Winning Female Festival Short Screenplay: The Orchard, by Kathryn Carmichael

 

Humanity has stopped listening, and is stripping the Earth bare. Widow Clara is tending her orchard, unaware that her rotting fruit carry the first wave of mutated spores.
Ambitious single mother Eve, is close to a breakthrough at the GM laboratories, that will unwittingly escalate our genetic breakdown.
While Clara is babysitting her grandson she is infected, triggering her bodies systematic breakdown. He watches terrified as a new species of human evolves.
The Earth has found a way to fight back. Humans will no longer be the dominate race. Nature will reclaim the earth, and our mutated genes will help secure our fate.

CAST LIST:
Eve Phillips: Anne McMaster
Narration: Carina Cojeen
James Phillips: Lee-Orr Orbach
Clara Phillips: Amber Copeland

Writer Biography – Kathryn Carmichael

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I was brought up in South Wales, the land of storytellers. I always loved art and drama, but didn’t take to the stage until my late 20’s. 2011 I began my BA in Acting at Bath Spa University, graduating in 2014. Over the last couple of years, I have appeared in both film and TV series including Shakespeare & Hatherway, Casualty and Poldark, and performed in “Backstories” a musical at The Royal Albert Hall.
I set up a production company in 2017 Daydreams Productions Ltd, and have now produced a number of short films, and directed 5 commercials in the summer 0f 2018. Screenwriting has come as a new joy to me, co-writing a feature film DIVISION9 which is in development and just won BEST SCREEN PLAY at the FOCUS INTERNATIONAL FILM AWARDS 2018. So this is my first short film screenplay and I am absolutely over the moon to have had it selected in the BEST SHORT FILM SCREENPLAY category in LONDON LIFT-OFF FILM FESTIVAL. 2019 looks to be a busy year, working on a Feature Film, a Short film and all going to plan graduating from DMU with my MA in International Film Production.

 

Writer Statement

 

The story of The Orchard, had been rattling around in my head for a couple of months. The idea came to me after reading an article in a medical magazine about “Zombie Flies” and it struck a cord with me. It seemed that all I was witnessing on the media was disaster after disaster. Terrible floods, each quakes, title waves and famines. Then I happen to watch a talk by Sir David Attenborough about the over population of the world, and how we could not carry one like this. Then the idea came to me that we had as a world population just stopped listening to the Earth, and what if this was the tipping point? So The Orchard came to life, as it has so much base truth in it, I think it strikes a cord with what we really fear.

A Film Freeway Preferred Festival:

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

Festival Moderators: Kierston Drier, Shepsut Wilson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Kyle Drier, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Mary Cox, Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Hugh Fraser, Andy Camp, Aser Santos Jr., Zack Arch

Female Festival 1st Scene Screenplay Reading of Drones & Drivers, by Haley Isleib

A soldier with the enhanced ability to control robots with her mind finds herself the target of mysterious government-related forces when she returns to Earth after a war.

CAST LIST :

Driver: Kevin Gabel
President: Regan Brown
Narration: Laura Kyswaty
Captain: Peter Nelson
Charm: Emily Weir

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

Festival Moderators: Kierston Drier, Shepsut Wilson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Kyle Drier, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Mary Cox, Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Hugh Fraser, Andy Camp, Aser Santos Jr., Zack Arch

Female Festival Best Scene Screenplay Reading of Dream by Randall Talton

In this scene Elliott, overcome with guilt, has a dream about the child he abandoned. Anais, the child’s Mother offers no sympathy

CAST LIST:

NARRATION – KAT SMILEY
Elliot – STEPHEN SANDQUIST
Anais – JESSICA BOWMER

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

Festival Moderators: Kierston Drier, Shepsut Wilson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Kyle Drier, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Mary Cox, Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Hugh Fraser, Andy Camp, Aser Santos Jr., Zack Arch

2018 Female 1st Scene Screenplays (22)

A Film Freeway Preferred Festival:

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
ACTORLGBT 1st Scene Screenplay – DELIVERY GIRL
February 2018 Reading
by Katherine Grant Krieger
ACTORHORROR 1st Scene Screenplay – THE VILLAGE SLEEPS
February 2018 Reading
by Chloe Bellande
ACTORFANTASY 1st SCENE Screenplay – ENTANGLED
March 2018 Reading
by Sharon Powers
ACTORTHRILLER 1st SCENE Screenplay – THE BLUE ROOM
March 2018 Reading
by Victoria Mitchell
ACTORMY MOTHER MURDERED MY FATHER – 1st Scene TV Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Joanna Perry Folino
ACTORTHE THINGS WE MISS – LGBT 1st Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Bonnie Brookby

ACTORTHE GREAT ADVENTURE OF THE BENTLEY GIRLS – FAN FICTION 1st Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Elisa Herrman
ACTORTHE PAPER PRINCESS – ANIMATION 1st Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Stephanie Barnes

ACTORWAVERLY RIDING – FEMALE 1st Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Carla Miles
ACTORPIANO LESSONS – 1st Scene LGBT Screenplay
June 2018 Reading
by Nevada McPherson

ACTORUNBALANCED LIFE – 1st Scene Screenplay
June 2018 Reading
by Kristy Leigh Lussier

ACTORI WILL LOVE YOU – FEMALE Best Scene Screenplay
June 2018 Reading
by Anich D’Jae

ACTORWinning FEMALE 1st Scene Script: AMERICAN PRINCESS by Jenny Kleiman

ACTORWinning 1st Scene Script: REMEMBERING LIZ by Joan Beilstein

ACTORWinning 1st Scene Script: EDEN by Jean Barker

ACTORDIVERSITY 1st Scene Screenplay: SINGLE BLACK FEMALE by Jasmine Pittman
August 2018

STORYLGBT 1st Scene Screenplay: SIGHT UNSEEN by Nicholas Downs & Susan Mac Nicol
September 2018

STORYSCI-FI 1st Scene Screenplay: JUBILATION by Meghan Fitzmartin
September 2018

STORY1st Scene Screenplay: MARKED by Leah Pollack
September 2018

STORYHORROR 1st Scene Reading: PUNCTURED by Shari Hamrick Grewal
November 2018

STORYFEMALE 1st Scene Screenplay: ALICE THROUGH THE MICROSCOPE by Helen Marsh
December 2018

2018 Female Best Scene Screenplays (71)

A Film Freeway Preferred Festival:

 

STORYTV BEST SCENE: PANDORA by Karen Matthews
November 2018

STORYLGBT BEST SCENE: Girl in the Navy Blue Sweater by Laura Carrione
November 2018

STORYROMANCE BEST SCENE: Helen of Troy by Mary Ann Rotondi
November 2018

STORYROMANCE BEST SCENE: Falling in October by Jeanne Dukes
November 2018

STORYFEMALE FESTIVAL BEST SCENE: OUT COLD by Tracy Scarlato
November 2018

STORYTV BEST SCENE: The Dead Ringer by Suzanne Lutus
November 2018

STORYROMANCE BEST SCENE Screenplay: COFFEE IN SOUTHTOWN by JJH
October 2018

STORYFAMILY BEST SCENE Screenplay: MOVING ON by Sheila Warren
October 2018

STORYHORROR BEST SCENE Screenplay: MONOCHROME by Chloe J. Hightower
October 2018

STORYBEST SCENE Screenplay: GERALDINE HALL by Debasree Banerjee
October 2018

STORYDRAMA BEST SCENE Screenplay: SILENT NOTES by Dawn Brown
October 2018

STORYCRIME/THRILLER BEST SCENE Screenplay: SAMANTHA RUTLEDGE PIE by Iannis Aliferis
October 2018

STORYTV BEST SCENE Screenplay: THE GRAND JURY by Suzanne Lutus
October 2018

STORYFEMALE BEST SCENE Screenplay: TREED by Staci Greason
September 2018

STORYFEMALE BEST SCENE Screenplay: SANDS OF THE MIRAGE by Aissa Martell
September 2018

STORYFEMALE BEST SCENE Screenplay: REMEMBER KENT STATE by Cicely Wynne
September 2018

STORYFANTASY BEST SCENE Screenplay: THE VENUS SYNDROME by Lynn Vincentnathan
September 2018

STORYCOMEDY BEST SCENE Screenplay: ON THE VERGE by Rita Martinos
September 2018

STORYLGBT BEST SCENE Screenplay: MY GIRL by Judy Klingoffer
September 2018

STORYLGBT BEST SCENE Screenplay: JILLIAN’S PEAK by Charzette Torrence & Danielle Johnson
September 2018

STORYLA BEST SCENE Screenplay: THE ILLUMINATI BELLADONNA by Caitlin Carter
September 2018

ACTORSCI-FI BEST SCENE Screenplay: A VOYAGER IN CHRONOSPACE by Lisa Kirkwood
August 2018

ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay: THE MAN WITH A GLOVE by Suzanne Lutas
August 2018

ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay: SLOPPY SECONDS by Toni Nagy, Bridget Barkan, Antonia M. Nagy
August 2018

ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay: INSIDE THE WORLD OF ZOE SANDER by Suzanne Lutas
August 2018

ACTORFEMALE BEST SCENE Screenplay: RED SHIRT by Mary C. Ferrara
August 2018

ACTORTHE ACCIDENT – FEMALE Best Scene Screenplay
June 2018 Reading
by Tanisha Bazemore

ACTORIT’S A NIGHTMARE – SCI-FI Best Scene Screenplay
June 2018 Reading
by Nicole Quinn

ACTORTOTEM – ACTION Best Scene Screenplay
June 2018 Reading
by Heidi Morrell

STORYROMANCE BEST scene Screenplay: SALACIOUS by Mona Fuller
December 2018

STORYFAMILY BEST scene Screenplay: FAMILY TREE by Andrea N. Carr
December 2018

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
ACTORSCI-FI BEST SCENE TV Screenplay – MORPH
February 2018 Reading
by Christine Davis
ACTORROMANCE Best Scene Screenplay – SHE’S A DREAM
February 2018 Reading
by Amanda Marie
ACTORCOMEDY Best Scene Screenplay – CESAR & MAX
February 2018 Reading
by Susan Klos
ACTORDRAMA Best Scene Screenplay – SPRING FORWARD
February 2018 Reading
by Christine L. Keefer
ACTORDRAMA Best Scene Screenplay – BLACK HEART BOOK
February 2018 Reading
by Carol Hoffman & Rosezelle Boggs Qualls
ACTORDRAMA Best Scene Screenplay – WHEN OUR CHERRY TREE IS IN BLOOM
February 2018 Reading
by Marian Buric
ACTORDRAMA Best Scene Screenplay – THE PASTOR’S WIFE DOES CRY
February 2018 Reading
by Brenda Matthews
ACTORFAMILY Best Scene Screenplay – CHRISTMAS WINGS
February 2018 Reading
by Lily Rose
ACTORSCI-FI Best Scene Screenplay – CHASING WHITE INFINITY
February 2018 Reading
by Claudia Marinellil
ACTORSTAGE PLAY Best Scene Screenplay – RARE COINS SPENT
February 2018 Reading
by Beth Fine
ACTORTV Best Scene Screenplay – WHAT THE HELL
March 2018 Reading
by Melissa Willis
ACTORFEMALE BEST SCENE Screenplay – FIRST TIME FOR PENNY
March 2018 Reading
by Janice Walker
ACTORFEMALE BEST SCENE Screenplay – REBEKAH’S CLOSET
March 2018 Reading
by Amy Jackson
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – THE DEN
March 2018 Reading
by Kelsey Ann Wacker and Nathan Simpson
ACTORCAPTAIN CURTAIN ADVENTURES – ACTION Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by M.R. Cooper
ACTORAPRIL’S FOLLY – ACTION Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Yvonne Fein
ACTORHYPNOS – Fantasy/Sci-Fi Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Alexandra Dyranis
ACTORRETURN TO FREEDOM – FEMALE Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Bristol MacDonald
ACTORSADIE SASQUASH – FEMALE Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Frank Vespe
ACTORFAUK MY LIFE – FEMALE Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Stephanie Neroes
ACTORREARRANGING ROXY – FEMALE Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Bridget Bell
ACTORIN BAD COMPANY – FEMALE Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Ke De Sol
ACTORTHE EGG AND I – FEMALE Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Nicole Stuart
ACTORTIME SLIP – Best Scene TV Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Meredith Hill

ACTORDELIVER ME PIZZARIE – Best TV Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Anne Luong

ACTORTHE SKY BELOW – COMEDY Best Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Stacey Derasmo

ACTORUNFINISHED BUSINESS – COMEDY Best Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Deborah Klika

ACTORDESTINY’S VESSEL – SCI-FI Best Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Susanne Lutas

ACTORMAGIC MAN – SCI-FI Best Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Norma Hickox

1st Scene Screenplay Reading of Drones & Drivers by Haley Isleib

A soldier with the enhanced ability to control robots with her mind finds herself the target of mysterious government-related forces when she returns to Earth after a war.

CAST LIST:

Human Clerk – Katelyn Varadi
Charm – Bree Ali
Narration – Malcolm Allcorn
Captain – Ted Powers
Driver – Brogan Caulfield
President – Danielle Nicole

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

Festival Moderators: Kierston Drier, Shepsut Wilson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Kyle Drier, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Mary Cox, Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Hugh Fraser, Andy Camp, Aser Santos Jr., Zack Arch

Winning Short Screenplay Reading: A Chance of Success by Małgorzata Suwała & Marta Jagniewska

Set in Poland in the 90s. Sławek dreams of a better life. One day he gets a chance of a big break from a local gangster. All he needs for his mission is a car he plans to borrow from his father. Unfortunately, his mother Halina has different plans.

CAST LIST:

Marian – Ted Power
Narration – Katelyn Varadi
Halina – Danielle Nicole
Slawek – Brogan Caulfield
Kris – Malcolm Allcorn

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

Festival Moderators: Kierston Drier, Shepsut Wilson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Kyle Drier, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Mary Cox, Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Hugh Fraser, Andy Camp, Aser Santos Jr., Zack Arch