WILDsound Announces its August 2017 Winning Screenplays

Watch the Winning Screenplay readings performed by professional actors at the monthly festival for August 2017:

Watch Recent Winning Readings

16 Winning Screenplays in Total!

2 Winning Feature Screenplays
– PEACE PLEDGE, by George M. Johnson
– THE LAST PRISON, by Richard Geiwitz

3 Winning TV Screenplays
– RICK & MORTY Spec, by Daniel Richardson
– EVERHART, by K. Wayman Dodd
– DISAPPEARANCE, by Jess Harris Distefano

1 Winning Fan Fiction Screenplay
– ROCKETEERS, by Gil Saint

5 1st Scene Screenplays
– WEBBED, by Robert Drusetta
– SILHOUETTE, by Lukas Hassel
– THE LEGEND OF JAMESTOWN, by Sherwin Allen
– THE GATE, by Della Vance Greenwalt
– THE BIRTHING FIELD, by Robert Thorpe

5 Short and Best Scene Screenplays
– SID, by Auriga Ifill
– DAB A DUCK TAPE, by Stephanie Annis
– KEEP SMILING, by Courtney Wallace
– EVERYONE HAS THEIR DEMONS, by Dustin Prince
– DADDY, by Bernard Leed

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SHORT Screenplay Reading – EVERYONE HAS THEIR DEMONS, by Dustin Prince

Watch the August 2017 Winning Short Screenplay.

Genre: Thriller, Comedy

The willpower of a recovering alcoholic is put to the test when he takes shelter from the apocalypse in a sports bar.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Hugh Ritchie
John: Nick Wicht
Luke: David Occhipinti
Pop Star: Michael Lake
Business Woman: Alicia Payne

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

One man’s struggle to stay sober against all odds.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Comedy/sci-fi

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

All characters has a strong presence.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Risk/Reward

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

The Punisher

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Two days to write and one to revise.

How many stories have you written?

Nine.

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

Arctic Monkeys- when the sun goes down

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Finding the proper ending.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Sometimes passionate with my wife….if I’m lucky.

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

To receive proper and helpful feedback that we actually put to good use. Thank you!

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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 Screenplay – THE LAST PRISON by Richard Geiwitz

Watch the Winning AUGUST 2017 Screenplay. 

Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy,

Judith, known as the “Mother Creator” by her robots, faces a takeover when the robots feel they are not being treated fairly.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Val Cole
Judith: Mandy May Cheetham
R-14: Angelica Alejandro
Reeve: Ryan Yusep
Alain: Peter Mark Raphael
Joshua: Allan Michael Brunet

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

The story follows Judith, a robotics genius who designed and programmed robots to mine a moon of Saturn, which is uninhabitable to man. The bots are designed to think independently and problem-solve. There are three series: administrative, worker and repair. The workers begin to resent their assigned role. They want more input into running the colony. The administrators disagree, citing their assigned programs. There’s a worker’s strike, exports stop and Judith is sent to face her creations, wondering if they are now smarter than she.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

The main genre is Sci-Fi, but social and political as well.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

 This screenplay should be made into a movie because it will be an entertaining drama set in another world, while also being thought-provoking. It looks into the future of man versus machine, creator versus creation, but also takes a look at society today.

How would you describe this script in two words?

 Frighteningly possible.

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

 “Network,” the most visionary film of all time.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

 It was written in the mid-eighties. If I recall correctly, it took about 6-8 months. My inability to land an agent put it on the shelf for a long time. I converted it into a novella, but didn’t sell it. I recently turned it back into a screenplay, updating certain technical aspects and reworking dialogue. Maybe the third time is the charm.

How many stories have you written?

I’ve written ten feature screenplays, three short scripts and two treatments. So, far, they’ve won or placed in 71 contests. There are a few other scripts from the past I might update along with new projects in the works.

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

 “Pride” – U2

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

 Technical issues. Computers, programs and robotics were different in the 1980s when this was first written. Researching the recent rewrite was fascinating. Also, creating the future as envisioned today. Of course, this is a more social issue story than scientific. So putting the Bible and Plato’s Republic into outer space was interesting.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I love Asian culture, philosophy and architecture. I’m fascinated by the Feng Shui design of ancient cities in China and Japan. I love watching movies and TV series from around the world, stories you can’t find in Hollywood.

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

It’s easy to use and actually fun, like shopping on Amazon. There are a lot of festivals to choose from. It’s easy to search for festivals and the many filters save a lot of time.

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

I’ve always liked the feedback. It really points out what needs another look. Other scripts I’ve entered haven’t won, so I was completely shocked when this one did. I had to read the email a couple extra times before I believed it.

