SCI-FI Best Scene Reading of Wild Wild Wasteland by Zander James

 

CAST LIST:

Kaiden – Geoff Mays
Darren – Russell Batcher
Narration – Norma Dawn Dunphy
Laura – Katelyn Varadi
Lord Lanceford – Shawn Devlin

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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

SCI-FI Best Scene Reading of The Son of Gun by Matt Mendez

 

In a post-apocalyptic America, mystery shrouds the death of a high ranking officer and the family he left behind.

CAST LIST:

President Hayden – Shawn Devlin
Narration – Salma Dharsee
Gunner Jr – Omar Aufi
Maddix – Sean Ballantyne

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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

SCI-FI Best Scene Reading of A VOYAGER IN CHRONOSPACE by Lisa Kirkwood

In the 21st century, by the old chronology, planet Terra went through radical changes that caused the landmass and the oceans to merge and realign into a new geography. This event is known in the history of New Terra as “The Ascension’’.

Many people didn’t live through it; some were rescued by friendly extraterrestrials, others were enslaved by hostile aliens and displaced them to distant planets that would serve as hard labor colonies. One of the captured Terrans, a miner named Vis N 91,077 escapes slavery and returns to his planet of origin.

He goes beyond frontiers, crosses the galaxy and meets new friends – Terrans and aliens; aboard their ships, he tours worlds. Spacetime traveling is now available to Vis and he becomes a well-trained chronotraveler.

From the Moon to the Earth, from the future to the past and back again, Vis discovers his native world anew. When he realizes that, in order to save his own future he has to change everyone’s past, he sets out on a personal journey in an attempt to alter the course of history.

CAST LIST:

Narration – Norma Dawn Dunphy
Jeanie – Katelyn Varadi
Vis – Omar Aufi

Writer Biography – Lisa Kirkwood

The author of The Terran Chronicles: A Voyager in Chronospace, Lisa E. Kirkwood is a native of Romania who moved to USA in 2004 where she has lived since.

In 2002, she graduated from college with a Bachelor’s degree in foreign languages, majoring in English and Italian.

In the good tradition of European education, many college graduates are fluent in more than two languages. A “citizen of the world”, multilingual and multicultural, and a champion of diversity, Lisa E Kirkwood has approached a number of foreign cultures and has traveled through Europe and the eastern part of the United States.

For years, Ms. Kirkwood has been a reporter, editor and reviewer for online newsletters, articles, interviews and business letters. Since 2016, she also became a member of American Writers & Artists, and of Professional Writers’ Alliance.

The extensive communications and writing experience in the American corporate environment prompted Ms. Kirkwood to open new horizons.

With reading and writing as main hobbies, and a keen interest in photography, video and film making, in 2009, she founded Lisa Kirkwood Productions, LLC – Entertainment and Literary Arts, for the purpose of creating and promoting high quality material in many genres and formats while preserving the artistic vision of the original authors.

A recent entertainment product of this LLC is The Terran Chronicles: A Voyager in Chronospace, a SF movie-and-book script, self-published by the author in 2017. Accessible on Google, Amazon, Facebook and IMDb, the script is available for online and retail sales through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other vendors. The project short link on Amazon is: amzn.to/2onYbA8.

What if you could travel at will anywhere in space and time? Where would you go first? Would you like to live in the future and change the past? Alter the course of history altogether?

A former citizen of Planet Earth, who was enslaved along with others by hostile aliens, escapes slavery and travels through space and time trying to alter other people’s past in order to save his future and change the course of history.

A Voyager in Chronospace is the first part of The Terran Chronicles, a series comprising four projected screenplays, four derived books in various stages of development, and a TV show on time traveling, aliens and UFOs. This is a chronospace opera for global audiences and a cross between Star Trek, Stargate and Dune.

Stories have multiple possibilities of expansion and can branch out in many directions. The screenplays are in the science-fiction genre and suitable for multimedia platforms; the derived books are science-fiction, fiction and non-fiction. Created for the book and the movie market, as well as for other entertainment venues, besides feature films, “The Chronicles” franchise can include derived works in different genres and formats – comic magazines, graphic novels, animated movies, video games, etc.

Writer Statement

If you have nothing to lose if you try and everything to win if you succeed, why not give it your best shot?

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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

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 Best Scene Reading of DESTINY’S VESSEL, by Suzanne LUTAS

 

Genre: Sci-Fi, Adventure

The story starts on planet Stellanor in the Orion galaxy at a crucial moment in intergalactical politics, against a background of mounting tension due to a catastrophic shortage of natural resources, since the drought-stricken planets are ready to invade the fertile ones — unless an Intergalactic Alliance is sealed.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: John Fray
Destiny: Val Cole
Ethan: Nick Wicht

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

After a rebellious princess is cast to the farthest planet and forcibly shapeshifted, she must team up with a rogue bounty hunter to steal an antidote and return home in time to prevent war by sealing an intergalactic alliance with her arranged marriage.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

It is a Sci-Fi/Fantasy Action Adventure.

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

It tells a unique story which has everything to gain from being shown on the big screen. Because while riding through funny, action set pieces and fast pace, with a diverse cast of stuntmen and circus performers, it definitely appeals to a four-quadrant international audience.

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

It is a swashbuckling adventure relating the fun heist of an impregnable vault by a young princess in search of a shapeshifter serum, who forges unlikely bonds along her journey with outcast teenagers and a rogue bounty hunter. Only to learn who she is, and what love and friendship are.

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

Stanley Kubrick’s 2001 Space Odyssey.

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

Three months for the first drafts, then twice as many for the rewrites.

7. How many stories have you written?

Five altogether: three feature scripts, a half-hour comedy TV Pilot, and a short script.

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

Al Green’s Let’s stay together.

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

I had two possible endings. But I was advised to choose the romantic one, in lieu of a more funny, amoral one.

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

I’m the vocal lead in a Jazz Band named Oh Happy Fiu, which is a pun on a Tahitian word roughly meaning Carpe Diem. I also paint and handcraft costume jewelry.

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

It is an excellent platform which allowed me to discover interesting contests I was not even aware of. They provide an easy and secure way to submit screenplays. And, they kindly give exposition to those which place well.

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

My feelings were as mixed as the initial feedback I received putting stress on the good and the bad aspects of the script with pinpoint accuracy.

So, I felt a bit disappointed by my results, but determined to take their advice to improve my script to the best.

Now, I couldn’t miss this festival providing such an exceptional showcase for my work.

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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

SCI-FI Best Scene Script Reading of THE TIME JOB, by Thomas Tinnerello

 

Type: Feature Screenplay

Genre: Sci-Fi / Action

Logline: The Time Job is a Sci-Fi Action Thriller about Jerry, a down-on-his-luck thief who time travels to help a mysterious tycoon steal an artifact from 1931, but when the heist ends disastrously Jerry must race to retrieve the artifact and return to the present or be erased from existence.

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

The Time Job is about a horribly unlucky thief named Jerry who is
trying desperately to go straight in order to give unborn child and
himself the best future possible. Nothing he does seems to work, no
one is overlooking his criminal past. Then a mysterious billionaire
calling himself Mr. Wells, gives him the chance to participate in a
one-of-a-kind heist with a two million dollar pay out: steal a
priceless Persian idol from a museum that burned down in 1931. Turns
out Wells has funded the creation of a time machine in order to
retrieve the lost idol which had belonged to his family, now he wants
it back. Jerry and his best friend Dodd, a fun loving safe cracker,
jump to depression era Florida but, after the heist, they discover
Wells and the idol are not what they seem to be. Now their lives, even
their very existence is in jeopardy. So now they have to team up with
cops and some very famous criminals to get the idol back and get home
before time literally runs out.

It’s really about what happens when desperate people compromise their
values to survive in this world and the struggle between taking
something because it’s easy and doing the right thing which is always
hard.

There’s also a nice little redeeming love story in their which asks
the question: are you really defined by your job? Or can love make you
do and be something more?

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Science Fiction Action Heist Thriller

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Because it’s a fresh take on the one last heist big score movie.
Putting time travel into the context of a heist thriller makes this
story unique and compelling. It adds fantastical new layers of
complications and high stakes for a caper movie. But it’s not a dour
piece its really a fun ride with a core group of endearing funny and
rough and tumble characters who surprise the audience every step of
the way.

Someone who read it told me the constant propulsive force of the
narrative going from place to place reminded him of “Raiders of the
Lost Ark,” and it really is that kind of big screen throwback
Hollywood entertainment. But it also does something no other heist
movie does: it takes characters normally on the sidelines and makes
them the leads. Jerry is the “wire man” he cuts security wires and
sabotages security systems. This is a guy who doesn’t want to be the
hero, the George Clooney mastermind. But through this crisis he learns
to be a leader and use his skills to his advantage. I’ve never seen a
movie about that guy, and I think that would be a fun role to play for
any actor.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Twisty Ride

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

Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

About five years now. Which is how old my son is so, the script must
have partially come from my initial anxiety about becoming a father.

How many stories have you written?

If we include prose fiction AND scripts, lets see I’ve been writing
since I was about eighteen I’m thirty-six now so… I would say
twenty- twenty five.

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

Safety Dance by Men Without Hats

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

This was my second feature film screenplay my first being a terrible
indie drama that will never be made. I had zero confidence going into
this I learned all the formatting basics on this script. I wrote it
during my long hours at an unemployment office. I would look for jobs
for an hour and when I had run out of places to look online I wrote
and wrote and wrote. I was also a stay at home dad during the week and
we were living with my mother in law so ironically writing a script
about time travel the greatest enemy I faced was Time itself.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Christian Philosophy, History, Science, and being a husband and father.

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

I have had no complaints or issues I can think of.

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

I believe I saw a post about it on social media a while ago and after
doing some research I thought this would be a novel way to promote the
script in the hopes that it gets produced. The feedback has been
extremely helpful and I hope to see this script evolve into its most
perfect version of itself.

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Op: Mary Cox