Script Competition

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The second annual Pittsburgh Shorts Script Competition, presented in partnership with Carnegie Screenwriters, showcases the best short scripts of 15 pages or fewer. The selected finalist scripts are read by professional actors, and prizes totaling $1,000 will be awarded to the writers at a virtual ceremony on November 22.

A screening of Common Decency will follow the script readings. Congratulations to writer Caroline Bloom for bringing her script—which was a finalist at last year’s script competition—to the screen!

2020 Finalists

1st Place

HAWK BELLS

USA
Screenwriter: Kristian Mercado Figueroa
This moving story of a Taino Indigenous mother and daughter illustrates Puerto Rico's colonization and the violent shift from freedom to slavery.

 

3rd Place

BERNIE

USA
Screenwriter: Fred Perry
A ridiculously botched suicide attempt reunites two polar-opposite brothers in this bracingly funny dark comedy.

2nd Place

NEXT, PLEASE

ITALY
Screenwriter: Diego Trovarelli
On his last day of work, an ordinary employee comes to terms with a decision made long ago and a young man discovers the price for his future. 

 

4th Place

AIN'T MY TYPE OF HYPE

USA
Screenwriter: Tanisha Jackson
After an awkward dinner party introduction, two young professionals find they have more in common than they thought.

2020 Semifinalists

BODY

United Kingdom
Screenwriter: Matthew McGuinness

 

VODOUN

USA
Screenwriter: Stuart Creque

DIVING IN

USA
Screenwriter: M. Rowan Meyer

 

GROUNDED IN NEW PITTSBURGH

USA
Screenwriter: Ted Elrick

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