We're two weeks away from the end of 2020. It's been a wild, scary, and strange year for us all. It also happened to be one where I was lucky enough to spend a lot of time writing and creating.

Today, I wanted to look back and celebrate the early success of my feature script THE IMMIGRANTS. While it's been an idea in the back of my mind since I was a teenager, I finally decided to take pen to paper earlier this year to write the script. The script is available, so if you are interested in collaborating please reach out.

I want to thank all the following organizations for their support:

  1. The Black List - I submitted my first draft to the site (yes, this is an absolute no no but sometimes you need to throw the "rules" away and take a chance). The Black List reader who read my script really connected with the material. I felt heard, seen, and understood. This opened so many doors for me and gave me the courage to keep going.

  2. SEEfest - I was lucky enough to be invited to the SEEfest accelerator this year. I found a community that treasures the rich and complex culture and history of South East Europe. New voices are celebrated. Fellow filmmakers, screenwriters, and lovers of art all support each other.

  3. Austin Film Festival - The team at Austin is incredible. Not only do they send your notification via mail, they add a personalized message written in handwriting (mine was "Great characters"). It was so exciting to get mail that wasn't spam or a bill. I may have jumped for joy a little. Their screenwriters conference was also one of the best I've ever been to. Fun fact: attending the conference helped me find the inspiration for a new feature script that I've almost finished.

  4. WE Screenplay - This is another organization that celebrates new diverse voices and made me feel heard and understood.

  5. Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards - Being awarded an honourable mention was truly touching, especially since it was such a small list of finalists.

These are some excerpts from readers: