Welcome to the 2019 Lonely Seal Film, Screenplay and Music Festival Screenplay Finalists, which are proudly sponsored by Final Draft, 5A Studios, Lonely Seal Releasing, The Regent Theatre, Hourglass24 and PageCraft. This year we read 638 scripts in our three official categories; Feature Film, Script Accessible, and Short Film. Of the 65,395 pages we absorbed, these 7,893 pages made up our 77 screenplay finalists. That’s a 12% acceptance rate, so we are honored to call the writers on this list official finalists.
The Crawl Up by Gabriell Paye
A blind woman and her disabled friends face severe discrimination as they strive to live full, independent lives and fight for access, culminating in the passage of the “Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990.”
Dean Flowers by Jonah Jones
A deaf game designer receives a cochlear implant and can detect data-transfer from electronic devices. When MI5 tries to recruit him, he sacrifices everything to stay free.
Brahms by Douglas Schofield
A paraplegic curator teams up with St. Nicholas’s magical cat to unite his dysfunctional family, save a failing museum from bankruptcy, and gladden the hearts of a nation.
Move Me by Jared Vineyard
A driven and fiercely independent dancer hides a secret from her dance company that is ripping her body apart and threatening her big show moments before curtain on opening night.
Red Velvet by Cedric Shelton
A Hitman/getaway driver comes back to his hometown to attend a funeral service and rekindle an old relationship, and works for the most powerful man in Real estate. The Hitman driver soon realizes, that coming back home is more than he can bargain for.
Aktion-T-4 by John Martins III
In Nazi Germany, a Lutheran bishop and a Catholic deacon fight to stop Hitler’s forced euthanasia program, “Aktion T-4.”
Building Season by Anita Gomez
A colorful group of retirees takes a road-trip in their RVs going from ‘Habitat for Humanity’ site to site helping construct houses while building relationships. ”The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” on wheels.
The Superb Lyrebird and Other Creatures
Mea, a shy, orphaned teenager with Aspergers, joins public school as a senior in a bid to qualify for a prestigious arts scholarship. Once enrolled, she finds herself having to navigate the painful circumstances of being a young woman on the spectrum, as her devoted but overwhelmed cousin attempts to smooth her way.
The Transcendental Dryad by Judi Lane
A magical wood nymph transports an aging greedy land developer to 19th century New England where he’s mistaken for Henry David Thoreau in the hopes of reigniting his hippie activism to save her forest home which blocks an ancient evil from entering our world.