ACTION Best Scene Reading of OPERATION BABYLIFT by John McCarney

  The true story of a Bowie knife toting airline CEO and a Volkswagen van driving hippie who risk their live to save mixed race orphans from being murdered.

CAST LIST:

Jenkins: Christopher Bautista
Narrator: Sean Ballantyne
Daly : Malcolm Taylor
Cory: Luke Robinson

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Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Festival Moderators: Kierston Drier, Shepsut Wilson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Kyle Drier, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Mary Cox, Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Hugh Fraser, Andy Camp, Aser Santos Jr., Zack Arch

ACTION Best Scene Reading of CADENCE OF THE BATTLE CRY by Brandon Gillum

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A rebellious, superpowered mother seeks to stop a corrupt form of law enforcement from gaining an ancient energy source within the Earth’s core.

Genre: Action, Fantasy, Adventure, Sci-Fi

CAST LIST:

Remedy (f) – 1 – Sydney Addison-Rudat
Haren – 3 – Russell Batcher
Narration – Pip Dwyer
Cara – 5 – Vanessa Burns
Ceven (m) – 2 – Luke Robinson
Acen – Alex Clay

 

ACTION Best Scene Reading of HERO OF HEROES by Rodrigo Juatco

The Hero of Heroes is an action/adventure story about Wu Tao, who along with an army of elite fighters (Terracon Warriors) is presumed dead in the War of the Wastelands. Until years later, a lone warrior (Wu Tao) emerges from the Wastelands carrying a message regarding the ill-fated demise of the Terracon. Wu finds himself on a road of vengeance. Standing in his way are assassins (The Brotherhood of Shadows), mercenary Conquistadors armed with Muskets and Cannons, and a powerful, embittered brother (Lord Ging) who is hell-bent on stopping Wu and putting an end to his legend once and for all.

CAST LIST:

Lord Wen – Geoff Mays
Lady Pura – Katelyn Varadi
Narration – Sean Ballantyne
Ping – Shawn Devlin
Wu – Omar Aufi
Marah – Katelyn Varadi

Writer Biography – Rodrigo Juatco

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After receiving a BA in English Literature from Simon Fraser University in 2004, Rodrigo Juatco went on to ghost write for Filipino-Canadian newsprint on his spare time while working as a warehouse Supervisor for the next ten years. Movies, however, have always been a passion of his. And so he began the arduous task of mastering the craft of screenwriting. He has since placed in the Quarter finals in the Page Awards International on two separate occasions. Though writing is now a hobby, Rodrigo hopes to one day pursue his passion on a full time basis.

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

 

ACTION Best Scene Reading of ANAHNA by Fritz Mueller

 

Maddie returns to her home in Dogtown, Northwest Territories, after a long absence. She reconnects with her brother, Louie. With childhood friend, Danny. And with Danny’s grandmother, Anahna, the spiritual head of the family.

CAST LIST:

Nikita (m) – Justin Hay
Waitress – Katelyn Varadi
Narration – Norma Dawn Dunphy
Danny – Omar Aufi
Maddie – Salma Dharsee

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

ACTION Best Scene: OPERATION BABYLIFT, by John McCarney

Genre: Action, History

In an intertwining story based on true events, three very different men desperately save as many babies from war-torn Vietnam as they can.

CAST LIST:

Daly: Jolly Amoako
Narrator: Kat Smiley
Jenkins: Bryan Kling
Ambassador: Ted Powers

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

ACTION Best Scene Reading of TOTEM, by Heidi Morrell

 

Genre: Action, Drama

An ex-911 operator, travels to his childhood home, and runs into trouble with the local tree poachers. He’s rescued by a mysterious Native American man who lives off the land.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Gavin: Daniel Cristofori
Orson: Ted Powers

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

A restless 911 operator, burned out, takes refuge in the forest of Pacific Northwest. A youth spent there, he remembers how peaceful and serene the forest was.

