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HORROR Short Screenplay – THE SNEEZE, by Martin Reese

 

Genre: Horror, Fantasy

One man’s failure to exercise proper etiquette when someone sneezes leads to a case of demonic possession.

CAST LIST:

Phil: Michael Lake
Narrator: Kate Fenton
Neal: Danilo Reyes
Office Worker: Scott McCulloch

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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

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Deadline August 25th – HORROR Screenplay Festival (Save $15)

Submit via FilmFreeway, the exclusive way our festival accepts submissions.:

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Get your screenplay performed by professional actors at the Horror Festival.

The Fastest Growing HORROR Festival and Contest in the World today!

– 0ffers screenwriters at all levels the fantastic opportunity to hear their stories read aloud using TOP PROFESSIONAL ACTORS (see below for recent performance readings).

– No matter what happens, you will receive full feedback on your work by our established committee. No other place in the world will you get coverage for the price you pay.

– Even if you’re just looking for feedback of your work, this is the festival for you.

– It’s there for all to see. The proof is in the viewership. These videos garner 1000s of views online. Some of the screenplay readings are more popular than actual studio films made!

– We specialize in showcasing Horror stories and making sure that when the work is ready, the writer will benefit by at least obtaining a solid agent.

The RULES are simple:

1. Write a story. Edit the heck out of it. .

2. Email your work to horror@festivalforhorror.com   in .pdf, .doc, .wpd, .rtf, format. Or, if submitting your film, please send us a Vimeo or download link.

In the body in the email please add your:
– FULL NAME
– CITY AND COUNTRY
– TITLE OF STORY/FILM
– TYPE OF WORK (TV script, Feature script, short script)
– (optional) and a 1-2 line synopsis of your story/film.

PLEASE ADD YOUR FULL CONTACT INFO (especially email address) on the title page of your work.

3. Pay the $35 submission fee (Save $15 off regular fee) via the button here:
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WATCH Winning Horror Screenplay and Story Readings:

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Get your script and story performed by professional actors at the Horror Festival. Get your Short Film showcased at the FEEDBACK Film Festival and get a audience video.

Next Festival Dates:
July 28 2016
October 27 2016

Watch the Highlight Videos from the February 2016 Film Festival

Screenplay Readings take place every single month. Watch the 2016 Monthly Winners:

April 2016

May 2016

Read reactions from recent writers and filmmakers who have had their work showcased at the Horror Festival.

I was delighted watching the feedback video! Short movies may be shown at several festivals, but it’s not every day that the creators of those shorts get real-time feedback from a live audience. It made me really happy. Thanks for that!
– Oliver A. Dubois (Short Film, 1500 Ninos)

Thank you for getting back to me and thank you for your comments. I have just finished a re-edit of the film to tighten the timings throughout the film and remove a few of the shots that should have gone at the first edit.
– Pete Tomkies (Short Film, TEAM)

The experience at the Horror Festival is always a great one! The feedback videos are a great tool to study and learn from and actually sitting in the audience during the screening gives alot of great perspective. Our upcoming short HEIR is Co-Produced by RED SNEAKERS MEDIA, a great Toronto Film team we had the pleasure of meeting at an event during the Festival run of our previous short WORM. I’ll always remember and credit WILDsound for that opportunity to meet new collaborators!
– Richard Powell (Short Film, Familiar)

Was influenced by a random tweet from the Horror Twitter account to join the contest. After putting off contests for years (I’m very self-critical) I decided to take a chance and enter the contest. I’m happy I did!
– Kyle Jenkins (Feature Screenplay, The Fix Factor)

The audience seemed to really like the film and that validates all the effort and creativity and sacrifices you make to bring something like this into reality. You hope what you create will connect with people and it seemed like my film did that. I also appreciate how smart the comments were. Folks really got into the spirit of what “The Blood Of Love,” is about, which is: How far would you go to hold onto the person you love?
– Jeff Meyers (Short Film, The Blood of Love)

I loved how professionally other scripts were performed at the festival WILDsound and wanted to have my script read as well.
– Alison C Hall (Short Script, Walk With the Devil)

I felt very honored and then curious to hear people’e reactions.
– Gina Lee Ronhovde (Short Film, Boudoir)

I was delighted watching the feedback video! Short movies may be shown at several festivals, but it’s not every day that the creators of those shorts get real-time feedback from a live audience. It made me really happy. Thanks for that!
– Oliver A. Dubois (Short Film, 1500 Ninos)

Awards & Prizes

WATCH Winning Horror Screenplay and Story Readings:

WATCH Audience FEEDBACK Film Festival Videos:

Winners get their screenplay performed professional actors. Or, you get your short film showcased at the FEEDBACK Film Festival.

We specialize in showcasing Horror stories and making sure that when the work is ready, the writer will benefit by at least obtaining a solid agent.

Short Screenplay Reading: DEATH’S LADY LOVE, by Stephen M Hunt

Watch the June 2016 Winning Short Screenplay.

DEATH’S LADY LOVE, by Stephen M  Hunt

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Horror

Death falls in love only to find that love is a killer.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Marsha Mason
DEATH – David Strauss
BELINDA – Roselie Williamson

Get to know the winning writer:

1. What is your screenplay about?

Death was originally the arc angel Michael who gently swept away those whose time had come. This script embraces the idea of death as a gentle soul with a job to do but who longs for a human life of fulfillment through earthly love. Suddenly, death falls for a woman and then finds out that love is a killer.

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

The idea of humanizing death as a gentle soul yearning for human love is at the heart of the film “Meet Joe Black”. But in my version death has to fight for his love against overwhelming odds and that makes for a different story that needs to be filmed.

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

Inspiring, heart-warming.

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

Charles Laughton’s version of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”.

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

About four months.

6. How many stories have you written?

I’ve written 19 screenplays and 5 stage plays.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

A good screenplay must have a powerful concept at its core and the idea of death living like the man next door is a powerful, motivating concept.

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

Good formatting is essential so as usual, I had to spend a lot of time ensuring I had properly formatted work before I presented it to professional eyes.

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

Family, not least my two grandchildren.

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

WILDsound is a prestigious, well-respected festival so is one worth winning. Bad feedback is when the feedback author presents him/her self as an all-knowing guru. Good feedback inspires, which is what my WildSound feedback has always done.

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

Win screenplay competitions then go to film festivals and network by presenting yourself as a credible screenwriter with a unique own voice.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

June 2016 Winning Feature Screenplay Reading: INKED IN BLOOD, by Paul Corricelli

Watch the June 2016 Winning Feature Screenplay

INKED IN BLOOD, by Paul Corricelli

Genre: Horror

Synopsis:

A young man with a tortured past discovers that you really can go home again. To kill.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Marsha Mason
AESOP – Alan Shonfield
EDSALL/DW – Allan Michael Brunet
JASON/SEYMOUR – David Strauss
CANDICE – Roselie Williamson

Get to know writer Paul Corricelli:

1. What is your screenplay about?

INKED IN BLOOD is the story of a tortured, tattooed albino named Aesop Quarrels. Seventeen years after escaping from a living hell, he has returned to exact his revenge on all those who wronged him. One by one he will make them pay. Not only to mend the shattered pieces of his own life, but for his mother’s suffering as well.

Past horrors begin to unfold as he embarks on a twisting trail of carnage that will ultimately lead to Aesop facing the one man responsible for their suffering – his father, and in the process he will uncover a hidden family secret that threatens to tear him apart.

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

Inked In Blood has a memorable cast of characters that keep the story moving. It’s the kind of film that could develop a strong cult following. It also lends itself to a sequel and a continuing franchise.

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

Quirky and dark.

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

The Big Lebowski.

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

I actually wrote this screenplay several years ago, but wasn’t able to generate any interest in it. After letting it sit for a year and a half, I spent about four months rewriting it, and made some major changes. After entering it in a few contests I started placing in the finals of several contests, and then won a few.

6. How many stories have you written?

I have three completed screenplays, and a fourth that I’m currently rewriting. I also have a couple of shorts, and a new screenplay idea that I’m fleshing out.
7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

While writing random scenes as a writing exercise, It was the image and character of a tattooed Albino seeking revenge for the terrible things done to him in his youth that I first created. I wrote the scene with Aesop and Kim in the diner first, and felt like I had more story to tell with this character.

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

Because the story jumps around the timeline quite a bit, the biggest challenge was to keep the continuity correct. I also made an effort to keep the flashbacks to only those I felt were necessary to the story, since there are so many of them.

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

Photography. I do fine art photography on the side. I am also very interested in directing because of the photography.

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

I heard of the festival through friends and was intrigued by the live performance aspect. I was really thrilled with the feedback I received. I am always open to constructive feedback, and I’m always looking for ways to make my writing better. The feedback I got was extremely helpful and helped me to polish my story.

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

I think it’s important to have people who’s opinion you trust, and contests like this one, read your script and give you feedback. You also have to be open to new ideas and feedback. Don’t fall in love with your writing. You have to be willing to change, or cut things that don’t work. You may not always agree with the feedback you get, but it can often lead to new ideas as you work through it.

(It was feedback from a producer – who didn’t deal with my genre, that inspired me to rewrite Inked In Blood after setting it aside for far too long)

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Submit to the Horror Film & Screenplay Festival

I just wanted to write to say how much I appreciated your notes on my script. These notes were clear, precise and objective. They will be of great help to me in improving the script. It is so rare that a competition sends something like this that I wanted to say thank you. A few times I have received notes from other competitions that so obviously didn’t even read the script that these were shocking at how amazing they were. Alright, I’m gushing at how great you guys are so I’ll stop. But seriously, very helpful and thank you.
– Joe Ferrante (Feature Screenplay, Killer App.)

Get your script and story performed by professional actors at the Horror Festival. Get your Short Film showcased at the FEEDBACK Film Festival and get a audience video.

Next Festival Dates:
July 28 2016
October 27 2016

Submit via FilmFreeway:

Watch the Highlight Videos from the February 2016 Film Festival: http://festivalforhorror.com/2016/03/01/february-2016-short-film-festival-highlights/

Screenplay Readings take place every single month.

Read reactions from recent writers and filmmakers who have had their work showcased at the Horror Festival.

I was delighted watching the feedback video! Short movies may be shown at several festivals, but it’s not every day that the creators of those shorts get real-time feedback from a live audience. It made me really happy. Thanks for that!
– Oliver A. Dubois (Short Film, 1500 Ninos)

Thank you for getting back to me and thank you for your comments. I have just finished a re-edit of the film to tighten the timings throughout the film and remove a few of the shots that should have gone at the first edit.
– Pete Tomkies (Short Film, TEAM)

The experience at the Horror Festival is always a great one! The feedback videos are a great tool to study and learn from and actually sitting in the audience during the screening gives alot of great perspective. Our upcoming short HEIR is Co-Produced by RED SNEAKERS MEDIA, a great Toronto Film team we had the pleasure of meeting at an event during the Festival run of our previous short WORM. I’ll always remember and credit WILDsound for that opportunity to meet new collaborators!
– Richard Powell (Short Film, Familiar)

Was influenced by a random tweet from the Horror Twitter account to join the contest. After putting off contests for years (I’m very self-critical) I decided to take a chance and enter the contest. I’m happy I did!
– Kyle Jenkins (Feature Screenplay, The Fix Factor)

The audience seemed to really like the film and that validates all the effort and creativity and sacrifices you make to bring something like this into reality. You hope what you create will connect with people and it seemed like my film did that. I also appreciate how smart the comments were. Folks really got into the spirit of what “The Blood Of Love,” is about, which is: How far would you go to hold onto the person you love?
– Jeff Meyers (Short Film, The Blood of Love)

I loved how professionally other scripts were performed at the festival WILDsound and wanted to have my script read as well.
– Alison C Hall (Short Script, Walk With the Devil)

I felt very honored and then curious to hear people’e reactions.
– Gina Lee Ronhovde (Short Film, Boudoir)

I was delighted watching the feedback video! Short movies may be shown at several festivals, but it’s not every day that the creators of those shorts get real-time feedback from a live audience. It made me really happy. Thanks for that!
– Oliver A. Dubois (Short Film, 1500 Ninos)

Awards & Prizes

WATCH Winning Horror Screenplay and Story Readings:

WATCH Audience FEEDBACK Film Festival Videos:

Winners get their screenplay performed professional actors. Or, you get your short film showcased at the FEEDBACK Film Festival.

We specialize in showcasing Horror stories and making sure that when the work is ready, the writer will benefit by at least obtaining a solid agent.

Rules & Terms

1. Submit your short film. Submit your screenplay.

2. 100% rights to the artist. Our job is to serve filmmaker and screenwriter and help them garner more interest in their work.

Accept only films and screenplays that fit into the Horror Genre.

Submit to the Horror Film & Screenplay Festival

I just wanted to write to say how much I appreciated your notes on my script. These notes were clear, precise and objective. They will be of great help to me in improving the script. It is so rare that a competition sends something like this that I wanted to say thank you. A few times I have received notes from other competitions that so obviously didn’t even read the script that these were shocking at how amazing they were. Alright, I’m gushing at how great you guys are so I’ll stop. But seriously, very helpful and thank you.
– Joe Ferrante (Feature Screenplay, Killer App.)

Get your script and story performed by professional actors at the Horror Festival. Get your Short Film showcased at the FEEDBACK Film Festival and get a audience video.

Next Festival Dates:
July 28 2016
October 27 2016

Submit via FilmFreeway:

Watch the Highlight Videos from the February 2016 Film Festival: http://festivalforhorror.com/2016/03/01/february-2016-short-film-festival-highlights/

Screenplay Readings take place every single month.

Read reactions from recent writers and filmmakers who have had their work showcased at the Horror Festival.

I was delighted watching the feedback video! Short movies may be shown at several festivals, but it’s not every day that the creators of those shorts get real-time feedback from a live audience. It made me really happy. Thanks for that!
– Oliver A. Dubois (Short Film, 1500 Ninos)

Thank you for getting back to me and thank you for your comments. I have just finished a re-edit of the film to tighten the timings throughout the film and remove a few of the shots that should have gone at the first edit.
– Pete Tomkies (Short Film, TEAM)

The experience at the Horror Festival is always a great one! The feedback videos are a great tool to study and learn from and actually sitting in the audience during the screening gives alot of great perspective. Our upcoming short HEIR is Co-Produced by RED SNEAKERS MEDIA, a great Toronto Film team we had the pleasure of meeting at an event during the Festival run of our previous short WORM. I’ll always remember and credit WILDsound for that opportunity to meet new collaborators!
– Richard Powell (Short Film, Familiar)

Was influenced by a random tweet from the Horror Twitter account to join the contest. After putting off contests for years (I’m very self-critical) I decided to take a chance and enter the contest. I’m happy I did!
– Kyle Jenkins (Feature Screenplay, The Fix Factor)

The audience seemed to really like the film and that validates all the effort and creativity and sacrifices you make to bring something like this into reality. You hope what you create will connect with people and it seemed like my film did that. I also appreciate how smart the comments were. Folks really got into the spirit of what “The Blood Of Love,” is about, which is: How far would you go to hold onto the person you love?
– Jeff Meyers (Short Film, The Blood of Love)

I loved how professionally other scripts were performed at the festival WILDsound and wanted to have my script read as well.
– Alison C Hall (Short Script, Walk With the Devil)

I felt very honored and then curious to hear people’e reactions.
– Gina Lee Ronhovde (Short Film, Boudoir)

I was delighted watching the feedback video! Short movies may be shown at several festivals, but it’s not every day that the creators of those shorts get real-time feedback from a live audience. It made me really happy. Thanks for that!
– Oliver A. Dubois (Short Film, 1500 Ninos)