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

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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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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

 

COMEDY Best Scene Script Reading of FOR THE LOVE OF PETE by David Kurtz

 

CAST LIST: 

NARRATION: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Maria: Elizabeth Skidmore
Peter: Yehuda Fisher

Get to know the writer: 

 1. What is your screenplay about?

CHARMER is at heart a love story about extreme opposites attracting. The Meet Cute occurs on Page 1, but the protagonists’ relationship evolves and deepens over the next 100 pages as they face life threatening obstacles at every turn of their hostage-rescue adventure.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

CHARMER is a road-trip script in the romantic-comedy/adventure genres.

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

More than one generation of moviegoers has had little exposure to the classic road-trip movie or the fast paced, sometimes witty dialogue of films from the 30’s and 40’s. Setting CHARMER” in a contemporary adventure/action setting could appeal to Millennials (ages 21-37) and up.

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

INFATUATION HAPPENS

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

Probably Mr. and Mrs. Smith

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

4-5 years, on and off.

7. How many stories have you written?

Several, with CHARMER my only ‘finished’ full length feature script.

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

NOBODY DOES IT BETTER (Carly Simon)

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

It took me years to learn how to format (as styles change) and how to edit.

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

Family, then movies and cooking

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

The monthly competitions and fast feedback were appealing. Comments on my first entry were written enthusiastically.

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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

2016 TV Screenplay Winners

Submit your Comedy Screenplay or Film to the Festival Today: http://festivalforcomedy.com

See the TV Screenplay Comedy Stories. Click the link and watch the winning videos:

ACTORTV SPEC of the show RICK & MORTY
December 2016 Reading
Written by Matthew Feldman
ACTORTV PILOT – MIDLIFE CRISIS
December 2016 Reading
Written by Erica Barfield Peterson

ACTORFAN FICTION Spec – HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER
December 2016 Reading
Written by Eugene Ramos
ACTORFAN FICTION Screenplay – GILLIGAN’S ISLAND OF THE DEAD
November 2016 Reading
Written by Jerry Kokich

ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay – UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT
November 2016 Reading
Written by Sarah Cassell
ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay: EMMETT IN PEOPLELAND
October 2016 Reading
Written by Larry Hankin

ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay: THE VISA
October 2016 Reading
Written by Conrad Haynes

ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay: WILLOWWOOD
October 2016 Reading
Written by Christopher Locke

ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay: UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT Kimmy is a VIP
October 2016 Reading
Written by Mike Miller

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

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

ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – RICK & MORTY “The Rickgotiator”
August 2016 Reading
Written by David Cryan

ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – DIGITAL NATIVES
August 2016 Reading
Written by Adam Preston

ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay – BROOKLYN NINE-NINE
June 2016 Reading
Written by Linsen Oyosa

ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – WILD MAGIC
June 2016 Reading
Written by Julie Nichols

ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – SMITHEREENS
May 2016 Reading
Written by Hershel D. Rephun

ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay – THE MINDY PROJECT “Culture Club”
May 2016 Reading
Written by Katie Bero

ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – MARRIAGE EQUALITY
April 2016 Reading
Written by Jamie Pierce

ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – MAILROOMIES
April 2016 Reading
Written by Jacques Edeline

ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – REC’D
March 2016 Reading
Written by Chris Courtney Martin

ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay – THE BIG BANG THEORY
February 2016 Reading
Written by David Minaskanian

ACTORTV SPEC – UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT
January 2016 Reading
Written by Jen Turriff

 

 

 

 

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

2016 FEATURE Screenplay Winners

Submit your Comedy Screenplay or Film to the Festival Today: http://festivalforcomedy.com

See the FEATURE Screenplay Comedy Stories. Click the link and watch the winning videos:

ACTORFEATURE Screenplay – TRIAL & ERIN
December 2016 Reading
Written by Larry Shulruff
ACTORFEATURE Screenplay – DUE SOUTH
November 2016 Reading
Written by Even R. Schullery

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

ACTORFEATURE Screenplay – THE CHARLOTTETOWN JACKHAMMER
July 2016 Reading
Written by Marc Lalonde

ACTORFeature Screenplay – DEAD NORTH
April 2016 Reading
Written by Alexander Nachaj

ACTORFeature Screenplay – MISPRINTS
April 2016 Reading
Written by Adam Preston

ACTORFeature Screenplay – FOUR FOR THE BORDER
February 2016 Reading
Written by Toby Roberts

ACTORFeature Screenplay – HENRIETTA’S ODYSSEY
February 2016 Reading
Written by L.R. Whittinger

 

 

 

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