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Nationwide Screenplay Competition Finds its Winner

Updated: Jan 14, 2021

Through three rounds of judging, one script rose above the rest!

Rodney Jackson-Brown, Winner Best Short Screenplay
Rodney Jackson-Brown, Winner Best Short Screenplay

Our winner of the inaugural K.I.T.S. National Short Screenplay Competition is Rodney Jackson-Brown for his short script, Bully, about a father and son who are struggling to maintain their relationship after a tragedy has struck their family. ⠀

For winning 1st place, Rodney will get to see his vision come to life as K.I.T.S. will be producing his film later this year. In addition, Rodney will get a free 1-year membership for Masterclass, a free 6-month subscription to International Screenwriters' Association (ISA), and K.I.T.S. will also cover the cost to register his script with the Writers Guild of America (WGA). ⠀

2nd place winner, Bai-Inga Hudson, and 3rd place winner, Jesus Ledezma, will each have their scripts registered with the WGA as well, and will also receive a free 6-month subscription to ISA. ⠀

"I think all the kids came up with great concepts, ideas, and stories that need to be told. I work with these stories every day, but mostly from the Child Welfare/Mental Health provider side. So it is really fascinating and vital to hear the stories from the kids’ side, in this creative context. This powerful means of storytelling is one of the most valuable gifts that KITS offers, both to the kids in having the opportunity of doing the telling, and to the audience for the opportunity of witnessing, listening, and getting woke." - Harvey Canter, Dept. of Mental Health

We are so proud of our youth and so thankful for all of the judges, actors, volunteers, mentors, community partners, board members, and staff that have made our first competition a success.

If you would like to make a donation to help ensure that Bully gets produced later this year, one of our board members has offered to match all donations that come in to support the film --- up to $1,000 --- so your contribution to KITS will be doubled.

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