Winning Short Screenplay – The Pine Cone by Dimitri Devyatkin

Written by Dimitri Devyatkin


LU – Laura Kyswaty
TRAVELR – Peter Nelson
FEY – Meghan Allen
NARRATOR – Dan Cristofori


Fantasy, Comedy, Drama

Story about kindness and true generosity. A truly kind person is not looking for compensation.

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

The screenplay is about kindness and true generosity. A truly kind person is not looking for compensation.

What genres does your screenplay under?

Fairy tale, humor, mini-drama

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Teaches a simple lesson painlessly

How would you describe this script in two words?

Kindness prevails

What movie have you seen the most times in your life?

Charlie Chaplin, Modern Times, the Marx Brothers, Night at the Opera, and “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.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Heard the story as a child from my father, always remembered it; wrote it in 1 day.

How many stories have you written?


What motivated you to write this screenplay?

A Japanese fairy tale

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?


Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Making films and video documentaries and video art programs, writing articles and comments, studying history, politics, cultural studies, art, music, cinema. Speak Russian, French and some German, mother tongue English, New York dialect.

Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

You have to take risks all the time. The greater the risk you can sustain, the greater will be the reward. If you can conceive it, it can exist.


Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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