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

  • 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

    Get to know the writer:

    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...

  • COMEDY Festival Best Scene: REVOLVING DOORS, by Jim Falletta (interview)

    Two down-on-their luck wannabe musicians moonlighting as karaoke "stars" at a bar that caters to senior citizens must overcome a host of obstacles on their road to music stardom, including their overbearing landlord, a divorced parent who moves in unexpectedly, and most importantly, their own pro...

  • COMEDY Festival Best Scene: SERIOUS LAUGHS, by Aaron James Sutch (writer int.)

    A struggling stand up comedian must literally and figuratively kill when a zealous heckler takes a comedy club hostage; threatening the lives of fans, comedians, and comedy itself.


    Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
    Sylvester: Sean Ballatyne
    Pascal/Gun Rang Boss:
    Sanders: Geoff Mays

  • TV Festival Best Scene: SUBDIVISION, by Casey Leary (writer interview)

    A tyrannical HOA wreaks havoc on a community until some "others" try to exist and then to rebel.


    Narrator: Geoff Mays
    Steve: Sean Ballatyne
    Gladys: Hannah Ehman
    Betty : Elizabeth Rose Morriss

    Get to know the screenwriter:

    1. What is your screenplay about?

    A couple newcomers fin...

  • DIVERSITY Fest Best Scene: D.D.S- Drama of Dental Surgeon's, by Steph Gallagher

    An intelligent young woman regrets her hookup with an ex. Her co-workers suggest she get back in the dating game, but her studies stand in the way. Work place drama distracts her and a budding relationship with a new man threatens a situation where personal and private life overlaps and is sure ...

  • LGBTQ+ Scene: HOW NOT TO WRITE A ROMANCE NOVEL, Suzy Stein, Fernando Perez (int)

    The world's greatest romance novelist has given up on love due to long-standing grief, but will his blossoming relationship with a younger man lead to a new chapter or the same tragic ending.


    Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
    Bibi: Hannah Ehman
    Ezra: Sean Ballantyne

    Get to know the...

  • LGBTQ+ Festival TV Best Scene: GOOFY FOOT, by Richard Redlo (writer interview)

    Eliot Glassman, 15, openly gay and precocious, becomes emancipated from his suburban parents and friends, following incidents of physical abuse. Freed from his troubled suburban origins, he navigates (often on a skateboard) the dangers and delights of his new urban surroundings. Through it all, E...

  • HORROR Festival Best Scene: THE UNINVITED, by Matthew Domingos (writer int.)

    When two American soldiers go on a mission to an abandoned house in the Iraqi desert, what they find there makes them question reality itself.


    Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
    Sonny: Sean Ballatyne
    The Chief: Geoff Mays

    Get to know the screenwriter:

    1. What is your screenplay abo...

  • COMEDY Festival 1st Scene Reading: WHEN I SAY BLUE, by Kelly Perine

    Set in a small Central Pennsylvania town, “When I Say Blue” is a short script that follows 2 aging former High-School football team-mates that haven’t seen each other in years. Will, Caucasian, was the quarterback of the team, while ‘A-Train’, African-American, was the running back and heart of t...

  • ANIMATION Festival BEST Scene: ANIMARIA, by Michael Van Patten

    Miss Mona takes her students on a great adventure to Animaria so they can learn the value of teamwork, but she learns as much about herself along the way


    Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
    Federico (M): Geoff Mays

  • FEMALE Festival BEST Scene Reading TV: 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 Ballatyne
    Courtney (F): Elizabeth Rose Morr...