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

A FilmFreeway preferred festival:

 

festival posterTWICE UPON A TIME, 14min., Serbia, Animation/Fantasy

festival posterSTREAM OF DOUBTS, 11min., France, Drama/Fantasy

festival posterEDGAR’S INVENTION, 8min., USA, Comedy/Sci-Fi

festival posterTHE DOLLMAKER, 10min, USA, Horror/Fantasy

ACTORPAST PRESENCE – FANTASY Best Scene Screenplay
June 2018 Reading
by Kevin Mongelli

ACTORIT’S A NIGHTMARE – SCI-FI Best Scene Screenplay
June 2018 Reading
by Nicole Quinn

ACTORFIRST CONTACT – Novel Transcript
June 2018 Reading
by James Jackson

ACTORROGUE MARAUDER – Novel Transcript
June 2018 Reading
by Cherie Waggief

ACTORGERMAN’S CAT – Short Story Reading
June 2018 Reading
by David N. Hawkins

 

 

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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

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

A FilmFreeway preferred festival:

 

festival poster9 SECONDS, 18min., USA, Action/Sci-Fi

festival poster(A) UTOMATED (I)IRRITATION, 6min., USA, Comedy/Sci-Fi

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

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

ACTORTIME SLIP – Best Scene TV Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Meredith Hill

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

ACTORGALAPAGOS – TV Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Lukas Hassel

ACTORTRIGGERS – 1st Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Robert J. Sawyer

ACTORTHE PAPER PRINCESS – ANIMATION 1st Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Stephanie Barnes

ACTORTHE FIRST A.I. PRESIDENT – FANTASY 1st Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Bernard S. Smith

ACTOR4TH ROW CENTER – Short Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Frank Vespe

ACTORTHE BROKEN KINGDOM – Short Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Mark Renshaw

ACTORA SHORT DROP AND A SUDDEN STOP – Short Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Margaret Dane

ACTORDESTINY’S VESSEL – SCI-FI Best Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Susanne Lutas

ACTORM DEMON KILLER – SCI-FI Best Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Mark Hammond

ACTORM DEMON KILLER – SCI-FI Best Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Mark Hammond

ACTORMAGIC MAN – SCI-FI Best Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Norma Hickox

ACTORTHE CUT – SCI-FI Best Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Christopher Kerr

 

 

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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 Best Scene Reading of PAST PRESENCE, by Kevin Mongelli

Genre: Fantasy, Sci-FI

Professor STEPHEN EMERSON (50’s) is obsessed with a book, THE DNALYM RHAPSODY, written by EDGAR GRAVES. It explains his theory of past lives and the ability of man to tap into his consciousness to see his or her other lives. One of Dr. Emerson’s patients commit suicide after it is believed that she saw into her past lives. Several years prior, Edgar, along with his colleagues, DAVIS, SUZANNE, and JULIO ran an experiment on a homeless man. Edgar has a secret lab and an extraordinary machine that allows the person to explore their past.

CAST LIST:

Alicia: Kimberley Wells
Alexine: Brianna Riche
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Edgar: Luke Robinson
Krystyn: Kesley Dann
Dr. Emerson: Ted Powers

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

A professor obsessed with the idea of past lives gets the chance to see his past via an extraordinary device, but his discovery leads to grave consequences.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Sci-Fi, Drama, Thriller

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

Original concept, intriguing characters, gripping story

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

innovative drama

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

Gattaca

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

four months

7. How many stories have you written?

On my third script currently

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

Enigma Variations by Elgar

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

There are always multiple stumbling blocks in writing but​ I​ encouraged myself to complete it.

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

I am professional musician​ and​ compose award winning pieces for solo piano. My site is Mongelli.us if interested in learning more​ about my writing and music​

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

Very user friendly

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

​The actors do outstanding work. Am honored to have been selected. ​Quite valuable feedback

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

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

SCI-FI Best Scene Reading of IT’S A NIGHTMARE, by Nicole Quinn

 

Genre: Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Mina is a rogue dreamer fostered in the Off-grid of Winkin City. How will she suurvive being the Night Mare’s human sacrifice?

