2017 – FAMILY Feature Films of the year. Read loglines and synopsis.

Read the best of FAMILY feature films from around the world: 

THE CITY OF ALVAREZ, by Sonya Marshall

ELF-FLUENZA, by Jeffrey Angus

ALABAMA, by Nicole Jamison

THE FANTASTIC WITHIN, by Andy McGuire

HOW TO MAKE PATE, by Fab Sebastian Caleffi

AUDIBLE, by Gregg Napoli

TREASURE HUNT, by Sriraman Tirmalai

ATHEISAURUS 1: BJORN AND ZORN, by Andrew Cahill-Lloyd

MOOSELIGHT SERENADE, by Ronald Micci

PLEASE DON’T EAST THE RICH, by Scott Weinstein

GOOD AFRICAN BANANAS, by Victor Ogugua

THE TRUTH ABOUT HUNTINGTON, by Dominique Seward

GONIES, by Phil Stokes

DREAMWORLD START DREAMING, by Rebecca Paniagua

SALLY CLAUS, by Tania Penn

UNFATALLY DEAD: TO THAW OR NOT TO THAW, by Wayne Edmiston

THE SLEEPING LION AWAKENS, by Barry R. Conforti

NUCLEARFAMILY, by Sheri Smith

MRS. CHIPPY AND THE CREW, by Angela Curry

THE 13TH DAY, by Anthony Cummins

HERALD OF PEACE, by Joy Varkey Irimpan

THE WIZARD OF WONDERLAND, by Ron Glick

THE LOST LOCKS OF SAMPSON, by Barry R. Conforti

ONE MISSED STEP, by Barbara Morris

TWO FEET, by Mark Roper

TELL ME EVERYTHING, by Luke Nicklin

WINGMEN, by Joe Donato

MAYNO THE BANDIT OF MARENGO, by Liliana Angeleri

THE COMPETITION, by Jerry Kokich

EXPIRATION DATE, by Tania Penn

MILLION DOLLAR KITTY, by Sunshine Kessler

BUDDY SIR, by Rajnish Mehra

GOOD NIGHT CRONKITE, by Rita Roberts

MORPHY, by Wess Meixwell and Joe Donato

MISSING CLAYTON, by Bev Irwin

 

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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

2016 Family Screenplays

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

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

December 2016 Family Films/Screenplays/Stories

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

Watch the best of Family from December 2016:


festival posterTHERE WAS A PLACE, 14min. Spain, Drama
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WHAT’S WEARING MUMMY, 15min, UK, Family/Comedy

WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterSTUTTER, 13min., USA, Family/Drama
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterCOLOR, 6min, USA, Experimental/Student
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FALLING STARS, 25min, Germany, Drama/Mystery

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LATE, 5min, Canada, Drama

WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterTHE GRENADE, 4min., Brazil, Experimental/Music
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festival posterTHERE WAS A PLACE, 14min. Spain, Drama
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

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FREEMALES, 20min, Australia, Comedy/Webseries

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WHAT’S WEARING MUMMY, 15min, UK, Family/Comedy

WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterSTUTTER, 13min., USA, Family/Drama
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterMAN’S BEST FRIEND, 7min. UK, Family/Animation
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterBIRTH WEAVING LIFE, 6min., Japan, Animation/Documentary
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterI AM DYSLEXIC, 6min. Norway, Animation/Music Video
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterGRANDMA: A TRUE STORY, 5min, UK, Animation/Family
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterPHANTOM CITY, 6min, Canada, Animation/Crime
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterTHE GRAVEYARD SHIFT, 2min, USA, Animation/Comedy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterCACOPHONY, 2min, USA, Animation/Drama
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterSISTERS, 4min, USA, Animation/Music Video
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festival posterAFRO CRAB, 4min, Taiwan, Animation/Comedy
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ACTORSHORT Screenplay – THE THREE LODGERS
December 2016 Reading
Written by Bayo Baker
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – TINK
December 2016 Reading
Written by Edward Ybarra
ACTORNOVEL Transcript Reading – A CHANCE FOR LIFE
December 2016 Reading
Written by Laura Anne Ewald
ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – DOORLOCKER
December 2016 Reading
Written by Tony DiSibio & BL Cooper

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

November 2016 Family Films/Screenplays/Stories

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

Watch the best of Family from November 2016:

ACTORBEST Scene Screenplay – FAMILY OF SPIES
November 2016 Reading
Written by Susan Lambert Hatem
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – REACH FOR THE SKY
November 2016 Reading
Written by Eric Carlson
ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – THE BURIED MOON AND HER DAUGHTER
November 2016 Reading
Written by Rena Dunsworth
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
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
ACTORSHORT Story – A CHRISTMAS REUNION
November 2016 Reading
Written by Joy Lin

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Best Scene TV PILOT Reading of FAMILY OF SPIES, by Susan Lambert Hatem

Best Scene from FAMILY OF SPIES Screenplay
Written by Susan Lambert Hatem

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
BEN – Matthew Lawrence
SPENCER – Cory Bertrand
AMY – Cassandra Guthrie
GUARD – Peter-Mark Raphael
SEAN – Vince Jerad

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Family, Crime, Drama

Mom and former-police-officer-turned-lawyer Julia Molina is trying to have it all, but all she’s feeling is stuck in the middle of a boring job and chaotic home life. When an old friend with a mysterious past shows up to ask for her help, Julia suddenly finds herself drawn into a web of lies, spies and intrigue.


Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

The official synopsis is this:

Mom and former-police-officer-turned-lawyer Celeste Harper is stuck in the middle of a boring job and chaotic home life. When an old friend with a mysterious past shows up to ask for her help, Celeste suddenly finds herself drawn into a web of lies, spies and intrigue. Soon, her husband, Ben, who has a hidden past of his own, and her precocious kids, Sean and Darby are called into action as well. In the process of saving the world, they may also wind up saving their family.

But for me, this story is really about:

The desire to make a difference with your work and how that may clash with the responsibilities of raising a family. It’s been my challenge as a writer, a producer and mom. This story is a fun and intriguing metaphor for every parent’s challenge in the world: Can you raise a family and save the world*?

*aka – Get your very important work done before it’s time to pick up your kids from school.

What genres does your screenplay under?

Family, Action-Thriller

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I haven’t seen anything quite like my version. There is of course Spy Kids and Mr and Mrs. Smith and The Incredibles, all of which were inspirations, as was the 80s TV show, Scarecrow and Mrs. King and the TV show Chuck (basically the reverse Scarecrow and Mrs. King). I wanted to create a live-action action thriller that I can watch with my kids and I would enjoy as much as them. I think we’re clamoring as audiences for something that is exciting, but not too dark. Adventurous, but aspirational and that has heart. I know I am.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Fun. Intriguing.

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

I was always interested in the arts, music, theatre. But it was seeing the original Star Wars at a young age that took my creative breath away. I just had never seen anything like it. I saw it 32 times in a theatre the first year it came out (and it stayed in theaters for a year!).

As an adult, it’s probably a three-way tie between Jaws, Die Hard and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, mostly because if they show up on TV/in my que, I just can’t stop watching them. I produced the website for Finding Nemo, so I saw that a lot when I was at Disney and then on top of that, my son was obsessed with it as a 4-yr old. I may have seen that movie 40 times!

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I had the shape of the idea almost 3 years ago. Because of other projects, it took a two years before I could even begin to write it. Then it took about 5 months to write the first draft. Various revisions and feedback took about six months, getting me to the version I submitted to Festival for Family. I have since revised it more based on feedback from Festival for Family and friends. And that I now think it’s better as a TV pilot.

How many stories have you written?

A lot. I have been writing most of my life: short stories, screenplays, plays. I went to USC Film School and have been an independent filmmaker, theatre maker and producer. I like wearing many hats. I like to make most of my stuff independently. Since I also direct, produce, consult in digital marketing and have a family, I go in spurts with my writing. I was doing a lot of producing and directing for a number of years, so I didn’t write screenplays for about five years. Then this last two years, I’ve been writing a plethora of material. I’ve never written like this before. It’s like planes circling an airport, trying to come in for a landing. Much of my stuff, I produce independently. But some ideas, like Family of Spies, I feel have more commercial potential and I’m interested in getting them out to a wider audience.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

The first spark came one Christmas Eve with my husband, putting a trampoline together in our backyard. In the dark. Right outside our kids’ window. I loved the idea of the secret, quiet conversations/arguments parents have together in the dark of the night when they’re trying to make the world happen for their kids.

I also love action thrillers and spy movies and television. As my youngest kid moved away from watching animated and “children’s” films, there was a lack of what I felt was appropriate movies and television to watch together. Those transition films. I wanted that. So I wrote it. I was fascinated by the challenge I personally feel trying to balance work with family. It’s a pull that I feel (mostly) women have, but in this work-constantly, fear-driven culture, I think everyone feels that pull to come together and connect with each other in a scary world.

I’m interested how women and men, parents and families, can try to affect real change. This story is a metaphor for acting on that instinct to step up: to volunteer, become an activist, get outside your comfort zone and do something real to help people. To change the world. And I want us to bring our kids along. Let them see us be leaders and heroes and they will be leaders and heroes.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Time. And structure. It started as a screenplay and then I realized pretty much around the draft I submitted to Festival for Family, I really want it to be a TV show. I think the world and the characters became bigger to me. I want them to go on and on. So the structure changed a lot. Also, world events and changing times made me try to be very careful about what I was saying about violence and about power structures. That is an ongoing challenge.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I love my family and friends. I am passionate about diversity, science, technology, music, justice and protecting the environment. I like to walk, hike and ride my bike. I love good stories and good, independent entertainment. In addition to writing, I produce (and write and sometimes direct) plays, musicals, web shows, music albums. I am passionate about responsible digital marketing for entertainment and worked with Disney (for years) and Dreamworks (as a consultant).

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

Keep writing. And make stuff. Work together. Find your people and make stuff with them. Technology gives us exciting tools we need to put stories we love out into the world. Don’t rely on gatekeepers.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

October 2016 Family Films/Screenplays/Stories

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

Watch the best of Family from October 2016:

ACTORFEATURE Screenplay: CHARLOTTE SOMETIMES
October 2016 Reading
Written by Cate Carson

ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – PARADISE AT MAIN AND ELM
October 2016 Reading
Written by Barry Brennessel

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson