Winning FAMILY Short Screenplay – GIRL IN THE PAINTING by Scott Williamson

Genre: Family, Fantasy

A curious young girl is shocked to find a tormented soul trapped in her grandmother’s favourite painting, but she soon discovers there are even more sinister plans afoot.

CAST LIST:
Narrator: Sean Ballantyne
Kate: Andrea Meister
Beryl: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Witch: Konstantina Mantelos
Caretaker: Anthony Botelho

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

A curious young girl is shocked to find a tormented soul trapped in her grandmother’s favourite painting, but she soon discovers there are even more sinister plans afoot.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Family. Fantasy. Gothic undertones.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I think kids will fall in love with the story, and Kate in particular. My kids did. It’s packed with gothic fantasy, mystery and a strong young female protagonist. I’d love to see it on the big screen one day.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Bloody awesome.

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

I’m an avid movie-goer and have seen lots over the years. If I had to choose my most frequently watched movie I couldn’t go past Top Gun. Hey, who didn’t want to be a jet fighter pilot going Mach 10 with their hair on fire?

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

It literally poured onto the page. I think I wrote it in a morning. The editing, however, took a little longer; about a week or so.

How many stories have you written?

I’ve now pumped out four short film scripts, all of which have won awards over the last 6 months. I’ve got another six or seven scripts being developed, including a feature film and tv pilot.

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

That’s a hard one to answer. I love Guns ‘n Roses, Queen, Robbie Williams. Very eclectic. Sympathy for the Devil has seen a bit of air time lately.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Writing and working full-time is never easy but this script just flowed. I guess you know it’s going to be okay when you don’t have to think too much about writing it.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I love my kids, my Triumph Speed Triple (motorcycle), and building my financial technology business. Writing is definitely my passion however. Hey, maybe one day I’ll be writing for full time.

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

I signed up to FilmFreeway at the beginning of the year but have been pretty selective about entering film festivals. There aren’t too many that focus on family films which is a shame, so when I saw the Festival for Family I jumped at the opportunity. The feedback was tremendous. It prompted me to re write the ending to make it more satisfying and I’m so glad I did. My script sparkled after the changes.

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

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

FAMILY Best Scene Reading of MY GUARDIAN ANGEL, by Philip Naiman

Winning Screenplay – MY GUARDIAN ANGEL
Written by Philip Naiman

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Julian Ford
PETE – Mandip Brar
THE ANGEL – Allan Brunet

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Family, Comedy

When family man Pete Nelson is fatally struck by lightning he needs the help of his guardian angel, his daughters and Ouija board to ensure that his family is taken care so that he and his family can move on.

 Get to know the writer:

What is your novel about?

My continued search for justice for the brutal murder of my son.

What genres would you say this novel is in?

True Crime/ Inspiration and Faith

How would you describe this story in two words?

Unconscionable injustice

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

What a Wonderful Life

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

What a wonderful world/somewhere over the rainbow.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

To kill a Mockingbird

What motivated you to write this story?

The deep love and devotion I have for my son and knowing that the truth must be told. I have been beaten down continually over the past 10 years and these wrong doers must be held accountable and stopped.

My story details the beastly hate, greed and injustice that permeates through our society every day. I want to make a difference and all lives matter.

If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?

My son Joseph

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

My faith, children, extending kindness to others, movies,
Music, singing, dance, Bible study, uplifting others, advocacy and never giving up.

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

Finally Knowing the truth and having all the proof that my sons brutal and tragic murder has been covered up by law-enforcement and prosecutors at every level.

So many people are supporting me to get my story out there for all people to know and understand that this horrific and hideous nightmare could happen to any parent.

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

When you know in your heart that your story must be told, write it. It is good to journal with dates and facts.

Always let your heart and soul guide you and when you begin put together a 1-2 page summary of the main theme, The plot thickening and your goals.

I had an important, crucial message to send; when you do make sure you deliver it.

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

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

FAMILY Feature Screenplay – QUEST FOR LIGHT by Byron Anderson

Winning Screenplay – QUEST FOR LIGHT
Written by Byron Anderson

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Amaka Umeh
BALTHASAR – David Straus
GASPAR – Devin Upham
MELCHOIR – Mark Sparks
VARIOUS – John Marcucci

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Family, Adventure, Religion, Action

Captivated by an extraordinary star, three Persian warrior priests journey along the Silk Road battling evil and struggle with their faith until they are transformed by God on their way to Bethlehem.


Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

Captivated by an extraordinary star, three warrior priests journey through Persia battling evil and struggling with their faith until they are transformed by God on their way to Bethlehem.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Action, Adventure, Christmas, Faith-based, Family Friendly, Spiritual

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Quest for Light – Adventure of the Magi is a Christian-themed action adventure which appeals to a broad demographic. Christian viewers will appreciate the Bible-based story which holds true to Christian theology. The fast-paced-action story and it’s historically accurate depiction of the First Century Silk Road appeals to the broader audience. The story provides a fresh perspective on the Biblical account of the nativity and the significance of the Persian priests who abandoned their kingdoms on a quest for a foreign god.

Intrigued by the mystery and theological significance of the Magi, I based the story on Scripture and historical accounts of the era, including the events and circumstances surrounding Christ’s birth. The significance of God’s star and the role of the Magi are brought into focus in the Christmas miracle of God coming to live among men, as a baby born to a virgin.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Christmas Adventure

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

Raiders of the Lost Ark

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Five Years

How many stories have you written?

Two, this screenplay and the novel by the same title

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

Beatles, Back in the USSR

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Learning the mechanics if a screenplay

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Sports

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

The Family theme of the festival got my attention and the feedback was instructive and encouraging

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FAMILY BEST SCENE Screenplay – WORMHOLE 276, by Veronica R Tabares

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Winning Screenplay – WORMHOLE 276
Written by Veronica R. Tabares
CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Geoff Mays
MARVI – Talia Price
JACOT – Casey Estey
TANK – John Lester Phillips

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Family, Sci-Fi

In a futuristic space city, two teenagers travel through a wormhole to find themselves in a strange ancient land; planet earth in the 21st century.

What is your screenplay about?

In a futuristic space city, two teenagers travel through a wormhole to retrieve a box of dangerous inventions that could destroy humankind. They find themselves in a strange ancient land; planet earth in the 21st century.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Science Fiction and Family

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

We need more movies that can be enjoyed by the entire family. Movies with excitement, comedy, drama, and heart. Movies that don’t keep parents on edge, ready cover the eyes and muffle the ears of their children.

Besides, there really aren’t enough movies that portray the grand relationship, the one between grandparents and grandchildren. And even fewer with grandparents who are vibrant, active, successful scientists ready to take on the world.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Grand Journey

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

It’s a tie between Return to Me and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. I know they’re very different from each other, but which one I want to see depends on my mood.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

About a year and a half. I’d work on it, switch to another project, and come back to it again. It came together a bit faster than I expected. I think it wanted to be written, so it didn’t throw any temper tantrums.

How many stories have you written?

More than I can count. I’ve been doing it a while.
So, I’ll focus on the stories that became books or scripts.
My ninth book will be out this summer (six novels and three picture books) and I have two additional picture books waiting to be illustrated.
Add to that six screenplays and four shorts, and the total is twenty-one.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I adore science fiction and will write it whenever given the opportunity.
I found a short I’d written for a class, read it, and realized it had potential to become a feature. I flipped the focus, expanded the story, and had a lot of fun with the characters. It was a blast!

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Life always manages to throw a few obstacles in the way of writing, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. After all, I need to live life to write about it. Each obstacle I encounter is fodder for future stories.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Family, family, and more family! Oh, and archaeology. And computer stuff.

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

I could write until my fingers came to life and danced off the keyboard by themselves, but what good would that do? All those words on the page are just that, words, until they’re proven able to communicate a story.

Which means a stranger must read my screenplay and understand it. I chose to enter the festival because I enjoy writing material that is appropriate for families. It’s a good fit.

The feedback was excellent! I really appreciate the comments and hope to work them into the script soon.

How has your Network ISA experience been like?

Fantastic! It’s great to have so many resources in one place.

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FAMILY Feature Screenplay – PIXYLATIONS, by Joe Laudati

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Winning Screenplay – PIXYLATIONS
Written by Joe Laudati

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – John Fray
FAELA – Cynthia Crofoot
KATIE – Victoria Urquhart
ELSIE – Andrea Meister
MCBRIDE – Brian Carleton
SCUFF – Peter Mark Raphael
SEAN – Gabriel Cameron

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Fantasy, Family

‘One prank too many. That’s all it takes to get Faela, a mischievous pixy, nearly banished from the Faerie Realm. Whether tantalizing goblins, enchanting flowers, or enraging an entire Irish town with her magical mayhem, Faela can test the mettle of even the most patient fairy. Her friend Scuff warned her not to taunt the ‘big-folk’. But what does a ‘gnome’ know?

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

One prank too many. That’s all it takes to get Faela, a mischievous pixy, nearly banished from the Faerie Kingdom. Whether tantalizing goblins, enchanting flowers, or enraging an entire Irish town with her magical mayhem, Faela can test the mettle of even the most patient fairy. Her friend Scuff warned her not to taunt the ‘big-folk’. (But what does a gnome know?)

Hauled before the High Court, King Auberon gives Faela a final chance to redeem herself: become a ‘house fairy’ to the home of a widower blacksmith, and restore ‘courage and joy’ to his little daughter Elsie. Of course, no one knows that Elsie has the ‘gifted sight’, the ability to see fairies. Not even Scuff, now sent as the king’s spy, whom Faela magically merges with the family dog!

