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Short Film Script – SANCTUARY CITY by Stephanie Annis

 

Genre: Animation, Adventure

Zen Ben is a shy tour guide. After witnessing the injuries of Lily Ladybug and Becky Butterfly, Zen Ben demands repairs. Repairs seem impossible after Queen Lee tricks Zen Ben with an opportunity to win the Philanthropy Awards.

CAST LIST:

Slick Rick: Tim Paul McCarthy
Lily Ladybug: Jane Smythe
Narrator: Hugh Ritchie
Queen Lee: Georgia Grant
Zen Ben: Scott McCulloch
Vicky: Lara Amersey

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

Sanctuary City, an animation story, is set inside a butterfly sanctuary. A young overseer, his sanctuary charges, and the painter/janitor come together to raise money for sanctuary repairs. When the administrator chastises, challenges, and sabotages the overseer the true higher power assists.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Metaphysical Philosophical Animation

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

The hope of this spec script is to create enough interest in order to develop a complete screenplay filled with both metaphysical and philosophical life lessons for the next generation of children watching animation theatre.

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

Civic Pride

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

The Secret

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

This script was developed during my MFA program. The complete spec script final draft was my 2017 thesis.

7. How many stories have you written?

I’ve written more than I can count. I’ve published two novels, an auto-biography, and a short book of poetry. My column in the Review-Journal & Las Vegas Business Press from 2014-2016 included the stories of varied executives and their paths to success. And, I’ve completed several scripts including the, single page, award winning comedy ‘Dab A Duck Tape’. I’m proud to say that I was also graced with the title “Best New Writer” in August 2017 at the Action on Film Festival after submitting ‘Sanctuary City’ as my submission.

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

Eminem, “Lose Yourself”

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

I was hospitalized due to exhaustion and a Type 1 Diabetes diagnosis. Living with Crohn’s Disease since I was 18 I believe I have more lives than a cat. Surviving nearly 20 surgeries inspires me to pursue this project until it’s completion.

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

I love my family, studying, and practicing yoga.

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

It’s been a good experience as an introduction to the industry.

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

I loved my first experience with wildSOUND. They performed my one page script ‘Dab A Duck Tape’ in August 2017 when I won the Festival for Comedy through a FilmFreeway submission.

 

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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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Short Film Script – A SHORT DROP AND A SUDDEN STOP, by by Margaret Dane

 

Genre: Fantasy, Drama

Peter is having a typical, banal mid-life crisis, and cannot see a way out of the mess he has made of his life. He can only see one way out, and has decided to go for the rope and hang himself.

CAST LIST:

Ariel: Alicia Payne
Narrator: Hugh Ritchie
Carmine: Rais Moui
Peter: Tim Paul McCarthy

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

Peter is having a typical, banal mid-life crisis, and cannot see a way out of the mess he has made of his life. He can only see one way out, and has decided to go for the rope and hang himself. Enter Carmine, an angel of dubious origins, probably The Bronx, who is much more gumbah than guardian. He has zero love for his charge. Peter has a mission…to end it all and Carmine has a mission…let him do it! Heaven and earth collide, and the afterlife will either begin or end in a grotty warehouse..

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Comedy/Short

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

A Short Drop and an A Sudden Stop is a light story, that will resonate with many people. The Idea of a guardian angel, being responsible for our actions is an universal experience. People always like a twist on an old theme and this story does that with the most unlikely defender of good deeds! Brooklyn is not where you would imagine an angel to come from, especially one with the foulest mouth on this side of the Atlantic! It is funny and surprising, but with just a splash of redemption!

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

Smart comedy

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

It’s A Wonderful Life (no sursprise!)

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

On and off for about a year

7. How many stories have you written?

10+

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

Baker’s Street, Gerry Rafferty

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

Myself getting in my own way, mainly

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

Teaching and writing about Yoga, family, volunteering with people with addictions

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

It is really amazing. Clear, concise, easy to use, great at notifications.

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

I love the idea that you give a filmmaker the opportunity to see their work performed in real time. This is such a boost to the future career of a filmmaker. The feedback was honest, on point and very helpful. The reader had a very good grasp on the essence of the work without shying away from constructive criticism.

