Winning Short Screenplay – SID by Auriga Ifill

Genre: Sci-Fi, Drama

An artificial intelligence is tasked with the reintroduction of human life after a bacteria wiped out the entire race.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Val Cole
Reporter: Mandy May Cheetham
Hideo Kojima: Peter Mark Raphael
Dr. Melvin Hess: Allan Michael Brunet
Dr. Amy Kojima: Angelica Alejandro

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

SID – Prologue is about an artificial intelligence tasked with reintroducing human life, after the human race is eradicated by a virus.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Sci-Fi/Drama.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

From one perspective I believe there is a basic message of peace and respect within the story that, given the current political & racial, hate mongering climates, needs to be heard, understood, and learned from. From another perspective, people need to be made more aware of repercussions of their actions & in-actions.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Potentially influential.

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

Tough question, maybe Die Hard, 1988, or possibly Apocalypse Now, 1979, but the answer could be any one of a plethora of other movies. Maybe American Beauty, 1999.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Maybe six months at this point.

How many stories have you written?

One.

What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

Possibly, Sweetness Dream Of Me by Anton Barbeau.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Who said I’ve finished? Biggest obstacle though? Probably insomnia, or a lack of Stroopwafels.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Passion is a mighty strong word, I’m passionate about watching movies also. I live for the next scene to play on repeat for days without end.

You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?

Quick & painless.

What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

The influence to enter your festival was your location. My feelings on the initial feedback were, that I felt a sense of relief. It finally seemed possible that I may have had an idea worth investigating.

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

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BEST Scene Screenplay of NEVER SPEAK MY NAME, by Jo Ann Allen, Walter G Meyer, Stampp Corbin

Genre: Drama, History

The story of Bayard Rustin a civil rights activist who fought resistance to his participation in the civil rights movement because he was an openly gay man. Bayard triumphs by planning the seminal 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Sean Ballantyne
Martin Luther King: Rais Moui
Bayard: Christopher Huron
Randolph: Neil Bennett
Coretta Scott King: Daniella Zappala

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

Winning 1pg Short Screenplay – ORSON WELLES ASHES, by Debra Knox

 Genre: Comedy

Charlie and Susan, a couple of Hollywood wannabes drive down Sunset Boulevard in a big black Lincoln with Orson Wells ashes in the trunk and discover what it means to not give up on your dreams.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Julian Ford
Charlie: Steve Rizzo
Susan: Penelope Corrin

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

When two lonesome losers, Susan and Charlie, hook up in a Beverly Hills Convenient Store, they take a ride in a black Lincoln Continental down Sunset Boulevard, along with Orson Wells ashes in the trunk of the car they unite in their dysfunctional mission to reclaim what little dignity they had, striving to make a difference in a world of illusion Susan steals Orsons ashes, climbing The Hollywood Sign in an attempt to set herself and Orson free.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Comedy, Crime, Satire

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

This film speaks to the underlying truth and universality that all people deserve and want to be loved, accepted and appreciated no matter how old, or successful they are.

And it’s quirky and funny, and touching, and I love it!!!!!!!!

How would you describe this script in two words?

Bullet Bra

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

The Big Lebowski

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

2 years, that is the full-length screenplay, not this one that’s a minute long…..

How many stories have you written?

8 1/2

What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

The Spider and The Fly

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

My inner demons, along with working to make a living and keep a roof over my head, which takes up a lot of time and energy that I could be using to write!!!!!! But I like food, well not really. I’m anorexic, but my friends like food.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

acting, music, guitar, piano, dancing, watching films, film noir, nutrition. Buddhism. CATS, NYC

What influenced you to enter the festival?

I want to generate some interest in the full screenplay for Orson Wells Ashes, and thus perfect it and get it made into a fantastic motion picture, and make a living as a writer, doing what I love!

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

Winning TV PILOT of SIRINGO, by Nathan Ward

Genre: Crime, Mystery, Drama, Western, History

A TV series based on the life of the Pinkerton “Cowboy Detective” Charlie Siringo, who spent two decades working undercover across the violent American West, infiltrating gangs including Butch Cassidy’s. The show crosses the Western with undercover crime dramas like Sneaky Pete or The Americans, since the lawman lives as an outlaw.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Sean Ballantyne
Siringo: Neil Bennett
Jacky: Brandon Nicoletti
McParland: Christopher Huron
Deputy: Rais Moui
Mamie: Daniella Zappala
Mrs. Burke: Connie Wang

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your TV Pilot screenplay about?

The true adventures of the cowboy detective Charlie Siringo, who worked undercover for the Pinkerton Agency all over the Wild West, employing a variety of personas. The job changes the man over time, mirroring the darkening changes that come to the West itself.

Why should this screenplay be made into a TV show?

I think it would make a wonderful star vehicle for an actor, given not just that it’s a vivid time period, but the person playing Charlie gets to mix it up, since Siringo is mostly acting undercover, and the part keeps changing —this week he’s investigating as a railroad tramp, then he’s infiltrating Butch Cassidy’s Wild Bunch (which he really did), now he’s posing as a silver miner to find a gang of dynamiting killers. He also did a lot of research in saloons and bordellos, so there’s room for guest cameos.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Undercover Western

What TV show do you keep watching over and over again?

Justified, Columbo, Mad Men, The Office, Patriot

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Three months

How many stories have you written?

Can’t say exactly. Have written three books and a lot of journalism. Some flash fiction as well.

What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

Maybe it’s Johnny Cash’s version of ‘Hurt.’

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

My biggest challenge was in learning to let go a bit. As a history writer, the actual timeline of events was not negotiable, but the longer I worked the more I saw that the episode may demand its own dramatic timeline, and that it’s ok for something that happened in June to move to the following October, if it works better. That goes against all my training as a history writer, but was a lesson I had to learn for myself. The story is still true: it’s just not an exact transcript of events. The tinkering with timeline is merited if the whole thing works.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Movies, some sports (baseball, boxing, tennis), my wife and kids.

What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

As I am primarily a history writer, I was looking at ways past the gatekeepers of this film world I know so little practically about. It seemed to me yours was a format where my debut script might actually be read by kindly insiders who might be generous with their knowledge.

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

I have greatly enjoyed the process so far of just writing a pilot and receiving feedback and (hopefully) improving the script. So you should write one just to do it—no matter what comes of it.

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

Winning 1pg SHORT Script Reading of THE PARK PERVERT, by Mark Levitt

Genre: Comedy

Public leering, sexual harassment, not just another day in the park.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Sal: Hugh Ritchie
Karen: Ariel Brooker
Syrus: Geoff Mays
Karen: Ariel Brooker

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

Its about cover-ups, deception, and lust

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Comedy and drama

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Because it doesn’t have super-heroes and an inflated budget so it will make all its money back.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Pervy ethics

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

Shawshank Redemption…Get busy living, or get busy watching Shawshank, that’s damn right!

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

On and off, through a couple of versions, iterations, for a few years

How many stories have you written?

Over 80

What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

Probably, God Only Knows by Beach Boys.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Trimming it down to just a page and hitting all the comedic notes was tough, but it was a good challenge to know I could do it.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Acting

What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

I admired the festival’s goals to give honest and positive feedback to fledgling filmmakers. Its tough to rated against more seasoned filmmakers with heftier budgets and its easy to get discouraged by film festivals who value finesse over stories and do not reply to submissions. It’s great to hear feedback from audience members and people who just love to encourage filmmakers.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Short Screenplay – THE MIDDLING CLASS, by Amanda J Bermudez

Winning Screenplay – THE MIDDLING CLASS
Written by Amanda J. Bermudez

CAST LIST:

AMAL – Frances Townend
MARJORIE – Kayla Farris
NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Drama

On the day of a pop quiz, Pen and Pencil meet each other on a Complicit in her own observation of the contemporary middle class, a woman viciously seduces a prosaic housewife whose husband is a hostage overseas.


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Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Casting: Sean Ballantyne

Winning Short Screenplay – PEN & PENCIL, by Devone Jones

Winning Screenplay – PEN & PENCIL
Written by Devone Jones

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Frances Townend
PEN – Kayla Farris
SAMANTHA – Vanessa Quagliara
PENCIL – Peter Mark Raphael
PETER – Jonah Akler-Silliman
CLASSMATE – Christopher Huron
PROFESSOR – Charles Gordon

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Romance, Animation, Comedy

On the day of a pop quiz, Pen and Pencil meet each other on a classroom desk. Meanwhile, Samantha has been juggling between work and school, she misplaces the cap to her favorite pen.

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

The screenplay takes place on the day of a pop-quiz, where Pencil helps Pen search for her missing cap, but Samantha, who has been juggling between school and work doesn’t remember where she left it.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Pen & Pencil would be an animation/comedy

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I think Pen & Pencil should be made into a movie because it has art and education together, which makes a fun read. But when you add in its humor, it can be so much more entertaining to watch.

How would you describe this script in two words?

I’d describe this screenplay as “Artful Humor”.

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

The Mask is a movie I’d say I watched more than any other movie.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I’ve been working on this screenplay for about a year.

How many stories have you written?

I’ve written two stories.

What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

I listen to the song “Changes” by Tupac Shakur a lot.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I had to drop out of school and relocate out of state to finish the screenplay.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Besides writing I’m passionate about directing and producing in the film world, but mainly about social issues and gender and racial equality in our society.

What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

I was taking a screenwriting class in San Diego and that influenced me to writing this screenplay and entering it in festivals afterwards.

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Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Casting: Sean Ballantyne