Under 5 Minute Short – MIRRORS, by R. Harris Smith

Genre: Horror, Thriller

Young Rachel is getting ready for bed, but as she sleeps, she worries her reflection might be watching her. Once her eyes are closed, her bedroom mirror reflection gets off the bed and presses itself against the mirror. Tapping to get out

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Hugh Ritchie
Rachel: Georgia Grant

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

‘Mirrors’ is about the fear of your reflection watching you as you sleep – almost an extension of fear of the dark, I suppose.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Horror.

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

As a short film, it is simple to make but can be particularly frightening at the same time.

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

Quite scary.

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

Probably ‘Shaun of The Dead’ or ‘Hot Fuzz’.

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

This screenplay took me a couple of hours, mainly just small fixes needing doing after the main idea was finished.

7. How many stories have you written?

‘Chloe’, ‘Mirrors’, ‘Out of Time’ and ‘Lucid Visionary’ so far.

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

At the moment, I’m mainly listening to Royal Blood and Manic Street Preachers.

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

Luckily, I had no obstacles as it was such a short script.

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

I’m also a director and producer, plus a lecturer.

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

I have found FilmFreeway pretty useful so far.

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

I liked the idea of a festival purely for scripts and films under 5 minutes so I had a look. I was happy with the feedback I received about my script, as it was mainly positive with a couple of suggestions on how to improve it.

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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

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TRAIN Short Film – Audience Feedback from April Under 5min. Festival

TRAIN, 3min., Israel, Animation/Music Video
Directed by Sari Eran Herskovitz

“Rakevet” (meaning train in Hebrew), is a music video describing the relationship between a mother and her young child. The stop motion animation combines watercolors and cutouts to express the emotions and the rhythms of their world, flowing between concrete images and abstract forms. The song was created and performed by Sari and Moshe Herskovitz, the animator and her husband, as part of their debut album released in 2016.

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Winning SHORT Screenplay Reading – THE TRENCH, by Chris Beadnell

Genre: War, Drama

After successfully shelling the German trench on the Somme battlefield, the British soldiers move in to clear the area of any enemy survivors.

Cast List:

Eason: John Fray
Carter: Gary Graham
Narrator: Val Cole

German Soldier: James Dooley

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

A moment in time during the fierce WW1 Battle of the Somme. It focuses on a decision made by a young soldier. A decision that, if he was to survive the war, he may have later regretted.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Action, Thriller

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

This would make a very short but intensely powerful film. The final twist is sure to have the audience walking out with a dilemma of conscience and a sense of what might have been. Or what might NOT have been.

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

Mercy’s consequence

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

The Shawshank Redemption

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

It took about 2 weeks. About an hour to write and then some hard core editing

7. How many stories have you written?

About 15. Quite a few others in various stages of completion

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

Probably Born in the USA funnily enough (as I wasn’t)

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

Keeping the script to one page. My first draft was almost 3 pages long! As a learning exercise it was great to study the script in such an intimate way to know what had to stay and what could be discarded. It was not an easy process

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

Sport and humanitarianism

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

Very positive experience with Film Freeway. Allows for easy submissions all under the one platform

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

I love showcasing my work in festivals all around the world and The Trench has been widely well received. I was very happy about the feedback I received from the U5mFF. The dream of course is for this little script to be one day produced.

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Op: Mary Cox

Short Film: UNCANNY VALLEY, 4min., USA, Drama

 

0001After the mysterious disappearance of his mother, Elliot struggles to find a new family dynamic, while dealing with his grandpa’s crazy antics and theories.

  • Film Type:
    Short, Student, Web / New Media
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 9 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 20, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital 4K
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.35
  • Film Color:
    Color

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

Winning Under 5min. Short Screenplay – THE PLAGIARIST, by James M Freeman

 
Genre: Drama, Political

A pompous professor is confronted with a scandal of his own making.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Julian Ford
Beecham: Dan Cristofori
Hardy: Steve Rizzo
Megan: Emily Weir
Wright: Rachel Salsberg

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

Title of Screenplay: The Plagiarist.

A university lecturer defends himself against a dead student’s complaint.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Drama.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

As students, many of us have endured insufferable–even worse, harmful teachers–and have been powerless to do much about it. My story addresses this issue.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Injustice. Redress.

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

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I wrote a draft a couple of years ago and set it aside. I rewrote it this year over about a week and then revised it over another few days based on the reader’s insightful suggestions.

I expect to incorporate this story into a feature-length screenplay, which I have been writing.

How many stories have you written?

Narrative screenplays and short stories: One feature script, six short scripts, two short stories based on scripts.

Several of my seven Non-Fiction books use stories, which serve as the basis of my screenplays. Examples are “Untouchable: An Indian Life History,” and “Hearts of Sorrow: Vietnamese-American Lives”–which won a 1990 American Book Award.

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

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

How to end the story. How to make the situation outrageous/intolerable, but still believable.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Human rights. For many years, as a volunteer, I headed a non-profit agency that provided assistance to Vietnamese unaccompanied minors seeking asylum as refugees. My short script, “Best Interests,” draws on my experiences in Southeast Asian detention centers, where the children all too often suffered abuse and neglect.

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

Entered the festival because: The story felt right for a short exposition.

 

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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

Audience FEEDBACK: BLURRY, 5min, USA, Thriller/Mystery

BLURRY, 5min, USA, Thriller/Mystery
Directed by Jake Honer

A young man cannot see his demise.

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