Carnegie Mellon University faculty member Dennis Schebetta's movie script about a wedding planner looking for the perfect date was the big winner at the fourth Steeltown Film Factory competition, held Saturday at the university's Philip Chosky Theater.
Mr. Schebetta was awarded $20,000 to produce his film, "My Date with Adam." It will premiere at the Three Rivers Film Festival in November.
A $10,000 second prize was awarded to Point Park University graduate Glenn Syska for "The Sketch," about a lonely artist who falls in love with the subject of one of his drawings. Heather Gray won $2,500 for her script for "Life after Deaf."
Steeltown president and CEO Carl Kurlander said the competition draws Hollywood's attention to Pittsburgh talent and promotes the development of the film industry in the region.
One of the judges was writer and producer Maxine Lapiduss, a Steeltown co-founder whose credits include "Roseanne" and "Ellen."
"It's going to make [the winners'] careers catapult exponentially and that's what Steeltown is all about," she said. "There is a lot of raw talent in Pittsburgh and there's some very interesting ideas."
First Published May 12, 2013 4:00 AM