SIP Screenwriting Competition

Congratulations 2014 SIP Winners!

  

Grand Prize and Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Regional Winner:

Jennifer Yee for First Chair

 

Jennifer Yee is a seasoned producer who first began as an intern for Mister Rogers' Neighborhood in Pennsylvania before working in development for Warner Bros. Studios in California. Her work over a decade has aired globally on NBC, CBS, ESPN, the NFL Network, PBS, and Showtime. In 2010, she wrote and directed the feature-length documentary, 10 Mountains 10 Years, narrated by Anne Hathaway with music contribution by Bruce Springsteen, which garnered 28 international awards and raised over $100,000 for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease medical research. Following, she created content for NFL Films and Comcast Ventures. Her recent writing earned her a place in the Top 5% of the 2014 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting. She is a Philadelphia native and graduated from Lower Merion High School. 

 

TV Prime Time Award Winner, sponsored by Comcast and NBCUniversal: 

Octavia Bray for Mixed Up Pilot.

 

Octavia Bray is the Media Policy Fellow at the Center for Global Communication Studies. She received her BA from the University of Pennsylvania with a double major in Communications and East Asian Languages and Civilizations. Octavia has worked in variety of media-related roles (at PBS Kids Sprout, Lunchbox Communications, and Fairweather Pictures) as she inches closer to her eventual goal of working in television.  A writer who's thrilled to remove the adjective "aspiring" now that she's stopped sitting on her bed watching Gilmore Girls reruns and actually started writing, Octavia tends to use her writing projects to explore interracial relations and expressions of grief. She's a Whedonverse obsessive, a lover of Alan Rickman, and a baker of chocolate chip cookies. You can reach out to her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (or on FB at facebook.com/octavia.marie.8) to learn more about her projects or request a batch of cookies. Both of these offers are made in complete seriousness.

 

Student Award, sponsored by Robert McKee's Story Seminar:

Jenna Gelenberg for Grave

 

Jenna Gelenberg is a current senior at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts studying Film & Television Production. After interning at CBS' Blue Bloods and NBC's Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, she honed in on her passion for Television writing, producing and casting. Since leaving her small town of Blue Bell, PA and embarking on her NYC journey, she's jumped headfirst into the film and television world and couldn't be happier. She has recently started her own casting company, GBC, (www.gbergcasting.com) and has been involved in numerous indie films, commercials and music videos. She's returning to her hometown (Blue Bell, PA) this fall to shoot her senior thesis film, Snip (www.facebook.com/SnipFilm).

 

SIP 2015 will open in November. Thanks to all for your submissions.

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2014 Prizes

Grand Prize for Best Screenplay

  • $10,000 cash prize
  • Notes from High Profile Judges
  • National Press
  • Synopsis published on www.film.org

The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Regional Award

  • $2,500 cash prize
  • Notes from High Profile Judges
  • National Press

TV Prime Time Award, sponsored by Comcast and NBCUniversal

  • $5,000 cash prize
  • Notes from High Profile Judges
  • National Press
  • Synopsis published on www.film.org

Synopsis published on www.film.org

 The Student Award, sponsored by Robert McKee's Story Seminar

  • Free tuition to the intensive 4-day STORY Seminar in NYC
  • Notes from High Profile Judges
  • National Press
  • Synopsis published on www.film.org

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SIP, which is sponsored by the Greater Philadelphia Film Office, is open to all screenwriters, world-wide, who submit a feature length screenplay OR an original TV pilot length screenplay to be shot in the Greater Philadelphia Metropolitan Area. All genres will be accepted. Scripts will be judged on their overall quality, and the extent to which they project "shootability" in the Greater Philadelphia region. SIP Finalist Judges are high profile Producers, Writers and Actors who have a Philadelphia connection.