Top 15 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Screenplays of 2018

Watch the screenplay readings of the TOP scripts of the last year.

STORYTV PILOT Screenplay: SOL by James FOx
September 2018

ACTORFANTASY 1st SCENE Screenplay – ENTANGLED
March 2018 Reading
by Sharon Powers
ACTORTHE FIRST A.I. PRESIDENT – FANTASY 1st Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Bernard S. Smith

ACTORWinning SCI-FI 1st Scene Script: POLE by Robert Dodrill

ACTORWinning FANTASY 1st Scene Script: FORGET ME NOTS by John Dummer

ACTORSCI-FI 1st Scene Screenplay: APHELION by Karl Van Allen
August 2018

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

STORYSCI-FI 1ST SCENE Screenplay: CHASING MONSTERS by Daniel Katz
October 2018

ACTORSCI-FI SHORT Screenplay – VIRTUALLY FINE
January 2018 Reading
by Gil Saint
ACTORSCI-FI SHORT Screenplay
March 2018 Reading
by Jade S. Bokhari
ACTORRAY IN SPACE – Sci-Fi Short Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by John Celona
ACTORWinning FANTASY Short Screenplay – MAYBE TOMORROW I’LL SEE YOU by Steve N. Bradford

ACTORWinning SCI-FI Short Screenplay – BRAD ACTUALLY “Trial by Trial” by Caleb Quinn

STORYSCI-FI SHORT Screenplay: THE DANCE OF THE DESERT by Colleen Asbury
October 2018

ACTORSCI-FI Short Screenplay: ALGORITHM by George Deihl Jr.
August 2018

2018 SCI-FI/FANTASY 1st Scene Screenplays (17)

A FilmFreeway preferred festival:
ACTORHORROR 1st Scene Screenplay – RED LIGHT
January 2018 Reading
by Dempsey Tillman & Ted Dewberry
ACTOR1st Scene TV Screenplay – FAT VS EVIL
February 2018 Reading
by Alex Sheldon
ACTORTV 1st Scene Screenplay – TOUCH
March 2018 Reading
by Robert Cox
ACTORFANTASY 1st SCENE Screenplay – ENTANGLED
March 2018 Reading
by Sharon Powers
ACTORTRIGGERS – 1st Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Robert J. Sawyer

ACTORTHE PAPER PRINCESS – ANIMATION 1st Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Stephanie Barnes

ACTORTHE FIRST A.I. PRESIDENT – FANTASY 1st Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Bernard S. Smith

ACTORWinning SCI-FI 1st Scene Script: POLE by Robert Dodrill

ACTORWinning 1st Scene Script: EDEN by Jean Barker

ACTORWinning FANTASY 1st Scene Script: FORGET ME NOTS by John Dummer

ACTORSCI-FI 1st Scene Screenplay: APHELION by Karl Van Allen
August 2018

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

STORY1st Scene Screenplay: MARKED by Leah Pollack
September 2018

STORYSCI-FI 1ST SCENE Screenplay: CHASING MONSTERS by Daniel Katz
October 2018

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

STORYLGBT 1ST SCENE Screenplay: FLUIDITY by Taylor Carter
October 2018

STORYTV 1st Scene Screenplay: CASE UNSOLVED by CJ Arellano
December 2018

SCI-FI 1st Scene Reading of Chasing Monsters by Daniel Katz

A secret government agency recruits human-monster hybrids to hunt and police their own kind.

CAST LIST:

Warren – 5 – Russell Batcher
Narration – Sydney Addison-Rudat
Vince – 6 – Luke Robinson
Macy – 5 – Vanessa Burns

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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

SCI-FI TV 1st Scene Reading of Jubilation by Meghan Fitzmartin

After an unfortunate incident, depressed 16-year-old Amanda Gerhardt’s concerned parents move the entire family to Florida, desperately hoping that “the most magical town in the world” will get Amanda’s life back on track. But little does she realize that it’s not just marketing. The town truly is magic.

CAST LIST:

Eliot:  Geoff Mays

Amanda:  Elizabeth Morriss
Narrator: Kat Smiley
Linda: Katelyn Vanier
Martin: Ted Powers
Beau: Jolly Amoako

 

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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

FANTASY 1st Scene Reading – POLE, by Robert Dodrill

Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller, Horror

While studying remote caves in northern Greenland, a team of polar scientists stumble upon the entrance to the fabled, and seemingly long abandoned “North Pole village.” Inside they discover remnants of advanced technology, evidence of a terrible tragedy, and the grim realization that the Pole was sealed off for a reason.

CAST LIST:

Maisie: Amrit Kaur
Beckett: Dorian Shine
Narrator: Val Cole
Nicholas: Justin Darmanin
Sam: Jolly Amoako
Sasha: Zena Driver

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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

SCI-FI 1st Scene Script Reading of THE FIRST A.I. PRESIDENT, by Bernard S. Smith

Genre: Sci-Fi, Drama

Robert Conroy has five days to stop the swearing in of the first A.I. elected to be President of the United States, believing the primary directives against harming humankind have been corrupted by a solar flare.

CAST LIST:

Marcia: Alicia Payne
Nelson: Rais Moui
Narrator: Hugh Ritchie
Simon: Tim Paul McCarthy
Washire: Scott McCulloch

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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

FANTASY 1st Scene Screenplay – ENTANGLED, by Sharon Powers

 

Genre: Fantasy, Drama

American environmentalists in Mexico run afoul of a drug-smuggling operation, and reporter Jasmine Peterson comes down to assist – only to stumble onto a whole new story…a merman!

CAST LIST:

Louise: Rachel Rain Packota
Simon: Shawn Devlin
Narrator: Olivia Jon
Kyle:  Allan Cooke
Daniel: Geoff Mays

Get to know the writer: 

 1. What is your screenplay about?

The longline is American environmentalists in Mexico run afoul of a drug-smuggling operation, and reporter Jasmine Peterson comes down to assist, only to stumble onto a whole new story – a merman!

In synopsis, the story is about plucky, capable Jasmine Peterson, the social columnist for a major newspaper, who gets her first ‘real’ news assignment and travels to Mexico to investigate the drug arrest of an American who’s working with a renegade group to protect sea creatures from gillnetting. Jasmine poses as a boat mechanic, hires on to their crew and is immediately at odds with the ruggedly handsome captain, Simon. What she unwittingly stumbles upon is another story entirely: Daniel, a merman with a ‘cause’. While Jasmine’s now pursuing the story of a lifetime, she’s also putting together the pieces of a frightening puzzle. The local tuna-canning factory is canning more than fish and she soon finds Daniel, Simon and herself, becoming entangled in it all. While investigating these stories, she’s falling for Daniel and Simon’s falling for her, and now with her profession, her life and love on-the-line, Jasmine will have to expose the drug trafficking, illegal fishing and decide if revealing her merman’s secret is worth losing her great story and her heart.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

I categorize it as a fantasy romance adventure.

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

The fantastical premise, believable characters, and rich environmental themes in “Entangled” will appeal to a very wide audience. It’s very cinematic.

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

Timely and relevant.

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

This doesn’t mean it’s my favorite, but I have to say “Easter Parade” since I watch it every Easter.

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

I wrote the original about 24 years ago. I rewrote it at the time since my agent felt with a merman in the story, it should be PG rated so I toned it down. I marketed it for awhile and then put it away. Last year, I decided it was so relevant and timely in regards to drugs and people’s growing concern for illegal fishing/netting. I decided to pick it up again, the original version, and do a rewrite. A merman doesn’t seem so fantastical now nor does a strong female lead.

7. How many stories have you written?

I’ve written well over a dozen screenplays, a sitcom pilot, a pilot for an hour show, an original book and have also rewritten two of my screenplays into books. I’m self-published and my website is MySeaBuddies.com

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

I love music. Absolutely love it and can’t narrow a song down to one. I usually have a song, or album, that I’ll listen to a lot when I write a story. I carried Elton John’s “The One” in my brain for “Entangled”.

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

This story was a blast to write. It really flowed from my mind to the keys. I guess the obstacle is always the rewrite.

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

Ballroom dancing, cooking, shell collecting, travel, surfing, my family and friends, adventure!

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

I find it helpful to have my projects in one place for submissions and then also easy to see where I’ve submitted them. Anything to help me stay organized.

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

This is a festival targeted to my scripts genre which I like and also the potential to have my story, or part of, read live. I can’t say enough good things about the feedback I received. I take all writing feedback very seriously, but not all feedback is helpful or good for the writers soul – basically, not constructive. My feedback was extremely helpful in many different ways to me and quite inspiring.

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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