2017 – Read the best of SCI-FI/FANTASY Short Film Pitches & Loglines

SCROLL through and read the best of SHORT FILMS from 2017: 

CHECK-MATE, by Sanjiban Nath

IN THE SHADE OF THE SILK-COTTEN TREE, by Aline Armant

JOURNEY BACK, by Glida Bothwell

CHAMPION HAS SOMETHING TO SAY, by Theodor Derevyanskiy
IF?, by Linette Lucas

THE CONFRONTATION, by Kevin M. Kraft

RARE MODEL, by Adam Rothstein

STONEHEART, by Olha Trofimchuk

CRITICAL DECISION, by Stephen J. Jacobs

CONTINUUM YOUTH, by Lee O’Connor

RECOVERY, by Dan Boomgarden

HEARTLESS, by Maurice Blocker

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FANTASY Best Scene Script Reading of IN PRIMORDIAL SILENCE, by Irene Leonardou

Genre: Sci-Fi, Mystery

Logline: A Quantum physicist and an archaeological team discover a prehistoric text concerning with Human’s evolutionary abilities but they accept attack by a mysterious force. Running away they pass in an alternative reality where acquire the ability to re-Create the World.

CAST LIST:

NARRATION – Julie C. Sheppard
Nassim – Vanessa Quagliara
Douglass – Trevor Marlatt
Daphne – Katelyn Vanier
Virgil – Peter Nelson
Pascal – Fiona Mongillo

Get to know the writer:

  1. What is your screenplay about?
  2. The “In Primordial Silence” is about a quantum physicist and an archaeological team that discover a prehistoric text concerning with Human’s evolutionary abilities but they accept attack by a mysterious force. Running away they meet an intergalactic girl and they pass in an alternative world where acquire the ability to recreate our Reality.

    What genres does your screenplay fall under?

    Fantasy / Sci-Fi / Adventure

    Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

    Because it has to convey an important global message to all people, regardless of nationality or religion – and this is why it needs a really brave producer!

     How would you describe this script in two words?

    Humanity’s Evolution

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

    “The Lord of the Rings” (all of them!)

     How long have you been working on this screenplay?

    3 – 4 years

      How many stories have you written?

    I don’t remember… many!

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

    “The Blue Café” (Chris Rea)

     What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

    Wasn’t exactly obstacles – I.P.S. is the adaptation of my book titled “The Secret of the Gods”. Well, turned it into screenplay new ideas were constantly popping up and so I had to tie them all together from the begging again and again.

    A general obstacle of mine is the language because English isn’t my first language.

      Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

    To researching about the Unknown in metaphysical level. And reading as well.

     

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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

FANTASY Best Scene Script Reading of THE ERRANT’S WAR, by Philip Tice

 

Genre: War/Historical Fantasy

Logline: In “The Errant’s War”, Jack Cohen recounts the horror, growth, and love he experienced while serving as the assistant to British war magician Byron Gladdock during the First World War.

CAST LIST:

NARRATION – Katelyn Vanier
Gladdock – Peter Nelson
Young Jack – Trevor Marlatt

Get to know the writer: 

 What is your screenplay about?

In an alternate history of the First World War in which the last of the mystic arts still exists and are used as weapons, a young Jack Cohen must learn to control his own magic abilities while navigating the trenches of Europe alongside his mentor, the British Army’s High Paladin, Byron Gladdock.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

It is a mix of war film and science fiction, with some great blockbuster action moments thrown in for good measure!

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I believe that it should be made into a film because it is not only a great fit for mass audience appeal (high action and opportunity for great SFX), but also because it tells a unique story, centered around engaging human characters, touching on themes of love, fatherhood, and acceptance in the face of hate.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Ambitious, Exhilarating

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

Laurence of Arabia!

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

This was my first big push to write a feature film script. The first draft took me over a year, and I spent the next two years after workshopping and tweaking. But, there is definitely still more to improve with the right input.

How many stories have you written?

I currently have four finished feature screenplays under my belt (with one currently in the works), as well as two television pilot scripts, a musical, and a collection of short film scripts! At this time, the only scripts of mine that I have produced have been short films, with my most recent hitting the festival circuit earlier this fall.

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

A tough one! I love Johnny Cash, but, as a native of New Jersey, there’s no beating “Jungleland” by the one and only Bruce Springsteen.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I went went through half a dozen very different concepts before settling on the version of the script that you see today. My biggest issue came from trying to decide what to include from the First World War, since it was such an expansive conflict and time period! A lot of extra scenes had to be shaved away for length purposes; even Harry Houdini was supposed to appear in the film at one point, but he was cut due to timing concerns.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I love music and performance, theater, and the outdoors. I am an Eagle Scout, so the environment and the community are very important parts of my life.

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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

Winning FANTASY TV PILOT Screenplay – ÉIRE’S SONG, by Kristen Nedopak

 

Genre: Fantasy, Drama, History

1845—An aggrieved young Irish-English woman must harness Celtic magic to fulfill prophecy, with the help of two men, to defeat an ancient cult before they destroy Ireland, all the while struggling to find her own self-power.

Narrator: Val Cole
Mary: Clare Blackwood
Connor/William: Gabriel Darku
Hurst: David Schaap
Alford: Noah Casey
Fuller: Neil Bennett
Josephine: Lauren Toffan

Get to know the writer:

  What is your TV Pilot screenplay about?

The Irish Celtic goddess of war The Morrígan gives a prophecy that rules our series that an ancient cult—The Fir Dorcha (The Dark Men)—will unleash a “storm of death” on Ireland (endless blights), but that three heroes could connect to the old magic to defeat the enemy, heal the land and save her people. Should our heroes accept their fate. Mary Beaumont, a 21-year-old daughter of a wealthy English landowner, an Irish witch and a descendant of the Druid bloodline is one of the three, along with a poor, spiritual Irishman Connor Ryan and a rebellious-yet-broken English nobleman William Stewart. This series takes place during the Great Famine (1845-9) and uses real history as a backdrop for a story about abuse of power, specifically England’s oppressive rule over Ireland during that time. I’ve combined facts with Irish mythology, a dark cult and magic to tell the tale. At it’s heart though, this is a story about a young woman who has to find her self-power, her magic, to save the Irish from extinction. It’s her spiritual journey to reconnect to the Old Ways that we follow. The series has so many complex characters; side stories, including parent/child relationships and love; and powerful themes, there’s so much more!

Why should this screenplay be made into a TV show?

This series is an allegorical piece of literature that comments on our current political climate today, and how human beings still feel the only way to survive is through fear, domination and greed. Mary is a young woman who doesn’t fit into “normal” society and is trying to find her place in that world. I think many people can relate to that feeling of helplessness and will connect, and hopefully be inspired by, her journey. Plus… magic and Irish mythology! I truly feel this series is unlike any other I’ve seen before, so it’ll be unique and fresh. Let’s not forget all of those English and Irish accents. *wink*

How would you describe this script in two words?

An enchanting page-turner. Or so I’ve been told. 🙂

What TV show do you keep watching over and over again?

Game of Thrones! That series did a lot for the fantasy genre by showing the world what fantasy fans already know. That our beloved genre is not cheesy! It’s dark, dramatic, political, mysterious, complex and the characters are always incredibly real and flawed human beings trying to survive, just like us. On that same note, I also loved Handmaid’s Tale. Especially considering every disturbing moment is based on something that really happened or is happening to women. Reality is scary, isn’t it? Oh, and you can’t say no to Stranger Things! So many shows…

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

As soon as I returned from my trip to Ireland in April 2016, I knew I had a story in me. It took me a few months of fiddling around with the plot (which was very different in the beginning!). Then the characters started coming to me. I actually wrote what now looks like an outline for the first season as a film, and as soon as it was complete, I knew it wasn’t working. I didn’t have enough pages to tell the vast story I wanted to. Around February 2017, I began transforming it into a TV pilot.

How many stories have you written?

Though I’ve worked in film and digital for some time (and technically wrote a play in 4th grade that my class performed!), this is my first television pilot. What. A. Challenge! This is the most complex piece of writing I’ve ever done. I honestly had no idea how complex television was until I sat down to write it. The structure of the pilot alone is harrowing.

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

I listen to music that fits my mood, and I’ll get obsessed with a song for some time while I’m writing, letting it drive the story. If I had to choose, I’m a huge fan of Loreena McKennitt and I love The Dark Night of the Soul (one of my episode is named after this, very personal, experience). Though, if I’m doing karaoke, it’s definitely Journey Don’t Stop Believin’! I’m a child of the 80’s and 90’s.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The emotional roller coaster this story took me on. There were many times during my writing sessions where I would uncover my own personal wounds (this story is based on my journey set in another time). I would break down in tears and want to set the story aside in the beginning. Then I learned to just sit with it to see where it led me. Without fail, the scenes that came out of those sessions were the most powerful, and also healing to me personally. Mind you, I’ve written well beyond the pilot. I have many scenes already written for seasons 1-4, including the ending. There is one scene in season one in particular that makes me bawl like a baby every time I think about it. It’s about Mary and her father. Kleenex would be wise to sponsor this series!

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Traveling. I’m addicted to exploring other cultures and in particular, sacred places. I’m writing this while in Ireland! I’ve got a huge bucket list I’m working through with Peru and Tibet on the top of that list. I’m also passionate about good whiskey. Can I say that?

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

Though I entered quite a few festivals, I was specifically looking for those celebrating sci-fi and fantasy. The feedback was incredibly thorough and inspiring. I’ve gotten some ridiculous notes before that were clearly opinions, like my female lead being “too smart;” however, the feedback for this festival was professional, insightful and related more to how I could make a bigger impact with some of my plot points. I took a lot of the notes and and it made a huge difference. Thank you!

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

FilmFreeway is… the… best. Zero hassle. I literally uploaded one file and I was done. I use it for everything.

Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

First, I always tell stories that are tied to my life experiences and are connected to me emotionally because that is what I’m passionate about. Write something you’re REALLY passionate about. Something you need to tell. If it’s a story that you can relate to and have lived through, it will be that much more real. The material will just flow out of you. It’s passion that will keep you going.

Second, use that voice of yours and make a statement. Whether it be political or just a great story that moves us, that what art is all about. Art is an experience we are meant to feel. It creates an emotional bond that connects us. Strong voices create powerful art that influences people and changes the world.

Lastly, and most importantly. When you’re tired, beaten, rejected and ready to give up, remember these words: it is not about you. Your story came to you for a reason, and it is your gift to share because the world needs to hear it. When you get stuck thinking only of you and your success, your failures and your ego, you’re blocking the power needed to manifest. Consider all of the people who are relying on you to change their lives. They need you to believe in yourself. If you don’t, who else will? Then tell your ego to pipe it and get back to writing!

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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 Screenplay of BUCCANEERS OF THE ASTEROID BELT, by Jeff Racho

 

Genre: Sci-Fi, Adventure

After a disruptive technology from a rival entrepreneur destroys a once-prosperous asteroid mining business, the former owner and his crew are forced to steal a spaceship to return home—but the trip doesn’t go according to plan.

CAST LIST:

Narration: Xavier de Guzman
Jackson: Isai Rivera Blas
Jessie: Angelica Alejandro
Eva: Carina Cojeen

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

It tells the story of a once-prosperous asteroid mining business driven to the point of bankruptcy after a disruptive technology from a rival entrepreneur crashes the market for space metals. The former owner and his crew are faced with a decision: eke out a substance-level life in the asteroid belt or steal a spaceship to return home.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Drama and science fiction

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It hits on a lot of themes pertinent to the present: economic dislocation, worker anxiety, automation, “creative destruction” in the economy. A lot of present-day influences—such as behavioral economics and the author Matthew Crawford—are in the script but there are some hints of John Steinbeck and Richard Llewellyn too. So it’s taking some themes from classic works and seeing how they apply to the present. Plus I think it’s an interesting story and people seem to like the plot.

How would you describe this script in two words?

“Endowment Effect.” The endowment effect is a concept from behavioral economics and it’s a big theme in the script. It’s one of the causes of the protagonist’s conflicts.

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

Probably “Raiders of the Lost Ark”

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

It began as a completely different short story draft in early 2016. I shelved it and came back to it in late 2016 and that’s when the final plot began to develop. I realized it would be too long for a short story so I decided to turn it into a screenplay. I spent a few weeks doing research to get the “science/engineering” aspects correct and had the first draft finished in a few months.

How many stories have you written?

I’ve had four short stories published and am trying to finish up a few more.

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

Tough one – “most times” is probably the album “Led Zeppelin IV” (I used to play the drums) but my favorite piece is probably Beethoven’s 9th.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I’m a horrible proofreader of my own work. Luckily I have a friend who owns a ghostwriting company and she’s also a novelist. She provided invaluable help with finding errors and feedback.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

In my day job I do legal and finance work for start-up companies. It’s a lot like writing: start with an idea and try to bring it to reality. Some of the things I’ve seen in the day job influenced the script.

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

I think it’s a great system. It was a great help finding appropriate contests & festivals and seamlessly handled the submissions.

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

I found out about you through a FilmFreeway search. When I wrote the script I kept thinking of Harrison Ford’s “you can type this – but you sure can’t say it” remark and tried to picture the various characters saying their lines so I like the “recorded performance” aspect.

The feedback was excellent and I really like this aspect of the festival. Good constructive (and honest) feedback is essential to make authors better but many contests and festivals don’t offer any! Your feedback definitely improved the latest draft of the script.

 

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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

October 2017 SCI-FI/FANTASY Stories, Screenplay, and Short Films

Submit your Fantasy/Sci-Fi Screenplay & Film to the Festival: http://fantasyscififestival.com

 

ACTORNOVEL Reading – SNAYGILL: SLITHERY TEMPTATIONS
October 2017 Reading
by Michelle B. Assor
ACTORNOVEL Reading – PRIESTESS OF THE FOREST: A DRUID JOURNEY
October 2017 Reading
by Ellen Evert Hopman
ACTORCOMEDY SHORT Screenplay – ALMOST NEVER TOO LATE
October 2017 Reading
by Jeffrey Howe
ACTORBEST SCENE TV Screenplay – DARK HEROES
October 2017 Reading
by Peter Sims

ACTORNOVEL Reading – THE FULL MOOD: A PRIESTESS TALE
October 2017 Reading
by Pen Augustin


festival posterPEARL, 15min, USA, Fantasy/Drama
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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

2017 – Best FANTASY Feature Film Screenplays (read loglines)

Read the best of FANTASY Feature Films for 2017.

INVASION EARTH 2055, by Travis Watkins

MY FRIEND OF THE MIRROR, by Mariano Amezage

AND MILES TO GO BEFORE I SLEEP, by Dave Barak

A CRASH OF RHINOS, by Glenda Victor & Gregg Shumann

ADRIAN THE ANDROID, by Julie Merrick

SPACE JUNK, by K. Rowe

NORTHERN LIGHTS, by Tony Rico

THE TIME TO RESCUE HER IS NOW, by Steven Mars

THE JUSTICE LEAGUE MOVIE, by Brad Barnes
SHADOWMEN, by Julie Merrick

GAMEPLAYER, by Tayo Akinsipe

THE MINSTREL, by Todd Sorrell

IT’S IN THE GAME, by Bill Lundy

HIGH SCHOOL REDEMPTION, by Stephanie Sharp

THE WONDER WOMAN, by Todd Sorrell

LOD A COMBINED REVENGE, by Andy Bethea

HEIR TO THE THRONE, by John E. Bias

MEDUSA, by Lisette R. Norton
10000 SUNSETS, by Mike Milton

THE PAINTED TURTLE, by David Kurtz

FAGAN’S WORLD, by Jay Lillie

THE VAMURAI PROPHECY, by Bill Lundy

REMNANTS, by H.S. Silverman

LOVE AND LET DIE, by Stephanie Sharp

NORA FLYNN AND THE SWORD OF LIGHT, by Matthew Dovie

NINO VARGAS, by Jay Corso

DAN’A TENINA – TALES OF THE TWELVE PEAKS, by Celine Tricart

SOULED, by Diana Murdock

DRAGON CHRONICLES, by Elisha Woods

THE PEARL OF THE RED SEA, by Kamelia Sojlevska

RETRIEVE FROM THE FUTURE, by Pedro Fernandes

STEM OF EVIL, by Neva Sanders-Dewey

UNKILLABLE, by Ade Adepegba

OWNERS MANUEL, by Shelli Wright

THE IRON MAIDEN, by Don Unruh

GLANCE OF THE LORD, by Don Unruh

GARGOYLE, by Jason Abernathy

THE SUN KING, by Christopher Soucy

THE PRINCE MIRTTE AND THE SECRET DETECTIVES, by Travis and Ryan Ellick

VIDEO PITCH: The Valkyrie, by Robert Cole

STOP SIGNS, by Kathryn Rushent

PANGAEA BOOK ONE: DAWN OF A NEW LEGACY, by James Harris III

A MURDER AMONG FIARIES by Garth

SPRING HEELED JACK, by Marc Pye

THE ULTIMATE QUEST, by Michael Pallotta

THE SWORDBEARER PT.3: THE GODS OF CARNAGE, by Tim Morell, 

THE LITTLE PRINCE, by Tori Velle and Mitchell Pierce

JACK’S MERMAID, by Lois Wickstrom

TIMELESS, by Steven Skinner

EVOLUTION OF A DICTATOR, by Joseph A. Zaragoza

KARMIC BAGGAGE, by Joe Leone

INDIFFERENT, by El Walker

THE GOLDEN ARROW, by Rick Francis

PRACTICING MIRACLES, BY DonnaMarie Vaughan

THE TASTE OF CHOCOLATE, by Steve Karol

PROSSERS BLADE, by William G. Chandler Jr.

DREAMSHIP, by Paul Zeidman

THE IMMORTAL by Marc Silveira

MR. PUPPY, by Doug Shear

POP-UP KIDS, by June Wickstrom and Jean Lorrah

THE PERFECT TEAR, by Connie Lansberg

GALACTICALLY SPEAKING, by Fred Klingenhagen

EMPIRE OF THE SUN, by Shane Smallwood

THE VALKYRIE SAGA, by Robert Cole