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I am delighted to announce that I have been chosen as the winner of the 2016 Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award, awarded by the International Emmys Foundation for my script Living Metal!

As per their site, “Each year, The Foundation administers the Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award. The competition is designed to motivate non-American novice writers under the age of 30, and offer them the recognition and encouragement that might lead to a successful career in television scriptwriting. Entrants are asked to create a completed half-hour to one-hour English-language television drama script.”

The prize includes $2500 and plane tickets to New York in November for the International Emmys Awards Gala, which I am already so excited about. I can’t thank the International Emmys enough for this amazing opportunity – I feel so privileged to be chosen, especially out of so many entries.

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I’m thrilled to announce that my script Driven has been chosen as one of the Top 10 Finalists in the 2016 PAGE International Screenwriting Awards, in the Thriller/Horror category.

As per their website, “The PAGE International Screenwriting Awards were established in 2003 by an alliance of Hollywood producers, agents, and development executives with the aim to discover the most exciting new scripts by up-and-coming writers from across the US and around the world.”

The final winners are announced on October 15th.

In a very unexpected piece of news, I have been included on the 2016 IF List, as one of the Australian screen industry’s ‘Rising Talents’!

Being on the list is an absolute honour, so I’m still pinching myself a bit about it. Especially alongside such other amazingly talented people like Emma Freeman, the director of “Glitch”, Josh Thomas, the star of “Please Like Me”, Corrie Chen, AACTA-Award nominated director, and so many other talented people.

What an amazing way to end 2015 – and hoping 2016 is even better!

 

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2016 IF List - InsideFilm December 2015

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My recently completed sci-fi/horror feature, Driven, was lucky enough to be one of the top 5 films nominated for the 2015 Lorne Film Festival $10,000 Screenwriter Award.

Warren Coleman was the winning screenwriter on the night, with an asylum seeker dark comedy (hard to compete with that on concept alone really!).

While I didn’t win, it was such an honour to be shortlisted,  and I ended up staying down for most of the festival, and had a lovely time watching great Australian and international films. The quality of programming was very high, especially the Hear My Eyes session (although I am a bit biased, as a few films that I worked on like Cut Snake were showing!).

Big thanks to the Lorne FF organisers for putting on such a spectacular festival, and I’ll definitely be coming back next year.

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Living Metal has made it through to the Top 50 scripts for Screen Craft’s Residency Program, to be eligible for full tutition and travel to the Bahamas International Film Festival.

Six applicants get chosen, so hopefully I’ll make it all the way! Definitely never thought I’d get this far though.

The full list of Semi Finalists is here.