Seven projects have been named finalists in the 2006 McKnight Screenwriting program, IFP Minnesota announced Friday. Administered by IFP Minnesota for ten years, the money awarded recognizes and support resident screenwriters of Minnesota who have "excelled in the artistic discipline of writing for cinema." Each applicant submits one narrative feature screenplay, which is judged by professional screenwriters, directors, producers, development executives, and literary agents/managers outside Minnesota. Each of the two winning Fellows will receive a $25,000 cash award for excellence in the art of screenwriting. Additionally, the two Fellows are automatically admitted to the 2006 IFP Market in New York City. Fellows will be announced in June 2006. The finalists are: "Balance" by Zach Hammill, "Holiday Beach" by Steven Larson and Gary Jenneke, "The Prom Committee" by Matthew Stenerson, "Beaded Road" by Wenonah Wilms, "Supposedly Empty" by May Chaplin, "Gone the Sun" by Tom Weber, "Law Officer" by Emily Haddad. [Brian Brooks]