SIP 2021 Finalists are announced!

The “Set in Philadelphia” Screenwriting Competition (SIP), which is presented by the Greater Philadelphia Film Office, is open to all screenwriters, world-wide, who submit a feature length screenplay OR an original TV pilot length screenplay that can be shot in the Greater Philadelphia Metropolitan Area. All genres will be accepted. Scripts will be judged on their overall quality, and the extent to which they project “shootability” in the Greater Philadelphia region. SIP Finalist Judges are high profile Producers, Writers and Actors who have a Philadelphia connection.

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The “Set in Philadelphia” Screenwriting Competition (SIP) is proudly presented by the Greater Philadelphia Film Office under its Greater Philadelphia Filmmakers program with 2020 awards sponsored by:

Hallee and David Adelman
Comcast & NBCUniversal
Laurie Lo Presti & Ron Masciantonio
Progressive Change, CDC and West Philadelphia Financial Services Institution
Derek Freese Film Foundation

2021 application

Submission through Coverfly.com  

2021 Rules/Regulations

The Oscar Micheaux Award eligibility form.

The Nina Lo Presti eligiblity form.

  • $10,000 cash prize
  • Notes from Judges
  • National Press
  • Synopsis published on
  • $5,000 cash prize
  • Notes from Judges
  • National Press
  • Synopsis published on

  • $500 cash prize
  • Notes from Judges
  • National Press
  • Synopsis published on
Past Winners
SIP Judges

 

Congratulations to the 2021 “Set in Philadelphia” Screenwriting Competition (SIP) Finalists! And thanks to all who submitted.

Scores were so close, our generous judges agreed to evaluate six (instead of the usual five) feature length screenplays this year. The feature length finalists of the 2021 “Set in Philadelphia” Screenwriting Competition (in alphabetical order):

The Complicated Truth
Logline: A fearless news anchor puts her life in jeopardy to expose dangerous secret societies which have infiltrated the government to rig a presidential election, maintain their power and keep the country racially polarized.

Death by Mickey Larson
Logline: Depending on how you check out, the after life may slip you a Mickey. Based on a true story.

Enter The Kingdom
Logline: A homeless veteran coping with past trauma flees from a ruthless Private Military Company while unraveling the sinister truth about the Christian group that “saved” her.

Philly Boys
Logline: After drawing the ire of a local street gang, two brothers must contend with violence on all sides as they try to make it home on the first day of school.

Serenade
Logline:When an uptight Center City lawyer returns to her family’s South Philly neighborhood to attend her goddaughter’s Wedding Serenade, she learns that secrets must be revealed and walls must come down if she’s ever going to feel fully alive.

Trigger Warning
Logline: When a politician is killed at a conservative political conference by a mysterious liberal assassin, it’s up to a group of far-right influencers to find out who among them is the murderous Democrat. It’s basically Clue set at CPAC.

AND

The Prime Time TV Pilot finalists of the 2021 “Set in Philadelphia” Screenwriting Competition (in alphabetical order):

The Asset
Logline: As life resumes after the pandemic, a harried mom’s attempt to get a night off from her kids lands her in the middle of a CIA operation where she accidentally gets injected with a bio-terrorist’s cure to the next coronavirus.

The Blue Route
Logline: Imagine “Friday Night Lights” meets “Outer Banks” with some “Breaking Bad” set in Delco.

Kenso Girl
Logline: A gifted student from the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia transfers to a prestigious all girls prep school in Center City and uses her easy access to street drugs to gain the respect of her wealthier classmates – but behind her plot to rise the social ranks is a more sinister plot for revenge.

Losing
Logline: After a drastic physical transformation, Aaron struggles to feel like his brand new self as old relationships trigger lasting insecurities.

Sweet Valley Spy
Logline: A hot-mess dreamer, who confides in a bottle of tequila and pretends she has Mesothelioma, must rely on herself for the first time when her successful twin sister disappears. Her love of 80’s spy movies begins to bleed into real life when she finds out the family business is… espionage?

AND

The Nina Lo Presti Award finalists (in alphabetical order):

The Asset
Logline: As life resumes after the pandemic, a harried mom’s attempt to get a night off from her kids lands her in the middle of a CIA operation where she accidentally gets injected with a bio-terrorist’s cure to the next coronavirus.

Calling on Christmas
Logline: A determined gift basket Call Center Agent dreams of opening a franchise location celebrating the Black experience, but a top-notch Mergers & Acquisitions Consultant arrives with other plans. As they are forced to work together, holiday adventures and their undeniable chemistry mix to bring a merging of hearts.

Perfect to a Tee
Logline: When a famous pro golfer returns to his hometown and reconnects with his high school crush, they discover the spark’s still there, but his golf career may prove too big an obstacle to overcome.

STAY TUNED-THE STUDENT PRIZE FINALISTS ARE STILL BEING DETERMINED.