And then there were 13!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Golden Sheaf AwardThe nail-biting wait is over. For now, at least.

We started with hundreds from all over the world, slimmed it to 57, next 25 and now settling on these… the final 13.

The difference between being on the top 25 list versus the top 13 was a very VERY close race, with mere points separating the 13 from the 12 scratched from this card. And in several cases, a coin toss was necessary to determine just which scripts advanced.

With competition this stiff, the lead up to the road to Yorkton will be a highly watched one to be sure.

We should also mention, that these 13 scripts are in the running for top prize of $2,500, an Apple iPad and the exclusive Writers Block Crystal Award. It’s also worth mentioning that one of the top three winning scripts will be produced by the CSSC and Year of the Skunk Productions– Just like last year’s MINUS LARA which will be premiering at this year’s Yorkton Film Festival (#yff11) and is among the nominees for the Golden Sheaf Ruth Shaw Award for Best in Saskatchewan.

As well, these lucky 13 scribes will all be invited to attend the Yorkton Film Festival with complimentary accreditation provided to attend the Golden Sheaf Awards gala, as well as be treated to the workshops, panels, films and networking social events taking place during the oldest film festival in North America.

A huge congratulations to all those that made the cut and fingers crossed for those still in the running. We look forward to meeting each of you all in Yorkton.

Ladies and gentlemen, without any further adieu, we present to you the 2010/11 Canadian Short Screenplay Competition’s Top 13 Finalists (in no particular order):

“Shattered Worlds”, Matthew Layden CAN
“The Ridge to the River”, Edmund Jory AUS
“Sudden Death”, Al Kline USA
“Elijah The Prophet”, Zachary Herrmann USA
“Tubby’s Car Project”, Julian Williams UK

“When The Dust Settles”, Suleiman Wali USA
“Strange Music”, Ira Henderson CAN
“The Chicken and the Egg”, Lisa Eismen AUS
“Mother Will Be So Pleased”, Carrie Ann Lee CAN
“The Great Ghouldini”, Ian Johnston CAN

“The Box Social”, Scott Summerhayes CAN
“13″, Sundae Jahant-Osborn UK
“Near Sighted”, Evan Jobb, CAN

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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3 Responses to And then there were 13!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  1. Matthew Layden says:

    Wow, I can’t believe I made the top 13. Someone out there likes me?

  2. Edmund Jory says:

    Cheers guys. Until now, I thought 13 was an unlucky number!

    What other superstitions can I road-test….perhaps I’ll start small and open an umbrella indoors…

    Thanks again,

    Ed Jory

  3. We double dog dare you. Good luck Ed! And congratulations. Did you see the news about previous 3rd place winner Daniel Audet’s RUSTED PYRE premiering at Cannes?

    Check it out and share it with whomever you think may be interested.

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