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A veteran on the rebound from war, finds himself in the midst of a galactic struggle for the soul of the universe.

Genre: Sci-Fi, Drama, War


Marrt: Isaiah Kolundzic
Breeta: Erica Levene
Chloe the Sheep: Cari Haim
Narration: Esther Thibault
Cornelius: Gabriel Darku
Captain Tek: Julie Sheppard
Sessi Obre: Charles Gordon


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

Festival Moderators: Kierston Drier, Shepsut Wilson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Kyle Drier, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Mary Cox, Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Hugh Fraser, Andy Camp, Aser Santos Jr., Zack Arch


Winning DIVERSITY Short Screenplay: BUREAU 121 by Helene Taylor

Genre: Romance, Thriller

A North Korean hacker must decide between defection and love or family and life as a cyber warfare terrorist.


Mother: Julie C. Sheppard
Jin’s Father: Peter Nelson
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Jin: John Leung
Min-Seo: Pearl Ho
General: Twain Ward

Writer Biography

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Helene Taylor Writer Biography

Helene Taylor has worked in front and behind the scenes in the film and television industry for over fifteen years. Her first screenplay writing project she wrote in her teens won a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation mentorship, she moved on to writing a small environmental television program for Delta Cable TV and won a Canadian Cable Television Award (Producer) for Best PSA.

Helene lived in the New York City area for fifteen years and in that time worked on a variety of student films, short film projects, features and television series.

She graduated LAByrinth Theater Company’s Master program sharpening her playwright skills with teachers such as George C. Wolfe, Jose Rivera (Motorcycle Diaries) and is Alumni of Atlantic Theater Acting School. Helene’s most recent project, DISCORD (short film) is with co-writer Jax Smith (Leo Award Winner) and co-producer Ashley Alexander under her production company Orange Knapsack Productions Ltd.

She studies writing with Gotham Writers Workshops, the Academy of Film Writing Masters Program and is enrolled in Capilano University’s Creative Writing Associates Degree Program. Her website details her writing projects and background: http://www.bigapplechick.com

Writer Statement

Writers Notes: Short Film. Eleven Minutes. A glimpse of the life of hacker Jin, based on the very real Bureau 121 group. He’s in love but can he leave what he knows and get past the realities of modern day technology and how dictated the western world is to it? He may be a hacker, but being locked in rooms destroying technology isn’t the same as living a regular life in the western world surrounded by it. Is it worth the risk to defect causing his family back home potential harm? The writer wanted to illustrate this contrast and the mental obstacles facing those who have been trained to love country before themselves. A stark visual contrast between a North Korea apartment and the modernness of an upscale, technology savvy Vancouver hotel.


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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

Winning Short Screenplay: WHERE I’M LEFT by Annaliese von der Burg

Genre: Drama

This is a short film dealing with suicide and how it affects the loved ones left behind still searching for answers. How you can love someone so much, but sometimes everything isn’t always enough to save someone.


Man: John Leung
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Grace: Pearl Ho
Kaya: Julie C. Sheppard


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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

Watch the Winning FEATURE Screenplay for October 2016

Written by Cate Carson


Genre: Family, Drama, Fantasy

After losing her mother, a vexed 9 y.o. girl discovers a dream machine hidden in her deaf father’s workshop, but an unexpected friendship with a quirky boy becomes the real cure to her loneliness.


NARRATOR – Michelle Alexander
CHARLOTTE – Katelyn Varadi
OLIVER – Gabriel Darku
MS. GRAY – Sandy Kellerman
OLDER CHARLOTTE – Julie C. Sheppard
OLDER OLIVER – Rikki Wright

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

After losing her mother, a vexed 8 y.o. girl discovers a dream machine hidden in her deaf father’s workshop, but an unexpected friendship with a quirky boy becomes the real cure to her loneliness.

What genres does your screenplay under?


Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Everyone experiences grief and everyone needs love to heal. This film is one that can speak to all ages and will bring audiences on an adventure while making them laugh and cry, but most importantly – feel.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Quirky and endearing

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

Liar Liar, Forrest Gump and either the Die Hard series or Lethal Weapon series. This is a very tough question.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Two years

How many stories have you written?

Probably around 10

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I heard of someone named Charlotte Sometimes, fell in love with it and built a character and story around it.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Making sure the whimsical fantasy elements aligned well with the real world. Making sure everything had a purpose. I was grateful for the extensive feedback from this festival because it helped me more critically analyze and fix this portion of my screenplay.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I am also a director, actor and producer. I own a company called Sensorium Pictures. Besides film I love creating other types of art, photography, the outdoors and am passionate about finding my place as a humanitarian. I have always wanted to help people and telling their stories is only one avenue for doing that.

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

Write and keep writing. Try to show your work to people who are better than you. There will always be someone with value to add. Submitting to a few festivals with script feedback can be a tremendous help – especially after you have exhausted your inner circle and want fresh eyes. Your friends and family count only if they know what they’re talking about.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson