2014 Launch Pad Feature Competition
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2014 Launch Pad Feature Competition

Overall Winner

COOTIES

Frank Longo

THE GOONIES meets GREMLINS

When a meteor brings an outbreak of space bugs who infect their victims and make them behave like overgrown two-year olds, an unlikely group of kids must find a way to thwart them, save their small town, and stop the potential downfall of civilization.

Comedy Family

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Winner

Top Drama

BLUFF, THE

Darius Turbak

TRAINING DAY meets FRUITVALE STATION

A confidential police informant must protect his family when he finds himself caught between a bloodthirsty crime boss, a friend gone to far, and the dirty cop who's blackmailing him.

Drama

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Winner

Top Comedy

INTRO TO CREATION

Adam Goldstein

SUPERBAD meets THE BOOK OF GENESIS

A comedic retelling of the Book of Genesis from the perspective that God is a 15-year-old misfit with no faith in himself and our world is his half-assed Introduction to Creation class project.

Comedy

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Management SGC | Scott Carr

Winner

Top 5% Of All Entries

(Listed Alphabetically)


106

Mark Ganek & Sebastian Davis

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS meets BRICK

A freshman on the varsity wrestling team investigates the apparent suicide of his only friend and the team's star athlete only to discover a dark truth lurking beneath the town's surface.

Drama

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Principato/Young | Maggie Haskins

Top 25

A FAR STRANGE LAND

John Albanis & Reid Morgan

ENCHANTED meets THE LAST ACTION HERO

When the dying wish of an old puppeteer transforms his Heroic Knight and Evil Mafisto marionettes into human beings, they continue to play out their fabled story in the real world - fighting for glory, world domination and the beautiful nymph Calypso. But when Knight falls for a foul-mouthed independent woman, he has to ask himself what his true quest is.

Comedy

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Honorable Mention

ARCADIA

Robert Dunn & Ryan Trevino

NATIONAL TREASURE meets SHERLOCK HOLMES

The poet Lord Byron finds himself on an epic adventure with two thieves and a goat herder when they discover clues to an ancient treasure guarded by the first werewolves.

Action Adventure

Agent: APA | Adam Perry, Alex Johnson, David Saunders
Manager: Circle Of Confusion | Zach Cox

Top 10

ARMADA

Dimitri Neos

MASTER AND COMMANDER meets THE NEW WORLD

The story of Sir Francis Drake, a legendary English ship commander and "pirate" who stole treasure from the Spanish and eventually served as second command of the English fleet in battle against the Spanish Aramada.

Action Period

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Honorable Mention

BIG GUN MAN

Garrett Baker

TRUE GRIT meets O BROTHER WHERE ART THOU meets BIG FISH

A Tom Sawyer-like adventure that follows a young boy who sets out on a journey to find a mysterious treasure his father told him of before dying in an effort to save his family's farm. A fun and heart-warming western coming-of-age tale that is both an origin to how "tall tales" are born and an exploration about the death of innocence.

Adventure Western

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Honorable Mention

BLITZ TIME

Ravi Satchi

LOOPER meets MR. & MRS. SMITH

With two weeks to live, a time traveling hitman and his thrill-seeking girlfriend travel back in time to expose the technology that has sped up his aging, and to put an end to the tyrannical empire-building of the technology's inventor.

Action Sci-Fi

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Honorable Mention

BLUFF, THE

Darius Turbak

TRAINING DAY meets FRUITVALE STATION

A confidential police informant must protect his family when he finds himself caught between a bloodthirsty crime boss, a friend gone to far, and the dirty cop who's blackmailing him.

Drama

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Winner

CAESURA

Daniel Algarin

THE SHINING SET ON MARS

The pioneer terraforming mission to mars begins to unravel when members of the expedition discover the remnants of a family that wasn't supposed to exist.

Sci-Fi Thriller

Agent: UTA | John Huddle
Manager: Benderspink | Daniel Vang, Jake Wagner

Top 25

CITIZEN JANE

Gregory Joyce

THE PRODUCERS OF POLITICS

After losing her job, a woman decides she is going to run for governor in order to collect all of the state-funded campaign funds. But, when her unorthodox campaign becomes a surprise hit with the people, her plans to simply lose and take the money start to unravel, and the powerful incumbent makes it personal.

Comedy

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Honorable Mention

COOTIES

Frank Longo

THE GOONIES meets GREMLINS

When a meteor brings an outbreak of space bugs who infect their victims and make them behave like overgrown two-year olds, an unlikely group of kids must find a way to thwart them, save their small town, and stop the potential downfall of civilization.

Comedy Family

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Winner

DARKLANDS

Paul Sheridan

WORLD WAR Z meets CHILDREN OF MEN

A family must risk their lives in the wake of a mutating alien virus to save a young infant who may be the cure to saving the world.

Action Sci-Fi

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 10

FORTY THEIVES

Peter Hamilton & Scott Hamilton

MODERN TAKE ON ALI BABA AND THE FORTY THIEVES

A group of forty mercenaries hijack a DEA shipment of drugs on the US/Mexico border and only a disgraced ex-special forces marine turned bounty hunter is prepared to bring them to justice.

Action

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 25

FOUR SWORDS

Amit Bhaumik

INDIANA JONES meets NATIONAL TREASURE

An antiquities thief finds himself locked in a centuries old struggle of good and evil when he steals a legendary sword imbued with extraordinary powers.

Action

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: 3 Arts Entertainment | Will Robotham

Top 10

GIRL AND ROBOT

Joel Dorland

I, ROBOT meets THE ROAD

In a near-future apocalypse where robots have "glitched" and massacred mankind, a fierce young woman journeys with her stoic android guardian to find a weapon that can save humanity.

Action Sci-Fi

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Honorable Mention

H.O.V. (HIGH OCCUPANCY VEHICLE)

Jacob Isser

HORRIBLE BOSSES meets THE HANGOVER

Three childhood friends on the verge of winning a high-stakes rideshare competition pick up an extra passenger who turns out to be a fugitive on the run, turning their routine commute into the carpool from hell.

Comedy

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Artillery Creative | Tom Carter

Top 10

INTRO TO CREATION

Adam Goldstein

SUPERBAD meets THE BOOK OF GENESIS

A comedic retelling of the Book of Genesis from the perspective that God is a 15-year-old misfit with no faith in himself and our world is his half-assed Introduction to Creation class project.

Comedy

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Management SGC | Scott Carr

Winner

KISS, THE

Susan Feehan

IN THE VEIN OF THE PROPOSAL

15 years after a candid photo immortalized a moment of passion, two ex-lovers are reluctantly reunited to appear in an ad campaign that gives new meaning to the word "awkward."

Romantic Comedy

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 25

KNIGHTS OF FIRE

Alexander Danelski

BRAVEHEART meets KING ARTHUR

A banner of Knights are forced to team up with their sworn enemy on a journey to a mysterious city that threatens them both.

Action Period

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Honorable Mention

LAST TROJAN, THE

Amit Bhaumik

TROY meets 300

After the city of Troy is sacked by the most powerful men in Greece, the massacre's lone survivor sets out to bring bloody justice to the tyrants who wiped out his people.

Action Period

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Honorable Mention

MATRIARCH

Eric Koenig

SILENCE OF THE LAMBS meets KISS THE GIRLS

A prison psychologist has just 48-hours to convince a serial killer to tell her the location of her final victim before she's executed.

Thriller

Agent: Paradigm | David Boxerbaum
Manager: Benderspink | Daniel Vang, Jake Wagner

Top 10

MCMANUS & ME

Jacob Isser

HORRIBLE BOSSES meets MRS. DOUBTFIRE

When a disgruntled assistant finally snaps and goes off the deep end one drunken night, he invents a fake employee to take the blame...but he's forced to keep up the ruse when everyone loves this new mystery guy and his brash, bold attitude.

Comedy

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Honorable Mention

NIGHT WITCHES, THE

Steven Prowse

ENEMY AT THE GATES meets UNBROKEN

With wood and canvas biplanes, no radio, no lights, and no parachutes, a Soviet squadron of all-female pilots became the Germans' most feared opponents during WWII, one bomb at a time.

Action Drama

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 25

ONE FELL SWOOP

Greg Scharpf

UP IN THE AIR meets THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU

A self-centered divorce attorney's life takes an unexpected turn when he is guilted into spending time with the family of a one night stand who died in a freak accident.

Dark Comedy

Agent: Verve | Bill Weinstein, Melissa Solomon, Parker Davis
Manager: Industry Entertainment | Micah Klatzker, Steve Crawford

Top 25

PILLS

Andrew Bluestone

AMOUR meets SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

After years of monotony caring for her Parkinson's-afflicted husband, a woman must decide whether or not to hold true to her wedding vows when she meets a man who has embraced a new life.

Drama

Agent: ICM | Bryan Diperstein, Cullen Conly, Laura Gordon
Manager: Silent R Management | Jewerl Ross

Top 10

PREGGERS

Katiedid Langrock

KNOCKED UP meets BAD TEACHER

A hard-partying bartender gets knocked up and labors to maintain her wet 'n' wild lifestyle while under the prenatal care of her "Super Mommy" big sister.

Comedy

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Honorable Mention

SHADOW EYE

Nathan Wilcoxen

MINORITY REPORT meets ENEMY OF THE STATE

In the future, microscopic implants allow the government to monitor the actions of the population, and one rogue cop joins the resistance movement desperate to end the corruption.

Sci-Fi Thriller

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Honorable Mention

SHELBY SHERMAN OF SHERMANVILLE

Lisa Garvey

WIZARD OF OZ meets ALICE IN WONDERLAND

A teenage girl wakes up after an accident in a fantastical land where she must clear her name of the crimes of her doppelganger.

Drama Fantasy

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 25

SHIVERS, THE

Mike Van Waes

AMERICAN PIE meets ROSEMARY'S BABY

An angst-ridden half demon inadvertently possesses the girl of his dreams and must struggle to make amends while she struggles to take revenge.

Comedy

Agent: ICM | Allie Berkowitz, Doug Johnson
Manager: Grandview | Zac Frognowski

Top 10

SINGULARITY, THE

Tony Pitman

I, ROBOT meets SEVEN

A disillusioned detective discovers that an android is responsible for a series of brutal murders and finds himself in a race against time to save the entire human race from the robot's sinister plans.

Action Sci-Fi Thriller

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Niad Management | Chris Brannigan, Wendi Niad

Top 25

SLAVERY BY ANOTHER NAME

Jeanne Bowerman

12 YEARS A SLAVE meets TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

The lives of a lawyer-turned-gubernatorial candidate, a wrongly-imprisoned black farmer, and the first African-American Deputy U.S. Marshall are intertwined as they fight discrimination in the newly Emancipated South.

Drama

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 25

STALKING MONICA BELLUCCI

Brendan Gore

PUNCH DRUNK LOVE meets HOTEL CHEVALIER

A 20-something loser infatuated with Monica Bellucci recruits his fantasy's doppelganger to help him finally meet the Italian movie star of his dreams.

Comedy

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 25

STRICKEN, THE

Robert Pilkington

TRUE GRIT meets CABIN FEVER

An unpopular young sheriff discovers an abandoned train stalled, robbed, and teeming with leprous undead and must pursue the charismatic bandit who carries both the stolen lootƒ and a deadly germ.

Horror Thriller Western

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 25

TELL ME A MOVIE

Robert Weinberger

RADIO DAYS meets THE GRADUATE

In 1962, a movie-obsessed teenage boy starts a relationship with a tortured older aspiring actress.

Drama

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Honorable Mention

TREES OF PEACE

Alanna Brown

HOTEL RWANDA meets PANIC ROOM

Centers on four women trapped in a small underground room fighting for their survival during the Rwandan Genocide. A heart wrenching true story of how these strangers formed an unbreakable bond over three months of captivity.

Drama Thriller

Agent: Paradigm | Adrian Garcia, David Boxerbaum
Manager: Kaplan/Perrone | Aaron Kaplan, Sean Perrone

Top 25

TRIENNIAL, THE

Richard Ehrenreich

TAKEN meets THE HURT LOCKER

An Israeli commando puts his life and his morals on the line in order to save a general's daughter and stop a terrorist cell operating on U.S. soil.

Action Thriller

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Artillery Creative | Tom Carter

Top 25

UNDER THE BORRACHERO TREE

Matt DeMartini & Scott Waldvogel

TAKEN meets MEMENTO

A man who wakes up with nothing but the clothes on his back and no memory of the last 48 hours, and must use his criminal connections to find his missing Drug Lord brother, and hunt down the people who stole his money and his free will.

Drama Thriller

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Gotham Group

Top 25

VICARIOUS

Jason Williams

THE EXORCIST meets EVIL DEAD

A young man, raised by a demon-hunting priest, is forced to mature and take up his father's mantle to hunt down a body-possessing demon with a taste for children.

Horror

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Honorable Mention

ALL THE DEVILS ARE HERE

Jon Bachmann & Katherine Griffin

AMERICAN BEAUTY meets AMERICAN PSYCHO

After a father's desperate attempt to keep his son from dating his mistress ends in murder, he finds himself racing to cover his tracks, as layers of revenge, blackmail, and deception peel away to reveal no one is innocent, no one is perfect, and no one will make it out of this unscathed.

Drama

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 25

WINTER GARDEN

Tucker Hannah

BIG FISH meets THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS

On her deathbed, a Russian mother reconnects with her daughters by telling them a fairy tale. But as the daughters listen, the grandeur of the fairy tale begins to melt away and is replaced by the incredible story of how one woman survived one of the most brutal war events in modern history, the Siege of Leningrad.

Drama Period

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Honorable Mention

YOU'RE DEAD TO ME

Paul McLalin

SHALLOW GRAVE meets THE PROPOSAL

When a work obsessed young woman, with a sketchy past, accidentally kills her date, she enlists the help of her slacker neighbor to cover up the murder.

Comedy

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Honorable Mention

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  • Pilot Early Bird Submissions MUST be received by 11:59pm (PST) on January 31st 2016, regardless of when the payment is made.
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