Dumbo Film Fest Names Screenwriting Quarterfinalists

The Dumbo Film Festival in Brooklyn announced today the quarterfinalists for its 2020 Screenplay Competition, presented by Event Horizon Films. Each script was reviewed by working industry professionals at top rep agencies (ICM Partners, A3 Artists Agency, Gersh, etc.) and graded based on strength of plot, characterization, format, originality, style, dialogue, pacing and current market potential. Semifinalists will be announced January 16th.


  • “Affairs of the Poisons” by Charles Leipart (New York)
  • "Dumbest Generation” by Leslie Lyshkov (Bremerton, WA)
  • “Elephant & Castle" by Samuel Garza Bernstein (Los Angeles, Calif.)
  • “Joseph” by Ian Davies (UK)
  • "LAJJAWATI” by Sumathy Ramakrishnan (Spring, Texas)
  • "Our White boy” by Nancy Munger (Arlington, Texas)
  • "Pollen and the Ring of Harmony” by Francis Williams (Morningstar, CT)
  • "Red Spy Queen" by Leslie Lyshkov (Bremerton, WA)
  • “Revelations" by Johnny Gilligan
  • “Rust” by Guy Pooles (Los Angeles, Calif.)
  • "Still Life" by Duncan Putney (Providence, RI)
  • "The Abolitionists” by Leslie Lyshkov (Bremerton, WA)
  • "The Snow Queen" by Jacob Leyva (Santa Barbara, Calif.)
  • "The Spiritualization of Jeff Boyd” by Uwe Schwarzwalder (Switzerland)
  • "The Strangers" by Scott Hawley (Duluth, MN)
  • "The Wardrobe” by Peter Noel (Hungary)
  • "The Wrong Candidate" by John Ravitz (New York)
  • "Time to Go” by Lesley Manuel (Grapevine, Texas)

  • "Beadwindow” by Paul Mooney (New York)
  • "Breaking and Entering" by Michael William Hogan (Laguna Niguel, Calif.)
  • "Dessert & Dash” by Muse Seymour (Green Bay, WI)
  • "Greetings from Sarajevo” by Penny Jackson (New York)
  • "Honey” by Dane Barun
  • "Knuckleheads” by Steven Zaza (New York)
  • "My Stepdad's Bird” by Bella Thronton (Chicago, IL)
  • "Sammy Superhero” by Michael Gavino (Toluca Lake, Calif.)
  • "The American” by Dimitri Michalakis (Brooklyn, New York)
  • "The Forest Fenced Becomes Backyards” by Ryan Moore (Los Angeles, Calif.)
  • "The Secret World of Danny Lopez” by Samuel Garza Bernstein (Los Angeles, Calif.)
  • "Vinegar to Honey” by Jay Pennington (Boerne, Texas)
  • "Women on Play” by Maria Rotger (Spain)
  • Updated: 01/05/2021

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