Nicholas Horwood, who was shortlisted for the 2013 Nick Darke Award, has been announced as the 2013 Feature Grand Prize winner of the Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest.
Big Break is an annual, global screenwriting contest designed to launch the careers of aspiring writers. The Big Break grand prize winners are announced at the annual awards event, honoured on stage, and introduced to the industry. Past winning screenplays have been sold or optioned and several writers have earned lucrative writing deals.
Nicholas was announced Feature Grand Prize winner at the awards event held in LA this month, and his script Lancelot was recommended after several rounds of judging by professional readers. Nicholas, along with Television Grand Prize winner Kenny Kyle, was selected from a pool of more than 7,000 candidates in the feature and television categories.
At the awards ceremony a committee of working writers, including Ted Griffin (Ocean's Eleven), Stan Chervin (Moneyball), and Kirsten "Kiwi" Smith (Legally Blonde), paid homage to industry professionals at various stages of their careers, recognising winners of the Screenwriter’s Choice Awards and Big Break Contest as well as the latest Hall of Fame recipient, the prolific writer and producer Nancy Meyers.
Nicholas comments: "The event was the second award ceremony I had attended in the space of three months; and although the Final Draft Awards ceremony took place at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, the Nick Darke Award ceremony at Falmouth University in Cornwall compared very favourably! I genuinely felt the same excitement and pride to be shortlisted for both awards. Even the prize money for the Nick Darke Award was not far off that offered by Final Draft."
"Without question, those involved in both contests were equally passionate about championing emerging writers and helping them with the practical challenges of being a working writer."
Since returning to the UK with his award, Nicholas has gained representation from respected US entertainment management company Magnet Management.