HIGHLIGHTS: August 2020 Web Series Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER:

BEST TV WEB SERIES FILM: HOW DO THEY BONE?

Theme of night: Unique surroundings

NOTE: Festival took place during the COVID-19 virus lockdown so all screenings were held in private.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterFEDERAL APPROVED PARENT, 8min., USA, Comedy/Drama

festival posterMANN OVERBOARD, 7min., USA, Comedy/Web Series

festival posterBRAZZY JAZZY, 5min., USA, Comedy/Web Series

festival posterONE ACTOR SHORT Episode 3, 9min., Comedy/Webs Series

festival posterHOW DO THEY BONE?, 9min., Comedy/Web Series

festival posterCHICKEN, 10min., USA Comedy/Web Series

The beginning of a (temporary) new era.

See you at the festivals. Whenever that happens!

– Matthew Toffolo

1st Scene Reading of TV Screenplay of BOB’S BURGERS “The Swiss Family Belcher”, by Carlos Greaves

Watch beginning of original screenplay of the hit TV show BOB’S BURGERS.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Allison Kampf
LINDA (F): Hannah Ehman
BOB (M): Allan Michael Brunet
LOUISE/TINA (F) – Cassandra Guthrie
GENE/MR FISCHOEDER (M): Geoff Mays
TEDDY/MARVIN (M): Shawn Devlin

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

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Ryan Haines, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

TV PILOT 1st Scene Screenplay: Mary’s Place, by David Bruinooge

When the longtime piano player of Mary’s Place, a gay NYC piano bar, unexpectedly dies on the job, four diverse twentysomething regulars, who are also Broadway wannabes, are tasked to find his replacement and do so in the most unlikely of people – a straight and struggling rock-and-roll musician whose gay father schooled him in the Broadway classics.

CAST LIST:
Narrator: Allison Kampf
BUTCH/DRUNK CUSTUMER (M): Bill Poulin
IRWIN (M) Sean Ballantyne
HARPER (F): Victoria Urquhart
SAM (F): Kyana Teresa
NAOMI (F): Alicia Ryan

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

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Ryan Haines, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

TV PILOT Best Scene Screenplay: KARA, by Nathan Allen

Kara Yunjoo Liebowitz is your average Jewish Korean-adoptee in Texas – effervescent, insecure, ravaged by adolescence, obsessed with Ezra Miller, and ashamed of the Korean heritage that sets her apart from her Jewish community. Kara finds her way to self-love and acceptance on the road to her Bat Mitzvah, accompanied by the memories of her beloved Orthodox Grandfather, Zeyde, and a newfound relationship with the last person in the world she wants to see – her birth mother.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Allison Kampf
KARA (F): Cassandra Guthrie
JENNIFER (F): Victoria Urquhart
ADAM/SAMPSON (M): Shawn Devlin

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

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Ryan Haines, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

TV Festival Testimonial – April 7 2020

Priyanka Desai

A wonderful festival! Thanks so much for the feedback and support!

 

Submit your TV Show/Pilot via FilmFreeway:

Probably the best and most informative feedback I have ever gotten for this! Thank you so much:) I’ve been trying to figure out what isn’t quite right with the script – the notes make complete sense! Thank you again, now I know what to do to tighten it up:):)
– Tania Penn, TV Pilot

At least 3-8 winning screenplay readings every single month.

 

 

Winning TV SPEC Script Reading: Master of None “Social Media”, by Jeremy Kruse

When Dev receives abuse after an old insensitive comment he made on Facebook reemerges, he is forced to reevaluate his relationship with social media.

CAST LIST:

Nisha : Nadine Charleson
Benjamin: Pierre Simpson
Denise: Elizabeth Erhart
Shannon: Tiffany Davison
Narration: Esther Tribault
Dev: Atesh
Arnold: Sean Ballantyne
Ramesh/Malcolm: Ron Boyce
Todd: Scott Hilton

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

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Ryan Haines, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Ryan Haines, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

TV Festival Best Scene Reading: HUSH, by Samantha Loney

A psychologist, back from maternity leave, is asked to review the mental state of a former FBI agent, who is brought back to solve a case that destroyed her career and home life.

Can you be a woman and have it all?

CAST LIST:

Narration: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Retired Man: Ted Powers

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

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Ryan Haines, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Ryan Haines, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

TV Best Scene Script Reading: A Guide To Basic Politics, by Hiram Alexander Orozco

After feeling inspired by voting in a local election, Katherine Herrera decides to run for Mayor of McAllen and enlists the help of her unfulfilled, unhappy, and unqualified millennial friends to launch her campaign and get her elected. Headstrong and determined, a mixture of Leslie Knope and Selina Meyer, she dives straight into the world of local politics. What could go wrong?

CAST LIST:

Child: David Rowan
Abbot: Thomas Fournier
Narration: Kat Smiley
Katherine: Aimee Poulin
Tessa: Jillian Robinson

Mother: Pascale Behrman

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

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Ryan Haines, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Ryan Haines, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

TV SPEC Screenplay Reading of RICK AND MORTY “Life of Morty”, by Daniel Richardson

Morty finds out the true price of ignoring his grandfather.
Jerry battles with the inner workings of sexual desire and love.

CAST LIST:

Summer: Jillian Robinson
Beth: Pascale Behrman
Jerry: David Rowan
Narration: Kat Smiley
Morty: Thomas Fournier
Rick: Allan Brunet
Vagina: Bill Poulin

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

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Ryan Haines, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Ryan Haines, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

Winning TV SPEC Reading: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Spec) – “Opening Act”, by Danny Gendron

While serving as the opening act for singer Shy Baldwin on his European tour, Midge grapples with the anxiety and fraud complex that comes with her increasing stardom. Meanwhile, Susie wrestles with a secret she should have revealed to Midge a long time ago.

CAST LIST:

Rose: Jordan Boscariol
Joel: Fabio Abreu
Shy: Gabriel Darku
Narration: Sean Ballantyne
Midge: Justine Christensen
Susie: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Moise: William Poulin
Abe: Steven Holmberg

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

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Ryan Haines, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Ryan Haines, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch