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Violette Hayes: A True Story

High school buds drive to the prom down a lonely road in the Florida Keys where they encounter a beautiful and mysterious girl who will change their lives forever.

  • Giancarlo Fusi
  • Project Type:
    Short Script
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  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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  • First-time Screenwriter:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Mount Saint Mary's University
  • American Screenwriters Conference
    Sacramento International Film Festival
    May 5, 2019
    Winner of Outstanding Short Screenplay
  • SOMA Film Festival
    Maplewood, NJ
    March 24, 2019
    Winner of Short Script Contest & table reading by TV actors including James McMenamin from Orange is the New Black.
  • Key West Film Festival
    Key West, FL
    November 23, 2019
    Winner of Florida Short Screenplay Award & meeting with Florida Keys Film Commissioner to discuss shooting in Keys.
  • Good Grain Film Festival
    Franklin, TN
    October 18, 2019
    Winner of Best Original Screenplay & 1 year of marketing services from the Good Grain Agency.
  • Creeper Film Fest
    San Antonio, TX
    October 6, 2018
    Winner of Throw Up Thirty Screamplay Competition
  • Love Your Shorts Film Festival
    Sanford, FL
    September 1, 2018
    Winner of Film Production Grant
  • Shallow Sea Stories Screenplay Competition
    Los Angeles, CA
    May 30, 2016
    1st Place Short Screenplay
  • Hollywood Horrorfest
    Los Angeles, CA
    August 10, 2019
    2nd Place Short Script
  • Calcasieu Parish Short Film Festival
    Sulphur, Louisiana
    April 17, 2021
    2nd Place - Best Short Script
  • Ivy Film Festival
    Brown University - Providence, RI
    April 30, 2020
    3rd Place - Grad Short Screenplay Award
  • Glendale International Film Festival
    Glendale, CA
    October 7, 2018
    3rd Place Best Short Screenplay & table reading by professional actors.
  • Florida Short Script Challenge
    Tampa, FL
    May 24, 2020
    Certificate of Excellence in Screenwriting
  • Oaxaca FilmFest
    Oaxaca, Mexico
    October 10, 2018
    Award Nominee - Best Break Out Script & Best Overall Script
  • Central Florida CineFest
    Orlando, FL
    September 15, 2019
    Award Nominee - Best Screenplay
  • Top Indie Film Awards
    Tokyo, Japan
    May 31, 2019
    Award Nominee - Best Short Script
  • Take it Easy Film Festival
    New York, NY
    May 5, 2019
    Award Nominee - Best Screenplay
  • The Southern California Screenplay Competition
    San Diego, CA
    April 7, 2017
  • Filmmatic Short Screenplay Awards
    Los Angeles, CA
    August 9, 2019
  • Mountain Tales Film Festival
    Dothan, AL
    October 6, 2019
    Finalist - one of three scripts performed at a table reading at the Alabama Fanaticon, the state's largest pop culture fan fest.
  • Cordillera International Film Festival
    Reno, NV
    July 28, 2019
    Finalist - one of five short scripts performed at a table reading by professional actors.
  • Rendezvous Film Festival
    Amelia Island, FL
    September 29, 2019
    Finalist - one of five short scripts performed at a table reading by professional actors.
  • Moving Parts Film Festival
    Los Angeles, CA
    September 15, 2018
  • Four Corners FIlm Festival
    Farmington, NM
    September 14, 2019
  • Indie Originals
    Melbourne, FL
    June 15, 2019
  • Art Color Digital Cinema International Film Festival
    Montreal, Quebec
    May 5, 2019
  • Independent Talents International Film Festival
    Bloomington, IN
    October 31, 2018
  • Indie Visions Film Festival
    Charlottesville, VA
    February 27, 2019
  • Miami Screenplay Awards
    Miami, FL
    September 15, 2019
  • Orlando Film Festival
    Orlando, FL
    October 24, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Southeastern International Film Festival
    Nashville, TN
    November 3, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Rock 'n' Roll Film Festival
    Nairobi, Kenya
    December 6, 2017
    Official Selection
  • Underground Indie Film Festival - Horror Cult Sci-Fi Fantasy
    Apopka, FL
    June 8, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Indie Suspense Horror Sci-Fi Film Festival
    Orlando, FL
    October 6, 2018
    Official Selection
  • Guild of Italian-American Actors Film Festival
    New York, NY
    Official Selection
Writer Biography - Giancarlo Fusi

Giancarlo Fusi was born in the Dominican Republic, the country that seems to sprout as many Major League Baseball players as plantains. But he grew up in New Jersey on a steady diet of American sitcoms and horror flicks. A knee injury kept him from his first dream of being first baseman for the New York Yankees so he shifted his focus to the equally impossible dream of becoming a Hollywood film director and moved to Los Angeles after being awarded the UCLA Phyllis Gebauer Scholarship in Writing for diverse writers in 2012. In the fall of 2014, he joined the first cohort of Mount Saint Mary University’s new Master of Fine Arts in Film & Television program on the historic backlot of Sunset Las Palmas Studios. He completed a Certificate in TV Drama Writing from the UCLA Film & Television Summer Institute in 2016 and later graduated with a MFA in Film & TV degree from Mount Saint Mary’s in 2017. He's been a mentor for the Young Storyteller's Script-to-Stage program teaching screenwriting to 5th graders from underprivileged L.A. neighborhoods and worked as a development assistant at a top boutique literary agency in Beverly Hills. He has won 33 awards to date for his screenwriting, most recently the Writers Residency at the Bahamas International Film Festival where he was personally mentored by the legendary Roger Corman. In his spare time, Giancarlo enjoys binge-watching Netflix & purge-writing TV shows.

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"There's nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein."
- Legendary sportswriter Red Smith