2018 Year in Review : Much Ado About Everything

2018 Year in Review

by Caitlin McCarthy on 12/15/18

Hi everyone,


This year was a busy one. The biggest news: WONDER DRUG was selected as a “Featured Script” by The Black List website. It was heavily promoted with a special poster on The Black List website, as well as an email blast to the entertainment industry.


Also, on September 15th, I was honored -- for the 2nd time! -- as the Red Sox Most Valuable Educator. I was recognized for my teaching, screenwriting, and DES activism on the field at historic Fenway Park during the pre-game ceremony.


Other special moments include:




  • WONDER DRUG was selected as a finalist in the 2018 George Lindsey UNA Film Festival Screenplay Competition.
  • WONDER DRUG advanced to the semifinal round in the 2018 Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Competition.




  • RESISTANCE reached the Top 3 of The Film Empire’s inaugural “Fempire” Screenwriting Contest.
  • The Black List tweeted support for A NATIVE LAND: https://twitter.com/theblcklst/status/994019317724336128
  • RESISTANCE advanced to the Semifinals in the 5th annual ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship, representing approximately the top 10% of submissions received. 
  • Two of my pilot teleplays – PASS/FAIL and FREE SKATE -- moved on to the second round of deliberation in the 2018 New York Television Festival (NYTVF)’s Scripts Competition. Only the top 15% of scripts submitted made it to this round of the competition. 




  • Out of thousands of entries, A NATIVE LAND advanced to the 2018 Slamdance Screenplay Competition Quarterfinals.


  • A NATIVE LAND advanced to the semifinals in the WeScreenplay Diverse Voices Competition. According to WeScreenplay, “The mission of Diverse Voices is to encourage stories that are told from perspectives that are often underrepresented in Hollywood today. This includes writers of color, women writers, writers with disabilities, writers over 40, writers in the LGBTQ+ community, and any other voices that have historically been ignored by Hollywood.”
  • FREE SKATE advanced to the Quarterfinals in the 2018 ScreenCraft Pilot Launch Competition. This year’s jury is comprised of creative executives, coordinators, and development heads at HBO, AMC and Amazon Studios. FREE SKATE was selected from roughly 2,500 submissions.

Thank you for your support. Wishing everyone a happy holiday season and successful 2019!


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