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News / Posted on: August 6, 2018

The Greater Columbus Film Commission Announces the Winner of the Teen Script Writing Contest

[Columbus, OH]– The Greater Columbus Film Commission, in partnership with Columbus Metropolitan Library, is proud to announce the winner of the 2018 Screenwriting Competition for teens. This year’s winner is Shyla Losey.

The contest was open to teens ages 12-18 that reside in Franklin County. Teens were invited to write a 3-5 page script which was be judged by industry professionals. Shyla will have her film shot and produced by local production company Vital Companies. After completion of the film, it will be screened in September at a local theater with a red-carpet party and fanfare. The competition held two workshops which were led by Scott Spears, local screenwriter and professor of screenwriting at The Ohio State University. Local talent agency Heyman Talent will be holding auditions for the short film in the coming weeks.

John Daugherty, Executive Director of Film Columbus, and members of the Film Commission Advisory Committee workedwith stafffrom Columbus Metropolitan Library to launch the competition.

“This partnership provides our teen customers with an opportunity to hone their writing and storytelling skills while also learning the basics of filmmaking,” says Columbus Metropolitan Library Public Services Director Kathy Shahbodaghi. “It’s all about finding new ways to spark curiosities and maybe even develop passions among our young minds.”

“We’re excited for Shyla and look forward to including her in the filmmaking process,” said Daugherty. “We’re building the Film Commission on the pillars of production, education, and exhibition. This competition is a great example of that education pillar and introducing kids to filmmaking.”

The Greater Columbus Film Commission aims to grow the film industry in Columbus and central Ohio creating hundreds of jobs and providing significant economic impact for the area.

“We feel film is both art AND business that enriches our communities. We believe Columbus has the potential to be recognized as a top city for film education, exhibition, and production,” said Daugherty.

Columbus Metropolitan Library has served the people of Franklin County, Ohio since 1873. With its Main Library and 22 branches, CML is well known for signature services and programs like Homework Help Centers, Reading Buddies, Summer Reading Club and Ready for Kindergarten. The library’s Strategic Plan supports the vision of “a thriving community where wisdom prevails,” which positions CML to respond to areas of urgent need: kids unprepared for kindergarten, third grade reading proficiency, high school graduation, college and career readiness and employment resources.

CML was named a 2011 National Medal Winner by the Institute for Museum and Library Services for work in community service, the highest honor for libraries and museums. CML was also named 2010 Library of the Year by Library Journal.

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