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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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 – 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 – A Day At The Beach by Todd Gordon

A DAY AT THE BEACH
Written by Todd Gordon

CAST LIST:

ALBERT – Dan Cristofori
JESSE – Gabriel Darku
NARRATOR – Laura Kyswaty

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy, Drama

What seems like two guys having a casual conversation on the beach is really one of them killing the other in a Mafia style hit.

What is your screenplay about?

“What seems like two guys having a casual conversation on the beach is really one of them killing the other in a Mafia style hit.”

What genres does your screenplay under?

“Drama and comedy.”

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

“It would be fun to find out how Jesse got into the predicament he is in. What did he do to the mob to warrant being killed?”

How would you describe this script in two words?

“Surprise assassination.”

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

“The Graduate”

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

“I work fast so I whipped this one off in a day”

How many stories have you written?

“Dozen”

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

“I love drama with hints of underlying humor. Plus mobster themes.”

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

“How can I make something serious bring a smile”

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

“Music. I love listening to all kinds of music. I also love reading nonfiction and biographies as I love learning about people.”

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

“Go with your heart and gut and don’t follow what is trendy because by the time you finish the script and send it out, the industry will be on to something else.”

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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Short Screenplay – WHAT’S IN A NAME by Ted Stanley

WHAT’S IN A NAME
Written by Ted Stanley

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Romance, Comedy

A script about a couple jumping to conclusions.

CAST LIST:

JOHN – Peter Mark Raphael
JANE – Katelyn Varadi
NARRATOR – Julian Ford

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

Jumping to conclusions.

What genres does your 1pg. short fall under?

Romantic Comedy

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It has a small cast and simple setting.
It allows imagery as well as dialogue to tell the story and develop character.
The twist at he end would encourage a second viewing.
Its written to accommodate characters with any combination of gender or race

How would you describe this script in two words?

Witty, deceptive.

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

Midnight Cowboy

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

2 days for first draft. 5 days to review and refine.

How many stories have you written?

10+

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

The challenge of establishing character and telling a story on one page of screenplay. and the chance of having it performed

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Finding ways, within the confines on one page of script, to developed character, explore relationships, and tell a story that would engage intrigue and entertain through both dialogue and visual images.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Reading

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

Study the craft to develop the skills you need to channel and display your creativity.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Short Screenplay – HAPPY LITTLE PILLS by Kennedy Erin

HAPPY LITTLE PILLS
Written by Kennedy Erin

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Drama

A teenage girl struggles with the idea of self-medicating to escape the stress, loneliness, and emotional pain of her everyday life.

CAST LIST:

RACHEL – Alicia Payne
QUINTA – Katelyn Varadi
NARRATOR – Julian Ford

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

“Happy Little Pills” is about a teenage girl who struggles with the idea of self-medicating to escape the stress, loneliness, and emotional pain of her everyday life.

What genres does your 1pg. short fall under?

“Happy Little Pills” would fall under the Drama genre.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

“Happy Little Pills” focuses on the character’s emotions, and seeing a character decide not to self-medicate even with all of her emotional pain can be an inspiration to many teens who are struggling with the same problem.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Conquering (the) self.

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

I watched Cloud Atlas (an almost 3-hour movie) three times in a row (the same day) when I first saw it.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I spent about 2-hours writing this specific 1-page screenplay.

How many stories have you written?

I have written 2 short films, 1 feature-length film, an array of short stories, and a self-published fictional novel

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

This contest for the LA Feedback Festival challenged me to write an intriguing story in 1-page or less. It was a difficult task, but I appreciated the chance to demonstrate my skills in condensing a long plot into a short time frame.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

It was difficult finding the initial idea for a screenplay that would be compelling in less than 1-page. The challenge lay in what theme to address in my script. Once I thought of the theme of self-medication, the rest of the writing became easier.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I am passionate about conceptualizing, performing in, and editing YouTube videos, as well as building a community on the platform where people who are socially awkward or who have social anxiety can feel safe socializing on the internet.

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

It may sound cliche, but write what you know. I find I have the hardest time completing a story when it begins with a plot or theme I know nothing about. Why write something that you have to research if you can write something that flows from you?

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Short Screenplay – SYMPATHY by Steven Sinnenberg

SYMPATHY
Written by Steven Sinnenberg

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy

Insensitive bartender seeks sympathy for an injury.

CAST LIST:

ROB – Sean Ballantyne
FORREST – Rikki Wright
CRAIG – Gabriel Darku
NARRATOR – Michelle Alexander

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

“Sympathy” is a scene from Echo of the Whistle, a feature-length screenplay about a former college football star shaking that legacy to evolve into an artist. His wife and fans don’t want to lose their hero.

What genres does your screenplay under?

Comedy and drama.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It’s relate-able. Sympathy scene is about thinking your burdens are the toughest to face. Living in the long shadows of distant fame while seeking the sunshine of new adventure is a shared theme in life.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Defining legacy.

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

It’s a tie between Casablanca and Fight Club.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Four months.

How many stories have you written?

Eight full scripts and two shorts.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

Andy Warhol speaking of 15 minutes of fame and Edgar Allan Poe’s “Eldorado”. After becoming famous, what do you do for the other 75 years or so? You still seek your legacy, your quest for who you are.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Time management: time to think, dream, and write uninterrupted.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Bioremediation (cleaning soil using microorganisms to consume oil) and college sports, specifically University of Virginia and Johns Hopkins football and lacrosse.

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

Schedule uninterrupted time to think, dream, and write every day. Professional time management.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson