SEPTEMBER 2017 WINNING STORIES, SCREENPLAYS and FILMS

26 short films. 23 screenplays. 6 short stories and novels = 55 winning videos (record setting!)

ACTORSEPTEMBER 2017 ROMANCE FILM FESTIVAL 
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from the Los Angeles Festival.
ACTORSEPTEMBER 2017 COMEDY FILM FESTIVAL 
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from the Los Angeles Festival.
ACTORSEPTEMBER 2017 FAMILY & ANIMATION FILM FESTIVAL 
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from the Toronto Festival.
ACTORSEPTEMBER 2017 CRIME & THRILLER FILM FESTIVAL 
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from the Toronto Festival.
ACTORANIMATION Feature Screenplay – STORM DRAGON
September 2017 Reading
by Joey Curtis & Danny Klein
ACTORTHRILLER Feature Screenplay – WORD GAMES
September 2017 Reading
by Joel Stern
ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay – QUANTICO Show
September 2017 Reading
by Leslie Lyshkob
ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay – BOJACK HORSEMAN show
September 2017 Reading
by Cameron Chapman
ACTORFAN FICTION Screenplay – WELCOME TO CRYSTAL LAKE (Friday the 13th)
September 2017 Reading
by Mike Mead
ACTORTV 1st Scene Screenplay – KODAK MOMENT
September 2017 Reading
by John Cruz Alarid
ACTORTV 1st Scene Screenplay – CELTIC BLOOD
September 2017 Reading
by Richard William Masterson
ACTOR1st Scene Screenplay – BROTHER’S MCSHANE
September 2017 Reading
by
ACTORFAMILY 1st Scene Screenplay – FOREVER CHARLEE
September 2017 Reading
by Hank Isaac
ACTORSTUDENT 1st Scene Screenplay – THE BOXMAN
September 2017 Reading
by Alexander Beale
ACTORSCI-FI 1st Scene Screenplay – THE FLUTE OF PEACE
September 2017 Reading
by Gunel Asgarova
ACTOR1st Scene Screenplay – SERAPHINA
September 2017 Reading
by Joe Tofuri
ACTORSTUDENT Short Screenplay – PALACES
September 2017 Reading
by Taryn Procsal
ACTORSTUDENT Short Screenplay – ROSIE
September 2017 Reading
by Amalia Williamson
ACTORCOMEDY Short Screenplay – TWITS
September 2017 Reading
by Alison McGrath
ACTOR1pg. COMEDY Short Screenplay – CLEAN BEAT
September 2017 Reading
by Bernhard Riedhammer
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – BREAKDOWN
September 2017 Reading
by J. Logan Alexander
ACTORCANADIAN Short Screenplay – X-13
September 2017 Reading
by Asim Abraham
ACTORACTION Best Scene Screenplay – VOLUNTEER
September 2017 Reading
by Janine Cobain & Gary McElkerney
ACTORCRIME Best Scene Screenplay – HICK
September 2017 Reading
by Marianna Moneymaker
ACTORTV THRILLER Best Scene Screenplay – JOYTON SHREW
September 2017 Reading
by Ian Bradburn
ACTORSTAGE PLAY BEST SCENE – VENGEANCE OF THE SHREW
September 2017 Reading
by Bree Katz
ACTORSTAGE PLAY Best Scene – 
September 2017 Reading
by Linda Collison
ACTORSHORT STORY Transcript – OFF THE HOOK
September 2017 Reading
by Lionel Walfish
ACTORSHORT STORY Transcript – GIVE ME TRUTH OR GIVE ME SILENCE
September 2017 Reading
by Melissa R. Mendelson
ACTORSHORT STORY Transcript – IN THE CEMETERY
September 2017 Reading
by Mari Tamez
ACTORNOVEL Transcript – BRIAR EARTH
September 2017 Reading
by Paul Tapp
ACTORNOVEL Transcript – COURAGE THE MOUSE
September 2017 Reading
by Cornelia Fick
ACTORNOVEL Transcript – BODIE
September 2017 Reading
by Anne Sweazy Kulja
ACTORSEPTEMBER 2017 Poetry Readings
Watch readings performed by Laura Kyswaty
ACTORAUGUST 2017 WINNING STORIES, SCREENPLAYS, and FILMS 
12 short films. 16 screenplays, 3 novels and short stories transcripts = 31 winning works.

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Op: Mary Cox

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Steve Cleary – February 2017 Short Screenplay Winner

Watch the February 2017 Winning Comedy Short Screenplay.

Winning Screenplay – BANH YOU!
Written by Steve ClearyCAST LIST:

HENRY – Peter Mark Raphael
CARLA – Victoria Urquhart
NARRATOR – Gabriel Cameron

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy

A blind lunch date at a cafe where miscommunication is on the menu.


Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

It’s a silly sketch about a guy and a girl on a blind lunch date, but the girl’s so hungry that she’s not present to the conversation and the date ends in disaster.

What genres does your screenplay under?

Sketch Comedy

How would you describe this script in two words?

Silly short

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Well it’s really short for one thing, and I think the wordplay is a lot of fun.

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

Nacho Libre. Love that movie!

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I wrote it in a day, and revisited it months later to trim it down from two pages to one for this contest.

How many stories have you written?

About a dozen or so, with a long list of ideas in various stages of development.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I was approached by an actress who wanted to start up a sketch comedy channel and she liked my writing style. I thought it would be a good, easy way to get some of my material produced.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The actress didn’t want the girl to have any lines, but just sit there with a blank expression. We disagreed on the comedic merits of that approach so she didn’t end up using it.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I love my dog and taking him on long walks when I take writing breaks.

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

I was treated so well by you guys when you gave my feature “Lawn Boys” a table reading that I wanted to submit something else that showed another angle of my sense of humor. The feedback provided really helped elevate the script to its highest potential.

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Screenplay CONTESTFIRST SCENE (first 10pgs) Screenplay CONTEST
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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Todd A Jackson – February 2017 Short Screenplay Winner

Watch the February 2017 Winning LGBT Screenplay.

Winning Screenplay – 5 THINGS NOT TO FEED A BABY
Written by Todd JacksonCAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Geoff Mays
MIKE – Philip Krusto
DAVIS – Casey Estey
SUSAN – Ursina Luther
TIMOTHY – John Lester Phillips

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Sci-Fi, Comedy, Thriller

After being rejected for adoption multiple times, partners, Davis and Michael, put their parenting ability to the test when a baby is left on their doorstep Halloween night. While Davis wants to prove his ability to be a good father, Michael doesnèt want anything to do with the it after discovering it is actually an infant werewolf.

Get to know the writer:

What is your short screenplay on the cartoon “POPEYE” about?

“5 Things NOT to Feed A Baby” is about Michael and Davis, a loving couple looking to adapt their first child and facing the difficulties of inequality in the adoption system. After being turned down for adoption multiple times, their dream of being fathers may be answered when an infant is left on their doorstep. That is, until the infant turns out to be a baby werewolf. While attempting to tame the tiny beast, Michael and Davis learn how to come together as parents and find that the rewards of parenting are the same, regardless of a child’s unique attributes.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

This screenplay falls under comedy and science fiction.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

To help others see gay parenting in a different light. Parenting comes along with its own challenges. No need to introduce inequality. Being a parent shouldn’t come with the labels of “gay” or “straight”. This screenplay addresses that subject, but in a way that is fun and different. In the end, it doesn’t matter if the baby is a werewolf, just as it doesn’t matter if the parents are gay.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Werewolf parenting.

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

I have seen Jurassic Park so many times that I can recite every line with perfect delivery. In fact, that movie sparked my passion for writing. I started by writing my own short stories that revolved around dinosaur adventures on Isla Nublar!

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

The idea came to me over a year ago and when I sat down to actually write the script, it took about 2 months of writing, rewrites, and critiquing.

How many stories have you written?

I have written a ton of short novels. I have been writing since I could read. In regards to film, I have probably written about 10 short film scripts, 3 short stage plays, and 2 television pilots. My next goal is to tackle a full-length feature script!

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

When the idea came to me, I thought the concept would be so much fun to write. I had pictured how my boyfriend and I would react in the same “werewolf infant” scenario. As I began writing and researching, I realized that I could take this crazy idea and really be able to deliver a meaningful message.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

My biggest obstacle was sticking to my message without slapping it in everyone’s face. I wanted it to be clear, but I also wanted to maintain a story that was fun and heartwarming. I also wanted to make sure the comedic elements delivered and everyone understood my awkward sense of humor!

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I am passionate about television, music, and photography. I absolutely love watching and getting entranced by great television writing. I also don’t know what I would do without music. In fact, singing karaoke is something I am totally obsessed with as well. I’ve recently gotten into nature photography and it is so fun capturing little pieces of the world we live in.

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

I entered the festival because I got really great feedback from my peers regarding my story. I have never entered a film festival, but I really wanted to enter an LGBT festival to reach others with my script. After finding the LGBT Toronto Film Festival and reading really great things, I knew I found the right place, so I submitted my work. After hearing back I was ecstatic and so happy that they took the time out of their day to not only read my story, but offer feedback. I am constantly looking to improve my craft and it was wonderful to get personalized criticism in such a positive manner.

TV CONTESTSUBMIT your Best Scene Screenplay or TV SPEC Script
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Screenplay CONTESTSUBMIT your Best Scene Screenplay or FEATURE Script
FULL FEEDBACK on all entries. Get your script performed
Screenplay CONTESTFIRST SCENE (first 10pgs) Screenplay CONTEST
Submit the first stages of your film and get full feedback!

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Watch the 2016 Short Story Winning Readings (69 Total) from the Writing Festival

Watch the 2016 Winning Short Story Performance Readings. All stories read and performed by professional actors:

SHORT Story – SMALL TOWN NEWSPAPER
November 2016 Reading
Written by Rachel Sutton
ACTORSHORT Story – HILDA’S LAMENT
November 2016 Reading
Written by Lionel Walfish
ACTORSHORT Story – A GIFT OF VALUE
November 2016 Reading
Written by Nancy Janes
ACTORSHORT Story – PROBLEMS WITH MY MASTERCARD
November 2016 Reading
Written by Richard Kearns
ACTORSHORT Story – THE OLD MAN
November 2016 Reading
Written by Joseph Tsujimoto
ACTORSHORT Story – EMMA’S GIFT
November 2016 Reading
Written by Carolyn Reynolds
ACTORSHORT Story – SEQUOIA SEEDS
November 2016 Reading
Written by Mattheus Carpenter
ACTORSHORT Story – A CHRISTMAS REUNION
November 2016 Reading
Written by Joy Lin
ACTORSHORT Story – SUPERMARKET SAVAGERY
November 2016 Reading
Written by Joan Grindley
ACTORSHORT Story – THE QUANDARY
November 2016 Reading
Written by Ann Barlow
ACTORSHORT Story – ASTRONAUTS SWEAR THE THE VIEW IS NEVER DULL
October 2016 Reading
Written by James Hartley
ACTORSHORT Story – IN THE CLEARING
October 2016 Reading
Written by Steve Bensinger
ACTORSHORT Story – TRUE NORTH
October 2016 Reading
Written by Hal Ackerman
ACTORSHORT Story – GOBLIN
October 2016 Reading
Written by J.F. Capps
ACTORSHORT Story – DEAD END JOB
October 2016 Reading
Written by Alice Lacey
ACTORSHORT Story – DIRE CIRCUMSTANCES
October 2016 Reading
Written by Alisha M Risen Kent
ACTORSHORT Story – A TOXIC GAME
October 2016 Reading
Written by Marianne Hagadorn
ACTORSHORT Story – TOUCHING MY SPINE
October 2016 Reading
Written by Monique Amado
ACTORSHORT Story – DIRE CIRCUMSTANCES
October 2016 Reading
Written by Alisha M Risen Kent
ACTORSHORT Story – WATERMELON EATING CONTEST
October 2016 Reading
Written by Teri B. Clark
ACTORSHORT Story – PARTNERS
September 2016 Reading
Written by Rupert Aspden
ACTORSHORT Story – THE GRAVE DIGGERS
September 2016 Reading
Written by Joseph Tsujimoto
ACTORSHORT Story – DOUBLE FACE
September 2016 Reading
Written by Amira El Dahshoury
ACTORSHORT Story – DIRE CIRCUMSTANCES
September 2016 Reading
Written by Alisha M Risen Kent
ACTORSHORT Story – 1ST WORLD PROBLEMS
September 2016 Reading
Written by Mathieu Riva
ACTORSHORT Story – GOD’S CREATURES
September 2016 Reading
Written by Lionel Walfish
ACTORSHORT Story – SUMMER HILLS
September 2016 Reading
Written by Rochelle Potkar
ACTORSHORT Story – DUALITY
September 2016 Reading
Written by Devin Klos
ACTORSHORT Story – THE STAGE
September 2016 Reading
Written by Rae Niehaus
ACTORSHORT Story – ALL LIVES MATTER
August 2016 Reading
Written by Ruth Andrews Garnes
ACTORSHORT Story – A DANGEROUS OCCUPATION
August 2016 Reading
Written by Randall Krzak
ACTORSHORT Story – ONE MORE LAST CALL
August 2016 Reading
Written by Forrest Simcoe
ACTORSHORT Story – CELIA S NIGHT OUT
August 2016 Reading
Written by Agata Zema
ACTORSHORT Story – ALONG MY JOURNEY
August 2016 Reading
Written by Renee Michelle Christian
ACTORSHORT Story – DAY OF WHY
August 2016 Reading
Written by Stephen Karnaghan
ACTORSHORT Story – THOUGHT OF A SOLDIER
August 2016 Reading
Written by Cornelia Fick
ACTORSHORT Story – COLORED TIES
August 2016 Reading
Written by Oz Greek
ACTORSHORT Story – STANDING OVATION
August 2016 Reading
Written by Lionel Walfish
ACTORSHORT Story – THE STORM
August 2016 Reading
Written by Buffy Sammons
ACTORSHORT STORY – THE NIGHTMARE AT GOLDEN ACRES
July 2016 Reading
Written by Cindy Crawford Garrett
ACTORSHORT STORY – TALKING YEOW
July 2016 Reading
Written by Lynne Adams Barze
ACTORSHORT STORY – LEFT ON LUNDY
July 2016 Reading
Written by James R. Cavell
ACTORSHORT STORY – LEFT ON LUNDY
July 2016 Reading
Written by James R. Cavell
ACTORSHORT STORY – THE OCEAN AND THE SKY
July 2016 Reading
Written by Rose Mendonca
ACTORSHORT STORY – DESPITE DEMENTIA
July 2016 Reading
Written by Janet Bennett Cox
ACTORSHORT STORY – GALICIA’S GRANITE
July 2016 Reading
Written by Janice Tindle
ACTORSHORT STORY – LEILA, AGE 17
July 2016 Reading
Written by Sherry Chow
ACTORSHORT STORY – STARMAN – LIFE ON TRAPPIST ONE
July 2016 Reading
Written by Dermott Hayes
ACTORSHORT STORY – TEARS OF JOY
July 2016 Reading
Written by I.E. Hughes
ACTORSHORT STORY – DNA
July 2016 Reading
Written by Yvonne Randle
ACTORSHORT STORY – HEAVY SEXTING
July 2016 Reading
Written by Amy Arrow
ACTORSHORT STORY – NIGHT SWIMMING
July 2016 Reading
Written by Joanell Serra
ACTORShort Story Reading – I THOUGHT THE CAR WAS YELLOW
June 2016 Reading
Written by Eduardo G. Diaz
ACTORShort Story Reading – INSIDE OUT
June 2016 Reading
Written by Phaedra Greenwood
ACTORShort Story Reading – DESTINY OF JOY
June 2016 Reading
Written by Mary Eastham
ACTORShort Story Reading – ANY PRICE FOR HAPPINESS
June 2016 Reading
Written by Robert B. Nelson
ACTORShort Story Reading – CULT FAN
June 2016 Reading
Written by Gina Lee Ronhovde
ACTORShort Story Reading –
June 2016 Reading
Written by
ACTORShort Story Reading – AFTERNOON CABARET
May 2016 Reading
Written by Grey Hall
ACTORShort Story Reading – THE END
May 2016 Reading
Written by Lionel Walfish
ACTORShort Story Reading – MR “NAUGHTY” BECOMES MR “NICE”
May 2016 Reading
Written by Laura Anne Ewald
ACTORShort Story Reading – THROWING KIDS
May 2016 Reading
Written by Erik Linthorst
ACTORShort Story Reading – COUNT WILLIAM
April 2016 Reading
Written by Tegon Maus
ACTORShort Story Reading – THE SISTER’S STORY
April 2016 Reading
Written by D.L. Gardner
ACTORShort Story Reading – RANDY & PATRICIA JOIN A MILITIA
April 2016 Reading
Written by Randy Gillis
ACTORShort Story Reading – SURVIVE THE RUN
March 2016 Reading
Written by Fernanda Beziaco Wilt

WILDsound Announces its October 2016 Winning Stories and Novels (10)

Watch all of the winning stories performed by professional actors. 10 winners for the month of October 2016.

Watch them all here: http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/october_2016_winning_stories.html

1 – Winning Novel

THE PESSARY by Juliet M. Nevins MD

9 – Winning Short Stories

TRUE NORTH, by Hal Ackerman
ASTRONAUTS SWEAR THE VIEW IS NEVER DULL, by James Hartley
WATERMELON EATING CONTEST, by Teri B. Clark
IN THE CLEARING, by Steve Bensinger
GOBLIN, by J.F. Capps
DIRE CIRCUMSTANCES, by Alisha M Risen Kent
A TOXIC GAME, by Marianne Hagadorn
DEAD END JOB, by Alice Lacey
TOUCHING MY SPINE, by Monique Amado

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Get full feedback! Winners get their novel made into a video!
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Monique Amato – October 2016 Short Story Winner

Performed by Michelle Alexander

October 2016 Winning Short Story

TOUCHING MY SPINE  by Monique Amado

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your short story about?

The story is written from the point of view of a novel which is spotted across a café by a young woman. It happens to be her favorite book.

What genres would you say this story story is in?

Fiction. Fan fiction.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Reality suspension.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

How long have you been working on this story?

I worked on it specifically for this contest. It took about 2 hours.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin

What motivated you to write this story?

A combination of my love of books, The Lord of the Rings stories, and cafés.

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Bono

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Faith, possibility, books, music, film, acting, the arts in general.

What influenced you to enter the 1pg. Short Story contest?

I like the spontaneity of writing short fiction and flash fiction. I don’t plan what I’m going to write, I just start typing or scribbling.

Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Write every day. Never give up. Always expect something amazing to happen, even if it has to happen on the page first.

Alice Lacey – October 2016 Short Story Winner

Performed by Val Cole

October 2016 Winning Short Story

Dead End Job  by Alice Lacey

What is your short story about?

For as long as he could remember, he’d driven a hearse. Freddie was fed up with the whole business…

What genres would you say this story story is in?

Dark comedy

How would you describe this story in two words?

Everyone’s fantasy

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

How long have you been working on this story?

3 years

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

What motivated you to write this story?

The idea came to me as I was in my car waiting for other cars to get in line for a funeral procession

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Rothko

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Teaching, tennis, jazz; rock & roll; the Ramones; theater; poetry; my family; politics

What influenced you to enter the 1pg. Short Story contest?

I saw this as a wonderful opportunity to have my protagonist, Freddie, brought to life, and also to have a way for Freddie’s story to be shared widely

Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Be yourself when you write and write for yourself