Winning THRILLER Feature Screenplay: THE TWIN WITHIN by Gunnar E Garrett Jr

Genre: Thriller, Horror, Drama

The murder-suicide that left a thirteen-year-old girl without a mother and father triggers voices within encouraging her to kill.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Julian Ford
Amy: Penelope Corrin
Kevin: Dan Cristofori
Morgan/Heather: Rachel Salsberg
Madison: Emily Weir
Matt: Steve Rizzo

 Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

This screen play is about a dysfunctional couple who adopts a deeply disturbed set of twin girls who’ve witnessed their mother murdered by their father, and then turning the gun on himself. Now untrusting of anyone, one twin will do anything to protect them both from harm, including ridding their life of anyone she considers a threat.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

This is a Thriller/Suspense, that also leans into the Horror Category.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Like The Sixth Sense and Fight Club, this screenplay gives the audience to feel as they’ve figured out the film, they know where its headed and what’s going to happen, until… Oh no! They were wrong. The fact that I’ve written this film in one location with no extras, and a small cast also allows it to be shot on a lower budget, but still at a high quality, giving the investors a larger ROI than most films. Not to mention it’s creepy as F@$& with a little humor sprinkled in.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Incredibly deceptive.

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

The movie i’ve seen the most times in my life has to be The Slammin’ Salmon, with Hot Rod coming in a close second.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I’ve been working on this screenplay for about nine months, and have done a couple rewrites since this reading, tightening the script for better production values.

How many stories have you written?

I’ve written seven screenplays to date, one is currently in production, Riley’s Rainbow, and The Weak Outdoors, is currently in Pre-Production.

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

Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Isreal Kamakwiwo’ole

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The largest obstacle in this screenplay was to hide the fact that there was only one girl, and the her twin sister was just a mental disorder… A genetic disposition passed down by her father. Since this table read, we’ve done another two rewrites, better adjusting for this, though once we bring in a Director, we expect him or her to add input resulting in , I’m sure at least one more rewrite.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Outside of writing, my other real passion is spending time with my children, watching them grow and learn through hard work and effort in whatever it is they are involved in.

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

I entered the festival because, like every screenplay, rewrites are necessary, and without reputable feedback, the rewrites are useless. As far as the feedback I received for my work, even though no one is ever excited to her where they could have done better, it was all correct, and those adjustments needed to be made to take a film from being considered good, to great.

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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

June 2017 THRILLER Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

Submit your Thriller/Suspense Screenplay to the Festival: https://thrillersuspensefestival.com/

 

ACTORSHORT Story – THERE ARE NO LIGHTS IN NAPLES
June 2017 Reading
by Dennis L. Havlin

ACTORSHORT Story – ALWAYS WATCHING
June 2017 Reading
by Kordale Gibson
ACTORSHORT Story – BEFORE AND AFTER
June 2017 Reading
by S. Pfeiffer

ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – CONTINENTALIS
June 2017 Reading
by Aurele Ndja
ACTORTHRILLER BEST Scene Screenplay – SQUID JIGGERS
June 2017 Reading
by Judi Blaze

ACTORFANTASY SHORT Screenplay – NOTHING IS FREE
June 2017 Reading
by Terry Milner & Rebecca Brillhart

festival posterCRADLE, 11min, USA, Sci-Fi/Thriller
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festival posterBLURRY, 5min, USA, Thriller/Mystery
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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

May 2017 THRILLER Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

Submit your Thriller/Suspense Screenplay to the Festival: https://thrillersuspensefestival.com/

 

ACTORTHRILLER BEST Scene – THE ALIBI
May 2017 Reading
by Wendy Appelbaum

ACTORNOVEL Transcript: LIGHT OF HOPE
May 2017 Reading
by S.T. Collins
ACTORACTION BEST Scene – A SECRET JOURNEY
May 2017 Reading
by Gary A. Piazza

ACTORACTION BEST Scene – FIEND
May 2017 Reading
by Andrew Samuelsen
ACTORTHRILLER BEST Scene – TASTE MY REVENGE
May 2017 Reading
by Dimitri Devyatkin

ACTORTHRILLER BEST Scene – FOUR IN THE DOOR
May 2017 Reading
by Alan & Linda Barkley
ACTORCRIME BEST Scene – BEDLAM ON THE RAILS
May 2017 Reading
by Wayne E. Johnson

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – ROUND TRIP
May 2017 Reading
by Sherwin Allen
ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – AVES
May 2017 Reading
by Daniel L. Burke

ACTORCRIME SHORT Screenplay – CLOCKWORK
May 2017 Reading
by Eric Hackler
ACTORACTION FEATURE Screenplay – THE FLIGHT OF THE SOULS
May 2017 Reading
by Guy Quigley

festival posterWALKING SUPPLY, 25min, Canada, Crime/Thriller
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festival posterKOOKIE, 12min, Canada, Horror
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festival posterFANTOME, 13min, Canada, Horror/Drama
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festival posterVOYEUR, 15min, Canada, Thriller/Spy
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festival posterSEEDS, 12min, UK, Thriller/Sci-Fi
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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

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THRILLER Best Scene Reading of TASTE MY REVENGE by Dimitri Devyatkin

Winning Screenplay – TASTE MY REVENGE
Written by Dimitri Devyatkin

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Julian Ford
ARCHITECT – Mandip Brar
PHARAOH – Zane O’Connor
TARAS – Sean Ballantyne
FARIDA – Kayla Lakhani

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Thriller, Fantasy

In the ancient city of Thebes, the Pharaoh orders his Architect to design a new Treasury. Given no choice, the Architect agrees to the deadly assignment, although he knows the Pharaoh will have him killed after it is finished.

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

“Taste My Revenge” tells one of the oldest stories in the world. Based on Herodotus’ “The Histories” from about 440 BC, considered the founding work of history in Western literature, it is the story of Pharaoh Rhamsinitus or Ramses III and his legendary Treasury. The action takes place in 1186 BC in Thebes, Ancient Egypt. The Architect who builds the Treasury knows he will be killed after it is completed, a common precaution to keep any secrets from being shared. But this Architect Horemb plans his revenge on the Pharaoh even though it would come after his own death. However, the long term ramifications of the Architect’s revenge result an even more cruel fate.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

The screenplay is a psychological thriller, a period piece (based in Ancient Egypt), combined with action, romance and mystery.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

One of the world’s greatest stories, it will reverberate with modern audiences. Audiences will thrill to the exotic locations, ancient Egyptian mystery and culture, and find many threads that are as current as a modern thriller.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Crime pays.

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

Modern Times (Charlie Chaplin), Night at the Opera (Marx Brothers)

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Story since childhood, screenplay for 1 year

How many stories have you written?

30+

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

Red House (Jimi Hendrix)

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

none

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

History, politics, international cultures, emotions, art, nature, music, love.

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

Glad to offer my film as a thriller. The feedback is super helpful.

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

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne


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THRILLER Best Scene Reading of FOUR IN THE DOOR by Alan Barkley and Linda Barkley

Winning Screenplay – FOUR IN THE DOOR
Written by Alan Barkley and Linda Barkley

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Julian Ford
KAREN – Amanda Quach
FRAN – Kayla Lakhani

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Action, Thriller

A former model, haunted by the secret of her parents’ shooting deaths, fights to succeed as a first responder in her late father’s police department against hostile and suspicious superiors while trying to stop a relentless cop killer. (The Brave One, Courage Under Fire.)

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

A woman with a dark secret in her past needs to redeem herself and her family name by proving her ability as a police officer against strong opposition and personal danger.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Thriller and Action

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I feel the theme is engaging and the action exciting to watch

How would you describe this script in two words?

Determination and Redemption

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

“In The Line of Fire.”

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Two years. It’s been developed from an award-winning short.(Vail Film Festival)

How many stories have you written?

Five feature screenplays and twenty short screenplays

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

“Hey Jude”

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Time- full-time job-

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Being with my wife.

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

The festival’s topic fit the bill and I received very thorough, professional feedback

*****

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

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne


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April 2017 THRILLER Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

Submit your Thriller/Suspense Screenplay to the Festival: https://thrillersuspensefestival.com/

 

ACTORSHORT STORY Reading – ON THE RUN
April 2017 Reading
Written by Wanda Weaver Kight

ACTORLAST SCENE Screenplay – SHOULD I DIE BEFORE I WAKE
April 2017 Reading
Written by Nicholas R. Zingarelli
ACTORTHRILLER SHORT Screenplay – COLD COMFORT
April 2017 Reading
Written by Mick Sims

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – SPARKS
April 2017 Reading
Written by Jon Freda
ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – PAST PRESENCE
April 2017 Reading
Written by Kevin Mongelli

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – SANDSTORM
April 2017 Reading
Written by Neil Chase
festival posterCONFESSION, 5min, USA, Horror/Thriller
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festival posterTHE WHITE ROSE, 5min, USA, Thriller/Film Noir
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festival posterIN A WARM DARK PLACE, 10min, USA, Drama/Thriller
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festival posterKONG’s, 10min, USA, Crime/Thriller
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festival posterOLIVER’S LANDING, 7min, USA, Thriller/Drama
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festival posterOTHERS LIKE YOU, 17min, Italy, Horror/Thriller
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festival posterTHE PROWLER, 15min, UK, Thriller/Drama
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festival posterKLINK, 3min, Ireland, Horror/Thriller
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festival posterSTILL, 7min, UK, Horror/Thriller
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festival posterSHELTERED, 9min, USA, Thriller/Mystery
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festival posterNOSTOMANIA, 2min, Canada, Experimental
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festival posterIN A WARM DARK PLACE, 10min, USA, Drama/Thriller
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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

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HIGHLIGHTS & VIDEOS: April 2017 HORROR/THRILLER Film Festival

AUDIENCE FESTIVAL AWARDS

Best Film: STILL

Best Performances: THE PROWLER

Best Cinematography: OTHERS LIKE YOU

Best Music: The music from SHELTERED

WATCH the Audience FEEDBACK Videos from each film:

festival posterKONG’s, 10min, USA, Crime/Thriller
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festival posterOLIVER’S LANDING, 7min, USA, Thriller/Drama
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festival posterOTHERS LIKE YOU, 17min, Italy, Horror/Thriller
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterTHE PROWLER, 15min, UK, Thriller/Drama
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterKLINK, 3min, Ireland, Horror/Thriller
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterSTILL, 7min, UK, Horror/Thriller
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festival posterSHELTERED, 9min, USA, Thriller/Mystery
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The HORROR/THRILLER APRIL 2017 FEEDBACK Film Festival gave our audiences simply the best of short comedy movies from around the world.

The theme of the festival was “ENTRAPMENT”.

Every film showcased was about a situation where the world was closing in on the characters.

The Horror/Thriller Festival is definitely a shift in tone in comparison to all of the other events we do. It’s a whole new crowd that shows up, as some of our regular attendees chose to skip the scary film night.

So the moderation Q&A with the audience is vastly different than the rest. Our resident “Horror/Thriller” moderator Amanda Lomonaco has a tough job – but she’s a fan first and LOVES this genre. Horror fans can get to the point quick and fast on their opinions of the films showcased.

There is the sense of ownership that goes on with the fans of horror. They are giving a piece of their lives (a major hobby) to this genre and in exchange they demand high quality in return. This is also true for the hardcore sports fan, wrestling fan, and comic book fan.

I can stack this lineup of terrific horror/thriller short films that we showcased at the April 2017 Festival with any other festival and short film lineup out there. These were 7 amazing shorts that the audience really loved. Just watch the feedback videos and hear what the crowd had to say about them.

Two more Horror/Thriller Festivals to come in 2017.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo