COMEDY Best Scene Reading of The Masses by Toni Nagy

The Masses is a post-partisan, omni-racial, multi-gender, quasi-radical, sketch comedy show that represents the perspective of the artistic and creative counter-culture that is actually the mainstream. The tone will be the “Twilight Zone” meets sketch comedy – creating scenarios that are rooted both in reality and in our surreal dystopian not-too-distant future. Centered on a cast that will range in ages from 18 to 80 and will be so racially/sexually/bodily diverse that Benetton ads will cower in shame; The Masses will contain social commentary peppered with absurdity and pure hilarity.


Bill: Liam Kinahan
The Vagina: Mandy May Cheetham
Narrator: Sean Ballantyne
Charles: Adrian Currie
Will: John Leung

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox


Best Scene COMEDY Short Screenplay of How Did We Get Here? by Travis Darkow & Chris Isaacson

Francis, a pessimist, and Chester, a happy go lucky pot head, struggle with two jobs they hate, all while Chester bounces his insane ideas off of Francis on how to get themselves out of their jobs. The only problem? One lacks motivation, and the other is almost always stoned. Francis drives a septic truck, and Chester works at a second hand sex toy store. How could it get any worse?


Narrator: Mandy May Cheetham
Chester: Adrian Currie
Francis: Liam Kinahan


Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

HIGHLIGHTS, WINNERS & VIDEOS: September 2018 Comedy FEEDBACK Film Festival






Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterLOOK, 10min., USA, Comedy

festival posterLOVE LEX, 7min., Australia, Comedy

festival posterWEIRD SHIT, 3min., USA, Comedy

festival posterBANANAS, 5min., USA, Comedy

festival posterGET HOME SAFE, 7min., USA, Comedy

festival posterBEHIND CLOSED DOORS, 5min., USA, Comedy

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The theme of the August 2018 DRAMA/COMEDY FEEDBACK Film Festival in Toronto was “The Self”.

Each film was about an individual being themselves and the consequences and/or rewards that come with that.

Los Angeles just went VIRAL. We filled up a 250 seat cinema and had the entire crowd talking about the various films we showed this month. Lively crowd. Lots of conversation about the 1st half DRAMA shorts and the “sexy” 2nd half COMEDY shorts.

3 festivals left in 2018. Make sure you attend. Have some amazing films coming up.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

COMEDY Best Scene Reading of Tugnutt: A Love Supreme by Nate Yacos

When a family man gains instant celebrity status as TV spokesman, his newfound celebrity threatens to tear his family apart and challenge his notion of a happy life.


Brandon – Geoff Mays
Blond – Katelyn Varadi
Narration – Norma Dawn Dunphy
Ted – Shawn Devlin
Redhead –Salma Dharsee


Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

HIGHLIGHTS, WINNERS & VIDEOS: August 2018 Comedy FEEDBACK Film Festival






Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterEAT JEREMY, 10min, UK, Comedy

festival posterNORMAN PINSKI COME HOME, 15min., USA, Comedy

festival posterMR. NICE GIRLS, 11min., USA, Comedy/Web Series

festival posterTHE BIRTHDAY PARTY, 21min., USA, Comedy

festival posterTHE OUTER BOROUGHS, 29min., USA, Comedy/Supernatural

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There is an episode about this festival in our archives as we talk about the audience and all the great films we showcased at this event.

The theme of the August 2018 COMEDY FEEDBACK Film Festival in Toronto was “Comedy Duos”.

Each film was about two characters driving both the comedy and the plot.

The last festival event of the summer is always the hardest to get a sold out crowd because either people are away, or they want to stay outside in the gorgeous weather. Nevertheless, we had a great crowd to watch our “Dark Comedy” festival in Toronto.

This was our 6th comedy festival of 2018, and 2nd in Toronto. These are always fun events because they are intended to make us laugh. The twist of this festival was there was a dark tone to each film. Well suited for our generally “artistic” Toronto audience. They all seemed to have a great time too.

The team of Kierton Drier & Mary Cox are superb. They keep turning out great event after great event.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

COMEDY Best Scene Reading of THE BOOK WRITER by Kris Bauske

Doyle Tipton is a successful playwright and author, but her name causes most people to think she’s a man. She has the chops to make it as a bigtime book writer for stage musicals, but she’s never actually had a success in this area. Every time she proposes a concept to a band, they hem and haw and steal the idea without including the woman book writer. Finally, Doyle calls in a favor and gets hired, sight unseen, to write the book for a musical based on the catalog of Larry Limpet and the Lizards, a multi-platinum band that hit huge in the eighties. The only problem is, Larry Limpet is a male chauvinist in the truest style, and Doyle Tipton isn’t taking any of his shit.


Narration – Katelyn Varadi
Larry – Sean Ballantyne
Doyle – Norma Dawn Dunphy

Writer Biography – Kris Bauske

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Kris Bauske is an internationally published and produced playwright and screen writer. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of Michigan. Her first play, A Good Old Fashioned, Redneck Country Christmas, written in 2008, garnered national attention and is published by Samuel French. It has been adapted for the stage as a musical and is represented by Gary DaSilva 111 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Suite 250 Manhattan Beach, CA 90266-6850, as are all her theatrical works. The comedy, the musical, and the sequel, A Good Old Fashioned Redneck Country Wedding, are all published by Samuel French.

