Winning Feature Screenplays for February 2018

Watch readings of the winning screenplays performed by professional actors:

 

 

ACTORLGBT FEATURE Screenplay – LOVE IS FREE WILL
February 2018 Reading
by Amanda Samaroo

 

ACTORDRAMA FEATURE Screenplay – THE DISPLACED
February 2018 Reading
by Manzo Scruggs

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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

 

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Screenplay Festival: March 1, 2018 Event

A terrific lineup of screenplays from around the world will be showcased on Thursday March 1st at the festival.

A reading of an original script from the TV show TRANSPARENT. A fan fiction STAR WARS short. 5 1st scene screenplays. And 6 best scene screenplays.

FULL CAST LIST: Geoff Mays, Lesley Ballantyne, Shawn Devlin, Olivia Jon, Jennifer Vallance, Allan Cooke, Rachel Rain Packota

TV Spec of TRANSPARENT “The Board Shorts”, by Marissa Lessman

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Maura is haunted by her old life as Josh and Ali set up a garage sale while Sarah and Shelley try to throw the perfect Purim party resulting in an unexpected outcome.

CAST LIST:

Gary: <a href="Allan Cooke
Ali: Rachel Rain Packota
Josh: Geoff Mays
Narrator: Olivia Jon
Maura: Shawn Devlin
Shelley: Lesley Ballantyne
Sarah: Jennifer Vallance

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FAN FICTION Short: FALLEN: A STAR WARS STORY, by by George Deihl Jr.

Genre: Adventure, Sci-Fi

After the events of the Phantom Menace and the start of the Clone Wars – a valuable lesson of integrity, love and the Force.

CAST LIST:

Qui Gane: Rachel Rain Packota
Narrator: Olivia Jon
Bixel: <a href="Allan Cooke
Jac Pale: Geoff Mays

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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: <a href="Allan Cooke

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STUDENT SHORT SCREENPLAY – DIMAGGIO, by Taylor Zaccario

Genre: Sports, Drama, Family

A father, desperate to connect with his son, tries to teach him baseball.

CAST LIST:

Tito: <a href="Allan Cooke
Eileen: Lesley Ballantyne
Narrator: Olivia Jon
Joey: Geoff Mays
Frank: Shawn Devlin

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ANIMATION 1st Scene Screenplay – MAIRE’S JOURNEY, by Keith Famie

Genre: Animation, Family, Adventure

The journey follows Maire, a 23-year-old cancer patient, as she battles a rare heart cancer. Maire faces end of life issues and questions about where we go when we die. She befriends a blind carpenter who crafts her a small 3 ft wooden sail boat for her remains to go on a extraordinary journey in hope she will reach the ocean.

CAST LIST:

George: Shawn Devlin
Narrator: Olivia Jon
Maire: Rachel Rain Packota
Monika: Lesley Ballantyne

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HORROR 1st Scene Screenplay – THE KILLER JOHN BIDWELL, by Travis Lemke

Genre: Horror, Crime, Thriller

A small town sheriff is faced with a series of gruesome murders that lead him to an exceptionally disturbed serial killer.

CAST LIST:

Tully: Shawn Devlin
Neighbor: Jennifer Vallance
Stuart: Geoff Mays
Narrator: Olivia Jon
Carl: <a href="Allan Cooke
Candice: Rachel Rain Packota
Emma: Lesley Ballantyne

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DRAMA 1st Scene Screenplay – CHILDREN OF THE DUST, by John McCarney

Genre: Drama

In an intertwining story based on true events, three very different men have a part in saving as many babies from war-torn Vietnam as they can.

CAST LIST:

Corrie: Geoff Mays
Narrator: Olivia Jon
Daly: Shawn Devlin
Jenkins: <a href="Allan Cooke

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FANTASY 1st Scene Screenplay – ENTANGLED, by Sharon Powers

Genre: Fantasy, Drama

American environmentalists in Mexico run afoul of a drug-smuggling operation, and reporter Jasmine Peterson comes down to assist – only to stumble onto a whole new story…a merman!

CAST LIST:

Louise: Rachel Rain Packota
Simon: Shawn Devlin
Narrator: Olivia Jon
Kyle: <a href="Allan Cooke
Daniel: Geoff Mays

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MYSTERY 1st Scene Screenplay – THE COLD SLEEPER, by John Lucas Bowman

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Hudson, hotshot CIA Agent with photographic memory, learns that his slightly senile Grandpa is a forgotten Soviet sleeper agent who is reactivated when his former handler Korolov escapes a Russian mental institution.

CAST LIST:

Hudson: <a href="Allan Cooke
Narrator: Olivia Jon
Luddmilla: Jennifer Vallance
Becker: Shawn Devlin

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THRILLER 1st Scene Screenplay – THE BLUE ROOM, by Victoria Mitchell

Genre: Thriller, Horror

This is a ghost story about a blind man, one haunted room and a not-so-virtuous team of paranormal investigators.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Olivia Jon
Woman: Jennifer Vallance
Male Voice: Shawn Devlin

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FEMALE BEST Scene Reading of REBEKAH’S CLOSET, by Amy Jackson

Genre: Drama

A young American woman living in Paris grapples with the psychological ramifications of her childhood abuse.

CAST LIST:

Rosmemarie: Rachel Rain Packota
Narrator: Olivia Jon
Rebekah: Jennifer Vallance
Rupert: <a href="Allan Cooke

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FEMALE BEST Scene Reading of FIRST TIME FOR PENNY, by Janice Walker

Genre: Family, Drama

Penny’s father has passed away and her mother now has Alzheimer’s. Her other three older siblings want to put her in a home when it is recommended that she cannot live by herself. Penny wants to take care of her mother personally instead, despite the fact that her mother has always been harder on her than the others.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Olivia Jon
Penny: Jennifer Vallance
Howard: <a href="Allan Cooke

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FANTASY BEST Scene Reading of ROBOTS FROM NEPTUNE, by J. David Thayer

Genre: Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Deep within the icy cloud layers of Neptune live the X-tonians: a mighty race of silicone-based lifeforms who regularly breathe a toxic mixture of methane and carbon dioxide. However, their world is dying.

CAST LIST:

Religious Cleric: Lesley Ballantyne
Cleric: Geoff Mays
Princess QQ: Rachel Rain Packota
Narrator: Olivia Jon
King YY: Shawn Devlin
Roy Hermus: <a href="Allan Cooke
Cleric: Jennifer Vallance

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FANTASY BEST Scene Reading of MOUNTAIN MAN AND HIS WOMEN PHYSIC VISIONS POWERS, by Irene Holmes

Genre: Family, Adventure, Fantasy

Unmarried mountain couple heads to the nearest town to do their winter shopping. Veronica is a homemaker with physic vision powers is her career. Vernon cuts wood and creates wood objects for his career. Vernon doesn’t listen to Veronica’s visions because; he thinks he can get out of any situation that comes upon him.

CAST LIST:

Fire Sword: Geoff Mays
Narrator: Olivia Jon
Wizard: Shawn Devlin
Bosnia: <a href="Allan Cooke

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FANTASY BEST Scene Reading of BIOS, by Michael Clohesy

Genre: Fantasy, Mystery

Life as we know it is thrown into question when a disparate group of young creatives attempt to unravel the multi-generational mystery surrounding the reemergence of a reclusive artist, one who aspires to save the world by forever changing the face of the planet.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Olivia Jon
Kita: Jennifer Vallance
Miranda: Lesley Ballantyne

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BEST Scene Reading of THE DEN, by Kelsey Ann Wacker & Nathan Simpson

Genre: Drama

Based on true events.

CAST LIST:

Penny: Jennifer Vallance
Myna: Rachel Rain Packota
Narrator: Olivia Jon
Sean: Geoff Mays
Jamie: <a href="Allan Cooke
Joanne: Lesley Ballantyne

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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 Feature Screenplay – THE DISPLACED, by Renata Manzo Scruggs

Genre: Drama, History

In 1930’s Virginia, a widow battles the government when it seizes her land to create Shenandoah National Park.

CAST LIST:

Ginny: Andrea Meister
Lebo: Jarod Terrell
Owen: Rob Notman
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Carter: Sean C. Dwyer
Esme: Kerrie Lamb
Will: Charles Gordon
Addie: Ida Jagaric

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

The Displaced tells the story of the creation of Shenandoah National Park in the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia, from the perspective of the people living in the mountains at the time. All of the characters are fictionalized, with the exception of George Pollock, owner of Skyland and a park promoter, and Governor Harry Byrd. The movie is based on actual events, including the story of baby Thomas. The movie recounts the various ways the government lied to, and misled the local residents, many of whom –but not all — were not educated. Mostly though, they trusted their government — a trust that ended up being misplaced.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

The Displaced falls under the genres of drama and historical fiction.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

This story needs to be told because the themes in The Displaced, which takes place in the 1930’s, still resonate today– the individual versus the collective good, how the government takes advantage of people who lack money and a voice, and progress versus tradition. The people displaced by the park were hardworking and self-reliant Americans who loved the freedom of living in the mountains where they had everything they needed to live. The descendants of these hardy people want their story told, and I want to help them do that.

How would you describe this script in two words?

True stories.

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

I wish I could say I’ve seen Citizen Kane or All about Eve the most times in my life, but probably it is National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, because we watch it so much during the holidays.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I’ve been working on The Displaced for about two years.

How many stories have you written?

I’ve been writing stories since I was a child (I’m pushing 60) so I’ve written countless stories. In terms of screenplays, The Displaced is the third. I’m working on my sixth screenplay (an adaptation of Vein of Iron by Ellen Glasgow).

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

Although I like all types of music (my father was an opera singer), when it comes right down to it, I love Elton John. My playlists on my phone are as follows: Elton, Elton fast, Elton Favorites, Elton hiking, and Not Elton. My favorite song is “The One”.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The only obstacle I faced was my own inertia and self-doubt. The story told itself–there was only one way it could end. But I had to find a personal story within the historical events. I knew I wanted a female protagonist who was torn between the past and the future, the mountains and the city, independence and security.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I’m passionate about social injustice, racial prejudice and the environment. And Elton John. When I’m not writing, I like to hike, practice yoga and travel.

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

I’m thrilled to have one website that gathers all the many, many festivals and competitions. So far the experience has been good–not much to say here.

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

I entered the festival primarily for the feedback. As a new screenwriter, I need as much feedback as I can get. I thought the initial feedback was extremely helpful. I used it as a checklist for the next draft.
 

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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

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

Watch the Winning Feature Screenplays for the first half of 2017

ACTORLGBT Feature Screenplay – ARRANGING MIA
June 2017 Reading
by Joanie Fox

ACTORFAN FICTION FEATURE Screenplay – MARVEL ZOMBIES
May 2017 Reading
by Christopher J. Valin

ACTORACTION FEATURE Screenplay – THE FLIGHT OF THE SOULS
May 2017 Reading
by Guy Quigley

ACTORFAMILY FEATURE Screenplay – QUEST FOR LIGHT
April 2017 Reading
Written by Byron Anderson

ACTORTHRILLER FEATURE Screenplay – NEMESIS
March 2017 Reading
Written by Carl Joglar

ACTORANIMATION FEATURE Screenplay – PIXYLATIONS
February 2017 Reading
Written by Joe Laudati

ACTORHORROR FEATURE Screenplay – INCURABLE
January 2017 Reading
Written by Jeff York

Festival Deadline

writing CONTEST1st CHAPTER or FULL NOVEL CONTEST
Get full feedback! Winners get their novel made into a video!

SCREENPLAY CONTESTSUBMIT your FEATURE Script
FULL FEEDBACK on all entries. Get your script performed

TV CONTESTSUBMIT your TV PILOT or TV SPEC Script
Voted #1 TV Contest in North America.

FILM CONTESTSUBMIT your SHORT Film
Get it showcased at the FEEDBACK Festival

Winning SHORT Screenplay – SUNFLOWER CARE, by Della Greenawalt

Winning Screenplay – SUNFLOWER CARE
Written by Della Greenawalt

CAST 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

TV CONTESTSUBMIT your Short Screenplay or TV SPEC Script
Voted #1 TV Contest in North America.
SCREENPLAY CONTESTSUBMIT your Short 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!

BEST SCENE Screenplay Reading – HEIDI, by Keith Makenas

Watch the February 2017 Winning Best Scene Screenplay.

Winning Screenplay – HEIDI
Written by Keith Makenas

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Geoff Mays
HEIDI – Talia Price
DOCTOR SANDRA – Ursina Luther
CHIEF – John Lester Phillips

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Horror, Thriller, Crime

She connived her way out of a mental hospital to get back into society and now has no shortage of victims to quench her serial killer cravings.

Get to know the writer:

What is your best scene screenplay about?

It’s about Heidi a beautiful blonde that connived her way out of a mental hospital to get back into society and now has no shortage of victims to quench her serial killer cravings.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Thriller, Comedy, Horror

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It gives a unique perspective of a serial killer that you’ll grow to love

How would you describe this script in two words?

Adorable Killer

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

Airplane

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Almost four years and a half dozen rewrites.

How many stories have you written?

At least ten.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

After pitching the concept to a producer/actress she liked it and I kept rewriting it till it met her standards

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Making a brutal serial killer likeable and funny, but in a cordial and tasteful way was challenging. Every scene went through many different versions until it worked.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Conducting interviews, doing movie reviews, and “Spotlights” that highlight industry professionals current and upcoming work.

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

I agreed with all the feedback comments. After rewriting so many times you can miss simple, but yet critical details that are easily fixable, so getting the feedback was invaluable! Knowing the festival provides great feedback was a main reason I submitted and with the opportunity to get it read was a huge plus.

TV CONTESTSUBMIT your Best Scene Screenplay or TV SPEC Script
Voted #1 TV Contest in North America.
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
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Watch the 2016 Winning Feature Screenplay Winners (19)

An amazing 19 feature screenplays were performed by professional actors at the WILDsound Screenplay Festival in 2016. These 19 screenplays were performed by 153 of the top actors working in Toronto, Canada today. They are considered the top feature spec screenplays in the world today.

We performed winning screenplays in the genres of: Horror, Comedy, Animation, Family, Thriller, Crime, Mystery, Western, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Action, Adventure and Romance.

WATCH THEM ALL. If you watch all 19 screenplay readings it will take you over 36 hours to do so. So binge watch or take your time and watch one at a time once a week.

ACTORFEATURE Screenplay – TRIAL & ERIN
December 2016 Reading
Written by Larry Shulruff
ACTORFEATURE Screenplay – DUE SOUTH
November 2016 Reading
Written by Even R. Schullery
ACTORFEATURE Screenplay: CHARLOTTE SOMETIMES
October 2016 Reading
Written by Cate Carson
ACTORFEATURE Screenplay: LAWN BOYS
September 2016 Reading
Written by Steve Cleary
ACTORFEATURE Screenplay: LUCIDAE
September 2016 Reading
Written by Jacqueline Marett
ACTORFEATURE Screenplay – FOR ALL MANKIND
August 2016 Reading
Written by Matthew O’Connell
ACTORFEATURE Screenplay – FIEND
July 2016 Reading
Written by Jeff York
ACTORFEATURE Screenplay – THE CHARLOTTETOWN JACKHAMMER
July 2016 Reading
Written by Marc Lalonde
ACTORFEATURE Screenplay – INKED IN BLOOD
June 2016 Reading
Written by Paul Corricelli
ACTORFeature Screenplay – THE BOO
May 2016 Reading
Written by Scott McEntire
ACTORFan Fiction Feature Screenplay – STAR WARS Episode I: THE REDEMPTION OF SKYWALKER
May 2016 Reading
Written by Brian O’Flaherty
ACTORFeature Screenplay – CATCH THE DEVIL
April 2016 Reading
Written by Martin Blinder
ACTORFeature Screenplay – MISPRINTS
April 2016 Reading
Written by Adam Preston
ACTORFeature Screenplay – DEAD NORTH
April 2016 Reading
Written by Alexander Nachaj
ACTORFeature Screenplay – MOTHS TO FLAME
March 2016 Reading
Written by Fredric Maffei
ACTORFeature Screenplay – GATES OF HELL
March 2016 Reading
Written by Pamela Green and Everett House Sr.
ACTORFeature Screenplay – FOUR FOR THE BORDER
February 2016 Reading
Written by Toby Roberts
ACTORFeature Screenplay – HENRIETTA’S ODYSSEY
February 2016 Reading
Written by L.R. Whittinger
ACTORFeature Screenplay – CRIME EXTRAORDINAIRE
January 2016 Reading
Written by Howard Fridkin

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne