2014 Djerassi Residency Award / San Francisco Film Society Screenwriting Fellowship Recipient: Lea Nakonechny


The San Francisco Film Society, in partnership with the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, just announced that Lea Nakonechny has been awarded the 2014 Djerassi Residency Award / San Francisco Film Society Screenwriting Fellowship, for continuing development of her script A Sweeter World!


After falling on hard times when his bees die off, Jim Wiebe kills a competing beekeeper for his honey. Finding refuge in a Hutterite colony, he sees a chance at salvation. But how long can a guilty man stay in a place where the number one rule is to love thy neighbor?


Lea Nakonechny is a Montreal-based filmmaker originally from rural Saskatchewan, Canada. Her 53-minute documentary Two Museums (2005) won the Artistic Vision Award at the 2006 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in Missoula, Montana and toured 18 commercial theaters across Saskatchewan. Nakonechny was one of the eight female directors selected from across Canada for the 2012–13 Women in the prestigious Director's Chair program at the Banff Centre, supported by NBC Universal. Nakonechny’s short film Edge of the Desert (2009) premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and screened at a dozen other festivals around the world. Her feature-length script Nowhere Road was a semi-finalist in the 2011 Slamdance Screenplay Competition, a Second-Rounder in the 2012 Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition, and was selected for the 2013 edition of IFP's No Borders International Co-Production Market during Independent Film Week in New York City.