BEST SCENE SCREENPLAY READINGS

BEST SCENE SCREENPLAY READINGS

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

BEST SCENE SCREENPLAY READINGS
  • MESSAGE TO SHIGATSE - Thriller Festival Best Scene. by Don Thompson

    Logline: A BBC journalist works with the Dalai Lama to outwit the Chinese government in the selection of Tibet’s Panchen Lama, all told via a Hitchcock-style suspense drama that echoes films such as ‘Hotel Rwanda’ and ‘The Killing Fields’. Based on Isabel Hilton’s non-fiction book ‘The Search for...

  • THRILLER Festival Best Scene: Death Row Challenge, by Richard M. Kjeldgaard

    CAST LIST:

    Narrator: Julie Sheppard
    Figure: Geoff Mays
    Eric: Sean Ballantyne
    Parking Attendant/Female Voice: Shawn Devlin

  • THRILLER Festival Best Scene: DESERT SLAYGROUND, by Richard M. Kjeldgaard

    CAST LIST:

    Narrator: Shawn Devlin
    Woman/Alexis/Rachel: Val Cole
    Bellhop/Pilot/Nick: Steve Rizzo
    Flight Attendant/Hannah: Hannah Ehman
    Katie/TV Reporter: Julie Sheppard
    Driver/Older Man/Marco: Geoff Mays
    Jesse/Javier: Sean Ballantyne

  • COMEDY Best Scene Script: Violent Indigo, by Deborah Hodgetts

    CAST LIST:

    Narrator: Shawn Devlin
    Margaret: Hannah Ehman
    Benji/Jack Denton: Sean Ballantyne

  • COMEDY Best Scene Script: Number Two, by Robert Tartell (interview)

    CAST LIST:

    Narrator: Shawn Devlin
    Meg: Julie Sheppard
    Tim: Sean Ballantyne

    Get to know the screenwriter:

    1. What is your screenplay about? We've all heard of marital bliss. This is the opposite of marital bliss.

    2. What genres does your screenplay fall under? Farce comedy

    3. Why...

  • COMEDY Best Scene Script: Heaven Sent Me, by Jim Norman (interview)

    CAST LIST:

    Narrator: Shawn Devlin
    Mark: Geoff Mays
    Erica: Julie Sheppard
    Bobby: Sean Ballantyne

    Get to know the writer:

    1. What is your screenplay about?
    A depressed firefighter falls in love with a guardian angel.

    2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?
    Romantic comedy; fant...

  • COMEDY Best Scene Script: Down At The Val, by Neil Goodchild

    The grandson of a golf course owner loses his job and has to return to the dilapidated family business, where his grandfather and two surprising new employees inspire him to try and help save it from bankruptcy.

    CAST LIST:

    Narrator: Shawn Devlin
    Melvin: Geoff Mays
    Nate: Sean Ballantyne
    Otis...

  • COMEDY Best Scene Reading: Burning Old Man, by Joe Farhatt and Jim Clemens

    A group of grade school friends reconnect to throw a communal sixty-fifth birthday party for one another - leading to a Burning Man type celebration.

    CAST LIST:

    Narrator: Shawn Devlin
    Harlan/Burt: Steve Rizzo
    Millie/Anita: Hannah Ehm
    Michael/Wayne: Geoff Mays
    Arthur/Gus: Sean Ballantyne
    Bet...

  • COMEDY Festival Scene: Kill the Millennial, by Dedra L. Stevenson (interview)

    CAST LIST:

    Narrator: Shawn Devlin
    Mr. Blaynard/Shandel/Harley: Sean Ballantyne
    Ryan/Ryan's Inner Voice: Geoff Mays
    Mandi/Mandi's Inner Voice: Hannah Ehman
    Lunch Lady/Cashier/Emily: Julie Sheppard

    Get to know the writer:

    What is your screenplay about?
    My screenplay is a Dark Comedy pa...

  • BEST Scene Reading: A Dangerous Gamble, by André Meira (interview)

    A woman with mental health issues, pressured by the insults of her own mother, attempts to stage the kidnapping of her daughter to prove she can make money... but the stunt goes wrong.

    CAST LIST:

    Narrator: Hannah Ehman
    Amanda: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
    Richard: Geoff Mays
    Rage: Sean Ballantyne...

  • Toronto Female Festival: TINU, by Nirali Shastri (interview)

    Tinu, an Indian woman in her 40s, is going through a divorce. Leaving her acting career in Los Angeles and moving in with her parents in Buffalo, NY, Tinu attempts to rebuild her life as she pursues her back up engineering career plan with a job as a Construction Inspector. What she expects to be...

  • HORROR Festival: Some Enchanted Evening, by Ian Welfley

    On a quiet, snowy Valentine's Day, a psychotic high schooler breaks into his crush's home and forces her to have a romantic dinner with him -- A dinner that will leave none of its guests unscathed...

    CAST LIST:

    Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
    Caleb: Geoff Mays
    Scarlett: Hannah Ehman

  • DRAMA Festival: Gallatin, by Ryan Skinner

    A famous author goes on a quest of revenge as he tracks down and plans to murder the priest who molested his daughter.

    CAST LIST:

    Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
    Matt: Geoff May
    Phillip: Sean Ballantyne
    Monica: Val Cole

  • FAN FICTION: The Sea Captain's Cottage, by Stephanie Marie Couture (interview)

    After losing her job in NYC, Marylin and her daughter move away for a quieter life in Maine. Marylin hopes to fix her strained relationship with her daughter and find new purpose by restoring an old seaside cottage. What she didn't anticipate was falling in love with the ghost that resides there....

  • LGBTQ+ Festival: A-Okay, by Casey Seline (interview)

    Merritt and Hylan are returning to their high school for their ten year reunion. Friends and roommates, the two complete each other in being completely different; Hylan — a confident, sexually active and adventurous extrovert, and Merritt — a shy, hopeless romantic who is struggling with her sexu...

  • LGBTQ+ Festival: Queer Cowfolk: The Gay Rodeo Musical, by Bear Kosik (interview)

    One is confused. One is growing older. One is afraid of settling down. They all take their chances on rodeo weekend amid the dancing, riding, and drinking.

    CAST LIST:

    Narrator: Hannah Ehman
    Paul: Geoff Mays
    Martin: Steve Rizzo

    Get to know the writer:

    1. What is your screenplay about?

    Ni...

  • ACTION/ADVENTURE Festival: Wrath, by Martin White II (interview)

    CAST LIST:

    Narrator: Val Cole
    Envy/Michael/All Angels: Geoff Mays
    Greed/Dan/All Angels: Sean Ballantyne
    Justin/Gary/All Angels: Steve Rizzo
    Rebecca/Pride/Tina: Elizabeth Rose Morriss

    Get to know the writer:

    1. What is your screenplay about?
    The best way I can summarize my screenplay is:...

  • ACTION/ADVENTURE Festival: The Portal, by Pamela PerryGoulardt

    CAST LIST:

    Narrator: Steve Rizzo
    Holiday: Val Cole
    Jax: Sean Ballantyne
    Samm: Elizabeth Rose Morriss

  • ACTION/ADVENTURE Festival: Stranded, by Gini Graham Scott

    CAST LIST:

    Narrator: Hannah Ehman
    William Forest: Geoff Mays
    Dan Parks: Sean Ballantyne
    Ken: Steve Rizzo

  • ACTION/ADVENTURE Festival: Bandaged Knees, by Colin Simpson

    CAST LIST:

    Narrator: Steve Rizzo
    Meredith Burns: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
    Wilson/Bartender: Geoff Mays
    Sara: Val Cole
    Reynolds: Sean Ballantyne
    Tulip: Hannah Ehman

  • ACTION/ADVENTURE Festival: Never Trust, by Garry Hicks

    CAST LIST:

    Narrator: Val Cole
    Bobby: Geoff Mays
    Waiter: Sean Ballantyne
    Woman: Elizabeth Rose Morriss

  • CRIME/MYSTERY Best Scene: The Seeds We Sow, by Scott Harbison

    A former hitman returns to his hometown of New Orleans and reunites with a former girlfriend. Trouble catches up with them and they have to fend off the demons of their past and the mafia who wants them dead.

    CAST LIST:

    Narrator: Hannah Ehman
    Rita: Julie Sheppard
    Benny: Geoff Mays

  • GOING HOME, by Marilynn Loveless, Sara Dinga, Sherry Wachter, Patrick Dunphy

    Desperate human refugees from the Mars colony return home to Earth, only to discover they are no longer at the top of the food chain.

    CAST LIST:

    Narrator: Julie Sheppard
    Queen: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
    Theo: Shawn Devlin

  • DIVERSITY Festival Best Scene Reading: DELULU, by Adam Jay Ung (interview)

    A Korean-born, American-raised K-pop idol working on the release of her solo debut track in Seoul, struggles with the language and cultural differences while dealing with a crazed stalker who’s dangerously obsessed with her.

    http://www.adamjayung.com/

    CAST LIST:

    Narrator: Sean Ballantyne
    Jie...