The UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television’s Professional Programs has revealed winners of its 2019 Feature Screenplay, Television Pilot and Acting for the Camera Pitch competitions. The
awards were bestowed at the just-ended spring quarter certificate ceremony acknowledging the 236 students who completed the yearlong Screenwriting, Writing for Television Professional and Acting for the Camera programs.
Top writing honors went to Aaron Mobley, a former Nicholl Fellowship semifinalist, for his action-comedy screenplay The Youth Pastor; and Michael Vaingauz for his TV comedy pilot Seriously Embarrassing.
The UCLA Professional Programs, now in their 25th year, boast alums including Pose co-creator Steven Canals and James Ponsoldt. This year’s winners were chosen by industry professionals and UCLA alumni.
Here are this year’s winners:
Winner: Aaron Mobley, The Youth Pastor (action comedy)
Winner: Jessica Rowlands, Wild Hearts (action drama)
Honorable mention: John Biolsi, Evolution Fitness (comedy); Nick Dible, Out of the Hollow (crime drama)
Advanced Writing for Television Pilot
Winner: Michael Vaingauz, Seriously Embarrassing (comedy)
Writing for Television Drama Pilot
Winner: Ellen Shanley, The Longest Day
Writing for Television Comedy Pilot
Winner: Danielle Schwartz, Emergency Break
Honorable mention: Richard Redlo, Goofy Foot (drama comedy); Sara Pearson, Redwood Curtain (drama); Laura Stubbs, My Bully Mia (drama Comedy)
Acting for the Camera Pitch
Winner: Saint Thompson, Two Sides (drama)
Honorable mention: Colleen Slattery, Big Fischer (comedy); Erica Mendel, Search for Serotonin (dark comedy)
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