Winning SCI-FI/FANTASY Feature Screenplay: The Venusian Chronicles, by Lynn Vincentnathan

 

 

The story is about Dr. Ishi Banesa, a mild-mannered linguist passing as a human, whose ancestors came from Venus. His life’s mission is to help save Earth from the same fate that destroyed Venus. When astronauts discover an ancient spaceship wreck on the Moon, Ishi fears his mission will be derailed and he and his grandmother will be discovered and harmed. To complicate matters the Dean has threatened his job if he doesn’t publish his works soon, works that will out him. He also feels an increasing need to tell the truth to his grad assistant, who is falling in love with him. But when “Space Alien Vigilantes” start harassing and killing innocent people, mistaking them for space aliens, Ishi can no longer hide his identity. With time running out, Ishi must reveal his identity and divert the danger to himself, or more innocent people will be killed. But will that thwart his plans to help save Earth from runaway warming?

CAST LIST: 

Nora/Laura: Angelica Alejandro

Ben/Kip/George: Peter Mark Rapheal

Edward/Hank: Peter Nelson

Narrator: Elizabeth Morriss

Ishi: Kaleb Alexander

Julie; Zena Driver

Yaris: Jen Daniels

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

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 Sci-Fi TV PILOT Screenplay Reading of The Switch, by Thomas Clary

After an unexplained global event, where everyone on Earth has switched bodies, FBI Agent Cooper Langford must recapture every serial killer he’s ever put in jail after they’ve “escaped” into other people. They look nothing like they did before; they have different DNA and fingerprints… But one thing hasn’t changed — their desire to kill.

CAST LIST:
Mille: Regan Brown
Bertie: Peter Nelson
Wentworth: Kevin Gabel
Narration: Laura Kyswaty
Cooper: Kevin Robinson
Waters: Patrice Henry
Trillium: Emily Weir

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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

Winning Sci-Fi Short Screenplay: ALGORITHM by by George Deihl Jr.

Genre: Sci-Fi, Adventure

Designated to save her home planet, a woman must make a choice between devotion to her humanity and the glorification of The Algorithm.

CAST LIST:

The Algorithm: Peter Nelson
Male: John Leung
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Female: Pearl Ho
Ship’s Computer: Katelyn Vanier
Him: Twain Ward

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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

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

Feature Screenplay – FOR ALL MANKIND by Matthew O’Connell

Watch the August 2016 Winning Fantasy/Sci-FI Screenplay

FOR ALL MANKIND  by Matthew O’Connell

Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

In this high concept, atomic-era, sci-fi adventure, a brilliant WWII veteran and his determined daughter lead a team of mercenaries across the globe in a race to recover a mysterious, supernatural artifact with the power to permanently alter the future of humanity.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Holly Sarchfield
ARTHUR – Peter Nelson
PRITCHETT – Kris Hagen
MARY – Elizabeth Griffin
BLAZANOV/COLIN – Geoff Mays
IVANA – Dorian Kolinas

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

For All Mankind follows a brilliant, British WWII veteran and his daughter during the height of the Cold War as they attempt to solve an ancient, supernatural mystery. They recruit an international team of mercenaries to travel to the ruins of Maya to recover a powerful artifact before their Russian nemesis can claim it.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

This movie was conceived as a large scale, big-screen adventure. It’s a classic action/adventure that mixes in plenty of levity, original sci-fi elements, and surprising story turns. It captures the spirit of films like Raiders of the Lost Ark, King Kong, Stargate, Jurassic Park, and 2001: A Space Odyssey.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Astronomic adventure.

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

Back to the Future.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I’ve been working on this for a couple years. It’s been through a lot of drafts!

How many stories have you written?

From shorts to features, probably dozens. For polished, marketable work, I have a few award-winning features and a couple of pilots. There’s more info on those on my site: http://www.matthewgoconnell.com

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I wanted to write something that I would get excited about seeing in the theater. I wanted it to be a big, fun, exciting movie that was also intelligent and emotional. I also wanted to challenge myself to write something big, since most of my work is more contained.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The first draft was over 160 pages and included a lot more mythology and locations and set pieces. I did a lot of research on the ancient civilizations mentioned in the script in order to make the mythology real and organic, and a lot more research on celestial and geographic events to make sure this story had a real, historical foundation. But I got consistent feedback that the deeper science and mythology were slowing the story down, so I had to cut a lot of it out. Maybe it’ll make the sequel!

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I have also produced and shot movies, so anything relevant to film/TV production is of interest to me. I’m interested in technology too, and write for a technology publishing company.

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

The affordable entry rate and quick turnaround were appealing. But more than that, I appreciate how the festival supports a wide range of written work, including fan fiction, shorts, and more. It’s great to see that. And everyone involved has been genuinely interested in making the work better and increasing its exposure.

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

The hardest part of writing is finishing the first draft. If you can do that, you can do the rest.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Watch Sci-Fi/Supernatural 1st Scene Script: 1st Scene: GUNNISON by Daniel Duane

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

GUNNISON
Written by Daniel Duane
Read 10 Questions with the writers

SYNOPSIS:

Genres: Sci-Fi, Thriller, Supernatural

A sniper who hunts an Air Force colonel for humiliating her on a botched cover up discovers he’s masterminding one himself when a man hunt for two gunman leads to the capture of an extraterrestrial pilot being held prisoner.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Peter Nelson
MYERS – Katelyn Vanier
HENDRICKS – Dan Cristofori
DOCTOR – Lorne Hiro
MULLIN – Geoff Mays
MOTHER – Holly Sarchfield