ACTION Best Scene Reading of TOTEM, by Heidi Morrell

 

Genre: Action, Drama

An ex-911 operator, travels to his childhood home, and runs into trouble with the local tree poachers. He’s rescued by a mysterious Native American man who lives off the land.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Gavin: Daniel Cristofori
Orson: Ted Powers

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

A restless 911 operator, burned out, takes refuge in the forest of Pacific Northwest. A youth spent there, he remembers how peaceful and serene the forest was.

But much has changed since then, including ‘old growth’ timber poaching, and growing right wing militia members. When GAVIN arrives from Omaha, he’s forced to choose between the Indian renewal interests, or exploiting the vital forests of his childhood.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Action Adventure, sans foolishish car crashes.

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

It’s totally visual, and exciting. Character shape changers, and an Eco theme will resonate with teens and their parents. Additionally, a fantasy element is sure to please.

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

Forest adventure.

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

Casablanca, Godfather, & Sound of Music.

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

Many years.

7. How many stories have you written?

Ten plus

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

Stones ‘Wild Horses’, The Cure’s ‘the Forest’

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

Knowing when to quit, and making the ‘bad guys’ believable.

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

Animal rights, the enviroment crisis, and politics!

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

It’s secure, and current. No real problem.

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

The chance to see, hear a scene, ‘off the page’. The initial feedback rang true and fair, because I knew I had a winner in this story.

The screenplay was also a Finalist in Austin Roundup FF 2017.

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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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ACTION Best Scene Reading of THE LAST VIKINGS, by David Thorndill

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, History

In the Middle Ages when the Little Ice Age causes famine and conflict in the doomed Greenlandic colony a desperate Viking clan leader attempts to escape by sailing to Iceland, but pirates, storms and treacherous sea ice force them to sail to North America. With the help of a native Micmac woman and a Huron ally they battle Mohawk warriors on their journey to a new homeland beyond the mighty falls of Niagara.

CAST LIST:

Abdul: Luke Robinson
Elizabeth: Brianna Riche
Olaf: John Marcucci
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Peter: Daniel Cristofori
Joseph: Ted Powers
Rebecca: Kimberley Wells

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

The colony of Greenlandic Vikings trapped by sea ice of The Little Ice Age in 1400 flee to North America and befriend a Micmac woman and a Huron man as they battle Mohawk warriors on their journey up the Saint Lawrence River to a new homeland beyond the mighty falls of Niagara.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Action/Adventure. Historical fiction.

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

It contains sailing, fighting, danger, storms, pirates, deceit, adventure to a new homeland, conflict between religious views, canoes, Puma attack, cultural clashes between Vikings and Native Americans, romantic love stories, family bonding,, hand-to-hand combat above Niagara Falls, and a cute dog.

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

Escape, survive

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

Perhaps The Last of the Mohicans, the inspiration for this screenplay

7. How many stories have you written?

I’ve written 30 short stories, one novel, and three full-length screenplays.

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

After writing the screenplay it was a challenge to mold it to the “Blake Snyder” beat method.

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

I’m a bird watcher and birdbander. I enjoy catching and holding wild birds.

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

It’s the best and easiest platform to use.

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

My eyes are weary of writing and reading, and I look forward to hearing actors bring my characters to life.

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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

ACTION Best Scene Reading of THE KANDAHAR MAN, by J. Jermaine Jones

Genre: Action, Adventure

A battlefield medic and her Marine unit in Afghanistan investigate a missing patrol to discover a legendary wild man may be responsible.

CAST LIST:

Jose: Scott Beaudin
Franco: Nick Wicht
Narrator: John Fray
Cierra: Val Cole
Maya: Kierston Drier

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

After the massacre of her patrol unit by a legendary wild man, a critically wounded battlefield medic must find a way to radio for help before she bleeds out — or gets discovered by the wild man — in the deserts of Afghanistan.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Horror. Action. Military Action. Urban. Sci-fi.

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

I think the interesting factor about this story is it’s not only based on true events, but the main character is a female battlefield medic and famous YouTuber.

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

Interesting and fresh.

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

Probably Star Wars.

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

Close to a year.

7. How many stories have you written?

Too many to count.

