Winning SCI-FI Short Screenplay – A DAY IN A CONNECTED LIFE, by Michael E. Lucas

Genre: Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Comedy

Mark wants a nice snack and a beer but his kitchen has other ideas.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Julian Ford
Mark: Steve Rizzo
Amicus: Dan Cristofori
Toilet/Beautiful Face: Emily Weir
Mistress: Penelope Corrin
The Phone: Rachel Salsberg

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

A Day In A Connected Life is a dark SciFi comedy set in the near future in the smart house of a 36-year-old Silicon Valley techie. After a long run, Mark comes home with a strained heart and a need to have a cold beer. His house won’t listen to his irrational needs; they would disrupt his diet and endanger his heart. The refrigerator, toilet, and phone gang up on him to ensure he does what’s best for him. His hilarious argument with the refrigerator (to give him a beer) only encourages his artificially intelligent house to parent Mark toward rational decisions. But, Mark’s emotions just continue to drive him. He ignores their rational choices and they don’t understand his emotions

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Humor and SciFi

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

A.I. (Artificial Intelligence) will be predominant in our lives before 2030. Our current attitude, that machines are to serve us, must change. We will be interacting not with machines, but reflections of our own consciousness

How would you describe this script in two words?

Hilariously Plausible

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

The movie is The Matrix and the TV series is the 2004 version of Battle Star Galactica.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I first started it in 2014 and then I put it down for 21/2 years. I finished it in March 2017

How many stories have you written?

I have written 3 stories.

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

I like the blues. Robert Cray is my go to man.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Time and responsibilities were ever present through the process. Writing the back story first, helped me to trim a 23 page script to 13 pages.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Poetry

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

I was looking for professional feed back. I also am looking for recognition. The first feeling was happiness. My craftsmanship was validated. I knew I was at least on the right track. The feedback also helped with a script problem that had eluded me.

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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

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FANTASY Short Screenplay – SWITCHMAN by Henry Leeker

Genre: Adventure, Sci-Fi, Fantasy

A small boy in a rural town with no authority figures questions the bizarre system in place where justice & judgement is carried out by a forest-dwelling creature known as the “Switchman.”

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Switchman: Brian Carleton
Tony: Jordy Kieto
Melissa: Andrea Meister
Children: Konstantina Mantelos
McCabe: Anthony Botelho
George: Jack Comerford
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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

October 2016 Fantasy/Sci-Fi Films/Screenplays/Stories

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

Watch the best of Fantasy/Sci-Fi in October 2016:

ACTORFEATURE Screenplay: CHARLOTTE SOMETIMES
October 2016 Reading
Written by Cate Carson

ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay: WILLOWWOOD
October 2016 Reading
Written by Christopher Locke


festival posterBARROW, 15min., Australia, Crime/Mystery
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterMAYDAY, 13min. France, Horror/Fantasy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – THE ACCIDENTAL ANGEL
October 2016 Reading
Written by Oren Weitz

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – THE STRUGGLE
October 2016 Reading
Written by Janice Kennedy


festival posterTENGU: BIRDMAN OF THE MOUNTAINS, 8min., UK, Action/Fantasy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

ACTORLONG SHORT Screenplay – NOTE TO SELF
October 2016 Reading
Written by Humayun Mirza

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

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

Watch the October 2016 Winning Short Screenplay.

NOTE TO SELF
Written by Humayun Mirza

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Thriller

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

CAST LIST:

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?

30+

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.

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

Casting: Sean Ballantyne

Editing: John Johnson

Feature Screenplay – LUCIDAE by Jacqueline Marett

Watch the September 2016 Winning Feature Screenplay

LUCIDAE
Written by Jacqueline Marett

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
IMOGEN – Lauren Toffan
AZE-URE – Katelyn Vanier
SAM/WILSON – Mandy Magnan
NAVE-URE – Devin Upham
GERARD – Scott Beaudin
VARIOUS – Neil Kulin

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

LUCIDAE is an epic action packed romp about supernatural contact with another world. There are no space ships or robots – this is a sci-fi story that has more to do with ancient unified beliefs in Astral travel, dream walking and out of body experiences – what limits could space and time have in this kind of contact?

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Sci-Fi, Adventure, Fantasy
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Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It is truly original. It is also not simply entertaining – it has many thought provoking elements.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Ground breaking.

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

Blade Runner

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

3 years

How many stories have you written?

6

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

A deep dissatisfaction with the limited imagination of sci-fi so far generally, with very few notable exceptions. But also the knowledge that this was a totally new approach that has the potential to impact heavily on a huge international audience hungry for something different.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Mainly time and financial – you have to pay your bills. Writing a screenplay on spec does not pay. So you are forced to balance it with a job that pays – this slows down progress and can be frustrating.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Loved ones. The wood where I live. Big issues like diminishing resources in an over human populated world, injustice. Cake 😉

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

Find an original story. Grow your sense of empathy to understand truly natural dialogue, use characters you know/witness and adapt/enhance them. Use small details to crystallise them. Don’t agonise and rewrite the same scenes over and over and get bogged down. Move on, get it all down, take a break then go back and do an entire polish. Lots of others but hell I am on a very steep learning curve myself…

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballatyne

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

BEST SCENE from FOR ALL MANKIND by Matthew O’Connell

Watch the June 2016 Sci-Fi Best Scene Screenplay Winner.

FOR ALL MANKIND by Matthew O’Connell

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: 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 – Val Cole
IVANA – Laura Darby
PRITCHETT – John Lester Phillips
BLAZANOV/ENU – Christopher Huron
ARTHUR – Jeff Sinasic
COLIN – Deney Forrest
MARy – Tracey Beltrano

Get to know the winning writer: 

1. 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 mystery. They recruit an international team of mercenaries to travel to the ruins of Maya to recover a powerful, supernatural artifact before their Russian nemesis can claim it.

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

This movie is just plain fun. It’s envisioned to be seen on a big screen surrounded by fanfare. It’s a classic, old-fashioned adventure that mixes in fresh, original sci-fi elements. I love each and every character in here, and it’s an escalating journey filled with surprise and action with plenty of levity. It captures the spirit of films like Raiders of the Lost Ark, King Kong, Stargate, Jurassic Park, and 2001: A Space Odyssey. I think fans of smart science fiction and big action will enjoy the ride.

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

Astronomic adventure.

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

Back to the Future.

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

I’ve been working on this for about 1-2 years. It’s been through a lot of drafts!

6. How many stories have you written?

From shorts to features, probably dozens. For polished, marketable work, I have three features and two pilots.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

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

8. 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!

9. 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.

10. 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.

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

Every writer is nervous about showing their work. Every writer also knows that they can revise and polish their work endlessly. The toughest part about being a writer is knowing when your work is strong enough to show to people without revising it for eternity. The more you write, the better those instincts get.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson