1st SCENE Script Reading of GOOD INTENTIONS, by Sandy Tovray Greenberg

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Despite Tara’s announcement to stave off dating after a nasty breakup, her girlfriend sets up an “accidental” meeting and the two fall in love, but when mishaps and secrets occur and Tara discovers the charade, she must decide whether good intentions trump lies and deception.


Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Mindy: Pip Dwyer
Tara: Ariel Brooker
Liz: Julie Burris
Logan: Geoff Mays
Austin: Hugh Ritchie

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

If you have intentions to do something good for someone, make sure it is truly for the right reason!

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

romantic comedy

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

We get to laugh while learning life lessons about our intentions to help people. We need to listen to their needs.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Funny poignant

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

Rain Man

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

About a year on and off, including rewrites. I also took your feedback very seriously and did another rewrite.

How many stories have you written?

Over a dozen.

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

Time to Say Good-bye

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

It was more about making sure I had the emotions and messages I wanted to impart in the story than the comedy. This was my first attempt at a romantic comedy, and I actually surprised myself at how funny I could be! Finding the right balance was a challenge.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I love music.

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

I liked the idea of the first ten pages or first scene. Those initial pages are crucial to setting the tone of the screenplay. The feedback was exceptional. I was surprised at what I had missed and after doing the rewrite, I knew I had a good solid 10 pages. I was very appreciative of that feedback that was so on target!


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

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne


Sept. 2016 Winner: VOODOO LOVE by Frederick Julius

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Written by Frederick Julius


Genre: Drama, Romance, Crime

A black-hearted vixen lures an ambitious hustler into her mansion as he seeks out a forbidden love. When merciless thugs come to rob and kill, it’ll cost him his fortune to save her lost soul.


NARRATOR – Steve Rizzo
TUCKA – Kaleb Alexander
DAMIEN – Randy Baumer
MR. KING – Steve Mitchell
EL TORRO – John Fray
ASIA – Heather Dicke
CASSANDRA – Norma Dawn Dunphy





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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Watch the July 2016 1st Scene Script Winners

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SENIOR PRANK by Shiv Sudhakar


Genre: Comedy

A group of cunning high school seniors must outwit their principal in order to pull off the ultimate senior class prank.


AL – Dan Cristofori
CARL – David Occhipinti
FRAN – Viktoria Napolenova
ALFRED – Michael Gaty
GUS – Mark Boutros


NINE SCARS by Kelly Crawford


Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Thriller

A teen romance thriller that takes place in a world in which everyone has nine lives. In this world of nine lives, an aspiring football player must risk all of his lives to rescue his girlfriend from the ruthless leader of a gambling syndicate who’s trying to fix the college football championship game.


KEITH – Dan Cristofori
PRINCIPAL – David Occhipinti
ROBBIE – Michael Gaty
MATT – Mark Boutros
JAMIE – Viktoria Napolenova


CATCH! by Jerry Nield

Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama

Synopsis: Could David really defeat Goliath?


ACTON – Dan Cristofori
OLD MAN – David Occhipinti
JIM – Michael Gaty
TOM – Mark Boutros
ELLEN – Judy Thrush


Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Watch 1st Scene Winner: ETERNITY by Kevin Bibo

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ETERNITY by Kevin Bibo


Eternity is the story of a retiring teacher who learns to support his family in spite of his personal disapproval of them as he heals wounds left behind by his father.


NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
CHARLIE – Julian Ford
ROBYN – Susan Wilson
LEONTES – Sean Kaufman
VALENTINE – Andrew Farr
PORSHA/SANDY – Antosia Fiedur

Watch 1st Scene Winner: FACSIMILE by Gary Makin

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FACSIMILE by Gary Makin


In a future Los Angeles, a homicide detective’s investigation into the attempted murder of a young woman becomes the ultimate case of identity theft when a powerful corporation is implicated.


NARRATOR – Angelica Alejandro
WOMAN – Laura Kyswaty
ORTIZ/DRIVER – Gabriel Darku
TAXI DRIVER – Chris Reid-Geisler
EVERS – Holly Sarchfield

February 2015 Winners

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THE CURSE OF SAM HAIN by Jacob F. Keller


The long survivor of a crash landing on a distant world becomes the surprising savior to the aborigines facing genocide.


NARRATOR – Frances Townend
Belenus – Sean Ballantyne
Sam Hain- Neil Kulin
Daughter – Julia Vally
Rider – Kaleb Alexander
Wife – Jacqueline Brown
Man #1 – Charles Gordon
Man #1 – Rob Salerno

SPARKS by Megan K. Bickel


A romantic comedy with a sci-fi twist. Dr. Emma Spegal stumbles upon a stranger who reactivates the effects of an old laboratory accident, which sends lightning shooting from her hand. She drags him to her lab to find answers, but instead they find secret plots, hidden agendas, and high-voltage reasons to stick together.


NARRATOR – Frances Townend
Charlie – Kaleb Alexander
Emma – Alicia Payne
Barista – Jacqueline Brown

HELLCAT by J. Alan Hostetter


“Hellcat” is about a Pennsylvania state police detective who investigates a blackmail plot as it is going awry, various leads connecting a mysterious woman who once partially castrated her rapist.


NARRATOR – Ryan Fisher
Guise – Geoff Mays
Sterner – Andy Bridge
Fries – Andrew Farr
Cat – Holly Sarchfield


January 2015 Winners

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DIETRICH DANZIG by John Pisano-Thomsen


A 95-year-old Pink Triangle survivor recalls his romance with a Nazi Officer’s son in 1935 that led to his interment at Dachau.


NARRATOR – Susan Q Wilson
Dr. Bitten – Todd Dulmage
Ziggy – Barry Minshull
Zaki – Rob Young
Pearce – Jacob Klick
Emma – Alissa DeGrazia



When recently single Thomas moves next door and strikes a friendship with Catherine, Alexander spirals into a dark paranoia. With his sanity at stake Alexander is on the brink of losing everything.


NARRATOR – Susan Q Wilson
Catherine – Alissa DeGrazia
Thomas – Jacob Klick
Alexander – Rob Young
Duke – Todd Dulmage


DEATH GRIP by Tracy Sherwood


A female war hero home from Iraq struggles with PTSD while trying to resume her life as a soccer mom. But the married soldier hides an even darker secret…she witnessed the death of her lover overseas who also happens to be the husband of her now widowed sister.


NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
Ben – Jim Canale
Sammy – Rob Salerno
Kat – Ida Jagaric
Jackie – Danielle Nicole
Shayna – Alissa DeGrazia