Yael Hersonski wins documentary screenplay award at fest

The Writers Guild of America has selected Yael Hersonski’s script for “A Film Unfinished” as winner of its documentary screenplay award at the AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Festival.

Hersonski wrote and directed the documentary, which explores the infamous Nazi-produced film about the Warsaw Ghetto. WGA East president Michael Winship presented the award at the festival’s awards ceremony Saturday in Silver Spring, Md.

In April, Oscilloscope Laboratories picked up North American rights to “A Film Unfinished” for a New York opening in August ahead of a subsequent national release. Pic premiered at Sundance, where it won the World Cinema Documentary Editing Award, and also played at Berlinale 2010.

The WGA documentary screenplay award carries a prize of $1,000 along with a five-year membership in the guild’s nonfiction writers caucus.

Other nominees for the award at Silverdocs were: “Utopia in Four Movements,” written and directed by Sam Green and Dave Cerf; “The Kids Grow Up” written, produced and directed by Doug Block; “Barbershop Punk,” written and produced by Georgia Sugimura Archer and directed by Georgia Sugimura Archer and Kristin Armfield; “The People vs. George Lucas,” written and directed by Alexandre O. Philippe; and “Goobye, How Are You?,” written by Boris Mitic, a portrait of the splintered Serbian society.

To be eligible for the WGA Silverdocs Award, writer must have received an approved onscreen screenwriting credit.

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