April 2018 FAMILY Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

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

 

festival posterI PROMISED HER LIFE, 15min., Drama/Family

festival posterDAUGHTER, 3min., Canada, Drama/Family

festival posterSUNDAY DINNER, 15min., USA, Documentary

festival posterA GOOD BLINDER, 26min., USA, Documentary

festival posterMATTHEW, 6min., USA, LGBT/Family

ACTORTV FAN FICTION PILOT: SCOOBY DOO: AGE OF AQUARIUS
April 2018 Reading
by Katie Grotzinger
ACTORINDIAN COUNTRY – 1st Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Troy Kelly
ACTORIN THE WOODS – Short Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Rachel Greenhoe
ACTORSEEKER – Family Short Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Kaitlyn Kowalski
ACTORRETURN TO FREEDOM – FEMALE Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Bristol MacDonald
ACTORSADIE SASQUASH – FEMALE Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Frank Vespe

 

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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

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FAMILY Winning Short Screenplay – SEEKER, by Kaitlyn Kowalski

Genre: Family, Drama

A young girl struggles between helping her family, and doing the right thing.

CAST LIST:

Harry: Fabio Abreu
Jasmine: Vanessa Quaglaira
Narrator: Dan Fox
Maria:Val Cole
Gretchen: Cassandra Sirois
Dale: James Murray

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

The Seeker is a story about a young girl who struggles to find the balance between helping her family and actually doing the right thing.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

I would consider The Seeker to be a drama.

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Personally, I think this story is just flat out entertaining. I love a story with a smart twist and The Seeker definitely has one. It is filled with tender visuals and I think it would be a fun movie to direct. It would be challenging, but rewarding.

4. How would you describe this script in two words?

Terrifyingly relatable

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

Hmm… wow that’s a tough one. It’s probably a toss up between The Never Ending Story and No Country For Old Men… don’t judge!!

6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Funny enough, I’ve been working on this script since I was a sophomore in college, 2011. I’d forgotten that I’d written it, but found an old PDF and fell in love with the idea again. It was cool to see how I’ve progressed as a writer from one of the first screenplays I’d ever written.

7. How many stories have you written?

I’ve written probably 50 short films & sketches since 2011 when I started and I’ve gotten to 1/2 of a feature!

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

I used to have a big crush on a guy who was seriously into Gerry Raferty so I’ve probably listened to “Right Down The Line” over 1,000 times. Ha!

9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I had a certain story in my head and when I thought it was finished, I got critiques from a couple of people wanting more. I still get them. It’s hard to get suggestions from other people and still stay true to the story you want to tell. Overall, I think the changes I made based on their suggestions made for a stronger story. It’s always good to get a fresh set of eyes.

10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I love working with children. They are so unafraid to express how they feel, but may not always know how to articulate it. They taught me how to be a better instructor and a better director.

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

Working via Film Freeway makes submitting to festivals extremely easy!! There are so many festivals to submit to right at your fingertips.

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

I read the title of the festival and knew I needed feedback on The Seeker and thought, could this get anymore perfect? The Seeker is a troubling story about a family, and it’s so hard to get friends to read anything so it just seemed like fate was saying “Enter this one Kaitlyn!”. It was an entry fee well spent!
I felt like the feedback was incredibly insightful. I really felt like the feedback giver was invested in the success of my story and did what they could to have made it stronger. I thank you for that!

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

Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

March 2018 FAMILY Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

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

 

ACTORSTUDENT SHORT Screenplay – DIMAGGIO
March 2018 Reading
by Taylor Zaccario

festival posterFOR THE LOVE OF THE CHILD, 38min., USA, Documentary

festival posterTHE MANLIEST MAN, 23min., India, Drama
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ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay of the show TRANSPARENT
March 2018 Reading
by Marisaa Lessman

ACTORANIMATION 1st SCENE Screenplay – MARIE’S JOURNEY
March 2018 Reading
by Keith Famie

ACTORFEMALE BEST SCENE Screenplay – FIRST TIME FOR PENNY
March 2018 Reading
by Janice Walker

 

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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

February 2018 FAMILY Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

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

ACTORFAMILY Best Scene Screenplay – CHRISTMAS WINGS
February 2018 Reading
by Lily Rose
ACTORLGBT FEATURE Screenplay – LOVE IS FREE WILL
February 2018 Reading
by Amanda Samaroo
ACTORDRAMA FEATURE Screenplay – THE DISPLACED
February 2018 Reading
by Manzo Scruggs

festival posterMADEIRA, 14min., USA, Drama
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festival posterEASY, A 3 MINUTE LOVE STORY, 3min., USA, Romance/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 SHORT Best Scene Script Reading of CHRISTMAS WINGS, by Lily Rose

 

Genre: Animation, Fantasy

Zarna is a shadow fairy born without wings. To fit in she steals wings from living creatures. This year she’s looking for her own set of Christmas Wings.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Laura Kyswaty
Teacher Humy: Allan Michael Brunet
Quanilla: Susan Q. Wilson
Zarna: Katelyn Varadi
Sparla: Sarah Evelyn
Bilton: Hugh Ritchie

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Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

My Screenplay, Christmas Wings, is about a shadow fairy, Zarna who was born without wings. She is the only shadow fairy without wings, and she feels left out, and to fit in she uses her magic to steal wings from other living creatures. At Christmas, she wants her own Christmas wings, and goes to steal the wings from an Angel. Instead, the Angel sends her to hell, where Zarna begins to see the damage to has done to other living creatures and is repentant.

The screenplay is about Zarna’s journey of how she learns to accept who she is, even though she is different as she has no wings, as well as accepting others for who they are.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Animated, short film, family, fantasy.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Because it would be a movie suitable for all ages with a story line that all could relate to.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Inspiring and Imaginative.

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

I love the movie, The Sound of Music. I would watch it yearly when growing up. I still enjoy watching and singing along to the movie.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I’ve been working on this screenplay off and on now for a few years.

How many stories have you written?

I’ve written over ten stories in various genres, horror, fantasy, steampunk, contemporary, romance and I have also published two collections of poetry.

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

Recently, I’ve enjoyed listening (alot) to the song, This is Me, from The Showman. I find it positive and uplifting, and the tune stays in my mind!

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Initially this screenplay was written in a short story format, so I had to learn how to convert it to a script format and style which is very different writing novels.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I’m passionate about sharing what I’ve learnt on my writing journey and helping others to be inspired to find their own creative expression.

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

I’ve had a very positive experience working with FilmFreeway and their submission platform. It’s always gone smoothly with good outcomes.

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

I entered the festival because I wanted to see if my screenplay, Christmas Wings, would be well received, if it really did have potential to be made into a movie, and to see what feedback I could get on my story. I’ve been happy with the feedback I’ve received.

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

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

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

January 2018 FAMILY Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

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


festival posterOUR WONDERFUL NATURE, 3min., Germany, Animation
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festival posterEGGS AND SOLDIERS, 20min., USA, Drama/Family
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festival posterEVERYTHING WILL BE OKAY, 30min., Austria, Drama/Thriller
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festival posterLILAC TV Pilot, 15min., USA, Adventure/Family
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ACTORTV Best Scene Screenplay – AMERICAN SCHOOL
January 2018 Reading
by Michael Hager
ACTOREUROPEAN SHORT Screenplay – THE BIKERS’ WAVE
January 2018 Reading
by Damien Mazza
ACTOR FAMILY Best Scene Screenplay – THE SHOW TO DIE FOR
January 2018 Reading
by Martin Cox
ACTORMYSTERY Best Scene Screenplay – UNDER THE WELL
January 2018 Reading
by Max. J. Eber
ACTORWAR Best Scene Screenplay – NO HONOUR AMONG FAMILY
January 2018 Reading
by Shawn McCormack
ACTOR NOVEL Transcript Reading – CURLY AND TUBS AND THE GALLOPING ROT
January 2018 Reading
by Kim Montgomery
ACTOR NOVEL Transcript Reading – AUNT SOOKIE ME
January 2018 Reading
by Michael Scott Garvin
ACTOR NOVEL Transcript Reading – SHARLEYS LESSONS
January 2018 Reading
by RK Vetter
ACTOR SHORT STORY Reading – EVERYTHING
January 2018 Reading
by Lionel Walfish

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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 THE SHOW TO DIE FOR, by Martin Cox

 

CAST LIST:

Will – Geoff Mays
NARRATION – Hugh Ritchie
Pammy – Julie C. Sheppard
Frank – Sean Ballantyne

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

My screenplay, ‘The Show To Die For’ is primarily about a loving family (Mother, Father and Son) who are being torn apart by the news that the Mom has only 6 months to live. The husband lost his job 2 years ago and with no health insurance, their savings have been completely depleted by Mom’s ongoing medical treatments.
Juxtaposed to this almost perfect relationship, is that of a selfish, egoistical chauvinist TV talk show host, who drinks, frequents strip clubs and has a failing chat show.
When an aging Senator collapses and dies on the show the grab goes viral and the TV company management recognizes the birth of a new genre of shows. Death by suicide on live TV for a cash award, signed over to the choice of person or persons elected by the suicide victim.
When the Mom learns of the offer she applies, is accepted and under the protection of the Physician Assisted Suicide Bill (legal in her state), she tells her doting son and husband that she will die with dignity, without pain and provide much needed money for her family. Needless to say, the two guys are vehemently against the plan but Mom is determined to take this exit strategy, with jaw dropping consequences.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

The main genre is Drama but it does include some humor and tense in many sequences.

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I lived through a very similar situation as a teenager and still suffer from the terrible sights I saw and how my Father was destroyed by the whole process. So, educating people that it is not only the sick person that suffers but other family members need counseling is paramount. Also, the real and pertinent fact that the family has no health plan. This is a situation that many families have found themselves facing and they will totally relate to the family concerned.
Last, the scoundrel of a TV host is someone you just hate. That is until he performs one redeeming act and the whole ‘hater’ emotion dissipates and something else inexplicably takes it’s place.

4. How would you describe this script in two words?

Powerfully emotional.

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

Raging Bull. That is the story of my family!

6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Emotionally 40 years. Writing, 3 years.

7. How many stories have you written?

That’s hard to say. I have had MOW’s and shorts produced (The Southern Belle (Short), still available on Youtube being my biggest success so far) and have many scripts available for perusal. I just love writing.

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

Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding. A story of despair but the genius of the lyrics and the talent of Redding leads us to believe that the subject has at least found peace. It is fantastic and never grows old.

9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I guess the same that many other people face. Work, family, just day to day responsibilities. But on a personal level I found it very difficult writing about myself (son) and the bravery of the Mom (my Mother).

10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I am passionate about my family, my painting, my poetry, martial arts and work!

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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