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Winning Short Screenplays for April 2018

Watch readings of the winning screenplays performed by professional actors:

ACTORIN THE WOODS – Short Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Rachel Greenhoe
ACTORSEEKER – Family Short Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Kaitlyn Kowalski
ACTORRAY IN SPACE – Sci-Fi Short Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by John Celona
ACTORINFINITE NOT BEYOND – 1pg. Short Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by T.J. Peters

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

Director: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: Kimberly Villarruel
Camera Operator: Mary Cox

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Winning Feature Screenplay for April 2018

Watch readings of the winning screenplays performed by professional actors:

ACTORPREY FOR THE DAY – Feature Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Richard M. Kjeldgaarad

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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

SHORT Screenplay Reading – EVERYONE HAS THEIR DEMONS, by Dustin Prince

Watch the August 2017 Winning Short Screenplay.

Genre: Thriller, Comedy

The willpower of a recovering alcoholic is put to the test when he takes shelter from the apocalypse in a sports bar.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Hugh Ritchie
John: Nick Wicht
Luke: David Occhipinti
Pop Star: Michael Lake
Business Woman: Alicia Payne

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

One man’s struggle to stay sober against all odds.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Comedy/sci-fi

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

All characters has a strong presence.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Risk/Reward

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

The Punisher

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Two days to write and one to revise.

How many stories have you written?

Nine.

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

Arctic Monkeys- when the sun goes down

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Finding the proper ending.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Sometimes passionate with my wife….if I’m lucky.

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

To receive proper and helpful feedback that we actually put to good use. Thank you!

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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

WILDsound Announces its May 2017 Screenplay Winners (20 in total)

Watch the winning screenplays for May 2017 performed by professional actors:

Submit your screenplay to the festival today at http://www.wildsoundfestival.com

20 Winners for May 2017:

2 Feature Screenplays:

MARVEL ZOMBIES, by Christopher J. Valin
THE FLIGHT OF THE SOULS, by Guy Quigley

2 TV Screenplays:

FAUK MY LIFE, by Stephanie Neroes
SUPERNATURAL TV Spec, by Bonnie Bonaduce

3 Short Screenplays:

MARRIAGE COUNSELING 101, by Mark Engberg
THE VOLUNTEER, by Christopher Michael
CLOCKWORK, by Eric Hackler

3 1st Scene Screenplays:

TRISKEL, by Brian K. Palmer
MY GUARDIAN ANGEL, by Philip Naiman
THROUGH A GLASS CEILING, by Richard Geiwitz

10 Best Scene Screenplays:

BEDLAM ON THE RAILS, by Wayne E. Johnson
AMERICAN INDIAN UPRISING, by Allen Cody
FOUR IN THE DOOR, by Alan & Linda Barley
TASTE MY REVENGE, by Dimitri Devyatkin
BRAD ACTUALLY, by Jeremy Bonali & Alex Quinn
FIEND, by Andrew Samuelsen
A SECRET JOURNEY, by Gary A. Piazza
THE ALIBI, by Wendy Appelbaum
ALL OF THEIR COLORS, by Leonidas Vyzas Asimakopoulos
INFINITY’S EDGE, by Anthony M. Dionisio

Jeff York – January 2017 Feature Screenplay Winner

Winning Feature Screenplay for January 2017.

INCURABLE
Written by Jeff YorkCAST LIST:NARRATOR – Hugh Ritchie
JIM – Robert Notman
CATHERINE – Victoria Kucher
SARAH – Olivia Jon
DR. NEUBER – Julie Sheppard
GABRIEL – David Occhipinti

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Horror, Thriller, Romance

Jim has ALS. Feeling he has no hope, he wants to end it all. Then he meets Catherine – who is a Vampire!

