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“It is great that there is an online competition looking for the thousands of African American stories that have not been told. You are an important festival in the screenplay competition landscape.”

 

“Fantastic script competition! Very conscientious staff. I highly recommend Black Screenplays Matter.”

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2018’s winners were distributed to over 60 industry professionals and our finalists were personally introduced to several agents and managers.

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Summer 2018 Grand Prize Winner!

To Be Free by Susan Flakes

 

Summer 2018 Finalists!

Glen by Sheldon Shaw

Shetani by Joshua Keller Katz

 

Summer 2018 Semi-Finalists!

Egalite by Michael Head

Bison Man by Michael Rhodes

2-12-Delta by David Brichetto 

Big City, Big Problems by Wm. Derek Grasty

Letters to My Father by Mike Ray

Bad Ass Bitch: Rise of Furie by Christopher E Ellis

The Zombays by Lance Barnett

Daring to Soar by Stampp Corbin

At the Mercy of Faith By Samuel Lee Taylor

Gun by by Ausar Moore & Brittany Chrishawn

Box and Boxer by K.C. Wilson

Alcus by David Neubert & Alcus Todd Thompson

The Flag Pole by Gabrielle Restivo

HI-DE-HO-MAN (The Cab Calloway Story) by Clotile S. Galbraith & Ron Salkind Meliment

 

 

“It was a wonderful experience. I highly recommend anyone with a diverse cast to enter this competition. I really felt they took time to read and digest my script because their response to the script was extraordinary.”

 

“This competition was such a pleasant opportunity. Before entering, I wrote a script which featured a diverse cast, and had the opportunity to pitch the script to an industry professional. The professional stated he liked the story, but that I should replace my African lead with a white male to make casting easier. I was shocked! After attempting several rewrites, it just didn’t feel right to whitewash the script. I was convinced that my story was important with the African characters as they were. So, I entered into Black Screenplays Matter, and placed as a finalist. They have promoted and shared the script, as well as other great things. This placement is much needed validation that stories like this are in demand, and deserve to be seen and heard. Thank you for this amazing opportunity!”

 

“Black stories need to be told, shared and appreciated. Continue your success!”

 

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Winter 2017 Grand Prize Winner!

Just Like Mummy by Nadia Fenty

 

Winter 2017 Finalists!

Thank you, Amelia Earhart by Al Mertens

The Children by Bill Kalmenson

 

Winter 2017 Semi-Finalists!

Elijah by T.Will

Victim #1 by Tarik Davis, Don Hooper and C. LeMar McLean

Armor by Bryant Daluz

The Choir Singer by Barry M. Putt, Jr.

The Arrows Of Niani by Alan Dixon

The 313 by Jessica Tanner

Roll with the Punches by Judah Ray

The Pack – Bond of Blood by Devvin J. Mattison

Broken Promise by Margie Walker

General Harriet Tubman by Joseph Lawrence Thompson

Red Ivory by  L.W. Thomas

Crescent by Edward Worthy

A Rose that Grew from Concrete By Shylo Shaner, Debra Trevino & Valery Ortiz

Fostering Curtis by Luke Ryan

Black Diamond by JT O’Neal

The Color of the Puck by Mark Golik

Gideon By RW Hahn

Truth Be Told by Slavica Bogdanov

Gridiron by Charles Gillis

Four Negro Girls in a Church by Phillip E. Hardy

At the Mercy of Faith by Samuel Lee Taylor

 

“Excellent Festival! Would definitely recommend entering no matter where you are in the world.”

 

“A class act from start to finish. What nurturing folks!”

 

“To be honest this was one of the biggest events of the year for me and to be singled out as a winner among one’s peers is a massive honour.”

 

“Really cool vibe. Full of people with positivity that wanted to help get me where i want to go.”

 

“A very good competition that makes personal communication about your work and very encouraging for black filmmakers and screenwriters. I highly recommend it.”

 

 “I got two agent calls and a meeting out of it!!!”

 

All Winter 2017 finalists’ scripts were distributed to our exclusive list of industry executives throughout the world. Over 40 A-list agents and producers in total received our finalists scripts including Thruline, APA, Creative Artists, The Link, Mosaic, and many more . All Winter 2017 finalists were also given the opportunity to select the producer of their choice to whom we personally contacted to deliver their script. (Please note that we no longer offer to deliver our winner’s script to the producer of their choice).

 

Summer 2017 Grand Prize Winner!

Tony Hendriks – Shoot the Girl

 

Summer Finalists!

Andre Joseph – The Saxophonist

Aaron Shaw – Mayday

Dianne Janis – Sweet Dreams