Screenplay Movie: THE PLAYLISTS, by Michael Kotsiros

The scene occurs at a remote cottage in the woods; about an hours drive from Los Angeles. The main character is outside the property having a psychotic episode before running inside and telling his captors that he will release them.

Visual Design by Kimberly Villarruel

Produced by Matthew Toffolo

Narrator: Danielle Nicole
Clara: Val Cole
Archibald: Sean Tabares
Lewis: Geoff Mays
Reggie: Matt Barnes
Joel: Steve Rizzo
Rachel: Esther Thibault

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.


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.


Producer: Matthew Toffolo

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

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

Watch the Best Scene from the Thriller Screenplay “Lonely Hearts”

Deadline for Thriller/Suspense Film and Writing Festival

Watch LONELY HEARTS Best Scene by Eddie Upnick


Lonely Heroes is a complex storyline of the CIA’s top field agent. He has to stop Putin from a monstrous plot to crash world stock markets.


NARRATOR – Sedina Fiati
Roger – Steve Rizzo
Victoria – Erynn Brook
Mickey – Peter Nelson
Ian – Roman Spera
Jake – Jarrid Terrell

Watch the 1st Scene Reading of the THRILLER Screenplay LITTLE PROFESSOR

Deadline October 5th: FIRST SCENE (first 10pgs) SCREENPLAY FESTIVAL Get it performed at the festival. Full feedback

1st Scene Screenplay Reading: LITTLE PROFESSOR
May 2015 Reading

Written by Monte Light & Cooper Holmes


It’s a surreal crime thriller about three Las Vegas college students saddled with crippling debt. They break some laws, raise havoc. But when their friend overdoses on drugs, they take it on themselves to pay his out-of-control medical bills, which means they have to rob a very ruthless bank. Finally they must seek revenge against a manipulative drug dealer.


NARRATOR – Angelica Alejandro
SAM – Steve Rizzo
JACK STROOP – Craig Estrella
ZEBRA – David Occhipinti
DANNY – Sean Ballantyne
PRETTY WOMAN – Holly Sarchfield

WATCH past 1st Scene Festival readings:

Watch Transcript Reading of the Thriller Novel “Stay Awhile” by Anthony Vecchiarello

Deadline for Thriller/Suspense Film and Writing Festival

Stay Awhile Chapter 6 Novel Reading by Anthony Vecchiarello:

Novel performed by Steve Rizzo

Read interview with Anthony Vecchiarello:

From interview:

1. What motivated you to write this novel?

Several different agendas – I wanted to create a thrill ride and break the traditional barriers of literature by writing something that would be similar to a video game, something where readers felt like they were immersed in a simulated experience. I had the ambition to write a story with an idea that has never been done before. Another major influencer was something that happened personally in my life where I lost two friends out of a betrayal of another friend. The anger and hatred I had for this one person was sewed in the pillars of the gory feast portrayed in the book. I was able to channel my wrath by letting go of my internal demons. Writing the violence helped me to psychologically lash out at the person. This experience was therapeutic.

Thriller Feature Screenplay Winning Reading – BESA, by Michael Miceli

Deadline to Submit your Thriller/Suspense Screenplay to the Festival:

Watch the Winning Script Reading of BESA:


Genres: Mob, Thriller, Suspense, Family, Drama, Violence,

Besa is the story of a loyal Italian father, forced to defend his son who has inadvertently sparked a New York mob war between Sicilian and Albanian crime families.


NARRATOR – Sedina Fiati
Gino – Peter Nelson
Ilir – Roman Spera
Uke – Jarrid Terrell
Carmine Jr. – Robert Notman
Valbona – Erynn Brook
Valbona – Steve Rizzo