A current student at Andrew Wood, Tessa Fixter-Coniglio, is in the MFA Screenwriting program at UCLA, and her screenplay Anita was just named a winner of the Screenwriters Showcase contest at the 22nd Annual Film Festival of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.

The contest:

The UCLA Screenwriters Showcase is a feature and teleplay competition for the MFA Screenwriting candidates, celebrating the work of entertainment’s newest crop of screenwriting talent. Student work is read by over 200 top industry judges (including agents, managers, producers and development executives), and the competition culminates in a gala event during the UCLA Film Festival in late spring.

At the event, the work of eight winning students is celebrated with a staged reading, along with presentations from faculty, prominent alumni and an annual honoree, who is presented with the Excellence in Screenwriting Award.

Past showcase winners have gone on to be represented by major agencies, and many have had their work optioned by production companies or studios. The UCLA Screenwriters Showcase is the best way for the industry to be introduced to the brightest new talent in screenwriting.

The winning script, in Tessa’s own words:

It’s called “Anita” and VERY loosely based of the dancer Anita Berber. It takes placed between 1916-1929 Berlin and tracks her life from when she was discovered at Maria Mossi’s acting/dancing school and began touring with Rita Sacchetto to her death from tuberculosis in 1929. She had a serious drug an alcohol problem as well…she was a morphine, cocaine and alcohol addict (happy lady :)). After her death she was sort of forgotten but then some dance historians have tried to bring back awareness to her as she was influential on the expressionist/nude dance movement.

Heartfelt congratulations Tessa! This is wonderful!

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