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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

Short Film Script – THE SEEKER, by Kaitlyn Kowalski

 

Genre: Drama

A young girl struggles between helping her family, and doing the right thing.

CAST LIST:

Jasmine: Alicia Payne
Dale: Scott McCulloch
Harry: Rais Moui
Narrator: Hugh Ritchie
Gretchen: Lara Amersey
Maria: Georgia Grant
Bridget: Jane Smythe

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

The Seeker is a story about a young girl who struggles to find the balance between helping her family and actually doing the right thing.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

I would consider The Seeker to be a drama.

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

Personally, I think this story is just flat out entertaining. I love a story with a smart twist and The Seeker definitely has one. It is filled with tender visuals and I think it would be a fun movie to direct. It would be challenging, but rewarding.

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

Terrifyingly relatable

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

Hmm… wow that’s a tough one. It’s probably a toss up between The Never Ending Story and No Country For Old Men… don’t judge!!

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

Funny enough, I’ve been working on this script since I was a sophomore in college, 2011. I’d forgotten that I’d written it, but found an old PDF and fell in love with the idea again. It was cool to see how I’ve progressed as a writer from one of the first screenplays I’d ever written.

7. How many stories have you written?

I’ve written probably 50 short films & sketches since 2011 when I started and I’ve gotten to 1/2 of a feature!

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

I used to have a big crush on a guy who was seriously into Gerry Raferty so I’ve probably listened to “Right Down The Line” over 1,000 times. Ha!

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

I had a certain story in my head and when I thought it was finished, I got critiques from a couple of people wanting more. I still get them. It’s hard to get suggestions from other people and still stay true to the story you want to tell. Overall, I think the changes I made based on their suggestions made for a stronger story. It’s always good to get a fresh set of eyes.

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

I love working with children. They are so unafraid to express how they feel, but may not always know how to articulate it. They taught me how to be a better instructor and a better director.

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

Working via Film Freeway makes submitting to festivals extremely easy!! There are so many festivals to submit to right at your fingertips.

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

I read the title of the festival and knew I needed feedback on The Seeker and thought, could this get anymore perfect? The Seeker is a troubling story about a family, and it’s so hard to get friends to read anything so it just seemed like fate was saying “Enter this one Kaitlyn!”. It was an entry fee well spent!
I felt like the feedback was incredibly insightful. I really felt like the feedback giver was invested in the success of my story and did what they could to have made it stronger. I thank you for that!

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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 Screenplay – THE RECEIPT, by Hazel Allan

Watch the October 2017 Winning Short Screenplay.

Genre: Drama, Crime

A coffee shop customer allows his ignorance to get the better of him.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Esme: Lindsay Gerro
Zak: Nick Baillie
Man: Dennis Barham
Police: Fabio Abreu

Get to know the writer: 

What is your screenplay about?

It’s the story of Zak, a coffee shop customer who allows his ignorance to get the better of him.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Drama/tragedy.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Many years ago I witnessed a waitress having her hair pulled by a huge bully of a man. I chose to turn a blind eye and that decision has haunted me ever since. I want her to know I’m sorry and that I still think about her.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Harrowing. Chilling.

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

‘Barefoot in the Park’. It’s my “go to movie” whenever I need cheering up.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I scribbled the original at the breakfast table one morning and typed it up later that day. The re-write took about two days to get to a point where I was happy with it.

How many stories have you written?

Hundreds, possibly even thousands, since I was a little girl. I now have three published children’s novels and approximately twenty screenplays of varying lengths.

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

‘Let’s Go Crazy’ by Prince. I love the lyrics. And what about that guitar solo! He’s my musical hero.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The ending was the most difficult part to write. I have a tendency to write in shorter time than what appears on the screen. I desperately wanted to get across Zak’s desolation and regret but found this a challenge within the constraints of such a short piece.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

My family, books, animals, food, politics, music, coffee. Not necessarily in that order!

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

I wanted to try my hand at writing something short and snappy. I tend to get carried away and write too much so this felt like the ideal opportunity to practise a spot of self editing. I was most impressed with the initial feedback and found the comments very thorough, encouraging and constructive. I took on board the recommendations and felt they really helped me to reflect and develop my story and my style of writing.

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

My experience of Film Freeway has been a really positive one. I now look forward to their emails which have some great advice about festivals and competitions. At one point during the process of entering this competition I posted the wrong submission (duh!) and Film Freeway was extremely helpful and swift in replying to my call for help and sorting out my refund. Highly recommended.

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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

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

WATCH Mid-Year SHORT SCREENPLAY Winners (January-June 2017)

Watch the Winning SHORT Screenplay winners for the first half of 2017:

 

ACTORANIMATION SHORT Screenplay – BATROOM
June 2017 Reading
by Crafty St. James

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ACTORFAMILY SHORT Screenplay – GIRL IN THE PAINTING
June 2017 Reading
by Scott Williamson

ACTORSCI-FI SHORT Screenplay – SWITCHMAN
June 2017 Reading
by Henry Leeker

ACTORUnder 5min. SHORT Screenplay – I KNOW
June 2017 Reading
by Steve Vasiliou

ACTORUnder 5min. SHORT Screenplay – NIGHT SHIFT
June 2017 Reading
by Yanjuan Song

ACTORUnder 5min. SHORT Screenplay – 900 PAGES
June 2017 Reading
by Juanita Cepero

ACTOR1pg. SHORT Screenplay – THE PARK PERVERT
June 2017 Reading
by Mark Levitt

ACTORCOMEDY SHORT Screenplay – MARRIAGE COUNSELING 101
May 2017 Reading
by Mark Engberg
ACTORSCI-FI SHORT Screenplay – THE VOLUNTEER
May 2017 Reading
by Christopher Michaels

ACTORCRIME SHORT Screenplay – CLOCKWORK
May 2017 Reading
by Eric Hackler
ACTORTHRILLER SHORT Screenplay – COLD COMFORT
April 2017 Reading
Written by Mick Sims
ACTORFANTASY SHORT Screenplay – POLLY
April 2017 Reading
Written by Eric P. Granger
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – SUNFLOWER CARE
March 2017 Reading
Written by Della Greenawalt

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – MILKSHAKE
March 2017 Reading
Written by Max Thackara

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – REBEKAH’S CLOSET
March 2017 Reading
Written by Amy Malinda Jackson

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – CYCLE
March 2017 Reading
Written by Iman Davari

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – PEN & PENCIL
March 2017 Reading
Written by Devone Jones

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – THE MIDDLING CLASS
March 2017 Reading
Written by Amanda J. Bermudez

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – 5 THINGS NOT TO FEED YOUR BABY
February 2017 Reading
Written by Todd A. Jackson
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – LATE NIGHT
February 2017 Reading
Written by Deepa Dharmaraj
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – BOOM
February 2017 Reading
Written by Dimitri Devyatkin
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – BANH YOU
February 2017 Reading
Written by Steve Cleary
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – TWO GEESE AND A LADY GIRAFFE
February 2017 Reading
Written by Chanda Walker
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – BREW MASTER
February 2017 Reading
Written by Kelly Jean Karam
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – DIASPORA
January 2017 Reading
Written by David Brin
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – COMES AROUND
January 2017 Reading
Written by Gunnar Halldorsson
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – MODERN LOVE
January 2017 Reading
Written by Hannah Dillon
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – PFFF
January 2017 Reading
Written by Dimitri Devyatkin
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – I CAN CATCH A BULLET
January 2017 Reading
Written by Reynaldo A. Garza
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – LOVE HURTS
January 2017 Reading
Written by Michael Gavino

 

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Winning Short Screenplay – POLLY, by Eric P Granger

Winning Screenplay – POLLY
Written by Eric P. Granger

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Elizabeth Morriss
POLLY – Georgia Grant
ANNIE – Cora Matheson
BECKY – Tea Nguyen
DOCTOR – David Occhipinti
ORDERLY – Daniel Chung
1ST SHOPPER – Olivia Jon

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Drama, Fantasy

Life can be joyous, difficult, brief, rewarding, humbling and gracious: even if you are only a pillow.

 
Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

The need to be loved.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Family Fantasy

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

To help remind us

How would you describe this script in two words?

Heart felt

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

The Fifth Element

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

1 year

How many stories have you written?

Twelve

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

Poems, Prayers, and Promises

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Keeping it contained

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Playing guitar

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

For feedback and exposure

 

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

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne


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