Winning Short Screenplay – COMMENCEMENT by Dan Borengasser

Written by Dan Borengasser

DYLAN – Peter-Mark Raphael
NARRATOR – Cassandra Guthrie


Genre: Drama, Comedy

A man struggling with his wife who’s gone gets compassion from a beautiful woman in the elevator.

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

The inherent irony of commencement speeches.

What genres does your screenplay under?


Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Because it would strike a real chord with past graduates, and could even serve as a video greeting card for new graduates. It would also be inexpensive to produce.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Delightfully cynical.

What movie have you seen the most times in your life?

It’s a Wonderful Life (an annual family tradition).
Other than that – a tie between The Stunt Man and Galaxy Quest.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

A day.

How many stories have you written?

Dozens and dozens.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I think I attended one too many commencements.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Keeping it short enough for the competition.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Movies, books, racquetball, double-crostics, macadamia nuts.

Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

It’s better to write something godawful each day than to write nothing at all.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

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