Winning HORROR 1st Scene Screenplay – SILHOUETTE by Lukas Hassel

Genre: Horror, Thriller, Crime

A disabled mother of two fights to protect her children not just from bullies but from an unknown force in mirrors everywhere.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Val Cole
Lindsey: Mandy May Cheetham
Corey: Ryan Yusep
Terri: Angelica Alejandro

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

It’s about standing up to bullies. Essentially. It is wrapped up in a horror premise wherein a young daughter befriends a mirror in order to help her bullied brother. Before long their mother struggles to save both her children.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Horror. Drama.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It’s a horror film set within a social context. As in, not horror for horror’s sake, but trying to convey something more complex than mere scares.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Intense. Dark.

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

Cabaret. More than 40 times, probably. The first film where editing became a huge part of the driving of a story. Genius cinematography. Great script. Top notch acting. Much more than “just” a musical movie.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

On and off, six years. Did an early version that was plot driven. Never worked. Then left it for a few years, and went back to it. Changed the protagonist from son to Mother and made it character driven. The best decision I made with regards to that script.

How many stories have you written?

I have about 5 feature scripts, and two shorts (both of which are now movies – the latest “The Son, the Father.. just had its world premiere opening night of Hollyshorts in the Chinese Theater cinemas in LA)

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I wanted to take on bullying in a surprising and different way. Show that horror is not just a throw away genre with gore and rolling heads, but can be so much more.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Feeling hokey when constructing the all important third act. For me, most horror films fall apart in the third act. It’s easy to set up suspense, mood, and mysteries in the first two thirds of the movie, but hard to resolve it all it a surprising and satisfying way. The action has to be amped up and lead to a climax. My third act has all the bells and whistles that a horror film needs, but I usually write more subtle stuff. Nothing subtle about my third act. It’s all out.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I’m primarily an actor. For the horror fans, I have just had a comedy horror called The Black Room hit Netflix. I play the lead opposite Natasha Henstridge (Species) and Lin Shaye (Insiduous). I’m also a filmmaker (“Into the Dark”, and “The Son, the Father…”)

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

Film Freeway is great. Easy to use, and with people ready to help with any questions. However, not all film festivals are on FF as they seem to compete with Withoutabox, and strike exclusive deals with certain festivals. You really have to be on both platforms.

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

I have entered script before and felt that the feedback was useful and the reading a great experience to hear script out loud by a cast of strong actors.

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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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Winning HORROR BEST SCENE Screenplay – THE INTERVIEW, by Laszlo Tamasfi

Winning Screenplay – THE INTERVIEW
Written by Laszlo Tamasfi

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
AGENT – Dan Cristofori
SARAH – Jane Hailes

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Thriller, Horror

When a mysterious black box haunts a young couple they take it to a supernatural expert. With the help a strange boy they examine each item inside the box, each item having a more haunting story than the last.

 
Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

‘Exiles’ is a feature length horror anthology. It’s about a séance held in an oddities museum, and the strange objects that the medium examines. In the case of ‘The Interview’ –the segment performed- this object is a dog collar.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Horror/Supernatural

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It would make a really interesting, strange horror movie. I like the idea of turning genre tropes on their head and playing with audience expectations. And it could be made on a low budget!

How would you describe this script in two words?

Strange, weird

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

The Fly (1986)
It was the very first horror movie that I saw as a child (I think I was about nine) and it absolutely blew my mind. When I rediscovered it as an adult it managed to blow my mind all over again: it’s a masterpiece, and I watch it quite frequently.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

The short films that make up the body of the anthology were written out of order, over the course of three years.

How many stories have you written?

Although ‘Exiles’ is only my second feature length movie script, I also write comic books. I’ve been publishing my flash fiction webcomic since 2014 (www.observatorycomics.com), which at this point is a library of about sixty or so short stories. I also have a horror miniseries coming out the end of March from American Gothic Press (the comic publishing imprint of Famous Monsters of Filmland) called ‘Invisible Hands’, which I’m very proud of!

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

I’m a HUGE Nine Inch Nails fan! I couldn’t pick just one song, but I’ve definitely listened to more NIN than any other music in my life…. combined.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Honestly, it was nothing but joy to write. I had no deadlines and I did it on my own terms. It was one of the best writing experiences of my life.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Nine Inch Nails, horror comics, animals, and LGBTQ+ equality.

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

I was really excited to see actors perform a table read of my script! I thought this would be very useful to gauge how well the story works. I also felt that the initial feedback was encouraging and insightful.

 

 

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

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Horror Best Scene Reading – THE LEGEND OF YAKATUTCH by Sean Francis Ellis

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Best Scene from the screenplay THE LEGEND OF YAKATUTCH Screenplay
Written by Sean Francis Ellis

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Horror, Action, Sci-Fi

In the Canadian wilderness, a snowboarding champion must embrace his indigenous legacy to save his girlfriend from a legendary creature, which has kidnapped her in order to become human once more.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Julie Sheppard
CLAUDE – Hugh Ritchie
ELDER – David Occhipinti
THOMAS – Robert Notman

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

A young man, the descendant of a First Nations warrior, must embrace his destiny in order to save his girlfriend from a legendary creature, which has escaped its icy prison and threatens his small Canadian town.

The story explores our relationship with nature and the loss of traditions that once kept us in balance with it. It is a redemption story, and a coming-of-age story, about the passing of traditional values from one generation to the next.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Action, Adventure, Horror.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

“The Legend of Yakatutch” is inspired by a long tradition of ‘Creature-Features’, which includes blockbuster franchises “Jurassic Park”, “Jaws” and “The Mummy”. Recent hits like “Godzilla”, “Pacific Rim”, The “Twilight” Series and “Snow White and the Huntsman” prove the genre remains popular internationally, with many more examples on TV, like “The Walking Dead”, “True Blood”, “Grimm”, “The Vampire Diaries”, “Roswell”, “Smallville”, “Sleepy Hollow”, “Supernatural”, “Hemlock Grove”, “Haven” and “The X Files”. These hit movies and TV shows all bring to life incredible monsters that excite our imagination, and take us to the fascinating worlds they inhabit.

The mystery of Bigfoot, or Sasquatch, and the creature’s Asian relative, Yeti, have always fascinated the public. Thousands of stories and reported sightings have spawned a culture of pseudo-scientific research, known as ‘cryptozoology’. The character of Yakatutch combines elements of this legendary ‘cryptid’, with Canadian First Nations mythology. But unlike Bigfoot, Yakatutch is a creature that was once an ordinary man.

As humanity faces the threat of extinction caused by our lack of respect for the environment, the conflict between modern man and a creature that represents our primal nature, is a timely one, reminding us that we need to respect the natural environment and learn from the past, if we are to survive. But it also tells a coming-of-age story, about a young hero embracing his destiny through rites of passage that connect him to his heritage and First Nations identity. He must embrace the past to save the future.

The outdoor, ‘filmed on-location’ visual elements of the script would be compelling on the cinema screen. The spectacular frozen wilderness is a dramatic backdrop to the action-adventure elements in the film, with sequences on glaciers and mountains, and within the forests and small towns of the Yukon Territory. Action elements such as snowboard chases, helicopters, airplanes, and off-road vehicles, combined with ancient threats, such as the mysterious curse that created Yakatutch, and his journey to redemption, would produce an exciting and emotionally engaging movie. The mix of First Nations and European/Canadian culture found in the Yukon will also set “The Legend of Yakatutch” apart from recent films in the genre, and give the film broader audience appeal.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Nature triumphs.

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

Hard to say for sure, but probably “Superman: The Movie”, “The Empire Strikes Back”, or “Raiders of the Lost Ark”.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I started writing a version of this script in 2004. It had many of the same elements, but has evolved significantly. I’ve reworked the story several times, with various titles, including “Out of Bounds”, “Prey”, and “Claws”. I’ve also worked on several other feature and short screenplays during that time, but mostly this one.

How many stories have you written?

Dozens since I started writing short stories in school, but there are many more I haven’t written down.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

When I started this one, I’d written two screenplays in very different genres. The first was a sort of Romantic Comedy with Action, the second was a Crime-Drama with Comedy. So, I wanted to write something closer to what I love watching most, which are movies with lots of suspense, action, and elements of sci-fi or horror. As a nine year old, I was inspired by the Wampa Snow Monster from “The Empire Strikes Back”, and always thought that creature deserved a movie all its own. I felt sympathy for it, living in isolation inside its cave. It was frightening, and Luke killed it to save himself, but it wasn’t a monster in the usual sense. It was just an animal. So I thought it deserved to have its story told.

I was also motivated by my interest in extreme sports like snowboarding, my love of snow-capped mountains, and the cinematic potential that goes with a creature stalking people in the frozen wilderness. As I did research into the Yukon Territory, I became fascinated with the history of the area, the protected wildlife parks and the First Nations who live there. I added these elements to the story and built them into the creature’s backstory.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Many years worth! The obstacles were mostly about making time and finding a space where I could write, and sacrificing other things to make time (like a steady income!). After spending a year or so on the script, I went to the US and stayed for several months at a time in Los Angeles, for about 5 years. I survived on a very tight budget, and after interning and finding a short-lived assistant job, I decided to live as a struggling writer, writing in cafes and libraries. It was lonely, exhausting work. I spent most of 2007 & 2009 writing in LA, then from 2012 to 2015 (back in Australia), writing either part time or full time. At times I had no money, no social life, and my relationships suffered. I invested a lot of savings in the process. I pitched regularly, paid for professional coverage and sought feedback as often as possible, to improve my writing. I had help from a producer in Australia, who was a sounding board for several years, helping me edit and tighten the story. The feedback improved over time, and I believed I had something with potential, so I pressed on. It was a lot of sacrifice, but I learned a lot about writing and myself.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I love everything about film and have been making films since I was 10, using super 8 equipment, then video, to shoot, direct, edit and produce short films. I love history, sociology, art, design, architecture, dance, choreography, music and language, as well as travel and great food. I’m also passionate about social justice, environmentalism, conservation, and the preservation of art for educational purposes.

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

I have entered the festival and received feedback before, which was helpful, so I knew the contest and the services they offer. The feedback I received was encouraging and gave me something new to think about, which I hadn’t really considered before. But I felt some frustration too. It’s always hard to be told what is lacking, or not working, after so much hard work. Feedback is a great way to start you thinking, and to make you look at your story from a new viewpoint. That’s always valuable. I think it helps to get several viewpoints and find a consensus.

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

While developing your abilities as a writer, develop other skills and passions as well, whatever they are. Balance is key to productivity. Along with good health and plenty of sleep. Observation is a crucial aspect of good writing, and so much of writing is done when you aren’t at your desk. Once you know the concept and the dramatic need of your characters, play the movie in your head whenever you can, so the pacing becomes clearer. Then, you’ll be prepared to drop something if it doesn’t move the story forward. Outlining is so important, and I think the more time you put into plotting the story first, the easier it is to write scenes that will stay in the script.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editing: John Johnson


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2016 Horror Screenplays from the Festival

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ACTORTV PILOT – MIDLIFE CRISIS
December 2016 Reading
Written by Erica Barfield Peterson
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – BLOOD DRIVE
December 2016 Reading
Written by Myka J. Friscia
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – THE WORK OF ZOMBIES
December 2016 Reading
Written by Patricia Semler
ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – YOU’VE CHANGED
December 2016 Reading
Written by Sam Sexton
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – THE SAND AND WATER OF STYX
December 2016 Reading
Written by Peer Ynt
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – BUREAUCRACY
December 2016 Reading
Written by Sharmini Kumar
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – THE SAND AND WATER OF STYX
December 2016 Reading
Written by Peer Ynt
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – BUREAUCRACY
December 2016 Reading
Written by Sharmini Kumar
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – THE PROVING GROUNDS
December 2016 Reading
Written by Michael Boyd
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – COLLAPSE
December 2016 Reading
Written by David Sweet
ACTORFAN FICTION Screenplay – GILLIGAN’S ISLAND OF THE DEAD
November 2016 Reading
Written by Jerry Kokich
ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – THE MYSTERIOUS LIFE OF MADELEINE
November 2016 Reading
Written by Eve Noel
ACTORSHORT Screenplay (Under 5pg.) – EXORCISE
November 2016 Reading
Written by Matt Holland
ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay: CRIME CYCLE
October 2016 Reading
Written by Donald R. Brown

