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
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festival posterPEPITA & MAX, 6min, Family/Animation
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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
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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

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

August 2017 FAMILY Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

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

 

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – WEBBED
August 2017 Reading
by Robert Drusetta
ACTORFAN FICTION Screenplay – ROCKETEERS
August 2017 Reading
by Gil Saint


festival posterTHE MAN WHO DOESN’T SLEEP, 15min, Canada, Drama
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festival posterMAGIC RADIO, 9min, USA, Family/Comedy
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festival posterWALLY, 24min, USA, LGBT, Documentary
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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

July 2017 FAMILY Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

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

 

ACTORSHORT STORY Reading – THEY DROVE ON STREETS PAVED WITH KINDNESS
July 2017 Reading
by John Bauer

ACTORFAMILY BEST SCENE Screenplay – ALL THROUGH THE HOUSE
July 2017 Reading
by Sandy Tovray Greenberg

ACTORUNDER 5min. SHORT Screenplay – BABY LOUIE
July 2017 Reading
by Mark Richards

ACTORSTUDENT SHORT Screenplay – BRANCHES
July 2017 Reading
by Holyn Thigpen

ACTORANIMATION TV PILOT Screenplay – CHICKEN COP
July 2017 Reading
by Bryan Cahill

festival posterA MONSTER CALLED CHARLES, 15min, UK, Fantasy/Drama
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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

FAMILY Best Scene Reading of ALL THROUGH THE HOUSE by Sandy Tovray Greenberg

Genre: Family, Drama

A perfect plan to allow the two kids of a couple separating to stay in the house while the parents alternate commuting back and forth turns out not to be so perfect, especially as Christmas approaches.

CAST LIST:
Narrator: Jack Comerford
Abby: Andrea Meister
Mrs. York: Konstantina Mantelos
Ogre: Anthony Botelho
Sage: Elizabeth Rose Morriss

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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

2017 TEEN Stories, Novels, Films, Screenplays (January-June)

Watch the best of creative works showcased in this genre at the festival in the first half of 2017.

ACTORNOVEL Transcript: BE SILENT
May 2017 Reading
by Danie Botha

ACTORFAN FICTION TV PILOT Screenplay – THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR
April 2017 Reading
Written by Richard Mueller
festival posterHAVE A LITTLE FAITH, 12min, USA, Comedy
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ACTORSHORT Screenplay – PEN & PENCIL
March 2017 Reading
Written by Devone Jones
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – WORMHOLE 276
February 2017 Reading
Written by Veronica R. Tabares

ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay – THE FLASH TV series
February 2017 Reading
Written by Nader Hobballah

ACTORSHORT Story – THE PAPERBOY
January 2017 Reading
Written by George G. Moore

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

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Festival Moderators: Amanda Lomonaco, Kierston Drier, Matthew Toffolo

Camera Operators: Mary Cox, Marko Cvijetinovic