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SHOWTIME’S TONY COX SCREENPLAY COMPETITION

Showtime’s Tony Cox Screenplay Competition recognizes an emerging screenplay as the best from the pool of submissions each year. The competition gives writers the opportunity to have their scripts read by a prestigious jury, receive top industry recognition, participate in a Festival focused specifically on screenwriting, including a Mentor’s Brunch with the Festival’s Screenwriters Tributee, and win over $7,000 in total cash prizes.

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2014 COMPETITION

2014 Feature Film Screenplay Competition Finalists:

Early Plus Infinity by Clark Carroll (WINNER)
Mona Richy Robbie Ray by Oreathia Smith
No Man’s Land by Michelle Davidson & Jeffrey Field

2014 Feature Film Screenplay Competition Semi­-Finalists:

Donuts With Jerry by Ron Peer & Mitzi Lynton
Early Plus Infinity by Clark Carroll (WINNER)
Magic Hour by Bo Yeon Kim
Mona Richy Robbie Ray by Oreathia Smith
No Man’s Land by Michelle Davidson & Jeffrey Field
President’s Day by Bethany Geaber
Snake River Canyon by Nathaniel Biagiotti
Triboro by Todd Bartels & Michael Mitnick
Up In Flames by Jason Kessler
Whatever Happened to Barbara Brown? by Lutfu Emre Cicek

2014  Television Pilot (Hour Long) Competition Screenplay  Finalists:

The Dropout by Ryan Austin Ward
Going Reno by Elizabeth Quinn
Tomorrowland by Jamie Mayer (WINNER)

2014  Television Pilot (Half-Hour Long) Screenplay  Competition Finalists:

Good Morning Detroit by Mary Conroy and Bill Pendergast
Mother Trucker by Elise Holowicki
Stiffs by Stuart Feldman (WINNER)

2014  Short Competition Finalists:

Angels Live in Tunapuna by Sonja Dumas
The Last High by Doug Bost
Open Roads by Mimi Jeffries (WINNER)

Winner of Showtime’s Tony Cox Feature Film Screenplay Competition receives:

  • $5,000 cash prize from the Nantucket Film Festival;
  • All expenses paid, month­ long stay at the exclusive Screenwriter’s Colony on Nantucket in October;
  • VIP week­long Nantucket Film Festival Pass to all events;
  • Round­ trip from New York to Nantucket to attend Film Festival;
  • Accommodations in Nantucket during the Film Festival;
  • A Showtime­sponsored reception during the Film Festival in the winner’s honor;
  • Participation in Mentor’s Brunch with Screenwriters Tribute recipient during the Film Festival;
  • Custom leather bound copy of the winner’s script, courtesy of Showtime;
  • Name inclusion on Festival catalogue and website as Competition winner;
  • Print and media coverage.

Top Three Finalists of Showtime’s Tony Cox Feature Film Screenplay Competition receive:

  • VIP week­long Nantucket Film Festival Pass to all events;
  • Attend Showtime ­sponsored reception during the Film Festival;
  • Participation in Mentor’s Brunch with Screenwriters Tribute recipient during the Film Festival;
  • Name inclusion on Festival catalogue and website as Competition winner;
  • Print and media coverage.

Winner of Showtime’s Tony Cox Television Pilot (Hour ­Long) Competition receives:

  • $1,000 cash prize from the Nantucket Film Festival;
  • VIP week­long Nantucket Film Festival Pass to all events;
  • Attend Showtime ­sponsored reception during the Film Festival;
  • Participation in Mentor’s Brunch with Screenwriters Tribute recipient during the Film Festival;
  • Name inclusion on Festival catalogue and website as Competition winner;
  • Print and media coverage.

Winner of Showtime’s Tony Cox Television Pilot (Half Hour ­Long) Competition receives:

  • $1,000 cash prize from the Nantucket Film Festival;
  • VIP week­long Nantucket Film Festival Pass to all events;
  • Attend Showtime ­sponsored reception during the Film Festival;
  • Participation in Mentor’s Brunch with Screenwriters Tribute recipient during the Film Festival;
  • Name inclusion on Festival catalogue and website as Competition winner;
  • Print and media coverage.

Winner of Showtime’s Tony Cox Short Film Screenplay Competition receives:

  • $500 cash prize from the Nantucket Film Festival;
  • VIP week­long Nantucket Film Festival Pass to all events;
  • Attend Showtime ­sponsored reception during the Film Festival;
  • Participation in Mentor’s Brunch with Screenwriters Tribute recipient during the Film Festival;
  • Name inclusion on Festival catalogue and website as Competition winner;
  • Print and media coverage.

 

2013 TV AND SHORTS COMPETITION WINNERS

2013 Television Pilot (Hour ­Long) Competition Winner:

The Messiah Project by David Baugnon

FINALISTS
73 by Nicole Donadio
The Messiah Project by David Baugnon
Failures by Bernard Zeiger

2013 Television Pilot (Half Hour ­Long) Competition Winner:

Time Out by Ian McWethy

FINALISTS
Time Out by Ian McWethy
The Break-Up Nurse by Adeline Colangelo
Brewing by Haeli Dunstan

2013 Short Film Screenplay Competition Winner:

The Bravest, the Boldest by Moon Molson & Eric Fallen

FINALISTS
The Bravest, the Boldest by Moon Molson & Eric Fallen
Pale Blue Eyes by Chris Connolly
The Department of Signs and Magical Intervention by Melissa Sweazy

 

Past Winning Feature Film Screenplays:

  • 2013 Winner: Cake, Patrick Tobin
  • 2012 Winner: Jean of the Joneses, Stella Meghie
  • 2011 Winner: The Murphys, Kaitlin McLaughlin
  • 2010 Winner: Etopia, Tommy Butler
  • 2009 Winner: Future Weather, Jenny Deller
  • 2008 Winner: Anna Down East, Fred M. Strype
  • 2007 Winner: Peck, Marc Arneson
  • 2006 Winner: Cold Souls, Sophie Barthes
  • 2005 Winner: Mink, Will Luers
  • 2004 Winner: The Last Seder, Jennifer Maisel
  • 2003 Winner: Buried Above Ground, Chase Palmer
  • 2002 Winner: Down to the Bone, Debra Granik

Past Screenplay Competition Jurors Include: Allison Williams, David Edelstein, Raúl Esparza, Campbell Scott, Lili Taylor, Tom McCarthy, Diana Ossana, Bobby and Peter Farrelly,  Philip Seymour Hoffman, Stanley Tucci, Rosie Perez, Kit Carson, Greg Mottola, Nancy Tenenbaum, Nancy Savoca, Lee Daniels, Anthony Swofford, Dana Harris, Rajendra Roy, Ty Burr, and Donna Giglotti.