Derry’s own answer to Quentin Tarantino - screenplay writer Patrick Nash - has scooped yet another screenplay award at the Colorado Film Awards, an international competition run annually in the US by the prestigious Colorado Film Festival.
The award was for a third place win in the Screenplay Category for his script entitled ‘Zack and Elvis’, a black comedy set in Northern Ireland. The same screenplay was a Finalist in the Page Awards in Hollywood last year.
Regarding this latest award, Pat joked it was “another little trinket to stash beside the computer” .
“I’m delighted to add it to all the successes I’ve had over the last year,” he told the ‘Journal’ this week.
This year has seen the local writer win a Lion Award at a gala dinner and red carpet event in London’s Roundhouse in March, winning a Medal of Excellence from the City & Guilds for his filmmaking diploma with the Nerve Centre, launching his first book ‘Short Films’ at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London in January and attending a Film Producer’s Course and a Filmmaking Masterclass in London. He has also completed his first novel this year, an Arts Council-backed adaptation of one of his feature screenplays, ‘Murder in the Lakelands’.
“My ‘Short Films: Writing the Screenplay’ book was also launched in the USA in June and is doing very well across the board and is also available electronically on Kindle. It’s been a busy year!” he says.
Pat believes that winning at film competitions is of great benefit as it helps “boost your credibility as a writer within the film and writing community.”
“It’s such a competitive industry and you’re competing for attention against literally thousands of other writers worldwide so it’s a good feeling when you know you’re repeatedly getting into the finals of such competitions or winning awards against such numbers,” he adds.
“In the last few years I’ve been an award winner, runner up or finalist eleven times in major competitions in Britain, Ireland and America not to mention all the other semi-finalist and quarter finalist results as well in these countries and others such as Canada. I even picked up an ‘Honourable Mention’ for a feature screenplay at the Amsterdam Film Festival!”
Hot on the heels of this latest award, the local man has also just been informed that another screenplay - a short script called ‘Chloe and the Watcher’ - has been announced as a finalist in the Waterford Film Festival’s short screenplay competition.
“It’s a little espionage comedy with a twist set in London about a confrontation between two spies from opposite sides who accidentally bump into each other while independently watching a third party,” he enthuses. It too was previously successful at the London Screenwriters Festival in 2010.
With Pat’s work finding an ever-increasing audience and reaping impressive rewards, watch this space!