The "best scene" take from features and TV pilots of winning screenplays.

  • Toronto Comedy Festival Script Reading: SUPERLATIVE PICKLEBALLS!, by Dan Beeman

    When disgraced former tennis champion loses his job, home, and mother on the same day, he must reinvent himself by reuniting with his former rival to compete in Pickleball tournaments for money as teammates to pay off debts. Living in an old RV while traveling across the country, they discover th...

  • DIVERSITY Best Scene Reading: Esperanza, by David Christopher Loya

    In 1973 L.A., a spirited Chicano family rock band is discovered by an ambitious record exec. Catapulted on a rollercoaster journey from the barrios to pop stardom, they must rely upon their heart, talent, and street smarts if they’re to survive the prevalent racism, intolerance, sexual predation,...

  • Toronto Comedy Festival Script Reading: SUPERLATIVE PICKLEBALLS!, by Dan Beeman

    When disgraced former tennis champion loses his job, home, and mother on the same day, he must reinvent himself by reuniting with his former rival to compete in Pickleball tournaments for money as teammates to pay off debts. Living in an old RV while traveling across the country, they discover th...

  • THRILLER/SUSPENSE Festival Script Reading: MAKWA, by Johnny Cole

    A free-spirited indigenous bounty hunter teams up with her ‘by the book’ detective father and their robot sidekick to catch a killer and heal: themselves, each other, and the planet.

    In a near-dystopian future, Alaska Rainmaker, a Native American bounty hunter still troubled by her mother's murd...

  • Female Festival Script Reading: TEN TO MIDNIGHT, by M Mantero De las Casas

    Dead set on her environmental mission, a quixotic civil servant assembles a ragtag team of multinational oddballs to fight the system from within


    Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
    Luiza: Hannah Ehman
    Mara: Kyana Teresa

  • POLITICAL Festival Best Scene Reading: HAMMER AND NAILS, by Lowell Williams

    What if someone when into the seminary to bury his own anger? Jonathan Daniels stumbles into the Civil Rights movement and finds himself face to face with moments that viciously try and pierce his peaceful personality. Based on a true story, he joins Stokely Carmichael and other Black activists d...

  • LGBTQ+ Best Scene Reading: OFFSIDERS, by Kate Holland, Marlowe Mitchell

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    Playing with the old-as-time concept of the genderbending sports romcom (She's The Man, Ladybugs), Offsiders sees Max dressing up as a boy in order to take her gay best friend's place on the boys' soccer team. The story then takes a dis...

  • FANTASY/SCI-FI Festival BEST Scene Reading: Condolexia, by Allison Hanna

    In the eternally twilit city of Condolexia, 18 year old human Brian Marlowe befriends 18 year old vampire Jeremy Liu. But their new friendship is threatened by Brian's family legacy of vampire hunting, a series of vampire attacks in the city, and Brian's own budding conflicted feelings about Jere...

  • CRIME/MYSTERY Festival BEST Scene Reading: A Death In The Family, by Alex Surowitz

    Former detective August Cavett and his new wife Elizabeth return from their honeymoon to learn that Elizabeth's father has died. Now the family matriarch is threatening to cut ties with the rest of the family and keep the inheritance. When she ends up dead, the Cavetts are reluctantly drawn into ...

  • HORROR Festival BEST Scene Reading: Cannibal Mukbang, by Aimee Mayumi Kuge

    Mark, a nerdy introvert, falls into the dark and twisted world of a mysterious mukbanger named Ash after she accidentally hits him with her car.


    Narrator: Steve RIzzo
    Ash: Julie Sheppard
    Mark: Allan Michael Brunet

  • DRAMA Festival BEST Scene Reading: Chaos In Paradise, by Jay Paul Smith

    Tim and Becky Smith, a salt-of-the-earth, blue-collar couple, become foster parents in their opioid ravaged, rust-belt town, battling dysfunction, poverty, and addiction in order to save foster children, who, but for the grace of God, could have been their own. "Our family's chaos could be some c...

  • LGBT Festival 1st Scene Reading: I'm A Bad Person, by Chance Fuerstinger, Brandon Freeman

    After an engagement announcement, the best man of the groom-to-be tries to express his love for him, but he cannot bring himself to do it. In an attempt to forget about it, he and the other groomsman drink themselves into oblivion, and the rest of the night goes awry.


    Narrator: Val ...

  • FAN FICTION Best Scene Reading: ROBIN (Batman Series), by Kaley Chandler

    When Dick Grayson is taken in by billionaire Bruce Wayne, he begins to uncover a secret side to Gotham - and to his new guardian.


    Narration: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
    Ringmaster: Geoff Mays
    Dick: Sean Ballantyne
    Alfred: Bill Poulin

  • FAN FICTION Best Scene Reading: BARRY: Spark Joy, Jessica Montanez Prince

    No-Ho Hank manipulates Barry into another job, Barry accidentally lands a big acting role, Sally has trouble on her new job and Fuchs has a close call with the Chechens.


    Narration: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
    Fuches/Noho Hank: Bill Poulin
    Barry: Geoff May

  • FAN FICTION TV Best Scene Reading: WOOSUNG 2020, by Janet Oh

    This script is a greatly structured story about the challenges of someone who isn’t familiar with her culture and is trying to integrate herself into it. Dealing with that while also being appointed CEO makes for a story with high stakes. Mixing the chaebol culture with an Americanized protagonis...

  • BEST Scene Script Reading: BLACK MO, by Peter Noel

    In the early 1800s a young girl and her family from Africa are abduct, taken to the United States and tortured as they try to salvage their humanity. Escaping from her captors, the young girl evolves from battered slave to successful businesswoman. (Based on a true events.)



  • BEST SCENE TV Pilot Screenplay: Jewels Of Light, by Tessie Herrasti

    In the world of Upprunkna, a guilt-ridden elven warrior is tasked with the care of a powerful and untrusting royal. Together, they begin a journey that will unite the most adventurous beings of the different realms and force them to work together in order to restore the vital energies of a darken...

  • COMEDY Festival BEST Scene Reading: That's Our Show, by Judd Cherry, Aaron Krebs

    A hopeful group of comedy upstarts travel the country performing and grinding out a name for themselves, all while surfing the bonds of friendship and facing the trials and tribulations of that touring road life.


    Narration: Hannah Ehman
    Otis: Sean Ballantyne
    Margot: Kyana Teresa ...

  • CRIME Festival BEST Scene Reading: SERIAL, by Robert Benjamin

    The peaceful life of a kind, old retiree is thrust into anguish and peril when it is disrupted by a present day serial killer. Following the connections, this otherwise trusting father can only suspect that the brutal killings have been at the hands of his own flesh and blood. His eldest son.


  • FEMALE Festival BEST Scene: WINDS OF TRANSITION, by Sil Brook

    Suffragettes cross ideological and class lines in their pursuit of both liberation and love.


    Narration: Steve Rizzo
    Emily: Hannah Ehman
    Thomas: Bill Poulin

  • ACTION Festival BEST Scene Reading: Sergeant Freeman, by Gloria J Browne-Marshall

    African-American Army Sergeant Stella Freeman's college-bound daughter Keisha goes missing on the day Freeman becomes the first woman to train the Army’s new Urban Terrorism platoon. A single mom and widow, Freeman is fighting to find her daughter while the Army pressures her to represent women i...

  • POLITICAL Festival BEST SCENE Reading: Tags, by Stephen Glickman

    A young woman abandons her dying mother to free laboratory animals; capturing the world’s attention and forever changing the vivisection industry (based on real events)...


    Narration: Steve Rizzo
    Sarah: Hannah Ehman
    Marcu: Bill Poulin

  • LGBTQ+ Festival BEST Scene Reading: NZR, by Leon Masters

    In a bleak futuristic world were zombies exist and are outliers in society, a man who is part of the elite civil service, hides a major secret about his identity that could result in a grim fate.


    Narration: Steve Rizzo
    Board Barista: Andy Camp
    Hector: Bill Poulin
    Steven: Sean Ball...

  • COMEDY Festival TV SPEC Screenplay: Ted Lasso "The Tryout", by Geoffrey Prather

    A best scene reading of an original screenplay from the hit TV series TED LASSO.


    Ted: Bill Poulin
    Brent: Sean Ballantyne