2021 Screenplay Competition Readers

Thank you to this year’s Screenplay Competition readers!

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Kristi is an award-winning screenwriter, director, and editor. Her screenplays have won, or placed highly in, many acclaimed screenwriting competitions. She is currently editing the behind-the-scenes featurettes for the upcoming feature film EAST OF THE MOUNTAINS starring Tom Skerritt and Mira Sorvino. Kristi’s multi award-winning short film, SOMETHING SPECIAL, which she wrote and directed, was a finalist in a New Zealand international filmmaking competition in which she had the honor of working with executive producer Barrie Osborne (LORD OF THE RINGS, THE MATRIX). SOMETHING SPECIAL screened at dozens of film festivals all over the world, including the Cannes Film Festival, the Seattle International Film Festival, and the Palm Springs International ShortsFest. The film was also broadcast on television in the PBS series “Official Best Of Fest” and The Pentagon Channel.

Shadrach Michaels graduated from the University of California, Berkeley earning a degree in English with a Creative Writing minor. He taught English as a second language during his college experience and recently finished his second year teaching Middle School English Language Arts and World History. Shadrach placed first, behind the grand champion in the inagural Destiny City Film Festival screenwriting competition, one of several screenplay competition credits he has received over the years. While continuing to write and develop original stories for publication and competitions, he currently works as a writer for his town’s local newspaper, The Ely Times, in Ely, Nevada.

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Jeffrey Field

Jeffrey Field is a six-time Academy Nicholl Fellowship semifinalist, the overall winner of the 2018 Tracking Board Launch Pad Feature Competition, a 2015 Screencraft Fellowship winner, first place winner of the inaugural Screencraft Science Fiction Screenplay competition and the winner of screenwriting competitions at the Omaha, Kansas City, Destiny City and Nashville film festivals. He is also a Silver and Bronze prize winner and 10-time finalist at the PAGE International Screenwriting Awards. He has written or co-written scripts that have also been finalists in screenplay competitions at the Austin, Slamdance, Atlanta, Nantucket and Vancouver International Women in Film festivals. After a long career in television and digital news, he now does communications work at one of the Midwest's top medical schools. He lives in Overland Park, Kansas.

Andrea has been doing theater and/or film for over 50 years now (back when it WAS shot on film!) primarily on the Production Design side including Costumes and Make-up. She was part of the Seattle Film scene in the 1980s through early nineties before becoming a nurse. Several years ago she came back to film. Her years as a charge nurse helped make her a good producer, which is her current focus.

Andrea Hays