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Kelly Jean Karam – February 2017 Short Screenplay Winner

Winning Screenplay – BREW MASTER
Written by Kelly Jean KaramCAST LIST:

NARRATOR – John Fray
SARA – Victoria Urquhart
GINA – Andrea Meister
DOUGLAS – Gabriel Cameron
JUSTIN – Peter Mark Raphael
MAE – Cynthia Crofoot
TIMMY – Brian Carleton

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Drama, Horror

The principled wife of a brewery redefines ethics when her business begins to die.

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

The principled wife of a brewery redefines ethics when she catches her husband cheating and her business begins to die.

What genres does your screenplay under?

Horror.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Brew. Bitch.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

For the same reason one should have a drink after a hard day of work. It’s fun to escape your problems by watching another person’s drama. And it’s deliciously wicked fun to view a scorned spouse.

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

The Birds.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Six months.

How many stories have you written?

Too many to tell.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

After coming off of a win in South Carolina, my girlfriend PATTY brought me to several breweries. As the owner of Brown Iron Brewery in Michigan, she droned on and on about hops, barley, fermenters and the business. After a twelve flight of beer, I fell asleep and dreamt she killed her husband by throwing him into the fermentor.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Not getting too trashed while writing the story.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I love to listen to women tell their stories.

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

This fabulous festival renders a phenomenal opportunity for aspiring writers to receive copious notes from a team of professionals whose goal is to have you and your story rise to a level worthy of being read by actors and eventually brought to the screen.

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


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Steve Cleary – February 2017 Short Screenplay Winner

Watch the February 2017 Winning Comedy Short Screenplay.

Winning Screenplay – BANH YOU!
Written by Steve ClearyCAST LIST:

HENRY – Peter Mark Raphael
CARLA – Victoria Urquhart
NARRATOR – Gabriel Cameron

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy

A blind lunch date at a cafe where miscommunication is on the menu.


Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

It’s a silly sketch about a guy and a girl on a blind lunch date, but the girl’s so hungry that she’s not present to the conversation and the date ends in disaster.

What genres does your screenplay under?

Sketch Comedy

How would you describe this script in two words?

Silly short

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Well it’s really short for one thing, and I think the wordplay is a lot of fun.

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

Nacho Libre. Love that movie!

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I wrote it in a day, and revisited it months later to trim it down from two pages to one for this contest.

How many stories have you written?

About a dozen or so, with a long list of ideas in various stages of development.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I was approached by an actress who wanted to start up a sketch comedy channel and she liked my writing style. I thought it would be a good, easy way to get some of my material produced.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The actress didn’t want the girl to have any lines, but just sit there with a blank expression. We disagreed on the comedic merits of that approach so she didn’t end up using it.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I love my dog and taking him on long walks when I take writing breaks.

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

I was treated so well by you guys when you gave my feature “Lawn Boys” a table reading that I wanted to submit something else that showed another angle of my sense of humor. The feedback provided really helped elevate the script to its highest potential.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Dimitri Devyatkin – February 2017 Short Screenplay Winner

Winning Screenplay – BOOM
Written by Dimitri DevyatkinCAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Andrea Meister
HIKER – Gabriel Cameron
VOICE – Brian Carleton

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy

A hiker suffers a terrible fall and tries to reason with God.


Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

Life, death, reason, religion, belief.

What genres does your screenplay under?

Mind-bursting, philosophical, poetic entertainment, comedy

How would you describe this script in two words?

A “few matters” to clear up!

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

This screenplay is exactly designed to be a 1 page film. It can give two actors a chance to perform really deep roles, requiring passion and vibrant meaning. It is built like a Japanese Haiku. Please invite two truly passionate actors to perform the roles!

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

Modern Times, Day at the Races

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

All my life

How many stories have you written?

30+

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

experiences in my own life – seeing life and death, realizing how fragile our existence is.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

None

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Film making, media projects, peace and justice on Earth.

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

This is now the 4th play I’ve submitted. I have yet to hear any feedback and would deeply appreciate hearing from any of you! Plus or minus, good or bad. Anything! Please send comments or critique. I will happily call or communicate with you more with my feedback as well/ if you like!

