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

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COMEDY Best Scene Reading of The Accidental Feminist by Blayr Austin

 

Eugene Gorfinkel is raised by an unusually controlling feminist mother and 3 aggressive sisters as his father’s in jail. He is breastfed until he’s 12. He is the quintessential Mama’s boy to the extreme.

The women in Eugene’s life hover over him constantly. Their “love” is so all encompassing that it doesn’t allow him to have a normal life. In fact, he can’t even take a women’s multivitamin without his mother’s micromanagement.

CAST LIST:

Anne (8) – Katelyn Varadi
Eugene (teen) – Geoff Mays
Narration – Shawn Devlin
Beverly (13) – Salma Dharsee
Rita (40s) – Norma Dawn Dunphy
Chad – Omar Aufi

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

COMEDY Best Scene: THE WORDSMITH by Matthew Holy

The Wordsmith is a comedy about Harry, a hapless bachelor who is forever using his words in an attempt to gain the upper hand (and failing miserably). When he goes out with Jane, a sexy and sophisticated woman he has met on a dating site, he quickly discovers that puns are not the way to her heart.

Waiter – 4 – Hartley O. Gyamfi
Narration – Regan Brown
Harry – 25 – David Lapsley
Jane – 26 – Esther Rogers

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

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

COMEDY Best Scene of GUMMED UP IN GRIT LAND, by Mike Hoberg

 

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR: Becky Shrimpton
Wyatt: Allan Brunet
Cletus: Merlin Simard
Gang Leader: Anthony Tran
Billy Bob: Scott Beaudin
Savannah: Salma Dharsee

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your screenplay about?

“Star Trek” meets “Andy of Mayberry”

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Comedy, Action, Central Hero, High Concept

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

It’s just a fun family movie.  Wyatt Dollar and the screenplay’s other characters don’t feel the need to use the f-word as the building block of every sentence. They rely on the rest of the English language, which proves more than adequate.

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

Southern Comfort

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 Shot the Sheriff – Bob Marley (A twenty-five career in law enforcement will get you to say that.)

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.

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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 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

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