Winning SHORT Screenplay – BREAKDOWN, by J. Logan Alexander

 

Liz and Alec are en route to a wedding when they turn the corner and hit the runaway bride with their car.

Genre: Comedy, Romance

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Laura Kyswaty
Liz: Lindsay Rolland Mills
Alec: Brandon Knox
Cop: Luke Robinson
Bride: Premika Leo

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

Liz and Alec are en route to a wedding for Alec’s boss and arguing about their own relationship woes when they collide with the runaway Bride. Battle lines are drawn when Liz and Alec oppose each other about what to do: Liz is determined to help her, but Alec insists on leaving immediately for fear of losing his job. Things get complicated after the Bride disappears into the woods and an inquisitive Cop arrives on the scene—further dividing Liz and Alec—and forcing them in a predicament: tell the truth and face the consequences, or lie to escape scot-free.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Dark Comedy

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Well, it is a movie now. Breakdown is my MFA thesis film. We are currently in post-production.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Anti-romantic Comedy.

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

Boogie Nights or Fight Club.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Roughly 10 months.

How many stories have you written?

Too many to count. My previous film, Wrung, follows a bull-rider and his dead beat dad. It’s available on my website, http://www.jloganalexander.com.

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

This Must Be The Place by Talking Heads.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Film school bureaucracy, minimal budget, record breaking low temperatures in Massachusetts (48 degrees in June), gale force winds, and a steady three days of rain.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Directing. There is nothing I love more than seeing a crew of artists working together to achieve something. I love working with actors. My job is to just get actors in front of a camera.

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

The platform is fantastic. Very intuitive.

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

I like to get unbiased feedback from festivals after I write a few drafts of whatever I’m working on. Getting rejections from other film fests galvanizes you–makes you want to try harder, be better.

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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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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

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

1pg SHORT SCREENPLAY – BOOM, by Dimitri Devyatkin

Winning Screenplay – BOOM
Written by Dimitri Devyatkin

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Andrea Meister
HIKER – Gabriel Cameron
VOICE – Brian Carleton

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy

A hiker suffers a terrible fall and tries to reason with God.


Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

Life, death, reason, religion, belief.

What genres does your screenplay under?

Mind-bursting, philosophical, poetic entertainment, comedy

How would you describe this script in two words?

A “few matters” to clear up!

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

This screenplay is exactly designed to be a 1 page film. It can give two actors a chance to perform really deep roles, requiring passion and vibrant meaning. It is built like a Japanese Haiku. Please invite two truly passionate actors to perform the roles!

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

Modern Times, Day at the Races

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

All my life

How many stories have you written?

30+

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

experiences in my own life – seeing life and death, realizing how fragile our existence is.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

None

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Film making, media projects, peace and justice on Earth.

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

This is now the 4th play I’ve submitted. I have yet to hear any feedback and would deeply appreciate hearing from any of you! Plus or minus, good or bad. Anything! Please send comments or critique. I will happily call or communicate with you more with my feedback as well/ if you like!

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

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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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

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SHORT SCREENPLAY – Pfff by Dimitri Devyatkin

Watch the January 2017 1pg. Short Screenplay Reading.

Best Scene from the screenplay PFFF Screenplay
Written by Dimitri Devyatkin

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
PATIENT – Nick Wicht
DOCTOR – Charles Gordon

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy

A doctor tries to help in a difficult case.

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

A patient with a difficult problem comes to a doctor. The doctor is able to help the patient, but when he presents the bill, the patient is furious and refuses the doctor’s cure.

What genres does your screenplay under?

comedy, dirty jokes

How would you describe this script in two words?

gas attack

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

pure fun, slapstick humor

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

Modern Times (Charlie Chaplin), A Day at the Races (Marx Brothers)

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Two days

How many stories have you written?

2 long screenplays, 15 shorts

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

to make a play that is so funny that the actors can hardly hold their laughter. In grade school, I was the crack up king. I could make the whole class crack up with laughter.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

none

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

history, politics, culture, art, movies

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

A fun script, look forward to hear any feedback. Please send feedback, comments, advice, critique. —

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

Keep trying. Don’t give up.

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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 – The Pine Cone by Dimitri Devyatkin

THE PINE CONE
Written by Dimitri Devyatkin

CAST LIST:

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

SYNOPSIS:

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. http://mag.afisha.ru/stories/100-glavnyh-russkih-filmov/

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?

25+

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

A Japanese fairy tale

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

none

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.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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