As a novelist, playwright, and screenwriter, I write in multiple genres, primarily young adult, romance, thriller, and horror. I create stories about ordinary people experiencing extraordinary circumstances.
Talent Manager
Hoop Earrings Entertainment
David-Matthew Barnes is an award-winning author, playwright, poet, and screenwriter. He writes in multiple genres, primarily young adult, romance, thriller, and horror. He is the bestelling author of twelve novels, five produced screenplays, three collections of poetry, and more than sixty stage plays.
David-Matthew wrote and directed the coming-of-age indie film Frozen Stars (starring Lana Parrilla), which is available via Netflix DVD. In 2020, David-Matthew's acclaimed screenplay Boxcar (Dutch title: Wagon) was produced by Kupenda Films and Revolver Amsterdam and directed by Dutch filmmaker Coen Haver. For the script, David-Matthew received the award for Best Short Screenplay at the New Renaissance Film Festival in Amsterdam, the award for Best Short Script at the Play Film Festival in Paris, the award for Best Short Screenplay at the Sunday Shorts Film Festival in London, and a Los Angeles Film Award for Best Drama Screenplay. Boxcar is available from Cinetree. For his dramatic screenplay Made From Scratch, David-Matthew was named the Grand Prize Jury Winner at Film Invasion L.A.
David-Matthew's screenplays have been named official selections and have received recognition at film festivals around the world, including: Anaheim International Film Festival, Atlanta Comedy Film Festival, Beverly Hills Film Festival, Big Bear Film Summit, Canadian Diversity Film Festival, Chicago Indie Film Awards, Chicago Screenplay Awards, Hollywood Horror Film Festival, London Cinematic International Film Festival, Mile High Horror Film Festival, New York Movie Awards, Omaha Film Festival, Oregon Scream Week, Oz Indie Film Festival, Plot Point Awards, Prisma Independent Film Awards (Rome), Prix Royal Paris Screenplay Awards, Rome International Cinefest, Shriekfest, and the Tokyo International Short Film Festival.
To date, David-Matthew has written more than sixty stage plays that have been performed in three languages in eleven countries. His scripts and monologues are available from Blue Dasher Press, Brooklyn Publishers, Drama Notebook, Performer Stuff, Playscripts, and Smith and Kraus. His short play Shallow End (which explores the impact sexual assault has on two teenagers) was named a top 15 finalist for the 2020 Billy Roche International Short Play Award. His 80's-themed coming-of-age script The Truants received the award for Best Stage Play at the 2020 Script and Storyboard Showcase in Los Angeles.
His literary work has appeared in over one hundred publications including The Best Stage Scenes, The Best Women's Stage Monologues, The Best Men's Stage Monologues, The Best 10-Minute Plays, The Comstock Review, The Magnolia Review, Memoryhouse, New Plains Review, Review Americana, The Southeast Review, 105 Five-Minute Plays for Study and Performance, and five collections in the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series.
David-Matthew is a recent graduate of the Professional Program in Screenwriting at UCLA. Prior to that, he graduated with honors from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and English. He earned an MFA in Creative Writing at Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina.
David-Matthew divides his time between Denver and Los Angeles.
Best Super Short Script
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Best Script Award
London
2021
Official Selection, Best Unproduced Script
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Chicago Indie Film Awards
Chicago, Illinois
2021
Semi-Finalist, Best Short Script
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Prix Royal Paris Screenplay Awards
Paris, France
2021
Best Short Script
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Oz Indie Film Festival
Melbourne, Australia
2021
Honorable Mention, Best Short Script
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New York Movie Awards
New York City, New York
2021
Finalist, Best Short Script
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Hollywood Gold Awards
Los Angeles, California
2021
Best Horror Screenplay - Short: Creepy Characters & Dialogue
Dummy
Creepy Tree Film Festival
2020
Best Horror Screenplay - Short: Creepy New Series
Dummy
Creepy Tree Film Festival
2020
Screenplay Short - Best Horror
Dummy
LA Under the Stars: Film Festival
Los Angeles, California
2020
Official Selection - Screenplay Competition
Baby in the Basement
MedFF
Siracusa, Italy (Sicily)
2019
Semi Finalist - Best Short Screenplay
Baby in the Basement
Rome Independent Prisma Awards
Rome, Italy
2019
Semi Finalist - Short Length Screenplay Competition
Baby in the Basement
Omaha Film Festival
Omaha, Nebraska
2018
Official Selection - Best Script (Short)
Baby in the Basement
Play Film Festival
Paris, France
2018
Finalist - Short Screenplay
Baby in the Basement
London Cinematic International Film Festival
London, England
2018
Short Screenplay (Finalist)
Number 76
Windy City Film Festival
Chicago, Illinois
2017
Best Screenplay Short
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Changing Faces International Film Festival
Sydney, Australia
2017
Best Screenplay Short
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Los Angeles Film Awards
Los Angeles, California
2017
Best Short Screenplay
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Universe Multicultural Film Festival
Rolling Hills Estates, California
2017
Current Official Selection, Best Short Film Script
Baby in the Basement
The European Independent Film Award
2017
Official Selection, Best Short Film Script
Baby in the Basement
Mindfield Film Festival - Albuquerque
Albuquerque, New Mexico
2017
College
Queens University of Charlotte
Creative Writing
20062008
College
Oglethorpe University
Communications and English
20042006
College
UCLA Professional Program
Screenwriting
20202021
Birth Date
September 3, 1970
Birth City
Torrance, California
Current City
Denver, Colorado
Hometown
Sacramento, California
Height
5'11"
Gender
Male
Ethnicity
Caucasian
Eye Color
Brown
Zodiac Sign
Virgo
Married To
Edward Castillo Ortiz
As a novelist, playwright, and screenwriter, I write in multiple genres, primarily young adult, romance, thriller, and horror. I create stories about ordinary people experiencing extraordinary circumstances.
Talent Manager
Hoop Earrings Entertainment