THRILLER Best Scene Reading of THE PLAYLISTS, by by Michael Kotsiros

Genre: Thriller, Drama

A married couple are separately lured to a remote location by a gifted but troubled composer, who uses music to reveal his hidden agenda.

CAST LIST:

Joel: Russell Batcher
Lewis: Peter Nelson
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Rachel: Elizabeth Owens Skidmore
Archibald: David Straus
Chiara: Ariel Booker

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

THE PLAYLISTS is about a married couple who are separately lured to remote cottage by Lewis, a troubled but gifted musician. Lewis has links to the couple from his past and wants closure for wrongs that occurred. Lewis has serious psychological problems and has befriended three imaginary muses, two of which help him compose music. The dark muse, Archibald, has influenced Lewis to devise the sinister plan, whist Clara, the good muse, tries to dissuade him to surrender his disturbing plan.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

THE PLAYLISTS is primarily a psychological thriller but can also be defined as a mystery drama.

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

THE PLAYLISTS is unique in nature and though it doesn’t have the typical twist found in most thrillers, it is raw and unnerving. From a production point of view, it wouldn’t be very expensive to make and I can definitely see it generating some great profits at the box office.

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

Musically insane.

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

THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST

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

I’ve had the idea in my mind for over ten years. I outlined the plot about three years ago and finished the script last year.

7. How many stories have you written?

Three and currently working on a fourth.

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

Return to Innocence by Enigma but probably listened to You Spin Me Round (Like a record) by Dead or Alive, the most.

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

The dilemma of deciding on the type of ending; I have three alternatives. I feel that most viewers are waiting for a twist and that this is wearing a little bit thin, so I went with a somewhat predictable ending, but also isn’t. It’s type of ending you’d expect would happen but will catch viewers off guard by waiting for a twist. The prospecting of catching the audience of guard appeals to me.

Time was also another obstacle. I have a demanding corporate role, so finding the time and headspace to write was definitely challenging.

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

Health and fitness, travelling and music.

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

My experience with the FilmFreeway platform has been positive. Everything is detailed and clear to follow. I also really like that you can conveniently see the history and outcome of festivals entered.

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

I entered my screenplay to about five screenwriting festivals. THE PLAYLISTS was shortlisted in three of the five competitions and made the quarter finals for each. I was pleased with this result as this has been my first submission of a screenplay.

The tone of the feedback is quite constructive and confirmed some of the doubts I had in my plot, so I revised accordingly.

 

 

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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

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HIGHLIGHT & VIDEOS: June 2018 THRILLER Film Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:

BEST FILM: THE DOLLMAKER

SCARIEST FILM: IT BEGAN WITHOUT WARNING

BEST PERFORMANCES: ADDICT

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: BEAST

BEST MUSIC: THE LETTERS

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterBEAST, 20min., Australia, Thriller/Film Noir festival posterTHE LETTERS, 18min., UK, Thriller/Drama
festival posterSTALKER, 7min., Czech. Republic, Horror/Thriller festival posterGORGE, 3min., USA, Horror
festival posterABOVE THE MIST, 8min, Canada/South Korea, Horror festival posterTHE DOLLMAKER, 10min, USA, Horror/Fantasy
festival posterADDICT, 15min, Israel, Horror/Comedy festival posterIT BEGAN WITHOUT WARNING, 6min., USA, Horror

The theme of the June 2018 HORROR/THRILLER FEEDBACK Film Festival in Los Angeles was “Sins”. Every single film was about a world and/or characters dealing with sins and conflicts of the past.

This is the festival that I’ll always remember because I consider it the turning point of the Los Angeles FEEDBACK Film Festival. It wasn’t the easiest event to get through for the crew, but they grinded it out and produced the best night we’ve had so far in Los Angeles. The feedback videos are great (make sure you watch them), put together by our new editor Kimberly Villarruel, who was the MVP of the night.

In Toronto, the great team (lead by Mary Cox & Kierston Drier) had been a part of the festival for over 2 years before they were brought on in a moderator & leadership capacity. So they were able to witness many events, and see how they can achieve success despite the muliple conflicts that can occur when producing an event where the audience’s comments are the only thing that really matter

In Los Angeles, it was a fast process for all of them. Shepsut Wilson, who moderates the festival in Los Angeles, only attended two events before she took the mic to lead the discussion. So she’s literally been doing and learning on the job at the same time. And our Festival Director’s Rachel Elder, and Natasha Levy worked at a few events in a 12 month span before they took the leadership duties. So the first few events were definitely a work in progress and learning curve for everybody.

Then June 2018 appeared and we found out what the Los Angeles team were made of. They demand perfection in a festival with so many moving parts that perfection is impossible to obtain. But attempting to get to that goal is what turns something good into something great.

Before I get too “motivational speaker”, I simply wanted to say that we have arrived in Los Angeles and we are saying put forever! With a team like this, we have nowhere to go but up for a long, long time.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

MAY 2018 THRILLER Stories, Screenplays, and Short Film

A FilmFreeway preferred festival:

 

festival posterTUESDAY 10:08AM, 13min., Canada, Crime/Mystery

festival posterPREY, 13min., UK, Thriller/Horror

festival posterCHERI, 6min., France, Thriller/Suspense

festival posterCONSURGO, 12min., USA, Thriller/Suspense

festival posterCROSSROADS, 12min, USA, Thriller/Drama

ACTORAMERICAN SNAKE PIT – Feature Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
Dan Tomasulo

ACTORMIRRORS – Under 5mi. Short Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by R. Harris Smith

ACTORTOUCH – Best Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Scott Timmins

ACTORSIDEKICKS – NOVEL Reading
May 2018 Reading
by Linda Palmer

ACTORTHE AFTERLIFE – SHORT STORY Reading
May 2018 Reading
by R.G. Renauld

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

Festival Moderators: Kierston Drier, Shepsut Wilson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Festival Directors: Mary Cox, Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: John Johnson, Isabal Cupryn, Aser Santos Jr., Zack Arch

HIGHLIGHT & VIDEOS: May 2018 THRILLER Film Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:

BEST FILM: BREAK ROOM

BEST PERFORMANCES: CROSSROADS

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: CONSURGO

BEST MUSIC: 9 SECONDS

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterBREAK ROOM, 15min., Canada, Action/Drama festival poster9 SECONDS, 18min., USA, Action/Sci-Fi
festival posterTUESDAY 10:08AM, 13min., Canada, Crime/Mystery festival posterPREY, 13min., UK, Thriller/Horror
festival posterCHERI, 6min., France, Thriller/Suspense festival posterCONSURGO, 12min., USA, Thriller/Suspense
festival posterCROSSROADS, 12min, USA, Thriller/Drama

The theme of the May 2018 Action/Crime/Thriller FEEDBACK Film Festival was “Hidden Truths”. Every single film was about a world or characters dealing with underlying truths that are always playing conflict to the surface of the story.

I love when we showcase these genres at the festival. What filmmakers are coming up these days with when using these genres are their template tone is truly remarkable. Our audiences in Los Angeles and Toronto love when we show them too as you can see in the FEEDBACK Videos that there isn’t an empty seat inside the cinema.

One of the issues on the Festival circuit is that these types of films also do not get the acceptances that they should. A lot of festivals don’t want to program these films because they don’t know where to put them on their schedule. That is the #1 reason why we started doing a special event for JUST these types of films.

There is a great social commentary happening too with all 7 films we programmed at this festival. There is great action taking place, but they are also stories about important issues.

Great festival event. Can’t wait to program the next one.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

CROSSROADS Short Film – Audience FEEDBACK from the THRILLER May 2018 Festival

CROSSROADS, 12min, USA, Thriller/Drama
Directed by Marvin Nuecklaus

Karen, a young, traumatized and abused woman is interrogated after she was found unconscious in a desolate desert. According to her, she witnessed a murder and is forced to relive the traumatic events in order to bring light to this case. A case that first seems straightforward but the story has holes due to her memory loss, the evidence doesn’t quite match, and a non-processed childhood trauma seems to hold the key to crack the case.

CLICK HERE – and see full info and more pics of the film!

April 2018 THRILLER Stories, Screenplays, and Short Film

A FilmFreeway preferred festival:

 

festival posterORNAMENT OF BEAUTY, USA, Thriller/Fantasy

ACTORPREY FOR THE DAY – Feature Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Richard M. Kjeldgaarad
ACTORJOHN Q TV Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Jason Jung
ACTORDISCORDANT – 1st Scene Screenplay<bR

ACTORFEAR OF THE DOPPELGANGER – 1st Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Jonah Jones
ACTORTHE FLIGHT OF SOULS – ACTION Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Guy Quigley
ACTORRUNAWAY SHIP – ACTION Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Carl Soderberg
ACTORTHE MUSHROOM KING – ACTION Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Steve Trebilcock
ACTORTORNADO RIDER RHODES – ACTION Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Stevie T.
ACTORWILD MIND – Fantasy/Sci-Fi Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Fujio Torikai
ACTORDESTINY FORTUNE FATE Novel Reading
April 2018 Reading
by Scott Lorenz

 

 

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

Festival Moderators: Kierston Drier, Shepsut Wilson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Festival Directors: Mary Cox, Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: John Johnson, Isabal Cupryn, Aser Santos Jr., Zack Arch

March 2018 THRILLER Stories, Screenplays, and Short Film

A FilmFreeway preferred festival:

 

festival posterI NEED YOU, 5min., USA, Thriller/Romance
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

ACTORFAN FICTION SHORT Screenplay – FALLEN: A STAR WARS STORY
March 2018 Reading
by George Deihl Jr.

ACTORFAN FICTION 1st Scene Screenplay – THE LAST CAMPOUT
March 2018 Reading
by Mike Meade
ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – CHILDREN OF THE DUST
March 2018 Reading
by John McCarney

ACTORTHRILLER 1st SCENE Screenplay – THE BLUE ROOM
March 2018 Reading
by Victoria Mitchell
ACTORFANTASY BEST SCENE Screenplay
March 2018 Reading
by J. David Thayer

ACTORTHRILLER BEST SCENE Screenplay – BACK FROM THE DEAD
March 2018 Reading
by Jonah Jones

ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – TOUCH TABLE
March 2018 Reading
by Scott Timmins

ACTORNOVEL Transcript Reading – THE DAMASCUS COVER
March 2018 Reading
by Howard Kaplan

 

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

Festival Moderators: Kierston Drier, Shepsut Wilson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Festival Directors: Mary Cox, Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: John Johnson, Isabal Cupryn, Aser Santos Jr., Zack Arch