Written 2.27.2017 on Facebook, posted to JoeActon.com 6.3.2017
As you no doubt do not recall, I was one of three screenplay finalists for the TV competition at the Other Worlds Austin Film Festival, billed as the largest sci-fi film festival. Out of three, I fully expected to take fifth place, since the only sci-fi conceit was that animals talked, to us, in our world and that’s the way it always has been. So, fifth place. At best.
Stupefyingly, I just got word PRETERNATURAL: Flight of the Godwits, won. First place. Not fifth. Holy crap... next thing you're going to tell me is that animals DO talk.
Here’s the short-link to the announcement, plus the opening to the teleplay (which has changed since I submitted): http://bit.ly/2l8F0qp