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

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COMEDY Best Scene Reading of MCSUCK, by Christopher Grant Frank Caggiano

CAST LIST:

Counter Girl – Victoria Urquhart
Narration – Julie C. Sheppard
Tommy – Sean Ballantyne
Frankie – Geoff Mays
Drive thru teen – Hugh Ritchie

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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

COMEDY Best Scene Reading of THROUGH A GLASS CEILING by Richard Geiwitz

Winning Screenplay – THROUGH A GLASS CEILING
Written by Richard Geiwitz

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Julian Ford
BRICE – Mandip Brar
JIM – Zane O’Connor
LEXI – Amanda Quach
ZOE – Kayla Lakhani

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy, Horror

What’s worse than a woman scorned? How about 4 actors scorned, dethroned from the path to stardom and looking for blood!

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

The screenplay is about nepotism versus inclusiveness, class versus class, dreams versus realities.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Genres covered are Dark Comedy, Satire, Horror.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I think this screenplay should be turned into a movie because it would be fun to watch, probably multiple times, It also has a moral to the story.

How would you describe this script in two words?

In two words, I’d describe this screenplay as a “Dark Dream.”

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

I’ve watched Network at least 50 times.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I first conceived this idea about 15 years ago.It rattled around in my head until about five years ago when I put the first draft together.

How many stories have you written?

I have written about 20 screenplays, several short scripts and treatments, a couple of novellas and a long novel.

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

My favorite song is “Pride” by U2.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I think the biggest problem was getting to the end of Act One at 25 pages. The original version had a lot more backstory. I also had to work hard getting the key characters their own voice since they were friends and generally thought alike.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Besides writing, I’m passionate about Chinese culture, fitness and study revolutions and their aftereffects.

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

I entered this contest because I got a good feeling reading the testimonials. I liked the fact that several writers can have at least a scene read rather than just a single winner. That’s a huge help. The feedback I received was great. It reinforced the good things, while helping to identify the areas needing improvement.

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

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne


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January 2017 COMEDY Stories, Screenplays, Short FIlms

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festival posterMARIA FERNANDA IN TIME, 9min, Spain, Sci-Fi/Comedy
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TV PILOT Screenplay – DOWN WITH THE BUREAUCRACY
January 2017 Reading
Written by Dimitry Pompee
TV SPEC Screenplay – MODERN FAMILY “Relax, I Got This”
January 2017 Reading
Written by Edward Pronley

BEST Scene – THE UNCONQUERABLE
January 2017 Reading
Written by Jonathan Fear
ACTORBEST Scene – SANDWICH
January 2017 Reading
Written by Deborah Klika

ACTOR1st SCENE Script – FAN SITE
January 2017 Reading
Written by Elisha Barnes
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – MODERN LOVE
January 2017 Reading
Written by Hannah Dillon

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – PFFF
January 2017 Reading
Written by Dimitri Devyatkin
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – I CAN CATCH A BULLET
January 2017 Reading
Written by Reynaldo A. Garza

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – LOVE HURTS
January 2017 Reading
Written by Michael Gavino
ACTORNOVEL Reading – DEADLY SERIOUS
January 2017 Reading
Written by A.J. Thibault

 

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

COMEDY 1pg. SHORT SCREENPLAY – BANH YOU! by Steve Cleary

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Winning Screenplay – BANH YOU!
Written by Steve Cleary

CAST LIST:

HENRY – Peter Mark Raphael
CARLA – Victoria Urquhart
NARRATOR – Gabriel Cameron

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy

A blind lunch date at a cafe where miscommunication is on the menu.


Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

It’s a silly sketch about a guy and a girl on a blind lunch date, but the girl’s so hungry that she’s not present to the conversation and the date ends in disaster.

What genres does your screenplay under?

Sketch Comedy

How would you describe this script in two words?

Silly short

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Well it’s really short for one thing, and I think the wordplay is a lot of fun.

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

Nacho Libre. Love that movie!

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I wrote it in a day, and revisited it months later to trim it down from two pages to one for this contest.

How many stories have you written?

About a dozen or so, with a long list of ideas in various stages of development.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I was approached by an actress who wanted to start up a sketch comedy channel and she liked my writing style. I thought it would be a good, easy way to get some of my material produced.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The actress didn’t want the girl to have any lines, but just sit there with a blank expression. We disagreed on the comedic merits of that approach so she didn’t end up using it.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I love my dog and taking him on long walks when I take writing breaks.

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

I was treated so well by you guys when you gave my feature “Lawn Boys” a table reading that I wanted to submit something else that showed another angle of my sense of humor. The feedback provided really helped elevate the script to its highest potential.

