COMEDY Best Scene Screenplay: Fate’s Peculiar Sense of Humour, by N. Triton

The story is a romantic comedy set in London during the 2009 financial crisis. People are becoming more and more cynical and true love is fainting away. Aphrodite (the Goddess of Love and Beauty) has been blamed by Zeus for the deterioration of love and was punished to live for eternity into the body of an ugly drunkard beggar (named AfroDude).


Nigel: Jarrod Terrill
Web Viewer: Isabel Kruse
Male Web Viewer: Ryan Singh
Narrator: Val Cole
Hugh Jorgen: Geoff Mays
Dr. Drake: Neil Bennett
Helen: Elle A

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


The story follows a scientist named Dr Blank who is terrible at inventing things but wants as he attempts to gain fame and fortune in his numerous attempts at inventing things that sound cool but don’t work the way you expect them to.

When the scene occurs, Dr Blank *decides* he should become an evil scientist instead and instead of inventing he resorts to stealing inventions as it would be more evil.  The scene is of Dr Blank stealing a death ray created by another more successful evil scientist, Dr Painkiller and the scene occurs from the point of view of two inept security guards who are supposed to be keeping an eye on it.

Narrator: Val Cole
Officer #2 – Manny Pacheco
Officer #1 – Geoff Mays
Old Lady #2 – Danielle Niole
Old Lady #1 – Esther Thibault

VIsual Design & Editor: Kimberly VIllarruel

Produced by Matthew Toffolo

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

COMEDY Best Scene Reading of Tugnutt: A Love Supreme by Nate Yacos

When a family man gains instant celebrity status as TV spokesman, his newfound celebrity threatens to tear his family apart and challenge his notion of a happy life.


Brandon – Geoff Mays
Blond – Katelyn Varadi
Narration – Norma Dawn Dunphy
Ted – Shawn Devlin
Redhead –Salma Dharsee


Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

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.


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


Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

Short Screenplay Reading: OZARK by Craig Mrock

Watch the Winning June 2016 Comedy Short Screenplay.

OZARK  by Craig Mrock

Narrator: Geoff Mays

Get to know the winning writer:

1. What is your screenplay about?

It’s a scene from a full length screenplay I wrote called “Halloween in Ozark” about Halloween in a small town. In this scene, one of the main characters, Roger, takes a chance at sitting next to the girl he’s madly in love with, Brittany. Of course, even the simplest of actions don’t happen easily when average teens experience such intense emotions, so the scene plays with that moment.

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

This particular scene addresses both the internal and external, environmental aspects of a moment in time. While many of us could relate to this situation through our own experiences, only a movie can smoothly and accurately show the various perspectives that embody a moment like this while capturing the right levels of humor, intentions, and emotions of the people involved as they happen.

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

“Real life” maybe??

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

Tough call, probably something by John Hughes, maybe Uncle Buck or Breakfast Club?

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

“Halloween in Ozark” has been an idea of mine for a few years. I initially wrote up an outline and several scenes a few years back and always had the intention of writing a funny story with an element of spook and a bit of teen raunchiness. Think John Waters combining Scary Movie and American Pie. There are several small stories involved that come together in the end and I think there are characters that appeal to everyone as most teen movies include.

6. How many stories have you written?

Tons, since I was a little kid. I’m most proud of my recent works (you can find here ) but the nice part about creating things is they’re only finished when you say they are.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

A moment in a grocery store around Halloween that spiraled into an entire picture of the holiday in a small town.

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

This screenplay started with several scenes and ideas that needed to be fleshed out and strung together. As things developed in their own way, other scenes became more important and character development really started to factor in. The editing for this was probably the biggest challenge in the end.

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

Playing music, traveling, being outdoors, and working my way into a career in writing and out of one that just provides a paycheck.

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

I’m looking to get my name and work out there and I’ve been following the festival on social media for some time. It seemed like a good thing to try and it’s been a positive experience so far.

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

Aside from the typical “never stop writing” advice, just remember the importance of details and editing.

Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Today’s Comedy Screenplay Reading: IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA by Keith Black

Submit your Comedy Film & Screenplay to the Festival:

Written by Keith Black
Read 10 Questions with the writers


‘The Gang Commits Espionage’ is an Always Sunny in Philadelphia spec about the tumultuous management of the bar and the group as a whole. Desperate for order, they seek out different political practices in hopes of organizing their chaos, and proving who is best fit as their leader.


NARRATOR – Lorry Ayers
DENNIS – Geoff Mays
MAC – Dan Cristofori
FRANK – Allan Brunet
CHARLIE – Adam Martignetti
DEE – Marsha Mason
SPANISH WOMAN – Victoria Kucher

Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne