HIGHLIGHTS: June 2018 Web Series Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:

BEST FILM: COOL GIRLS

BEST PERFORMANCES: COOL GIRLS

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: COOL GIRLS

BEST MUSIC: LEGAL FOX

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterSOUNDS OF FREEDOM, 5min, USA, TV WEB SERIES/Drama

festival posterHEINOUS GIRLS, 5min., Canada, TV WEB SERIES/Comedy

festival posterCOOL GIRLS “HOW TO THROW A GIRLS NIGHT OUT”, 8min., Canada, TV WEB SERIES/Comedy

festival posterCROW’S PEAK, 4min., USA, TV WEB SERIES/Animation/Comedy

festival posterLEGAL FOX: A TASTE OF TRUMP, 3min., USA Drama/Comedy

festival posterOTHER PEOPLE’S CHILDREN, 5min., USA, TV WEB SERIES/Comedy

The theme of the June 2018 WEB SERIES FEEDBACK Film Festival in Toronto was “Invisible Obstacles”. Every single film was about characters needing to overcome conflicts that really didn’t exist..

Web Series are the now and future of media and film festivals. So I was very honored to show 6 of the best TV webisodes in the world today. The great thing about this festival is that there is more to come for the audience if they like. Simply put the titles of these shows into your google machine and you can watch many episodes of each.

This is what’s so cool about this particular festival. The night doesn’t end when the festival is over.

The first ever FEEDBACK Festival where the entire program was already on the web for people to watch before they entered the cinema. So this night was really about the audience feedback section and getting a nice promotional video for the filmmaking team who made these shows.

Great night all around. Many more Web Series Festivals to come.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

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Winning TV Screenplays for April 2018

Watch readings of the winning screenplays performed by professional actors:

ACTORTV FAN FICTION PILOT: SCOOBY DOO: AGE OF AQUARIUS
April 2018 Reading
by Katie Grotzinger
ACTORJOHN Q TV Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Jason Jung
ACTORESC(APE) ONLINE TV Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Christopher Kerr
ACTORDRAGONS AND WOLVES – TV Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Drew Henriksen
ACTORGLOBAL FUND – TV Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by

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

Director: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: Kimberly Villarruel
Camera Operator: Mary Cox

TV PILOT 1st Scene Reading – BY TOUCH, by Robert Cox

Genre: Sci-Fi, Drama

Anton Michaels is a college professor with a gift. To some people in the police force Anton is used to help catch criminals with his abnormal psychometric abilities. After an explosion at a nuclear power plant leaves one man as a prime suspect, Anton is called in by his friend Father John to help find his nephew David who he swears could not be involved with the rigged explosion but has mysteriously disappeared.

Cast List:

Jimmy: James Dooley
Woman: Kelci Stephenson
Narrator: Val Cole
Anton: John Fray
Father John: Gary Graham

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your TV Pilot screenplay about?

The story concerns a man gifted with the ability to locate people by touching objects they own or able to pick up on events from surrounding objects. This ability has drawbacks and dangers that he struggles to overcome, and fears coming from what and how much he sees and feels. Plus, his activities have caught the interest of an unsavory character that has his every move watched and wants him for his own purposes.

2. Why should this screenplay be made into a TV show?

It shows that even someone with an extraordinary ability, in this case, psychometry, is still human underneath. The main character has the same flaws, fears, errors of judgement, and emotional baggage as anyone else.

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

Psychic Mystery

4. What TV show do you keep watching over and over again?

– CSI: Crime Scene Investigations.

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

– 2 years

6. How many stories have you written?

– 5

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

– ‘The Dancing Bear’ – Mamas and the Papas

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

– trying to keep the main character human, less someone who knows all the answers to one that needs to bumble his way through the story on occasion.

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

Gardening, Art (painting, drawing), Anything sci-fi, reading.

10. What influenced you to enter the festival?

What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received? I had heard good reports on the Festival from the comments on FilmFreeway, and others in my circle of writer friends. As for the feedback, it was extremely helpful, and I could see exactly what the person was talking about, and how to fix it.

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

I have had no complaints about FF. It has been a great way to enter contests and be able to know where they’re going. They have been able to answer any question I have had.

12. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Write what you would like to see or you are passionate about. It may not be the ‘show-de-jour’ now, but it could be next week. Know that any script can be improved, and any feedback you may receive is only meant to help make the script better. Most of all, just write.

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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

TV THRILLER BEST SCENE Reading of CELTIC BLOOD, by Richard William Masterson

Crime Thriller

Logline: A young Irish criminal rebuilds his boss’s empire in the US, while becoming a target of a massive conspiracy within the FBI.

