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From Script to Screen

Inspired by the Hollywood Black List (www.blcklst.com), and by their professor Robert Warren's challenge to find new ways to link students with potential film investors, thesis students Ash Bhalla and Shandor Garrison founded The Purple List with the support of the faculty and Professor John Tintori.

The Purple List’s objective is:
To bring vetted, production-ready feature screenplays from the NYU Grad Film community to the attention of industry professionals and potential investors.

How the list is formed:

  1. Faculty members sponsored student/alum feature screenplays that they deem to be production-ready, and of the highest standard.
  2. An outside panel of film professionals gave a blind-read to these faculty-selected projects. We asked them to sift through these excellent scripts and pick our list. We didn't start out with a maximum or minimum number of projects. Our primary criteria: is this script ready to be made, and will it make a good movie?


Numerous Purple List selections have been finished as accomplished feature films which have played top tier film festivals and gone-on to enjoy successful theatrical releases.

IT HAD TO BE YOU, Sasha Gordon 2012 Purple List, Honorable Mention for Best Narrative Feature at Woodstock, released theatrically.

If you are looking for the next emerging screenwriting talent, we believe you will find it here on the Purple List.

For inquiries about the Purple List, please contact founders Ash Bhalla and Shandor Garrison at purple.list@nyu.edu