The Samuel Goldwyn Foundation named UCSB alumna Cameron Lund one of five finalists in its 56th annual Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards contest for rising screenplay writers last week.
The Foundation selected Lund’s screenplay “Practice Makes Perfect” from a pool of over 250 entries from eight UC campuses. The SGWA began at UCLA in 1955 to celebrate legendary film producer Samuel Goldwyn Sr.’s 75th birthday to encourage budding stage, film and television writers.
The Foundation awards $15,000 for first place, $7,500 for second and $4,000 for third, with $2,000 and $1,000 for two honorable mentions. Former SGWA recipients include notable film legends like Francis Ford Coppola, Eric Roth, Allison Anders, Colin Higgins and Pamela Gray. Past honorees have written screenplays for more than 300 films, television series and television movies.
This year’s panel of judges consists of industry professionals such as producer and Oscar nominee David Hoberman, Oscar nominee Paul Mazursky and writer/producer and former Goldwyn Award winner Melanie Marnich. The Foundation will announce the results on Nov. 2 at the School of Theater, Film and Television at UCLA.

—Staff Report