Six projects have been shortlisted for the Australian Writers’ Guild’s Monte Miller Awards, to be presented later this month in Melbourne.
The six unproduced screenplays were selected from a pool of over 390 entries across two categories, with scripts ranging from dramas and sci-fi thrillers to comedies and an online horror series. All projects are now available via the AWG’s Pathways Showcase. Television and web series project dominate those shortlisted.
Scripted Ink. will invest $35,000 of script development funding across the two successful projects as part of an ongoing commitment to supporting the development of writers and commercially viable scripts.
The final judging panel for the competition praised the quality of entries across both categories, commenting that “with the standard of entries so high, coming up with a shortlist for this year’s Monte Miller Awards was no easy task. The selected writers and their projects demonstrate a level of skill and craft, as well as imagination, that sets them apart as the very best of Australia’s up-and-coming creatives, a sign of exciting times to come for our industry.”
The 2019 Monte Miller Shortlist
Long Form category
Keeping House by Jasper Garner Gore and Rebecca Moret [Television]
Two disaffected millennials house-sitting a mansion discover that the owners have died in a plane crash and steal their identities, and the house.
Dark State by Justin Caruana, Matteo Zingales and Nikki Waterhouse [Television]
In a secret world only the determined will prevail.