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The first-produced screenwriters shaking up this year’s Miami Film Festival

The Miami Film Festival is in full swing and the popcorn is popped, champagne glasses are clinked, and directors, producers, actors and screenwriters are gathering to honor some of the film industry’s brightest minds.

This year the 10-day fest boasts a record breaking numbers of dramas, documentaries, comedies, and thrillers. And while the festival presents the opportunity to revisit established and storied fan-faves, it’s also a chance to give it up to the newer kids on the block.

That’s why we’re keeping watch on the nominees up for this year’s Jordan Ressler Screenwriting Award – A category exclusively set apart for up-and-coming first-produced screenwriters. The lineup includes a slew of nominees from France, China, Spain, Ireland, and Venezuela – all of who will be vying for a $10,000 grand prize.

In the past, finalists have gone on to earn Oscar noms, so don’t miss out an opportunity to witness their movie magic now before they hit super stardom.