Mike’s Fight or Play Basketball screenplay accepted into Austin Revolution Film Festival & Orlando International Film Festival


A double header of good news as my feature film screenplay Fight or Play Basketball has been accepted into two great festivals; Austin Revolution Film Festival (Texas) and Orlando International Film Festival  (Florida).

This is great news as I have continued to add layers to the story of  teenage sports prodigy Jack, his single mom Janet,  Boxers “Sweet Sugar” Brown and “Punch”  Pangora, and Basketball Coach Steele; the key ensemble characters in Fight or Play Basketball.  Running Avalonia Festival myself, I know this is an unprecedented and vital time for quality film festivals across the world to keep steady and remain as their important part of the filmmaking industry;  therefore, I am extremely impressed how both Austin Revolution Film Festival  and Orlando International  Film Festival, among others, are evolving and adapting their events with public safety in mind while still valuing all those that have entered their contests in good faith! With patience and cooperation, I am confident the film industry will weather this storm of events and perhaps come out the other side of it even stronger than before.

The logline of Fight or Play Basketball reads as “Jack, a phenomenal high-school basketball player, is desperate to get a sports scholarship
to college but an encounter with a nearby boxing legend reveals Jack’s
talent and interest in fighting, and his dilemma about his future.”

For any potential film financiers, investors or production companies interested in Fight or Play Basketball, I can be reached through mikemessiermoviemaker@gmail.com 

The script’s treatment and/or full screenplay may be made available for serious inquires.

fight5Previous Fight or Play Basketball Screenplay Accolades:
Winner: Mediterranean Film Festival Best Social Drama 2017
Winner: Rhode Island International Film Festival Spotlight on New England 2015
Semi-Finalist: Hamilton International Film Fest Best Script 2017
Top 5 Finalist: Sherman Oaks Film Festival Screenplay Comp. 2017
Quarter Finalist (as a TV pilot spec) CineStory Foundation 2016

I also have this short video pitch of the Fight or Play Basketball screenplay.


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