SCI-FI Best Scene Reading: SPACE FRONTIERS, by Michael D’Ambrosio

A young officer and a fiesty princess take on a barbaric alien king.


Maya: Kristen Pepper
Jack: James Chapman
Narrator: Hugh Ritchie
Will: Russell Batcher
Shanna: Regan Brown

Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Ryan Haines, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Ryan Haines, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

Winning FANTASY/SCI-FI Short Screenplay – NOTE TO SELF by Humayun Mirza

Watch the October 2016 Winning Short Screenplay.

Written by Humayun Mirza


Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Thriller

A scientist invents a radical new form of brain therapy but must subject herself to the first human trial.


NARRATOR – Hugh Ritchie
BECKY – Cass Van Wyck
COMPANY MAN – Paul Whitaker
WOMAN – Becky Shrimpton
MAN – Benjamin Camenzuli
DR. LIN – Jane Smythe
MICHAEL – Percy Alexander Harris

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

What if you could heal your passed traumas by playing your fears and anxieties against one another?

What genres does your screenplay under?

Science Fiction.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It’s a very visual story, the main character has psychological flaws that everyone can identify with and it has an uplifting resolution.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Far out.

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

The Empire Strikes Back.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

3 months.

How many stories have you written?


What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I was getting bored at a film festival and wondered what kind of film I would find rewarding in that context. I’d also had a dream about being chased by a dog.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

None really. I did a first draft in one sitting and every time I got feedback I would either re-evaluate or rewrite.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Filmmaking; I’m a director as well.

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

Keep writing, get feedback. Rewrite. Enter competitions.


Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting: Sean Ballantyne

Editing: John Johnson

Watch April 2016 Winning Fantasy Short Screenplay Reading

Submit your Fantasy/Sci-Fi Screenplay & Film to the Festival:

Short Screenplay: WALL IN THE GARDEN
by Thorsten Loos


Genres: Mystery, Fantasy, Drama

When a mysterious wall emerges around Helen’s and Harold’s property, reality catches up with their picture-perfect lives.

NARRATOR – Geoff Mays
HELEN – Danielle Nicole
HAROLD – Scott McCulloch
ROY – Hugh Ritchie


Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson