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The Lakes List is a collection of exemplary screenplays for movies, short films, web series and TV shows, written by the screenwriting students and alumni of the Screenwriting BA program at Metro State University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

For inquiries, and for access to a writer and their screenplay, please send an email to lakeslist@metrostate.edu.

Logline and summary

A young skater, Kit, has a bad encounter at a skate park one day and makes an enemy out of the new kid in town. Now the tension between these two puts Kit in a very stressful and uncomfortable situation.

  • Year
    2021
  • Set in Minnesota
  • Format
    Short film
  • Genres
    Drama
    Action/Adventure

Logline and summary

At a pool party with his friends, a teen struggling with self-harm is forced to wear swim trunks that puts his biggest insecurities on full display.

  • Year
    2019
  • Set in Minnesota
  • Format
    Short film
  • Genre
    Drama

Logline and summary

This compelling series, exploring the themes of relationships and self-harm, revolves around a young teen trying her best to live her life while also struggling with severe depression. In the pilot, Dana’s already rocky relationship with her mother is put to the test when her twin sister leaks that Dana’s been cutting herself.

  • Year
    2020
  • Set in Minnesota
  • Format
    Web series pilot
  • Genre
    Drama

Logline and summary

A pair of Alien anthropologists, operating on little time and even less funding, discover a lost and hopeless earthling guide to help them on their evidence-gathering mission. Through their city escapades, both parties find more than they ever expected.

  • Year
    2021
  • Set in Minnesota
  • Format
    Short film
  • Genres
    Drama
    Comedy
    Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Logline and summary

A man and a woman enter a green card marriage but each have a different agenda.

  • Year
    2021
  • Set in Minnesota
  • Format
    Web series pilot
  • Genres
    Drama
    Comedy

Logline and summary

When his daughter is kidnapped, an indecisive mortgage lender struggling with loss, desperately seeks the help of his deranged brother to conduct a scheme that they hope will work in order to get her back safely from the gangsters that took her.

  • Year
    2020
  • Set in Minnesota
  • Format
    Feature film
  • Genres
    Drama
    Comedy
    Action/Adventure

Logline and summary

After discovering that her husband is cheating on her, Jodi takes matters into her own hands.

  • Year
    2019
  • Set in Minnesota
  • Format
    Short film
  • Genre
    Drama

Logline and summary

A shy elementary school boy finds a mysterious pendant necklace that can stop time for a short period. When he sees his father slowly dying at the hospital, he tries to keep him alive as long as possible.

  • Year
    2020
  • Set in Minnesota
  • Format
    Short film
  • Genres
    Drama
    Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Logline and summary

Eden, a college student, ventures into online sex work due to the pressures of a changing economy.

  • Year
    2019
  • Set in Minnesota
  • Format
    Short film
  • Genre
    Drama

Logline and summary

When a headstrong young woman forced home from college due to the pandemic decides to spend afternoons holding up a Black Lives Matter sign at a gas station in her small MN hometown, the uproar finds her in the crosshairs of a sleepy yet belligerent town.

  • Year
    2021
  • Set in Minnesota
  • Format
    Web series pilot
  • Genres
    Drama
    Comedy

Logline and summary

A young man takes his shot at love, and misses completely. A stranger helps him find meaning in his misery.

  • Year
    2021
  • Set in Minnesota
  • Format
    Short film
  • Genre
    Other

Logline and summary

A Muslim teenager struggling with her identity and Islamophobia takes comfort from a guiding letter from a loved one...

  • Year
    2020
  • Set in Minnesota
  • Format
    Web series pilot
  • Genre
    Drama

Logline and summary

A self-absorbed fly thrives in the Richardson Family Garden without a care in the world. When he befriends his natural predator, he risks his wits and his survival.

  • Year
    2020
  • Set in Minnesota
  • Format
    Short film
  • Genres
    Drama
    Animated

Logline and summary

A quiet young boy named Wyatt waits with his uncle in a bar for Wyatt's father, who is being released from prison.

  • Year
    2021
  • Set in Minnesota
  • Format
    Short film
  • Genre
    Drama

About the Lakes List

The Lakes List is a collection of exemplary screenplays for movies, short films, web series and TV shows, all written by the screenwriting students and alumni of the Screenwriting Program at Metro State University in St. Paul, MN.

The Lakes List is created by Metro State Prof. Jeremy Bandow, who was inspired by other national screenwriting 'lists' - like the Black List, and the Red List - which highlight excellent screenplays and help connect screenwriters to producers.

The Lakes List mission is much the same, to connect our emerging writers and their stories with local & regional directors, producers, and actors looking for future film and TV projects to bring to life.

As new and improved tax credit incentive programs spur production and create a wellspring of film & TV opportunities in Minnesota, there is no better time to ensure that the stories that get told here are our own stories.

Read more about the new film production incentives in Minnesota.

Many of these scripts are Minnesota’s stories, written by local writers. All contribute to the diverse artistic and cinematic culture of Minnesota, and assist in reinforcing our thriving, vibrant, regional artistic identity.

Enjoy your visit. We hope you find a screenplay you like!

Contact us

For inquiries, and for access to a writer and their screenplay, please send an email to lakeslist@metrostate.edu.