Winning Short Screenplay: ELEVEN YEARS OF LIGHT, by Keith Soforic

Winning Screenplay – ELEVEN YEARS OF LIGHT
Written by Keith Soforic
CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Elizabeth Morriss
Daniel Chung
CHARLIE – John Fray
AUTOMATED VOICE – Cora Matheson

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Sci-Fi, War, Drama

Two men try to escape the bombs of a brutal war by using a T.D.U. (Time Dilation Unit) prototype.


Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

The Homeland is overcome by enemy forces. All friends and family are presumed dead. Two men try to escape the bombs of this brutal war by using a T.D.U. (Time Dilation Unit) prototype to alter their imminent demise.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Science-Fiction/Drama

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I think it’s an intriguing situation in a contained environment with minimal characters, that asks a philosophical question, most people face everyday…How much of your time are you willing to sacrifice for the price of freedom?

How would you describe this script in two words?

Cheating Fate.

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

Not sure if these are the movies that I’ve watched the most, but several stand out; THE FOUNTAIN, THE PRESTIGE, ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND, THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS, and AMERICAN MOVIE.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I had the initial idea and title about five years ago.

How many stories have you written?

Two Features, seven Shorts, and about a dozen Short Stories.

What is your favorite song?

The Italian singer-songwriter, Zucchero Fornaciari’s rendition of GUANTANAMERA

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The biggest obstacle in finishing this particular script was keeping it five pages or less, without losing too much of the story.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Finding Forest Fenn’s hidden treasure.

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

I liked the challenge of telling a story in a only five pages. It’s good practice for keeping a tight script. I haven’t shown the script around very much, but received very positive feedback from some close friends.

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Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne


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Winning Short Screenplay – POLLY, by Eric P Granger

Winning Screenplay – POLLY
Written by Eric P. Granger

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Elizabeth Morriss
POLLY – Georgia Grant
ANNIE – Cora Matheson
BECKY – Tea Nguyen
DOCTOR – David Occhipinti
ORDERLY – Daniel Chung
1ST SHOPPER – Olivia Jon

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Drama, Fantasy

Life can be joyous, difficult, brief, rewarding, humbling and gracious: even if you are only a pillow.

 
Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

The need to be loved.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Family Fantasy

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

To help remind us

How would you describe this script in two words?

Heart felt

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

The Fifth Element

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

1 year

How many stories have you written?

Twelve

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

Poems, Prayers, and Promises

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Keeping it contained

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Playing guitar

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

For feedback and exposure

 

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

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne


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Devone Jones – March 2017 SHORT Screenplay Winner

Winning Screenplay – PEN & PENCIL
Written by Devone JonesCAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Frances Townend
PEN – Kayla Farris
SAMANTHA – Vanessa Quagliara
PENCIL – Peter Mark Raphael
PETER – Jonah Akler-Silliman
CLASSMATE – Christopher Huron
PROFESSOR – Charles Gordon

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Romance, Animation, Comedy

On the day of a pop quiz, Pen and Pencil meet each other on a classroom desk. Meanwhile, Samantha has been juggling between work and school, she misplaces the cap to her favorite pen.

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

The screenplay takes place on the day of a pop-quiz, where Pencil helps Pen search for her missing cap, but Samantha, who has been juggling between school and work doesn’t remember where she left it.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Pen & Pencil would be an animation/comedy

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I think Pen & Pencil should be made into a movie because it has art and education together, which makes a fun read. But when you add in its humor, it can be so much more entertaining to watch.

How would you describe this script in two words?

I’d describe this screenplay as “Artful Humor”.

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

The Mask is a movie I’d say I watched more than any other movie.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I’ve been working on this screenplay for about a year.

How many stories have you written?

I’ve written two stories.

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

I listen to the song “Changes” by Tupac Shakur a lot.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I had to drop out of school and relocate out of state to finish the screenplay.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Besides writing I’m passionate about directing and producing in the film world, but mainly about social issues and gender and racial equality in our society.

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

I was taking a screenwriting class in San Diego and that influenced me to writing this screenplay and entering it in festivals afterwards.

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

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Casting: Sean Ballantyne

Iman Davari – March 2017 SHORT Screenplay Winner

Winning Screenplay – CYCLE
Written by Iman DavariCAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
KAMRAN – Dan Cristofori

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy, Crime

Kamran, along with his friend Faramarz, decides to rob his grandmother’s house. Aided by his friend, Kamran plans the robbery and his grandmother’s murder. After killing the grandmother and finding her money and jewelry, he also murders Faramarz. The robbery and the murder are both repeated at different ages. At the end, we see the bodies of the old woman, Kamran and Faramarz with different murders in different parts of the house.
Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

About conscientious people who can not be released from the cycle of behavior.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

mystery,crime,thriller

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

For most people life you are involved in a vicious circle.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Kamran, along with his friend Faramarz, decides to rob his grandmother’s house. Aided by his friend, Kamran plans the robbery and his grandmother’s murder. After killing the grandmother and finding her money and jewelry, he also murders Faramarz. The robbery and the murder are both repeated at different ages. At the end, we see the bodies of the old woman, Kamran and Faramarz with different murders in different parts of the house.

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

My favorite director Quentin Jerome Tarantino
I saw all his films.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Over 8 years

How many stories have you written?

More than 20 scripts

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

good ye my lover , James Blunt
Yiannis Chryssomallis
Mohammad Reza Shajarian
and…

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

In our country there’s filmmaking career.
And the script is often in social discourse.
And I would love to work in other genres.
There are no independent producer. And have worked to the desired style.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

director
Acting
Photography

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

I met with the elders of cinema.
And you get experience in different fields of filmmaking

 

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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Amy Malinda Jackson – March 2017 SHORT Screenplay Winner

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

NARRATOR – Frances Townend
REBEKAH – Kayla Farris
LITTLE GIRL 1 – Vanessa Quagliara
JACK – Peter Mark Raphael
LARRY – Jonah Akler-Silliman
RUPERT – Christopher Huron

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Romance, Drama

Rebekah is writing on her memoir Rebekah’s Closet when she begins to hear voices in her head, have flashbacks of Viet Nam, but her lover Rupert hears her make a sound and comes to encourage her to love again.

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

Rebekah’s Closet is about a young American woman living in Paris who grapples with the psychological ramifications of her childhood abuse.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Drama, Psychological Thriller, Love Story, Fantasy

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It is based on my true story of growing up with horrific abuse, and transforming into an artist and writer, into a loving person somehow, after all. It didn’t have to end up that way, especially considering what was done.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Gritty, inspiring.

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

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

One year. It is based on a novel that took a decade.

How many stories have you written?

Maybe ten. But there are so many that are in my head, wanting to come out, in some form. And dreams, wanting to be written.

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

The Rolling Stones: I’m a Monkey. I don’t play it, but I want it played at my funeral. As a joke. For real.

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What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Determining what pieces of the massive story to put in, what to leave out. How to tell my story, ultimately. It’s so hard. I’m still figuring it out, actually. I have to rewrite.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Gardening, painting jungles in acrylic, doing industrial photographs that look like abstract paintings, LOVING people wherever I go (I’m a Buddhist), community advocacy where I live (I live in a disadvantaged neighborhood where we are restoring a Victorian home), yoga, mindfulness, cooking and baking.

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

I want to get my stories out there. I don’t want my stories, like my paintings or photographs, to be in a closet, but to be outside. For so long I had to keep everything secret, for so long I couldn’t talk or know what had happened, but now I know the whole sequence of events. That is a major life changing event, to know the truth, for me. Secondly, I’ve not only survived, but my counselor says that I am an inspiration, that my story can help other people. Maybe the script isn’t there yet, but I’m committed to getting it there. Thirdly, I wanted to be a writer growing up, and it wasn’t allowed. I want to be a screenwriter. I want to learn this craft. It’s like a strange puzzle me, that I’m trying to figure out, at the same time that I’m trying to tell my stories, to get them out of the darkness.

http://www.amyjackson.cc

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Della Greenawalt – March 2017 SHORT Screenplay Winner

Winning Screenplay – SUNFLOWER CARE
Written by Della GreenawaltCAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Geoff Mays
DORIS – Cassandra Guthrie
GHOST – Dan Cristofori
DIRECTOR – Jane Hailes

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy, Fantasy

Feisty elderly Senior Doris is being taken into a nursing home, and boy is she not happy about it! But once settled in for the night, a ghostly figure awakens her, speaking to her from her bedroom Mirror, demanding to her that it is “time to go”.

 


Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

Doris is a hundred year old fighter who tries to stay out of a care facility for elders as well as outsmarting the Grim Reaper who has appeared yet again to take her from among the living. She beats the Reaper, but not the care center – yet.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Comedy, Supernatural, Fantasy.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

100 year old Doris is so popular with everyone who has read this script, and she could carry a movie with all her adventures. It would be in the vein of Fried Green Tomatoes. She is tough and funny.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Bittersweet and funny.

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

The Princess Bride. It always makes me laugh.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I wrote it in a day, spent a week tweaking it with the workshop members’ input. (I am a member of 5150, the Academy of Film Writing’s invitation only workshop run by Nicholls Fellow and working screenwriter Max Adams.)

How many stories have you written?

4 Screenplays (features) in various states of rewrite, half a dozen shorts, one comedy essay (that won my college’s humor contest) and a few more that got published (also during college) and some gathering dust in a drawer.

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

There are so many. “What a Wonderful Life” by Louie Armstrong is high up on that list.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

None. It was a class assignment at the Academy of Film Writing and was so popular that I developed it into a short script. Once Doris was fleshed out, her story wrote itself!

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I volunteer at an animal shelter walking dogs and bringing some home to give them a break from those concrete cages, posting photos to help get them adopted.

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

The feedback was fabulous! As for entering the contest, some of my peers in workshop had entered in the past, winning and getting read by actors. They enjoyed the experience and encouraged me to enter.

 

 

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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Winning SHORT Screenplay – MILKSHAKE, by Max Thackara

Winning Screenplay – MILKSHAKE
Written by Max Thackara

CAST LIST:

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

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Romance, Drama

A young couple have an awkward meet in a 50s diner.

 
Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

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

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Romance

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

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

How would you describe this script in two words?

Bitter sweet.

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

Probably ‘Step Brothers’

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

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

How many stories have you written?

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

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

Starman (David Bowie)

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

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

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

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

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

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

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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