working with these two companies right out of the gate. Not too bad of a start for day one.

OUR EXCLUSIVE PARTNERSHIP WITH
ESA & BELLEVUE PRODUCTIONS

A Minimum of Two Guaranteed Signings

As two of the fastest growing representation companies in the business, ESA and Bellevue Productions have not only become a hub for breakout new talent, but they’ve become the home to some of Hollywood’s biggest new voices. With a collective roster of talent behind projects such as The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Game of Thrones, Empire, Mr. Robot, House of Cards, Black Sails, The 100, these companies have forged one of the most prolific rosters in town. In the feature space they’ve sold projects to major studios including Warner Bros., Twentieth Century Fox, New Line Cinema, Broad Green Pictures, Amazon Studios and more. With multiple Launch Pad Alum signings in previous competitions, and a consistent appearance on the annual best of lists such as The Black List, The Hit List, The Blood List, and The Young & Hungry List, these companies are not only on the rise, but they have come to be some of the smartest and most effective representatives in the entertainment industry..

Once again, both companies have not only signed on to judge this year, but they’ve each signed on to guarantee to sign a minimum of one writer each from this year’s competition! With a strong script in hand, and a passion to make your dreams a reality, these companies are here to help you get there.


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OUR EXCLUSIVE PARTNERSHIP WITHROADMAP WRITERS

A Free Exclusive Two-Week Writing Program

Since our very first competition, we’ve been incredibly thankful to every single writer who not only gave us a shot, but who let us help them reach for their dreams. And while we’re incredibly proud of all of the writers who’ve joined our Alum ranks over the years and gone off into the world to conquer Hollywood, we’ve always felt disappointed we couldn’t give something back to every writer submitting. Sure, we’d offer discounts on other options and entries, but that never felt like it was enough of a way to say thank you for choosing us. So this year, we’re changing that.

In an exclusive partnership with Roadmap Writers, we’ve teamed up with former Bold Films (Nightcrawler, Drive) development executive Joey Tuccio to curate a two-week intensive writing program for every single writer who enters. No added fees, no catches, just two weeks of online (so everyone in the world can take advantage of it) workshops with producers, executives, and reps to help you hone your skills as you learn about pitching, being good in a room, navigating the water bottle tours of Hollywood, understanding what execs want, and tackling a number of writing challenges focused on helping you present the best version of you on the page. By entering any competition, you’ve already made the first step toward chasing your dreams. Now let us make the next step even easier.

A GREAT IDEA IS ONLY THE BEGINNING. WE’RE HERE TO HELP YOU WRITE THE NEXT CHAPTER.

ANNOUNCING OUR 2016MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

This year we are thrilled to announce our 2016 Feature Competition Mentors who collectively have written for nearly every major studio including Warner Bros., Disney, Sony, Fox, Lionsgate, and more.

If you’ve ever seen a movie in theaters or turned on a TV, we’re fairly confident you’ve seen our first mentors of this year’s work. Marianne & Cormac Wibberley are longtime fixtures in the film world, and their impressive list of credits include the blockbuster National Treasure franchise as well as I Spy, Bad Boys II, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, The Shaggy Dog, and G-Force. In addition they penned adaptations of the hit Playstation game franchise Uncharted and the Fantastic Voyage remake. Also joining our program this year is Hit List, Black List, and Young & Hungry List alum Andrew Baldwin who was named by IndieWire as one of the Top 5 Screenwriters to watch. In addition to selling numerous original specs, Baldwin has been handpicked to right the Bourne Legacy sequel for Jeremy Renner as well as the Logan’s Run remake for Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling. Finally, mentor Gary Graham, whose spec Garden At The End Of The World set Hollywood ablaze before being set up with Warner Bros. to become the next installment in the I Am Legend franchise. Following that, Graham was immediately tapped by Warner Bros. again to adapt Railhead for director Doug Liman. We’re fortunate to have such an accomplished group of mentors this year who will undoubtedly deliver a once in a life time opportunity for writers looking to take their career to the next level.
Our mentor program will focus on getting your script ready, tips and strategies on pitching and choosing your next project, and insight on how to navigate your newly minted Hollywood career.

FEEDBACK NOTES

When it comes to writing, ignorance is in fact not bliss. By pouring your heart, passion and time into something, and never knowing how it was received, competitions often, and quite strangely never, offer writers a chance to know why their script did, or did not, advance. And that’s not something we could get behind. So this year we’re once again offering every writer an opportunity to add Feedback Notes to their entries. With an emphasis on initial thoughts, opinions, and analysis, you’ll get an inside look at what is usually a behind the curtain process, and get our professional readers’ perspectives on the story, characters, structure, marketability, and ideas for where the story could go. Was it a page-turner? Did we want to see more of a character? Was the dialogue believable? With Feedback Notes we not only want to let you know what worked or didn’t work, we want to provide professional thoughts as to why things may have stalled out, or why we were excited for it, and offer you ideas on where to take things, or how to handle a rewrite, or even what to do next with the script.

Adam Perry

Adrian Askarieh

Allison Gillogly

Brooklyn Weaver

Charlie Ferraro

Charlie Scully

Chris Fenton

CJ Fight

Daniel Seco

David Boxerbaum

Gabriel Chu

Greg Pedicin

Jake Wagner

Jarrod Murray

Jeff Belkin

Jon Cassir

Jon Kanak

Kendrick Tan

Ken Freimann

Lauren Patterson

Mark Lawyer

Niki Montazaran

Tom Carter

Varun Monga

Zac Frognowski