Winning ANIMATION Feature Screenplay – STORM DRAGON, by Joey Curtis and Danny Klein

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Watch the Winning SEPTEMBER 2017 Feature screenplay.

An outcast dragonfly unites a crew of misfit swamp critters to save the life of a boy trapped in a hurricane.

Genre: Animation, Family, Drama, Adventure

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Laura Kyswaty
B-Fly/Luther: Cameron LeRoy
Skylar: Rachel Rain Packota
Tatsu: Cory Bertrand
Pondhawk: Jim Canale
Aura: Regan Brown

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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

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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

CAST LIST:

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?

Outstanding

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.

 

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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

Erica Orofino – Director of the short film FANTOME

See director BIO.

Erica Orofino was born on December 4, 1990 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She is an actor, known for Bela (2014) and Control (2014).

“The story was always there. And I just couldn’t wait to write it. It’s an accumulation of ideas that I’ve had over the years that came together in this one thing.”

Writer/Director Erica Orofino talks with host Amanda Hicks about the making of Fantome and the CineCoup process.

Film playing at the May 2017 CANADIAN FEEDBACK Film Festival


festival posterFANTOME, 13min, Canada, Horror/Drama

Justin Harding – Director of the short film KOOKIE

Justin Harding – See director BIO.

It was during his time at the York Region School of Fine Art that Justin Harding discovered his passion for filmmaking and after winning various awards for his short films Justin developed the original comedy series Keys to the VIP for The Comedy Network and was hired to direct all three seasons. Justin has since been hired as a director or challenge producer on a wide variety of programs for multiple networks including The Amazing Race Canada & MasterChef Canada for CTV, Canada’s Worst Driver for Discovery, Come Dine With Me Canada for W Network, Rich Bride Poor Bride for Slice, Campus PD for G4 and many more. In 2011 Justin launched Harding Films Inc a full service video production and VFX company which produces visual effects, motion graphics, TV commercials and viral marketing films. Justin has always focused on hyper-creative, off-beat content and eye popping visual effects with a fresh eye for creative storytelling and rich visuals.

Film playing at the May 2017 CANADIAN FEEDBACK Film Festival


festival posterKOOKIE, 12min, Canada, Horror

Get to know the short film: WALKING SUPPLY, 25min, Canada, Crime/Thriller

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

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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

  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, Thriller
  • Runtime:
    25 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    August 15, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    8,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Canada
  • Country of Filming:
    Canada
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, Sony FS5 and A7S II
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.39:1
  • Film Color:
    Color

 

Derek Barnes – Director of the short film WALKING SUPPLY

Derek Barnes – See director BIO.

Derek Barnes ran around the world with a camera when he was 19 and created a mini-doc, which set the path for many things to come. After hunting down work in the Toronto film industry, he was encouraged to follow his filmmaking aspirations and began pursuing the creation of an adventure journalism TV show that would chronicle tales of incredible people he encountered overseas.

Years of meetings with networks and producers later, Derek decided it was time to take matters into his own hands. He started taking courses and training to become a rock climbing guide (most logical source of income for adventure), and set aside money from every paycheque for camera gear to create his own work.

And so began Mountain Man Media. Originally intended to be an outdoor adventure video company, Derek honed his camera operating skills on corporate videos which inspired a change. He began working on narrative films, music videos and documentaries, where he became comfortable with the Steadicam Pilot, the drone, and now directs as often as possible. With lights and cameras all around, he decided to study photography and began shooting headshots for friends, which ignited Mountain Man Media’s focus on photo/video work for performers.

Meanwhile, Derek’s rock climbing experience helped him enter the world of stunt rigging. After a hell of a lot of training, he is now landing work as a stunt performer on television shows and major motion pictures (Suicide Squad, Robocop, The Expanse, and The Strain to name a few). Derek is a professionally trained actor as well and recently had principle roles on the hit TV Shows ‘Rookie Blue’ and ‘Letterkenny’.

Between filming, rigging and performing, Derek spends most of his spare time training for stunt work and expanding Mountain Man Media’s filmmaking potential.

Film playing at the May 2017 CANADIAN FEEDBACK Film Festival


festival posterWALKING SUPPLY, 25min, Canada, Crime/Thriller

Get to know the short film: MADE IN MONTREAL, 10min, Canada, Drama, B&W

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

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    • 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.

  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Essai
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 54 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 7, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Canada
  • Country of Filming:
    Canada
  • Film Language:
    English, French
  • Shooting Format:
    DSLR H264
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2:55
  • Film Color:
    Black & White