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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

Australia

WHEN POMEGRANATES HOWL

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

USA

THE BUTTERFLY GARDEN

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

MEETINGS WITH MARTY

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

Canada

SOAKED

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

LUCKY PRATT

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

LOVE AND OTHER GUISES

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

MURPHY

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

Quarterfinalist, Final Draft Big Break 2017

Mark Dispenza

USA

THE LAUGHTER OF CHILDREN

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

CYCLE LUNAIRE

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

USA

HOLOCAUST OF A SOUL

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

Mugs Cahill

USA

NANTUCKET

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

Natalia Alyukova

Russia

ARTEMISIA

Four hundred years ago, a young woman took revenge on her rapist in oils and became one of the most successful painters of her time.

Finalist, The Golden List 2021 (The Golden Script Competition)

Semi-finalist, Screencraft Fellowship 2020

Found representation with Dench Arnold Agency, London as a result of her mentor from the retreat recommending her.

Nick Zabierek

United Kingdom

DATE OF DEATH

When a man, down on his luck, discovers he’s going to die within a week after purchasing a writing software that generates stories about his past, present, and future, he vows to do anything to avoid an early demise.

Quarter-finalist, Scriptation Showcase Script Competition 2021 for Best Drama 2021

Quarter-finalist, Stage 32 Feature/Comedy Screenwriting Contest 2022

MEOW (Animation)

When a reluctant cat-sitter switches bodies with the cat she hates the most, they are separated and set out on epic journeys to get their bodies back and mend their bond.

Quarter-finalist, Page Awards for Best Family Feature 2021

Quarter-finalist, Stage 32 Family-Friendly Screenwriting Contest 2022