COMEDY Festival Short Script: The Real Family, by Damian Leibovich

40b2bba570 posterA group of conman must to work together in order to save an innocent teenage girl from jail.


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Writer Biography – Damian Leibovich

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DAMIAN ADALBERTO LEIBOVICH born in Buenos Aires in 1973.
He was received at the ENERC as film director in 2000 with his thesis “44” selected in more than 40 international festivals, obtaining 11 awards.
From 1992 to the present, he has made a dozen short films including “Death in Moscow” (1993) and “The Last Coffee” (2005).
Since 1995 he works mainly as an editor for Film and TV.
In 2003 he made the documentary “Churches of Buenos Aires” in 2004, the horror film “Tenants from Hell” (marketed directly to DVD) in 2013 directed “Outlaws of the Patagonia” commercially released the following year and in 2014 “Eber Ludue√±a: the final kick” also premiered as a serial on YouTube, during the world Cup in Brazil. Is the author of “En peligro” realeased in 2018.
Currently he is preparing his next film while listening to other proposals.

ANIMATION Festival Short Script: LAS NOGAS, by Catya Plate

A36ed8caa0 poster500 years from now, Earth is nearly decimated from rain-less centuries and ecological collapse caused by selfish human inaction. Can a group of unlikely post-apocalyptic environmentalists save Gaia?


Writer Biography – Catya Plate

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Catya Plate, born in Barcelona, Spain, and raised in Germany, is a Brooklyn based award winning filmmaker, writer and multidisciplinary artist. Her animated films, sculptures, paintings, and drawings explore the ephemeral nature of existence by creating an alternative universe, which exposes, among other things, humanity’s impact on the environment. Catya is a Fulbright Alumna and has been exhibiting internationally since the mid-1980’s. Her work is in public and private collections worldwide, like the Brooklyn Museum and the Museum of Modern Art Library in New York City. Articles, interviews and reviews about her films and projects have appeared in Indie Shorts Magazine, UK Film Review, ReelRomp, Directed By Women, We are Moving Stories, The New York Times, The Independent, and others. In 2009, she created Clothespin Freak Productions to bring her “Clothespin Freaks” characters to life through stop-motion animation short films. In 2012, her first film “The Reading”, was awarded Best Animated Film at the Seattle True Independent Film Festival. Her second film “Hanging By A Thread”, screened at over 22 film festivals in the US and abroad, like the Academy Award-qualifying St. Louis International Film Festival and won 9 awards. Critically acclaimed “Meeting MacGuffin”, the sequel of “Hanging By A Thread” and second in a trilogy of shorts was completed in February 2017 has been making its rounds in the international film festival circuit for two years with over 60 festival screenings, 18 awards and 5 nominations to its credit. It has screened at the Academy-Award qualifying Holly Shorts in Los Angeles, Cucalorus and the Oxford Film Festival among many others. Prestigious awards are the coveted Grand Prize for Best Animated Short at the Academy-Award qualifying Rhode Island International Film Festival-Vortex (2017), Best Shorts Production Design Award at the Other Worlds Austin Festival (2018), Special Jury Price for Animation at the renowned 30th Annual Fano International Film Festival, Italy, (2018), and Jury’s Citation Award for Animation at the 38th Black Maria Film Festival (2019).

Catya’s script for “Meeting MacGuffin” made it into the top 40 at the renowned Cinequest screenwriting competition in 2017.

As of June 2019, Catya’s script “Las Nogas”, the last short in the stop motion ecological trilogy and proof of concept for the feature, has been selected as a SEMI-FINALIST at the Academy Award Qualifying Flickers Rhode Island International Film Festival. Expected release of the short film is 2021.


Writer Statement

Living in a world that is obsessed with technology and immortality, I have always felt the urge to produce work that reclaims the use of once feminized materials, like thread and fabric, and that casts a particular focus on conventional domestic and low-tech items such as clothespins. In my projects I’ve been relating these materials to concepts such as mortality, ambiguity, transformation and vulnerability to talk about the ephemeral nature of existence, questioning certain aspects of the human condition. These same concepts and materials re-appear in my animated films within the context of a larger fabricated universe. This alternate futuristic universe is inhabited by ‘Clothespin Freaks’, two-headed humanoid figures made of clear clothespins and sewn pieces. With the help of other invented creatures, these empathetic mutations are commissioned to fix a post-apocalyptic world where humanity has fallen apart. I invented the Clothespin Freaks in 2003 in a series of drawings, collectively called the Clothespin Tarot Drawings. Through the Clothespin Freaks I am creating a new mythology that serves as an allegory and coping mechanism in our angst-ridden times where its ‘inhabitants’ construct a new form of humanity.

1st Scene Festival Short Script: Tolerance, by David Espina

An unaccompanied migrant child apprehended by ICE at the Southern border faces the immigration system alone despite the efforts of the assigned interpreter to fight for the minor’s asylum.


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Writer – David Espina

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1st Scene Festival Feature Script: ABANDONWITCH, by Sarah K Watson

8f59796fa6 posterMaori Anthropology Professor Taia Potehe discovers artefacts on an offhore island linking him with a mysterious 17th century Scottish woman named Heather who according to folklore was exiled there after being discovered she had illegitimate relations with a Scottish nobleman.

Heather returns as a spirit assisting Taia’s folklore research to solve her mystery and eventually find her remains. Taia argues against opposing rigid academic constraints as he struggles to contain a personal crises when a dangerous man stalks his lover Lucy.

Retrieved artefacts discovered by Taia on the island become a question of speculative ownership whilst he struggles to subdue their possessive powers.

A story of hopelessness, revenge, love, AbandonWitch inspires the mystery of folklore narratives.


Writer Biography – Sarah Watson

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Akitio (2019)
Fuchsia’s Den (2009)


Writer Statement

Kia Ora!

I am a NZ screenwriter from Wellington, New Zealand/Aotearoa.

Female Festival Feature Script: Wheat Dandy, by Anna Patterson


Dad’s death throws the wheat farm into turmoil

Sis and husband felt for years they owned the place, they had raised their children here, and worked day and night to keep the place financially stable. They had fought disease, insects, and violent weather. Now they faced financial ruin, and local politicians and a bank wanting to develop the land. Into this mix, comes her brother, disillusioned and angry, discharged due to malaria he caught in a tour of duty in a tropical jungle. Bitter and disillusioned, he briefly finds relief with old friends, but one is suddenly killed in a fiery crash of her crop duster. Torn by memories, he finds the place a haunting trap. Could the kid who was once ridiculed in school as “Wheat Dandy” because of his homemade clothes find the heart in his dark soul to save the family farm. This is a story of the things which are best in the human spirit, courage, humbleness, and its unlikely heroes.

Female Festival Feature Script: Walk of Shame, by Anna Bielkheden

8a01b54022 posterWalk of Shame is a raw drama series about three female roommates in LA struggling to navigate the road to success and personal identity, smack in the middle of a booming social media era and a pending quarter life crisis. Over the course of ten episodes, we follow the complicated lives and relationships of a 26-year old personal trainer from Oklahoma with a raging Tomboy vs. Barbie complex (ASH), a 29-year old second generation immigrant MUA from Sherman Oaks with the goal of becoming a star beauty influencer (SKY), and a 25-year old aspiring actress from Denmark with an expiring student visa, desperate to make it at any cost (CLARA).


Writer Biography

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Even as a toddler, Anna was incessantly fascinated with the power of words. Inspired by the movie and television era of the 80’s and 90’s, she began crafting dramatic stories as soon as she knew how to write. Armed with nothing but a productive, albeit naive creativity, she wrote her first feature length screenplay at the tender age of sixteen–a dark and bold teenage drama called “Life’s A Bitch”, which surprisingly got as far as a teaser promo trailer filmed by then student-director Josef Fares, whom a year later launched the career of now acclaimed Hollywood actor Fares Fares.

Like many creative individuals in dire need to pay the bills, Anna has worn many hats over the years. With the ultimate goal of eventually working on the creative end of show business, she has spent the last two decades immersed in a variety of professions; as a TV and photography makeup artist, a fitness trainer and backend content creator, and a five time business owner entrepreneur.

Although her true passion has always been telling stories that convey and evoke raw human emotion, Anna’s multi-faceted background has given her a wide range of unique and direct experiences that make her storytelling more authentic and genuinely inspired.

Originally trained in classical performing arts and literary English, Anna started off her professional writing career in late 2012 as a health and beauty columnist for Millennium Magazine. After a few years with the New York based lifestyle publication, she moved on to accept a full-time copywriting position at a prestigious PR and advertising firm in Los Angeles. The ability to handle large volumes of writing assignments with meticulous skill made her a high demand asset, and she was soon trusted with large-scale clients such as Biscoff Cookies and Antolini Italy.

Anna’s passion for the written word eventually led her to the full service marketing agency NMI Interactive, where she currently works full-time as a senior copywriter and ghostwriter for some of the biggest names in the fitness industry; producing bestselling books, marketing campaigns, optimized web content and high converting sales material.

A professional ghostwriter by day and aspiring screenwriter by night; Anna has found that learning to capture the essence of her clients’ voice in a way that generates and resonates with a certain audience is an unconventional, but invaluable school in the art of storytelling.


Writer Statement

“A word
after a word
after a word
is power.”

-Margaret Atwood