Get to know the short film: WITHHELD, 15min, UK, Thriller/Drama

Short Film played at the September 2017 Action / Crime / Thriller FEEDBACK Film Festival

Withheld move poster‘Withheld’ is a short psychological thriller about the power of performance between Stephanie (a phone sex worker) and an unforeseen caller.

Project Links
  • James Bowsher
    Director
  • James Bowsher
    Writer
  • Matthew Steggles
    Producer
  • James Bowsher
    Producer
  • Lizzie Mounter
    Key Cast
  • Tom Bonington
    Key Cast
  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes 37 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 6, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    RED Dragon
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color

July 2017 THRILLER Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

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

 

ACTORFEMALE 1st Scene Screenplay – GOD’S WORK IS NEVER DONE
July 2017 Reading
by Tara C. Hall
ACTORFAN FICTION TV PILOT Screenplay – D FOR DEXTER
July 2017 Reading
by Jessi Thind
ACTORTHRILLER Feature Screenplay – THE TWIN WITHIN
July 2017 Reading
by Gunnar E. Garrett
festival posterSUICIDE NOTE, 5min, UK, Fantasy/Thriller
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festival posterECSTASY BOULEVARD, 5min, USA, Fantasy/Sci-Fi
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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

2017 BETRAYAL Stories, Novels, Films, Screenplays (January-June)

Watch the best of creative works showcased in this genre at the festival in the first half of 2017.


festival posterWEEKEND OF HEROES, 15min, Italy, Action/Crime
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festival posterTHE TRAITOR, 5min, Czech Republic, Action/Thriller
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FEATURE Screenplay – INCURABLE
January 2017 Reading
Written by Jeff York

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

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

Festival Moderators: Amanda Lomonaco, Kierston Drier, Matthew Toffolo

Camera Operators: Mary Cox, Marko Cvijetinovic

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

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


TV CONTESTSUBMIT your Best Scene Screenplay or TV SPEC Script
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Screenplay CONTESTSUBMIT your Best Scene Screenplay or FEATURE Script
FULL FEEDBACK on all entries. Get your script performed
Screenplay CONTESTFIRST SCENE (first 10pgs) Screenplay CONTEST
Submit the first stages of your film and get full feedback!

 

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


TV CONTESTSUBMIT your Best Scene Screenplay or TV SPEC Script
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Screenplay CONTESTSUBMIT your Best Scene Screenplay or FEATURE Script
FULL FEEDBACK on all entries. Get your script performed
Screenplay CONTESTFIRST SCENE (first 10pgs) Screenplay CONTEST
Submit the first stages of your film and get full feedback!

 

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
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterKONG’s, 10min, USA, Crime/Thriller
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterOLIVER’S LANDING, 7min, USA, Thriller/Drama
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
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
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterSHELTERED, 9min, USA, Thriller/Mystery
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterNOSTOMANIA, 2min, Canada, Experimental
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
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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TV CONTESTSUBMIT your TV PILOT or TV SPEC Script
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