Amy Malinda Jackson – March 2017 SHORT Screenplay Winner

Winning Screenplay – REBEKAH’S CLOSET
Written by Amy Malinda JacksonCAST 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.

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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

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

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Casting: Sean Ballantyne

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Max Thackara – March 2017 SHORT Screenplay Winner

Winning Screenplay – MILKSHAKE
Written by Max ThackaraCAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
TEDDY – Dan Cristofori
WAITRESS – Cassandra Guthrie
ALICE – Jane Hailes

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Romance, Drama

A young couple have an awkward meet in a 50s diner.
Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

It is a short script about a relationship between two young lovers, very much a cliché!

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Romance

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

This short script I believe would make an excellent and very emphatic short film for its use of music and soft tone.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Bitter sweet.

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

Probably ‘Step Brothers’

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I wrote this short script over a few days after having the idea/setting in mind for a while.

How many stories have you written?

As I haven’t been writing for long I am working on a number of scripts ideas at the moment, but have also written probably 3 or 4 short stories I’m proud of.

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

Starman (David Bowie)

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I was unsure of the ending and how I wanted the story to unfold, but I have since changed it rather a lot with an ending I now feel is much more appropriate.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I was unsure of the ending and how I wanted the story to unfold, but I have since changed it rather a lot with an ending I now feel is much more appropriate.

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

I entered the festival as I believed this was one of my best short scripts. The feedback was brilliant and influenced me in the rewrite I completed recently. I was thrilled to be selected as obviously a lot of this is subjective, also it hopefully confirmed that my writing isn’t as awful as it was 6 months ago!

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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2016 ALIEN Films, Screenplays, Stories

See the best of the 2016 Festival: Short Films, Screenplays, Novels, Stories

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – CARE AND CLEANING
December 2016 Reading
Written by Robin Kenny

ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – LIVING PROOF
December 2016 Reading
Written by Herschel Medlin


festival posterA SHADOW OF DARA, 14min., Bulgaria, Sci-Fi
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September 2016 Film Festival


festival posterDARKNESS FALLS, 15min, Sweden, Sci-Fi/Thriller
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September 2016 Film Festival

ACTORSHORT STORY – STARMAN – LIFE ON TRAPPIST ONE
July 2016 Reading
Written by Dermott Hayes

ACTOR1st Scene Screenplay – STARBOUND
June 2016 Reading
Written by Alex A. Kecskes

ACTOR1st Chapter Reading – THE MAGIC PILLOW
March 2016 Reading
Written by K.J. Kratz

ACTORFeature Screenplay – HENRIETTA’S ODYSSEY
February 2016 Reading
Written by L.R. Whittinger


festival posterYO SOY PEDRO
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10min, France, Sci-Fi/Comedy

ACTOR1st Scene -GUNNISON
January 2016 Reading
Written by Daniel Duane

ACTORChapter 7 Reading – THE FURLITES OF ARORIEL
January 2016 Reading
Written by Marie J.S. Phillips

ACTORNovel 1st Chapter Reading – MYSTIC VILLAGE
April 2016 Reading
Written by Jeannine Fortier

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Johnson

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WILDsound Announces its DECEMBER 2016 WINNING SCREENPLAYS

The last month of 2016 was a landmark month for the festival. Not only did they showcase 4 film festival dates in Los Angeles and Toronto, they also performed the most screenplay winning readings ever in one month. While most festivals and the industry itself shuts down in December, WILDsound had its most productive month in its history.

Watch the winning screenplay readings now performed by some of the top actors in Toronto and Los Angeles working today:

http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/december_2016_winning_screenplays.html

1 Feature Screenplay Winner
– TRIAL & ERIN by Larry Shulruff

2 TV Screenplay Winners
– MIDLIFE CRISIS by Erica Barfield Peterson
– RICK AND MORTY TV Spec by Matthew Feldman

1 Fan Fiction Screenplay Winner
– HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER by Eugene Ramos

5 1st Scene Screenplay Winners
– DOORLOCKER by Tony DiSibio & BL Cooper
– UPSPOKEN by Amber Epling
– YOU’VE CHANGED by Sam Sexton
– SHE DRIVES ME CRAZY by Elisha Barnes
– MALICIOUS INTENT by Mike Briock

1 Short Screenplay Winner
– BLOOD DRIVE by Myka J. Friscia

There was also 20 Best Scene Screenplay Readings performed.

Plus, 29 Winning 1pg. Short Screenplay Readings performed.

Overall, an incredible 59 screenplays performed at the festival in just December 2016 alone.

