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

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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

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

Watch the Winning Feature Screenplays for the first half of 2017

ACTORLGBT Feature Screenplay – ARRANGING MIA
June 2017 Reading
by Joanie Fox

ACTORFAN FICTION FEATURE Screenplay – MARVEL ZOMBIES
May 2017 Reading
by Christopher J. Valin

ACTORACTION FEATURE Screenplay – THE FLIGHT OF THE SOULS
May 2017 Reading
by Guy Quigley

ACTORFAMILY FEATURE Screenplay – QUEST FOR LIGHT
April 2017 Reading
Written by Byron Anderson

ACTORTHRILLER FEATURE Screenplay – NEMESIS
March 2017 Reading
Written by Carl Joglar

ACTORANIMATION FEATURE Screenplay – PIXYLATIONS
February 2017 Reading
Written by Joe Laudati

ACTORHORROR FEATURE Screenplay – INCURABLE
January 2017 Reading
Written by Jeff York

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DRAMA Best Scene Reading of FOR A GOOD LIFE by Natalia Maslin

Genre: Drama, Family

A young hockey prodigy loses his brother and deals with the consequences as he learns a new family dynamic and develops a new father-son relationship.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Morgan: Konstantina Mantelos
Bill: Brian Carleton
Tim: Jack Comerford

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

A young hockey prodigy is forced to abandon the home he knows and the hockey team he loves. He moves with his mother to her childhood home, there he learns new family dynamics and unknowingly building a relationship with his biological father.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Drama

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It’s an honest Canadian story that focuses on family values and the trials and tribulations of being both a father and a son.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Canadian Drama

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

Raiders of the Lost Ark

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

From concept to completion, almost two years.

How many stories have you written?

Four

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

I can’t pick just one. I have so many favorites that to pick one would be impossible. I also couldn’t say what song I listened to most. I listen to a lot of music.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Finding the time to write.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I love traveling and exploring new places with my family be it in my own backyard or on the other side of the world.

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

I entered WILDsound last year submitting a different screenplay. I was really pleased with the feedback I received then that I submitted this recent one. Again, I was really pleased with the concise and very helpful feedback.

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

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

BEST Scene Screenplay of HYPOTHERMIA by Jax Lemon

Watch the February 2017 Winning Best Scene Screenplay.

Winning Screenplay – HYPOTHERMIA
Written by Jax Lemon

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – John Fray
COLBY – Andrea Meister
BUZZ – Gabriel Cameron

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Mystery, Crime, Thriller

The blizzard of the decades strikes the East Coast. A beautiful girl found raped and beaten on a remote campus. Can a burned out campus cop find the killer and save the remaining students?


Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

The blizzard of the decades strikes the East Coast. A beautiful girl found raped and beaten on a remote campus. Can a burned out campus cop find the killer and save the remaining students?

What genres does your screenplay under?

Mystery / Thriller

How would you describe this script in two words?

Gothic Mystery

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Hypothermia combines the haunting atmosphere of a Gothic campus with a claustrophobic ‘closed room’ feel of a group of students trapped on campus during a winter storm providing a great settings for a murder mystery with many twists and turns.

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

Pulp Fiction

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

About a year

How many stories have you written?

Four screenplays and one novel.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I enjoy writing and wanted to give the audience something exciting to watch. I realize I’m no Shakespeare but I think I can write pop sugar – something thrilling, capturing and entertaining. That’s what is fun for me and I would be even more thrilled if one of my scripts would make it to the big screen some day.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The first version of the script started off as a mystery and then changed into a thriller. A lot of editors hated the genre flip in the middle of the plot. I needed some time to process the criticism and then decided to rewrite the script as a mystery.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I love watching movies – of course. Action, thrillers, mysteries, and horror.

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

I usually submit to a number of festivals to get feedback and tips on how to improve my scripts. The WildSound Festival feedback was certainly constructive and I will see which parts I can apply to the script.

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

WILDsound Announces its January 2017 Short Screenplay Winners

Submit your Screenplay to the Festival today: http://www.wildsound.ca/screenplaycontest.html

CLICK the link and watch the winning screenplays performed by professional actors. 

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

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – PROTEST SEEN
January 2017 Reading
Written by Donald J. Bingle

 

 

 

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Donald J. Bingle – January 2017 SHORT Screenplay Winner

Watch the Winning January 2017 Short Screenplay.

Best Scene from the screenplay PROTEST SEEN Screenplay
Written by Donald J BingleCAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
PROTESTER – David Straus
YOUNG MAN – Gabriel Darku
FLAME BOY – Nick Wicht
GIVER – Charles Gordon
BUSINESS WOMAN – Shannon McNally

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Drama

What if they held a protest and nobody paid attention?


Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

It’s about how America reacts to protest.

What genres does your screenplay under?

Dark humor; drama.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

In just a few pages, it touches on the commitment of protesters, the importance of protest movements, the futility of protest movements, and the apathy of the American public.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Protesting apathy.

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

Hard to say. No VCRs or DVRs when I was a kid. Probably something like the original Journey to the Center of the Earth (with Pat Boone) or Harvey (Jimmy Stewart) or Princess Bride.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I wrote it many years ago, but the process of actually writing it wasn’t that extended. It’s only a few pages.

How many stories have you written?

I have five books and fifty or so shorter stories published in the thriller, mystery, science fiction, horror, steampunk, comedy, romance, and memoir genres, along with a couple screenplays and a dozen or so adventures for role-playing game systems. More about me and my writing at http://www.donaldjbingle.com.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

It was a creativity exercise triggered by a prompt.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Screenplay formatting is a challenge for those who primarily write short stories.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Causation. People don’t think about both the intended and unintended consequences of their actions and they don’t seem to care about the reasons why people may disagree with them about all sorts of important subjects.

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

The feedback was specific, helpful, and good. I entered because I believe Protest Seen would make a good, limited budget, limit cast, limited location project for a film student to tackle and submit to film festivals, but I don’t have ready access to people who might be looking for that kind of project.

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

Understand not only your strengths, but your weaknesses, and challenge yourself to write things you never would have imagined yourself writing to develop your craft and expand your skill sets.

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

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Screenplay CONTESTFIRST SCENE (first 10pgs) Screenplay CONTEST
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