Category Archives: Short Films

September 2018 – Read the best of SHORT FILM loglines and pitches

Short Film: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AGAIN by Jamie Hall
Short Film: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AGAIN by Jamie Hall

Short Film: Barack Obama Remembers a Young Poet by James Fitzmaurice
Short Film: Barack Obama Remembers a Young Poet by James Fitzmaurice

Short Film: Bingo-The Last True Bloodsport by Joe Starzyk
Short Film: Bingo-The Last True Bloodsport by Joe Starzyk

Short Film: Breathless by Conál Tutin
Short Film: Breathless by Conál Tutin

Short Film: BATMAN 1999 by Jerry Kokich
Short Film: BATMAN 1999 by Jerry Kokich

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September 2018 – Read the best of Filmmaker Interviews

Interview with the Filmmaking Team of the Award Winning Short Film “HOTTER WITH THE WINDOWS OPEN”
Interview with the Filmmaking Team of the Award Winning Short Film “HOTTER WITH THE WINDOWS OPEN”

Interview with Filmmaker Shetu Modi (THE PITS)
Interview with Filmmaker Shetu Modi (THE PITS)

Interview with Actors Stephen Tracey & Erica Anderson (PREY)
Interview with Actors Stephen Tracey & Erica Anderson (PREY)

Interview with Writer/Actor Catherine Haun (MRS MURPHY’S CONFESSION)
Interview with Writer/Actor Catherine Haun (MRS MURPHY’S CONFESSION)

Interview with Hans Grossman (WAITING)
Interview with Hans Grossman (WAITING)

Interview with the Creative Team of THE POET Short Film
Interview with the Creative Team of THE POET Short Film

Interview with Filmmaker Michael Willer (The Volunteer)
Interview with Filmmaker Michael Willer (The Volunteer)

Interview with Filmmaker Michelle Brand (NOT THE SAME RIVER. NOT THE SAME MAN)
Interview with Filmmaker Michelle Brand (NOT THE SAME RIVER. NOT THE SAME MAN)

Interview with Filmmaker Catherine L. Allard (THE CORD)
Interview with Filmmaker Catherine L. Allard (THE CORD)

Interview with Filmmaker Linda Gasser (WHAT IF)
Interview with Filmmaker Linda Gasser (WHAT IF)

Interview with Filmmaker Jim Wilmer (WATER)
Interview with Filmmaker Jim Wilmer (WATER)

Interview with Filmmaker Harrison Lane (THE GHOULIES)
Interview with Filmmaker Harrison Lane (THE GHOULIES)

Interview with Filmmaker Evi Stamatiou (KALTRINA)
Interview with Filmmaker Evi Stamatiou (KALTRINA)

Interview with Filmmaker Randy Kerr (BROTHERS)
Interview with Filmmaker Randy Kerr (BROTHERS)

Interview with Filmmaker Aram Atkinson (FIREFLIES)
Interview with Filmmaker Aram Atkinson (FIREFLIES)

Interview with Filmmaker Jonathan Harris (WEEKEND WARRIOR)
Interview with Filmmaker Jonathan Harris (WEEKEND WARRIOR)

Interview with Filmmaker Andrew Hawkins (MASQUERADE)
Interview with Filmmaker Andrew Hawkins (MASQUERADE)

Interview with Filmmaker Aaron Seever (TEMPORARY)
Interview with Filmmaker Aaron Seever (TEMPORARY)

Interview with Filmmaker Diana Losen (PRIEST TO PRIEST)
Interview with Filmmaker Diana Losen (PRIEST TO PRIEST)

AUGUST 2018 – Read the best of NEW Short Screenplay Story Pitches

Short Film: Welcome To Pruitville – The Following by Tom Mason
https://storypitches.wordpress.com/2018/07/30/short-film-welcome-to-pruitville-the-following-by-tom-mason/

Short Film: You can Call me Alice by Antonio Sequeira
https://storypitches.wordpress.com/2018/07/24/short-film-you-can-call-me-alice-by-antonio-sequeira/

Short Film: THE REVENGE OF BLOODY JULIET by Ezalaine Mae Albuera
https://storypitches.wordpress.com/2018/07/24/short-film-the-revenge-of-bloody-juliet-by-ezalaine-mae-albuera/

Short Film: SOCIAL SCIENCE by Logan Long
https://storypitches.wordpress.com/2018/07/24/short-film-social-science-by-logan-long/

Short Film: Pari Leto by Jason Seelmann
https://storypitches.wordpress.com/2018/07/23/short-film-pari-leto-by-jason-seelmann/

Short Film: Moon and Fishes by Arshia Zeinali
https://storypitches.wordpress.com/2018/07/23/short-film-moon-and-fishes-by-arshia-zeinali-2/

Short Film: Shanghai: A West Side Story by Fernely Durand
https://storypitches.wordpress.com/2018/07/18/short-film-shanghai-a-west-side-story-by-fernely-durand/

Short Film: Two Drums of Thought by Meysam Oghbaei
https://storypitches.wordpress.com/2018/07/17/short-film-two-drums-of-thought-by-meysam-oghbaei/

Short Film: The Funeral Director by Thomas Scott
https://storypitches.wordpress.com/2018/07/17/short-film-the-funeral-director-by-thomas-scott/

Short Film: Gloomy swamp by Álex Bandeira
https://storypitches.wordpress.com/2018/07/17/short-film-gloomy-swamp-by-alex-bandeira/

Short Film: Happy Anniversary by Shivani Mehra
https://storypitches.wordpress.com/2018/07/17/short-film-happy-anniversary-by-shivani-mehra/

Short Film: FOUL PLAY by Amber Rainey
https://storypitches.wordpress.com/2018/07/17/short-film-foul-play-by-amber-rainey/

Short Film: EARTHMAN by Manuel Martinez Arcos
https://storypitches.wordpress.com/2018/07/17/short-film-earthman-by-manuel-martinez-arcos/

Short Film: MANY DREAMS by Kellen Casara
https://storypitches.wordpress.com/2018/07/17/short-film-many-dreams-by-kellen-casara/

Short Film: One Night Only by SA Brown
https://storypitches.wordpress.com/2018/07/17/short-film-one-night-only-by-sa-brown/

Short Film: Brown Dog by Andrew Ward
https://storypitches.wordpress.com/2018/08/03/short-film-brown-dog-by-andrew-ward/

Short Film: Butterfly’s feather passerby by Narjes Amin
https://storypitches.wordpress.com/2018/08/08/short-film-butterflys-feather-passerby-by-narjes-amin/

Short Film: America for Sale or Russian Gambit by Aleks Kontr
https://storypitches.wordpress.com/2018/08/08/short-film-america-for-sale-or-russian-gambit-by-aleks-kontr/

Short Film: A Lens Story by Michael Oshins
https://storypitches.wordpress.com/2018/08/08/short-film-a-lens-story-by-michael-oshins/

Short Film: Happy Anniversary by Shivani Mehra
https://storypitches.wordpress.com/2018/08/08/short-film-happy-anniversary-by-shivani-mehra-2/

Short Film: Gangster by Zain Assad
https://storypitches.wordpress.com/2018/08/08/short-film-gangster-by-zain-assad/

Short Film: Gloomy swampy by Álex Bandeira
https://storypitches.wordpress.com/2018/08/03/short-film-gloomy-swampy-by-alex-bandeira/

SHORT FILMS IN JULY 2018 – WATCH AUDIENCE FEEDBACK VIDEOS FOR ALL 26 FILMS.

Submit your Film & Screenplay via FilmFreeway:

A showcase of 26 short films in total from four festivals in Los Angeles & Toronto for July 2018.

festival posterMUM, 13min., India, Drama

festival posterDOWN TIME, 15min., France, Drama

festival posterJUST SAYING, 14min., UK, Drama/Dark Comedy

festival posterUNDER THE BED, 5min, USA, Horror/Thriller

festival posterPUPPETS AND PUSHPINS, 4min., Canada, Dance/Music Video

festival posterESKIMO, 6min., USA, Drama

festival posterBREATHLESS, 7min., USA, Drama/Crime

festival posterTHE BUTTER KNIFE, 6min., USA, Comedy/Romance

festival posterHIT, 4min., New Zealand, Sports/Drama

festival posterGRANDFATHERHOOD, 27min., Russia, Drama/Family

festival posterTHE CLIMB, 9min., UK, Drama

festival posterSISTER IN ARMS, 9min., UK, Crime/Drama

festival posterTHE CALL, 10min., USA, Horror

festival posterCARL, 17min., USA, Drama

festival posterSNUG AS A BUG, 11min., UK, Comedy

festival posterHIGH CALORIE, 17min., Turkey, Family/Drama

festival posterSWEETER, 13min., USA, Family/Drama

festival posterPRIEST TO PRIEST, 9min., USA, Family/Drama

festival posterTHE LEGEND OF RASPUTIN, 13min., Canada, Family/Animation

festival posterJOYA MIA, 5min., USA, Family/Drama

festival posterSWEET YOYO, 18min., Canada, Family/Drama

festival posterA PLACE IN THE CITY, 18min., USA, LGBT/Documentary

festival posterTHE LOVE INDUSTRY, 20min., USA, LGBT/Documentary

festival posterTHE LAST GIRL, 13min., Denmark, LGBT/Romance

festival posterMASQUERADE, 10min., USA, LGBT/Drama

festival posterWHO I AM, 17min, UK, LGBT/Drama

JULY 2018 WINNING SHORT SCREENPLAYS

Submit your Film & Screenplay via FilmFreeway:

 

ACTORWinning Under 5min. Short Screenplay – NOSTALGIC by Shannon Michelle

ACTORWinning FANTASY Short Screenplay – MAYBE TOMORROW I’LL SEE YOU by Steve N. Bradford

ACTORWinning Short Screenplay – BROCCOLI by Tiger Ji

ACTORWinning COMEDY Short Screenplay – FIRE ALARM by Tyler G.

ACTORWinning THRILLER Short Screenplay – FOR GOOD BEHAVIOR by Ron Riekki

ACTORWinning SCI-FI Short Screenplay – BRAD ACTUALLY “Trial by Trial” by Caleb Quinn

ACTORWinning HORROR Short Screenplay – THE SNEEZE by Martin Reese

ACTORWinning Short Screenplay – THE HITLER PARADOX by James Hughes

ACTORWinning Under 5min. Short Screenplay – GOD OF INSECTS by James R. Cowley

 

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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

Short Script – BENCHSIDE WARFARE, by Zander Jones

Genre: Drama

This is a short piece that comments on the struggle that immigrants face trying to simply enjoy the small moments during a time of heightened racial profiling.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Ari: Sam Fazli

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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

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!

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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