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January 17 2016 Writing Festival Details

The writing festival will be presenting the best of TV Screenplays:  2 Original TV Pilot Screenplays, 1 TV Spec Screenplay, and a Best Scene TV Pilot Screenplay at the upcoming January 3 2016 event.

Here are the details of the winning scripts we’ll be performing:

#1 – TV Pilot – LACIE BIDWELL, by Jameel Khan 

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Thriller, Science Fiction, Mystery


Twelve years after her father created the zombie virus that killed thousands in downtown Indianapolis, Lacie Bidwell is in college and still feeling the effects of the family name. She tries to move on an live a relatively normal life. But when a mys

#2 – TV Pilot – LIFE IN THE LAST LANE, by Debi Calabro

Genre: Sports, Comedy


A character-based comedy that explores the fascinating and high stakes world of horse racing, the people that the track draws in and the inevitable conflicts that ensue from the giant personalities who are addicted to living life in the fast lane.

#3 – TV Spec of the TV Show (Netflix) UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT “Kimmy Gets Addicted” by Jen Turriff

Genre: Comedy


Kimmy quickly becomes addicted to an iPad game. As she discovers she unknowingly made in-app purchases, she has to find a creative way to pay her debts. Meanwhile, Titus battles his own obsession and Jacqu

#4 – TV Best Scene -Absynthia by Seregon O’Dassey

Genre: Sci-Fi, Drama


An attack on a mercenary airship, while on a seemingly innocent cargo run sends the lives of the Captain and her crew into their not so innocent pasts. Will the events that unfold destroy the future for everyone that the government had carefully and deliberately planned?


Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson


Watch TV Spec of Modern Family by Debi Calabro

The Modern Family SPEC is a December 2015 TV Screenplay Winner.

Watch MODERN FAMILY by Debi Calabro:


NARRATOR – Sean Kaufmann
GLORIA – Jane Hailes
CLAIRE – Jane Smythe
PHIL/MITCHELL – Kari-Michael Helava
LILY – Antosia Fiedur
JAY – Sean Ballantyne

Get to know writer Debi Calabro:

1. What is your spec for the Modern Family TV show about?

This episode it about the ups and the downs of parenthood but ultimately it’s all good in the end.

2. Why does this spec fit into the context of the show?

The spec shows the same tone and humor as the other episodes. All the characters have a chance to make themselves heard as individuals and also how they contribute to the family unit.

3. This story has a lot going for it. How would you describe this script in two words?

Endearing, funny.

4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?


5. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Two weeks

6. How many stories have you written?

At least 15 features, two 1hour pilots, one sit-com pilot and this spec script

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I love the show.

8. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

With this screenplay I didn’t face any obstacles. I know and love the characters so well it was an easy one to write.

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Horse racing

10. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

I’ve been working with Wildsound on another project and they were very helpful with their feedback so I entered this one into the contest which won first time out.

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

If you are really passionate and love writing, never give up. As long as you love it, it’s worth the journey.

Watch Video Pitch for LIFE IN THE FAST LANE, TV Pilot by Debi Calabro

    Watch the Video Pitch Logline for the Novel:

1) What makes your story unique and also engaging?

The characters in the story are very diverse. Though their financial status’s range from race track “skell” to race track billionaire, their love of the sport often brings them together for better or worse which causes conflict no matter what.

2) Why does the world need to know about your story?

Horse racing is a very unique and exciting sport. Though the stories in this TV dramedy will not focus exclusively on the sport, the backdrop at the track will often be the scene. It will show the world the passionate group who attend the racetrack, rich or poor. It will also show how these beautiful thoroughbred horses are pampered and well cared for and hopefully will dismiss and stigma saying otherwise. I am a racehorse advocate and owner so I know what really goes on behind the scenes.

3) What type of music do you see in your story if it was made into a TV show?

This is a one hour TV dramedy. The name of the show is “Life in the Fast Lane” soooo…..

4) What film have you seen the most in your life?

Moonstruck, Love Actually, Parenthood. TV shows, Modern Family, Seinfeld, Rescue Me.

5) What artists would you love to work with?

For this particular project I’d love to work with Dennis Leary.

6) Other than writing and movies, what else are you passionate about?

I am passionate about the welfare of pitbulls and try to spread the word about how these wonderful animals are often misunderstood and why. There’s usually a lot of profanity when I explain the “why” part.

7) Do you have a set writing routine?

I usually write at least two hours a day but try to take a break every now and than to clear my head.

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Submit your logline/pitch and we’ll make it into a video.
Deadline January 25th