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Haydenfilms Institute Announces Schedule for Screenwriting Festival

Haydenfilms Institute Announces Schedule for Screenwriting Festival

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Jessica Novak
Haydenfilms Institute Announces Schedule for Screenwriting Festival
Breinigsville, Pennsylvania (January 4, 2022) – Haydenfilms is proud to announce the schedule for the three-day event celebrating winners of their first ever Screenwriting Festival, taking place January 14-16, 2022. 

The competition offers writers of pilots, screenplays and shorts the opportunity to interact with a panel of industry professionals and win up to $10,000, with a grand finale to be shown on Sunday, January 16 at 9 p.m. on Those in attendance will be able to see the show live and celebrate with a post VIP Event at the DoubleTree Hotel, 701 Penn St., Reading, from 6 to 10 p.m.

Throughout the three days, judges will analyze screenplays and writers will have the opportunity to pitch their projects to the panel, much in the style of Shark Tank. 

“It was such an exciting process to receive and read through these screenplays,” Haydenfilms Founder and President, Hayden Craddolph says. “We can’t wait to showcase them throughout this event and hope the public will join in the festival, too.” 
The winner of the screenplay and pilot category will not only win $10,000, but also an industry development meeting with BondIt Media Capital, a company that provides financing options for media projects and producers. BondIt has worked with films featuring Robert De Niro, John Malkovich, Megan Fox, Liam Neeson and Bruce Willis helping to provide loans and financing which made production of the movies possible.

Judges for the final event January 14-16 will include Hayden Craddolph of HFI; James R. (Doc) Ogden, Board of Directors Council for Retail and Sales at DeSales University; Michelle Lehman, Director for Student and Client Services at Alvernia University’s O’Pake Institute; Johnny Ray Gill, former Haydenfilms Online Film Festival winner, actor and producer; Shelley Dennis, writer for “The Conners” on ABC; Reda Mustafa former Haydenfilms Online Film Festival winner, award-winning writer, director and producer; and filmmaker, director Doug Bresler known for founding the animation production studio Doogtoons. 

The event is scheduled to take place at Alvernia University’s CollegeTowne facility at 401 Penn St. in Reading, Pennsylvania and will include a live stream of the event on Sunday, January 16 to allow viewers from all over the world to join in the critiques of these pilots, screenplays and shorts. 

Viewers will be able to tune in on Sunday, January 16 at 9 p.m. on

“We are thrilled to make this festival a reality,” Craddolph says. “Our goal has always been to support independent filmmakers and this is just another way we can help push them further.”  

Since 2001, Haydenfilms has been empowering filmmakers, writers, actors and producers through programs and competitions. In 2004, Haydenfilms hosted the world’s first online film festival and has been known since as a champion of independent filmmakers. Haydenfilms also functions as an institute, bringing educational opportunities to communities near and far. HFI plans to announce a call for entries for the 5.0 Festival in January 2022.