Since her first screenplay reached the finals in its first contest, Birgit Syran Myaard (pronounced BEERgit saRAN MYerd) has continued to built on her contest success. Her second script won the family category and placed 8th overall in the Emerging Screenwriters contest. In 2016, Movieguide flew her from Australia to Los Angeles, put her up for four nights at the Universal Hilton, and honored her at the 2016 Movieguide Awards with their signature teddy bear trophy and the $10,000 second runner up Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays for THE HAND OF A WOMAN, her swords and sandals adaptation of Judges 4 and 5. Her adaptation of Ibsen's THE LADY FROM THE SEA (from the original Norwegian text), which skipped the contest circuit, is currently in development with an up-and-coming director from the Tisch School of the Arts.
A finally-grown-up third culture kid, Birgit has spent over half her life overseas, has traveled to or lived in over 55 countries, and speaks Norwegian, German, and French, with a smattering of a couple of other languages. Currently accompanying her diplomat husband in Canberra, Australia, she can be found every summer at their cottage on the stunning shores of Lake Michigan.
Name: Birgit Syran Myaard
Lives in: Canberra, Australia
Company: American Screenwriter Temporarily Living Abroad
Unique traits: I've been all over the world; from Austria to Australia, China to Croatia, Pakistan to Portugal, Thailand to... well, you get the picture. I enjoy solving puzzles and researching things, and I try to learn something new every day.
Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays - $10,000 2nd Runner Up
Emerging Screenwriters Contest Family Category Winner
Emerging Screenwriters Contest 8th place overall finisher
Creative World Awards Finalist
Georgetown University (Washington, DC)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Champaign, IL)