Winning CANADIAN Short Screenplay – X-13, by Asim Abraham

 It’s the year 2030, and technology and humans are becoming one more than ever in the past 100 years. A genetically enhanced secret agent (X-13) is the only successful experiment in enhanced human capabilities and super-soldiers in the past three decades. His number is his name, created and grown up in a high secretive labs of the government before releasing him to the outside world. X-13 is given an assignment to catch, Aaron Romano, the kingpin of the city due to his violation of the law by making and selling real-life machine guns to the people to start a new revolution to take down the government of Serenitova.

Genre: Sci-Fi, Action


Narrator: Laura Kyswaty
X-13: Cory Bertrand
Aaron Romano: Jim Canale
Assistant: Rachel Rain Packota

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

“A genetically enhanced secret agent is given the mission to rescue a special gifted girl from the hands of a cold blooded kingpin”.

It’s about a secret agent given the mission to rescue an important victim from a known arms dealer who’s a terrorist to the country and pushing his agendas to legalize arms trafficking. our hero “X-13” used to be a victim in an earlier chapter of his life when he lost parts of his body due to his cover is blown from an inside man from the DEA.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Sci-Fi, action, thriller, adventure

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It has a unique characters, universe, concept and storyline.

How would you describe this script in two words?


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

The matrix (trilogy), Constantine (2005), Batman (trilogy), Johnny Mnemonic, The last Samurai, 47 Ronin, The lord of the rings (trilogy).

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

For at least a year.

How many stories have you written?

A lot, I’ve published six books, a comic book and I’ve written and produced two short films in 2017, as well written two short films in 2011. The short film (Open my eyes) won the first place in the Robert Bosch Stiftung in 2013, and the graphic novel (Alaa: the bounty hunter) won the first prize in the Arab Though Foundation for the children book in 2015.

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

Evanescence – Bring Me To Life

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Many to be honest, from health, family issues, and most of all financially. It’s been a tough ride, but I did it in the end and that’s what matter the most.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Directing, Acting, reading comic books and screenplays, traveling all over the world to know different languages and culture differences and making new friends.

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

It was an easy, simply process, everything is clear.

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

It was uplifting, and I felt great that the vision I had is being recognized.



Producer: Matthew Toffolo

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

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

Watch Videos & Highlights: May 2017 CANADIAN FEEDBACK Film Festival


Best Film: KOOKIE

Best Performances: KOOKIE

Best Cinematography: WALKING SUPPLY

Best Music: The music from FANTOME


BLOSSOM OF MY HEART, 4min, Canada, Experimental/Anti-Romance
festival posterMADE IN MONTREAL, 10min, Canada, Drama, B&W
festival posterWALKING SUPPLY, 25min, Canada, Crime/Thriller
festival posterKOOKIE, 12min, Canada, Horror
festival posterFANTOME, 13min, Canada, Horror/Drama
festival posterVOYEUR, 15min, Canada, Thriller/Spy

The CANADIAN MAY 2017 FEEDBACK Film Festival gave our audiences simply the best of short movies from Canada.

The theme of the festival was “INFILTRATION”.

Every film showcased what about a character(s) being consumed or penetrated by an outside force.

This was our first official lineup since 2012 of strickly films from Canada. It was an excellent curated showcase of movies in different genres and budgets from all over the great country.

There is a lot of talent in Canada, as was shown at this festival. The filmmakers and their team of extremely talented individuals (Actors, DPs, Production Designers, Editors, Sound Designers etc..) have a bright future ahead of them…. hopefully!

The sad question that’s been asked since I started in this business all the way back in 2000, and was asked long before that is: What is wrong with Canadian film?

The first thing to point out is there is nothing wrong with Canadian talent. Many (and I’m sure some who had their film programmed at this festival) will venture to the United States and do well there. Some will stay in Canada and have a nice career in the business working on the many U.S. productions that occur in the country. But sadly, many filmmakers will never reach their true potential due to lack of a real industry in Canada.

People have to go to the movies in droves in order for a Production Company to justify the expense of making a feature. To get people to come, you need a high marketing budget. Something substantial so even the middle class worker in small town Alberta knows about this film. And of course after you get them in the seats at the cinema, the film has to be good so they’ll tell their friends about it and the critics will give it a nice review.

No one wants to go there in Canada because of the initial overhead expenses and the risks involved. Most successful production companies in Canada are already doing well with the U.S. productions and government money going their way to make Canadian content (but with that there is no real incentive or drive to make money.). So when you’re doing okay, there’s no motivation to stick your neck out.

It was always my motivation to “capitalize” the Canadian Film industry. And to get talented filmmakers, like the ones we showed at this festival, a chance in the feature realm with a sizable marketing budget afterwards. Perhaps I’ll get there sooner than later.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

Audience FEEDBACK: VOYEUR, 15min, Canada, Thriller/Spy

Played at the May 2017 CANADIAN FEEDBACK Film Festival

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Jen, a surveillance expert specializing in total, 24-hour coverage is being driven mad by the banality and predictability of her target, Chloe. When Chloe breaks routine and is momentarily lost, Jen is forced to choose between self-preservation and morality. Eventually her operation’s hierarchy is revealed.

Director Statement

I want to create something that’s unique and steps outside of the box, something that makes you think, something that makes your emotions spike, something that makes you look over your shoulder and question things. Something that makes you feel, whether it be happiness, sadness, love, hate, fear, etc. When I first read Luke Gellatly’s script for ‘Voyeur’ I was completely drawn right off the bat by the unsettling picture he painted of someone unknowingly being watched. Realizing this story was about the watcher and not the individual being watched was quite appealing. This side of the story is far more interesting to me than that of the individual being watched. Jen’s character opens a ton of possibilities for visual storytelling in which I plan on relying heavily on composition and sound to mimic Jen’s character traits and overall world she lives in. The idea of someone being watched easily makes peoples skin crawl and that’s what I intend to make this film do to the audience. Not through the easy/stereotypical ways like using disgusting or gory imagery, but through using suspenseful/unsettling moments.

I want to create a dark/seedy environment in which the two main characters live in. Think Frances Ford Coppola’s ‘The Conversion’ meets Niels Arden Oplev’s ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ meets Anton Corbijn’s ‘A Most Wanted Man.’ I want to use a combination of different shooting styles. Most of the film will be static shots, focusing on composition to help tell the story. The purpose of this is to mimic the isolation that Jen lives in. The way films like ‘The Conversation’ and ‘A Most Wanted Man’ use holds on particular moments, allows for the dark melancholy feeling to set in with the audience as they absorb how uncomfortable a situation it is. This will really help illustrated Jen’s isolation from humanity and the world around her. I want to switch to handheld when things start to get chaotic towards the end when Jen’s morals kick in and she runs after Chloe to help. This will help heighten the tension as the story reaches a boiling point. Right after this moment, when Jen rushes into Chloe’s apartment and begins tearing all the surveillance equipment down in a panic, I want to use a juxtaposition of static and handheld shots to represent the whirlwind that Jen’s character is going through. Throughout the chaotic moments of Jen tearing down the surveillance equipment I want to cut back to static shots of Jen’s empty apartment to represent what her world was like; quite, calm, and isolated. Then finally relieving the moment in which Jen in not alone in Chloe’s apartment and we see Jen on her own monitor with Farhan in the background (unbeknownst to Jen). Jen’s two worlds are colliding here as we see the chaotic nature of things through the monitor, although the monitor is in the calm, isolation of Jen’s apartment.

  • Film Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, Thriller, Spy
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 5, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
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Audience FEEDBACK: FANTOME, 13min, Canada, Horror/Drama

Played at the May 2017 CANADIAN FEEDBACK Film Festival

Playing at the CANADIAN Best of Short Film Festival. Thursday May 25th, 7pm. Carlton Cinemas. Get your FREE TICKETS


Françoise suffers nightly terrors. Her marriage has fallen apart, and she’s continually haunted by a presence in her bedroom. It’s driving her insane — to the point that she breaks into her neighbour’s house to try to find it. Instead she loses herself in her neighbour’s world; a life she wishes she had.

    Fantôme (French)
    Narrative Fiction, Short
    5000 CAD

Audience FEEDBACK: KOOKIE, 12min, Canada, Horror

Played at the May 2017 CANADIAN FEEDBACK Film Festival

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Bree, a dishonest 9-year-old receives a terrifying visitor after a parenting lesson goes horribly wrong.

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    Drama, phycological horror
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 47 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 2, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
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Audience FEEDBACK: WALKING SUPPLY, 25min, Canada, Crime/Thriller

Played at the May 2017 CANADIAN FEEDBACK Film Festival

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After escaping a soviet labour camp, three men struggle to survive in the barren landscapes of Siberia. The harrowing trek soon becomes a living nightmare for Yuri (James McDougall) when he discovers that his fellow escapees Oleg (Douglas Nyback) and Alexei (Jamie Maczko) plan to murder him for food. Inspired by true events ‘Walking Supply’ chronicles the dark journey of three men as they are pushed to their absolute limits. How far would you go to get home?

Director Statement

I did not want to make this movie.

With a schedule already overflowing with projects, I certainly was not hunting for another one. Unfortunately, when co-writer/producer James McDougall told me about the TRUE STORIES we based this script on, it sounded like a movie that was too damn good NOT to make. If we didn’t trudge out into the Canadian Wilderness to make this happen, how was anyone going to watch this in a theatre?

So, several months of snowy, sunny, bloody passionate filmmaking later – I am proud to offer up the fruits of our labour: the short film WALKING SUPPLY.

I’m a sucker for survival films. Walking Supply takes the action, drama and gallows humour we’ve come to expect, then adds a fascinating piece of intrigue: what if a good man secretly discovers that his “friends” plan to kill him for their own survival? The slow burn of this concept struck me as an incredible source of suspense.

The terrifying situations our protagonist Yuri faces were so satisfying to read on paper, but bringing them to life brought the entire experience to a new level! I wanted to see these character look exhausted – but the actors actually dieted for weeks during our hiatus, and grew out their facial hair to look the part. I wanted lots of fancy shots – then our badass crew shlepped gear through frozen forests for days on end with smiles on their faces. I was hoping that we’d have a cool score – then our composer shocked us with the quality of his work!

I took on this project because it was a story that I wanted to watch unfold on screen. The cast and crew went so far above and beyond that I can happily sit back now and marvel at their efforts as an audience member. It’s a hell of a tale to behold, and I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I do!

-Derek Barnes

Audience FEEDBACK: MADE IN MONTREAL, 10min, Canada, Drama, B&W

Played at the May 2017 CANADIAN FEEDBACK Film Festival

Les Français envahissent Montréal. Ils sont partout, dans les rues, dans les party, et deviennent même tes colocs. Pour Olivier, un québécois de la ville, c ‘est l’invasion. Ainsi commence pour lui un voyage a travers le racisme, en face à face avec l’étranger.

The French invade Montreal. They are everywhere, in the streets, in partys, they become your roomate. For Olivier, a quebecois living in the city, it’s the invasion. Then began for him a journey through racism, face to face to the unknown.