Winning HORROR Short Screenplay – RED, by Heath Harris

Watch the winning short screenplay for OCTOBER 2017.

 

It is Christmas Eve. John (40s) drives his wife and son (Michael) up through a snowfilled wilderness. They reach a solitary rental cabin in the woods. Completely alone, Michael worries that Santa Claus will not come, however his father, John, reassures him that Santa knows exactly where he’s going.

Genre: Horror, Thriller

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Laura Kyswaty
Damien: Cameron LeRoy
John: Jim Canale
Natalie: Regan Brown

Get to know the winning writer: 

 What is your screenplay about?

Red is about a family of three that goes to spend Christmas in a secluded cabin, cut off from the world. The husband, John and his wife, Natalie are having marital issues and Christmas Eve goes from bad to worse as tensions rise. Natalie puts their young son, Damien to bed. He is woken up during the night to find that his mother is missing. John tells Damien to go back to sleep so Santa doesn’t find him. John tells Damien to close his eyes immediately if he sees Santa otherwise Santa will be very angry. Damien, after peering out of his window, sees a figure carrying a sack outside, and excitedly runs out to meet Santa Claus. Damien finds the sack to be containing his mother’s dead body. As John approaches, covered in her red blood, Damien instantly shuts his eyes.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Horror, Drama

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I think this screenplay should be made into a movie because I believe it is scary, haunting and atmospheric and would be a fun themed watch during Christmas time for horror fans. I also think it raises the topic of domestic abuse and violence within households.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Christmas Murder

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

Ex Machina

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

About 6 months.

How many stories have you written?

During the course of my MFA program I’ve written about 8-9 stories.

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

All I Need – Radiohead

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The main problems I was having were logic problems, making sure there were no plotholes and making sure that everything in the story could potentially happen in real life.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I love painting and drawing.

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

I think FilmFreeway is a great site and is very easy to use and helps me find many festivals that I wouldn’t otherwise know existed.

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

I loved the feedback I received, I thought it was so well thought out and well written. I love horror and was excited to find a festival dedicated to horror and horror writing.

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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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August 2017 HORROR Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

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ACTORSHORT STORY Reading – GOD’S HANDS
August 2017 Reading
by Michael Coleman

ACTOR1st SCENE CRIME Screenplay – THE BIRTHING FIELD
August 2017 Reading
by Robert Thorpe
ACTOR1st SCENE HORROR Screenplay – SILHOUETTE
August 2017 Reading
by Lukas Hassel
ACTOR1st SCENE ADVENTURE Screenplay – THE GATE
August 2017 Reading
by Della Vance Greenwalt

 

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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

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

Read the best of HORROR SHORT FILM Loglines for 2016:

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 ZULU ZULU ZOMBIE, by Abdul Malik & William Fuentes

WHO IS NEXT, by Deepa Dharmaraj

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CARE AND DEATH, by Yentunde Ayodele

SKIN, by Paul Okpuno

FUNERAL RITES, by Sy Shanti

THE EXECUTIONER, by Julia Colwell

TOGETHER, by Jade Syed-Bokhari

A PARALLEL, by Alena Cadova

A MURDEROUS LAUGH, by Ramiro Rocha

THE TWISTED MR. BENDY, by Doug Robbins

A FANGIRL, by Diana Galimzy

HENIOUS HOARD, by Mark A. McKay

WHEN GOD HAVE A WILL: EPISODE 1 NO PRAY NO HELP, by Jiwo Lesmono

TRUTH DOESN’T HIDE, by Duarte Nuno Nobrega

PIECE OF MIND, by Catalina Lowe

THE LATE SHOW, by Colette Preacely-Garcia

THE ABSENT DOORWAY by Matt Allock

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SOMETHING IN THE WOODS, by Andrew Dawson

MOONCHASER, by Lisa Newman

THE IMP, by Stephen Milek and Christopher House

NO WAY, by Geoff Nelder

ROLLING DARKNESS, by Chris Von Hoffman

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

FEEDBACK HORROR Short Film Festival – Thursday October 27, 2016

The FEEDBACK Monthly Film Festival is back for 2016.. Our home is The Carlton Cinemas, located in the heart of downtown Toronto at 20 Carlton Street. The event runs from 7pm to 9:10pm.

Continuing to showcase the best of short films from around the world, while maintaining our audience feedback format moderated by Amanda Lomonaco. Showcasing a festival every single month in 2016!

Tickets for 2016 are PAY WHAT YOU LIKE. Purchase your tickets online via Paypal or Credit Card. Tickets are first come first serve.

All proceeds to this month’s festival will be donated to festival cinema costs (suggestion $8 and up), which helps the monthly event:

OR, if you like to obtain seats in advance and pick them up on the day of the event (come for FREE, or make a donation), please email us atfestivalevent@wildsoundfestival.com and we’ll reserve seats for you.

You can pick up the tickets on the day of the event at the cinema. Tickets are first come, first serve. This festival has sold out 48 out of its last 50 events!

You will be able to buy alcohol (beer, wine, liquor), popcorn, candy, and refreshments before the show.

Here is the full program of films. Festival starts at 7pm sharp!


FIRST ACT PROGRAM


MAYDAY, 13min. France, Horror/Fantasy
Directed by Sebastien Vanicek
Michel, subject to violent hallucinations, must overcome the imminence of death during his extradition flight towards United States. He will face head-front his delusions, the other passengers’ judgment, the firmness of US-law enforcement and the stress of an imminent crash. Way too much for this weak, aging and disturbed man…

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LE PARDON, 5min, USA, Thriller/Mystery
Directed by Margarethe Baillou
Set in late 19th century New Orleans, LE PARDON portrays an unusual dialog between a man and a woman: he is heard but not seen, and she is seen but never speaks. A ghostly fictional short film, it is a tale of forgiveness and the art of listening, a poem about an almost encounter and an hommage to the Crescent City. French with English subtitles.

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SAVE, 4min, Germany, Horror/Drama
Directed by Ivan Sainz-Pardo
A baby breaks the silence.

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BURNT, 13min., UK, Thriller/Crime
Directed by Robert Vassie
A surveillance team get inadvertently caught up in a hostage situation when the man they are following, a charismatic sociopath, takes his own lawyer captive and threatens to kill him. It is down to the leader of the team, located miles from the scene, to engage in a dangerous battle of wits with the target in effort to talk him out of harming anyone. .

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SECOND ACT PROGRAM


GILT, 22min, UK, Thriller/Drama
Directed by Julian Stevens
Searching for a legendary hoard of gold coins, a man is goaded to unearth the darkness buried within.

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O, 29min, Norway, Horror/Mystery
Directed by Frank Aron Gardso
Four friends are on a hiking trip into the deep midst of a forest. While filming the trip they accidentally lose one of their cell phones. In search of the lost phone they discover a mysterious black hole in the ground. Curious and puzzled by this newly discovered hole, they decide to explore it, which leads to a dramatic chain of events.

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The event runs from 7pm to 9:10pm on Thursday October 27 2016

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
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterDON’T LET THEM IN, 13min, USA
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterPREFERENTIAL OPERATION, 20min, Spain
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – MATCHSTICK
August 2016 Reading
Written by Mike Fardy


festival poster
KADDISH!, 6min, France

WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival poster
DRAWN TO FEAR, 7min, USA

WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterFOOTPRINTS, 13min, Canada
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


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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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FUNERAL RITES, by Sy Shanti

THE EXECUTIONER, by Julia Colwell

TOGETHER, by Jade Syed-Bokhari

A PARALLEL, by Alena Cadova

A MURDEROUS LAUGH, by Ramiro Rocha