2021 Adapted Story Showcase (formerly Adapted Screenplay Competition)

The Adapted Story Showcase recognizes scripts, books, short stories, & stage plays in any genre that feature an adapted story.


2021 WINNERS

BLACK & WHITE

by Benjamin Burgess, Jr.

Adapted from the book "Defining Moments: Black & White" by Benjamin Burgess, Jr.

Genre: Drama | Thriller | Urban

Logline: Two attorneys, one Black man and one white man, look back over their lives and navigate racial tension and stereotypes as they compete for the same partnership position at their prestigious law firm, which has just nabbed the two biggest cases in the firm’s history.

Bio: Ben Burgess, Jr. is the author of the award-winning novels "Monster," "Wounded," "Love and Happiness," "A Father's Sacrifice: Daddy's Girl," and the new novel "Defining Moments: Black and White." He is an active performer of spoken word poetry. Ben uses his love of writing to inspire and influence youths to strive for what they believe in and to never give up on their dreams. His dream is to have his novels adapted into major motion pictures.

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RENDERED SAFE

by Jeff Ingber

Adapted from the book "Rendered Safe: Tales of an NYPD Bomb Tech" by Jeff Ingber

Genre: Drama

Logline: The son of a career criminal becomes a legendary NYPD Bomb Squad Detective, escaping death numerous times and solving the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. 

Bio: Jeff Ingber is the author of books, short stories, and screenplays, for which he has won numerous awards. His first screenplay was the basis for a film, entitled “Crypto,” starring Kurt Russell and Alexis Bledel, that was released by Lionsgate in April 2019. One of his novels, entitled “Shattered Lives,” currently is being made into a documentary film by MacTavish Productions.

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2021 OFFICIAL SELECTIONS

A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS by Sophie Pell

ASYLUM by Kathryn Orzech

CRASHING AMERICA by Kip Pearson and Katia Noyes

DEAD HUNGER by T.J. Barkwill

FOREVERLY by Ray O'Conor

IT HAPPENED IN SILENCE by Shaun Delliskave

KNUCKLEHEAD by Wayne Geschwindt

MANY MOONS by Jeffrey Couchman

MIGRATION by Carly Keyes (story by Cari Noga)

ONE MORE HIT by Brad Max

SNOWY STRANGEWAYS by Melissa Tantaquidgeon-Zobel

SOMEWHERE BETWEEN LOVE & JUSTICE by SW Anderson

TAL JONES: A BLACK OIL LEGACY by Pamela J Richardson (with story by Bernard Moore)

TANKS IN THE WIRE by David Stockwell

THE APE IN OUR HOUSE by Marc Moody

THE BRIDE COMES TO YELLOW SKY by George Langworthy

THE DINOSAUR FOUR by Greg Rhem and Geoff Jones

THE FORGE by Howard W. Robertson

THE LAST ONES by C.D. Peterson

THE TELL-TALE HEART by Aleesha Dineros-Canuto

UNDER COVER by Guido Jimenez-Cruz

UNFINISHED MURDER BALLADS by Zackary Hill, Matthew Riffle, Darren Demaree & Joshua Riffle

WAR MOST CIVIL by Larry Wells

YOUNG JOAN by Charlotte Sheppard


SUBMISSIONS STATISTICS

Number of Entries: 805

Writer Gender
Male: 76%
Female: 24%

Source
Book: 79%
Short Story: 14.5%
Stage Play: 6%
Poem or Poetry Collection: 0.5%

Genre
Drama: 28%
Thriller/Mystery/Crime: 21%
Comedy: 17%
Action/Adventure: 6%
Sci-Fi/Fantasy: 6%
War: 6%
Horror/Supernatural: 5%
Sports: 4%
Western: 4%
Faith/Family: 2%
Musical: 1%

Submission Location
United States: 100%

Format
Feature Screenplay: 71%
Television Script or Short Script: 29%