Screenplay Festival: April 26, 2018 Event

A showcase of the best TV PILOTS, shorts, and 1st scene screenplays from around the world today:

FULL CAST LIST: Rais Moui, Tim Paul McCarthy, Lara Amersey, Alicia Payne, Scott McCulloch, Hugh Ritchie, Georgia Grant, Jane Smythe

TV PILOT COMEDY – REMOTELY WORKING, by Bill Baber

Genre: Comedy

This sitcom web series pilot features five quirky diverse millennials who work remotely for an international tech corporation. They struggle with online meetings, living on the road, and working from “wherever.” Each lone wolf must cooperate with the others, or everyone will be fired. Meanwhile, none of these independent co-dependents has a personal life that is even remotely working. (Single-camera TV-14)

CAST LIST:

Anna: Alicia Payne
Nav: Tim Paul McCarthy
Akihiro: Scott McCulloch
Narrator: Hugh Ritchie
Phil: Rais Moui
Kate: Jane Smythe
Chloe: Lara Amersey

TV PILOT SCI-FI – GALAPAGOS, by by Lukas Hassel

Genre: Sci-Fi, Adventure

It’s year 2437. 3000 meters under the icy crust of earth, the last remaining pocket of humanity struggles to answer the question: Is life for the sake of living any life at all?Extinction is the rule. Survival, the exception.

CAST LIST:

Red: Lara Amersey
Charlotte: Jane Smythe
Captain: Rais Moui
Narrator: Hugh Ritchie
Dan: Scott McCulloch
Bram: Tim Paul McCarthy
Laura: Georgia Grant
Ash: Alicia Payne

Under 5 Minute Short – MIRRORS, by R. Harris Smith

Genre: Horror, Thriller

Young Rachel is getting ready for bed, but as she sleeps, she worries her reflection might be watching her. Once her eyes are closed, her bedroom mirror reflection gets off the bed and presses itself against the mirror. Tapping to get out

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Hugh Ritchie
Rachel: Georgia Grant

Short Film Script – A SHORT DROP AND A SUDDEN STOP, by by Margaret Dane

Genre: Fantasy, Drama

Peter is having a typical, banal mid-life crisis, and cannot see a way out of the mess he has made of his life. He can only see one way out, and has decided to go for the rope and hang himself.

CAST LIST:

Ariel: Alicia Payne
Narrator: Hugh Ritchie
Carmine: Rais Moui
Peter: Tim Paul McCarthy

Short Film Script – THE SEEKER, by Kaitlyn Kowalski

Genre: Drama

A young girl struggles between helping her family, and doing the right thing.

CAST LIST:

Jasmine: Alicia Payne
Dale: Scott McCulloch
Harry: Rais Moui
Narrator: Hugh Ritchie
Gretchen: Lara Amersey
Maria: Georgia Grant
Bridget: Jane Smythe

Short Film Script – THE BROKEN KINGDOM, by Mark Renshaw

Genre: Comedy, Fantasy

In an alternate timeline in which Guy Fawkes blew up parliament and overthrew the English monarchy, on its anniversary half a century later, a French-American businessman finds himself on the run with Scottish Freedom Fighters after he inadvertently commits an act of heresy.

CAST LIST:

Female Reporter: Alicia Payne
Tramp/Angus: Scott McCulloch
Emilia: Lara Amersey
Narrator: Hugh Ritchie
Felix: Tim Paul McCarthy
Renee: Jane Smythe
Soldier: Rais Moui

Short Film Script – SANCTUARY CITY by Stephanie Annis

Genre: Animation, Adventure

Zen Ben is a shy tour guide. After witnessing the injuries of Lily Ladybug and Becky Butterfly, Zen Ben demands repairs. Repairs seem impossible after Queen Lee tricks Zen Ben with an opportunity to win the Philanthropy Awards.

CAST LIST:

Slick Rick: Tim Paul McCarthy
Lily Ladybug: Jane Smythe
Narrator: Hugh Ritchie
Queen Lee: Georgia Grant
Zen Ben: Scott McCulloch
Vicky: Lara Amersey

1pg. Comedy Short – BURSTING FOR A BREAK, by Kelly Lamphear-Dash

Genre: Comedy

A worker in a cubicle is about to explode if she doesn’t get a break.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Hugh Ritchie
Steffi: Jane Smythe
Co-Worker: Rais Moui

1st Scene Script Reading of TRIGGERS, by Robert J. Sawyer

Genre: Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Action/Adventure

After an experiment to cure PTSD goes awry, one of fifteen people is now able to read the President’s memories — and the race is on to find out which one it is before national security is blown all to hell.

CAST LIST:

Susan: Jane Smythe
Daryll: Rais Moui
Narrator: Hugh Ritchie
Jerrison: Scott McCulloch
Manny Cheung: Tim Paul McCarthy

FEMALE TV 1st Scene Script Reading of MY MOTHER MURDERED MY FATHER, by Joanna Perry-Folino

Genre: Drama, Crime

Follows the story of a 30-year-old middle school counselor desperate to uncover the truth of her mother’s conviction for her father’s murder 25 years in the past in order to come to terms with her demons.

