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

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October 2017 FAMILY Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

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

 

ACTORFAMILY 1st SCENE Screenplay – MY ATARI CHRISTMAS
October 2017 Reading
by Chris Parrish
ACTORADVENTURE 1st SCENE Screenplay – THE MONSTER HUNTERS CODE
October 2017 Reading
by Ryan Brannan

festival posterTHE DARKNESS KEEPER, 18min, Spain, Thriller/Suspense
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

 

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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

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

September 2017 FAMILY Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

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

 

ACTORFAMILY 1st Scene Screenplay – FOREVER CHARLEE
September 2017 Reading
by Hank Isaac

festival posterPUSHING, 10min, USA, Family/Drama
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterMY LITTLE BROTHER, 6min, New Zealand, Family/Experimental
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterCHALK, 10min, Family/Adventure
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterPEPITA & MAX, 6min, Family/Animation
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterUKA, 3min, Spain, Animation/Family
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterKARMA, 4min., USA, Animation/Family
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterPERFECT TOWN, 4min., Switzerland, Animation/Fantastic
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterONE PER PERSON, 10min., Canada, Animation/Comedy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterFRUIT, 7min., Germany, Animation/Experimental
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterOUR CRAPPY TOWN, 8min, USA, Animation/Comedy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
ACTORNOVEL Transcript – COURAGE THE MOUSE
September 2017 Reading
by Cornelia Fick

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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

HIGHLIGHTS & VIDEOS: September 2017 FAMILY FEEDBACK Film Festival

AUDIENCE FESTIVAL AWARDS

Best Film: MY LITTLE BROTHER

Best Performances: CHALK

Best Cinematography: PUSHING

Best Sound Design: PEPITA & MAX

WATCH the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

PUSHING, 10min, USA, Family/Drama
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterMY LITTLE BROTHER, 6min, New Zealand, Family/Experimental
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterCHALK, 10min, Family/Adventure 
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterPEPITA & MAX, 6min, Family/Animation 
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterUKA, 3min, Spain, Animation/Family
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterKARMA, 4min., USA, Animation/Family
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterPERFECT TOWN, 4min., Switzerland, Animation/Fantastic
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterONE PER PERSON, 10min., Canada, Animation/Comedy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterFRUIT, 7min., Germany, Animation/Experimental
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterOUR CRAPPY TOWN, 8min, USA, Animation/Comedy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

 
The FAMILY SEPTEMBER 2017 FEEDBACK Film Festival was truly a great success.

The theme of the festival was “CYCLE OF LIFE”.

Every film showcased was about the process of life. We are born. We live. We pass on.

NOTE: This was a showcase of the best FAMILY films from around the world.

This was a two part night. The first half was the best of live action shorts. And the 2nd half was the best of animation shorts.

This was an amazing night. One of the best of our 2017 season. When you showcase 10 films and every single film gets a vote from the audience for “BEST FILM”, you know you have a special night. This was a night where every single film was a worthy winner.

The full house crowd of 165 people didn’t say one negative comment in the entire moderation. I do not think that has ever happened in our history of over 100 events. People were on a trip of positivity because all of the films showcased were so dynamic.

When you make a short film, especially an animation film, most times it takes years to complete from the inception to completion. So it just gives me a fuzzy feeling inside to witness a festival like this. It was a perfect night.

Big thanks to the moderator of the evening, Kierston Drier, for her amazing job.

See you at the festivals in 2017.

– Matthew Toffolo

PEPITA & MAX Short Film – Sept. 2017 FAMILY FEEDBACK Film Festival

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

CHALK Short Film – Sept. 2017 FAMILY FEEDBACK Film Festival

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