Script Competition

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The annual Pittsburgh Shorts Script Competition is presented in partnership with Carnegie Screenwriters, a supportive community for scriptwriters. The selected finalist scripts are read live by professional actors.

Prizes totaling $1,000 are awarded following the readings. A reception follows the ceremony.

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.

2019 Finalists

1st Place

ABYSSAL

Canada
Screenwriter: Alejandro Alvarez Cadilla
Struggling with severe depression, Agnes finds escape under water. On her last night, she struggles to say goodbye to her sister.

 

3rd Place

COMMON DECENCY

USA
Screenwriter: Caroline Bloom
Beth didn't get invited to Joe's wedding. Beth wants an apology.

2nd Place

WHISTLING PAST THE GRAVEYARD

USA
Screenwriter: Newton E. Calkins
A young man and his estranged goth ex-girlfriend walk past a spooky graveyard by whistling a tune.

 

 

Honorable Mention

PREPARE THE WAY

USA
Screenwriter: Tommy Britt
A recent retiree tries to stop his elderly mother from being a hoarder but starts to suspect there might be some greater design to her habit.

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