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WILDsound Announces its FEATURE SCREENPLAY Winners for July 2016

Watch the 2 winning feature screenplay readings performed by professional actors from July 2016.

Feature Script: FIEND
by Jeff York



Genre: Horror, Thriller, Crime, Mystery, History

When famed Jekyll & Hyde author Robert Louis Stevenson turns out himself to be a dangerous split personality, the only one who can save him and London from his fiendish alter ego is a maverick American psychiatrist with daring, unconventional methods.


NARRATOR – Sean Kaufmann
PRINCE – Michael Kazarian
BURKE – Devin Upham
CLAY/CARTLER – Neil Bennett
ANNE – Elizabeth Rose Morriss
FANNY – Mandy May Cheetham


by Marc Lalonde



Genre: Farce, Screwball Comedy, Fantasy

A former nun, a pornographer, a brain surgeon and a quadriplegic must band together in a common cause with a wannabe serial killer who really, really, really, REALLY likes his brother to foil an international conspiracy to take over the world.


MAN – Michael Gaty
NATASHA – Kiran Friesen
BORIS – David Occhipinti
MISS WINDIG – Judy Thrush
TALL LANKY GUY – Dan Cristofori
CLERK – Mark Boutros
ROYLA – Sean Ballantyne
CAROL – Viktoria Napolenova


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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson


Mid Year Review: Watch 11 Winning Feature Screenplays

Deadline to submit your screenplay to the festival:http://www.wildsound.ca/screenplaycontest.html

Watch the Winning Feature Screenplay Readings from January to June 2016 from the Writing Festival:

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

Feature Screenplay – MOTHS TO FLAME
March 2016 Reading
Written by Fredric Maffei

Feature Screenplay – GATES OF HELL
March 2016 Reading
Written by Pamela Green and Everett House Sr.

Feature Screenplay – FOUR FOR THE BORDER
February 2016 Reading
Written by Toby Roberts

Feature Screenplay – HENRIETTA’S ODYSSEY
February 2016 Reading
Written by L.R. Whittinger

January 2016 Reading
Written by Howard Fridkin


Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Feature Screenplay – MOTHS TO FLAME by Fredric Maffei

March 2016 Winning Feature Screenplay.

Watch MOTHS TO FLAME Feature Screenplay:


NARRATOR – Fran Townend
NICK – John Marcucci
HENRY – Jonathan Robbins
BUNNY – Nikita Ivy Boston

Get to know writer Fredric Maffei

1. What is your screenplay about?

Days from receiving his inheritance, young Nick hops in his truck and is California bound. Starved for a mentor/hero in his life, Nick hooks up with as canny a secret predator as ever was. One sizzling night on the town with babe-magnet Henry, and Nick flutters about him like a moth to flame. Enter Bunny! Smart and gorgeous, she’s an African-American filmmaker intent on making a documentary about Nick’s deceased dad, a little-known novelist of a bygone day. But when Bunny and Nick strike up a flame of their own, a jealous Henry looking on — there’s death to pay! Now Henry has not one but two moths to play with, to seduce, to cause to breathlessly hurl themselves against the deathly white heat of him. One delicate-winged little moth will break the cycle and fly away. One won’t.

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

For one, it contains one of the more memorable villains you’ll ever meet. Further, the book version won Kirkus Indie’s best thriller award in the year it was entered, Kirkus calling it “A gripping thriller with as many twists and turns as a cross-country road trip.”

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

Disturbing, devastating

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


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

No end to the tweaks. I tweaked more when I was younger. As an older and matured writer, it takes me less than a month to complete a polished script.

6. How many stories have you written?

I’ve ten novels up on Amazon and have written twice that many screenplays.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

My wife planted the seed, I supplied roots, leaves, and all the rest.

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

My wife, mostly.

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

Music, deeply so. A retired musician, I tend toward jazz and classical.

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

An honor having my screenplay read aloud, invaluable the experience as a writer. The initial feedback was good, albeit a subjective thing always.

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

Your own natural voice is the best one for you, however long it takes to discover it. Guard against others drowning it out in you

Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Watch the 32 Winning Feature Screenplay Readings

Since May 2013, the WILDsound Festival has performed 32 feature screenplays at the festival, using over 200 of the top professional actors working today.
Watch full readings and winning feature script readings. Over 600 hours to watch!

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Watch the February Screenplay Winners: 


Watch HENRIETTA’S ODYSSEY by L R Whittinger

Watch the January 2016 Feature Screenplay Winner

Written by Howard Fridkin


Genres: Action, Adventure, Thriller, Crime

For the ultimate revenge, an internationally renowned mystery writer uses his latest novel as a blueprint to steal the Eiffel Tower.

NARRATOR – Holly Sarchfield
MONIER – Lorne Hiro
LAMADOUR – Peter Nelson
MANDRELL – Dan Cristofori
LORRAINE – Katelyn Vanier

Get to know writer Howard Fridkin:

1. What is your screenplay about?

For the ultimate revenge, an eccentric Parisian crime novelist financially persuades the world’s greatest detective, scientist and architect into helping him execute the greatest heist of all-time: stealing the Eiffel Tower.

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

It brings back to the cinema a more mature high action/adventure thriller in the tradition of such eventful classics as “The Guns of Navarone,” Where Eagles Dare,” “The Towering Inferno” and Goldfinger,” which were all box office giants. With nothing but Marvel and DC comic book movies flooding the theatres, I thought this would be something challengingly fresh to excite audiences with…in other words, “Mission Impossible meets “Ocean’s eleven.”

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

Unprecedented concept.

4. You are the first writer to have ever had three feature screenplays read at our festival. Two of them high concept scripts that the actors LOVED performing. You can’t possibly have more feature screenplays completed….do you?

Unless I’m retiring, there’s always another in the pipeline.

5. What makes this screenplay and your previous script (The Last Adventure of Shay Blaze) stand out from the pack is your ability to mix genres. Crime Extraordinaire can be categorized as a “Crime meets Mystery meets Adventure meets Action, with a little bit of Romance mixed in!” Is mixing so many genres into one completed story a calculated decision in prep?

To help make my mark, I tend to take big risks with extravagant concepts and that usually means fusing different genres together, which I always love experimenting with. But the real trick is to ground them in some basis of reality so your audience will trust you to win them over with an exciting, new approach to your story and not something that eventually turns incredulous.

6. You make it very convincing that the Eiffel Tower could be stolen in your screenplay. Can it really happen? (AKA – Is your engineering and math realistic in the script, or did you make it all up?)

No. I really had to do my homework on this one. I researched ad nauseam all the mechanics of the operation in order to keep things credible. However, for the sake of pure entertainment, some suspension of disbelief is camouflaged by reality based information.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

As a kid, I was always infatuated with two historical landmarks: the Eiffel Tower and the Great Wall of China. One of my favorite films is the original“The Taking of Pelham One Two Three. For some reason its title inspired me to come up with a plot about taking something big, so since I was preoccupied with the Tower, it seemed like a logical choice to marry the two ideas together and see what happens with it in a screenplay. And who knows…maybe one day the Great Wall will be a sequel.

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

The most demanding challenge, of course, was creating convincing characters that would eliminate the reader’s skepticism that an operation of this magnitude could actually be accomplished, and not to drop the ball in its execution; otherwise, the script would have just been a house of cards.

9. The hero/anti-hero/smartest guy in the room in your story is a writer himself. A man who figures out all the pieces of the complicated puzzle to make this ultimate caper happen. Do you really think the great & successful crime writers have the ability to use their past research in prepping their stories, plus their imagination to pull off something like stealing the Eiffel Tower?

Well, you just can’t go around every day stealing any national monument you want and get away with it. You must become an expert on the subject you’re writing about to be taken seriously. Anything is possible so long as you’re willing to do the homework and back up your imaginative ideas with a set of logical rules to abide by.

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

I’ve been extraordinarily lucky with WILDsound’s feedback over the years. It helped me achieve three table reads, which are so important to improve on what I thought was my final draft. You can drive yourself nuts reading your material over and over again, trying to reach perfection. But until you actually hear the dialogue and scene descriptions being read by other voices, sometimes you can’t see the forest for the trees. These table reads have helped me catch overlooked errors that I never saw with my own two eyes on the pages.

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

Giving someone advice is like telling them how to dress. Everyone has their own style (voice) and wardrobe (scripts). Rather than giving advice, I’ll take my own: “I write every screenplay as if it were my last, so it has to be the best.

MENTOR/PROTEGE Stories from the FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival

Deadlines to Submit your Screenplay, Novel, Story, or Poem to the festival: http://www.wildsound.ca

Watch the best of MENTOR/PROTEGE stories that were showcased at the FEEDBACK & Writing Festival:

festival posterS IS FOR BIRD

Canada, Comedy

June 2013 Reading
Written by Adam Kennedy

August 2014 Reading
Written by Travis Hodgkins

March 2014 Reading
Written by Harold L. Brown

March 2014 Reading
Written by Amy Guggenhein

July 2013 Reading
Written by Kevin Gebhard

festival posterTHE GOOD BOY

15min, Drama/Sports, USA

ACTORTV SPEC – ARROW “Second Chances”
March 2015 Reading
Written by Molly Driscoll

festival posterCASSANDRA

14min, Action/Fantasy, France

September 2015 Reading
by Vanayssa Somers

April 2015 Reading
Written by Niel Thompson

festival posterVALOR CAT

Animation/Comic Book, 7min, USA

Also, Free logline submissions. The Writing Festival network averages over 95,000 unique visitors a day.
Great way to get your story out: http://www.wildsound.ca/logline.html

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Feature Screenplay Reading of FEI JI by James C Peters (plus interview)

FEI JI was the December 2016 Winning Feature Screenplay. 

Watch FEI JI Feature Screenplay Table Reading:

Get to know the writer James C. Peters:

1. What is your screenplay about?

In the early 1900s young Chinese Americans, recruited to learn to fly and take “aeroplanes” to China, faced isolation from their families, jealousy, and danger when they accepted the challenge.

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

It’s a tremendous human interest story of two young men who risked everything, including their lives, to tackle the adventure of a lifetime.

3. How would you describe this story in one sentence?

In the early 1900s a young Chinese American and his friend sacrificed everything and risked their lives to take the first airplane to China.

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


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

Off and on for over seven years.

6. How many stories have you written?

About ten.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay
I read an article about a woman whose grandfather, purportedly, had been the first Chinese pilot in the country. After I contacted her about writing his story, she passed away before I could interview her, but I decided I must write it anyway.

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

Principally, finding out the truth about who were the first pilots in China.

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

Helping people less fortunate than me.

10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival?

What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received? The WILDsound Festival not only offers avenues for success for emerging screenwriters and filmmakers, but also for young actors and film crew.

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

Master the elements of your craft. Especially, don’t send poorly conceived and crafted work to film producers.

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