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Congratulations to all of 2023's winners!!!!! 

Oh, my goodness!! This is an unspeakable honor. I couldn't be prouder to be chosen as a nominee! Thank you for being such an immense support to writers, and thank you, again, for the recognition.  All of the absolute best to each of you. -Chris Langford 

The BEST professionally operated competition. -Tony Schweikle

Joseph, Thank you so much to you and your "Notes" writer for insightful remarks and suggestions. As stated on phone, we writers live in such solitude with our work, that any thoughtful, professional opinions like yours are water in the desert! 

Have said, "You made my day" any number of times, but let me say again, this is an exhilarating honor you've given me. Makes all the hours spectacularly worth while. -Kevin Irvine 

To all those at NYMW, thank you so much for your kind consideration and award for my script FOR THOSE WE LOVE AND CHERISH. It is a timely story now and always for peace throughout the world.  I appreciate all your efforts and I look forward to further script submissions for your coming competitions.  Best, Sheldon J Kaplan, PhD 

Thank you so much for the honor of GRAND PRIZE WINNER for RAGZI & THE DANSEUSE! You made my weekend and probably the entire holiday season! Yours truly completely and honestly humbled. -Kevin Irvine 

I can't say how much I appreciate this!

I will take time to review thoughtfully this precious notes, this is invaluable! -Sylvain 

Best film festival , New York Metropolitan Screenwriting Competition & Film Awards. -Manouchehr Kholghi

This is a good film festival. I would definitely recommend them. -Eddy Sanchez

GREAT CONTEST. IT WAS AN HONOR TO BE CHOSEN. James B. Saunders

It was a highly professional festival. I enjoyed the festival and the feedback. I will enter again. -Eric Sollars 

The festival was a wonderful experience and I appreciate so much the recognition given my script by the producers, directors and judges overseeing the festival submissions. I will certainly send other of my scripts to this great event! -Sheldon Kaplan

Thank you so much for selecting my script 'The Bullet Drop' as a quarterfinalist...  I am thrilled to say the least! 🙂 -Katarina Severen

Thanks so much for picking Asmodeus as a Quarter Finalist! You guys are awesome! -Mary Noel Hoffmann 

Thanks for alerting me that my script "Kurwick's Daughter" has made it into the quarter-finalist round of your contest. It's something I'm proud of. -Tim Richardson

As someone who'd spent the vast majority of his life in New York City and its environs, I'm partial to anything that treats New York as a backdrop. It has a signature that is unmistakable. I'm gratified that Borrowed Time was selected as a Quarter-finalist. I hope to have something worthy to submit next year. Thanks for your consideration. -Jeff Naparstek

I’m honored to be selected as a quarter finalist. -Gabriel Vovchuk 

I am very proud to have a project selected by your competition. Thank you. -Joe Link

Hello, thank you it’s an honor. -Michael Nitkowski 

That's lovely! Thank you so very much. Recognition is awesome. -Rima Lyn 

Awesome! Thank you. -Dastan Khalili 

We're most grateful and look forward to sending future works to this excellent festival. -Armando Ibanez

We just got nominated The Best Acting Ensemble and are very happy to be part of this year's nominees. Thank you! -Ann Huang

Thank you so much for including our film script as a quarter-finalist! -Franco Niaqui 

Again, thank you for selecting my scripts to be Quarter-Finalists in your competition.  I am truly honored.  -Ken Gildin 

A sincere and heartfelt thanks to the judges for advancing Borrowed Time to the Quarterfinals.  It's a very proud moment for me. -Jeff Naparstek 

Thank you for your consideration. -Salvatore Riggio

Thank you for selecting my screenplay CASH. -Thomas Constantinides 

Great festival. Proud I made it to quarter finals -Polykarpos Parioritsas

Thank you so much. -Raoso Alkute 

Thank you so much  -Manouchehr 

I’m thrilled. -Frank Victoria 

Wonderful festival Thank you! -Luella Hill 

Thank you! I’m honored! -Ray Roberson 

Thank you so much!  -Vic Paul 

Oh, my goodness!! This is an unspeakable honor. I couldn't be prouder to be chosen as a nominee! Thank you for being such an immense support to writers, and thank you, again, for the recognition.  All of the absolute best to each of you. -Chris Langford 

