*The talented screenwriters behind four inspiring tales of triumph in the face of overwhelming adversity have been named as finalists in the first ever GMC Faith and Family Screenplay Competition as part of the American Black Film Festival.

The four writers who will compete for the competition’s $5,000 Grand Prize are: David Martyn Conley of St. Louis for Raising Izzie, Melissa A. Young of Atlanta for Good Noble, Siddeeqah Powell of Powder Springs, Georgia for Somebody’s Child and Vera J. Brooks of Chicago for Inspector 19.

The Grand Prize winner will be announced at the ABFF closing night Honors Ceremony on Saturday, July 9, 2011, at The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater.

“These four screenplays represent the absolute cream of an extremely strong crop of 131 entries,” said GMC Vice Chairman Brad Siegel. “In fact, we originally planned on having just three finalists, but we were so impressed by each of these scripts that we felt all four deserved to proceed to the final round of judging.”