ANIMATION 1st Scene Screenplay – MAIRE’S JOURNEY, by Keith Famie


Genre: Animation, Family, Adventure

The journey follows Maire, a 23-year-old cancer patient, as she battles a rare heart cancer. Maire faces end of life issues and questions about where we go when we die. She befriends a blind carpenter who crafts her a small 3 ft wooden sail boat for her remains to go on a extraordinary journey in hope she will reach the ocean.


George: Shawn Devlin
Narrator: Olivia Jon
Maire: Rachel Rain Packota
Monika: Lesley Ballantyne

Get to know the writer: 

 1. What is your screenplay about?

Maire’s Journey is a journey of a young ladies fight with a rare cancer and the journey she takes us all on as she’s facing her end of life . Along the way she befriends a blind carpenter and small bird named Fern who eventually travels with her remains that are sealed in a small sail boat built by George the carpenter. Along the way we learn about life thorough the many people that encounter Maire , each of these new friends are touched by Maire’s desire to reach the ocean . We witness as these people from all walks of life choose to help Maire reach the ocean.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Hmm I guess adventure / drama

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

We are confident this story will resinate with anyone who has been touched by cancer in someway or those who have lost a love one thorough cancer.

4. How would you describe this script in two words?

Inspirational Journey

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

Hmm tough one , I guess my go to feel good movie for a variety of reasons would have to be the first Indian Jones , If I had to choose another one it would be Silver Lining

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

Maire and I were close friends , she is real, George the carpenter is real. This screenplay is based off the real life documentary I had produced Maire’s Journey

So I’ve been on this journey with Maire for five years.

7. How many stories have you written?

I have been producing documentary films for many years now, almost all of them air on PBS.

This is the first completed script I have written for an animated film. If interested in what we are working on now

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

In My Life , the Beetles

9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I guess for me was the emotional side of telling Maire’s story through an animated character. Since Maire really lived and did go on this journey I was always trying to decide how if any of the life characters Maire came in contact with should be part of the animated story verses new charecters I created. For me what was always most important is that the story would offer a sense of hope about the ability for humanity to care about a small pink sail boat with a young girls ashes in it trying to reach the ocean. Would anyone care? If So Why?

10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I love doing what I do as a story teller / documentary producer. The film we are working on now will for sure touch so many people.

Those on the Front Lines of Alzheimer’s & Dementia “ So for me at my age I guess I am just passionate about life and friends I make on my journey of life. Our time here on this planet is far shorter than anyone really understands until its too late.

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

I did not know what to expect, this has been an absolute wonderful experience , the team offered me wonderful insight into my story that I feel has helped Maire tell her story .

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

We were searching festivals where a screenplay of this nature could fit. FilmFreeway brought us to the festival. As I mentioned above I very much appreciated the very detailed feedback


Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

DESPICABLE ME 3 – What the critics are saying about it!

DESPICABLE ME 3.jpg68% of critics gave it a positive review.

Critics Consensus: Despicable Me 3 should keep fans of the franchise consistently entertained with another round of colorful animation and zany — albeit somewhat scattershot — humor.

Illumination, who brought audiences Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, continues the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters-Margo, Edith and Agnes-and the Minions in Despicable Me 3. Directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, co-directed by Eric Guillon and written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio, the animated film is produced by Illumination’s Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, and executive produced by Chris Renaud. Joining Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig in Despicable Me 3 is Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award winner Trey Parker, co-creator of Comedy Central’s global phenomenon South Park and the Broadway smash The Book of Mormon. Parker voices the role of villain Balthazar Bratt, a former child star who’s grown up to become obsessed with the character he played in the ’80s, and proves to be Gru’s most formidable nemesis to date. The film will be released in theaters on June 30, 2017.

Steve Carell doubles your fun in Despicable Me 3 – voicing feuding twin bros. Carell is the life of the party and the main reason this animated blast of slapstick silliness packs appeal beyond the PG crowd.

June 30, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It’s a perfectly reasonable option for a family movie outing and isn’t so bad that adults will cringe.

June 30, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

By the midpoint, the movie, which is directed by three different people – franchise regular Pierre Coffin gets help from Éric Guillon and Kyle Balda – is dragging badly.

June 30, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

“Despicable Me 3” has some laughs, but not enough to prop up what feels like a flagging franchise.

June 30, 2017 | Rating: C | Full Review…

There are a mix of many ideas, none fully realized, so what the heck? Just toss ’em all in there, see what sticks.

June 30, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

While the first movie was, as noted, at its core rather charming, for Despicable Me, the third time definitely isn’t the charm.

June 29, 2017 | Full Review…

ARCHER Season 8 – What the critics say about it!

archer88% of critics give the show a positive rating.

Intrigue (and plenty of ineptitude) at an international intelligence agency. The animated comedy was created by ‘Adult Swim’ veteran Adam Reed.
Creator: Adam Reed

Starring: H. Jon Benjamin, Aisha Tyler



In Dreamland, the entertainment is as high as it’s ever been.

April 7, 2017 | Full Review…

A show this funny could be content to rest on its humor, but “Archer” has upped its game, showing that Adam Reed and his team’s ambition isn’t just limited to comedy.

April 5, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

What started out as a goofy spy series has almost backdoored — phrasing — its way into becoming a limited series, with a new adventure and setting every season, like some sort of Ryan Murphy show. That’s pretty cool.

April 3, 2017 | Full Review…

There’s no expansion or even mutation of the noir style beyond an increase in humor and a moderate amount of self-awareness, neither of which is strong enough to override how plodding and unadventurous this all feels.

April 3, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

What seems, at first, like a complete clearing of the board, quickly reveals itself as a brilliantly surgical excision, cutting away the show’s accumulated baggage and leaving behind only those things that work.

April 7, 2017 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Archer has always had a nostalgic appreciation for the antic paces of screwball comedy, and going back in time gives the show permission to alter its tone somewhat so as to follow that muse.

April 5, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS – What the critics say about the film!!

It’s a bird! it’s a plane! It’s a kids’ movie that won’t make grownups want to manually remove their own toenails!

June 2, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

This is the kind of movie that includes fart jokes, but also includes its own built-in critique and aesthetic appreciation of fart jokes.

June 2, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

While crude humor rules the day in this animated adventure, there’s also a good-natured playfulness that provides some solid laughs above the belt.

June 2, 2017 | Full Review…

I don’t think Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie should be as good as it is — which is to say, light and breezy and solid early-summertime fun — solely because its name is Captain Underpants.

June 2, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Captain Underpants is a potty humor masterpiece. It is meant for young children, but the adults will also be chuckling.

June 2, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

For something called Captain Underpants, there’s more to it than meets the eye.

June 2, 2017 | Full Review…

ANIMATION Short Film Festival: Thursday March 30, 2017

The FEEDBACK Monthly Film Festival is back for 2017.. Our home is The Carlton Cinemas, located in the heart of downtown Toronto at 20 Carlton Street. The event runs from 7pm to 9:10pm.

Continuing to showcase the best of short films from around the world, while maintaining our audience feedback format moderated by Matthew Toffolo. Showcasing a festival twice a month in 2017 starting in February!

Tickets for 2017 are PAY WHAT YOU LIKE. Purchase your tickets online via Paypal or Credit Card. Tickets are first come first serve.

All proceeds to this month’s festival will be donated to festival cinema costs (suggestion $8 and up), which helps the monthly event:

OR, if you like to obtain seats in advance and pick them up on the day of the event (come for FREE, or make a donation), please email us and we’ll reserve seats for you.

You can pick up the tickets on the day of the event at the cinema. Tickets are first come, first serve. This festival has sold out 51 out of its last 54 events!

You will be able to buy alcohol (beer, wine, liquor), popcorn, candy, and refreshments before the show.

Here is the full program of films. Festival starts at 7pm sharp!

BABY AND GRANNY, 2min. USA, Animation/Comedy
Directed by Zheng Kang

A 2D animated action-comedy about a baby and granny who share a common bond (Baby’s Mother is Granny’s Daughter) but who fight like crazy when left alone. The visuals are highly-influenced by the work of 60’s Pop Artist Roy Lichtenstein

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KAROUMA, 12min, United Arab Emirates, Animation
Directed by Boubaker Boukhari

Karouma is a Unique gift striving to break through and to leave his parent’s nest to live pursue his dreams and live his life in its full potential.

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HANGING, 6min, USA, Animation
Directed by Nick LeDonne

An abstracted animated documentary based off of Nick LeDonne’s personal struggle with depression and suicidal thoughts after a near attempted hanging in November 2014. His feelings of depression are personified through a dark luring fog and a loving mother desperately trying to keep her son alive.

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MY LIFE I DON’T WANT, 12min, Myanmar, Animation
Directed by Nyan Kyal Say

A short animated film about the life of a Myanmar girl inspired by a true story.

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WALL, 5min, Taiwan, Animation
Directed by Chia-Yin Chou

Their are evolutionary stories happening on ordinary streets everyday. This is one of them.

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SNOOT IN THE CITY, 1min, Australia, Animation
Directed by Stephanie Davidson

On the rooftops above a cold, ironclad city, Snoot lives in a nice, warm home. When an intruder invades, his territorial instincts kick in and it’s up to him to protect his home, even if it means going face to face with a giant house-crushing robot.

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DIRTY POOL, 1min, Canada, Animation
Directed by Brent Forrest

This film is a quick ode to the pool hall where we drunken animators used to spend our evenings.

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Tickets for 2017 are PAY WHAT YOU LIKE. Purchase your tickets online via Paypal or Credit Card. Tickets are first come first serve.

Watch Audience Feedback Video: CACOPHONY, 2min, USA, Animation/Drama

Short Film played at the December 2016 Family/Animation Film Festival.

AUDIENCE FEEDBACK VIDEO of the short film:

  MOVIE POSTERCACOPHONY, 2min, USA, Animation/Drama
Directed by AiHsuan Shih

Through the eyes and ears of a young girl, the viewer can escape the harsh sounds of the urban environment and find solace in a serene inner world.

Director’s Statement:

Hi, I’m AiHsuan Melody Shih

In my motion graphic work Cacophony, color and rhythm find harmony. I believe each color and sound has a personality and my job is to connect them in a story that evokes a vibrant energy. My work has been deeply influenced by the experimental sound visualization program and electronic music. Both allow me to combine illustrations, abstract textures and color to create patterns that visualize daily sounds that are normally unseen. My early years were spent in rural Taiwan. When I was 10, my family moved to the noisy capital city of Taipei. This sudden change in environment was a big challenge for me. I was shocked by the speed and anonymous nature of the city. Now, as a New York City resident, I am once again experiencing a constant cacophony of sounds. I feel assaulted aurally as I struggle to find a personal equilibrium in these urban environments. Cacophony is a temporal experimental video to confront and find a resolution to this sound overload.

Upon receiving the Taiwan International Student Competition Award for animation, the Central News Agency, described my work as, “Novel and unconventional with an artistic narrative rhythms and distinct characters.” For me, paying attention to surrounding sounds, allows an appreciation of clear and unadulterated thoughts through a visual style that emphasizes a graphic and Pop Art sensibility.

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Beauty and the Beast (1991). Voices by: Paige O’Hara, Robby Benson, Richard White, Angela Lansbury

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Directed by Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise
Voices by: Paige O’Hara, Robby Benson, Richard White, Angela Lansbury
Review by Melissa R. Mendelson

Belle, whose father Maurice is imprisoned by the Beast (really an enchanted Prince), offers herself instead and finds the prince inside the Beast.


The knock came one late night. The door opened to reveal a haggard-looking stranger seeking sanctuary, but she was denied entrance. Her second request was also denied, and I turned her away. But then she transformed before me, revealing an enchanted beauty, who saw no love inside my heart, and my punishment for treating her as I did was to become the beast.

Beauty thrived deep beneath the surface. Love soared through the pages of dreams and fantasy. Journey would walk a million miles to meet Destiny, and life waited for its moment to come and change the world. And the ordinary would become extraordinary.

And she knew she was meant for more than the ordinary life, and she would not let him tell her how to live. She would find her own destiny, but fate had other plans in mind. And a choice had to be made. Save the one she loved and surrender her freedom, or leave them to darkness, where love would never be found?

But then she opened the door, and pages began to unfold before her, a world thought imagined. And her eyes shined with dreams, and hope touched her heart. But then she stepped into a chapter of darkness, finding the enchanted red rose, and rage overtook him, chasing her away. And death would have come in a pack of hungry wolves, if he had not risked his life to save her.And she made her choice. She would sacrifice her heart to guarantee his life, and she surrendered freedom. And she was led through the corridors of darkness, and a door slammed shut behind her. And tears of despair covered the world outside, and all those dreams she held onto began to slip away.

And illusion began to melt away. Two hearts found each other, beating strong. Destiny smiled as brilliantly as love’s fire, but cold winds of lust and hate began to steal its heat away. And dreams slipped through open fingers as knives of danger gleamed, and another chapter came to its end. And the enemy cut beauty deep.

She held her love tight in her arms. Her broken heart cried a thousand tears. If only she were faster, maybe she could have saved him, but it was too late. He was gone, and the spell had ended. But as her tears fell with the light of her love did he transform before her, a prince in disguise, and a world gone dark was brilliant again. And two hearts became one.

Beauty and the Beast is a beautiful tale that captures our heart. Its essence soars through us, reminding to not judge on appearances because deep beneath the layers lies more than what is seen. Its music pulls the strings of emotion, bringing laughter to our heart and tears to our eyes. Imagination drinks us in, and we are carried off across the pages of faraway worlds and extraordinary journeys. And an unforgotten tale is written, surrounding us in the depth of love, and making us wish to live more than the ordinary life.