The BEST professionally operated competition. -Tony Schweikle

Joseph, Thank you so much to you and your "Notes" writer for insightful remarks and suggestions. As stated on phone, we writers live in such solitude with our work, that any thoughtful, professional opinions like yours are water in the desert! 

Have said, "You made my day" any number of times, but let me say again, this is an exhilarating honor you've given me. Makes all the hours spectacularly worth while. -Kevin Irvine 

Worth every penny. The script feedback they provided was unequivocally the best I've *ever* gotten from a competition. I tip my hat to whichever NY Metropolitan script reader reviewed my screenplay, because he/she flawlessly grasped the nuances of my narrative intent. That gave their compliments -- and criticisms -- a validity that was immensely useful. Having earned semifinalist honors, I'm truly grateful to the entire team at NY Metropolitan Screenwriting & Cinema. -Joseph Dionisio

This contest is the very best! Highly supportive in every way. From the first phone call, telling you how much they like your work to seeing through the awards process. They help you get hooked up with a support team that allows discussing your career to go in the right direction! -Kevin Pike

This festival is seriously a cut above. The time and care put into this festival is impressive. Communication was incredibly good. I did win the grand prize and all of the prizes were set up right away. This should be in everyone's top ten festival list. -Barry Jay

2023 Screenwriting Winners

Grand Prize Winner!

Ragzi & the Danseuse by Kevin Michael Irvine

Finalists

Rachelle by David A. Pasquarelli And Dave Schmeling

The Sway by Wayne Nuessle

  

Semi Finalists 

Running in Circles “Willie"  by Gary St. Martin 

Agincourt by Sylvain Razemon 

Kiss Away by Michael Kallal 

Manongs by Mari and Keone Madrid 

Costa Rehab by Rich Robin 

Final Round by M. Schiavo 

Zoom Hit by Laura P. Valtorta 

Gym Candy by Armand Arekian 

The Seven by Igo Stefanovic Bora Jurisic 

The Smile of December by Jonathan Vickers 

Get a Real Job by Jon Emm 

Just Gone by Justin Daab 

Rumble Rumble by Kipp Howard 

Old Friends by Robert Jeffries 

A Plea for Justince by Maurice Simmons, Emma Elzy, & Keith Davis

A Free Run by James Patrick Dillon 

Pickleball Killer by Jim Carroll 

Always Something by Courtney Slusser 

Heals by Lisa Gorlitsky 

Anywhere by Adam Seidel 

Olvidado by D.B. Roderick 

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2023 Film Winners

TELL ME WHY THESE THINGS ARE SO BEAUTIFUL by Lyne Charlebois 

Best Picture, Best Cinematography

Limited Slip by Clint Calvert 

Best Dramatic Film, Best Acting Ensemble 

Good Girl by Haley Dercher

Best Comedy, Best Indie Director, Best Actress

The Mammoth Hunt by Aiste Stonyte

Best Documentary, Best Director

Pigasus: The Lost Paradise - Battle for Evermore by Donald James McDowell

Best Animation 

Auschwitz in 33 Objects by Marek Zając 

Best Pilot 

Feel the Light by Christien Methot 

Best Short

Fobia by Thomas Wong 

Best Horror Best Actress

Etc: Every High School Movie Ever by Sarah Lovett 

Best Web Series

Recoba by Alvaro Guzman Bastida

Best Student

Happy Places by Nich Frost 

Best Actor

Numb by Luella Hill Kim, Chong U Kim, Carlos Moreno Jr

Best Actress 

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Thank you most sincerely for this award, you are true Lovers of Film. I recommend this festival to all sincere thrill-seeking screenwriters. Cheers! -William Prosser

Awards ceremony hosted by comedian Joseph Nybyk

 

A first class level competition organized and run people people who care. It was an honor to have The SICKEN in the NYMSC and even more so to have been awarded top screenplay. The communication is superb and dedication to the screenwriting community is second to none. It should be in everyone's top ten screenwriting competitions to enter. -Danny Alex

 

Great competition. I received fantastic notes that were positive and productive. -Marco Ruggio 

 

I could never say good enough things about your festival and I wish it continued success going forward!  -Justin Jackson 

 

A Wonderful Screenwriting Competition That Does A Great Job Supporting The Writers!!!  -Sean Chandler 

 

A wonderful opportunity to submit my scripts to. I would highly recommend you try it out for yourself. -Elyssa Catalfano

 

Pleasant experience, honored I was part of the competition, thanks a lot!  -Jonathan Zarantonello 

 

I want to thank you guys for recognizing exactly what I was shooting for. I wanted the texture of their grit to be as evenly mixed with their gifts as cops and their very natural and familiar senses of humor. I wanted them to be serious about their craft but, at the same time, find the fun in it all as long as it didn't compromise the quality of what they're trying to accomplish. When I saw that you absorbed the atmosphere and soaked up the spill over of the ongoing child in both of them that started this whole thing; I just felt such a glow. Anyway, thank you so much as you really made my week with your compliments & opinions. -Jack Vecchio 

 

Thanks for running a great festival. Hats off to the new year!  -Giovanni Sanseviero

 

New York Metropolitan Screenwriting Competition provided me with a great festival experience and is an outstanding professional festival. New York Metropolitan Screenwriting Competition is a fantastic venue for writers to showcase their screenplays. Thanks. -Joseph L Harrison 

 

Great Communication & Great Festival! I highly recommend this festival for up-and-coming screenplay writers! -Ben Burgess Jr. 

 

Had a wonderful experience with NY Metropolitan Screenwriting Competition. - Jack Vecchio 

 

The festival was an important and very useful experience. -Jerzy Kowynia 

 

One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.  

Awards ceremony hosted by comedian Joseph Nybyk

I was drawn to this competition because as an east coast inhabitant, I cringe whenever people say that all the best screenplays come from LA. What does Louisiana have over the rest of us? This is an outstanding contest that does not focus specifically on New York subject matter. Just good writing.

Friendly, positive and fantastic at feedback - I would recommend these guys to everyone.

The staff I have interacted with at NY Metro Screenwriting Competition has been fantastic. They are respectful and encouraging. They are truly supporting screenwriters. I would recommend this competition!

Awards ceremony hosted by comedian Joseph Nybyk

The staff I have interacted with at NY Metro Screenwriting Competition has been fantastic. They are respectful and encouraging. They are truly supporting screenwriters. I would recommend this competition!

Outstanding contest experience driven by individuals looking for the best screenplays. 

Friendly, positive and fantastic at feedback - I would recommend these guys to everyone.

Hosted by comedian Joseph Neibich. 

Awards ceremony hosted by comedian and talented screenwriter Joseph Neibich

One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.  

Awards ceremony hosted by comedian and talented screenwriter Joseph Neibich

"Cool festival! They asked me if I could get my script to anyone who would it be. So I gave them a producer's name and now she's reading my script. What a cool prize! i wish everyone could be a winner."

"Janet Lee was always available and was so enthusiastic (as was Jerrol LeBaron , of InkTip, one of the sponsors) when informing me of my second place award. Overall, an enjoyable experience."

"Really positive festival. I'm glad I submitted."

"Wonderful experience for me and my partner."

Over the great bridge, with sunlight through the girders making a constant flicker upon the moving cars, with the city rising up across the river in white heaps and sugar lumps all built with a wish out of non-olfactory money. The city seen for the first time, in its first wild promise of all the mystery and the beauty in the world.

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