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.

TV CONTESTSUBMIT your Best Scene Screenplay or TV SPEC Script
Voted #1 TV Contest in North America.
Screenplay CONTESTSUBMIT your Best Scene Screenplay or FEATURE Script
FULL FEEDBACK on all entries. Get your script performed
Screenplay CONTESTFIRST SCENE (first 10pgs) Screenplay CONTEST
Submit the first stages of your film and get full feedback!

 

 

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

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Casting: Sean Ballantyne

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.

https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=rolling+stones+i’m+a+monkey+lyrics&*

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.

http://www.amyjackson.cc

TV CONTESTSUBMIT your Best Scene Screenplay or TV SPEC Script
Voted #1 TV Contest in North America.
Screenplay CONTESTSUBMIT your Best Scene Screenplay or FEATURE Script
FULL FEEDBACK on all entries. Get your script performed
Screenplay CONTESTFIRST SCENE (first 10pgs) Screenplay CONTEST
Submit the first stages of your film and get full feedback!

 

 

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.

****

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

TV CONTESTSUBMIT your Best Scene Screenplay or TV SPEC Script
Voted #1 TV Contest in North America.
Screenplay CONTESTSUBMIT your Best Scene Screenplay or FEATURE Script
FULL FEEDBACK on all entries. Get your script performed
Screenplay CONTESTFIRST SCENE (first 10pgs) Screenplay CONTEST
Submit the first stages of your film and get full feedback!

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

****

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

TV CONTESTSUBMIT your Best Scene Screenplay or TV SPEC Script
Voted #1 TV Contest in North America.
Screenplay CONTESTSUBMIT your Best Scene Screenplay or FEATURE Script
FULL FEEDBACK on all entries. Get your script performed
Screenplay CONTESTFIRST SCENE (first 10pgs) Screenplay CONTEST
Submit the first stages of your film and get full feedback!

 

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!


****

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

TV CONTESTSUBMIT your Best Scene Screenplay or TV SPEC Script
Voted #1 TV Contest in North America.
Screenplay CONTESTSUBMIT your Best Scene Screenplay or FEATURE Script
FULL FEEDBACK on all entries. Get your script performed
Screenplay CONTESTFIRST SCENE (first 10pgs) Screenplay CONTEST
Submit the first stages of your film and get full feedback!

 

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

TV CONTESTSUBMIT your Short Screenplay or TV SPEC Script
Voted #1 TV Contest in North America.
SCREENPLAY CONTESTSUBMIT your Short Screenplay or FEATURE Script
FULL FEEDBACK on all entries. Get your script performed
SCREENPLAY CONTESTFIRST SCENE (first 10pgs) SCREENPLAY CONTEST
Submit the first stages of your film and get full feedback!

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

TV CONTESTSUBMIT your Short Screenplay or TV SPEC Script
Voted #1 TV Contest in North America.
SCREENPLAY CONTESTSUBMIT your Short Screenplay or FEATURE Script
FULL FEEDBACK on all entries. Get your script performed
SCREENPLAY CONTESTFIRST SCENE (first 10pgs) SCREENPLAY CONTEST
Submit the first stages of your film and get full feedback!