Han-Yee Ling scooped first prize at a ceremony for the 59th annual Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards in Los Angeles on November 3 for her screenplay for Spaghetti Bridges.

Ling (pictured centre with UCLA TFT Dean Teri Schwartz and The Samuel Goldwyn Foundation vice-president John Goldwyn) was one of five UCLA finallists to follow in the footsteps of previous winners such as Francis Ford Coppola, Pamela Gray, Colin Higgins, Eric Roth and novellist Jonathan Kellerman. 

Kevin Human for Hell Is Other Cowboys and Gaia Violo for Absentia tied for second place, while Teresa Sullivan and AJ Marchisello earned third for Doubleblind and an honourable mention went to The Village Of Sweet Dreams writer Dan Patrick.

First place received a $15,000 prize, second place $7,500, third $4,000 and honourable mention $1,000.

This year’s judges were filmmaker and former winner Allison Anders, producer and former president of worldwide home entertainment, digital distribution and product acquisitions at Sony Pictures, Ben Feingold, and Screen International US editor Jeremy Kay.

“These very talented students now join the ranks of three generations of Goldwyn winners whose talent, craft and education have enriched and advanced the art of filmmaking,” said Samuel Goldwyn. “We are delighted to celebrate their success.”