Announcing the Winners of the Inaugural NVFF Screenplay Competition

With nearly 400 entries into the Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) inaugural Screenplay Competition — sponsored with ScreenCraft and Coverfly — NVFF is happy to announce the two Grand Prize-winning screenplays and the 17 Finalists.

The two Grand Prize Winners will take part in NVFF’s exclusive Artists-in-Residence (AIR) program — which includes a six-night stay at Meadowood Napa Valley, as well as the chance to network with industry professionals, such as the other AIR filmmakers and faculty mentors. The screenplay-focused mentors on the AIR faculty this year are the Oscar-winning Jim Rash (The Descendants) and Independent Spirit Awards-nominated Jenny Lumet (Rachel Getting Married).

The other 17 Finalists will be given filmmaker credentials and invitations to attend this year’s festival. This is an exciting opportunity for each one of these burgeoning screenwriters.

Below is a brief bio for the two Grand Prize Winners and the log-line for their winning screenplays, as well as a list of the 17 Finalists and their respective script titles.


Nancy Duff

Bio: 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. A graduate of Emory University, Nancy resides in Los Angeles.

Name of Script : Dead Drop
Seventeen-year-old Scout Sawyer is forced to go on the run when her father’s secret agent identity is exposed. Following her dad’s clues to a safe house in Washington, Scout teams up with an unorthodox agent to uncover the biggest secret of all: her mom is still alive and working for the enemy.

Amy Huckabay

Bio: Amy Huckabay is an actress and writer living in LA. She likes to think she’s a hilarious prodigy who writes fully realized characters that people may see as “snarky” and “unlikable” but she secretly knows are vulnerable and lovable. 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.

Name of Script: Sam Rockwell Can’t Die
Sam is a kick-ass action star with a suicidal tendency and a very specific curse: if he kills himself he can be brought back to life by his legions of fans sacrificing their lives for his. After his most recent failed attempt, he wakes up to find a 14-year-old boy from Wisconsin has died in his place. Sam travels to Wisconsin to make peace with the family and prove to himself once and for all, that he isn’t just a typical Hollywood douchebag.


Nicholas Clifford, Bella & the Bear

Chris Connolly, The Players

Gina Cresse, Mona Lisa Caper

Ryan Elkins, Baggage

Hannah Feller, War/Love

Jeffrey Gold, Steen’s Folly

Jennifer Grand, Running a Thousand Miles

Sheila Jenca, Waitlist

Ana Maria Montoya, Sofie & Sam

Roslyn Muir, Matter

Yvonne Paulin, 13 Minutes

Craig Paulsen, Cops and Robbers

Matthew Perkins, The Mascot

Scott Pittock, Martyr

Guy Polin, Hemophilia

Courtney Suttle, Fire on Ice

Michael Caleb Tasker, Dusty

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