Hall of Fame

Welcome to our Rocaberti Writers’ Hall of Fame! This page is designed to celebrate Rocabertians’ (all those who’ve attended a retreat) successes - and also to inspire and encourage other writers!

If you’d like to share your success stories with us: - awards, projects in development, representation found - then please contact [email protected]

Christine Williams



Hewad is an irrepressible kid hustling everything from pomegranate juice to protection from the evil eye in the streets of Tehran. His real ambition is to be a movie star, and this comes a step closer when he meets an Australian photographer.

Australia’s Official Selection, Academy Awards 2022

DeAnn SanVal



When life deals you a shit hand, grow a garden.

2nd Rounder, Austin Film Festival 2021 (out of 15,000 submissions, THE BUTTERFLY GARDEN is noted amongst the top 20% in the Comedy division)

Quarterfinalist, STAGE 32 Comedy Pilot Contest 2021

Quarterfinalist, Shore Script Comedy Pilot Contest 2021

Quarterfinalist, Screencraft 2022

Gregor Nicholas

New Zealand


Forced to choose between the career he craves and the father who abandoned him, a Kiwi film director wreaks havoc on his personal and professional life as he pursues a project with a Hollywood legend.

Top 3 Finalist, Raindance Film Festival Screenwriting Competition

Semi-finalist, Blue Cat Screenwriting Competition

Semi-finalist, Santa Barbara International Screenplay Awards

Quarterfinalist, PAGE International Screenwriting Awards

Quarterfinalist, Titan International Screenwriting Awards (Industrial Scripts)

Quarterfinalist, We Screenplay Feature Screenwriting Contest

Quarterfinalist, Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Competition

Quarterfinalist, Miami Screenplay Awards

Top 20 Dramas on The Red List, Coverfly database of unproduced screenplays

Finalist, Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Competition

#5 Drama Feature, Coverfly’s international database

Quarterfinalist, 2022 Screencraft Screenwriting Fellowship

Finalist, Outstanding Screenplays Competition

Joshua Young



A diverse group of cruise ship employees from around the world must battle each other’s idiosyncrasies, guests who’ve abandoned common sense on land, and crazy celebrities, all the while trying to make this the vacation of a lifetime for everyone else.

Quarterfinalist, The Script Lab - TSL Screenplay Contest 2021

Semi-finalist, Filmmatic Comedy Screenplay Awards Season 6

Finalist, Screencraft Virtual Pitch 2020

Quarterfinalist, Screencraft Screenwriting Fellowship 2020

Semi-finalist, Filmmatic - Pitch Now Screenplay Competition 2020

Official Selection, Rocaberti Retreat Logline Competition 2019

Official Selection, Toronto Cold Read Series 2019


When three lazy best friends (two British and one American) discover they’ve won the lottery, they’re forced to embark on a perilous journey across the state to claim their winning ticket, all the while being hunted by the most cunning creatures on the planet: their mothers.

Quarterfinalist, Screencraft Feature Competition 2021

Linda Caryn Jenkins

United Kingdom


An actor with a reputation for being a womanizer masquerades as a woman to trick a wealthy man out of his fortune, but finds love getting in the way. 

Semi-finalist, The Academy Nicholl Fellowship 2013

Semi-finalist, The Academy Nicholl Fellowship 2015

Semi-finalist, The Academy Nicholl Fellowship 2016

Quarterfinalist, The Academy Nicholl Fellowship 2017

Finalist, Final Draft Big Break 2019

Semi-finalist, The Script Lab Free Screenplay Contest 2021

Special Mention, FilmMarketHub UK PitchBox 2022


A once brilliant surgeon suffers from agoraphobia, triggered by the death of his wife.

Quarterfinalist, Final Draft Big Break 2017

Mac McCord



In 1920’s Ireland, an ageless Faery and her human lover, now a nun, work secretly together ti save babies from abuse in a nunnery run by a sadistic Mother Superior. A dark fantasy of forbidden love, madness and religious persecution.

Quarter finalist, Season 7 Filmmatic Short Screenplay Awards

Official Selection, The Pittsburgh Moving Picture Festival

Mark Dispenza



A hardened small-time criminal without prospects helps kidnap two small children for a ransom and discovers that he’s the only person who can protect them from their abusive stepfather.

Semi-finalist, Atlanta Screenplay Awards 2021

Finalist (Best Feature Script), Beyond the Curve International Film Festival 2021

Semi-finalist, NYC Screenplay Awards 2021

Honorable Mention, Santa Barbara International Screenplay Awards 2021

Semi-finalist, Stage 32 Feature Drama Screenwriting Contest 2021

Finalist (Feature Screenplay), San Francisco Indie Fest 2022

Third Place, Hot Springs Screenplay Competition 2022


A young boy in backwoods Louisiana tries to stop his mother’s drinking, only to discover that he is the legacy of an even greater horror.

Winner (Best Short Script), Beyond the Curve International Film Festival 2021

Quarterfinalist, Creative World Awards 2021

Finalist (Short Script), GenreBlast Film Festival 2021

Semi-finalist, Hollywood Just4Shorts Film & Screenplay Competition 2021

Best Short Horror Script, International Indie Gathering 2021

Quarterfinalist, Raindance Script Competition 2021

Honorable Mention, Santa Barbara International Screenplay Awards 2021

Best Short Script, Siren Screenwriting Festival 2021

Best Horror Short Script, Summer in the South 2021

Quarterfinalist, WeScreenplay Short Script Screenwriting Contest 2021

Semi-finalist (Short Screenplay Competition), San Francisco Indie Fest 2022

Mary Wiebe



A ‘hidden in plain sight’ German-Jewish scientist finds that even working for Hitler cannot save his family from the horrors of war, or the machinations of the enemies of his own making – himself and his best friend.

Quarterfinalist, Stage 32 Drama Screenwriting Contest

Mira Olsson



A Nordic crime writer becomes a recluse after the disappearance of her daughter racks her with guilt.
Years later, she finds a lead on who might be responsible and goes on a cathartic quest to uncover the truth.

Quarterfinalist, TWL US 2022 supported by Nicole Kidman and Meryl Streep

Top 11% Discoverable Projects, Coverfly 2022


When a young girl hitchhiking is picked up by a stranger, who ends up taking whom for a ride?

Best International Short Movie, Ischia Global Fest 2022

Best Dramatic Short, South Dakota Film Festival 2022

American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase, 75th Cannes Film Festival

Official Selection, Hollyshorts 2022

Official Selection, TIFF 2022

Official Selection, Riffa 2022

Official Selection, DC Shorts 2022

Official Selection, Cinequest 2022

Official Selection, Pasadena Film Festival 2022

Mugs Cahill



After her daughter tragically dies, a trauma psychologist withdraws to the seclusion of a mysterious lighthouse, abandoning her wife and practice to strike a bargain with a 19th century whaling captain who claims her daughter is alive.

Grand Prize Winner, Table Read My Screenplay

Finalist, Vancouver International Womens Film Festival

Finalist, Big Apple Film Festival