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

  • LGBTQ+ Festival: Good Pussy: The Anatomy of a Crazy Cat Lady, by Bree Wyrd

    When a suicidal comedian is involuntarily hospitalized by her family, her ride-or-die drag queen BFF, and her unorthodox psychiatrist devise a plan to break her out, recover her eight cats, and help her to discover her reasons to live.

  • WILDsound Festival Best Scene: Snail Miller Criminal Confessions, by Tony Faria

    Introducing "Snail Miller: Criminal Confessions," a razor-sharp satire that takes a hilarious jab at the world of crime-solving television.

    Follow the adventures of SNAIL MILLER, Toronto's most unorthodox serial killer tracker, as he spearheads the RCMP's groundbreaking Victims Confessions Unit....

  • DIVERSITY Festival TV Best Scene: THUNDERSTORM, by Maria Mathis (interview)

    This eight-episode limited series is about the turbulent life, death, and afterlife of Henry "Stormy" O'Dell, a biracial escaped slave with paranormal abilities. Set in Gold Rush California, Henry's mission is to stop a serial killer as he struggles to avoid forfeiting his soul to a demon who has...

  • DIVERSITY Best Scene Reading: FOLKTALE, by Donald Holmes Lewis, Ziggy Dantzler

    When four young siblings spend a summer weekend at their grandmother’s home in the projects of Pawtucket, they listen to ghostly stories from the past but find themselves trapped in a dangerous and mysterious folktale of their own... with a fortune in slave trader gold at stake that can save the ...

  • DIVERSITY Festival Best Scene: BUMBLEFUCK, by Lindsay Heiman (interview)

    Stuck in bumblefuck nowhere and pressured by her family to join a campaign she morally opposes, an angsty teen (who's seen too many heist movies) plans a covert operation to sabotage her stepdad’s run for office.

    Think Kelly-Anne Conway’s daughter, Claudia. A Gen Z teenager known for outwardly s...

  • TV Festival Best Scene: DIE: Deadly Invisible Enemies Series, by Harold L. Brown

    A renowned computer security expert loses everything when security is breached at the highest level of government and he enters an invisible underworld trading state secrets to the highest bidder.

    Narrator: Val Cole
    Joe: Steve Rizzo
    Kevin: Geoff Mays
    Wayne: Sean B...

  • FAN FICTION Best Scene STAR WARS: REVELATIONS, by Darius Gerard Clar (interview)

    MAZ OJAL, a corrupt business tyrant, discovers large amounts of Kyber Crystal deposits and sets out to gather the find, using slaves in the process. A 90 year old YODA, his son DAGO, and other villagers are captured and enslaved to mine the Kyber. During a dispute, Dago is slain by one of the gua...

  • COMEDY Festival Best Scene: SAVE THE DATE, by Nick Pappas

    On the eve of his sister's lavish wedding, a meek guy in desperate need of a date meets the woman of his dreams who agrees to accompany him, but when she's subsequently kidnapped by her lawless and vengeful ex-boyfriend, he must find the courage to rescue her if he wants to save her life and his ...

  • COMEDY Festival BEST Scene Reading: GENDER SWITCH, by Tristan Venture

    When a newly installed 5G Cellular Tower malfunctions and causes a career-oriented woman and eternal man-child to switch bodies they must learn to accept their differences before destroying each other’s lives.

    Narrator: Sean Ballantyne
    Michelle: Kyan...

  • ROMANCE Fest Best Scene: A Broken Heart & The Immortal Hen, by Benjamin Sarno

    A teenage boy struggles to overcome a series of setbacks. Then he encounters his steepest hurdle yet.

    Narrator: Steve Rizzo
    Bobby: Geoff Mays
    Jane: Kyana Teresa
    Grandma: Val Cole

  • FANTASY/SCI-FI Festival BEST Scene: PHAEDRA'S ODYSSEY, by Julie A. Thornton

    In a universe where Chaos and Order compete for supremacy, a group of wayward other-worldly beings abandoned on a primitive planet make a deal with Chaos in exchange for their freedom.

    Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
    Bastian: Sean Ballantyne
    Chiron: Steve Rizzo

  • FANTASY/SCI-FI Fest BEST Scene Reading: Harrowed, by Aaron A. Moore (interview)

    A P.I. is hired to investigate the disappearance of a homeless man. During the investigation he discovers the truth about his family and his planet.

    Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
    Lloyd (M): Geoff Mays
    Caller/Chad (M): Steve Rizzo

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    1. What is your screenplay about?


  • ROMANCE: Topher & Nate & The Invaders From Mars, by Ryan P. Dooley (interview)

    A down-on-his-luck gay man looks back on his former relationship with the love of his life... which just so happened to coincide with the Martian invasion of Earth.


    Narrator: Kyana Teresa
    Topher: Sean Devlin
    Nate: Allan Michael

    Get to know the writer:

    1. What is your screenplay ...

  • FEMALE Festival Best Scene Script: Outer Bankers, by Diann Ducharme (interview)

    When Nolan, a powerful plantation owner, moves his family to a new oceanside home in North Carolina in the late 1860s, his highly educated daughter Abigail struggles to accept the role she's expected to play. Powerful forces work in the shadows, eager to corrupt the family and harness their power...

  • DIVERSITY Festival Best Scene: DON'T SAY GAY, by Kevin J. Howard

    Working for an organization that detains children of the LGBTQ community, a terrified father and son flee across the country after finding his sons name on the list of detainees, risking their lives to get to a free zone state where they’ll be safe from authorities.


    Narrator: Allan...

  • COMEDY Festival Best Scene Script: Le Tour Kashmir, by David H. Miller

    East beats West when Punjab’s fastest rick-shaw driver covertly enters the sub-continent’s biggest cycling race, but her road to victory is fraught with colorful contenders, scheming politicians, and a ruthless American coach.


    Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
    Claus: Steve Rizzo

  • COMEDY Festival TV Best Scene Screenplay: BELLADONNA, by Danielle Tjoelker

    In 1750 London, sisters Mary and Bella Roberts are accidental stowaways on a pirate ship, which sets them on a path towards a life of crime.


    Narrator: Sean Ballantyne
    Windsor: Hannah Ehman
    Mary: Kyana Teresa
    Bella: Elizabeth Rose Morriss

  • BEST Scene Script Reading: OUT OF ADVERSITY..., by Elliot Stanton

    The strained relationship between two British First World War soldiers changes from antagonism and distrust to one of kinship and respect. A brave decision to make the ultimate sacrifice then solidifies their union.


    Narrator: Val Cole
    Private Cavendish: Allan Michael Brunet
    Private ...

  • FEMALE Festival BEST Scene: EXPIRED, by Wendy Braff

    Five female friends over 50 have had enough of being dismissed and ignored by a society that thinks of them as "expired." When they decide they're no longer going to give a fuck, their lives truly begin.


    Narrator: Sean Ballantyne
    Deborah: Elizabeth Rose Morriss ...

  • DRAMA Festival BEST Scene: DEATH CLOAK, by Markus Meedt, Catherine O'Shea

    Khalida, an asylum seeker in Liverpool, comes into possession of a cloak that resets time by 1 hour, every time she dies.


    Narrator: Allan Michael Brunet
    Nadine: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
    Khalinda: Kyana Teresa
    Curious Guest/Event Host/KItchen Hand: Steve Rizzo

  • BEST Scene Screenplay: My Name is Blue, by Simone Brazzini (interview)

    After an obsessive teenager sneaks into the trailer of their lifelong idol, a recently canceled actor, the two embark on a cross country journey of forced dreams and the impossibility of escaping the past.


    Narrator: Allan Michael Brunet
    Blue - SImone Brazzini
    Jack: Geoff Mays

  • BEST Scene Screenplay: MONDAY'S HERO, by Larry Downes (interview)

    In a college football-crazed town, after the big game, three of the players are accused of a hate crime of beating a gay man to death. The task of defending them falls to the school’s former All-American football star turned lawyer. CHRIS CAMPBELL, the lauded letterman now with a briefcase, is ai...

  • FANTASY/SCI-FI Festival Best Scene: THE DEVIL PULLS THE STRINGS, by J. W. Zarek

    THE DEVIL PULLS THE STRINGS, described as The Librarians meet The Magicians is a 76,000-word urban fantasy with series potential, set in modern-day Wentzville, MO, New York City, and 1813 Genoa, Italy, where time travel, twisted history, secret societies, Slavic mythology, Paganini's music, and o...

  • FANTASY/SCI-FI Festival Best Scene: MOKSHA, by Saurin D. Lakhia

    In the late 22nd century, a queer Indian-American man uses psychedelic science to lead humanity to its new interstellar home, but must first confront his past after finding out a secret from Earth involving his estranged mother and her mass ritual suicide cult.


    Narrator: Shawn Devli...