The screenplay for ‘Redneck Christmas’, written by Kris, is in development with Lenz Entertainment of Toronto with an expected release date of the full-length feature film in November 2019. She has also completed screenplays for A Good Old Fashioned Redneck Country Wedding and A Good Old Fashioned Redneck Country Happy Halloween. ‘Halloween’ is currently under review by Samuel French for inclusion in its upcoming catalog.

Kris’ screenplays and film deals are handled by Ken Sherman & Associates 1275 N. Hayworth Avenue, Suite 103 Los Angeles, CA 90046 (310)273-8840.

Kris’ comedy, Simon Says has been read and approved by Mr. Neil Simon who granted permission for the use of his likeness in the script.

Kris wrote the wildly popular romantic comedy The Book Writer, which has earned Best Feature Screenplay at four film festivals worldwide. It is a Platinum Award winner in the 2018 Firefly Film Competition in Los Angeles, Winner Best Screenplay 2018 Honolulu Film Festival, Winner Best Screenplay 2018 Cosmic Film Festival, Winner Best Feature Screenplay at 2018 Shepperton Screenwriting Festival, and Winner Best Romantic Comedy Screenplay at 2018 Canadian Diversity Film Festival.

Kris was honored to write a screenplay about the tragedy of child marriages in many parts of the world. Shaida, Child Brides is due to start filming in late 2018. Her award winning stage play Whispers to the Moon premiered in 2014 at the Ft. Wayne Civic Theatre and is published by Stagescripts, Ltd. Of London, UK. A screenplay adaptation was requested by a producer in Tuscany, and production is set to begin in late 2018.

Her plays include:
The Nearly Final Almost Posthumous Play of the Not-Quite-Dead Sutton McAllister, a drawing room comedy/farce that examines the effects of stroke on the family of a world-famous playwright. The play was invited to 5 different festivals during 2015 & 2016 and was the winner of the Tennessee Stage Company’s 2017 New Play Fest.

Lay That Trumpet in Our Hands, an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Susan Carol McCarthy. When the KKK kidnaps, tortures, and kills the son of their black friend and foreman, one white family refuses to back down.

The Growers, based on actual events during WWII. This extraordinary story of three German POWs working in America’s Heartland during the waning days of WWII has received significant attention nationwide.

Kris is a full member of the Dramatist’s Guild of America, Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, and Film Florida. She was nominated for the 2011, 2013, & 2015 Francesca Primus award presented by ATCA for Outstanding Emerging Female Playwright. Kris was co-chair for the prestigious ICWP 2014, 2015, & 2016 50/50 Applause Awards. She continues to write, produce, and direct from her home near Orlando, FL. Her website is Twitter: @IntlPlaywright

Writer Statement

There is a lot of prejudice in the world. I prefer to face it head on using humor to shine a light on biases, bigotry, and misogyny. Every word of this screenplay is inspired by actual events which makes me all the more determined to see it produced and shared. Considering the awareness that the #MeToo movement has inspired, there has never been a better time to produce female-written stories about strong women standing up for themselves with grace and humor. If you want a screenplay that will touch audiences everywhere, now is the time, and this is the script!

Winning Comedy Feature Screenplay – POOP MOVIE, by Byron Erwin

March 2018 WINNING Feature Screenplay!

Genre: Animation, Comedy

See the world from the Poop’s point of view as a cowardly outcast discovers his courage and bravery when he battles the evil Toilet Paper Empire in this animated action adventure.


Mr. Tee Pee: Daniel Cristofori
Lily: Emily Weir
Tootsie Roll: Brogan Caulfield
Narrator: Peter Nelson
Duke: Peter-Mark Raphael
Browneye: Neil Bennett
Floater: Regan Brown

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

See the world from the Poop’s point of view as a cowardly outcast discovers his courage and bravery when he battles the evil Toilet Paper Empire in this animated action adventure.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Comedy / animated adventure

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

The laughter that it will bring to everyone that sees it!

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

Holy Shit!

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

The Shining.

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

4 months

7. How many stories have you written?

Two dozen feature screenplays

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

96 Tears by Question Mark And The Mysterians

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

Creating a spirit for the lead character that made him relatable to everyone. The first draft had him as cynical and pessimistic. That was the wrong way to go. It’s much funnier to watch a character with set goals and dreams and then witness them unravel at the seams.

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

I am a film director who released his first feature film in theaters nationwide in 2009. Unfortunately, the film wasn’t very funny, so it did not do well. I went back to the drawing board and worked on my comedic elements – and this is the result.

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

Film Freeway has been incredibly easy to use for me. Whether it is one of my film, or a screenplay, I simply upload the files, write a mini synopsis, and then I am set to start submitting. I found their search engine to be very user friendly and most festivals that I want to enter are available through their submission process.

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

I found your festival after a brief search on Film Freeway. I looked up the reviews and submitted immediately. The feedback I received was incredibly inspirational. I think they nailed the weak spots. I was aware of them, but did not have the objective viewpoint to make the corrections. Sometimes, one gets so invested in the story that it is hard to see it from the outside. The feedback assisted me in finding the right tempo for the pacing in the problem spots and turned the script into something that I am very proud of. Most scripts that I have written are preconceived ideas that I flush out on the paper. This story was an inspiration that hit like a lightning bolt. It practically wrote itself. The first draft was completed in one week. What made it so easy? I only had one goal. Make everyone laugh!


Producer: Matthew Toffol –

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Op: Mary Cox