Finalists Announced for GREAT GAY SCREENPLAY Contest!

Five finalists have been named in Pride Films and Plays' Great Gay Screenplay Contest. These five screenplays will be performed as enhanced staged readings (with movement and design elements) by members of the Artistic Ensemble of Pride Films and Plays during Gay Film Weekend, October 18 to 21, at Center on Halsted's Hoover-Leppen Theatre, 3656 N. Halsted, Chicago.

The finalists include Visalia by Dennis Nivens, A Friend of Dorothy's by Jim Piazza, Barrio Boy by Dennis Shinners, Snowmen by Ethan Steers, and Father Frances by Thomas Ziegler. PFP congratulates the finalists and all who entered the contest.

Gay Film Weekend also includes two free panels on LGBT filmmaking and concludes with a Queer Shorts Film Program curated by Chicago's Indie Boots Film Festival. 

Tickets for the screenplay readings and Queer Shorts Film Program are each $10. A Gay Play Weekend Pass allowing admission to all events is $45. Tickets for individual events can be purchased at, or 1 800 838 3006. Weekend passes can be purchased at 773 250 3112 or

The Queer Shorts Film Program features:

- Half (2012 Indie Boots Audience Award Winner), directed and written by Alex Bohs

- Fluid (2012 Indie Boots Honorable Mention), directed and written by Dara Sklar

- Skallamann, directed by Maria Bock, written by Lars Jacobsen and Maria Bock

- Tuesday Night Make-Out, directed and written by Richard Paro, with segment direction and writing by Cyra K. Polizzi and Breahan Eve Pautsch, and additional segment direction by Katie Jones

- Lee, directed and written by Roland Wiryawan

- Reverse Cowgirl, directed and written by April Faith Hirschman

- Marimacho, directed by Elisha Lim, written by Coco Riot

- Bedfellows, directed and written by Pierre Stefanos

- Last Kiss, directed and written by Charles Lum

- Heartland Transport, directed and written by Cody Stokes

- Make A Mate, directed and written by Jennifer JorDan Day

- both/and - Trailer, directed by J. Paul Preseault, written by Jamil Khoury

A complete synopsis of the films can be found at:

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