NEW YORK — The Independent Feature Project has awarded its second annual Pipedream screenwriting prize to Yaphet L. Smith, for his script “The Supermarvelous.” Announcement was made Thursday in a ceremony at Cafe Fez in New York. The award includes $10,000 cash and a copy of Final Draft screenwriting software.
Jury was comprised of scribe John August and producers Barbara De Fina, Susan Stover and Annie Schulhof. Pipedream Prods., Schulhof’s Gotham-based production outfit, sponsors the prize, which is given out during the annual IFP Feature Film Market.
“This award was created to help encourage writers to take risks in their storytelling,” Schulhof said. “Yaphet demonstrates the ability to do just that with his refreshing, authentic depiction of adolescence.”
Smith’s story of first love between two young adults also was a finalist for the IFP’s Gordon Parks Prize for emerging African-American screenwriters, which was awarded Wednesday to Jono Oliver for “The Other Ones.”