CAST LIST:

Claudine: Georgia Grant
Dev: Rais Moui
Narrator: Hugh Ritchie
Francesca/Frankie: Alicia Payne
Carla: Lara Amersey

FEMALE 1st Scene Script Reading of WAVERLY RIDING, by Carla Miles

Genre: Drama, Crime

A single mother in a financial crisis engineers a robbery at the supermarket she works in.

CAST LIST:

April: Lara Amersey
Narrator: Hugh Ritchie
Kat: Georgia Grant
Waverly: Jane Smythe

ANIMATION 1st Scene Script Reading of THE PAPER PRINCESS, by Stephanie Barnes

Genre: Animation, Family, Fantasy

When a courageous princess is transformed into paper, she goes on an epic journey to save her home from an evil sorcerer, learning that true strength comes from within.

CAST LIST:

King Jasper: Tim Paul McCarthy
Aeren: Scott McCulloch
Narrator: Hugh Ritchie
Tania: Alicia Payne
Paige: Lara Amersey
Chancellor: Rais Moui

LGBT 1st Scene Script Reading of THE THINGS WE MISS, by Bonnie Brookby

Genre: Drama, Romance

Two long-estranged childhood friends, suddenly thrust back into one another’s lives, must grapple with their turbulent history as they unearth and reconstruct the decades-long romance their mothers shared.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Hugh Ritchie
Young Mother: Lara Amersey
Jamie: Alicia Payne

SCI-FI 1st Scene Script Reading of THE FIRST A.I. PRESIDENT, by Bernard S. Smith

Genre: Sci-Fi, Drama

Robert Conroy has five days to stop the swearing in of the first A.I. elected to be President of the United States, believing the primary directives against harming humankind have been corrupted by a solar flare.

CAST LIST:

Marcia: Alicia Payne
Nelson: Rais Moui
Narrator: Hugh Ritchie
Simon: Tim Paul McCarthy
Washire: Scott McCulloch

TV COMEDY 1st Scene Script Reading of PSYCHO COPS, by Ben Bushell

Genre: Comedy, Crime

Two cops. One, Skip, a straight shooter rookie looking to make his mark. The other, Frank, a lazy idiot who somehow knows the answer to every mystery.

CAST LIST:

Demarco: Tim Paul McCarthy
Narrator: Hugh Ritchie
Captain: Scott McCulloch
Skip: Rais Moui

FOUR NEGRO GIRLS IN A CHURCH

Cynthia: Lara Amersey
Narrator: Hugh Ritchie
Addie Mae: Alicia Payne
Denise: Georgia Grant

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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

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Screenplay Festival: April 19, 2018 Event

FULL CAST LIST: Val Cole, Petra O’Toole, Neil Bennett, Scott Beaudin, John Fray, Nick Wicht

FEATURE Screenplay Reading of FOR A GOOD LIFE, by Natalia Maslin

Genre: Drama, Family

A young hockey prodigy loses his brother and deals with the consequences as he learns a new family dynamic and develops a new father-son relationship.

CAST LIST:

Bill: Neil Bennett
Ben: Scott Beaudin
Narrator: Sean Ballantyne
Adam: John Fray
Morgan: Val Cole
Tim: Nick Wicht

1st Scene Reading of THE GREAT ADVENTURE OF THE BENTLEY GIRLS, by Elisa Herrmann

Genre: Historical Drama

Set in England in the early 1800s, and tells the story of the Bentleys, a family composed of Aunt Lucy, the matriarch, and her three orphan nieces, Eliza, Julia, and Mary. Aunt Lucy’s goal in life is to arrange good marriages to her nieces, fulfilling a promise she made to her sister in her deathbed, sister who had been disowned by their father.

CAST LIST:

Mr. Ridley: Nick Wicht
Narrator: Sean Ballantyne
Lucy: Val Cole
Mr. Johnson: John Fray

FAN FICTION Best Scene Reading of THE LAST CAMPOUT, by Mike Meade

Genre: Drama, Thriller, Horror

Five friends on a campout in the Pacific NW are stalked by an unknown killer.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Sean Ballantyne
Chelsea: Val Cole
Anthony: John Fray

Short Screenplay – 4TH ROW CENTER, by Frank Vespe

Genre: Drama, Fantay

A teenager meets her Broadway star hero.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: John Fray
Elizabeth: Val Cole
Johnny: Neil Bennett

ACTION Best Scene Reading of THE KANDAHAR MAN, by J. Jermaine Jones

Genre: Action, Adventure

A battlefield medic and her Marine unit in Afghanistan investigate a missing patrol to discover a legendary wild man may be responsible.

CAST LIST:

Jose: Scott Beaudin
Franco: Nick Wicht
Narrator: John Fray
Cierra: Val Cole
Maya: Kierston Drier

SCI-FI Best Scene Reading of DESTINY’S VESSEL, by Suzanne LUTAS

Genre: Sci-Fi, Adventure

The story starts on planet Stellanor in the Orion galaxy at a crucial moment in intergalactical politics, against a background of mounting tension due to a catastrophic shortage of natural resources, since the drought-stricken planets are ready to invade the fertile ones — unless an Intergalactic Alliance is sealed.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: John Fray
Destiny: Val Cole
Ethan: Nick Wicht

COMEDY Best Scene Reading of EASY AS PIE, by John Wood

Genre: Comedy

The number one sales rep battles her conniving rival in a sales contest for the presidency of a pie company put on by the CEO, the inventor of the world’s first negative calorie food.

