2023 LASWC Awards

The Los Angeles Screenwriting Competition Award Ceremony is an annual event that celebrates the art of screenwriting, and the talented writers who participated in the competition. Whether you’re a writer, filmmaker, or a film lover, we welcome you to help us honor great scripts accompanied with interactive panels. If you missed the award ceremony this year, you can still catch up on everything that happened using the link below. 

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This year, we received over 150 submissions from around the world. Please see below for a full list of the nominees and winners from the 2023 season of the Los Angeles Screenwriting Competition!

 

Best Character Writing

Private Ives – Writer, P.J. Yerman

The Loser’s Club – Writer, Jonathan Turner Smith

The Ride – Writer, Alysha Haran

Best Mate – Writer, Patrick K Gamble

Tijuana Touchdown – Writer, Ronald Dean Smith

Winner:

Tijuana Touchdown – Writer, Ronald Dean Smith 

  • Every day, a Tijuana boy makes an arduous journey across the border to get an education. He battles the loss of his father and racism to lead the first all-Mexican high school team to win an American-football championship.

 

Most Creative Screenplay – 

Wolf Dust – Writer, John Kucza

I DRUM TO A DIFFERENT PUZZLE – Writer, BRYAN HUYNH

Metronome – Writer, Ethan Grover

SPIRALMIND – Writer, Benito F Perez, Jackson J Smith

Life is Complicated – Writer, Francesco Nuzzi

Winner:

Metronome – Writer, Ethan Grover

  • Logline: mystery sci fi thriller about a supernaturalist composer named Theodore and the cops who suspect him of murder. After a young actress is beaten to death and her metronome missing, Theodore must lead detectives Nailah and Bruce down a mysterious trail of clues as they track down the missing metronome and the killer that took it.

 

Best Short Screenplay – 

The Angel – Writer, Marciano Zapien

Metronome – Writer, Ethan Grover

Voler – Writer, Mrunal Sudhir Mestri

NICOLAS CAGE – Writer, David Schumann

Stalkers – Writer, DeAndre Johnson

Winner:

Voler – Writer, Mrunal Sudhir Mestri

  • An old man, who’s living a lonely life, is trying really hard to connect to Ballet, to give homage to his dead ballerina wife but he doesn’t have the emotional strength to move on from his past.

 

Best Episodic Screenplay – 

Cha Cha Cha – Writer, Dariany Santana

Divine Intuition: TV Pilot – Writer, Kimberly Jade Soliman

Gemini – Writer, Alex Vickery-Howe

Go Directly To Jail – Writer, Matt Post

Winner:

Gemini – Writer, Alex Vickery-Howe

  • When a teenager goes missing, a mysterious old woman teams up with a young homeless man to solve the crime and expose a conspiracy five decades in the making.

 

Honorable Mention –

Millions of Miles From Here – Writer, Catherine Clark

Dissension – Writer, Stacey Alan Spivey

PRAYING MANTIS IN A JAR – Writer, Rosalyn Rosen

Zenny’s Picasso – Writer, Kenneth D Kozlo

Big Girl Face – Writers, Daniel Zagayer, Hunter Cope, Adam Aseraf

Innocent One – Writer, Christopher Buon

Father Christmas – Writer, Nick Alverson

Stupid Dead Boy – Writer, Alex Vickery-Howe

The Helper – Writer, Juan Manuel Armi

Journey to Babylon – Writer, Shiva Kumar

Prime Mover – Writer, James Redd

Nesselrode – Writer, Jim Norman

 

Best Feature Screenplay – 

Tijuana Touchdown – Writer, Ronald Dean Smith

The Fourth Psalm – Writer, John L Martins III

Time Doesn’t Lie – Writer, Dallas Contreas

Dream A Little Dream – Writer, Craig Joseph Chisholm

Father Christmas – Writer, Nick Alverson

Witching Hour – Writer, Alex Vickery-Howe

Winner:

Dream A Little Dream – Writer, Craig Joseph Chisholm

  • A famed actor of the silver screen uncovers a whirlwind of corruption and entangled fabrications within the notorious movie studio that first launched his career, embracing true love and self-discovery along the way

 

 

 

The eligibility period for the Los Angeles Screenwriting Competition is Monday, March 14, 2022 – Monday, July 31, 2023. All eligible script entries must be submitted within this time-frame. The Los Angeles Screenwriting Competition does not endorse any particular writer, submission or nominee over another. The results of the LASWC Awards, including winners and nominees, are solely dependent on the Los Angeles Screenwriting Competition’s Voting Membership.