August 7, 2016 – Writing Festival Details

This week’s writing festival is a showcase of the August winning TV PILOTS, plus the winning 1st scene and short screenplays.

They will be performed by some of the top actors working in Toronto today.

Here are the details of the screenplays and stage play being performed:

#1 – TV PILOT – Surveillance by Chris Gebhardt & Jenn Russi

Genre: Drama, Crime, Thriller

When a young woman uncovers an illegal government surveillance program that uses ordinary citizens’ private lives against them, she finds herself caught between her patriotic roots and the grim reality of government service. Living with Bipolar I disorder, she must find a way to protect her own secrets and determine where she stands in the coming War on Truth.

#2- TV PILOT – Olympus Rising by C.M. Landrus

Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Action, Adventure

After two thousand years of dormancy, the gods of Mount Olympus awaken as human teenagers to struggle with the immortal bonds of kinship while reclaiming their rightful places as rulers of humankind.

#3 – 1st Scene – Kabul by Vincent Masson

Genre: Drama, Thriller, War

Two boys growing up in post-9/11 Afghanistan take different paths – One becomes a soldier, the other a Taliban Fighter.

#4 – 1st Scene – Halfway by Lukas Hassel

Genre: Drama

Two recovering addicts skip out of rehab to rediscover their sober identities on their own. Determined to, for once, be winners in life, they quickly lose track of where they are going and why.

#5 – Short Screenplay – Together by Jade Syed-Bokhari

Genre: Sci-Fi, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller

As an apocalyptic asteroid heads to earth, a bereaved father hunts down his child’s killer; so dead or alive, his family is together to face the end.

#6 – Short Screenplay – To Kill Gandhi by James M. Freeman

Genre: History, Biography, Drama

In the midst of intense conflict between Muslims and Hindus fighting for India in 1946, Mallabir and his men do their utmost to regain order, no matter how brutal their means.


Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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