2017 – Read the best of ROMANCE Short Film Pitches & Loglines

SCROLL through and read the best of SHORT FILMS from 2017: 

ANOTHER TIME AROUND, by Natori James

RATRI, by Krishnendu Sain
TOUCH, by Anthony Welsh

ANH, by Huynh Cong Nho & Ngo Thi Anh

TALES OF A NON GYMOPHOBE, by Donald Shaw

JOBS, by Jared Dante

THE COLOR OF LIFE, by Catherine Jarrett

MUTE, by Alex Carson

 

 

 

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ROMANCE Best Scene Script Reading of HOOKERS by Ron Herrsche

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Logline: Hookers is a romantic comedy in which a young, ambitious female FBI agent lands her first big assignment to bust a prostitution ring allegedly run by her high-school crush at his family-owned seafood restaurant regrettably named HOOKERS — a spoof on the HOOTERS Restaurant Chain.

CAST LIST:

NARRATION: Julie C. Sheppard
Robbie – Trevor Marlatt
Jessie – Vanessa Quagliara

Get to know the writer: 

 What is your screenplay about?

It is about the emotional power of a past teenage crush that an FBI woman had on a boy, who has now become her mark as a person allegedly running a prostitution ring at his family-owned, seafood restaurant in New Jersey named Hookers.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Romantic Comedy/Comedy

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

In general, it has the capacity to strike a nostalgic chord for young and old, and in particular, for Italian-Americans, as My Big Fat Greek Wedding did for for Greek-Americans. It also depicts the emotional struggles women face trying to make it in a man’s world.

How would you describe this script in two words?

nostalgically satisfying

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

The Big Labowski

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I worked on several re-writes over a period of about 2 years approximately 8 years ago.

How many stories have you written?

Numerous short stories, 2 feature screenplays and one short film that I wrote and produced.

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

I am an eclectic music lover and listen to a wide variety of styles Can’t pick just one.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Keeping the dialogue crisp

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Natural Healthcare and my granddaughters!

 

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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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ROMANCE 1st Scene Screenplay Reading of RED RIBBONS, by Zach Closs

Genre: Romance, Drama, Crime

Two years, a month, three weeks and six days after a controversial exposé forced him to flee, a young journalist returns to his hometown, hunting the pardoned rapist that was the article’s subject, and rekindling a tormented relationship with one of the victims.

Narrator: Sean Ballantyne
Kim: Lauren Toffan
Dancer 2: Clare Blackwood
Dance Leader: Val Cole

Get to know the writer: 

What is your screenplay about?

Two years, a month, three weeks and six days after a controversial exposé forced him to flee, a young journalist returns to his hometown, hunting the pardoned rapist that was the article’s subject, and rekindling a tormented relationship with one of the victims.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Romantic Drama & Psychological Horror; atmospherically, I wanted the script to play as a horror movie about emotional and sexual abuse.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I think most films that tackle subject matter like this tend to do so in a very glossy, very safe way, and while it is important to be respectful and considerate, I think there’s something to be said for more visceral, honest depictions that resist deifying the sufferers or simplifying their situations. I tried to accomplish that here. I also tried to explore the way society mishandles rape and sexual assault by painting the men accused of it as victims and bemoaning their ruined reputations, something I haven’t seen often on the big screen.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Raw, surreal.

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

Probably a three-way tie between The Godfather, Hard-Boiled and all of the Star Wars movies.

6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I started working on it in the tail-end of 2015 and have been revising ever since!

How many stories have you written?

I’ve written 17 feature-length screenplays, 12 shorts, and about 100 poems.

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

Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd I’ve listened to the most, favourite would probably be Dreams by Fleetwood Mac.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I wanted to be sure that Kim and Caleb both got equal screentime, and were developed enough that audiences didn’t feel like they were siding with one more than the other when it came time for them to confront each other. I also wanted them to be very likable and have a lot of personality, which usually calls for humour. It’s tough working humour into a story like this, and making sure the moments of levity didn’t feel out of place, or too much, was tough. It’s also pretty radically structured, which I felt was necessary to get into the heads of people who feel fragmented and stuck in the past; deciding how much information to give the audience without being overtly expository was a challenge.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I love acting, especially onstage, which I think is more of an actor’s medium. Supporting and spending time with my close friends, family and loved ones is very important to me. I’m a bit of a wine snob, I love hiking, skiing, a good novel, and reading/writing poetry. I’m not always good at them, but I think video games are a fascinating up-and-coming medium.

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

I think FilmFreeway is a great tool for artists to discover and submit to festivals that best suit their work; my only advice to anyone using it is to carefully research any festivals they submit to, as unfortunately some (usually the ones that sound too good to be true) are scams.

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

I think the promise of feedback was a big reason for my submission, as constructive criticism can be hard to come by. The feedback I received was incredibly helpful; I could tell the script reader fully engaged with what I was trying to do, and suggested very clear, straightforward fixes.

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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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October 2017 ROMANCE Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

Submit your Romance Screenplay Festival: http://festivalforromance.com

 

ACTORNOVEL Reading – KILER CONVERSATIONS
October 2017 Reading
by Stephanie Parker McKean

ACTORROMANCE SHORT Screenplay – THE PERFECT GIFT
October 2017 Reading
by John Scott Schaf
ACTORROMANCE SHORT Screenplay – LULU
October 2017 Reading
by Tracey Lion Cachet

ACTORLGBT TV PILOT Screenplay – THE UPSIDE OF OVER
October 2017 Reading
by Dan Hass

ACTORNOVEL Reading – THE FULL MOOD: A PRIESTESS TALE
October 2017 Reading
by Pen Augustin

festival posterTWO, 1min, USA, Fashion/Experimental
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festival posterTASTE OF LOVE, 4min, Austria, Romance/Experimental
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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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2017 – ROMANCE Feature Screenplays of the Year

Read the best of romance feature film loglines for 2017.

