British Writer Wins Canadian Short Screenplay Competition Best Screenplay Prize


Yorkton, SK – David Cormican, founder of the Canadian Short Screenplay Competition, announced Neil Graham as winner of the CSSC for his short film script “Something Pointless”.

The screenplay, as penned by Graham, tells the touching story of a young boy who learns to smile through witnessing the pointless acts of a strange dying old man and his random use of egg shells.

Thirteen short film scripts and writers as determined by the competition judges were vying for the top prize during the Golden Sheaf Awards gala as part of the Yorkton Film Festival Saturday night.

As grand prize winner, Graham receives the coveted Writers’ Block Crystal in addition to $1,000. His script will go into pre-production with Year of the Skunk Productions and David Cormican producing, while 2nd and 3rd place honours went to Canadians. Surita Parmar’s “Minus Lara” (2nd place) and Jagdeep Dhadli’s “The Kicker” (3rd place) will receive $500 and $250 cash prizes, respectively.

The announcement was made official and the writers honoured during the Golden Sheaf Awards gala at the Yorkton Film Festival, May 29, 2010 in Yorkton, SK.

The 2009/10 CSSC Top 13 finalists in order of judges ranking are:

1- “Something Pointless”, Neil Graham
2- “Minus Lara”, Surita Parmar
3- “The Kicker”, Jag Dhadli

4- “Those Forgotten”, Evan Jobb
5- “The Conductor’s Escort”, Carolynne Ciceri
6- “Writer’s Block”, Sam Patterson
7- “Publish and Perish”, Mark Witteveen
8- “Hostage”, Scott Sullivan
9- “Secrets”, Tim Anderson
10- “Trap Wax and Sumac Berries”, Kathy Para
11- “Like Magic”, Judy Vann
12- “On Apollo 11”, Nick Andert
13- “Cheat ‘Em Fair”, Carey Westbrook

Congratulations to each of you! Stay tuned for more exciting announcements for 2010/11 competition year and some updates on last year’s winners…

About David Cormican

DAVID CORMICAN is an award winning blogger (2010 Canadian Weblog Award winner – best literature & writing category), father, performer, producer and founder of the prestigious Canadian Short Screenplay Competition (CSSC), an organization he formed to showcase and promote emerging screenwriters through recognition and the production of their winning work. In 2010 Cormican was a nominee for the Regina Mayor’s Arts & Business Award for Innovation in the Arts and a recipient of the National Screen Institute’s Drama Prize. In addition to establishing the CSSC's Short Film Fund, he is also a partner with Minds Eye Entertainment where he is in charge of development for the production company’s feature film, television and branded content. Recent producing credits include THE TALL MAN (Jessica Biel) and FACES IN THE CROWD (Milla Jovavich, Julian McMahon) for Minds Eye and RUSTED PYRE (Brooke Palsson, Samantha Somer Wilson) and MINUS LARA (a Bravo!FACT funded short starring Romina D’Ugo) for the CSSC. He is a board member for Regina Downtown Business Improvement District, a counselor for ACTRA Saskatchewan and board member representing the arts portfolio for SaskCulture. He also sits on various committees for SaskFilm, SMPIA and the Canadian Media Producers Association.
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