4 February 2021
We are pleased to announce the winner and two runner-up finalists of our inaugural Screenplay Competition!
From over a hundred entries across Australia, it was the imaginative storytelling of Teigan Isobel and her screenplay BUGGGED that took the top prize. Set in the mechanical world of the Metallic City where organic life stands little chance of survival, a 12-year-old nature obsessed Emma inadvertently unleashes a swarm of rust mites that threaten to devour her world.
“It’s an absolute privilege to win this amazing competition,” said Western Australia based screenwriter Teigan Isobel. “I am very passionate about family entertainment, so to be recognised by Animal Logic Entertainment is a huge honour.”
Teigan will receive a prize package of $5,000AUD as well as professional guidance and feedback from Producer Zareh Nalbandian, EVP Development & Production, Jonathan Hludzinski, and VP Development & Production, Felicity Staunton.
The two runner-up finalists, Sam O’Sullivan (NSW) with CHARLIE PILGRIM and Cathy Randall (NSW) and co-writer Abhi Jeyakkumar (ACT) with SANTA WHITEBEARD will both receive $1,000AUD and professional feedback.
“In our first year of the ALE Screenplay Competition, it was incredibly satisfying to uncover so many fresh voices in the family space,” said Nalbandian. “I hope this competition will encourage the immense talent that exists within Australia to continue to tell their stories.”
“Teigan is to be congratulated for not only her command of story, but for creating an energetic and unique animated world that is both thematically rich and wholly entertaining,” said Staunton. “The beating heart of her storytelling is seen in the strength and perseverance of her female lead – an imaginative and powerful young woman who has never been more timely.”
Check out the 10 entries that made the shortlist here.
Click here to read the full press release.