COMEDY Best Scene Screenplay Reading: For Love or Music, by Scott Sawitz

Ashley Powell is an ordinary bar singer when she rockets to fame overnight from a viral video. The song she was playing becomes a hit and she winds up on the fast track to musical stardom. She’s carrying a big secret though: she can only write music when she’s miserable after a break up.
With an album on the way she’s forced to write it the only way she knows how: breaking hearts.
When the great love of her life falls into her life, she’s forced to choose between happiness or success.

CAST LIST:

Skylar: David Rowan
Sara: Victoria Murdoch
Narration: Esther Thibault
Matt: Sebastian Biasucci
Ashley: Mojeane Sadr

 


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

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Kyle Drier, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Denissa Palmer, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

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COMEDY Best Scene Screenplay Reading: The Outlaw Josey From Wales, by Mark Spurlock

After learning his brother is missing a Welch not so outlaw must leave his country and travel to America to find him. With the help of an Indian tracker and a gay sheep herder, the three leave an everlasting mark on American history.

CAST LIST:
Bison Bob: Sean Ballantyne
Man at Table: Allen Brunet
Narration: Isabel Kruse
Josey: Brandon Knox
Popeye: Aaron Williams


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

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Kyle Drier, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Denissa Palmer, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

COMEDY Screenplay: GOOD NEWS DESK – Watch 3 best scenes from script.

COMPUTER SCENE:

CAST LIST:
Maryanne: Isabel Kruse
Narrator: Val Cole
Melville: Geoff Mays
Polly: Bianca Alongi

NEWSPAPER SCENE:

CAST LIST:
Blandings: Jarrod Terrill
Patroni: Elle A
Marty: Geoff Mays
Narrator: Val Cole
Stone: Ryan Singh
Joe: Neil Bennett

COP SCENE:

CAST LIST:
Patroni: Ell A
Narrator: Val Cole
Crawford: Geoff Mays
Polly: Bianca Alongi

“The Good News Desk” is written along the lines of ‘The Other Guys’ and “The Heat’. It is an action, ‘buddy’ film featuring two strong comic female actors. Suzanne Patroni, a tough, cynical crime reporter, finds her career in free-fall after getting too close to the action. She’s demoted to the good news ‘features’ desk to work alongside her total opposite, Polly, a real-life Pollyanna. While covering what should have been a completely innocent story of a local philanthropist, Patroni and Polly witness a vicious attack by a drug cartel. Patroni jumps back into action, contrary to her editor’s orders and in spite of the backlash from a previous disastrous story that nearly destroyed her career – and her life. Her reckless pursuit of the bad guys puts her – and Polly – in harm’s way. They are pursued by cartel henchmen in a frantic urban car chase, shot at, kidnapped, and left to die in a wildlife refuge pursued by a hungry mountain lion. Patroni relishes the danger, nurturing what seems to be a death wish. Polly responds with unexpected resourcefulness. As they dig deeper to find the truth about the cartels, Patroni faces her personal demons and also uncovers the corruption permeating her world – the cops, the newspaper, and the people she trusts have all been tempted and turned by the cartel’s unlimited money. Against the odds, Patroni gets the scoop of her career. Although full of action, the story has many comic turns prompted by the complete incompatibility of the coarse and cynical Patroni and the eternally optimistic, but surprisingly canny Polly. Ultimately, it is Patroni’s journey of redemption and achievement that provides a sweet and funny ending.

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

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Kyle Drier, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Denissa Palmer, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

April 2019 Film/Story/Screenplay Winners

Festival for Comedy-A FilmFreeway preferred festival:

 

ACTORSCREENPLAY MOVIE: PINK LAVA
April 2019 Winner

ACTORTV PILOT SCREENPLAY: DEAL SHEETS, by Stephen Love
April 2019 Winner

ACTORTV SPEC SCREENPLAY: TRANSPARENT, by Horton Emory
April 2019 Winner

ACTORTV SPEC SCREENPLAY: THE OFFICE, by Vanessa Shealy
April 2019 Winner

ACTORTV BEST SCENE SCREENPLAY: THE UPSIDE DOWNINGS, by Sean Sullivan
April 2019 Winner

ACTOR1st Scene SCREENPLAY: GEEKS: A LOVE STORY, by Andrew Fisk
April 2019 Winner

ACTORCOMEDY 1st Scene SCREENPLAY: STEVE OLIVIA, by Vicki Cargill & Adam Cargill
April 2019 Winner

ACTOR1pg. SHORT SCREENPLAY: SECOND CLASS, by Eileen Wilson
April 2019 Winner

ACTORUnder 5min. SHORT SCREENPLAY: PUNKED, by Kate Whitehead
April 2019 Winner

ACTORSHORT SCREENPLAY: PEN AND PENCIL: SPRING BREAK, by Devone Jones
April 2019 Winner

ACTORROMANCE SHORT SCREENPLAY: PURGATORY: A LOVE STORY, by Alice L. Lee
April 2019 Winner

ACTORCOMEDY Best Scene SCREENPLAY: THE GOLDEN YEARS, by Joe Starzyk
April 2019 Winner

festival posterCAUGHT IN THE SPOKES, 14min., Canada, Drama/Crime

festival poster#METONIGHT, 1min., USA., Music

festival posterI HAVE SOMETHING TO TELL YOU, 1min., USA, Drama/Thriller

festival posterFOR WANT OF A NAIL, 18min., UK, Drama/Comedy

 

 

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

Festival Moderators: Kierston Drier, Shepsut Wilson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Kyle Drier, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Mary Cox, Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Hugh Fraser, Andy Camp, Aser Santos Jr., Zack Arch

TV PILOT 1st Scene Screenplay Reading: The Upside Downings, by Sean Sullivan

An untraditional family where the kids are adults and the parents are kids navigate through their work, school and home lives while never losing their sense of humor.

CAST LIST:

Kate: Victoria Murdoch
Narration: Carina Cojeen
Howard: Ross Cummings
Carol: Leanne Hoffman
Billy: Sean Ballantyne

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

Festival Moderators: Kierston Drier, Shepsut Wilson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Kyle Drier, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Mary Cox, Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Hugh Fraser, Andy Camp, Aser Santos Jr., Zack Arch

COMEDY Best Scene Screenplay: The Golden Years, by Joe Starzyk

 Mabel and Norman have been together so long they know everything there is to know about each other … or do they? An evening conversation yields a number of surprises.

CAST LIST:

NARRATION – DANIEL JONES
Norman – 56 – TED POWERS
Mabel – 51 – OLIVIA BARRETT

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

Festival Moderators: Kierston Drier, Shepsut Wilson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Kyle Drier, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Mary Cox, Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Hugh Fraser, Andy Camp, Aser Santos Jr., Zack Arch

1st Scene COMEDY Screenplay Reading of Steve & Olivia, by Vicki Cargill, Adam Cargill

 

When his grand comeback falls flat, a Broadway legend finds himself out of favour and out of luck. Finding the sister he never knew he had leads him on a journey of separation, hope and redemption that answers the question: what is a family?

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Shawn Devlin
Steve: Colin Sandquist
Jonathan: Neil Bennett

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

Festival Moderators: Kierston Drier, Shepsut Wilson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Kyle Drier, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Mary Cox, Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Hugh Fraser, Andy Camp, Aser Santos Jr., Zack Arch