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Winning Short Screenplay: Heretics, by Adon Blake

After their village is massacred, a peasant family escapes into the woods in a desperate attempt to survive the second wave.

CAST LIST:
NARRATION – SEAN BALLANTYNE
Fabek – 15 – GENE ABELA
Alka – 53 – DIANA FRANZ
Sylwester – 11 – THOMAS FOURMIER
Elderly Woman – JULIE C. SHEPPARD
Young Woman – SARAH DESOUZA-COELHO

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

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Ryan Haines, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Ryan Haines, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

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FAN FICTION Best Scene Reading: THE FLASH, by Ayinde I. Ricco

Previously on The Flash: in the midst of attempting to unravel the plans of their latest and most cerebral foe, Clifford Devoe, Team Flash is forced to repel an invasion of Earth as extra-dimensional Nazis storm Barry and Iris’ wedding. But with the threat defeated and the Flash entering a joyous new period in his life, the time has come to continue protecting Central City from its own threats.

CAST LIST:

Narration – DELPHINE ROUSSEL
Barry – 4 – THOMAS FOURNIER
Mugger – 1 – JOLLY AMOAKO
Gambler – 3 – LOGAN FORSYTH
Crowd – Ensemble – 1

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

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Ryan Haines, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Ryan Haines, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

Winning Feature Screenplay: CHANGES, by Neal Doran

Toby is a typical gamer kid approaching the woes of puberty. The after school routine with his bookish friend Nic is spent navigating the London tube line trying to figure the most efficient route to make the infamous 1609 train. However, when one of the popular kids start riding the tube with them they become increasingly involved with a group of girls from another school travelling the same way.

CAST LIST:

Various: Sean Ballantyne
Clare: Leanne Hoffman
Nik: Caleb Jaques
Chris: Ross Cummings
Narration: Carina Cojeen
Toby: Aaron Williams
Jen: Victoria Murdoch
Mandy/Smiley: Natalie Morgan

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

Festival Moderators: Kierston Drier, Shepsut Wilson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Kyle Drier, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Mary Cox, Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Hugh Fraser, Andy Camp, Aser Santos Jr., Zack Arch

Feature Screenplay Reading: Ube Bubog Volume 1 #School of Hard Knocks, by Sway Stagall

Ding Bangus, a skateboarding Filipino college dropout is mistakenly marked for death by motorcycle riding vigilante assassins and must rely on Clutch ‘Cobra’ Carsten – a crazy American UFC fighter wannabe – to save his life!

CAST LIST:
Various: Madeleine Eddy
Governor Mukong: Isai Riveras Blas
Narrator: Val Cole
Ding: Dustin Ragucos
Clutch: Steve Rizzo

Writer Biography

Writers should go out into the world, far away from their comfort zones, and find a story to tell that is truly meaningful. There are so many stories the world is just holding onto.. But it’s no mystery why armchair novelists are having ‘writer’s block’, they aren’t tapping into these tremendous human interest stories – without a champion, that are waiting, just over their horizon.

Writer Statement

A good martial arts comedy film is about the human spirit rising to meet an intractable social problem – and overcoming it.

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

Festival Moderators: Kierston Drier, Shepsut Wilson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Kyle Drier, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Mary Cox, Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Hugh Fraser, Andy Camp, Aser Santos Jr., Zack Arch

Watch THRILLER Best Scene Screenplay – CURIOUS BUDDIES, by Janet Caulfield

Genre: Crime, Thriller

It’s not your Mother’s Buddy Movie. It’s a combo meal! It’s a little bit of LETHAL WEAPON, DIE HARD, THE SOCIAL NETWORK with a SIDE of TAKEN. Experienced FBI Agent hires and befriends a young INTERNET ENTREPRENEUR to help rescue a six year old girl taken Hostage in a FALL OUT SHELTER by a Ruthless Psychopath.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Anna: Norma Dunphy
Josh: David Occhipinti
Bill: Dennis Barham
Operator: Lindsay Gerro

Get to know the writer: 

1. What is your screenplay about?

Curious Buddies is about the rescue of a six year old girl taken hostage in a fall out shelter by a ruthless psychopath. The story centers around the trials and tribulations of a veteran FBI agent and the assistance of a young internet entrepreneur during the case investigation to save her.  It’s a whirlwind, action packed thriller, spanning three days set in Washington DC, New York and San Francisco. There are subtle sub themes throughout the screenplay, like the curious friendships and relationships that develop between the characters. For example, the buddy bond between the FBI agent and the internet guru, and the young girl and the psychopath.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Action, Thriller, Drama

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

Curious Buddies should be made into a movie because it would appeal to die hard fans of shows like True Detective, Criminal Minds and The Good Wife. I think it would draw millennials because there are several scenes between the FBI agent and the internet entrepreneur, some comical, where they learn to respect each other and their professions. There’s a lot of action, twists and turns in the plot that would keep an audience interested.

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

Provocative, Riveting

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

Rear Window..

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

About four years. I’ve done several minor rewrites.

7. How many stories have you written?

I have written about a dozen screenplays. Seven are finished and copyrighted. The others I’m still working on and collaborating with another writer for a TV MOW pilot.

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

Secret World by Peter Gabriel

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

None.

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

Music, art and sports.

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

My experiences have all been very positive. Great feedback and response to my submissions.

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

I think what influenced me to enter the festival is the creative professional actors and posts by Wildsound and the LA FilmFreeway festival. I’ve been following Wildsound, Matthew since I started writing about five years ago. The feedback was spot on. Especially about how my plot for Curious Buddies is all over the place, and needs to be more concise. What is it Shakespeare said?  Brevity is the soul of wit. I could definitely use more of that.
I also need to focus on my formatting.
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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

Watch THRILLER Best Scene Script Reading of SHADOWS AND DEMONS, by Dominique Mayfair

Genre: HORROR,SUPERNATURAL THRILLER

Logline: A SOCIOLOGIST BECOMES INVOLVED WITH A CHARMING AND MYSTERIOUS MAN NOT REALISING THAT HE BELIEVES HER DEAD GAY LOVER IS HIS OWN REINCARNATED LATE WIFE.

CAST LIST:

NARRATION: Trevor Marlatt
Gabby – Katelyn Vanier
Prudence – Vanessa Quagliara
Mia – Julie C. Sheppard
Father – Peter Nelson

Get to know the writer: 

 

What is your screenplay about?

A sociologist becomes involved with a charming and mysterious man not realizing he believes her dead gay lover is his own reincarnated late wife. Gabrielle hears noises that have no right to be present and she is haunted by nightmares only an insane person could conjure up.

While living happily with her partner fate has other plans and tragedy strikes, which sets Gabrielle on a journey which will ultimately change her life forever. This however is just the beginning of a strange and tumultuous journey intertwining religion, the occult, science, beliefs and memories.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Supernatural thriller

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I believe my screenplay should be made into a movie because it is well written, telling an extremely detailed and intricate story that will keep the audience captivated from beginning to end. I have put a lot of sweat, blood and tears literally into this story and to see it come to its final fruition on the screen is what I believe it deserves.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Mind Boggling.

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

Stigmata.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

The book took me many years and the screenplay took 6 months of continuous hard work ghosted by Lynn Santer.

How many stories have you written?

I have written 2 novels and a range of Warped Fairy Tales.

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

I listen to Hell Yeah a lot and find it hard to single out one song because I relate to the majority. Plus I listen to a lot of New Orleans jazz. Without those I would be doomed.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I faced many obstacles, from serious health issues to a separation. It was a tremendously difficult time in my life.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Animals, music and living happily ever after in New Orleans.

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

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

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