Jonathan LaPoma

Author / Screenwriter / Songwriter

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December 23, 2014–Jonathan LaPoma Wins Grand Prize in London Film Awards

The 2014 London Film Awards Names Jonathan LaPoma Feature Screenplay Grand Prize Winner

“The Way Back Home” WIns First in International Screenwriting Competition Honoring Best in Film and Screenwriting

SAN DIEGO, CA–December 23, 2014 – Jonathan LaPoma announced today that his script, The Way Back Home, has been named the Feature Screenplay Grand Prize Winner of the 2014 London Film Awards, giving him his fourth first-place victory in the last four months and his 24th overall award/honor since 2013. The London Film Awards celebrates and awards the work of independent film’s best and brightest contemporary filmmakers and screenwriters spanning the globe. The London Film Awards is a distinguished international platform for both fresh and masterful talent to have their extraordinary work recognized and honored before the media and their industry peers.

The Way Back Home is a feature-length coming-of-age drama about a young animal-loving boy who must cope with his father’s insistence that he’ll someday work in the slaughterhouse that has employed the men of their family for several generations. A dark and disturbing look into the complexity of father and son relationships, The Way Back Home shows what horrors can result when shame and abuse are passed from generation to generation. The Way Back Home has won six awards/honors in 2014, including theGrand Jury Prize in the Hollywood Screenplay Contest and third place in the Chicago Screenplay Contest’s drama category, and is ranked in the top 8% of the nearly 2,500 scripts listed on It can be described as a cross between Kes and Billy Elliott.

“It’s a great honor to win such a prestigious award from among so many talented screenwriters,” said LaPoma. “The Way Back Home is a raw and brutally honest story that carries an important underlying message, and I’m thrilled that the London Film Awards has selected it as the Feature Screenplay Grand Prize Winner of their 2014 competition.”

The London Film Awards places a high degree of emphasis on exclusivity, recognizing and awarding only the most finely produced films and screenplays with honors. A full list of the winners can be found at

Jonathan LaPoma has written five feature-length screenplays that have won a total of 24 awards/honors in the past year, two novels, hundreds of poems, and about sixty songs. His novel, Developing Minds: An American Ghost Story, and his screenplay, A Noble Truth, will be published by Laughing Fire Press ( in early 2015, and his short story, A Sacrifice to the God of the Blues, is featured in 34thParallel Magazine’s November 2014 issue. Patricia Chica (Ceramic Tango, Wolverine Hotel) is attached to direct his script, La Tierra Que Yo Amo (Land That I Love), co-written by Natalia Porras Sivolobova. Jonathan lives in San Diego.