Announcing the Winners of the 2019 TSL Free Screenplay Contest!

By Admin · December 18, 2019

Droid Hunter by Robert Bielak has been selected as the winner of The Script Lab’s 2019 Free Screenplay Contest. In the feature, a jaded veteran of the Final War hates androids and has made it her life’s mission to track down the renegade droids who slaughtered her family and abducted her baby sister. But as her quest takes her deeper into the wastelands she begins to suspect that the ex-soldier she’s partnered up with may be a replicant himself.

Piney Ridge by La’Chris Jordan has been selected as the runner up. In the one hour pilot, following a heart-wrenching tragedy, a Black female sharecropper in 1930s Virginia sets out on a mission of personal revenge, all while fighting the exploitation of the town’s wealthy landowners and the violent harassment of the local sheriff and his posse of unlawful men.

Whispers From the Watchtower by Jai Brandon has been named third place. In the thriller feature, the host of a popular skeptic/debunking radio show works alongside a reluctant psychic in a last ditch attempt to find his missing daughter.

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Please give a warm congratulations to these winners and to the more than 5,000 writers who submitted. In addition to The Script Lab team, the industry judges consisted of:


Adrian Garcia
Recon Literary
Adrian previously worked as an agent in the motion picture department at Paradigm Talent Agency, playing an instrumental role in packaging multi-million dollar projects. He has since left to start his own management company, Recon Literary, where he reps television and feature writers with network credits.

Andrea Dimity
Pannon Entertainment
Andrea Dimity is a film producer and literary manager based in Los Angeles. She started working in the entertainment industry while attending the UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television. Since then she has worked for such prolific producers and directors as Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Todd Phillips and Chris Meladandri in feature film development.

Jon Hersh
Housefire Management
Jon Hersh is the manager at Housefire Management, a boutique management company representing writers and writer/directors. Jon got his start at CAA before moving to Broad Green Pictures and then venturing out on his own as a literary manager.

Adam Rejwan
REJ Entertainment
Formerly an assistant to Damen Lindelof, creator of Lost and The Leftovers, Adam started REJ Entertainment, a management company repping talented Composers, Directors and Screenwriters that work in all genres and can represent a wide variety of voices, demographics and styles.

Kegan Schell
Echo Lake
Kegan Schell is a literary coordinator with a few clients of his own at Echo Lake Entertainment. Echo Lake’s client credits include THE HANDMAID’S TALE, THE POST, AMERICAN GODS, CSI: MIAMI, TEEN WOLF, HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, LAW & ORDER, THE BLACK LIST, AMERICAN DAD and more!

Patrick White
Lit Entertainment Group
Patrick is a literary coordinator at the recently-formed Lit Entertainment Group, a management company headed by veteran rep and producer, Adam Kolbrenner, formerly of Madhouse Entertainment. Their clients’ recent credits have included the films Prisoners and Christmas Chronicles, and the ABC series, Designated Survivor.


Each of the selected winners will receive a cash prize, circulation of their project to managers and agents, Coverfly Tokens, and a complimentary one-year membership to The Script Lab’s screenwriting video library, TSL 360.