2017 FEMALE Written Novels & Short Stories (22)

ACTORAN UNCOMMON FAMILY Novel Transcript Reading
December 2017 Reading
by Christa Polkinhorn
ACTOREANIE MEANIE MINIE NO Novel Transcript Reading
December 2017 Reading
by Sandra S. Kerns
ACTORJUST SHUT UP AND DRIVE Novel Transcript Reading
December 2017 Reading
by Chynna Laird
ACTORTHE SAFE WORD Novel Transcript Reading
December 2017 Reading
by Karen Long
ACTORNOVEL Transcript – SIMULATION
February 2017 Reading
Written by Ami Blackwelder

ACTORGHOST IN THE PORCELAIN Novel Transcript Reading
December 2017 Reading
by Melissa R. Mendelson
ACTORJUST ANOTHER DESERT SUNSET Novel Transcript Reading
December 2017 Reading
by Nikki Broadwell
ACTORSKYMERGE Novel Transcript Reading
December 2017 Reading
by Deepak Menon
ACTORTHE VIRTUOSO Novel Transcript Reading
December 2017 Reading
by Virginia Bures
ACTORTHE CROSSING Novel Transcript Reading
November 2017 Reading
by Katrina Antoinette
ACTORDAY AFTER DISASTER Novel Transcript Reading
November 2017 Reading
by Sara F. Hathaway
ACTORNOVEL Transcript Reading – ORIGINS OF EVE
April 2017 Reading
Written by Kimberly Davis
ACTORDEATH OF A DIVA Novel Transcript Reading
November 2017 Reading
by Brigitte Goldstein
ACTORNOVEL Reading – KILER CONVERSATIONS
October 2017 Reading
by Stephanie Parker McKean
ACTORNOVEL Reading – PRIESTESS OF THE FOREST: A DRUID JOURNEY
October 2017 Reading
by Ellen Evert Hopman

ACTORNOVEL Reading – SNAYGILL: SLITHERY TEMPTATIONS
October 2017 Reading
by Michelle B. Assor
ACTORNOVEL Transcript – COURAGE THE MOUSE
September 2017 Reading
by Cornelia Fick

ACTORNOVEL Transcript – BODIE
September 2017 Reading
by Anne Sweazy Kulja

ACTORNOVEL Transcript Reading – A POOR MAN’S TRUCE
June 2017 Reading
by H.E. Scott

ACTORSHORT Story – MURDER IS A BREEZE
January 2017 Reading
Written by M Maureen Skahan
ACTORSHORT Story – MARIONETTE
January 2017 Reading
Written by Melissa R. Mendelson

ACTORSHORT Story – SHADOWS
January 2017 Reading
Written by Kelly J. Kratz

2017 FEMALE Written Short Screenplays (22)

A Film Freeway Preferred Festival:

 

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – MODERN LOVE
January 2017 Reading
Written by Hannah Dillon

ACTORFAN FICTION Screenplay – LEGACY
November 2017 Reading
by Danielle Erlich
ACTORROMANCE SHORT Screenplay – LULU
October 2017 Reading
by Tracey Lion Cachet

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – THE RECEIPT
October 2017 Reading
by Hazel Allan

ACTORSTUDENT Short Screenplay – PALACES
September 2017 Reading
by Taryn Procsal

ACTORSTUDENT Short Screenplay – ROSIE
September 2017 Reading
by Amalia Williamson

ACTORCOMEDY Short Screenplay – TWITS
September 2017 Reading
by Alison McGrath

ACTORSHORT STORY Transcript – GIVE ME TRUTH OR GIVE ME SILENCE
September 2017 Reading
by Melissa R. Mendelson

ACTORSHORT STORY Transcript – IN THE CEMETERY
September 2017 Reading
by Mari Tamez

ACTORUnder 5min. SHORT Screenplay – KEEP SMILING
August 2017 Reading
by Courtney Wallace

ACTOR1PG. SHORT Screenplay – DAB A DUCK TAPE
August 2017 Reading
by Stephanie Annis

ACTORLGBT SHORT Screenplay – CRYSTAL
July 2017 Reading
by Jessica Perla

ACTORSTUDENT SHORT Screenplay – BRANCHES
July 2017 Reading
by Holyn Thigpen

ACTORUNDER 5min. SHORT Screenplay – ONE STOP SHOP
July 2017 Reading
by Hazel Allan

ACTOR1pg. SHORT Screenplay – ORSON WELLES ASHES
July 2017 Reading
by Debra Knox

ACTORFANTASY SHORT Screenplay – NOTHING IS FREE
June 2017 Reading
by Terry Milner & Rebecca Brillhart</p
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ACTORUnder 5min. SHORT Screenplay – 900 PAGES
June 2017 Reading
by Juanita Cepero

ACTORShort Screenplay – SUNFLOWER CARE, by Della Greenawalt

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – LATE NIGHT
February 2017 Reading
Written by Deepa Dharmaraj

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – TWO GEESE AND A LADY GIRAFFE
February 2017 Reading
Written by Chanda Walker

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – BREW MASTER
February 2017 Reading
Written by Kelly Jean Karam

