BEST Scene Reading of FIRST TIME FOR PENNY, by Janice Walker

 

Genre: Family, Drama

Penny’s father has passed away and her mother now has Alzheimer’s. Her other three older siblings want to put her in a home when it is recommended that she cannot live by herself. Penny wants to take care of her mother personally instead, despite the fact that her mother has always been harder on her than the others.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Olivia Jon
Penny: Jennifer Vallance
Howard: Allan Cooke

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

An engaged executive tired of the life-long ill treatment of her family uncovers emotionally devestating family secrets that test her faith.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Faith-Based; Christian; Family Film; Drama

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

Because this story is about the universal theme of family dysfunction and the impact of forgiveness on the health and welfare of the individual member
and the family collectively.

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

Poignant and real.

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

It’s a toss-up between The Count of Monte Cristo, Pretty Woman, and Shawshank Redemption.

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

Three months at the time I entered screenplay contests in May 2017. Subsequently, it has been through many iterations.

7. How many stories have you written?

This is my first story.

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

You are my Strength (William Murphy)

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

None.

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

Directing and producing my screenplay; exercising; living a fulfilling and spiritually healthy life and the impact my life has on others.

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

This is my first screenplay and my first time entering film festivals. I thought it was extremely easy, convenient and efficient.

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

Because it was a film festival for females. In terms of the feedback, I appreciate all feedback I received, even if I disagree. Films are so subjective just like food: what one person likes another doesn’t. And although the individuals providing feedback are close to or in the industry, I have received feedback like the example with food– one reviewed may have thought a particular aspect was a good point, and another reviewer may have thought it was an area for work or improvement. All in all, the feedback is intended to improve the overall screenplay and since this is my first screenplay, I appreciate all of the comments.

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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

BEST Scene Reading of REBEKAH’S CLOSET, by Amy Jackson

Genre: Drama

A young American woman living in Paris grapples with the psychological ramifications of her childhood abuse.

CAST LIST:

Rosmemarie: Rachel Rain Packota
Narrator: Olivia Jon
Rebekah: Jennifer Vallance
Rupert: Allan Cooke

Get to know the writer:

 
1. What is your screenplay about?
A young woman in Paris is healing from repercussions of child sexual abuse. She meets the love of her life, and together with her friends, her counselor, and the woman’s determination, she is able to begin to heal on a deeper level.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Drama, Psychological Thriller, Fantasy, Magic Realism, Romance

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

It is such a triumphant story, overcoming the psychological effects of ritual abuse growing up. It is based on a true story, and needs a wider audience to show how love and courage overcome in the end. It is also based on a novel of the same name, full of magic realism, poetry, and even more filmable elements. I selected from the novel, but this screenplay is more raw, gritty, and inspirational than the novel. The novel is a first writing, and edited down for readability, much free verse remains. The screenplay takes you through key moments that impacted the real character, me, and the magic realism is a way of retelling the story in a fantastical way.

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

True Love

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

The Life Aquatic, with Steve Zissou.

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

One year and a half, to completion, August 2017.

7. How many stories have you written?

A dozen or so. I am working on one screenplay now: Aunt Nell’s Time Machine, based on the same character in college in the eighties, the Cold War. She is very troubled and doesn’t know why, but is trying to save the world by going back in time. She gets turned around, when her friend saves her from jumping out a window, and getting counseling. Determined to find the balance between saving the world and herself in the end.

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

Clear Blue Sky, Chris Whitley, Terra Incognito

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

How to make the action real, with better technique. Still learning the medium.

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

Painting, Photography, Poetry, Community Artist/Advocacy, Gardening, Baking

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

Excellent. No problems at all.

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

I was hoping to find a kindred audience with the Female Film Festival. Now, after the beginning of the Me, too movement. It feels even more relevant than before, culturally.

The feedback that I received was spot on. I crafted the screenplay based on feedback from this and other festivals for about a year.

 

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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

HORROR 1st Scene Script – WHILE THE VILLAGE SLEEPS, by Chloë Bellande

 

Genre: Horror, Teen, Thriller

A group of friends spend a night in a cabin and play a werewolf card game…only to find out that the game is now playing them.

CAST LIST:
Jason: Jarod Terrell
Sarah: Ida Jagaric
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Connie: Kerrie Lamb
Kaileigh: Andrea Meister

Get to know the writer: 

1. What is your screenplay about? 

A group of friends spend a night in a cabin on a Native American Reservation and play a card game called Werewolves… only to find out that the game is now playing them.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Horror, thriller

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

Because it’s an epic and entertaining story that has sequel potential, and a fanbase of the actual Werewolf game in China, Europe and North America.