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

INCURABLE is about Jim Reed, a man in his early 30’s, with his whole life ahead of him, who is stricken with ALS. He contemplates suicide to avoid the painful death sentence that the disease usually is, but then he meets Catherine Adler, a woman whom he will soon discover is a vampire. They fall for each other and then Jim decides to let Catherine bite him to give eternal life and thwart his ALS forever. Of course, becoming a vampire is not that easy and that’s where the drama ensues. Jim discovers that there’s a whole helluva lot more to his new lease on life, as well as his relationship with Catherine.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Because it deals with vampires it readily falls into the horror category, but it is also a romantic drama as it really examines the relationship that develops between Jim and Catherine. I’d also argue that it has an indie character study feel to it as it is far from the typical violence and gore found in the horror genre. INCURABLE is more head and heart than than blood and guts.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

INCURABLE is a more unique horror tale for the reasons I listed previously, but also because of the unique proposition that enables Jim to accept Catherine’s offer to turn him. Because she’s rich and gets her blood supply from the black market, Jim will not have to kill anyone to sustain his vampirism. I’ve never encountered the idea of murder taken off the table in a vampire tale.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Character-driven horror.

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

“Jaws” is my favorite film of all time, and truly set the template for INCURABLE in that it too was a character-driven piece that had thrills and chills, yes, but it never lost sight of the complex humans in battle with the shark.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

It took three months to write originally, with a few months of rewrites after that incorporating reader’s notes, friends’ opinions, contest feedback, etc. From there, it did very well in contests, but I’ve always tweaked it along the way. As the saying goes, you’re never really done rewriting until the film is in the can!

How many stories have you written?

I’ve written nine movie screenplays, two TV series pilots and pitches, and a theatrical play. (I also write a movie blog and am a film critic, but those are different stories!)

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I love horror but often found myself cheering for the monster to defeat the stupid characters being pursued. It occurred to me that the genre needed more complex storytelling as well as characters. I’ve always been a fan of vampire lore as well, and wondered if one could be a vampire without killing. The idea of a rich vampire who didn’t have to kill for blood, who could buy it on the black market instead, came to me shortly after that.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Editing. Writing isn’t difficult for me, but honing, polishing, editing, really examining every word – that is a lot of work. And it’s a challenging and incredibly detailed kind of intricate surgery as well.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I am passionate about movies, the arts, cats, animal rights, and politics, those less so these days with Trump’s victory. I worry we’re going into some very dark days ahead.

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

I loved that such an organization felt a similar passion for horror. And that winning entries would be read by actors and filmed for all to see! I’ve always loved table reads. Also, the feedback I received from the festival was terrific. And I rewrote INCURABLE to reflect the terrific suggestions.

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

Be patient. Writing takes time. Connecting with people who can help you with your scripts takes time. Waiting for someone to find the money to greenlight your script will likely take a lot of time. Thus, enjoy being a writer no matter what the outcome, and if you’re lucky to get your work on the big screen remember that’s the icing on the cake, not the whole cake.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editing: John Johnson


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2016 Winning Short Screenplays

Watch the 103 winning short screenplays performed by professional actors in the 2016 season.

WATCH the best of script readings
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – BLOOD DRIVE
December 2016 Reading
Written by Myka J. Friscia
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – SUNDAY DRIVE
December 2016 Reading
Written by Paige Brien
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – BUREAUCRACY
December 2016 Reading
Written by Sharmini Kumar
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – CARE AND CLEANING
December 2016 Reading
Written by Robin Kenny
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – FORGIVENESS
December 2016 Reading
Written by Michael Adrian Lockett
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – HANGING OUT IN MALAYSIA
December 2016 Reading
Written by Wolfgang Schuler
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – LAST MINUTE
December 2016 Reading
Written by Ray Salazar
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – LAST RITES
December 2016 Reading
Written by Martin Keady
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – LITTLE GIRL BRIDE
December 2016 Reading
Written by Kris Pajarito
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – MISCHIEF AND THE MYSTIC
December 2016 Reading
Written by Michael Gavino
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – THE THREE LODGERS
December 2016 Reading
Written by Bayo Baker
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – JANE’S INNER VOICE
December 2016 Reading
Written by Ian Wilson
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – MYSTIC MORNING
December 2016 Reading
Written by Craig Fleming
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – REASONS UNKNOWN
December 2016 Reading
Written by Nicholas Failla
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – SAY YOU’RE SORRY
December 2016 Reading
Written by Despina Moraitou
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – TABITHA SPEAKS
December 2016 Reading
Written by John Gigrich
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – THE LAW OF PUNCTUALITY
December 2016 Reading
Written by Joy Lin
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – SCAR
December 2016 Reading
Written by Joy Lin
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – THE PINCH
December 2016 Reading
Written by Claire Brown
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – THE PINE CONE
December 2016 Reading
Written by Dimitri Devyatkin
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – THE SAND AND WATER OF STYX
December 2016 Reading
Written by Peer Ynt
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – VERONICA
December 2016 Reading
Written by Craig Griffiths
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – A LITTLE BIT OF HEAVEN
December 2016 Reading
Written by Stephanie Thompson
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – COLLAPSE
December 2016 Reading
Written by David Sweet
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – CURIOUS BUDDIES
December 2016 Reading
Written by Janet Caulfied
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – DELI DILEMMA
December 2016 Reading
Written by Jim Norman
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – THE PROVING GROUNDS
December 2016 Reading
Written by Michael Boyd
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – BARGAIN
December 2016 Reading
Written by David Brin
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – A DAY AT THE BEACH
December 2016 Reading
Written by Todd Gordon
ACTORSHORT Screenplay (Under 5pg.) – FORGIVENESS
November 2016 Reading
Written by Sherwin Allen
ACTORSHORT Screenplay (Under 5pg.) – EXORCISE
November 2016 Reading
Written by Matt Holland
ACTORSHORT Screenplay (Under 5pg.) – BASTURD
November 2016 Reading
Written by Michael Egan
ACTORSHORT Screenplay (Under 5pg.) – BRAZILIAN FANTASY
November 2016 Reading
Written by Melissa L White
ACTORSHORT Screenplay (Under 5pg.) – CASABLANCA SLING
November 2016 Reading
Written by Naomi Lewis
ACTORSHORT Screenplay (Under 5pg.) – CLOSURE
November 2016 Reading
Written by Devin Klos
ACTORSHORT Screenplay (Under 5pg.) – COMMENCEMENT
November 2016 Reading
Written by Dan Borengasser
ACTORSHORT Screenplay (Under 5pg.) – EMPATHY IN THE ELEVATOR
November 2016 Reading
Written by Keith Makenas
ACTORSHORT Screenplay (Under 5pg.) – GINGER BIG DOG
November 2016 Reading
Written by Jimena Cari?as
ACTORSHORT Screenplay (Under 5pg.) – THE LAST ANNIVERSARY DINNER
November 2016 Reading
Written by Patrick Coleman Duncan
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – THE TEACHER
October 2016 Reading
Written by Josh Goodman
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – WHAT’S IN A NAME
October 2016 Reading
Written by Ted Stanley
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – HAPPY LITTLE PILLS
October 2016 Reading
Written by Kennedy Erin
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – SYMPATHY
October 2016 Reading
Written by Steven Sinnenberg
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – THE STRUGGLE
October 2016 Reading
Written by Janice Kennedy
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – THE MIDDLING CLASS
October 2016 Reading
Written by Amanda J. Bermudez
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – PRIME SUSPECT
October 2016 Reading
Written by Adam Dwyer
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – THE FALL
October 2016 Reading
Written by Alix Kruntorad
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – MONKEY MODEL
October 2016 Reading
Written by Barry Brennessel
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – I NEVER KNOCK
