June 2019 Film/Story/Screenplay Winners

A FilmFreeway preferred festival:

 

ACTORFEATURE SCREENPLAY: SAILING SARAH, by Phil Davey
June 2019 Winner

ACTORUNDER 5MIN. SHORT SCREENPLAY: FARE THEE WELL, by Brian White
June 2019 Winner

ACTOR BEST SCENE SCREENPLAY: STAGE DAD, by Joel Henning Doty
June 2019 Winner

ACTOR BEST SCENE SCREENPLAY: THE TALENTED UNCLE JULIEN, by Kaede Loh
June 2019 Winner

 

 

 

 

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

Watch April 2016 Family Short Story Reading

Submit your Family Film or Screenplay to the Festival:http://festivalforfamily.com

Count William, Short Story Reading by Tegon Maus

Watch the Winning 1pg. Short Story. Performed by Danielle Nicole

Watch COUNT WILLIAM:

Get to know writer Tegon Maus:

Matthew Toffolo: What is your 1pg Short Story about? 

Tegon Maus: Perceptions…. People already have their minds made up about almost everything. You can give them 3 words and they will jump ahead because they think they know where the story is going… I like to make sure they don’t !!

MT: What genres would you say this short story is in? 

TM: Humor

MT: How would you describe this story in two words?  

TM: Pleasantly unexpected

MT: What movie have you seen the most in your life? 

TM: It would be a toss-up between ID4 / Twister or 5th Element I have seen them all at least 9 times !

MT: How long have you been working on this story?  

TM: A weekend

MT: Do you have an all-time favorite novel? 

TM: Any of the Lensmen Series by E.E. Doc Smith

MT: What motivated you to write this story? 

TM: It was a Vampire story contest

MT: What artist would you love to have dinner with? 

TM: Jackson Pollock… I had read that in 1952 Jackson drank a six-pack of Coors beer and then filled the cans with different color paint… he then hung them with string over a blank canvas… poked a hole in the bottom of each with an ice pick and beat them wildly with a stick while listening to rock and roll ! The result is his now famous painting called Convergence that he sold to the Chicago Museum of Art for $68,000. Now that is a dinner conversation I would like to have !!

MT: Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about? 

TM: I write, paint, sculpt, garden, wood work, and love to take naps !

MT: What influenced you to enter the 1pg. Short Story contest?

Always looking for new readers.

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

Only one ! Write whatever you want… not what’s popular. Just what YOU want to read… let everyone else follow you. Not the other way around.

Watch Table Read Feature Screenplay: HENRIETTA’S ODYSSEY by L.R. Whittinger

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One of the winning Family Screenplays for February 2016.

HENRIETTA’S ODYSSEY
Written by L.R. Whittinger
Read 10 Questions with the writer

SYNOPSIS:

Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

To save her Henrietta’s life, she is left on an earthling’s doorstep by Geegle one of the most untrustworthy characters in the plot. It so happens she is left on the wrong doorstep. She falls into the hands of the greedy Fritzgrumpy’s and becomes their slave. After Henri discovers she is a foundling and her supposed parents were only interested in being paid for looking after her. Her life turns upside down. Eanie Meanie saves Henri aided by with Geegle. So she can to find her way back to her real place in time and space. However, the Black Cardinal who has taken her rights away wants her dead.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Susan Wilson
HENRI – Amanda Pereira
EANIE/ARTHUR – Gabriel Darku
GEEGLE – Mark Sparks
ADA/MRS. STRICT – Elizabeth Rose Morriss
VARIOUS – Neil Kulin

MOTHER Stories from the Writing Festival

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ACTORDIAMOND AND THE FOSTERS
Full Movie

Watch the entire 5 chapter novel.


festival posterTHIS DEWDROP WORLD
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Documentary, USA


festival posterDAUGHTER
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USA, Drama


festival posterFIVE DOLLARS
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Canada, Drama


festival posterOH WILLY
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Animation, Netherlands

ACTORTV SPEC – MOM “Strip Poker and Guilt Trip”
June 2014 Reading
Written by Micah Goldman and Griff Kohout

ACTORTV SPEC – PARENTHOOD “Don’t Give Up On Him Yet”
June 2014 Reading
Written by Cara Rothenberg

ACTORTV SPEC – MODERN FAMILY “Chairity Case”
November 2014 Reading
Written by Josh Bressler

ACTOR“Airport Scene” from JUST ONE MORE BUCK
September 2014 Reading
Written by Debra Charney

ACTOR1st SCENE SCRIPT READING – PROMISES
October 2014 Reading
Written by Lee Forgang

ACTOR1ST SCENE SCRIPT – MOTHER AND SON
September 2014 Reading
Written by David Serra

ACTOR1ST SCENE SCRIPT – MINSAE: THE DARK KINGDOM
July 2014 Reading
Written by Jennifer Sparkman

ACTORTV PILOT – GOTHAM NIGHTS
June 2013 Reading
Written by Adam Kennedy

ACTORTV SPEC – RICK & MORTY “Crime and Punishrick”
November 2014 Reading
Written by Michael Kellner


festival posterA STORY FOR THE MODLINS
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Documentary, Spain

SCREENPLAYChapter 1 Novel: TO FLY AGAIN
August 2015 Reading
by Rachelle Hasnas


festival posterTOY BOY
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8min, Canada, Documentary/Family

ACTORIN THE CLEFT Chapter 10
Novel Reading

Written by Dana L. Goodman

ACTORTV PILOT Reading of HOT FLASH HIGH
September 2015 Reading
Written by Molly DriscolL

ACTORTV SPEC – Bob’s Burgers
November 2015 Reading
Written by Travis McMaster & Tony Interdonato


festival posterFIXED
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7min, Australia, Comedy/Family

ACTORTV SPEC – Modern Family
December 2015 Reading
Written by Debi Calabro

ACTORFeature SCRIPT – THE PAPER ROUTE
July 2015 Reading
Written by Danny M. Howell

ACTORFEATURE SCRIPT – BELLE BREZING
November 2015 Reading
Written by Margaret Carlyle Price

ACTORTV SPEC SCRIPT – FAMILY GUY
June 2015 Reading
Written by Dan Chan

1st Scene SCRIPT – GIVE ME A REASON
December 2015 Reading
Written by Theresa Drew

ACTORSHORT SCRIPT – TRUE COLORS
November 2015 Reading
Written by Giuseppe LiMandri


festival posterTURKEY
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2015
Comedy/Family, 17min, USA

MOVIESANYWHERE
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9min, Panorama/Fantasy, Portugal

Short Film Showcase


festival posterSTEADI-KID
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2015
Comedy/Commercial, 1min, USA


festival posterIN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT
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2015
Drama/History, 13min, Austria


festival posterGREECE
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16min, Canada, Drama


festival posterCHUB
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27min, USA, Youth/Drama

ACTORTV SPEC – ARROW “Second Chances”
March 2015 Reading
Written by Molly Driscoll

ACTORNovel Transcript – NOT TO TALK ABOUT UNTIL NOW
March 2015 Reading
Written by Kirsten Marie Wohlgemuth


festival posterALEX
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14min, Spain, Family/Drama

ACTORFeature SCRIPT – I’M STILL HERE
June 2015 Reading
Written by Sean Elwood

ACTOR1st Scene: MYA’S TRUTH
May 2015 Reading
Written by Thomas L. Ferguson

ACTOR1st Scene: GOOD NIGHT, CRONKITE
May 2015 Reading
Written by Rita Doyle Roberts


festival posterTWISTED
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2015
14min, Australia, Drama/Thriller

Watch Family Stories from the Festival:

Feature Script Table Reading: A GHOST STORY OF CHRISTMAS by Eddie Yaroch

Watch the Family Feature Screenplay Winner for December 2015.

A GHOST STORY OF CHRISTMAS by Eddie Yaroch:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Jane Hailes
SCROOGE – Sean Ballantyne
BELLE – Jane Smythe
STEPHEN – Kari-Michael Helava
VARIOUS MALE – Robert Notman
VARIOUS FEMALE – Antosia Fiedur

Get to know writer Eddie Yaroch:

1. What is your screenplay about?

— “The Conjuring” meets “A Christmas Carol” when a modern Scrooge hires professional ghost hunters, one of them his former fiancée, Belle.

