FiLMLaB: And the Winner Is……

By Ruth Witteried

It is a beautiful May Monday, following a stunning weekend where many of us salmon bellied Portlanders stepped away from our writing to get outside and soak up some free vitamin D. Whether you found yourself fishing on the Columbia, biking along the Willamette or tending your garden . . . .

Okay, enough of that nonsense.

You’re here to get news, specific news regarding the final outcome of our short screenwriting contest.  Our Celebrity Judges have spoken. Without further ado,  the 2013 FiLMLab Script-to-Screen winning script is:

Barbara Thomas

Barbara Thomas

“INSPIRATION” by Barbara ThomasHer script about a writer resorting to extraordinary measures when his favorite writing spot is threatened, won over our judges with its strong imagery and unique style.  In the coming weeks, Barbara will have the opportunity to work closely with director Christopher Alley to see her vision realized as pre-production and filming begin, and to debut her short film at the Willamette Writers Conference.


On behalf of the Judges, the Conference Committee and Willamette Writers Board,  I congratulate all of our finalists for submitting inventive scripts within the very limiting constraints of the contest, and making our judges job harder for them. Join us in congratulating all of them with special congratulations for our winner, Barbara Thomas,  on a job well done.

Best of luck, Barbara, as FiLMLaB moves forward with your script!


Ruth Witteried, Film Coordinator

Ruth Witteried, Film Coordinator

Ruth Witteried is Film Coordinator for the Willamette Writers Conference and Excecutive Producer of last year’s winning short, “Alis Volat Propriis.” She teaches Introduction to Screenwriting at Clark College in Vancouver, WA. You can follow her on Facebook at SitYourAssDown, or on Twitter @sityourassdown1.


Ruth Witteried

As Visual Media Director, Ruth Witteried works with all programs based in the visual arts, including screenwriting and film production. As Executive Director of the FiLMLaB competition and project, she produced the 2012 FiLMLaB short, Alis Volat Propriis, winner of the 2013 OIFF Best Comedic Short; 2013′s Coffee.Table.Book.; 2014's Unwelcome Guests, and in 2015, The Return of Bug Eyed Bill. She acted as Film Coordinator for the Willamette Writers Conference from 2011-2013 and occasionally teaches screenwriting at Clark College. She currently is Executive Director of Willamette Writers' FiLMLaB. You can follow her on Twitter @sityourassdown1 or Facebook at FiLMLaB. Contact her. ( 


  7 comments for “FiLMLaB: And the Winner Is……

  1. Peter McCormick
    May 6, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Great Job, Barbara!!

  2. May 6, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Woot! Congrats to Barbara. You’re going to have the chance to work with an awesome director & team. Cheers!

  3. susierodrigues
    May 6, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    congratulations, barbara! i haven’t met you, but am honored to have shared in this opportunity with you. i hope you have a blast working with christopher and the others, and i look forward to seeing your story come august~

  4. Barbara Thomas
    May 6, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    Thank you! I’m so excited to have the chance to see this script come to life.

    Congratulations to my fellow finalists; I hope I will meet you at the conference!

  5. susierodrigues
    May 6, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    YAY! enjoy it, barbara~

  6. dorisbay
    May 12, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    WOW I just read the news!! congratulation!! You deserve that! 🙂

  7. maru
    June 7, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    So congrats to you Barbara! And will we be able to read your winning script sometime soon? I hope so!

    As a fellow contestant, I always enjoy reading the winning (and finalists) script. I’ve learned much and can get an idea what the judges are looking for and consider good.

    Looking forward to seeing the finished short film! It’s a talented bunch. 🙂

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