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Deadline November 10th – Fantasy/Sci-Fi Screenplay Festival (Feature, Short, TV Pilot) Save $15 off

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Get your screenplay performed by professional actors at the Fantasy/Sci-Fi Festival.

The Fastest Growing FANTASY/SCI-FI Festival and Contest in the World today!

– 0ffers screenwriters at all levels the fantastic opportunity to hear their stories read aloud using TOP PROFESSIONAL ACTORS (see below for recent performance readings).

– No matter what happens, you will receive full feedback on your work by our established committee. No other place in the world will you get coverage for the price you pay.

– Even if you’re just looking for feedback of your work, this is the festival for you.

– It’s there for all to see. The proof is in the viewership. These videos garner 1000s of views online. Some of the screenplay readings are more popular than actual studio films made!

– We specialize in showcasing Horror stories and making sure that when the work is ready, the writer will benefit by at least obtaining a solid agent.

The RULES are simple:

1. Write a story. Edit the heck out of it. .

2. Email your work to submission@fantasyscififestival.com in .pdf, .doc, .wpd, .rtf, format. Or, if submitting your film, please send us a Vimeo or download link.

In the body in the email please add your:
– FULL NAME
– CITY AND COUNTRY
– TITLE OF STORY/FILM
– TYPE OF WORK (TV script, Feature script, short script)
– (optional) and a 1-2 line synopsis of your story/film.

PLEASE ADD YOUR FULL CONTACT INFO (especially email address) on the title page of your work.

3. Pay the $35 submission fee ($15 off regular price) via the button here:
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OR, Submit via FilmFreeway, the exclusive way our festival accepts submissions.:

WATCH Winning Fantasy/Sci-Fi Screenplay and Story Readings:

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Conrad Haynes – October 2016 TV PILOT Screenplay Winner

Watch the October 2016 Winning TV PILOT Comedy Screenplay.

THE VISA TV Pilot
Written by Conrad Haynes

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Animated Comedy

A goofball prince and a determined refugee team up to steal coveted travel visas out of their Kingdom and into New America.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Erynn Brook
LEA – Viktoria Napoleonova
KHAN – Michael Lake
STEPHAN – Martin Huss
PRINCE – Brogan Caulfield
QUEEN – Michelle Alexander

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your TV series about?

Khan realizes being in line for the throne totally sucks, so he tries to escape to New America with his friend Lea, but first they’ll need a visa.

OR

A goofball prince and his best friend team up to steal coveted visas out of their kingdom and into New America!

Why should this screenplay be made into a TV show?

The Visa creates an engaging, original world that feels unlike anything I’ve ever seen before, the characters have a charming and hilarious friendship, and the story lays foundation for an interesting and enticing adventure.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Unlikely Friendship

What TV show do you keep watching over and over again?

I am addicted to Mr. Robot, Archer, and BoJack Horseman!

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Too long haha.

How many stories have you written?

I’ve written several short films and a few comedy pilots.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

The Visa, at its inception, was written to be a reflection of my life experiences. I take elements from the racial climate in America, my relationship with ornery family members and bizarre friends, my obsession over pop culture, films, and irrelevant ‘macguffins’. They all influenced me in the creations of these engaging characters and fish out of water storyline. Also, I’m a huge animation fan!

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The biggest obstacle I faced was finding the right balance between world building and character development. As the pilot takes place in a futuristic world with sea monsters, cellphones, and wizards, it wasn’t always the best to just drop the audience in mid-story. I had to work to build the characters and world first, and then let the story take over.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I have a passion for working at the intersection of art, technology, and storytelling! I act and I’m actually producing my first short film this month about ‘anxiety’ entitled HeadSpace.

I also really enjoy traveling and meeting new people, hearing their stories. I’m working to visit every state in America within the next year!

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

I entered this festival because I love comedy and really enjoyed the idea of having my script performed by actors. Hearing my words come alive on screen definitely beats me creating terrible voices for all of the characters haha.

The initial feedback I received was extremely helpful in sharpening my scenes. The notes from this festival helped me to tighten my script and strengthen my ‘unique’ humor.

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

Write what makes you laugh. Chances are, it will make others laugh too.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Chris Gebhardt & Jenn Russi – August 2016 TV PILOT Screenplay Winners

SURVEILLANCE TV Pilot
Written by Chris Gebhardt & Jenn Russi
Read 10 Questions with the writer

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Julian Ford
SARAH – Kayla Lakhani
JEFF – Jonathan Shaboo
ALEX – Alicia Payne
MITCHELL – Mark Sparks
DEV – Sean Kauffman
DREW – Shelly Antony

SYNOPSIS:

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.

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January 17 2016 Writing Festival Details

The writing festival will be presenting the best of TV Screenplays:  2 Original TV Pilot Screenplays, 1 TV Spec Screenplay, and a Best Scene TV Pilot Screenplay at the upcoming January 3 2016 event.

Here are the details of the winning scripts we’ll be performing:

#1 – TV Pilot – LACIE BIDWELL, by Jameel Khan 

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Thriller, Science Fiction, Mystery

SYNOPSIS:

Twelve years after her father created the zombie virus that killed thousands in downtown Indianapolis, Lacie Bidwell is in college and still feeling the effects of the family name. She tries to move on an live a relatively normal life. But when a mys

#2 – TV Pilot – LIFE IN THE LAST LANE, by Debi Calabro

Genre: Sports, Comedy

SYNOPSIS: 

A character-based comedy that explores the fascinating and high stakes world of horse racing, the people that the track draws in and the inevitable conflicts that ensue from the giant personalities who are addicted to living life in the fast lane.

#3 – TV Spec of the TV Show (Netflix) UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT “Kimmy Gets Addicted” by Jen Turriff

Genre: Comedy

SYNOPSIS: 

Kimmy quickly becomes addicted to an iPad game. As she discovers she unknowingly made in-app purchases, she has to find a creative way to pay her debts. Meanwhile, Titus battles his own obsession and Jacqu

#4 – TV Best Scene -Absynthia by Seregon O’Dassey

Genre: Sci-Fi, Drama

SYNOPSIS:

An attack on a mercenary airship, while on a seemingly innocent cargo run sends the lives of the Captain and her crew into their not so innocent pasts. Will the events that unfold destroy the future for everyone that the government had carefully and deliberately planned?

 

Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

 

Science fiction on television. Read over 30 Sci-Fi TV Logline Pitches

The birth of Sci-Fi Television programs started with kids shows during the 1940s. Suspending disbelief was easy for kids, but not so for (most) adults as executing space and gadgets wasn’t as easy then as it is today. Then a little show called Star Trek, the most famous Science Fiction show in history, aired in the 1960s on prime-time television and the birth of this highly popular and successful genre began.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t that simple. A show like Star Trek cost over $100,000 per episode, which at the time was the most expensive show on the television airwaves. So the TV studios needed to really believe in a show like this in order to invest in the pilot and subsequent episodes. Other genres like a straight up comedy or court room drama for example were a lot cheaper and didn’t require any “special effects”.

The same can be said even today. Sci-Fi shows have the potential for a huge audience, if only they are solid because this is a fan base that can be very fickle at times. So for every monster hit like The X-Files, you have 20 that didn’t make it past season two.

In the big screen, Sci-Fi films have dominated the box office in 2014, with films like Interstellar and Guardians of the Galaxy. But on television the interest has seemed to die down a bit as fantasy and horror fringe genres have taken more of a front seat. But that will soon change, especially with the advances of digital imagery and the potential for amazing visual effects without the expensive budget it used to have.

So here’s a list of over 30 Sci-Fi TV Logline Pitches for you to read:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/sci-fi_tv_shows.html

Enjoy.

– Matthew Toffolo

Submit your FREE Logline pitch to the festival today (any type or genre) – http://www.wildsound.ca/logline.html

Submit your script or story formally to the festival today – http://www.wildsound.ca

Watch past winning story/script readings performed by professional actors – http://www.wildsoundfestival.com