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

— Charles Dickens wrote his holiday tale as a ghost story and no film adaptation has focused on the paranormal, ghost hunting side of things. EVP’s, night-vision cameras, spirit boxes, plus goblins and a spirit-seeing dog add up to a fun, family night at the movies.

3. This story has a lot going for it. How would you describe this script in two words?

— Conjuring Ebenezer.

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

— “Scrooge” starring Albert Finney.

5. This is a very tight, emotionally engaging and fun screenplay. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

— Starting with the source material, research into the paranormal equipment, forming an outline and writing on evenings and weekends, it took about four months.

6. How many stories have you written?

— This is my seventh screenplay, most of them comedies.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

— I love all of the ghost hunting shows and the idea of having Scrooge hire ghost hunters appealed to me. Prior to “A Christmas Carol,” Dickens wrote a short story about a goblin who battled wits with a Scrooge prototype known as the Sexton. Once I saw “The Conjuring,” I knew that I could combine that earlier story with married ghost hunters, using Belle as a romantic conflict.

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

— Besides the day job? (haha) I would say motivation to fill those blank pages. Screenplay contest deadlines helped move the pen along, but believing in my own writing was absolutely a must. I had to shed the fear that someone somewhere wasn’t already writing along the exact same lines.

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

— The Washington Redskins, Wizards and Capitals. Theater. Acting. Politics. Traveling. Eerie movies. Bigfoot. UFO’s. Ghosts.

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

— As an actor-writer, I was fascinated by what other actors could do with a reading. It’s really a one-of-a-kind opportunity and a wonderful chance for interested folks to give it a listen. The feedback was not just smoke blowing up the ol’ backside. It was clearly read thoroughly with excellent useful feedback. The enthusiasm found in the feedback makes me think that I have something here. Thanks so much for all you do!

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

— Believe in yourself and write with passion. Love your characters because you have to live with them for months on end. I found that averaging a page an hour worked well for me. I usually aimed for three pages a night, a few more on the weekends. Don’t pressure yourself if blank pages stare at you some nights. The ink will flow eventually. I write longhand first, ideas flowing like blood from brain to hand. Write on!

Watch HATE QUILT, Winning Family Short Screenplay

HATE QUILT, by William A. Neary
Reading of the short screenplay

SYNOPSIS:

“Hate Quilt” is about two quirky sisters struggling for happiness as their opposite attitudes collide: the optimist and the pessimist.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Marta Legrady
RACHEL – Natalie Gallard
MANDY – Megan Leach
OFFICER BOB – Dan Goldberg
KEN – Rob Stone

Watch I’M GOING SOMEWHERE ELSE – Winning Family Feature Screenplay Reading

I’M GOING SOMEWHERE ELSE, I’M GOING SOMEWHERE ELSE by Laura Morton
Reading of the full screenplay

SYNOPSIS:

‘I’m Going Somewhere Else’ is set in the opposing worlds of a Southern family farm and New York City. Meg-Peggy, the youngest daughter of the family, secretly collects wrappers and advertisements for junk foods and dreams of seeing the world. When Albert, a fellow farmer, proposes out of the blue, and the family betroths her to him, Meg-Peggy knows she has to do something. On the day of the wedding she runs off, leaving a note that reads: I’m going somewhere else. That somewhere else is New York City. She befriends Duckie, an old, eccentric woman who owns a bodega in Hell’s Kitchen. Under her wing, Meg-Peggy learns to face her fear, take risks, and appreciate the skills she learned on the farm.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Elizabeth Robbins
MEG-PEGGY – Bryn McAuley
DUCKIE/MOTHER – Susan Q. Wilson
ALBERT – Cody Crain
CHUCK – Jordan Gray
CHAD – Jason Martorino
ELSIE – Sarah DiMuro
IZZY – Kelly Rae Cruise
ELZA – Joanna Haughton
CHARLES – Sean Ballantyne

NOTE: Actors also playing minor roles in the screenplay