COMEDY TV Spec Reading of: Righteous Gemstones “Whom Shall I Fear”, by Paula Dixon

A first scene reading of an original script by the hit TV SHOW “Righteous Gemstones”

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Allison Kampf
JUDY/OLD LADY/AMBER (F): Elizabeth Rose Morriss
ELI/DRIVER (M): Allan Michael Brunet
KELVIN/GIDEON (M): Geoff Mays
JESSE/PASTOR AMOS (M): Shawn Devlin

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

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Ryan Haines, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

COMEDY TV PILOT Screenplay Reading: 33 Weeks A Prude, by Kelly Byrnes

A liberated Californian teen and new girl at her high school, finds herself at odds with the girls of the Christian chastity club.

CAST LIST:

Tyler: David Rowan
Zeek: Thomas Fournier
Tamara: Pascale Behrman
Narration: Kat Smiley
Nora: Aimee Poulin
Raquel: Jillian Robinson
Bill: Bill Poulin
Jerry Turner: Allan Brunet

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

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Ryan Haines, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Ryan Haines, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

COMEDY Best Scene Reading: Playing with Chopsticks, by James Abney

After the meeting between him and his Chinese girlfriend’s strict parents goes terribly wrong, one average white man is forced to win her parents respect, while trying to defeat her handsome suitor and former flame, all during her sister’s traditional Chinese wedding.

CAST LIST:

NARRATION – DIANA FRANZ
Evy (29) – 7 – SARAH DESOUZA-COELHO
Jimmy (20s) – 10 – THOMAS FOURMIER
Mary – 3 – JULIE C. SHEPPARD

 

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

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Ryan Haines, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Ryan Haines, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

Winning COMEDY Festival TV PILOT Reading: GOOD AND EVIL, by Michael Corleone

Ancient beings Good, Evil, and other abstract concepts must band together to survive the perils of the modern world.

CAST LIST:
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Good: Aaron Williams
Evil: Natalie Morgan
Tommy: Andrew Ball
Beauty: Barb Scheffer
Joy: Cassandra Guthrie
Timmy: Kaleb Alexander
Tony: Gabriel Darku

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

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Ryan Haines, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Ryan Haines, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

COMEDY TV PILOT Screenplay Winning Reading: 4Plex, by Liza Behles

A sheltered yuppie couple desperate for financial success bite off more than they can chew when they choose to become resident slumlords in an un-gentrified Los Angeles neighborhood.

CAST LIST:

Max: Ikenna Osuji
Kelly: Anjelica Alejandro
Mrs. Garcia: Marla Horner
Narration: Hanna Ehman
Jess: Esther Rogers
Tommy: Randy Singh
Blake: Tyssen Smith
Carlos: Azar Hassan
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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

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TOP 10 COMEDY Screenplays of 2018

Festival for Comedy-A FilmFreeway preferred festival:

STORYCOMEDY 1st Scene Reading: THE FRANCHISE by James Grayford
November 2018

STORYCOMEDY 1st Scene Reading: SUPERFAN by Harry Greenberger
November 2018

ACTORCOMEDY 1st Scene Screenplay: THE SIDEKICK RULES by Chris Warner
August 2018

ACTORCOMEDY 1st Scene TV Screenplay – CHARACTERS
February 2018 Reading
by Chris Harris
ACTORREMOTELY WORKING – Comedy TV Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Bill Baber

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

FEATURE Film Screenplay – POOP MOVIE
March 2018 Reading
by Byron Erwin
STORY1PG. SHORT Screenplay: FIGHT CLUB REBUTTAL by Matt Schutt
October 2018

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

STORY1PG. SHORT Screenplay: LEXY WOOS AMBER by Matt Schutt
October 2018

AUGUST 2018 COMEDY Stories, Screenplays, Short Films

Festival for Comedy-A FilmFreeway preferred festival:

 

ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay: INSIDE THE WORLD OF ZOE SANDER by Suzanne Lutas
August 2018

ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay: SLOPPY SECONDS by Toni Nagy, Bridget Barkan, Antonia M. Nagy
August 2018

ACTORCOMEDY BEST SCENE Screenplay: THE BOOK WRITER by Kris Bauske
August 2018

ACTORFEMALE BEST SCENE Screenplay: RED SHIRT by Mary C. Ferrara
August 2018

ACTORLGBT Short Screenplay: SKATE NIGHT by Kate Whitehead
August 2018

ACTORLGBT Short Screenplay: CONVERTED by Dana Quercioli
August 2018

ACTORDIVERSITY 1st Scene Screenplay: SINGLE BLACK FEMALE by Jasmine Pittman
August 2018

ACTORCOMEDY 1st Scene Screenplay: THE SIDEKICK RULES by Chris Warner
August 2018

ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay: RICK & MORTY by Javier Torregrosa
August 2018

festival posterWAITING, 5min., Canada, Experimental/Comedy

festival posterMRS. MURPHY’S CONFESSION, 25min., USA, Comedy/Drama

festival posterTHE PITS, 6min., Canada, Comedy/Romance

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

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

 

 

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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

Comedy Festival Testimonial – August 25 2018

Screenwriter Chris Warner (THE SIDEKICK RULES)

Trying to get as much of my work as possible out there in one big, final push. Saw Comedy Festival on Film Freeway and appreciated the readings/critique aspect. I enjoyed the feedback and have considered its constructive criticism. Thanks for that.

Festival for Comedy-A FilmFreeway preferred festival:

JUNE 2018 COMEDY Stories, Screenplays, Short Films

Festival for Comedy-A FilmFreeway preferred festival:

 

festival posterHEINOUS GIRLS, 5min., Canada, TV WEB SERIES/Comedy

festival posterCOOL GIRLS “HOW TO THROW A GIRLS NIGHT OUT”, 8min., Canada, TV WEB SERIES/Comedy

festival posterCROW’S PEAK, 4min., USA, TV WEB SERIES/Animation/Comedy

festival posterLEGAL FOX: A TASTE OF TRUMP, 3min., USA Drama/Comedy

festival posterOTHER PEOPLE’S CHILDREN, 5min., USA, TV WEB SERIES/Comedy</a

festival posterEDGAR’S INVENTION, 8min., USA, Comedy/Sci-Fi

festival posterCHEATER, 7min., USA, Comedy/Drama

festival posterADDICT, 15min, Israel, Horror/Comedy

ACTORTHE GLOBAL FUND – TV Best Scene Screenplay
June 2018 Reading
by Josep Colomer

ACTORMISTAKES – 1pg. Short Screenplay
June 2018 Reading
by Rene Collier

ACTORREAL TIME DENIAL – 1pg. Short Screenplay
June 2018 Reading
by Linda Hullinger

ACTORTHE GATE – 1pg. Short Screenplay
June 2018 Reading
by Savannah S. Ward

ACTORTHE PERFECT GIFT – COMEDY Best Scene Screenplay
June 2018 Reading
by John Scott Schaf

ACTORBARNABY OF MULCH – COMEDY Best Scene Screenplay
June 2018 Reading
by John Broadhead

ACTORORCHIDS UNDERWEAR AND TORTELLINI – COMEDY Best Scene Screenplay
June 2018 Reading
by James Rosenfield

ACTORTHE HEIST – COMEDY Best Scene Screenplay
June 2018 Reading
by Ryan Northcott

ACTORTHE WONDERFUL INVENTION OF DR. BLANK – COMEDY Best Scene Screenplay
June 2018 Reading
by Obayed Khan

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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: Jarrod Terrell
Narrator: Matt Barnes
Bicker: Allan Michael Brunet
Rodriguez: Meghan Allen

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