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

Short Film: PUPPETS AND PUSHPINS, 4min., Canada, Dance/Music Video

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A music video about puppets that come to life on a shelf. One tries to escape while the others try to hold her back. About being trapped in an emotionally abusive relationship.

Project Links
  •  Website
  •  Twitter
  • Film Type:
    Music Video
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    September 13, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    2,054 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Canada
  • Country of Filming:
    Canada
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, ARRI ALEXA
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color

Short Film: ESKIMO, 6min., USA, Drama

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On the verge of relapsing on heroin, after hearing his best friend died from an overdose, Devin Walters, a recovering addict struggles to find meaning in his life. He receives and unexpected visit that changes everything.

  • Film Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 2 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 5, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Sony FS5
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color

Director BIO: Anaiis Cisco (BREATHLESS)

Director Biography – Anaiis Cisco

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Anaiis is a MFA student in the Cinema department at San Francisco State University where she writes and direct films focusing on the experiences of underrepresented racial, ethnic, and gendered “minorities” in the United States. She received her Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Film Studies at the City University of New York’s Queens College, where she produced STOPPED AND FRISKED (2013), a short film addressing NYPD’s unjust stop-and-frisk practices. Currently, she is working on her first year film Breathless, a racially-charged drama about race, gentrification, and police brutality in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, NY.

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

Director BIO: Nelly Mursalimova (GRANDFATHERHOOD)

Director Biography – Nelly Mursalimova

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Born in Samara, Russia Nelly received her training in directing in St Petersburg where she currently pursues a career in film and theatre.

 
Director Statement

This film is a big step for myself and for everyone on the crew. We took a lot of risks and there’s a lot at stake here. It’s a very traditional piece in terms of how it interacts with the past (both in terms of social and cinematographic aspects) yet it’s very timely as it touches some very burning issues in our society.