Wendy Wilkins is an award-winning screenwriter, filmmaker and comedian who hails from the rural area of upstate New York. At the age of ten, she began writing and recording her own short films and music videos on VHS, eventually creating Laughtears, her college television station’s first (and only) original drama series.
Settling in Los Angeles, Wendy continued creating her own projects while working in the industry. At the age of twenty-three, her first screenplay became a semi-finalist for the Sundance Filmmakers’ Lab. She went on to become a finalist for the 2003 ABC/Disney Writing Fellowship and two years later was asked to join the Warner Brothers Writers’ Workshop. Her next screenplay, Backseat Debutantes, was a top ten pick for Final Draft’s ‘Big Break’ Screenplay Contest while her third screenplay, Where The Men Are, garnered finalist spots in ten contests including the first Women In Film/Meryl Streep Writers Lab.
Her most recent original television pilot, a one-hour drama/sci-fi entitled, HOMETOWN, has heated up the competition circuit with finalist wins in Live Read/LA, Austin Revolution Film Festival, Filmmaker.com, Nashville Film Festival, New York Screenplay Contest. And just yesterday, she was awarded the ISA Fast Track VI Fellowship.
Wendy is also a prolific filmmaker. Before the internet, she directed and produced three nationwide, festival-playing, award-winning short films. In 2015, she became a film finalist for the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship.
Four of Wendy’s television pilots have been produced as live shows at the iO West theatre with her post-apocolyptic tale, One More Day, turned into a radio play.
Never one to waste time, Wendy has also won multiple stand-up competitions, is a regular on LA’s spoken word circuit and contributes comedic short stories to numerous podcasts.
An avid hiker, Wendy picks up trash on every trail she walks because once a Girl Scout, always a Girl Scout.
Hometown Sci-fi ⋄ Drama Dead bodies pile up as a battle is waged over control of their small town by first cousins; the mayor, the sheriff and the local pot farmer all with the same birthday and same secrets to hide.
One More Day War ⋄ Drama When the second American revolution starts in Los Angeles, quick thinking reality show producer Kirby Lewis unites her Hollywood neighbors to protect their complex from the chaos, becoming a reluctant leader of the resistance against a homegrown fringe group fighting to overthrow the U.S. government.
Insignificant Comedy In a desperate move, a middle-aged Filipino-American man kidnaps a rich, middle-aged white lady thinking she’s his only option to thwarting his mother’s deportation but quickly regrets his actions when she proves to be no helpless victim.
Where The Men Are Comedy ⋄ Romance In an homage to the great Spring Break movie ‘Where The Boys Are,’ after discovering her fiancée is gay, Merritt York runs away with her thirty-something girlfriends to Daytona Beach, Florida where they stumble hard in trying to reclaim a missed youthful adventure only to discover that what’s really missing in their lives is really, much closer to home.
Backseat Debutantes Drama ⋄ Independent Three middle-aged, former tenacious colorguard champion best friends are forced to examine the lives they ended up with instead of the lives they wished for.
Ready To Rumble
Film by Warner Brothers Gabby Boggs/actor
Creative World Awards - Winner, 'Where The Men Are'
Austin Comedy Short Film Festival - Winner, 'Insignificant'
Austin Film Festival - Second Rounder, 'Hometown'
HollyShorts - Official Selection, 'Insiginificant'
Austin Micro Short Film Festival - 2nd Place, 'Insignificant'
Portland Comedy Short Film Festival - Finalist, 'Insignificant'
ISA Fast Track Fellowship VI - Grand Prize Winner, 'Hometown'
Live Ready/LA - Finalist, 'Hometown'
Fox Writers' Lab - Semi-Finalist, 'Hometown'
Filmmakers.com/1st TV Pilot Competition - 8th Place, 'Hometown'
Austin Revolution Film Festival - Finalist, 'Hometown'
WIFNY/Meryl Streep Writers Lab - Finalist, 'Where The Men Are'
Screencraft Fellowship - Finalist, 'Where The Men Are'
New York Screenplay Competition - Finalist, 'Hometown'
Marque Lights Script Competition - Finalist, 'Average'
Comedy Screenplay Contest - 3rd Place, 'Where The Men Are'
Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition - Top-10, 'Where The Men Are'
Final Draft's Big Break Contest - Top-10, 'Backseat Debutantes'
Broome Community College
SUNY at New Paltz (New Paltz, NY)