ANNOUNCING THE WINNERS OF THE 2019 LAUNCH PAD FEATURE COMPETITION!

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Every year, the quality of submissions seems to get better and better, and this year’s competition is no exception. We are honored to have been able to read such an imaginative, innovative and skillful collection of scripts from writers across the globe, and we look forward to sharing that work with the industry. We want to thank our judges for taking the time to read our finalists and make the difficult decisions that give us this fantastic group of winners.

With all of that said, we’re incredibly proud to announce our Overall WinnerTop Comedy WinnerTop Drama Winner, Vertigo Entertainment Guaranteed Option Winner, and the three Launch Pad Mentorship Winners.

Note that the Lit Entertainment Guaranteed Signing Winner will be announced on April 23rd.

Congratulations to our winners and to all of our finalists. We cannot wait to see what comes next! If you’re looking to view every finalist from this year’s competition, you can find the complete list here. Want to receive a notification when the next season opens? Sign up for reminders via Coverfly here.

Overall Winner

DEEPFAKE by Alex Payne

ENEMY OF THE STATE meets MR. ROBOT

A film school graduate trying to make ends meet takes a job from a mysterious internet user to make a deepfake video, and finds himself being pulled into a dark, global conspiracy.

Drama Thriller

Overall Winner

Top Comedy

SLATER BERRICKS IS A DEAD MAN by Paul Ashton

THE TRUMAN SHOW meets THE LOBSTER

Desperate to pay his mother’s nursing home bills, a man sets up a crowdfunding campaign where people can give money to choose how he will kill himself. When the site goes viral, he is faced with the prospect that he will have to actually go through with his plan.

Comedy Dark Comedy Drama

Top Comedy

Top Drama

WHERE HE BURIED ME by Joe Bousquin

THE SIXTH SENSE meets SILENCE OF THE LAMBS

When her troubled son claims he’s a reincarnated murder victim, a mom with her own traumatic past rushes to solve the mystery of who he was, before his never-apprehended killer returns to finish the job.

Drama Thriller

Top Drama

Vertigo Entertainment Guaranteed Option Winner

LEVIATHAN by Gabriel Feinberg

EX MACHINA meets MIDSOMMAR

A woman grieving the loss of her sister travels to Alaska to visit her eccentric brother only to find that he is building a machine to communicate with the dead.

Drama Sci-Fi

Top 75 Vertigo Entertainment Guaranteed Option Winner

Mentorship Program Winners

Mentorship Selection – David Rabinowitz

AMERICA’S NEXT ASTRONAUT by Vittoria Cacciatore

THE MARTIAN meets UnREAL

In order to save her home, a financially struggling Walmart employee from Florida joins a reality TV competition show for a chance to go to space and win a million dollars, but despite her popularity among the fans, her own lack of self-confidence threatens to send her home.

Adventure Comedy Drama Thriller

Top 50 Mentorship Selection (David Rabinowitz)

Mentorship Selection – Surjyakiran Das

LITTLE BOB by Robert Troccolo

THE DESCENDANTS meets LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE

A family’s attempts to deal with a difficult divorce are complicated when the youngest daughter begins dressing as Bob Dylan and speaking only in mumbles.

Comedy Drama

Top 50 Mentorship Selection (Surj Das)

Mentorship Selection – Chad and Carey W. Hayes

MAELSTROM by Chris Dennis

THE PERFECT STORM meets ALIEN

While fishing a patch of sea with a sinister reputation, the crew of an Alaskan fishing trawler must fight an intense winter storm and a malevolent force of nature that puts them all in mortal danger.

Action Horror Thriller

Top 10 Mentorship Selection (Chad and Carey W. Hayes)

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