SLOTS Wraps Production

 

After being selected a Finalist of the Fresh Voices Short Script competition in 2020, 'Slots' attracted producer Maryam Ghorbankarimi from Bina Film to the project and the crew has just wrapped production.

Set and shot in the picturesque North West England, 'Slots' written by Anthony Povah, tells the story of Chris and Peter, two middle-aged middle managers who share a commute and dream of escaping routine and responsibility for a day, and ultimately learning that joy can be found in the smallest of things and strangest of places. 'Slots' is a story that commuters everywhere will easily relate to.

Written by Anthony Povah and featuring music by Animal Collective, 'Slots' is the first film from Canadian/Iranian producer Maryam Ghorbankarimi under the reborn Bina Film brand.


2020 SHORT SCRIPT WINNER SHILOS WAR COMPLETES PRODUCTION

 

WATCH THE FILM HERE!

We recently had the chance to see the final cut of Nick Denbeigh’s award winning short, SHILO’S WAR, winner of the 2020 Fresh Voices Short Script Competition. The short features outstanding production values and solid acting resulting in an engaging short about brotherhood, survival, and PTSD that is ultimately both moving and memorable.

We had already certified the script “Fresh”, but to see the finished product really blew us away. The film is superbly shot and edited, featuring incredibly cinematic locations and a wardrobe and make-up team that elevates the entire production.

We were so impressed on so many levels we had to sit down with Nick and find out how he pulled such an impressive production together, no less during a pandemic! Please makee sure you watch and support the film at https://www.nickdenbeigh.com/shiloswar.


Grand Prize Winner 3

HOLLYWOOD, CA.            4/08/21

Wigham Foothill, better known to his friends as Josh Durst-Weisman, was crowned the Grand Prize Winner of the 2020-21 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition for his 1 Hr TV Pilot, PONZI, the first TV Pilot to be Awarded the honor in Fresh Voices’ twelve-year history. The script was selected from over 1,300 entries.


Priscilla Davies' "The Power of Three" Takes Gold

Grand Prize Winner Priscilla Davies

HOLLYWOOD, CA.

Priscilla Davies’ Romantic-Comedy THE POWER OF THREE took top honors at the Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition it was announced this week, scooping up the 1st place in the Comedy/ Romantic-Comedy Genre and the Grand Prize Award.  

A graduate of the New Jersey School of Dramatic Arts acting program, Priscilla toiled as an elementary school teacher in New Jersey before chasing her dreams as an actress and moving to Los Angeles nearly ten years ago.

It was a daring move that proved prescient. Priscilla has worked on several TV series including HBO’s EUPHORIA and the Netflix show THE FIX, as well as national commercials for McDonalds, Uber and Volkswagon. She is currently recognized for her comedy improv work at Hollywood’s Second City and Upright Citizen’s Brigade. 

Selected from nearly 1,400 screenplays, THE POWER THREE is a timely tale of millennial dating in the 21st century. When Lexi can’t get the man of her dreams to commit to their relationship, her close friend introduces her to a dating technique called the Power of Three. Armed with a newfound confidence in her dating life, Lexi ventures out into the dating world to discover that love is not always in the shape that you want or are expecting, but will sometimes find you in less expected forms.


Skye Emerson’s CHALLENGER Wins Fresh Voices Grand Prize Award

Grand Prize Winner Reef Challenger

HOLLYWOOD, CA.            4/11/19

Women reigned victorious at the 2018-19 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition this week with both the Drama and Family Film Categories being dominated by a group of talented, all-star, female writers. Leading them all, it was Skye Emerson’s historical drama, CHALLENGER, that wowed the jury and took home the Grand Prize Award. Additionally, the screenplay received two Spotlight Awards: Best Role Written for A Female Lead and the Fresh Voices Culture & Heritage Award.


Nick Watson Success Story

Nick Watson, winner of the 2014-2015 Fresh Voices half-hour TV pilot competition, has signed with the leading literary agency,  Abrams Artists Agency, and now writes for comedy and animation shows such as 'Littlest Pet Shop: A World of Our Own' for Hasbro Studios, and most recently the Conan O'Brien-produced animated series 'Final Space' for TBS.

Nick’s success is no surprise to us here at Fresh Voices having first identified his potential in 2014. His hilarious ½ Hr pilot, Mr. Doom, about a supper villain struggling to balance his obligations to his family and the Super Villain’s Union, stole the show in 2014 screenplay competition, sweeping all 4 rounds of the judging in the ½ Hour Pilot category.


Jerome Velinsky smallHOLLYWOOD, CA. April 9, 2018   Australian native, Jerome Velinsky, took the Grand Prize Award of the 8th Annual Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition this week for his dramatic thriller, THOSE WHO HEAR. The screenplay also won the Spotlight Award for Best Role Written for a Female Lead.

Jerome is an award-winning writer/ director/ actor from Melbourne, Australia. As a professionally trained actor, he has appeared in productions in the US, Australia and Canada including the long-running hit series Neighbors and Fox’s Backstrom. He has also appeared in feature films alongside Guy Pearce, Miranda Otto and Sam Neill in the controversial true story In Her Skin and portrayed the notorious 'Marco Capobianco' in Season 4 of Australia's leading drama series Love Child. Most recently, Jerome co-created, produced, directed and starred in the comedy series Method, for which he has just been nominated for a 2018 Australian Directors Guild Award for best online series.


Kelly Beck ByrnesFresh Voices has awarded Kelly Beck-Byrnes’ dramatic-comedy “Glitches’, the Grand Prize Winner of the 2016-17 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition from over 1,200 entries received.

Kelly’s script has garnered rave reviews across the industry recently advancing in several big screenplay contests including Page and Austin, before ultimately taking home the Grand Prize Award of the Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition this week. Growing up in a small tow outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Kelly moved to Los Angeles 20 years ago to work in advertising. Kelly is a self-taught screenwriter now finishing her third screenplay.

Glitches, her second script, is best described as What’s Eating Gilbert Grape meets Juno. It is a coming-of-age story about a young girl named Penny who moves with her father from California to the cornfields of the Midwest after the loss of her mother and their home. Unable to fit in with her new surroundings, Penny rebels by beginning a relationship with her autistic cousin and clashing with her new classmates and family. 

“Kelly’s delightfully engaging voice is present on every page adding color, authenticity and layer upon layer of emotion to all the characters and their choices”


Kenyan writer, Nadeem Rajwani, takes home Grand Prize Award plus 3 Spotlight Awards at Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition

Nadeem RajwaniFresh Voices, headed by chairman Joel Mendoza, and guest judge, Academy Award Nominated Screenwriter Hossein Amini, have named City In The Sun by Nadeem Rajwani the Grand Prize Award Winner of the 2015-16 Screenplay Competition.

City In The Sun was selected from nearly 1,500 entries in a unanimous decision by the judge’s panel. Through five extensive rounds of reading, City In The Sun was consistently identified as a high favorite. Additionally, the screenplay was selected for three Spotlight Awards; Best Ensemble Cast, the Culture & Heritage Award, and Best Foreign Screenplay Award.

Think City of God meets Crash, City In The Sun is a multi-strand, ensemble story set in modern-day Nairobi that weaves an intricate tale of two families from very different backgrounds as their lives unexpectedly intertwine with bittersweet consequences.


Reel FxShane Brown, first place winner of the 2015 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition Thriller Category for his screenplay, The Ripper and the Thief, has been approached by Reel FX Studios to develop a synopsis based on an original idea.

On the heels of his win, Fresh Voices submitted Shane's winning script to Reel FX's Director of Development, Nick Oleksiw. The period writing sample about a criminal mastermind working in Victorian London, at the same time Jack the Ripper terrorized the city, was well received by the company. But while period stories are not within their mandate, there was something about Shane’s voice that prompted Nick to bring Shane this opportunity to develop the story with them. The premise is currently being kept under wraps.

Reel FX recently produced Free Bird starring Owen Wilson, Amy Poehler & Woody Harelson as well as the The Book of Life starring Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana. Nick, who is in charge of developing Reel FX’s live action genre films, most recently worked at Agency for the Performing Arts.

Shane Brown lives in Melbourne, Australia and is a prolific writer of nine screenplays. With no formal training in screenwriting, he is a self-described graduate of the School of 10,000 Hours. Fresh Voices was his first Screenplay Competition win. 


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