Alta California Awards

Congratulations, your COVERFLY Score is excellent!  ALTA CALIFORNIA is now on our RED LIST.

"Your project is now in the Top 5% of discoverable projects on Coverfly"

“Exquisite”.  "Overall, the screenplay is a fascinating.  Each character brings something interesting and important to the historical story. In similar vein to works such at ‘The Eagle’ or ‘The Pilgrimmage’, this screenplay could make a dark and gritty but incredibly interesting and valuable historical adventure/drama feature film." Lonely Wolf International Film Festival, London.

With some additional character development on this front, Alta California promises to be the dramatic juggernaut it sets out to be. (Wiki Screenplay). Redrafted to accomodate comment.

One of the script's most attractive qualities is the fact that the writer addresses the displacement and dislocation that many mixed race people have historically felt within the world of the Spanish and their occupation of the "New World". This helps develop thematic threads surrounding identity, home, and family that are still relevant to many people today (NYC Screenwriting Festival, 2021)

This script was a very enjoyable read, dealing with a period in history that is often ignored in favor of Mayflower and Pocahontas mythmaking. Don’t shy away from the history and bigger themes; anyone watching will already be interested.  (Los Angeles International Screenwriting Contest)

The marketability potential of this script is good. It might resonate with a wide target audience out there. Furthermore, this film raises important questions about the causes on the demise of the indigenous people, and their original relationships between these people and the new rulers. All of these aspects are immersed in a dramatic and tense atmosphere in which our protagonist needs to find his home and identity.  (Scriptmatix)



TOP OFFICIAL WINNER NOMINEE, BEST SCREENPLAY, 2022.  Richmond International Film Festival

AWARD WINNER, Partner in Industry Award. Oaxaca Film Fest., 2018
AWARD WINNER, Toronto’s Film Festival of Time, Sci-Fi, Fantasy and History, 2020. BEST SCRIPT.
AWARD WINNER, Tagore International Film Festival, 2020
AWARD WINNER, Calcutta International Film Festival, 2020.
AWARD WINNER, Prix Royal, 2020.
AWARD WINNER, Diversity Feedback Film Festival and Table Read, 2020
AWARD WINNER, Port Blair International Film Festival, 2020. Best screenplay.

AWARD WINNER, Global Film Festival Monthly Competition, 2020
AWARD WINNER, Mont Blanc International Film Festival, 2020
AWARD WINNER, Madras Independent Film Festival, 2020
AWARD WINNER, Wonderland International Film Festival, 2020
AWARD WINNER, Festival du Film Fantastique de France, 2020
AWARD WINNER, Summer Edition of Point of View Indie Film Awards, 2020.
AWARD WINNER, Best Feature Film, PAMA, 2020
AWARD WINNER, Lonely Wolf (London) International Film Festival, 2020
AWARD WINNER, Global Film Festival (LA), 2020. Best feature.
AWARD WINNER, Best Drama Feature Screenplay, Los Angeles Film Awards, 2020
AWARD WINNER, The Film Club/Lot of Australia, 2021.
AWARD WINNER, Andaman and Nocobar International Film Festival, 2020

--BEST FEATURE SCRIPT, Paris Arts and Movie Awards PAMA, 2020
AWARD WINNER, Indo French International Film Festival, 2020
AWARD WINNER, Kateye International Film Festival, 2020
AWARD WINNER, Five Continents International Film Festival, 2021
AWARD WINNER, Best Feature Script, Goldstar Movie Awards, 2021.
AWARD WINNER, Gold Star Movie Awards, 2021.
AWARD WINNER, Crown Wood International Film Festival, 2021.
AWARD WINNER, Mokkho International Film Festival, 2021
AWARD WINNER, WorldFest Houston International Film Festival, 2021
AWARD WINNER, Depth of Film Field International. 20

AWARD WINNER, Vegas Movie Awards, 2021

AWARD WINNER,  Ciudad de Mexico International Film Festival, 2021

--AWARD WINNER.  Royal Society of Television and Motion Picture Awards.   2021.

--AWARD WINNER.  Pinnacle Film Awards, 2021.

