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Frank J. Avella is an award-winning screenwriter and playwright and the recipient of a 2019 International Writers Retreat Residency at Arte Studio Ginestrelle (Assisi, Italy), a 2018 Bogliasco Foundation Fellowship, a 2016 Helene Wurlitzer Residency Grant, the 2016 Chesley/Bumbalo Playwright Award and a 2015 NJ State Arts Council Fellowship Award.
Frank’s screenplays have received 21 major awards at Film Festivals throughout the world (16 countries) and have been selected/winners/finalists in over 130 Fests/Comps to date.
He recently wrote and directed his first short film, FIG JAM, which is an Official Selection for the 2021 International Shorts Film Festival in Melbourne, Australia and had its World Premiere at the 2021 Lonely Wolf: London International Film Festival where it was nominated for 7 Awards including Best Picture, Best Film (Medium Length), Outstanding Directorial Debut, Best Original Screenplay, Best Comedy or Musical, Best Pandemic Film and Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design as well as being a finalist for Best Romantic Drama.
VATICAN FALLS, his play about the Catholic sex abuse scandal, is a 2021 semifinalist for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference.
LURED, a play about the Russia persecution of gays, was a 2018 O’Neill semifinalist and had its world premiere at Theater for the New City in 2018. The play was featured in the OnStage! American Theater Festival in Rome, Italy in 2019 and selected for the 2021 Dublin International Gay Theatre Festival. Frank was awarded a 2018 Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation Grant for LURED. Luredtheplay.com.
Frank’s play, CONSENT was a 2019 O’Neill semifinalist.
Produced work includes CATAMITUS (2019 Best Play, Five & Dime Drama Collective) THE DEAD BOY, GREENER, THE BUBBLE, IRIS, LEXY, MICHAEL’S #1 FAN, 3 CAINS, UNHINGING and GODFORSAKEN. Other plays: ORVILLE STATION, FOR MAMMA, NEMESIS, MAD, LESS THAN 2 DEGREES.
The CONSENT screenplay won the Best Screenplay at the 2021 Madrid Arts Film Festival, the Best Feature Screenplay at the 2021 Oz Indie Film Festival (Australia), the Best Screenplay Award at the 2020 Austria International Film Festival, the Best LGBT Screenplay Award at the 2020 New Renaissance Film Festival (Amsterdam) and the Best Drama Screenplay Award at the Los Angeles Motion Picture Festival, the Best Narrative at the 2021 San Francisco Film Festival, the Best Narrative Screenplay at the 2021 ReelHeART Film Festival and has, to date, been a Finalist or Selected for 49 Festivals/Contests, in 13 different countries.
The LURED screen adaptation is a winner, finalist or has been selected for 29 separate Festivals/Awards in nine countries. SCREW THE COW is a winner/finalist in 15 different Festivals/Competitions. The FIG JAM screenplay is a winner/finalist for 27 awards/festivals. MULTITASKING and FIG DUDE are also winners/finalists for Festivals.
Frank is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild.
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Official Selection
Fig Jam (Film)
Peachtree Village International Film Festival
Atlanta, Georgia
2021
Nominated for 7 Awards including Best Picture, Best Film (Medium Length), Outstanding Directorial Debut, Best Original Screenplay, Best Comedy, Best Pandemic Film, Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design
Fig Jam (Film)
Lonely Wolf: London International Film Festival
London
2021
Winner, Best Unproduced Script
Fig Jam (Script)
Marino Short Film Festival, 2020
Italy
2020
Semifinalist
Consent
24th Annual Fade-In Drama Competition 2020
2020
WINNER: Best LGBT Screenplay
Consent
New Renaissance Film Festival 2020
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2020
WINNER Best Screenplay
Consent
Austria International Film Festival, 2020
2020
Nominee, Best Feature Script
Consent
Paris Play Film Festival 2019
Paris, France
2019
Official Selection
Fig Jam (Film)
Portland Comedy Film Festival
Nominee
Fig Dude
International Diversity Film Festival, 2021
Official Selection
Fig Dude
Voices Rising Film Festival, 2021
Official Selection
Fig Dude
Paris International Short Festival, 2021
Official Selection
Fig Dude
Beyond the Curve International Film Festival, 2020
Quarter-finalist
Fig Dude
BLASTOFF Festival
Los Angeles
Finalist
Fig Dude
New Wave International Short Festival (Munich), 2021
Honorable Mention
Lured
Finish Line Script Competition, 2021
Finalist
Lured
London Independent Story Prize, 2021
Finalist
Lured
Peachtree Village International Film Festival, 2021
Official Selection
Lured
New York True Venture Film Festival, 2021
Official Selection
Lured
CORE International Film Festival, 2021
Winner
Lured
Colorado International Activism Film Festival, 2021
Quarter-Finalist
Lured
Page Turner Screenplays Drama Competition, 2021
Official Selection
Lured
British Independent Film Festival, 2021
Official Selection
Lured
Chicago Indie Film Awards, 2021
Official Selection
Lured
White Nights Film Festival (Russia), 2021
Official Selection
Lured
Rome Film Awards, 2021
Official Selection
Lured
Malta Film Festival, 2021
Official Selection
Lured
Golden Jury Film Festival, 2020
Nominee
Lured
kalakari film fest, 2021
Official Selection
Lured
Amsterdam World International Film Festival, 2020
Official Selection
Lured
Hollywood International Golden Age Festival, 2020
Official Selection
Lured
LA LIVE Film Festival, 2020
Semifinalist
Lured
Cyrus International Monthly Festival of Toronto, 2020
Official Selection
Lured
Rome Independent Prisma Awards, 2020
Finalist
Lured
QueerWrites, 2020
Nominee/Finalist, Best Queer Screenplay
Lured
Lonely Wolf: London International Film Festival, 2020
Finalist
Lured
Beyond the Curve Film Festival (Paris, France), 2020
Finalist
Lured
London International Screenwriting Competition, 2020
Semifinalist
Lured
24th Annual Fade-In Awards (Thriller category), 2020
Finalist
Lured
New Renaissance Film Festival, 2021
Amsterdam
WINNER, Best Queer Feature Screenplay
Lured
Bridge Fest, 2020
WINNER: Best LGBTQ Feature
Lured
Silicon Beach Film Festival, 2020
WINNER
Lured
Indo American International Festival of World Cinema (Mumbai), 2020
WINNER, Gold Scriptwriting Award
Lured
Depth of Field International Film Festival, 2020
WINNER, Gold Scriptwriting Award
Lured
LGBTQ Unbordered International Film Festival, 2021
Finalist, Best Screenplay
Fig Jam (Script)
New Renaissance Film Festival, 2021
London, England
Honorable Mention, Script Category
Fig Jam (Script)
90th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition, 2021
Quarter-finalist
Fig Jam (Script)
Creative World Awards, 2021
WINNER, Best Romantic Comedy Screenplay
Fig Jam (Script)
Oregon Short Film Festival, 2021
Finalist
Fig Jam (Script)
Sedona Film Festival Screenplay Competition, 2021
Quarter-Finalist
Fig Jam (Script)
Inroads Screenwriting Fellowship, 2021
Official Selection
Fig Jam (Script)
Phoenix International Genre Film Festival, 2021
Official Selection
Fig Jam (Script)
Sydney Indie Short Festival, 2021
Australia
QuarterFinalist
Fig Jam (Script)
ScriptWrite Short Script Contest, 2021
Semi-Finalist
Fig Jam (Script)
Emerging Screenwriters Shoot Your Short Screenplay Competition, 2021
Official Selection
Fig Jam (Script)
Cyrus Monthly Short Festival of Toronto, 2020
Semi-Finalist
Fig Jam (Script)
Hollywood Just4Shorts Film and Screenplay Competition, 2020
Finalist
Fig Jam (Script)
Rome Independent Prisma Awards, 2020
Finalist
Fig Jam (Script)
New York Movie Awards, 2020
Finalist
Fig Jam (Script)
Hollywood Gold Awards, 2020
Finalist
Fig Jam (Script)
Venice Film Awards, 2020
Semifinalist
Fig Jam (Script)
Phoenix International Short Film Festival, 2020
Semifinalist
Fig Jam (Script)
Red Flight Pictures Screenplay Awards, 2020
Semifinalist
Fig Jam (Script)
Filmmatic Short Screenplay Awards (Los Angeles), 2020
Finalist
Fig Jam (Script)
Madras Independent Film Festival, 2020
Finalist/Nominee, Best Romantic Comedy Short Screenplay
Fig Jam (Script)
Houston Comedy Film Festival, 2021
Finalist/Nominee, Best Romantic Comedy Screenplay
Fig Jam (Script)
Portland Comedy Film Festival, 2021
Quarterfinalist
Fig Jam (Script)
Page Turner Screenplays Genre Competition (Short Comedy), 2020
Finalist
Fig Jam (Script)
Lit Laughs International Comedy Festival (England), 2020
Finalist/Nominee, Best Screenplay
Fig Jam (Script)
Festigious Los Angeles Monthly Competition, 2021
WINNER, Best Short Script
Fig Jam (Script)
Lake Travis Film Festival, 2021
WINNER, Best Romantic Comedy Short Screenplay
Fig Jam (Script)
Austin Comedy Film Festival, 2021
Semi-Finalist
Vatican Falls Stage Play
O'Neill National Playwrights Conference, 2021
Official Selection
Multitasking
Austin After Dark Film Festival, 2021
Quarterfinalist
Multitasking
Outstanding Screenplays Shorts Competition, 2021
Official Selection
Multitasking
Dark Arts Film Festival (Amsterdam), 2021
Official Selection
Multitasking
Santa Monica Shorts, 2021
Semi-Finalist
Multitasking
Nevada City Film Festival, 2020
Finalist/Nominee, Best Dark Drama Screenplay
Multitasking
Oregon Short Film Festival, 2021
Winner, Best Unreleased Script
Multitasking
Festival de Largos y Cortos de Santiago, 2021
FInalist/Nominee, Best Dark Comedy Screenplay
Screw The Cow
Reno Comedy Film Festival, 2021
Official Selection
Screw The Cow
Lit Laughs International Film Festival, 2021
Official Selection
Screw The Cow
Sacramento International Film Festival, 2021
Finalist/Nominee, Best Dark Comedy Screenplay
Screw The Cow
Austin After Dark Film Festival, 2021
Official Selection
Screw The Cow
Hollywood International Golden Age Festival, 2020
Official Selection
Screw The Cow
Atlanta Comedy Film Festival, 2020
Official Selection
Screw The Cow
SoCal Film Awards, 2020
Semifinalist (Top 15)
Screw The Cow
Page Turner Screenplays Genre Competition, 2020
Finalist
Screw The Cow
European Cinematography Awards (ECA), 2020
Finalist/Nominee, Best Comedy Screenplay
Screw The Cow
Georgia Shorts Film Festival, 2020
Finalist
Screw The Cow
Chicago Comedy Film Festivial, 2021
Finalist
Screw The Cow
Plot Point International Screenwriting Awards, 2021
Italy
Finalist
Screw The Cow
Lonely Seal International Film, Screenplay and Music Festival, 2021
Finalist, Best Dark Comedy Screenplay
Screw The Cow
Portland Comedy Film Festival, 2020
Finalist, Best Dark Comedy Screenplay
Screw The Cow
Austin Comedy Film Festival, 2020
Finalist, Best Dark Comedy Screenplay
Screw The Cow
Houston Comedy Film Festival, 2020
WINNER, Best Comedy Screenplay
Screw The Cow
Los Angeles Motion Picture Festival, 2020
Honorable Mention
Consent
Finish Line Script Competition, 2020
Nominee
Consent
International Diversity Film Festival, 2021
Finalist
Consent
Lonely Seal International Film, Screenplay and Music Festival, 2021
Quarter-finalist
Consent
Filmmatic Drama Screenplay Awards, 2021
Semi-finalist
Consent
Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival, 2021
Finalist
Consent
Catalina Film Festival, 2021
Official Selection
Consent
Marina Del Ray Film Festival, 2021
Official Selection
Consent
Macoproject Film Festival, 2021
Brooklyn, NY
Official Selection
Consent
Cannes Film Awards, 2021
Official Selection
Consent
Northeast Mountain Film Festival, 2021
Official Selection
Consent
Orlando International Film Festival, 2021
Quarter-Finalist
Consent
Inroads Screenwriting Fellowship, 2021
Semi-Finalist
Consent
Sedona International Film Festival, 2021
Honorable Mention
Consent
Independent Film Association of Philadelphia Awards, 2021
Official Selection
Consent
Depth of Field International Film Festival, 2021
Quarter-finalist
Consent
Page Turner Screenplay Competition, 2021
Official Selection
Consent
Lonely Wolf: London International Film Festival, 2021
Official Selection
Consent
Golden State Film Festival (Los Angeles), 2021
Official Selection
Consent
North Europe International Film Festival - London Edition, 2021
Official Selection
Consent
Catharsis International Film Festival (Belgium), 2021
Official Selection
Consent
Long Story Shorts International Film Festival, 2020
Official Selection
Consent
Rome Independent Prisma Awards, 2020
Semi-Finalist
Consent
Hollywood International Golden Age Festival, 2020
Finalist
Consent
Flight Deck Film Festival, 2020
Semi-finalist
Consent
Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Competition, 2021
Quarter-Finalist
Consent
London International Screenwriting Competition, 2021
Finalist
Consent
Beyond the Curve Film Festival (Paris, France), 2020
Finalist
Consent
Twister Alley Film Festival, 2021
OK
Quarter-Finalist
Consent
WriteMovies Fall 2020 Screenwriting Contest, 2020
Finalist
Consent
Best Script Award, 2020
Finalist
Consent
Courage Film Festival, 2020
Nominee
Consent
Love Wins Film Festival (NYC), 2020
Finalist
Consent
Peachtree Village International Film Festival, 2020
Semifinaist
Consent
Austin Revolution Film Festival, 2020
Austin, TX
Finalist (Top 3)
Consent
Page Turner Screenplays Genre Competition, 2020
Quarterfinalist
Consent
Creative Screenwriting Screenplay Contest 2019
Honorable Mention
Consent
88th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition 2019
Best Feature Script (Honorable Mention)
Consent
Venice Film Awards, 2020
Venice, Italy
Nominee, Best Screenplay
Consent
Independent Film Awards, London, 2021
London, UK
WINNER
Consent
Indo American International Festival of World Cinema, 2020
WINNER, Best Narrative, 2021
Consent
San Francisco Film Festival, 2021
WINNER, Best Drama Screenplay
Consent
Los Angeles Motion Picture Festival, 2020
Winner, Best Screenplay
Consent
Madrid Art Film Festival, 2021
WINNER: Best Feature Screenplay
Consent
Oz Indie Film Festival, 2021
Melbourne, Australia
WINNER, Best Feature Screenplay
Consent
18th Annual ReelHeART International Film and Screenplay Festival, 2021
Birth Date
April 7
Gender
Male
Ethnicity
Italian-American
Zodiac Sign
Aries
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