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:

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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

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April 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 posterA GOOD BLINDER, 26min., USA, Documentary

festival posterYOURS FAITHFULLY EDNA WELTHORPE (MRS), UK, Animation/Comedy

ACTORGLOBAL FUN – TV Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Josep Colomer
ACTORINFINITE NOT BEYOND – 1pg. Short Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by T.J. Peters

 

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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: THE GLOBAL FUND, by Josep Colomer

 

Genre: Comedy

The Global Fund is a parodical global economic institution, headquartered in Washington, whose Director and Staff attempt –and often fail– to rule over the various countries of the world. They clash and try to make an arrangement with the Presidenta of a country in debt.

CAST LIST:

Neck: Hugh Ritchie
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Bicker: Allan Michael Brunet
Rodriguez: Isaiah Kolundzic

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your TV PILOT screenplay about?

Paul Bicker is the Director of the Global Fund, an international public institution that tries to prescribe what to do to the various countries of the world. In the pilot, Bicker pretends to address the huge debt of a South American country with an incompetent government. He reaches a deal with the ignorant and arrogant Presidenta of Platonia to trade off the economic policy dictated by the Global Fund with permission for the country to keep its domestic politics and elections, which generates a catastrophe.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Political satire. Comedy.

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

The Trump’s presidency, Brexit, the rising of populist and nationalist movements, have opened a new golden era for political satire. But no sitcom has dealt yet with the global institutions, such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and alike, which have recently become more and more powerful over the entire world economy and are now the main target of politicians’ and voters’ backlash in many countries.

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

Globalization fun.

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

Casablanca.

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

Several years doing academic research on the global institutions in Washington, and about a year to write the satirical version.

7. How many stories have you written?

I have published a dozen academic monographs, textbooks and non-fictions essays; I have also a satirical campus novel written; this is my first TV screenplay.

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

As time goes by.

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

I know the technocratic jargon and the political speech well, but I needed to give a different voice to every character, which I was not used to do.

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

Movies.

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

So far it has offered me this nice opportunity to have a video for promotion, which I didn’t find elsewhere.

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

The initial feedback was very helpful, although the reviewers didn’t know much about the global institutions that I am satirizing and I had to clarify. This confirms that this TV show is necessary for the education of the public about the importance of the current governance of the world; I think a satirical comedy may be an effective way to explain how they work and to call the attention to the opportunities and perils they bring about.

 

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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

1pg. Comedy Short Screenplay – A PARTING OF THE WAYS, by Marc Lalonde

 

Genre: Comedy

What does Ying-Yang really mean?

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Peter Nelson
Woman with Boxes: Regan Brown
Woman with Dog: Emily Weir

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Op: Mary Cox

COMEDY Best Scene Screenplay – OCCUPY WALLY STREETSKI, by Mike Hoberg

 

Genre: Comedy

Funny things happen on Wall Street.

CAST LIST:

Finn: Brogan Caulfield
Reporter: Emily Weir
Narrator: Peter Nelson
Wally: Daniel Cristofori
Atticus: Neil Bennett

Get to know the writer: 

 1. What is your screenplay about?

You’re just one electric bill away from being Amish!

Finn Chandler is a jobless college graduate, loaded with debt, and living in his Dad’s basement. While at an Occupy Wall Street protest, Finn gets whacked in the head by a weird-looking coin that supernaturally predicts future stock prices.

Finn uses the coin’s picks to make $261,554.14 in his first week at home as a day trader.

The coin belonged to filthy-rich Walter Streetski and he begins a devious plan to put Finn through hell to get the coin back.

Finn fights back, but is just one step from going to prison.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Comedy, Action, Central Hero, High Concept

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

Cathartic relief if you’ve ever been screwed over by a rich person, business, or bank.

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

Joyous revenge!

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

Dirty Harry

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

A couple years

7. How many stories have you written?

Four screenplays

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

I’m hooked on any form of Smooth Jazz and listen to it during most of my workouts.

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

Getting to sleep because it was just too fun to write.

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

My wife, cycling, and triathlons.

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

Excellent

12. What influenced you to enter the festival?

The ability to have access to actors reading the best scene of a screenplay is a fantastic idea.

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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

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.

CAST LIST:

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!

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Producer: Matthew Toffol – http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Op: Mary Cox

 

February 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:

 

ACTORROMANCE Best Scene Screenplay – SHE’S A DREAM
February 2018 Reading
by Amanda Marie
ACTORCOMEDY Best Scene Screenplay – CESAR & MAX
February 2018 Reading
by Susan Klos
ACTORFANTASY Short Screenplay – AFTERLIFE ESTATES
February 2018 Reading
by Laina Burgess
ACTORLGBT 1st Scene Screenplay – DELIVERY GIRL
February 2018 Reading
by Katherine Grant Krieger
Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterTHE CRYING CHEF, 6min., USA, Comedy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterTHE FUTURE RICHARD DENISONS, 16min, USA, Comedy/Time Travel
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterAN ACTOR PREPARES, 4min., USA, Comedy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterGF, 25min., USA, Comedy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterVIOLET AND JUNE, 6min., Canada, Romance/Comedy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
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festival posterGOD CAME ‘ROUND, 5min, Italy, Romance/Comedy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

ACTORCOMEDY 1st Scene TV Screenplay – CHARACTERS
February 2018 Reading
by Chris Harris
ACTOR1st Scene TV Screenplay – FAT VS EVIL
February 2018 Reading
by Alex Sheldon
ACTORBIOGRAPHY Best Scene Screenplay – CATCH
February 2018 Reading
by Jerry Nield

 

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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