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Short Film Script – THE BROKEN KINGDOM, by Mark Renshaw

 

Genre: Comedy, Fantasy

In an alternate timeline in which Guy Fawkes blew up parliament and overthrew the English monarchy, on its anniversary half a century later, a French-American businessman finds himself on the run with Scottish Freedom Fighters after he inadvertently commits an act of heresy.

CAST LIST:

Female Reporter: Alicia Payne
Tramp/Angus: Scott McCulloch
Emilia: Lara Amersey
Narrator: Hugh Ritchie
Felix: Tim Paul McCarthy
Renee: Jane Smythe
Soldier: Rais Moui

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

Influence by Brexit and V for Vendetta, ‘The Broken Kingdom’ is set in an alternate timeline in which Guy Fawkes was successful in blowing up the houses of parliament and overthrowing the English monarchy in 1605. However, the script is set in 2018 and the story follows a French-American on a business trip in London. Here he is made to feel a stranger in a very strange land. The English landscape is a familiar one but bleak with an intolerant, isolated population. It isn’t long before our ‘hero’ finds himself in deep trouble as he accidentally commits heresy; becoming republic enemy number one. His only hope is a couple of eccentric, Scottish freedom fighters, but will Scotland prove to be any better?

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Dark comedy.

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

The story is entertaining and full of subtext, while the budget is quite reasonable. I believe people would be entertained by an adaptation of this while also recognising the comparisons with how the world is shifting in today’s weird political and social climate.

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

Political satire.

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

Probably Star Wars: A New Hope.

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

The first draft was written in two weeks as part of a challenge I took part in on a writer’s forum. Since then I tweak it as and when I get feedback.

7. How many stories have you written?

I’m a storyteller, so I’m always tinkering with stories either in my mind or on the page. I started off writing spoof stories in the 1990’s at work starring the people I work with and I haven’t stopped since.

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

I don’t really have any particular favourite, or one that has been listened to more times than others. I listen to a whole range of music, but when writing I tend to listen to orchestral soundtrack music to inspire my mews. In particular, anything by Two Steps From Hell.

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

Creating the alternate timeline. I had two weeks, one week for the backstory creation and a week for writing the script. Creating alternate history from 1605 to the present, then trying to apply that as subtly as possible to the script was incredibly difficult but such a rewarding and creative exercise.

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

I love films and TV, and not just watching them. I’ve produced several of my own scripts and I’m developing a TV series called The Nearscape.

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

Filmfreeway is a very easy to use portal to the film and screenplay competition world. They are constantly updating it to make it easier to use, more functionality etc. I think it is great. It isn’t perfect of course. Their automated process makes it a bit impersonal at times and easier for scam festivals to operate.

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

I’ve entered this festival before with a Doctor Who TV script and a short story. I was extremely pleased the subsequent table reads. The feedback is honest and constructive, which is exactly how I prefer it.

 

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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

Winning Short Screenplays for March 2018

Watch readings of the winning screenplays performed by professional actors:

ACTORSCI-FI SHORT Screenplay
March 2018 Reading
by Jade S. Bokhari
ACTORCRIME SHORT Screenplay
March 2018 Reading
by Christine Sherwood
ACTORCRIME SHORT Screenplay – WHEN THE DUST SETTLES
March 2018 Reading
by Derek W. Wright
ACTOR1pg. SHORT Screenplay
March 2018 Reading
by Marc Lalonde
ACTORSTUDENT SHORT Screenplay – DIMAGGIO
March 2018 Reading
by Taylor Zaccario

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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

Watch Highlights & Videos from the May 2017 EUROPEAN FILM FESTIVAL

AUDIENCE FESTIVAL AWARDS

Best Film: CARGO

Best Performances: STATE OF EMERGENCY

Best Cinematography: SEEDS

Best Music: The music from EAT ME!

WATCH Videos from each short that played at the festival:

STATE OF EMERGENCY MOTHERF***ER!, 5min, Belgium, Political/Satire
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterEAT ME!, 20min, Bulgaria, Drama/Musical
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterFAREWELL, 15min, Switzerland, Comedy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterSEEDS, 12min, UK, Thriller/Sci-Fi
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterfestival posterTHE ARK, 2min, France, Animation/Experimental
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterCARGO, 25min, Netherlands, Documentary/Romance
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

The EUROPEAN MAY 2017 FEEDBACK Film Festival gave our audiences simply the best of short movies from Europe.

The theme of the festival was “FOOD”.

Every film showcased has a key scene where food was involved.

This was our first official lineup of strickly films from Europe. It was an excellent curated showcase of movies in different genres and budgets from six different countries in Europe.

Long ago in late 2016 we decided to do a double festival night in May where we had a lineup of the best of European shorts one night, and a lineup of the best of Canadian shorts (both held in Toronto) on the other night. We assumed that the Canadian shorts night would sell out quickly and then we would have to work on the other night to make sure it was a full crowd.

Well the opposite happened. People eagerly RSVP’d their seats to the European Festival right away and we sold out completely (including the standby tickets) three days before the festival. While we really had a hard time getting people to come to the Canadian festival despite it being filled with local films and filmmakers.

Why is this the case? I really have no idea. I can only come to my own conclusions on the matter. My biggest assumption is that European shorts have a great reputation. They always do well at the biggest festivals and always pick up the Oscars for Best Shorts (live action, documentary, animation) every year. It is true that many countries in Europe do have a lot of grants and government incentives happening for short filmmakers, whereas in Canada that is nonexistent.

Plus, there many great film schools in Europe and the United States, which really “school” those new filmmakers into greatness. Whereas, I have to admit this, many Canadian film schools are not so good as they only teach wannabe filmmakers and not the other necessary film crew specialties like Cinematography, Editing, and Production Design.

So people in Toronto wanted to attend the European shorts twice as much as they wanted to attend shorts being showcased from their own country.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

DECEMBER 2016 1pg SHORT SCREENPLAYS

Watch the winning 1pg SHORTscreenplay readings performed by professional actors at the festival in DECEMBER 2016.

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

October 2016 – Read the best of SHORT FILM Loglines & Movie Pitches

Click the link and read the loglines: 

ABIJAHS FAIRY TALE, by Barbara Bullen
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/abijahs_fairy_tale_by_barbara_bullen.html

SURRENDER OR FIGHT, by Yves Bryant
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/surrender_or_fight_by_yves_bryant.html

SOLSTICE, by Robin CL Jennings
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/solstice_by_robin_cl_jennings.html

FOLLOW YOUR DREAM, by Vito la Giorgia
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/follow_your_dream_by_vito_la_giorgia.html

ZULU ZULU ZOMBIE, by Abdul Malik and William Fuentes
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/zulu_zulu_zombie_by_abdul_malik_and_william_fuentes.html

AN EVENTFUL PROPOSAL, by Karl Volkering
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/an_eventful_proposal_by_karl_volkering.html

Short Film Pitch: Zulu Zulu Zombie by Abdul Malik and William Fuentes

LOGLINE PITCH:

ACTORTitle: Zulu Zulu Zombie

Written by: Abdul Malik and William Fuentes

Type: Short Film

Genre: Horror-Action

Logline: A special agent of the Royal British Naval intelligence Division in a last ditch effort to save humanity from the zombie apocalypse must take control of the bridge of the Ocean liner Titanic and send it and all of its infected passengers and crew to a frozen watery grave.

Interested in this logline, please email us at info@wildsound.ca and we’ll forward your email to the writer.

Have a logline? Submit your logline to the festival for FREE Today.

Tricia Stewart Shiu – September 2016 SHORT Screenplay Winner

PLEASE HOLD
Written by Tricia Stewart Shiu
Read 10 Questions with the writer

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Julian Ford
EMILY – Alicia Payne

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Underdog Hollywood Executive Assistant battles big budget boss and receives miraculous aid from an unlikely source-a shrine to Mary Tyler Moore.


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WATCH Past Short Screenplay Readings 

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 – THE CONFESSIONAL
August 2016 Reading
Written by Tricia Stewart Shiu
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – DRAC S CAFE
August 2016 Reading
Written by Tricia Stewart Shiu
ACTORSHORT Story – THE STORM
August 2016 Reading
Written by Buffy Sammons