Teton Reckoning FINALIST at Ojai Film Festival


Ojai, California is a fun venue. What an honor to be a finalist at the seventeenth annual Ojai Film Festival!


Novotny and a team of readers selected five finalists:

The Lean by Pearse Lehane, Memeloose by Elizabeth Winters, Kaffarah (Atonement) by Tom Rossi, Teton Reckoning by Debi Yazbeck, and Black Swan Records by Nia Ashley.

The biggest honor by far was billing on the same page as Lifetime Achievement Award winners Dean Cundey and Tab Hunter.


Thank you, Ojai Film Festival!

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Three for Three At Austin Film Festival

writersbanner3I requested to have all three of my scripts listed on my attendance badge (we’ll see):

TETON RECKONING, BLIND PURSUIT and FERAL are all Second Rounders at the Austin Film Festival!





Teton Reckoning RUNNER UP Spring/Summer 2016 Acclaim Screenplay Winners

Grand Tetons

I’ll catch my breath soon.

My western TETON RECKONING! Some day I’ll get to see Madeleine fly across the screen on her palomino Annaduff doing what she does best — defying abusive authorities!

Thank you, Acclaim Scripts! (Click here to see which production companies and agencies will be considering my script!)

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Photos from the California Women’s Film Festival

Such a fun evening.Debi CWFF2

And a great honor to receive Best Feature Screenplay at the 2016 California Women’s Film Festival.

None of this would have happened without Max Adams and the Academy of Film Writing. Max rocks as a teacher and a mentor!

And I had my own fan club there!

Ken Harter, my always supportive husband, Aaron Harter – his son and Catie Blalock – Aaron’s girlfriend. And fellow screenwriter, Mike Cregan.

Debi CWFF– debi


TETON RECKONING and FERAL official selections of Austin Revolution Film Festival



I’m super excited to be include in the Austin Revolution Film Festival. And especially with two screenplays:


The year is 1890…

Determined to head West, a Fort Worth orphan connives to wed an Idaho land baron. Her scheming leaves her fighting for her life against her avenging husband, bribed Pinkertons and a tenacious band of kidnappers — all while battling to survive the treacherous Tetons.




Feral is a short drama about a persistent canine and the unforeseen and deadly consequences that follow him into the lives and pregnancy plans of a young couple.

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