Samuel Goldwyn award finalists unveiled

Branden Cahn, Ryan Finnerty, Meg Gifford among named

Branden Cahn, Ryan Finnerty, Meg Gifford, Matt Wheeler and Owen Donovan Yarde have been named the finalists of the 2010 Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards.

Launched by Samuel Goldwyn Sr. in 1955 at UCLA, the awards are designed to encourage young film, stage and television writers. The finalists were chosen from more than 200 feature-length screenplay submissions from eight University of California campuses.

Cahn (UCSB) penned "Burnt Bridges of Cartwright," Finnerty (UCLA) wrote "Short Stories," Meg Gifford (UCLA) penned "Paint it Black," Matt Wheeler (UCLA) wrote "How to Leave Your Lover" and Yarde (UCLA) penned "Hit and Run."

The awards, which are run by the Samuel Goldwyn Foundation, bestow a $15,000 first prize, a $7,500 second prize, a $4,000 third prize, and $2,000 and $1,000 honorable mentions. The prizes will be awarded November 1 at UCLA.

"As entertainment professionals and educators, we know that everything starts with a story," said Teri Schwartz, Dean of UCLA's School of Theater, Film and Television. "We applaud the outstanding support that the Goldwyn Foundation has extended to the entire UC system, and thank them for their vision to help nurture and develop the next generation of writers."

The judges are CAA agent Richard Green, THR editor Elizabeth Guider and Regency Entertainment chairman Hutch Parker.
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