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

festival posterPEPITA & MAX, 6min, Family/Animation
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterUKA, 3min, Spain, Animation/Family
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festival posterKARMA, 4min., USA, Animation/Family
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festival posterPERFECT TOWN, 4min., Switzerland, Animation/Fantastic
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festival posterONE PER PERSON, 10min., Canada, Animation/Comedy
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festival posterFRUIT, 7min., Germany, Animation/Experimental
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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

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

Winning FAMILY 1st Scene of FOREVER CHARLEE, by Hank Isaac

 

A washed up child actress tries to make a comeback by starring in a TV series about a washed up child actress who’s trying to make a comeback.

Genre: Family, Drama

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Laura Kyswaty
Charlee: Premika Leo
Kip: James Boutcher
Guard: Luke Robinson

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

Forever Charlee is about a 12-year-old actress – a child super-star, actually – who is washed up before she even becomes a teen but is given the chance to play a character in a TV series whose life scarily parallels her own.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Forever Charlee is a half-hour sitcom with dramatic overtones.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I feel this story speaks to anyone who strives to be “on top” but for one reason or another ends up failing. It’s about all the things we hope to be and the things we hope for our own children.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Diabolically hilarious.

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

A tie between The Time Machine (1960) and The Dish. I watched The Time Machine in the theatre 13 times in a row, over two days, and The Dish, a sweet Australian film, on DVD just about as many.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

On and off for about a year. The version you have is pretty much like the original which went down on paper in about six hours. I polished a little after.

How many stories have you written?

Easily over 100.

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

This is hard. Probably Pat Boone’s April Love. Why? It was released during a pretty significant coming-of-age time
for me and still conjures up those feelings whenever I hear it (or whenever I need those feelings).

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

None, really. I’m always in a fight with potential producers over my work — they nearly always insist my characters
“should be older.” So the “obstacle” is an internal one for me: I need to follow my instinct and block out everything
else.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Oh my. My family. I’m also a filmmaker. I’m a designer. I sail. I used to fly sailplanes and airplanes. Too many “passions” to list here.

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

I really like FilmFreeway. When I began entering competitions, I used “the other portal” because that’s all there was.

FF has been a real delight and their staff is immensely courteous when providing help. They are also responsive to suggested changes & additions.

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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