1st Scene Screenplay Reading: BEACON, by Sina Sultani

After awakening in an abandoned shelter, two women must fight to retain their memories against a kidnapper desperate to harvest them.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Allison Kampf
ZAKARIA (F): Elizabeth Rose Morriss

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

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Ryan Haines, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

1st Scene Screenplay Reading: BEACON, by Sina Sultani

After awakening in an abandoned shelter, two women must fight to retain their memories against a kidnapper desperate to harvest them.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Allison Kampf
ZAKARIA (F): Elizabeth Rose Morriss

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

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Ryan Haines, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

1st Scene Screenplay Reading: CLEOPATRA: THE ALEXANDRIAN WOMEN, by Mark Davis

As Rome devours the world of her ancestors, an eleven-year-old Cleopatra must choose a side when a rebellion tears her family apart. Focusing on pivotal events in the life of one of Rome’s greatest enemies, this series unmasks the misunderstood legend of the real Cleopatra.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Allison Kampf
TRYPTOPHAN: Val Cole
POLYXENA/AULETES: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
EURYDIKE/BERENIKE: Hannah Ehman

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

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Ryan Haines, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Ryan Haines, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

1st Scene Screenplay Reading: Monstrous, by Adam Spring

In a US post-industrial town a young boy is haunted by a monstrous entity as he struggles to come to terms with a disintegrating school and family life.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Allison Kampf
JANITOR and MIKE(M): Scott – 8
ROB and FIL (M) – Geoff – 7
HARRISON (M) – Matthew Toffolo (uncredited)

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

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Ryan Haines, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Ryan Haines, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

1st Scene Screenplay Reading: PRIVATE INVESTIGATIONS, by Brendan O’Connell

The opening sequence between Helen and the recorded Emergency Operator creates an unsettling feeling of visual dissonance for the audience, particuarly when the “perky muzak” overtakes the heavy breathing and awkward moments of silence.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Allison Kampf
EMERGENCY OPERATOR (F): Hannah Ehman
HELEN (F): Val Cole
Recorded Voice and WOMAN (F): Kyana Teresa
EILEEN (F): Alicia Ryan

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

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Ryan Haines, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Ryan Haines, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

1st Scene Screenplay Festival Testimonial – May 29 2020

Jen Grubbs
Jen Grubbs

Thank you, First Scene! Communication was amazingly prompt. Thanks for walking me through the process. It was a positive experience and I learned along the way. Highly recommend!

5 Star Review

We also accept online submissions through Film Freeway. Click on the link BELOW to submit online through this middle-man resource website.

ALL SUBMITTED SCRIPTS GET FULL FEEDBACK – The goal of the WILDsound Film and Screenplay Festival is to help everyone involved grow as an artist, so we will offer feedback to jump start you to your next draft. If you are not fully satisfied with the feedback you receive, we will send it off to new committee members until you are fully satisfied. We understand where new and mid-level writers are coming from and we want to help you as much as we can.

WATCH past and recent script winning readings! CLICK HERE and see what happens when your script wins.

1st Scene Festival Testimonial – May 16 2020

 

Screenwriter Cecilia Michelangeli (The Ambiguous Couch Affair)

This was actually the first festival I’ve sent this specific screenplay. In fact it’s difficult to find festivals that take into consideration unfinished screenplay (and that are not excessively expensive). The feedback that I’ve received was very good, with some curious suggestions. However, I’m aware that it’s impossible to judge or comment on a first scene without knowing anything about the rest of the story, especially without being able to talk about certain choices and nuances.

Watch the Screenplay Reading: 

Randall and Evelyn run a struggling furniture store in a quiet community. The peace is disturbed when a nervous would-be armed robber, Parker Ray, enters the store demanding money.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Laura Kyswaty
Randall: Geoff Mays
Evelyn: Kiran Friesen

We  accept online submissions through Film Freeway. Click on the link BELOW to submit online through this middle-man resource website.

1st Scene Festival Testimonial – April 30 2020

 

Screenwriter Phillip Hollins (BLACKBALLED)

All screenwriters want to know how their work stacks up among their peers. It’s important to gain traction. WILDSound has a reputation of being a solid contest. The feedback was great. It mirrored similar comments from other competitions.