CAST LIST:

Marie: Petra O’Toole
Narrator: Val Cole
Lenny: Nick Wicht
Homer: Neil Bennett

COMEDY Best Scene Reading of THE STATE OF WYOMING, by Gillian Will

Genre: Comedy

Blue blood black sheep Elliot Vance could charm the slither off a snake. Or he could if he gave a flip.

CAST LIST:

Nebraska: Neil Bennett
Delaware: Nick Wicht
Narrator: John Fray
Tara: Val Cole
Elliot: Scott Beaudin

TV COMEDY Best Scene Reading of TIME SLIP, by Meredith Hill

Genre: Pilot, Comedy, Fantasy

A young woman addicted to alcohol and pills accidentally discovers a time slip in her backyard and uses it to escape her unsatisfying life. As she travels through time to party, she continues to be forced to learn life lessons against her will. Though, whether she’s actually traveling through time or just experiencing the side effects of her addictions isn’t entirely clear.

CAST LIST:Genre: Romance, Comedy

The story is a romantic comedy set in London during the 2009 financial crisis. People are becoming more and more cynical and true love is fainting away. Aphrodite (the Goddess of Love and Beauty) has been blamed by Zeus for the deterioration of love and was punished to live for eternity into the body of an ugly drunkard beggar (named AfroDude).

Bearpaw: Val Cole
Narrator: John Fray
Raphael: Scott Beaudin
Chaz: Kierston Drier

BEST SCENE Reading of FATE’S PECULIAR SENSE OF HUMOR, by N. Triton

CAST LIST:

Nigel: Scott Beaudin
Doctor Drake: Neil Bennett
Narrator: Val Cole
Hugh Jordan: Nick Wicht
Helen: Petra O’Toole

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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

Screenplay Festival: March 29, 2018 Event

An evening of the best of new television screenplays.

FULL CAST LIST:
Marissa Otto, Elizabeth Rose Morriss, Zazu Oke, Courtney Keir, Isaiah Kolundzic, Hugh Ritchie, Salma Dharsee, Allan Michael Brunet

FAN FICTION TV PILOT: SCOOBY-DOO: AGE OF AQUARIUS, by Katie Grotzinger

Genre: Crime, Mystery, Drama, Animation

A reinvention of the iconic television series. Think RIVERDALE.

CAST LIST:

Cass: Salma Dharsee
Velma: Courtney Keir
Daphne: Marissa Otto
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Shaggy: Hugh Ritchie
Fred: Isaiah Kolundzic
Officer Rogers: Allan Michael Brunet
Red: Zazu Oke

TV PILOT BEST SCENE: TWEED by Christopher Scott McClure, PhD.

Genre: Drama

A one hour televison drama.

CAST LIST:

Liya: Salma Dharsee
Longfellow: Allan Michael Brunet
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Victoria: Courtney Keir
Ashley: Marissa Otto
Sebastian: Zazu Oke

TV PILOT BEST SCENE: JOHN Q, by Jason Jung

Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller

After euthanizing his mother, John Q, a mixed race Chinese-American, is drawn back home to Chinatown where he faces off against dirty cops, the Chinese mob, and his own father, in a personal search for atonement.

CAST LIST:

Fast Eddie: Zazu Oke
Daniel Q: Allan Michael Brunet
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
John Q: Hugh Ritchie
Lucas: Isaiah Kolundzic

TV COMEDY BEST SCENE Reading: PAYCHECK 2 PAYCHECK, by Chris Skeeter

Genre: Comedy

Five friends from high school find themselves struggling with money, love, and life in the real world.

CAST LIST:

Drew: Hugh Ritchie
Laten: Isaiah Kolundzic
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Rickey: Zazu Oke
Shanna: Courtney Keir

TV COMEDY BEST SCENE Reading: THE GLOBAL FUND, by Josep Colomer

Genre: Comedy

The Global Fund is a parodical global economic institution, headquartered in Washington, whose Director and Staff attempt –and often fail– to rule over the various countries of the world. They clash and try to make an arrangement with the Presidenta of a country in debt.

CAST LIST:

Neck: Hugh Ritchie
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Bicker: Allan Michael Brunet
Rodriguez: Isaiah Kolundzic

TV SCI-FI BEST SCENE Reading: DRAGONS & WOLVES by Drew Henriksen

Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy

Dragons & Wolves is a serialized, character driven drama based on, but not limited to, the Dragon Tales & Stories trilogy written by Drew Henriksen and published by ArcheBooks, Italian publisher Armenia, Draghi E Lupi. It tells the story of a mythical family through four hundred years. Told in the form of a western, viewers may not realize it takes place a few centuries after a plague wiped out most of humanity. With different supernatural beings such as dragons, warlocks, and werewolves it follows the character of Randy on his quest to save mankind. The focus is on well-developed characters reacting to situations as we would with flashbacks to the 1970s & 2000s.

