2016 NOVEL & SHORT STORY Winners

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ACTORNOVEL Transcript Reading – HUSBANDS MAY COME AND GO BUT FRIENDS ARE FOREVER
December 2016 Reading
Written by Judith Marshall
ACTORNOVEL Transcript Reading – ZOMBIE TURKEYS
December 2016 Reading
Written by Andy Zach

ACTORSHORT Story – SMALL TOWN NEWSPAPER
November 2016 Reading
Written by Rachel Sutton
ACTORSHORT Story – SUPERMARKET SAVAGERY
November 2016 Reading
Written by Joan Grindley

ACTORSHORT Story – TRUE NORTH
October 2016 Reading
Written by Hal Ackerman

ACTORSHORT Story – WATERMELON EATING CONTEST
October 2016 Reading
Written by Teri B. Clark

ACTORSHORT Story – DEAD END JOB
October 2016 Reading
Written by Alice Lacey

ACTORSHORT Story – DUALITY
September 2016 Reading
Written by Devin Klos

ACTORSHORT Story – 1ST WORLD PROBLEMS
September 2016 Reading
Written by Mathieu Riva

ACTORSHORT Story – DOUBLE FACE
September 2016 Reading
Written by Amira El Dahshoury

ACTORSHORT STORY – HEAVY SEXTING
July 2016 Reading
Written by Amy Arrow

ACTORShort Story Reading – INSIDE OUT
June 2016 Reading
Written by Phaedra Greenwood

ACTORShort Story Reading – I THOUGHT THE CAR WAS YELLOW
June 2016 Reading
Written by Eduardo G. Diaz

ACTORShort Story Reading – THE POND IS TOO CROWDED
May 2016 Reading
Written by Stacey R. Janik

ACTORShort Story Reading – TOGETHER AND SEPARATE
May 2016 Reading
Written by Herb Schultz

ACTORShort Story Reading – THE DAD SWEATER
May 2016 Reading
Written by Joshua Collins

ACTORShort Story Reading – MASSIVE MASTIFF
April 2016 Reading
Written by Brian O’Flaherty

ACTORShort Story Reading – COUNT WILLIAM
April 2016 Reading
Written by Tegon Maus

ACTORShort Story Reading – RANDY & PATRICIA JOIN A MILITIA
April 2016 Reading
Written by Randy Gillis

ACTORChapter 2 Reading – LARGE IS THE SMALLEST WE GOT
January 2016 Reading
Written by Jed Hamilton

 

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

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Winning Comedy Short Screenplay – FORGIVENESS by Sherwin Allen

FORGIVENESS
Written by Sherwin Allen

CAST LIST:

MYA – Andrea Lawrence
ALEX – Cory Bertrand
NARRATOR – Cassandra Guthrie

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy

An eager 9 year old determined to get a bike, decides to ask God for help, and learns that it is better to ask for forgiveness than permission.

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

It’s about seeing the world from a different perspective, to get the things we really want and desire.

What genres does your screenplay under?

Comedy

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I think it should be made into a commercial or movie, because its cute and humorous but at the same time it helps us to see things from a new perspective. There is also a lesson to be learned, that there is a consequence for every thing we do whether its good or bad.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Cute and Clever.

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

Saving Private Ryan, I love this movie because even thou its a World War 2 movie, its actually a film about a journey and along this journey we learn so much about the individuals looking for Private Ryan.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

This script took me about a day because of the shortness, I had to work really hard on editing it down to one page.

How many stories have you written?

I’m fairly new to script writing but I have about a dozen at the moment.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

The challenge of writing a one page story. This is a challenge in itself to be able to tell a full story in one page.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Brevity without being to brief, if that makes any sense. I basically had to tell a story but not be too long winded otherwise I’d go over the one page mark. So my challenge was how do I set a scene develop a character give conflict and tell a complete story all in one page.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I’m passionate about directing movies. I’ve directed several short films and next year I’m filming my first feature film Rome of the Dead, which is about a zombie apocalypses in ancient Rome.

Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Read as much as you can, screenplays, short stories, and novels. I think the more you read the better you will get at writing. Last advice is to write as much as you can, practice makes perfect.

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

September 2016 Comedy Films/Screenplays/Stories

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festival posterBACK TO THE FUTURE?, 10min., USA, Comedy/Sci-Fi
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September 2016 Film Festival


festival posterUNPRINCIPLED, 13min., USA, Comedy/Drama
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September 2016 Film Festival


festival posterWE’LL SEE IF WE DROWN, 20min., France, Comedy/Crime
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September 2016 Film Festival

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – SAFE WORD
September 2016 Reading
Written by Darren Coyle

ACTORFEATURE Screenplay: LAWN BOYS
September 2016 Reading
Written by Steve Cleary

ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay: MODERN FAMILY
September 2016 Reading
Written by Chai Karve

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – BLAME GAME
September 2016 Reading
Written by Sonny Dyon

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – PARTNERS
September 2016 Reading
Written by Rupert Aspden

ACTORWEBSERIES Screenplay: TREVOR AND EVOR
September 2016 Reading
Written by Sasha Siljanovic

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – SAMMY’S PARROT
September 2016 Reading
Written by Dimitri Devyatkin

ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – 3 FAMILIES
September 2016 Reading
Written by J.D. Poland

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – FREEDOM
September 2016 Reading
Written by Scot Walker

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – PLEASE HOLD
September 2016 Reading
Written by Tricia Stewart Shiu

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – JULIE & ROM
September 2016 Reading
Written by Behzad Sedghi

ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay: LOONATOONA
September 2016 Reading
Written by Shockadelic

ACTORSHORT Story – DUALITY
September 2016 Reading
Written by Devin Klos

ACTORSHORT Story – 1ST WORLD PROBLEMS
September 2016 Reading
Written by Mathieu Riva

ACTORSHORT Story – DOUBLE FACE
September 2016 Reading
Written by Amira El Dahshoury

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – GLORIOUS
September 2016 Reading
Written by Brent Beath

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Sept. 2016 Winner: Webseries – TREVOR AND EVOR Screenplay by Sasha Siljanovic

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TREVOR AND EVOR Webseries Screenplay
Written by Sasha Siljanovic

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Julian Ford
TREVOR – Nick Hendrick Wicht
EVOR – Kheon Clarke
STONER – Donald Molnar

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

TREVOR AND EVOR is about two stoner friends who set out to revolutionize the food home delivery industry and now have to navigate the stresses of running a small business while still trying to stay true to their original ideals. Their dream delivery job is taking over their lives…

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Absurd, comedy, drama

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I don’t think it would suit the movie format. It’s style/form better suits a web series. Or does it? There’s a nice Dude Where’s my Car feel to it.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Strangely engaging.

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

Glengarry Glen Ross, Life of Brian, What about Bob?

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

A week.

How many stories have you written?

A few TV pilots, Short Movies and Web Series.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I was at home desperately craving some Peking Duck to go with the wine I was drinking. And then I got thinking…

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The major obstacle was knowing “How much” I should give the audience so they come back, as I only wanted to use 4 pages max.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Wine, beach, napping.

Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Just finish it. Then write something else.

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Sept. 2016 Winner: Best Scene Script Reading from LOONATOONA by Shockadelic

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Best Scene from LOONATOONA Screenplay
Written by Shockadelic

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Surreal comedy, with fantasy and romance elements.

An Australian family of four experiencing a surreal-to-us, normal-to-them day (or four-days-in-one).

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Julian Ford
SUSAN – Katelyn Varadi
COWBOY – Peter Mark Raphael
GUIDE DOG STATUE – Nick Hendrick Wicht

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

An Australian family of four experiencing a surreal-to-us, normal-to-them day (or four-days-in-one).

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Surreal comedy, with fantasy and romance elements.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I think it would be a unique experience, which is difficult in these everything’s-been-done times.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Loony Aussies

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

Probably The Rocky Horror Picture Show, although ironically never in a cinema!

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Most of it came in the first day or two, with revisions ongoing 4 months now.

How many stories have you written?

2 other short screenplays.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I never intended to write anything. It just popped into my head without asking.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

First, not having enough material, then having too much. I kept thinking of things to add, then some more, then some more…

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Personal liberty, music.

Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Watch a lot of different types of movies, all genres, all eras, different countries. Even “bad” films. I’ve watched thousands, and it helps you visualise your own stories.

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Sept. 2016 Winner: Feature Screenplay – LAWN BOYS by Steve Cleary

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LAWN BOYS
Written by Steve Cleary

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Screwball Comedy

When a pretentious ad man levels down to work on his best friend’s landscaping crew, he must sharpen his new skills in order to prevent a rival lawn service from ruining their hometown’s natural beauty with artificial grass.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Steve Rizzo
STEVE – Kaleb Alexander
SUNNY – Heather Dicke
MIKE/BRIAN – Steve Mitchell
MUNGO – John Fray
HEIKO – Dan Cristofori
RIPPY – Randy Baumer
VARIOUS – Norma Dawn Dunphy

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

‘Lawn Boys’ is about a city guy who learns to bloom where he’s planted by taking a job on his buddy’s landscaping crew back in his South Jersey hometown.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

‘Lawn Boys’ is a broad comedy.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

‘Lawn Boys’ is outrageously funny, while being grounded in reality and has a lot of heart. It’s refreshingly original and sure to leave anyone who watches it with a smile.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Outrageously Funny!

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

That would have to be ‘A Christmas Story’, by default.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I first came up with the idea way back in 2009 and picked at it over the years since. I fully committed to writing it last fall and it took me about six months to get it fully polished.

How many stories have you written?

I’ve written a couple dozen or so, but only six have made it into fully realized screenplays. I’m currently working on two other screenplay ideas and have several more in the pipeline.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I kept having situations and lines of dialogue coming to mind as if they were from a movie I’ve seen several times. This is the comedy movie I’ve always wanted to have playing on a lazy hungover Saturday afternoon.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The ideal being to write full-time, I had to tear myself away from it in order to find freelance work to pay the bills.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I’m passionate about living a life of radical self-expression and freedom to explore the wonders of nature and mankind.

Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Yes! Get coverage wherever you can find it. When I posted an early draft of ‘Lawn Boys’ to a couple of listing sites, the feedback from reviewers and other writers helped me improve the script immeasurably.
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Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

 

 

Read the best of NEW COMEDY TV SHOW Loglines:

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ODD JOBS, by Brie Eley

LIFE GETS BETTER TODAY, by Russ Comber

MILFS, by Tamara Herman and Cindy Aronson

WORK IN PROGRESS, by Stephanie Yuhas

ARTIFICIAL, by Carter Kustera

OPEN KITCHEN, by Ellis Michelle

PREPPED, by Madeline Nehlen

LENA AND THE KING OF HEARTS, by Alicia Lee

A CUNNING EXCHANGE, by Dartanyan Adkins

THE GALLERY, by Ami Brown

DROP-IN, by Nicole Hancock

GILLIGANS ISLAND OF THE DEAD, by Jerry Kokich

WEIRD IS NORMAL, by Ajax Georgandasl

LOVE ALONG THE WAY, by Mariah Boucher

THE DIRTY COACH, by Sepehr Gol

THE LEASE, by William Smith

LARRY’S BOXING GYM, by Dr. Kentrell Liddell

THE HOMELESS DETECTIVE, by Larry Hankin

THE GREATEST BIBLICAL ADVENTURE EVER TOLD, by Michelle Houle

 

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