SIP 2021 Winners are announced! AND
SIP 2022 is open for submissions!

Grand Prize, sponsored by Hallee & David Adelman in honor of Producer Mike Jackson: Catherine Shefski for 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.

TV Prime Time Award, sponsored by Comcast NBCUniversal:
Philip Malaczewski for 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. 

Nina Lo Presti Award, sponsored by
Laurie Lo Presti in memory of her mom
Nina Lo Presti:
Sharon Spaeder for 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. 

Oscar Micheaux Award, sponsored by VestedIn, CDC and Progressive Change:
David Chang for 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.

The Student Prize, sponsored by The Derek Freese Film Foundation:
Victoria Moser for All We Got.

Logline: After an injury takes out the Philadelphia Eagles’ star quarterback, the backup quarterback must step in and face his own self-doubt, and the doubt of others, in order to lead his team to their first ever Super Bowl victory.

Congratulations to our SIP 2021 winners!

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
VestedIn, CDC & Progressive Change

2022 application

Submission through  

2022 Rules/Regulations

The Oscar Micheaux Award eligibility form.

The Nina Lo Presti eligiblity form.

Past Winners
SIP Judges