Biola University Announces Winners of 2nd Annual International Screenwriting Competition E-mail
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Monday, 27 February 2017 18:25

La Mirada~Biola University’s Cinema and Media Arts Department is excited to announce the winners of its second annual international screenwriting competition. In its second year, the Cinema and Media Arts department received a record amount of entries, a few of which hailed from Nairobi, Kenya and Zhejiang, China. There were ten semi-finalists and four winners, who were awarded scholarships of up to $10,000.

This year’s winners include Donald J. Schaffer, Jr. in first place with his script “The Boy and His Treemendous Companions,” Abigail McCoy in second place with her script “Let Her Go,” Anna Heistand in third place with her script “The Forgotten,” and Taylor Hein in fourth place with her script “Bridges.” Bios and headshots of these talented finalists are featured on our website.

Our semi-finalists, who received a copy of Stephen V. Duncan’s essential screenwriting book A Guide To Screenwriting Success, include Andrew Brewster’s “After Yesterday,” Jesse Creaseman’s “The Untitled Film,” Quinn Kilhenny’s “Count The Hours,” Maralisa Ortiz’s “Boxed In,” Elizabeth Rockhill’s “The Sound of Color,” and Merlin Senthil’s “Open Tents.”

Each of the submitted screenplays was reviewed and judged by a panel, including industry professionals, CMA special projects coordinator Kean Salzar and CMA screenwriting professor Camille Tucker. Each finalist also received valuable written feedback on their submissions. Having professional Hollywood development and insight is one of the many perks of submitting to our screenwriting competition.

"In its second year, the aim of Biola’s Cinema and Media Arts writing contest is to locate, support and develop talented Christian High School storytellers," said CMA Interim Chair, Dr. Gerald Fisher. "We are excited to be able to offer them an expanded screenwriting emphasis that includes writing for TV, shorts, games and other forms of new media."

About Biola University’s Cinema and Media Arts Department:

At the heart of every young filmmaker is the love of story. In Biola’s cinema and media arts program — a national leader among Christian film schools — you’ll receive the instruction, mentorship, technical training and hands-on experience you need to become an exceptional visual storyteller. Working with accomplished professors and industry professionals in an ideal Southern California setting, you’ll be prepared to compete and succeed, alongside our alumni, in the entertainment or documentary industry. Visit for more information.



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