Best Family Screenplays

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The Heart of a Tiger

The Heart of a Tiger is based on the true story of a woman who escaped the Cambodian Genocide in the 1970s. It follows three generations of women struggling against the boundaries placed upon them, each ultimately emerging triumphant to achieve their dreams. This is my family’s story of survival. Received 39 awards.

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COOP

An inspirational drama about a disabled dog who assists a recently disabled young athlete find renewed purpose in his life.

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HALFWAY HOME

When a catastrophic accident causes an athlete to become paralyzed, and all seems to be lost, he finds redemption in the most unlikely place, with a gaggle of colorful characters in a halfway house for the mentally disabled. Winner of 19 'Best Screenplay' awards. Previously #1 on the MovieBytes.com feature Drama & Family 'Winning Lists.'

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The Barking Spider

When Joe’s 39 year-old addicted and pregnant daughter appears on his doorstep, his sedentary life is about to disappear forever. Script Excerpt

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The Paper Route

A teenager about to turn 16 makes a discovery that could be his ticket out of his hellish small town life, but it means leaving his younger brother behind.

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Ajeeta the Invincible

To chase her dream of becoming a pro football (soccer) player, a 12-year-old orphan escapes from her cruel reformatory and sets out on a dangerous trek from New Delhi to a football academy near Kolkata. Script Excerpt

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South Of Main Street

Mom dies and the youngest daughter sues the emotionally challenged Dad for financial control of the estate sending him on a quest to prove he is normal - not an easy task when you are not.

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The Sea Dragon

England, 1810: A sharp-witted young girl who hunts and sells fossils to help support her impoverished family unearths a never-before-seen skeleton that shakes the foundations of science and religion. Script Excerpt

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Doors of Miracles

Fighting fear a young woman is transcended into the Universe as the Doors to God's Miracles are flung open wide, to return to Earth with supernatural powers and miracles, and God speaks. Script Excerpt

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Motherkiller

Based on a true story. Two young boys watch their mother's boyfriend beat her. On her deathbed, she says he didn't do it. He goes free. Twenty years later, a rookie prosecutor - a young woman - fights to revive the cold case. Script Excerpt

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K-9 Cop

A cranky police officer dies and ends up in the body of a police dog in order to bring down a criminal organization and help a teenager get over a big loss in his family. Script Excerpt

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SEIRIOS/ROBOMUTT

A boy finds a dog which is actually a dangerous military prototype.

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The Mythical Golden Trout

When a cash-strapped family camping in the Sierras discovers a huge nugget of gold, the local police chief rounds up a posse of clueless misfits and sets out to steal it from them. Script Excerpt

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One More Sleep

A grumpy manager about to get the sack, wakes at the North Pole and is told by Santa’s helpers that Christmas Eve will keep repeating until he finds his Christmas spirit. Script Excerpt

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Marlowe

A brown, Virginia, field mouse moves into the bedroom of eleven-year-old-Cole who teaches the animal to talk and wear clothes. In the end, Marlowe saves Cole and his family and a small group of humans and animals, from a virus that kills all animals globally in less than a year.

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The Squawker

Two gonzo grad students and a fearless Native American woman clash with the FBI as they search for an endangered, sacred bird on her tribal homeland that could save the area from loggers. Script Excerpt

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God's Warrior

God chooses a young woman to be His Warrior but fails to warn her of the dangers.

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The Naughty List

With the help of a bicycle, an Ice Road Trucker and an Inuit Dog Sled Driver, Aiden Shea travels to the North Pole to face every kids’ worst nightmare right before Christmas – being on the Naughty List.

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Saga of the Dwarf

A dwarf's plan to save his village lands him in virtual hell but, in order to escape he must depend on a gnome wizard who is literally in hell or join him. Script Excerpt

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BIRDS OF A FEATHER

If he is to earn his gold wings, Jeremy, a young goldfinch, must find the courage to challenge the bird of prey that killed his father.

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True Tears - Timeless Fairy Tale

A young maiden who grew up hidden in the woods must find her father the king to save the kingdom from doom – His twin sister and self-appointed Sorceress Queen who banished him almost 18 years ago uses all her powers to prevent a successful journey.

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ELIJAH

The king of Israel marries a Phoenician Princess, who is consumed by Baal worship, wanting to kill all devout Hebrews. God’s prophet challenges the king to repent in spite of the threat of death.

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Quest for the Golden Orb

When a ruthless arachnologist captures a beautiful Golden Orb queen, a wimpy spider sets out to prove himself by rescuing her and save his colony from self-destruction. Script Excerpt

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Cats in the Hood

A ragtag group of alley cats risk their famous can-do reputation and their home to save a catnapped high society show. Script Excerpt

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The Cemetery Plots

In this dark comedy, three elderly and wealthy ladies each purchase two expensive cemetery plots. Years earlier, their husbands had disappeared in a plane crash. Their bodies were never found. The women don’t want to be buried alone. Thus, begins their quest to find men willing to be buried next to them. Script Excerpt

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A ROSE BY THE DOOR

A God fearing woman finds herself burned out by hurtful tragedies in her life. By trying to hide secrets from the past, she comes to the place where faith seems gone. But she overlooks, that old wounds must be touched and tended before they could be healed for good. A ROSE BY THE DOOR is an adaptation of Deborah Bedford's inspirational novel with the same title.

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Turtle Eggs for Agassiz

A famous scientist's strange need challenges a young teacher to tackle it, launching a great adventure.

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Stone Woman

A honeymooner in Belize becomes a reluctant adventurer when an anti-American police chief frames her husband for murder, and the only one on her side is the silent ghost of an ancient Mayan woman. Script Excerpt

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Bonus Hit

Louis is an assassin with a problem. He's dead. He's also never going to get into Heaven. However, a last chance at redemption is offered. All he has to do is help someone. Unfortunately, that someone happens to be the man who killed him in the first place.

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Santa Boss

When an FBI agent is sent to investigate a toy company in a small Wyoming town, she discovers a centuries-old family secret and the source of Christmas magic. Script Excerpt

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Unarmed and Dangerous

A downtrodden teen impulsively takes charge of a botched bank robbery, but then must collude with her hostages to prevent her own arrest by a gung-ho detective. Script Excerpt

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Sky Squadron

A gangly emu is determined to become a member of the elite Sky Squadron, risking banishment from his emu community if he fails. Script Excerpt

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Sam Fights Back

: An engaging, stroppy 12/13 year-old, having blinded his sister, must save for her eye operation by Christmas. He has to outwit ruthless crooks wanting his computer skills, or disappear.

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The Secret Life of Poppy

When skinny, fifteen year old Anna becomes slender, supermodel Poppy, a modern Cinderella story unfolds ala Hannah Montana,' with a hot rock star as Prince Charming and a wise talking agent as the fairy godfather. Fantasy touches bring gentle reminders of Amelie, Princess Diaries or even Alice in Wonderland.

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Everything I Have Is Yours

Thirteen-year-old Haylee stumbles on her father's affair with her mother's friend, who has come to stay after her home was burglarized.

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THE KITE FLYER

A young widow and her boy, who has Down syndrome, are paid off by her in-laws to disappear. She must learn to cope with life's demands to survive and forgive the people who hurt her to fully live. The Kite Flyer is an adaptation of Gail Gaymer Martin's inspirational fiction, "The Christmas Kite."

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BORN TO BE YOU

A female seagull gets stranded and injured on an island of flightless cormorants. The leader nurses her back to health. He wants her to be his mate with the condition that she gives up flying.

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My Angel Wore Stripes

After an accident, a standup comedian finds himself transported to heaven where he becomes an "Angel in Training." In order for him to earn his wings, he must return to earth and successfully defend an innocent prisoner at a Parole Board Hearing. During his spiritual journey, he touches and transforms the lives of the people he meets including the innocent victim, the quilty party and others along the way.

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Turf War

As Florida neighbors fall in love, their rival lawn ornaments start a war.

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From da Big Island

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Vacation Burnout

A couple find a wadded up lottery ticket hidden in some clothes which has the winning number worth a billion dollars which is about to expire within 24 hours before the deadline to cash it in. The problem is they’re out of the country and are held up at the border with no way to get out.

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Brisket

A confirmed vegetarian must win his dead wife’s famous brisket contest to save the town’s Community Center.

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Peter and the Milkman's Horse

In 1950s UK young Peter befriends the milkman's horse, a friendship that brings unexpected rewards but ultimate tragedy.

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QUALITY CONTROL

On a quest to find happiness and a purpose for his life, a self-centered millennial from the Northwest moves to Hawaii when his girlfriend gives him the boot and becomes homeless in paradise. Script Excerpt

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Jade Farms

A romantic road trip goes South when a third-generation, Vietnamese beekeeper finds herself caught up in smuggling drugs across the Canadian border using the bee's as a deterrent.

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Daughter of Job

Jemimah is a committed Christian whose comfortable family life attracts the devil's curse, just as was the case for Job in the Old Testament. Thereafter, Jemimah's life is beset by one catastrophe after another but she remains committed to her faith. However, the final overwhelming disaster brings an astonishing conclusion. Script Excerpt

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The Second Rate Mermaid

Caribbean grandma assists local authorities with missing person cases after they surface as mermaids.

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The Call

Bart, age 15 and a new convert to the Christian faith, fights temptation in a different way. Script Excerpt

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Storytellers

A young man, stifled by regret, returns to his city unable to move forward in his life. By bonding with a grieving elderly man, he understands the importance of faith and forgiving his own absent father. But the bond they share is far greater than the bereavement of a father son relationship. Script Excerpt

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Weight of the Wind

A suicidal man is taken on a time-traveling journey of self-discovery by God and Satan, forcing him to come to terms with his faults and enabling him to mend the wounds he’s left in his tracks. Script Excerpt

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Mom you were right

Jessica a young teenage girl abandon her mom and her brother as she went to live with her boyfriend. Little did she know that karma is coming.

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ONLY THE GOOD

After denying Christ, Peter the Apostle is brought to High Priest Caiaphas - where he must reconcile the implications of the faith which has come to define him. Script Excerpt

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HAROLD'S PLACE

A poolside condominium chickee bar in Naples, Florida, is patronized by numerous comical drinkers. And a developing triangle love relationship begins between Lilly, the beautiful and well-built bartender, Stanley, the owners' son, and Dario, a handsome wine rep who’s a condominium owner.

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CRYSTAL CLEAR

A naïve young woman must take an unusual road trip if she is to unravel her parent’s secret past. Along the way she falls in love but the trips unexpected revelations threaten her new-found relationship.

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Song of the Bard

A gypsy bard sacrifices himself in order to save his family and must enlist the help of strangers if he is to escape an ignominious fate and reunite with his loved ones. Script Excerpt

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The Sub

The sub When a family of four boards a submarine for work they have no idea what is to come. The sub follows a family as their lives are torn apart. When the technology fails the family are separated. Will they be reunited? Or will they perish at sea?

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Telegram

For Stan, the telegram made perfect sense but for his wife Linda it was simply gibberish. Regardless of their perspective, the message in the telegram will change their lives.

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Think George Raft

At his uncle's funeral a successful Hollywood actor meets his childhood friends reminding him of the adventures they had with his Uncle Vinny. Interwoven between those adventures he remembers the most important life lesson his Uncle Vinny taught him.

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Haven

After crashing on a deserted planet, two sisters fight to return home while being pursued by bloodthirsty, desperate prisoners who were shipwrecked and left for dead on this planet years ago.

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The Eleventh Commandement

A Cardinal of the Catholic Church, in agreement with an Italian politician connected to an international political group, wants to recoup artistic treasures stolen from Italy by Napoleon and preserved at the Louvre. The Cardinal’s objective is to help the Vatican and the Church regain what he believes is their rightful property. The mission is to recover these works of art from France without putting the moral prestige and integrity of the Church at risk,.

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Semper Paratus (Always Ready)

After 25 years in the US Coast Guard, Leslie Thompson retires to a small village on the Maine Coast only to find his primary purpose in life – as a stepfather and mentor to a wheelchair-bound 12-year old boy who, because of an accident, has lost his father, his ability to walk, and his faith in God. Through a miracle on the open seas, Thompson and the boy renew each other’s beliefs and discover a fuller understanding of God’s love and His power to redeem.

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Going Alone

When a biologist working on a vitally important environmental report dies mysteriously, his estranged daughter takes over his work with an assassin closing in. Script Excerpt

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REVELATIONS

A young nurse investigates her mother’s disturbing death and becomes entangled in a decades old political cover up involving her family and the illicit affair of America’s most infamous lovers. Script Excerpt

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DOWN WITH DAD

A 3 time Man of the Year dad Dave McNabb tries to teach his teen son Lincoln a life lesson -- “do good things, good things happen.” But much to Lincoln's delight and wonder, things suddenly go south for Dave and bad things happen... very bad things. Script Excerpt

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Close Up

A group of high school students get in over their heads when they accidentally capture some illegal medical waste dumping while gathering footage for their media class project. When the teens are discovered, the ruthless culprits track them down, forcing them to go to the police for help.

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THE GEPETTO PROTOCOL

To stay "real" in the real world after their last creator dies, an action figure, fashion doll, superhero, anime girl, and crash dummy—now real flesh and blood—must find new believers in ten days or be forgotten forever, and get help from two kids and their dad at a cosplay convention.

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Horse Up a Tree

Swashbuckling action as a charming black pirate captain plunders the high seas with his talkative, cranky parrot. Retired in Montana, with no trusting crew depending on him, the captain struggles to find his purpose. Until he finds it in a most unusual way. Script Excerpt

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NOT ANOTHER VAMPIRE STORY

An embarrassment-prone middle school girl's life gets risky when she suspects her pretty older sister's good-looking boyfriend is really a vampire, and sets out to prove it.

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Memory of Snow

The past is a place from which secrets rise without warning. Script Excerpt

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PATCHES' PERIL

After running away from her drunk prostitute mother to her small town uncle’s home, a teenage girl must retrieve her two younger sisters before they are put into the big city street trade. Based on true facts.

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CROSSING GUARD SANTA

When Nick North (Santa) accepts a position as a crossing guard to bridge finance the toy production, he encounters bullying by both children and adults and then must communicate the Christmas Spirit without magic to end the abuse.

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DOUBLE STEED

When a teen girl has to take over the care and training of her competitor’s new horse, her compassion and companionship with the two horses wins her a dressage competition.

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Across The Brazos

Mistaken identity as a killer in Montana results in the man fleeing to Texas to start a new life and new home until suddenly he is forced to decide between the life and love he has there or return to Montana to face his fate.

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CHRISTMAS MITZVAH

Not all families are united by blood!

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Shadow on the Heartland

A successful Wall Street attorney reluctantly returns to rural North Dakota to help his family fight against an agricultural corporate giant that's quickly taking over the food industry with dangerous GMO seeds. Script Excerpt

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SWIM FOR YOUR LIVES

A dysfunctional father and daughter vacationing in Bali, conflicted over a pending divorce, are sole survivors of a plane crash at sea and try to swim to the nearest coast, fighting both natural and human elements of danger. Alternate version for a different location: British Columbia, Canada. Script Excerpt

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A Dying Business

The story of a father and son who manage a funeral Business that is literally is dying. When a wonder drug comes a long to perlong life, this seems like the end for their business.

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The Deer and the Dolphin

NOTE: THE EXCERPT ABOVE IS THE THIRD SECTION OF THE DEER AND THE DOLPHIN. For pp. 1-80 e-mail jfdavanzo@poweroc.net In this future history sci-fi fantasy Nick, a solitary sailor, is witness to the degradation of Earth's ecology and becomes a central figure in Earth's recovery. Script Excerpt

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JANIE LOVES BOLLYWOOD!!

Fun and family friendly Bollywood version of "It's a Wonderful Life!"

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The Liberty Bell Sweepstakes

A dazzling young woman who claims she can “invent the future” leads three lovestruck guys on a zany quest to win a big pile of cash on the Fourth of July. Script Excerpt

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LIFE WITHOUT FATHER

Ghost dramedy with family values, a la "Ghost" meets "Parenthood". An acclaimed news cameraman who's been neglecting his family for his career dies suddenly under mystical circumstances and returns home as a ghost to haunt his 12-year-old son a week before his 13th birthday. He only has a short time to teach his son life lessons and to learn how to be, and to redeem himself as, a once-absentee dad. Script Excerpt

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DOWNsized

A young couple who work in a holiday display factory try to make their way back home after mysteriously being miniaturized among model Christmas villages.

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THE WORD ON THE STREET

While trying to keep her family together, a young Catholic widow must also deal with prejudice as black families start moving into their all-white parish in 1950s West Philadelphia.

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