SIP Screenwriting Competition


The deadline for SIP 2014 has passed. 

FINALISTS will be determined in the summer and WINNERS will be announced in the fall!

Click here for 2014 Application/Release | Click here for 2014 Rules/Regs


2013"SIP" Reading

Kudos to the talented actors who performed at the un-staged reading featuring excepts from all of the 2013 winning screenplays.  In alphabetical order:



Danny Donnelly is an actor who works out of New York, LA, and Philadelphia. Danny has appeared in numerous films and on stage throughout the Philadelphia area. His latest ventures have taken him to LA for the Pilot called "Center City", to Fort Dix as a supporting role in the feature film Resilience for the US ARMY starring David Morse, and to Southern NJ playing opposite Noree Victoria of "Quarantine 2" and The Rickey Smiley Show and Lewis Smith of Wyatt Earp and The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension in the Feature film A Place in Hell due out in the fall. Danny also stars in the short films Common Grounds and Glass premiering at this year’s Philadelphia Independent Film Festival.


Kimberly S. Fairbanks is thrilled to again be a part of the "Set in PhiladelShe phia" Screenwriting Competition. She had a recurring role on the NBC TV Series Do No Harm. Next:  will play the role of Payton in the independent film Lost Generation. Kimberly is a National Partners American Theatre Classical Acting Award recipient. Favorite classical roles include the title role in Medea, Brutus in Julius Caesar, and Lady Bountiful in Beaux Stratagem. She is a Barrymore Award Nomineefor Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical for her role as Wanda, in Crowns, at Delaware Theatre Company. Last season Kimberly played Camila, in In the Heights, at the Walnut Street Theatre. Next: This spring Kimberly will play the role of Hester in In the Blood for the Directing Orals of Villanova Graduate Student John Mullany. Kimberly’s favorite regional roles in new plays include; Billie Holiday in Elizabeth Scanlon’s Everyone & I, and Denise Reeves in Andrew Case’s The Rant. Recent new play readings include James Ijames’ Moon Man Walk; Michael Hollinger’s Flesh; Deborah Zoe Laufer’s Informed Consent; Peter Vaira’s Down the Shore; Jonathan James Norton’s My Tidy List of Terrors; Martin Zimmerman’s Seven Spots on the Sun; and Jim Malone’s screenplay Turning Two. Next: Kimberly will perform in the staged reading of the new musical Mother B in NYC.





Annette Kaplafka is a professional actor, who has worked coast to coast on stage, film, television and voice over projects.  Stage credits include Stewardess, Camino Real (dir. Michael Kahn) The Shakespeare Theatre; Dorothy, The Wizard of Oz (National tour); Moyra/Sister Irene, At The Hand of My Mother, Ward Studio Company; and Timon of Athens, Philadelphia Artists Collective.   Film and TV credits include Mayor Cupcake (opposite Leah Thompson), Café, Sam and Rose, Homicide, and Arrest and Trial, as well as over 100 industrial films, and numerous commercial and VO spots, including 2 nationals airing currently for Blue Buffalo Pet Food and Soma.  She also has been lucky enough to spend time working behind the camera, assisting in casting with such projects as Unbreakable, Jersey girl, In Her Shoes, Annapolis, Cover, and The Best and The Brightest.  In her free time, Annette is a Certified Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers and loves being paid to drink wine.



Pete Patrikios is a versatile actor, playing a variety of roles from goofballs to psychopaths.  He got his start acting in the Philly theatre scene and has branched out to T.V. and Film. He has worked on several films including the short film Looking For, with director Michelle Pollino, which won the audience award for best short at Qfest. He also had the opportunity to do his own stunt work as “lead soldier” in The Last Airbender directed by M Night Shyamalan. He played Greg Grundle in the film Mayor Cupcake with Lea Thompson and Judd Nelson. And, in 2011, he teamed up with Director Michelle Pollino again to play serial killer Carter in the short film “Regrets”.    Most recently he played Archie in season 4 of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. 



Charlie Roney holds a B.A. from DeSales University and an M.F.A. from Penn State.  For the past 23 years he has worked primarily as a voice over artist. He has voiced commercials for Temple University Hospital, Blue Cross, Humana, Thompson Auto Dealerships, the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News , and many others. He has narrated programs for The History and Discovery Channels and hundreds of educational and training programs for many Fortune 500 companies. He has also recorded books for The Templeton Foundation and Executive Book Summaries. He was seen on stage as a guest artist at DeSales University where he played Grandpa in Kaufman and Hart's You Can't Take It With You as part of the Theatre Department's 40th anniversary season and as Gayev in the Cherry Orchard at Villanova. Favorite roles include, Jamie Tyrone in A Moon for the Misbegotten, The Ghost in Hamlet, The Stage Manager in Our Town, Trigorin in The Seagull, Sherlock Holmes in The Crucifer of Blood, Oberon in A Midsummer Night's Dream and MacDuff in Macbeth.



Karen Vicks has established herself as one of Philadelphia’s finest actors. She is a member of the Screen Actors Guild, Aftra and Actors Equity. Karen was the Artistic Director of the Philadelphia Acting Studio and is now the executive Director of Ascension Galleries. She has performed with the Philadelphia Theatre Company, Delaware Theatre Co. the Lantern Theatre, Act II Playhouse, Interact Theatre Co. Plays and Players, The PlayPenn new play development series, Society Hill Playhouse, Freedom Theater, and Bushfire Theatre, to name a few, in Philadelphia. She has also performed on the west coast, Atlanta and the Baltimore/DC area, and was twice nominated for Barrymore awards as Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and the first runner-up for Philly Critique’s Choice Award as best leading actress.  Karen‘s movie credits include Beloved, In Her Shoes, Ladder 49, Must be the Music and Bill Duke's daring independent film Cover.  Karen had a recurring role in HBO's critically acclaimed series The Wire.



Featured Screenplays:


Grand Prize Winner - Denise A. Brossman for LABOR OF THE GODS


Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce  Regional Award - Kristine Kennedy for NO NEIGHBORS


2013 TV Prime Time Award sponsored by Comcast and NBCUniversal - Steven Hornberger for PHL 2.0


Student Prize sponsored by Robert McKee's Story Seminar- Michelle Smith & Adrianne Gunter for SERVED!
Thanks to our host The Roxy Theater & the Philadelphia Film Society


2014 Prizes

Grand Prize for Best Screenplay

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

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

Synopsis published on

 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











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.