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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Under 5min. SHORT Script Reading of NIGHT SHIFT, by Yanjuan Song

Genre: Drama, Comedy

A security guard is paying too much attention to the robber because he’s online chatting with a girl.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Billy: Hugh Ritchie

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

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Under 5min. SHORT Script Reading of 900 PAGES, by Juanita Cepero

Genre: Comedy

A writer tries to sell his 900-page manuscript to a very particular agent.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Peter: Geoff Mays
Suits #1 – 3: Hugh Ritchie

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

900 pages is a story about broken dreams, about moving on, and about not giving up.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Magical realism

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Because we’ve all been in that dark place where life seems to be pointless, and we need to make fun of that feeling, it helps us survive.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Painfully funny

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

Bridget Jones’s Diary

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

1 month

How many stories have you written?

… a lot, hahaha. Been writing since I was 12.

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

The Show Must Go On by Queen

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

A very dark state of mind and a tad of hopelessness

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Traveling!

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

This is a strange script, for a strange audience, born from a strange feeling. I was curious to know how a complete stranger would interpret it. The feedback was on point and it offered great ideas and suggestions.

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

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Under 5min. SHORT Script Reading of I KNOW, by Steve Vasiliou

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Morning, noon or night, at home, on business or holiday, the real-life encounter of “I Know” touches all people. Unless you live as a hermit, there’s no way that you haven’t experienced an “I Know” meeting. For some, this tragic comedy repeats itself over and over again. The script describes in just one page a conversation that unfortunately can fill a book or a lifetime.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Sophia: Ariel Brooker
Harry: Hugh Ritchie

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

A conversation between two supposedly intimate people.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Non-fiction romantic comedy.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It’s a theme that can take place anywhere with universal appeal.

How would you describe this script in two words?

We know.

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

It depends on the life time period since my interests evolve through the years. I generally like historical adventures in all forms- drama, comedy, romance, travel, mystery.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

One week but in my thoughts for years.

How many stories have you written?

Seven.

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

Molly Malone

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Editing to the point where I felt it was the best it could be.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Photography, travel, mountains, art, food, foreign languages, nature, fun.

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

The length requirement of your festival which perfectly suited my screenplay. The initial feedback was a pleasant surprise.

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

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

HIGHLIGHTS – December 2016 Under 5min. Film Festival (Animation Edition)

AUDIENCE FESTIVAL AWARDS

Best Film: I AM DYSLEXIC

Best Performances: STUTTER

Best Animation: SISTERS

Best Music: The music from SISTERS

BIRTH WEAVING LIFE, 5min., Japan, Animation/Documentary
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festival posterI AM DYSLEXIC, 5min. Norway, Animation/Music Video
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festival posterGRANDMA: A TRUE STORY, 5min, UK, Animation/Family
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festival posterPHANTOM CITY, 6min, Canada, Animation/Crime
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festival posterTHE GRAVEYARD SHIFT, 2min, USA, Animation/Comedy
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festival posterCACOPHONY, 2min, USA, Animation/Drama
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festival posterSISTERS, 4min, USA, Animation/Music Video
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festival posterAFRO CRAB, 4min, Taiwan, Animation/Comedy
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Audience FEEDBACK: PEOPLE OF NOWHERE, 2min, Israel, Documentary/Music Video

Watch the best of the July 2016 Film Festival. Winner of BEST FILM at the Festival.

PEOPLE OF NOWHERE
Info on the Short Film!

AUDIENCE FEEDBACK VIDEO:

  MOVIE POSTERPEOPLE OF NOWHERE, 2min, Israel, Documentary/Music Video
Directed by Lior Sperando

Music Video about the wave of Syrian refugees who try to make their way into Europe.

Director Statement:

I have heard and read different opinions about the wave of Syrian refugees who try to make their way in to EU. Then I went to Lesvos. 7 Days on the Greek Island gave me a healthier human perspective on the situation. Seeing in my own eyes the people behind the headlines and feeling their deep struggle, broke my heart.

Is this the “threat” people talk about? All I could see was courages people in a crisis. I also got to meet brave volunteers from all over the world who reach out to help all people regardless of their religion, race or background. That inspired me.

My hope is that this video will shake some of the bad ideas we sometimes feed ourselves with.

Film Type: Documentary, Experimental, Music Video, Short, Web / New Media

Genres: Music Video, short short, Ducumentry, world news

Runtime: 1 minute 59 seconds

Completion Date: November 25, 2015

Country of Origin: Israel

Country of Filming: Greece

Shooting Format: 1DC

Film Color: Color

First-time Filmmaker: No

Student Project: No

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