BEST Scene Reading of FIRST TIME FOR PENNY, by Janice Walker

Old woman with Alzheimer


Genre: Family, Drama

Penny’s father has passed away and her mother now has Alzheimer’s. Her other three older siblings want to put her in a home when it is recommended that she cannot live by herself. Penny wants to take care of her mother personally instead, despite the fact that her mother has always been harder on her than the others.


Narrator: Olivia Jon
Penny: Jennifer Vallance
Howard: Allan Cooke

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

An engaged executive tired of the life-long ill treatment of her family uncovers emotionally devestating family secrets that test her faith.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Faith-Based; Christian; Family Film; Drama

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

Because this story is about the universal theme of family dysfunction and the impact of forgiveness on the health and welfare of the individual member
and the family collectively.

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

Poignant and real.

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

It’s a toss-up between The Count of Monte Cristo, Pretty Woman, and Shawshank Redemption.

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

Three months at the time I entered screenplay contests in May 2017. Subsequently, it has been through many iterations.

7. How many stories have you written?

This is my first story.

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

You are my Strength (William Murphy)

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


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

Directing and producing my screenplay; exercising; living a fulfilling and spiritually healthy life and the impact my life has on others.

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

This is my first screenplay and my first time entering film festivals. I thought it was extremely easy, convenient and efficient.

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

Because it was a film festival for females. In terms of the feedback, I appreciate all feedback I received, even if I disagree. Films are so subjective just like food: what one person likes another doesn’t. And although the individuals providing feedback are close to or in the industry, I have received feedback like the example with food– one reviewed may have thought a particular aspect was a good point, and another reviewer may have thought it was an area for work or improvement. All in all, the feedback is intended to improve the overall screenplay and since this is my first screenplay, I appreciate all of the comments.


Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

By femalefilmfestival

The irony of this festival is that its goal is to not be around in 5 years time. To eventually not be relevant because there is zero need to have a festival geared for female talent and female stories because the stories presented in Hollywood and around the world are a balanced showcase of the human experience from both sexes. Our goal is to achieve a lot of success and then fold into oblivion simply because there is no need for this festival. This festival was created by the FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival as a simple reaction to a strong need to showcase female talent from around the world in a more profound way. When putting together the weekly festival, the administration noticed a lack of a female presence in the stories being shown at the festival. A classic example and analogy to the frustration is how the festival noticed that even the smaller roles in a screenplay were written for a man to play. There was zero reason for this in many stories. How a police officer, or a political campaign manager, for example with 3-4 lines in a screenplay was a "HE" character. Why? And these are the screenplays written by the winners! The talented one who have obtained agents and have began/beginning their careers as a writer.

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