Category Archives: screenwriting

July 2018 – Read the best of Screenwriter Interviews

Interview with Screenwriter Roberto Tomeo (HEART OF GOLD)
Interview with Screenwriter Roberto Tomeo (HEART OF GOLD)

Interview with Screenwriter Jason Boaden (ME & CINDERELLA)
Interview with Screenwriter Jason Boaden (ME & CINDERELLA)

Interview with Screenwriter Rene Collier (MISTAKES)
Interview with Screenwriter Rene Collier (MISTAKES)

Interview with Screenwriter Nevada McPherson (PIANO LESSONS)
Interview with Screenwriter Nevada McPherson (PIANO LESSONS)

Interview with Screenwriter Fabian Martin (HALFWAY TO MARS)
Interview with Screenwriter Fabian Martin (HALFWAY TO MARS)

Interview with Screenwriter Linda Hullinger (REAL TIME DENIAL)
Interview with Screenwriter Linda Hullinger (REAL TIME DENIAL)

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JUNE 2018 Winning BEST SCENE Screenplays

Submit your Film & Screenplay via FilmFreeway:

ACTORBROKEN FRAME – Best Scene Screenplay
June 2018 Reading
by Stephen Boncella

ACTORTOTEM – ACTION Best Scene Screenplay
June 2018 Reading
by Heidi Morrell

ACTORTHE LAST VIKINGS – ACTION Best Scene Screenplay
June 2018 Reading
by David Thorndill

ACTORTHE PERFECT GIFT – COMEDY Best Scene Screenplay
June 2018 Reading
by John Scott Schaf

ACTORBARNABY OF MULCH – COMEDY Best Scene Screenplay
June 2018 Reading
by John Broadhead

ACTORORCHIDS UNDERWEAR AND TORTELLINI – COMEDY Best Scene Screenplay
June 2018 Reading
by James Rosenfield

ACTORTHE HEIST – COMEDY Best Scene Screenplay
June 2018 Reading
by Ryan Northcott

ACTORTHE WONDERFUL INVENTION OF DR. BLANK – COMEDY Best Scene Screenplay
June 2018 Reading
by Obayed Khan

ACTORI WILL LOVE YOU – FEMALE Best Scene Screenplay
June 2018 Reading
by Anich D’Jae

ACTORTHE ACCIDENT – FEMALE Best Scene Screenplay
June 2018 Reading
by Tanisha Bazemore

ACTORPAST PRESENCE – FANTASY Best Scene Screenplay
June 2018 Reading
by Kevin Mongelli

ACTORIT’S A NIGHTMARE – SCI-FI Best Scene Screenplay
June 2018 Reading
by Nicole Quinn

ACTORTHE PLAYLISTS – THRILLER Best Scene Screenplay
June 2018 Reading
by Michael Kotsiros

ACTORFOUR NEGRO GIRLS IN A CHURCH – Best Scene Screenplay
June 2018 Reading
by Phillip E. Hary

ACTORTOUCH – Best Scene Screenplay
June 2018 Reading
by Scott Timmins

ACTORWOLVES OF WESTMINSTER – Best Scene Screenplay
June 2018 Reading
by Jonah Jones

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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: June 28, 2018 Event

A showcase of winning TV PILOTS and 1st Scene Screenplays.

FULL CAST LIST: Zena Driver, Dorian Shine, Amrit Kaur, Val Cole, Alicia Payne, Jolly Amoako, Justin Darmanin

TV PILOT – THE TEMPS, by Julia Montanez

Genre: Comedy

A modern day quirky comedic TV show based in New York City. A man hires his unemployed best friend and his 3 roommates to assist him in salvaging his job. An unorthodox team is formed as they discover the ultimate significance of what true friendship can mean on life’s unleveled journey.

CAST LIST:

Natasha: Zena Driver
Lacy: Amrit Kaur
Cindy: Alicia Payne
Narrator: Val Cole
Gambit: Justin Darmanin
Justin: Dorian Shine
Abagato: Jolly Amoako

COMEDY Short – SHE DREAMS OF PLASTIC TIARAS, by Troy Harvey Graham

Genre: Comedy

A woman visits a plastic surgeon with the hope of changing the future for her daughter.

CAST LIST:

Claudia: Alicia Payne
Delmont: Jolly Amoako
Narrator: Val Cole
Amberly: Amrit Kaur
Dr. Sanderson: Dorian Shine
Hamid: Justin Darmanin

COMEDY Short – FIRE ALARM, by Tyler G.

Genre: Comedy

When Hamid’s mother dies, he must move to Vancouver to live with Uncle Amir. Uncle Amir reminds him that if we aren’t careful, life may pass us by and we never take for granted those around us. Trapped in a foreign world he does not understand, Hamid unwittingly sets into play a series of events that awaken this very idea in his elderly neighbors.

CAST LIST:

Ethel: Zena Driver
Marge: Alicia Payne
Narrator: Val Cole
Uncle Amir: Dorian Shine
Manager: Jolly Amoako

SCI-FI Short – MAYBE TOMORROW I’LL SEE YOU, by Steve N Bradford

Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy

Two telescopes are constructed side by side at NASA and grow close, only to be ripped apart when their construction is completed.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Val Cole
Cap: Zena Driver
Obs: Alicia Payne

UNDER 5min. Short – NOSTALGIC, by Shannon Michelle

Genre: Drama, Experimental

A Woman dives into a journey of self-discovery by walking through her dreams, as she comes face to face with memories and ghosts from her past.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Val Cole
Voice: Amrit Kaur
Woman: Zena Driver

1st Scene Reading – LOVERS IN PARADISE, by Meg Bowen

Genre: Romance, Crime, Action

A bank robbery goes awry and our two criminals have to steal a getaway car. Except there’s a girl tied up in the trunk, who might just be their best chance at walk-away money.

CAST LIST:

Janine: Alicia Payne
Kip: Dorian Shine
Narrator: Val Cole
Brad: Jolly Amoako
Juliette: Amrit Kaur

FANTASY 1st Scene Reading – POLE, by Robert Dodrill

Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller, Horror

While studying remote caves in northern Greenland, a team of polar scientists stumble upon the entrance to the fabled, and seemingly long abandoned “North Pole village.” Inside they discover remnants of advanced technology, evidence of a terrible tragedy, and the grim realization that the Pole was sealed off for a reason.

CAST LIST:

Maisie: Amrit Kaur
Beckett: Dorian Shine
Narrator: Val Cole
Nicholas: Justin Darmanin
Sam: Jolly Amoako
Sasha: Zena Driver

FEMALE 1st Scene Reading – AMERICAN PRINCESS, by Jenny Kleiman

Genre: Dark Comedy

When Ellie’s mother commits her father to a mental hospital, the rich, spoiled teen must navigate her own escape and his rescue, or else embrace her new home- her babysitter’s trailer park.

CAST LIST:

Janet: Zena Driver
David: Justin Darmanin
Narrator: Val Cole
Ellie: Amrit Kaur
Lowe: Alicia Payne

HORROR 1st Scene Reading – WHERE THE BAD KIDS GO, by Sean Elwood

Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama

When Jesse returns to his childhood home after hearing about his abusive mother’s suicide, he soon discovers that something evil lurks within the depths of the house, and it’s been waiting for him to return after all these years.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Val Cole
Jesse: Jolly Amoako
Helen: Alicia Payne

THRILLER 1st Scene Reading – MARCO POLO, by Jeff Heckler

Genre: Thriller, War

Christmas time in Bastogne, Belgium, 1944. The allied forces are under heavy fire by the German army.

CAST LIST:

Declan: Dorian Shine
Narrator: Val Cole
Mosch: Justin Darmanin
Wendy: Jolly Amoako

1st Scene Reading – REMEMBERING LIZ, by Joan Beilstein

Genre: Drama

A runaway fifteen year-old girl is found dead from a heroin overdose. Forty years later, her best childhood friend, haunted from unresolved guilt and grief, uncovers a secret, which sheds light on her friend’s tragic short life.