Screenplay Reading: 

CAST LIST:

Bucky: Scott Hilton
Nicole: Nadine Charleson
Narration: Esther Tribault
Travis: Pierre Simpson
Dr. Pendergrass: Ron Boyce

1st Scene Screenplay Festival – April 29 2020

Lyndal Simpson (THE FARRELL GIRL)

The feedback that I received was incredibly detailed and constructive. Divided into sections such as PLOT, and even TYPOS. I found that I was able to immediately improve my script as a result. I really appreciated how specific the feedback was in the way that it referred to identifiable paragraphs, dialogue or plot points.

 

Watch the Screenplay Reading: 

Two young sisters, sole survivors of a family massacre, must find one another after almost twenty years of separation, when the chief suspect in the killings seeks to hunt them down once more.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Allison Kampf
Caitlin (F): Mandy May Cheetham
Rosie (F): Julie Sheppard
Brodie (M): Fabio Abreu
Alice (F): Cassandra Guthrie

We accept online submissions through Film Freeway. Click on the link BELOW to submit online through this middle-man resource website.

ALL SUBMITTED SCRIPTS GET FULL FEEDBACK – The goal of the WILDsound Film and Screenplay Festival is to help everyone involved grow as an artist, so we will offer feedback to jump start you to your next draft. If you are not fully satisfied with the feedback you receive, we will send it off to new committee members until you are fully satisfied. We understand where new and mid-level writers are coming from and we want to help you as much as we can.

Top 1st Scene Festival Screenplays of 2019

Watch the winning readings performed by professional actors. 12 screenplays in total.

1st Scene Screenplay Reading: Day of the Bad Hair, by Jason Stratton
https://firstscenescreenplay.com/2019/12/28/1st-scene-screenplay-reading-day-of-the-bad-hair-by-jason-stratton/

1st Scene Screenplay Reading: Acceptance, by Laurent Auclair
https://firstscenescreenplay.com/2019/12/28/1st-scene-screenplay-reading-acceptance-by-laurent-auclair/

1st Scene Screenplay Reading: Flesh And Bone, by John McCarney
https://firstscenescreenplay.com/2019/12/27/1st-scene-screenplay-reading-flesh-and-bone-by-john-mccarney/

DIVERSITY 1st Scene Screenplay Reading: ELECTABLE, by Liann Kaye
https://firstscenescreenplay.com/2019/12/18/diversity-1st-scene-screenplay-reading-electable-by-liann-kaye/

1st Scene Script Reading: The Soul Reason, by Roy Tuck
https://firstscenescreenplay.com/2019/10/25/1st-scene-script-reading-the-soul-reason-by-roy-tuck/

1st Scene Screenplay Reading: OPERATIVE D, by Sam Tracton
https://firstscenescreenplay.com/2019/09/23/1st-scene-screenplay-reading-operative-d-by-sam-tracton/

1st Scene Screenplay Reading: DON’T TELL A SOUL, by Dan Stone
https://firstscenescreenplay.com/2019/09/23/1st-scene-screenplay-reading-dont-tell-a-soul-by-dan-stone/

DIVERSITY 1st Scene Screenplay Reading: Rainbow Hunting, by Conor McFarland
https://firstscenescreenplay.com/2019/08/27/diversity-1st-scene-screenplay-reading-rainbow-hunting-by-conor-mcfarland/

1st Scene Screenplay Reading: Amateurs, by Alice Hartzog
https://firstscenescreenplay.com/2019/08/27/1st-scene-screenplay-reading-amateurs-by-alice-hartzog/

1st Scene Screenplay Reading: The Ambigious Couch Affair, by Cecilia Michelangeli
https://firstscenescreenplay.com/2019/08/27/1st-scene-screenplay-reading-the-ambigious-couch-affair-by-cecilia-michelangeli/

1st Scene Screenplay Reading: CRAZY PILL, by Ariana Berenson
https://firstscenescreenplay.com/2019/05/21/1st-scene-screenplay-reading-crazy-pill-by-ariana-berenson/

1st Scene Screenplay Reading of Kyds Game by Marc Rosenberg
https://firstscenescreenplay.com/2019/02/28/1st-scene-screenplay-reading-of-kyds-game-by-marc-rosenberg/