 

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WATCH the WINNING 2016 FEATURE SCREENPLAY FESTIVAL READINGS:

ACTORFEATURE Screenplay – TRIAL & ERIN
December 2016 Reading
Written by Larry Shulruff
ACTORFEATURE Screenplay – DUE SOUTH
November 2016 Reading
Written by Even R. Schullery
ACTORFEATURE Screenplay: CHARLOTTE SOMETIMES
October 2016 Reading
Written by Cate Carson
ACTORFEATURE Screenplay: LAWN BOYS
September 2016 Reading
Written by Steve Cleary
ACTORFEATURE Screenplay: LUCIDAE
September 2016 Reading
Written by Jacqueline Marett
ACTORFEATURE Screenplay – FOR ALL MANKIND
August 2016 Reading
Written by Matthew O’Connell
ACTORFEATURE Screenplay – FIEND
July 2016 Reading
Written by Jeff York
ACTORFEATURE Screenplay – THE CHARLOTTETOWN JACKHAMMER
July 2016 Reading
Written by Marc Lalonde
ACTORFEATURE Screenplay – INKED IN BLOOD
June 2016 Reading
Written by Paul Corricelli
ACTORFeature Screenplay – THE BOO
May 2016 Reading
Written by Scott McEntire
ACTORFan Fiction Feature Screenplay – STAR WARS Episode I: THE REDEMPTION OF SKYWALKER
May 2016 Reading
Written by Brian O’Flaherty
ACTORFeature Screenplay – CATCH THE DEVIL
April 2016 Reading
Written by Martin Blinder
ACTORFeature Screenplay – MISPRINTS
April 2016 Reading
Written by Adam Preston
ACTORFeature Screenplay – DEAD NORTH
April 2016 Reading
Written by Alexander Nachaj
ACTORFeature Screenplay – MOTHS TO FLAME
March 2016 Reading
Written by Fredric Maffei
ACTORFeature Screenplay – GATES OF HELL
March 2016 Reading
Written by Pamela Green and Everett House Sr.
ACTORFeature Screenplay – FOUR FOR THE BORDER
February 2016 Reading
Written by Toby Roberts
ACTORFeature Screenplay – HENRIETTA’S ODYSSEY
February 2016 Reading
Written by L.R. Whittinger
ACTORFeature Screenplay – CRIME EXTRAORDINAIRE
January 2016 Reading
Written by Howard Fridkin

Best Scene Screenplay from Death of a Ladies’ Man by Salim Allybokus

Best Scene from the screenplay DEATH OF A LADIES MAN Screenplay
Written by Salim Allybokus

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Laura Kyswaty
MISCHA – Kelly Daly
MALCOLM – John Fray
WAITER – Peter Nelson

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: TV PILOT, Comedy, Thriller

Tells the story of an amoral relationship counsellor who delights in destroying relationships.

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

“Death of a Ladies’ Man” tells the story of an amoral relationship counsellor who delights in destroying relationships. He’s also dead and narrating the final 3 years of his life from beyond the grave as he tries to ascertain who killed him and why. I wanted to write from the perspective of a loathsome, morally-bankrupt individual, who’s also so charismatic that he actually challenges the audience to like him.

What genres does your screenplay under?

The submitted script is the pilot episode of a 6-part TV Comedy-Thriller. I would say that it’s a black comedy with the character development and dense plotting of a drama as well as the excitement of a whodunit murder-mystery.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Although this has been written as a TV Series, it has a cinematic, film-noir feel to it which could conceivably translate well to a feature-length film.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Blackly comic.

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

‘Synecdoche, New York’.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

It’s been redrafted a few times, so just over a year in total.

How many stories have you written?

This is the first screenplay that I’ve written. However, I’m currently working on a feature, a short and two more comedy pilots.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I think the best comedy emanates from inherently contradictory situations and I felt that relationship counselling, which essentially depends upon the problems in people’s personal lives, would be a great starting point. I was also excited about writing from the perspective of a villain and by the challenge of inviting the audience to sympathise with him in some way.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

As it’s my first screenplay, I felt a daily insecurity of whether or not I should be pursuing a career in writing at all. Therefore, the obstacles I faced were not just the constant redrafts, but my own internal insecurities.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I’m also very passionate about music. I play guitar and write songs when I’m not working on screenplays.

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

I’m a new writer, so I wouldn’t want to overstate my expertise. However, it’s not just important to trust yourself and what you’re trying to create, but to also very carefully choose the people you place your trust in. In any create field, it’s vital to surround yourself with like-minded individuals who will inspire you and cultivate your creativity.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson


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Best Scene Screenplay of O’, Cry Afrika by William Teller

Best Scene from the screenplay O CRY AFRIKA Screenplay
Written by William Teller

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Laura Kyswaty
EDMUND – Gabriel Darku
CAPTAIN VAN FOIGHT – Peter Nelson

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Drama, Historical Drama

A mercenary in King Leopold’s Congo grows a conscience, helping enslaved locals escape while also throwing his superiors off track by agreeing to find and stop whoever it is helping set them free.

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

A mercenary in King Leopold’s Congo grows a conscience, helping enslaved locals escape while also throwing his superiors off track by agreeing to find and stop whoever it is helping set them free.

What genres does your screenplay under?

Drama, Historical Drama

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Not only does it tell an important story of a lesser known genocide, it speaks to ideas of guilt, grace, forgiveness and humanity.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Tightening Noose

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

Schindler’s List

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

1 year

How many stories have you written?

Five

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

A love of history, storytelling and to start a conversation about how to move forward.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Self doubt as a writer, which I suppose it always there, but not letting the history or the larger narrative drown out or minimize the characters.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Travel, teaching, learning and food, especially food.

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

Don’t get fooled by the muse fallacy. Write every day, if you’re feeling it, if you’re not feeling it. No matter what, write.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson


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