CAST LIST:

Laura: Amrit Kaur
Narrator: Val Cole
Jane: Zena Driver
Della: Alicia Payne

1st Scene Reading – UNTIL THE DAY, by Craig Andrews

Genre: Drama

It is the spring of 1884 and Christine Lockhart, the daughter of a doctor, has just graduated with dreams of forging her own path in the world, taking charge of her decisions and loving a man of her choosing. Michael Karg, the son of a butcher, has simple ambitions and rose-colored optimism about courting Christine. The cloud on the horizon for both Christine and Michael is Christine’s money-hungry father.

CAST LIST:

Beverly: Zena Driver
Michael: Dorian Shine
Narrator: Val Cole
Christine: Amrit Kaur
Carolyn: Alicia Payne

DRAMA 1st Scene Reading – HEADCASE, by by Chris Jones

Genre: Drama

Dr. Andrew Beck, is the goto Sports Psychologist for pro athletes. But he has a gambling problem, and he gets deep in debt with Fergus McKenzie, a psychotic Scottish gangster. To get out of trouble with his skull intact, Andrew is forced to trade o… See more

CAST LIST:

Player 1: Jolly Amoako
Andrew: Justin Darmanin
Narrator: Val Cole
Fergus: Dorian Shine
Arron: Justin Darmanin
Lorry: Zena Driver

1st Scene Reading – EDEN, by Jean Barker

Genre: Horror, Fantasy, Romance

A teenage girl who grew up in a cult based on the biblical myth of Eden falls in love with an intruder from the sinful world outside the garden walls.

CAST LIST:

Judith: Zena Driver
Narrator: Val Cole
Edie: Amrit Kaur
John: Jolly Amoako

DRAMA 1st Scene Reading – TAKE THE SHOT, by Jim Norman

Genre: Drama

A black family with an athletically gifted daughter is forced to move from Houston to North Dakota because of a corporate promotion. Family, race and gender issues are tested in the culture of the family’s new and temporary move.

CAST LIST:

Trey: Jolly Amoako
Friend 1: Justin Darmanin
Narrator: Val Cole
Kassie: Alicia Payne
Coach Briscoe: Zena Driver
Monica: Amrit Kaur

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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 Screenplay & Story Videos for May 2018

31 screenplay readings. 9 novels & short story = 40 winning readings in total.

ACTORFOR A GOOD LIFE – Feature Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Natalia Maslin

ACTORAMERICAN SNAKE PIT – Feature Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
Dan Tomasulo

ACTORGALAPAGOS – TV Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Lukas Hassel

ACTORREMOTELY WORKING – Comedy TV Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Bill Baber
ACTORMY MOTHER MURDERED MY FATHER – 1st Scene TV Screenplay
May 2018 Reading

ACTORTIME SLIP – Best Scene TV Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Meredith Hill
ACTORTWEED – Best Scene TV Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Christopher SCott McClure Phd.

ACTORDELIVER ME PIZZARIE – Best TV Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Anne Luong
ACTORPAYCHECK 2 PAYCHECK – Best Scene TV Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Chris Skeeter

ACTORTHE LAST CAMPOUT – FAN FICTION Best Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Mike Meade
ACTORTHE THINGS WE MISS – LGBT 1st Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Bonnie Brookby

ACTORTHE GREAT ADVENTURE OF THE BENTLEY GIRLS – FAN FICTION 1st Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Elisa Herrman

ACTORTRIGGERS – 1st Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Robert J. Sawyer

ACTORTHE PAPER PRINCESS – ANIMATION 1st Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Stephanie Barnes

ACTORWAVERLY RIDING – FEMALE 1st Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Carla Miles

ACTORTHE FIRST A.I. PRESIDENT – FANTASY 1st Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Bernard S. Smith

ACTORBURSTING FOR A BREAK – 1pg. COMEDY Short Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Kelly Lamphaer Dash

ACTORMIRRORS – Under 5mi. Short Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by R. Harris Smith

ACTOR4TH ROW CENTER – Short Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Frank Vespe

ACTORTHE BROKEN KINGDOM – Short Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Mark Renshaw

ACTORTHE SEEKER – Short Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Kaitlyn Kowalski

ACTORA SHORT DROP AND A SUDDEN STOP – Short Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Margaret Dane

ACTORSANCTUARY CITY – Short Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Stephanie Annis

ACTORTHE KANDAHAR MAN – ACTION Best Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by J. Jermaine Jones
ACTORSTARLIGHT: LONG WAY HOME – ACTION Best Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by John Roger

ACTORTHE SKY BELOW – COMEDY Best Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Stacey Derasmo
ACTORTHE STATE OF WYOMING – COMEDY Best Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Gillian Will

ACTORUNFINISHED BUSINESS – COMEDY Best Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Deborah Klika
ACTORDESTINY’S VESSEL – SCI-FI Best Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Susanne Lutas

ACTORM DEMON KILLER – SCI-FI Best Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Mark Hammond
ACTORMAGIC MAN – SCI-FI Best Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Norma Hickox

ACTORTHE CUT – SCI-FI Best Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Christopher Kerr
ACTORTOUCH – Best Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Scott Timmins

ACTORSIDEKICKS – NOVEL Reading
May 2018 Reading
by Linda Palmer
ACTORA KIND OF MARRIAGE – SHORT STORY Reading
May 2018 Reading
by Stevie Turner

ACTORTHE SECOND CHANCE GARDENER – SHORT STORY Reading
May 2018 Reading
by Sharon Gunason Pottinger
ACTORTHE AFTERLIFE – SHORT STORY Reading
May 2018 Reading
by R.G. Renauld

ACTORWHO’S AT THE DOOR – SHORT STORY Reading
May 2018 Reading
by Mary Barr

ACTORAVALEIGH’S AMAZING ADVENTURES – SHORT STORY Reading
May 2018 Reading
by Rita Cragwall

ACTORPOSTMORDERNISTIC LOVE – SHORT STORY Reading
May 2018 Reading
by Mary Matshine

Screenplay Festival: May 24, 2018 Event

A showcase of winning TV Pilot screenplays, plus short & best scene readings.

CAST LIST: Rob Notman, Meghan Allen. Lauren Kristina Maykut, Kyra Weichert, Jarrod Terrell, Matt Barnes, Allan Michael Brunet

DRAMA TV PILOT – HEADCASE, by Christopher K. Jones

Genre: Drama, Sports

Dr. Andrew Beck, is the goto Sports Psychologist for pro athletes. But he has a gambling problem, and he gets deep in debt with Fergus McKenzie, a psychotic Scottish gangster. To get out of trouble with his skull intact, Andrew is forced to trade on his patients’ state of mind.

CAST LIST:

Lorry: Lauren Kristina Maykut
Sandra: Meghan Allen
Marcus: Jarrod Terrell
Narrator: Matt Barnes
Andrew: Rob Notman
Fergus: Allan Michael Brunet
Gina: Kyra Weichert

1st Scene TV CRIME – THE WRONG TICKET, by John Ravitz

Genre: Crime, Thriller

A United States Senator, and the Republican Presidential Nominee is a sleeper agent for a powerful extremist organization determined to destroy the government. The outgoing president has asked his godson the Governor of New York, who has his own secrets to help him stop the conspiracy.

CAST LIST:

Paul: Rob Notman
Boy: Jarrod Terrell
Narrator: Matt Barnes
Dorothy: Meghan Allen
Man: Allan Michael Brunet

1st Scene – AN UNBALANCED LIFE, by Kristy Leigh Lussier

Genre: Drama, Sports, Romance

A female football prodigy makes history when she saves a failing program and becomes the first woman named head coach of a college football team​.

CAST LIST:

Jim: Rob Notman
Parent 1: Meghan Allen
Parent 2: Kyra Weichert
Narrator: Matt Barnes
Sarah: Lauren Kristina Maykut
Bill: Allan Michael Brunet
Sam: Jarrod Terrell

1st Scene LGBT – CROSSING THE COWHOUSE, by David Lykes Keenan

Genre: LGBT, Drama

In small-town West Texas in the late 1980s, dark secrets run deep and break hard. For 16-year-old Mitch Wimmer, they spell the difference between love and fear, acceptance and rejection, and between reconnecting with a long absent father returning home and the long shadow of a broken past.

CAST LIST:

Voice on CB: Allan Michael Brunet
Narrator: Matt Barnes
Bobby: Rob Notman
Mitch: Jarrod Terrell

1st Scene LGBT – HALFWAY TO MARS, by Victor Martin

Genre: LGBT, Drama

Lucy is a transgender in the process of transitioning, determined to see it through at any and all costs. So when an opportunity arises to accelerate this process, she seizes it unabashedly. This decision though casts her unwillingly into the dark, violent world of prostitution and the ruthless, cold-blooded drug-dealing pimp behind it who goes by the name “Soup.” Here is where Lucy’s real transformation begins as she fights to escape Soup’s relentless grip and free herself from the dangerous vestiges of a debt she cannot pay.

CAST LIST:

Summer: Kyra Weichert
Narrator: Matt Barnes
Lucy: Rob Notman
Rocky: Jarrod Terrell

1st Scene LGBT – PIANO LESSONS, by Nevada McPherson

Genre: LGBT, Drama

Junior Jordan has a talent for shooting at targets and a mad crush on his new piano teacher, Conrad. In the 1950’s rural South. that’s enough to get a boy into trouble.

CAST LIST:

Pastor: Rob Notman
Conrad: Allan Michael Brunet
Narrator: Matt Barnes
Junior: Jarrod Terrell
Elsie: Lauren Kristina Maykut
Thelma: Meghan Allen

FAN FICTION SHORT – THE LAST DREAM WARRIOR, by Mike Meade

Genre: Horror, Thriller, Crime

A script based on Nightmare on Elm Street.

CAST LIST:

Stylist: Kyra Weichert
Jake: Jarrod Terrell
Narrator: Matt Barnes
Alice: Meghan Allen
Kincaid: Rob Notman
Freddy: Allan Michael Brunet

HORROR SHORT – GOD OF INSECTS, by James R. Cowley

Genre: Horror, Thriller

An insect fanatic of study brings to light a new purpose.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Matt Barnes
Harry: Jarrod Terrell

HORROR SHORT – ME & CINDERELLA, by Jason Boaden

Genre: Horror, Fantasy

Cinderella is living a post-fairytale life in the present day, when she is discovered by her evil stepmother and drawn into battle for the throne.

CAST LIST:

Amy: Lauren Kristina Maykut
Villager #2: Jarrod Terrell
Queen: Meghan Allen
Narrator: Matt Barnes
Cinderella: Kyra Weichert
Matt: Rob Notman
Bull: Allan Michael Brunet

SHORT – RODNEY AND THE TRIPPY TIME TRAVELING TALE OF TRIPPING, by Brandon M. Prosek

Genre: Comedy, Fantasy

Rodney is thrust into a bizarre situation when his older self arrives to try to change time and prevent millions from dying, including himself.

CAST LIST:

Barista: Kyra Weichert
Narrator: Matt Barnes
Old Rodney: Allan Michael Brunet
Young Rodney: Jarrod Terrell

THRILLER SHORT – ABANDON ALL HOPE, by Max Federman

Genre: Thriller, Horror, Sci-Fi

A student disappears down a dark staircase, and something is down there with him. Tension and intrigue build as campus security is edged out by a shadowy organization taking over the scene.

CAST LIST:

Hilary: Kyra Weichert
Police Dispath: Lauren Kristina Maykut
Narrator: Matt Barnes
Dr. Cary: Jarrod Terrell
McNamara: Allan Michael Brunet
Sean: Rob Notman

BEST SCENE of BROKEN FRAME, by Stephen Boncella

Genre: Drama, Family

Facing life on the streets, a returning Vietnam veteran must undertake his most difficult challenge; reconcile with estranged drug-addicted sister and stop her from selling the family farm out from under him.

CAST LIST:

Secretary: Kyra Weichert
Kurt: Jarrod Terrell
Narrator: Matt Barnes
Mike: Rob Notman
Lloyd: Allan Michael Brunet
Emma: Meghan Allen

BEST SCENE of 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: Jarrod Terrell
Narrator: Matt Barnes
Bicker: Allan Michael Brunet
Rodriguez: Meghan Allen

1pg. Short – HEART OF GOLD, by Roberto Tomeo

Genre: Comedy

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Matt Barnes
Ricky: Jarrod Terrell
Silvia: Kyra Weichert

1pg. Short – MISTAKES, by Rene Collier

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Matt Barnes
Albert: Allan Michael Brunet
Stan: Jarrod Terrell

1pg. Short – THE GATE, by Savannah S. Ward

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Matt Barnes
Andrew: Jarrod Terrell
Woman: Kyra Weichert

1pg. Short – REAL TIME DENIAL, by Linda Hullinger

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Matt Barnes
Jill: Lauren Kristina Maykut

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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: May 3, 2018 Event

A showcase of a LGBT feature screenplay, plus 8 best scene feature film readings.

LGBT Feature Screenplay of FALLING STAR, by Katie Marshall

Genre: Drama, Romance

Driven to a mental breakdown by those profiting from her fame, a young pop star is forced to keep her sexuality a secret and faces a deadly choice until a chance encounter with a hotel chef transforms both of their lives.

CAST LIST:

Tony: Russell Batcher
Guy: Peter Nelson
Chad: David Straus
Sarah: Norma Dawn Dunphy
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Brooke: Ariel Booker
Alexa: Elizabeth Owens Skidmore
Terri: Esther Thibault

COMEDY Best Scene Reading of THE PERFECT GIFT, by John Scott Schaf

Genre: Comedy, Romance

An insensitive workaholic, in order to save his marriage, goes on a Valentine’s Day journey for the perfect gift. It becomes a journey not only for gifts but for self discovery.

Scene #1 – CAST LIST:

Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Hank: David Straus
Clerk: Esther Thibault

Scene #2 – CAST LIST:

Erin: Esther Thibault
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Clerk: Peter Nelson
Hank: David Straus

COMEDY Best Scene Reading of BARNABY OF MULCH, by John Broadhead

Genre: Comedy, Crime

A tortured small town playwright, struggling to write a historical play for the town’s annual centennial celebration, casts a mysterious stranger who has plans to kill one of the townspeople to satisfy a long-term grudge.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Will: Peter Nelson
Father Bob: Russell Batcher

FEMALE Festival Best Scene Reading of I WILL LOVE YOU, by Anich D’Jae

Genre: Drama, Romance

Imagine Waiting to Exhale meets Rachel Getting Married. It’s been nearly ten years since the Wright sisters lost their father. Yet they’re still dealing with the aftermath of life without their parents. Chian Wright, the oldest of four, has taken care of her family since she was thirteen, and watched her mother died tragically during the birth of her youngest sister Micah. Years later she’s still haunted by that fateful day.

CAST LIST:

Micah: Elizabeth Owens Skidmore
Chian: Ariel Booker
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Chelsea: Norma Dawn Dunphy
Mariah: Esther Thibault

FEMALE Festival Best Scene Reading of THE ACCIDENT, by Tanisha Bazemore

Genre: Drama

“The Accident” is a film about Theresa, a woman with a victim mentality who feels that everything in her life is in turmoil. As she experiences having a major accident the wounds of her past love resurface. Will she end up losing him for good because of her own insecurities?

CAST LIST:

Office Bob: Russell Batcher
Hosea: Chad: David Straus
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Theresa: Norma Dawn Dunphy
Officer Jeremy: Peter Nelson

THRILLER Best Scene Reading of THE PLAYLISTS, by by Michael Kotsiros

Genre: Thriller, Drama

A married couple are separately lured to a remote location by a gifted but troubled composer, who uses music to reveal his hidden agenda.

CAST LIST:

Joel: Russell Batcher
Lewis: Peter Nelson
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Rachel: Elizabeth Owens Skidmore
Archibald: David Straus
Chiara: Ariel Booker

Best Scene Reading of WOLVES OF WESTMINSTER, by Jonah Jones

Genre: Drama

A new screenplay by the writer.

CAST LIST:

Ragfrank: Peter Nelson
Roderick: David Straus
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Eleanor: Esther Thibault
Abigail: Norma Dawn Dunphy
Passerby: Russell Batcher

Best Scene Reading of TOUCH, 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:

Pastor Barton: Russell Batcher
Det. Jansen: Peter Nelson
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Michelle: Esther Thibault
Det. Schmidt: David Straus

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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: 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 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: Scott McCulloch
Laten: Tim Paul McCarthy
Narrator: Hugh Ritchie
Rickey: Rais Moui
Shanna: Lara Amersey

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