Watch the September 2016 Winning Short Screenplay.
Written by Dimitri Devyatkin
Sammy’s Parrot is about a very dirty-mouthed parrot, whose proclivity to use swear words becomes a huge liability when Sammy gets married. Sammy avoids telling his fiance about the foul-mouthed bird until it is too late and a difficult circumstance ensues.
NARRATOR – Julian Ford
Get to know the winning writer:
What is your screenplay about?
Sammy’s Parrot is about a very dirty-mouthed parrot, whose proclivity to use swear words becomes a huge liability when Sammy gets married. Sammy avoids telling his fiancé about the foul-mouthed bird until it is too late and a difficult circumstance ensues.
What genres does your 1pg. short fall under?
Comedy, with psychological and social commentary.
Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?
Entertaining, has a story, but also has a message – Laugh, but still have something to say after the play is over.
How would you describe this script in two words?
What movie have you seen the most times in your life?
“It’s Raining in Brighton Beach” a classic comedy directed by Leonid Gaidai.
Dimitri was Line Producer. Named “One of 100 best Russian films 1992-2013” à Interview (with English translation) AFISHA magazine. Dec. 2013 about making this film. http://mag.afisha.ru/stories/100-glavnyh-russkih-filmov/
How long have you been working on this screenplay?
How many stories have you written?
What motivated you to write this screenplay?
a Russian joke
What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?
Making the Russian humor work in an American context
Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Making movies – feature films, documentaries, television and video art , social political issues
Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
Follow your dream. Never give up. Try not to sell out.
Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Editor: John Johnson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne