WATCH Mid-Year SHORT SCREENPLAY Winners (January-June 2017)

Watch the Winning SHORT Screenplay winners for the first half of 2017:

 

ACTORANIMATION SHORT Screenplay – BATROOM
June 2017 Reading
by Crafty St. James

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ACTORFAMILY SHORT Screenplay – GIRL IN THE PAINTING
June 2017 Reading
by Scott Williamson

ACTORSCI-FI SHORT Screenplay – SWITCHMAN
June 2017 Reading
by Henry Leeker

ACTORUnder 5min. SHORT Screenplay – I KNOW
June 2017 Reading
by Steve Vasiliou

ACTORUnder 5min. SHORT Screenplay – NIGHT SHIFT
June 2017 Reading
by Yanjuan Song

ACTORUnder 5min. SHORT Screenplay – 900 PAGES
June 2017 Reading
by Juanita Cepero

ACTOR1pg. SHORT Screenplay – THE PARK PERVERT
June 2017 Reading
by Mark Levitt

ACTORCOMEDY SHORT Screenplay – MARRIAGE COUNSELING 101
May 2017 Reading
by Mark Engberg
ACTORSCI-FI SHORT Screenplay – THE VOLUNTEER
May 2017 Reading
by Christopher Michaels

ACTORCRIME SHORT Screenplay – CLOCKWORK
May 2017 Reading
by Eric Hackler
ACTORTHRILLER SHORT Screenplay – COLD COMFORT
April 2017 Reading
Written by Mick Sims
ACTORFANTASY SHORT Screenplay – POLLY
April 2017 Reading
Written by Eric P. Granger
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – SUNFLOWER CARE
March 2017 Reading
Written by Della Greenawalt

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – MILKSHAKE
March 2017 Reading
Written by Max Thackara

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – REBEKAH’S CLOSET
March 2017 Reading
Written by Amy Malinda Jackson

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – CYCLE
March 2017 Reading
Written by Iman Davari

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – PEN & PENCIL
March 2017 Reading
Written by Devone Jones

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – THE MIDDLING CLASS
March 2017 Reading
Written by Amanda J. Bermudez

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – 5 THINGS NOT TO FEED YOUR BABY
February 2017 Reading
Written by Todd A. Jackson
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – LATE NIGHT
February 2017 Reading
Written by Deepa Dharmaraj
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – BOOM
February 2017 Reading
Written by Dimitri Devyatkin
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – BANH YOU
February 2017 Reading
Written by Steve Cleary
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – TWO GEESE AND A LADY GIRAFFE
February 2017 Reading
Written by Chanda Walker
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – BREW MASTER
February 2017 Reading
Written by Kelly Jean Karam
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – DIASPORA
January 2017 Reading
Written by David Brin
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – COMES AROUND
January 2017 Reading
Written by Gunnar Halldorsson
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – MODERN LOVE
January 2017 Reading
Written by Hannah Dillon
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – PFFF
January 2017 Reading
Written by Dimitri Devyatkin
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – I CAN CATCH A BULLET
January 2017 Reading
Written by Reynaldo A. Garza
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – LOVE HURTS
January 2017 Reading
Written by Michael Gavino

 

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WINNING COMEDY SHORT SCREENPLAY – MARRIAGE COUNSELING 101, by Mark Engberg

Winning Screenplay – MARRIAGE COUNSELING
Written by Mark Engberg

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Becky Shrimpton
WOMAN – Cassandra Guthrie
MAN – John Marcucci

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Horror, Comedy

“Romancing the Stone” meets “Friday the 13th.”

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

“Marriage Counseling 101” is about couple fighting in public. Some people can’t handle it and seek privacy before the argument gets out of hand. Some people could care less about the embarrassment. But innocent bystanders are the ones who seem to suffer the most.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Due to the amount of dialogue, Comedy. But it could easily be a horror story if the characters didn’t speak.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It’s an easy and inexpensive location that would only require three actors (2 speaking) and a brief CGI special effect for the ending. As far as content goes, it maintains Irony in that it analyzes social boundaries among hysteria.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Black comedy.

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

Jaws

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

About 4 weeks.

How many stories have you written?

This is probably my 12th or 13th short film script. i’ve written a feature and am working on an animated feature.

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

“Mother” by Pink Floyd.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

A friend of mine in New York hired me to write this story for him, wanting something that was like “Romancing the Stone” with a “Friday the 13th” ending. I wanted the story to be about a couple trying to save their marriage despite their inability to agree on anything. There was a ton of comic potential in the premise. The tricky part was the scary ending.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I love so many forms of media. Literature, music, art, theater, movies, cable TV (which let’s face it, has gotten much better than anyone expected). But I’m most passionate about raising my three boys with my hardworking wife.

*****

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

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne


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Watch the APRIL 2017 Winning SHORT Screenplays

THRILLER SHORT Screenplay – COLD COMFORT
April 2017 Reading
Written by Mick Sims
ACTORFANTASY SHORT Screenplay – POLLY
April 2017 Reading
Written by Eric P. Granger
ACTORWAR SHORT Screenplay – ELEVEN YEARS OF LIGHT
April 2017 Reading
Written by Keith Soforic

Upcoming Festival Deadlines

 

Deadline May 15th

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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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*****

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

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

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

 

*****

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

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

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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