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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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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