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Shriekfest, the Los Angeles Film Festival and Screenplay Competition has announced its screenplay finalists and semifinalists.
Shriekfest has named "The Bond of Saint Marcel" by Jennifer Quintenz as their Best Feature Screenplay for 2005.
The 4th Annual Shriekfest Film Festival and Screenplay Competition has announced their award-winners.
A.K.A Shriekfest, the 3rd annual Los Angeles International Horror/Science Fiction Film Festival and SCREENPLAY Competition is currently accepting submissions in all categories.
An interview with screenwriter Joe Randazzo regarding the Shriekfest Writing Competition.Q: What's the title of the script you entered in this contest, and what's it about?
A: The title is "The Last Request" and it's a ghost story about an elderly man who asks his son to find out what happened to his first love fifty years before.Q: What made you enter this particular contest? Have you entered any other contests with this script? If so, how did you do?
A: I figured a horror festival would be a good start, so I submitted it and before long I was in the semi-finals, then the finals and it culminated in a 2nd Place award.
"Last Request" was also entered into the Twin Rivers Media Festival where it is a finalist as of this interview. I should find out the result later this month. It also won the 1st Place Short Drama at The Indie Gathering this year.
A: I was very happy with the administration.Q: Were you given any feedback on your script? If so, did you find the feedback helpful?
A: I didn't really ask for any. I'm sure if I asked, I would have received it.Q: Has your success in this contest helped you market your script? Were you contacted by any agents, managers or producers?
A: I've been contacted a few times, but nothing has come out of it yet. I can say I'm being taken much more seriously now than I was before the festival.Q: What's your background? Have you written any other screenplays or television scripts?
A: I began writing screenplays in high school. I finished my first feature at age 16 and it was terrible. Thankfully, I had three excellent teachers in high school, John Yanello, George MacLarty and Michael Behlen, who were supportive of me. After graduating high school I eventually went on to the School of Visual Arts in New York City and there I had Everett Aison who is a wonderful screenwriting teacher. The man is brutally honest and I respected that in him. If something I wrote was awful, I could expect to hear it, but also he'd tell me how to make it better. On the other hand, if it was great, he would praise you.Q: Do you live in Los Angeles? If not, do you have any plans to move there?
A: No, I'm based in New York and I pretty much plan on staying on the east coast. That's not to say I wouldn't go out to LA if needed, but I just couldn't live there due to the climate.Q: What's next? Are you working on a new script?
A: I'm always working on several scripts. October 2007 begins a new year for me. Shriekfest is where my year begins. I debut all my genre work there every year.