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

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festival posterPOKER NIGHT, 11min, Canada, Comedy
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THE SAD MONK, 11min. Germany
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festival posterTHE BODY I LIVE IN, 7min, USA
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festival posterGULMARG – PARADISE ON EARTH, 14min, Australia
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festival posterSNOOT IN THE CITY, 1min, Australia, Animation
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ACTORLGBT WEB SERIES Screenplay – LITTLE SISTA
March 2017 Reading
Written by Charmaine Bingwa
ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – REARRANGING ROXY
March 2017 Reading
Written by Bridget Bell McMahon

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – SUNFLOWER CARE
March 2017 Reading
Written by Della Greenawalt
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – REBEKAH’S CLOSET
March 2017 Reading
Written by Amy Malinda Jackson

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – THE MIDDLING CLASS
March 2017 Reading
Written by Amanda J. Bermudez

Winning FEMALE Best Scene – REARRANGING ROXY, by Bridget Bell McMahon

Winning Screenplay – REARRANGING ROXY
Written by Bridget Bell McMahon

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
WAITRESS – Cassandra Guthrie
TEDDY – Dan Cristofori
ALICE – Jane Hailes

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Musician

A self-centered rocker must revive her estranged father’s holiday musical to fund her band’s last chance for a tour and to save her hometown from developers, finding love and redemption along the way.

 Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

A woman desperate to keep her rock-star dreams alive, and the one person standing in the way, her estranged father.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Dramedy, with a music-themed subgenre

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Rearranging Roxy is a story every family can relate to, passionate people following their hearts while learning about themselves and each other along the way. Low budget with female leads, a quirky cast that includes rockers and senior citizens, and set during the run-up to Christmas, this screenplay has something for everyone.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Unexpected growth

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

Chinatown. No matter how many times I watch it, I always discover something “new.”

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

About two years with tons of rewrites.

How many stories have you written?

In addition to a novel, “McLeary’s Mulligan,” I have written four feature screenplays.

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

Wow. I grew up in Woodstock, New York, where music is practically a religion, I played classical piano for a decade, sang in a rock band and a choir, and my older son is a musician and deejay. I can’t pick just one!

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

For this screenplay, time management was tough. In addition to a full-time job, I’m a married mom to two teens, one with a disability, and I volunteer time to help women with tax and financial problems. I carve out time every day to write, read and study the craft, but it’s a challenge.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Live music in any form, practicing yoga and compassion, and finding the perfect key lime pie.

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

I want to see more movies made with amazing leads who happen to be women. This festival is perfect for me. The feedback I received was thorough, thoughtful and definitely enriched the script’s depth without trying to “change” it.

 

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

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festival posterIM PERFEKT, 7min, Hungray, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
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BEST Scene – KIDICIDE
January 2017 Reading
Written by Kelly Karam
ACTORBEST Scene – NO MORE GOODYBES
January 2017 Reading
Written by Rebekah R. Ganiere

ACTORBEST Scene – SANDWICH
January 2017 Reading
Written by Deborah Klika
ACTOR1st SCENE Script – FAN SITE
January 2017 Reading
Written by Elisha Barnes

ACTOR1st SCENE Script – OCD
January 2017 Reading
Written by Quyen Tran
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – MODERN LOVE
January 2017 Reading
Written by Hannah Dillon

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

Winning SHORT Screenplay – BREW MASTER by Kelly Jean Karam

Winning Screenplay – BREW MASTER
Written by Kelly Jean Karam

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – John Fray
SARA – Victoria Urquhart
GINA – Andrea Meister
DOUGLAS – Gabriel Cameron
JUSTIN – Peter Mark Raphael
MAE – Cynthia Crofoot
TIMMY – Brian Carleton

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Drama, Horror

The principled wife of a brewery redefines ethics when her business begins to die.

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

The principled wife of a brewery redefines ethics when she catches her husband cheating and her business begins to die.

What genres does your screenplay under?

Horror.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Brew. Bitch.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

For the same reason one should have a drink after a hard day of work. It’s fun to escape your problems by watching another person’s drama. And it’s deliciously wicked fun to view a scorned spouse.

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

The Birds.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Six months.

How many stories have you written?

Too many to tell.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

After coming off of a win in South Carolina, my girlfriend PATTY brought me to several breweries. As the owner of Brown Iron Brewery in Michigan, she droned on and on about hops, barley, fermenters and the business. After a twelve flight of beer, I fell asleep and dreamt she killed her husband by throwing him into the fermentor.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Not getting too trashed while writing the story.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I love to listen to women tell their stories.

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

This fabulous festival renders a phenomenal opportunity for aspiring writers to receive copious notes from a team of professionals whose goal is to have you and your story rise to a level worthy of being read by actors and eventually brought to the screen.

Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?


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Screenplay CONTESTSUBMIT your Best Scene Screenplay or FEATURE Script
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Screenplay CONTESTFIRST SCENE (first 10pgs) Screenplay CONTEST
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Watching Winning Short Screenplay: TURN ON DESIRE by Lauren Hoekstra

TURN ON DESIRE is the February 2016 Short Screenplay Winner.

Watch TURN ON DESIRE by Lauren Hoekstra

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Susan Wilson
LUKE – Mark Sparks
PIMP – Neil Kulin
BOY – Gabriel Darku
LOUDSPEAKER – Elizabeth Rose Morriss

Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller

Get to know writer Lauren Hoekstra:

Matthew Toffolo: What is your short screenplay about? 

It’s set in a not-too-distant future where the proliferation of virtual sex has killed meaningful relationships and created a society in search of ever-more extreme forms of gratification. Luke, the protagonist, is caught in this vicious circle of gratification and craving. Until he discovers he’s yearning for something long since forgotten.

Matthew: Why should this screenplay be made into a movie? 

Everyone wonders where we’re headed in the future and this story takes a trajectory of something we’re experimenting with today and shows a potential consequence.

Matthew: This story has a lot going for it. How would you describe this script in two words?    

A surreal romance

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

 Cinema Paradiso

Matthew: This is  a very tight, emotionally engaging and fun screenplay. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

 I wrote it very quickly as a short story a couple of years ago, then tried, and failed to turn it into a short screenplay. After that, I abandoned it for a few years, until recently. This time, the screenplay flew.

Matthew: How many stories have you written? 

 Not that many. I’m a director first, writer second.

Matthew: What motivated you to write this screenplay? 

I was about fifteen when internet became a standard household item. Over the next decade, I personally felt the effect it had on relationships and it made me want to capture what I think we might be losing.

Matthew: What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The main obstacle was the fact that the protagonist and antagonist never meet, so I had to create secondary characters to explain the story.

Matthew: Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about? 

 I love directing and producing.

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

I’ve had another work featured and it’s amazing to hear your screenplay performed. I’ve found the feedback to be very helpful and I’ve incorporated nearly all the recommendations.

Matthew: Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers? 

Contests that give feedback, like WILDsound, are invaluable.

Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Best Scene from MY LIFE WITH STELLA KANE Screenplay by Linda Morganstein

Watch the Best Scene Reading from February 2016.

“My Life with Stella”  by Linda Morganstein

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Elizabeth Rose Morriss
STELLA – Amanda Pereira
MURRAY – Mark Sparks
KUBICEK – Gabriel Darku

Genre: Drama, Comedy

Get to know writer Linda Morganstein:

Matthew Toffolo: What is your TV Pilot screenplay about?

Linda Morganstein: “My Life with Stella Kane” is the story of a lesbian actress in forties and fifties Hollywood, her sham marriage to a gay male star, and her secret love relationship with the female publicist who arranged the marriage. An ensemble of characters, including the actress’s deaf sister and a black-balled iconic actress, struggle with the repressive times.

Matthew: Why should this screenplay be made into a TV show?

Linda: Like “Mad Men,” “My Life with Stella Kane” portrays a fascinating segment of the recent past and its cultural influence on us, as well as provoking questions about our current attitudes, especially about diversity in the entertainment industry.

Matthew: This story has a lot going for it. How would you describe this script in two words?

Linda: Bewitching. Sexy.

Matthew: What TV show do you keep watching over and over again?

Linda: “The Good Wife,” for its strong female characters and its willingness to explore the not always so pleasant complexities of human nature. And its humor, which is essential for me.

Matthew: This is a very tight, emotionally engaging and fun screenplay. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Linda: Approximately a year and a number of drafts.

Matthew: How many stories have you written?

Linda: I have five published novels, numerous published poems and short stories, and a number of produced medical video scripts.

Matthew: What motivated you to write this screenplay?

Linda: I wanted to adapt my novel, “My Life with Stella Kane.” My original motivation for the novel was wondering what it would be like for a trio of gay characters to “beat the Hollywood system” from within and what sacrifices they’d need to make.

Matthew: What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Linda: The struggle to adapt a novel–especially my own–to the visual medium of film.

Matthew: Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Linda: My family and friends, gardening, sourdough bread baking and golf.

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

Linda: I was thrilled with the possibility of hearing my script read by professional actors. The initial feedback from WILDsound helped me to make my scenes tighter, shorter and more visual. I also turned my actress (Stella) into a point of view character, which she was not in the novel.

Matthew: Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Linda: All writers develop their scripts in different ways, but in the end, really know your characters and their story. I have many characters from my projects that I think of as real people.

Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

The First Ones – “Beauty” Transcript Reading by Regina Walker. Performed by Reetu Bambrah

Watch THE FIRST ONES Transcript Reading:

1. What is your novel about?

A lonely, depressed and heartbroken ancient vampire comes across a young girl that is unlike anything he has ever seen. He is curious about her nature and what he eventually finds out about her could endanger the extinction of both humans and vampires.

2. Why should this novel be read by people?

If a person ever went through their life feeling alone, like no one cares for them or that they don’t fit in anywhere in society—this book is for them. The First Onescaters primarily to young ones who are at a time in their life when they are trying to figure out who they are, where they fit in and what they want out of life. It builds hope that we can have a better future and that good deeds bring good Karma.

3. How would you describe this novel in two words?  

Original Concept

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

Star Wars, Superman, Star Trek

5. How long have you been working on this novel?  

The novel was finished in 2013,  but I have had three revisions.

6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel? 

The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King

7. What motivated you to write this novel?

As a kid, I was terrified and fascinated by vampires.  As I got older, I was attracted to them for three reasons: their nature, desire, and loneliness.  Their nature is always looking for love and bonding to their love interest for life.  I wanted this in my own life.  Their desire for blood and difficulty abstaining from it related to my temptations and challenges in life; namely, to remain a loving person in a not so loving world.  Vampires are often outsiders, on the fringe of society. I often felt like I did not fit in as well.   I think these are reasons why people can relate to them.

If I ever wrote a vampire story, it had to be different than what is on television and film. Honestly, nothing is really “new” but you can have an original angle on it.  My angle is not so far out there that you can’t understand it; however, it does blend the lines of good and evil.

8. What artist would you love to have dinner with? 

Stephanie Myers

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

Acting, Directing, Producing, and Cosmetology

10. What influenced you to enter the Novel Festival?  

I never like entering because I feel like it’s a lotto, but after I made the top twenty best film and tv idea–I feel different about it. Now I realize  it can aid in getting noticed.

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers? Do your homework. Read books on how to write, get grammar software, google how to prepare to write a book. It will go a long way in you not having to revise your book a million times like I did.