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Winning Feature Screenplay: The Memphis Mafia by Jason B. Williams

A disillusioned member of Elvis Presley’s entourage and an ex-stripper try to smuggle five million dollars in diamonds out of the country, without being caught by Colonel Parker or killed by the mob, on the back of Elvis’s American Eagle jumpsuit.

CAST LIST:

Elvis: Brandon Knox
Andy: Harry Judge
Narrator: Val Cole
Layla James: Alex Simpson
Judd: Randy Baumer
Vic: Brian Carlton

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

Festival Moderators: Kierston Drier, Shepsut Wilson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Festival Directors: Mary Cox, Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Hugh Ritchie, Isabal Cupryn, Aser Santos Jr., Zack Arch

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WATCH THE WINNING FEATURE SCREENPLAY FOR OCTOBER 2018

WINNING FEATURE FILM: THE NEW SCHOOL BY EVAN R. SCHULLERY

SYNOPSIS

Northwood High School is in lockdown after gunshots are heard. Two months earlier, troubled teenager, Justin Koenig joins Carol O’Connell’s class. But Carol is made uneasy by her new pupil, which is made worse when a former colleague is fatally wounded in a Boston school. With Northwood staff and parents discussing whether teachers should be armed, Carol decides to take matters into her own hand. Applying to take a controversial training program, and getting a gun permit, Carol tries to convince colleague Heather of Justin’s fascination with the recent Boston shooting. However following an outburst, Carol is suspended, but soon pieces together clues that Justin is going to carry out a shooting. Rushing to the school, she accidentally shoots Heather in an effort to stop Justin. With Carol arrested, a shocked Justin dumps a bag from his locker.

CAST LIST:

Mr. Koenig: Nick Hendrik
Justin: Gabriel Darku
Demarco : Scott McCullogh
Narrator: Matt Barnes
Carol: Susan Wilson
Heather: Kyana Teresa
Patricia: Olivia Barret

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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 Film: THE NEW SCHOOL by Evan R. Schullery

SYNOPSIS

Northwood High School is in lockdown after gunshots are heard. Two months earlier, troubled teenager, Justin Koenig joins Carol O’Connell’s class. But Carol is made uneasy by her new pupil, which is made worse when a former colleague is fatally wounded in a Boston school. With Northwood staff and parents discussing whether teachers should be armed, Carol decides to take matters into her own hand. Applying to take a controversial training program, and getting a gun permit, Carol tries to convince colleague Heather of Justin’s fascination with the recent Boston shooting. However following an outburst, Carol is suspended, but soon pieces together clues that Justin is going to carry out a shooting. Rushing to the school, she accidentally shoots Heather in an effort to stop Justin. With Carol arrested, a shocked Justin dumps a bag from his locker.

CAST LIST:

Mr. Koenig: Nick Hendrik
Justin: Gabriel Darku
Demarco : Scott McCullogh
Narrator: Matt Barnes
Carol: Susan Wilson
Heather: Kyana Teresa
Patricia: Olivia Barret

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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

2017 Feature Screenplay Winners (17)

Watch FULL readings of all the 17 feature screenplay winners performed by professional actors:

ACTORFEATURE Screenplay – INCURABLE
January 2017 Reading
Written by Jeff York
ACTORFEATURE Screenplay – PIXYLATIONS
February 2017 Reading
Written by Joe Laudati
ACTORFEATURE Screenplay – NEMESIS
March 2017 Reading
Written by Carl Joglar

ACTORFAMILY FEATURE Screenplay – QUEST FOR LIGHT
April 2017 Reading
Written by Byron Anderson
ACTORFAN FICTION FEATURE Screenplay – MARVEL ZOMBIES
May 2017 Reading
by Christopher J. Valin
ACTORACTION FEATURE Screenplay – THE FLIGHT OF THE SOULS
May 2017 Reading
by Guy Quigley
ACTORLGBT Feature Screenplay – ARRANGING MIA
June 2017 Reading
by Joanie Fox
ACTORTHRILLER Feature Screenplay – THE TWIN WITHIN
July 2017 Reading
by Gunnar E. Garrett

ACTORWINNING FEATURE Screenplay – PEACE PLEDGE
August 2017 Reading
by George M. Johnson
ACTORWINNING FEATURE Screenplay – THE LAST PRISON
August 2017 Reading
by Richard Geiwitz
ACTORANIMATION Feature Screenplay – STORM DRAGON
September 2017 Reading
by Joey Curtis & Danny Klein

ACTORTHRILLER Feature Screenplay – WORD GAMES
September 2017 Reading
by Joel Stern

ACTORACTION FEATURE Screenplay – NOWHERE-VILLE
October 2017 Reading
by Richard M. Kjeldgaard
ACTORLGBT FEATURE Screenplay – ANH SANG
November 2017 Reading
by Barry Brennessel
ACTORFAMILY FEATURE Screenplay – THE SPIRIT OF COLUMBUS
November 2017 Reading
by Eric W. Carlson
ACTORNOWHERE MAN – TIME TRAVEL Feature Screenplay
December 2017 Reading
by Edward Ocean & Michael Sgueglia
ACTOREYES OF DAWN – FEMALE Feature Screenplay
December 2017 Reading
by Sheri Davenport

Watch the December 2017 WINNING Feature Screenplay Readings

FULL Feature Readings performed by professional actors:

ACTORNOWHERE MAN – TIME TRAVEL Feature Screenplay
December 2017 Reading
by Edward Ocean & Michael Sgueglia
ACTOREYES OF DAWN – FEMALE Feature Screenplay
December 2017 Reading
by Sheri Davenport

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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 THRILLER Feature Screenplay: WORD GAMES, by Joel Stern

Genre: Thriller, Horror, Drama

A commercial airliner flying to Paris explodes off the U.S. East Coast killing sixteen members of a high school French Club and a young pianist destined for greatness; a pair of deranged teens go on a terrifying high school shooting spree ending the life of a young girl devoted to serving God and mankind. If there is a master plan, how could these horrific events be allowed to happen?

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Val Cole
Sal: Kris Hagen
Dave: Peter Nelson
Monica: Shania Belton
Julie: Katelyn Varadi
Tanya/Shannon: Carina Cojeen
Lassen: Mike Ruderman
Bill: Nick Wicht

 Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

“Word Games” is about two strangers in a nursing home who are isolated because of the “Blizzard of the Millennium” . One man – Sal Genesinni – is the janitor. The other is Dave Phillips, an old man, wheelchair bound, who was found abandoned in the storm. While Phillips’ true identity remains a mystery, he and Genesinni play “Scrabble” to kill time. As they spell certain words it takes us back in time to real life events. As they recall these events they actually change what happened. This affects the destiny of the promising young people they speak of. As the story unfolds, we realize their “game” is a battle of wits between good and evil – one they engage in as different people throughout time.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Suspense/Horror

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

“Word Games” would provide moviegoers with a suspenseful, alternative view of destiny and attempt to explain why bad things happen to good people.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Story in two words: Inescapable destiny.

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

The movie I’ve seen the most: “Pineapple Express”

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I wrote the short story two years ago (now on Amazon). I began writing the screenplay in January, 2016.

How many stories have you written?

I’m currently writing my third screenplay. I began my first, “Trickle Down”, a dramatic comedy based on the 2007 mortgage meltdown, in 2012.

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

Favorite song – Rod Stewart’s “Have I Told You Lately…”

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Obstacles to writing screenplay: Trying to think as God

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Other passions: Sports, politics, travel, history

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

Film Freeway: Easy to work with

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

I entered the festival to gage interest in my work and to get it produced. “Word Games” also won a Finalist Award at the Cannes Film Festival Screenwriting contest in April of this year.

I was thrilled with the feedback I received. I made a few clarifications when asked to.

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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

2016 CIVIL WAR Stories

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SEE the best of stories performed at the festival:

ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – THE SPECTRAL CITY
July 2016 Reading
Written by Arthur Vincie

ACTORFeature Screenplay – CATCH THE DEVIL
April 2016 Reading
Written by Martin Blinder