THRILLER Festival Testimonial – July 13, 2018

Matthew Steggles
Matthew Steggles

It’s rare to get a group of strangers talk openly about your film, what a valuable experience! This really is worth the entry fee!

The team’s communication is fantastic and they are very supportive of the filmmakers. They have also created some great marketing material for my film which is always a bonus, this has boosted my film on social media.

5 Star Review
WITHHELD, 15min, UK, Thriller/Drama
Directed by James BowsherA short psychological thriller about the power of performance between Stephanie (a phone sex worker) and an unknown caller.

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JUNE 2018 THRILLER Stories, Screenplays, and Short Film

A FilmFreeway preferred festival:

 

 

 

festival posterBURIED, 14min., UK, Thriller/War

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

ACTORTHE WRONG TICKET – TV CRIME Screenplay
June 2018 Reading
by John Ravitz

ACTORTHE LAST DREAM WARRIOR – Fan Fiction Screenplay
June 2018 Reading
by Mike Meade

ACTORGOD OF INSECTS – HORROR Short Screenplay
June 2018 Reading
by James R. Cowley

ACTORME & CINDERELLA – HORROR Short Screenplay
June 2018 Reading
by Jason Boaden

ACTORABANDON ALL HOPE – THRILLER Short Screenplay
June 2018 Reading
by Max Federman

ACTORTHE PLAYLISTS – THRILLER Best Scene Screenplay
June 2018 Reading
by Michael Kotsiros

ACTORTOUCH – Best Scene Screenplay
June 2018 Reading
by Scott Timmins

ACTORTHE ART OF DECEPTION – Novel Transcript
June 2018 Reading
by Alexander Jayson

 

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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

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

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

THRILLER Best Scene Screenplay – BACK FROM THE DEAD, by Jonah Jones

 

Genre: Thriller, Horror

A man walks through the fire.

CAST LIST:

Colonel: Neil Bennett
Narrator: Peter Nelson
Witch: Emily Weir
Desborough: Regan Brown

Get to know the writer:

 What is your screenplay about?

A 300-year-old curse laid upon one family by another which could be resolved at any time but not during the time-space of this film.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Fantasy, thriller and horror. By modern standards the horror element would be considered very mild.

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

It is based on a concept which I can’t recall seeing in a movie before; the Schrodinger’s Cat thought experiment, whereby a character in the story is both alive and dead, depending upon who is trying to find him.

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

Vengeance loop.

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

It varies in my recollection between Ben Hur (the Charlton Heston one) and North by North-west. Recently I’ve been interested in films that hide the fact that the British had broken the enigma code, so I’ve watched Malta Story and Sink the Bismark a couple of times. I’d love to know if the scriptwriters were aware of the breaking of the code or not. In Sink the Bismark, Kenneth Moore’s character out-thinks the German Admiral, whereas in fact, the British had listened in on the German radio-traffic.

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

It was an off-and-on project mixed up with others. Probably six months.

7. How many stories have you written?

I really can’t recall. I write short films and short stories as well as feature-length scripts. Currently I have four short stories and three film scripts on the go. I started writing a long time ago – don’t ask – and I’ve tried to stick with the regime of writing at least one idea down every day. Some of those ideas turn into stories. On a quick scan of my computer files – 60 short stories, 10 short plays, 5 short films, 6 feature films, 12 full-length plays, 6 radio plays, 5 novels – though I’ve been told to stop doing that. Writing novels, that is.

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

I work with music playing in the background, so I listen to songs all the time. Some songs stick – Strawberry Fields by the Beatles, My Friend the Sun by Family. Often a piece of driving guitar will do it for me, rather than the song itself.

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

Trying to avoid the clichés that creep in when you’re writing this kind of plot. I watched a fair few Hammer Horror films from the Sixties and Seventies to make sure I wasn’t re-telling an old story. There’s an element of homage to those films in the screenplay but hopefully I’ve come up with something new.

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

Music – I play guitar. Art – I’m a cartoonist. Wild-life – I’m a recorder for my part of Wales (UK). I’ve recently started directing (three short films) and so far, I’m loving it.

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

They are friendly. efficient and take a lot of tedious repetition out of my hands. I’m currently hawking one of our films “The Caterer’s Reckoning” (which I wrote and directed) around the film festivals. I use FilmFreeway to do that too.

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

Seeing your words spoken by actors changes your understanding of what you’ve written, so I’ll use any chance I can get. This won’t be the first time I’ve put my work forward to WildSound and it won’t be the last. The atmosphere and attitude of the team there has always made me feel I’m amongst like minds. That’s not something I’ve experienced in some other situations.

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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