COMEDY Best Scene Reading of THE PERFECT GIFT, by John Scott Schaf

 

Genre: Comedy, Romance

An insensitive workaholic, in order to save his marriage, goes on a Valentine’s Day journey for the perfect gift. It becomes a journey not only for gifts but for self discovery.

Scene #1 – CAST LIST:

Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Hank: David Straus
Clerk: Esther Thibault

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

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COMEDY Best Scene Reading of BARNABY OF MULCH, by John Broadhead

Genre: Comedy, Crime

A tortured small town playwright, struggling to write a historical play for the town’s annual centennial celebration, casts a mysterious stranger who has plans to kill one of the townspeople to satisfy a long-term grudge.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Will: Peter Nelson
Father Bob: Russell Batcher

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

“Barnaby of Mulch” is about a young writer in a podunk Texas town, whose quest to put on a play honoring the town’s legendary founder is interrupted when a stranger comes to town looking for revenge.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Comedy – Western – Coming of Age

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

This screenplay should be a film due to the charming and lovable cast of characters who provide some rollicking entertainment value, while the story never loses its sense of heart.

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

Lovably epic.

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

Martin McDonagh’s “In Bruge.”

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

I spent three months writing this screenplay.

7. How many stories have you written?

I’ve written too many stories to count

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

At this current moment, my favorite song is “Stranger” by Ben Caplan.

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

The biggest obstacle to writing this screenplay came during the early stages, when I knew the concept (young writer working in a tire shop) and the comedic atmosphere, but I had no context to give the story shape. Fortunately, all at once the “Barnaby play” struck me, and quickly following that came the character of Will and his quest for vengeance. I had a story.

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

I’m also passionate about filmmaking, hiking and traveling.

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

FilmFreeway has been a great, easy platform for submitting to a vast number of festivals. Highly recommended.

 

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

May 2018 COMEDY Stories, Screenplays, Short Films

Submit your Comedy Screenplay or Film to the Festival Today: http://festivalforcomedy.com

Festival for Comedy-A FilmFreeway preferred festival:

 

 

festival posterNAMCAR NIGHT RACE, 17min., USA, Comedy/Mockumentary

festival poster(A) UTOMATED (I)IRRITATION, 6min., USA, Comedy/Sci-Fi

festival posterSAM THE HAM, 1min., USA, Animation/Comedy

festival posterWHEN COMES THE RAIN, 2min., USA, Animation/Comedy

festival posterTHE FINAL SHOW, 9min., USA, Comedy/Romance

festival posterPENTHOUSE SWEET, 9min., USA, Comedy/Drama

ACTORREMOTELY WORKING – Comedy TV Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Bill Baber

ACTORTIME SLIP – Best Scene TV Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Meredith Hill

ACTORDELIVER ME PIZZARIE – Best TV Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Anne Luong

ACTORPAYCHECK 2 PAYCHECK – Best Scene TV Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Chris Skeeter

ACTORBURSTING FOR A BREAK – 1pg. COMEDY Short Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Kelly Lamphaer Dash

ACTORTHE BROKEN KINGDOM – Short Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Mark Renshaw

ACTORTHE SKY BELOW – COMEDY Best Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Stacey Derasmo

ACTORTHE STATE OF WYOMING – COMEDY Best Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Gillian Will

ACTORUNFINISHED BUSINESS – COMEDY Best Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Deborah Klika

ACTORPOSTMORDERNISTIC LOVE – SHORT STORY Reading
May 2018 Reading
by Mary Matshine

 

 

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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

TV COMEDY BEST SCENE Reading: PAYCHECK 2 PAYCHECK, by Chris Skeeter

 

Genre: Comedy

Five friends from high school find themselves struggling with money, love, and life in the real world.

CAST LIST:

Drew: Scott McCulloch
Laten: Tim Paul McCarthy
Narrator: Hugh Ritchie
Rickey: Rais Moui
Shanna: Lara Amersey

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your TV PILOT screenplay about?

It is about a group of friends living in Denver, all whom have different career paths, but struggle together to make it in the real world. In the pilot, two of the characters get robbed and seek to retrieve their lost items, with or without the police’s help.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

It is a Comedic Sitcom!

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a TV show?

It was influenced by and has elements of the great 90’s sitcom era. I believe that television today is over saturated with “Reality TV”, and is definitely lacking the relevance of classic shows. Paycheck 2 Paycheck will be a great nostalgic series, with constant laughs and off the wall situations.

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

Real Life!

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

It is a toss-up between The Color Purple and The Green Mile.

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

I first got the idea back in 2013 or 2014 but didn’t complete it until late 2015 early 2016.

7. How many stories have you written?

I have a short story, two completed TV Pilots, a Feature, and a few Shorts.

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

Anything by the late/great Sam Cooke!

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

Deciding when to stop editing and leaving it complete. I tend to get a little carried away with my writing and cannot decide on when it’s finished. I’m a bit of a perfectionist.

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

I love making and listening to music, acting, and also filming.

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

I have had pretty good luck through FilmFreeway. My first piece I submitted, which ironically was Paycheck 2 Paycheck, won first place in the television category for the Los Independent Film Festival Awards. It was also placed in Film Fest LA at LA Live.

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

It is very difficult for writers which I have noticed, so I am making good use of any platform/festival I can get my work into. I’m always confident in my work, so I go into anything with the mindset of a winner!!

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

COMEDY BEST SCENE Reading: THE SKY BELOW, by Stacey D’Erasmo

Genre: Drama, Comedy

The story of Gabriel Callahan’s life, beginning with his father’s abandonment when Gabriel was a child and tracing his ambivalent search for wholeness through adolescence and into adulthood.

CAST LIST:

Keir
Robin: Salma Dharsee
Taxi Driver: Zazu Oke
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Lim: Allan Michael Brunet
Aunty Chin: Courtney Keir

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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

COMEDY Best Scene Reading of THE STATE OF WYOMING, by Gillian Will

 

Genre: Comedy

Blue blood black sheep Elliot Vance could charm the slither off a snake. Or he could if he gave a flip.

CAST LIST:

Nebraska: Neil Bennett
Delaware: Nick Wicht
Narrator: John Fray
Tara: Val Cole
Elliot: Scott Beaudin

 

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

Comedy Short Story: Postmodernistic Love, by Marija Mrvošević / Mary Matshine

Performed by Val Cole

 1. What is your short story about?

About a boy and a girl. They meet. They part. It’s funny.

2. What genres would you say this story is in?

Satire. Comedy. Faux-romance.

3. How would you describe this story in two words?

Sincere. Humor.

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

Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron.

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

Devojka, Željko Joksimović (guilty pleasure)

6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

I don’t believe in all-time favorites. I change and my taste changes accordingly.

7. What motivated you to write this story?

I appreciate that the question is not about inspiration because motivation is also a powerful thing. And important. I guess I had this story in mind for a long time. There was this though about love in modern times and how it became something that it never should have become. A hard thing. A thinking process. But it’s not. It’s love. It’s light.

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

Benedictine Cucumber. No. Benedictus Cutenumber. No.
…Laza Kostić. My second inspiration.

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

Art. My husband. Light.

10. What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

My hands just followed a thought. Quite simple.

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

Read. Write. In that order.

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox