Winning SCI-FI Short Screenplay – MAYBE TOMORROW I’LL SEE YOU, by Steve N Bradford

Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy

Two telescopes are constructed side by side at NASA and grow close, only to be ripped apart when their construction is completed.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Val Cole
Cap: Zena Driver
Obs: Alicia Payne

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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

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HIGHLIGHTS & VIDEOS: May 2018 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:

BEST FILM: TRUMPETS IN THE SKY

BEST PERFORMANCES: THE SUPER RECOGNIZER

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: METTA VIA

BEST MUSIC: AFTER WE LEFT OUR HOMES

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterTHE FLOWER GATE, 15min., Israel, Fantasy

festival posterRENDEZ-VOUS, 2min., Canada, Fantasy

festival posterPHARMA LAB TRAINING VIDEO: 1, 9min., USA, Fantasy

festival posterTRUMPETS IN THE SKY, 12min., Belguim, Sci-Fi

festival posterMETTA VIA, 12min., Canada, Sci-Fi

festival posterTHE SUPER RECOGNISER, 11min., UK, Sci-Fi

festival posterSOLUK (BREATH), 5min., Turkey, Sci-Fi

festival posterAFTER WE HAVE LEFT OUR HOMES, 8min., UK, Sci-Fi

The theme of the May 2018 FANTASY/SCI-FI FEEDBACK Film Festival was “Being Controlled”. Every single film was about a world or characters being controlled by an outside force.

There was a different vibe at this festival because we changed the start time from 7pm to 9pm just as a test to see if we would get a new audience. It was definitely a success as we got more hard core Sci-Fi fans, which lead to some great discussions with the films as you can watch in the feedback videos.

The trick though is to not have an audience that is 100% Sci-Fi fans. To have the casual viewer watch this genre so there is a different perspective. The hard core fan of any hobby (sports, comic books etc..) can be either too apologetic or too critical of the product that is given to them. There seems to be nothing in between a love or a hate of something. They sometimes feel that they are the most important members of the audience. They are the vocal minority that’s for sure as an average fan of Batman for example isn’t going to set up a blog to talk about it.

I always look at things from a 20%/60%/20% perspective on any mmainstream entertainment product:

20% – People who won’t watch it no matter what. Example would be the Super Bowl or the new Avengers movie.

60% – The average crowd. They might watch or might not. It’s all up to how they feel that day, how much an advertisement influences them, and/or what their family/friends are up to. If they are watching, then they will too.

20% – The hard core fan. They are watching most of the pre-game show of the Super Bowl, and have pre-bought their Avengers tickets and will be writing about their thoughts afterwards.

For me, you have to remove the two 20%s from the equation. They don’t matter as their minds are already made up. So the art of getting your film viewed and liked is from the 60% base. Football or Comic Book films can’t be what they are today if only the hard core 20% is watching. They are popular because they have trickled into the 60% and have gotten many of them to watch.

You can also use the same analogy for politics. In the United States you’re going to have 20% who will never vote. 20% who are going to vote Red or Blue no matter what. And 60% who will either vote or not vote, and it depends on what party they vote for election to election.

So in conclusion, the 9pm start time did work but we missed the average fan by doing it.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

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

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