July 2019 Film/Story/Screenplay Winners

A FilmFreeway preferred festival:

 

 

festival posterJOSH, 5min., USA, Drama/Family

ACTORROMANCE 1st Scene SCREENPLAY: BLUE CHRISTMAS, by Bethany Maines
July 2019 Winner

ACTOR SHORT SCREENPLAY: SAMANTHA, by Kieran Freemantle
July 2019 Winner

ACTORANIMATION SHORT SCREENPLAY: CHRISTMAS FEATHERS, by Christopher Sartorius
July 2019 Winner

ACTORFEMALE BEST SCENE SCREENPLAY: TROUBLE WITH FRIENDS, by Karen Matthews
July 2019 Winner

festival posterRED & THE KINGDOM OF SOUND, UK, Animation/Fantasy

festival posterHAPPY THE ANGRY POLAR BEAR, 3min., Animation/Family

festival posterWHALE FALL, 3min., USA, Animation

 

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

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

2018 FAMILY Feature Screenplays (5)

A FilmFreeway preferred festival:

STORYWINNING FEATURE FILM: FEAR by Peter Jang
November 2018

ACTORLGBT FEATURE Screenplay – LOVE IS FREE WILL
February 2018 Reading
by Amanda Samaroo
ACTORDRAMA FEATURE Screenplay – THE DISPLACED
February 2018 Reading
by Manzo Scruggs
ACTORFOR A GOOD LIFE – Feature Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Natalia Maslin

STORYFEATURE Screenplay: WOMEN AND CHILDREN FIRST by Tara C. Hall
December 2018

DECEMBER 2018 FAMILY Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

A FilmFreeway preferred festival:

 

MAXWELL’S DEMON, 21min., Brazil, Drama/Family
Audience FEEDBACK Video of the Short Film

LOLA, 25min., USA, Drama, Coming of Age
Audience FEEDBACK Video of the Short Film

ACTOR NOVEL Transcript Reading: CATLIPS INCORPORATED
December 2018 Reading
by Sharon Bennett Gandy
STORYFAMILY BEST scene Screenplay: FAMILY TREE by Andrea N. Carr
December 2018

STORYFEATURE Screenplay: WOMEN AND CHILDREN FIRST by Tara C. Hall
December 2018

STORYTV BEST SCENE Screenplay: SQUAD by Louric Rankine
December 2018

STORYDIVERSITY SHORT Screenplay: NORTH STAR by PJ Palmer
December 2018

STORYLGBT BEST scene Screenplay: VIN & JILL by Gracious Vallarious
December 2018

STORYBEST scene Screenplay: JONNY QUEST by Alan Rosenfeld
December 2018

 

 

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

Festival Moderators: Kierston Drier, Shepsut Wilson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Festival Directors: Mary Cox, Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Hugh Ritchie, Isabal Cupryn, Aser Santos Jr., Zack Arch

AUGUST 2018 FAMILY Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

A FilmFreeway preferred festival:

 

ACTORNovel Reading: EMPTY SEATS by Wanda Adams Fischer

ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay: INSIDE THE WORLD OF ZOE SANDER by Suzanne Lutas
August 2018

festival posterFIREFLIES, 3min., UK, Drama

festival posterGIRL IN YELLOW, 3min., USA, Drama/Family
festival posterBROTHERS, 5min., USA, Drama/Family

 

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

Festival Moderators: Kierston Drier, Shepsut Wilson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Festival Directors: Mary Cox, Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: John Johnson, Isabal Cupryn, Aser Santos Jr., Zack Arch

MAY 2018 FAMILY Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

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

 

 

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

festival posterSAM THE HAM, 1min., USA, Animation/Comedy

festival posterWHEN COMES THE RAIN, 2min., USA, Animation/Comedy

festival posterROSIE, OH, 8min, USA, Experimental/Family

ACTORTHE PAPER PRINCESS – ANIMATION 1st Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Stephanie Barnes

ACTORA KIND OF MARRIAGE – SHORT STORY Reading
May 2018 Reading
by Stevie Turner

ACTORWHO’S AT THE DOOR – SHORT STORY Reading
May 2018 Reading
by Mary Barr

ACTORAVALEIGH’S AMAZING ADVENTURES – SHORT STORY Reading
May 2018 Reading
by Rita Cragwall

 

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

Festival Moderators: Kierston Drier, Shepsut Wilson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Festival Directors: Mary Cox, Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: John Johnson, Isabal Cupryn, Aser Santos Jr., Zack Arch

WINNING FAMILY FEATURE SCREENPLAY – THE SPIRIT OF COLUMBUS, by Eric W. Carlson

 

(Adventure/Drama; based on a true story.) In 1964, Ohio housewife & amateur pilot Jerrie Mock races professional aviatrix Joan Merriam Smith in a daring attempt to become the first woman to successfully fly solo around the world.

Genre: Family, Drama, History, Adventure

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Jane Hailes
Jerrie: Penelope Park
Joan: Kelci Stephenson
Russ: Todd Thomas Dark
Williams: Charles Gordon
Sharp: Nick Wicht

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

In 1964, Ohio housewife and amateur pilot Jerrie Mock races professional aviatrix Joan Merriam Smith in a daring attempt to become the first woman to successfully fly solo around the world.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

True story/Adventure/Drama

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Jerrie Mock is an inspiration to all women (and others) who wish to achieve something meaningful, despite significant odds against success. (As a trivia note, her small Cessna 180 hangs in the Dulles annex of the Air and Space museum. If you are in the area, go look at it. You will be surprised at how small and fragile her airplane looks. It’s amazing she flew it 23,000 miles in 29 days.)

How would you describe this script in two words?

Courageous women.

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

To Kill a Mockingbird.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I began the research in the summer of 2016. I finished the first draft in February 2017, and immediately started the revisions and editing.

How many stories have you written?

Well over 20 screenplays.

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

I Saw Her Standing There, by the Beatles – the true essence of a rock and roll song with its simple premise and pure raw sound.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I wanted to get this story right to honor Jerrie, so my editing process was long (and is still ongoing). Her story needs to be told.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Music (I’m a drummer), history, movies, and traveling.

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

It’s a great submission platform. I’ve entered over a dozen scripts into numerous contests, and never had a problem.

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

The feedback I received was the best from any contest, bar none. I have advised all of the writers in my screenwriting group to enter if they have a script that would fit the tone of your contest. I used the notes I received to do a rewrite, and they really strengthened my script. The fact that you had actors breathe life into my story was the absolute icing on the cake. It’s rare that we writers receive such an honor and opportunity.

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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