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Winning Feature Screenplay: The Memphis Mafia by Jason B. Williams

A disillusioned member of Elvis Presley’s entourage and an ex-stripper try to smuggle five million dollars in diamonds out of the country, without being caught by Colonel Parker or killed by the mob, on the back of Elvis’s American Eagle jumpsuit.

CAST LIST:

Elvis: Brandon Knox
Andy: Harry Judge
Narrator: Val Cole
Layla James: Alex Simpson
Judd: Randy Baumer
Vic: Brian Carlton

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

Festival Moderators: Kierston Drier, Shepsut Wilson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Festival Directors: Mary Cox, Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Hugh Ritchie, Isabal Cupryn, Aser Santos Jr., Zack Arch

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WINNING FEATURE FILM: THE NEW SCHOOL BY EVAN R. SCHULLERY

SYNOPSIS

Northwood High School is in lockdown after gunshots are heard. Two months earlier, troubled teenager, Justin Koenig joins Carol O’Connell’s class. But Carol is made uneasy by her new pupil, which is made worse when a former colleague is fatally wounded in a Boston school. With Northwood staff and parents discussing whether teachers should be armed, Carol decides to take matters into her own hand. Applying to take a controversial training program, and getting a gun permit, Carol tries to convince colleague Heather of Justin’s fascination with the recent Boston shooting. However following an outburst, Carol is suspended, but soon pieces together clues that Justin is going to carry out a shooting. Rushing to the school, she accidentally shoots Heather in an effort to stop Justin. With Carol arrested, a shocked Justin dumps a bag from his locker.

CAST LIST:

Mr. Koenig: Nick Hendrik
Justin: Gabriel Darku
Demarco : Scott McCullogh
Narrator: Matt Barnes
Carol: Susan Wilson
Heather: Kyana Teresa
Patricia: Olivia Barret

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

AUGUST 2018 – Read the best of NEW Feature Screenplay Story Pitches


Feature Film: Waking Up His Wife by Kristal McKerrington
https://storypitches.wordpress.com/2018/08/08/feature-film-waking-up-his-wife-by-kristal-mckerrington/

Feature Film: Wormhole by Chris K. Daniels
https://storypitches.wordpress.com/2018/08/08/feature-film-wormhole-by-chris-k-daniels/

Feature Film: Only In America by Andrew Garrett
https://storypitches.wordpress.com/2018/08/08/feature-film-only-in-america-by-andrew-garrett-2/

Screenplay: Nome by Brandon Marples
https://storypitches.wordpress.com/2018/08/08/screenplay-nome-by-brandon-marples/

Feature Film: Queen of The Himalayas by Purna Rai
https://storypitches.wordpress.com/2018/08/08/feature-film-queen-of-the-himalayas-by-purna-rai/

Feature Film: THE WAITING ROOM by Joel Stern
https://storypitches.wordpress.com/2018/08/08/feature-film-the-waiting-room-by-joel-stern/

Feature Film: CARLY – 5 DEADLY SINS by Dennis Paul
https://storypitches.wordpress.com/2018/08/08/feature-film-carly-5-deadly-sins-by-dennis-paul/

Feature Film: ALIEN AWAKE by Christopher Gray
https://storypitches.wordpress.com/2018/08/06/feature-film-alien-awake-by-christopher-gray/

Feature Film: Unarmed and Dangerous by Robert Drusetta
https://storypitches.wordpress.com/2018/08/06/feature-film-unarmed-and-dangerous-by-robert-drusetta/

Feature Film: Only In America by Andrew Garrett
https://storypitches.wordpress.com/2018/08/03/feature-film-only-in-america-by-andrew-garrett/

Feature Film: BLAK by Johnny Aangraj
https://storypitches.wordpress.com/2018/08/03/feature-film-blak-by-johnny-aangraj/

Feature Film: 5 DEADLY SINS by Dennis Paul
https://storypitches.wordpress.com/2018/08/03/feature-film-5-deadly-sins-by-dennis-paul/

Feature Film: To Hell And Back by Agnese Pagliarani
https://storypitches.wordpress.com/2018/08/03/feature-film-to-hell-and-back-by-agnese-pagliarani/

Feature Film: CLOCKWATCHERS by DAVID STERNFELD
https://storypitches.wordpress.com/2018/07/31/feature-film-clockwatchers-by-david-sternfeld/

Feature Film: INTO THE NUMINOUS MOON by John McCarthy
https://storypitches.wordpress.com/2018/07/31/feature-film-into-the-numinous-moon-by-john-mccarthy/

Feature Film: BLOODLINE by Ericka S. Gomez
https://storypitches.wordpress.com/2018/07/30/feature-film-bloodline-by-ericka-s-gomez/

Feature Film: Immigrant by Charles Lewis
https://storypitches.wordpress.com/2018/07/30/feature-film-immigrant-by-charles-lewis/

Feature Film: First Gods of Africa by John Newman
https://storypitches.wordpress.com/2018/07/30/feature-film-first-gods-of-africa-by-john-newman/

Feature Film: The Great Grappa Caper by Joseph & Phillip Matarese
https://storypitches.wordpress.com/2018/07/30/feature-film-the-great-grappa-caper-by-joseph-phillip-matarese/

Feature Film: Miracle Man from homeless to Hollywood by Glenn Gannon
https://storypitches.wordpress.com/2018/07/24/feature-film-miracle-man-from-homeless-to-hollywood-by-glenn-gannon/

Feature Film: IMBIBE by Patty Ray
https://storypitches.wordpress.com/2018/07/23/feature-film-imbibe-by-patty-ray/

Feature Film: THE ULTRA DELUXE by Joe Camalari
https://storypitches.wordpress.com/2018/07/23/feature-film-the-ultra-deluxe-by-joe-camalari/

Feature Film: Partners: Till death do us… you know by Fernely Durand
https://storypitches.wordpress.com/2018/07/19/feature-film-partners-till-death-do-us-you-know-by-fernely-durand/

Feature Film: Before his Time: Thinking with my little head by Fernely Durand
https://storypitches.wordpress.com/2018/07/19/feature-film-before-his-time-thinking-with-my-little-head-by-fernely-durand/

Feature Film: Dead Bat: How right you are by Fernely Durand
https://storypitches.wordpress.com/2018/07/19/feature-film-dead-bat-how-right-you-are-by-fernely-durand/

Feature Film: PUNCHIE: MY NEIGHBOR’S SON by Fernely Durand
https://storypitches.wordpress.com/2018/07/19/feature-film-punchie-my-neighbors-son-by-fernely-durand/

Feature Film: PUSH TIME: RIDE THE WAVE by Fernely Durand
https://storypitches.wordpress.com/2018/07/19/feature-film-push-time-ride-the-wave-by-fernely-durand/

Feature Film: PORTRAIT OF FAITH by Karen Colville
https://storypitches.wordpress.com/2018/07/18/feature-film-portrait-of-faith-by-karen-colville/

Feature Film: The Organon by Iman Davari
https://storypitches.wordpress.com/2018/07/18/feature-film-the-organon-by-iman-davari/

Feature Film: The Water Tower Crook: Family First by Fernely Durand
https://storypitches.wordpress.com/2018/07/18/feature-film-the-water-tower-crook-family-first-by-fernely-durand/

Feature Film: Umbrella Kid: The impossible wouldn’t be possible with the eye or the m by Fernely Durand
https://storypitches.wordpress.com/2018/07/18/feature-film-umbrella-kid-the-impossible-wouldnt-be-possible-with-the-eye-or-the-m-by-fernely-durand/

Feature Film: Call me Crazy: There’s an iceberg in the middle of the ocean by Fernely Durand
https://storypitches.wordpress.com/2018/07/18/feature-film-call-me-crazy-theres-an-iceberg-in-the-middle-of-the-ocean-by-fernely-durand/

Feature Film: Toy Soldiers: My two left feet by Fernely Durand
https://storypitches.wordpress.com/2018/07/18/feature-film-my-two-left-feet-by-fernely-durand/

Feature Film: SACRIFICE by Jesse Okoah
https://storypitches.wordpress.com/2018/07/18/feature-film-sacrifice-by-jesse-okoah/

Feature Film: Land of Opportunity: Trumping the Wall by Aaron Roan Kramer
https://storypitches.wordpress.com/2018/07/18/feature-film-land-of-opportunity-trumping-the-wall-by-aaron-roan-kramer/

Feature Film: WOLFPACK FENCERS by Adam Lapallo
https://storypitches.wordpress.com/2018/07/18/feature-film-wolfpack-fencers-by-adam-lapallo/

Feature Film: AMARIS by Ian White
https://storypitches.wordpress.com/2018/07/17/feature-film-amaris-by-ian-white/

Feature Film: The Crocodile Club by Veranda Flores
https://storypitches.wordpress.com/2018/07/17/feature-film-the-crocodile-club-by-veranda-flores/

Feature Film: Avalon by Lizbeth Castillo
https://storypitches.wordpress.com/2018/07/17/feature-film-avalon-by-lizbeth-castillo/

Feature Film: BLACK by Johnny Aangraj
https://storypitches.wordpress.com/2018/07/17/feature-film-black-by-johnny-aangraj-2/

Feature Film: Super Human by Ali Joumaa
https://storypitches.wordpress.com/2018/07/17/feature-film-super-human-by-ali-joumaa/

Feature Film: Hell on Earth by Daniel Cook
https://storypitches.wordpress.com/2018/07/17/feature-film-hell-on-earth-by-daniel-cook/

Feature Film: Roadrunner by Alex Scherkenbach
https://storypitches.wordpress.com/2018/07/17/feature-film-roadrunner-by-alex-scherkenbach/

Feature Film: SMARTER NOT HARDER by Ryan Allsop
https://storypitches.wordpress.com/2018/07/17/feature-film-smarter-not-harder-by-ryan-allsop/

Feature Film: STRONG ENOUGH by Sara Landucci
https://storypitches.wordpress.com/2018/07/16/feature-film-strong-enough-by-sara-landucci/

Winning Feature Screenplays for May 2018

 

ACTORFOR A GOOD LIFE – Feature Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Natalia Maslin
 

  

ACTORAMERICAN SNAKE PIT – Feature Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
Dan Tomasulo
 

 

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

Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

Winning Feature Screenplay Reading – PREY FOR THE DAY, by Richard M. Kjeldgaard

Genre: Thriller/Suspense

An early 30’s couple is flown from California to Florida by a Real Estate Investor with an opportunity that appears too good to be true. Once they arrive the couple soon realizes they have fallen into the hands of a con man and his “Henchmen”. They are robbed, taken hostage and beaten as their journey to financial security soon becomes a fight for survival and terrifying encounters in an abandoned home development out in the middle of nowhere.

CAST LIST:

Tara: Cassandra Sirois
Billy: James Murray
Kathy: Vanessa Quaglaira
Narrator: Val Cole
John: Dan Fox
Miguel: Nick Wicht
Mendez: Fabio Abreu

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your screenplay about?

John and Kathy Pearson are an early 30’s, financially successful couple living an Los Angeles and are flown out Miami to meet a Real Estate Investor, Miguel, with a Real Estate investment plan that seems too good to be true, rehabbing abandoned neighborhoods from the Real Estate bubble for great returns on investment. After showing them a few of the areas the pair becomes suspicious when Miguel invites some of “Contractors” out to meet them. They are subsequently tied up, beaten and forced to transfer all their money to Miguel. After the deal is done Miguel goes back on his word and orders his men to murder them. John breaks free and turns the tables on Miguel and his henchmen. John and Kathy flee into the swampy, derelict neighborhood they were originally lured. Miguel, having survived the escape hires “Human Hunters” and puts a price on their heads. From there it’s a cat and mouse game of survival in an worn down area far from any civilization

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Suspense/Thriller

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

It’s an edge of your seat, action thriller which will have an audience thinking “What’s next?. The backstory of the couple makes them characters the audience will cheer for and the bad guys characters the audience will genuinely hate. The isolation of the locale adds to the atmosphere and feeling of helplessness..

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

Page turner.

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

John Carpenter’s Halloween.

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

Took close to six months. Rewrote the story several times giving the two main characters more of a backstory and introduced more bad characters in the “Abandoned community”. The ending took a few rewrites as well to make it credible. Had to give the story more of that emotional roller coaster feel to it.

7. How many stories have you written? Scripts (Feature) Three horror, Three suspense/thrillers, Five character driven dramas, three short screenplays (20 pages) and A TV sitcom idea (Pilot and three scripts for the idea) a while back.

8. What is your favorite song?

(Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?) Any song off the original BOSTON album.

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

The pacing of the story was the most difficult part. Keeping the visuals, action scenes and characters all together and at a pace that was believable without taking anything or anyone to a situation that might confuse the reader. Also making the John and Kathy characters that I call “Transitional”

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

Reading biographies (For inspiration) Real Estate investing, Travel and Photography.

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

Great. A combination of guidance and encouragement through the writing process.

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

Feedback has been great. They definitely are thorough in their reading as I can tell from their notes. Again, always encouraging!!

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

Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

 

Winning THRILLER Feature Screenplay: WORD GAMES, by Joel Stern

Genre: Thriller, Horror, Drama

A commercial airliner flying to Paris explodes off the U.S. East Coast killing sixteen members of a high school French Club and a young pianist destined for greatness; a pair of deranged teens go on a terrifying high school shooting spree ending the life of a young girl devoted to serving God and mankind. If there is a master plan, how could these horrific events be allowed to happen?

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Val Cole
Sal: Kris Hagen
Dave: Peter Nelson
Monica: Shania Belton
Julie: Katelyn Varadi
Tanya/Shannon: Carina Cojeen
Lassen: Mike Ruderman
Bill: Nick Wicht

 Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

“Word Games” is about two strangers in a nursing home who are isolated because of the “Blizzard of the Millennium” . One man – Sal Genesinni – is the janitor. The other is Dave Phillips, an old man, wheelchair bound, who was found abandoned in the storm. While Phillips’ true identity remains a mystery, he and Genesinni play “Scrabble” to kill time. As they spell certain words it takes us back in time to real life events. As they recall these events they actually change what happened. This affects the destiny of the promising young people they speak of. As the story unfolds, we realize their “game” is a battle of wits between good and evil – one they engage in as different people throughout time.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Suspense/Horror

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

“Word Games” would provide moviegoers with a suspenseful, alternative view of destiny and attempt to explain why bad things happen to good people.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Story in two words: Inescapable destiny.

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

The movie I’ve seen the most: “Pineapple Express”

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I wrote the short story two years ago (now on Amazon). I began writing the screenplay in January, 2016.

How many stories have you written?

I’m currently writing my third screenplay. I began my first, “Trickle Down”, a dramatic comedy based on the 2007 mortgage meltdown, in 2012.

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

Favorite song – Rod Stewart’s “Have I Told You Lately…”

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Obstacles to writing screenplay: Trying to think as God

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Other passions: Sports, politics, travel, history

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

Film Freeway: Easy to work with

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

I entered the festival to gage interest in my work and to get it produced. “Word Games” also won a Finalist Award at the Cannes Film Festival Screenwriting contest in April of this year.

I was thrilled with the feedback I received. I made a few clarifications when asked to.

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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