FANTASY/SCI-FI Festival Best Scene Reading of HYPNOS, by Alexandra Dyranis-Maounis & Athanasia Michopoulou

Genre: Fantasy/Sci-Fi

Year 2056. A quantum machine named “Phobetor” controls society. Above other measures, dreaming is forbidden and there is absolute control of the allowed limit of sleep to 3-hours per day. Those who rebel by entering REM or a self-induced dream state, most are arrested and punished as traitors. Their penalty, essentially entering their own mind prisons where each individual’s Nightmare is personalized.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Hypnos: Katelyn Varadi
Daniel: Charles Gordon

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Get to know the writers:

1. What is your screenplay about?

In the world of 2056, in which dreaming is outlawed by an authoritarian state and sleep strictly controlled by the machine “Phobetor”,
a scientist enlists the help of an ancient Greek goddess to destroy it.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Sc-Fi, Fantasy

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

Athanasia: The intention of the film is to be an exciting story with various references and interpretations of elements deriving from Greek mythology,
using pioneering scientific theories that will be entwined together and presented under a new and original prism. I want to try at a very symbolic level to make a statement about the world today but make a film that has a feel good factor, bringing hope and making light of some of the darker worries that are brewing in this time of socioeconomic crisis and uncertainty.

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

A dystopian nightmare with a happy end.

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

Athanasia: The English Patient

Alexandra: Lord of the Rings

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

Two years.

7. How many stories have you written?

Athanasia: This is the first script Alexandra and myself have written together,
but we plan on writing more female-led fantasy stories!

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

Athanasia: The National – Start a war & Empire line.

Alexandra: Faith No More – Epic

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

Alexandra: Well… we built a huge world that simply didn’t fit in the short screenplay formatbut it would be more difficult for us to make a fantasy feature film in Greece(due to budget reasons), so we had to edit and adapt a few times
trying to find the right balance between world-building and character development.

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

Athanasia: Watching films, listening to music & dancing

Alexandra: Watching films, listening to music, going to live Jazz and Blues concerts

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

So far so good! It’s been super helpful.

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

Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

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FANTASY/SCI-FI Festival Best Scene Reading of S.F.O., by Lawrence Whitener

 

Genre: Fantasy/Sci-Fi

Special Forces Order: Over-the-hill futuristic-SEALS recruit and train thrown-away Teens to save an entire planet from slavery. Only way to fight these savages is with Savage-24s through a Black Powder Challenge. One Bad Riot; One Bad-Ass Ranger.

CAST LIST:

Sam: Angelica Alejandro
White: Gabriel Darku
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Biker Boss: Brandon Knox
Chao: Charles Gordon

Get to know the writer: 

 1. What is your screenplay about?

Top-ranking SFO soldier is asked to find their Leader’s kidnapped daughter. A former SFO soldier is suspected. To do this, our hero must resign his commission and go undercover. He recruits two former disavowed SFO veterans then Six Teens who began training at the SFO Monastery, but would not follow orders and were sentenced to a juvenile-delinquent prison-planet. To find the missing girl, these nine must save an entire planet from slavery using only vintage black-powder Savage-24’s against the planet’s savages.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Action/Adventure with a moral underpinning.

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

No other film has ever re-created the three-day ZULU battle-scene let alone in a futuristic setting.

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

Kick-Ass.

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

ZULU.

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

Since 1995.

7. How many stories have you written?

I have been studying under Yale Screenwriting Professor Marc Lapadula for four years. I have 12 Final Draft Full Feature stories of every genre and another 10 Rough Drafts along with 2 TV-Pilot Sit-Coms. I have two award-winning Short Scripts, one of which is now earning laurels as a SAG black-and-white film and the other is filming later this year.

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

I have seen the original Star Wars so many times, I hum its soundtrack in my sleep.

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

It was always envisioned as a two-part story, so the key became to find a way to merge them.

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

Acting, I have been in over 100 TV and film productions.

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

Hands down, FilmFreeway is the writer’s friend. I now use no other platform for submittals.

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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

FANTASY/SCI-FI Festival Best Scene Reading of SPACE TRUCKERS, by Michael D’Ambrosio

 

Genre: Fantasy/Sci-Fi

Mercenary Mike Colby leads a crew of space truckers against their evil corporate boss (his ex-wife), and the hostile aliens she connives with to control the space trucking industry. Things get rough when Mike falls in love with the captain of the space truckers who seek their independence from the corporation.

