Short Film: NOCTAMBULOS (NIGHT OWLS), 8min., Spain, Horror

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In the middle of the night, a group of teenagers practice skateboarding without notice that somebody is watching them from the shadows. One of the girls separates from the group to return home through the lonely streets of the city and someone follows her.

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Short Film: S, 29min., Spain, Horror/Thriller

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Mary, a recent graduate, travels to Spain for an internship at a mental hospital. In addition to facing the difficulties of living in a foreign country, she will meet the first patient she must treat. This will affect her in a way she hadn’t expected.

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Director Biography – Bessy Adut (THE ESCAPE ROOM)

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Bessy is a film director, producer and screenwriter resides Los Angeles, California. She holds an MFA in Film Directing from CalArts as a Fulbright Scholar and a BA in Film & Television from Istanbul Bilgi University. Most recently she graduated from UCLA Professional Screenwriting program developing two feature screenplays. She has a passion for satirical comedy and likes to have diversity in her work.

She was a screenplay grant winner in Turkey, she wrote and directed “Tolerance” and “Strange Little Girl” screened in several international festivals in Los Angeles “Pasadena Art Center Film Festival winner”, New York “Brooklyn Art Film Festival” and Istanbul “Akbank Film Festival winner”. She directed and hosted an international documentary “Mysteries of Cinema” and “Inside the Lens” for V1VFX Studios. She has worked as a freelance Assistant Director, Script Supervisor and Production Assistant in commercials, independent films and Television formats. She also taught “Film Production” and “Film Editing” classes in University. She worked as a freelance videographer/photographer mostly for art events and promo videos.

She started her own business in 2015 and opened “Queen B. Film Hive” for all kinds of Film & Television productions. Her dream is to bring her original screenplays come to life and direct movies in Los Angeles. She directed and produced two short films in 2018 “Escape Room: Proof of Concept” for feature screenplay “Shadows in the Room” and a sequel filmed at Warner Bros studios won an audience award “Mask of Revenge” After working on a short film for over a year, she sent it out to film festivals and earned success. Her next dream is to attend Sundance Film Festival and one of Sundance Labs. She recently was interviewed by Shorts.tv about her distributed film escape room to be in the filmmakers spotlight in Europe and US.

Director Statement

We all have inner monsters to chase and traumas to deal with. The reason I chose horror as a directorial feature debut genre is because I grew up watching and loving horror films. I came a long way to make one. Flew to Los Angeles, learned Film Directing from the professionals, then developed my screenwriting skills. Worked on film sets as a script supervisor, assistant director. Wrote, directed and produced several short films and documentaries until I felt the confidence to make my bloody first horror film ESCAPE ROOM and now ready to give my 100% to my first feature film SHADOWS IN THE ROOM as soon as I get the greenlight. It’s been a hassle to make this film happen and I am hoping everyone cast & crew who put enormous, time and effort will enjoy the acceptance and awards from film festivals with me as it’s a much needed motivation for all of us on our career paths and to rewake our team spirit.

From screenwriting to fundraising, production to post production it’s been an overwhelming and exhausting experience for me as a director with limited resources however I believe, I finally made a film that surpasses all my previous short films and will earn the recognition it deserves.

Short Film: THE ESCAPE ROOM, 17min., USA, Horror/Thriller

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“Escape Room” is an award winning film (best screenplay, best editing, nominated for best film, best music score and best acting) about a brilliant student who is bullied in high school and suffers from OCD reluctantly joins her popular friends at a horror-themed Escape Room game. When the group realizes that a revenge-seeking Game Master has set them up in a custom-made deadly trap, the five teenagers start turning on each other. They have to join forces in order to get out of the room alive. The theme involves love, trust, teen issues and the importance of friendship. It is our hope to inspire audiences to pursue the idea of standing up for one another when confronted with adversities caused by a valued one.

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July Horror 2019 Film/Story/Screenplay Winners

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festival posterI’M SORRY, 4min., USA, Horror/Found Footage

festival posterSLASHED!, 8min., UK, Horror/Comedy

festival posterTHE MONSTER, 11min., Horror/Thriller

ACTORFEATURE SCREENPLAY: NANUQ, by Jessi Thind
July 2019 Winner

ACTORHORROR 1st Scene SCREENPLAY: PEOPLE OF MERRITT, by Adam Pottle
July 2019 Winner

ACTORHORROR BEST SCENE SCREENPLAY: THE STAFFORD MULTIPLEX THEATER, by Billy Smith
July 2019 Winner

ACTORHORROR BEST SCENE SCREENPLAY: DELPHINE, by Bill Bradshaw
July 2019 Winner

ACTORHORROR BEST SCENE SCREENPLAY: THE MEAT EATERS, by Danny Howell
July 2019 Winner

festival posterTHE DUMPSTER ROOM, 11min., USA, Horror/Thriller

 

 

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

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Kyle Drier, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Denissa Palmer, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

HORROR Best Scene Screenplay Reading: The Stafford Multiplex Theater, by Billy Smith

During his last night on the job, a movie theater employee and his co-workers defend their tacky, outdated establishment during the onset of the zombie apocalypse.

CAST LIST:

Rodney – 11 – Sean Ballantyne
Krista – 16 – Andrea Irwin
NARRATION – Norma Dunphy
Emma – 26 – Laura Afelskie
Leo – 21 – Adrian Carter
Guy – 11 – Trevor Howes

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

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Kyle Drier, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Denissa Palmer, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

Winning HORROR Feature Screenplay Reading: Nanuq, by Jessi Thind

Research scientists in the Arctic find themselves stalked by a vicious polar bear.

CAST LIST:

Jack: Allan Brunet
Mikey: Brandon Knox
Narration: Isabel Kruse
Rick: Aaron Williams
Ellie: Kyana Theresa

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

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Kyle Drier, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Denissa Palmer, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

April 2019 Film/Story/Screenplay Winners

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ACTORTHRILLER 1st Scene SCREENPLAY: KILLER KISSES, by S.D. Wheelr
April 2019 Winner

ACTOR1st Scene SCREENPLAY: ROSEMARY LANE, by Leal Butler
April 2019 Winner

ACTORBest Scene SCREENPLAY: THE SLAUGHTERCITY, by Hank Biro & Kai Biro
April 2019 Winner

 

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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

2018 HORROR 1st Scene Screenplays (15)

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STORYTHRILLER 1st Scene Reading: THE GIRL IN THE WELL by Richard Webb
November 2018

STORYHORROR 1st Scene Reading: PUNCTURED by Shari Hamrick Grewal
November 2018

STORYHORROR 1st Scene Reading: TIMMY COOKE: A CANNIBAL LOVE STORY by Aaron Barrocas
November 2018

STORY1st Scene Screenplay: MARKED by Leah Pollack
September 2018

ACTORACTION 1st Scene Screenplay – ZOMBIE CRUIZE
January 2018 Reading
by A.K.A. Smith
ACTORHORROR 1st Scene Screenplay – RED LIGHT
January 2018 Reading
by Dempsey Tillman & Ted Dewberry
ACTOR1st Scene TV Screenplay – JAKOB’S COVE
February 2018 Reading
by Travis Darkow
ACTORFAN FICTION 1st Scene Screenplay – THE LAST CAMPOUT
March 2018 Reading
by Mike Meade
ACTORTHRILLER 1st SCENE Screenplay – THE BLUE ROOM
March 2018 Reading
by Victoria Mitchell
ACTORFEAR OF THE DOPPELGANGER – 1st Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Jonah Jones
ACTORWinning SCI-FI 1st Scene Script: POLE by Robert Dodrill

ACTORWinning HORROR 1st Scene Script: WHERE THE BAD KIDS GO by Sean Elwood

ACTORWinning 1st Scene Script: EDEN by Jean Barker

ACTORWinning THRILLER 1st Scene Script: FIELDS OF BLOOD by Michael Meade

ACTORWinning FANTASY 1st Scene Script: FORGET ME NOTS by John Dummer