Winning TV PILOT Script Reading: Versailles, Florida, by Henry Cline

After trying to avoid his parents since college, a man is forced to move back home with his pregnant wife.


Igor: Pierre Simpson
Dot: Nadine Charleson
Lori: Elizabeth Erhart
Dadson: Sean Ballantyne
Narration: Esther Tribault
Dana: Tiffany Davison
Nick: Scott Hilton
Guy: Ron Boyd
Interpreter: Atesh

Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo

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 PILOT 1st Scene Script – JAKOB’S COVE, by Travis Darkow


Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi, Suspense

A crazy mash up of The X-Files and Supernatural, but with more violence, old school noir detective movies like The Maltese Falcon, and the soundtrack style of Stranger Things or It Follows, 80’s synthesizer and all.


Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Det. Jameson: Charles Gordon

Get to know the writer: 

 1. What is your screenplay about?

A seasoned detective is sent to a sleepy seaside town to investigate an increasing number of disappearances. As he digs into the town and the locals, he soon discovers that the reasons for these disappearances begin to point to the paranormal, and the seemingly quiet Jakob’s Cove is a mere facade for a much darker reality that brews within the town. Detective Jameson doesn’t learn it in the pilot, but the audience sees that Scarlett has some sort of “abilities” and turns out soon thereafter to be a witch. Scarlett along with two other witches, and a cloaked group of mysterious figures from the community known in secret as The Order of the Blood Raven control some sort of interdimensional rift that is a gateway to tangent realms where thought-to-be mythical creatures and monsters exist. The witches, in a pact with a family of vampires, are the ones taking the missing people, and sacrificing them to an overlord of these realms in exchange for power. The pilot sets up the horror/supernatural aspect, as well as introducing the main characters, all while leaving enough mystery as to what’s to come, that I think is really exciting.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

I would say first and foremost it falls under Mystery/Horror, with elements of thriller and suspense, as well as some nods to old school detective movies, and bits of humor sprinkled throughout, mostly from Elliot, and even Jameson, albeit unintentionally.

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

I truly believe this world I’ve begun to create would make a wonderfully strange canvas on which to paint a compelling horror/supernatural mystery tale. I have spent so many hundreds of hours working on developing Jakob’s Cove, not just as a script, but as a “real” place. Mainly for my own sake, I have worked out and outlined potentially where the entire show could go as a series, and I have found myself in some very interesting places creatively in doing so. I have outlined multiple seasons to see what types of obstacles our ragtag group of protagonists could face. Each season would present a new creature or two (werewolves, extraterrestrials etc.) that have been summoned through the space-time rift that lies in the crypts beneath the cemetery, that is controlled by the group of witches. I visualized Jakob’s Cove as a series that starts off strange and doesn’t let up. I imagine each episode as no nonsense, fast paced horror, mystery and suspense, always leaving the viewer craving the next episode, as Jameson transforms from stern detective to monster hunting badass who has to expel these beasts back into the void. I think this blend of supernatural horror, mystery, and everyday people becoming the heroes over this dark little town would be an intense, strange and satisfying watch for audiences to keep coming back to, as the possibilities of what could happen and where it could go are potentially limitless.

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

Cosmic and frenetic

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

It would probably be a close one between The Nightmare Before Christmas and The Sandlot.

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

I originally outlined the overall idea for Jakob’s Cove 3 years ago, back then it was only going to be a short story, until I saw the potential for expanding this world. I wrote the first draft about 7 or 8 months ago, then sat on it for a while as I continued with the handful of other projects I’m working on. I wrote the 2nd draft maybe 4 months ago, and the 3rd and most current draft the very next day after receiving my feedback from you guys.

7. How many stories have you written?

I am constantly writing stories and outlining ideas for future projects. Currently I have 4 other screenplays I’m developing that range from a heist film, to a zombie-western, a horror-comedy and another horror movie. I have written and shot around 10 or so no budget short films since high school, and recently finished the script for another short film that I plan to shoot this summer. I have written 9 children’s books so far, and have another handful that I’m currently rotating between working on as well as trying to get them published. I also have a large collection of poetry I write, and about 5 other short stories I’m also working on.

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

It’s way too hard to pick just one favorite song, but close to the top of the list would have to be Everlong by Foo Fighters or any song by Angels and Airwaves.

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

The biggest obstacle I think was that initially I started to visualize Jakob’s Cove as a short story, so when my wife threw out the idea of turning it into a television format I thought it was perfect, I just had to rework it a lot and expand a massive amount. From there I outlined where the entire series could potentially go as well as each season, and the story arcs of each character to better understand the world itself before tackling the pilot. All that, and the longs hours spent hunched over on the hard dining room chair on the laptop.

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

I am very passionate about my wife Kelsey and our dog Jax. I love more than anything to spend time with them. Aside from that I love video games, as well as writing and creating music.

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

I love FilmFreeway, I think it’s an extremely helpful tool for writers of any experience level. It’s very easy to search festivals that are specifically catered to what you’re looking for, and I love having all my screenwriting submissions available in one spot, it makes them much easier to manage.

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

I have always been passionate about writing from a very young age. After so many years of only getting to write in my spare time between working a job I have close to zero passion for, I put one thought into my head and made myself a promise. That promise was that I am not going to rest until my writing is how I support my family. I thought that the feedback I received was very insightful and I appreciated it greatly. It showed that my script was actually read and thought about, and it was definitely useful in how I approached the 3rd draft of my script.


Producer: Matthew Toffolo –

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Op: Mary Cox

2017 – Best TELEVISION Pilot Loglines of the year!

Read the top TV PILOT pitches of the year: 

THE DARK SECRET, by Denise Buckley

WILD ONES, by Victor Mwamburi

A FAMILY’S WEB OF LOVE, by Nicole Gray


THE PUPPETEERS, by Tracey Maye

THE MONSTER JUNKIES, by Erik Daniel Shein

THE GIFTED, by Barry Brennessel

THE PILLAGERS, by Bernard Cecire

MINDWALKER, by Thorsten Loos

BETA BY BLOOD, by Sharon Grice

AMERICANA, by Neto Depaula

RUST, by Cody Carson

LASTVIEW, by Candace Taylor Johnson

FISHNETS, by Shelli Wright

THIS IS MY DAY, by Amin Elhag











2017 – Read the best of HORROR TELEVISION Shows loglines

Read the best of HORROR TV Show ideas and synsopsis’ from around the world.

MENTAL, by Tristan J. Shuler

PATRONYMIC, by Manmohan Kumar Rana

TATTOO, by David Wise

BLAZED AMBUSH, by Craig Smith

ENENRA, by Aaron Wroblewski

PEEL, by Matthew Torti

THE BLACK MARIA, by Michael Cala

VIRUS K, by Michael Freeman

FIRESTORM, by Clayton Emery


SYLVESTER, by Michael Aanu

EIDOLA, by Robert Herold










2017 – Read the best of DRAMA TELEVISION Shows loglines

Read the best of DRAMA TV Show ideas and synsopsis’ from around the world.

SINS OF THE DAUGHTER, by Michael Atkinson

ATASCOSA COUNTY, by Mark A. Valdez
EPIC MOMENT, by Regine Cherry

THE WIG, by Renata Suerth

THE HUMAN DRESS, by Rona Walter

CLEVER GIRL, by Sahil Sharma, Joe Zappa, Kip Bennett


URBAN WILDLIFE, by Kathy Myers

WILD MIND 1, by Fujio Torikai


GESTURES, by Drew Pittock

SUCCESSION, by Cordell Garrett

A STITCH IN TIME, by Julie Winters

FATHER FLANAGAN, by Chris Beatty

THE EASY WAY, by Meredith Post
OBSTRUCTED JUSTICE, by Matthew Greco and Patrick Espinoza 

31:10, by Christina Bevan & Rhianne Williams

CORPOREAL, by Pamela Rios

TEARS OF AN ANGEL, by Szand Haris-Weldin

HARMONY PI, by Ted Sterns

GROWING UP, by Cynthia Garbutt


THE SQUARED CIRCLE, by Buddy Chambers

THE BLUE CIRCUS, by Dennis Foley

CACTUS SURFING, by Doctor Lisa Cohen

LOOSE CANNON, by Jennifer Bouani
LIFE AS WE KNOW IT, by Tawanda Le Saine

INCENDIARY, by Shadrach Michaels

BATTLE OF THE LOST, by Patrick S. Selitrenny

BRIDES OF EDEN, by Denise Martin

G.U.N.S., by Jermaine M. Vanderhorst and Kim N. Polite

DIRTY GIRLS, by Sunday Sabbath

TBAIMS, by Jon Landers

KODAK MOMENT, by John Cruz Alarid


ORTUS, by Heather Wallace-Brown

MARIE’S WORLD, by Kristal McKerrington

IDLE WOMEN, by Graham Smith

HOMELESS, by WL Gorman

MIDDLERIDGE, by Tomas Xavier Diaz

THE 27 CONSPIRACY by Robert Beedham

SHRINK PROOF, by Stephen Potts

TURBULENCE, by Lewis Ritter

JERSEY, by Shahid Manning

BLIND JUSTICE, by Alex Carson

GASLAND, by Augusto Amador
LUCENT SOUNDS, by Waldemar de Boer

FREE NORTH, by Ray-Alan Cameron

GHOST EYES, by Maurice Blocker

THE LONG WINTER, by Liam Kavanagh

TONGUE TIED, by Steven M. Cross

BRITHOP, by Minka Wiltz

5N, by Nicole J. Barrett


Written by Eve Noel

NARRATOR – Kelci Stephenson
JW – Julian Ford
EVELYN – Mallory Palmer
ANDREAS – Kheon Clarke
ABDUL – Hugh Ritchie


