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
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festival posterTHE BENEFACTION, 27min, USA, Drama
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festival posterFIRM WITH PURPOSE, 5min, USA, Comedy
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festival posterBETWEEN SECONDS, 20min, USA, Romance/Music
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festival posterHEDDA NEEDS HELP, 14min, USA, Comedy
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festival posterFELL, 5min, USA, Drama/Supernatural,
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festival posterMISSING PEACE, 17min., USA, Documentary/Drama
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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

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

Submit your Female Story, Screenplay, or Short Film to the Festival today: https://femalefilmfestival.com/


festival posterTWO, 1min, USA, Fashion/Experimental
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festival posterD’ARLINE, 22min, USA, Drama/Biography
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festival posterLIZ DRIVES, 8min, Australia, Horror
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ACTORFAN FICTION BEST SCENE Screenplay – BLACK WIDOW: FUGITIVE
October 2017 Reading
by Brooke Elowe
ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – DEFYING THE TIDE
October 2017 Reading
by Anna Bamberger

ACTORROMANCE SHORT Screenplay – LULU
October 2017 Reading
by Tracey Lion Cachet
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – THE RECEIPT
October 2017 Reading
by Hazel Allan

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

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

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

Submit your Female Story, Screenplay, or Short Film to the Festival today: https://femalefilmfestival.com/

ACTORSCI-FI SHORT Screenplay – SID
August 2017 Reading
by Auriga Ifill

ACTOR1st SCENE ADVENTURE Screenplay – THE GATE
August 2017 Reading
by Della Vance Greenwalt
ACTORLGBT TV PILOT Screenplay – THE DISAPPEARANCE
August 2017 Reading
by Jess Harris Distefano

ACTOR1PG. SHORT Screenplay – DAB A DUCK TAPE
August 2017 Reading
by Stephanie Annis
ACTORUnder 5min. SHORT Screenplay – KEEP SMILING
August 2017 Reading
by Courtney Wallace

festival posterUNTIL DEATH DO US PART, 8min, USA, LGBT, Documentary
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festival posterMY NAME IS JOAN, 30min, USA, Documentary
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festival posterMAGIC RADIO, 9min, USA, Family/Comedy
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festival posterGRACE & GRIT, 3min, USA, Thriller/Drama
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festival posterWE WERE SWIMMING, 3min, UK, Art/Surreal
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festival posterTHE MAN WHO DOESN’T SLEEP, 15min, Canada, Drama
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festival posterTHE SESSION, 7min, USA, Comedy
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festival posterNO STRINGS ATTACHED, 5min, USA, Music Video
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festival posterKAJAL, 20min, India, Drama
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July 2017 Female Directed & Written Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

Submit your Female Story, Screenplay, or Short Film to the Festival today: https://femalefilmfestival.com/

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

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

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

festival posterNOVEMBER UNDER ASHES, 3min, France, Music Video
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festival posterICARO, 11min, Brazil, Experimental
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festival poster65.5 WOMEN, 6min, Norway, Experimental
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festival posterDIE YOUNG, 3min, USA, Music Video
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festival posterDON’T LET THE BASTARDS GRIND YOU DOWN, 4min, UK, Experimental
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festival posterSUICIDE NOTE, 5min, UK, Fantasy/Thriller
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festival posterREAL ARTISTS, 12min, USA, Fantasy/Drama
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festival posterPLEASE LOVE ME FOREVER, 27min, France, Fantasy/Romance
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Winning FEMALE 1st Scene of GOD’S WORK IS NEVER DONE, by Tara C Hall

 
Genre: Thriller, Horror, Crime

A serial killer roams from small town to small town, preying on abusive, sadistic men who won’t be missed when they die both mysteriously and violently.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Sean Ballantyne
Rick Ford: Neil Bennett
Bartender: Rais Moui
The Woman: Connie Wang

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

An unknown woman who appears to be the victim of domestic violence, turns out to be a psychopathic killer preying on sadistic, abusive men.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Thiller, horror, drama.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I think that there is a demand among female audiences for darker stories. There has been a rise in true crime, largely because of that female audience. Even though this is a fictional story, so much of the ideas came from the stories of real serial killers and their victims.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Quietly brutal.

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

Harold & Maude. I remember the first time I saw it when I was a kid and I love it as much as I did then.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

A little over a year from idea to polished draft.

How many stories have you written?

20-30 give or take.

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

“This Will Be Our Year” by The Zombies.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

While I didn’t have any obstacles with the writing process, I always struggle with keeping a consistent writing schedule with work, kids, and all of the regular life problems that creep in on that time.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

True crime and sketch comedy.

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

When I read the description for this festival, I appreciated the fact that the ultimate goal is to eventually not exist because women will (hopefully) have an equal share in storytelling. The feedback was thoughtful and detailed. I got the feeling that the reader actual read the script and didn’t just skim it.

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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

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

Submit your Female Story, Screenplay, or Short Film to the Festival today: https://femalefilmfestival.com/

 

 

festival posterMISIEK AND EVE FROM OUTER SPACE, 2min, Poland, Animation/Comedy
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festival posterWAJOOD (SELFHOOD), 13min, India, LGBT, Romance
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festival posterVOICING SILENCE, 3min, UK, Animation
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festival posterFAMILY SHADOWS, 4min, USA, Family/Drama
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festival posterPROCLAMATION PUNCTUATION, 4min, USA, Dance/Fashion
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ACTORLGBT Feature Screenplay – ARRANGING MIA
June 2017 Reading
by Joanie Fox
 

ACTORFEMALE TV PILOT Screenplay – JUNKED
June 2017 Reading
by Alice Dennard

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

ACTORFANTASY SHORT Screenplay – NOTHING IS FREE
June 2017 Reading
by Terry Milner & Rebecca Brillhart

ACTORUnder 5min. SHORT Screenplay – 900 PAGES
June 2017 Reading
by Juanita Cepero
 

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

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