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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 Screenplay: PEACE PLEDGE, by George M. Johnson

Watch the Winning August 2017 Feature Screenplay Reading

Genre: War, Drama, Romance

A disillusioned First World War veteran, challenged by a reckless Anglican priest, reluctantly fights for peace against fascists in 1930s Britain, losing both friends and family but gaining a second chance in love. Based on the true story of Canon Dick Sheppard and the Peace Pledge Union.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Dick Sheppard: Scott McCulloch
John: Brogan Caulfield
Esme: Sandra Krstin
Alison: Julie Sheppard
Burt: Peter-Mark Raphael

 

B>Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

A disillusioned First World War veteran, challenged by a reckless Anglican priest, reluctantly fights for peace against fascists in 1930s Britain, losing both friends and family but gaining a second chance in love. The screenplay is based on the true story of Canon Dick Sheppard and the Peace Pledge Union, the strongest pacifist movement in history.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Period drama, history, biopic

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Peace Pledge is a gripping and heart-felt story about standing up for what you believe in, even against all the odds. It is also a tale of redemption, love and the power of the human spirit. Peace Pledge is timely with the centenary commemoration of the end of WWI on the horizon (and the 80th anniversary of the beginning of WWII); the story becomes more relevant every day with the escalation of military spending and worldwide violence.

How would you describe this script in two words?

heart-warming, uplifting

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

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I started researching it in 2012 and have worked on it along with other projects since then.

How many stories have you written?

I have written about a dozen stage-plays, some of them award-winning. “Still Life With Nudes” is a comedy about seniors who stage a sit-in at a contemporary art gallery in protest when their full-length nude self-portraits were rejected. It won the National Playwrighting Award and several other awards. I’ve also penned three award-winning screenplays, including “Peace Pledge,” which received Honorable Mention in the Euroscript Competition, and “The Wonder,” a finalist in the British Independent Film Festival, as well as half a dozen children’s stories, one, “Marissa and the Mountains,” to be published by Simply Read next year.

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

Universal Soldier has been a long-time favourite.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Information about the Peace Pledge Union has been buried in history and so it took considerable digging to piece together the peace story.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I am passionate about social justice issues, particularly fighting threats to the environment where I live in B.C.. I also enjoy canoeing, camping, and travelling with my family.

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

It has been great!

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

A friend had entered and told me it was worthwhile. I was elated at the encouraging, articulate, insightful feedback and inspired to make further revisions to make this the best script possible.

 

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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

JULY 2017 WINNING STORIES, SCREENPLAYS and FILMS

18 short films. 17 screenplays, 4 novels and short stories transcripts = 39 winning works.

Watch Recent Winning Readings

Watch JULY Winning Readings and Film Festivals

ACTORJULY 2017 EXPERIMENTAL & MUSIC VIDEO FILM FESTIVAL
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from the Toronto Festival.

ACTORTHRILLER Feature Screenplay – THE TWIN WITHIN
July 2017 Reading
by Gunnar E. Garrett

ACTORFAN FICTION TV PILOT Screenplay – D FOR DEXTER
July 2017 Reading
by Jessi Thind

ACTORWESTERN TV PILOT Screenplay – SIRINGO
July 2017 Reading
by Nathan Ward

ACTORANIMATION TV PILOT Screenplay – CHICKEN COP
July 2017 Reading
by Bryan Cahill

ACTORFANTASY 1st Scene Screenplay – THE FLUTE OF PEACE
July 2017 Reading
by Gunel Asgarova

ACTORFEMALE 1st Scene Screenplay – GOD’S WORK IS NEVER DONE
July 2017 Reading
by Tara C. Hall

ACTORROMANCE 1st Scene Screenplay – WAITING TO CRUMBLE
July 2017 Reading
by John Ott

ACTORLGBT SHORT Screenplay – CRYSTAL
July 2017 Reading
by Jessica Perla

ACTORSCI-FI SHORT Screenplay – A DAY IN CONNECTED LIFE
July 2017 Reading
by Michael E. Lucas

ACTORSTUDENT SHORT Screenplay – BRANCHES
July 2017 Reading
by Holyn Thigpen

ACTORUNDER 5min. SHORT Screenplay – THE PLAGIARIST
July 2017 Reading
by James M. Freeman

ACTORUNDER 5min. SHORT Screenplay – BABY LOUIE
July 2017 Reading
by Mark Richards

ACTORUNDER 5min. SHORT Screenplay – ONE STOP SHOP
July 2017 Reading
by Hazel Allan

ACTOR1pg. SHORT Screenplay – ORSON WELLES ASHES
July 2017 Reading
by Debra Knox

ACTOR1pg. SHORT Screenplay – FOR THE LOVE OF GOD
July 2017 Reading
by Kushal Dhungana

ACTORFAMILY BEST SCENE Screenplay – ALL THROUGH THE HOUSE
July 2017 Reading
by Sandy Tovray Greenberg

ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – NEVER SPEAK MY NAME
July 2017 Reading
by Jo Ann Allen & Walter G. Meyer & Stampp Corbin

ACTORNOVEL Transcript – DREAMDALES DARK HEARTS
July 2017 Reading
by Jeremy Roberts

ACTORSHORT STORY Reading – ARYAN BLOD
July 2017 Reading
by Albert Russo

ACTORSHORT STORY Reading – THEY DROVE ON STREETS PAVED WITH KINDNESS
July 2017 Reading
by John Bauer

ACTORSHORT STORY Reading – FLATULENT FRED
July 2017 Reading
by Bill Lawrence

ACTORJULY 2017 Poetry Readings
Watch readings performed by Val Cole

ACTORJUNE 2017 WINNING STORIES, SCREENPLAYS, and FILMS
31 shorts films. 21 screenplays. 4 novels and short stories = 56 winning works

ACTORMAY 2017 WINNING STORIES, SCREENPLAYS, and FILMS
12 shorts films. 22 screenplays. 7 novels and short stories = 41 winning works

ACTORAPRIL 2017 WINNING STORIES, SCREENPLAYS, and FILMS
20 shorts films. 14 screenplays. 4 novels and short stories = 38 winning works

ACTORMARCH 2017 WINNING STORIES, SCREENPLAYS, and FILMS
16 short films. 18 screenplays. 4 novels and short stories = 38 winning works

ACTORFEBRUARY 2017 WINNING STORIES, SCREENPLAYS, and FILMS
18 screenplays. 13 short films. 4 novels. 4 short stories = 39 works showcased!

ACTORJANUARY 2017 WINNING STORIES, SCREENPLAYS, and FILMS
20 screenplays. 7 short films. 3 novels. 7 short stories = 37 works showcased!

ACTOR2016 FILM FESTIVAL VIDEOS
18 Film Festivals. 2 cities. 131 Films. 32 Countries.

ACTOR2016 FEATURE SCREENPLAY READINGS
19 winning performance readings.

ACTOR2016 SHORT STORY READINGS
69 winning performance readings.

ACTOR2016 NOVEL TRANSCRIPT READINGS
36 winning performance readings.

ACTOR2016 1st. SCENE SCREENPLAY READINGS
31 winning performance readings.

ACTOR2016 TV SPEC SCREENPLAY READINGS
13 winning performance readings.

ACTOR2016 TV PILOT SCREENPLAY READINGS
19 winning performance readings.

ACTOR2016 SHORT SCREENPLAY READINGS
103 winning performance readings.

ACTOR2016 BEST SCENE SCREENPLAY READINGS
52 winning performance readings.

ACTOR2016 FAN FICTION SCREENPLAY READINGS
12 winning performance readings.

ACTORWILDsound Performers
List of actors who performed at the Writing Festival from 2013 to present.

JUNE 2017 WINNING STORIES, SCREENPLAYS and FILMS

31 short films (record setting showcase), 21 screenplays, 4 novel & short story transcripts = 56 winning works

Watch Recent Winning Readings

Watch JUNE 2017 Winning Readings and Film Festivals

ACTORJUNE 2017 UNDER 5 MINUTE FILM FESTIVAL 
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from the Toronto Festival.
ACTORJUNE 2017 LGBT FILM FESTIVAL 
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from the Toronto Festival.
ACTORJUNE 2017 COMEDY FILM FESTIVAL 
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from the Los Angeles Festival.
ACTORJUNE 2017 SCI-FI FILM FESTIVAL 
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from the Los Angeles Festival.
ACTORLGBT Feature Screenplay – ARRANGING MIA
June 2017 Reading
by Joanie Fox
ACTORFEMALE TV PILOT Screenplay – JUNKED
June 2017 Reading
by Alice Dennard
ACTORFAN FICTION TV SPEC Screenplay – DOCTOR WHO
June 2017 Reading
by Paul Hewitt
ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – GOOD INTENTIONS
June 2017 Reading
by Sandy Tovray Greenberg
ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – GRAVITY’S PULL
June 2017 Reading
by Robert Sivigny
ACTORFANTASY SHORT Screenplay – NOTHING IS FREE
June 2017 Reading
by Terry Milner & Rebecca Brillhart
ACTORANIMATION SHORT Screenplay – BATROOM
June 2017 Reading
by Crafty St. James
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ACTORFAMILY SHORT Screenplay – GIRL IN THE PAINTING
June 2017 Reading
by Scott Williamson
ACTORSCI-FI SHORT Screenplay – SWITCHMAN
June 2017 Reading
by Henry Leeker
ACTORUnder 5min. SHORT Screenplay – I KNOW
June 2017 Reading
by Steve Vasiliou
ACTORUnder 5min. SHORT Screenplay – NIGHT SHIFT
June 2017 Reading
by Yanjuan Song
ACTORUnder 5min. SHORT Screenplay – 900 PAGES
June 2017 Reading
by Juanita Cepero
ACTOR1pg. SHORT Screenplay – THE PARK PERVERT
June 2017 Reading
by Mark Levitt
ACTORLGBT BEST Scene Screenplay – DADDY
June 2017 Reading
by Bernard Leed
ACTORROMANCE BEST Scene Screenplay – POLITICALLY BROKEN
June 2017 Reading
by Lawrence Whitener
ACTORDRAMA BEST Scene Screenplay – FOR A GOOD LIFE
June 2017 Reading
by Natalia Maslin
ACTORCRIME BEST Scene Screenplay – ABRAHAM’S CONFLICT
June 2017 Reading
by J.R. Rodriguez
ACTORTHRILLER BEST Scene Screenplay – SQUID JIGGERS
June 2017 Reading
by Judi Blaze
ACTORACTION BEST Scene Screenplay – CADEBY
June 2017 Reading
by David James Keogh
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – CONTINENTALIS
June 2017 Reading
by Aurele Ndja
ACTORACTION BEST Scene SHORT Screenplay – TURNT
June 2017 Reading
by Haldane Dane Hamilton
ACTORSHORT Story – BEFORE AND AFTER
June 2017 Reading
by S. Pfeiffer
ACTORSHORT Story – ALWAYS WATCHING
June 2017 Reading
by Kordale Gibson
ACTORSHORT Story – THERE ARE NO LIGHTS IN NAPLES
June 2017 Reading
by Dennis L. Havlin
ACTORNOVEL Transcript Reading – A POOR MAN’S TRUCE
June 2017 Reading
by H.E. Scott
ACTORJUNE 2017 Poetry Readings
Watch readings performed by Elizabeth Rose Morriss
ACTORMAY 2017 WINNING STORIES, SCREENPLAYS, and FILMS 
12 shorts films. 22 screenplays. 7 novels and short stories = 41 winning works

WILDsound Performer Mena Massoud gets lead role in Aladdin live action film (as Aladdin)

Congrats to WILDsound Performer Mena Massoud for grabbing the lead role in the live action film of ALADDIN. The film also stars Will Smith as the Genie.

Mena performed in various scripts for the festival, including the lead role in WEECHO.

Watch the screenplay reading here: 

WEECHO – 1st scene script winning reading
Written by Kevin Gebhard
Rye, New York

CLICK HERE and read the entire winning screenplay

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Marta Legrady
WEECHO – Mena Massoud
CROTTY – Dan Goldberg
LYNCH – Rob Stone
WOMAN – Natalie Gallard
COP – Jimmy Makris

SYNOPSIS:

Photographer Weecho Marti’s shots of a fiery crash reveal a conspiracy murder he is haunted to avenge for the beautiful victim. In his quest to track down the murderous antagonist, he crosses paths with a spymaster who becomes his mentor. Together they navigate an espionage and smuggling labyrinth to bring Weecho face to face with his archenemy in a death-to-the-loser climax.


10 Questions with the Writer

1. Why should your script be made into a film?

“Weecho” is a compelling espionage thriller designed to appeal to a wide audience, in particular the 18-34 age group. The movie can be shot in one urban area (e.g. New York, Vancouver, L.A.) on a moderate budget. The story concludes with the elements in place for a series. As the young photographer’s spymaster-mentor points out, “Weecho’s camera can take him anywhere.”

2. How long have you been writing screenplays?

Fifteen years. My script “Back to Even” was produced as a feature film starring Lorenzo Lamas.

3. What film have you seen the most in your life?

“Three Days of the Condor”

4. What artists in the film industry would you love to work with?

Director Clint Eastwood

5. How many screenplays have you written?

Fourteen.

6. Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?

I would like to be playing character roles in screenplays I write.

7. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?

I start my screenplays with an offbeat, underdog character confronted with an inciting incident that drives him through the story, concluding with a double-twist climax that puts him to the test, resolves his conflict, and leaves him a different person.

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

I am passionate about my character acting, and about my wildlife photography and portraiture art.

9. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Script Contest?

WILDsound’s feedback and one-on-one communication got my work to where I felt it was contest worthy.

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

Keep writing. And re-writing. Watch movies. If appropriate, read the books they were adapted from.

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