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Of 62 submissions our jury selected the following six finalists:
Mahoumoud Abdel-Hai's screenplay entitled Souls - a riveting exploration of humanity as three opposing soldiers face-off with one another during the Iraq invasion. Each must choose between life and death, war and peace.
Ita Margalit's The Junk Drawer - a wildly chaotic adventure of real life and animated proportions where Henry recently orphaned, tries to hold onto order in a newly adopted family, only to be further undermined by a sinister junk drawer that sucks him in one night to face his greatest fears.
Keith Loh's Lakehead - At the height of Prohibition a group of mobsters flee into exile in a Southern Manitoba town while a gang war rages in America. Urged to rejoin the war, Frank Marsh must now decide if he wants to embrace a new way of life and escape his violent history.
Leanne Baugh-Peterson's Blue Sense - a supernatural murder mystery set in a Hutterite community where suspects and spirituality become inextricably entwined.
Brad Duncan's Shooting Germans - the journey of two life-long friends in the '70's who head south in search of life, love and Janis Joplin.
Lisa Purves's Pride No More - a poignant drama exploring human emotions and adaptability when a headstrong teacher is suddenly forced to give up her independence.