Winning FAMILY Feature Screenplay – CHARLOTTE SOMETIMES by Cate Carson

Watch the October 2016 Winning Family Feature Screenplay.

CHARLOTTE SOMETIMES
Written by Cate Carson

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Family, Drama, Fantasy

After losing her mother, a vexed 9 y.o. girl discovers a dream machine hidden in her deaf father’s workshop, but an unexpected friendship with a quirky boy becomes the real cure to her loneliness.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Michelle Alexander
CHARLOTTE – Katelyn Varadi
OLIVER – Gabriel Darku
MS. GRAY – Sandy Kellerman
OLDER CHARLOTTE – Julie C. Sheppard
OLDER OLIVER – Rikki Wright

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

After losing her mother, a vexed 8 y.o. girl discovers a dream machine hidden in her deaf father’s workshop, but an unexpected friendship with a quirky boy becomes the real cure to her loneliness.

What genres does your screenplay under?

Family/Holiday/Dramedy

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Everyone experiences grief and everyone needs love to heal. This film is one that can speak to all ages and will bring audiences on an adventure while making them laugh and cry, but most importantly – feel.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Quirky and endearing

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

Liar Liar, Forrest Gump and either the Die Hard series or Lethal Weapon series. This is a very tough question.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Two years

How many stories have you written?

Probably around 10

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I heard of someone named Charlotte Sometimes, fell in love with it and built a character and story around it.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Making sure the whimsical fantasy elements aligned well with the real world. Making sure everything had a purpose. I was grateful for the extensive feedback from this festival because it helped me more critically analyze and fix this portion of my screenplay.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I am also a director, actor and producer. I own a company called Sensorium Pictures. Besides film I love creating other types of art, photography, the outdoors and am passionate about finding my place as a humanitarian. I have always wanted to help people and telling their stories is only one avenue for doing that.

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

Write and keep writing. Try to show your work to people who are better than you. There will always be someone with value to add. Submitting to a few festivals with script feedback can be a tremendous help – especially after you have exhausted your inner circle and want fresh eyes. Your friends and family count only if they know what they’re talking about.

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

Casting: Sean Ballantyne

Editing: John Johnson

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Watch Table Read Feature Screenplay: HENRIETTA’S ODYSSEY by L.R. Whittinger

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

One of the winning Family Screenplays for February 2016.

HENRIETTA’S ODYSSEY
Written by L.R. Whittinger
Read 10 Questions with the writer

SYNOPSIS:

Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

To save her Henrietta’s life, she is left on an earthling’s doorstep by Geegle one of the most untrustworthy characters in the plot. It so happens she is left on the wrong doorstep. She falls into the hands of the greedy Fritzgrumpy’s and becomes their slave. After Henri discovers she is a foundling and her supposed parents were only interested in being paid for looking after her. Her life turns upside down. Eanie Meanie saves Henri aided by with Geegle. So she can to find her way back to her real place in time and space. However, the Black Cardinal who has taken her rights away wants her dead.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Susan Wilson
HENRI – Amanda Pereira
EANIE/ARTHUR – Gabriel Darku
GEEGLE – Mark Sparks
ADA/MRS. STRICT – Elizabeth Rose Morriss
VARIOUS – Neil Kulin

FOUR FOR THE BORDER – Feature Screenplay Reading by Toby Roberts

Four for the Border is the February 2016 Feature Screenplay Winner. It is considered the top spec screenplay in the world today!

Watch Four for the Border by Toby Roberts:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Victoria Urquhart
SKYE – Amaka Umeh
TRAPPER – Hugh Ritchie
POLLY – Mohogany Brown
ARTURO – Isaac Alfie
RUDDOCK/GELARDI – Julian Ford
HODDER – Sean Ballantyne

Get to know writer Toby Roberts:

Matthew Toffolo: What is your feature film screenplay about? 

Toby Roberts: The story is about three teenagers from completely different backgrounds on the run in rural New Mexico with a thoroughbred racehorse. But the underlying theme is the triumph of hope over experience and whether you should grow up doing exactly what your parents tell you or sometimes trust your spirit , abandon convention and go live your dream.

Matthew: Why should this screenplay be made into a movie? 

Toby: It’s a fun, life affirming story that touches the heart, adults and kids alike. But it’s also got a profound message. I’ll leave it to you to watch the reading to discover that message.

Matthew: How would you describe this script in two words?    

Toby: Adventurous fun

Matthew: What movie have you seen the most in your life? 

Toby: Midnight Run

Matthew: How long have you been working on this screenplay?  

Toby: On and off for years. Quite a few of them!

Matthew: How many stories have you written? 

Toby: Stories? Too many to count…I’m always jotting things down. Screenplays? Three.

Matthew: What motivated you to write this screenplay? 

Toby: Ultimately, the desire to tell a good, entertaining story. My parents had a lot to do with it in that my upbringing was a little unconventional and I thank them for that. I like to think I share those parental choices in the script.

Matthew: What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay? 

Toby: Many. One of the hardest was avoiding procrastination and actually sitting down and writing. Then came the rewriting. In a sense this was more fun but the page count was always increasing as new ideas poured in and deciding what to rip out was extremely tough because once you undo one thread, the whole thing has the ability to fall apart. Then there’s a lot of patch work required. (I’ve no idea why I’ve come up with a sewing analogy as there’s no particular link to finely made clothing but it seems to serve the purpose!)

Matthew: Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about? 

Toby: Directing. Soccer. And playing squash. On a broader level, taking life by the balls and giving it a damned good squeeze.

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

Toby: As soon as I saw what the festival was about I knew FFTB was the perfect match, there was no hesitation to submit. The feedback was excellent, really opened my eyes to a number of issues I hadn’t considered before.

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

Toby: Woody Allen said, “Eighty percent of success is showing up,” by which he meant, completing the script. (There are a lot more writers who talk about their ideas rather than get them down into completed script form.) So, bottom line is, write the damned thing! And to those who have achieved this, the next tip is keep rewriting. I too thought my first draft was it, that’s all I had to do…other than write my thank you speech at the Oscars. People told me it doesn’t happen that way…and I ignored them. Now I know. And I bet you most writers reading this will ignore it too. But here’s an indication of what it takes…I’ve done over 50 rewrites of FFTB. It’s won a couple of prizes, there’s been some professional interest, and yet I still dip into it and see ways of improving it. You might think it’s because I’m not good enough. But Woody Allen, one of the industry’s most prolific writers, still rewrites his scripts even during filming.

 


Director/Producer – Matthew Toffolo
Editor – John Johnson
Casting Director – Sean Ballantyne

DOG Stories from the Writing Festival

Submit your Family Screenplay or Novel to the Festival Today: https://festivalforfamily.com/

ACTORDIAMOND AND THE FOSTERS
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SCREENPLAYShort Screenplay: GRAVEL HEART
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ACTORSHORT SCRIPT – PRESENTS
August 2013 Reading
Written by Todd Bronson

MOVIESCORTO
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Short Film Showcase

SHORT SCREENPLAY – THE PARTICULAR DAY
January 2015 Reading
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November 2015 Reading
Written by Ian Barker


festival posterFIXED
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7min, Australia, Comedy/Family

ACTORNOVEL Chapter 4 – Large is the Smallest We’ve Got
October 2015 Reading
Written by Jed Hamilton

ACTORNOVEL READING – Large is the Smallest We Got
December 2015 Reading
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4min, Comedy/Adventure, Canada

ACTORTV SPEC SCRIPT – FAMILY GUY
June 2015 Reading
Written by Dan Chan


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2015
Comedy/Family, 17min, USA

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SON Stories from the Writing Festival

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Drama, USA


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Documentary, Spain


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Dark Comedy, CAN

ACTORTV SPEC – PARENTHOOD “Don’t Give Up On Him Yet”
June 2014 Reading
Written by Cara Rothenberg

ACTORTV SPEC – MODERN FAMILY “Chairity Case”
November 2014 Reading
Written by Josh Bressler

ACTORTV SPEC – RICK & MORTY “Crime and Punishrick”
November 2014 Reading
Written by Michael Kellner

ACTORSHORT SCRIPT – THE QUEEN BEE AND HER MEN
March 2014 Reading
Written by Emily LaBlanc

ACTORTV PILOT – GOTHAM NIGHTS
June 2013 Reading
Written by Adam Kennedy

ACTORPOUND FOR POUND TV Pilot Script
August 2014 Reading
Written by Travis Hodgkins

ACTORSHORT STORY READING – STRANGE THINGS HAPPEN IN NEVADA
September 2014 Reading
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ACTORNOVEL READING – From PRISONER PRODIGAL PAWN
November 2014 Reading
Written by Robert J. Sparkman

ACTOR1ST SCENE SCRIPT – MOTHER AND SON
September 2014 Reading
Written by David Serra

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Novel Reading

Written by Dana L. Goodman

ACTORTV SPEC SCRIPT – FAMILY GUY
June 2015 Reading
Written by Dan Chan

ACTORFeature SCRIPT – I’M STILL HERE
June 2015 Reading
Written by Sean Elwood

ACTORSTAGE PLAY – Scary Scary Night
October 2015 Reading
Written by E. Michael Lunsford

SCREENPLAYChapter 1 Novel: TO FLY AGAIN
August 2015 Reading
by Rachelle Hasnas

ACTORFeature Script – BESA
March 2015 Reading
Written by Michael Miceli

ACTORTV SPEC – ARROW “Second Chances”
March 2015 Reading
Written by Molly Driscoll

ACTORTV SPEC – Bob’s Burgers
November 2015 Reading
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ACTORTV SPEC – Modern Family
December 2015 Reading
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ACTORFeature SCRIPT – THE PAPER ROUTE
July 2015 Reading
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ACTORFeature SCRIPT – THE LAST ADVENTURE OF SHAY BLAZE
August 2015 Reading
Written by Howard Fridkin

ACTORFEATURE SCRIPT – FEI JI
December 2015 Reading
Written by James C. Peters

ACTORBest Scene Reading of FEI JI
September 2015 Reading
Written by James C. Peters

ACTORSHORT SCRIPT – TRUE COLORS
November 2015 Reading
Written by Giuseppe LiMandri


festival posterIN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT
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2015
Drama/History, 13min, Austria


festival posterSTEADI-KID
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2015
Comedy/Commercial, 1min, USA


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2015
Drama/Family, 7min, Ireland


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2015
Comedy/Family, 17min, USA


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2015
14min, Australia, Drama/Thriller

Watch Family Stories from the Festival:

MOTHER Stories from the Writing Festival

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ACTORDIAMOND AND THE FOSTERS
Full Movie

Watch the entire 5 chapter novel.


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Documentary, USA


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USA, Drama


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Canada, Drama


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Animation, Netherlands

ACTORTV SPEC – MOM “Strip Poker and Guilt Trip”
June 2014 Reading
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June 2014 Reading
Written by Cara Rothenberg

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November 2014 Reading
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September 2014 Reading
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ACTOR1st SCENE SCRIPT READING – PROMISES
October 2014 Reading
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ACTOR1ST SCENE SCRIPT – MOTHER AND SON
September 2014 Reading
Written by David Serra

ACTOR1ST SCENE SCRIPT – MINSAE: THE DARK KINGDOM
July 2014 Reading
Written by Jennifer Sparkman

ACTORTV PILOT – GOTHAM NIGHTS
June 2013 Reading
Written by Adam Kennedy

ACTORTV SPEC – RICK & MORTY “Crime and Punishrick”
November 2014 Reading
Written by Michael Kellner


festival posterA STORY FOR THE MODLINS
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Documentary, Spain

SCREENPLAYChapter 1 Novel: TO FLY AGAIN
August 2015 Reading
by Rachelle Hasnas


festival posterTOY BOY
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8min, Canada, Documentary/Family

ACTORIN THE CLEFT Chapter 10
Novel Reading

Written by Dana L. Goodman

ACTORTV PILOT Reading of HOT FLASH HIGH
September 2015 Reading
Written by Molly DriscolL

ACTORTV SPEC – Bob’s Burgers
November 2015 Reading
Written by Travis McMaster & Tony Interdonato


festival posterFIXED
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7min, Australia, Comedy/Family

ACTORTV SPEC – Modern Family
December 2015 Reading
Written by Debi Calabro

ACTORFeature SCRIPT – THE PAPER ROUTE
July 2015 Reading
Written by Danny M. Howell

ACTORFEATURE SCRIPT – BELLE BREZING
November 2015 Reading
Written by Margaret Carlyle Price

ACTORTV SPEC SCRIPT – FAMILY GUY
June 2015 Reading
Written by Dan Chan

1st Scene SCRIPT – GIVE ME A REASON
December 2015 Reading
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ACTORSHORT SCRIPT – TRUE COLORS
November 2015 Reading
Written by Giuseppe LiMandri


festival posterTURKEY
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2015
Comedy/Family, 17min, USA

MOVIESANYWHERE
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9min, Panorama/Fantasy, Portugal

Short Film Showcase


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2015
Comedy/Commercial, 1min, USA


festival posterIN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT
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2015
Drama/History, 13min, Austria


festival posterGREECE
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16min, Canada, Drama


festival posterCHUB
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27min, USA, Youth/Drama

ACTORTV SPEC – ARROW “Second Chances”
March 2015 Reading
Written by Molly Driscoll

ACTORNovel Transcript – NOT TO TALK ABOUT UNTIL NOW
March 2015 Reading
Written by Kirsten Marie Wohlgemuth


festival posterALEX
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14min, Spain, Family/Drama

ACTORFeature SCRIPT – I’M STILL HERE
June 2015 Reading
Written by Sean Elwood

ACTOR1st Scene: MYA’S TRUTH
May 2015 Reading
Written by Thomas L. Ferguson

ACTOR1st Scene: GOOD NIGHT, CRONKITE
May 2015 Reading
Written by Rita Doyle Roberts


festival posterTWISTED
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

2015
14min, Australia, Drama/Thriller

Watch Family Stories from the Festival:

FATHER Stories from the Writing Festival

Submit your Family Screenplay or Novel to the Festival Today: https://festivalforfamily.com/

ACTORDIAMOND AND THE FOSTERS
Full Movie

Watch the entire 5 chapter novel.


festival posterDAUGHTER
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK Video


USA, Drama


festival posterMY HERITAGE
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


Mockumentary, CAN


festival posterFAMILIAR
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


Horror, Canada


festival posterPICTURE PERFECT
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Drama, USA


festival posterA STORY FOR THE MODLINS
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


Documentary, Spain


festival posterCADAVER
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Animation / Adventure, USA


festival posterA PRETTY FUNNY STORY
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Dark Comedy, CAN

ACTORSHORT SCRIPT – THE QUEEN BEE AND HER MEN
March 2014 Reading
Written by Emily LaBlanc

ACTORTV SPEC – PARENTHOOD “Don’t Give Up On Him Yet”
June 2014 Reading
Written by Cara Rothenberg

ACTORTV SPEC – MODERN FAMILY “Chairity Case”
November 2014 Reading
Written by Josh Bressler

ACTORPOUND FOR POUND TV Pilot Script
August 2014 Reading
Written by Travis Hodgkins

ACTORSHORT STORY READING – STRANGE THINGS HAPPEN IN NEVADA
September 2014 Reading
Written by Katarzyna Kochany

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November 2014 Reading
Written by Robert J. Sparkman

ACTOR1st SCENE SCRIPT READING – PROMISES
October 2014 Reading
Written by Lee Forgang

ACTOR1ST SCENE SCRIPT – THE DARKNESS OF THE MOOR
March 2014 Reading
Written by James Everett

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June 2013 Reading
Written by Adam Kennedy

ACTORTV SPEC – RICK & MORTY “Crime and Punishrick”
November 2014 Reading
Written by Michael Kellner


festival posterFIXED
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7min, Australia, Comedy/Family

ACTORSTAGE PLAY – Scary Scary Night
October 2015 Reading
Written by E. Michael Lunsford

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January 2015 Reading
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8min, Canada, Documentary/Family


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18min, Greece, Drama/Magic


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June 2015 Reading
Written by Dan Chan

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March 2015 Reading
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March 2015 Reading
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March 2015 Reading
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August 2015 Reading
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July 2015 Reading
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August 2015 Reading
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November 2015 Reading
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November 2015 Reading
Written by Travis McMaster & Tony Interdonato

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December 2015 Reading
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July 2015 Reading
Written by Danny M. Howell

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August 2015 Reading
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December 2015 Reading
Written by James C. Peters

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September 2015 Reading
Written by James C. Peters

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November 2015 Reading
Written by Giuseppe LiMandri


festival posterIN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT
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2015
Drama/History, 13min, Austria


festival posterTURKEY
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2015
Comedy/Family, 17min, USA

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