We’re thrilled to introduce our second and third place winners in the 2023 Feature Fellowship competition. Gina DeAngelis won second place for her screenplay THE KNOCKING AT THE MARSH, and Liz Fields won third place for her screenplay BELONGING. Congratulations to them both!
(Pictured above from left to right: Gina DeAngelis and Liz Fields)
In Gina DeAngelis’ prizewinning script THE KNOCKING AT THE MARSH, when her widowed mother vanishes during a blizzard in 1850s Virginia, a biracial teenager must defend herself, her vulnerable little sister, and their isolated farm against a predatory uncle and the torments of an angry spirit.
As our second place winner, Gina receives $1,000 and reduced tuition to attend this year’s feature retreat.
Gina DeAngelis is the youngest of 10 kids who all talked at once. She started writing just to get a word in. A professional writer for 20+ years, she won an Emmy Award for historical drama, and holds Master’s degrees in both history and screenwriting. Whether in family-friendly adventures or R-rated thrillers, her unlikely heroes suffer from estrangement and isolation, but build diverse found families. Even her darkest stories are ultimately life-affirming. Recent releases include 13 documentary shorts (STORIES OF WAR), an indie feature premiering in 2023, and the horror/thriller short ASK FOR HELP. Her work has also appeared on PBS and was performed live for Queen Elizabeth II.
In Liz Fields’ prizewinning script BELONGING, a spirited young adoptee, who couldn’t care less about her Chinese roots, hatches a plan to find her birth family for the sake of her college scholarship essay; connecting to her heritage is optional, but NYU is non-negotiable.
As our third place winner, Liz receives $750 and reduced tuition to attend this year’s feature retreat.
Liz Fields is an Asian-Australian-American writer and filmmaker who draws inspiration for screenplays from the stranger-than-fiction situations she’s encountered as an award-winning journalist. Liz previously worked at ABC News and VICE, where she interviewed everyone from drug dealers and priests to spies and insurgent groups; and somehow survived the 2016 elections as a campaign embed. She has since written and produced content for HBO, Netflix, Hulu, PBS, and more. A 2022 graduate of the CAPE New Writer’s Program, Liz signed with Zero Gravity Management after placing as a finalist in AFF’s script competition two years in a row.