October 2016 Reading
Written by John Ervin
ACTORLONG SHORT Screenplay – TOGETHER
October 2016 Reading
Written by Jade Syed-Bokhari
ACTORLONG SHORT Screenplay – THE SON, THE FATHER
October 2016 Reading
Written by Lukas Hass
ACTORLONG SHORT Screenplay – NOTE TO SELF
October 2016 Reading
Written by Humayun Mirza
ACTORLONG SHORT Screenplay – CUCKOLD PICASSO
October 2016 Reading
Written by James R. Adams II and Lance Larson
ACTORLONG SHORT Screenplay – THE MIGHTY BIRD
October 2016 Reading
Written by Brian Gililland
ACTORSHORT Story – WATERMELON EATING CONTEST
October 2016 Reading
Written by Teri B. Clark
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – IF I DIE
September 2016 Reading
Written by Jean Nicole Rivers
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – TRUE REGRET
September 2016 Reading
Written by Matt Kasper
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – JULIE & ROM
September 2016 Reading
Written by Behzad Sedghi
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – PLEASE HOLD
September 2016 Reading
Written by Tricia Stewart Shiu
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – WHAT IT FEELS LIKE
September 2016 Reading
Written by Travis Calvert
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – THE GOAL
September 2016 Reading
Written by Jeremy Rigby
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – RAGING LOVE
September 2016 Reading
Written by Kevin Mongelli
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – SAMMY’S PARROT
September 2016 Reading
Written by Dimitri Devyatkin
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – SAFE WORD
September 2016 Reading
Written by Darren Coyle
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – GLORIOUS
September 2016 Reading
Written by Brent Beath
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – BLAME GAME
September 2016 Reading
Written by Sonny Dyon
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – PARTNERS
September 2016 Reading
Written by Rupert Aspden
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – TO KILL GANDHI
September 2016 Reading
Written by James M. Freeman
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – DRAC S CAFE
August 2016 Reading
Written by Scot Walker
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – SOMETHING UNDER THE BED
August 2016 Reading
Written by Scott Pittock
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – DELTA SELECTION
August 2016 Reading
Written by Marty Smith
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – VESTIGES OF A LIFE
August 2016 Reading
Written by Christopher Willis
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – DESPERATE CROSSING
August 2016 Reading
Written by Thomas Thorpe
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – ROUGH SLEEPER
August 2016 Reading
Written by Stephen M. Hunt
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – MATCHSTICK
August 2016 Reading
Written by Mike Fardy
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – RED DOT
August 2016 Reading
Written by Mark Richards
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – THE CONFESSIONAL
August 2016 Reading
Written by Jeremy Rigby
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – THE BLUE DRESS
July 2016 Reading
Written by Dave Riese
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – TREED
July 2016 Reading
Written by Sally Spitzli
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – FIRE!
July 2016 Reading
Written by Steve Biggs
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – THE FACTS OF LIFE
July 2016 Reading
Written by Chris Beadnell
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – STRANGER
July 2016 Reading
Written by Jason Smith
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – THE TRENCH
July 2016 Reading
Written by Chris Beadnell
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – PRO-PETE
July 2016 Reading
Written by Julie Merrick
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – MATERNAL FEAR
July 2016 Reading
Written by Stephen Milek
ACTORShort Screenplay – DEATH�S LADY LOVE
June 2016 Reading
Written by Stephen M. Hunt
ACTORShort Screenplay – LESS THAN HOMELESS
June 2016 Reading
Written by Allan B. Hill
ACTORShort Screenplay – OZARK
June 2016 Reading
Written by Craig Mrock
ACTORShort Screenplay – SCENARIO 957
May 2016 Reading
Written by Amy E. Jones
ACTORShort Screenplay – CARRION
May 2016 Reading
Written by Karen Palmer
ACTORShort Screenplay – FIFTY FIVE SECONDS
May 2016 Reading
Written by Kwasi Mensah
ACTORShort Screenplay – CUTTING REMARKS
May 2016 Reading
Written by Erin Richardson
ACTORShort Screenplay Screenplay – WALL IN THE GARDEN
April 2016 Reading
Written by Thorsten Loos
ACTORShort Screenplay – GARY’S GIRLS
April 2016 Reading
Written by Mckenzie Trent
ACTORShort Screenplay – LEROY’S DREAM
March 2016 Reading
Written by Diarra McCormick
ACTORShort Screenplay – BEST INTERESTS
March 2016 Reading
Written by James M. Freeman
ACTORShort Screenplay – LOVES LABORS LOST
February 2016 Reading
Written by Stanley Eisenhammer
ACTORShort Screenplay – COMPLICIT
February 2016 Reading
Written by Andrew L. Schwartz
ACTORShort Screenplay – ANIMAL SKINS
February 2016 Reading
Written by Bryan Ott
ACTORShort Screenplay – FOR HOPE
February 2016 Reading
Written by Cindy Lee
ACTORShort Screenplay – TURN ON DESIRE
February 2016 Reading
Written by Lauren Hoekstra
ACTORShort Screenplay – US NAVY CINE-KODAK
January 2016 Reading
Written by Stephen M. Hunt
ACTORShort Screenplay – THE NEW NEIGHBORS
January 2016 Reading
Written by Filippo Santaniello