Gold at L.A. Neo Noir
“... winning of the Silver Remi is remarkable, as the screenplay juries are so very tough... It is THE ONLY Silver Remi in his Category, and there was just one Gold above it, one Bronze and one Platinum... So he did exceptionally well... Congratulations…”
Chairman & Founding Director
Ozzie Banicki screenwriter of Elisia, grew up on the north end of Flint, Michigan in a second generation Polish/American family and was the first to graduate from college. He went on to obtain a M.A. in Speech Communication.
His college teaching career started at a community college in Florida as a speech professor and Director of Intercollegiate Speech and Debate. He subsequently taught and coached speech and debate at North Florida University, Mississippi Valley State University and Prairie View A&M University, which are historically black universities.
Traveling in the south with a mixed race team was a challenge that sometimes led to dynamic action. His speech teams were inexperienced however very successful on the circuits with competition from major universities including some Ivy League schools.
Ozzie is also a proficient speechwriter (ghostwriter) and a good debater himself -- finishing second in a World International Debate competition, losing in the finals to a gentleman from India on a 4-3 decision. He ghosted speeches for national politicians and has few peers with similar experiences.
Several years ago Ozzie wrote a screenplay that was a finalist in the Houston International Film Festival. His latest screenplay, Elisia, was a finalist at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival..
ELISiA is a screenplay wherein a homicide lieutenant fears his pregnant coed daughter is the next victim of a supernatural murder. It is based on a sparse Philippine folklore designed to scare young girls into being chaste.
The 120 page script has some elements of horror, but is a Suspense/Thriller and this means there are cops involved.
Here are some of the awards that it has won.
Jerry Stahl, who wrote the book Permanent Midnight, scripts for the TV series CSI for the fourth season and Bad Boys II, read the script for Elisia and said, "Beautifully written and Amazing."
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Silver at 2016 Worldfest Houston