London Screenwriters' Festival

4 Nights In August Script Comp – Longlisted Entries!!

Posted on: October 3rd, 2011 by Lucy V Hay 6 Comments

So we had a whopping 241 of entries for the Four Nights In August Competition! To say we were surprised is an understatement. Traditionally, script calls with very specific and difficult briefs like ours usually attract a small amount of entries and our readers initially predicted 50 – 60 entries, yet we received well in excess of this with a WEEK to go before the deadline. Amazing!

As ever, we’ll give you a look inside the spec pile, but first we will announce the top placing entries and their writers. All of the scripts below made it through the first round, gaining a second read. In NO particular order then:

BROOM by Dan Rogers
YOUNG PEOPLE TODAY by Debbie Moon
CHOICE by Gavin Harrison
SHATTERED by Lewis Swift
LOST AND FOUND by Mikey Jackson
OLD NEWS by Nicholas Buss
THE CHOICE by Kristi Barnett
AMY By Louisa Fielden
BURNING BOOKS by Steve Irwin
IN HEAD by Jamie Wolpert
KALAMATA by Hugh Prior
YOU by Dominic Brancaleone
PIRANHA by Kevin Pacey
SPLIT by Alexander Roy
HANNAH & GEORGE by Chip Tolson
FRACTURED by Lynne O’ Sullivan
BIRTHDAY by Michelle Golder
KIDS LIKE US by Martin Thelwell
WASTE by Bev Prosser
WORD ON THE STREET by Christian Hayes
OPPORTUNITY NOX by Stephen Atherton & Ian Gilbertson
WHY? By Milethia Thomas
EVERYTHING YOU NEED by Dave Turner
AFTERSHOCK by Christina Tring
BULLSEYE by Tom Kwei
CONSEQUENCE by Anne Marie Fry
4 NIGHTS IN AUGUST by Mark Hodges
FATHER TO THE MAN by Liz Holliday
THE ARROGANCE OF YOUTH by Sheila McGill
CAUSE & EFFECT by Jordan Sheehy
THEM & US by Daniel Hill
TWO FACES by Joseph Ackroyd
THE FLAME OF MY ANGER by Bella Nova
THE GAME by Terence Barry
RIOTERS AT THE GATES by Jon Cronin & Anna Carmichael
CHOCOLATE by Lizzie Mason
I WITNESS by Gareth Turpie
HOME INVASION by Christopher Bevan
FOUR DAYS ERE THE FESTIVAL OF DEACON LAWRENCE IN AUGUSTUS by Sara Atayiian

Please don’t be despondent if your script didn’t make it through the first round. As ever, there were some hard decisions to be made – I know competition readers always say that, but that’s ‘cos it’s TRUE! But don’t take my word for it, here’s some “insider info” from our readers about scripts that did not make it past the first round, yet they still loved:

Asib Akram, YESTERDAY’S NEWS. Our reader said, “I would have loved to have put this one through, but the petrol bombs just made it infeasible for the second phase of the contest, the filmmaking challenge.”

Karena Marie Satchwell, AMATEURS. Our reader said, “Brilliantly executed dialogue, the transitions from character to character were fab – but with so much smashing of property, it was just unsuitable for the filmmaking challenge.”

J Mockridge, OUTSIDE LOOKING IN. Our reader said, “A great idea with an interesting twist, but I was unsure of how it could be “translated” by MANY filmmaking teams without making an essentially identical film each time.”

Nikki Edwards, FRAGMENTS. Our reader said, “This one stood out for its simple yet effective structure… However this script scored low in feasibility too due to the need to break into a car AND break a shop window. Much of the first half of the script would have needed to be modified by filmmakers.”

Christopher Schiller, STAY HOME, STAY SAFE & Harry Loney, TOCK. Our reader said, “They both fell down on feasibility, but they both stood out for me because I really enjoyed them.” (Sometimes it really is as simple as that).

These are just a handful of the great scripts we received – and perhaps already you may see why your entry did not make it past the first round, as “feasibility” for no-budget filmmaking teams was key to ensure scripts progressed … If not however, don’t worry: I will be composing an in-depth “look in the spec pile” as usual later in the week, so keep your eyes peeled!

Team LSF are working very hard now to whittle down these longlisted 39 entries a shortlist and our next announcement is just days away. Good luck!

6 Responses

  1. [...] it through to the longlist – I guess mine fell into that category; it didn’t even make the longlist. The competition winner will be open for no-budget interpretations of their script, so common sense [...]

  2. Sharon says:

    I think this was a great competition because its really tough to do a one minuet screenplay, it made for good practice and forced the writer to reduce the screenplay to the bare bones.. having said that there were many comments about the non feasibility of many of the scripts that didn’t make it though. My only criticism would be that in many cases a script will be revised up to 6 times before it goes into production but it gets made because it was picked up by a filmmaker with enough vision to recognize a great idea when they see it. I don’t think any script goes out complete.

  3. Lucy V says:

    Hi Sharon, normally I would agree with you about revision and great ideas, but feasibility had to be taken into account for a potentially NO BUDGET team in the second phase of this contest, the filmmaking challenge, which starts soon. We wanted the winning script to be accessible to every filmmaker “with the vision to recognise a great idea” as you say, not JUST professional film teams with lots of equipment and lots of contacts. Besides which, if revising the winning script SO much from say, a line of riot police being pelted with missiles and petrol bombs (present in many entries), where is the line drawn between actual revision for safety’s sake – and making a completely different film? Readers had to use their own judgement on whether “reinterpretation” would mean changing the material beyond recognition in this way.

  4. Sharon says:

    Hi Lucy yes I guessed that maybe this was the reason. Apologies for over use of the word ‘many’ and by the way I have to say this is one of the friendliest competition Ive come across

  5. Lucy V Hay says:

    Thanks Sharon – we’re all writers at LSF too, so try and take the sting out wherever possible for entrants to our contests… I’ve read for many now all over the place, so offer some thoughts on my own blog this morning about Coping With Rejection if you fancy it! http://www.bang2write.com First tip from my own experience: STAY AWAY FROM WINDOW LEDGES FOR 24 HRS (not really)

  6. [...] The two winning scripts that shared first place will now be shot by filmmakers across the country with the winners of this competition heading to the festival and receiving some fantastic prizes. Due to my commitment to several other projects I’m unable to participate in this stage of the contest which is a shame but I’m excited to see the results and the wide variety of takes on the entries that are sure to be made. Since the announcements of the longlist, shortlist and winning scripts were made public throughout early October there has been a large number of writers who have release their scripts online for people to download, read and potentially make. I myself will be holding back on this as I am in the process of considering whether or not to shoot my script in the coming months. With several films I’m working on in post-production now I’m looking to begin searching for my next project so I’ll be keeping all options open at this stage. For more information on the London Screenwriters Festival head over to http://www.londonscreenwritersfestival.com and to view the longlist my script Home Invasion made it through to click here. [...]

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