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

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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Winning Short Screenplay – Sunday Drive by Paige Brien

SUNDAY DRIVE
Written by Paige Brien

CAST LIST:

PAM – Laura Kyswaty
JOHN – Dan Cristofori
VERN – Peter Nelson
NARRATOR – Kelly Daly

SYNOPSIS:

Drama

1pg. screenplay about: How rude we are on the road to strangers. How when you let the little things get to you, there is an underlying reason. And finally, how fast we are moving in today’s society – road rage, texting, instant gratifications, etc.

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

It is about so much! About how old traditions have fallen away. How rude we are on the road to strangers. How when you let the little things get to you, there is an underlying reason. And finally, how fast we are moving in today’s society – road rage, texting, instant gratifications, etc.

What genres does your screenplay under?

Drama

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It is truly relevant for today.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Real. Life.

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

Stepbrothers! Ha.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I had the idea for awhile. Life moves so fast now, but only took me a day to finally write it all down.

How many stories have you written?

I can’t count! I have been writing stories all my life.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

Again, had the idea for a while, I will be expanding on it for a feature screenplay.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

It’s so short, so the obstacles were about what I should leave out.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Filmmaking, art, music and my loved ones.

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

Get your story out there. Don’t be afraid to share.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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Winning Short Screenplay – Bureaucracy by Sharmini Kumar

BUREAUCRACY
Written by Sharmini Kumar

CAST LIST:

CLERK – Dan Cristofori
NARRATOR – Peter Nelson
YOUNG WOMAN – Kelly Daly

SYNOPSIS:

Comedy, Horror, Fantasy

A screenplay about bureaucracy and unnecessary red tape. And also vampires.

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

It’s about bureaucracy and unnecessary red tape. And also vampires.

What genres does your screenplay under?

Comedy, horror.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I think it would be a lot of fun for cast, crew and audience. There’s a lot of potential for both suspense and comedy and playing with the timing to get both of those things.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Terrifyingly relatable.

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

Bend it Like Beckham. It was the first time I had seen an English-language film with a person of colour as the protagonist.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I had had the idea for awhile, but it was only a couple of days once I put pen to paper (fingers to keyboard).

How many stories have you written?

I don’t know – a lot. I’ve been writing since I was about eight. But I think my stories have improved a little since the one about the princess who owned sapphires, rubies and emeralds. (She divorced her husband and ran the country.)

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

We can all relate to dealing with unnecessary bureaucracy. I wanted the situation to be as heightened as possible and to explore the boundary between comedy and horror/suspense.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

One page is a very short screenplay! I often tend to write a lot of dialogue but that wouldn’t work here. I needed to be as efficient as possible with the storytelling.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I’m passionate about film, theatre and books and the intersections between them. I’m passionate about wanting to see a more just world. And I’m passionate about the difference between ‘less’ and ‘fewer’.

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

The only way I know how to write is to put my backside in a seat and write. Then stand up and pace while I’m thinking. Then return to the seat and keep writing. Good luck.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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Winning Short Screenplay – Forgiveness by Michael Adrian Lockett

FORGIVENESS
Written by Michael Adrian Lockett

CAST LIST:

CATHERINE – Laura Kyswaty
FATHER CALLAHAN – Peter Nelson
THE PRESIDENT – Gabriel Darku
NARRATOR – Kelly Daly

SYNOPSIS:

Drama

An elderly Catholic woman takes revenge upon a priest responsible for her son’s suicide.

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

An elderly Catholic woman takes revenge upon a priest responsible for her son’s suicide.

What genres does your screenplay under?

Drama

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

This story taps into the pain and human tragedy of the Catholic Church’s sex abuse scandal while providing the cathartic feeling that revenge stories give the viewers.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Sweet Revenge

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

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Six months

How many stories have you written?

30-40

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

Being in a very Catholic area I know of many people personally affected by this

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Balancing the real pain it is based upon with creating a story that the general public could relate to.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

The outdoors, travel, martial arts, art and design.

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

You only get better at anything through practice. Read good writing (scripts and stories) and write as much as you can every minute you can.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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Winning Short Screenplay – Hanging Out In Malaysia by Wolfgang Schuler

HANGING OUT IN MALAYSIA
Written by Wolfgang Schuler

CAST LIST:

GATE ATTENDANT – Laura Kyswaty
PASSENGER – Peter Nelson
NARRATOR – Gabriel Darku

SYNOPSIS:

Drama/Thriller

a naive Aussie business man arrives in Malaysia in 1986 during the week when the first westerners, an Australian and a British man, were sentenced to death and hanged under Malaysia’s tough drug trafficking laws.

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

It’s about a naive Aussie business man arriving in Malaysia in 1986 during the week when the first westerners, an Australian and a British man, were sentenced to death and hanged under Malaysia’s tough drug trafficking laws.

What genres does your screenplay under?

Drama/Thriller

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It’s not everyday that you visit a country, unbeknownst of what is about to occur, and feel that everyone is looking at you for all the wrong reasons.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Unnerving, suspenseful.

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

Polar Express

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Couple of months

How many stories have you written?

4 feature length (Spy Harmony, The Ghosts in Me, Hanging Out in Malaysia, Faminoids)

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

Seemed like a good idea at the time.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Finding enough time to write without being distracted by the need to run my businesses and earn a living.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Commodity Futures Trading, Motor Sports, Acting

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

It’s never too late to start, in fact the later you start the more life experience you can recount and share.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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