Winning Under 5min. Screenplay – KEEP SMILING by Courtney Wallace

Genre: Drama, Comedy, Thriller

A battered housewife decides that enough is enough, her husband just has to go. By go she means six feet under. If only he would stop foiling her plans!

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Val Cole
Noah: Allan Michael Brunet
Emma: Angelica Alejandro

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

A battered housewife who reaches her breaking point with her husband’s abuse and decides to take matters into her own hands.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

I would say, drama/dark comedy.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I feel that the best short films are the ones that take one moment in a life and examine it under a microscope. That’s exactly what this screenplay does, we see one moment inside a turbulent marriage but we are able to understand just who these people are and even sympathize with the protagonist. No one wants to be beaten down and no one deserves it either.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Karmic Justice

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

That’s a hard one, I would have to go with “The Addams Family” (1991). I watch it every Halloween, without fail. I love the balance between macabre and screwball.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

About a month on the first draft and another week on rewrites.

How many stories have you written?

Tons, loads, oodles, plethora, slathers, etc. Any word that means “a lot”. I write constantly, I don’t think I ever have less then 2-3 stories going at once.

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

It all depends on my mood. I listen to a little of everything, I never limit myself. I always listen to music when I write. I mostly listen to rock and alternative. Pop when I’m upset, RnB when it rains. My taste in music (as with most things in my life) is extremely eclectic.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

This was one of my first scripts ever. I was a strictly prose girl before this, so it was like culture shock when I started writing screenplays. I deep shock and anxiety. It’s wonderful and I love it, but learning to write scripts vs. prose was definitely a challenge at first.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

My education, as boring as that may sound. I’ve always had a thirst for knowledge. I love to learn and push and stretch my abilities to the limit. Sometimes beyond. I believe that we never stop growing and learning as a human being.

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

FilmFreeway is simply amazing. A friend and fellow writer introduced me to it and it was love at first sight, so to speak. It’s easy to use and very professional. I trust the site completely.

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

After I finished this screenplay, it quickly became one of my favorites. Then, when I opened my account on FilmFreeway, the Under 5min. Film Festival came up as recommended for me. The timing was so perfect, I had to enter.

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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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2017 Under 5min. Short Films at Festival (July to December)

List of Under 5 Minute Short Films that were showcased at the festival for the 2nd half of 2017. Click the links and watch the Audience FEEDBACK videos, plus learn more about the films.

 

festival posterECSTASY BOULEVARD, 5min, USA, Fantasy/Sci-Fi
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterSUICIDE NOTE, 5min, UK, Fantasy/Thriller
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterTYSVAER WARS – A STAR WARS STORY, 4min, Norway, Comedy/Action
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterSTAR WARS: TRIALS, 5min, USA, Action/Adventure
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

BODY WITHOUT ORGANS, 2min, USA, Experimental
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterNOVEMBER UNDER ASHES, 3min, France, Music Video
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterHOPE, 4min, Iceland, Experimental
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterSTRANGE BEASTS, 5min, UK, Experimental
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterDIE YOUNG, 3min, USA, Music Video
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterDON’T LET THE BASTARDS GRIND YOU DOWN, 4min, UK, Experimental
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterGOLDEN LIGHT, 3min, Italy, Music Video
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterDOMESTICITY, 4min, UK, Thriller/Drama
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

 

festival posterUKA, 3min, Spain, Animation/Family
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterKARMA, 4min., USA, Animation/Family
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterPERFECT TOWN, 4min., Switzerland, Animation/Fantastic
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

2017 Under 5min. Short Films at Festival (January to June)

List of Under 5 Minute Short Films that were showcased at the festival for the first half of 2017. Click the links and watch the Audience FEEDBACK videos, plus learn more about the films.

festival posterWALL, 5min, Taiwan, Animation
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterSNOOT IN THE CITY, 1min, Australia, Animation
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterDIRTY POOL, 1min, Canada, Animation
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterBABY AND GRANNY, 2min. USA, Animation/Comedy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterCHARITY CASE, 3min, UK, Romance/Comedy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterSUNDAY AFTERNOON, 3min. Canada, Romance/Experimental
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterMIDNIGHT SIGNS, 4min, Italy, Thriller/Animation
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
STATE OF EMERGENCY MOTHERF***ER!, 5min, Belgium, Political/Satire
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterTHE ARK, 2min, France, Animation/Experimental
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
BLOSSOM OF MY HEART, 4min, Canada, Experimental/Anti-Romance
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterMISSION: APO11O, 4min, France, History/Comedy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterMORE THAN LOVE, 3min, USA, Drama/Romance
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterBLURRY, 5min, USA, Thriller/Mystery
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterLAST CHANCE, 3min, Hungary, Drama/Sport
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterEYE OF INDIA, 3min, India, Experimental/Adventure
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterDAN, 1min, UK, Comedy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterDATE TO THE CINEMA, 4min, USA, Romance/Drama
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterVOICING SILENCE, 3min, UK, Animation
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterWOW, 4min, France, Drama/Romance
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterBEYOND, 4min, Italy, Drama/Mystery
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterFAMILY SHADOWS, 4min, USA, Family/Drama
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterTHE SNOWMAN’S HAT, 2min, USA, Animation
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterMOUNT ROYAL 2017-09, 2min, Canada, Experimental
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterTHE FINAL FAIRYTALE, 1min, UK, Family
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterI & MYSELF, 5min, Japan, Drama/Fantasy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterPROCLAMATION PUNCTUATION, 4min, USA, Dance/Fashion
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
FUCK THE BITCH !?, 5min, France, Comedy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterSAY WHAT!: A GERIATRIC PROPOSAL, USA, 5min, Animation/Comedy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterNOVAK, 5min, USA, Comedy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterTHE 3RD TRY, 5min, USA, LGBT, Drama
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

