'Wonder Girls' wins Slamdance script contest


NEW YORK -- Anthony Meindl’s true story about a German women’s Olympic swim team in East Berlin, “The Wonder Girls,” took home the top prize at the 12th annual Slamdance Screenplay Competition.

Meindl, who runs a Los Angeles actor’s workshop, won a $7,000 prize for best feature-length screenplay in the contest sponsored by the WGA West.

Nine runners-up in the competition, from second to 10th place, were named in descending order. They are Tamar Halpern’s “Ezzy Fish,” Bryan Wizemann’s “An Entire Body,” Damian Lahey and Ian Ogden’s “Child in the Dark,” Adam Lowery’s “Mighty Oaks,” Stephen Lancelotti’s “Kidney,” Greg Weed’s “The Falling Sky,” Ryan Landels’ “The Atomic Avenger,” Seth Schader’s “Porkchop & Slim” and Lisa Cole and Mark Monroe’s “My Name is Sue”

Will Hartman’s “Easy Pickins” won the best short screenplay award. Previous winners that went on to be produced and distributed theatrically include Nicole Kassell and Steven Fechter’s “The Woodsman” and Joshua Marston’s “Maria Full of Grace.”