FEMALE Festival Best Scene Reading of I WILL LOVE YOU, by Anich D’Jae

 

Genre: Drama, Romance

Imagine Waiting to Exhale meets Rachel Getting Married. It’s been nearly ten years since the Wright sisters lost their father. Yet they’re still dealing with the aftermath of life without their parents. Chian Wright, the oldest of four, has taken care of her family since she was thirteen, and watched her mother died tragically during the birth of her youngest sister Micah. Years later she’s still haunted by that fateful day.

CAST LIST:

Micah: Elizabeth Owens Skidmore
Chian: Ariel Booker
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Chelsea: Norma Dawn Dunphy
Mariah: Esther Thibault

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

I Will Love You is the story of four sisters who must face and overcome their past wounds of addiction, abandonment, and abuse; in order to heal themselves and their relationship. All in time for their youngest sister’s wedding, that may or may not take place.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Drama.

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

I Will Love You is a female driven film centered around four sisters struggling with forgiveness, their own personification, and self worth. It’s a universal issue that not only deals with sisterhood and sacrifice, but it will leave the audience with a stronger sense of self as well.

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

Devastatingly beautiful.

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

What’s Love Got To Do With It

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

Two years.

7. How many stories have you written?

Five.

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

Sentimental Mood By Duke Ellington.

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

The biggest obstacle that I faced was coming to terms with old wounds of my own that I had long forgotten. A hard but necessary journey.

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

I’m passionate about acting in strong female roles, introducing and enriching young peoples lives through art, and providing platforms for women of all racial and socioeconomic backgrounds to have a voice.

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

Encouraging and motivating.

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

I was looking for a place where the women in my story would be heard and understood. This festival made that possible. The feedback was welcomed, useful, and supportive. I look forward to submitting my other screenplays to this festival in the future.

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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 Festival Best Scene Reading of THE ACCIDENT, by Tanisha Bazemore

Genre: Drama

“The Accident” is a film about Theresa, a woman with a victim mentality who feels that everything in her life is in turmoil. As she experiences having a major accident the wounds of her past love resurface. Will she end up losing him for good because of her own insecurities?

CAST LIST:

Office Bob: Russell Batcher
Hosea: Chad: David Straus
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Theresa: Norma Dawn Dunphy
Officer Jeremy: Peter Nelson

Get to know the writer:

 What is your screenplay about? “The Accident” is a screenplay about a woman motivational speaker, Theresa, that battles with coming to terms with her own self-issues and life turmoil. When she encounters a major accident her wounds of her past love and own internal self issues are surfaced that causes her to make a drastic turn in her life for the better. She comes to terms of self-actualization and becomes accountable of her own life issues. She uses her own life experiences during monthly women motivational empowerment meetings to help other women battling similar issues as herself to heal as she healing.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

drama, comedy, romance

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

This screenplay will bring self-awareness to women and actual men as well. Seeing that our only biggest obstacles and enemy in life is ourselves. So, when we can see this then we can take accountability for our action and change our lives to experience happiness. And to know that through our struggles and troubles it is building something greater within us.

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

self-actualization
self-awareness

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

This is an open questions because I will have a long list but the ones that are my favorites and may have watched a few more times than others is:

A Long Kiss Goodnight
Beaches

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

I have been working on this screenplay for over a year now and finally re-wrote it my last time, completed it and recently had it produced and now awaiting for the final product that will not be done until this fall.

7. How many stories have you written?

This is my first one and I am currently working on a full-feature screenplay.

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

This is a hard question. lol! Because I like a lot of different music and listen to quite a few songs so no particular favorite. But the music that captures me the most is various types of meditation music. It so relaxing, soothing and rejuvenating.

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

Doubting my ability to write a successful screenplay.
Fear that I would not be successful in my writings.
Procrastination on completing this screenplay.

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

Inspiring and empowering people through coaching and blogging.
Capturing the beauty of life through my eyes, photography.
Traveling and sharing my experiences.
Healing people through my words, tools and internal abilities.

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

It has been a good experience, user friendly and resourceful.

12. What influenced you to enter the festival?

I was ready to take the next step in my film making journey. What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received? Honestly, I was in my feelings. lol! But the more writing courses I took and exposure I got from other professionals in this industry I saw that it wasn’t as bad as I was making it. I became open and able to see from a new perspective of writing. So, the feedback became helpful to me and help me in writing a more effective story line.

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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

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

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

Feature Screenplay Reading of EYES OF DAWN, by Sheri Davenport

Mata Hari — a spy who betrayed her country or a woman ahead of her time? This is the back story of Mata Hari.

CAST LIST: 

NARRATION: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Mata Hari: Marisa King
Bouchardson: Dan Cristofori
Vadime: Yehuda Fisher
Macleod: Michael Sabet
Clunt: Scott McCulloch
Sister Leonide: Elizabeth Skidmore

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your screenplay about?

Eyes of Dawn is new look at the life of Mata Hari. It tells the story of a woman far ahead of her time, a woman in touch with the strength, beauty and power of her femininity and her sexuality. A woman who loved with passion, danced with abandon, never gave up on finding the child who was taken from her. And in the end, she was a woman betrayed by men who were threatened by her free spirit — men in power who forced her into the world of espionage and ultimately took her life.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Historical Fiction

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

Because it’s time for more films about strong women overcoming obstacles to become their whole, complete, best selves. And the subject of men who feel threatened or insecure using their power to diminish, harass and limit women has never been more relevant than it is today.

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

Powerful. Relevant

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

All About Eve

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

Two years

7. How many stories have you written?

Dozens.

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

Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

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

Still facing some obstacles as I rework it into a three part series: To make each character arc interesting and believable and to reveal what truly drives Mata Hari, what’s in her heart.

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

Theater

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

I’ve had no problems. It’s efficient.

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

I loved that the festival focuses on women’s work. Also the chance for a reading was motivating and that feedback was included. I thought my feedback was terrific. I’m impressed by the effort the reader took and how truly helpful it was. I couldn’t be happier to be a winner and have a very professional read of my script. Thank you!

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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

BEST SCENE Reading from KIDICIDE by Kelly Karam

Watch the January 2017 Winning Female Festival Screenplay Reading.

Best Scene from the screenplay KIDICIDE Screenplay
Written by Kelly Karam

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – David Straus
HONEY – Shannon McNally
MALLORY – Val Cole
VICTOR – Nick Wicht
DONOVAN – Gabriel Darku
HEATHER – Catherine D’Angelo

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Female, Family, Drama, Horror, Thriller

Friends and family start dropping like flies when an award-winning mom brings home a suspicious new husband and his psychopathic son.

 Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

“Kidicide” is an “Enviro-Horror” screenplay about an award-winning chemist who infects the loving bond forged between she and her teenage daughter by impulsively bringing into their home a suspicious new husband and his psychopathic son.

What genres does your screenplay under?

Horror. Psychological Thriller.

How would you describe this script in two words?

“KIDICIDE” offers an original take on the “nature verses nurture” dilemma. What exactly do parents have control over in the raising of their children and what is simply out of their hands? Does genetics and biological factors play a bigger role on their intelligence or is it the “tribe” who raises them? And if we know with certainty what we introduce into our environment conversely affects all creatures who inhabit the earth then similarly who and what our children become exposed to will ultimately affect them as well. With this being said, “KIDICIDE” is about the family we choose and the family we don’t – and the relationships amongst family members.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Nature. Nurture.

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

Alfred Hitchcocks, “The Birds.”

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

For over two years.

How many stories have you written?

Too many to count. But “KIDICIDE” started out as a short story titled, “STAY OUT OF MY ROOM.” Afterward I wrote it into a short screenplay and because it resonated with judges and won several awards I decided to enhance the short into a feature.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

Nature verses nurture dilemma has always been of interest to me.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Making sure the scientific research, although far-fetched, could be considered authentic.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I love reading, walking, and listening to people tell me their stories.

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

FEEDBACK Female Film Festival goal blew me away. I could have never imagined a festival wanting not to be around in five years because of “zero need” to balance out the powers in Hollywood. I knew this festival was without question about showcasing stories of women. And by ultimately providing phenomenal feedback writers could elevate their story, therefore, promoting the goal of FFFF being reached. Whereas, an audience member is able to finally choose a movie with a female POV. And I say, a BIG YAY to that Mister, err, Missy!


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