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

Not so much a favorite song. My two favorite artists I listen to most though are Rochelle Jordan and Aya Trenier.

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

The research on battlefield medics and their practical emergency applications was a definite challenge.

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

DEFINITELY wanting to see the under-represented writer/director/producer have their moment to shine.

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

Honestly I love it. Introduced me to competitions I didn’t even know existed.

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

The ease of use of the website I think was a major influence. And I thought the reviews were fair and honest.

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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

 

ACTION BEST SCENE Reading: STARLIGHT: LONG WAY HOME, by John Roger

 

Genre: Action, Animation, Adventure

A cartoon series that mirrors the conflict in the world due to xenophobia and the like.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Myrtle: Salma Dharsee
Ginzo: Allan Michael Brunet

Get to know the writer; 

 1. What is your screenplay about?

My screenplay is about discrimination between four groups and how any war will inevitably spark another one due to revenge, jealousy, or hatred. An alien lands on the planet with other worldly power that, if used by either side, could turn the tide of any war. The alien will grow up and experience both sides before making a decision on which group to help when there seems to be no clear good or evil just a difference in opinion.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

The action/adventure genre

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

I feel that the movie would offer a different view of an already awesome genre. It would give good lessons that people could apply to their lives and live overall more happy.

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

Very intense

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

The Nightmare Before Christmas

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

8 years

7. How many stories have you written?

5 stories so far

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

Lost at Sea by Skyburnsred

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

Having this be my best work yet and coming to grips with no matter how good I believe my work to be, one day it will be eclipsed.

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

I’m passionate about working out, muscle/sports cars, anime, also playing piano, and some drawing and 3D design.

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

It’s a great tool for anyone in the same field. Many options and updates keep me in the loop and it I didn’t find it I might have never been motivated to complete my work. Knowing that there’s a place where you’re work can be at least looked at is helpful.

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

I was looking for a voice over to my script before so when this opportunity came I was excited. As being the creator of something it’s hard to critique. This platform gives a couple of fresh eyes to see the work in an unbiased way. I feel that is very important and I received great feedback that propelled my in the right direction, it give guidance.

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

Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

ACTION Best Scene Reading of TORNADO RIDER RHODES, by Stevie T.

 

Genre: Action/Adventure, Crime, Thriller

A larger-than-life cargo pilot with one rule, no passengers, finds that to save her airline she must transport a person halfway around the globe while protecting them from ninjas and Nazis, yet delivery could mean the end of the world.

CAST LIST:

JT: Brandon Knox
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Rhodes: Katelyn Varadi
Callahan: Gabriel Darku

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

1. The story attempts to answer that age-old question; should I purchase insurance when I ship that package?

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

It is a genre buster, but one could place it in the category of Action-Adventure, Action Comedy if they really wanted to.

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

Being it is the epitome of escapist entertainment residing in its own fully realized three dimensional world with a story that plays straight while the tenor crafts a synergy between serious action and witty situational dialogue delivered through infectious banter from a dynamic engaging ensemble creating effortless humor against daredevil exploits in a highly polished character driven tale that deftly employs subversion and reinvention of tropes and clichés to keep the story fresh and contemporary without corrupting its period sensibility and all the while deconstructing the dogma of the institutionalized motion picture hero myth. Plus, it’s got something for everyone and no underlying agenda or thought-provoking message to ram down people’s throats which makes it a no-brainer to become a tentpole franchise juggernaut.

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

Popcorn Blockbuster!

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

That is hard to say, having worked in Hollywood at some of the majors for a number of years I have literally screened the movies I’ve been involved with dozens, and in some cases hundreds of times.

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

As long as it takes, took…

7. How many stories have you written?

A multitude. And then some.

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

That’s hard to say. Having a specific liking for one particular genre of music – that would be “Good Music” I find myself wandering across the spectrum to fulfill my listening enjoyment. What I have listened to the most would probably be the songs I have written and produced myself.

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

I had to battle hordes of ninjas daily – and that was before coffee.

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

I’m passionate about everything I apply myself to – currently, that would be, life.

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

Flawless.

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

Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

ACTION Best Scene Reading of CADEBY by David James Keogh

Genre: Action, War, Romance, History

When Vikings invade the village of Cadeby a small band of desperately unprepared people must defend it or lose everything.

CAST LIST:
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Robyn: Andrea Meister
Father Rogan: Brian Carleton
Urman: Anthony Botelho
Ailsa: Konstantina Mantelos
Fáelán: Jack Comerford
John: Jordy Kieto

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

England, 425AD – the Romans have abandoned Britain and the land has fallen into chaos. Small groups of Britons remain and try to keep their traditional ways. But a dark cloud is descending – Vikings raid the coast and threaten the village of Cadeby. This story is about how an unlikely band of elderly and infirm villagers defend their village, led by a Blind Priest, a Dwarf, a young inexperienced warrior, a teenage Pictish girl and a one-armed war veteran. It’s a story of love, loss, survival and the lengths people will go to defend what is theirs against the odds.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Historical Fiction / Drama and Action but a central love story too.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It has been professionally reviewed a number of times and been compared to Braveheart, has won 11 Best Screenplay laurels (with 6 as outright winner) and is a great story of early Britain that remains untold. Cadeby is a real village in Lincolnshire (it’s abandoned now). The film has real characters, is gritty and truthful and has had an astounding reaction from everyone who has read it. It needs to be made because cinema needs these big, real stories to compete against the current trend of blockbuster gumph.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Tragic, Heart-Stopping

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

Ooohhhh . This is a tie between Braveheart, Aliens, Planes Trains and Automobiles and The Godfather. All perfect films in their own way and all with perfect characters – even in the smallest of roles.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

18 months – it has been edited and changed a number of times following feedback and reviews. The story has been in my head for a few years though.

How many stories have you written?

Many – I used to write them all the time when I was a kid but then became and adult and forgot… until I wrote Cadeby (my first screenplay). My second screenplay, ‘Think Forward’ has won its first two awards tooI have also co-written a movie called Destination Dewsbury which comes out next year, a short film called ‘Misunderstood’ about ADHD which will be made this year and am currently writing a horror film and a 6 Part TV series. My head is filled with stories and I intend to write them all.

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

I love the Lord Of The Rings soundtracks and the Braveheart soundtracks – but my favourite songs are too many to list here. Let me go for The Show Must Go On by Queen – probably my favourite band.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Knowing what feedback to listen to and what to ignore – you have to be confident enough in the story to know when you are right. Also, procrastination and finding a million other things to do when I should be writing! I also hate when I have checked the Think a million times and then find a spelling mistake I have somehow missed…

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Acting – I am also a professional actor – I just love movies and I think that is reflected in my writing style.. I should also say my wife and my 2 boys or they will linch me. 🙂

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

It felt like a place where your work would be cared for where you get help as well a well done or a rejection. I suspect a number of festivals get so many screenplays that they don’t even read most of them. These guys really care and take a lot of time helping you improve the writing and that means a lot. The feedback was excellent actually and spot on – I acted on most of it because it made sense – a writer should never be scared to listen to good feedback. These guys especially know what they are doing because they clearly love films. Easily the best festival I have worked with.

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

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

ACTION Best Scene Reading of FIEND, by Andrew Samuelsen

Winning Screenplay – FIEND
Written by Andrew Samuelsen
CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
BRONSKI – Rob Notman
RUTLEDGE – Twaine Ward

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Action, Fantasy, Thriller

Marine veteran Ty Bronski and wife Elise move to the mountains for peace and quiet, only to discover a supernatural killer has been summoned to the nearby forest.

 Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

Fiend is about a guy, an everyman, who has to learn not everything can be fought head on with brute strength or rage.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

action thriller

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Fiend is a true thriller with a slow burn of the type M. Night Shyamalan has made.

How would you describe this script in two words?

subtly creepy

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

When Harry Met Sally

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

About a year–I first wrote it as a short story and later adapted it to the screen.

How many stories have you written?

I’ve written two feature length scripts, two shorts, and a pilot in the last 12 months.

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

So Cruel, U2

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Telling the story without giving it away.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I thoroughly enjoy reading, gardening, and family time.

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

I wanted to see if the story could win some laurels and receive the attention it deserves. The feedback has been wonderfully helpful and much appreciated. I applied the suggestions to my script immediately.

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

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne


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