Winning Short Screenplays for April 2018

Watch readings of the winning screenplays performed by professional actors:

ACTORIN THE WOODS – Short Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Rachel Greenhoe
ACTORSEEKER – Family Short Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Kaitlyn Kowalski
ACTORRAY IN SPACE – Sci-Fi Short Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by John Celona
ACTORINFINITE NOT BEYOND – 1pg. Short Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by T.J. Peters

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

Director: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: Kimberly Villarruel
Camera Operator: Mary Cox

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Winning Short Screenplay – IN THE WOODS, by Rachel Greenhoe

 

Genre: Fantasy, Family

Two little girls go searching for fairies with there strange, older cousin.

CAST LIST:

Watson: James Murray
Polly: Vanessa Quaglaira
Narrator:  Sean Ballantyne
Maggie: Val Cole
Lucy: Cassandra Sirois

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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

Winning Short Screenplays for March 2018

Watch readings of the winning screenplays performed by professional actors:

ACTORSCI-FI SHORT Screenplay
March 2018 Reading
by Jade S. Bokhari
ACTORCRIME SHORT Screenplay
March 2018 Reading
by Christine Sherwood
ACTORCRIME SHORT Screenplay – WHEN THE DUST SETTLES
March 2018 Reading
by Derek W. Wright
ACTOR1pg. SHORT Screenplay
March 2018 Reading
by Marc Lalonde
ACTORSTUDENT SHORT Screenplay – DIMAGGIO
March 2018 Reading
by Taylor Zaccario

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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

CRIME SHORT SCREENPLAY – CHERRY GLAZED, by Christine Sherwood

Genre: Drama, Crime

A crime boss is forced to get her hands dirty to clean up her subordinates mess when they fail to handle a job.

CAST LIST:

Charlotte: Jennifer Vallance
Mark: Geoff Mays
Narrator: Olivia Jon
Rachel: Lesley Ballantyne
Joe:  Allan Cooke

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your screenplay about?

Cherry Glazed is about about a small town crime boss who has to go clean up her sabordinates mess and she really hates messes.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Crime Drama

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

It’s a fun, witty, crime drama with a strong female lead that uses her wit over brawn for most of her actions.

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

Wet and Sticky

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

Goodfellas

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

I first wrote a flash story, which I then adapted. Time from starting to write flash story to script was 2.5 years, but I was also moving countries, traveling, and had many many months gap between. Actual time spent writing or researching, I’d say about 60 hours.

7. How many stories have you written?

Too many to count.

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

I don’t really have a favorite song. I find I always love hearing Cream’s Sunshine of Your Love in film soundtracks. Definitely adds to my love of Goodfellas.

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

When I moved back to the states, I’ve been bouncing around a bit. I’d say stability was the only obstacle.

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

Filmmaking in general, photography, and an avid reader.

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

FilmFreeway has stepped up the platform game by providing a clear, clean platform that makes it easy for filmmakers, writers, and festivals to navigate and find what they’re looking for.

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

It’s always nice to obtain feedback from someone who isn’t close to you. I’m lucky enough to have some great fimmaking professional friends who provide me honest, constructive feedback, but having an outsde perspective from that is still really useful. The feedback from WildSound was thorough and constructive. Definitely saw some of the points made. Was also a great opportunity for me to reflect on some of the choices I made whilst I wrote the script, and was able to respond back and explain why I made the choices I had. Having that back and forth really allows one to truly understand their work to a deeper level and also share those deeper choices with another.

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Op: Mary Cox

Winning Short Screenplays for February 2018

Watch readings of the winning screenplays performed by professional actors:

ACTORFANTASY Short Screenplay – AFTERLIFE ESTATES
February 2018 Reading
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ACTORCONSPIRACY Short Screenplay – THE ORDER
February 2018 Reading
by Jean Buschmann
ACTOREXPERIMENTAL Short Screenplay – MOTORIST
February 2018 Reading
by Julie Thor Fryd
ACTOR1pg. Short Screenplay – THE TRENCH
February 2018 Reading
by Chris Beadnell

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Op: Mary Cox

Winning SHORT Screenplay Reading – THE ORDER, by Jean Buschmann

 

Genre: Mystery, Suspense

If all the world’s a stage, who’s behind the curtain?

Cast List:
TV Commentator: James Dooley
Max: Gary Graham
Narrator: Val Cole
Nadia: Kelci Stephenson
Ethan: John Fray

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

The mother of all conspiracies

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Political thriller / Murder Mystery / Drama

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

It’s timely and eerily relevant

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

Thought-provoking

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

I have eclectic taste in films and love a good story, no matter the genre – from indie to blockbuster. BUT, if I’m being completely honest, I have to confess that I’ve watched FOUL PLAY more times than any other movie. (Mainly because I’ve introduced it to so many girl friends over the years.) I mean, what’s not to love about this mostly comedic, multigenre classic, starring Goldie Hawn and Chevy Chase?! It has a bit of everything – rom-com, girl power, murder mystery, political thriller, and slapstick comedy. A modern equivalent might be KNIGHT and DAY, with Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz. I have to believe the writer(s) were inspired by FOUL PLAY. – You can even hear the fun title pun!

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

I wrote the short film script a few years a back…but it was a little ahead of its time, so I filed it away, until a good friend encouraged me to submit it.

7. How many stories have you written?

Too many to remember.

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

Tough question! I love so many styles of music – from classic rock to hip-hop, pop to bebop, and almost everything in between. BUT, I was so obsessed with Stevie Nicks’ vocal on DREAMS as a child, that I actually amputated the arm of my Mickey Mouse stereo – by playing it over, and over, and over… . 🙂

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

Attracting a producer

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

ALL THE ARTS, social justice, history’s hidden mysteries…salsa dancing, and every roller sport.

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

Intuitive and easy to navigate interface

 

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Op: Mary Cox

SHORT Screenplay Reading – AFTERLIFE ESTATES, by Laina Burgess

 

Genre: Comedy

Key figures and gods from all of the world’s religions meet at the Afterlife Estates office to go over the year’s numbers.

Cast List:

Guru: James Dooley
Narrator: Val Cole
Allah: Gary Graham
Noah: John Fray

Get to know the writer: 

 1. What is your screenplay about?

My screenplay is about the idea that perhaps the leaders of the major world religions work together inside a crappy office with a Dunder Mifflin vibe.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Comedy.

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

It’s smart and it’s funny, and it takes a satirical and unique look at something that none of us could possibly know anything about.

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

Charmingly Irreverent

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

Probably Bridesmaids.

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

I worked on this screenplay for a few months.

7. How many stories have you written?

There’s no telling how many stories I’ve written. I’ve made a few short films, one feature length, and I’ve got several scripts in the works.

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

For some reason I can’t quite fathom, “It’s All Coming Back” by Celine Dion is my eternal jam.

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

I wouldn’t say I faced many obstacles writing this screenplay. Perhaps my biggest challenge was pushing away the producer devil on my shoulder saying “How would you ever shoot this? You don’t have the budget to give Brahma all the arms he needs.” As a filmmaker, sometimes I get ahead of myself and forget to just enjoy the storytelling process.

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

I’m passionate about my 3 year old beagle pup named Piper.

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

I’m relatively familiar with FilmFreeway, and I’ve found that it’s pretty user-friendly.
 

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Op: Mary Cox