CAST LIST:

Carnak: Gabriel Darku
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Mike: Brandon Knox
General Asher: Charles Gordon

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

Mercenary Mike Colby, formerly of Galactic Special Forces until his divorce from Gemini the CEO of a major company in a cut-throat space shipping industry, works a alone since their split. When Gemini’s competitors attempt to make a treaty with hostile aliens from another sector to pillage her freighters, she hires Mike to make them a better offer. Concerned by the alien presence in their sector, Mike accepts the assignment. He has an ugly history with the aliens from his days with Special Forces and expects trouble.
When his meeting on the alien ship turns hostile, Mike battles his way off the ship with a teleport module that allowed the aliens to reach their sector. With his ship crippled by alien fighters and in tow, Mike’s pleas for backup are rejected by Gemini.
One of Gemini’s freighters, piloted by female captain Tisch, rescues Mike, despite Gemini’s orders to stand down. Tisch believes Gemini was behind her father’s death and is intent on gaining her revenge. What begins as a budding romance between Mike and Tisch becomes an ongoing battle over his prior relationship with Gemini. Infuriated over the thought of a romance between the two, Gemini seeks to ruin them.
When Tisch is kidnapped by the aliens, the crew kidnaps Gemini. Mike arranges to trade the module for Tisch with Gemini coming to ensure the deal takes place. Mike uses a dummy module with an explosive to make the trade with the aliens. As expected, Gemini betrays him again and strays from the plan. When the module explodes and destroys much of the control room, Mike uses the real module to return to the ship with Tisch. Gemini is injured and left on the alien ship, pleading for Mike to save her. Feeling pity for her, Mike returns to save her. Alien soldiers trap them, intending to kill them. Tisch, urged by Julian’s instigating, returns to the ship armed and rescues both of them. Gemini reveals that she didn’t kill Tisch’s father but had the affair that led to her divorce with him. Now it’s Mike’s turn to be stunned. He reveals to them that it was mercenaries for a rival company that killed Tisch’s father. He convinces Gemini to take on Julian as a partner and weed out the spies in her company. Tisch drops her vendetta against Gemini and opens up toward Mike, allowing for a normal relationship.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Space Truckers is a sci-fi or futuristic action story with some fantasy revolving around the aliens.

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

I believe the viewers would be drawn to the characters and their issues. The humor between Mike and former Special Forces partner Wilmer changes the pace at times. It has the feel of a Guardians of the Galaxy and Fifth Element blended.

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

Space Truckers seems straight forward, otherwise I’d say something like So Screwed in reference to lead character Mike Colby.

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

Independence Day. I’m a big fan of Centropolis Entertainment and producer Roland Emmerich.

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

Almost a year.

7. How many stories have you written?

Seven movie scripts with three of the stories also adapted to pilots for TV series.

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

‘Stranglehold’ by Ted Nugent

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

The toughest obstacle in finishing Space Truckers was how much or how little romance to include in the ending.

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

Science, particularly what revolves around space and the future.

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

It was easy to work with and to store my projects. The difficult part is maintaining the latest rev of scripts before sending them out.

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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

FANTASY/SCI-FI Festival Best Scene Reading of 2084, by Virgo Velasquez

 

Genre: Fantasy/Sci-Fi

In a totalitarian future society, a man whose daily work is
rewriting history tries to rebel by falling in love.

CAST LIST:

Simon: Charles Gordon
Narration: Angelica Alejandro
O’Brien: Gabriel Darku
Winston Smith: Brandon Knox

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

An adaptation of the George Orwell classic “1984”, in a redux 2084 future, the United Kingdom and United States find themselves under the rule of The Party, which instills a totalitarian regime that engineers human nature to fit its agenda. Winston Smith, who works for the Ministry of Truth as a manufacturer and falsifier of information, stumbles upon a dangerous path once he falls in love with a colleague, and attempts to rally a resistance movement against The Party.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Sci-Fi, Drama.

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

The screenplay and novel interplay a plot that is reflective of current political outcries. The world is relevant to modern day woes, with impressive skylines, sympathetic characters, and large-scale action sequences woven with layers of societal truths.

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

Illusory Truth.

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

Back to the Future, Part II.

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

Started as an idea in High School back in 2006, to depict the Bush Administration and the Patriot Act (aka Big Brother programs) and prompted a full treatment during the 2016 Presidential Election.

7. How many stories have you written?

About a ten complete screenplays, two major novel manuscripts.

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

Dreamer – by Supertramp

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

International copyright from Sony pictures (which own the license). 1984 won’t be in the public domain until 2044.

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

Studying history, watching old movies, filmmaking and working the in film industry as an assistant director.

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

Brilliant. Easy to use. Accessible, resourceful and informative.

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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

FANTASY/SCI-FI Festival Best Scene Reading of THE GIRL WITH NO BRAIN, by Royce Adkins

 

Genre: Fantasy/Sci-Fi

An artificial intelligence, implanted into the head of a girl born without a brain, struggles between forming it’s own identity and the identity it was programmed to be.

CAST LIST:

Miracle: Katelyn Varadi
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Linda: Angelica Alejandro
Joe: Charles Gordon

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

THE GIRL WITH NO BRAIN is a story of an experimental artificial intelligence that was implanted into Miracle, a young woman born with a cephalic disorder which left her with only a brain stem. This story follows the A.I.’s struggle and acceptance with its own identity separate and apart from Miracle.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Drama/Science Fiction

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

This script should be made into a movie because I believe it is a unique take on Artificial Intelligence. Having an AI be the consciousness and driving force of a human girl will challenge and blur the line of humanity as we know it.

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

Thought provoking

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

Ridley Scott’s “ALIEN”

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

I’ve worked on the script for about a year now.

7. How many stories have you written?

I’ve written over a dozen complete stories and continue to write to better my craft.

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

“Controversy” by Prince

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

The biggest obstacle was finding the confidence to finish the script.

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

I love reading and playing video games when I’m not writing.

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

Filmfreeway is really cool. I love using it because it’s intuitive and easy to use.

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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

FANTASY/SCI-FI Festival Best Scene Reading of UNEARTHLY, by David Dalessandro

 

Genre: Fantasy/Sci-Fi

In 1902, a US Naval crew encounters an alien entity, with both tragic and surprising results.

CAST LIST:

Flynn: Brandon Knox
Narrator: Angelica Alejandro
Caleb: Charles Gordon
Redfern: Gabriel Darku

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

In 1902, a naval ship encounters an alien intelligence on the Galapagos Islands. After the naval ship is attacked by crab-like creatures, the science officer on board dissects one of creatures and determines is not a creature of nature, but man-made. The Naval commander decides to find the maker of the ‘mechanoids’ and steal the technology. When the science officer unexpectedly discovers the a space craft, he is taken aboard, where he meets what appears to be a human who calls herself ‘Athena.’ He learns she is a simulacrum and represents a alien race that has used the Galapagos for centuries as a laboratory. The science officer is sent back to the ship to convince the Navy to leave. After numerous battles with the mechanoids, the remaining Sailors plan a final assault on the space craft. They fail and the science officer learns that the aliens are trying to save the Earth, which they already know, through time travel, is a dying planet. He is rescued and a Naval Inquiry believes none of what he has to say and classifies the deaths of the sailors as a maritime disaster. Ultimately, it’s “about” the clash of ‘cultures’ with wildly different understandings of the world.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Science fiction.

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

It’s a twist on the traditional alien invasion story, where the aliens are either bent on destruction or totally benign. . The script contains numerous battle sequences to appeal to a younger demographic along with intellectual discussions between Athena and the science officer.for those interested in speculating about alien visitation and why creatures exist on the Galapagos but nowhere else on Earth. I’m not aware of any science fiction film that combines these two aspects.

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

Genre-busting?

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

The Godfather

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

two months

7. How many stories have you written?

Nine

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

Atom Heart Mother Suite by Pink Floyd.

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

I have always loved Jules Verne stories and was fascinated by the challenge of having humans from 1902 trying to understand concepts such as DNA. robotic devices and space travel, things we modern humans take for granted. Creating the alien was also a challenge, because so many cinematic versions exist, I decided to go in a completely different direction, by having the alien appear to be a human female. Balancing the action sequences with the quieter moments was difficult to maintain story pacing.

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

Animal rescue.

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

Excellent. Easier to use than Without a Box.

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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

FANTASY BEST Scene Reading of ROBOTS FROM NEPTUNE, by J. David Thayer

 

Genre: Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Deep within the icy cloud layers of Neptune live the X-tonians: a mighty race of silicone-based lifeforms who regularly breathe a toxic mixture of methane and carbon dioxide. However, their world is dying.

CAST LIST:

Religious Cleric: Lesley Ballantyne
Cleric: Geoff Mays
Princess QQ: Rachel Rain Packota
Narrator: Olivia Jon
King YY: Shawn Devlin
Roy Hermus: Allan Cooke
Cleric: Jennifer Vallance

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

The ROBOBTS FROM NEPTUNE film trilogy is an animated scieince fiction comedy. This scene is from the epymonous first film, and films two and three are entitiled RFN2:The Venus Casino, and RFN3: Pax Neptunia.

In the first film, we learn of a race of people called the X-Tonians. They live deep within the icy layers of Neptune on a floating chunk of ore called The X-Tonian Subcontent. X-Tonians each have six eyes, no mouths, and they communicate exclusively through telepathy. They also telepathically control a set of disembodied hands, and they move around atop a single slug-like foot. As we join them in our story, X-Tonia is on the brink of suffocation. They are silicone-based creatures, and they metabolize in reverse from humans–which is to say they breathe pollution and exhale clean air. Centuries of over industrialization have cleaned their atmosphere to the point of catastrophy, but they have one last hope for survival. One thousand years ago, X-Tonians visited Earth through an ancient portal, and seeded early civilizations with the technologies necesssary to pollute our planet. In so doing, the X-Tonians would have a limitless supply of vital greenhouse gasses in reserve, should the ever the need arise. However, the portal was closed long ago, and the X-Tonians have been unable to open it and harvest. Each day, His Majesty King XYY9ZE (King YY) is briefed by his conjoined advisors, The Clerics, with real-time updates of ever-worsening conditions! But with the portal closed, there is nothing King YY can do to fix the problem.

Meanwhile on Earth, high school science teacher Roy Hermus has been building a miniaturized version of the Large Hadron Collider on his from lawn. Using whatever bits of obsolete tech he can scrounge and a large hoop of PVC, he believes he can power airsoft BBs at high enough speeds to conduct quantum experiements and earn the respect of the global science community. What he earns instead, is the attention of the X-Tonians. During a test of his SHC (Small Hadron Collider), the X-Tonians hack his crude sustem, seize control of the machine, and use it to successfully reopen the ancient portal connecting the two worlds. In an instant, Colonel 2-2 at the Receptacle Robot factory on Triton unleashes his robot horde on Earth to collect every bit of toxin and pollution they can siphon. Robots by the millions pour into Earth via a hole in the ground in Missouri. Nothing can stop them. And the world governments are not okay with this. Whether losing pollution would ultimately be a good thing for everyone on Earth is revelevant; the point it, they didn’t ask. You don’t just show up on another planet with an army of robots and start cleaning. That’s against the rules. The UN joint forces dispatch Field Marshal Henry Hardcastle to Hazzlerig, MO, in hopes of defeating the invasion at its source. But the robot horde, led by Princess QQ10LZ (Princess QQ), will not be easily defeated. War is brewing!

But out of this chaos and danger, an unusual romance is born–and aren’t they always born that way? Love finds its way into the hearts of Roy and QQ, and together, they must find a way to end this war before it’s too late! Luckily, Roy has a plan in his back pocket. And this is pretty much where our story picks up in the scene I have submitted.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Well, it’s an animated science fiction romantic comedy, so it sort of fits in several.

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

I think it is exceptionally fun! The characters are a whoot; the premise is too ridiculous for words, and there are great lines peppered throughout. It’s the sort of thing that, I think, could become really huge. In the right hands. I mean, if you don’t want a King YY plush toy, I’m not sure there’s hope for you.

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

Silly talky

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

The Godfather

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

The screenplay itself I started writing maybe three years ago. I just looked around one day and noticed “We don’t have any great robot invasion films anymore; that would be really fun to write!” We have lots of good films about sentient androids, but none involving armies of mindless automatons, like those great films of the 1950s and 60s. That was what I set out to write, but over time, it turned into something a bit different. Since then, I’ve been plugging away at learning 2D animation.

7. How many stories have you written?

I suppose it depends on how this question is framed, but I have about twenty-five stories that are finished (or nearly so).

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

Bad Fun by The Cult

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

I work an extremely fulltime job. That gets in line first, and rightfully so. Additionally, this is my first attempt at writing a screneplay of any kind. I just read a bunch of samples I found on line, bought a $50 formatting software, and jumped in head first. But I couldn’t help feeling like I was groping in the dark half the time. That said, wow. It was so much fun to draft and finish!

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

Deep sea fishing! Just came in from a 30-hour tuna fishing trip with my 16-year-old son yesterday. It was fantastic! I also enjoy pen & ink drawing and songwriting.

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

Extremely user friendly and helpful! That whole “groping in the dark feeling” I had during the writing process: not so the submission process. There were plenty of options to consider, and I really enjoyed it.

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

Well, considering what an odd bird my script really is, I knew I needed to take some time and really select festivals that would give the work a chance. Fantasy Sci-Fi Festival certainly did that. I was extremely pleased with my feedback! And encouraged, besides! Not too bad for a first attempt, I’d have to say. I’ll keep at it and keep trying to get better.

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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