Winning Feature Screenplay – THE LAST PRISON by Richard Geiwitz

Watch the Winning AUGUST 2017 Screenplay. 

Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy,

Judith, known as the “Mother Creator” by her robots, faces a takeover when the robots feel they are not being treated fairly.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Val Cole
Judith: Mandy May Cheetham
R-14: Angelica Alejandro
Reeve: Ryan Yusep
Alain: Peter Mark Raphael
Joshua: Allan Michael Brunet

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

The story follows Judith, a robotics genius who designed and programmed robots to mine a moon of Saturn, which is uninhabitable to man. The bots are designed to think independently and problem-solve. There are three series: administrative, worker and repair. The workers begin to resent their assigned role. They want more input into running the colony. The administrators disagree, citing their assigned programs. There’s a worker’s strike, exports stop and Judith is sent to face her creations, wondering if they are now smarter than she.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

The main genre is Sci-Fi, but social and political as well.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

 This screenplay should be made into a movie because it will be an entertaining drama set in another world, while also being thought-provoking. It looks into the future of man versus machine, creator versus creation, but also takes a look at society today.

How would you describe this script in two words?

 Frighteningly possible.

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

 “Network,” the most visionary film of all time.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

 It was written in the mid-eighties. If I recall correctly, it took about 6-8 months. My inability to land an agent put it on the shelf for a long time. I converted it into a novella, but didn’t sell it. I recently turned it back into a screenplay, updating certain technical aspects and reworking dialogue. Maybe the third time is the charm.

How many stories have you written?

I’ve written ten feature screenplays, three short scripts and two treatments. So, far, they’ve won or placed in 71 contests. There are a few other scripts from the past I might update along with new projects in the works.

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

 “Pride” – U2

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

 Technical issues. Computers, programs and robotics were different in the 1980s when this was first written. Researching the recent rewrite was fascinating. Also, creating the future as envisioned today. Of course, this is a more social issue story than scientific. So putting the Bible and Plato’s Republic into outer space was interesting.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I love Asian culture, philosophy and architecture. I’m fascinated by the Feng Shui design of ancient cities in China and Japan. I love watching movies and TV series from around the world, stories you can’t find in Hollywood.

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

It’s easy to use and actually fun, like shopping on Amazon. There are a lot of festivals to choose from. It’s easy to search for festivals and the many filters save a lot of time.

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

I’ve always liked the feedback. It really points out what needs another look. Other scripts I’ve entered haven’t won, so I was completely shocked when this one did. I had to read the email a couple extra times before I believed it.

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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

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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

 

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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

Best Scene Reading of TURN THE TABLES, by Dale Baker and Herschel Medlin

Winning Screenplay – TURN THE TABLES
Written by Dale Baker and Herschel Medlin

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Frances Townend
EMCEE – Peter Mark Raphael
CARL – Jonah Akler-Silliman
JOE – Christopher Huron
HENRY – Charles Gordon

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Music, turntables, big hair, brawls, girls, and revenge are just a few words to describe this story of Generation X. Turn the Tables is the bare-knuckle yet hilarious flashback tale of love lost, again and again, like the scratches on a 12″ vinyl record.


Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

High school mobile DJ’s Travis and Carl set their sights on the DJ World Championship, while heartache, complicated home lives, and a rival DJ crew are all hell-bent on their destruction.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Drama/Coming of Age

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Music is enjoyed by nearly everyone in the world. Nearly all your memories from your life have a soundtrack of the era attached to them. This film would show the background on how that soundtrack is delivered while keeping non DJ enthusiasts entertained.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Generation X.

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

Aliens (1986)/Can’t Buy Me Love (1987)

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Part time, off and on for several years.

How many stories have you written?

Six. (Not just screenplays)

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

ACDC-Back in Black
Van Halen – Unchained

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Receiving feedback and making changes to the script. It is constantly under construction. With co-writers, many times it is a struggle to come to a consensus on how a scene will play out. Many hours went into these brainstorming sessions.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Camping. Shooting guns.

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

The feedback that we received was very insightful and it let us know that we still had a lot of work to do.

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

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Casting: Sean Ballantyne

Winning TV PILOT Reading – WHEN THE WORLD WAS SQUARE, by Irwin Greenstein

Winning Screenplay – WHEN THE WORLD WAS SQUARE
Written by Irwin Greenstein

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Frances Townend
NEAL – Peter Mark Raphael
ALLEN – Jonah Akler-Silliman
JACK – Christopher Huron
CAROLYN – Vanessa Quagliara
HENRY – Charles Gordon
SHEILA Kayla Farris

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Romance, Drama, LGBT

A moody, intense drama about the Beat Generation of writers during their time in San Francisco. Focusing on Allen Ginsberg, this pilot tells the story of their tragically entwined lives as they struggle with the responsibility and tediumof a “normal” life and try to recapture their identity.

What is your TV Pilot screenplay about?

Their fierce appetites for sex, drugs and freedom of expression push Beat icons Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and Neal Cassady to defy taboos of repressive 1950s America and ignite the anti-establishment insurgence that still makes headlines today.

