2018 Rhode Island International Film Festival Screenplay Competition
Shawn Quirk, RIIFF Program Director (l) with Dr. Nancy Carriuolo and Lukas Hassel, previous Grand Prize Winner for Best Screenplay.

Rammy Park from Brooklyn, NY is the Best Screenplay Grand Prize Winner for this year’s 2018 Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) Screenplay Competition. Rammy’s winning screenplay is entitled “Monitor City.”

The “Monitor City” storyline: A Greek tragedy in a futuristic sci-fi setting, “Monitor City” pits reluctant hero Olivia Andressa against a totalitarian system of control and surveillance, as she struggles to accept her role in the City’s resistance movement and to bring her fractured family back together

“Rammy Park’s script breathes new life into the dystopian genre. The script is a defining work, that is teeming with social commentary. Rammy has successfully created a tragic futurist tale that serves as a timely parable for today’s ever growing dependence on technology and surveillance,” said Shawn Quirk, RIIFF Program Director.

“What an amazing year for storytelling and our screenplay competition. This year’s entries were inventive and re-defining. They were scored on criteria that included character, dialogue, setting, plot, structure and technique,” added Quirk. “We reviewed the largest entry base in competition’s history making for difficult decision-making on the part of our international group of judges.

“After extensive and careful deliberation, prize winners were chosen in seven distinct categories: Best Screenplay, Best International, Vortex Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror, Best LGBTQ, Spotlight on New England, Best Short Screenplay and Best Television Pilot,” Quirk noted.

2018Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) Screenplay Competition Prize Winners

BEST SCREENPLAY

GRAND PRIZE:
“Monitor City” |Rammy Park, Author | Brooklyn, NY

FIRST PLACE:
“Hinterland”| S.J. Main Muñoz, Author | Venice, CA

INTERNATIONAL SCREENPLAY

GRAND PRIZE:
“Sound of the Somme” | Written by: Alexander Menu & Thomas Besançon, Authors | Belgium

FIRST PRIZE:
“White Whale”| Rustem Samigullin, Author | Homberg, Germany

VORTEX HORROR/SCI-FI SCREENPLAY

GRAND PRIZE:
“Blank Shores” | Alex Kyrou, Author | London, United Kingdom

FIRST PRIZE:
“Silence” | Collin Kornfeind, Author | Astoria, NY

JAMES L. SEAVOR LGBTQ SCREENPLAY

GRAND PRIZE:
“Liza Herself” | Joan Kelly, Author | Somerville, MA

FIRST PRIZE:
“Chasing The Dragon”| Eduardo Ayres Soares, Author | Porto Alegre, Brazil

RI SPOTLIGHT ON NEW ENGLAND

GRAND PRIZE:
“Oil and Water” | Alfred Thomas Catalfo, Author | Dover, NH

FIRST PRIZE:
“Blood and Plunder” | Adam Olenn, Author | Providence, RI

BEST TELEVISION PILOT SCRIPT

GRAND PRIZE:
“The Reservoir” | Dylan Allen, Author | Brooklyn, NY

FIRST PRIZE:
“Matched”| Tess Allen, Author | Playa Vista, CA

BEST SHORT SCRIPT

GRAND PRIZE:
“Red Shirt” | Mary C. Ferrara, Author | Quincy, MA

FIRST PRIZE:
“Last Day of School”| Gypsy Nelson | Mason, WI

Photo by Mike Braca via RIIF

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