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SCREENPLAY FESTIVAL: JULY 26, 2018 EVENT

 A showcase of the best TV and 1st Scene Screenplays.

 
SCI-FI TV PILOT: SOL, by James Fox

Genre: Sci-Fi, Drama

In the year 2242 citizen and soldier alike are plunged into a dark and violent interplanetary civil war, the scale of which is unprecedented in Human history. Desperate for survival, leaders emerge to protect their families, friends, and futures.

TV SPEC: UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT, by Anna Hotter & Michael Rodriguez

Genre: Comedy

A spec from the popular Netflix show.

SCI-FI TV 1st Scene: JUBILATION, by Meghan Fitzmartin

Genre: Sci-Fi, Action

After attempting to commit suicide, teenaged AMANDA GERHARDT moves to the most magical town in Florida.

LGBT 1st Scene: OFF SCRIPT, by by Tamar Palmer

Genre: Drama

On the verge of making her dreams a reality, a 16-year-old aspiring actress discovers that her parents’ marriage isn’t what she believed and everything she thought she understood about relationships is turned upside down. As she struggles to hold on to her version of “happily ever after,” her mother must decide how much she’s willing to risk to be true to herself.

COMEDY 1st Scene: THE SIDEKICK RULES, by Chris Warner

Genre: Comedy, Romance

If the rom-com sidekick always has the best lines, then it’s time to give him the lead role. Oscar keeps trying to cover for his hero, but his connection with Penelope starts to get in the way.

1st Scene: SINGLE BLACK FEMALE, by Jasmine Pittman

Genre: Comedy, Romance

When a young black woman who’s unlucky in love falls for a man who seems perfect, their secrets threaten to pull them apart.
 

1st Scene: WHITTAKER ALGER AND DICK, by Stephen Witty

Genre: Drama

An interconnected story about Whittaker Chambers, Alger Hiss, and Richard Nixon against the background of the hysteria of the post-war 194os.

TV 1st Scene: JILLIAN AND THE SHARKS, by Josephine Perry

Genre: Drama

A conflicted professor desperate to hide her lifestyle from her Jehovah’s Witness family faces her fears when she begins proceedings to gain custody of her bi-racial brother and sister, emotionally abused by her mother. With outrageous musical numbers, Big Love Meets Community…all based on real events.

LGBT 1st Scene: SIGHT UNSEEN, by Nicholas Downs

Genre: Drama

Tragedy brings together a reserved but brilliant sculptor and an outgoing gallery owner, friends whose love was sidetracked—but was always meant to be deeper.

    1st Scene: MARKED, by Leah P

Genre: Horror, Action

A mysterious outlaw called the “Wolf of the West” has been wreaking havoc upon settlers in the budding frontier. David Kessler, an aspiring paranormal scientist believes the Wolf is supernatural and journeys out West to prove it and to document any other strange phenomena he sees. Along the way he joins forces with Winnona Argento, a young woman who is more than she seems and Federal Marshal Travis Crabtree, a hardened but honorable lawman. Together they travel the West and face against myths, legends, and monsters as well as outlaws and bandits while at the same time learning to find the balance between pacifism and survival in this harsh terrain and time period.

ACTION Best Scene: AFFAIR OF THE POISONS, by Charles Leipart

Genre: Action, Adventure

ACTION Best Scene: OPERATION BABYLIFT, by John McCarney

Genre: Action, History

In an intertwining story based on true events, three very different men desperately save as many babies from war-torn Vietnam as they can.

SCI-FI Best Scene: FRENCH TOAST, by Joshua David Ashburn

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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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HORROR Short Screenplay – THE SNEEZE, by Martin Reese

 

Genre: Horror, Fantasy

One man’s failure to exercise proper etiquette when someone sneezes leads to a case of demonic possession.

CAST LIST:

Phil: Michael Lake
Narrator: Kate Fenton
Neal: Danilo Reyes
Office Worker: Scott McCulloch

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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

Screenplay Festival: June 28, 2018 Event

A showcase of winning TV PILOTS and 1st Scene Screenplays.

FULL CAST LIST: Zena Driver, Dorian Shine, Amrit Kaur, Val Cole, Alicia Payne, Jolly Amoako, Justin Darmanin

TV PILOT – THE TEMPS, by Julia Montanez

Genre: Comedy

A modern day quirky comedic TV show based in New York City. A man hires his unemployed best friend and his 3 roommates to assist him in salvaging his job. An unorthodox team is formed as they discover the ultimate significance of what true friendship can mean on life’s unleveled journey.

CAST LIST:

Natasha: Zena Driver
Lacy: Amrit Kaur
Cindy: Alicia Payne
Narrator: Val Cole
Gambit: Justin Darmanin
Justin: Dorian Shine
Abagato: Jolly Amoako

COMEDY Short – SHE DREAMS OF PLASTIC TIARAS, by Troy Harvey Graham

Genre: Comedy

A woman visits a plastic surgeon with the hope of changing the future for her daughter.

CAST LIST:

Claudia: Alicia Payne
Delmont: Jolly Amoako
Narrator: Val Cole
Amberly: Amrit Kaur
Dr. Sanderson: Dorian Shine
Hamid: Justin Darmanin

COMEDY Short – FIRE ALARM, by Tyler G.

Genre: Comedy

When Hamid’s mother dies, he must move to Vancouver to live with Uncle Amir. Uncle Amir reminds him that if we aren’t careful, life may pass us by and we never take for granted those around us. Trapped in a foreign world he does not understand, Hamid unwittingly sets into play a series of events that awaken this very idea in his elderly neighbors.

CAST LIST:

Ethel: Zena Driver
Marge: Alicia Payne
Narrator: Val Cole
Uncle Amir: Dorian Shine
Manager: Jolly Amoako

SCI-FI Short – MAYBE TOMORROW I’LL SEE YOU, by Steve N Bradford

Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy

Two telescopes are constructed side by side at NASA and grow close, only to be ripped apart when their construction is completed.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Val Cole
Cap: Zena Driver
Obs: Alicia Payne

UNDER 5min. Short – NOSTALGIC, by Shannon Michelle

Genre: Drama, Experimental

A Woman dives into a journey of self-discovery by walking through her dreams, as she comes face to face with memories and ghosts from her past.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Val Cole
Voice: Amrit Kaur
Woman: Zena Driver

1st Scene Reading – LOVERS IN PARADISE, by Meg Bowen

Genre: Romance, Crime, Action

A bank robbery goes awry and our two criminals have to steal a getaway car. Except there’s a girl tied up in the trunk, who might just be their best chance at walk-away money.

CAST LIST:

Janine: Alicia Payne
Kip: Dorian Shine
Narrator: Val Cole
Brad: Jolly Amoako
Juliette: Amrit Kaur

FANTASY 1st Scene Reading – POLE, by Robert Dodrill

Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller, Horror

While studying remote caves in northern Greenland, a team of polar scientists stumble upon the entrance to the fabled, and seemingly long abandoned “North Pole village.” Inside they discover remnants of advanced technology, evidence of a terrible tragedy, and the grim realization that the Pole was sealed off for a reason.

CAST LIST:

Maisie: Amrit Kaur
Beckett: Dorian Shine
Narrator: Val Cole
Nicholas: Justin Darmanin
Sam: Jolly Amoako
Sasha: Zena Driver

FEMALE 1st Scene Reading – AMERICAN PRINCESS, by Jenny Kleiman

Genre: Dark Comedy

When Ellie’s mother commits her father to a mental hospital, the rich, spoiled teen must navigate her own escape and his rescue, or else embrace her new home- her babysitter’s trailer park.

CAST LIST:

Janet: Zena Driver
David: Justin Darmanin
Narrator: Val Cole
Ellie: Amrit Kaur
Lowe: Alicia Payne

HORROR 1st Scene Reading – WHERE THE BAD KIDS GO, by Sean Elwood

Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama

When Jesse returns to his childhood home after hearing about his abusive mother’s suicide, he soon discovers that something evil lurks within the depths of the house, and it’s been waiting for him to return after all these years.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Val Cole
Jesse: Jolly Amoako
Helen: Alicia Payne

THRILLER 1st Scene Reading – MARCO POLO, by Jeff Heckler

Genre: Thriller, War

Christmas time in Bastogne, Belgium, 1944. The allied forces are under heavy fire by the German army.

CAST LIST:

Declan: Dorian Shine
Narrator: Val Cole
Mosch: Justin Darmanin
Wendy: Jolly Amoako

1st Scene Reading – REMEMBERING LIZ, by Joan Beilstein

Genre: Drama

A runaway fifteen year-old girl is found dead from a heroin overdose. Forty years later, her best childhood friend, haunted from unresolved guilt and grief, uncovers a secret, which sheds light on her friend’s tragic short life.

CAST LIST:

Laura: Amrit Kaur
Narrator: Val Cole
Jane: Zena Driver
Della: Alicia Payne

1st Scene Reading – UNTIL THE DAY, by Craig Andrews

Genre: Drama

It is the spring of 1884 and Christine Lockhart, the daughter of a doctor, has just graduated with dreams of forging her own path in the world, taking charge of her decisions and loving a man of her choosing. Michael Karg, the son of a butcher, has simple ambitions and rose-colored optimism about courting Christine. The cloud on the horizon for both Christine and Michael is Christine’s money-hungry father.

CAST LIST:

Beverly: Zena Driver
Michael: Dorian Shine
Narrator: Val Cole
Christine: Amrit Kaur
Carolyn: Alicia Payne

DRAMA 1st Scene Reading – HEADCASE, by by Chris Jones

Genre: Drama

Dr. Andrew Beck, is the goto Sports Psychologist for pro athletes. But he has a gambling problem, and he gets deep in debt with Fergus McKenzie, a psychotic Scottish gangster. To get out of trouble with his skull intact, Andrew is forced to trade o… See more

CAST LIST:

Player 1: Jolly Amoako
Andrew: Justin Darmanin
Narrator: Val Cole
Fergus: Dorian Shine
Arron: Justin Darmanin
Lorry: Zena Driver

1st Scene Reading – EDEN, by Jean Barker

Genre: Horror, Fantasy, Romance

A teenage girl who grew up in a cult based on the biblical myth of Eden falls in love with an intruder from the sinful world outside the garden walls.

CAST LIST:

Judith: Zena Driver
Narrator: Val Cole
Edie: Amrit Kaur
John: Jolly Amoako

DRAMA 1st Scene Reading – TAKE THE SHOT, by Jim Norman

Genre: Drama

A black family with an athletically gifted daughter is forced to move from Houston to North Dakota because of a corporate promotion. Family, race and gender issues are tested in the culture of the family’s new and temporary move.

CAST LIST:

Trey: Jolly Amoako
Friend 1: Justin Darmanin
Narrator: Val Cole
Kassie: Alicia Payne
Coach Briscoe: Zena Driver
Monica: Amrit Kaur

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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

Best Scene Reading of WOLVES OF WESTMINSTER, by Jonah Jones

Genre: Drama

A new screenplay by the writer.

CAST LIST:

Ragfrank: Peter Nelson
Roderick: David Straus
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Eleanor: Esther Thibault
Abigail: Norma Dawn Dunphy
Passerby: Russell Batcher

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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 BEST SCENE Screenplays for May 2018

ACTORTHE KANDAHAR MAN – ACTION Best Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by J. Jermaine Jones

ACTORSTARLIGHT: LONG WAY HOME – ACTION Best Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by John Roger

ACTORTHE SKY BELOW – COMEDY Best Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Stacey Derasmo

ACTORTHE STATE OF WYOMING – COMEDY Best Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Gillian Will

ACTORUNFINISHED BUSINESS – COMEDY Best Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Deborah Klika

ACTORDESTINY’S VESSEL – SCI-FI Best Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Susanne Lutas

ACTORM DEMON KILLER – SCI-FI Best Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Mark Hammond

ACTORMAGIC MAN – SCI-FI Best Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Norma Hickox

ACTORTHE CUT – SCI-FI Best Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Christopher Kerr

ACTORTOUCH – Best Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Scott Timmins

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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

Winning SHORT Screenplays for May 2018

ACTORBURSTING FOR A BREAK – 1pg. COMEDY Short Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Kelly Lamphaer Dash

ACTORMIRRORS – Under 5mi. Short Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by R. Harris Smith

ACTOR4TH ROW CENTER – Short Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Frank Vespe

ACTORTHE BROKEN KINGDOM – Short Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Mark Renshaw

ACTORTHE SEEKER – Short Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Kaitlyn Kowalski

ACTORA SHORT DROP AND A SUDDEN STOP – Short Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Margaret Dane

ACTORSANCTUARY CITY – Short Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Stephanie Annis

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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

Winning Feature Screenplays for May 2018

 

ACTORFOR A GOOD LIFE – Feature Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Natalia Maslin
 

  

ACTORAMERICAN SNAKE PIT – Feature Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
Dan Tomasulo
 

 

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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