SUNDAE JAHANT-OSBORN (Short Bio)
Optioned, Produced and Award-Winning Screenwriter
I’m an optioned, produced, and award-winning screenwriter in both film and television. Based in London till last year, I'm now relocated back permanently in LA.
After studying screenwriting at UCLA - my first gig at just 21 was working w/ Garry Marshall as a punch-up writer, on-set, on feature film Pretty Woman (“976-BABE"...that was me, lol!)
Smashcut to 2016 - I have just been hired by UK Producers to adapt author Darren Shan's second film adaptation starting spring 2016! (his first film was Universal & Relativity Media's "Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant,” 2009). I have been hired by BAFTA-nominated Producer Stephen Evans (Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Madness of King George, etc) and the legendary Literary Agent/Prod Christopher Little, the man behind JK Rowling and Harry Potter fame.
Recently my features, shorts and TV projects have won several FIRST PLACE awards or been shortlisted “Official Selection” finalists in major film festivals and comps including: The London Film Awards (Grand Prize Winner), the Canada International Film Fest (Rising Star Award), LA Film & Script Fest (Best Comedy Feature), the California Independent Film Fest CAIFF (Best Screenplay & Slate Award), Austin Film Fest (Second Rounder), Rhode Island Film Fest RIFF (First Place), the International Horror Hotel Film Fest (Best Feature and Best Short), New York Screenplay (Park Ave Award Best Comedy), Indie Gathering Intl Film Fest (Best Thriller & Best Fam Feature), Roswell Intl Sci-Fi Fest (Grand Prize), Nashville Film Fest (Best Fam Short), Tennessee Screenwriters Assoc/Script.Com (Best Screenplay), Sundance Smashcut (Best Short), Soggy Mops (Best Short), Key West Film Fest (Best Screenplay), the Nashville Film Fest (Best Fam Short), the "Golden Ace Award" at Las Vegas International Film Fest, took two of the nine categories at the Chicago Screenplay Awards… and was finalist for this years Sundance Sloan Award. I was also personally selected winner at the UK Screenplay Fest by acclaimed Producer Robert Jones (Usual Suspects, Constant Gardener, etc), who still remains a great source of industry wisdom!
In the last few weeks I was selected as an Official Finalist at Nashville Film Fest 2016 with 5 script nominations!, I won Best Short at the Albuquerque Film Fest 2016, was Official Finalist (w/ 3 scripts in the top 10) at the Phoenix Film Fest 2016, received Best Short at Back in the Box/Feirnleif Prods, won both Gold & Diamond at the Calif Film Awards, made the finals of the coveted Emerging Screenwriters “Shoot My Short” filmmaking scheme, and made final cut at Circus Road Films and Screenplay Festival. I am also currently an Official Finalist at Manchester Intl Film Fest 2016 UK (Top 5), and at Pasadena Film Fest 2016.
Additional awards include: Richmond Intl, WorldFest Houston (REMI award), British Short (BAFTA), Page Awards, Table Read, Slamdance, Canadian Short, Script Pipeline, Fresh Voices (Best Concept & Pitch) and Beverly Hills Screenplay Awards.
As well as a handful of shorts sold and produced, I currently have a large slate of new feature screenplay projects in development, both original and adapted, as well as novels I've personally optioned ...including an epic new sci-fi about a VERY different new iPod (Script Pipeline 2013 winner for Best New Movie Idea!)
I've been optioned by international Prod Co's (UK, LA, NY) including: Brillstein-Grey, Talking Lens, and Filmmedia, etc. I'm an alumni of Screenwriting and Film Production at SF State Univ Film School (under dean August Coppola, Francis Ford's brother) - and at UCLA (Screenwriting). And both a US/UK/EURO citizen.
STAYCATION Comedy ⋄ Family STAYCATION (family comedy) “Home Alone” meets "National Lampoons Vacation" When a trailer-park family inherits a posh LA home and struggles to fit in with snobby neighbors , a desperate lie about a bogus "luxury vacation" leaves them forced to actually take one...hiding in their basement! (multi-award winner)
JUST KILL ME ALREADY! Comedy ⋄ Crime JUST KILL ME ALREADY (dark comedy) “Get Shorty” meets “Tootsie” When a desperate, down-and-out actor crosses paths with a hitman searching for redemption, he drunkenly devises a plan to win the role of a lifetime, but hiring a hitman to eliminate the competition can have deadly consequences. (multi-award winner)
SEEING RED Horror ⋄ Other ⋄ Thriller SEEING RED (supernatural thriller) "Dexter" meets "Basic Instinct"When a lonely, guilt-ridden werewolf falls hard for one of his beautiful redheaded victims, he must conquer his own murderous instincts to win her love. But a second mysterious killer with his same M.O. may literally kill his only chance at happiness.(multi-award winner)
iGod Sci-fi ⋄ Thriller iGod (epic sci-fi thriller) THE SURROGATES meets INDEPENDENCE DAY A must-have new iPod, the "Igod," takes the world by storm with its supernatural power to solve everyone's personal problems for them. But is it an answer to utopia… or a sinister plot to take over mankind? (multi-award winner)
NO CIGARETTES IN SPACE!! Comedy ⋄ Sci-fi NO CIGARETTES IN SPACE!!! (satirical comedy sci-fi) "Capricorn One" meets "Thank You for Not Smoking" What on "Earth" were the Russians up to when the U.S. were only hours away from being the first to land on the moon?... Faking it there first of course! (multi-award winner)
PIPE DREAM Drama ⋄ Family PIPE DREAM (family drama w/ a twist) After years in the witness protection program, an ex pro skateboarder finally gets his wish to adopt the only son he's ever wanted...his own. With a skateboard just like his... (multi-award winning)
A LYING SHAME Comedy ⋄ Family A LYING SHAME (Half-Hour Comedy Sitcom TV) "Roseanne" meets "Desperate Housewives" meets "Suburgatory" A trailer park family inherit a posh house in LA and are forced to become highly-skilled liars in order to keep up with their snobby new neighbours. (multi-award winner)
UNTITLED SUPERNATURAL LOVE STORY Biography ⋄ Music ⋄ Other ⋄ Romance UNTITLED SUPERNATURAL LOVE STORY (supernatural true story drama) "Sixth Sense" meets "Shine" meets "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir" An aging, lonely woman gets a last chance at love and companionship when she mysteriously inherits an old piano and suddenly finds herself beckoned by the spirit of a famous dead composer to help him finish a final, passionate composition he never completed. (multi-award winner)
Film (short) by Optioned by Year of the Skunk Prod, Canada (in pre-production) Screenwriter (won at Canadian Short Film Festival)
A Difference of 50p
Film (short) by Optioned & Produced by Egoma Films, UK (re-shot by new co) Screenwriter
A Difference of 50¢
Film (short) by Bought & Produced by Paia Pictures for AFI (re-bought rights) Screenwriter
No Cigarettes in Space!!!
Film (short) by Optioned by William Beaton Prods, LA (in pre-production) Screenwriter (Current Sundance Sloan Finalist)
No Cigarettes in Space!!!
Film (short) by Hired by CameraSpeed Prods, UK (retained full rights) Screenwriter (originally a hired assignment)
Film by Optioned to Talking Lens Productions, UK (haven't resigned yet) Screenwriter
Just Kill Me Already (comedy)
Film by Optioned to Brillstein-Grey (haven't resigned yet) Screenwriter (comedy)
Film (short) by Optioned & Produced by RIFF Prods Screenwriter (won 1st Place at Roswell Intl Film Festival)
Film (short) by Optioned by Egoma Films (in pre-production) Screenwriter (British Short Screenplay Comp Finalist)
Acting Raw (www.actingraw.com)
Television by Acting Raw Prods (in pre-production) (also writing for series) Screenwriter (selected one of only two writers for new TV pilot)
Film by Henderson productions (Garry Marshall's Prod Co) Screenwriter (on-set)
see resume or Linked In for full list awards!!!
UCLA - Extension Screenwriting Program
San Francisco State Univ – (August Coppola, Dean) Film Production BA