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

  • FANTASY/SCI-FI Best Scene: STORMHEART, by Meshal Alsaleem

    In a near future where scientists have developed a cure for aging, a cop-turned-convict is released from prison to help solve a murder case involving an anti-aging agency.


    Narrator: Geoff Mays
    Laura: Hannah Ehman
    Solomon Reed: Steve Rizzo

  • LGBTQ+ Festival 1st Scene: PRIDE, by Eliot Ashton Hutchins (interview)

    Noah is a self destructive Drag Queen. Ethan is a closeted, quiet College professor. But the chemistry is instant. Together they must overcome their issues so they can have their happily ever after.


    Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
    Noah: Hannah Ehman
    Velour: Julie Sheppard

  • FAMILY Festival BEST Scene TUKI THE TIGER by Alexis Krasilovsky & Shameen Akhtar

    Against a backdrop of poachers, a cyclone and the war for Bangladesh's independence, a timid young tiger has to learn to fight to reunite her family.


    Narrator: Geoff Mays
    Grandmother Tuki: Hannah Ehman
    Tuki: Julie Sheppard
    Anni: Elizabeth Rose Morriss


  • BEST Scene Reading: WATERSHED WOE, by Aditi Kumar

    When her apartment building’s water runs out during a terrible heatwave, a young Indian woman must unite her angry neighbors with the building’s privileged, yet most wasteful resident to save what’s left - just so she can finally flush her toilet.


    Narrator: Steve Rizzo
    Mrs. Sinha: ...

  • BLACK Festival 1st Scene: OLVIDADO, by D.B. Roderick

    "Olvidado" is a compelling departure from the norm, inspired by real-life events. The story unfolds through the experiences of four distinct individuals: Nyles Silva, an esteemed African American documentarian renowned for his gripping television work; Alejandra Sanchez, a Mexican American Border...

  • HORROR Best Scene: BETTER ATE THAN NEVER, by Jason Summerfield, Angel Garcia

    Ben goes on a business trip with his boss Lloyd and his coworker Jennifer to visit Lloyd’s investor Madame Beatrice. Ben and Teri, Madame Beatrice’s granddaughter, fall in love during a fight tournament and plan to marry. But Ben discovers that they are a family of cannibals who eat their husband...

  • BEST Scene Reading: PLACE YOUR BETS, by Andy Powell & Jan Scott


    Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
    Travis: Steve Rizzo
    Lou: Hannah Ehman)
    Mark: Geoff Mays

  • Best Scene Reading: HEATHER & JAFFE, by Gabe Shelly

    A superhero woman struggles to deal with her lover's cancer diagnosis.


    Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
    Mr. Scott: Steve Rizzo
    Heather: Hannah Ehman

  • BEST Scene Reading: DEPRAVED, by Susannah Roberts

    When a masked killer starts mutilating students on a college campus it's up to two determined detectives to unmask the culprit before more innocent lives are lost. But not everyone is as innocent as they seem.


    Narrator: Sean Ballantyne
    Harper: Hannah Ehman
    Savannah: Elizabeth ...

  • BEST Scene Reading: Bait and Switch, by Ray Keller, Richard Schmidt

    When a bored and stifled home-baker housewife is kidnaped by the FBI because she resembles the missing girlfriend of a drug kingpin, she must escape and find that girlfriend in order to prove her own identity and innocence, or be killed.


    Narrator: Geoff Mays
    Supervisor Bradley: Ste...

  • BEST Scene Reading: THE WHITE FIELD, by Douglas Cole

    The White Field is a fast-paced journey of a man, Tom, fresh out of prison and trying desperately to rebuild his life. But he is caught by mysterious, unseen forces beyond his knowledge or control. After his release from prison, he is dropped back into the world in the wastelands of the city. In ...

  • BEST Scene Reading: Light Em Up, by Sami Garcia (interview)

    Based on the best-selling book about Officer Sam Harris, a bomb squad leader, and her team of experts as they race against the clock to save innocent live from a serial bomber, including their own. Our lead also happens to be a lesbian , navigating her way through a male dominant culture, inspire...

  • Best Scene Showcase: DETERIMINED, by Brian McCarthy

    After her music lesson, A YOUNG GIRL is molested by her music INSTRUCTOR. A young man witnesses the assault through a window.
    The sleezy music instructor returns home. As he sits in his basement, dappling in porn, he is over powered and strangled from behind with a wire.


    Narrator: ...

  • FEMALE Festival Best Scene: LIMINAL, by Sarah Jones (interview)

    Summary: After her mother kills herself, we go forward in time to see Adalia now with her own family struggles with the affects of PTSD and seeks help to understand her past with Dr Hugh.


    Narrator: Geoff Mays
    Adalia: Val Cole
    Robert: Steve Rizzo

    Get to know the writer:

    1. Wha...

  • HORROR Festival Best Scene: The Horrors of Hell House, by Tim Connery

    Horror/Comedy. In 1970, four actors come to an English manor house to rehearse a Hammer Horror-esque movie about devil worship, only to get caught up in the dark rituals of some genuine Satanists.


    Narrator: Geoff Mays
    Petra: Val Cole
    Stella: Hannah Ehman

  • FAN FICTION Festival: Bob's Burgers Spec, by Bethany Yoder, Kate Yoder

    Title: Word to the Pennywise

    After Louise trades 1000 Pennies for a $10 bill, she discovers that rare pennies can be very valuable. She enlists Gene and Tina to hunt down her traded pennies, but finds something more valuable than money. Meanwhile Bob and Teddy challenge the notion "you are what...

  • BLACK Screenplay Festival Best Scene: BLIND JUSTICE, by Ramona L. Taylor

    In 1912, successful Black Virginia lawyer George Washington Fields takes the case of Virgie Christian, a Black girl accused of murdering her white boss.


    Narrator: Steve Rizzo
    Sallie: Val Cole
    George: Sean Ballantyne
    Junnie: Geoff Mays

  • CRIME/MYSTERY Festival Best Scene: The Fourth Night, by Mike Briock

    Genuine film noir crime thriller set in 1940. Los Angeles poses grave danger for New York Private Detective Steven Hawk who arrives in Los Angeles to find his client murdered. Steven is quickly pulled into a deadly and tangled web of blistering sexual tension, deceit, double-crosses, embezzlement...

  • LGBTQ+ Fest: WHAT ARE BEST FRIENDS FOR?, by Kristine Spindler Denton (interview)

    A woman who thinks she's left her past behind discovers her ex-best friend has left her a child she never knew about from a man who once was her whole world. No one can change your life quite like a best friend.


    Narrator: Geoff Mays
    Emma: Val Cole
    Terra: Hannah Ehman

    Get to know...

  • ENVIRONMENTAL Festival Best Scene: GEMINI WORLD, by Matthew W. Kelcourse

    The climate apocalypse and extinction of mankind is about to erupt when a NASA pilot, recalled to lead her crew and precious cargo to an exoplanet 4,000 light years away, must defeat a vengeful enemy that hijacks her ship to be the first colonists on the new world.


    Narrator: Steve ...

  • Fantasy/Sci-Fi Festival Best Scene Read: THE DRAGON KEY, by Lyn Pinezich

    Three mismatched strangers - a shy teenage girl, a wary huntress, and a vain royal accused of treason - must learn to trust each other in order to rescue an exiled dragon king and stop a war that threatens their world.


    Narrator: Geoff Mays
    Nestor: Sean Ballantyne
    Darius: Steve Ri...

  • Fantasy/Sci-Fi Festival 1st Scene Read: THE WARMTH OF THE SUN, by Philip Fenlon

    When an alien being arrives on Earth, a scientist must discover its true intensions.


    Narrator: Hannah Ehman
    George: Sean Ballantyne
    Woman: Val Cole

  • Fan Fiction: DOCTOR WHO "The Prodigal Heist", by Jessie S. Hymowitz (interview)

    In this episode of Doctor Who, The Doctor and her friends are caught in the middle of a museum heist, but the perpetrator is a familiar face to the Thirteenth Doctor. But who is she?


    Narrator: Shawn Devlin
    Jen: Val Cole
    Ryan Sinclair: Geoff Mays
    Yasmin Khan/: Allison Kampf

    Get t...

  • ASIAN Festival Best Scene: TARAKI, by Robert Salter

    An Air Force Pararescue commando battles an organized crime syndicate who killed his sister and is hunting his niece. Taraki Gil, a deadly hand-to-hand fighter trained at a very young age by a Filipino martial artist, is recalled from combat duty in Syria to return to Las Vegas by a Red Cross mes...