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

COMEDY BEST SCENE Reading – SANDWICH by Deborah Klika

Watch the January 2017 Winning Comedy Best Scene Reading.

Best Scene from the screenplay SANDWICH Screenplay
Written by Deborah Klika

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Nick Wicht
SUSIE – Val Cole
DIANA – Catherine D’Angelo
WILL – David Straus
SURVEYOR – Gabriel Darku

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy, Animation

Centres on the lives of Suzie, writer, mother of three, her mother, feminist academic Diana, best friend and ex corporate warrior Toni, and the depressive yet helpful neighbour Will.

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

Life in the suburbs when everybody needs you and nobody wants you.

What genres does your screenplay under?

TV comedy

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It’s Blue Velvet meets Modern Family and exposes a darkly comic view of what goes on between the hours of 9-3 in suburbia. When the cat’s at work the mice……

How would you describe this script in two words?

Blue Suburbia

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

The Apartment by Billy Wilder

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

On and off for eight years

How many stories have you written?

Three TV comedy pilots, two more as developer/creator

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

When living in suburbia I asked what happens when you lose the identity you had in the workplace.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

That feedback from commissioners was “why would anyone want to see a comedy about women in their forties?” from women in their thirties with no children. A lack of knowledge or understanding about that time in one’s life.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Teaching, comedy and screenwriting research.

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

I was attracted to this festival because it offered readings with actors and I was keen to see how the script “read.” The feedback was thorough and perceptive, it focused on the comedy and how to make that stronger rather than the fact it was about “women.”

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

Keep at it. Get lots of feedback and even if you don’t agree with the feedback there is a reason the reader felt compelled to comment on that aspect or at the point, so ask yourself why.

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


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COMEDY SHORT SCREENPLAY – MODERN LOVE by Hannah Dillon

Watch the January 2017 Winning Comedy Short Screenplay Reading.

Best Scene from the screenplay MODERN LOVE Screenplay
Written by Hannah Dillon

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Charles Gordon
BONNIE – Shannon McNally
GRANDMA – Val Cole
SANDRA – Catherine D’Angelo
JOEL – Nick Wicht
BILL – David Straus
NOAH – Gabriel Darku

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Sci-Fi, Comedy, Romance, Family

In 2065, Sandra brings her Artificially Intelligent boyfriend home to meet her grandmother, who struggles to accept him.


Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

When Sandra brings her Artificially Intelligent boyfriend home for dinner, her family struggles to accept him. In addition to the nerves that come with meeting a significant other’s family, this boyfriend has to overcome a deep-rooted prejudice against robots. Great. Let’s see how Sandra’s overbearing, Jewish grandmother reacts.

What genres does your screenplay under?

Sci-Fi, Comedy, Family

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

This story exposes an important social issue in an engaging, digestible way. It’s really about the struggles of any “unconventional” couple (LGBTQ, interracial, etc.), and the cyclical nature of social progress from generation to generation. Anyone who has ever been rejected by his or her significant other’s family will relate to this story. More importantly, people who feel you should only date “your own,” may even be able to take a step back and question that impulse. I believe this story could have a great impact if made into a film.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Provocative and silly.

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

When Harry Met Sally.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I worked on various iterations of this story for about eight months. I am currently working on a pilot inspired by the two main characters and their relationship.

How many stories have you written?

I have written three feature screenplays, many more short screenplays, short stories, poems, and songs. I am constantly writing.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

Years ago, a family member of mine did not approve of my former partner, and it stuck with me. I was very close with that family member, and was not expecting his negative reaction. Others told me to “let it go,” because he was old, and from “a different time.” I tried to imagine: If I was very old, and my granddaughter brought home a lover, is there any kind of person I would find unsuitable? Any kind of religion? Race? Sexual identity? As I wracked my brain, the only thing I could think was, “as long as it’s human.” That’s when it clicked: if my hypothetical granddaughter were to bring home a robot, I would, in fact, question that love, and my hate would sound all too familiar. It also sounded ridiculous when aimed at a robot. I thought, what a perfectly absurd metaphor to use to expose the idiocy of real prejudice. At the end of the day, it’s just fear of the unfamiliar.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

There are a lot of big themes at play here, and a lot of different ways to tell this story. I had to explore several avenues before I found the one that felt right.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I love music (which I also write) and comedy, and care deeply about social justice.

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

I saw a few videos of previous readings, and I loved the idea. The initial feedback was very helpful.

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

My only advice is to write what’s in your gut. It’s the only thing worth reading, and the only voice nobody else has. Plus, it’s in your gut—don’t let that fester.

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

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