Hail Santa

Genre: Comedy
Feature Film (Proof of Concept)
13 Pages

LOGLINE: When a dyslexic Satanic ritual accidentally summons Santa, a Heavy Metal Christmas band must race against time to return him to the North Pole or face a Christmas catastrophe.

An adult Christmas comedy in the vein of Christmas Vacation, and Blues Brothers meets Spinal Tap

  • Joseph Michael Leone
  • Project Type:
    Screenplay, Short Script
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  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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Writer Biography - Joseph Michael Leone

Joe Leone: Award-Winning American Screenwriter and Film Industry Professional

Occupation: President/CEO – Write Now Productions LLC

Biography: Joe Leone is a highly accomplished American screenwriter and esteemed figure in the film industry. He is the President/CEO of Write Now Productions LLC, a successful and growing production company focused on producing compelling cinematic experiences.

Education: Joe Leone is a proud alumnus of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, a prestigious institution recognized as the #4 film school in the United States by The Hollywood Reporter. Notable industry icons such as The Duffer Brothers, Justin Simien, and Ben York Jones, creator of 'Everything Sucks!,' are among the distinguished alumni of this esteemed institution.

Awards and Recognitions: Mr. Leone's exceptional talent and outstanding contributions to the art of screenwriting have garnered him over 60 prestigious awards. His remarkable scripts have been officially selected by more than 300 film festivals and screenplay competitions worldwide, solidifying his reputation as a master storyteller.

Professional Experience: Joe Leone brings a wealth of industry experience to his craft. He spent six years with Paramount Pictures' Motion Picture Marketing Administration, where he honed his skills and gained valuable insights into the marketing and promotion of films. Additionally, he served as a Story Analyst for Prelude Pictures and Kamin & Howell Entertainment, further deepening his understanding of storytelling and the intricacies of the filmmaking process.

Joe Leone's passion for storytelling, combined with his exceptional talent and extensive industry experience, has established him as a leading voice in the world of screenwriting. His dedication to his craft and remarkable achievements continue to inspire and shape the future of the film industry.

Agent Representation:
Lisa Simpson - Elevated Artists Entertainment LLC
Elevated Artists Entertainment LLC
Clearwater, FL 33764
(727) 350-2665

HAIL SANTA - SHORT SCREENPLAY (PROOF OF CONCEPT) - has been selected in (17) Film Festival / Screenplay Competitions. Receiving (3) Award Wins, (1) Finalist, (4) Semi-Finalist, (6) Quarterfinalist, and (3) Official Selections to date.

Notes received from the BLASTOFF Film Festival and Screenplay Competition - "Multiple contemporary Christmas-themed comedies have become classics: Home Alone, Elf, A Christmas Story, to name a few. Hail Santa might join them someday. It has all the elements to accomplish this: a great premise, character-specific dialogue, ethnic diversity, and, most of all, it’s thoroughly entertaining."

*Film fest LA - AWARD WINNER (Nov 2023)
* Depth of Field International Film Festival - AWARD WINNER / BRONZE (Oct 2023)
*Show-Low Film Festival - AWARD WINNER - BEST SCRIPT - COMEDY SHORT (October 2022)
*The Red River Script Competition (FINALIST) -May 2023
*Plot Points Awards International Screenwriting Contest - SEMI-FINALIST (Oct 2023)
*Santa Barbara International Screenplay Awards - SEMI-FINALIST (Oct 2023)
*Sunvale Screenplay Contest - SEMI-FINALIST (July 2022)
*Florida Script Challenge - SEMI-FINALIST (May 2022)
*San Francisco International Screenwriting Competition & Film Awards - QUARTERFINALIST (Nov 2023)
*Atlanta International Screenplay Awards - QUARTERFINALIST (Sep 2023)
*Chicago Screenplay Awards - QUARTERFINALIST (Aug 2022)
*Mad Wife Productions Feature Contest - QUARTERFINALIST (July 2022)
*Reno-Tahoe Screenplay Contest - QUARTERFINALIST (May 2022)
*Big Apple Film Festival and Screenplay Competition - QUARTERFINALIST (April 2022)
*Austin Short Film Festival - OFFICIAL SELECTION (November 2023)
*Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards - OFFICIAL SELECTION (May 2022)
*The Standalone Film Festival & Award - OFFICIAL SELECTION (March 2022)

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