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AIM is proud to announce our Silver Bullet Screenplay Contest, a unique competition designed to discover and promote the work of writers over 40 and to create a more accurate representation of characters over 40; on the page and the screen. Now, we want to bring YOUR story to the spotlight!

AIM advocates and champions age inclusion across all media and entertainment platforms through a variety of programs and events that support career, craft, and growth. Silver Bullet is positioned to directly embody our mission by requiring one of two criteria for all submissions.

ALL ENTRIES MUST

*** Be written by a writer over the age of 40, OR
*** Revolve around a major character who is over 40 years of age

Besides original screenplays, Silver Bullet also allows entries:

*** Based on previously published material (i.e. adapted), AND
*** Scripts that have been optioned

With our age-empowering criteria as a core focus, Silver Bullet is dedicated to supporting writers over 40

and attract the best stories for a massive, underserved older audience. Readers are recruited on the basis of their experience and to ensure a diverse and inclusive mix of ages, gender, ethnicity etc. All readings before the final are double-blind. This means that both readers and writers are anonymous to each other. No reader can know the age, sex and gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, etc. of any writer.

Judges are approached based on their experience with assessing scripts and working with writers. Potential judges representing a wide range of inclusivity groups are invited to participate. Of the final selection, additional factors that come into play include a judge's schedule and availability, plus the desire of the judge to donate a significant amount of time and effort to a nonprofit that focuses on age inclusivity.

We are so grateful to our readers and judges for sharing their time, and efforts with us.

Winner of 2021's Competition

SLEEPING UPRIGHT

DANA COEN

A failed writer awakens from a six year coma to discover that the novel he had been struggling to finish has been published...and he’s famous.

 

What the judges loved - This is a story of a man’s literal reawakening to who he is and what he wants out of life. Our judges thought the concept was great and that Dana delivered on the premise with writing that caught their attention through its wry sense of humor and with authentic characters who popped off the page. 

SPONSORS

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DOG OF WAR

Katterina Powers

DOUBLE EAGLES

Vince McKewin

 

LUNA

Sandra O'Connell

 

MUSCLE AND BARK

Gina DeAngelis

 

OUR MOMS NEED FRIENDS

Venetia Ginakakis & Katharine Konietzko

 

ROANOKE

Matt Tegtmeier & Robert Warzecha

  

SAVING CHRISTMAS

Bob Shayne

 

SLEEPING UPRIGHT

Dana Coen

 

THE BIG D

Michael Weinreb

 

THE GARDENIA POCKET WATCH

Jan Tilley

THE LAST ONES

C. D. 'Pete' Peterson

 

THE LOST BROTHER

Pablo Fenjves

 

THE PAISLEY WITCH TRIAL 

Julia Campanelli​

A CLOCKWORK TESTAMENT

Bill Walker

BLACK GOOSE OF BALDOON

Janet Hetherington

 

BLOOD MOON

Sara Hallowell

 

CRABS IN A MOTHER F*CKING BUCKET

Kari Mote

 

LADY JUSTICE

Troy Fresch & Aaron Michael Bailey

 

MURDER ME

David Luz

 

REVIEW

Jonathan Zarantonello

 

ROSES IN THE WATER

La'Chris Jordan

  

SNARL

Mark C. Spera

 

STRAYS

Robert Wooldridge

 

THE STRANGE AFFAIR OF THE ELEVATOR

Katy Regnery

 

WHAT IS TRUE

Debra Bruce Nazarian & Laurent Sanz

BETSY AND THE EMPEROR

Staton Rabin

 

BIG SISTER

David Chester & Blake Pinter

 

CHOKEPOINT

Tamra Teig

 

CLOUD 9

Kat Smith

 

DENHAM FOUTS

Michael Johns

 

ENEMY

Clint Williams

 

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Patricia Luke

 

GHOST SPECIES

Justin Hayward

 

I MARRIED ALANIS MORISSETTE

M Adrian Brassington

 

INDEPENDENT LIVING

Lise Pyles

 

INTO THE NUMINOUS MOON

John McCarthy

 

IT COULD BE WORSE

Troy Fresch & Aaron Michael Bailey

 

NEED TO KNOW

Simon Craven

 

NICK'S THERAPIST

Mark Hoover

OLIVER'S ARMY

Michael Preston

 

ON THE END OF SPECIES

Christopher Cayen-Cyr

 

OUR BETTER ANGELS

Steven Michael

 

PARIS, I HATE YOU

Lisa Kohn

 

REVOLUTIONARY SPY

James Foye

 

SALT OF THE EARTH

Leslie Nipkow

 

SIR KEVIN

Randall Greenland

 

THE GENERATION GAP

Marianne R. Klein & Vikki Young

 

THREE GRAVES

Holly Jurbergs

 

TILLIE

David Hal Chester

 

TRUST ME

Susan Crawford

 

WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS

Mary Martinez

(alphabatized by script title)

DOG OF WAR

Katterina Powers

DOUBLE EAGLES

Vince McKewin

 

LUNA

Sandra O'Connell

 

MUSCLE AND BARK

Gina DeAngelis

 

OUR MOMS NEED FRIENDS

Venetia Ginakakis & Katharine Konietzko

 

ROANOKE

Matt Tegtmeier & Robert Warzecha

  

SAVING CHRISTMAS

Bob Shayne

 

SLEEPING UPRIGHT

Dana Coen

 

THE BIG D

Michael Weinreb

 

THE GARDENIA POCKET WATCH

Jan Tilley

THE LAST ONES

C. D. 'Pete' Peterson

 

THE LOST BROTHER

Pablo Fenjves

 

THE PAISLEY WITCH TRIAL 

Julia Campanelli​

RUNNERS UP (alphabatized by script title)

DOG OF WAR - by Katterina Powers

Based on the true story of the only animal in WWII to become an official prisoner of war - After being interned in a Japanese POW camp, a hard-hearted young soldier must join forces with a discarded dog in order to survive the war and learn to trust again.

 

What the judges loved - Engaging with strong dialogue and nice character turns 

DOUBLE EAGLES - by Vince McKewin

DOUBLE EAGLES is about a fortune in gold coins stolen by two young drifters in 1881. The gold is discovered 140 years later by an out of work, sixty year old cynic. This is the story of how the gold drastically changed three lives.

What the judges loved: The judges were greatly impressed with this script's originality. They found the story, the writing, the characters, the dialogue, and the dark humorous moments to keep it fresh and appealing. 

LUNA - by Sandra O'Connell

When she and her partner receive visitors to their home on Oregon's wild coast, a woman in a turbulent relationship wrestles with memories of her role in a fatal love affair. The dramatic mystery examines guilt, belonging, desire, and obligation as the past is unraveled in a series of twists.

What the judges loved - A compelling story with complicated characters. Our judges believe the writer’s got a great storytelling sense and great artistic vision. 

THE BIG D - by Michael Weinreb

An ambitious young football coach in booming 1980s Dallas, Texas, falls under the spell of a charismatic and ruthlessly competitive mentor, who exposes him to the dark underbelly of college sports. Inspired by true events.

What the judges loved - The judges loved the story and the writer’s voice and craft to bring to life the subculture of college football in Texas at the peak of its decadence.

THE PAISLEY WITCH TRIAL - by Julia Campanelli

A 17th century midwife with an illicit past is accused of witchcraft when a child she delivered becomes demonically possessed, in the true, untold story of the last witch hunt in Scotland.

What the judges loved - Our judges thought this was very original and an interesting story.

MUSCLE AND BARK

Gina DeAngelis

OUR MOMS NEED FRIENDS

Venetia Ginakakis & Katharine Konietzko

ROANOKE

Matt Tegtmeier & Robert Warzecha

SAVING CHRISTMAS

Bob Shayne

THE GARDENIA POCKET WATCH

Jan Tilley

THE LAST ONES

C. D. 'Pete' Peterson

THE LOST BROTHER

Pablo Fenjves

FINALISTS 2021

MUSCLE AND BARK

Gina DeAngelis

SAVING CHRISTMAS

Bob Shayne

THE LOST BROTHER

Pablo Fenjves

OUR MOMS NEED FRIENDS

Venetia Ginakakis & Katharine Konietzko

THE GARDENIA POCKET WATCH

Jan Tilley

ROANOKE

Matt Tegtmeier & Robert Warzecha

THE LAST ONES

C. D. 'Pete' Peterson

A CLOCKWORK TESTAMENT

Bill Walker

BLACK GOOSE OF BALDOON

Janet Hetherington

 

BLOOD MOON

Sara Hallowell

 

CRABS IN A MOTHER F*CKING BUCKET

Kari Mote

 

LADY JUSTICE

Troy Fresch & Aaron Michael Bailey

 

MURDER ME

David Luz

 

REVIEW

Jonathan Zarantonello

 

ROSES IN THE WATER

La'Chris Jordan

  

SNARL

Mark C. Spera

 

STRAYS

Robert Wooldridge

 

THE STRANGE AFFAIR OF THE ELEVATOR

Katy Regnery

 

WHAT IS TRUE

Debra Bruce Nazarian & Laurent Sanz

SEMIFINALISTS 2021

A CLOCKWORK TESTAMENT

Bill Walker

CRABS IN A MOTHER F*CKING BUCKET

Kari Mote

REVIEW

Jonathan Zarantonello

STRAYS

Robert Wooldridge

BLACK GOOSE OF BALDOON

Janet Hetherington

LADY JUSTICE

Troy Fresch & Aaron Michael Bailey

ROSES IN THE WATER

La'Chris Jordan

THE STRANGE AFFAIR OF THE ELEVATOR

Katy Regnery

BLOOD MOON

Sara Hallowell

MURDER ME

David Luz

SNARL

Mark C. Spera

WHAT IS TRUE

Debra Bruce Nazarian & Laurent Sanz

BETSY AND THE EMPEROR

Staton Rabin

 

BIG SISTER

David Chester & Blake Pinter

 

CHOKEPOINT

Tamra Teig

 

CLOUD 9

Kat Smith

 

DENHAM FOUTS

Michael Johns

 

ENEMY

Clint Williams

 

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Patricia Luke

 

GHOST SPECIES

Justin Hayward

 

I MARRIED ALANIS MORISSETTE

M Adrian Brassington

 

INDEPENDENT LIVING

Lise Pyles

 

INTO THE NUMINOUS MOON

John McCarthy

 

IT COULD BE WORSE

Troy Fresch & Aaron Michael Bailey

 

NEED TO KNOW

Simon Craven

 

NICK'S THERAPIST

Mark Hoover

OLIVER'S ARMY

Michael Preston

 

ON THE END OF SPECIES

Christopher Cayen-Cyr

 

OUR BETTER ANGELS

Steven Michael

 

PARIS, I HATE YOU

Lisa Kohn

 

REVOLUTIONARY SPY

James Foye

 

SALT OF THE EARTH

Leslie Nipkow

 

SIR KEVIN

Randall Greenland

 

THE GENERATION GAP

Marianne R. Klein & Vikki Young

 

THREE GRAVES

Holly Jurbergs

 

TILLIE

David Hal Chester

 

TRUST ME

Susan Crawford

 

WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS

Mary Martinez

QUARTERFINALISTS 2021

BETSY AND THE EMPEROR

Staton Rabin

CLOUD 9

Kat Smith

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Patricia Luke

INTO THE NUMINOUS MOON

John McCarthy

NEED TO KNOW

Simon Craven

 

ON THE END OF SPECIES

Christopher Cayen-Cyr

REVOLUTIONARY SPY

James Foye

THE GENERATION GAP

Marianne R. Klein & Vikki Young

TRUST ME

Susan Crawford

BIG SISTER

David Chester & Blake Pinter

 

DENHAM FOUTS

Michael Johns

GHOST SPECIES

Justin Hayward

INDEPENDENT LIVING

Lisa Pyles​

NICK'S THERAPIST

Mark Hoover

OUR BETTER ANGELS

Steven Michael

SALT OF THE EARTH

Leslie Nipkow

THREE GRAVES

Holly Jurbergs

WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS

Mary Martinez

CHOKEPOINT

Tamra Teig

ENEMY

Clint Williams

I MARRIED ALANIS MORISSETTE

M Adrian Brassington

IT COULD BE WORSE

Troy Fresch & Aaron Michael Bailey

OLIVER'S ARMY

Michael Preston

PARIS, I HATE YOU

Lisa Kohn

SIR KEVIN

Randall Greenland

TILLIE

David Hal Chester

*Note: Readers are recruited on the basis of their experience and to ensure a diverse and inclusive mix of ages, gender, ethnicity etc.  All readings before the final are double-blind. This means that both readers and writers are anonymous to each other. No reader can know the age, sex and gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, etc. of any writer.

SPONSORS

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