But much has changed since then, including ‘old growth’ timber poaching, and growing right wing militia members. When GAVIN arrives from Omaha, he’s forced to choose between the Indian renewal interests, or exploiting the vital forests of his childhood.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Action Adventure, sans foolishish car crashes.

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It’s totally visual, and exciting. Character shape changers, and an Eco theme will resonate with teens and their parents. Additionally, a fantasy element is sure to please.

4. How would you describe this script in two words?

Forest adventure.

5. What movie have you seen the most times in your life?

Casablanca, Godfather, & Sound of Music.

6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Many years.

7. How many stories have you written?

Ten plus

8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

Stones ‘Wild Horses’, The Cure’s ‘the Forest’

9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Knowing when to quit, and making the ‘bad guys’ believable.

10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Animal rights, the enviroment crisis, and politics!

11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?

It’s secure, and current. No real problem.

12. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

The chance to see, hear a scene, ‘off the page’. The initial feedback rang true and fair, because I knew I had a winner in this story.

The screenplay was also a Finalist in Austin Roundup FF 2017.

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

ACTION Best Scene Reading of THE LAST VIKINGS, by David Thorndill

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, History

In the Middle Ages when the Little Ice Age causes famine and conflict in the doomed Greenlandic colony a desperate Viking clan leader attempts to escape by sailing to Iceland, but pirates, storms and treacherous sea ice force them to sail to North America. With the help of a native Micmac woman and a Huron ally they battle Mohawk warriors on their journey to a new homeland beyond the mighty falls of Niagara.

CAST LIST:

Abdul: Luke Robinson
Elizabeth: Brianna Riche
Olaf: John Marcucci
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Peter: Daniel Cristofori
Joseph: Ted Powers
Rebecca: Kimberley Wells

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

The colony of Greenlandic Vikings trapped by sea ice of The Little Ice Age in 1400 flee to North America and befriend a Micmac woman and a Huron man as they battle Mohawk warriors on their journey up the Saint Lawrence River to a new homeland beyond the mighty falls of Niagara.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Action/Adventure. Historical fiction.

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It contains sailing, fighting, danger, storms, pirates, deceit, adventure to a new homeland, conflict between religious views, canoes, Puma attack, cultural clashes between Vikings and Native Americans, romantic love stories, family bonding,, hand-to-hand combat above Niagara Falls, and a cute dog.

4. How would you describe this script in two words?

Escape, survive

5. What movie have you seen the most times in your life?

Perhaps The Last of the Mohicans, the inspiration for this screenplay

7. How many stories have you written?

I’ve written 30 short stories, one novel, and three full-length screenplays.

9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

After writing the screenplay it was a challenge to mold it to the “Blake Snyder” beat method.

10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I’m a bird watcher and birdbander. I enjoy catching and holding wild birds.

11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?

It’s the best and easiest platform to use.

12. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

My eyes are weary of writing and reading, and I look forward to hearing actors bring my characters to life.

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

ACTION Best Scene Reading of THE KANDAHAR MAN, by J. Jermaine Jones

Genre: Action, Adventure

A battlefield medic and her Marine unit in Afghanistan investigate a missing patrol to discover a legendary wild man may be responsible.

CAST LIST:

Jose: Scott Beaudin
Franco: Nick Wicht
Narrator: John Fray
Cierra: Val Cole
Maya: Kierston Drier

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

After the massacre of her patrol unit by a legendary wild man, a critically wounded battlefield medic must find a way to radio for help before she bleeds out — or gets discovered by the wild man — in the deserts of Afghanistan.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Horror. Action. Military Action. Urban. Sci-fi.

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I think the interesting factor about this story is it’s not only based on true events, but the main character is a female battlefield medic and famous YouTuber.

4. How would you describe this script in two words?

Interesting and fresh.

5. What movie have you seen the most times in your life?

Probably Star Wars.

6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Close to a year.

7. How many stories have you written?

Too many to count.

8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

Not so much a favorite song. My two favorite artists I listen to most though are Rochelle Jordan and Aya Trenier.

9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The research on battlefield medics and their practical emergency applications was a definite challenge.

