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TV Script Movie: MIRACLE COVE, by Al Cool

SERIES: Set in 1970, this rainforest tale follows a damaged son wanting to save his sisters from their violent father by taking a dangerous logging job. There, he must live with his decision in a world intertwined with a twisted employer, workplace thugs, mentors and an alluring lover — a world he might not survive.


Narrator: Val Cole
Tom: Steve Rizzo
Johnny: Manny Pacheco
Herbie: Geoff Mays
Weylin: Matt Barnes
Annaleigh: Lindy Thurrell
Bunny: Katie Clark



A blind vampire survives thanks to her seeing-eye dog.

Summary of where we are when the best scene occurs:

The opening scene scripts the 17th-century barn action sequence leading to the vampire Dreven’s blinding. This scene, 350 years later in the modern world, shows Dreven having adapted to her blindness through the use of a service dog.

Visual Design by Kimberly Villarrueel

Produced by Matthew Toffolo

Matt Barnes
Val Cole
Danielle Nicole
Manny Pacheco
Steve Rizzo
Esther Teeboo
Lindy Thurrell

Winning Feature Screenplay Reading: SAILING SARAH, by Phil Davey

After 14 years in jail, a father seeks to reconnect with his daughter.


Beth: Judy Thrush
Ling: Daniel Jones
Lucas: Peter Nelson
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Jason: Steve Rizzo
Sarah: Emily Weir
Julie: Caroline Concordia

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

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Kyle Drier, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Denissa Palmer, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

Screenplay Movie: CATCH!, by Jerry Nield

Synopsis: Could David really defeat Goliath?

A historical madcap comedy drama depicting family values, romance, morals, religion, gambling, corruption and revenge.

Written by Jerry Nield
Produced by Matthew Toffolo
Visual Design and Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Voice Over Performers:

Matt Barnes
Val Cole
Geoff Mays
Danielle Nicole
Manny Pacheco
Steve Rizzo

Screenplay MOVIE: NORTHWOOD, by John Fraser


Genre: Action, Thriller

The commander of a nuclear submarine struggles to deal with an accident during NATO submarine exercises that quickly escalates into a deadly international conflict.

Visual Design by Kimberly Villarruel

Produced by Matthew Toffolo

Narration: Matt Barnes
Jack: Manny Pacheco
Geoff: Geoff Mays
Tom: Sean Tabares
Alex: Steve Rizzo
Maryam: Val Cole

Feature Screenplay Reading: Ube Bubog Volume 1 #School of Hard Knocks, by Sway Stagall

Ding Bangus, a skateboarding Filipino college dropout is mistakenly marked for death by motorcycle riding vigilante assassins and must rely on Clutch ‘Cobra’ Carsten – a crazy American UFC fighter wannabe – to save his life!

Various: Madeleine Eddy
Governor Mukong: Isai Riveras Blas
Narrator: Val Cole
Ding: Dustin Ragucos
Clutch: Steve Rizzo

Writer Biography

Writers should go out into the world, far away from their comfort zones, and find a story to tell that is truly meaningful. There are so many stories the world is just holding onto.. But it’s no mystery why armchair novelists are having ‘writer’s block’, they aren’t tapping into these tremendous human interest stories – without a champion, that are waiting, just over their horizon.

Writer Statement

A good martial arts comedy film is about the human spirit rising to meet an intractable social problem – and overcoming it.


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 Under 5min. Short Screenplay – ONE STOP SHOT, by Hazel Allan

Genre: Drama, Romance

James’s world is pretty dull and mundane, varying shades of gray – until his eyes meet Kerry’s on the train. He finally works up enough courage to talk to her, but is left devastated when she appears to ignore him. Dejected, he doesn’t acknowledge her on their next commute, which confuses her. Kerry later tells her friend that she thought he was ‘The One’ but she must’ve mis-read the signs – the twist being that she tells her friend this in sign language.


Narrator: Julian Ford
James: Steve Rizzo
Friend: Rachel Salsberg
Kerry: Emily Weir

 Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

It’s a light-hearted romantic comedy about love at first sight and the disappointment that too often accompanies this.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?


Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Because it’s simple and endearing! The message that love might strike at any time offers hope and light in a world that is too often bleak. I think the characters would transfer well from paper onto screen. James is awkward and likeable, a hopeless romantic – and we can all relate to that just a little. Can’t we?

How would you describe this script in two words?

Charming yet frustrating!

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

‘When Harry Met Sally’. It’s sheer perfection.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

It didn’t take long. The characters came to me fully formed and were so endearing and straightforward that the story flowed. If there’s one thing I would change I’d like to add more hope to the ending. Perhaps James could see Kerry and her friend talking in sign language and the penny would drop?

How many stories have you written?

Too many to count but some of these have never seen the light of day. My main writing achievements are my three published children’s novels (The Bree McCready series), a six part family drama series which I am currently working on, and the two shorts I have had accepted by Wild Sound Festival.

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

“Little Green” by Joni Mitchell. It never fails to make me cry.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Making the scene where James talks to Kerry for the first time feel authentic was a challenge. I mean why did he not simply tap her on the shoulder? But that would have been a dangerous move, as the miscommunication would too easily have been discovered. I had to keep everything brief due to the limited length of the piece.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Being a mum. Raising my son alone has been a challenging yet immensely rewarding journey. He is my inspiration.

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

I’m used to writing longer pieces with complex plot twists and turns. I wanted to try something short and snappy as I thought this would be an excellent opportunity to practise self editing. It was more difficult than I had anticipated! The initial feedback on ‘One Stop Shot’ was both thorough and constructive. I couldn’t believe it when I saw the word ‘winner’! The suggestions really helped me to reflect on my idea and think about how best to strengthen the story.


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

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox