Family Best Scene Reading – NO MORE GOODBYES, by Rebekah R Ganiere

January 2017 Winning FAMILY Best Scene Reading.

Best Scene from the screenplay NO MORE GOODBYES Screenplay
Written by Rebekah Ganiere

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Victoria Kucher
TRISTAN – Hugh Ritchie
BETTY – Julie Sheppard
STAN – David Occhipinti
SHERIFF – Robert Notman
ER NURSE – Olivia Jon

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Family, Drama

When two foster brothers lose their carer they find themselves in danger of being separated. They go on the run, finding new family along the way.

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

After the death of his foster mother, sixteen-year-old Mark goes on the run- fulfilling his promise to keep him and his eight-year-old foster brother, Tristan, together. But when their car dies in a small town, Mark finds that hiding out and caring for a young child with PTSD isn’t as easy as he thought.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Family Film, Drama

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It helps us to look at what it takes to consider someone family. With the country divided in so many ways right now this movie shows that people of any age, race, or religion can come together to form a family. And the sacrifices that family makes for each other.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Brotherly sacrifice

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

Star Wars and the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. I’ve been a nerd for a very long time.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Honestly, not long. I wrote it in one week last July. But I am a very quick writer. This was my first screenplay. I’ve edited it half a dozen times since then, but that’s about all. I’ve been a published author for three years and so when an idea hits me I bang it out quick.

How many stories have you written?

Stories? Man, I have no idea. I currently have 18 novels published. And sixty plus ideas still waiting to be written. I have four screenplays and a pilot I’ve written in the last six months. And several unfinished works as well.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

My son. He is eight and he’s an actor and I have wanted to write something that would really showcase his funny, quirky, loving personality. And he has a friend who is also an actor who is sixteen. So I thought, realistically where would an eight year old and a sixteen year old meet and become best friends?

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Making sure if felt real and authentic. I wanted this to be a story that people could watch and see themselves in, or someone they know and relate to it with characters we cried with and rooted for. That takes some doing.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I am a homeschooling mom of 4 beautiful kids. Three daughters and a son. I spend a lot of time driving them around to auditions and dance classes and other classes. We as a family love Comic Cons. We go to about seven a year and cosplay. So sewing and prop making and crafting take a lot of my time as well.

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

I loved the title. Festival for Family. I felt that was exactly the kind of audience I wanted to appeal to. The initial feedback I have gotten is awesome. Some of the notes were ones I had already been thinking about myself and so they just confirmed the changes I already wanted to make.

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

Write what you are passionate about not what you think the market wants. The market is always changing and if you try to write to what you think people want to see by the time you are done, the market will have changed. But if you write what you are passionate about and what you love, at the end of the day, even if no one sees it, you will love what you did. And that’s the most important thing of all.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson


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2016 Family Novels and Short Stories

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Watch the best of Family NOVELS & SHORT STORIES from 2016. CLICK and watch the winning readings: 

 

ACTORNOVEL Transcript Reading – A CHANCE FOR LIFE
December 2016 Reading
Written by Laura Anne Ewald
ACTORSHORT Story – A CHRISTMAS REUNION
November 2016 Reading
Written by Joy Lin
ACTORNOVEL Prologue – THE ACE OF KINGS
August 2016 Reading
Written by Dan Levinson

ACTORSHORT STORY – TALKING YEOW
July 2016 Reading
Written by Lynne Adams Barze

ACTORSHORT STORY – LEFT ON LUNDY
July 2016 Reading
Written by James R. Cavell

ACTORSHORT STORY – DESPITE DEMENTIA
July 2016 Reading
Written by Janet Bennett Cox

ACTORShort Story Reading – CULT FAN
June 2016 Reading
Written by Gina Lee Ronhovde

ACTORShort Story Reading – DESTINY OF JOY
June 2016 Reading
Written by Mary Eastham
ACTORShort Story Reading – MAMA’S PURFECT DAY
June 2016 Reading
Written by Richard Marra

ACTORShort Story Reading – TEARS FOR MY BABY SISTER
May 2016 Reading
Written by Jody T. Morse

ACTORShort Story Reading – TOGETHER AND SEPARATE
May 2016 Reading
Written by Herb Schultz

ACTORShort Story Reading – MR “NAUGHTY” BECOMES MR “NICE”
May 2016 Reading
Written by Laura Anne Ewald

ACTORShort Story Reading – THROWING KIDS
May 2016 Reading
Written by Erik Linthorst

ACTOR1st Ch. Novel Transcript – TJ’S LAST SUMMER IN CAPE COD
May 2016 Reading
Written by Garfield Whyte

ACTORShort Story Reading – AFTERNOON CABARET
May 2016 Reading
Written by Grey Hall

ACTORShort Story Reading – COUNT WILLIAM
April 2016 Reading
Written by Tegon Maus

ACTORNovel Chapter 1 Reading – EXOTIQA
April 2016 Reading
Written by M. Black

ACTOR1st Chapter Reading – THE MAGIC PILLOW
March 2016 Reading
Written by K.J. Kratz

ACTORNovel Transcript Reading – INTO THE SHADOWS
March 2016 Reading
Written by Marie Jones

ACTORWatch Novel Made into Movie: AAHBC
Written by Albert Lewis
ACTORChapter 7 Reading – THE FURLITES OF ARORIEL
January 2016 Reading
Written by Marie J.S. Phillips

 

 

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

2016 Family Short Films

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Watch the best of Family Short Films from 2016. CLICK and watch the winning readings: 


festival posterBIRTH WEAVING LIFE, 6min., Japan, Animation/Documentary
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festival posterI AM DYSLEXIC, 6min. Norway, Animation/Music Video
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterGRANDMA: A TRUE STORY, 5min, UK, Animation/Family
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterPHANTOM CITY, 6min, Canada, Animation/Crime
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterTHE GRAVEYARD SHIFT, 2min, USA, Animation/Comedy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterCACOPHONY, 2min, USA, Animation/Drama
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterSISTERS, 4min, USA, Animation/Music Video
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterAFRO CRAB, 4min, Taiwan, Animation/Comedy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterSTUTTER, 13min., USA, Family/Drama
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterMAN’S BEST FRIEND, 7min. UK, Family/Animation
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival poster
WHAT’S WEARING MUMMY, 15min, UK, Family/Comedy

WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterTHE GRENADE, 4min., Brazil, Experimental/Music
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterTHERE WAS A PLACE, 14min. Spain, Drama
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival poster
FALLING STARS, 25min, Germany, Drama/Mystery

WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival poster
LATE, 5min, Canada, Drama

WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterSTUTTER, 13min., USA, Family/Drama
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterCOLOR, 6min, USA, Experimental/Student
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterTHERE WAS A PLACE, 14min. Spain, Drama
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival poster
WHAT’S WEARING MUMMY, 15min, UK, Family/Comedy

WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterBACK TO THE FUTURE?, 10min., USA, Comedy/Sci-Fi
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

September 2016 Film Festival


festival posterTHE CHAMPION, 17min, USA, Documentary
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

September 2016 Film Festival


festival posterAWESOME BEETLE’S COLORS, 3min, Latvia, Animation/Musical
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival poster
INSIDE, 3min., Belguim, Animation/Comedy

WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival poster5476 Miles, 4min, UK, Animation/Music Video
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterSPARROW DUET, 4min, USA, Animation/Experimental
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterA SMALL VOICE, 2min, UK, Animation/Drama
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterBOTTOMLESS, 2min, USA, Animation/Biography
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterSEA OF INK, 3min, USA, Animation/Drama
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival poster1916, 4min, UK, Animation/Drama
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterTIME SMASH, 2min., USA, Animation/Sci-Fi
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festival poster
JAILBREAK, 1min., USA, Animation/Crime

WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterLUCY, 16min, Greece, Family/Drama
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festival posterGHOSTBOY, 9min., UK, Animation/Comedy
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festival poster101 CUPCAKES, 13min, Australia, Family/Drama
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

ACTORSILENCE, 3min, Russia, Romance/Drama
Short Film from July 2016 Film Festival

ACTORI LIKE YOU, 2min, Italy, Drama/Romance
Short Film from July 2016 Film Festival

ACTORJACK IS PRETTY, 26min, USA, Fantasy/Family
Watch Audience FEEDBACK Video of the Short Film from June 2016 Film Festival


festival poster1Minute Nature
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4min, Netherlands, Documentary/Animation


festival posterFROG
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


17min, USA, Family/Drama


festival posterACE
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK Video


6min, UK, Family/Kids


festival posterFISH
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10min, USA, Family/Drama


festival posterCHATEAU SAUVIGNON: TERROIR
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13min, USA, Horror/Family

 

 

2016 Family Screenplays

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

Watch the best of Family Screenplays from2016. CLICK and watch the winning readings: 

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – DOORLOCKER
December 2016 Reading
Written by Tony DiSibio & BL Cooper
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – THE THREE LODGERS
December 2016 Reading
Written by Bayo Baker
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – TINK
December 2016 Reading
Written by Edward Ybarra
ACTORSHORT Screenplay (Under 5pg.) – CLOSURE
November 2016 Reading
Written by Devin Klos
ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – CHILDREN OF CHAOS
November 2016 Reading
Written by Kara Dueck
ACTORFEATURE Screenplay – DUE SOUTH
November 2016 Reading
Written by Even R. Schullery
ACTORBEST Scene Screenplay – PLACE TO BE
November 2016 Reading
Written by Natalia Maslin
ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – THE BURIED MOON AND HER DAUGHTER
November 2016 Reading
Written by Rena Dunsworth
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – REACH FOR THE SKY
November 2016 Reading
Written by Eric Carlson
ACTORBEST Scene Screenplay – FAMILY OF SPIES
November 2016 Reading
Written by Susan Lambert Hatem
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – PARADISE AT MAIN AND ELM
October 2016 Reading
Written by Barry Brennessel

ACTORFEATURE Screenplay: CHARLOTTE SOMETIMES
October 2016 Reading
Written by Cate Carson

ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – 3 FAMILIES
September 2016 Reading
Written by J.D. Poland

ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay: MODERN FAMILY
September 2016 Reading
Written by Chai Karve

ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – DUE SOUTH
July 2016 Reading
Written by Evan Schullery

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – THE BLUE DRESS
July 2016 Reading
Written by Dave Riese

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – THE FACTS OF LIFE
July 2016 Reading
Written by Chris Beadnell

ACTORFAN FICTION Screenplay – STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE
July 2016 Reading
Written by Jennifer Renner

ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – WILD MAGIC
June 2016 Reading
Written by Julie Nichols

ACTORBest Scene Screenplay – SEED OF THE WOMAN
June 2016 Reading
Written by Gary R. Billings
ACTORShort Screenplay – CARRION
May 2016 Reading
Written by Karen Palmer

ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – MARRIAGE EQUALITY
April 2016 Reading
Written by Jamie Pierce

ACTORBest Scene Screenplay – LE CHAT NOIR
April 2016 Reading
Written by Paula Sewell

ACTORFeature Screenplay – GATES OF HELL
March 2016 Reading
Written by Pamela Green and Everett House Sr.

ACTORBest Scene Screenplay – SCREAMING MY HEART OUT
March 2016 Reading
Written by Janyce Lapore

ACTORFeature Screenplay – HENRIETTA’S ODYSSEY
February 2016 Reading
Written by L.R. Whittinger
ACTORFan Fiction – DOCTOR WHO “The Time Cuckoo”
February 2016 Reading
Written by David Gilbank & Paul Renhard
ACTORFeature Screenplay – FOUR FOR THE BORDER
February 2016 Reading
Written by Toby Roberts
ACTORTV PILOT – LIFE IN THE FAST LANE
January 2016 Reading
Written by Debi Calabro

 

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Watch Audience Feedback Video: MAN’S BEST FRIEND, 7min. UK, Family/Animation

Short Film played at the December 2016 Family/Animation Film Festival.

AUDIENCE FEEDBACK VIDEO of the short film:

  MOVIE POSTERMAN’S BEST FRIEND, 7min. UK, Family/Animation
Directed by Rob Sprackling

10 year old Zach loves his football – and his football loves him back. They enjoy playing in the garden, going to the park and spending time together, just like a boy with a faithful dog. But when his ball gets lost, Zach must team up with his neglected Mum, to find his best friend. In doing so, Zach and his Mum re-find each other.

Director Statement

I’m an experienced comedy screenwriter and before that was a stand up comedian and TV presenter. I enjoy the spoken word and as a result most of my screenplays are relatively dialogue heavy (as were my previous two award winning shorts ‘Green Monkey’ and ‘Rise of the Appliances’). So when writing/directing my third short, I wanted to set myself the challenge of making a film without dialogue. It seemed like an interesting discipline that would force me to tell the story in pictures, which, for me, felt refreshing and new.

The other challenge I took on was to mix live action and animation. I work a lot in both forms as a screenwriter – having written for Disney, Aardman, DreamWorks, Fox, Working Title, BBC Films and others. As I now want to shift my focus from screenwriting to writing/directing (I am currently attached to direct a live action and two animated features) I felt it would be interesting to combine those two worlds in one film.

So the challenge here was to make a simple story, without dialogue or complex plot twists, that delivered a unique tone, good visual comedy and a rewarding emotional journey. Thanks to a fantastic cast and crew, I’m hopeful that we achieved this. Ratings

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WATCH PAST FILM FESTIVAL EVENTS and the FEEDBACK VIDEOS of EACH SELECTED FILM

ACTOROCTOBER HORROR/THRILLER 2016 Film Festival
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ACTOROCTOBER ACTION/CRIME 2016 Film Festival
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ACTORSEPTEMBER DOC/COMEDY 2016 Film Festival
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ACTORAUGUST FAMILY/ANIMATION 2016 Film Festival
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ACTORAUGUST HORROR/THRILLER 2016 Film Festival
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ACTORJULY 2016 Film Festival
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ACTORJUNE 2016 Film Festival
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ACTORMAY 2016 Film Festival
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ACTORAPRIL 2016 Film Festival
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Watch Audience Feedback Video: STUTTER, 13min., USA, Family/Drama

Short Film played at the December 2016 Family/Animation Film Festival.

AUDIENCE FEEDBACK VIDEO of the short film:

  MOVIE POSTERSTUTTER, 13min., USA, Family/Drama
Directed by Ivo Huahua

A strong-willed widower with a heavy stutter is determined to win the respect of his son by speaking to the boy’s class on Career Day.

Film Type:Short, Student

Runtime:13 minutes 38 seconds

Completion Date:August 6, 2016

Production Budget:4,000 USD

Country of Origin:United States

Country of Filming:United States

Shooting Format:RED Digital 4K

Aspect Ratio:1:85:1

Film Color:Color

First-time Filmmaker:No

Student Project:Yes

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WATCH PAST FILM FESTIVAL EVENTS and the FEEDBACK VIDEOS of EACH SELECTED FILM

ACTOROCTOBER HORROR/THRILLER 2016 Film Festival
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ACTOROCTOBER ACTION/CRIME 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from October event
ACTORSEPTEMBER DOC/COMEDY 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from September event
ACTORAUGUST FAMILY/ANIMATION 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from August 25th event
ACTORAUGUST HORROR/THRILLER 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from August 18th event
ACTORJULY 2016 Film Festival
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ACTORJUNE 2016 Film Festival
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ACTORMAY 2016 Film Festival
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ACTORAPRIL 2016 Film Festival
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Watch Winning Family Short Screenplay: THE FACTS OF LIFE by Chris Beadnell

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THE FACTS OF LIFE
Written by Chris Beadnell
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SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Family, Comedy

A parent’s nightmare, the dreaded ‘birds and bees’ chat. This loving father steps up to the plate to answer the questions from his inquisitive daughter. He is nervous as he awkwardly navigates his way through an explanation. But, humorously, the circumstance changes at the end.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Kaufmann
TINA – Elizabeth Rose Morriss
TREVOR – Robert Notman

 

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

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