Female Festival Testimonial – February 26 2019

The Female Film Festival promotes women writers, which I found empowering, and the initial feedback provided positive insight and suggestions to strengthen the submitted piece, which in turn, enhanced my writing craft.

Watch the Screenplay Reading: 

CAST LIST:

Wounded Officer – 1 – STEPHEN SANDQUIST
Stacey Ward – 4 – JESSICA BOWMER
NARRATION – JULIE SHEPPARD
Leah Santos – 10 – KAT SMILEY
Sam Rush – 7 – SARAH-HAZEN BASK
Balthazar – 1 –STEVE SWITZMAN

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A Film Freeway Preferred Festival:

The FEEDBACK Female Film Festival (FFFF) was created for women filmmakers and screenwriters. The goal is to showcased the best of female talent in film & TV from around the world.

Film Festival takes place six times a year!

Screenplay Festival takes place every single month.

Festival takes place at the Regal L.A. LIVE Cinemas in downtown Los Angeles, and the Carlton Cinemas in downtown Toronto.

Female Festival Best Scene Reading of Candyland.com by Joan Barrett

Baby boomers/matures enter the 21st century’s dating scene as they seek the last loves of their lives on Candyland.Com, an online mature dating site under the guidance of well-intentioned though flawed founders, boomers Joan and Hughie. Hughie’s house- arrest above Joan’s garage/dating site office plays havoc with both their business and personal relationships.

A Film Freeway Preferred Festival:

CAST LIST:

Hughie: Scott McCullogh
Narrator: Matt Barnes
Dianne: Kyana Teresa
Joan: Olivia Barret

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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: Hugh Ritchie, Isabal Cupryn, Aser Santos Jr., Zack Arch

Female Festival Best Scene Reading of The Cleanup Crew by Sherrill Schmidt

After a mysterious mass killing at a planetarium, a father and son crime scene cleanup team are brought in to take care of it but things get lively when they add a third person to the crew who has plans of her own.

CAST LIST:

Security Guard: : Nick Hendrik
Tracy: Olivia Barret
Narrator: Matt Barnes
Sam: Gabriel Darku
George: Scott McCullogh

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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: Hugh Ritchie, Isabal Cupryn, Aser Santos Jr., Zack Arch

FEMALE Best Scene Reading of ON THE VERGE by Rita Martinos

Following her roommate’s suicide, Lily is inspired by Salma to take a trip outside the United States and explore a foreign culture in Lebanon.

CAST LIST: 

Lily – Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Narration – Shawn Devlin
Theo – Sean Ballantyne
Salma – Katelyn Varadi

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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 Best Scene Reading of TREED by Staci Greason

After the death of her estranged mother, a grieving housewife climbs a tree by the mall to save it from destruction and uncovers the root of true happiness.

CAST LIST:

Kate (late 30s) – Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Narration – Sean Ballantyne
Ruby (older) – Norma Dawn Dunphy
Mort (30s) – Omar Aufi

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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 Best Scene Reading of Remember Kent State by Cicely Wynne

 

The Vietnam War, Kent State, violent student protests, sex, drugs, classic rock. One week In May 1970 that defined a generation.

CAST LIST:

Margaret – Katelyn Varadi
Announcer – Geoff Mays
Narration – Norma Dawn Dunphy
Case – Sean Ballantyne
Lucy – Katelyn Varadi
Walter Kronkite – Shawn Devlin

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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

I CAN’T SLEEP, 3min, Ireland, Drama

B33f33e48c posterThis is Lucy’s story.

“I Can’t Sleep” features a dual narrative track, depicting the possible fates of a young girl, Lucy, who leaves State care at the age of eighteen.

In one scenario, she benefits from Focus Ireland’s support and secure housing, in another she is forced to live on the streets, prey to violence and drugs.

More than 500 young people leave state in the Republic of Ireland care every year, too many of them become homeless.

Focus Ireland know that this can be prevented.

Their services are tailored specifically to young people – and they work.

Focus Ireland: “We are driven by the fundamental belief that homelessness is wrong.

Wrong because it is a failure of society that creates victims out of ordinary people and robs them of their potential.

Wrong because it can be prevented, it can be solved but is allowed to continue and in doing so, undermines society”.

The film features U2’s song ‘Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own’ from the 2004 album How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb, used with the band’s full permission.

Written & directed by Laura Way and produced by bodecii.com/ for focusireland.ie/