Made the finals at Kansas City

My short film script I Manifest My Day was a finalist in the  KCWIFT & AMC® Theatres Short Screenplay Contest. As the lone Canadian, it was great to see Kansas City and get the royal treatment from their incredibly supportive film community. Although hearing that nine tornadoes ripped through the outlying areas that weekend did confirm that there’s no place like home.

Main Street AMC Theatre in Kansas City, MO [Photo by Frank Lee]
On the ‘red carpet’.
The four finalists and the lovely ladies of KCWIFT. Missing: winning writer Jennifer Friend.
Fire my hairdresser: being shown up by hotties Michelle Davison and Meagan Flynn.
Screenwriting Workshop with Gordy Hoffman
With Gordy Hoffman

Finalist at LA Comedy Shorts

I think he's a pirate.
Chillin’ with Pirate Frank (an official Shortie Shorts Boy) at the Elevate Lounge on awards night.

A great weekend of watching way too many short films — about 145 in four days — but well worth the price of admission, since it was included in the prize for being one of three finalists in the short script competition!

Fab photos by Frank Lee.

A few festival highlights:

– an amazing red carpet gala on awards night.

– a great panel on writing/ producing for TV featuring Kevin Shinick (MAD, Robot Chicken), Phoef Sutton (exec. producer Cheers, Boston Legal), and Aaron Mcgruder (Boondocks creator).

– taking home Movie Magic Screenwriter 6 software, a wad of cash money, and a starry-eyed glimmer of hope that I will find the perfect production team to make my short and re-submit it as a finished film for a future year’s festival.

– staying at the lovely Kyoto Grand Hotel.

Thanks again to festival organizers (left-right): Ryan Higman, Jeannie Roshar, and Gary Anthony Williams. You people throw a helluva great party.

Huge shout out to winner Chris Fondulas, who’s working on shooting his winning script, and to my fellow finalist Kevin Avery. Kevin not only got his script made, but he now has a  WGA Award for his work on Last Week Tonight  — go  Kevin!

My fave films of the fest:

dik written and directed by Christopher Stollery [award winner]

Kevin Spacey – Dates on Tape by Chris Lagarce [Winner, Best Comedy Animated Short]

Suiker by Jeroen Annokkée.

Karl Mulberry directed by Lorne Hiltser, written by Gregory Lisi. [Winner: Elevate Best Comedy Student Film]

O507 by the Blaine Brothers.

Chris Weisberg is Growing Bald by Payman Benz.

Six, Nine written and directed by Lisa Schurga.

Time Freak written and directed by Andrew Bowler.

Withstand One Night directed by Ryan Sage, written by Joel West and Anna Bocci.

When the Wind Changes directed by Alethea Jones, written by Richard Davies.