Screenwriter Spotlight: Finalist Zina Kresin

Chicago Screenplay Awards Questionnaire

By Chicago Screenplay Awards Dept.

Who are you and where are you from? 

Zina Kresin 

Born in Odessa, Ukraine

Where and when did you come up with the idea for your screenplay?

At a cvs summer of 2020

Can you take us through your screenwriting process? 

Varies by project but usually a mix of writers’ high and mental breakdown till I get it right. 

What made you want to become a screenwriter?

Reading other scripts and plays. 

Who are your biggest filmmaking influences? 

Alan Ball, Susannah Grant, Winnie Holzman, Joss Whedon, John Hughes

Have you ever been obsessed with a movie or TV show? If so, which one? 

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

What’s your favorite moment in cinema history? 

The moment when Jordan Catalano held Angela Chase’s hand in public in My So-Called Life

Who’s your favorite character in cinema history? 

Carrie Mathison Homeland 

If you could talk to anyone from any era, who would it be and what would you ask them?  


J.M. Barrie. I would ask about all things Peter Pan.


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