We are excited to announce the Winners of the 2023 ScreenCraft Family Screenplay Competition. These exceptional screenplays were selected from almost 600 submissions. Congratulations to these writers!

Grand Prize Winner + Mentorship with Andrew Barrer

Secret Santa by Ryan W. Smith

When a notorious crime syndicate plans to steal the world’s largest red diamond from Manhattan’s most celebrated toy store, a hard-edged SECRET AGENT must go undercover in the most unsuspecting of ways… as the store’s SANTA CLAUS. Ocean’s 11 meets Kindergarten Cop, meets Elf.

Feature Winner

The Little Kite by James F. Robinson

A young Mayan girl, Tomasa, clashes with her strong-willed mother and loses a beloved grandfather. Rebellion and determination lead to discovery of herself and of her ancient Indigenous culture.

TV Pilot Winner

Zenith Uncharted by Martha Duzett

A teenage science enthusiast enlists her reluctant peers to uncover the mysteries threatening their space station home and the Earth below—and hopefully survive the tenth grade.

We’d like to thank our incredible industry jury that included: Kate Redinger (Director of Development, Hallmark Media), Andrew Tolbert (VP, Kids & Animation, Hello Sunshine), Colleen Washington (Literary Manager, Fourth Wall Management), Alison Mann (Manager & Co-President of Fourth Wall Animation Production Co.), and Arno Ekmekji (Creative Development Coordinator).

Congratulations to these winning writers and finalists, and thank you to our judges and to everyone who submitted projects; we read a number of remarkable projects. View the quarterfinalists, semifinalists and finalists by clicking the corresponding link.

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