POSSESSION, by Dan Fitzgerald

SAVING YOU SAVING ME, by Tina Jetter

IRONCLAD, by J. Alan Hostetter

JUSTIFIED LICENSE TO KILL, by Laura Elise Phillips

THE SIN, by Almajane Sirbu

THE TREATMENT, by Michael L. Selby

GOD’S GLASS, by Sameer Ketkar

BROWNIE AND FRAN, by Arthur S. Brown and Rory Leahy

ALLEGIANCES, by Manon Simard

SPIRIT GUIDE, by Fathiyah Alalawi

THE CHRISTMAS LEAVE, by David Brock

STRONG ENOUGH, by Sara Landucci

UNEXPECTED VARIABLE, by Breanna Danielle Swatzell

STRONG ENOUGH, by Sara Landucci

FRACTURED DIAMOND, by Kristen Perry

THE GIBSON GIRL, by Jennifer Churchill

I LOVE YOU OSCAR WILDE, by York Davis

GEMINI SKIN, by Maria Blanco H.

THE AMULET, by Ken Glover

SAUDADE, by David Dinning

BEHIND THE RED VELVET CURTAIN, by CJ Zamboni

THE ROSE RING, by Anne Faye

LEARNING TO LOVE, by Sheryl Browne

AFTERLIFE, by Glenda Victor

TRUE CLARITY, by Colin Bent

SHE’S A DREAM, by Amanda Marie

GOOD-BYE JOHNNY BOY, by Kim Delgado

THE CONTEST, by Andrew Irvine

THE PROMISE OF PEACE, by Michael Beddoes & Kristina Heaney

DOLPHIN, by Ray Whittinger

THE DA VINCI DIAMOND, by Jerry Guarino

THE PERFECT GUARDIAN, by Jay Paul

BLACK GYPSY, by Carl Nortey

ONE WISH, by Paul Iacono

THE FINAL SCORE, by Christopher Marton

SANCTUARY, by Art Dalessandro

SORRENTO, by Gregory Schmidt

CLOSED CASKET, by Ken Cohen
FALSE INTERESTS, by Mark Wagner

CLOSE YOUR EYES YOU’LL FEEL BETTER, by Mona Deutsch Miller

SPERM: THE MUSICAL, by Gerald Fried

JUST MAKING CHANGE, by Elan Barnehama and Jonathan Parad

EARTH-GIRL, by Mike Anka

PURPLE WIG, by A. Mark Ezrael McNeil

SOUTHWEST THUNDER, by Charles Crawford

YESTERDAY TODAY TOMORROW, by CK McKenzie

MAJABIGWADUCHE, by Hollis Jef Pirkey

LENA, by Liza Siegal

HIGH RISK INVESTMENT, by Tatjana Torkel

PHATNAV, by Andrew Bruce-Lockhart

DESTINIES, by Mario Cardarelli

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Winning ROMANCE Short Script – LULU, by Tracey Lion-Cachet

Genre: Romance, Drama

When a Polish immigrant secretly takes a second job as a telephone sex operator, she is forced to confront the complexities of love when her husband calls the service one night.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Sean Ballantyne
Ursula: Julie C. Sheppard
Laura: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Aleksander: Dan Cristofori

Get to know the writer: 

 What is your screenplay about?

A woman, who secretly takes on a second job as a telephone sex-operator, is forced to confront the complexities of love when her husband unexpectedly calls the hot-line one night.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Dark Comedy; Romance

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

This screenplay should be made into a movie because it touches a wide audience, specifically in its theme of loneliness.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Funny and sad.

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

I typically don’t like to see movies more than once because it dilutes the impact for me.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

It was first adapted from a short story of mine, The Pigeons, in 2012. The script is currently being made into a short film and will be circulating film festivals in 2018.

How many stories have you written?

My short story, Noticed, was adapted for film in 2015. I have written many short stories and two feature length scripts. I am currently working on my next project, set in the Democratic Republic of Congo, that focuses on the plight of the remarkable Dr. Mukwege who is helping mend rape victims who have been torn apart by the ongoing civil wars.

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

Leonard Cohen’s, A Thousand Kisses Deep.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

It was difficult adapting the script from my short story. The short story dealt with many other themes and not just love that needed to be cut. (The protagonists are Polish immigrants so issues of isolation and loneliness pertaining to immigration were central themes). I had to strip the story down to it’s core while still creating emotional depth in the characters.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Watching movies, especially European film.

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

It is a wonderful and easy site to use.

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

I entered this festival because it dealt solely with romance. Although my story is not a conventional love story – we are dealing with an elderly couple who have been married for decades and how they manage to rekindle their love – it is still deeply romantic at its core.

As a writer, I appreciate all feedback. I am very humble in my end product and I usually go back and implement a lot of the feedback I get. However, this was not possible here because this draft was already being used for filming in L.A.

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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 ROMANCE SHORT Screenplay – THE PERFECT GIFT, by by John Scott Schaf

 

Genre: Comedy, Romance

An insensitive workaholic, in order to save his marriage, goes on a Valentine’s Day journey for the perfect gift. It becomes a journey not only for gifts but for self discovery.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Hank: David Occhipinti
Apple Genius/Clerk: Nick Baillie
Erin: Norma Dunphy
Sales Clerk: Lindsay Gerro
Disc Jockey: Fabio Abreu

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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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