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Congratulations to all our Winners!!!  


Thank you so much for the amazing feedback, I'm overwhelmed, not just by the positivity, but also the suggestions for improvement -- I do believe I will make some changes as a result. This whole experience has been so incredible! I'm beyond grateful for the whole process. You folks are doing good work, truly nurturing passionate creators. THANK YOU!! -Matthew Forbes

I was thrilled to have my sitcom pilot "It Had to Be Lou" win the SF International Screenwriting Competition! The communication and feedback from the team was both supportive and exemplary, as was my 30-minute consultation with manager Andrew Kersey. Thank you! -Adam Sandel

Joseph and the Festival Team:  Thanks so much for the judge’s notes.  I found them to be very valuable. Sincerely, Robert J. McCrea 

Very much appreciated the clear feedback. Also, results came in ahead of schedule with excellent communication via email, website, and even a phone call to tell me I was a finalist! I entered because I used to live in the Bay area, and will enter again. -Suzanne Birrel  

Thank you, San Francisco International Screenwriting Competition, for honoring my screenplay, GODFORSAKEN: A STORY OF THREE MARYS, in your great festival. Your extra note of "thanks for entering" was very encouraging! Here's wishing you success both now and in future. -Kevin Irvine 

Words can hardly describe my gratitude -- thank you so much for considering my script and selecting it as one of your esteemed quarter-finalists!! This is a tremendous honor. I am grateful for every reader who took the time out of their day to spend time with my project. No matter the final results, I am happy I submitted. Have a wonderful rest of your day/week. -Kameron 

This year, I've entered quite a number of competitions with quite a few scripts. I was really pleased that I noticed the San Fran Int'l Screenwriting Competition just before it closed. I had a few (3) titles that had been in some film festivals that had script components, and I wanted to see how the scripts would fare in a pure writing competition. San Fran accommodated my request, including to submit my 'duology' (a script and its sequel), which necessitated utilizing the same reader. I wish I'd come across them sooner; thanks to this experiment I not only learned what a real writing contest thought of my work, but I upped the placements to Quarters and Semis. Thanks, San Fran! -Steve Garry 

Excellent festival. Amazing experience. Thanks for awarding my script. —Polykarpos Parioritsas

I want to compliment SFISC on their total professionalism in operating this wonderful film festival. The SFISC Team takes that extra step which 

puts them alongside the best film festivals worldwide. It’s a pleasure to have my work submitted and recognized by experts in the film industry. -Charles Petrillo 

Thank YOU!!! -Suzanne 

Thank you to San Francisco International Screenwriting for the honor of receiving Quarter-Finalist! Can't wait to see you again with my next project. -Amy Philbert

Appreciate you! This means the world to me!  Warmly, -Damien D.Bell 

I'm incredibly honored to have my screenplay, Brem & Me selected as a Quarter-Finalist!-Kevin Corrigan 

Wow!  Thank you, San Francisco Internation for selecting my script, ROADS TAKEN, as quarterfinalist in your competition.  I am truly honored.  -C.J. Palmisano

Awww, thank you so much!  This means the World to me.  I look forward to giving your Festival a great review! Sincerely, Erin Elizabeth Cook 

The San Francisco International Screenwriting Comp has been a great experience. Thanks, guys. -Steven Campbell

I was shocked and honored to be given quarter final for my pilot Blink of an Eye. It's be a privilege. Everyone is so lovely! Karen Matthews 

The San Francisco Int’l Screenwriting Comp has been a great experience. Thanks, guys. -Stephen Campbell

Great screenwriting festival! Even more sweet as I am originally from SF. Cheers and thanks for selecting ‘Floating Laura’ , a maverick steals a classic airliner off a lake. -John Celona 

Thank you all so very much for acknowledging my work for my screenplay AN UNFAMILIAR LIFE as a quarter-finalist. It was an easy-breezy experience and we'll be sure to back again with new content again. All the best for continued success with your festival. Toni D with Shake The Tree. -Toni D’Antonio 

Thank you so much for your great communication and recognition of my Screenplay, "The TentVille Knights"! -Erin Elizabeth Cook

Omg ! Thank you so much! It’s an amazing honor ! And I love your city 😊All the best and Happy Holidays , Nan Schmid 

SFISC is not expensive to submit to and their script "turnaround" is phenomenally fast. Was pleased to reach quarter finals. -Sharon Curcio 

I am honored to be a quarter-finalist in the SF International Screenwriting Competition, especially since I live in Palo Alto. Thank you for putting a smile on my face today.  Sincerely, -Kathy Rucker 

This is such an honor! Thank you for this quarter-final win. As I am from San Francisco, this is an especially nice one to receive. -John Celona 

Delighted that my script was a quarter-finalist. Also encouraged by the perceptive observation! -Lynn Elliot 

Thanks so much for honoring my feature screenplay, GODFORSAKEN: A STORY OF THREE MARYS! It is both thrilling and humbling to be part of your great competition. -Kevin Michael Irvine 

Thank you -John Turner 

Oh wow. Thank you so much for the incredibly kind email and for being selected at a quarter-finalist. My psychological drama (based on a true story in my family)... was 30 years in the making and a real passion project. Congratulations to all the winners, indeed all of us that submitted, because if we keep writing screenplays.... we are ALL winners . ( sounds so corny I know) lol -C Hope Belmont 

I am deeply honored that you have selected my 2 screenplays for the quarterfinals. Thank you!  -Thomas M. Lister

Thank you soooo much! -Diane Lansing

Thank you so much for choosing Brem & Me as a Quarter Finalist! There's no higher honor than to be able to touch others with our work. It's so gratifying to discover I'm not completely crazy to think I have something to say that others might like as well. -Kevin Corrigan 

Thanks so much for your award notification. I am pleased that you gave the script your consideration and enjoyed reading it. -Robert J. McCrea 

SFISC conveys itself sincerely as a competition that matters and makes a difference, and I believe it. My quarter-finalist placing feels like a semi-finalist, somehow. Deluded, me? No, I don't think so. It's the SFISC effect. -Michael Gould

Thank you for recognizing my work and for your most encouraging words of appreciation. I’m totally gratified and look forward to a continuing literary relationship with future submissions to your most respected San Francisco International Screenwriting Competition! Thank you, again! -Charles Petrilla 

Thank you so much for selecting Stellar FIVR as a quarter finalist and for your kind words. I’m absolutely thrilled and delighted, it means a lot. -Laurence Patrick 

A really amazing festival! Very well-run, and if your work does well in the competition, you get AMAZING opportunities for networking. Honestly, I can't say enough good things about these folks! -Matthew Forbes 2022 Grand Prize Winner 

2022’s winners received consultation packages from RoadmapWriters that included an hours worth of script notes to our grand prize winner and a total of three consultations. Our top two finalists also received consultations. Our top writers also received a page and a half of script notes from our final round judges. 




L Section by Matthew Forbes 



Time Before the Fall by Suzanne Birrell 

It had to be Lou by Adam Sandel 



Supremacy by Rosalyn Rosen 

The Secret Bloodline by Devin Dugan 

Timbuktu Blues by Lee Aubry 

Saviours by Guy Ducker 

Vengeance Oath by Robert McCrea 

Like Father like Son by Barry Jay 

Rock Tarpeian by Salvatore Bono 

Saints and Simulacrums by Lupo George 

Dead Tones by Kent Flaagan 

Jeff’s Junk by Karl Mather 

The Language of Wolves by Nan Schmid 

Territory by Gavin Van Horn 

The Last Deer by Jack Vandagriff & Elaine Liu 

Healed by Jeff Goldstein 

The Kronos Protocol by Doug Williams 

The Coventry Deception by Michael Holiday 

Farm Club by Joe Leone 

Law and Deceit by Chandra Gerson 

The Secret Codex by Kevin Pike and Hans Sluijter 

Mister Buttle’s Great Odyssey by Steve Garry 

Conversation with a Kleagal by Rudy Gray 

Congratulations to all our Winners!!! 

Possibly the best screenplay competition I've ever participated in. Joseph and his staff communicate and care about your project. They understand writers. This Festival is simply terrific. -Marco Ruggio 

A great experience with a unique, personalized touch. I’m glad to have had the opportunity to participate in this year’s event. Thanks very much for the great feedback!  -Kasper Kavalaris 

I am honored to have my screenplay "The Sublime Clash" selected as a semi finalist. The script notes will be a great help to improve it. Thank you very much! -Luiz Felipe Loureiro

I am deeply honored. Thank you. -Mel Glazer 

Dear San Francisco Screenwriting, Thank you so much for selecting me as a semi-finalist!  I am thrilled and honored. I have been working on Malva continually, taking it to new heights. I truly appreciate your suggestions for improvement. I am so pleased. So far this has been an amazing and encouraging experience for the advancement of my writing career. -Lucie Stotter xx 

Thank you San Francisco International Screenwriting Festival for being the prestigious Festival you are in so many ways. Uppermost in my mind is the exceptional reputation of your judges, I am a finalist in your competition. And for the above and more, f am humbled. Thank you. -Melvin Glazer

We are very, very thrilled to have "At The Flash" rank as a Quarter-Finalist! A very supportive and communicative competition!!! -Sean Chandler

Great festival. Friendly staff. Well organized.

I am so honored by the achievement of Quarter-Finalist for my screenplay "A Grieving Man." San Francisco is one of my favorite cities and I'm often there for work and play. If I could afford it, I'd live there. The screenplay location is also San Francisco, so the city has a special in my heart. Thank you so much for showing 'the Love' to my work. It means a lot! -Waide Riddle

Very attentive attitude to the participants. They provided one of the most complete and useful reviews, read the script in full (I have encountered negligence at other festivals with feedback). -Viktoria Zykina 

Thanks to the festival organizers for maintaining really high standards for the nominated screenplays. It is great to get recognition from such a prestigious group of industry people. Great festival - nice one! Thank you. -Stuart Douglas  

Thank you for selecting my screenplay, Together Delirious, as a semi-finalist. I really appreciate the honor. -Ben Fussiner 

Thank you! This is an awesome competition! -Raul Cantu

Our incredibly talented winner received a consultation package provided by Roadmap Writers with three top talent executives and talent managers in New York and Los Angeles. The top two finalists also received consultations with talent managers in New York and Los Angeles. 



Kept by Kasper Kavalaris 


Earthjacked by Marco Ruggio 

Notre Dame is in Flames by Michael Sollars, Geoffrey Sollars, & Eric Sollars


Land of the Free, Home of the Slave by Cliff Zimowski

The Thrower by Frankie Bourne and Graham Rich

Sticking to the Life Plan by Victoria Zykina

Rough Love by Mark Joseph Wasserman

The Phantom Council by Joe Leone 

A Love Supreme by Stuart Douglas 

Under the Rising Sun by Michael McCoy 

Together Delirious by Ben Fussiner 

Serial by Robert Benjamin 

Don’t Forget Me by Danny Alex

The Mountaineers of Katoomba by Bradley Alonzo

The Sicken by Danny Alex 

Star Witness by Michael Diamond 

A Package of Dreams by Bradley Look 

Malva by Lucie Stotter 

Moffen Girls by Danielle Mulligan Kinney 

The Sublime Clash by Doc Comparato 


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This festival has, by far, been the most reliable in term of communication. When I was announced as a Semi-Finalist for my screenplay, The Grin, I replied with a thank you with other comments. They immediately answered! This may seem small, but It's a big deal. I am honored to have been selected for my writing this year. I hope to enter more of my other work in the future. ~Dena Pech 
Great communication and resources made available. Grateful for the opportunity to share this story! ~Paula Rossman
Such a great experience with them! ~Madison Flannery
The encouragement and resources afforded to winners of this festival is humbling. They are upfront with you about the next steps of your career and even suggest further festivals to submit to if you are interested. I cannot suggest this festival enough ~John Dorsey  

Our Grand Prize Winner received a consultation package provided by Roadmap Writers with three top talent executives and talent managers in New York and Los Angeles. The top two finalists also received consultations with talent managers in New York. 