Genre: Adventure, Thriller, Fantasy, Horror

An archeologist finds out that she was born as a result of her mother’s encounter with a demon, which seeks to mate with her directly so that she bears a child from the demon as well.

Get to know the writer:

What is your TV Pilot screenplay about?

A woman’s surprising revelation about her past and her fight to save herself and humanity from a satanic Second Coming.

Why should this screenplay be made into a TV show?

The screenplay has long story lines and it can take you into Madeleine’s life after the revelation, into webs of future occurrences when Madeleine bears her own child, the rise of another Second Coming and the battles for the soul of earth with biblical implications.

How would you describe this script in two words?


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

Star Trek originals from 1960’s.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I worked on the screenplay for approximately one year.

How many stories have you written?

I have written four features and four shorts. The first script was titled The Outcasts which received a quarter-finalist status with the We Screenplay Intl’ Competition. The second script was titled Dangerous Triangle, which was a finalist in the Massiff (Massachusetts Int’ Film Festival), a 4th place finish in the Indie Gathering Festival, and a finalist in the Neo Noir Film Festival. In the shorts category, a screenplay titled The Secret was a finalist in the 2016 Artists Alliance Short Screenplay Comp., and a screenplay titled Love in a Dungeon, received a finalist award in the Courier Award 2015.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

As a teenager, I was always fascinated with movies like the Wolfman with Lon Chaney, vampire movies with Bela Lugosi, Frankenstein movies, Star Trek and all other forms of thriller and sci-fi adventures.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I have come to face obstacles with all my scripts I have written. The obstacles are the re-writes which constantly change the direction of the scripts.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

My other passions are few. Watching the politics on television has hijacked my life and has consumed my everyday life, as I am very passionate about the direction that this country will travel.

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

The initial feedback opened my eyes as to how my writing skills needed major improvement. Being long-winded, the reviewer showed me the proper way to shorten my action descriptions into a more compact way, which I am able to use in my future writings.

The reason for entering the festival was to receive feedback to improve my writing skills.

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

My advice: Never stop re-writing. It is a love of mine, not a chore.

TV CONTESTSUBMIT your Best Scene Screenplay or TV SPEC Script
Voted #1 TV Contest in North America.
Screenplay CONTESTSUBMIT your Best Scene Screenplay or FEATURE Script
FULL FEEDBACK on all entries. Get your script performed
Screenplay CONTESTFIRST SCENE (first 10pgs) Screenplay CONTEST
Submit the first stages of your film and get full feedback!

Matthew Toffolo:

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

July 2016 TV Pilot/Spec Screenplay Winners

Deadline for Television Pilot/Spec Screenplay Festival:

Watch the 2 TV Screenplay Winners for July 2016:

The Spectral City by Arthur Vincie


Genre: Sci-Fi, War, Supernatural

Three refugees, thrown together by chance, flee a modern-day civil war set in an unspecified country. Evading the army, rebels, bandits, gods, and demons, they head to the one place no one dares go to the Haunted City at the heart of the country. There they seek out the White Witch, who rules the City and who’s either their ticket out or their worst nightmare.


NARRATOR – Susan Wilson
JULIET – Courtney Keir
ISHMAEL – Brandon Knox
THEO/MATTHEW – Julian Ford
STEVEN/ADJAI – Sean Ballantyne
JIM – David Guthrie
NURIYAH – Meghan Allen


Star Trek Deep Space Nine: Power Loss by Jennifer Renner


Genre: Sci-Fi, Adventure, Action, Fantasy

Synopsis: Episode 32.5 of the TV series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. The station welcomes visitors from a planet in the Gamma Quadrant that allows only women to hold positions of authority.


NARRATOR – Brandon Knox
BENNI – Susan Wilson
SORYA/KIRA – Meghan Allen
DAX/LELA – Courtney Keir
ODO – Julian Ford
BASHIR/QUARK – David Guthrie
SISKO/RISHTA – Sean Ballantyne