Top LA Festival Screenplays of 2019

Watch the winning readings performed by professional actors. 20 screenplays in total.

4 Full Feature Screenplay Readings:

Winning Feature Screenplay Reading: That 80s Guy, by Craig Fones, Larry Coulter
https://lafeedbackfilmfestival.com/2019/12/17/winning-feature-screenplay-reading-that-80s-guy-by-craig-fones-larry-coulter/

Winning Feature Screenplay Reading: THE NEED FOR SOMETHING NEW, by John T. Frederick
https://lafeedbackfilmfestival.com/2019/12/16/winning-feature-screenplay-reading-the-need-for-something-new-by-john-t-federick/

Winning Feature Screenplay Reading: TRANSFERENCE, by Mark C. Spera
https://lafeedbackfilmfestival.com/2019/12/16/winning-feature-screenplay-reading-transference-by-mark-c-spera/

Winning Feature Screenplay Reading: PERSEVERANCE, by Josh Brushett
https://lafeedbackfilmfestival.com/2019/06/03/winning-feature-screenplay-reading-perseverance-by-josh-brushett/

3 Short Screenplay Readings:

1pg. Short Screenplay: Day After Disaster: The Changing Earth Series, by Sara F. Hathaway
https://lafeedbackfilmfestival.com/2019/12/27/1pg-short-screenplay-day-after-disaster-the-changing-earth-series-by-sara-f-hathaway/

1pg. Short Screenplay: Energy, by Devin Klos
https://lafeedbackfilmfestival.com/2019/12/27/1pg-short-screenplay-energy-by-devin-klos/

1pg. Short Screenplay Reading: The Last Time I Saw Mary, by Adam Steinfeld
https://lafeedbackfilmfestival.com/2019/12/18/1pg-short-screenplay-reading-the-last-time-i-saw-mary-by-adam-steinfeld/

13 Best Scene Screenplay Readings:

Best Scene Reading: Anemoia, by Kendrick Smith
https://lafeedbackfilmfestival.com/2019/12/18/best-scene-reading-anemoia-by-kendrick-smith/

Best Scene Reading: The Camping Lawyer, by Lea Ann Vandygriff
https://lafeedbackfilmfestival.com/2019/12/17/best-scene-reading-the-camping-lawyer-by-lea-ann-vandygriff/

LA Festival BEST Scene Reading: THE SNOW QUEEN by Jacob Leyva
https://lafeedbackfilmfestival.com/2019/11/18/la-festival-best-scene-reading-the-snow-queen-by-jacob-leyva/

LA Festival Best Scene: BELLES OF THE DAY, by Jayne DAlessandro Cox
https://lafeedbackfilmfestival.com/2019/11/18/la-festival-best-scene-belles-of-the-day-by-jayne-dalessandro-cox/

LA Festival Best Scene Reading: DRAGONSTEEL, by Sam Tracton
https://lafeedbackfilmfestival.com/2019/10/30/la-festival-best-scene-reading-dragonsteel-by-sam-tracton/

LA Festival Best Scene Screenplay Reading: ONE YEAR IN AMHERST, by Stuart Calloway
https://lafeedbackfilmfestival.com/2019/10/06/la-festival-best-scene-screenplay-reading-one-year-in-amherst-by-stuart-calloway/

LA Festival Best Scene Reading: The Miscalculation, by Stephen Davis
https://lafeedbackfilmfestival.com/2019/10/06/la-festival-best-scene-reading-the-miscalculation-by-stephen-davis/

LA Festival Best Scene Reading: Two Parts: THE DISC, by Dewayne Hill
https://lafeedbackfilmfestival.com/2019/09/23/la-festival-best-scene-reading-two-parts-the-disc-by-dewayne-hill/

LA Festival Best Scene Reading: GLASS ANGEL, by Lea Ann Vandygriff
https://lafeedbackfilmfestival.com/2019/09/23/la-festival-best-scene-reading-glass-angel-by-lea-ann-vandygriff/

LA Festival Best Scene Reading: Blood and Roses, by John McCarney
https://lafeedbackfilmfestival.com/2019/09/12/la-festival-best-scene-reading-blood-and-roses-by-john-mccarney/

LA Festival Best Scene Reading: SOMEONE ELSE”S WAR, by John Prather
https://lafeedbackfilmfestival.com/2019/09/10/la-festival-best-scene-reading-someone-elses-war-by-john-prather/

LA Festival BEST SCENE Reading of The Adorables by Michael Gavino
https://lafeedbackfilmfestival.com/2019/03/11/la-festival-best-scene-reading-of-the-adorables-by-michael-gavino/

1st Scene Screenplay Reading of Fish Food by Brian McWha
https://lafeedbackfilmfestival.com/2019/01/30/1st-scene-screenplay-reading-of-fish-food-by-brian-mcwha/

1pg. Short Screenplay: Day After Disaster: The Changing Earth Series, by Sara F. Hathaway

Dystopian Fiction

Day After Disaster is an apocalyptic, adventure in which a dynamic woman, mother, and wife struggles, against all odds, to find her family, dead or alive in a world being torn apart by rapid climate change.

CAST LIST:

NARRATION – David Jackson
Doug Pennington – Neil Bennett
Erika Moore – Krista Barzso

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

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Ryan Haines, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Ryan Haines, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

Winning Feature Screenplay Reading of Fear by Peter Jang

 

The father of a slain Muslim-American soldier attempts to help a bullied Middle Eastern teen who has turned to Muslim extremists online as the current wave of Islamophobia hits their Pennsylvania town.

CAST LIST:

Monica: Cassandra Guthrie
Ibrahim: Sam Fazli
Joseph: Shawn Devlin
Narrator: Kat Smiley
Suliman: Sean Ballantyne
Anthony: John Marcucci
Hasna: Zena Driver
Linda: Corinne Sutton-Smith

Submit exclusively via Film Freeway:

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

Winning TV Spec Screenplay: Rick and Morty – What Have You Learnt Morty? by Javier Torregrosa

Genre: Comedy, Adventure

Morty struggles to study for his exam, Rick decides to help Morty to learn by showing him first hand. Meanwhile Jerry starts a new job that doesn’t turn out as expected.

CAST LIST:

Mortar: Pearl Ho
Beth: Julie C. Sheppard
Jerry: Twain Ward
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Rick: Peter Nelson
Morty: John Leung
Summer: Katelyn Vanier

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

Winning Short Script – THE HITLER PARADOX, by James Hughes

Genre: Sci-Fi, Comedy

Two time travelers find themselves in conflict as they aim to bring Hitler to justice, although in vastly different ways.

CAST LIST:

Eva: Tayna Bevan
Hitler: Scott McCulloch
Narrator: Kate Fenton
Tiom: Danilo Reyes
Jonny: Michael Lake

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

1pg. Short Screenplay – THE GATE, by Savannah S. Ward

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Matt Barnes
Andrew: Jarrod Terrell
Woman: Kyra Weichert

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

Winning Feature Screenplay Reading of THE NOWHERE MAN, by Edward Ocean and Michael Sgueglia

Genre: Drama, Fantasy,

Struggling talent agent, Harry Durst unintentionally saves his idol’s life and changes his forever.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR: Rachel Rain Packota
Harry: Julian Ford
Mary: Stephanie Haines
Julia: Vanessa Burns
John Lennon: Jason Gray
Stevens: Isaiah Kolundzic
Yoko: Olivia Jon

Get to know the writers: 
1. What is your screenplay about?

It’s the story of a depressed New York talent agent who inexplicability finds himself back in 1980 just in time to save John Lennon and his own marriage.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Fantasy/Dramady

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Michael – It has all the good stuff; music, comedy and a Beatles reunion.

Ed – It also has everyones favorite ….time travel.

4. How would you describe this script in two words?

What if?

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

Michael – I’ve seen tons of movies many times. So choosing only one would be impossible.

Ed- “Battlefield Earth”

6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

We wrote it 9 years ago and have been tweaking it ever since.

7. How many stories have you written?

Two feature length scripts with treatments for 8 more.

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

Both – Anything Beatles!

9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The decision to use the Beatles instead of a fictitious band because of the licensing expense.

10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Ed – Being a former professional musician it would be music.

Michael – I’m also a singer-songwriter/producer.

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

 More user friendly than the other big submission site. Also the Paypal option was a plus.

12. What influenced you to enter the festival?

It had the qualifications we were looking for.

What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

Honest and helpful. 
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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