Luke Donnelly is an Award-winning Screenwriter who graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an Honours Specialization Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminology as well as a two-year diploma specializing in Theatre Arts. Throughout his studies, he gained knowledge regarding the acting process, learned effective report writing techniques, garnered astute analytical skills, and enrolled on the Criminal Justice debate team. Furthermore, he attended various courses that involved analyzing systemic racism, mental health, drug addictions, deviance, and Administrative Justice.
His first feature screenplay, "The Plantation", has received awards and consideration at Film Festivals and writing competitions across the globe. Some of his awards include: "Top Ten Independent Screenwriters of Canada" and "Top Ten Unproduced Screenplays of Canada" from the Canadian Film Festival, "Official Selection for Best Screenplay of the Year" from the Hollywood Boulevard Film Festival, "Official Finalist for the Hollywood Screenplay Competition, "Official Selection for Best Script Globally", and "Best Emerging Writers Globally" from the Oaxaca Film Festival in Mexico. In addition, he was selected as a nominee for the Harold Greenburg Fund in 2018.
Luke's second feature screenplay, "The Wayward Soldiers", was selected as a finalist for the "Top 10 Best Historical Dramas" at the Cannes Screenplay Contest, as well as a finalist for the "Top Screenplays of 2019" at the Austin Revolution Film Festival.
His third feature screenplay, "Ophelia", has received national and international awards at Film Festivals and competitions such as: "Official Selection from the Rome Independent Prisma Awards (Rome, Italy)", "Official Selection at the Bloodstained Film Festival (Tokyo, Japan)", "Quarter Finalist for the ScreenCraft Sci-Fi & Fantasy Screenplay Competition", and selected for the "Accepted 2021 Screenplays" at the Lake Travis Film Festival (Texas, United States).
His directorial debut Short Film, "Mixed", which he wrote, directed, and produced is currently in Post-production.
The Wayward Soldiers Budget: $100K - $1M | War ⋄ Historical Set during the Civil War, four brothers enlisted in the Union Army abandon their post and journey across a war-torn America to make it back to their family.
Film (short) by Mixed Reel Productions (Drama and Romance) Director/Writer/Producer The journey of young love told out of sequence through a mix-tape. (Currently in Post-production)
Remnants of the Past
Film (short) (Action, Drama, Thriller and Short) Actor Two survivors stuck in a Post-Apocalyptic wasteland are on the hunt for the small band of marauders that stole a key leading to an "unknown treasure". A tale of survival and revenge.
Lake Travis Film Festival- Accepted 2021 Screenplays (Top 35)
ScreenCraft Sci_Fi & Fantasy Screenplay Competition- Quarterfinalist for Best Sci-Fi
Rome Independent Prisma Awards- Official Selection for Best Screenplay
Bloodstained Film Festival- Official Selection for Best Science-Fiction Screenplay
Page Turner Screenplay Competition- Quarter Finalist for Best Science-Fiction Screenplay
Vancouver Badass Film Festival- Quarter Finalist for Best Script Writing
Austin Revolution Film Festival- Finalist for Best Screenplay
Cannes Screenplay Contest- Offical Selection for the Top Historical Drama Scripts Worldwide
Canadian Film Fest Finalist- Best Feature Screenplay
CFF "It" List for Top 10 Independent Writers of Canada
Finish Line Script Competition- Official Selection
Oaxaca Film Fest- Official Finalist for Best Global Script
Oaxaca Film Fest- Best Emerging Writers Globally
Filmmatic Screenplay Awards: Semi-Finalist
Hollywood Boulevard Film Festival- Official Selection for Best Screenplay
California Film Awards Finalist- Best Feature Screenplay
Paul Haggis Scholarship Nominee for Examplary Acting and Creative Writing