ACTORSHORT Story – GOBLIN
October 2016 Reading
Written by J.F. Capps

ACTORLONG SHORT Screenplay – THE SON, THE FATHER
October 2016 Reading
Written by Lukas Hass

ACTORLONG SHORT Screenplay – CUCKOLD PICASSO
October 2016 Reading
Written by James R. Adams II and Lance Larson

ACTORLONG SHORT Screenplay – TOGETHER
October 2016 Reading
Written by Jade Syed-Bokhari

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – IF I DIE
September 2016 Reading
Written by Jean Nicole Rivers

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay: OLD BONES
September 2016 Reading
Written by Dermott Hayes

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – MATCHSTICK
August 2016 Reading
Written by Mike Fardy

ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – ELAN VITAL
July 2016 Reading
Written by Maroun Rached

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – MATERNAL FEAR
July 2016 Reading
Written by Stephen Milek

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – NINE SCARS
July 2016 Reading
Written by Kelly Crawford

ACTORFEATURE Screenplay – FIEND
July 2016 Reading
Written by Jeff York

ACTORShort Screenplay – DEATH’S LADY LOVE
June 2016 Reading
Written by Stephen M. Hunt
ACTORFEATURE Screenplay – INKED IN BLOOD
June 2016 Reading
Written by Paul Corricelli

ACTOR1st Scene Screenplay – EXISTENTIAL QUANDARY
June 2016 Reading
Written by Brandon Maline
ACTORBest Scene Screenplay – LONG IN THE TOOTH
June 2016 Reading
Written by Mark Wasserman

ACTORBest Scene Screenplay – IX
June 2016 Reading
Written by Eric Irizarry
ACTORFeature Screenplay – THE BOO
May 2016 Reading
Written by Scott McEntire

ACTORBest Scene Screenplay – MATSQUI MASSACRE
April 2016 Reading
Written by Mark Curtis Dunn & Pamela C. Royal

ACTORShort Screenplay Screenplay – WALL IN THE GARDEN
April 2016 Reading
Written by Thorsten Loos

ACTORFeature Screenplay – DEAD NORTH
April 2016 Reading
Written by Alexander Nachaj

ACTOR1st Scene Screenplay – THE SHOT
February 2016 Reading
Written by Michael DeMattia

ACTOR1st Scene Screenplay – ROAD TO TEXAS
February 2016 Reading
Written by Emanuel Ruggeri

ACTORShort Screenplay – THE NEW NEIGHBORS
January 2016 Reading
Written by Filippo Santaniello

ACTORFeature Screenplay – MOTHS TO FLAME
March 2016 Reading
Written by Fredric Maffei

 

 

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

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MENTAL, by Tristan J. Shuler

PATRONYMIC, by Manmohan Kumar Rana

TATTOO, by David Wise

BLAZED AMBUSH, by Craig Smith

ENENRA, by Aaron Wroblewski

PEEL, by Matthew Torti

HEKA, by GilJuan Kirby

TRANSYLVANIA, by Agnese Pagliarani

THE BLACK MARIA, by Michael Cala

VIRUS K, by Michael Freeman

THE TICK VS THE INFINITE SPARK, by Brett Weinrich

FIRESTORM, by Clayton Emery

THE LIFE OF THE LIVING WHEN THE WORLD ENDS, by Various Writers

DEMON, by Thomas Muller

NIGHT REAPER: BLOOD LUST STORIES, by Nelson Amador

MARTYRS CAN NOT BE SILENCED, by Armin Narro

CLEVER GIRL, by Sahil Sharma, Joe Zappa, Kip Bennett

THE EXPERIENCER, by Kevin Taft

SLAYERS, by Jeanelle Gordon

THE HAPPENING, by D Nesmith

2016 November Horror Films, Screenplays & Stories

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ACTORNovel Transcript – GUARDIAN
November 2016 Reading
Written by Marc W Johnson
ACTORFAN FICTION Screenplay – GILLIGAN’S ISLAND OF THE DEAD
November 2016 Reading
Written by Jerry Kokich
ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – THE MYSTERIOUS LIFE OF MADELEINE
November 2016 Reading
Written by Eve Noel
ACTORSHORT Screenplay (Under 5pg.) – EXORCISE
November 2016 Reading
Written by Matt Holland

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

Winning HORROR Short Screenplay – CUCKOLD PICASSO by James R Adams II and Lance Larson

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CUCKOLD PICASSO
Written by James R. Adams II and Lance Larson

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Horror, Thriller

Although grizzly, the action and title are just strong metaphors for our need to face the things we need to face in order to grow and evolve. It is necessary to open a Third Eye; necessary to face straight on the things we fear and avoid.

CAST LIST:

WOMAN – Cass Van Wyck
ARTEMIS – Percy Alexander Harris
NARRATOR – Becky Shrimpton

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

My screenplay is inspired by a scene in a novel-length manuscript I’m revising. We give it no context within the larger story, which lent it to some experimental areas. The statement simmered down is this: View your pain, fear, and uncertainty as an opportunity and not something run from. Grow through it, don’t just go through it.

What genres does your screenplay under?

Experimental, thriller, suspense, net-noir. avant-garde, psychological horror. If you want to stretch it, there’s a spiritual niche because the message is spiritual.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Cuckold Picasso. Visceral experience

How would you describe this script in two words?

Cuckold Picasso. Visceral experience

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

I love this question. Whew. Back through childhood: National Lampoon’s Vacation, Dazed and Confused, Fight Club ( A nightly basis for a year or two), Due Date (was always on cable and I always watched it, Usual Suspects, Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Goodfellas, Saving Private Ryan. All a while back. I haven’t looped any films in awhile, but I’m a big looper. I know I’m missing somethings but I can’t remember right now. As Good As it Gets I watched a lot. Oh yeah, anything Tarrantino. Especially Pulp Fiction (that may take the cake) and Reservoir Dogs. Pulp Fiction more than any other movie for sure.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

It was a short I collaborated with Lance Larson on. It was inspired by my novel-length manuscript. We had a handful of conversation over the course of a week or so. That was it.

How many stories have you written?

My book, and this short. Poetry when I’m procrastinating. Probably what I’m naturally best at. It shows in the script.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

Lance approached me about a short. I said sure if it’s about my book. So the original motivation was to leverage myself in publishing and screen writing. As far as the content, we went where the creative process took us. It developed into a project with juxtaposition between action and dialogue (inspired by body scan meditations I listen to to sleep). Seemed very cold blooded and detached. Calm cool killer. But the message that emerged was highly personal and spatial. We connected spiritually, which is something I’d wanted to come through in anything I write.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

None really. Collaborating with someone who you vibe with makes writing a screenplay a piece of cake compared to a novel or doing it alone. It was fun , light and easy. No obstacles, except that I had to convince him I wouldn’t write it unless it was connected to my book.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Life, really living. Redemption. Inspiring and being inspired. Seeking. Spiritual connection and meaning in my life. Enjoying the ride. I want to do something I love and am really good at. That’s a dream come true.

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

BELIEVE BELIEVE BELIEVE. If you have a nagging voice that has been whispering “you should write” and you are doing something you don’t particularly love, listen to that voice. It’s not delusional. It’s God. It’s inspiration. It’s a seed. It will drive you mad if you don’t try. If it stinks? Cross it off your bucket list.

You must have an iron will. If it isn’t a true passion, you will be tested and you will give up. Even then, if the voice doesn’t go away, you will try again. It’s like working out. One sentence sometimes is all you’ll get one day. It’s okay. Keep pushing. Take a sledgehammer to mental barriers. When the wall breaks, you might be amazed at how fast things start pouring in. But you have to believe. BELIEVE BELIEVE BELIEVE. Even if you can’t find a way through a part, let it go. It will emerge. That’s why writing is so spiritual for me. Things appear from out of nowhere. It’s a release. And be secure. Don’t doubt yourself. It may seem like crap now, but keep going. Have someone you trust read and give you feedback. Real feedback. People with an eye for talent can spot it very quickly.

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

Casting: Sean Ballantyne

Editing: John Johnson

2016 August Horror Films, Screenplays & Stories

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festival posterDO NOT DISTURB, 13min, UK
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festival posterA FILM BY VERA VAUGHN, 10min, USA
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festival posterDON’T LET THEM IN, 13min, USA
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festival posterPREFERENTIAL OPERATION, 20min, Spain
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ACTORSHORT Screenplay – MATCHSTICK
August 2016 Reading
Written by Mike Fardy


festival poster
KADDISH!, 6min, France

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DRAWN TO FEAR, 7min, USA

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festival posterFOOTPRINTS, 13min, Canada
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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Watch the Winning Horror Screenplay – 1st Scene: NINE SCARS by Kelly Crawford

NINE SCARS
Written by Kelly Crawford
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SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Thriller

A teen romance thriller that takes place in a world in which everyone has nine lives. In this world of nine lives, an aspiring football player must risk all of his lives to rescue his girlfriend from the ruthless leader of a gambling syndicate who�s trying to fix the college football championship game.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
KEITH – Dan Cristofori
PRINCIPAL – David Occhipinti
ROBBIE – Michael Gaty
MATT – Mark Boutros
JAMIE – Viktoria Napolenova

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

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Short Screenplay – MATCHSTICK by Mike Fardy

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MATCHSTICK  by Mike Fardy

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Horror, Thriller

Caitlyn’s therapist convinces her to try a new form of hypnosis that allows her to communicate with her anxiety but when her thoughts appear as a violent, ghostly woman Caitlyn discovers her therapist has held back crucial information about the procedure.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Holly Sarchfield
CAITLYN – Dorian Kolinas
GUY – Kris Hagen
BRANDEAU – Geoff Mays
MODEL – Elizabeth Griffin

Get to know the winning writer: 

What is your screenplay about?

Matchstick is about Caitlyn and her struggle against a dark part of her mind which turns violent after a botched therapy session. It touches on trust of authority figures and how it can sometimes feel to live with anxiety.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I think it might spur important conversations or at the very least scare the pants off some people.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Pretty Spoopy.

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

Jurassic Park. Followed pretty closely by Fast Five. (No judgment please.)

How many stories have you written?

I’ve been working on this for about a year and half with my friend and fellow filmmaker Ross Moore. We’re applying for funding this year to make it so fingers crossed!

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

A lot but this is my first pure horror script. I’m mostly a comedy writer and when I was younger I focused on fantasy writing. I’m pretty sure there’s still an X-page out there somewhere of the fan-fiction Redwall spin-off novel I wrote when I was 13. I get nauseous just thinking about it..

I suffer from ‘The Old Hag’ or Sleep Paralysis and a few of the scenes are based on real hallucinations I’ve had while in this state.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

It’s always length for me. There are so many things I want to say and show but even getting it to 13 pages was a big struggle. I’m always so happy when I can cut something and tighten the script up but unless someone is forcing me to make it shorter I have a difficult time finding those scenes that can go.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I love the outdoors. Camping, kayaking, hiking but even though I think about it all the time I rarely make time for it any more, especially since moving to Toronto.

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

I’m still quite an amateur writer so I love any opportunities for feedback and I was not disappointed. The feedback I got from this festival actually helped me shave off a couple of pages and gave me some tips I’ll be able to carry into all my future scripts.

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

Get strangers to read your scripts! Sometimes you can find a brutally honest friend who will give the hard feedback you need but you’ll learn things about your scripts you never dreamed were there when you listen to a room full of strangers analyse them. Find a writer’s circle in your town or start one yourself!

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson