FEMALE Festival Best Scene Reading of THE EGG AND I, by Nicole Stuart

Genre: Drama

Natalie Monroe’s a neurotic 40-year-old, who hopes she hasn’t missed her window of time to have a baby, but her odds don’t look good. She put her personal life aside to follow her dreams but she’s unable to catch a break. Natalie’s younger boyfriend isn’t supportive of her having a baby; in fact, he’s one of the many people who tells her she’s too old. Along with her fertility doctor who tells her, “you have the same chance of winning the lottery as having a baby but if you find sperm in a week you might have a 1% shot to try IVF.” Natalie begins her uncanny search for sperm, finding an unexpectant donor. Meanwhile, his ex-girlfriend stops at nothing to block Natalie from getting his sperm, finding true love and freezing one good egg.

CAST LIST:

Roger: Charles Gordon
Annette: Katelyn Varadi
Narrator: Brandon Knox
Natalie: Carina Cojeen
Katherine: Angelica Alejandro
Steve: Gabriel Darku

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your screenplay about?

This is a journey that takes you inside Natalie Monroe’s life. She’s a neurotic 40-year-old, who hopes she hasn’t missed her window of time to have a baby, but her odds don’t look good. She put her personal life aside to follow her dreams but she can’t catch a break and fears her life and time-clock have passed her by. Even Natalie’s younger boyfriend isn’t supportive of her having a baby; in fact, he’s one of the many people who tells her she’s too old. Along with her fertility doctor who says, “you have the same chance of winning the lottery as having a baby. But you may have a 1% shot if you can find sperm in the next week.” Natalie begins her uncanny search for sperm, finding an unexpectant donor and a little more than she bargained for. Meanwhile, her sperm donors ex-girlfriend stops at nothing to block Natalie from getting his sperm, finding true love and freezing one good egg.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Romantic Comedy

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

I think rom-com’s need to make a come back. That being said more romantic comedy’s like WHEN HARRY MET SALLY or ANNIE HALL. These films were great and the subject of my film needs to be seen because so many women and men are going through IVF AND INFERTITLY and I feel we’ve yet to have a great story about it. It’s light-hearted comedy nothing more and nothing less. It’s not trying to be something it’s not.

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

Sweet comedy

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

Annie Hall but so many from the 70’s and 80’s. Films in my humble opinion were so much better then.

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

4-5 years
Over 9 drafts

7. How many stories have you written?

This is my second script that I’ve written. But in total I’ve told 4 stories now. Two features, a short film and the first story I told was a memoir about my life growing up in Las Vegas which I turned into my first feature. Then this The Egg and I was my second feature. 40ish is my short.

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

So hard to narrow it down to just one song I’m a big fan of music from the 70s and 80s and I like everything from the Beastie Boys to Tupac and I love this guy I discovered Greg Laswell and think he’d have a perfect tone for this film.

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

Where do I begin? I started this at the beginning of my journey with IVF but while going through that, it was such a painful journey, mentally, physically and financially it took everything out of me so I stopped. Then started again throughout the course of the three years I was trying IVF. Then I began again once I found out I was pregnant and stopped again hitting walls with what type of story I was telling. Then once I had the baby, I knew I needed to finish my story and share it with the world. I initially set-out to write a very dramatic , truthful story that shows how hard IVF can be…. emotionally, financially and physically. And what I discovered while writing, was this was deeply and painfully funny. Scene after scene it took its own turn.

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

LIFE being a mom, wife, acting, exercise & fitness…

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

It’s been pretty cool. The way it works and they are very on top of things!!!

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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 Festival Best Scene Reading of IN BAD COMPANY, by Ke De Sol

 

Genre: Drama

Inside the male dominated world of the Outlaw Motorcycle Club, families do exist.

CAST LIST:

Josh: Gabriel Darku
Narrator: Katelyn Varadi
Max: Angelica Alejandro
Seth: Charles Gordon

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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 Festival Best Scene Reading of SADIE SASQUASH, by Frank Vespe

 

Genre: Drama

Fearing they’ll be exposed and exploited, Sammy. Sasquash abandons his mate and twin babies deep in the Pacific Northwest. Shunned by the animal kingdom as freaks, Sadie Sasquash grapples with her infants in an unwelcoming world until she stumbles upon a woman lost in the woods. Slowly, they forge a friendship, and despite their differences, struggle to survive…together.

CAST LIST:

Benny: Brandon Knox
Alfie: Gabriel Darku
Narrator: Angelica Alejandro
Sammy: Charles Gordon
Sadie: Carina Cojeen
Animal Voice: Katelyn Varadi

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

Whenever I saw or read reports about Sasquatch/Big Foot sightings, it was referred as “There HE is; let’s get HIM,” Never did I hear, “There SHE is; let’s get HER,” but I always thought Sasquatch was a vulnerable, frightened female, abandoned by her mate, struggling to survive, an outcast in the animal kingdom as a “freak,” not human, not animal.
Soon, I imagined a human female under similar circumstances, being abandoned by her mate, and what would happen if these two females crossed paths, leading to friendship or adversity?

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Genre is Drama, Family, Sci-Fi/Fantasy.

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

The story of Sadie Sasquash and Mackenzie Price, not Sasquatch as she has trouble saying tch, transcends our differences, whether racial, religion and gender, to show every living thing can coexist and needs to be loved. Especially today, where so much bigotry continues.

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

Unconditional Love

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

The movies I’ve seen the most: Wizard of Oz, Officer and a Gentleman, Somewhere in Time. (I’m still frightened of those flying monkeys.)

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

I started writing Sadie Sasquash a year ago as a comedic TV pilot, having Sadie brought to NYC’s Lower East Side and live peacefully among the artist community, but after having FFFF review it a few times, with wonderful insight, the story took on its own direction, and is now a 76 page, dramatic screenplay.

7. How many stories have you written?

I’ve written and published over 100 stories in Long Island newspapers and fumble between seven screenplays and three TV pilots, and rewrite/tweak every day.

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

My most played song is Billy Idol’s Rebel Yell. As a camera operator mostly, my first gig was MTV’s New Year’s Eve party in NYC with Billy Idol, Van Halen and Stray Cats, but Rebel Yell, especially when you’re ten feet from him, took hold of me, and when I need a jolt of adrenaline, blast it.

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

My biggest obstacle was transitioning from a 30 minute TV pilot to a screenplay and finding a satisfying ending. (I get very emotional and teary, more than teary, reading my last few pages.)

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

My biggest passion is shooting and editing video projects all over the New York area, meeting so many awesome people, discovering new cultures. (I shot a five-day Punjabe wedding in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic last year, but don’t drink or brush your teeth with the water, I was sick for seven days and lost ten pounds.)

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

Filmfreeway is a pleasure to work with; always current festivals, well defined, well explained, and their customer person Ana is nice.)

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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

Winning FEMALE Best Scene – REARRANGING ROXY, by Bridget Bell McMahon

Winning Screenplay – REARRANGING ROXY
Written by Bridget Bell McMahon

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
WAITRESS – Cassandra Guthrie
TEDDY – Dan Cristofori
ALICE – Jane Hailes

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Musician

A self-centered rocker must revive her estranged father’s holiday musical to fund her band’s last chance for a tour and to save her hometown from developers, finding love and redemption along the way.

 Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

A woman desperate to keep her rock-star dreams alive, and the one person standing in the way, her estranged father.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Dramedy, with a music-themed subgenre

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Rearranging Roxy is a story every family can relate to, passionate people following their hearts while learning about themselves and each other along the way. Low budget with female leads, a quirky cast that includes rockers and senior citizens, and set during the run-up to Christmas, this screenplay has something for everyone.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Unexpected growth

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

Chinatown. No matter how many times I watch it, I always discover something “new.”

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

About two years with tons of rewrites.

How many stories have you written?

In addition to a novel, “McLeary’s Mulligan,” I have written four feature screenplays.

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

Wow. I grew up in Woodstock, New York, where music is practically a religion, I played classical piano for a decade, sang in a rock band and a choir, and my older son is a musician and deejay. I can’t pick just one!

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

For this screenplay, time management was tough. In addition to a full-time job, I’m a married mom to two teens, one with a disability, and I volunteer time to help women with tax and financial problems. I carve out time every day to write, read and study the craft, but it’s a challenge.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Live music in any form, practicing yoga and compassion, and finding the perfect key lime pie.

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

I want to see more movies made with amazing leads who happen to be women. This festival is perfect for me. The feedback I received was thorough, thoughtful and definitely enriched the script’s depth without trying to “change” it.

 

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