--AWARD WINNER and OURSTANDING FEATURE.  Williamsburg Music and Film Festival, 2021.

--AWARD WINNER and OUTSTANDING FEATURE, Multi Dimension Independent Film Festival, 2021.

--DIAMOND AWARD,BEST SCREENPLAY, Mindfield Film Festival. 2020

--AWARD WINNER.  Golden Lemur Film Festival, 2021.

--AWARD WINNER, Medusa Film Festival, USA 12/31/ 2021

--AWARD WINNER, Ediplay International Film Festival, 1/14/22

--AWARD WINNER, World Film Carnival, Singapore, 1/13/22

--AWARD WINNER, Global Film Market, 1/27/22

--AWARD WINNER.  Fiondecoin.  Independent International Short Film Festival.  Venezuela.  2/9/22

--AWARD WINNER, Austin International Art Festival, 2/25/22

--AWARD WINNER, Berlin Indie Film Festival, 3/14/22

--AWARD WINNER. Screenplay Competition, 3/27/22

--AWARD WINNER.  First Time Screenwriter (Feature), International World Film Awards (New Jersey), 4/3/22

--AWARD WINNER.   Hollywood on the Tiber (Rome), 4/9/22

--AWARD OF EXCELLENCE, New York Los Angeles International Film Festival, 4/26/2022

--AWARD WINNER, Crown International FF, 4/29/22.

--AWARD WINNER, Accolade Global Film Competition, 5/27/22

--AWARD WINNER, Accolade Global Film Competition, Native American/Aboriginal Peoples, 5/27/22

--AWARD WINNER, Golden Giraffe International Film Festival (Nice, France), 7/6/22.

--HONORABLE MENTION, FEATURE SCRIPT, Hollywood Gold Awards, 7/8/22

--TOP AWARD WINNER NOMINEE, Richmond International Film Festival, 7/15/22

--AWARD WINNER.   Milan Gold Awards, 8/5/22

--HONORABLE MENTION, FEATURE SCRIPT, Madrid Short Film Festival 10/28/22

--HONORABLE NOMINEE.  Climax Critics Award.  11/10/22

--HONORABLE NOMINEE, LA Independent Film Channel Festival, 11/12/22

--AWARD WINNER.  Los Angeles Film and Script Festival, 11/31/22

--HONORABLE NOMINEE.  Filmhaus, Berlin.  11/24/22 (Best Feature Screenplay, Best Drama, Best Historical Drama, Best Action Drama}

--HONORABLE NOMINEE.  Tokyo International Monthly Film Festival, 11/29/22

--AWARD WINNER/BEST SCREENWRITER.  Into the Wild Festival.  1/21/23

--HONORABLE NOMINEE, Chicago Indie Film Awards, 1/28/23

--AWARD WINNER. Docs Without Borders Film Festival, 2/18/23

--HONORABLE MENTION.  London International Film Festival.  2/20/23

--AWARD WINNER, Europe International Film Festival, 2/27/23

--SECOND ROUND SELECTION, ISA Fast Track Fellowship, 3/17/23

--AWARD WINNER.  Sydney Film & Screenplay Festival, 3/23/23

--HONORABLE NOMINEE, California Indies Festival, 2/29.23



Wiki Screenplay Contest, 2021
The Wiki Screenplay Contest, 2021
Golden Fox Award, 2021
Lonely Seal International Screenplay and Music Festival, 2020. Also CANNES FILM FESTIVAL.
All-Genre Screenplay Contes, 2017
In both the Best Action/Adventure and Global Script Challenge of the 2018 Oaxaca FilmFest.
Filmmatic “Pitch Now” screenplay competition, 2019
Australasia's Film Festival of Time, 2020
Beyond the Curve International Film Festival, 2020
Film Lot, 2020

--FINALIST, 4th Dimension Independent Film Festival, 2021.

--FINALIST, New York Tri-State International Film Festival, 2021.

--FINALIST,  Swedish Internatiional Film Festival, 2021

--FINALIST, New York Tri-State International Film Festival, 2021.

--FINALIST, Beverley Hills Film Festival, 2021

--FINALIST, Toronto Indie Filmakers Festival, 2021

--FINALIST, World Film Carnival, Singapore 12/23/ 2021

--FINALIST, Los Angeles Movie Awards, 1/4/22

-- FINALIST, Delta International Film Festival, 2/7/22

-- FINALIST, Niagara Falls Internationational Short Festival, 2/28/22

--FINALIST, Indiefare International Film Festival, 3/2/22

- FINALIST, Catalina Film Festival, 7/21/22

--FINALIST, Bright International Film Festival, 12/15/22

GRAND FINALIST, Australasian International Film Festival, 1/1/23

-FINALIST. Santa Barbara Screenplay Awards Diverse Writers Outreach. 1/10.23

--FINALIST, Golden State Film Festival, 2/20/23



Page Turner International Festival, 2020
Sirota FinishLine Social Impact, 2020
Tirota_Finish Line Social Impact Script Competition. 2020
Fade In Awards-True Story/Biopic. 2020

Mindfield Film Festival. 2020

Evolution Mallorca International  Film Festival, 2021.

--SEMI-FINALIST, Pitch Now Screenwriting Competition, Filmmatic, 1/14/22

--Dallas Movie Awards Festival, 1/19/22

--SEMI-FINALIST, Austin Arthouse International Festival, 2/13/22

--Currently SEMI-FINALIST, New Short Filmmakers Austin, 3/1/22

--Currently SEMI-FINALIST, Madrid Arthouse Film Festival, 3/1/22

--SEMI-FINALIST, New York International Screenplay Awards, 4/20/22

--SEMI-FINALIST, Seattle Movie Awards, 7/9/22

--SEMI-FINALIST, Vancouver Movie Awards, 9/10/22

--SEMI-FINALIST Calgary independent Film Festival, 11/19/22

---SEMI-FINALIST.  International Cosmopolitan Film Festival of Tokyo, 12/8/22

--SEMI FINALIST in Australasian Screenwriting Competition.  12/15/22



Miami Film Festival, 2021
Your Script Produced, 2021

Reno and Tahoe Film Festival, 2021

-- Rio de Janeiro World Film Festival, 3/20/22

--Inroads Screenwriting Fellowship, 4/15/22

--San Francisco International Screenwriting Competition. 12/8/22





--OFFICIAL SELECTION.  Open Window International  Film Challenge, 2021.

--OFFICIAL SELECTION.  Pinnacle Film Awards, 2021.

--OFFICIAL SELECTION, Austin Revolution Festival, 10/20/21

--OFFICIAL SELECTION.  New Wave Film Festival, 12/2/2021

--OFFICIAL SELECTION, Fox International Film Festival, 12/5/2021.

--OFFICIAL SELECTION  LA Sun Film Fest, 12/15/21.

----OFFICIAL SELECTION.  Festival de Largos y Cortos de Santiago, Chile. 2/19/22

--OFFICIAL SELECTION, Stockholm Gold Awards, 6/6/22

--OFFICIAL SELECTION, Red Movie Award (Reims, France), 5/7/22

--OFFICIAL SELECTION.   Concepcion Independente, 7/26/22

--OFFICIAL SELECTION.   World Cine Fest, 8/2/22

--OFFICIAL SELECTION.  Shockfest Film Festival, 11/7/22.

--OFFICIAL SELECTION, Paris World Cinema Festival, 3/3//23


--OFFICIAL SELECTION, Toronto Film & Script Awards , 3/18/23

--OFFICIAL SELECTION, Sydney Film & Script Festival , 3/18/23



Serra pushes his face into Palido's.

Are you one of God’s ministers on earth?  No!  A man of the cloth ordained by the Pope?  No!  

CRESPI:Padre, please!

SERRA:  You are nothing but an ignorant, common, unbaptized Indian scout whose mother . . .

PALIDO:  Say it!  Whose mother was an unbaptized savage, a whore whose soul burns in the everlasting flames of your Christian Hell.  Eternal damnation!  Say it!   Remind me that no matter how much the neophytes study the scriptures, how many times they fall on their knees and pray, how many ‘Hail Marys,’ they say, how many times they confess and beg forgiveness, for you the heathen is here, inside--always!