Five tapped as Goldwyn writing finalists

Finalists chosen from among 120 submissions

Five UCLA students have been chosen as finalists in the 2008 Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards Competition.

The nominees are Suzie Bohannon for "Spin Cycle"; Austin Formato, "Self Help"; J.J. Nelson, "Out of Road"; Robyn Paris, "Odd Man Out"; and Richard Rapoza, "The Hole in the Brain of Phineas Gage."

The finalists were chosen from among 120 submissions of feature-length screenplays submitted by students from eight University of California campuses.

The awards -- selected by a jury comprised of Sundance Film Festival director Geoff Gilmore, Fox Atomic president Debbie Liebling and actress-producer Marlee Matlin -- will be handed out Nov. 3 at UCLA.