But Faela longs to experience love as a human. Attracted to the former-beau of Elsie’s stern older sister Katie, she ‘pixylates’ the girl’s body to dance with him at a summer fair. Chaos ensues, as the personalities of girl and pixy collide.

Will Faela’s romantic distractions lead her astray?

And then there’s the Pooka, a sinister shape-shifting goblin who will spare no wickedness to see Faela’s mission fail. For the Pooka has claim over any banished pixy, and he has his heart set on Faela as his bride.

What genres does your screenplay under?

This is a whimsical fantasy-comedy, intended for children aged 8 to 80.

How would you describe this script in two words?

With all due respect to Disney’s ‘Tinkerbell’, it’s time we had a new fairy on the scene. Fairies are iconic creatures, as popular as dragons, vampires, and werewolves. Yet, apart from Tink, there have been almost no movies made about these elemental forces of Nature. I can name maybe two where a fairy served as the main character, and not simply as a
Peter Pan sidekick, or window-dressing for a Willow, or Labyrinth. Where’s the sylph-love? Fairies are everywhere in our culture, in books, artwork, toys, dolls, lingerie, New Age crystal and candle shops, Halloween costumes, greeting cards, even religions and paranormal science. (check out Theosophy and Wiccanism). A lot of poltergeist activity is actually attributed to mischievous nature-spirits. Fairies are like angels, but sexier. They can be perverse, unfettered by codes of ethics, and free as the wind. Faela is that character!

Faela is Taylor Swift, Tina Fey, and a bumblebee, put in a blender and poured over ice. She’s the ‘anti-Tinkerbell’, the ‘bad-girl with a heart of gold’, filled with spunk and an irreverent wit. Outcast, she cradles a lonely heart behind a pirate smile. ‘Pixylations’ is the story of her redemption, where she learns responsibility, and become a hero, while preserving that mischievous-spark that makes her the bane of her peers.

Though originally conceived as a fully animated film, this would work equally well as a live-action / CGI combo. With renewed interest in fairy tale projects, and the popularity of films like Maleficent, and Frozen, I think it’s time ‘Pixylations’ took wing. It has the potential to become a hugely successful family film. The sky’s the limit on this one, and fairies can fly.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Magical romp.

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

The original 1933 King Kong. I was only three years old, the first time I saw the film, and the movie totally captured my imagination. It also sparked an interest in stop-motion animation, the special-effects technique used in the film, that led to a successful career as animator, sculptor, and writer.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

About twenty-five years, give or take, for both the screenplay and the novel. Pixies don’t like to sit on a shelf for very long. They flutter before your thoughts until you give them your full attention.

How many stories have you written?

I am a published author of four books, including the horror novels ‘Ten Thousand Demons’, and ‘In Darkness It Dwells’, as well as the novelization of ‘Pixylations’, which is available now on Amazon. I have also written five screenplays, numerous short stories, magazine articles, and a chronicle of my sculpting work in ‘Pushing Clay: 22 Years of Garage Kit Sculpture’.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

To be ‘pixy-led’, according to the old definition, is to be enchanted and led astray by a fairy. There is no better way to describe my experience with ‘Pixylations’. When the idea first came to me, I was well involved with writing a demon novel, and a screenplay about dragons. Then suddenly, whoosh, my imagination was swept away by this impish little siren with insect wings. I come from a background of animation, and realized there had never been a decent fairy movie. It became a pet project. Despite suffering numerous attempts at production and publication, I kept returning to it, tweaking it with new details, and deepening the character values. It seems Faela will not let me rest until her story is told. When will this ‘spell’ be broken? Perhaps when the Blu-Ray comes out, and my shelf is filled with Faela novels.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I find there is a certain discrimination against the subject of fairies. Finding someone to read your work is always a challenge, especially if you’re a guy writing about a pixy. People turn their noses up at any fairy that isn’t Tinkerbell. It seems Neverland is the sole proprietor of fairy stories, but that’s like saying you can’t tell a good vampire tale unless it involves Dracula.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

My first love is for dinosaurs, and fantasy creatures. King Kong, and the films of Ray Harryhausen, helped launch my career as a stop-motion animator, and writer. For decades, I have made my living as a sculptor for the toy and model kit industries, creating the master patterns for many statues, action figures, and collectibles. I also have a strong interest in mythology, comparative religions, paranormal phenomenon, and metaphysics. You can check out my sculpting work and other projects at http://www.joelaudati.com.

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

They say ‘if at first you don’t succeed, enter a screenplay contest’. I have labored for years to see my screenplays achieve some level of success. Winning the ‘Festival for Family’ competition has not only validated my faith in my writing ability, it has improved it. I am very grateful for the insightful critique I received from the staff. They provided the best evaluation I ever received, and the suggestions were enormously useful in refining both the screenplay, and the novel. Plus, to finally hear my dialogue spoken aloud by seasoned professionals is a thrill. I highly recommend it.


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Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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 Screenplays

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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