COMEDY Short Screenplay Reading: Herculean Task, by Mark Allard-Will


Comedy and mythology collide in Mark Allard-Will’s Short Screenplay, Herculean Task.

After climbing a Mountain with his girlfriend, Sheila, and claiming that he’s completed a ‘Herculean task’ in doing so, he mysteriously finds himself in Ancient Greece tasked with actually completing Herculean tasks (commonly known as The Twelve Labours of Hercules).


King: Allen Brunet
Narration: Isabel Kruse
Derick: Brandon Knox
Sheila: Kyana Theresa


Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo

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


Director Biography – Vickie Rose Sampson (YOU DRIVE ME CRAZY)

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Victoria Sampson is an award-winning producer/writer/director, film and sound editor. With over 201 Sound credits, including sound editing on Academy Award winning films for Sound, “Speed” and “The River,” she has also won 4 Golden Reel Awards and an Emmy for her sound work.
Since 1992, Victoria also created and taught Post Production Sound for Directors and Editors at UCLA, USC, Video Symphony, AFI and often guest lectures at colleges and universities.
•Victoria is a member of:
•AMPAS (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in the Sound Branch since 1988) Also serves on the Museum’s Sound committee
•MPSE (Motion Picture Sound Editors) •Women in Film,
•Women in Media
•LA Sound Sisters
•Victoria is a graduate of the AFI’s acclaimed 6th Cycle of the Directing Workshop for Women. She was selected as one of twelve out of 600 applicants to direct a short film, her award-winning “Last Chance Saloon.”
•She has written, directed, produced and edited three award winning 30+ minute short films, one of which is “Click Three Times” which was written, directed and edited by Vickie and stars ISABEL SANFORD (from TVs “The Jeffersons”) “Click” played in over 50 festivals and won over 30 awards both nationally and internationally, including the Russian Disability Film Festival.
•Vickie has directed over a dozen commercials, some on spec for and some were commissioned. Her 30 second PSA for Women In Film (“I Wanna Be…”) for the Down Syndrome and Research Foundation, won a Telly and a Gold Aurora Award.
•Victoria also wrote a 30 second PSA, “Saddles for Soldiers” for Women in Film’s PSA program. She won the Grand Prize in Harley Davidson’s contest for women filmmakers with her 2 minute written and directed ad, “Her Need for Speed.”

•She is a founding member and an Emeritus Board member of The Alliance of Women Directors – the only organization devoted exclusively to women directors.
•She recently produced, directed and edited the award-winning film “Shelby’s Vacation,” a 35 min short about dealing with the baggage in your life.
•Victoria is attached to direct a feature film “Revolutionist” starring Virginia Madsen, Bruce Dern, Peter Fonda, Dennis Haysbert, Sally Kirkland, Beth Grant, Lou Ferrigno, Katharine Kramer and Erica Hubbard.
•In 2016, Victoria and Wendy Fishman created Echo Creek Films so they can continue making films that make a difference.
•She is co-producing a paranormal thriller feature film, “Small Whispers” written by her producing partner, Wendy Fishman, with Laura Vandervoort attached as the lead.
•Vickie just directed an 8 min short “You Drive Me Crazy” about a GPS who drives a cheating husband off the road. Currently in post-production! Coming soon!
•Vickie wrote and will direct a short film “See Me” a drama based on a true story of a transgender woman’s suicide attempt and the aftermath it creates.
•Upcoming shoot: a short mockumentary “Love Is…” a film that challenges our perceptions and assumptions about love.
Her IMDB page is:
Links to some of her work:
Commercial Directing Reel:
Grand Prize Winning 2 min short HER NEED FOR SPEED

Doritos Contest Entry: BABY CAN’T WAIT (30 seconds)

Link to Shelby’s Vacation 35 minutes: Password: shelby2017

Director Statement

I like films that challenge people – make them think, laugh, wonder, and talk afterward! You Drive Me Crazy came out of a real incident that Wendy (the writer) and I experienced using WAZE to get to a screening. I was listening to WAZE and Wendy told me “Don’t listen to that. Just go up to Sunset and turn right!” I insisted that I HAD to listen to the WAZE lady! And we just exaggerated it from there. How far until technology takes us over? This is a funny and scary exploration of that question!

Director Biography – Antoine de Bujadoux (TEN MINUTES TOPS)

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Thanks to his father who is a French music composer, Antoine discovered the magic of cinema during his childhood and has always wanted to take part to the movie industry. Writer of a first novel published in 2015, he has already directed two short films which got selected in more than thirty countries. Ten minutes tops is its third comedy. It has been already been screened in Sacramento, Oaxaca and Bienne Film Festival amongst others in a few months. In parallel of his short film activity, Antoine works in the advertising field.

Scattered Short Film, Audience FEEDBACK from the June 2019 Comedy Festival


SCATTERED,9min., Canada, Canada

Directed by Ellie Harvie

Two women venture into the woods to scatter their friend’s ashes and fumble for a way to say good bye.

CLICK HERE – and see full info and more pics of the film!


Screenplay MOVIE: THE PERFECT GIFT, by John Scott Schaf

An intensive workaholic, in order to save his marriage, goes on a Valentine’s Day journey for the perfect gift. It becomes a journey not only for gifts bur for self-discovery.

In this scene Hank is frantically trying to find an alternate gift for his wife since his procrastination has made his originally planned gift unattainable.

Visual Design & Editor: Kimberly Villarruel
Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Voice Over Performers:
Narrator: Matt Barnes
Hank: Geoff Mays
Apple Genius: Manny Pacheco
Sales Clerk: Esther Thibault
Clerk: Steve Rizzo