Snow The Jones looks at a girl who discovers the dark world of door-to-door sales crews.
Two Gates of Sleep director Alistair Banks Griffin has won the 2013 San Francisco Film Society/Hearst Screenwriting Grant.
The $15,000 prize goes to develop his script Snow The Jones.
The grant, supported by a donation from William R. Hearst III, is awarded each autumn to a writer living in the US who has been working for at least five years.
The panelists who reviewed the finalists’ submissions were Tom Grievson, SFFS director of communications; filmmakers Ian Hendrie and Maryam Keshavarz; and Michele Turnure-Salleo, SFFS director of Filmmaker360.
Snow The Jones is about a teenage vagabond who joins a door-to-door sales crew and discovers. It is described as “an experiential trip into a dark side of the American dream and a lost young girl looking for a place to belong.”
The jury said in a statement: “It was a very competitive round with very strong writer-directors in the mix. The projects tackled a myriad of contemporary issues opening the jury’s eyes to fascinating new worlds. The jury chose Snow the Jones due to its strong script pages and great potential in revealing an unexplored facet of the shadowy side of American commerce.”
“I am thrilled and deeply grateful to have the support and trust of the Film Society’s Filmmaker360 team in helping to bring this story to light,” added Griffin. “The extremely generous SFFS/Hearst Screenwriting Grant is a rare gem for writers and directors trying to operate in less conventional circles, and it could not have come at a better moment.”
UK-born Griffin made his feature debut with Cannes Directors Fortnight selection Two Gates of Sleep.
He is also participating in the 2013 Berlinale Residency with his period screenplay Therese, produced by Treme creator Eric Overmeyer.