2017 FEMALE Written Best Scene Screenplays (27)

A Film Freeway Preferred Festival:

BEST Scene – KIDICIDE
January 2017 Reading
Written by Kelly Karam
ACTORCOMEDY BEST Scene Screenplay – FATE’S PECULIAR SENSE OF HUMOR
April 2017 Reading
Written by N. Triton

ACTORDRAMA BEST Scene Screenplay – FOR A GOOD LIFE
June 2017 Reading
by Natalia Maslin

ACTORTHRILLER BEST Scene Screenplay – SQUID JIGGERS
June 2017 Reading
by Judi Blaze

ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – CONTINENTALIS
June 2017 Reading
by Aurele Ndja

ACTORLIFE COACH – COMEDY BEST SCENE Screenplay
December 2017 Reading
by Sandy Basran
ACTORTINDERELLA – COMEDY BEST SCENE Screenplay
December 2017 Reading
by Jane Henning
ACTORELIZABETH BENNET IS DEAD – COMEDY BEST SCENE Screenplay
December 2017 Reading
by Edith Woi
ACTORTRUCKER CHIX – COMEDY BEST SCENE Screenplay
December 2017 Reading
by Susan Anlage
PRIMORDIAL SILENCE – FANTASY BEST SCENE Screenplay
December 2017 Reading
by Irene Leonardou
ACTORINFECTED ROMANCE – HORROR BEST SCENE Screenplay
December 2017 Reading
by Sarah Kochan
ACTORFAN FICTION BEST SCENE Screenplay – BLACK WIDOW: FUGITIVE
October 2017 Reading
by Brooke Elowe

ACTORTHE WORK OF ZOMBIES – HORROR BEST SCENE Screenplay
December 2017 Reading
by Patricia Semler
ACTORMARTYR – THRILLER BEST SCENE Screenplay
December 2017 Reading
by Diamond Monique Washington
ACTORTHE BREAK IN – THRILLER BEST SCENE Screenplay
December 2017 Reading
by Carole A. Parker
ACTORSHADOWS AND DEMONS – THRILLER BEST SCENE Screenplay
December 2017 Reading
by Dominique Mayfair
ACTORTHRILLER BEST SCENE Screenplay – GOD SMACK
November 2017 Reading
by Diana Lanham
ACTORCOMEDY BEST SCENE Screenplay – VAMPIRE ACADEMY
October 2017 Reading
by Melissa Birks

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

ACTORTHRILLER BEST SCENE Screenplay – CURIOUS BUDDIES
October 2017 Reading
by Janet Caulfield

ACTORCRIME BEST SCENE Screenplay – VINDICATION
October 2017 Reading
by Louetta Jensen

ACTORACTION Best Scene Screenplay – VOLUNTEER
September 2017 Reading
by Janine Cobain & Gary McElkerney

ACTORCRIME Best Scene Screenplay – HICK
September 2017 Reading
by Marianna Moneymaker

ACTORSTAGE PLAY BEST SCENE – VENGEANCE OF THE SHREW
September 2017 Reading
by Bree Katz

ACTORSTAGE PLAY Best Scene –
September 2017 Reading
by Linda Collison

ACTORFAMILY BEST SCENE Screenplay – ALL THROUGH THE HOUSE
July 2017 Reading
by Sandy Tovray Greenberg

ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – NEVER SPEAK MY NAME
July 2017 Reading
by Jo Ann Allen & Walter G. Meyer & Stampp Corbin

ACTORTHRILLER BEST Scene – THE ALIBI
May 2017 Reading
by Wendy Appelbaum

ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – WORMHOLE 276
February 2017 Reading
Written by Veronica R. Tabares
ACTORBEST Scene – NO MORE GOODYBES
January 2017 Reading
Written by Rebekah R. Ganiere

ACTORBEST Scene – SANDWICH
January 2017 Reading
Written by Deborah Klika

2017 FEMALE Written 1st Scene Screenplays (10)

A Film Freeway Preferred Festival:

 

ACTOR1st Scene Script – REARRANGING ROXY, by Bridget Bell McMahon

ACTOR1st SCENE Script – FAN SITE
January 2017 Reading
Written by Elisha Barnes

ACTOR1st SCENE Script – OCD
January 2017 Reading
Written by Quyen Tran

ACTORSWIPE – TV 1st Scene Screenplay
December 2017 Reading
by Jeff D. Opdyke
ACTORFAMILY 1st Scene Screenplay – AS AN ACTRESS
November 2017 Reading
by Maria Hinterkoerner
ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – DEFYING THE TIDE
October 2017 Reading
by Anna Bamberger

ACTOR1st SCENE ADVENTURE Screenplay – THE GATE
August 2017 Reading
by Della Vance Greenwalt

ACTORFEMALE 1st Scene Screenplay – GOD’S WORK IS NEVER DONE
July 2017 Reading
by Tara C. Hall

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – GOOD INTENTIONS
June 2017 Reading
by Sandy Tovray Greenberg

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – THE DEBT
April 2017 Reading
Written by Michelle Patkowski

November 2017 Female Directed & Written Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

festival posterPOST NO BILLS, 5min, Canada, Animation/Adventure
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festival posterTHE FOREST PRINCESS, 5min, USA, Fantasy/Family
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterTHE BENEFACTION, 27min, USA, Drama
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterFIRM WITH PURPOSE, 5min, USA, Comedy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterBETWEEN SECONDS, 20min, USA, Romance/Music
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterHEDDA NEEDS HELP, 14min, USA, Comedy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterFELL, 5min, USA, Drama/Supernatural,
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterMISSING PEACE, 17min., USA, Documentary/Drama
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
ACTORFANTASY TV PILOT Screenplay – EIRE’S SONG
November 2017 Reading
by Kristen Nedopak
ACTORFAMILY 1st Scene Screenplay – AS AN ACTRESS
November 2017 Reading
by Maria Hinterkoerner
ACTORFAN FICTION Screenplay – LEGACY
November 2017 Reading
by Danielle Erlich
ACTORTHRILLER BEST SCENE Screenplay – GOD SMACK
November 2017 Reading
by Diana Lanham
ACTORTHE CROSSING Novel Transcript Reading
November 2017 Reading
by Katrina Antoinette
ACTORDAY AFTER DISASTER Novel Transcript Reading
November 2017 Reading
by Sara F. Hathaway
ACTORDEATH OF A DIVA Novel Transcript Reading
November 2017 Reading
by Brigitte Goldstein

FEMALE 1st Scene Screenplay Reading of AS AN ACTRESS, by Maria Hinterkoerner

 

Genre: Biography, Drama

In 1971, young French model Maria Schneider gets cast in Bertolucci’s scandal-ridden “Last Tango in Paris” next to an imposing Marlon Brando. Starstruck and inexperienced, Maria finds herself torn between what she wants and how much she is willing to swallow for her breakthrough as an actress.

Narrator: Val Cole
Maria: Clare Blackwood
Romeo: Gabriel Darku
Turtleneck: David Schaap
Marie-Christine: Lauren Toffan

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

As An Actress, on a broad scale, is about being a woman in the “industry” and how one sometimes has to push through, gnashing teeth and throwing fists, to reach the goals we have set for ourselves. On a much more personal scale, it is Schneider’s story, of course, and her development from starry-eyed cinema fledgling on the set of Last Tango in Paris to wise and aware woman in her later life. Schneider’s experiences shed light on a specific cinematic arena and constellation, which more often than not is dwarfed by the film maker and male co-star’s mere presence. As An Actress gives voice to a story which was muted by societal and industry-inherent protocol.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

It aims to be a biographical Drama.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Schneider’s experiences on the set of Last Tango in Paris have been reviewed again and again in the media. While there is enough articles in circular citation, there is no biographical account or closer inspection of the forces that literally “perforated” her integrity during and surrounding the making of Last Tango. In light of recent occurrences of sexual harassment, mainly directed towards younger women in the industry, As An Actress still has so much relevance, and sadly so.

How would you describe this script in two words?

painfully empowering

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

Amélie

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I have an on/off relationship with this script – altogether we’ve been dating for a good three years. A very early draft of it was my master’s thesis at uni. Since then, it has changed a lot, naturally. There’s always plenty a room to tinker with and sharpen into more refined, more appropriate shape.

How many stories have you written?

Around 15 in various stages of drafty-ness. Most of them feature strong female protagonists, as I believe there is still so much crucial storytelling ground to be covered.

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

I’m quintessentially Austrian, which means I listen to classical music a whole lot. Since my early childhood, Antonio Vivaldi has always been my go-to guy – the Winter section of his Four Seasons grabs me right by the heart every single time.

When I write, I listen to piano strumming, right now by Ludovico Einaudi.
My favourite karaoke songs are Jason Mraz’ I’m yours and Anouk’s Nobody’s Wife, which sounds a bit bipolar, come to think of it.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I never have troubles finishing a script, and this one isn’t an exception. The major difficulty was to find the perspective that did justice to Maria Schneider’s experience. In its early draft, the story was framed by an interview with Bertolucci, which after some contemplation had to yield to make room for other scenes, because quite frankly, it’s not his story, it’s Maria’s. Another hurdle was not to victimize Maria. As a writer and woman, it’s a challenge to balance empathy and empowerment, especially if you want to do justice to a real human being and her experiences. Storyteller’s responsibility and thematic issues have to become indistinguishable.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I spend lots of time and money at cinemas and theatres, naturally. I absolutely admire the power of language/s and how one can shape the world with words. I have recently rekindled my excitement for Flamenco, much to the dismay of my feet. And although I’m not blessed with any sense of winning ambition to speak of, I enjoy doing escape rooms and pub quizzes. And motorbikes, definitely those.

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

It’s quite purposeful, I’d say, and easy enough to use even for a technophobe like me.

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

By nature of my script, women centred festivals are a good fit for it, so the decision was an easy one. The initial feedback was a lovely surprise, for sure. It is very thorough and insightful, very kindly worded, and enormously supportive and inspiring. I can’t wait to glimpse into the scene reading and delve back into Maria Schneider’s world.

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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