Our Script to Screen Competition

Man with film camera

FiLMLaB started in 2012 during the Willamette Writers Conference. The lab grew out of a desire to expand upon and promote the growing film industry in Portland, Oregon.

The Script to Screen Competition is the main focus of FiLMLaB. Writers submit a script, which is judged by industry professionals in Portland for the first round, then sent to our judges in LA for the final round. The winning script is then produced by Willamette Writers, and is premiered at the Willamette Writers Conference the first week of August.

Our 2018 Competition

Our 2018 Competition brought a new twist -- FiLMLaBtv! Writers submitted their web series scripts to earn a spot in the Writer's Room with Showrunner FJ Pratt (Ellen, Frasier, Sullivan & Son). The winning script launched into production in 2019.

Alexandra Keister, a Portland screenwriter, won with her script "Stripes." Her story was produced by Alyssa Roerhenbeck, and directed by Phil A. Anderson. It premieres at the Willamette Writers Conference in August.

The 2019 FiLMLaBtv Team

FJ Pratt
Executive Producer FJ Pratt
Alexandra Keister photo
Writer Alexandra Keister
Alyssa Roehrenbeck
Producer Alyssa Roerhenbeck
Competition Coordinator Jon Dragt
Contest Coordinator Jon Dragt
Production Coordinator Amy Souza
Production Coordinator Amy Souza
Screenwriter Randall Jahnson
Consultant Randall Jahnson

The 2019 FiLMLaBtv Cast

Glenn McCumber: "Jacques"
Jessi Walters: "Genevieve"
Raquel Mansell: Marcelle

The 2019 FiLMLaBtv Crew


Philip A. Anderson: Director

Alyssa Roehrenbeck: Producer 

Amy Souza: Production Coordinator

Eric Macey: Director of Photography  

Efrem Peter: Camera Operator  

Sean Conley: First Assistant Camera

Jasmine Karcey: First Assistant Camera 

Christopher Alley: Gaffer

Ryan Fitz: Key Grip  

Travis Buffington: Grip and Electric Swing

Rory Leonard: Grip

Heidi DuBose: Sound Mixer

Jade Harris: Production Designer/Costumer Designer

Kameron Gates: Makeup Artist 

Jon Dragt: Script Supervisor  

Ashley Blincow: Production Assistant  

From the FiLMLaB Blog

By Kate Ristau | March 9, 2019

FiLMLaBtv 2019 Writer’s Room The 2019 winning script is “Stripes,” written by Alexandra Keister. Keister, an executive assistant and screenwriter, has written two feature-length screenplays, both romantic comedies, and a handful of short screenplays that range from dark sci-fi to the classically uplifting my-dog-is-dead story. She graduated from Oregon State University in 2012 with a BA…

Member News: Mary Andonian & David Poulshock launch ISA Third Thursdays

By Kate Ristau | October 10, 2018

Mary Andonian & David Poulshock launch ISA Third Thursdays Members Mary and David are launching the local chapter of the International Screenwriters Association(ISA). It’s a monthly mixer for screenwriters on Third Thursdays, where you can mingle with fellow screenwriters, meet film and television industry professionals, and win door prizes — including a free Willamette Writer’s…

Experts Weigh In: 10 Crucial Screenwriting Mistakes

By Willamette Writers | July 11, 2018

Experts Weigh In: 10 Crucial Screenwriting Mistakes Lee Jessup, a member of our screenwriting faculty at the upcoming Willamette Writer’s Conference and the author of Breaking In: Tales from the Screenwriting Trenches and Getting It Write: An Insider’s Guide To A Screenwriting Career shares how to avoid ten screenwriting mistakes. You can find this post and others…

Attend workshops and get all the value without even attending!

By Willamette Writers | July 11, 2018

Attend workshops and get all the value without even attending! Well, not really. Eventually you’ll have to “attend.” But thanks to space-age technology, Willamette Writers is presenting two valuable workshops online that you will be able to access 24/7 AND multiple times right up until the conference. That means that even if you’re not…

Randall Jahnson Screenwriting workshop

Randall Jahnson and FiLMLaB Screenwriting Workshop

By Willamette Writers | February 6, 2018

Screenwriting Workshop Willamette Writers and FiLMLaB invite you to join us for an online screenwriting workshop with Randall Jahnson. Details Date: Saturday, April 21st Time: 12-2PM Cost: Free Open to the public This is an online workshop Click here to register. About Randall Jahnson Randall Jahnson has written more than 20 feature-length screenplays. Not all…

FiLMLaB Adds Showrunner for its Web Series Project:

By Willamette Writers | November 18, 2017

Willamette Writers and FiLMLaB are thrilled to announce that veteran network television writer and producer F.J. Pratt has agreed to helm this year’s program, an Episodic Storytelling LaB:! About Showrunner F.J. Pratt F.J. Pratt has been a television comedy writer for twenty-five years, starting on the writing staff for network shows including “Frasier,”…

FiLMLaB Screening at McMinnville Short Film Festival on Saturday, October 21st

By Willamette Writers | October 15, 2017

The FilmLab staff has had a great summer, planning for our 2017-2018 contest (details to come!) and performing various ritualized rain dances in a battle against the heat. Now that the weather has cooled down (you’re welcome!), prime moving watching season is upon us. We wanted to let you know our latest film, INTERCEPT, written…

Join FiLMLaB At Canby Film Fest!

By Ruth Witteried | October 10, 2016

Do you ever wonder what our FiLMLaB alums have been up to, the writers, directors and actors? Well, one of them, 2014 winning writer Jon Dragt, has been busy in Canby, Oregon, volunteering on the board of directors for the Canby Public Library Foundation. A Willamette Writers member, Jon is helping to organize programs for…

FiLMLaB Heads To The Portland Film Festival

By Ruth Witteried | August 29, 2016

In case you missed it, FiLMLaB debuted its 2016 short film, INTERCEPT, at the Willamette Writers Conference earlier this month. We were pleased to have good turn out and an enthusiastic Q & A with the audience. But if you couldn’t make it to the debut, fear not, because this week FiLMLaB heads to the…

FiLMLaB 2016 At The WWC!

By Ruth Witteried | August 1, 2016

It’s nearly that time of year; half-way through summer when the seeds you sowed last spring are starting to bear fruit. Tomatoes are blushing, cucumbers are ready for pickling and green beans are weighing down the trellis. Or maybe you were sowing a different kind of seed? The kind that needs a fertile mind in…

From the FiLMLaB Blog

Introducing Ruth Witteried

By Jenny Schrader | January 4, 2015

Bonus? This video helps you to learn what an amazing person Ruth Witteried is. She’s incredibly enthusiastic about screenwriting and FiLMLaB. She updates the FiLMLaB website every week with new, valuable information, while still finding top-notch judges, directors, and crew for the project. She’s been involved and active from the beginning in order to make sure that the…

Packing Up The Old Year-Hello New Year

By Ruth Witteried | December 29, 2014

I love this time of year; the week between Christmas and New Years. It’s so perfectly situated for reflection as we take down the tree, stow the candles and box up the ornaments–we are literally packing up the old year to prepare for the new. A fresh new year to receive dreams, ambitions, potential and…

Happy Holidays From WW FiLMLaB

By Ruth Witteried | December 22, 2014

Willamette Writers is a diverse community of writers. Screenwriters, poets, novelists, playwrights, memoirists  . . . all genres, all writers are welcome. We have different levels of accomplishment, expertise and success, but we all share one thing in common: the celebration of the written word. During these final days of Chanukah and Christmas, our hope…

The Ten Days of (FiLMLaB) Christmas

By Ruth Witteried | December 15, 2014

Trying to stay focused and on task during the four weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas (five if you include New Year’s) can be a real challenge. If you established writing goals on January 1, you are rapidly running out of time to complete them and the knowledge that time is slipping away while you are…

FiLMLaB Introduces The Three Amigos!

By Ruth Witteried | December 8, 2014

You have a lot to do this month. December can be hectic, noisy and distracting; not at all conducive  to your writing schedule. You get through the month as best you can, scribble a page or two between shopping and wrapping and swear to do better in the New Year. Maybe you even take a…

Step Into The (FiLM)LaB (and see what’s on the slab…)

By Ruth Witteried | December 1, 2014

As we put the craziness of Thanksgiving/Black Friday and soon, Cyber Monday, behind us, I figure we have a week, ten days at most before a whole new craziness starts up. During those few days of relative calm, may I suggest you take time to consider your writing goals for 2014 and begin planning for 2015?…

Nailing the Turkey Down

By Ruth Witteried | November 24, 2014

You don’t have to observe Thanksgiving, Hanukah or Christmas to feel the press of the holidays already upon us. November has been a busy month for #FiLMLaB contest, between updating the website, planning a workshop, lining up judges and exploring greater partnership with Portland Film Festival, recently named one of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals…

Making a Web Series is Like Being on Survivor

By Alyssa Roehrenbeck | November 17, 2014

Word to All the Content Creators A couple weeks ago, a few of us surrounding the FiLMLaB project this past year at the Willamette Writers Conference got together to talk shop about the ups and downs of FiLMLaB 2014. After a couple beers, we might have summoned up enough group juju to determine what came…

Willamette Writers Script to Scree FilmLab Open for submissions

FiLMLaB 2015: While You’re Waiting

By Ruth Witteried | November 10, 2014

Although the January launch of the 2015 FiLMLaB contest is rapidly approaching; there is still plenty of time to sharpen the tools in your writers toolkit so they are appropriately honed for short scripts. Not only will it improve your odds of winning the contest (and having your script produced and filmed), it will benefit…

2014 FiLMLaB Winner – Unwelcome Guests

By Ruth Witteried | November 1, 2014

2014 Winning Script – “Unwelcome Guests” by Jon Dragt