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

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

FANTASY BEST Scene Reading of MOUNTAIN MAN AND HIS WOMEN PHYSIC VISIONS POWERS, by Irene Holmes

 

Genre: Family, Adventure, Fantasy

Unmarried mountain couple heads to the nearest town to do their winter shopping. Veronica is a homemaker with physic vision powers is her career. Vernon cuts wood and creates wood objects for his career. Vernon doesn’t listen to Veronica’s visions because; he thinks he can get out of any situation that comes upon him.

CAST LIST:

Fire Sword: Geoff Mays
Narrator: Olivia Jon
Wizard: Shawn Devlin
Bosnia:  Allan Cooke

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

Long ago, in ancient past the Hawk creatures left their baby in safe hands while they fight in a wizard war. The war ended badley and they all were trapped under neath the ground for many centuries. The Mountain man Vernon cut a tree down and not knowing he freed the hawk creatures. Vernon meets Veronica and he hires her for his maid. They felt affection for each other and didn’t realize until after a accident that he truly loved her. Hawk creatures finds strong willing humans to give powers to, so they can train them for the wizard war. Act III is the wizard war. Hawk creatures fight against the evil wizard to save the earth. Vernon discovered who he was, who his birth parents our in ActII along with Hawk creature army training. Act I is Vernon cut the tree and freed the creatures. Creature gave Veronica Physic Vision Powers. Which, Vernon never believed in her visions. Vernon learns a hard lesson at life after his girl is in creatical condition. Can he help save her life before it’s to late? Can the Creatures help save the earth before the wizard destroys the earth? Watch the exciting part of the Wizard war between the Hawk Creatures and the evil Wizard!

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Paronormal romance, drama, fantasy, sci-fi multie genre

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

This screenplay should be made into a movie because the audience will be thrilled, as they have fun watching the quest to save the earth. The audience will feel like their walking with the characters in the moment of emotional pain, fun, excitement, and thrilling scenes of auto accidents, for example, “Vernon doesn’t listen to Veronica power visions, so he drives fast around the corner and a semi truck is coming in the other lane, our they about to crash into each other.” Furthermore the part that everybody’s waiting for the thrilling part of the wizard war to save the earth.

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

Fun, Thrilling

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

Superman, Charmed, Smurfs, High to Heaven and Harry Potter

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

I have been working on this screen play for about year and half.

7. How many stories have you written?

I have written 6 stories and have 4 stories I am still working on. I have written one script and I plan on taking my published books and write them into script.

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

The “Harry Potter” and “Charmed” theme song is two of my favorite songs. “I Am the Tiger” song is the most song that I have listen to all my life because it is my favorite song.

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

Going over it many times to check for grammar error and taking out parts of the scene to fit the max number of pages were alloud.

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

I am passionate about to help to inspire others and children. I’m passionate about the way the movie author, producer, directors and their crew creates many films and TV shows can help inspire and teach others in many skills, like watching out for danger that saftey affect I see in many films and TV shows. Likewise, I see that helping others on screen, the audience can learn from many films, and TV shows. I’m passionate about how children learn and can pick up things, and learn from it. I’m passionate about animals and how us humans can learn from them. Furthermore, watching children with animals on how he or she can learn from them. Animals can be our best friend and they seem to know, when your stress and need comfort, for example, cats and dogs come towards you, within five minutes humans can calm down and help ease their minds. That is why I am passionate about children because they can look at you and sometimes they look at you and know you need help. A warm hug is always passionate to help each other ease our minds. Music is another passionate of mine because listening to music can help people during the day.

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

Working with the submission platform I find is a easy way to have my script save on their sight, so I can enter different film festival in a easier way. They help keep your scripts organized in their software they use online.

12. What influenced you to enter the festival?

The way the film festival is organized to help writers and authors with their script because many judges get to review the scripts and find the best script that fits the audience for the different film festivals.

What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

I was excited that the judges pick my script to be one of the script to further review. When I found out the judges want my best part of my script to be made, as a film trailer I felt excellent and filled with joy with smiles on my face because this is the first film festival that took my script down this far in the competition.

 

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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 SCI-FI Short Screenplay – TOGETHER, by Jade S. Bokhari

 

Genre: Sci-Fi, Action

As an apocalyptic asteroid heads to earth, a bereaved father hunts down his child’s killer; so dead or alive, his family is together to face the end.

CAST LIST:

Man: Peter-Mark Raphael
Ellie: Emily Weir
Narrator: Peter Nelson
Joe: Neil Bennett
Alice: Regan Brown

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your screenplay about?

LOGLINE: As an apocalyptic asteroid heads to earth, a bereaved father hunts down his child’s killer; so dead or alive, his family is together to face the end.

SHORT SYNOPSIS:

With a world-ending asteroid on the way to earth, Joe Bleeker, a Professor of Latin, digs huge holes in the woods. He tortures and later begs a wealthy older man, (a pedophile and murderer), to tell him where he buried the body of his young daughter, Tessie. With demise imminent, the only thing Joe cares about is being together, as a family, to face the end of the world – even if one of them is already dead and the others are on Skype.

WHAT TOGETHER IS REALLY ABOUT:

If the world is ending, then morals and norms might vanish and be replaced with an overpowering urge to fulfill the deepest, gnawing need. In Together, it is Professor Joe Bleeker’s overwhelming need to be with his family.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Neo-Noir, Psychological Thriller, Dark Drama, Horror, End of The World

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

It’s cinematic, emotionally nuanced dark fairytale that plays upon every parents’ fear of the very worst of what can happen, to your child, to your family and to your marriage and puts that in an end of the world context.

I’m drawn to the beauty of filming at night to bring out the richness of the pathos with cinematography. I love sound, the different accents of; Joe’s Professorial Latin, Queen Elizabeth’s received pronunciation strained by the overwhelm of global death, the nihilism of the Prime Minister’s failure and the goading of the child killer, (who I haven’t deigned to give a name), all contrasting with the emotional pain and loss of Alice, Joe’s wife, Tessie’s mother and the sweet childish worry and glee of Ellie, the daughter who’s being brought up so far away in Australia that she’s absorbed the accent. It’s an aural note embodying the emotional and physical distance from her father’s perfect English diction.

There’s also subtext about global politicians utterly futile attempts creating a world of peace, and safety. I believe these are all great elements for a rich and textured film.

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

Dark. Visceral.

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

Kind Hearts and Coronets

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

I’ve been tinkering with it over a couple of months in between writing a dramedy feature.

7. How many stories have you written?

I’ve written five feature scripts and a short story that’s due to be published in a sci-fi anthology.

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

Jimi Hendrix, All Along The Watchtower.

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

I wondered if I’d gone too far and wrestled with how far I could push it.

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

Directing. I think this short is cinematic and visceral. I think you can see it and feel it.

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

It’s a straightforward, well laid out and easy to navigate.

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

I’d heard good things about Wildsound and the feedback I received was far better than some I’d received from bigger competitions. Wildsound’s feedback was thoughtful, incisive and detailed.

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Op: Mary Cox