HIGHLIGHTS & VIDEOS: June 2017 Under 5 Minute Film Festival

AUDIENCE FESTIVAL AWARDS

Best Film: FAMILY SHADOWS

Best Performances: I & MYSELF

Best Cinematography: EYE OF INDIA

Best Music: The music from BLURRY

WATCH the Audience FEEDBACK Videos for each film: 

festival posterMISSION: APO11O, 4min, France, History/Comedy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterMORE THAN LOVE, 3min, USA, Drama/Romance
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterBLURRY, 5min, USA, Thriller/Mystery
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterLAST CHANCE, 3min, Hungary, Drama/Sport
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterEYE OF INDIA, 3min, India, Experimental/Adventure
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterDAN, 1min, UK, Comedy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterDATE TO THE CINEMA, 4min, USA, Romance/Drama
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterVOICING SILENCE, 3min, UK, Animation
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterWOW, 4min, France, Drama/Romance
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterBEYOND, 4min, Italy, Drama/Mystery
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterFAMILY SHADOWS, 4min, USA, Family/Drama
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterTHE SNOWMAN’S HAT, 2min, USA, Animation
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterMOUNT ROYAL 2017-09, 2min, Canada, Experimental
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterTHE FINAL FAIRYTALE, 1min, UK, Family
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterI & MYSELF, 5min, Japan, Drama/Fantasy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterPROCLAMATION PUNCTUATION, 4min, USA, Dance/Fashion
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

The UNDER 5 MINUTE JUNE 2017 FEEDBACK Film Festival gave our audiences simply the best of short movies from this community.

The theme of the festival was “OUTSIDE FORCES”.

Every film showcased was about a character(s) or situation that was getting in the way of success.

The UNDER 5 MINUTE FEEDBACK Film Festival is becoming one of our most popular events. It is definitely a festival that stirs the conversation and gets people talking.

For the June 2017 Festival we showcased the best 16 films from around the world in different styles, genres, and budgets. It still amazes me, after all these years doing the festival, the amount of talent that is out there in the world. And the clever things that people come up with to tell a story in less than 5 minutes. In fact, most films presented at this festival were less than 3 minutes.

There’s a cliche in storytelling that you enter each scene late and leave each scene early. The meaning behind that is you don’t want to waste the audience’s time. The classic example is that you don’t have to show a character driving to their destination, parking their car, getting out, knocking on the door etc… They can simply arrive at the next scene already inside the home having a conversation with the person they need to talk to further the story. Trimming the fat and only showing what is needed!

That’s the art of these 5 Minute Short Films. There is a story in all of these films. Setup. Conflict. Resolution – the three steps of any story. And the art is to tell your story within the context of your plot, themes, characters and uniqueness of your idea.

It’s no secret that all of these 16 films succeeded. When you have a tight race of 12 films vying for title of “BEST FILM” of the night, you know you’ve hit a jackpot of a film festival.

Hope to see you at our next Under 5 Minute Film Festival in December.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

Audience FEEDBACK: I & MYSELF, 5min, Japan, Drama/Fantasy

 

I & MYSELF, 5min, Japan, Drama/Fantasy
Directed by Hisanori Tsukuda

Mizuho came to Tokyo to make her dream reality but things have not been going well for her.

CLICK HERE – and see full info and more pics of the film!

Audience FEEDBACK: THE FINAL FAIRYTALE, 1min, UK, Family

THE FINAL FAIRYTALE, 1min, UK, Family
Directed by Ken Williams

A woman looks back at a fading memory of her father and of fairytales .

CLICK HERE – and see full info and more pics of the film!

Audience FEEDBACK: PROCLAMATION PUNCTUATION, 4min, USA, Dance/Fashion

 

PROCLAMATION PUNCTUATION, 4min, USA, Dance/Fashion
Directed by Sewra G. Kidane

An enthralling fashion film centered on a fabulously fascinating woman reciting a short soliloquy paying homage to her love for using exclamation points in her missives.

CLICK HERE – and see full info and more pics of the film!