Why should this screenplay be made into a TV show?

Commercially, “When the World was Square” presents the flip-side of Mad Men — the unrefined and raw sexuality and hipster fashions that have been largely ignored. Creatively, it presents and birth of America’s gay rights movement and pivot point toward the individual freedoms of expression we now enjoy.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Sexy and addictive.

What TV show do you keep watching over and over again?

Black Sails

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

About 2 years.

How many stories have you written?

In terms of fiction, I’ve written my fair share of unproduced screenplays and unpublished novels — combined I would say about 10. But I’m a professional writer and I write non-fiction every day that’s available to me, so my output is very high.

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

Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon.”

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Facing the challenge of integrating the research and history of the Beats into a compelling, structured narrative. You want to remain true to the original souls but at the same time portray their lives in a commercial and prescribed format.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Sports cars. It’s an expensive habit. Right now I have an old Porsche. Don’t ask about the repair bills. But drop the top on a beautiful day here in South Georgia and the experience is all worth it.

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

I would say it’s the dream of every aspiring screenwriter to see their work performed by people passionate about their craft, and short of a full-blown production a table read is really inspiring. The feedback was great. I took it all to heart and a few weeks laters ended up with a much-improved version.

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

In retrospect, I would urge you all to stay in medical school. Short of that, strive for originality because even if you find yourself eventually drifting into commercial trends at least you would have started in place that’s true to yourself.


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

Editor: John Johnson

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Casting: Sean Ballantyne

FAMILY SHORT Screenplay: TWO GEESE AND A LADY GIRAFFE by Chanda Walker

Watch the winning kids writing family screenplay for 2017.

Winning Screenplay – TWO GEESE AND A LADY GIRAFFE
Written by Chanda Walker

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – John Fray
JEFF – Brian Carleton
VALERIE – Andrea Meister
ELVIS – Gabriel Cameron
LADY GIRAFFE – Cynthia Crofoot
GRANDMA – Victoria Urquhart
HARRY – Peter Mark Raphael

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Family

Talking animals teach children various basic concepts on a playground, such as the alphabet.

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

2 GEESE AND LADY GIRAFFE is about two siblings who wants to go to the park with their grandmother, and comes across surprising adventures.

What genres does your screenplay under?

It would be kids.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Fun-loving.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It’s a great screenplay because it teaches a lot. During the summer months sometimes kids forget what was taught in school. The key here is keeping small kids on track with the curriculum taught at school, while still having fun.

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

Friday the 13th. Every now and then I watch scary movies.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

For a while on and off.

How many stories have you written?

All together ten.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I love kids.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

None, as a writer I make time.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I like reading.

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

I was influenced by the many festivals. I think they are good. The feedback was wonderful. It strengthens you as a writer. I was so happy and excited with the last feedback results I received. Thanks wildsound studios.


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

Best Scene from 3 FAMILIES Screenplay Written by J.D. Poland

Watch the Winning September 2016 Best Scene Screenplay Reading.

Best Scene from 3 FAMILIES Screenplay
Written by J.D. Poland

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Romantic Comedy

At its heart, it’s about unselfish love along with the challenges of cultivating integrity and bravery, given internal limitations and external pressures.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Julian Ford
FIONA – Alicia Payne
VIRGINIA – Katelyn Varadi
PAUL – Peter Mark Raphael
THOMAS- Nick Hendrick Wicht
VINCENT – Kheon Clarke

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

At its heart, it’s about unselfish love along with the challenges of cultivating integrity and bravery, given internal limitations and external pressures.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

It’s a screwball romantic comedy.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It’s fun for all ages. While it has universal appeal, it has particular appeal to a large, but under-served demographic: Asians. And it portrays strong, intelligent women.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Fast-moving romp. Is that 3 words?

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

When I was 8, I talked my parents into letting me see Star Wars 8 times. I slipped a few Star Wars references into the B-story.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

The idea came to me about a year ago. I spent 6 months letting it rattle around in my head, 3 weeks creating an outline, and 3 weeks in Kathmandu, Nepal, writing the first draft. It’s the second screenplay I’ve written in Kathmandu.

How many stories have you written?

I’ve got 4 features and 4 shorts under my belt.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

A funny thought and time on my hands.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Writing in Kathmandu has its obstacles, but that’s part of the reason why I like to write there. Because of power-rationing, there’s only electricity for a few hours a day. So I can write while there’s power and while I have battery left. And WIFI is unreliable at the budget guesthouses I prefer. But those limitations impose a discipline and urgency that I struggle to maintain in a more developed country. Probably my greatest obstacle was maintaining my sense of humor in the face of the destruction caused by the earthquake…and no tandoori thanks to India holding up gas shipments. Nepal without tandoori is like sex without orgasm.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Business analysis and Buddhism – basically anything beginning with a B.

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

Good advice? Let’s see. Always begin with the end in mind. Make sure there’s a point to your story (and you know what that is). Outlining is super helpful. And when you’re finally ready to hammer out the first draft, try to create an environment/routine that encourages discipline and a sense of urgency.

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne