FEMALE Festival Best Scene Reading of I WILL LOVE YOU, by Anich D’Jae

 

Genre: Drama, Romance

Imagine Waiting to Exhale meets Rachel Getting Married. It’s been nearly ten years since the Wright sisters lost their father. Yet they’re still dealing with the aftermath of life without their parents. Chian Wright, the oldest of four, has taken care of her family since she was thirteen, and watched her mother died tragically during the birth of her youngest sister Micah. Years later she’s still haunted by that fateful day.

CAST LIST:

Micah: Elizabeth Owens Skidmore
Chian: Ariel Booker
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Chelsea: Norma Dawn Dunphy
Mariah: Esther Thibault

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

I Will Love You is the story of four sisters who must face and overcome their past wounds of addiction, abandonment, and abuse; in order to heal themselves and their relationship. All in time for their youngest sister’s wedding, that may or may not take place.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Drama.

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

I Will Love You is a female driven film centered around four sisters struggling with forgiveness, their own personification, and self worth. It’s a universal issue that not only deals with sisterhood and sacrifice, but it will leave the audience with a stronger sense of self as well.

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

Devastatingly beautiful.

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

What’s Love Got To Do With It

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

Two years.

7. How many stories have you written?

Five.

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

Sentimental Mood By Duke Ellington.

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

The biggest obstacle that I faced was coming to terms with old wounds of my own that I had long forgotten. A hard but necessary journey.

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

I’m passionate about acting in strong female roles, introducing and enriching young peoples lives through art, and providing platforms for women of all racial and socioeconomic backgrounds to have a voice.

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

Encouraging and motivating.

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

I was looking for a place where the women in my story would be heard and understood. This festival made that possible. The feedback was welcomed, useful, and supportive. I look forward to submitting my other screenplays to this festival in the future.

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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

FEMALE Festival Best Scene Reading of THE ACCIDENT, by Tanisha Bazemore

Genre: Drama

“The Accident” is a film about Theresa, a woman with a victim mentality who feels that everything in her life is in turmoil. As she experiences having a major accident the wounds of her past love resurface. Will she end up losing him for good because of her own insecurities?

CAST LIST:

Office Bob: Russell Batcher
Hosea: Chad: David Straus
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Theresa: Norma Dawn Dunphy
Officer Jeremy: Peter Nelson

Get to know the writer:

 What is your screenplay about? “The Accident” is a screenplay about a woman motivational speaker, Theresa, that battles with coming to terms with her own self-issues and life turmoil. When she encounters a major accident her wounds of her past love and own internal self issues are surfaced that causes her to make a drastic turn in her life for the better. She comes to terms of self-actualization and becomes accountable of her own life issues. She uses her own life experiences during monthly women motivational empowerment meetings to help other women battling similar issues as herself to heal as she healing.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

drama, comedy, romance

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

This screenplay will bring self-awareness to women and actual men as well. Seeing that our only biggest obstacles and enemy in life is ourselves. So, when we can see this then we can take accountability for our action and change our lives to experience happiness. And to know that through our struggles and troubles it is building something greater within us.

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

self-actualization
self-awareness

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

This is an open questions because I will have a long list but the ones that are my favorites and may have watched a few more times than others is:

A Long Kiss Goodnight
Beaches

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

I have been working on this screenplay for over a year now and finally re-wrote it my last time, completed it and recently had it produced and now awaiting for the final product that will not be done until this fall.

7. How many stories have you written?

This is my first one and I am currently working on a full-feature screenplay.

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

This is a hard question. lol! Because I like a lot of different music and listen to quite a few songs so no particular favorite. But the music that captures me the most is various types of meditation music. It so relaxing, soothing and rejuvenating.

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

Doubting my ability to write a successful screenplay.
Fear that I would not be successful in my writings.
Procrastination on completing this screenplay.

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

Inspiring and empowering people through coaching and blogging.
Capturing the beauty of life through my eyes, photography.
Traveling and sharing my experiences.
Healing people through my words, tools and internal abilities.

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

It has been a good experience, user friendly and resourceful.

12. What influenced you to enter the festival?

I was ready to take the next step in my film making journey. What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received? Honestly, I was in my feelings. lol! But the more writing courses I took and exposure I got from other professionals in this industry I saw that it wasn’t as bad as I was making it. I became open and able to see from a new perspective of writing. So, the feedback became helpful to me and help me in writing a more effective story line.

