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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 top three winners received consultation packages provided by Roadmap Writers that included sessions with talent managers and production executives including industry pros at Borderland Projects, Kersey Management, Content House, Anvil Pictures, and Chatrone



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 


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  

Winners received consultation packages provided by Roadmap Writers that included sessions with talent managers and production executives including industry pros at Tradition Pictures, Guy Walks into a Bar, Charles Osowik Mgmt, ROAR!, and Content House.



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.

Winners received consultation packages provided by Roadmap Writers that included sessions with talent managers and production executives including industry pros at Fictional Entity, the Bohemia Group, Content House, Kersey Management, and LD Entertainment.



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!.

2019's winner received consultation packages provided by Roadmap Writers that included sessions with three separate talent managers in addition to our grand prize winner receiving script notes and a personal consultation from none other than the top talent manager at Insignia Entertainment.



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