10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

DEFINITELY wanting to see the under-represented writer/director/producer have their moment to shine.

11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?

Honestly I love it. Introduced me to competitions I didn’t even know existed.

12. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

The ease of use of the website I think was a major influence. And I thought the reviews were fair and honest.

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

 

ACTION BEST SCENE Reading: STARLIGHT: LONG WAY HOME, by John Roger

 

Genre: Action, Animation, Adventure

A cartoon series that mirrors the conflict in the world due to xenophobia and the like.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Myrtle: Salma Dharsee
Ginzo: Allan Michael Brunet

Get to know the writer; 

 1. What is your screenplay about?

My screenplay is about discrimination between four groups and how any war will inevitably spark another one due to revenge, jealousy, or hatred. An alien lands on the planet with other worldly power that, if used by either side, could turn the tide of any war. The alien will grow up and experience both sides before making a decision on which group to help when there seems to be no clear good or evil just a difference in opinion.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

The action/adventure genre

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I feel that the movie would offer a different view of an already awesome genre. It would give good lessons that people could apply to their lives and live overall more happy.

4. How would you describe this script in two words?

Very intense

5. What movie have you seen the most times in your life?

The Nightmare Before Christmas

6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

8 years

7. How many stories have you written?

5 stories so far

8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

Lost at Sea by Skyburnsred

9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Having this be my best work yet and coming to grips with no matter how good I believe my work to be, one day it will be eclipsed.

10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I’m passionate about working out, muscle/sports cars, anime, also playing piano, and some drawing and 3D design.

11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?

It’s a great tool for anyone in the same field. Many options and updates keep me in the loop and it I didn’t find it I might have never been motivated to complete my work. Knowing that there’s a place where you’re work can be at least looked at is helpful.

12. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

I was looking for a voice over to my script before so when this opportunity came I was excited. As being the creator of something it’s hard to critique. This platform gives a couple of fresh eyes to see the work in an unbiased way. I feel that is very important and I received great feedback that propelled my in the right direction, it give guidance.

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

ACTION Best Scene Reading of TORNADO RIDER RHODES, by Stevie T.

 

Genre: Action/Adventure, Crime, Thriller

A larger-than-life cargo pilot with one rule, no passengers, finds that to save her airline she must transport a person halfway around the globe while protecting them from ninjas and Nazis, yet delivery could mean the end of the world.

CAST LIST:

JT: Brandon Knox
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Rhodes: Katelyn Varadi
Callahan: Gabriel Darku

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

1. The story attempts to answer that age-old question; should I purchase insurance when I ship that package?

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

It is a genre buster, but one could place it in the category of Action-Adventure, Action Comedy if they really wanted to.

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Being it is the epitome of escapist entertainment residing in its own fully realized three dimensional world with a story that plays straight while the tenor crafts a synergy between serious action and witty situational dialogue delivered through infectious banter from a dynamic engaging ensemble creating effortless humor against daredevil exploits in a highly polished character driven tale that deftly employs subversion and reinvention of tropes and clichés to keep the story fresh and contemporary without corrupting its period sensibility and all the while deconstructing the dogma of the institutionalized motion picture hero myth. Plus, it’s got something for everyone and no underlying agenda or thought-provoking message to ram down people’s throats which makes it a no-brainer to become a tentpole franchise juggernaut.

4. How would you describe this script in two words?

Popcorn Blockbuster!

5. What movie have you seen the most times in your life?

That is hard to say, having worked in Hollywood at some of the majors for a number of years I have literally screened the movies I’ve been involved with dozens, and in some cases hundreds of times.

6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

As long as it takes, took…

7. How many stories have you written?

A multitude. And then some.

8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

That’s hard to say. Having a specific liking for one particular genre of music – that would be “Good Music” I find myself wandering across the spectrum to fulfill my listening enjoyment. What I have listened to the most would probably be the songs I have written and produced myself.

9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I had to battle hordes of ninjas daily – and that was before coffee.

10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I’m passionate about everything I apply myself to – currently, that would be, life.

11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?

Flawless.

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox