November 2017 – Read the best of Interviews with Award Winning Screenwriters

Matthew Toffolo interviews various award winning screenplays. Read insights and watch video readings of their work. 

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Hazel Allan (THE RECEIPT)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/11/08/interview-with-winning-screenwriter-hazel-allan-the-receipt/

Interview with Screenwriter Heath Harris (RED)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/11/08/interview-with-screenwriter-heath-harris-red/

Interview with Screenwriter Colin K. Stewart (BUNNYMAN BRIDGE)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/11/08/interview-with-screenwriter-colin-k-stewart-bunnyman-bridge/

Interview with Screenwriter Chris Parrish (MY ATARI CHRISTMAS)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/11/08/interview-with-screenwriter-chris-parrish-my-atari-christmas/

Interview with Screenwriter Rob Ayling (LIVING IN CRIME ALLEY – Batman)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/11/08/interview-with-screenwriter-rob-ayling-living-in-crime-alley-batman/

Interview with Screenwriter Brooke Elowe (BLACK WIDOW: FUGITIVE)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/11/08/interview-with-screenwriter-brooke-elowe-black-widow-fugitive/

Interview with Screenplay Writer Dan Hass (THE UPSIDE OF OVER TV Pilot)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/11/08/interview-with-screenplay-writer-dan-hass-the-upside-of-over-tv-pilot/

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Craig Page (THE BIGGEST LITTLE TV Pilot)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/11/08/interview-with-winning-screenwriter-craig-page-the-biggest-little-tv-pilot/

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Richard M. Kjeldgaard (NOWHERE VILLE)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/11/08/interview-with-winning-screenwriter-richard-m-kjeldgaard-nowhere-ville/

 

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WILDsound Announces its October 2017 Screenplay Winners (20)

WILDsound announces its screenplay winners for October 2017. Watch the winning scripts performed by professional actors.

20 Winning Screenplays for October:

1 – Feature Screenplay
NOWHERE-VILLE, b Richard M. Kjeldgaard

2 – TV Pilots
THE BIGGEST LITTLE, by Craig Paige
THE UPSIDE OF OVER, by Dan Hass

2 – Fan Fiction Screenplays
BLACK WIDOW: FUGITIVE, by Brooke Elowe
LIVING IN CRIME ALLEY, by Rob Ayling

4 – 1st Scene Screenplays
THE MONSTER HUNTERS CODE, by Ryan Brannan
MY ATARI CHRISTMAS, by Chris Parrish
DEFYING THE TIDE, by Anna Bamberger
BUNNYMAN BRIDGE, by Colin K. Stewart

5 – Short Screenplays
RED, by Heath Haris
THE PERFECT GIFT, by John Scott Schaf
LULU, by Tracey Lion Cachet
ALMOST NEVER TOO LATE, by Jeffrey Howe
THE RECEIPT, by Hazel Allen

6 – Best Scene Screenplays
VAMPIRE ACADEMY, by Melissa Birks
BRENDA IN DHARMALAND, by Anne M. Robinson
CURIOUS BUDDIES, by Janet Caulfield
LETTERS TO AMELIA, by Ceidrik Heward
VINDICATION, by Louetta Jensen
DARK HEROES, by Peter Sims

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
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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

Winning SHORT Screenplay – THE RECEIPT, by Hazel Allan

Watch the October 2017 Winning Short Screenplay.

Genre: Drama, Crime

A coffee shop customer allows his ignorance to get the better of him.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Esme: Lindsay Gerro
Zak: Nick Baillie
Man: Dennis Barham
Police: Fabio Abreu

Get to know the writer: 

What is your screenplay about?

It’s the story of Zak, a coffee shop customer who allows his ignorance to get the better of him.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Drama/tragedy.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Many years ago I witnessed a waitress having her hair pulled by a huge bully of a man. I chose to turn a blind eye and that decision has haunted me ever since. I want her to know I’m sorry and that I still think about her.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Harrowing. Chilling.

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

‘Barefoot in the Park’. It’s my “go to movie” whenever I need cheering up.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I scribbled the original at the breakfast table one morning and typed it up later that day. The re-write took about two days to get to a point where I was happy with it.

How many stories have you written?

Hundreds, possibly even thousands, since I was a little girl. I now have three published children’s novels and approximately twenty screenplays of varying lengths.

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

‘Let’s Go Crazy’ by Prince. I love the lyrics. And what about that guitar solo! He’s my musical hero.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The ending was the most difficult part to write. I have a tendency to write in shorter time than what appears on the screen. I desperately wanted to get across Zak’s desolation and regret but found this a challenge within the constraints of such a short piece.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

My family, books, animals, food, politics, music, coffee. Not necessarily in that order!

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

I wanted to try my hand at writing something short and snappy. I tend to get carried away and write too much so this felt like the ideal opportunity to practise a spot of self editing. I was most impressed with the initial feedback and found the comments very thorough, encouraging and constructive. I took on board the recommendations and felt they really helped me to reflect and develop my story and my style of writing.

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

My experience of Film Freeway has been a really positive one. I now look forward to their emails which have some great advice about festivals and competitions. At one point during the process of entering this competition I posted the wrong submission (duh!) and Film Freeway was extremely helpful and swift in replying to my call for help and sorting out my refund. Highly recommended.

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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

October 2017 – Read Interviews with Winning Screenwriters

Read selected interviews from recent winning screenwriters and their work. Interviews by Matthew Toffolo

Winning Feature Screenwriter – Joel Stern
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/10/10/interview-with-winning-screenwriter-joel-stern-word-games/

Winning Fan Fiction Screenwriter – Mike Meade
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/10/09/interview-with-winning-screenwriter-mike-meade-fan-fiction-welcome-to-crystal-lake/

Winning 1st Scene Screenwriter – Holt Boggs
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/10/10/interview-with-winning-screenwriter-holt-boggs-brothers-mcshane/

Winning Short Screenwriter – J. Logan Alexander
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/10/10/interview-with-winning-screenwriter-j-logan-alexander-breakdown/

Winning Sci-Fi Screenwriter – Gunel Asgarova
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/10/09/interview-with-winning-screenwriter-gunel-asgarova-the-flute-of-peace/

Winning Comedy Screenwriter Alison McGrath
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/10/09/interview-with-winning-screenwriter-alison-mcgrath-twits/

Winning Action Screenwriters – Janine Cobain & Gary McElkerney
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/10/09/interview-with-winning-screenwriters-janine-cobain-gary-mcelkerney-volunteer/

Winning Student Screenwriter – Taryn Procsal
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/10/09/interview-with-winning-screenwriter-taryn-procsal-palaces/

Winning TV Screenwriter – John Cruz Alarid
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/10/09/interview-with-winning-screenwriter-john-cruz-alarid-kodak-moment/

 

WILDsound Announces its September 2017 Winning Screenplays

Watch the winning screenplay readings performed by professional actors.

A record setting 23 screenplays.

2 Feature Screenplays
– STORM DRAGON, by Joey Curtis & Danny Klein
– WORD GAMES, by Joel Stern

2 TV Spec Screenplays
– QUANTICO Spec, by Leslie Lyshkob
– BOJACK HORSEMAN Spec, by Cameron Chapman

1 Fan Fiction Screenplay
– WELCOME TO CRYSTAL LAKE (Friday the 13th), by Mike Mead

7 1st Scene Screenplays
– KODAK MOMENT, by John Cruz Alarid
– CELTIC BLOOD, by Richard William Masterson
– BROTHER’S MCSHANE, by Holt Boggs
– FOREVER CHARLEE, by Hank Isaac
– THE BOXMAN, by Alexander Beale
– THE FLUTE OF PEACE, by Gunel Asgarova
– SERAPHINA, by Joe Tofuri

6 Short Screenplays
– PALACES, by Taryn Procsal
– ROSIE, by Amalia Williamson
– TWITS, by Alison McGrath
– CLEAN BEAT, by Bernhard Riedhammer
– BREAKDOWN, by J. Logan Alexander
– X-13, Asim Abraham

5 Best Scene Screenplays
– HICK, by Marianna Moneymaker
– JOYTON SHREW, by Ian Bradburn
– VENGEANCE OF THE SHREW, by Bree Katz
– LOOKING FOR REDFEATHER, by Linda Collison
– THE VOLUNTEER, by Janine Cobain & Gary McElkerney

 

AUGUST 2017 WINNING STORIES, SCREENPLAYS and FILMS

12 short films. 16 screenplays. 3 novel and short story transcripts = 31 winning readings.

ACTORAUGUST 2017 FEMALE FILM FESTIVAL 
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from the Toronto Festival.
ACTORAUGUST 2017 DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL 
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from the Toronto Festival.
ACTORWINNING FEATURE Screenplay – PEACE PLEDGE
August 2017 Reading
by George M. Johnson
ACTORWINNING FEATURE Screenplay – THE LAST PRISON
August 2017 Reading
by Richard Geiwitz
ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay – RICK & MORTY
August 2017 Reading
by Daniel Richardson
ACTORSTUDENT TV PILOT Screenplay – EVERHART
August 2017 Reading
by K. Wayman Dodd
ACTORLGBT TV PILOT Screenplay – THE DISAPPEARANCE
August 2017 Reading
by Jess Harris Distefano
ACTORFAN FICTION Screenplay – ROCKETEERS
August 2017 Reading
by Gil Saint
ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – WEBBED
August 2017 Reading
by Robert Drusetta
ACTOR1st SCENE HORROR Screenplay – SILHOUETTE
August 2017 Reading
by Lukas Hassel
ACTOR1st SCENE HISTORY Screenplay – THE LEGEND OF JAMESTOWN
August 2017 Reading
by Sherwin Allen
ACTOR1st SCENE ADVENTURE Screenplay – THE GATE
August 2017 Reading
by Della Vance Greenwalt
ACTOR1st SCENE CRIME Screenplay – THE BIRTHING FIELD
August 2017 Reading
by Robert Thorpe
ACTORSCI-FI SHORT Screenplay – SID
August 2017 Reading
by Auriga Ifill
ACTOR1PG. SHORT Screenplay – DAB A DUCK TAPE
August 2017 Reading
by Stephanie Annis
ACTORUnder 5min. SHORT Screenplay – KEEP SMILING
August 2017 Reading
by Courtney Wallace
ACTORCOMEDY SHORT Screenplay – EVERYONE HAS THEIR DEMONS
August 2017 Reading
by Dustin Prince
ACTORLGBT BEST SCENE Screenplay – DADDY
August 2017 Reading
by Bernard Leed
ACTORSHORT STORY Reading – GOD’S HANDS
August 2017 Reading
by Michael Coleman
ACTORSHORT STORY Reading – MOON HATERS
August 2017 Reading
by Simon Ciappara
ACTORNOVEL Transcript – ZAPINETTE GOES TO THE NORTH POLE
August 2017 Reading
by Albert Russo
ACTORAUGUST 2017 Poetry Readings
Watch readings performed by Val Cole