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

Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

May 2018 Female Directed & Written Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

A Film Freeway Preferred Festival:

festival poster(A) UTOMATED (I)IRRITATION, 6min., USA, Comedy/Sci-Fi

festival posterTHE FINAL SHOW, 9min., USA, Comedy/Romance

festival posterTHE FINAL SHOW, 9min., USA, Comedy/Romance

festival posterTHE BUS TRIP, 13min., Sweden, Animation

festival posterCHERI, 6min., France, Thriller/Suspense

festival posterTUESDAY 10:08AM, 13min., Canada, Crime/Mystery

festival posterPROJECT 1948, 13min., Bosnia, Documentary

festival posterMOTHERS & METHADONE, 11min, Canada, Documentary

festival posterTHE FLOWER GATE, 15min., Israel, Fantasy

festival posterTHE SUPER RECOGNISER, 11min., UK, Sci-Fi

ACTORFOR A GOOD LIFE – Feature Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Natalia Maslin

ACTORMY MOTHER MURDERED MY FATHER – 1st Scene TV Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Joanna Perry Folino
ACTORTIME SLIP – Best Scene TV Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Meredith Hill

ACTORDELIVER ME PIZZARIE – Best TV Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Anne Luong
ACTORTHE THINGS WE MISS – LGBT 1st Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Bonnie Brookby

ACTORTHE GREAT ADVENTURE OF THE BENTLEY GIRLS – FAN FICTION 1st Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Elisa Herrman
ACTORTHE PAPER PRINCESS – ANIMATION 1st Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Stephanie Barnes

ACTORBURSTING FOR A BREAK – 1pg. COMEDY Short Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Kelly Lamphaer Dash
ACTORMIRRORS – Under 5mi. Short Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by R. Harris Smith

ACTORTHE SEEKER – Short Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Kaitlyn Kowalski
ACTORSANCTUARY CITY – Short Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Stephanie Annis

ACTORA SHORT DROP AND A SUDDEN STOP – Short Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Margaret Dane
ACTORTHE SKY BELOW – COMEDY Best Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Stacey Derasmo

ACTORUNFINISHED BUSINESS – COMEDY Best Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Deborah Klika
ACTORDESTINY’S VESSEL – SCI-FI Best Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Susanne Lutas

ACTORWAVERLY RIDING – FEMALE 1st Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Carla Miles
ACTORMAGIC MAN – SCI-FI Best Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Norma Hickox

ACTORSIDEKICKS – NOVEL Reading
May 2018 Reading
by Linda Palmer
ACTORTHE SECOND CHANCE GARDENER – SHORT STORY Reading
May 2018 Reading
by Sharon Gunason Pottinger

ACTORWHO’S AT THE DOOR – SHORT STORY Reading
May 2018 Reading
by Mary Barr
ACTORAVALEIGH’S AMAZING ADVENTURES – SHORT STORY Reading
May 2018 Reading
by Rita Cragwall

ACTORPOSTMORDERNISTIC LOVE – SHORT STORY Reading
May 2018 Reading
by Mary Matshine

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

Festival Moderators: Kierston Drier, Shepsut Wilson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Festival Directors: Mary Cox, Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: John Johnson, Isabal Cupryn, Aser Santos Jr., Zack Arch

FEMALE TV 1st Scene Script Reading of MY MOTHER MURDERED MY FATHER, by Joanna Perry-Folino

 

Genre: Drama, Crime

Follows the story of a 30-year-old middle school counselor desperate to uncover the truth of her mother’s conviction for her father’s murder 25 years in the past in order to come to terms with her demons.

CAST LIST:

Claudine: Georgia Grant
Dev: Rais Moui
Narrator: Hugh Ritchie
Francesca/Frankie: Alicia Payne
Carla: Lara Amersey

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

Decades after seeing her mother murder her father, a woman battles with her own self-destructive tendencies and obsessions when her mother is released on parole. (This Is Us meets Bloodline)

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Mystery/Suspense/Family Generational Drama

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

This is a pilot for a series that is a very strong female-driven drama that delves deep into the psychological effects parental damage can have long into one’s life. The pilot sets up a series that deals with the long term effects of generational secrets and dishonesty.

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

Starkly engrossing

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

The Wizard of Oz

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

About 6 months

7. How many stories have you written?

About a dozen or so including a novel, plays, shorts, full-length screenplays and tv pilots

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

Cole Porter’s Anything Goes

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

Since it is a pilot for a series, the biggest obstacle was creating a bible that looked forward several seasons. I am still fine-tuning it.

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

Multicultural and ethnic literature, film and theatre, travel, building community and breaking barriers to gain equal treatment for women in all professions

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

I enjoy it, rely on it. It is an easy way to keep track of my submissions.

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

I am excited by the idea of folks reading my work and getting to know my artistic sensibility, particularly in a “female” festival where I know I have a good chance of readers becoming engaged in my female protagonists and antagonists. I feel supported by the festival and respected.

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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

FEMALE 1st Scene Script Reading of WAVERLY RIDING, by Carla Miles

Genre: Drama, Crime

A single mother in a financial crisis engineers a robbery at the supermarket she works in.

CAST LIST:

April: Lara Amersey
Narrator: Hugh Ritchie
Kat: Georgia Grant
Waverly: Jane Smythe

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

‘Waverly Riding’ is about a woman who has tried hard to always do the right thing but she reaches her breaking point when she gets an eviction notice and her ex-husband says he’s going to try to get custody of their three kids. Waverly needs money now and devises a plan to rob the supermarket she works in. It’s a story about right and wrong, and how far a person will go for the people they love.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

This is a comedy script with many dramatic undertones. Or vice-versa.

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

I think a lot of people will be able to relate to this story – the financial hardships, single parenting, and a lousy job. And It’s ultimately a feel-good story.

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

Life’s hard.

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

Norma Rae.

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

I first thought of the story 20 years ago when I worked in a supermarket while raising six kids. So…

7. How many stories have you written?

At least 15 screenplays and 20 short stories.

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

Changes by David Bowie.

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

Working overtime as a police dispatcher, putting kids through college, babysitting grandkids, laundry, cooking, housecleaning…

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

Music and law enforcement.

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

I only recently discovered Film Freeway and my first submission was selected so I’m pretty psyched about it. I have had a couple of passes on other stories since but it helps me see which of my stories have potential, and the site is super easy to use and search for festivals.

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

I was drawn to this festival because of the word FEMALE. We really are underappreciated and underproduced in the film industry. There needs to be more great roles for women in film and more opportunities for female writers.
The feedback I received was phenomenal, very detailed and well thought out. I know my screenplay was read and carefully considered and this was all I wanted. I applied all of the suggestions to my script!

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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

Short Screenplay – 4TH ROW CENTER, by Frank Vespe

 

Genre: Drama, Fantay

A teenager meets her Broadway star hero.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: John Fray
Elizabeth: Val Cole
Johnny: Neil Bennett

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your screenplay about?

A fallen Broadway star’s addiction collides into his biggest fan…his daughter.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Drama

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

The addiction portrayed in the film touches nearly everyone.

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

predict foretell

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

a year.

7. How many stories have you written?

too many

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

I bounce around the radio dial tooo much and have no real favorite tunes; Beatles, disco, Motown, Soul…everything.

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

I knew the ending, but the beginning troubled me for a while, until I saw my daughter zooming down our block on her vintage blue Stingray bike.

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

Playing guitar and piano and composing songs.

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

Very good festivals.

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

The feedback I receive from the Female Feedback Festival is perhaps the most thorough and deep feedback I receive on all my stories…wonderful. (How is it possible their readers know my characters and story-line better than me????)

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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

April 2018 Female Directed & Written Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

A Film Freeway Preferred Festival:

 

ACTORTV FAN FICTION PILOT: SCOOBY DOO: AGE OF AQUARIUS
April 2018 Reading
by Katie Grotzinger
ACTORIN THE WOODS – Short Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Rachel Greenhoe
ACTORSEEKER – Family Short Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Kaitlyn Kowalski
ACTORCAPTAIN CURTAIN ADVENTURES – ACTION Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by M.R. Cooper
ACTORAPRIL’S FOLLY – ACTION Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Yvonne Fein
ACTORHYPNOS – Fantasy/Sci-Fi Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Alexandra Dyranis
ACTORRETURN TO FREEDOM – FEMALE Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Bristol MacDonald
ACTORSADIE SASQUASH – FEMALE Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Frank Vespe
ACTORFAUK MY LIFE – FEMALE Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Stephanie Neroes
ACTORREARRANGING ROXY – FEMALE Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Bridget Bell
ACTORIN BAD COMPANY – FEMALE Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Ke De Sol
ACTORTHE EGG AND I – FEMALE Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Nicole Stuart
ACTORCROWN AND STEEL Novel Reading
April 2018 Reading
by Anna L. Walls
ACTORMOST WANTED Novel Reading
April 2018 Reading
by Linda Palmer
ACTOR85 DREAMS Short Story Reading
April 2018 Reading
by Melissa Mendelson
ACTORYES I CAN Short Story Reading
April 2018 Reading
by Marie Bethel
ACTORBECOMING FEARLESS Short Story Reading
April 2018 Reading
by Maura O’Leary

festival posterSPINNING IN SLOW MOTION, 12min, Australia, Drama

festival posterI PROMISED HER LIFE, 15min., Drama/Family

festival posterCITY GIRL, 10min., Drama

festival posterTHE NIGHT SKY, 3min., Sweden, Experimental

festival posterEPINEPHRINE, 6min., USA, Experimental/Music Video

festival posterA LETTER FROM LETICIA, 3min., Argentina, Animation

festival posterDAUGHTER, 3min., Canada, Drama/Family

festival posterTRAIN, 3min., Israel, Animation/Music Video

festival posterWINE AND EGGS, 5min., Turkey, Drama

 

 

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

Festival Moderators: Kierston Drier, Shepsut Wilson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Festival Directors: Mary Cox, Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: John Johnson, Isabal Cupryn, Aser Santos Jr., Zack Arch