2018 Feature Competition Results

THE LAUNCH PAD COMPETITION, IN EXCLUSIVE PARTNERSHIP WITH VERVE, GOOD FEAR FILM + MANAGEMENT AND ROMARK ENTERTAINMENT, IS THRILLED TO ANNOUNCE THE WINNERS OF THE 2018/2019 LAUNCH PAD FEATURE COMPETITION.

This year’s competition has provided us with a truly breathtaking array of work, which spans genres and formats, coming from a diverse collection of writers across the globe. It has never been more difficult to pick our winners than this year because the quality of writing was simply so high. Once again, we thank our judges for taking the time to make these impossible decisions between all of our outstanding finalists to give us this amazing group of winning projects.

With all of that said, we’re incredibly proud to announce our Overall Winner, Top Comedy Winner, Top Drama Winner, Verve Guaranteed Signing Winner, Romark Entertainment Guaranteed Option Winner, and the three Launch Pad Mentorship Winners.

Congratulations to our winners and to all of our finalists. We cannot wait to see what comes next!

Overall Winner

DON’T GO THERE

Jeffrey Field

THE STRANGERS meets WAIT UNTIL DARK

On the coldest night of the year, a violent man who has just murdered four people seeks refuge in what appears to be an empty home, only to discover that the elderly woman living within may be far more dangerous than anything waiting for him outside.

Drama Thriller

Overall Winner

Top Comedy

PLEASE LET EVERYTHING BE ALL RIGHT

Paul Chang

HELL OR HIGH WATER meets FARGO

When a desperate single mom and a shady restaurant owner coincidentally attempt to rob a bank at the same time, their getaway plans are derailed, thrusting them together into a world of drug trafficking, murder, and good old American televangelism.

Action Comedy Crime

Top Comedy

Top Drama

MARGO & PERRY

Becca Roth

TULLY meets FRANCES HA

When an aimless twenty-something meets a young girl who she believes to be the daughter she gave up for adoption as a teen, she decides to become the girl’s babysitter in order to get closer to her and learn about the life she missed.

Comedy Drama

Top Drama

Romark Entertainment Guaranteed Option Winner

THIS KISS

Dennis Curlett

GROUNDHOG DAY meets THE PROPOSAL

A 32-year-old interior designer, desperate to get married, wakes up to find she now has the power to see how all of her relationships will end after just one kiss.

Fantasy Romantic Comedy Thriller

Top 10 Romark Entertainment Guaranteed Option Winner

Verve Guaranteed Signing Winner

T

Eric Gross

STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON meets ROCKY

The true story of how Lawrence Tureaud, a poor kid in Chicago with 12 brothers and sisters, fought and charmed his way into becoming the single lettered icon of saintly compassion and macho energy: Mr. T.

Biopic Drama Period

Top 25 Verve Signing Winner

Mentorship Program Winners

ARTIFICAL

Jonathan Dillon

EX MACHINA meets 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE

After a viral outbreak leaves her as the only person left alive, a woman who has taken shelter in a high-tech home is stunned to find a mysterious man knocking at her door.

Horror Sci-Fi Thriller

Top 50 Mentorship Selection (Joe Russo)

MENDICANT, THE

C.J. Wells and Jeff Singer

SE7EN meets FIRST REFORMED

Seven years after leaving his former life as a family man and ritual-homicide FBI investigator, a devout ascetic mendicant priest is coerced into assisting his former partner in hunting the puppet master behind a series of family annihilations when the sole surviving child from his last case appears to be in the perpetrator’s crosshairs.

Crime Thriller

Top 50 Mentorship Selection (Dan Benamor)

SHADOW

Cody Pearce

THE GREY meets STRANGER THINGS

When a Boy Scout troop investigates a mysterious SOS signal in the middle of the wilderness, a terrifying and inexplicable force begins hunting them.

Horror Thriller

Top 50 Mentorship Selection (Matt Leslie)

 

Top 5% Of All Entries

(Listed Alphabetically)

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Edward Somers

TRAINWRECK meets JENNIFER’S BODY

Saying “I love you” for the first time can be a little scary. Maybe that’s why two commitment-phobe roommates, Reese and Sarah, make a pact to boycott love. But when Reese starts secretly dating and falling for Sarah’s one-night stand, saying “I love you” goes from a little scary to downright horrifying!

Comedy Horror Romance

Top 25

#CONSPIRACY

Michael Owens and Zach Bidman

21 JUMP STREET meets SEARCH PARTY

What was supposed to be a quick girls night out to prove that V’s boyfriend was cheating on her suddenly becomes a vast conspiracy of drugs, dirty cops, secret societies, and a night they’ll never forget… whether they want to or not.

Comedy Crime

Top 10

A GOOD DEED

Christina Pamies

THE CONJURING meets THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE

A woman with a troubled past takes in her moody teenage niece to live in the family’s isolated farm house, but the two are soon tempted and tormented by a sinister creature that can take their pain away for a price.

Horror Thriller

Top 25

ADULTHOOD

Thomas Thonson

BILLY MADISON meets NEBRASKA

When a skateboarding playboy discovers he will only receive his inheritance if he starts behaving like an “adult,” he and his girlfriend decide to prove their maturity by adopting a lonely 80-year old man and becoming “parents.”

Comedy Drama

Top 25

AERIAL

Sean Harrigan

THE ABYSS meets INTERSTELLAR

On the first exploratory mission into the underground oceans of Jupiter’s moon Europa, an astronaut and his crew encounter an intelligent alien species that may hold the key to mankind’s survival, but may not be able to save them from what else lurks in the deep.

Drama Sci-Fi Thriller

Top 100

AMEN SISTERHOOD, THE

John Doble

CHI-RAQ meets HIDDEN FIGURES

In the midst of the 90s crack epidemic, a woman leads a group of mothers in a fight to clean up their housing projects, taking on drug dealers, corrupt politicians, an overburdened police force and the establishment along the way.

Drama

Top 75

ANNABELLA

James Marios Ellinas

ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST meets FRAILTY

Set in the remote and seemingly endless 1884 Nevada desert, a young girl awaits her father’s imminent return from a nearby silver mine, fearing his arrival and the sinister crusade he has forced their family to partake in.

Horror Thriller Western

Top 25

ART OF LETTING GO, THE

Jason Chan

WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING meets ORDINARY PEOPLE

When she awakes from a fifteen-year coma, a woman finds herself struggling to return to a life that has moved on without her.

Drama

Top 75

ARTIFICIAL

Jonathan Dillon

EX MACHINA meets 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE

After a viral outbreak leaves her as the only person left alive, a woman who has taken shelter in a high-tech home is stunned to find a mysterious man knocking at her door.

Horror Sci-Fi Thriller

Top 50 Mentorship Selection (Joe Russo)

BARLEY GANG CREW, THE

Vijay Ilankamban

BACK TO THE FUTURE meets SUPERBAD

After failing to get dates for the Prom, a group of high school friends discover a way to travel to an alternate dimension where the girls that they asked to the Prom all said “yes.”

Comedy Coming-of-Age Sci-Fi

Top 75

BEANSTALK

Aarthi Ramanathan

JACK THE GIANT SLAYER meets THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING

After a young boy accidentally unearths a magical beanstalk that introduces dangerous giants into his world, he must build up the courage to journey into the realm of the giants and save everyone he loves.

Adventure Family Fantasy

Top 25

BEAST OF THE RED FOREST, THE

Graham Funke

CHERNOBYL DIARIES meets PREDATOR

A Ukrainian guide is hired to lead a hunt for a mythical creature said to inhabit the radioactive forests surrounding Chernobyl. However, as the guide begins to discover the hunters may have secrets of their own, the hunters discover the creature may not be mythical after all.

Horror Thriller

Top 100

BOYFRIEND WHISPERER, THE

Dani Messerschmidt

HITCH meets MUST LOVE DOGS

In order to save her struggling dog training business, a woman adapts her methods to help women train their boyfriends instead.

Romantic Comedy

Top 100

CHALLENGER

Skye Emerson

APOLLO 13 meets THE INSIDER

After the Challenger space shuttle explosion and at a time of great personal turmoil, Sally Ride joins the committee investigating what exactly what went wrong. As the investigation deepens, she begins to discover a series of cover-ups that not only put her career at risk, but could put an end to space travel as we know it.

Biopic Drama True

Top 50

DEMENTIA

Joe Toto

SE7EN meets MEMENTO

As she faces retirement, a top police detective who is losing her memory, deals with the murder of a suspect she was certain was guilty but could never convict.

Crime Drama Thriller

Top 100

DINNER PARTY

John Gisser

GROUNDHOG DAY meets LOVE, SIMON

After losing his job and his fiancé, a gay man goes to the family dinner party where he intended to come out to his conservative family. Unfortunately, after being outed by a petty sibling, he finds himself caught in a time loop and is forced to relive the worst night of his life over, and over, and over…

Comedy Drama Fantasy

Top 75

DISTORTION

Chris Howard

THE MAZE RUNNER meets 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE

Decades after an alien invasion wiped out most of humanity, an idealistic young journalist who’s spent her entire life in an underground bunker believed to be the last bastion of civilization risks everything to journey to the planet’s surface and learn the truth about the outside world.

Action Sci-Fi Young Adult

Top 100

DON’T GO THERE

Jeffrey Field

THE STRANGERS meets WAIT UNTIL DARK

On the coldest night of the year, a violent man who has just murdered four people seeks refuge in what appears to be an empty home, only to discover that the elderly woman living within may be far more dangerous than anything waiting for him outside.

Drama Thriller

Overall Winner

DREAMER OF DREAMS, THE

David Kushner & Joshua Bullock

FINDING NEVERLAND meets BIG FISH

After his daughter’s death and pregnant wife’s near-fatal stroke, famed author Roald Dahl uses his storytelling to help his children triumph in the face of tragedy — unknowingly creating many of the classics we know today.

Biopic Drama Period

Top 75

ELECTRIC GARDENS

Amy Blackwelder and Bill Daley

THE 100 meets NEVER LET ME GO

After a robot uprising has destroyed most life on earth, a group of teenagers who are being held captive are given the opportunity to escape by a soul-seeking robot, but must decide if they can put their trust in those who’ve doomed them as they fight for their freedom.

Sci-Fi Young Adult

Top 100

EXTRAJUDICIAL

Craig Bealer

CON AIR meets THE ROCK

A third-year law student visiting a high-profile death row inmate finds herself in a fight for her life when a terrorist group takes over the maximum security prison intent on breaking him out.

Action Thriller

Top 75

FADUMA & MIKE

Matthew Stenerson

BEFORE SUNRISE meets LOVING

A widowed Somali-American teacher and a plumber from the Midwest struggle with personal and societal pressures as they begin to fall in love.

Drama Romance

Top 75

FIFTH COLUMN, THE

Paul Sheridan

ZERO DARK THIRTY meets MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE

In a post NATO-world, a disgraced CIA operative teams up with the former Prime Minister of Russia to rescue his wife, the First Lady, and the First Son, whom the Russian President holds hostage in retaliation for a failed assassination attempt that left his own family dead.

Action Thriller

Top 75

FIGHTING GIRLFRIEND, THE

Alexander Vargas

FURY meets G.I. JANE

The incredible true story of Mariya Oktyabrskaya, a woman who after her husband was killed by the Germans in WWII convinced Stalin to make her the first-ever female tank commander, and in doing so became a beacon of hope for all of the Russian people.

Biopic Period War

Top 25

FINDING CUMBERBATCH

Ivan Tsang

BEING JOHN MALKOVICH meets FANBOYS

After accidentally destroying Benedict Cumberbatch’s wax figure at Madame Tussauds, superfan Eryn Soo wakes up to discover his entire career has been wiped from existence. Now she must do everything in her power to right this wrong and make him the brilliant star he once was, including teaming up with struggling actor Benedict Cumberbatch.

Comedy Fantasy

Top 50

FISSURE

Sean Gallimore

TREMORS meets 27 METERS DOWN

After a devastating earthquake tears the ground apart beneath them, four friends find themselves trapped in their car as a swarm of mutated flesh-eating insects surround them.

Horror Sci-Fi Thriller

Top 100

FLASHBACK

Gabriel Robertson and Ken Petrie

LOOPER meets THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU

n 2054 Chicago, time tourism has become the most sought-after vacation available – but when Jake and Pris’ dream trip to 1960’s London ends with Pris’ mysterious death, Jake finds himself on the run from the past and being hunted by the future as he tries to discover what happened in his new present.

Sci-Fi Thriller

Top 75

FOOL’S ERRAND

Christina Tucker

DRIVE meets A MOST VIOLENT YEAR

A low-level criminal who was hired to drive around a crime lord’s goddaughter, finds himself caught in a violent web of deceit and revenge, when he discovers she wants him to kill the man who hired him.

Crime Drama

Top 50

FOOL’S ERRAND, THE

Chris Bramante and John Murphy

THE PRINCESS BRIDE meets FUNNY PEOPLE

Set in a medieval fantasy kingdom, an aging comedian attempting to pioneer the art of stand- up comedy may have finally landed the gig of a lifetime – the royal wedding. But to get there he must gather his troupe of entertainers and make the perilous journey to the castle to claim his stardom.

Adventure Comedy Fantasy

Top 50

FORGOTTEN WARRIOR

Xander Bernstein

HOMECOMING meets ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND

In a future where people experiencing PTSD can have their memories erased, a traumatized military pilot who underwent the procedure starts to experience flashbacks of her erased memories that slowly begin to reveal a conspiracy at the highest levels of the government.

Action Sci-Fi Thriller

Top 100

FRANK & STEIN

Danny Baram

SHAUN OF THE DEAD meets VAN HELSING

Frankenstein’s Monster has put his old life behind him. He’s now just “Frank,” and with his wife – the plucky Suzie Stein – he lives a quiet life in the small town of Shonyville. But when an army of vampires invades, Frank and Suzie must lead the people of Shonyville in a battle against their undead enemies.

Action Comedy Horror

Top 25

GOOD MEN ARE HARD TO FIND

Jason Hynes

LONE SURVIVOR meets APOCALYPSE NOW

A former MI6 agent is tasked with protecting three American deserters on the run from their commander during the War in Afghanistan. The commander, a veteran bomb expert from Iraq, will do anything to stop them from exposing her war crimes.

Action Thriller War

Top 75

GREEN V. CITY OF NEW ORLEANS

Daniel Parino

LOVING meets A TIME TO KILL

In 1950’s New Orleans, a black couple is barred from adopting a mixed race child. With the help of an ambitious young lawyer, they take on the State in a legal battle over race and family to give a young girl a home in a time and place that says she doesn’t deserve one.

Drama Period True

Top 25

GUARDIAN

Natalie Baseman

OTHER PEOPLE meets THE BIG SICK

A sardonic stand up comic on the brink of late night success struggles to balance her life on the road with her new role as a parent when her dying sister requests she take guardianship of her two young nieces.

Comedy Drama

Top 25

HANDSOME DEVIL

John Gisser

NEIGHBORS meets LITTLE NICKY

When the son of the Devil accidentally kills a mortal at his underworld frat party, he is sentenced to Earth as punishment, where he is tasked with returning an uncool frat back to its prominent party-machine ways.

Comedy Fantasy

Top 50

THE HANGING MAN

Esther Geller

TRUE GRIT meets 12 YEARS A SLAVE

A precocious young girl is forced to defend her abolitionist family against ruthless bounty hunters when they’re stranded for the winter on the Oregon Trail, a task made treacherous by the discovery of a lynched runaway slave.

Drama Western

Top 50

HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT HARVEY?

Sam Wright

THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA meets THE SOCIAL NETWORK

The true story of Zelda Perkins, the one time assistant, enabler and victim of Harvey Weinstein who worked for him during his most turbulent period and took him on at the peak of his power.

Drama

Top 50

HAVEN, THE

Cord McConnell

READY PLAYER ONE meets THE ROAD

In a dystopian future where people have escaped reality for an addictive VR haven, a young boy sets out to find his missing sister, who may or may not still be alive.

Action Sci-Fi Thriller

Top 75

HIGH GROUND, THE

Dawn MacLeod

RED SPARROW meets BRIDGE OF SPIES

In the heart of the Space Race, a Russian KGB translator discovers that she was in fact the daughter of a killed American spy, and now sets her sights on defecting to America with the schematics for Sputnik.

Action Spy Thriller

Top 75

IDA

Guy Polin

SELMA meets MUDBOUND

During the late eighteen hundreds, African-American journalist and activist Ida B. Wells battles white supremacists and an intransigent Federal government in her quest to stop lynchings and enact Federal anti-lynching legislation.

Biopic Drama

Top 75

IN GREED WE TRUST

Ron Peer

LOGAN LUCKY meets MATCHSTICK MEN

After a cunning con man learns that a millionaire is searching for a son given up for adoption thirty years ago, he masquerades as the heir. All goes well until a sadistic P.I. discovers the scheme and kidnaps the con man’s girlfriend to get a cut of the score.

Crime Dark Comedy Thriller

Top 10

INCARNATIONS

Albert M. Chan

CLOUD ATLAS meets I, ORIGINS

An agnostic scientist unable to come to terms with the death of his four-year-old son discovers startling scientific evidence of reincarnation and sets off in search of him.

Drama Fantasy Sci-Fi

Top 100

JANET, WHO NEVER SMILES

Keren Bloom

SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK meets YOU

A man and a woman reeling from their own troubled pasts, start to open up to one another and along the way fall in love.

Drama Romantic Comedy

Top 100

J.D., HARPER, TRUMAN

Mat Raymond

LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE meets ON THE ROAD

In the early 1960’s, authors J. D. Salinger, Harper Lee, and Truman Capote embark on a cross- country road trip from Los Angeles to New York City.

Biopic Drama Period

Top 100

JUDY’S SEARCH FOR GOD

Dave Wade

THE WIZARD OF OZ meets SAVED!

After her entire life is ripped out from under her, Judy decides to throw everything to the wind and set out on a road trip adventure on a quest for God.

Comedy

Top 100

LAST CANADIAN VIRGINS, THE

Evan Rindler and Jon Rizik

CABIN IN THE WOODS meets SUPERBAD

When a group of high school seniors discover they’re trapped in a teen comedy, they realize the only way to break free from the generic Hollywood tropes they’ve all been created on is to completely reject their stereotypes.

Comedy Satire Teen

Top 50

LAST SAXON KING, THE

Chris Ryden

BRAVEHEART meets MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS

In 1066 two warriors with a vested claim to the English throne collide in a legendary battle that will forever shape the future of Europe. The true story of the Norman conquest and the Battle of Hastings.

Action Drama War

Top 50

LATCHKEY KIDS, THE

Richard Martin

GOONIES meets STAND BY ME

After one of their friends passes away, a group of kids set out on an epic treasure hunt that they believe their recently deceased friend is guiding them towards.

Adventure Coming-of-Age

Top 75

LIMO DRIVER, THE

Tejal Desai

NOTTING HILL meets WIN A DATE WITH TAD HAMILTON

Recently divorced single father Martin finds his life turned upside down when a mega-star pop icon gets into his limo amidst a publicized nervous breakdown, and convinces him to let her stay with him while she tries to get her life back on track.

Romantic Comedy

Top 75

LIMPING LADY, THE

Devi Gowni

THE IMITATION GAME meets ALLIED

The incredible true story of Virginia Hall, the legendary WWII spy (and the first woman to join the CIA), and her journey across the Alps with a wooden leg, several injured POW’s in tow, and the Nazi army closing in behind them.

Biopic Spy Thriller

Top 10

LOVERS A’GO-GO

Christian Palacios Canterbury

HAIRSPRAY meets ALMOST FAMOUS

A spirited but awkward teenage girl in 1964 Akron, by a fluke, wins a dancing competition and flies to Hollywood to perform onstage with the Rolling Stones, finding adventure and romance along the way.

Comedy Drama Romance

Top 100

MAN FROM THE DEEP, THE

Robert Riley

DUNKIRK meets INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS

When a ship that is evacuating children during WWII’s London Blitz is sunk by a U-boat, one of the surviving crew members is sent on a vicious, vengeance-fueled quest to find the man responsible for the atrocity.

Action Thriller War

Top 100

MARGO & PERRY

Becca Roth

TULLY meets FRANCES HA

When an aimless twenty-something meets a young girl who she believes to be the daughter she gave up for adoption as a teen, she decides to become the girl’s babysitter in order to get closer to her and learn about the life she missed.

Comedy Drama

Top Drama

MARVIN

Jason Gilmore

RAY meets SELENA

Legendary singer Marvin Gaye overcomes personal turmoil, professional tragedy and the mighty Motown machine to record What’s Going On, one of the greatest and most subversive albums in pop music history.

Biopic Drama

Top 100

MEMORY BANK, THE

Adam Cooper and Daniel Cooper

ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND meets THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

A neuroscientist, able to fulfill his patients’ desires using memory transplants, faces an escalating crisis after agreeing to help a mysterious woman satisfy her urge to commit murder.

Drama Sci-Fi

Top 50

MENDICANT, THE

C.J. Wells and Jeff Singer

SE7EN meets FIRST REFORMED

Seven years after leaving his former life as a family man and ritual-homicide FBI investigator, a devout ascetic mendicant priest is coerced into assisting his former partner in hunting the puppet master behind a series of family annihilations when the sole surviving child from his last case appears to be in the perpetrator’s crosshairs.

Crime Thriller

Top 50 Mentorship Selection (Dan Benamor)

METHOD & HIS MADNESS, THE

Mimosa Jones Tunney

SUFFRAGETTE meets THE BIG SHORT

When Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison and S.S. McClure bring the most famous woman in the world to America to take on the education establishment, the press and the most powerful university at the time devise the first public smear campaign to destroy her and her work.

Biopic Drama

Top 100

MOTHERBIRD

Donovan Yon

SPEED meets TOP GUN

A female fighter pilot struggles against a conspiracy when she is ordered to shoot down a hijacked airliner heading to the West Coast – with her estranged family on board.

Action Thriller

Top 25

NO REST FOR THE WICKED

Jonathan Marx

GO meets RESERVOIR DOGS

The death of a young woman sets a group of con artists, killers, and criminal investigators on a collision course with one another in a twisty tale of revenge and redemption.

Action Comedy

Top 75

OLIVE TREE, THE

Marie Maroun

SON OF SAUL meets QUEEN SUGAR

A Lebanese man living in America returns home to Beirut after his father’s death, where he is forced to confront the harsh realities of his service in the military during the Lebanese Civil War, and to attempt to remedy some of the mistakes of his past.

Drama

Top 100

OPERATION BROTHER SAM

Gustavo Freitas

ARGO meets JACK RYAN

Based on a true story. During the Cold War, an aging Intelligence Officer must lead a rogue team of spies to investigate a US Ambassador involved in a conspiracy in Brazil.

Action Thriller True

Top 75

OPERATOR, THE

Huey Q. Pham and Jessica Petrucci

JOHN WICK meets TAKEN

After years of trying to prove herself in the military, a strong-but-traumatized Army veteran must help save the kidnapped officer who always blamed her for her brother’s death — her father.

Action Thriller

Top 50

OUTSIDE THE WIRE

Valerie Anne Brotski

THE IDES OF MARCH meets WIND RIVER

An army pilot returns home after her husband is killed in a car crash, but soon finds that his “accidental” death was not accidental at all.

Drama Thriller

Top 75

PIXEL EDGE, THE

Michael Felker

TRON meets IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE

After her father’s death, a young woman is told that in order to receive her inheritance she must play through a mysterious old arcade game her dad left her, a game which she’ll soon discover is more familiar than she could have ever imagined.

Drama Sci-Fi

Top 50

PLEASE LET EVERYTHING BE ALL RIGHT

Paul Chang

HELL OR HIGH WATER meets FARGO

When a desperate single mom and a shady restaurant owner coincidentally attempt to rob a bank at the same time, their getaway plans are derailed, thrusting them together into a world of drug trafficking, murder, and good old American televangelism.

Action Comedy Crime

Top Comedy

POACHERS

Adam Etheridge

BLOOD DIAMOND meets BEASTS OF NO NATION

Returning home to Africa for the first time in 20 years, a CIA operative with a traumatic past has to work with her estranged Father to defend his animal reserve from a ruthless gang of ivory poachers.

Action Drama Thriller

Top 100

PRISONER, THE

Nathan Wilcoxen

THE DEBT meets HANNA

A Holocaust survivor Nazi Hunter recruits his teenage niece to help him take out an SS officer hiding in Argentina.

Action Drama Thriller

Top 25

RAW DATA

Gareth Wronski

SPY meets THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD

After a hapless NSA analyst is framed for a massive data breach, he is forced to team with a sociopathic CIA agent to bring down the conspiracy and clear his name.

Action Comedy

Top 10

RED ROCK

PJ Hamilton and Scott Hamilton

ALIENS meets THE DESCENT

The survival of Mars’ first terraforming team is left in the hands of a group of genetically- modified miners whose mission to detonate warheads beneath the ice caps leads them five miles below the surface and directly into the hive of the hostile species that was there first.

Action Sci-Fi Thriller

Top 75

RELUCTANT DRAGONS

John Perez

SAVING MR. BANKS meets NORMA RAE

The true story of Art Babbitt, the animator who led a 1941 labor strike for overworked and underpaid artists against their boss, the big cheese himself… Walt Disney.

Biopic Drama Period

Top 10

ROOMIES

Gareth Wronski

PINEAPPLE EXPRESS meets THE NICE GUYS

Two college roommates – one antisocial, one a ray of sunshine – struggle to expose a corrupt politician after he frames them for a murder in their dorm.

Action Comedy

Top 50

SAM AND THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS

Alexandra Fletcher

JENNIFER’S BODY meets CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA

When 17-year-old Aimee and her friends attempt to cast a spell to summon their perfect boyfriends, the arrival of a hot British transfer student at her boring school seems to be everything she wanted… except for the fact the he may also be a demon.

Comedy Drama Supernatural Teen

Top 100

SCATTERING JAKE

Erica Tachoir

LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE meets THE DESCENDANTS

Soon after finding out that her recently deceased husband was cheating on her with her now pregnant best friend, a woman sets out to on a road trip with her overbearing in-laws and the eccentric recent recipient of her husband’s transplanted heart to scatter the ashes of her husband and to rediscover the life she always wanted.

Comedy Drama

Top 50

THE SECOND LIFE OF BEN HASKINS

Matthew Kic and Mike Sorce

ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND meets HER

Nineteen years after his death, a man’s consciousness is revived in the body of a recent suicide victim, and he sets off on a journey through an unfamiliar world to find the wife he left behind.

Drama Sci-Fi Romance

Top 25

SHADOW

Cody Pearce

THE GREY meets STRANGER THINGS

When a Boy Scout troop investigates a mysterious SOS signal in the middle of the wilderness, a terrifying and inexplicable force begins hunting them.

Horror Thriller

Top 50 Mentorship Selection (Matt Leslie)

SIX SHOOTER

Sean Nichols Lynch

CROCODILE DUNDEE meets MISSISSIPPI GRIND

Clive, a swamp tour guide by day and a degenerate gambler by night, finds himself in over his head after an arms deal in the Louisiana bayou goes horribly awry.

Action Crime Comedy

Top 25

SLUMBER

Becky Head

INTO THE WOODS meets THE PRINCESS BRIDE

A shallow and entitled Prince sets out on a quest to find, wake, and marry Sleeping Beauty in order to become the King he believes he is destined to be. But, as his journey continues he soon realizes he may not be the only one who came up with this foolproof plan.

Adventure Comedy Fantasy Romance

Top 50

SMOKEJUMPER

Jeremy Craig

TOP GUN meets ONLY THE BRAVE

A reckless hotshot rookie training to become a smokejumper, a firefighter who jumps from airplanes to fight forest fires, must learn to become part of the team when the real world life and death scenarios of the job start to consume them.

Action Drama

Top 75

SOFT BOYS

Sam Greisman

LADY BIRD meets LOVE, SIMON

When an intriguing new student catches his eye a shy, awkward teenage boy must struggle to find himself and own his queer identity amid the turmoil of high school.

Drama Romance Teen

Top 50

SOLDIERS OF FORTUNE

Matthew Koppin

INDIANA JONES meets NATIONAL TREASURE

After the capture of Adolf Eichmann, two treasure hunters are caught up in a perilous globetrotting adventure to recover a lost holy relic, stolen by the Nazis for the rebirth of the Fourth Reich.

Action Adventure

Top 75

SOPHIE & VALENTINA

Lucy Luna

LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE meets A FANTASTIC WOMAN

Losing her eyesight to macular degeneration, a dance teacher hires a Mexican transgender woman to escort her to Mexico in hopes of finding a miracle healer.

Comedy Drama Romance

Top 50

SUMMER OF LOUISA

Lisa Franek

ALONG CAME POLLY meets THE WEDDING DATE

After learning that the love of her life is getting married to someone else, Louisa decides to reinvent her life, trying something new every day of the Summer in an attempt to find a “plus one” to take to the wedding.

Comedy Drama Romance

Top 50

T

Eric Gross

STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON meets ROCKY

The true story of how Lawrence Tureaud, a poor kid in Chicago with 12 brothers and sisters, fought and charmed his way into becoming the single lettered icon of saintly compassion and macho energy: Mr. T.

Biopic Drama Period

Top 25 Verve Signing Winner

THESE SAVAGE MEN

Keith Clark and Nick Lentz

TRUE GRIT meets THERE WILL BE BLOOD

An oil tycoon hires a drifting gunslinger to track down his long-lost son, but when the trail leads to a small town, and people are reluctant to talk, the gunslinger slowly begins to unravel a conspiracy that not only endangers himself, but also his employer.

Crime Drama Western

Top 75

THIS KISS

Dennis Curlett

GROUNDHOG DAY meets THE PROPOSAL

A 32-year-old interior designer, desperate to get married, wakes up to find she now has the power to see how all of her relationships will end after just one kiss.

Fantasy Romantic Comedy

Top 10 Romark Entertainment Guaranteed Option Winner

TOXIC

Daniel Turkewitz

CHRONICLE meets STRANGER THAN FICTION

After discovering that anything they create in their self-made comic books starts to happen in real life, a group of high school kids set out to reinvent their lives in ways once only thought possible in the world of make believe.

Action Comedy Teen

Top 75

TRAGIC BEAUTY

Jace Serrano

FACTORY GIRL meets BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY

The true story of Donyale Luna’s meteoric rise to become the world’s first African-American supermodel, and the personal and tragic struggles that followed, and ultimately led to her early death.

Biopic Drama

Top 50

TRES BANDITOS

Thomas Leupp

KEANU meets GOON

After running afoul of his shady underworld creditors, a washed-up hockey player becomes involved in an outlandish scheme to steal the most famous trophy in the world – the Stanley Cup.

Action Crime Comedy

Top 75

THE TRIAL

Ashley Hudson

WHAT LIES BENEATH meets FINAL DESTINATION

When the jury in a young girl’s murder trial turns in a verdict of “not guilty”, something from the beyond begins picking off the jurors one by one.

Horror Thriller

Top 100

UNASSIGNED LANDS

Katie Golden

GODLESS meets TRUE GRIT

Two estranged sisters — one a pampered city girl, one a mean tomboy — team up with a ragtag group of pioneers to fight their way across Oklahoma and claim land in the famously violent Land Rush of 1889.

Action Drama Western

Top 10

UNBOUGHT AND UNBOSSED

Travis Carr

SELMA meets THE IDES OF MARCH

The true story of Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman in the House of Representatives, who took on the mainstream political machine of the early 70s as she set her sights on becoming the first female President of the United States of America.

Biopic Drama

Top 75

VENICE PIER

Evan Laughlin

DIE HARD meets INSIDE MAN

When a group of armed men hijack the Venice Pier, take hostages and request a huge ransom, a veteran cop has to handle the situation, with the politically ambitious and morally

Action Thriller

Top 100

WAITING GAMES

Jeffrey Field

LOST IN TRANSLATION meets FEARLESS

A charismatic liar who spins elaborate yarns to strangers in hospital waiting rooms concocts a scheme to help a grieving mother deal with the disappearance of her twin daughters.

Comedy Drama

Top 50

WAITLIST

Sheila Jenca

ACCEPTED meets FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF

After discovering he is number three on the waitlist to get into Harvard, a high school senior and his classmate set out to find three students who were accepted into the prestigious school and convince them not to go.

Comedy Teen

Top 50

WEEKEND WARRIORS

Daniel Hogan

ZOMBIELAND meets OFFICE SPACE

When a mysterious event suddenly turns humanity into mindless, violent drones, two hard-partying office rivals—still inebriated from the night before—discover the drugs and alcohol in their systems are preventing them from becoming infected. The only way to stay alive will be to party like it’s the end of the world.

Comedy Sci-Fi

Top 50

WENDIGO

Michael Langer

LOGAN meets CHILDREN OF MEN

A young Native American mother and her twins in the last stages of a terrifying genetic mutation must navigate a near-future American West and escape the man hell-bent on putting them out of their misery.

Action Sci-Fi

Top 100

WHAT WE LEAVE BEHIND

Osagie Jesuorobo

THE ROAD meets A QUIET PLACE

Two years after a nuclear apocalypse, a mother and daughter emerge from their bunker and attempt to survive and retain their humanity in a world that is out to kill them.

Action Drama Thriller

Top 100

WHERE THE GROUND TOUCHES THE SKY

Brittney McCallum

12 YEARS A SLAVE meets QUEEN

Set in the antebellum South, a headstrong slave girl rescued from an oppressive plantation by a kind-hearted man is raised as a companion for his daughter, with whom she falls in love.

Drama Period Romance

Top 25

WHY THE WILLOW WEEPS

Lafayette Parish

MISSISSIPPI BURNING meets TRUE DETECTIVE

Years after his best friend is killed by the KKK, a black lawyer and military veteran returns to his Louisiana hometown to investigate a string of similar murders.

Crime Drama Period

Top 100

ZOMBIE PLANE

Bill Hargenrader

TRAIN TO BUSAN meets SNAKES ON A PLANE

Trapped on a flight taken over by zombies, a rapper who works for an organization of celebrity zombie hunters must team up with an intoxicated insult comedian in order to save the world… or kill each other in the process.

Action Comedy Horror

Top 100

THE LAUNCH PAD COMPETITION, IN EXCLUSIVE PARTNERSHIP WITH VERVE, GOOD FEAR FILM + MANAGEMENT AND ROMARK ENTERTAINMENT, IS THRILLED TO ANNOUNCE THE TOP 10 FINALISTS FOR THE 2018/2019 LAUNCH PAD FEATURE COMPETITION.

After months of reading, reviewing and debating, we have finally made it to the last round of finalists before our overall winners are announced – The Top 10!

These stories capture humanity in all of its facets, from thrillers in which the fate of the world hangs in the balance, to personal stories of motherhood, love and friendship that speak to important truths in all of our lives. Written with nuance, intelligence and heart, these scripts find humor in darkness, political relevance in true stories from the past, and emotion in the silliest of situations. Blending genres and crossing boundaries, these scripts innovate and excel, heralding the arrival of a talented collection of new writers.

So, once again, without further ado, let us introduce you to the Top 10 finalists of the 2018/19 Launch Pad Feature Competition.

(As a reminder: If you entered into the Mentorship Program, or signed up to be part of the Guaranteed Signing or Guaranteed Option prizes, regardless of making the Top 100, you are still in contention for those prizes. Those winners are selected from the entire pool of submissions separately from the finalist rounds, and will be announced alongside the winners next month.)

ProjectWritten By
#CONSPIRACYMichael Owens & Zach Bidman
DON’T GO THEREJeffrey Field
IN GREED WE TRUSTRon Peer
LIMPING LADY, THEDevi Gowni
MARGO & PERRYBecca Roth
PLEASE LET EVERYTHING BE ALL RIGHTPaul Chang
RAW DATAGareth Wronski
RELUCTANT DRAGONSJohn Perez
THIS KISSDennis Curlett
UNASSIGNED LANDSKatie Golden

THE LAUNCH PAD COMPETITION, IN EXCLUSIVE PARTNERSHIP WITH VERVE, GOOD FEAR FILM + MANAGEMENT, AND ROMARK ENTERTAINMENT, IS THRILLED TO ANNOUNCE THE TOP 25 FINALISTS FOR THE 2018/2019 LAUNCH PAD FEATURE COMPETITION.

These 25 features capture what it’s like to be a misfit looking for a home, the struggles of an amputee fighting for their country, the wonders of the first kiss, and the impact of saying that final goodbye. Whether it’s trapped thousands of feet in the air or held up with on the coldest night of the winter, our writers take you on adventures from the land of the giants to the deserts of Nevada, the projects of Chicago to the picket lines of a union strike. These scripts tell the harrowing true stories from a lawyer fighting for a couple’s right of adoption to a woman hell-bent to fight Nazis with her homemade tank. There is something for everyone in this collection of stunning work from a talented group of emerging writers.

So, once again, without further ado, let us introduce you to the Top 25 finalists of the 2018/19 Launch Pad Feature Competition.

(As a reminder: If you entered into the Mentorship Program, or signed up to be part of the Guaranteed Signing or Guaranteed Option prizes, irregardless of making the Top 100, you are still in contention for those prizes. Those winners are selected from the entire pool of submissions separately from the finalist rounds, and will be announced alongside the winners next month.)

ProjectWritten By
:OPENWIDEEdward Somers
#CONSPIRACYMichael Owens & Zach Bidman
A GOOD DEEDChristina Pamies
ADULTHOODThomas Thonson
ANNABELLAJames Marios Ellinas
BEANSTALKAarthi Ramanathan
DON’T GO THEREJeffrey Field
FIGHTING GIRLFRIEND, THEAlexander Vargas
FRANK & STEINDanny Baram
GREEN V. CITY OF NEW ORLEANSDaniel Parino
GUARDIANNatalie Baseman
IN GREED WE TRUSTRon Peer
LIMPING LADY, THEDevi Gowni
MARGO & PERRYBecca Roth
MOTHERBIRDDonovan Yon
PLEASE LET EVERYTHING BE ALL RIGHTPaul Chang
PRISONER, THENathan Wilcoxen
RAW DATAGareth Wronski
RELUCTANT DRAGONSJohn Perez
SECOND LIFE OF BEN HASKINS, THEMatthew Kic & Mike Sorce
SIX SHOOTERSean Nichols Lynch
TEric Gross
THIS KISSDennis Curlett
UNASSIGNED LANDSKatie Golden
WHERE THE GROUND TOUCHES THE SKYBrittney McCallum

IN OUR EXCLUSIVE PARTNERSHIP WITH VERVE, GOOD FEAR FILM + MANAGEMENT AND ROMARK ENTERTAINMENT, WE ARE THRILLED TO ANNOUNCE THE TOP 50 OF OUR 2018/19 LAUNCH PAD FEATURE COMPETITION.

These 50 features tell the stories of a wide range of characters, from kings to Cumberbatch, supermodels to stand-up comedians and Frankenstein’s monster to the monster’s lurking at work. These scripts teach us the inspirational true stories of groundbreaking politicians and respected astronauts, the struggles of animation in the 1940s and a kid from the streets that told us all to pity a fool. Touching every genre and tone along the way, these 50 features will take you on a journey from questioning the first ‘I love you’ to scattering those final goodbyes to even playing a video game comprised of your biggest regrets. There is something for everyone in this collection of stunning work from a talented group of emerging writers.

So, once again, without further ado, let us introduce you to the Top 50 finalists of the 2018/19 Launch Pad Feature Competition.

(As a reminder: If you entered into the Mentorship Program, or signed up to be part of the Guaranteed Signing or Guaranteed Option prizes, irregardless of making the Top 100, you are still in contention for those prizes. Those winners are selected from the entire pool of submissions separately from the finalist rounds, and will be announced alongside the winners next month.)

ProjectWritten By
:OPENWIDEEdward Somers
#CONSPIRACYMichael Owens & Zach Bidman
A GOOD DEEDChristina Pamies
ADULTHOODThomas Thonson
ANNABELLAJames Marios Ellinas
ARTIFICIALJonathan Dillon
BEANSTALKAarthi Ramanathan
CHALLENGERSkye Emerson
DON’T GO THEREJeffrey Field
FIGHTING GIRLFRIEND, THEAlexander Vargas
FINDING CUMBERBATCHIvan Tsang
FOOL’S ERRANDChristina Tucker
FOOL’S ERRAND, THEChris Bramante & John Murphy
FRANK & STEINDanny Baram
GREEN V. CITY OF NEW ORLEANSDaniel Parino
GUARDIANNatalie Baseman
HANDSOME DEVILJohn Gisser
HANGING MAN, THEEsther Geller
HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT HARVEY?Sam Wright
IN GREED WE TRUSTRon Peer
LAST CANADIAN VIRGINS, THEEvan Rindler & Jon Rizik
LAST SAXON KING, THEChris Ryden
LIMPING LADY, THEDevi Gowni
MARGO & PERRYBecca Roth
MEMORY BANK, THEAdam Cooper & Daniel Cooper
MENDICANT, THEC.J. Wells & Jeff Singer
MOTHERBIRDDonovan Yon
OPERATOR, THEHuey Q. Pham & Jessica Petrucci
PIXEL EDGE, THEMichael Felker
PLEASE LET EVERYTHING BE ALL RIGHTPaul Chang
PRISONER, THENathan Wilcoxen
RAW DATAGareth Wronski
RELUCTANT DRAGONSJohn Perez
ROOMIESGareth Wronski
SCATTERING JAKEErica Tachoir
SECOND LIFE OF BEN HASKINS, THEMatthew Kic & Mike Sorce
SHADOWCody Pearce
SIX SHOOTERSean Nichols Lynch
SLUMBERBecky Head
SOFT BOYSSam Greisman
SOPHIE & VALENTINALucy Luna
SUMMER OF LOUISALisa Franek
TEric Gross
THIS KISSDennis Curlett
TRAGIC BEAUTYJace Serrano
UNASSIGNED LANDSKatie Golden
WAITING GAMESJeffrey Field
WAITLISTSheila Jenca
WEEKEND WARRIORSDaniel Hogan
WHERE THE GROUND TOUCHES THE SKYBrittney McCallum

AS OUR JUDGES, PARTNERS AND MENTORS BEGIN THEIR DEEP DIVE INTO THIS YEARS FINALISTS, WE, ALONGSIDE OUR EXCLUSIVE PARTNERS VERVE, GOOD FEAR FILM + MANAGEMENT AND ROMARK ENTERTAINMENT ARE THRILLED TO ANNOUNCE THE NEXT ROUND OF FINALISTS IN THIS YEARS COMPETITION, AS WE PRESENT OUR TOP 75.

These 75 features tell the stories of a wide range of characters, from superheroes to smokejumpers, lawyers to limo drivers and detectives to devils. These scripts show us the inspirational true stories of groundbreaking politicians and respected astronauts, shedding new light on the lives of famous actors and introducing us to untold war heroes. Touching every genre and tone along the way, these 75 features will take you on a journey from the lawless American West to the mythical land of giants and even the surface of Mars. There is something for everyone in this collection of stunning work from a talented group of emerging writers.

So, once again, without further ado, let us introduce you to the Top 75 finalists of the 2018 Launch Pad Feature Competition.

(As a reminder: If you entered into the Mentorship Program, or signed up to be part of the Guaranteed Signing or Guaranteed Option prizes, irregardless of making the Top 100, you are still in contention for those prizes. Those winners are selected from the entire pool of submissions separately from the finalist rounds, and will be announced alongside the winners next month.)

ProjectWritten By
:OPENWIDEEdward Somers
#CONSPIRACYMichael Owens & Zach Bidman
A GOOD DEEDChristina Pamies
ADULTHOODThomas Thonson
AMEN SISTERHOOD, THEJohn Doble
ANNABELLAJames Marios Ellinas
ART OF LETTING GO, THEJason Chan
ARTIFICIALJonathan Dillon
BARLEY GANG CREW, THEVijay Ilankamban
BEANSTALKAarthi Ramanathan
CHALLENGERSkye Emerson
DINNER PARTYJohn Gisser
DON’T GO THEREJeffrey Field
DREAMER OF DREAMS, THEDavid Kushner & Joshua Bullock
EXTRAJUDICIALCraig Bealer
FADUMA & MIKEMatthew Stenerson
FIFTH COLUMN, THEPaul Sheridan
FIGHTING GIRLFRIEND, THEAlexander Vargas
FINDING CUMBERBATCHIvan Tsang
FLASHBACKGabriel Robertson & Ken Petrie
FOOL’S ERRANDChristina Tucker
FOOL’S ERRAND, THEChris Bramante & John Murphy
FRANK & STEINDanny Baram
GOOD MEN ARE HARD TO FINDJason Hynes
GREEN V. CITY OF NEW ORLEANSDaniel Parino
GUARDIANNatalie Baseman
HANDSOME DEVILJohn Gisser
HANGING MAN, THEEsther Geller
HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT HARVEY?Sam Wright
HAVEN, THECord McConnell
HIGH GROUND, THEDawn Macleod
IDAGuy Polin
IN GREED WE TRUSTRon Peer
LAST CANADIAN VIRGINS, THEEvan Rindler & Jon Rizik
LAST SAXON KING, THEChris Ryden
LATCHKEY KIDS, THERichard Martin
LIMO DRIVER, THETejal Desai
LIMPING LADY, THEDevi Gowni
MARGO & PERRYBecca Roth
MEMORY BANK, THEAdam Cooper & Daniel Cooper
MENDICANT, THEC.J. Wells & Jeff Singer
MOTHERBIRDDonovan Yon
NO REST FOR THE WICKEDJonathan Marx
OPERATION BROTHER SAMGustavo Freitas
OPERATOR, THEHuey Q. Pham & Jessica Petrucci
OUTSIDE THE WIREValerie Anne Brotski
PIXEL EDGE, THEMichael Felker
PLEASE LET EVERYTHING BE ALL RIGHTPaul Chang
PRISONER, THENathan Wilcoxen
RAW DATAGareth Wronski
RED ROCKP.J. Hamilton & Scott Hamilton
RELUCTANT DRAGONSJohn Perez
ROOMIESGareth Wronski
SCATTERING JAKEErica Tachoir
SECOND LIFE OF BEN HASKINS, THEMatthew Kic & Mike Sorce
SHADOWCody Pearce
SIX SHOOTERSean Nichols Lynch
SLUMBERBecky Head
SMOKEJUMPERJeremy Craig
SOFT BOYSSam Greisman
SOLDIERS OF FORTUNEMatthew Koppin
SOPHIE & VALENTINALucy Luna
SUMMER OF LOUISALisa Franek
TEric Gross
THESE SAVAGE MENKeith Clark & Nick Lentz
THIS KISSDennis Curlett
TOXICDaniel Turkewitz
TRAGIC BEAUTYJace Serrano
TRES BANDITOSThomas Leupp
UNASSIGNED LANDSKatie Golden
UNBOUGHT AND UNBOSSEDTravis Carr
WAITING GAMESJeffrey Field
WAITLISTSheila Jenca
WEEKEND WARRIORSDaniel Hogan
WHERE THE GROUND TOUCHES THE SKYBrittney McCallum

TOGETHER WITH OUR EXCLUSIVE COMPETITION PARTNERS VERVE, ROMARK ENTERTAINMENT, AND GOOD FEAR FILM + MANAGEMENT, WE ARE THRILLED TO ANNOUNCE THE TOP 100 FOR THE 2018 LAUNCH PAD FEATURE COMPETITION.

Now with more than 400 writers signed, 140 projects set up, 61 writers staffed, 6 bidding wars, and more than 130 appearances on the annual ‘best of’ lists such as the Black List, Hit List, Young & Hungry List and Blood List, this years Launch Pad Feature Competition is set to introduce the next 100 writers to become part of the Launch Pad community.

Featuring writers from Australia, Denmark, Ireland, England, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa, China, and of course the United States, this years new class of writers offer stories and characters as diverse as their locales. From smart & witty comedy to dark & brooding drama, from larger than life science fiction to introspective character studies, this years new crop of writer has something for everyone.

So, without further ado, let us introduce you to the 2018 Launch Pad Feature Competition Top 100!

(As a reminder: If you entered into the Mentorship Program, or signed up to be part of the Guaranteed Signing or Guaranteed Option prizes, irregardless of making the Top 100, you are still in contention for those prizes. Those winners are selected from the entire pool of submissions separately from the finalist rounds, and will be announced alongside the winners next month.)

ProjectWritten By
:OPENWIDEEdward Somers
#CONSPIRACYMichael Owens & Zach Bidman
A GOOD DEEDChristina Pamies
ADULTHOODThomas Thonson
AERIALSean Harrigan
AMEN SISTERHOOD, THEJohn Doble
ANNABELLAJames Marios Ellinas
ART OF LETTING GO, THEJason Chan
ARTIFICIALJonathan Dillon
BARLEY GANG CREW, THEVijay Ilankamban
BEANSTALKAarthi Ramanathan
BEAST OF RED FOREST, THEGraham Funke
BOYFRIEND WHISPERER, THEDani Messerschmidt
CHALLENGERSkye Emerson
DEMENTIAJoe Toto
DINNER PARTYJohn Gisser
DISTORTIONChris Howard
DON’T GO THEREJeffrey Field
DREAMER OF DREAMS, THEDavid Kushner & Joshua Bullock
ELECTRIC GARDENSAmy Blackwelder & Bill Daley
EXTRAJUDICIALCraig Bealer
FADUMA & MIKEMatthew Stenerson
FIFTH COLUMN, THEPaul Sheridan
FIGHTING GIRLFRIEND, THEAlexander Vargas
FINDING CUMBERBATCHIvan Tsang
FISSURESean Gallimore
FLASHBACKGabriel Robertson & Ken Petrie
FOOL’S ERRANDChristina Tucker
FOOL’S ERRAND, THEChris Bramante & John Murphy
FORGOTTEN WARRIORXander Bernstein
FRANK & STEINDanny Baram
GOOD MEN ARE HARD TO FINDJason Hynes
GREEN V. CITY OF NEW ORLEANSDaniel Parino
GUARDIANNatalie Baseman
HANDSOME DEVILJohn Gisser
HANGING MAN, THEEsther Geller
HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT HARVEY?Sam Wright
HAVEN, THECord McConnell
HIGH GROUND, THEDawn Macleod
IDAGuy Polin
IN GREED WE TRUSTRon Peer
INCARNATIONSAlbert M. Chan
J.D., HARPER, TRUMAN.Mat Raymond
JANET, WHO NEVER SMILESKeren Bloom
JUDY’S SEARCH FOR GODDave Wade
LAST CANADIAN VIRGINS, THEEvan Rindler & Jon Rizik
LAST SAXON KING, THEChris Ryden
LATCHKEY KIDS, THERichard Martin
LIMO DRIVER, THETejal Desai
LIMPING LADY, THEDevi Gowni
LOVERS A’GO-GOChristian Palacios Canterbury
MAN FROM THE DEEP, THERobert Riley
MARGO & PERRYBecca Roth
MARVINJason Gilmore
MEMORY BANK, THEAdam Cooper & Daniel Cooper
MENDICANT, THEC.J. Wells & Jeff Singer
METHOD & HIS MADNESS, THEMimosa Jones Tunney
MOTHERBIRDDonovan Yon
NO REST FOR THE WICKEDJonathan Marx
OLIVE TREE, THEMarie Maroun
OPERATION BROTHER SAMGustavo Freitas
OPERATOR, THEHuey Q. Pham & Jessica Petrucci
OUTSIDE THE WIREValerie Anne Brotski
PIXEL EDGE, THEMichael Felker
PLEASE LET EVERYTHING BE ALL RIGHTPaul Chang
POACHERSAdam Etheridge
PRISONER, THENathan Wilcoxen
RAW DATAGareth Wronski
RED ROCKP.J. Hamilton & Scott Hamilton
RELUCTANT DRAGONSJohn Perez
ROOMIESGareth Wronski
SAM AND THE 7 DEADLY SINSAlexandra Fletcher
SCATTERING JAKEErica Tachoir
SECOND LIFE OF BEN HASKINS, THEMatthew Kic & Mike Sorce
SHADOWCody Pearce
SIX SHOOTERSean Nichols Lynch
SLUMBERBecky Head
SMOKEJUMPERJeremy Craig
SOFT BOYSSam Greisman
SOLDIERS OF FORTUNEMatthew Koppin
SOPHIE & VALENTINALucy Luna
SUMMER OF LOUISALisa Franek
TEric Gross
THESE SAVAGE MENKeith Clark & Nick Lentz
THIS KISSDennis Curlett
TOXICDaniel Turkewitz
TRAGIC BEAUTYJace Serrano
TRES BANDITOSThomas Leupp
TRIAL, THEAshley Hudson
UNASSIGNED LANDSKatie Golden
UNBOUGHT AND UNBOSSEDTravis Carr
VENICE PIEREvan Laughlin
WAITING GAMESJeffrey Field
WAITLISTSheila Jenca
WEEKEND WARRIORSDaniel Hogan
WENDIGOMichael Langer
WHAT WE LEAVE BEHINDOsagie Jesuorobo
WHERE THE GROUND TOUCHES THE SKYBrittney McCallum
WHY THE WILLOW WEEPSLafayette Parish
ZOMBIE PLANEBill Hargenrader

AND FOR OUR PILOT WRITERS…

VERVE, GOOD FEAR, ROMARK ENTERTAINMENT AND THREE NEW MENTORS ANNOUNCED!

We are incredibly pleased to announce that Verve, Good Fear Film + Management, Romark Entertainment and screenwriting mentors Matt Leslie, Joe Russo and Dan Benamor will be our exclusive Signing, Option and Mentorship Program Mentors for the 2018 Launch Pad Feature Competition.

In addition to announcing this years exclusive partners and mentors, we’re also very excited to announce that we will be extending the competition to run through the month of November (ending at 11:59pm PST on November 30th, 2018), and for the next three weeks we will be offering up multiple new promotions in tandem with our new partner announcements!

NEW ENTRY PROMOTIONS AND PACKAGES

Beginning on November 8th, we will roll out new promotion packages that will both reward previous entrants, as well as all entrants until the November 30th deadline.

ALL ENTRANTS WHO ENTER 1 NEW SCRIPT

-FREE AUTOMATIC ENTRY INTO THE 2018 MENTORSHIP PROGRAM. (no additional steps or selections needed at check out – we will automatically include you in the selection pool for the 2018 Launch Pad Feature Competition Mentorship Program).

ALL ENTRANTS WHO ENTER 2 NEW SCRIPTS

-FREE AUTOMATIC ENTRY INTO 2018 MENTORSHIP PROGRAM AND THE GUARANTEED OPTION PRIZE AND A FREE 1-YEAR MEMBERSHIP TO THE TRACKING BOARD, OR 1-YEAR EXTENSION TO THE TRACKING BOARD. (no additional steps or selections needed at check out – we will automatically include you in the selection pool for the 2018 Launch Pad Mentorship Program and the Guaranteed Option Prize). As a reminder, all Tracking Board subscribers will also receive their membership discount upon entry as well.

ALL ENTRANTS WHO ENTER 3 OR MORE NEW SCRIPTS

-FREE AUTOMATIC ENTRY INTO 2018 MENTORSHIP PROGRAM, THE GUARANTEED OPTION PRIZE, THE GUARANTEED SIGNING PRIZE AND A FREE 1-YEAR MEMBERSHIP TO THE TRACKING BOARD, OR 1-YEAR EXTENSION TO THE TRACKING BOARD. (no additional steps or selections needed at check out – we will automatically include you in the selection pool for the 2018 Launch Pad Mentorship Program, the Guaranteed Option Prize and the Guaranteed Signing Prize). As a reminder, all Tracking Board subscribers will also receive their membership discount upon entry as well.

PREVIOUS ENTRANT PROMOTIONS AND PACKAGES

ALL ENTRANTS WHO ENTERED 1 SCRIPT PRIOR TO NOVEMBER 8TH

-$20 OFF DOUBLE ENTRY PROMOTIONAL CODE. If you’ve previously entered 1 script into the 2018 Launch Pad Feature Competition you will receive an email with a promotional code good for up to two new additional entries into the competition. That entry, as well as any additional entries made will take advantage of new entrant promotions as well. (As a reminder, Tracking Board subscribers will also receive their additional discount applied at check out).

ALL ENTRANTS WHO ENTERED 2 SCRIPTS PRIOR TO NOVEMBER 8TH

-$25 OFF TRIPLE USE ENTRY PROMOTIONAL CODE. If you’ve previously entered 2 scripts into the 2018 Launch Pad Feature Competition you will receive an email with promotional code good for three additional new entries into the competition. Those entries, as well as any additional new entries made will take advantage of new entrant promotions as well. (As a reminder, Tracking Board subscribers will also receive their additional discount applied at check out).

ALL ENTRANTS WHO ENTERED 3 OR MORE SCRIPTS PRIOR TO NOVEMBER 8TH

-$30 OFF TRIPLE USE ENTRY PROMOTIONAL CODE. If you’ve previously entered 3 or more scripts into the 2018 Launch Pad Feature Competition you will receive an email with a promotional code good for up to three additional new entries into the competition. Those entries, as well as any additional entries made will take advantage of new entrant promotions as well. (As a reminder, Tracking Board subscribers will also receive their additional discount applied at check out).

Year six is here, and the competition that has led to more signings, success stories and careers than any other writing competition in the world is now underway. With more than 371 signings, 127 projects set up, 59 writers staffed, 134 appearances on annual best of lists such as the Black List, Blood List, Hit List, and the Young & Hungry List, as well as 6 bidding wars, the Launch Pad Competition has become the premiere hub for Hollywood discovering new talent.

WHAT MAKES LAUNCH PAD SO SUCCESSFUL?

By utilizing our deep relationships within the industry we’ve not only become the only competition that continually features Studio Presidents and Agency/Management Company Partners as judges, but the only one that has also formed exclusive partners with people such as Ridley Scott, Michael De Luca, Roy Lee, Joel Silver, Jeremy Garelick, Adrian Askarieh, as well as companies Artillery Creative, Bellevue, Echo Lake, Endgame Entertainment, Energy Entertainment, ESA, Fourth Wall Management, Good Fear Film Management, Heroes & Villains, Inkshares, Lee Stobby Entertainment, Oil & Cattle, Paradigm, UTA and WME – all of whom have previously committed to guarantee to option material or sign writers out of our competitions.

Additionally, we continually shake up our judges pool, carefully selecting the judges we feel will best represent each competition, all the while ensuring a consistent balance of hot-newcomers and seasoned veterans. And, as you’ll see from this years list of phenomenal judges, not only do we work diligently to ensure our judges make up a creative mix of representatives who can sign writers and executives who can acquire projects, but we always work to include those who’ve had great success with our Launch Pad writers before.

In the five years that have led up to this competition we’ve watched our Launch Pad writers go on to steer blockbuster franchises, Emmy-winning series, craft New York Times Bestsellers, and set up dozens upon dozens of projects well beyond their original Launch Pad entries. Now, we’re ready to find the next great wave of Launch Pad writers!

A CLOSER LOOK AT OUR JUDGES

This year’s judges include a mix of fresh faces and returning judges and feature a curated mix of agents, managers, producers and executives. A majority of this list also includes those who have previously signed, set up, or acquired Launch Pad scripts in the past. You’ll find heads of development and production, agency and management company partners, those who have topped the Black List, Hit List and Blood List in years past, as well as those who created the Blood List. Our judge pool selections this year have also been some of the most prominent players in the feature spec market, with several of them having been involved in the biggest spec sales ever in Hollywood, as well as the most feature spec sales per year in multiple years. Our judges this year truly represent what the Launch Pad means to us – an opportunity to begin your career.

WHAT MAKE US DIFFERENT FROM THE REST?

For most competitions on the market today, whether win or lose, the finish line usually comes with a brief blog post announcing winners on the competition site, immediately followed by a new competition turning on. For us, that was never even close to enough. Our focus has always been on discovery and elevation. The reality is, a vast majority of the writers working in Hollywood today got their start with a competition. But, they also lost or made finalist rounds in several that never blinked an eye. While it’s impossible to discover every great writer every year, we go to great lengths to ensure those who make any finalist rounds with us are given attention far beyond a blog post. We not only advocate for all of our finalists, and work closely with them to fine tune loglines, bios, and additional works, but we also feature all of our finalists in our high regarded Launch Pad Alum Booklets, our “Best Scripts of the Year” lists, our industry released Announcements, and via our partners we also include them in the end of year Spec Book, Hit List and Young & Hungry List.

Additionally, we work with every finalist to prepare you for what comes next – whether representation meetings, pitch meetings or generals. Preparing a series bible for your TV pilot, crafting your additional works for interested reads, and navigating the series of meetings that inevitably follow. We track every read received through the competition, and we share all of this info with you along with the way, so you know who’s reading, and can gauge how far your work truly is going. And, as our end of competition and end of year lists go out to the more than 25,000 industry members we work with, as well as to our exclusive panel of former partners and judges, we’ll work with you to be sure you put your best foot forward every step of the way.

GUARANTEED OPTION PRIZE

We are incredibly thrilled to have the company that set up the first Launch Pad script ever return to be our Guaranteed Option Prize partner. Beyond setting up the Launch Pad script Tranquility Base with 20th Century Fox and director Ridley Scott, Romark Entertainment has become one of the most prominent companies involved in Launch Pad success stories, having set up projects from our feature, pilot and manuscript competitions each year since 2014. Some of those projects include the aforementioned Tranquility Base with Fox, Matriarch with Paramount, the Margot Robbie-starring feature “Marian” at Sony, the Scott Derrickson-helmed manuscript turned Showtime TV series Kill Creek, and the upcoming TV series Mr. and Mrs. American Pie with Laura Linney.

As in previous competitions, our guaranteed option partner(s) will select a minimum of 1 project from this years competition to option. To be eligible for the guaranteed option prize, all entrants MUST select the “Guaranteed Option” add-on at time of sign up.

GUARANTEED SIGNING PRIZE

One of the leading agencies in Hollywood, Verve has been a mainstay of year-end lists and spec sales listings for years. Verve agents have been behind some of Launch Pad’s most successful sales, including Pete Barry’s MARIAN selling to Sony and Amy Pascal for Margot Robbie to produce and star. With clients staffed on shows like Shadowhunters, Runaways and Disenchantment, and writing films from The Meg to The Smurfs, Verve is the place to be as an up-and-coming writer.

With more than 10 writers signed from the Launch Pad competition to date, we’re excited to have Good Fear Film + Management join us this year as our Guaranteed Signing Partner. A leading management company, Good Fear has clients staffed on shows such as 13 Reasons Why, Snowfall, Shadowhunters, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and AP Bio. Their writers are behind such diverse films as Hidden Figures, Snow White and the Huntsman, and the upcoming The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. Good Fear are producers on David Robert Mitchell’s Under the Silver Lake as well as the upcoming live action Mulan remake from Disney. With first look deals at New Line and Universal Cable Productions, Good Fear is a perfect resource to connect your work with the right people across the town.

As in previous competitions, our guaranteed signing partner(s) will select a minimum of 1 writer from this years competition to represent. To be eligible for the guaranteed signing prize, all entrants MUST select the “Guaranteed Signing” add-on at time of sign up.

THE LAUNCH PAD MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

Being a writer is all about learning through collaboration, and working closely with experienced writers who have already taken those first steps in the industry can be an invaluable experience. That’s why the Launch Pad offers exclusive mentorship opportunities for our writers to learn from those in the know.

Our first mentor this year is Matt Leslie. Matt previously worked as a Development Executive for Producers Matt Alvarez and Scott Bernstein, and was heavily involved in developing the script for the 2015 global box office smash STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON. He also co-wrote (with his writing partner, Stephen J. Smith) and produced the indie thriller SUMMER OF 84, which premiered in the Midnight Lineup at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Leslie & Smith have a number of film and television projects in development at various production companies in Los Angeles.

Joe Russo, an award-winning filmmaker whose short films have featured in festivals both domestically and internationally. With writing partner Chris LaMont, Joe has appeared on the Tracking Board’s Young & Hungry List and Hit List, as well as the Blood List. The duo has sold multiple scripts which are scheduled for production. As a producer, Joe recently wrapped the horror anthology feature film NIGHTMARE CINEMA, starring Academy Award Nominee Mickey Rourke (THE WRESTLER), with segments from acclaimed filmmakers, including Joe Dante (GREMLINS) and David Slade (AMERICAN GODS). The movie recently debuted as the opening night movie at the 2018 Fantasia Film Festival to rave reviews. Joe also produces the interview series “Post Mortem” with Mick Garris on the Blumhouse Podcast Network.

And finally, we are pleased to welcome mentor Dan Benamor, a screenwriter for film and television and a former development executive. As an executive, Dan shepherded films like FINAL GIRL (with Wes Bentley and Abigail Breslin) and TIFF premiere AMERICAN HEIST (with Adrien Brody and Hayden Christensen) to production. As a screenwriter, highlights of Dan has worked as a Staff Writer on the Netflix Original Series ROMAN EMPIRE: MASTER OF ROME and the Western STAGECOACH: THE TEXAS JACK STORY, starring country singer Trace Adkins, Kim Coates and Judd Nelson. Dan currently has two independent films post-production and is one of 19 writers to ever receive a “Recommend” from The Tracking Board’s coverage program.

As in previous competitions, each of our mentors or mentor teams will select a minimum of 1 writer each from this years competition to mentor. To be eligible for the Launch Pad Mentorship Program, all entrants MUST select the “Mentorship Program” add-on at time of entry.

REAL NOTES = REAL FEEDBACK

Continuing with the same educational ideas behind the origination of the mentorship program, and continually looking to identify new ways to give our writers even more of a leg up when entering the Launch Pad Competition, we’re thrilled to announce the return of our Feedback Notes Program. Rather than receiving a few vague disconnected sentences or paragraphs from other coverage services or competitions out there, we’ve struck a deal with our professional readers (reading for places such as Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox, Sony, Paramount, Universal, Anonymous Content, Circle of Confusion, CAA, UTA, Paradigm, Skydance and more) to provide 1-2 pages of in-depth notes on your competition entry. With an emphasis on initial thoughts, opinions and analysis, get an inside look at what is usually a behind the curtain process, and get our readers’ perspectives on the story, characters, 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? Get the actionable notes and insight you deserve.

The Launch Pad is more than just a writing competition. We’re here to be the first step in starting your writing career.

Aaron Kaplan

Kaplan Perrone Entertainment

Adam Perry

APA

Addison Mehr

Hyde Park Entertainment

Adrian Garcia

Recon Entertainment

Andrea Dimity

Pannon Entertainment

Ari Lubet

3 Arts Entertainment

Brooklyn Weaver

Energy Entertainment

Charlie Ferraro

UTA

Dan Finlay

Chernin Entertainment

Daniel Vang

Good Fear Film + Management

David Boxerbaum

Verve

Derrick Eppich

Lee Stobby Entertainment

Jon Huddle

Fourth Wall Management

Josh Dove

Intellectual Property Group

Kailey Marsh

Brillstein Entertainment Partners

Kasse Whitting

Global Road Entertainment

Kyle Chalmers

Blumhouse Productions

Michael Losasso

Gersh

Michael Milberg

De Line Pictures

Nick Hoagland

WME

Noah Rosen

Writ Large

Rachel Reznick

Weed Road Pictures

Rebecca Feuer

Scott Free

Sonya Gauthier

Woolf + Lapin Agency