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

Fun, intriguing

5. What movie have you seen the most times in your life? 
 
— Not sure… The Butterfly Effect maybe? I love so many movies I can’t pick one!

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

Since 2012 when I produced a short film based on it.

7. How many stories have you written? 

I wrote 6 screenplays so far.

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

— I don’t have a favorite song.

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

The possibility of an alternate ending with a different outcome which would change the characters’ arc. I also had to do many rewrites due to plot holes in the story caused by the rules of the game. Every time I would fix one problem, it would automatically create another one…

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

I love editing movie trailers. Editing is my 2nd passion. I get to tell a story and wow the viewers in less then 2min! Fascinating.

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

Film Freeway has been great! Always up to date with the submission status and making sure to send me the communications from the festival directors.

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

The feedback I received was on point. I love the fact that this festival focuses on films made by women or written and directed by women. I also had a chance to attend one of the Thursday screenings, and the audience were giving live feedback after each movie block. Great ambiance, great audience, great festival all around. Would submit here again anytime.

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Op: Mary Cox

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


festival posterMARTINA, OH MARTINA, 12min., Spain, Romance/Drama
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festival posterSTUPID SMARTPHONE THERAPY, 4min., Germany, Experimental
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterHONEYMOON, 3min., Switzerland, Romance
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterTOO SOON?, 3min., UK, Comedy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterEGGS AND SOLDIERS, 20min., USA, Drama/Family
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterCONVERSATIONS, 8min., Ireland, Crime/Mystery
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

ACTORFAN FICTION FEATURE Screenplay – BLACK WIDOW: FUGITIVE
January 2018 Reading
by Brooke Elowe
ACTORDRAMA 1st Scene Screenplay – SCUPPERNONGS
January 2018 Reading
by Lynne Ashe
ACTORCOMEDY 1st Scene Screenplay – THE WRECKERS
January 2018 Reading
by Kristy Leigh Lussier
ACTORLGBT 1st Scene Screenplay – FALLING STAR
January 2018 Reading
by Katie L. Marshall
ACTORMYSTERY Best Scene Screenplay – BELLY UP
January 2018 Reading
by Tita AnnTares
ACTORDRAMA Best Scene Screenplay – PRODIGAL
January 2018 Reading
by Chris Courtney Martin
ACTORCOMEDY Best Scene Screenplay – MODEL U.N.
January 2018 Reading
by KC
ACTORWAR Best Scene Screenplay – THE BOUHLER HAUS
January 2018 Reading
by BetteLou Tobin
ACTORWAR Best Scene Screenplay – HOW TO HOLD IT ALL IN
January 2018 Reading
by Gwen Goodkin
ACTORFANTASY Best Scene Screenplay – MEDUSA
January 2018 Reading
by Lisette R. Norton
ACTORHORROR Best Scene Screenplay – MESSAGE FROM BEYOND
January 2018 Reading
by Paige Brien
ACTORTHRILLER Best Scene Screenplay – CURIOUS BUDDIES
January 2018 Reading
by Janet Caulfield
ACTORTHRILLER Best Scene Screenplay – CONTINENTALIS
January 2018 Reading
by Aurele Ndja
ACTOR NOVEL Transcript Reading – CURLY AND TUBS AND THE GALLOPING ROT
January 2018 Reading
by Kim Montgomery
ACTOR NOVEL Transcript Reading – TO DANCE WITH UGLY PEOPLE
January 2018 Reading
by Lorene Stunson Hill
ACTOR NOVEL Transcript Reading – THE KA
January 2018 Reading
by Mary Deal
ACTOR NOVEL Transcript Reading – CACHE A PREDATOR
January 2018 Reading
by Michelle Weidenbenner
ACTOR NOVEL Transcript Reading – SHARLEYS LESSONS
January 2018 Reading
by RK Vetter
ACTOR SHORT STORY Reading – UNREQUITED LOVE
January 2018 Reading
by Heidi Rhonehouse

2017 FEMALE Written Television Screenplays (8)

A Film Freeway Preferred Festival:

 

ACTORMINNIE NOIR TV PILOT
December 2017 Reading
by Katie Grotzinger
ACTORFANTASY TV PILOT Screenplay – EIRE’S SONG
November 2017 Reading
by Kristen Nedopak
ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay – QUANTICO Show
September 2017 Reading
by Leslie Lyshkob

ACTORLGBT TV PILOT Screenplay – THE DISAPPEARANCE
August 2017 Reading
by Jess Harris Distefano

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

ACTORTV SPEC of SUPERNATURAL
May 2017 Reading
by Bonnie Bonaduce

ACTORLGBT TV PILOT – FAUK MY LIFE
May 2017 Reading
by Stephanie Neroes

ACTORLGBT Webseries – LITTLE SISTA, by Charmaine Bingwa

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