CAST LIST:

Jergon: Zazu Oke
Carmon: Salma Dharsee
Kaitlin: Marissa Otto
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Captain: Allan Michael Brunet
Randy: Isaiah Kolundzic
Kyle: Hugh Ritchie

TV SCI-FI BEST SCENE Reading: ESC.(APE) ONLINE, by Christopher Kerr

Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy

A ragtag ensemble meet up in a Virtual universe – becoming the people they want to be, experiencing risk and adventure there. But their leader’s all-consuming thirst for revenge threatens dire consequences upon both their online, and real-world, personas.

CAST LIST:

Man: Zazu Oke
Kestry: Courtney Keir
Ezra: Marissa Otto
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Kieran: Isaiah Kolundzic
Payton: Allan Michael Brunet
Jay Gee: Hugh Ritchie

SCI-FI BEST SCENE Reading: MAGIC MAN, by Norma Hickox

Genre: Action, Drama

A musical 2 act play. This futuristic musical takes place in the year 2099 in a town called Grand Beach, Colorado. An engaged couple enter college and the guy meets another girl that he feels a very strong attraction for.

CAST LIST:

Lisan: Salma Dharsee
Sarah: Marissa Otto
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Hara: Zazu Oke
Jasek: Isaiah Kolundzic
Minister: Allan Michael Brunet

ACTION BEST SCENE Reading: STARLIGHT: LONG WAY HOME, by John Roger

Genre: Action, Animation, Adventure

A cartoon series that mirrors the conflict in the world due to xenophobia and the like.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Myrtle: Salma Dharsee
Ginzo: Allan Michael Brunet

COMEDY BEST SCENE Reading: FATE’S PECULIAR SENSE OF HUMOUR, by N. Triton

Genre: Comedy, Romance

The story is a romantic comedy set in London during the 2009 financial crisis. People are becoming more and more cynical and true love is fainting away. Aphrodite (the Goddess of Love and Beauty) has been blamed by Zeus for the deterioration of love and was punished to live for eternity into the body of an ugly drunkard beggar (named AfroDude).

CAST LIST:

Mistress: Salma Dharsee
Hugh Jorgan: Zazu Oke
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Helen: Courtney Keir
Nigel: Allan Michael Brunet

COMEDY BEST SCENE Reading: UNFINISHED BUSINESS by Deborah Klika

Genre: Comedy, Political

Unfinished Business is about a political chief of staff who decides to stand for her dead lover’s seat. When he returns his unfinished business becomes her problem. Veep meets The Ghost & Mrs Muir.

CAST LIST:

Martin: Isaiah Kolundzic
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Amanda: Courtney Keir
Lana: Marissa Otto

COMEDY BEST SCENE Reading: THE SKY BELOW, by Stacey D’Erasmo

Genre: Drama, Comedy

The story of Gabriel Callahan’s life, beginning with his father’s abandonment when Gabriel was a child and tracing his ambivalent search for wholeness through adolescence and into adulthood.

CAST LIST:

Keir
Robin: Salma Dharsee
Taxi Driver: Zazu Oke
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Lim: Allan Michael Brunet
Aunty Chin: Courtney Keir

SCI-FI BEST SCENE Reading: M – DEMON KILLER, by Mark Hammond

Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy

A young Asian waitress discovers she is the last in a long line of Demon Killers when a billionaire/sorcerer opens a portal to Hell under City Hall in New York City. Local Native American demons hunt in the tunnels and, even more strangely, powerful Chinese warrior demons are sent to slaughter her before she can stop the invasion from hell. M is a New York City waitress but this may be asking too much.

CAST LIST:

Liana: Marissa Otto
Louise Ricci: Courtney Keir
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Det. DeAngelo: Allan Michael Brunet
Emma: Salma Dharsee

SCI-FI BEST SCENE Reading: THE CUT, by Christopher Kerr

Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy

Two young men must find their passage through the canals of post-apocalyptic London, to peace and freedom, in the “promised land” beyond: Bristol.

CAST LIST:

Junior: Allan Michael Brunet
Alex: Salma Dharsee
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Spencer: Hugh Ritchie
Jessica: Courtney Keir
Toovey: Zazu Oke

BEST SCENE of TOUCH TABLE, by Scott Timmins

Genre: Psychological Horror/Thriller

When a troubled teenaged daughter of a Lutheran pastor, who no longer believes in God, discovers she has the ‘gift’ of second sight she must decide whether or not to use her power to help local police stop a serial killer. The decision this suicidal young woman choses is a twist no one will see coming, with audiences debating the ending long after this “Se7en meets The Dead Zone” film is over.

CAST LIST:

Det. Schmidt: Allan Michael Brunet
Det. Jansen: Isaiah Kolundzic
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Man: Zazu Oke
Teen: Courtney Keir
Michelle: Salma Dharsee

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

Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

Winning Feature Screenplay for March 2018

Watch readings of the winning screenplays performed by professional actors:

ACTORFEATURE Film Screenplay – POOP MOVIE
March 2018 Reading
by Byron Erwin

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

Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

Screenplay Festival: March 15, 2018 Event

An afternoon of BEST SCENE Readings in the ACTION/ADVENTURE, FEMALE LEADS, and SCI-FI/FANTASY genres. 25 script readings in total.

FULL CAST LIST: Brandon Knox, Angelica Alejandro, Charles Gordon, Carina Cojeen, Gabriel Darku, Katelyn Varadi.

ACTION Best Scene Reading of TRANSIT, by Charles Lo Manto

Genre: Sci-Fi, Action/Adventure

“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in
ourselves.”

CAST LIST:

Father #1: Charles Gordon
Driver: Gabriel Darku
Narrator: Katelyn Varadi
Sal: Brandon Knox
Vicky: Carina Cojeen

ACTION Best Scene Reading of HOMETOWN KILL BOX, by Richard Kjeldgaard

Genre: Drama, Action/Adventure

A Marine Colonel, burnt out and suffering from PTSD after his platoon is ambushed outside Baghdad, retires early and is living in a small desert community in solitude for his remaining years. Soon this peaceful existence is interrupted when fugitive bank robbers and drug runners collide in the isolated desert town. With police outnumbered he must call on his military skills to save it from the marauding intruders.

CAST LIST:

Teller: Angelica Alejandro
Deputy: Brandon Knox
Narrator: Katelyn Varadi
Robber #1: Charles Gordon
Accomplice: Gabriel Darku
F Accomplice: Carina Cojeen

ACTION Best Scene Reading of THE FLIGHT OF SOULS, by Guy Quigley

Genre: Action/Adventure

Justin, a former fighter pilot boards a flight from Indonesia and has sex in the crew quarters with his flight attendant girlfriend Nara. The pilot, Jack, talks to his co pilots about their cargo and takes the plane up to an extreme height causing the cabin pressure to decrease and the emergency oxygen masks drop.

CAST LIST:

Ori: Katelyn Varadi
Tamar: Carina Cojeen
Narrator: Angelica Alejandro
Justine: Gabriel Darku
Jack: Charles Gordon
Jacob: Brandon Knox

ACTION Best Scene Reading of THE MUSHROOM KING, by Steve Trebilcock

Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller, Action/Adventure

Survivors in the high desert of New Mexico are far from the blast zone of a nuclear exchange, however they must get to shelter before the winds bring radioactive fallout onto their rural lives. Family, friends, and total strangers must bond quickly and take care of each other if any are to survive. The humanity in each will be tested as the radioactive fallout arrives.

CAST LIST:

Justin: Gabriel Darku
Narrator: Angelica Alejandro
Trey: Brandon Knox
Shellie: Carina Cojeen

ACTION Best Scene Reading of TORNADO RIDER RHODES, by Stevie T.

Genre: Action/Adventure, Crime, Thriller

A larger-than-life cargo pilot with one rule, no passengers, finds that to save her airline she must transport a person halfway around the globe while protecting them from ninjas and Nazis, yet delivery could mean the end of the world.

CAST LIST:

JT: Brandon Knox
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Rhodes: Katelyn Varadi
Callahan: Gabriel Darku

ACTION Best Scene Reading of RUNAWAY SHIP, by Theodore Carl Soderberg

Genre: Horror, Thriller, Action/Adventure

After a zombie outbreak, a ship’s crew must fight for
survival as the ship heads full speed towards the Golden Gate Bridge.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Katelyn Varadi
Andy: Charles Gordon
Ted: Brandon Knox

ACTION Best Scene Reading of CAPTAIN CURTAIN ADVENTURES, by M.R. Cooper

Genre: Action/Adventure

A lost super hero from plant Curtainia discovers earth and hopes to find someone from his planet here. He befriends some children, giving them super powers, lasting up to four hours at a time, as they go on adventures all around the world and to the moon.

CAST LIST:

Mom: Angelica Alejandro
Jeff: Brandon Knox
Narrator: Katelyn Varadi
Captain Curtain: Charles Gordon
Neil: Gabriel Darku

ACTION Best Scene Reading of APRIL’S FOLLY, by Yvonne Fein

Genre: Drama, Action/Adventure

April Taub is no-one’s nice Jewish girl. Although it is the 1960’s, Vietnam is still not much more than a dark twinkle in Robert Menzies’ eye and April doesn’t give a flying fundament about peace, pot or flower-power.

CAST LIST:

Lena: Angelica Alejandro
Nazi – Brandon Knox
Narration: Carina Cojeen
April: Katelyn Varadi
Grant: Gabriel Darku
Soot – Charles Gordon

ACTION Best Scene Reading of ALLEGIANCE, by Christopher Stapleton

Genre: Action/Adventure

High-tech mercenaries unwittingly sabotage the National Missile Defense System for a traitorous Air Force general, then stop him from launching a rogue nuclear attack on North Korea.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Hondo: Gabriel Darku
Jenson: Brandon Knox

BIOGRAPHY Best Scene Reading of YESHUA, by Edmund Jonah

Genre: Drama, Biography

YESHUA! is the humanizing of the Jew who became the God of millions, placing the charismatic preacher in that tense, thrilling and turbulent political time when Messiahs sprouted like wild flowers in the spring to oust the Romans from the Holy Land, and illustrating with plenty of action how his mission leads to his inevitable end on the cross.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Gabriel Darku
Yochanan: Brandon Knox
Herodias: Angelica Alejandro

FEMALE Festival Best Scene Reading of REARRANGING ROXY, by Bridget Bell McMahon

Genre: Drama, Musical

A self-centered rocker must revive her estranged father’s holiday musical to fund her band’s last chance for a tour and to save her hometown from developers, finding love and redemption along the way

CAST LIST:

Ruby: Carina Cojeen
Ms. Barnes: Angelica Alejandro
Narrator: Brandon Knox
Roxy: Katelyn Varadi
Grayson: Charles Gordon
Gene: Gabriel Darku

FEMALE Festival Best Scene Reading of FAUK MY LIFE, by Stephanie Neroes

Genre: Drama, Romance

A skilled basketball player must try and settle into college while juggling a complicated love life with her boyfriend back home and the other college-bound girl he caught her with.
Synopsis:

CAST LIST:

Jax: Angelica Alejandro
Harley: Carina Cojeen
Narrator: Charles Gordon
Coach Mendez: Brandon Knox
Jaymee: Katelyn Varadi
Spyder: Gabriel Darku

FEMALE Festival Best Scene Reading of DOMESTICATING SASQUASH, by Frank Vespe

Genre: Drama

Fearing they’ll be exposed and exploited, Sammy. Sasquash abandons his mate and twin babies deep in the Pacific Northwest. Shunned by the animal kingdom as freaks, Sadie Sasquash grapples with her infants in an unwelcoming world until she stumbles upon a woman lost in the woods. Slowly, they forge a friendship, and despite their differences, struggle to survive…together.

CAST LIST:

Benny: Brandon Knox
Alfie: Gabriel Darku
Narrator: Angelica Alejandro
Sammy: Charles Gordon
Sadie: Carina Cojeen
Animal Voice: Katelyn Varadi

FEMALE Festival Best Scene Reading of IN BAD COMPANY, by Ke De Sol

Genre: Drama

Inside the male dominated world of the Outlaw Motorcycle Club, families do exist.

CAST LIST:

Josh: Gabriel Darku
Narrator: Katelyn Varadi
Max: Angelica Alejandro
Seth: Charles Gordon

FEMALE Festival Best Scene Reading of THE EGG AN I, by Nicole Stuart

Genre: Drama

Natalie Monroe’s a neurotic 40-year-old, who hopes she hasn’t missed her window of time to have a baby, but her odds don’t look good. She put her personal life aside to follow her dreams but she’s unable to can’t catch a break. Natalie’s younger boyfriend isn’t supportive of her having a baby; in fact, he’s one of the many people who tells her she’s too old. Along with her fertility doctor who tells her, “you have the same chance of winning the lottery as having a baby but if you find sperm in a week you might have a 1% shot to try IVF.” Natalie begins her uncanny search for sperm, finding an unexpectant donor. Meanwhile, his ex-girlfriend stops at nothing to block Natalie from getting his sperm, finding true love and freezing one good egg.

CAST LIST:

Roger: Charles Gordon
Annette: Katelyn Varadi
Narrator: Brandon Knox
Natalie: Carina Cojeen
Katherine: Angelica Alejandro
Steve: Gabriel Darku

FANTASY/SCI-FI Festival Best Scene Reading of UNEARTHLY, by David Dalessandro

Genre: Fantasy/Sci-Fi

In 1902, a US Naval crew encounters an alien entity, with both tragic and surprising results.

CAST LIST:

Flynn: Brandon Knox
Narrator: Angelica Alejandro
Caleb: Charles Gordon
Redfern: Gabriel Darku

FANTASY/SCI-FI Festival Best Scene Reading of S.F.O., by Lawrence Whitener

Genre: Fantasy/Sci-Fi

Special Forces Order: Over-the-hill futuristic-SEALS recruit and train thrown-away Teens to save an entire planet from slavery. Only way to fight these savages is with Savage-24s through a Black Powder Challenge. One Bad Riot; One Bad-Ass Ranger.

CAST LIST:

Sam: Angelica Alejandro
White: Gabriel Darku
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Biker Boss: Brandon Knox
Chao: Charles Gordon

FANTASY/SCI-FI Festival Best Scene Reading of 2084, by Virgo Velasquez

Genre: Fantasy/Sci-Fi

In a totalitarian future society, a man whose daily work is
rewriting history tries to rebel by falling in love.

CAST LIST:

Simon: Charles Gordon
Narration: Angelica Alejandro
O’Brien: Gabriel Darku
Winston Smith: Brandon Knox

FANTASY/SCI-FI Festival Best Scene Reading of ESCAPE TO PLANET B346, by Tom Thorpe

Genre: Fantasy/Sci-Fi

A virus-infected spaceship transports a farmer to a surreal and frightening world, where he sets out on a perilous journey to rescue his wife from reptilian aliens.

CAST LIST:

Charles: Gabriel Darku
Narrator: Angelica Alejandro
William: Brandon Knox
Elizabeth: Katelyn Varadi
Remy: Charles Gordon

FANTASY/SCI-FI Festival Best Scene Reading of HYPNOS, by Alexandra Dyranis-Maounis

Genre: Fantasy/Sci-Fi

Year 2056. A quantum machine named “Phobetor” controls society. Above other measures, dreaming is forbidden and there is absolute control of the allowed limit of sleep to 3-hours per day. Those who rebel by entering REM or a self-induced dream state, most are arrested and punished as traitors. Their penalty, essentially entering their own mind prisons where each individual’s Nightmare is personalized.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Hypnos: Katelyn Varadi
Daniel: Charles Gordon

FANTASY/SCI-FI Festival Best Scene Reading of SPACE TRUCKERS, by Michael DAmbrosio

Genre: Fantasy/Sci-Fi

Mercenary Mike Colby leads a crew of space truckers against their evil corporate boss (his ex-wife), and the hostile aliens she connives with to control the space trucking industry. Things get rough when Mike falls in love with the captain of the space truckers who seek their independence from the corporation.

CAST LIST:

Carnak: Gabriel Darku
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Mike: Brandon Knox
General Asher: Charles Gordon

FANTASY/SCI-FI Festival Best Scene Reading of THE GIRL WITH NO BRAIN, by Royce Adkins

Genre: Fantasy/Sci-Fi

An artificial intelligence, implanted into the head of a girl born without a brain, struggles between forming it’s own identity and the identity it was programmed to be.

CAST LIST:

Miracle: Katelyn Varadi
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Linda: Angelica Alejandro
Joe: Charles Gordon

FANTASY/SCI-FI Festival Best Scene Reading of THE PARADOX MAN, by Larry Thomas

Genre: Fantasy/Sci-Fi

During an electrical mishap, a father becomes entrapped in a dense cylindrical mass, which sends him into the timeline of a presidential assassination attempt.

CAST LIST:

Mei: Katelyn Varadi
Fuller: Charles Gordon
Narrator: Angelica Alejandro
Brad: Brandon Knox
Joey: Gabriel Darku

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

Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

Winning Feature Screenplays for February 2018

Watch readings of the winning screenplays performed by professional actors:

 

 

ACTORLGBT FEATURE Screenplay – LOVE IS FREE WILL
February 2018 Reading
by Amanda Samaroo

 

ACTORDRAMA FEATURE Screenplay – THE DISPLACED
February 2018 Reading
by Manzo Scruggs

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Op: Mary Cox

 

Screenplay Festival: March 1, 2018 Event

A terrific lineup of screenplays from around the world will be showcased on Thursday March 1st at the festival.

A reading of an original script from the TV show TRANSPARENT. A fan fiction STAR WARS short. 5 1st scene screenplays. And 6 best scene screenplays.

FULL CAST LIST: Geoff Mays, Lesley Ballantyne, Shawn Devlin, Olivia Jon, Jennifer Vallance, Allan Cooke, Rachel Rain Packota

TV Spec of TRANSPARENT “The Board Shorts”, by Marissa Lessman

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Maura is haunted by her old life as Josh and Ali set up a garage sale while Sarah and Shelley try to throw the perfect Purim party resulting in an unexpected outcome.

CAST LIST:

Gary: <a href="Allan Cooke
Ali: Rachel Rain Packota
Josh: Geoff Mays
Narrator: Olivia Jon
Maura: Shawn Devlin
Shelley: Lesley Ballantyne
Sarah: Jennifer Vallance

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FAN FICTION Short: FALLEN: A STAR WARS STORY, by by George Deihl Jr.

Genre: Adventure, Sci-Fi

After the events of the Phantom Menace and the start of the Clone Wars – a valuable lesson of integrity, love and the Force.

CAST LIST:

Qui Gane: Rachel Rain Packota
Narrator: Olivia Jon
Bixel: <a href="Allan Cooke
Jac Pale: Geoff Mays

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CRIME SHORT SCREENPLAY – CHERRY GLAZED, by Christine Sherwood

Genre: Drama, Crime

A crime boss is forced to get her hands dirty to clean up her subordinates mess when they fail to handle a job.

CAST LIST:

Charlotte: Jennifer Vallance
Mark: Geoff Mays
Narrator: Olivia Jon
Rachel: Lesley Ballantyne
Joe: <a href="Allan Cooke

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STUDENT SHORT SCREENPLAY – DIMAGGIO, by Taylor Zaccario

Genre: Sports, Drama, Family

A father, desperate to connect with his son, tries to teach him baseball.

CAST LIST:

Tito: <a href="Allan Cooke
Eileen: Lesley Ballantyne
Narrator: Olivia Jon
Joey: Geoff Mays
Frank: Shawn Devlin

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ANIMATION 1st Scene Screenplay – MAIRE’S JOURNEY, by Keith Famie

Genre: Animation, Family, Adventure

The journey follows Maire, a 23-year-old cancer patient, as she battles a rare heart cancer. Maire faces end of life issues and questions about where we go when we die. She befriends a blind carpenter who crafts her a small 3 ft wooden sail boat for her remains to go on a extraordinary journey in hope she will reach the ocean.

CAST LIST:

George: Shawn Devlin
Narrator: Olivia Jon
Maire: Rachel Rain Packota
Monika: Lesley Ballantyne

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HORROR 1st Scene Screenplay – THE KILLER JOHN BIDWELL, by Travis Lemke

Genre: Horror, Crime, Thriller

A small town sheriff is faced with a series of gruesome murders that lead him to an exceptionally disturbed serial killer.

CAST LIST:

Tully: Shawn Devlin
Neighbor: Jennifer Vallance
Stuart: Geoff Mays
Narrator: Olivia Jon
Carl: <a href="Allan Cooke
Candice: Rachel Rain Packota
Emma: Lesley Ballantyne

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DRAMA 1st Scene Screenplay – CHILDREN OF THE DUST, by John McCarney

Genre: Drama

In an intertwining story based on true events, three very different men have a part in saving as many babies from war-torn Vietnam as they can.

CAST LIST:

Corrie: Geoff Mays
Narrator: Olivia Jon
Daly: Shawn Devlin
Jenkins: <a href="Allan Cooke

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FANTASY 1st Scene Screenplay – ENTANGLED, by Sharon Powers

Genre: Fantasy, Drama

American environmentalists in Mexico run afoul of a drug-smuggling operation, and reporter Jasmine Peterson comes down to assist – only to stumble onto a whole new story…a merman!

CAST LIST:

Louise: Rachel Rain Packota
Simon: Shawn Devlin
Narrator: Olivia Jon
Kyle: <a href="Allan Cooke
Daniel: Geoff Mays

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MYSTERY 1st Scene Screenplay – THE COLD SLEEPER, by John Lucas Bowman

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Hudson, hotshot CIA Agent with photographic memory, learns that his slightly senile Grandpa is a forgotten Soviet sleeper agent who is reactivated when his former handler Korolov escapes a Russian mental institution.

CAST LIST:

Hudson: <a href="Allan Cooke
Narrator: Olivia Jon
Luddmilla: Jennifer Vallance
Becker: Shawn Devlin

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THRILLER 1st Scene Screenplay – THE BLUE ROOM, by Victoria Mitchell

Genre: Thriller, Horror

This is a ghost story about a blind man, one haunted room and a not-so-virtuous team of paranormal investigators.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Olivia Jon
Woman: Jennifer Vallance
Male Voice: Shawn Devlin

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FEMALE BEST Scene Reading of REBEKAH’S CLOSET, by Amy Jackson

Genre: Drama

A young American woman living in Paris grapples with the psychological ramifications of her childhood abuse.

CAST LIST:

Rosmemarie: Rachel Rain Packota
Narrator: Olivia Jon
Rebekah: Jennifer Vallance
Rupert: <a href="Allan Cooke

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FEMALE BEST Scene Reading of FIRST TIME FOR PENNY, by Janice Walker

Genre: Family, Drama

Penny’s father has passed away and her mother now has Alzheimer’s. Her other three older siblings want to put her in a home when it is recommended that she cannot live by herself. Penny wants to take care of her mother personally instead, despite the fact that her mother has always been harder on her than the others.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Olivia Jon
Penny: Jennifer Vallance
Howard: <a href="Allan Cooke

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FANTASY BEST Scene Reading of ROBOTS FROM NEPTUNE, by J. David Thayer

Genre: Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Deep within the icy cloud layers of Neptune live the X-tonians: a mighty race of silicone-based lifeforms who regularly breathe a toxic mixture of methane and carbon dioxide. However, their world is dying.

CAST LIST:

Religious Cleric: Lesley Ballantyne
Cleric: Geoff Mays
Princess QQ: Rachel Rain Packota
Narrator: Olivia Jon
King YY: Shawn Devlin
Roy Hermus: <a href="Allan Cooke
Cleric: Jennifer Vallance

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FANTASY BEST Scene Reading of MOUNTAIN MAN AND HIS WOMEN PHYSIC VISIONS POWERS, by Irene Holmes

Genre: Family, Adventure, Fantasy

Unmarried mountain couple heads to the nearest town to do their winter shopping. Veronica is a homemaker with physic vision powers is her career. Vernon cuts wood and creates wood objects for his career. Vernon doesn’t listen to Veronica’s visions because; he thinks he can get out of any situation that comes upon him.

CAST LIST:

Fire Sword: Geoff Mays
Narrator: Olivia Jon
Wizard: Shawn Devlin
Bosnia: <a href="Allan Cooke

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FANTASY BEST Scene Reading of BIOS, by Michael Clohesy

Genre: Fantasy, Mystery

Life as we know it is thrown into question when a disparate group of young creatives attempt to unravel the multi-generational mystery surrounding the reemergence of a reclusive artist, one who aspires to save the world by forever changing the face of the planet.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Olivia Jon
Kita: Jennifer Vallance
Miranda: Lesley Ballantyne

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BEST Scene Reading of THE DEN, by Kelsey Ann Wacker & Nathan Simpson

Genre: Drama

Based on true events.

CAST LIST:

Penny: Jennifer Vallance
Myna: Rachel Rain Packota
Narrator: Olivia Jon
Sean: Geoff Mays
Jamie: <a href="Allan Cooke
Joanne: Lesley Ballantyne

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Op: Mary Cox