CAST LIST:

Bubba: John Marcucci
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Bob: Daniel Cristofori
Mina: Kimberley Wells

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

Women dreaming the world anew, a rebirth and its labor, via a protagonist who is discovering who she is at the same time we do.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Fantasy, feminist dystopian, sci-fi, hero’s journey


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

Because it’s a rocking action adventure story with great gals and without guns

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

Fantastically weird

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

It’s a tie for the most viewings- Strictly Ballroom, 5000 Fingers of Dr. T.

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

A couple of years. It’s adapted from The Gold Stone Girl trilogy of novels, which took me eight years to write

7. How many stories have you written?

Too many to count and in many mediums. In addition to the novels I have a feature film streaming, Racing Daylight, (2006, with Melissa Leo and David Strathairn), several audiobooks on Audible (producer/narrator), short plays are published by Playscripts, inc.

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

Blue, joni mitchell, I vacuum to the album. It’s soothing

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

All stories are puzzles to be worked out. I think of it more as a challenge rather than an obstacle, to make sure I have all the pieces and fit them together into an exciting whole

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

Equal rights, Gardening, mowing paths through the meadow

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

Easy to enter, user friendly

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

The festival is targeted to the genre in which I was dreaming this project. It’s the gateway audience, and if you can’t get in the gate….the feedback made sense, and has me mulling a new draft that lifts the story up and away from being strictly the narrative and sequencing of the books, but more in the spirit of the world I’m sharing.
So thanks!

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

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

SCI-FI 1st Scene Script Reading of THE FIRST A.I. PRESIDENT, by Bernard S. Smith

Genre: Sci-Fi, Drama

Robert Conroy has five days to stop the swearing in of the first A.I. elected to be President of the United States, believing the primary directives against harming humankind have been corrupted by a solar flare.

CAST LIST:

Marcia: Alicia Payne
Nelson: Rais Moui
Narrator: Hugh Ritchie
Simon: Tim Paul McCarthy
Washire: Scott McCulloch

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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

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

A FilmFreeway preferred festival:

 

festival posterBLACK BIRD, 4min., USA, Experimental/Fantasy

festival posterCHRICKLE, 7min., Sweden, LGBT/Experimental

festival posterORNAMENT OF BEAUTY, USA, Thriller/Fantasy

ACTORESC(APE) ONLINE TV Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Christopher Kerr
ACTORDRAGONS AND WOLVES – TV Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Drew Henriksen
ACTORIN THE WOODS – Short Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Rachel Greenhoe
ACTORRAY IN SPACE – Sci-Fi Short Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by John Celona
ACTORTRANSIT – ACTION Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Charles Lo Manto
ACTORTHE MUSHROOM KING – ACTION Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Steve Trebilcock
ACTORWILD MIND – Fantasy/Sci-Fi Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Fujio Torikai
ACTORS.F.O – Fantasy/Sci-Fi Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Lawrence Whitener
ACTORTHE PARADOX MAN – Fantasy/Sci-Fi Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Larry Thomas
ACTORSPACE TRUCKERS – Fantasy/Sci-Fi Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Michael Dambrosio
ACTORUNEARTHLY – Fantasy/Sci-Fi Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by David Dalessandro
ACTORTHE GIRL WITH NO BRAIN – Fantasy/Sci-Fi Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Royce Adkins
ACTOR2084 – Fantasy/Sci-Fi Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Virgo Velasquez
ACTORPLANET B346 – Fantasy/Sci-Fi Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Tom Thorpe
ACTORHYPNOS – Fantasy/Sci-Fi Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Alexandra Dyranis
ACTORCROWN AND STEEL Novel Reading
April 2018 Reading
by Anna L. Walls

 

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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 BEST SCENE Reading: THE CUT, by Christopher Kerr

Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy

Two young men must find their passage through the canals of post-apocalyptic London, to peace and freedom, in the “promised land” beyond: Bristol.

CAST LIST:

Junior: Allan Michael Brunet
Alex: Salma Dharsee
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Spencer: Hugh Ritchie
Jessica: Courtney Keir
Toovey: Zazu Oke

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

Two young men have to find passage through the canals of post-apocalyptic London, to peace and freedom in the “promised land” beyond – Bristol.

Ostensibly a coming of age tale, in the guise of a zombie, road-trip, buddy-movie, canal tour; a genre much under-represented in mainstream cinema to date.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Sci-fi / black comedy – somewhat akin to A BOY AND HIS DOG (1975) in tone.

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

Though an engaging story on its own merit – balancing hubris and heart as it does – this script was always penned, in part, as a love-letter to the hidden beauty of London. It’s a landscape and pace one has to see on-screen to truly appreciate. To this end, the screenplay has wonderful cinematic potential in the hands of a suitably talented / adventurous crew.

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

Subversive Indie.

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

When I was a kid, my Dad used to get a half-day off work on Wednesdays. This meant that once I’d finished school, and walked the dog, we’d sometimes have time for a movie together before Mum got in. We must have watched OUTLAND (1981) countless times, then; simultaneously enjoying it for everything it does right in its Sci-fi adaptation of the Western, whilst lambasting the science myths it perpetuates, and Sean’s typical post-MARNIE performance. Perhaps having a mouthful of scenery, still, explains away the accent, Sean? Anyway, it is an absolute gem of a film and well worth checking out.

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

I deliberately set out to pen an indie-budget Feature – one I could potentially even self-finance somewhere down the road a bit! – and gave myself a month to achieve it. Researched. Plotted. Written. Edited: 4 weeks.

7. How many stories have you written?

Depends on *your* definition of a story! I like to make every e-mail typed, anecdote told, Tweet sent, or Facebook comment posted, a story in its own right. Well, maybe not Twitter – that forum is, really, more just the local crazy person shouting into the void, isn’t it?

Discounting those particular narratives – as well as some ghost-writing I’ve done, and script-consultation work? – I have something in the order of a dozen stories I consider ‘complete’; with another 3 or 4 on my development slate at the moment. The dozen range from original Feature, to TV pilot (plus series outline), to Short Film, One-Act Play, and even some Spec TV episodes.

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

Checking against Spotify, and that seems to think “Revolution” by The Score. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a splendid track and all, but I fear this statistic may be somewhat skewed. (I wrote a Rick & Morty spec recently which referenced that track in a musical montage… so it’s been looping away on repeat in the background.)

Always query statistics!

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

Portraying the mechanics of canal travel necessary for the final Act to work in an economical way, as well as capturing the essence of specific key geographic locations en-route, for a reader who may (or may not) be familiar with some aspects already – all the while avoiding heavy exposition – was a bit of a challenge. Not so sure I entirely achieved it, in fact!

Written with a practical Indie budget in mind, I was also very conscious of ‘bang-for-the-buck’. This led to a couple of potential sub-plots being dropped (though they remain viable as a tie-in, sequel, or in a higher-budget redraft).

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

I remain fascinated by, and occasionally even active in, aviation; with a particular passion for rotary-wing aircraft in the experimental classes.

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

I’m a big fan of FilmFreeway, and use it – rather than my own website these days – as my primary online folio host. Super-easy to find interesting festivals / competitions through it, and submitting projects into those is as simple as a couple of clicks. I’ve recommended the platform not only to fellow writers, but also some Directors and festival organisers I know.

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

Sci-fi, innit? Though I’m versed working in other genres, sci-fi is where my own original works tend to naturally gravitate. Via FilmFreeway it was easy to find the Fantasy Sci-Fi Festival, and submit my project. Ultimately, I was hoping to rally a bit of PR, some industry recognition, maybe even an extra award under my belt for the CV; it all helps when it comes to selling a spec, landing a commission, or a foot-in-the-door for a staff gig.

With regard to feedback as a service, I feel in general it can be something of a double-edged sword. Primarily, of course, feedback is a subjective thing: one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Furthermore, it’s very easy for feedback to deflect unique, experimental, or even subversive projects back into just routine, formulaic, fare. With this in mind, I didn’t order any additional feedback, and only took the default offered. Happily, I can report that what I did receive was fair, professional – even somewhat encouraging. Thanks for that!

 

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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