Andrew Cypiot and Brian Larsen have tied for first prize in the Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards for their screenplays “Flying Start” and “Burning Down Phoenix,” respectively.
Both winners are grad students in screenwriting at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. Each will receive $15,000.
The annual kudos for excellence in dramatic writing were announced Monday by Samuel Goldwyn Jr., president of the Samuel Goldwyn Foundation, during a ceremony at UCLA. Contest, now in its 51st year, drew 120 feature-length screenplay submissions from students at eight U. of California campuses.
Other Goldwyn winners: Angela Mrema, a graduate student in directing at UCLA; Don Cabreana, an undergraduate in English, theater and performance at UC Berkeley; and Nick Pasto, an undergrad in biopsychology at UC Santa Barbara.
The judges included screenwriter Eric Roth, producer Lorne Michaels, film critic Leonard Maltin and writer-director-producer Leonard Stern. Besides Roth, previous winners include Allison Anders, Francis Ford Coppola, Pamela Gray, Colin Higgins and novelist Jonathan Kellerman.