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NVFF SCREENPLAY COMPETITION
In partnership with Screencraft and Coverfly, we proudly debut our inaugural Screenplay Competition. The 2 Grand Prize Winners are participating as Artists-in-Residence. Acclaimed writers Jenny Lumet and Jim Rash are joining this year’s Festival Faculty to speak with our Artists-in-Residence about career development and creative evolution in storytelling. The 17 other Finalists are attending the festival as fellow “artists”. We congratulate them all.
GRAND PRIZE WINNERS
Amy Huckabay, Sam Rockwell Can’t Die
Amy Huckabay is an actress and writer living in Los Angeles. She has a webseries called Managed, a recurring dream where her teeth are falling out, and has been known to get on stage and tell jokes from time to time.
Nancy Duff, Dead Drop
In 2016, Nancy Duff was a recipient of the ScreenCraft Fellowship and selected as a participant in The Writers Lab, created by IRIS and NYWIFT, supported by Meryl Streep and Oprah Winfrey. In 2017, the WeForShe Organization selected Nancy’s work for their annual WriteHer List, which highlights female-written television scripts.
JIM RASH is the oscar-winning screenwriter of The Descendants, starring George Clooney and directed by Alexander Payne, and the writer and co-director of The Way Way Back, starring Steve Carrell.
JENNY LUMET has authored numerous films including The Center Cannot Hold, The Language of Flowers, and the Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated film Rachel Getting Married. The screenplay for Rachel Getting Married was awarded the New York Film Critics Circle Award, The Women Film Critics Award, Toronto Film Critics Association Award, Washington DC Film critics Association Award, Alliance of Women Journalists Award, and an NAACP Image Award, among others, a groundbreaking accomplishment by a female screenwriter of color. She doctored the scripts for Remember Me, Bobbie Sue, Honeymoon with Harry, and The Mummy. Founder and chair of the WGAE’s first Diversity Caucus, Ms. Lumet is on the Board of Directors for BinderCon, a conference for women and gender non-conforming writers. She serves on the Council of the Writers Guild of America East and the Board of the Writers Guild Initiative. Lumet also holds screenwriting seminars for women of color and women over forty.