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.

CAST LIST:

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

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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

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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 Reading of THE BOOK WRITER by Kris Bauske

Doyle Tipton is a successful playwright and author, but her name causes most people to think she’s a man. She has the chops to make it as a bigtime book writer for stage musicals, but she’s never actually had a success in this area. Every time she proposes a concept to a band, they hem and haw and steal the idea without including the woman book writer. Finally, Doyle calls in a favor and gets hired, sight unseen, to write the book for a musical based on the catalog of Larry Limpet and the Lizards, a multi-platinum band that hit huge in the eighties. The only problem is, Larry Limpet is a male chauvinist in the truest style, and Doyle Tipton isn’t taking any of his shit.

CAST LIST: 

Narration – Katelyn Varadi
Larry – Sean Ballantyne
Doyle – Norma Dawn Dunphy

Writer Biography – Kris Bauske

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Kris Bauske is an internationally published and produced playwright and screen writer. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of Michigan. Her first play, A Good Old Fashioned, Redneck Country Christmas, written in 2008, garnered national attention and is published by Samuel French. It has been adapted for the stage as a musical and is represented by Gary DaSilva 111 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Suite 250 Manhattan Beach, CA 90266-6850, as are all her theatrical works. The comedy, the musical, and the sequel, A Good Old Fashioned Redneck Country Wedding, are all published by Samuel French.

The screenplay for ‘Redneck Christmas’, written by Kris, is in development with Lenz Entertainment of Toronto with an expected release date of the full-length feature film in November 2019. She has also completed screenplays for A Good Old Fashioned Redneck Country Wedding and A Good Old Fashioned Redneck Country Happy Halloween. ‘Halloween’ is currently under review by Samuel French for inclusion in its upcoming catalog.

Kris’ screenplays and film deals are handled by Ken Sherman & Associates 1275 N. Hayworth Avenue, Suite 103 Los Angeles, CA 90046 (310)273-8840.

Kris’ comedy, Simon Says has been read and approved by Mr. Neil Simon who granted permission for the use of his likeness in the script.

Kris wrote the wildly popular romantic comedy The Book Writer, which has earned Best Feature Screenplay at four film festivals worldwide. It is a Platinum Award winner in the 2018 Firefly Film Competition in Los Angeles, Winner Best Screenplay 2018 Honolulu Film Festival, Winner Best Screenplay 2018 Cosmic Film Festival, Winner Best Feature Screenplay at 2018 Shepperton Screenwriting Festival, and Winner Best Romantic Comedy Screenplay at 2018 Canadian Diversity Film Festival.

Kris was honored to write a screenplay about the tragedy of child marriages in many parts of the world. Shaida, Child Brides is due to start filming in late 2018. Her award winning stage play Whispers to the Moon premiered in 2014 at the Ft. Wayne Civic Theatre and is published by Stagescripts, Ltd. Of London, UK. A screenplay adaptation was requested by a producer in Tuscany, and production is set to begin in late 2018.

Her plays include:
The Nearly Final Almost Posthumous Play of the Not-Quite-Dead Sutton McAllister, a drawing room comedy/farce that examines the effects of stroke on the family of a world-famous playwright. The play was invited to 5 different festivals during 2015 & 2016 and was the winner of the Tennessee Stage Company’s 2017 New Play Fest.

Lay That Trumpet in Our Hands, an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Susan Carol McCarthy. When the KKK kidnaps, tortures, and kills the son of their black friend and foreman, one white family refuses to back down.

The Growers, based on actual events during WWII. This extraordinary story of three German POWs working in America’s Heartland during the waning days of WWII has received significant attention nationwide.

Kris is a full member of the Dramatist’s Guild of America, Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, and Film Florida. She was nominated for the 2011, 2013, & 2015 Francesca Primus award presented by ATCA for Outstanding Emerging Female Playwright. Kris was co-chair for the prestigious ICWP 2014, 2015, & 2016 50/50 Applause Awards. She continues to write, produce, and direct from her home near Orlando, FL. Her website is http://www.krisbauske.com Twitter: @IntlPlaywright

Writer Statement

There is a lot of prejudice in the world. I prefer to face it head on using humor to shine a light on biases, bigotry, and misogyny. Every word of this screenplay is inspired by actual events which makes me all the more determined to see it produced and shared. Considering the awareness that the #MeToo movement has inspired, there has never been a better time to produce female-written stories about strong women standing up for themselves with grace and humor. If you want a screenplay that will touch audiences everywhere, now is the time, and this is the script!

Winning COMEDY Short Screenplay – TWITS, by Alison McGrath,

 

Genre: Comedy

How one community deals with life when technology goes dark for a brief moment in time.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Val Cole
Paul: Nick Wicht
Demi: Carina Cojeen
Emergency Alert: Peter Nelson
Barista: Shania Belton
Cheryl: Katelyn Varadi

 Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

TWITS is a satirical look at humanity’s addiction to technology, and what happens to people when their (de)vices are taken away from them.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Comedy, Satire

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I think in this “game of life” we need to laugh at ourselves a little bit, and take a look in the mirror to see the real person–the one without the snapchat or iPhone filter–staring back at us. Films help us do this. TWITS in particular sheds light on our addiction to technology and how it’s shaping everything from our sex lives and our relationships with our kids, to how we navigate–literally–through life. To me, TWITS lends itself to some personal exploration: Do I see a little bit of myself in these characters? How do I feel about that? Am I OK with the real-life role I’m playing and where we’re headed as a society? There is no wrong answer, as long as you think about it and be honest with yourself. That’s what’s so magical about film, and comedy in particular. There is no pressure, and you’re supposed to laugh. Humor is a great way to half-ass explore your emotions without feeling too much! I think many people will be able to identify with TWITS and I really hope it gets made into a movie.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Scary. Outrageous.

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

Bridesmaids

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

A few months

How many stories have you written?

Ten. Eleven if you count the one I wrote when I was 9 years old about a rotten banana named Eachanonie who was finally happy once he was made into banana bread. Even bruised bananas can find their place in this world.

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

Jump in the Line, Harry Belafonte. Every time hear it, I become Winona Ryder in Beetlejuice.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I didn’t face obstacles with this one, which is a crazy thing for me to say. I’m usually stumbling, breathless, army crawling to the finish line. TWITS had been swirling in my head for quite some time. I’d been taking notes for a couple months and then when I sat down, it just flowed. It was really fun to write.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I love being a mom. I love to boogie board, ski, and travel. I am especially passionate about jalapeño margaritas. No salt. I feel like this should be on Tinder. Please swipe right.

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

It’s been amazing. I love how organized and easy it is.

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

I feel so passionate about TWITS coming to life on screen, and the thought of having it read at your festival seemed like an awesome next step. I can’t wait to hear it!

The feedback I received was encouraging, very helpful and respectful. Being kind goes a long way, and I thank you so much for that!

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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

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

Watch the September 2016 Winning Best Scene Screenplay Reading.

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