Leila, Age 17 Short Story by Sherry Chow

Watch the July 2016 Winning Short Screenplay Reading. 

Story performed by actor Val Cole

LEILA, AGE 17 by Sherry Chow

Get to know the winning writer:

1. What is your 1pg Short Story about?

The story is about Leila, a teenager who wonders why she is under the shadow of an unknown darkness that has caused suffering to her and her family.

2. What genres would you say this short story is in?

It goes under the fantasy-reality genre.

3. How would you describe this story in two words?

Awakening power

4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Beauty and the Beast (Disney) & The Matrix

5. How long have you been working on this story?

The story is part of a novella that grew into a feature movie trilogy

6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

The Great Gatsby

7. What motivated you to write this story?

A scene from Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle

8. What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Still living: Hayao Miyazaki
Past artist: Leonardo Da Vinci

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Movies, classical and EDM music, exploring new places and cuisines, spiritual journeys

10. What influenced you to enter the 1pg. Short Story contest?

Getting recognition from the logline contest

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

Always write from the heart and write every day! Practice does make perfect!

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