FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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…