John Pisano-Thomsen

John Pisano-Thomsen

jpisanothomsen.com
Screenwriter and Playwright

Toronto, Canada

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July 2016
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About John

A theatre nut and creative writing graduate from the University of Utah, John is an award-winning LGBTQ/feminist screenwriter on a successful trajectory after winning the 2016 Atlanta Film Festival Screenwriting Fellowship (helmed by Michael Lucker, screenwriter and former Spielberg assistant). Since then, John has written 3 more successful screenplays and accumulated over 80 awards and accolades from various film festivals and competitions.

He is also a composer and lyricist who recently recorded his first demo for his musical dramedy screenplay, “Last of the Burly Girls” (which is getting large attention from development executives) and is now partnering with two industry Atlantans to get his second script, "Connect" produced.

John is mentored by Michael Lucker, Robin M. Henry, Don Woodard, and UCLA’s Dr. Lew Hunter. He is also an associate member of the Dramatists Guild of America and a member of SOCAN. He his a former Californian and New Yorker now living in Toronto with his husband, Robert.

For more detailed information, please go to jpisanothomsen.com.

Credits

Awards

  • Best Screenplay - Beaufort Film Festival: Last of the Burly Girls
    (2019)

  • Finalist - DaVinci Int'l Film Festival: Last of the Burly Girls
    (2019)

  • Semifinalist - Richmond Int'l Film Festival: Last of the Burly Girls
    (2019)

  • Semifinalist - Omaha Film Festival: Last of the Burly Girls
    (2019)

  • Quarterfinalist - Creative Screenwriting Comp: Last of the Burly Girls
    (2019)

  • Quarterfinalit - Creative Screenwriting Comp: Connect
    (2019)

  • Quarterfinalist - Creative Screenwriting Contest: The Politics of Love & Dance
    (2019)

  • Quarterfinalist - Creative Screenwriting Contest: Pride & President
    (2019)

  • Finalist - Williamsburg Film Festival: Last of the Burly Girls
    (2018)

  • Finalist - Byron Bay Int'l Film Festival: Last of the Burly Girls
    (2018)

  • Finalist - New Renaissance London Film Festival: Last of the Burly Girls
    (2018)

  • Finalist - Inroads Screenwriting Fellowship: Last of the Burly Girls
    (2018)

  • Finalist - Hollywood Int'l Screenwriting Comp (Spring): Last of the Burly Girls
    (2018)

  • Semifinalist - Screencraft Screenwriting Fellowship: Last of the Burly Girls
    (2018)

  • Semifinalist - Roadmap Writers/Route One Comp: Last of the Burly Girls
    (2018)

  • Quarterfinalist - Screencraft Drama Comp: Last of the Burly Girls
    (2018)

  • Quarterfinalist - Storypros Int'l Comp: Last of the Burly Girls
    (2018)

  • Top 20% - Academy Nicholl Fellowship: Last of the Burly Girls
    (2018)

  • Bronze Prize, Best Drama - World Series of Screenwriting: Connect
    (2018)

  • Finalist - Switzerland Int'l Film Festival: Connect
    (2018)

  • Finalist - Barcelona Int'l Film Festival: Connect
    (2018)

  • Finalist - Canadian Diversity Film Festival: Connect
    (2018)

  • Finalist (Drama) - Las Vegas Screenplay Contest: Connect
    (2018)

  • Finalist - River Bend Film Festival: Connect
    (2018)

  • Semifinalist - Ojai Film Festival: Connect
    (2018)

  • Semifinalist - Omaha Film Festival: Connect
    (2018)

  • Platinum Remi Award - Worldfest Houston: Connect
    (2018)

  • Finalist - New Renaissance Film Festival (Amsterdam): The Politics of Love & Dance
    (2018)

  • Hot 100 List - Capital Fund Screenplay Comp: The Politics of Love & Dance
    (2018)

  • Finalist - Cape Cod Int'l Film Festival: Pride & President
    (2018)

  • Finalist - Wexford Film Festival: Pride & President
    (2018)

  • Quarterfinalist - Storypros Int'l Screenplay Comp: Pride & President
    (2018)

  • Finalist (Top 10) - Cinequest: Pride & President
    (2018)

  • Finalist - Richmond Int'l Film Festival: Pride & President
    (2018)

  • Best Feature Screenplay - Omaha Film Festival: The Politics of Love & Dance
    (2017)

  • Best Feature Screenplay - Canada Independent Film Festival: Connect
    (2017)

  • Sierra Nevada Award - Mountain Film Festival: Connect
    (2017)

  • Semifinalist - Screencraft Screenwriting Fellowship: Pride & President
    (2017)

  • Semifinalist - Richmond International Film Festival: Connect
    (2017)

  • Quarterfinalist - Fresh Voices Screenwriting Competition: Connect
    (2017)

  • Quarterfinalist - WeScreenplay Feature Contest: Connect
    (2017)

  • Quarterfinalist - Cinequest Screenwriting Competition: Connect
    (2017)

  • 4th Place Top Ten Winner - 86th Writer's Digest Competition: Pride & President
    (2017)

  • Best Dramatic Screenplay - Reno Tahoe International Film Festival: Connect
    (2017)

  • Quarterfinalist - Blue Cat Screenplay Competition: Connect
    (2017)

  • Best Feature Screenplay - 11th LA Indie FF: The Politics of Love & Dance
    (2017)

  • Semifinalist - Cannes Golden Plume Int'l Screenwriting Competition: Last of the Burly Girls
    (2017)

  • 1st Place - Best Screenplay - Flickers/Rhode Island FF: The Politics of Love & Dance
    (2017)

  • Semifinalist - American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest
    (2017)

  • Semifinalist - Cannes Golden Plume Contest: Last of the Burly Girls
    (2017)

  • Finalist (Drama) - Oaxaca Film Festival: Connect
    (2017)

  • Best Dramatic Screenplay - Reno Tahoe Intl Film Fest: Connect
    (2017)

  • Sierra Nevada Award - Mountain Film Festival: Connect
    (2017)

  • Finalist (Top 10) - National Screenwriters' Day Comp: Pride & Preside
    (2017)

  • Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Winner: The Politics of Love & Dance
    (2016)

  • Tea Dance LGBT Film Festival Best Feature Screenplay Winner: The Politics of Love & Dance
    (2016)

  • Seattle International Film Festival Best Screenplay Finalist: The Politics of Love & Dance
    (2016)

  • Writers Digest Top 10 Screenplay Winner: The Politics of Love & Dance
    (2016)

  • Screenplay Festival - Screenplay Honorable Mention: The Politics of Love & Dance
    (2016)

  • Official Screenplay Finalist - Amsterdam Film Festival: The Politics of Love & Dance
    (2016)

  • Official Screenplay Finalist - We Screenplay Diverse Voices: The Politics of Love & Dance
    (2016)

  • Official Screenplay Finalist - New York Int'l Screenwriting Awards: The Politics of Love & Dance
    (2016)

  • 2nd Rounder (Top 15%) - Austin Film Festival: The Politics of Love & Dance
    (2016)

  • 2nd Rounder (Top 15%) - Austin Film Festival: Connect
    (2016)

  • Honorable Mention - Williamsburg Film Festival: Connect
    (2016)

  • Semifinalist - Orlando Film Festival: Connect
    (2016)

  • Finalist - We Screenplay Diverse Voices (Spring): The Politics of Love & Dance
    (2016)

  • Finalist - Wexford Film Festival: Connect
    (2016)

  • Finalist - Wexford Film Festival: Connect
    (2016)

  • Semifinalist - Orlando Film Festival: Connect
    (2016)

  • 2nd Rounder (Top 15%) - Austin Film Festival: Connect
    (2016)

  • Honorable Mention - Williamsburg Film Festival: Connect
    (2016)

  • Houston Worldfest Bronze Remi Award for Best Original Drama: The Politics of Love & Dance
    (2015)

  • Official Screenplay Finalist - 38th WriteMovies.com Competition: The Politics of Love & Dance
    (2015)

  • 2nd Rounder (Top 15%) Austin Film Festival: The Politics of Love & Dance
    (2015)

Education

  • University of Utah
    (2016-2017)

  • Fellowship - ATLFF
    (2016-2017)

  • Mentorship - Lew Hunter
    (2016-2017)

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