Profit by John Dorsey


Anatomy of the Primal Symmetries by Ruben Latre

Angel Hair by Jack Vandagriff


The Pinch by James Raynor

Old Coast by Sara Acharya

Bloom by Matthew Borland

The George Sanders Affair by Michael Ellis

The Secret of the Smile by Robin U Russin

Modern Art by Laurence Fuller

Darnell, the Black Jew by Malcolm Solomon

Tumblers by Michael J McDonough & David Nathan Schwartz

Protector of the Emerald City by Kevin J Howard

One Less Heartbeat by Jim Griffith

Paper Airplane by Brandon Young

Veldt by Madison Sean Flannery

The Skylad by Peter Force

I Promise You This by Todd Sorrell

The Grin by Dena Pech

North Beyond East by Alex Farhandi

The Loser’s Club by Jonathan Turner Smith

175 by Yael Deynes

The McLean Gang by Frank Scott

Heron by Shannon Lin


Final Round reads provided by Coverfly coverage services

Joseph and the SFISC team has been amazing in this time of madness! Fantastic communication and dedication to connecting their winners to the professional world. I'm truly honored to be recognized by such an amazing group!
Fabulous festival and competition. .
Love these script notes!
Nice to see a festival that supports serious writers taking on serious subject matter. Great competition.

Our talented Grand Prize Winner received a consultation package provided by Roadmap Writers with three top talent executives and talent managers in New York and Los Angeles. The top two finalists also received consultations with talent managers in New York. 



Dr. Franka by Scott Nabat


Smalls by Dave Eisenstark

Land that We Love by Julian Awooner


Get the Strap by James Samuel

Tailspin by Emilio Corsetti III

Soul to Squeeze by Alex Arabian

Chupacabra by Aaron Willet and Jayesh Patel

The Sound of Silence by Thomas Louis Castiglione

This is the Last Time by Jeff Bretl

Run and Hide by Steve Crawshaw

Go, Doctor Banting Scott Sollars, Kyle Sollars, and Eric Sollars

Scuppernongs by Lynn Ashe

Little Things Mean a Lot by Michael Monteith

This competition is a class act. It's their primary purpose to support, endorse, advance and encourage their winning writers. I've experienced this with the phone calls, emails and promotion from them that left me feeling thankful and pumped up. They keep me informed when they forward my script to industry contacts. This win is more than just a pat on the back. Much, much more. Two thumbs up from me! 
Fabulous festival and competition. Will enter again.
Great Competition! Great Opportunity! Will definitely recommend it to my peers.
Sending your work here, especially for a first time writer, can be very beneficial!.

Our Grand Prize Winner received a consultation package provided by Roadmap Writers with three top talent executives and talent managers in New York and Los Angeles. The top two finalists also received consultations with talent managers in New York. 



Shapeshifter by James Sweeney


Parousia by Todd Sorrell

Totem by Heidi Morrell


True Destiny by Joe Leone

The Tide by Mitchell C. Oppenheim

Mania by Greg Mania

The Sound of Silence by Thomas Louis Castiglione

Mantis by Janese Taylor

Seven Days by John T. Frederick

There is a Season by Stuart Creque

Secrets of the South by Walter Richardson & Kathy Berardi

McDonald’s Massacre by Brandon Young

Bad Persian Daughter by Sara Gharagozlou

Dr. Franka by Scott Nabat

Purlieu by Emily Fohr