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Bombay Sapphire Gin Taps New Yorker As 'Wild Card' Winner

December 8, 2013


Bombay Sapphire, a gin brand, in association with Tribeca Film Festival, announced New York's, Allyson Morgan as the fifth and final 'Wild card' winner of The Imagination Series: Film Competition.

According to a release, Allyson, a writer, actress and producer originally from Ohio, beat talented writers from across the globe with her imaginative, comedic script interpretation entitled, 'Need for Speed (Dating)', a tale of two friends that attend a speed dating event and experience the highs and lows of the New York dating scene.

The competition, now in its second year, asks budding filmmakers to use their imagination to interpret a short film script created by Academy Award winning screenwriter, Geoffrey Fletcher, giving them the opportunity to have their film made into a five minute short.

With four talented winning script writers already selected by Academy Award winners, Adrien Brody and Geoffrey Fletcher along with a panel of film industry experts Bombay Sapphire launched the 'Wild card' leg of the competition, giving the public the deciding vote for the fifth and final slot now taken by Allyson.

Allyson joins the four other winners of the competition announced in October 2013:

-Anthony Khaseria, a screenwriter from London and his film 'Reflections'

- Maite Fernandez , a bookseller and comedian from Spain and her film 'Grafitti Area'

- Chris Cornwell , a screenwriter from London, and his film 'Exit Log'

- Kiara Jones , a film student from the U.S. and her film 'The Other Side of the Game'.

Bombay Sapphire Global Marketing Manager, Luca Vescovini added, "We wanted to give the public the chance to get involved in our unique concept and choose a script they were most inspired by. All of our winners show great imagination and versatility in their scripts and we can't wait to see them come to life at Tribeca next April."

Allyson says, "Imagination is vital and necessary for a productive, forward-thinking, empathetic society. It's not just filmmakers who imagine: it's also doctors, scientists, lawyers, and labourers. The only way to innovate in life is to dream big and push boundaries. I'm overwhelmed, touched, and humbled by the outpouring of support for my film. Opportunities like The Imagination Series allow up-and-coming filmmakers' access to incredible mentors and production experience that is invaluable and I am so truly grateful to be included in this group of talented writers and creators. The last couple of months have been an absolute thrill ride and I can't wait to see my script come to life on screen at one of the most prestigious festivals in the world!"

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