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
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Deepa Dharmaraj – February 2017 Short Screenplay Winner

Winning Screenplay – LATE NIGHT
Written by Deepa DharmarajCAST LIST:JESSY – Andrea Meister
NARRATOR – Cynthia Crofoot

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Thriller

In a late night, a lady walks alone in lonely street. She turns and sees as she feels someone is following her. At that time, suddenly a guy comes and stands in front of her. The guy is affected by autism .His hands are flapping, head is rolling. As soon as she sees the guy, she screams and runs from that place. She sees a taxi and she goes in that taxi. At last she realizes the taxi driver is psycho killer.


Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

In a late night, a lady walks alone in lonely street and when she sees autism affected guy, she screams and runs from that place and gets caught to a psycho killer.

What genres does your screenplay under?

Thriller

How would you describe this script in two words?

Thriller twist

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It is related to women safety.

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

X-MEN

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

One day.

How many stories have you written?

20 stories, three long screenplays

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

Being a woman, I want to make a screenplay related to women safety and being a doctor, I included an autism affected character.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

None.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

film direction, dance

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

I could see many writers are getting chance to prove their talents through LA Feedback film festival! This influenced me to enter this festival! I felt really very happy when I received good feedback!

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

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Todd A Jackson – February 2017 Short Screenplay Winner

Watch the February 2017 Winning LGBT Screenplay.

Winning Screenplay – 5 THINGS NOT TO FEED A BABY
Written by Todd JacksonCAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Geoff Mays
MIKE – Philip Krusto
DAVIS – Casey Estey
SUSAN – Ursina Luther
TIMOTHY – John Lester Phillips

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Sci-Fi, Comedy, Thriller

After being rejected for adoption multiple times, partners, Davis and Michael, put their parenting ability to the test when a baby is left on their doorstep Halloween night. While Davis wants to prove his ability to be a good father, Michael doesnèt want anything to do with the it after discovering it is actually an infant werewolf.

Get to know the writer:

What is your short screenplay on the cartoon “POPEYE” about?

“5 Things NOT to Feed A Baby” is about Michael and Davis, a loving couple looking to adapt their first child and facing the difficulties of inequality in the adoption system. After being turned down for adoption multiple times, their dream of being fathers may be answered when an infant is left on their doorstep. That is, until the infant turns out to be a baby werewolf. While attempting to tame the tiny beast, Michael and Davis learn how to come together as parents and find that the rewards of parenting are the same, regardless of a child’s unique attributes.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

This screenplay falls under comedy and science fiction.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

To help others see gay parenting in a different light. Parenting comes along with its own challenges. No need to introduce inequality. Being a parent shouldn’t come with the labels of “gay” or “straight”. This screenplay addresses that subject, but in a way that is fun and different. In the end, it doesn’t matter if the baby is a werewolf, just as it doesn’t matter if the parents are gay.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Werewolf parenting.

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

I have seen Jurassic Park so many times that I can recite every line with perfect delivery. In fact, that movie sparked my passion for writing. I started by writing my own short stories that revolved around dinosaur adventures on Isla Nublar!

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

The idea came to me over a year ago and when I sat down to actually write the script, it took about 2 months of writing, rewrites, and critiquing.

How many stories have you written?

I have written a ton of short novels. I have been writing since I could read. In regards to film, I have probably written about 10 short film scripts, 3 short stage plays, and 2 television pilots. My next goal is to tackle a full-length feature script!

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

When the idea came to me, I thought the concept would be so much fun to write. I had pictured how my boyfriend and I would react in the same “werewolf infant” scenario. As I began writing and researching, I realized that I could take this crazy idea and really be able to deliver a meaningful message.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

My biggest obstacle was sticking to my message without slapping it in everyone’s face. I wanted it to be clear, but I also wanted to maintain a story that was fun and heartwarming. I also wanted to make sure the comedic elements delivered and everyone understood my awkward sense of humor!

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I am passionate about television, music, and photography. I absolutely love watching and getting entranced by great television writing. I also don’t know what I would do without music. In fact, singing karaoke is something I am totally obsessed with as well. I’ve recently gotten into nature photography and it is so fun capturing little pieces of the world we live in.

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

I entered the festival because I got really great feedback from my peers regarding my story. I have never entered a film festival, but I really wanted to enter an LGBT festival to reach others with my script. After finding the LGBT Toronto Film Festival and reading really great things, I knew I found the right place, so I submitted my work. After hearing back I was ecstatic and so happy that they took the time out of their day to not only read my story, but offer feedback. I am constantly looking to improve my craft and it was wonderful to get personalized criticism in such a positive manner.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson