Short Film: LIFE OR DEATH DEBATES, 6min., USA, Sci-Fi

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The future’s greatest gameshow: two convicts, 120 seconds, and one chance to debate for their lives – all on live television. Tune into this weeks episode, and prepare for a wild ride. Today’s debate topic will have you reeling.

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SCREENPLAY MOVIE: Robots From Neptune, by J. David Thayer

Visual Design by Kimberly Villarruel

Produced by Matthew Toffolo

VOICE ACTORS:
Matt Barnes
Danielle Nicole
Geoff Mays
Val Cole

They want our garbage. They can’t have it.

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. The factories of their highly industrialized society continually belch great plumes of clean air into the atmosphere bringing the X-Tonian race to the brink of extinction. In desperation, His Majesty King XYY9Z3 dispatches his horde of Receptacle Robots to Earth. Their mission: to liberate and harvest all of our garbage, toxic waste, and pollution, leaving a wake of clean destruction behind. And you might think we’d be okay with all that.

Writer Biography – J. David Thayer

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Elementary school principal living in Texas. Working on several novels and short stories. Published in The First Line Literary Journal.

 

Writer Statement

 

It occurred to me about five years ago that we really needed a new robot invasion movie, but not one that was in any way believable. The golden age of science fiction was a time when we still believed that the solar system might actually harbor advanced civilizations. We transferred our Red Scare paranoia over to the safer alien and/or robot invasions scenarios in order to vent pent-up anxiety–much like today’s zombie apocalypse phenomenon acts as a somewhat silly substitute for the very real fear of total societal collapse underpinning its appeal.

Put another way, I miss the silly robot invasion genre. I wanted to write a script that harkens back to that time, and I failed. I ended up writing something else instead. I wasn’t even setting out to make an animated film, but that is clearly what ROBOTS FROM NEPTUNE is. Two more scripts are also underway: RFN2: The Venus Casino and RFN3: Pax Neptunia. I hope you enjoy the first installment.

Winning Sci-fi SHORT Screenplay Reading of STUCK by Katy Erin


CAST LIST:

NARRATION – Brian Carleton
Angelica (20s black) – 100 – Bree Ali
Grant (f 30s) – 92 – Stephanie Herrera

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

Festival Moderators: Kierston Drier, Shepsut Wilson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Kyle Drier, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Mary Cox, Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Hugh Fraser, Andy Camp, Aser Santos Jr., Zack Arch

Top 15 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Screenplays of 2018

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

STORYTV PILOT Screenplay: SOL by James FOx
September 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

December 2018 Winning Fantasy/Sci-Fi Films, Screenplays & Stories

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UNCLE GRIOT, 5min., UK, Fantasy/Animation
Audience FEEDBACK Video of the Short Film

TABULA RASA, 9min., USA, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Audience FEEDBACK Video of the Short Film

MR. E, P.I., 14min., USA, Sci-Fi/Mystery
Audience FEEDBACK Video of the Short Film

A P E X, 4min., UK, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Audience FEEDBACK Video of the Short Film

GALMI, 5min., USA, Sci-Fi
Audience FEEDBACK Video of the Short Film

FAEW, 7min., Canada, Animation, Sci-Fi
Audience FEEDBACK Video of the Short Film

PRENATAL, 10min., USA, Fantasy
Audience FEEDBACK Video of the Short Film

JASPER, 21min., USA, Sci-Fi
Audience FEEDBACK Video of the Short Film

ACTOR NOVEL Transcript Reading: APEX FIVE
December 2018 Reading
by Sarah Katz
ACTOR NOVEL Transcript Reading: DESERT ROCK
December 2018 Reading
by Scott Meehan
STORYTV BEST SCENE Screenplay: MIND FORCE by James Zeankowski
December 2018

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

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

 

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

Festival Moderators: Kierston Drier, Shepsut Wilson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Festival Directors: Mary Cox, Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: John Johnson, Isabal Cupryn, Aser Santos Jr., Zack Arch

Sci-Fi/Fantasy Festival Testimonial – December 31 2018

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Paul Charisse

Great communication and fantastic feedback. Well worth entering. The video feedback we received for our short film “Uncle Griot” was insightful and very useful in the development of the feature we’re making from it. Would enter again. Highly recommend.

5 Star Review

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HIGHLIGHTS, WINNERS & VIDEOS: December 2018 Sci-Fi FEEDBACK Film Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:

BEST FILM: JASPER

BEST PERFORMANCES: PRENATAL

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: UNCLE GRIOT

BEST MUSIC: APEX

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

UNCLE GRIOT, 5min., UK, Fantasy/Animation
Audience FEEDBACK Video of the Short Film

TABULA RASA, 9min., USA, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Audience FEEDBACK Video of the Short Film

MR. E, P.I., 14min., USA, Sci-Fi/Mystery
Audience FEEDBACK Video of the Short Film

A P E X, 4min., UK, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Audience FEEDBACK Video of the Short Film

GALMI, 5min., USA, Sci-Fi
Audience FEEDBACK Video of the Short Film

FAEW, 7min., Canada, Animation, Sci-Fi
Audience FEEDBACK Video of the Short Film

PRENATAL, 10min., USA, Fantasy
Audience FEEDBACK Video of the Short Film

JASPER, 21min., USA, Sci-Fi
Audience FEEDBACK Video of the Short Film

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There is an episode about this festival in our archives as we talk about the audience and all the great films we showcased at this event.

The theme of the December 2018 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Feedback Film Festival in Toronto was “The Future”.

Each film was about a glimpse of the near future from the filmmaker’s perspective.

A great SOLD OUT festival with an audience representing all cultures, age, and diversities of today’s world. When the model was made to do a Feedback Festival and for the filmmaker’s to hear what the audiences think of their film – this was the crowd we had in mind.

All films represented the Sci-Fi/Fantasy genre as all stories told worked inside that model. That said, we also showcased animation, comedy, drama, romance, and thriller at this festival.

The 2nd to last festival of 2018. A great night.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo