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

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

The Seeker is a story about a young girl who struggles to find the balance between helping her family and actually doing the right thing.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

I would consider The Seeker to be a drama.

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Personally, I think this story is just flat out entertaining. I love a story with a smart twist and The Seeker definitely has one. It is filled with tender visuals and I think it would be a fun movie to direct. It would be challenging, but rewarding.

4. How would you describe this script in two words?

Terrifyingly relatable

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

Hmm… wow that’s a tough one. It’s probably a toss up between The Never Ending Story and No Country For Old Men… don’t judge!!

6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Funny enough, I’ve been working on this script since I was a sophomore in college, 2011. I’d forgotten that I’d written it, but found an old PDF and fell in love with the idea again. It was cool to see how I’ve progressed as a writer from one of the first screenplays I’d ever written.

7. How many stories have you written?

I’ve written probably 50 short films & sketches since 2011 when I started and I’ve gotten to 1/2 of a feature!

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

I used to have a big crush on a guy who was seriously into Gerry Raferty so I’ve probably listened to “Right Down The Line” over 1,000 times. Ha!

9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I had a certain story in my head and when I thought it was finished, I got critiques from a couple of people wanting more. I still get them. It’s hard to get suggestions from other people and still stay true to the story you want to tell. Overall, I think the changes I made based on their suggestions made for a stronger story. It’s always good to get a fresh set of eyes.

10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I love working with children. They are so unafraid to express how they feel, but may not always know how to articulate it. They taught me how to be a better instructor and a better director.

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

Working via Film Freeway makes submitting to festivals extremely easy!! There are so many festivals to submit to right at your fingertips.

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

I read the title of the festival and knew I needed feedback on The Seeker and thought, could this get anymore perfect? The Seeker is a troubling story about a family, and it’s so hard to get friends to read anything so it just seemed like fate was saying “Enter this one Kaitlyn!”. It was an entry fee well spent!
I felt like the feedback was incredibly insightful. I really felt like the feedback giver was invested in the success of my story and did what they could to have made it stronger. I thank you for that!

******

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

Advertisements

April 2018 WINNING STORIES, SCREENPLAYS and FILMS

32 short films. 40 screenplays. 8 novels & short stories = 80 works showcased for April 2018.

ACTORAPRIL 2018 DOC & FEMALE LEADS FEEDBACK FILM FESTIVAL
Videos from April 3rd event in Los Angeles
ACTORAPRIL 2018 EXPERIMENTAL FEEDBACK FILM FESTIVAL
Videos from April 16th event in Toronto
ACTORAPRIL 2018 LGBT/UNDER 5min. FEEDBACK FILM FESTIVAL
Videos from April 26th event in Toronto

ACTORAPRIL 2018 Winning FEATURE Screenplays

Full Performance Readings

ACTORAPRIL 2018 Winning TV PILOT/SPEC Screenplays

Full Performance Readings

ACTORAPRIL 2018 Winning 1ST SCENE Screenplays

Full Performance Readings

ACTORAPRIL 2018 Winning SHORT Screenplays

Full Performance Readings

ACTORAPRIL 2018 Winning BEST SCENE Screenplays

Full Performance Readings

ACTORAPRIL 2018 Winning NOVEL & SHORT STORIES

Full Performance Readings

ACTORAPRIL 2018 LGBT FESTIVAL Winners

Screenplays, Stories, Films

ACTORAPRIL 2018 FEMALE FESTIVAL Winners

Screenplays, Stories, Films

ACTORAPRIL 2018 EUROPEAN FESTIVAL Winners

Screenplays, Stories, Films

ACTORAPRIL 2018 DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL Winners

Screenplays, Stories, Films

ACTORAPRIL 2018 EXPERIMENTAL FESTIVAL Winners

Screenplays, Stories, Films

ACTORAPRIL 2018 STUDENT FESTIVAL Winners

Screenplays, Stories, Films

ACTORAPRIL 2018 ACTION/ADVENTURE FESTIVAL Winners

Screenplays, Stories, Films

ACTORAPRIL 2018 ANIMATION FESTIVAL Winners

Screenplays, Stories, Films

ACTORAPRIL 2018 COMEDY FESTIVAL Winners

Screenplays, Stories, Films

ACTORAPRIL 2018 CRIME/MYSTERY FESTIVAL Winners

Screenplays, Stories, Films

ACTORAPRIL 2018 DRAMA FESTIVAL Winners

Screenplays, Stories, Films

ACTORAPRIL 2018 FAMILY FESTIVAL Winners

Screenplays, Stories, Films

ACTORAPRIL 2018 SCI-FI/FANTASY FESTIVAL Winners

Screenplays, Stories, Films

ACTORAPRIL 2018 HORROR FESTIVAL Winners

Screenplays, Stories, Films

ACTORAPRIL 2018 ROMANCE FESTIVAL Winners

Screenplays, Stories, Films

ACTORAPRIL 2018 THRILLER FESTIVAL Winners

Screenplays, Stories, Films

ACTORAPRIL 2018 FAN FICTION FESTIVAL

Watch the Winning Screenplay Reading

ACTORAPRIL 2018 Poetry Readings

Watch readings performed by Elizabeth Rose Morriss

****

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

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

Festival Directors: Mary Cox, Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: John Johnson, Isabal Cupryn, Aser Santos Jr., Zack Arch

April 2018 Short Films that played at festival (Watch Audience Feedback Videos)

32 Short Films showcased in total!

festival posterSUNDAY DINNER, 15min., USA, Documentary

festival posterSCORCHED: MINE FIRES IN PENNSYLVANIA COAL COUNTRY, 6min., USA, Documentary

festival posterA GOOD BLINDER, 26min., USA, Documentary

festival posterSPINNING IN SLOW MOTION, 12min, Australia, Drama

festival posterI PROMISED HER LIFE, 15min., Drama/Family

festival posterCITY GIRL, 10min., Drama

festival posterJOY! BLUE MOON, 3min., USA, Animation/Music

festival posterWHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND, 6min., USA, Experimental/Music Video</a

festival posterNIGHT LIVE, 7min., China, Experimental/New Media

festival posterVOICES, 6min., Italy, Experimental/Music Video

festival posterTHE NIGHT SKY, 3min., Sweden, Experimental

festival posterCALO MESA – TECHNO HIPPIE, 3min., USA, Experimental/Music Video

festival posterSAMFAELINI: BUSBY BERKELEY’S DREAM ABERRATIONS, 2min., UK, Experimental/Music Video

festival posterEPINEPHRINE, 6min., USA, Experimental/Music Video

festival posterTRAINS – RADIO CUT, 3min., UK, Music Video

festival posterBLACK BIRD, 4min., USA, Experimental/Fantasy

festival posterTHE LONGING RITUAL, 4min., USA, Experimental/Animation

festival posterYOU’RE DEAD WRONG, 6min., Canada, Music Video

festival posterALL FALLS DOWN, 6min., USA, Experimental/Documentary

festival posterSAINT ETIENNE – MAGPIE EYES, 3min., Music Video

festival posterTHE FRUIT MACHINE, 16min., Canada, LGBT/Drama

festival posterBOY, 9min., USA, LGBT/Drama

festival posterCHRICKLE, 7min., Sweden, LGBT/Experimental

festival posterMATTHEW, 6min., USA, LGBT/Family

festival posterYOURS FAITHFULLY EDNA WELTHORPE (MRS), UK, Animation/Comedy

festival posterVOWS, 4min., USA, LGBT/Animation

festival posterA LETTER FROM LETICIA, 3min., Argentina, Animation

festival posterDAUGHTER, 3min., Canada, Drama/Family

festival posterMILE, 1min., USA, Drama

festival posterTRAIN

festival posterWINE AND EGGS, 5min., Turkey, Drama

festival posterORNAMENT OF BEAUTY, USA, Thriller/Fantasy

April 2018 – Read interview with TOP upcoming directors.

Read interviews with top filmmakers from around the world today. By Matthew Toffolo.

Interview with Filmmaker Adriana Falcinelli (DYING FOR A LIVING)
Interview with Filmmaker Adriana Falcinelli (DYING FOR A LIVING)

Interview with Filmmaker Anuj Gulati (THE MANLIEST MAN)
Interview with Filmmaker Anuj Gulati (THE MANLIEST MAN)

Interview with Director Elen JI (DINNER FOR TWO)
Interview with Director Elen JI (DINNER FOR TWO)

Interview with Director Leslie Aldana (THE WRITER’S WOMAN)
Interview with Director Leslie Aldana (THE WRITER’S WOMAN)

Interview with Filmmaker Hollis Sherman-Pepe (TO QUIET MY MIND)
Interview with Filmmaker Hollis Sherman-Pepe (TO QUIET MY MIND)

Interview with Filmmaker Anna Southgate (I SEEK ASYLUM)
Interview with Filmmaker Anna Southgate (I SEEK ASYLUM)

Interview with filmmaker Linnea Ritland (VIOLET AND JUNE)
Interview with filmmaker Linnea Ritland (VIOLET AND JUNE)

Interview with Screenwriter & Executive Producer Mark Renshaw (THE SURVIVOR)
Interview with Screenwriter & Executive Producer Mark Renshaw (THE SURVIVOR)

Interview with Filmmaker Sara Zia Ebrahimi (THE FBI BLEW UP MY ICE SKATES)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2018/03/16/interview-with-filmmaker-sara-zia-ebrahimi-the-fbi-blew-up-my-ice-skates/

March 2018 – Interviews with Film Festival Directors

Read this month’s interviews with Film Festival directors from all over the world. Interviews by Matthew Toffolo.

Interview with Festival Director Lari Teräs (Toronto Int’l Spring of Horror & Fantasy Film Festival (TISH))
Interview with Festival Director Lari Teräs (Toronto Int’l Spring of Horror & Fantasy Film Festival (TISH))

Interview with Festival Director Mike Messier (AVALONIA Film Festival)
Interview with Festival Director Mike Messier (AVALONIA Film Festival)

Interview with Festival Director Banks Helfrich (LIFE SCREENINGS Festival)
Interview with Festival Director Banks Helfrich (LIFE SCREENINGS Festival)

Interview with Festival Director Elena Altman (BASH- Bay Area Short Film Festival)
Interview with Festival Director Elena Altman (BASH- Bay Area Short Film Festival)

Interview with Festival Director Larry Rosen (Northeast Film Festival Horror Fest)
Interview with Festival Director Larry Rosen (Northeast Film Festival Horror Fest)

February 2018 SHORT FILMS – 22 movies showcased at 3 festivals in Los Angeles & Toronto

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos for all 22 short films performed at the 3 festivals in February 2018 in Los Angeles and Toronto.

Festival moderators are SHEPSUT WILSON, and KIERSTON DRIER.

FEMALE DIRECTOR’S & COMEDY Festival – February 1, 2018

festival posterTHE CRYING CHEF, 6min., USA, Comedy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterTHE FUTURE RICHARD DENISONS, 16min, USA, Comedy/Time Travel
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterFORGOTTEN FLORA, 5min., USA, Animation/Drama
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterMADEIRA, 14min., USA, Drama
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterPAPER PALACES, 6min., USA, Drama
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterTHE FBI BLEW UP MY ICE SKATES, 7min., USA, Animation/Drama
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterAN ACTOR PREPARES, 4min., USA, Comedy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterGF, 25min., USA, Comedy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

ROMANCE Festival – February 14, 2018


festival posterVIOLET AND JUNE, 6min., Canada, Romance/Comedy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterWHAT IF…?, 14min., Hungary, Romance/Drama
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterEASY, A 3 MINUTE LOVE STORY, 3min., USA, Romance/Drama
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterTHE WEDDING SONG, 13min, USA, Romance/Drama
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterGOD CAME ‘ROUND, 5min, Italy, Romance/Comedy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival poster116, 15min., USA, Experimental
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterTHE WRITER’S WOMAN, 23min., Mexico, Romance/Drama
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

FANTASY/SCI-FI FESTIVAL – February 22, 2018


festival posterBREAKER, 10min., Japan/Canada, Sci-Fi/Action
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterSKIN DEEP, 20min., UK, Fantasy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterMONSIEUR HERNST, 15min., France, Sci-Fi/Drama
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterLILITH, 19min., USA, Sci-Fi/Drama
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterBACK PAGE RIPPER, 5min. USA, Sci-Fi/Mystery
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterMAN-AT-ARMS, 10min, UK, Fan Fiction//Animation
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterTEARS IN THE RAIN, 11min., South Africa, Fan Fiction/Sci-Fi
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

Produced by Matthew Toffolo

Festival Directors: Mary Cox, Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy, Kierston Drier

Festival Camera Operators: Zack Arch, Aser Santos Jr., Isabel Cupryn

Festival Editor: John Johnson

And many thanks to all the volunteers of the festival!

2018 JANUARY Short Films – 25 films

3 Festivals in Los Angeles & Toronto showcasing the best short films from around the world. Films from Austria, Belgium, China, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, USA, UK. 12 countries in total.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos of each:


festival posterBOLD GREEN, 28min., Germany, Romance/Drama
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterMARTINA, OH MARTINA, 12min., Spain, Romance/Drama
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterMAMMA, 5min., Italy, Crime/Thriller
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterTHE FLOW, 3min., Belgium, Adventure
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterCITY OF MY HEART, 4min., Greece, Documentary
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterSTUPID SMARTPHONE THERAPY, 4min., Germany, Experimental
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterHONEYMOON, 3min., Switzerland, Romance
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival poster21ST CENTURY HERMIT, 3min., UK, Documentary
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterTHE WAVES, 4min., UK, Animation
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterOUR WONDERFUL NATURE, 3min., Germany, Animation
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterDEAR INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY, 4min., UK, Documentary/War
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterBE THE ONE, 5min., Switzerland, Crime/Music Video
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterTOO SOON?, 3min., UK, Comedy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterJAKE & JULIA, 12min, USA, Comedy/Relationship
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterALTERNATIVE MATH, 9min, USA, Comedy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterEDEN HOSTEL, 14min., Spain, Comedy/Drama
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterEGGS AND SOLDIERS, 20min., USA, Drama/Family
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterEVERYTHING WILL BE OKAY, 30min., Austria, Drama/Thriller
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterSTORY TO TELL, 15min., Japan, Crime/Drama
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterMONDAY, 18min., USA, Crime/Comedy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterCONVERSATIONS, 8min., Ireland, Crime/Mystery
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterMIND GAME, 2min., China, Action/Experimental
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterFREEDOM OF THE WHEELS, 17min., USA, Adventure/Comedy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterVIKING TOOTHACHE, 4min, USA, Action/Fantasy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK