Winning SCI-FI Short Screenplay – A DAY IN A CONNECTED LIFE, by Michael E. Lucas

Genre: Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Comedy

Mark wants a nice snack and a beer but his kitchen has other ideas.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Julian Ford
Mark: Steve Rizzo
Amicus: Dan Cristofori
Toilet/Beautiful Face: Emily Weir
Mistress: Penelope Corrin
The Phone: Rachel Salsberg

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

A Day In A Connected Life is a dark SciFi comedy set in the near future in the smart house of a 36-year-old Silicon Valley techie. After a long run, Mark comes home with a strained heart and a need to have a cold beer. His house won’t listen to his irrational needs; they would disrupt his diet and endanger his heart. The refrigerator, toilet, and phone gang up on him to ensure he does what’s best for him. His hilarious argument with the refrigerator (to give him a beer) only encourages his artificially intelligent house to parent Mark toward rational decisions. But, Mark’s emotions just continue to drive him. He ignores their rational choices and they don’t understand his emotions

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Humor and SciFi

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

A.I. (Artificial Intelligence) will be predominant in our lives before 2030. Our current attitude, that machines are to serve us, must change. We will be interacting not with machines, but reflections of our own consciousness

How would you describe this script in two words?

Hilariously Plausible

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

The movie is The Matrix and the TV series is the 2004 version of Battle Star Galactica.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I first started it in 2014 and then I put it down for 21/2 years. I finished it in March 2017

How many stories have you written?

I have written 3 stories.

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

I like the blues. Robert Cray is my go to man.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Time and responsibilities were ever present through the process. Writing the back story first, helped me to trim a 23 page script to 13 pages.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Poetry

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

I was looking for professional feed back. I also am looking for recognition. The first feeling was happiness. My craftsmanship was validated. I knew I was at least on the right track. The feedback also helped with a script problem that had eluded me.

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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

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Winning SCI-FI 1st Scene – THE FLUTE OF PEACE, by Gunel Asgarova

Genre: Sci-Fi, Adventure

After the break of the balance between the Light and Dark Powers, enforced by Dark Lord Erk, Mother Universe sends a child of Light – Lanaia to embark on a dangerous journey chasing the magic flute, as only its melody could save the world from disaster.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Sean Ballantyne
Nabi: Rais Moui
Teli: Connie Wang
Guli: Daniella Zappala

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

My screenplay is about a bullied village girl with the supernatural power, Lanaia, who accepts her destiny of the World Savior.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Fantasy

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Because this original screenplay has the most important ingredients of the successful fantasy movie: universal issues, good vs. evil, mythology, human psychology which are fully presented through the breathtaking adventures, unexpected twists and catchy characters. Likewise, the significant reason of its competitiveness is a key hero, a young woman, tender, yet strong enough to take the lead in life-changing events winning the battle in the end. This movie will be an inspiration for millions of girls and women all over the world.

How would you describe this script in two words?

The future blockbuster, which will hold its brand for the next five to ten years.

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

I like to watch fantasy/adventure genre movies, but according to calculation, the movie that I’ve seen the most times in my life is Harry Potter film series (first watched as a teenager, then together with my kids).

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

11 months

How many stories have you written?

I have written 6 stories (epic-fantasy, animation, fairy tale and short screenplays) and constantly working on new projects.

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

“Canto della Terra” by Andrea Bocelli

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The most obstacles were connected to the proper formatting issues.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I am also passionate about storytelling, psychology, mythology, and anthropology. Thus, besides of my own imagination, this story is also based on the years’ long research analysis of world mythology and anthropology (including the Paracelsian concept of four elements of nature).

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

Despite the positive feedback from more than four hundred potential viewers, I was eager to get the professional opinion.

I am very grateful for the detailed and sincere feedback, which helped me to properly polish my script. I am very satisfied with the feedback, special THANKS to my reader!

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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

June 2017 SCI-FI/FANTASY Stories, Screenplay, and Short Films

Submit your Fantasy/Sci-Fi Screenplay & Film to the Festival: http://fantasyscififestival.com

 

ACTORNOVEL Transcript Reading – A POOR MAN’S TRUCE
June 2017 Reading
by H.E. Scott

ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – CONTINENTALIS
June 2017 Reading
by Aurele Ndja
ACTORSCI-FI SHORT Screenplay – SWITCHMAN
June 2017 Reading
by Henry Leeker

ACTORFAMILY SHORT Screenplay – GIRL IN THE PAINTING
June 2017 Reading
by Scott Williamson
ACTORFANTASY SHORT Screenplay – NOTHING IS FREE
June 2017 Reading
by Terry Milner & Rebecca Brillhart

ACTORFAN FICTION TV SPEC Screenplay – DOCTOR WHO
June 2017 Reading
by Paul Hewitt

festival posterDEVIL WEARS A SUIT, 20min, Australia, LGBT, Sci-Fi
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festival posterCRADLE, 11min, USA, Sci-Fi/Thriller
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festival poster1950 DA, 7min, France, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
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festival posterON SUNDAY, 6min, UK, Sci-Fi/Drama
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festival posterTHE EARTH SURVIVAL CODE, 10min, China, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
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festival posterMISIEK AND EVE FROM OUTER SPACE, 2min, Poland, Animation/Comedy
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festival posterI & MYSELF, 5min, Japan, Drama/Fantasy
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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

Get to know the short film: ECSTASY BOULEVARD, 5min, USA, Fantasy/Sci-Fi

Playing at the July 27, 2017 FANTASY FEEDBACK Film Festival

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When an illegal alien lands his spacecraft on Earth, the assassin known as Kn1ght powers up to hunt the reptile down.

Benjamin Allen
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  • Film Type:
    Animation, Music Video, Short
  • Genres:
    Sci-Fi, Cyberpunk
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 21 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 29, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    20,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color

FANTASY Short Screenplay – SWITCHMAN by Henry Leeker

Genre: Adventure, Sci-Fi, Fantasy

A small boy in a rural town with no authority figures questions the bizarre system in place where justice & judgement is carried out by a forest-dwelling creature known as the “Switchman.”

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Switchman: Brian Carleton
Tony: Jordy Kieto
Melissa: Andrea Meister
Children: Konstantina Mantelos
McCabe: Anthony Botelho
George: Jack Comerford
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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

HIGHLIGHTS, WINNERS & VIDEOS: June 2017 SCI-FI FEEDBACK Film Festival

AUDIENCE FESTIVAL AWARDS

Best Film: CRADLE

Best Performances: 1950 AD

Best Cinematography: ON SUNDAY

Best Effects: ON SUNDAY

Best Music: The music from THE EARTH SURVIVAL CODE

Take a look at the Audience Feedback Videos from the LA Sci-Fi Film Festival. Some of the best short films in the world today were showcased.

festival posterCRADLE, 11min, USA, Sci-Fi/Thriller
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival poster1950 DA, 7min, France, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterON SUNDAY, 6min, UK, Sci-Fi/Drama
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterTHE EARTH SURVIVAL CODE, 10min, China, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
 
festival posterMISIEK AND EVE FROM OUTER SPACE, 2min, Poland, Animation/Comedy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

The SCI-FI LOS ANGELES JUNE 2017 FEEDBACK Film Festival gave our audiences the best of sci-fi short movies from around the world.

The theme of the festival was “OUTER LIMITS”.

Every film showcased what about a situation that was about an ‘outside being’ other than earth.

Sci-Fi short films sure have made a great leap into superstardom in the 21st century!

In the last 15 years I’ve watched over 10,000 short films from over 100 countries around the world, being a part of the film festival scene. Only in the last 5 years have I witnessed a gigantic surge in Sci-Fi shorts being made. The technology just wasn’t there for this medium 10-15 year ago: cost-wise and accessibility of the actual tools needed to pull off the desires for the film. So filmmakers working in the short film world just didn’t go there.

But now technology is there for almost everyone.

During the moderation of the film ON SUNDAY, an audience member asked the question of how much the budget was for the film. Without giving anything away, there is a “big” moment near the end of the film, not to mention it having what my programmers call “high production value”. It’s a common question that people ask and I never know how to answer it. And I get why they are asking it because most likely they are filmmakers themselves and want to make a film like that.

The art of short film for me is to be a magician with the budget. 99.5% of shorts made have a limited budget. So it’s what you can do with it that counts. ON SUNDAY for example, if made on a Hollywood produced format with their production schedule, union crew costs, CGI costs etc…, would be about a $100,000 budget. And I can guarantee that this filmmaker didn’t spend 100K on this film. But it sure looks like one.

THE EARTH SURVIVAL CODE, a film out of China, has gun fights, choreographed fight scenes, a transportation of an alien from a spaceship to earth, and much more. That film I’m sure was also done on a small budget even though it looks to be another 100K budgeted film.

What I’m getting at is these filmmakers know how to use today’s technology in the context of their film. Before they even start the development stage, they know what they are able to do. So they can work within their expertise and accessibility. Then go from there. And that is why the Sci-Fi genre has taken off in the short film market. There are AMAZING films being made – and we were lucky to show 5 films from 5 different countries to our Los Angeles audience.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

FANTASY Best Scene Reading of AMERICAN INDIAN UPRISING by Allen Cody

Winning Screenplay – AMERICAN INDIAN UPRISING
Written by Allen Cody

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Julian Ford
PRESCOTT – Allan Brunet
LOOKOUT – Mandip Brar
SHAKESPEARE – Sean Ballantyne
NEIL – Zane O’Connor

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Fantasy, Western, Adventure, Horror

A band of long–dead American Indians warriors and their war ponies rise from massacre sites to reclaim the bones of their brothers stolen by archeologists and return them to their rightful graves.

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

A ragged band of long-dead American Indians warriors and their war ponies rise from massacre sites into the present day to reclaim the bones of their brothers stolen by archeologists and return them to their rightful graves.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Action/adventure/fantasy/si-fi/surreal/horror

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

This story has domestic and international appeal to those who desire to watch a visual action-packed ballad about American Indians. This is also a movie for those who seek a moving story about overcoming hardship. The underdog American Indians for once win the ultimate battle and regain cultural pride.

With recent interest in Native American culture on the rise, there has been no movie, since “Dancing With Wolves” (a financial box office domestic and intertnational success) that has so eloquently captured their spirit and their struggle.

The story gives much deserved respect to Native Americans (and all Indiginous People) who have had their land stolen, their graves desecrated, their human rights violated, their families masacred, their language and culture denied for over 500 years.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Righting wrongs

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

I have a lot of favorite movies: Shawshank Redemption. Die Hard. Lethal Weapon. Handcock. Natural Born Killers.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I have lived, sweated and worked with Dakota, Lakota and Navajo tribes for many years and gathered bits and pieces that grew into this story. The Lakota say “If it is in your heart, it is in your blood.” Native Americans are in my heart and in my blood.

How many stories have you written?

Twelve screenplays, one sale, one work for hire, two options, two books written and illustrated (McGraw Hill), many magazine features, many short stories, fiction, non-fiction, and creative non-fiction.

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

“Turn me on” by Nora Jones. And all of Bob Dylan.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Ensuring the story did justice to the true plight of the American Indian experience, while telling it in an entertaining, fun, fast-moving, visually-impactful way.

My challenge was to tell the story from the American Indian perspective. Therefore, I had to break molds to tell it fully and accurately. The true hero of the story is the Army of American Indians in their battle to regain ancestral pride.

Ultimately, the story became an hybrid of action, adventure, fantasy, horror and sci-fi.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Sailing, the Ocean and the blue blue Sky.

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

A fantasy Si-Fi Festival… Fantasy Si-fi almost exactly describes the genre of American Indian Uprising.

Thank you for the feedback. Many good points.

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

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne


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