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American Gem Short Screenplay & Literary Festival
2011 Screenplay Contest

Enter your Short Screenplay, Short Story, Treatment in American Gem Short Screenplay Contest / Literary Festival. 

Winning Screenplay in the American Gem Short Screenplay Contest will be Produced.

Grand Prize Winner / Short Screenplay Gets to Pitch Screenplay to Producers, Studio Executives and Agents. Certificate of achievement awards to the Top 25 scripts and top 3 in each of the other categories.

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FilmMakers International Screenwriting Awards
Screenplay Contest Interview

| Winners | Bio | Synopsis | Script Excerpt |




(Formerly, Shawna's Posts)

Andrew Giorgi
of Doylestown, PA


Logline: An ambitious young woman fighting to save her company finds her sense of empowerment derailed when she is forced to rescue her abandoned adolescent niece.



Andrew Giorgi

Drew Giorgi wrote My Father's Sin (top 50 finalist in Filmmaker's International) and has an associate producer credit for Our Father (2014). He writes for Local Living Magazine (Blue Water Media) and teaches English. He is a graduate of LaSalle University and holds master's degrees from The College of New Jersey, and St. Joseph's University in English and Educational Technology. He is a Fellow of the Pennsylvania Writing and Literature Project (a National Writing Project site), a Keystone Technologist, and author of Blues for Beginners (Alfred Publications).


Part 1.


I knew I wanted to be screenwriter when .....

I was a kid. Movies are very important to our culture and individual identity; they are our nation's literature. These stories bring people together and simple, well-timed lines in movies are so important to people that they carry them around like lessons they learned from their parents. Lines like I'm having an old friend for dinner, and Boy, I have vision, and the whole world wears bifocals, have a lasting vitality that is undeniable.

I know I've succeeded when ...... 

I am able to get a strong reaction out of a reader.

My inspiration to write Reinventing Amy.....

came from a combination of reading Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg and a challenge thrown my way.

Part 2.


FilmMakers Magazine: What inspired you to write?

Andrew Giorgi
: In general, I suspect it is evidence of some deficiency, but specifically this script was written as an expression of friendship for some women I have known who have struggled deeply with work and life issues.

FilmMakers Magazine: Is this your first script and how long did it take you to complete?

Andrew Giorgi: This is my fourth script and it took about three months to complete followed by about two years of revisions and rewriting.

FilmMakers Magazine: Do you have a set routine, place and time management for writing?

Andrew Giorgi: Yes. I'm not picky, but a clean, well-lighted place on weekday evenings after work. Weekend mornings are also good. Basically, whatever time I can steal away from everyday life.

FilmMakers Magazine: Do you believe screenplay contests are important for aspiring screenwriters and why?

Andrew Giorgi: Yes. The feedback is extremely helpful, and these days it is inspiring to see some of the contest winners actually being made into successful films. One recent film that comes to mind is The Judge.

FilmMakers Magazine: What influenced you to enter the FilmMakers International Screenwriting Awards / Screenplay Contest?

Andrew Giorgi: The close reading that they do for each work is very helpful. You learn a lot about a script by going through this contest.

FilmMakers Magazine: What script would you urge aspiring writers to read and why?

Andrew Giorgi:
 Silence of the Lambs by Ted Tally for its pacing, characterization and suspense. It's a beautifully crafted script that has something to teach the viewer and the emerging screenwriter on every page.

FilmMakers Magazine: Beside screenwriting what are you passionate about and why?

Andrew Giorgi: Novels, plays, teaching, and music, especially all types of guitar. Imaginative literature is one of the best ways to explore what the world looks like from a host of other perspectives and in getting to know about other people we can learn a lot about ourselves. Music is one of the youngest of the arts and may be the most direct expression of raw emotion we have available to us. The guitar just happens to be the instrument that made the biggest impression on me from when I was very young.

FilmMakers Magazine: Who is your favorite Screenwriter and Why?

Andrew Giorgi: Mark Rosenthal. He is able to write successfully in almost any genre and possesses a deep knowledge of film and literature. He's an enthusiastic, positive and creative artist who recognizes how important the arts are and serves as an inspiration to all of us who are trying to do this type of work.

FilmMakers Magazine: Name the director you would love to work with and why?

Andrew Giorgi:
David Fincher because he seems to keep his own counsel and go with his gut when he knows something is important to the story even if everyone is telling him it is a bad idea. He knows better.

FilmMakers Magazine: Name the actor you would love to work with and why?

Andrew Giorgi: Reese Witherspoon. She has played a great range of characters and has displayed a willingness to take big risks. She would make a great Amy.

FilmMakers Magazine: Any tips and things learned along the way to pass on to others?

Andrew Giorgi: Don't be shy and the work itself is the greatest reward.

FilmMakers Magazine: What's next for you?

Andrew Giorgi: A script about a bounty hunter who leverages social networking to catch the criminal who has seduced his daughter.

FilmMakers Magazine: Where will you be five years from now?

Andrew Giorgi: I will be happy and healthy and writing entertaining stories that will have a positive influence on someone.



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