The jury for the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival Screenplay Competition had a tough task ahead of them when narrowing down the Official Selections list in order to determine who this year’s nominated Finalists would be. The commitment to the craft of screenwriting is on full display in this year’s top ten list, but only three could move on.
The judging was based on a number of criteria, including story composition and structure, imagery, character development, formatting, dialogue, and originality. All of the screenplays were submitted without identifying features. For the judges, it was a blind read. For the writers, it was the fairest way to accommodate all nationalities.
The conversations were lively, and showed the passion that everyone involved has for telling stories that resonate. In the end, three stories did just that; make you think, make you converse, make you want more.
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Congratulations to the Finalists of the 2015 Vancouver International Women in Film Festival Screenplay Competition:
FURY RISING by Sheri Davenport
JAGGED WINTER by Danishka Esterhazy
THE COURTESAN by Marjorie Kaptanoglu
About the writers:
Sheri has been the creative force behind dozens of major corporate videos and speeches during her years as a freelance writer in the San Francisco Bay Area. She co-wrote the published novel On The Way To Woodstock, and has optioned seven screenplays over the past six years. Her romantic comedy Lucky Christmas was featured on the Hallmark channel in 2012. Sheri’s scripts have won or ranked highly in such competitions as: ScriptSavvy Screenwriting Competition, Page International Screenwriting Awards, Cynosure Screenwriting Awards, Richmond International Film Festival, and California International Women’s Film Festival.
Celebrated for her visually stunning and female-driven films, writer/director Danishka Esterhazy has delighted audiences around the world with her haunting stories. Danishka is a graduate of the National Screen Institute and the Canadian Film Centre. Her debut feature Black Field won the Best Feature Drama award at Vancouver’s Women in Film Festival and the Best Canadian Feature award at Toronto’s Female Eye Film Festival. She is currently working on her third feature film: Shadowy Lines.
Marjory Kaptanoglu is the author of four short films that screened at major festivals, including Santa Barbara, Cinequest, San Diego, Nashville, and Woodstock. Her shorts and features have won numerous screenwriting competitions, including Slamdance, International Horror & Sci-fi, Table Read My Screenplay, Worldfest Houston, and Writers’ Boot Camp Fellowships. Currently she is working on a screenplay adaptation of the novel Gossip, by Christopher Bram (author of Gods and Monsters).