Alumnus Patrick Clement Wins Top Official Selection at Richmond International Film Festival's 2021 Screenplay Contest

BY Felix van Kann, June 10, 2021

Study in Blue, a feature screenplay written by alumnus Patrick Clement '20, was among the Top Official Selection at the 2021 Richmond International Film Festival's screenplay competition. It’s one of only twenty feature projects to receive this honor. Canusa Street, a half-hour comedy pilot written by alumnus Zach Morrison '18, was also a Finalist in the Teleplays selection. 


Study in Blue tells the story of a man who, trapped for the winter with the body of his dead wife, discovers a family secret, explores a mysterious mountain top and tries to live with the guilt of infidelity.


Patrick Clement is a Kansas-based screenwriter and filmmaker. His short films have screened at festivals in the US and around the world including Reykjavik International, Bolton, Cardiff, Uppsala, Dances with Films, Cucalorus, the Florida Film Festival and more. His film Rabbits won Best Student Short at the New Hampshire Film Festival and his Columbia thesis Three Corner House won Best Actor at the Tallgrass Film Festival. His feature screenplays have been finalists at Screamfest, Nashville Film Festival, in the top ten on the Blacklist’s real-time Screenplay List and his psychological horror script Study in Blue won top honors at the Columbia University Thesis Screenplay Competition.

Canusa Street is a network comedy about a US Border Patrol agent who is forced to work with her estranged twin sister, a Canadian mounted police officer, to solve an international smuggling case in a small town absurdly divided by the US/Canada border. 


Zach Morrison is a comedy writer and filmmaker from New Jersey, currently living in Los Angeles. He is the writer and director of Everything's Fine: A Panic Attack in D Major, a 2019 Television Academy student Emmy winner. He also is the host and director of the travel series Space Tourists for Space Channel, and the host, producer, and co-creator of the YouTube variety series We Have A Show. Previously, he was a writer and producer on TIME Magazine's weekly news show The Breakdown as well as a writer's assistant at The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon


The Richmond International Film Festival (RIFF) screens more than 125 cutting edge film premieres plus six full days of panels, events, mixers, conferences and music making it one of the Mid-Atlantic's largest international competitive festivals.