CAST LIST:
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Teddy: Peter-Mark Raphael
Connelly/Fitzpatrick: Scott McCulloch
Michael: Gabriel Darku

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

“Celtic Blood” is written in the vein of “24” meets “Sons of Anarchy”. The series is about Irish gangster Michael Mullan, who upon being released from prison, is sent to the U.S. to rebuild his boss’s empire there. He tries to renegotiate terms with the Boston and New York gangs but encounters difficulties due to his quick temper and hidden drug use. Meanwhile FBI Agent David Deere, seeking redemption for past mistakes, leads a task force to indict Michael’s boss but soon uncovers a vast conspiracy within the Bureau. Ultimately, I have plans for this to be similar to a Greek tragedy. In attempting to stay alive, Michael and his crew as his surrogate family will have to make deals with devils and form/break long standing alliances. Finally, Michael will have to sacrifice everything including his soul, to protect those he loves.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Organized crime and government conspiracy.

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

I believe the gripping story lines; well-rounded characters and realism of both the organized crime and FBI worlds in “Celtic Blood” will appeal to a very diverse audience. In addition to the Irish, there will be characters from all corners of organized crime with elements of each of those cultures. Originally, I envisioned this script as a TV pilot but would be open to discussions as a feature. I do however have a large scale and scope for the universe and mythology of the story that would span multiple years.

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

Gritty and gripping. Unlike “The Godfather” and “The Sopranos” which romanticized the gangster lifestyle, my goal is to portray these characters as they really are, with no holds barred and all the violence, betrayal and brutality of this life shown. While Michael and his crew are likable and have a code of honor amongst themselves, at the end of the day, they are still criminals living in a kill or be killed world.

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

12 Angry Men

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

12 years. I wrote the first draft in my sophomore year of college. I have written other scripts but this was the first to which I continually return to, tinker with and develop further. The original draft is radically different and has greatly improved as I’ve revised, retooled and tightened plot, characters and relationships. Massive ongoing research has drastically strengthened and sharpened my writing.

7. How many stories have you written?

As far as individual screenplays, I have one feature, two pilots and two spec scripts. I have multiple script ideas for features and other TV pilots, two of which I am in the beginning stages.

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

“Funky Ceili (Bridie’s Song)” by Black 47. I’m a big fan of Black 47 as well as classic rock

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

One of the obstacles I faced was creating the dialogue and character relationships to be authentic to the life of the underworld and the FBI. Developing the characters’ back stories really informed and helped grow and expand the mythology while avoiding cliches and stereotypes.

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

I’m very passionate about my family, protecting and spending time with them. With regarding to passion in film, I’m generally drawn to movies and TV series that deal with and explore true crime, Ireland and Irish culture, father/son and brother/brother relationships. As such, I frequently many of these themes and incorporate them into the stories I tell.

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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

2017 TV PILOT Winners (19)

 

ACTORPSI-COM 5 TV PILOT
December 2017 Reading
by
ACTORMINNIE NOIR TV PILOT
December 2017 Reading
by Katie Grotzinger
ACTORFANTASY TV PILOT Screenplay – EIRE’S SONG
November 2017 Reading
by Kristen Nedopak
ACTORCRIME TV PILOT Screenplay – THE BIGGEST LITTLE
October 2017 Reading
by Craig Page
ACTORLGBT TV PILOT Screenplay – THE UPSIDE OF OVER
October 2017 Reading
by Dan Hass
ACTORBEST SCENE TV Screenplay – DARK HEROES
October 2017 Reading
by Peter Sims
ACTORTV 1st Scene Screenplay – KODAK MOMENT
September 2017 Reading
by John Cruz Alarid

ACTORTV 1st Scene Screenplay – CELTIC BLOOD
September 2017 Reading
by Richard William Masterson

ACTORSTUDENT TV PILOT Screenplay – EVERHART
August 2017 Reading
by K. Wayman Dodd

ACTORLGBT TV PILOT Screenplay – THE DISAPPEARANCE
August 2017 Reading
by Jess Harris Distefano

ACTORWESTERN TV PILOT Screenplay – SIRINGO
July 2017 Reading
by Nathan Ward

ACTORANIMATION TV PILOT Screenplay – CHICKEN COP
July 2017 Reading
by Bryan Cahill

ACTORFEMALE TV PILOT Screenplay – JUNKED
June 2017 Reading
by Alice Dennard

ACTORLGBT TV PILOT – FAUK MY LIFE
May 2017 Reading
by Stephanie Neroes

ACTORTV BEST Scene – INFINITY’S EDGE
May 2017 Reading
by Anthony M. Dionisio

ACTORFAN FICTION TV PILOT Screenplay – THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR
April 2017 Reading
Written by Richard Mueller

ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – WHEN THE WORLD WAS SQUARE
March 2017 Reading
Written by Irwin Greenstein

ACTORLGBT WEB SERIES Screenplay – LITTLE SISTA
March 2017 Reading
Written by Charmaine Bingwa

ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – ECHOES OF BONNIEVILLE
February 2017 Reading
Written by Simon Schneider

 

 

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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

Part 2: 2017 – Best of DRAMA TV Show Pitches and Loglines

Browse the best of DRAMA Television show loglines and story pitches from around the world. 

THE LIQUIDATORS, by Kevin Mejia

THORNS ON A VINE, by Brianna Smith

XO10, by Barry English

THE JUSTICE CLUB, by Jennifer Lang

MULLIGANS, by Chris Jacobs

HACKERS LAMENT, by Douglas G Cala

THE LAST SUPPER, by Giovani Ginnetti & Garry Hicks

HARCO, by Frank Reynolds

THE E2’s, by Ade Craig

HOTEL CARTEL, by Courtney Michael

RESTART, by Sunday Banks

BLIND WORLD, by Dayna Vonthaer

ABSYNTHIA, by Seregon O’Dassey

LEGION 16, by LIndsey M. Foulkes

EARTH NOW INC, by Wendy Henson

TWENTYSOMETHING, by Hannah Grombol

DMITRY, by Mark Nadratowski

IRON SEEDS, by Tesh Hitman

LONEWOLF, by Amity Poglajen

THE FIFTH POSTULATE, by Leonardo Valenti Filippo Kalomenidis

AXIOM, by Rochelle Blissett-Miller

SPEAK, by Cosmo Iannopollo

REVERSE CITY, by Annaluisa De Socchieri

BALANCE, by Margaret Walton

HAIL MARY, by Stan Williamson

SUFFRAGETTES, by Christina Klessig

PORN AGAINST KRISTEN, by Tania Penn

SUNSET, by Valerio Carta

RAIN ON THE BRIDGE, by Ivana Tucak

THE HURLANT STRAND, by William L. Glover

NATIVE SONG, by Naomi S. Burell

LASSITER, by Walter Harris

HENRY, by Frank Muisenga

AGE OF SILENCE, by Vasileio Papatheocharis

DRUID, by Michael David Layne

SOURCE, by Jessica Waters

HANDS OF THE BAYOU, by Nichelle Walker

ENFORCEMENT, by Kevin Cantor

SAVE FACE, by Cameron McAtasney

WHEN THE WORLD WAS SQUARE, by Irwin Greenstein

BRUTA, by Eric Irizarry

CRAZY DESPERATION, by Curtis Ellison

ASAP, by Leon E. Connell

SEXY VEGAN FREAK, by Racine Hiet

TRAPPED, by Rachel Kantor

WE’RE ALL A LIL MAD, by Kamala Thompson

LIFE OF LIE, by Ankana Joshi

A RECIPE FOR DISASTER, by Gary Brennan

SUITE U, by Matthew Lazin & Kelli Allan

CITY NIGHTS, by Antonio Brewer

2017 – Best of DRAMA TV Show Pitches and Loglines

Browse the best of DRAMA Television show loglines and story pitches from around the world. 

LOOSE THREADS, by Celeste Martinez

MY NON LOSING SEASON, by Ian Hughes

THE ARISTOCRATIC ENSLAVER, by O.C. Wells

THE CRUCIFIX, by Rhys Comerford

DUAL RELATIONSHIPS PROPOSAL, by John Serafinko

CASTLE ROCK, by Crystal Melville

BABYLON, by Mariah Robinson

JUST A FEW, by Ford Jones

LASSITER, by Walker Gavin

TOWN OF SECRETS, by Ernest Connell

RUMBLING BLUE THUNDER, by Paul Grubb

COMMUNITY SERVICE: MINNEAPOLIS, by Anica Moore

ORACLES, by JD Epstein

RENTAL, by Adam Beal

MIAMI NIGHTS, by Kevin Goodson

THE GOLDEN AGE, by Jon Davis

GOD SPEED, by Mary Seroczynski

BENJAMIN HALL, by Denise Wax

THE AMERICAN ROYALTY, by Delio Oliveira

THE MISADVENTURES OF ANGEL, by Raven Yhelka

PRICE, by E.E.

FROM HELL AND BACK, by Brandon Cline

BECOMING MORTAL, by MK McFaddden

VERSES AND RHYMES, by Nicky Osivwemu

ZERO TOLERANCE, by Marcela Tingle

ACEWATER, by Christian Chedrawi

MISSION OF A DREAM, by GR Writer

PUT IT WRITE, by Yael Maurer

AMERICAN INN, by Stefano Labbia Manfredi

REBEL DOVE, by Linda Daly