TV COMEDY Best Scene Reading of DELIVER ME PIZZARIE, by Anne Luong

Genre: Comedy, Romance, Drama

Sammy is a well meaning but somewhat accident prone teenage girl. She also has a crush on her brother’s friend Drew, but he seems to be more interested in her more attractive friend Trisha.

CAST LIST:

Tom: Daniel Cristofori
Trisha: Kimberley Wells
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Sammy: Brianna Riche
Drew: Luke Robinson

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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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COMEDY Best Scene Reading of THE WONDERFUL INVENTION OF DR. BLANK, by Obayed Khan

 

Genre: Comedy

A larger than life story of a mad scientist tries to invent something that works to impress a girl

CAST LIST:

Officer #1: Ted Powers
Officer #2: Luke Robinson
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Old Lady #1: Brianna Riche
Old Lady #2: Kimberley Wells

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your screenplay about?

The story is about a scientist who is trying to impress a girl with his inventions which is blogs about.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

This screenplay is a comedy that is very meta. The humour in this screenplay is twofold as every joke is both a pun and also taken more literally than audiences would expect it to be. It is very visual and a lot of the comedy is physical.

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

It would be a very interesting challenge for any director to try an bring the larger than life aspects to screen and portray them in a way that is believable to audiences who will have certain expectations for the type of world the film is set in.

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

very literally

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

Taken starring Liam Neeson

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

I wrote the first draft over a period of three months but have since revisited it constantly to tweak an improve over two years now.

7. How many stories have you written?

I have written a handful of of short films as I prefer the format over longer stories because it is easier or me to fine tune every single detail and make every single word count.

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

All Star by Smashmouth is my go-to Karaoke song.

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

Making the hard choice to cut scenes and lines because they were not up to the same standard as the rest of the screenplay despite the fact that I liked a lot of them.

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

I enjoy photography and photo editing. I love using photoshop and editing pictures is a hobby of mine.

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

It has been very hit and miss for me, personally.

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

I’m glad I took the opportunity to enter and I’m happy that it was actually performed too!

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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 Reading of ORCHIDS UNDERWEAR AND TORTELLINI, by James Rosenfield

Genre: Comedy, Crime, Adventure

When live wire cougar/underwear CEO Sybil Sabine decides to wed her hunk young poster boy, all hell breaks loose, including blackmail, kidnapping, and murder. Will our heroine make it to the altar?

CAST LIST:

Lucia: Brianna Riche
Mrs. Sergio: Kesley Dann
Amado:John Marcucci
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Alfonsio: Daniel Cristofori
Papa: Ted Powers
Bodyguard: Luke Robinson
Aida: Kimberley Wells

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

Having a ball with such diverse themes as truly powerful women CEO’s; a May December hot romance, this time the man is the magnificent youth; every Mafia/Godfather film ever written; a jolly pitch for pansexuality; a wise and dignified warning against getting stoned too well and too often.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Hum…well, romantic comedy; farcical murder mystery; family life among the ultra wealthy;a warning to all overprotective mothers.

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

Because that’s how it conceived itself in my mind and it might provide enough fun to make some bucks…we hope.

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

Far out, man (2 words? You jest)

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

Either GONE WITH THE WIND or BRINGING UP BABY. My artistic ethos was born, evolved, even petrified by 1940. So sue me.

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

Off and on, I’d estimate five years.

7. How many stories have you written?

Tons– do you mean, short, long, narrative, dramatic?

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

I like the romantic duets from Gounod’s ROMEO ET JULIETTE. My tender heart has proved a damn troublemaker in art and in life, and it’s lovely to hear it transposed to superb themes, voices, and the work of other gifted artists.

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

Time involved in reality demands– making a living, then retiring, health issues, and a feeling it could be so much better…and trying to prove it.

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

Gardening, especially trees; nature, especially in our superb mountains and the every day working out of the myriad aspects of life about me; all aspects of human psychic interworkings, either within or between other souls. I adore music.

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

Fine.

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

I make a point to constantly submit my material; you never know where and how it will land. Writing is not meant to snooze on a shelf. The opportunity of course for my work to be seen and heard. Some feedback is highly useful; others, well, to each his own.

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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

1pg. Comedy Short – BURSTING FOR A BREAK, by Kelly Lamphear-Dash

 

Genre: Comedy

A worker in a cubicle is about to explode if she doesn’t get a break.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Hugh Ritchie
Steffi: Jane Smythe
Co-Worker: Rais Moui

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your screenplay about?

A really frustrated employee.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Comedy.

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

It’s a very visual story.

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

Spontaneous combustion.

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

The Wizard of Oz. After that, The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

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

Not long.

7. How many stories have you written?

Finished 3 features. Several unfinished features. About 10 shorts completed.

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

This is a really difficult question to answer. It always depends on time and mood what I will listen to repeatedly.

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

None. It was just a challenge to myself to see if I could actually write a genuine 1 page script.

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

Travel. And my kids, but not necessarily together.

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

Pretty positive.

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

I found it by chance through the “browse festivals” option. Very positive. Thank you!!!

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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

TV PILOT COMEDY – REMOTELY WORKING, by Bill Baber

Genre: Comedy

This sitcom web series pilot features five quirky diverse millennials who work remotely for an international tech corporation. They struggle with online meetings, living on the road, and working from “wherever.” Each lone wolf must cooperate with the others, or everyone will be fired. Meanwhile, none of these independent co-dependents has a personal life that is even remotely working. (Single-camera TV-14)

CAST LIST:

Anna: Alicia Payne
Nav: Tim Paul McCarthy
Akihiro: Scott McCulloch
Narrator: Hugh Ritchie
Phil: Rais Moui
Kate: Jane Smythe
Chloe: Lara Amersey

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your TV Pilot screenplay about?

This is the pilot episode of the Remotely Working web series that satirizes our online world.

In the Pilot: Phil thinks the team’s conference call is audio only…. but it isn’t!

In the Series: Five quirky diverse millennials work remotely for an international tech corporation. They struggle with online meetings, living on the road, and working from “wherever.” Each lone wolf must cooperate with the others, or everyone will be fired. Meanwhile, none of these independent co-dependents has a personal life that is even remotely working.

2. Why should this screenplay be made into a TV show?

43% of global workers try, at least once, to work remotely. We hope there is an audience who will laugh at the inherent tensions in being a “professional” while fumbling with your laptop or phone in a bedroom, car, coffee-house, hotel bar, or many other inconvenient places. Plus, everyone knows, but won’t admit, that a virtual relationship lacks something essential. Can you truly love someone you can’t smell?

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

Millenial satire.

4. What TV show do you keep watching over and over again?

Silicon Valley, Brockmire, Entourage, Veep, Twilight Zone.

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

My creative partners (Scott Crosby and Dan Douglass) and I have worked on this particular script for seven months.

Thank you for the honor of a performance reading of our script.

6. How many stories have you written?

I’ve written the first season of Remotely Working (eight episodes) and six feature screenplays.

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

Hotel California.

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

It could not exceed 15 pages, so that meant: chop, chop, rewrite, and chop.

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

My wife and kids. Serving on the City Council in my town of La Mesa, California.

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

The opportunity for a performance reading is priceless. The initial feedback was helpful and we made many of the suggested changes.

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

I have tried all the major platforms and Film Freeway is the best.

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

If you can complete a screenplay, you have done something others only dream about. If your art is never read, or never produced, you still have made art.

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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

Winning Comedy Feature Screenplay – POOP MOVIE, by Byron Erwin

March 2018 WINNING Feature Screenplay!

Genre: Animation, Comedy

See the world from the Poop’s point of view as a cowardly outcast discovers his courage and bravery when he battles the evil Toilet Paper Empire in this animated action adventure.

CAST LIST:

Mr. Tee Pee: Daniel Cristofori
Lily: Emily Weir
Tootsie Roll: Brogan Caulfield
Narrator: Peter Nelson
Duke: Peter-Mark Raphael
Browneye: Neil Bennett
Floater: Regan Brown

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

See the world from the Poop’s point of view as a cowardly outcast discovers his courage and bravery when he battles the evil Toilet Paper Empire in this animated action adventure.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Comedy / animated adventure

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

The laughter that it will bring to everyone that sees it!

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

Holy Shit!

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

The Shining.

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

4 months

7. How many stories have you written?

Two dozen feature screenplays

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

96 Tears by Question Mark And The Mysterians

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

Creating a spirit for the lead character that made him relatable to everyone. The first draft had him as cynical and pessimistic. That was the wrong way to go. It’s much funnier to watch a character with set goals and dreams and then witness them unravel at the seams.

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

I am a film director who released his first feature film in theaters nationwide in 2009. Unfortunately, the film wasn’t very funny, so it did not do well. I went back to the drawing board and worked on my comedic elements – and this is the result.

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

Film Freeway has been incredibly easy to use for me. Whether it is one of my film, or a screenplay, I simply upload the files, write a mini synopsis, and then I am set to start submitting. I found their search engine to be very user friendly and most festivals that I want to enter are available through their submission process.

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

I found your festival after a brief search on Film Freeway. I looked up the reviews and submitted immediately. The feedback I received was incredibly inspirational. I think they nailed the weak spots. I was aware of them, but did not have the objective viewpoint to make the corrections. Sometimes, one gets so invested in the story that it is hard to see it from the outside. The feedback assisted me in finding the right tempo for the pacing in the problem spots and turned the script into something that I am very proud of. Most scripts that I have written are preconceived ideas that I flush out on the paper. This story was an inspiration that hit like a lightning bolt. It practically wrote itself. The first draft was completed in one week. What made it so easy? I only had one goal. Make everyone laugh!

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Producer: Matthew Toffol – http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Op: Mary Cox