2016 TV Screenplay Winners

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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

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2016 FEATURE Screenplay Winners

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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

Winning Feature Screenplay – TRIAL AND ERIN, by Larry Shulruff

Watch the December 2016 Winning Feature Screenplay.

TRIAL AND ERIN
Written by Larry Shulruff

CAST LIST:NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
MAURIE – Christopher Huron
ERIN – Petra O’Toole
CLAIRE – Georgia Grant
MADGE – Rachel Salsberg
RALEIGH – Craig Estrella
WILLIE – Rais Moui
VARIOUS – Charles Gordon

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy, Romance, Family

Feeling verklempt? Meet Maurie. A widower lawyer juggles his kids, an impending make-or-break trial, his daughter’s bar mitzvah and the arrival of a lovely young woman who might represent a new start for him.

Get to know the winning writer:

1. What is your screenplay about?

A widower attorney preparing for a make-or-break trial falls in love with his adversary’s girlfriend.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

This is an old-school rom-com.

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

The story appeals to all age groups. It also tries to break down racial stereotypes. The protagonist is a loveable klutz who finds himself overwhelmed by work, family and the death of his wife, whom he describes as not so much as his soul mate, but his “coffee mate” – “you know how much you need the cup of coffee to start the day? And how you pour in the cream and it dances and swirls and the coffee transforms from this non-descript dark color to this beautiful caramel color. And you take that first sip and you feel like you’re going to have a great day and nothing can get in your way. That’s what Beth did to me. Every day.” It is really easy to root for him and jeer his opponent. Plus the story if full of court room hijinks fun.

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

Must read.

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

Midnight Run.

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

I finished the most recent version in the spring.

6. How many stories have you written?

I am working with a producer on a buddy script I wrote that involves three Springsteen die-hard who would do anything to meet their hero. I also have written a sports comedy that I’m excited about. I’ve recently finished a computer thriller. I’m working on two more – one involves a judge who finds herself presiding over a case in which she has a serious conflict interest she can’t reveal and the other deals with a cop who encounters unforeseen problems when he adopts a baby.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I had written a humorous article for a local magazine about how I couldn’t generate interest in a script with a similar plot like as Trial and Erin. Two weeks later a assistant producer at a major production company called and said he loved the idea and asked if he could read the script. Problem was that I hadn’t written a word of it. By the time I finished the screenplay my contact had left the film business.

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

Everyone knows how a rom-com is going to end from pretty much page 10. Finding an out-of-the-ordinary ending that is romantic – and funny – was a challenge.

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

I’m a trial lawyer during the day. I love the drama and excitement of trial work. It is hard but exhilarating work. And let’s not forget the Chicago Cubs – winner of the 2016 World Series!

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

Keep writing even when your thought process becomes cramped. Also, find a trusted scribe who can read your material and offer guidance.


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

Watch the September 2016 Winning Comedy Screenplay Reading. 

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

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

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

Watch the September 2016 Winning Comedy Screenplay. 

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

 

 

Short Screenplay – THE FACTS OF LIFE by Chris Beadnell

Watch the July 2016 Comedy Short Screenplay Winner.

THE FACTS OF LIFE by Chris Beadnell

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Kaufmann
TINA – Elizabeth Rose Morriss
TREVOR – Robert Notman

Get to know the winning writer Chris Beadnell:

1. What is your screenplay about?

A parent’s nightmare, the dreaded ‘birds and bees’ chat. This loving father steps up to the plate to answer the questions from his inquisitive daughter. He is nervous as he awkwardly navigates his way through an explanation. But, humorously, the circumstance changes at the end.

2. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?
This is a cute and heartwarming story which will resonate especially with every parent who has had the awkward task of explaining the facts of life to their children. It has a LOL ending, is family friendly and would be an easy, low budget production.

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

Awkwardly funny.

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

The Shawshank Redemption

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

Haha. I wrote this in 2005, but re-worked it late last year (2015). So I suppose It took me 10 years!

6. How many stories have you written?

About 11- 12. Quite a few others in various stages of completion

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

This was the first ever screenplay I wrote and I was inspired and motivated to write a screenplay by attending a short film festival in 2005

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

Initially (in 2005) I had no screenplay software so I wrote it just in a Word document with no industry standard formatting or layout. When I re-wrote the script I had the appropriate program

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

Sport and humanitarianism.

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

Just write. And edit, and edit and edit. Post your work on trusted script writing forums to get ideas and feedback. When you are comfortable, enter your work in comps.

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne