Montclair Film Announces Winners of 
Inaugural Emerging Screenwriter Competition 


Montclair, NJ— Montclair Film announced the winners Saturday of the inaugural Emerging Screenwriter Competition (ESC), a screenwriting competition open to students from around the world working on screenplays in the Drama, Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, and Action/Adventure categories. ESC celebrates the work of screenwriters who are in the 8th through 12th grades and writers submitted their screenplays online, and finalists were invited to attend a red-carpet award ceremony at Montclair Film’s Cinema505, where awards were given by a jury of industry professionals. The event also featured a live reading of Resurrection, the Grand Prize-winning script written by Sam Zaslow-Braverman, which was performed by a professional cast.

“The range and depth of the work of these young writers is so incredibly inspiring,” said Montclair Film Education Director Sue Hollenberg. “We are proud to be able to celebrate the excellence of our award-winning writers, and so grateful to all of the students who submitted work to our inaugural program.”




The winners of the 2022 Emerging Filmmakers Competition are:

Grand Prize Winner

Sam Zaslow-Braverman, Golda Och Academy

Resurrection

Drama
WINNER:
Gwendolyn Baily, Fusion Academy

Stella and Jack



FINALISTS:
Amelia Knapp, Montclair High School

When the Stars Align


Santiago Tapia Torres, Cooper City High School

Mel’s First Date


Comedy
WINNER: 
Sam Zaslow-Braverman, Golda Och Academy

Resurrection

FINALISTS:

Jose Santos, Donald M. Payne Tech

The Breakup


Michael Liotta, Glen Ridge High School

Rokie

Horror
WINNER:

Ross Perlman, Columbia High School

The Swell of Waves

FINALISTS:
Emily Kalosieh, Waldwick High School

Dead by Ten


Willow Killebrew, Montclair Kimberly Academy

Red: Maturation Cut

Sci-fi/Fantasy

WINNER:
Sahana Mishra, Northern Valley Demarest High School

Redemption

FINALISTS:
Jason Lewis, Montclair High School

The Artist and His Pen


Luis Zonenberg, Klein High School

Kingdom, Chapter 3: Ghosts of the Forgotten



Action/Adventure


WINNER:
Dylan Gill, Columbia High School

Natives


FINALISTS:
Jacques Ciambra, Montclair High School

Changing Frames


Jacob Rincon, Cathedral High School

Foolproof

In order to encourage and support young filmmakers, Montclair Film + Education continues to offer filmmaking classes, programs, and workshops throughout the year, including Filmmaking, Screenwriting, Improv, Editing with Adobe Premier Pro, Acting for Film and TV, and more. Registration is open for the 2022 Summer Academy and students can learn more at montclairfilm.org/education

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