Winning FAMILY 1st Scene Script – MY ATARI CHRISTMAS, by Chris Parrish

 

Genre: Family, Comedy, Drama

In the spirit of “A Christmas Story,” an unlucky kid from an eccentric family embarks on a disastrous quest to obtain the most coveted present of the 1982 holiday season — an Atari 2600!

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Dad: Dan Cristofori
Mason: Brennan Clost
Radio: Connor Lyon
TV Chorus: Shaun Mazoka
News Reporter: Julie C. Sheppard

Get to know the writer: 

What is your screenplay about?

In the spirit of A CHRISTMAS STORY and CHRISTMAS VACATION, it’s about a kid from a crazy family on a quest to get the most popular and expensive toy of the holiday season — an Atari 2600!

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Family Holiday Comedy

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Because Hollywood hasn’t made a good live action Christmas comedy for the entire family since ELF (nearly fifteen years ago.)

How would you describe this script in two words?

Funny & nostalgic

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

BLADE RUNNER

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Over a year (with lots of starts and stops)

How many stories have you written?

To date, I’ve written about 18 screenplays (at least half of which truly stink)

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

According to my iTunes, ROAR by Katy Perry

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Finding time to write it with work and going back to school

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I’ve always loved to draw

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

Very user friendly

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

Everybody told me it wasn’t commercial enough to get made but my college professor encouraged me to ignore the cynics, get it out in the world and see see if other people want to see a fun live action Christmas movie as much as I do. I LOVED the feedback from the festival. Honest. Thoughtful. Insightful and very constructive.

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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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2017 – FAMILY Feature Films of the year. Read loglines and synopsis.

Read the best of FAMILY feature films from around the world: 

THE CITY OF ALVAREZ, by Sonya Marshall

ELF-FLUENZA, by Jeffrey Angus

ALABAMA, by Nicole Jamison

THE FANTASTIC WITHIN, by Andy McGuire

HOW TO MAKE PATE, by Fab Sebastian Caleffi

AUDIBLE, by Gregg Napoli

TREASURE HUNT, by Sriraman Tirmalai

ATHEISAURUS 1: BJORN AND ZORN, by Andrew Cahill-Lloyd

MOOSELIGHT SERENADE, by Ronald Micci

PLEASE DON’T EAST THE RICH, by Scott Weinstein

GOOD AFRICAN BANANAS, by Victor Ogugua

THE TRUTH ABOUT HUNTINGTON, by Dominique Seward

GONIES, by Phil Stokes

DREAMWORLD START DREAMING, by Rebecca Paniagua

SALLY CLAUS, by Tania Penn

UNFATALLY DEAD: TO THAW OR NOT TO THAW, by Wayne Edmiston

THE SLEEPING LION AWAKENS, by Barry R. Conforti

NUCLEARFAMILY, by Sheri Smith

MRS. CHIPPY AND THE CREW, by Angela Curry

THE 13TH DAY, by Anthony Cummins

HERALD OF PEACE, by Joy Varkey Irimpan

THE WIZARD OF WONDERLAND, by Ron Glick

THE LOST LOCKS OF SAMPSON, by Barry R. Conforti

ONE MISSED STEP, by Barbara Morris

TWO FEET, by Mark Roper

TELL ME EVERYTHING, by Luke Nicklin

WINGMEN, by Joe Donato

MAYNO THE BANDIT OF MARENGO, by Liliana Angeleri

THE COMPETITION, by Jerry Kokich

EXPIRATION DATE, by Tania Penn

MILLION DOLLAR KITTY, by Sunshine Kessler

BUDDY SIR, by Rajnish Mehra

GOOD NIGHT CRONKITE, by Rita Roberts

MORPHY, by Wess Meixwell and Joe Donato

MISSING CLAYTON, by Bev Irwin

 

MY LITTLE BROTHER Short Film – Sept. 2017 FAMILY FEEDBACK Film Festival

MY LITTLE BROTHER, 6min, New Zealand, Family/Experimental
Directed by Anthony Bennett

A young boy’s story of his little brother, the scary internet and a nightmare vision

CLICK HERE – and see full info and more pics of the film!

PUSHING Short Film – Sept. 2017 FAMILY FEEDBACK Film Festival

PUSHING, 10min, USA, Family/Drama
Directed by Ryan LaPine 

A homeless man, living on the fringes of society, feels out of touch with the speed and exclusivity of his surroundings. He retreats into his imagination to a time where he was better capable of fitting in and was accepted by others.

CLICK HERE – and see full info and more pics of the film!

SHORT FILM

RSVP FAMILY Film Festival – Monday September 18, 2017 (Toronto)

The FEEDBACK Monthly Film Festival is back for 2017. Our home is The Carlton Cinemas, located in the heart of downtown Toronto at 20 Carlton Street. The event runs from 7pm to 9:10pm.

Continuing to showcase the best of short films from around the world, while maintaining our audience feedback format moderated by Kierston Drier and Amanda Lomonaco. Showcasing a festival twice a month in 2017!

Tickets for 2017 are PAY WHAT YOU LIKE. Tickets are first come first serve.

If you like to obtain seats in advance and pick them up on the day of the event (come for FREE, or make a donation), please email us at festivalevent@wildsoundfestival.com and we’ll reserve seats for you.

You can pick up the tickets on the day of the event at the cinema. Tickets are first come, first serve. This festival has sold out 50 out of its last 52 events!

You will be able to buy alcohol (beer, wine, liquor), popcorn, candy, and refreshments before the show.

Here is the full program of films. Festival starts at 7pm sharp!

PUSHING, 10min, USA, Family/Drama
Directed by Ryan LaPine 

A homeless man, living on the fringes of society, feels out of touch with the speed and exclusivity of his surroundings. He retreats into his imagination to a time where he was better capable of fitting in and was accepted by others.

CLICK HERE – and see full info and more pics of the film!

SHORT FILM

MY LITTLE BROTHER, 6min, New Zealand, Family/Experimental
Directed by Anthony Bennett

A young boy’s story of his little brother, the scary internet and a nightmare vision

CLICK HERE – and see full info and more pics of the film!

SHORT FILM

CHALK, 10min, Family/Adventure 
Directed by Alexyn Scheller

A boy creates a magical chalk drawing that comes to life before becoming separated. The drawing must brave this new world alone and find his way back to his boy.

CLICK HERE – and see full info and more pics of the film!

SHORT FILM

PEPITA & MAX, 6min, Family/Animation 
Directed by Rahel Ilona Eisenring

Pepita and Max have all sorts of adventures. Monsieur Raf, Max’ toy giraffe, is always with them. When Max loses Monsieur Raf while hiking, the little boy can’t find sleep. Not even the Alpsegen, the lullaby of the mountains, which is meant to protect animals and people on the alp, helps. The peculiar tradition gives Pepita an idea: what works for Swiss alp-cows could also save a giraffe through the night.

CLICK HERE – and see full info and more pics of the film!

SHORT FILM

2nd ACT PROGRAM – Animation Festival


UKA, 3min, Spain, Animation/Family
Directed by Valle Comba Canales

Uka is a little girl who lives in a grey abandoned factory. While she’s painting of of her canvas, she finds a way of changing how she sees the world.

CLICK HERE – and see full info and more pics of the film!

SHORT FILM

KARMA, 4min., USA, Animation/Family
Directed by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou

A boy meets a fish in a mysterious forest.

CLICK HERE – and see full info and more pics of the film!

SHORT FILM

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Director BIO: Rahel Ilona Eisenring

Played at the September 2017 Film Festival

Director Biography

Rahelei

1978 born in Lucerne, Switzerland

lives and works in Lucerne

since 2005 self-employed and comissional work as illustrator and animator
among others for w.o.w animated television series at SWAMP Animation Studio Lucerne, die Gestalter St.Gallen, Helvetia Versicherungen, Heidiland, Women in Music Zürich, Lehrmittelverlag Kanton St.Gallen

part-time primary teacher, specialist subject teacher in Arts and Crafts, English, French

2001 – 2006 Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, faculty of Illustration, Diploma

2004 Universidad Católica de Valparaïso and Quinta Vergara, Escuela de Bellas Artes Viña del Mar, Chile

Awards:
grant of the Canton of St.Gallen 2009
Chicago studio scolarship by the city of Lucerne 2007 – 2008
Eastern Switzerland‘s filmprize for shortfilm «im Gruene» 2006
honour of the city of Wattwil for the children‘s book «Sophie» (teaching diploma) 2000

Exhibitions and Filmscreenings:
various exhibitions with illustrations, installations and animated shortfilms in Switzerland, Germany and the UK
animated shortfilms in Switzerland and abroad

Director Statement

With 3 or 4 years, children nowadays discover the medium of film. They love animated movies and series and we find it important to create new films with well researched content and fresh and cheerful artistic realization.

Pepita, Max, and the toy giraffe Monsieur Raf take the youngest viewers on a journey to the swiss mountains where they experience the peculiar custom of the alpine blessing. Simultaneously, the three friends explore their world of pure imagination. They implement parts of the custom in their everyday life and eventually the initial problem can be solved.
This is not simply a traditional story, but an inspiration for children – and adults – and an invitation to look at traditions and customs with curiosity and wit.

For our film we were motivated by our own children but also by contacts with people who are passionate about their customs and who desire to pass on their knowledge, especially to young people.

Our film does not replace the real encounter with an alpine herdsman and his experience with the Alpsegen. We want kids to relish our short story and to increase awareness for people and their intrinsic habits which have outlived many modern inventions.

Get to know the short film: PEPITA & MAX, 6min, Family/Animation

Played at the September 2017 Film Festival

Pm poster englsPepita and Max have all sorts of adventures. Monsieur Raf, Max’ toy giraffe, is always with them. When Max loses Monsieur Raf while hiking, the little boy can’t find sleep. Not even the Alpsegen, the lullaby of the mountains, which is meant to protect animals and people on the alp, helps. The peculiar tradition gives Pepita an idea: what works for Swiss alp-cows could also save a giraffe through the night.

  • Rahel Ilona Eisenring
    Director
  • Stephanie Knoebl
    Director
  • Julia Rakotoniaina-Waldner
    Writer
  • Stephanie Knoebl
    Producer
  • Stefan Holaus
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Pepita & Max – ein Alpsegen für Monsieur Raf
  • Film Type:
    Animation, Short
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 12 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 16, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    130,000 CHF
  • Country of Origin:
    Switzerland
  • Country of Filming:
    Switzerland
  • Film Language:
    Swiss German
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital/Video HD
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color