2019 Year in Review : Much Ado About Everything

2019 Year in Review

by Caitlin McCarthy on 12/17/19



* Women In Film New England profiled Caitlin McCarthy's screenwriting: https://tinyurl.com/y27tcuho

* A NATIVE LAND was selected as a semifinalist in the 2019 Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Competition. The semifinalist list represents the top 10% of all submissions in their feature film, television pilot, and short film categories.

* Also, the screenplay for A NATIVE LAND was an Official Selection of the 2019 Beverly Hills Film Festival.


* Caitlin McCarthy gave a 1.5 hour presentation and Q&A about screenwriting to a BFA film class in Emerson College's Visual & Media Arts Department.


* FREE SKATE was selected as a finalist for the 2019 Athena Film Festival LA TV Lab, hosted in partnership with the Stephens College Master of Fine Arts in Television and Screenwriting and WIST (Women in the Script Trade, formerly IRIS).


* Caitlin McCarthy's blog post "Say 'Yes' to Screenwriting" was published on the Sisters in Crime New England website: https://tinyurl.com/s8eee9v

* Caitlin McCarthy performed in "IDOL TALK: A Magical Memory Tour of Teen Idols" at the Firehouse Center for the Arts. The event featured readings from IDOL TALK (including Caitlin's essay about Duran Duran), with IDOL-related dance numbers created and performed by the acclaimed Exit Dance Company.

* The IDOL TALK anthology was a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book Award (an international competition that honors independently published books of exceptional merit). Nominees were judged by independent panels covering 18 different categories. IDOL TALK was “Short Story/Anthology.” Finalists represent less than 10 percent of nominees.

* A NATIVE LAND advanced to the Quarterfinals in the 2019 Film Empire’s Diversity Mentorship for Screenwriters.

* A NATIVE LAND also advanced to the Semifinals in the 2019 ScreenCraft Fellowship. Semifinalists were selected from over 2,500 submissions.


* The Worcester, MA Sunday Telegram wrote a big article about WONDER DRUG advancing to the Academy Nicholl quarterfinals: https://tinyurl.com/rwwua6d

* Academy Nicholl reader comments for WONDER DRUG included: “…a stunning and powerful script featuring clear, sharp writing."

* A NATIVE LAND placed among the Top 10% of all 7,302 entries in the Academy Nicholl competition. Reader comments for A NATIVE LAND included: "This was an extremely well-crafted and compelling crime mystery. It had a really nice balance of character development and intricate storytelling."

* Additionally, A NATIVE LAND reached the semifinals of the Women In Film and The Black List Writing Labs 2019 Feature Residency: https://tinyurl.com/vpclasn


* The Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA) published an article about WONDER DRUG advancing to the Academy Nicholl Semifinals, one of only 149 entries to advance from the Quarterfinal Round: https://tinyurl.com/v96jnhd


* WONDER DRUG was listed as a 2019 Academy Nicholl Semifinalist on the Oscars website: https://www.oscars.org/nicholl/ceremonies/2019

* Researchers at Harvard Business School announced that Black List scripts were “twice as likely to be made into films, with 30 percent of them produced, compared to 15 percent of non-listed scripts. What’s more, they also did better at theaters, with movies of the same budget generating 90 percent more revenue at the box office.” WONDER DRUG was a "Featured Script" on The Black List website. View the HBS report here: https://tinyurl.com/t89pqto


* A NATIVE LAND reached the Top 50 in the 2019 Table Read My Screenplay – Austin competition.

* Two original TV pilots -- "Free Skate" and "Virtual Vida" -- reached the Semifinals in the 2019 Film Empire Writing For Television competition.


* The Academy announced that WONDER DRUG was among the Top 50 highest scoring scripts out of 7,302 scripts that were entered in the 2019 Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition. The Academy released the Top 50 list to the entertainment industry, and posted the list to their Nicholl Facebook page: 


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