COMEDY BEST Scene Screenplay of FLAG DAY, by Brian W Smith & Vincent Viñas

Genre: Comedy, Horror

Every June 14th, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln rise from the grave to kill teens who flunk American History. A group of high schoolers, who cheat on their history exam to avoid summer school, are about to get a lesson in terror…and hilarity.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Jane Hailes
Heather: Kelci Stephenson
Jules: Penelope Park
Lincoln: Nick Wicht
Uncle Sam: Charles Gordon

Get to know the writers: 
1. What is your screenplay about? 
Every June 14th, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln rise from the grave to kill teens who flunk American History. A group of high school students, who cheat on their history exam to avoid summer school, are about to get a lesson in terror…and hilarity.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?
Horror-comedy. Spoof. Satire.

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie? 
Diverse characters. A point of view. Comedic female roles.

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

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

6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?  
The script was written in a few days, but has undergone revisions.

7. How many stories have you written? 
About seven scripts (shorts and features). More to come.

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

9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay? 
The script was initially a spoof trailer in a previous screwball comedy we wrote about the film industry. Then it became a logline pitch. When a notable production company requested to read the screenplay, we wrote it in a few days.

10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about? 
Music and video editing.

11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site? 
It’s fine. Easy to use and track submissions and festival status.

12. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?
“Flag Day” is one of our few comedic scripts since we usually write horror. The festival came up in a search and sounded intriguing. The story is dialogue heavy and has one-liners we thought actors might have fun with at a reading.
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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

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WINNING COMEDY SHORT SCREENPLAY – VALERIE VERSUS EARTH, by Jason Boaden

Genre: Comedy, Family

A boy pranks his sister, on her 10th birthday, which results in the entire family getting in on the fun.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Jane Hailes
Valerie: Kelci Stephenson
Jennifer: Penelope Park
Mark: Nick Wicht
Chandler: Charles Gordon
David: Todd Thomas Dark

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your screenplay about?
A: When a boy pranks his younger sister on her 10th birthday, her payback leads to the whole family getting in on the fun.
2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?
A: Comedy.
3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie? 
A: The characters are entertaining. The story is fun and engaging for children, as well as adults.
4. How would you describe this script in two words?    
A: Fun and whimsical.
5. What movie have you seen the most times in your life? 
A: Hot Shots
6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?  
A: 1 month, approximately.
7. How many stories have you written? 
A: 3 features and 10 shorts.
8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?) 
A: Even split, between These Days by Bon Jovi & Tremor Christ by Pearl Jam.
9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay? 
A: Finding a way to give relevance to the 2nd act. Initially, it did expand the characters, but wasn’t necessary to the story. Also, understanding the core relationship, between Valerie and her brother. Once that happened, it established the desired tone of the story.
10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about? 
A: My son is now a young man, so our relationship has changed greatly, over the past few years. We both listen to a lot of music, and like to talk about it and movies. Songwriting has been another passion of mine. My son and I both took up guitar at a young age, so we also talk a lot about that.
11. You entered your screenplay via Film Freeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site? 
A: I’ve found it useful.
12. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?
 
A: Entering your festival came as a result of challenging myself to attempt a genre, other than horror. Regarding your feedback: it shaped the final draft of the story. Specifically, the evolution of the 2nd act.

 

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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

October 2017 COMEDY Stories, Screenplays, Short Films

Submit your Comedy Screenplay or Film to the Festival Today: http://festivalforcomedy.com

 

ACTORSHORT STORY Reading – TONGUE IN CHEEK
October 2017 Reading
by Lionel Walfish

ACTOR1st SCENE Stageplay – THE LEOPARD THE CALF
October 2017 Reading
by Joe Pugh

ACTORCOMEDY BEST SCENE Screenplay – BRENDA IN DHARMALAND
October 2017 Reading
by Anne M. Robinson

ACTORCOMEDY SHORT Screenplay – ALMOST NEVER TOO LATE
October 2017 Reading
by Jeffrey Howe
ACTORFAMILY 1st SCENE Screenplay – MY ATARI CHRISTMAS
October 2017 Reading
by Chris Parrish

ACTORLGBT TV PILOT Screenplay – THE UPSIDE OF OVER
October 2017 Reading
by Dan Hass


festival posterMILK MAN, 10min., UK, Horror/Comedy
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festival posterGIRL #2, 9min, USA, Horror/Comedy
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festival posterPROMETHEUS INDUSTRIES, 7min, Germany, Animation/Comedy
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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 SHORT Screenplay – ALMOST NEVER TOO LATE, by Jeffrey Howe

Genre: Comedy, Sci-Fi, Adventure

In suburbia, a toddler plays innocently in a sandpit. Meanwhile next door, an android called Steve has arrived from the future with a mission to kill the child before it grows into an evil tyrant. But before he can do so, he is caught up in a fight with Beth, another time traveller, who claims that Steve’s actions will cause the future timeline.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Steve: David Occhipinti
Beth: Norma Dunphy
Evil Imperion: Dennis Barham
Ajax One: Fabio Abreu

Get to know the writer: 

1. What is your screenplay about?

A succession of time travelers attempts to change history–or to stop each others’ attempts–until their original target takes matters into his own three-year-old hands.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Sci-fi (parody), comedy

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

Principal photography would take a day, tops. A fourteen-year old could *probably* do the simulated computer graphics. 
*double checks with fourteen-year old son* 
Make that *definitely*.

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

Briefly amusing. 

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

“The Little Mermaid.” Don’t judge me, it was a weird time in my life. 

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

About a day and a half. I wrote it mostly to stay limber waiting for the NYCMidnight finals (a timed scriptwriting contest), since I had never written short-short comedy. Well, not since high school.

7. How many stories have you written?

If we’re including novels and short stories along with various length scripts…thirty-something that I’ve finished. Maybe forty.

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

At the moment, “The Hell of It,” off the “Phantom of the Paradise” soundtrack. An underappreciated Paul Williams classic. Later today, who knows?

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

Self-imposed: I wanted to finish a workable draft in one sitting (see number 6 above).

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

Dissecting other people’s writing. You may know this as “reading” or “watching stuff.”

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

Generally good. The one time a festival contest turned out to be a scam, FF refunded the entry fee. Same for contests that canceled. The review system needs some tweaks, though–right now a festival or contest can kind of be held hostage by a hostile reviewer.

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

The working screenwriter in my writers’ group said the script was good enough for a comedy-centric contest. I guess that counts as initial feedback? In any case, it was reassuring. Writing comedy scares the crap out of me.

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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

COMEDY Best Scene Screenplay of BRENDA IN DHARMALAND, by Anne M Robinson

 

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

A softball coach with anger management issues becomes entranced by the benefits of meditative yoga.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Edwina: Norma Dunphy
Announcer: David Occhipinti
Edgar: Nick Baillie
Pete: Dennis Barham
Ted: Fabio Abreu

Get to know the writer: 

What is your screenplay about?

A woman with anger issues seeks inner peace.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Comedy

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Enlightening entertainment! The audience will identify with the feelings of the characters, if not their actions.  If Brenda can have an epiphany and find inner peace, then anyone can.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Quirky. Offbeat.

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

Maybe SOME LIKE IT HOT

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

3 lifetimes

How many stories have you written?

I’ve written 4 screenplays and 1 pilot.

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

Dancing in the Moonlight

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

It’s not the finishing, it’s the rewriting…..

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I love to tango, ride my motorcycle, hang with my cats, practice yoga, hit the beach with my husband…

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

It’s a comedy festival. I write comedy.  My initial reaction to the feedback was that it was well thought out, clear, objective and rang true. I do get derailed from the plot. All the time. I need a leash.

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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

COMEDY Best Scene Screenplay of VAMPIRE ACADEMY, by Melissa Birks

 

Genre: Comedy, Sci-Fi

In a world where mortals and vampires share an uneasy co-existence, an unemployed young woman enrolls in a trade college that teaches vampire skills, only to discover the college is actually a front for a sinister plot to overthrow humans.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Claudette: Lindsay Gerro
Ad Narrator: Nick Baillie
Student #1: Fabio Abreu
Student #2: Dennis Barham
Recruiter: Norma Dunphy

Get to know the writer: 

What is your screenplay about?

In a world where vampires and mortals co-exist, an underemployed young woman attends a trade school that teaches vampire skills to mortal students…only to discover that the school is engaging in a nefarious plot to secretly turn mortals into the undead. This screenplay is about the heroine’s journey from not believing in her own value to embracing her self worth.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Sci-fi/fantasy

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

This screenplay should be made into a movie because 1. It features a flawed yet smart and resourceful heroine 2. It features a unique world where vampires and mortals live together in an uneasy truce 3. It features a world where you can attend a trade school to get vampire skills that could help you thrive in certain careers. Think dental hygiene and phlebotomy.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Vampire quirkiness.

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

Probably It’s a Wonderful Life.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I wrote several drafts of this screenplay over two years.

How many stories have you written?

I have written seven screenplays (first drafts).

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

Hard to pin this down. I like a lot of ‘80s classic rock (when I was growing up, it wasn’t yet “classic”). I’m also a big fan of Christmas carols; because they are seasonal, they are, I suppose, the songs I’ve listened to most often in my life. I like the polarity of “I Believe in Father Christmas” and “Here Comes Santa Claus.”

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I struggled with how to raise the stakes for my heroine, Claudette. I struggled with keeping the momentum of the second act, including developing a clear midpoint.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Animals. I think the only animal I may dislike would be the mosquito. Otherwise, I love all animals.

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

This is an excellent submission platform site. It opens your world to a wide range of contests in all genres, locations, and sizes. I recommend it.

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

I liked the idea of seeing if my logline could generate any interest. The feedback that I received was constructive, targeted, and helpful. Much appreciated!

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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

September 2017 COMEDY Stories, Screenplays, Short Films

Submit your Comedy Screenplay or Film to the Festival Today: http://festivalforcomedy.com

 

ACTORTV THRILLER Best Scene Screenplay – JOYTON SHREW
September 2017 Reading
by Ian Bradburn

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – BREAKDOWN
September 2017 Reading
by J. Logan Alexander

ACTOR1pg. COMEDY Short Screenplay – CLEAN BEAT
September 2017 Reading
by Bernhard Riedhammer

ACTORCOMEDY Short Screenplay – TWITS
September 2017 Reading
by Alison McGrath

festival posterINGENUE-ISH, 10min, USA, Comedy
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festival posterSUITCASE, 13min, France, Comedy
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festival posterBAGGAGE, 17min, USA, Comedy
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festival posterUNICORNLAND, 7min, USA, Comedy/Webseries
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festival posterMANEKI-NEKO, 12min, USA, Romance/Comedy
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festival posterLAST NIGHT WAS A MISTAKE, 15min, USA, Romance/Comedy
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festival posterONE PER PERSON, 10min., Canada, Animation/Comedy
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festival posterOUR CRAPPY TOWN, 8min, USA, Animation/Comedy
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ACTORSTAGE PLAY BEST SCENE – VENGEANCE OF THE SHREW
September 2017 Reading
by Bree Katz

 

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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