January 2019 Film/Story/Screenplay Winners

Festival for Comedy-A FilmFreeway preferred festival:

 

festival posterSCREENPLAY MOVIE: Tugnett: A Love Supreme by Nate Yacos

festival posterWINNING TV SPEC SCREENPLAY: The Middle “The Fancy Party”
festival poster1pg. COMEDY SHORT SCREENPLAY: Ginger Snap by Eileen Wilson

festival posterUnder 5min. SHORT SCREENPLAY: Paying The Night Differential by Paul Weidknecht
festival posterCOMEDY 1ST SCENE SCREENPLAY: Pain in the A by Beth Rehman

festival posterLA 1ST SCENE SCREENPLAY: Fish Food by Brian McWha
festival poster BEST SCENE SCREENPLAY: Red Nose Floppy Shoes by James P. Brosnahan

festival posterTHANK YOU COME AGAIN, USA, 21min, LGBT/Comedy Web Series

festival posterTHE FAMILY WAY, 18min., Ireland, Comedy

festival posterSOCKS, 9min., Czech Republic, Comedy

festival posterBREAKDOWN, 10min., France, Comedy/Crime

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

Festival Moderators: Kierston Drier, Shepsut Wilson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Kyle Drier, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Mary Cox, Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Hugh Fraser, Andy Camp, Aser Santos Jr., Zack Arch

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COMEDY Festival Testimonial – June 11, 2018

From directors Natalie Neagle & Sally Samad (TOO SOON?)

We were really grateful to be included in the line-up and delighted that the feedback was so generous. We were really pleased that the audience seemed very much to interpret the film from the perspective from which it was written.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

October 2017 COMEDY Stories, Screenplays, Short Films

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

 

ACTORSHORT STORY Reading – TONGUE IN CHEEK
October 2017 Reading
by Lionel Walfish

ACTOR1st SCENE Stageplay – THE LEOPARD THE CALF
October 2017 Reading
by Joe Pugh

ACTORCOMEDY BEST SCENE Screenplay – BRENDA IN DHARMALAND
October 2017 Reading
by Anne M. Robinson

ACTORCOMEDY SHORT Screenplay – ALMOST NEVER TOO LATE
October 2017 Reading
by Jeffrey Howe
ACTORFAMILY 1st SCENE Screenplay – MY ATARI CHRISTMAS
October 2017 Reading
by Chris Parrish

ACTORLGBT TV PILOT Screenplay – THE UPSIDE OF OVER
October 2017 Reading
by Dan Hass


festival posterMILK MAN, 10min., UK, Horror/Comedy
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festival posterGIRL #2, 9min, USA, Horror/Comedy
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festival posterPROMETHEUS INDUSTRIES, 7min, Germany, Animation/Comedy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

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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

Interview with filmmaker Erik Linthorst (TURKEY)

Erik Linthorst’s short film “TURKEY” was the Winner of Best Film at the FEEDBACK Film Festival in September. A pure family comedy that had the sold out audience laughing throughout.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video from the Festival:

Interview with filmmaker Erik Linthorst:

1. What motivated you to make this film?

The desire to transition from writing to writing and directing, and just wanting to be able to see something I’ve written on the big screen.

2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?

About a month for writing, a month of prep, a 4 day shoot, and then about 9 months of post (working on it very part time). So about a year total.

3. How would you describe your short film in two words!?

Family Clusterf@%k

4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

Three separate construction projects going on within a 500 foot radius of the house during production.

5. Tone-wise, this is a very tough film to pull off because it’s a comedy but with heart (family). The actors were exceptional. Did you do a lot of rehearsal/prep time with them?

No, we did a table read, and then maybe one run through on set before cameras rolled. But the whole cast was made up of consummate professionals with substantial resumes in front of the camera. They were all great to work with.

6. What were your initial reactions when watching the Toronto audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

Gratified that people seemed to get it, and like it. I like hearing the comparisons to Modern Family. One of my hopes is that this film will function as a tv writing sample. We’ve had a tough time getting into top festivals because of the length and because it’s not avant-garde or experimental or edgy, but I made this to be entertaining and I’m so glad that people seemed to be entertained.

7. What film have you seen the most in your life?

It’s probably a tie between Forrest Gump and Happy Gilmore. HG probably edges out because I spent a week in Chicago and discovered the View and Brew (a bar that shows movies) and they screened it every night, and I went like six times that week.

8. What is next for you? A new film?

I have a new feature spec I’d like to direct, and also a novel I’m trying to option to adapt and direct.