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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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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Winning Short Screenplay – REBEKAH’S CLOSET, by Amy Malinda Jackson

Winning Screenplay – REBEKAH’S CLOSET
Written by Amy Malinda Jackson

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Frances Townend
REBEKAH – Kayla Farris
LITTLE GIRL 1 – Vanessa Quagliara
JACK – Peter Mark Raphael
LARRY – Jonah Akler-Silliman
RUPERT – Christopher Huron

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Romance, Drama

Rebekah is writing on her memoir Rebekah’s Closet when she begins to hear voices in her head, have flashbacks of Viet Nam, but her lover Rupert hears her make a sound and comes to encourage her to love again.

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

Rebekah’s Closet is about a young American woman living in Paris who grapples with the psychological ramifications of her childhood abuse.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Drama, Psychological Thriller, Love Story, Fantasy

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It is based on my true story of growing up with horrific abuse, and transforming into an artist and writer, into a loving person somehow, after all. It didn’t have to end up that way, especially considering what was done.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Gritty, inspiring.

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

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

One year. It is based on a novel that took a decade.

How many stories have you written?

Maybe ten. But there are so many that are in my head, wanting to come out, in some form. And dreams, wanting to be written.

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

The Rolling Stones: I’m a Monkey. I don’t play it, but I want it played at my funeral. As a joke. For real.

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What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Determining what pieces of the massive story to put in, what to leave out. How to tell my story, ultimately. It’s so hard. I’m still figuring it out, actually. I have to rewrite.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Gardening, painting jungles in acrylic, doing industrial photographs that look like abstract paintings, LOVING people wherever I go (I’m a Buddhist), community advocacy where I live (I live in a disadvantaged neighborhood where we are restoring a Victorian home), yoga, mindfulness, cooking and baking.

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

I want to get my stories out there. I don’t want my stories, like my paintings or photographs, to be in a closet, but to be outside. For so long I had to keep everything secret, for so long I couldn’t talk or know what had happened, but now I know the whole sequence of events. That is a major life changing event, to know the truth, for me. Secondly, I’ve not only survived, but my counselor says that I am an inspiration, that my story can help other people. Maybe the script isn’t there yet, but I’m committed to getting it there. Thirdly, I wanted to be a writer growing up, and it wasn’t allowed. I want to be a screenwriter. I want to learn this craft. It’s like a strange puzzle me, that I’m trying to figure out, at the same time that I’m trying to tell my stories, to get them out of the darkness.

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1pg SHORT SCREENPLAY – LATE NIGHT, by Deepa Dharmaraj

Winning Screenplay – LATE NIGHT
Written by Deepa Dharmaraj
CAST LIST:

JESSY – Andrea Meister
NARRATOR – Cynthia Crofoot

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Thriller

In a late night, a lady walks alone in lonely street. She turns and sees as she feels someone is following her. At that time, suddenly a guy comes and stands in front of her. The guy is affected by autism .His hands are flapping, head is rolling. As soon as she sees the guy, she screams and runs from that place. She sees a taxi and she goes in that taxi. At last she realizes the taxi driver is psycho killer.


Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

In a late night, a lady walks alone in lonely street and when she sees autism affected guy, she screams and runs from that place and gets caught to a psycho killer.

What genres does your screenplay under?

Thriller

How would you describe this script in two words?

Thriller twist

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It is related to women safety.

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

X-MEN

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

One day.

How many stories have you written?

20 stories, three long screenplays

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

Being a woman, I want to make a screenplay related to women safety and being a doctor, I included an autism affected character.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

None.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

film direction, dance

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

I could see many writers are getting chance to prove their talents through LA Feedback film festival! This influenced me to enter this festival! I felt really very happy when I received good feedback!

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Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

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Winning Short Screenplay – Love Hurts by Michael Gavino

Best Scene from the screenplay LOVE HURTS Screenplay
Written by Michael Gavino

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Gabriel Darku

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy

Love Hurts is a comedy about love at first sight can often be painful.

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

Love Hurts is a comedy about love at first sight can often be painful

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Comedy

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It is relatable to all. All of us know that love at first sight is a fairy tale that overlooks lots of complications

How would you describe this script in two words?

Love hurts

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

Citizen Kane

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

20 years

How many stories have you written?

Over 50

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I wanted to write a humorous take on the classic Hollywood trope of love at first sight.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Time constraints

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

I would recommend loving what you do and loving your story. Thus, your story should align with your passion. You will be spending a lot of time writing and rewriting your story. If you do not love your story, it will be tough to complete and tough to spend the necessary time to make it great.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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Winning Short Screenplay – I Can Catch A Bullet by Reynaldo A Garza

Best Scene from the screenplay I CAN CATCH A BULLET Screenplay
Written by Reynaldo A Garza

CAST LIST:

HOMLESS MAN – Peter Nelson
NARRATOR – Laura Kyswaty
PASSENGER – Gabriel Darku

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy

Two brothers on a road trip.


Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

Two brothers in a roadtrip.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Comedy (dark)

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Its funny and new.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Bullet catch

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

Mad max

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

About 17 minutes.

How many stories have you written?

Over 200

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

Finding the free time

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The idea was there

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

Dont stop writing

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Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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Winning Short Screenplay – Diaspora by David Brin

Best Scene from the screenplay DIASPORA Screenplay
Written by David Brin

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Dan Cristofori
WOMAN SCIENTIST – Laura Kyswaty
DRIVE – Gabriel Darku

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Sci-Fi

If we ever detect a signal from beyond, scientists think they will be in charge of first contact. But maybe not!


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Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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