Winning Short Screenplay – Bureaucracy by Sharmini Kumar

Written by Sharmini Kumar


CLERK – Dan Cristofori
NARRATOR – Peter Nelson
YOUNG WOMAN – Kelly Daly


Comedy, Horror, Fantasy

A screenplay about bureaucracy and unnecessary red tape. And also vampires.

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

It’s about bureaucracy and unnecessary red tape. And also vampires.

What genres does your screenplay under?

Comedy, horror.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I think it would be a lot of fun for cast, crew and audience. There’s a lot of potential for both suspense and comedy and playing with the timing to get both of those things.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Terrifyingly relatable.

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

Bend it Like Beckham. It was the first time I had seen an English-language film with a person of colour as the protagonist.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I had had the idea for awhile, but it was only a couple of days once I put pen to paper (fingers to keyboard).

How many stories have you written?

I don’t know – a lot. I’ve been writing since I was about eight. But I think my stories have improved a little since the one about the princess who owned sapphires, rubies and emeralds. (She divorced her husband and ran the country.)

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

We can all relate to dealing with unnecessary bureaucracy. I wanted the situation to be as heightened as possible and to explore the boundary between comedy and horror/suspense.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

One page is a very short screenplay! I often tend to write a lot of dialogue but that wouldn’t work here. I needed to be as efficient as possible with the storytelling.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I’m passionate about film, theatre and books and the intersections between them. I’m passionate about wanting to see a more just world. And I’m passionate about the difference between ‘less’ and ‘fewer’.

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

The only way I know how to write is to put my backside in a seat and write. Then stand up and pace while I’m thinking. Then return to the seat and keep writing. Good luck.

Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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