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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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

February 2016 Short Screenplay Winners

A record setting 5 short screenplays were performed at the festival in February 2016. Watch event screenplay readings performed by professional actors: 

Short Screenplay #1: LOVES LABORS LOST
by Stanley Eisenhammer
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/loves_labors_lost.html

SYNOPSIS: 

Genres: Comedy, Romance

After her boyfriend botches a marriage proposal, Nicole accidentally drops the engagement ring in the toilet and begins to have second thoughts.

CAST LIST: 

NARRATOR – Neil Kulin
JEFF – Gabriel Darku
NICOLE – Amanda Pereira
CHLOE – Elizabeth Rose Morriss
VOICE – Susan Wilson

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Short Screenplay #2: COMPLICIT
by Andrew L. Schwartz
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/complicit.html

SYNOPSIS: 

Genres: Crime, Drama

An old man tries to escape his past transgressions before having to go on trial for them.

CAST LIST: 

NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
LT. HAMMELSTEIN – Sean Kaufmann
CLARITA/MARIE – Kelci Stephenson
SCHEINBERG – Chris Reid-Geisler
SGT. SACCO – Jarrid Terrell
PAP PAP – Sasha Rajamani


Short Screenplay #3: ANIMAL SKINS
by Bryan Ott
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/animal_skins.html

SYNOPSIS: 

Genres: Sci-Fi, Drama

Vicious wind howls, pelting snow that rips both forest and flesh, as Pim, a fatherless, country girl, ventures deep within on a dangerous, lonely trek toward Bangkok; Thailand’s former capital city now submerged in icy flood waters and nearly abandon.

CAST LIST: 

NARRATOR – Sean Kaufmann
HUNTER – Sasha Rajamani
PIM – Kelci Stephenson
SCARBOY – Chris Reid-Geisler
WILD BOY – Jarrid Terrell

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Short Screenplay #4: FOR HOPE
by Cindy Lee
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/for_hope.html

SYNOPSIS: 

Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Drama

Two rhino poachers flip their car in the Kruger National Park. Even though their lives are literally hanging in the balance none of the locals who arrive on the scene will help them. The locals decide to take a stand and send a message. Enough is enough.

<bCAST LIST: 

NARRATOR – Susan Wilson
NIC – Elizabeth Rose Morriss
THEMBA – Mark Sparks

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Short Screenplay #5: TURN ON DESIRE
by Lauren Hoekstra

http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/turn_on_desire.html

SYNOPSIS: 

Genres: Sci-Fi, Thriller

What is real and what is fiction in this haunting tale.

CAST LIST: 

NARRATOR – Susan Wilson
LUKE – Mark Sparks
PIMP – Neil KulinBOY – Gabriel Darku
LOUDSPEAKER – Elizabeth Rose Morriss