Jon Freda, April 2017 1st Scene Screenplay Winner

Winning Screenplay – SPARKS
Written by Jon FredaCAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
FRANK – Devin Upham
MONICA – Amaka Umeh
NICHOLS – David Straus
GUARD – Mark Sparks

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Thriller, Crime, Mystery

A sheriff hunts a killer targeting both innocents and other criminals alike, but soon finds himself tangled in a conspiracy tied to the gruesome, deliberately botched execution of a former death row inmate as well the mysterious, four-legged witness that seems to connect them all.

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

The marketing calls we all receive over the phone – the cold calls – and which we all hate. Yet the results of this particular one have far reaching effects.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Drama.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It is a drama about human relationships – and murder.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Human drama.

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

Same Time Next Year

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

It started as a short story – which has been published – and evolved into the screenplay.

How many stories have you written?

Over 200.

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

Slightly All The Time by Soft Machine

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Time, family commitments.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Family, reading and gardening.

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

*****

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

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne


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Mick Sims, April 2017 Short Screenplay Winner

Winning Screenplay – COLD COMFORT
Written by Mick SimsCAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Elizabeth Morriss
WOMAN – David Occhipinti
MAN – John Fray
WOMAN – Cora Matheson

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Thriller, Horror

A serial killer confesses to a random call center caller about his murders.


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Eric P. Granger, April 2017 Short Screenplay Winner

Winning Screenplay – POLLY
Written by Eric P. GrangerCAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Elizabeth Morriss
POLLY – Georgia Grant
ANNIE – Cora Matheson
BECKY – Tea Nguyen
DOCTOR – David Occhipinti
ORDERLY – Daniel Chung
1ST SHOPPER – Olivia Jon

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Drama, Fantasy

Life can be joyous, difficult, brief, rewarding, humbling and gracious: even if you are only a pillow.
Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

The need to be loved.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Family Fantasy

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

To help remind us

How would you describe this script in two words?

Heart felt

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

The Fifth Element

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

1 year

How many stories have you written?

Twelve

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

Poems, Prayers, and Promises

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Keeping it contained

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Playing guitar

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

For feedback and exposure

 

*****

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

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne


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Keith Soforic, April 2017 Short Screenplay Winner

Winning Screenplay – ELEVEN YEARS OF LIGHT
Written by Keith SoforicCAST LIST:NARRATOR – Elizabeth Morriss
Daniel Chung
CHARLIE – John Fray
AUTOMATED VOICE – Cora Matheson

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Sci-Fi, War, Drama

Two men try to escape the bombs of a brutal war by using a T.D.U. (Time Dilation Unit) prototype.


Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

The Homeland is overcome by enemy forces. All friends and family are presumed dead. Two men try to escape the bombs of this brutal war by using a T.D.U. (Time Dilation Unit) prototype to alter their imminent demise.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Science-Fiction/Drama

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I think it’s an intriguing situation in a contained environment with minimal characters, that asks a philosophical question, most people face everyday…How much of your time are you willing to sacrifice for the price of freedom?

How would you describe this script in two words?

Cheating Fate.

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

Not sure if these are the movies that I’ve watched the most, but several stand out; THE FOUNTAIN, THE PRESTIGE, ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND, THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS, and AMERICAN MOVIE.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I had the initial idea and title about five years ago.

How many stories have you written?

Two Features, seven Shorts, and about a dozen Short Stories.

What is your favorite song?

The Italian singer-songwriter, Zucchero Fornaciari’s rendition of GUANTANAMERA

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The biggest obstacle in finishing this particular script was keeping it five pages or less, without losing too much of the story.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Finding Forest Fenn’s hidden treasure.

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

I liked the challenge of telling a story in a only five pages. It’s good practice for keeping a tight script. I haven’t shown the script around very much, but received very positive feedback from some close friends.

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*****

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

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Nicholas R Zingarelli, April 2017 Best Scene Screenplay Winner

Winning Screenplay – SHOULD I DIE BEFORE I WAKE
Written by Nicholas R. ZingarelliCAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Elizabeth Morriss
ROB – Daniel Chung
TOMMY – John Fray
ANNA – Cora Matheson

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Thriller, Romance, Crime

Young gangster, Nicky Little Gypsy’s life is complicated by his girlfriend being pursued romantically by a police officer, his little brother becoming more and more interested in a life of crime and a mobster that wants him dead.


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Rob Ingalls, April 2017 Best Scene Screenplay Winner

Winning Screenplay – SEEKING WILL FERRELL
Written by Rob IngallsCAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Elizabeth Morriss
NADIA – Tea Nguyen
BILL – David Occhipinti
HANDYMAN – Daniel Chung
CASHIER – Olivia Jon
GIRLFRIEND 1 – Cora Matheson
GIRLFRIEND 2 – Georgia Grant

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy

After spending years lost out at sea as a boy, a grown up Bill Davis returns to his life in America, only to discover that he shares an uncanny resemblance with a famous actor – Will Ferrell.

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

Ans: It’s a spoof on the life and films of Will Ferrell, an alternate reality of sorts where he has numerous clones in the world.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Ans: Comedy

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Ans: It’s funny as hell. This is the type of crazy comedy I grew up with but rarely see in the movies today. It’s time to re-introduce this type of comedy to the next generations.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Ans: Bizarre Comedy

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

Ans: Caddyshack

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Ans: Many years

How many stories have you written?

Ans: More than a dozen

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

Ans: The song I’ve heard the most in life is “Happy Birthday to You (Me)”. I hear it every year. Hope to continue to hear it for many more years.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Ans: Life

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Ans: Photography and Meditation

*****

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

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne


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David Brichetto, April 2017 Best Scene Screenplay Winner

Winning Screenplay – 2-12 DELTA
Written by David BrichettoCAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Elizabeth Morriss
LINDA – Olivia Jon
GINA – Cora Matheson

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: LGBT, Drama, Thriller, Crime

A young police officer grapples with her family’s secret past, and tries to balance her careers as cop and blues musician with her tumultuous life.

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

A young, bi-racial, bi-sexual police officer grapples with her family’s secret past, and tries to balance her careers as cop and Blues musician with her tumultuous personal life. Based on true events.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Main genre is drama. Others include true crime and thriller/suspense.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Film is the perfect medium to remind people that police officers and other first responders are individual, unique human beings, and to share true events which are best primarily expressed visually.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Intense. Real.

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

A Christmas Story

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I have had the script in my mind for years, and completed the script’s actual writing in about four weeks’ time.

How many stories have you written?

Aside from 2-12-Delta I have written four scripts. My first solo script was made into an award-winning short film, A Voice From Mauthausen, based on the powerful true life story of Navy Cross & Purple Heart recipient, Lt. Cmdr. Jack Taylor, the U.S. Navy’s first WWII “frogman.” (A Voice From Mauthausen has been an official selection at 25 film festivals, and has been screened at fests on three continents. It has received distribution through Allied Vaughn Company.) My second screenplay, Frogman, (co-written with Anthony J. and Luigi Sperduti) is a full-length script which is also based on Jack Taylor’s life. My 3rd solo script is Peace & War, a trilogy drama, with supernatural overtones, which deals with the ultimate sacrifice during three different war-torn periods of U.S. history. Finally, my solo script The Girl Who Cried Wolf is a supernatural suspense/thriller drama with a unique twist on the universal story. (Each of the other four scripts have won numerous awards and accolades.)

What is your favorite song?

Crossroads (original Robert Johnson version, as well as cover versions)

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The main obstacle was to keep the script to an acceptable length by limiting the number of true events which it incorporates. Another main obstacle was to utilize the visual story-telling technique over dialogue. Another primary obstacle was to entertain but still present a thought-provoking work which allows the readers/viewers to contemplate their own thoughts regarding socio-political phenomena such as the “definition” of race, and acceptance of those who have their own particular individual gender identity.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

My main passion is listening to and playing Blues and Blues/Rock music. I also enjoy old Rock ‘n’ Roll, Classic Rock, Folk Rock, and other musical genres.

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

My main influence to enter the festival was to hopefully access a platform that accepts and promotes scripts and films which portray all people as individuals, and to get my script into the hands of prospective film producers. I feel very good about the initial feedback which I have received, as readers seem to understand the script’s basic feel and premise, as well as to appreciate the spectrum of emotions, from the tension of interpersonal relationships to “gallows humor.”

*****

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

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne


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