Winning ANIMATION Short Screenplay – BATROOM by Crafty St James

Genre: Animation, Comedy

Two Bats have an awkward exchange at the urinal, while waiting for the greatest baseball game of all time to start.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Little Bat: Jack Comerford
Big Bat: Jordy Kieto
Announcer: Brian Carleton

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

BATROOM is about a young bat whose adrenaline pumps from the anticipation for the upcoming huge baseball game and is too anxious to be able to urinate in a public restroom.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Animation.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It’s clever, funny and even if for two minutes, if it can pull people away from their everyday routines, it is worth it.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Cute and clever.

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

The Bellboy by Jerry Lewis

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

It was written in 2008 and just sat on my hard drive until 2017.

How many stories have you written?

Several hundred.

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

Follow the Leader by Rakim

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Figuring out the details for the restroom was challenging.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Acting, producing and filmmaking. I love to imagine stories, scenarios, and fantastic events to make real. The whole process from thought to manifestation in exhilarating.

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

After rediscovering my script I went searching for a festival that accepted short animated screenplays and after finding FEEDBACK Animation Film and Screenplay Festival, I knew that this was the one for BATROOM.

I am the type of person that appreciates feedback and thought the feedback was on point, concise, progressive and offered very thoughtful creative suggestions.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

May 2017 ANIMATION Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

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ACTORFANTASY BEST Scene – BRAD ACTUALLY
May 2017 Reading
by Jeremy Bonali & Alex Quinn

BLOSSOM OF MY HEART, 4min, Canada, Experimental/Anti-Romance
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festival posterTHE ARK, 2min, France, Animation/Experimental
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ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – TRISKEL
May 2017 Reading
by Brian K. Palmer

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

April 2017 ANIMATION Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

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festival posterNOSTOMANIA, 2min, Canada, Experimental
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ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay – BOB’S BURGERS
April 2017 Reading
Written by Matthew J. Gonzalez

ACTORFANTASY SHORT Screenplay – POLLY
April 2017 Reading
Written by Eric P. Granger

 

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

March 2017 ANIMATION Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

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ACTORSHORT Screenplay – PEN & PENCIL
March 2017 Reading
Written by Devone Jones

festival posterKAROUMA, 12min, United Arab Emirates, Animation
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festival posterHANGING, 6min, USA, Animation
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festival posterMY LIFE I DON’T WANT, 12min, Myanmar, Animation
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festival posterWALL, 5min, Taiwan, Animation
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festival posterSNOOT IN THE CITY, 1min, Australia, Animation
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festival posterDIRTY POOL, 1min, Canada, Animation
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festival posterBABY AND GRANNY, 2min. USA, Animation/Comedy
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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

ANIMATION Film Festival – Highlights March 30, 2017 Event

AUDIENCE FESTIVAL AWARDS

Best Film: MY LIFE I DON’T WANT

Best Animation: HANGING

Best Music: The music from MY LIFE I DON’T WANT

Watch Audience FEEDBACK Videos for each film:

festival posterKAROUMA, 12min, United Arab Emirates, Animation
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterHANGING, 6min, USA, Animation
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterMY LIFE I DON’T WANT, 12min, Myanmar, Animation
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterWALL, 5min, Taiwan, Animation
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterSNOOT IN THE CITY, 1min, Australia, Animation
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterDIRTY POOL, 1min, Canada, Animation
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterBABY AND GRANNY, 2min. USA, Animation/Comedy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

The ANIMATION MARCH 2017 FEEDBACK Film Festival gave our audiences simply the best of short animated movies from around the world.

The theme of the festival was “DIGGING YOURSELF OUT OF A HOLE”.

Every film showcased was about a character that was an attempting to get out of a very sad or do or die situation occuring. Some characters triumphed as others simply got to the surface and maintained.

NOTE: This was the 2nd festival where we moved to the largest theater at the Carlton cinemas. It seems to be working out!

The night gave us 7 animation short films made in the last 18 months from 6 different countries. It also gave us different animated styles and concepts. From hand drawn to computer to typography to classic vector based animation. It was a true showcase of some amazing talent from around the world

This wasn’t a night to bring the kids either. Three films in particular (Karouma, My Life I Don’t Want, Hanging) were very sad and dark, but also extremely important films about disability, female disparity in 3rd world countries, and suicide. Using the animated medium to tell these important stories was truly inspiring.

Of course we had to flip the emotions and showcase some great comedies (Wall, Baby and Grandma, Snoot in the City, Dirty Pool) that were all about battling a larger force through tenacity and intellect.

It was definitely my favourite festival night (so far) of the year, and I’m SO honored to showcase these amazing films at the festival.

See you at the festivals in 2017.

– Matthew Toffolo

Audience FEEDBACK – KAROUMA, 12min, United Arab Emirates, Animation

Played at the March 2017 Best of Animation.

AUDIENCE FEEDBACK VIDEO. Moderated by Matthew Toffolo:

  MOVIE POSTERKAROUMA, 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.

Director Statement

Can talent become a burden especially if it makes us look different? Can it deprive us of the ability to interact normally and seamlessly with society?

That’s the centrepiece of Karouma – an animated short film that explores the concept of alienation – when you feel you’re so different and constantly judged by others just because you look different and placed into categories of disability that you never saw as applicable to yourself or even fair.

The story also tackles overprotective parenting and how excess love can cause pain rather than appreciation.

Do you have to stick to your own dreams or do you have to give them away just because your parents have other hopes and aspirations for you?

We’ve all met lots of young people who were torn between these two choices and ended up as static, frustrated individuals who never followed their dreams nor achieved their families’ aspirations.

Karouma is a story that addresses a pivotal moment that all youth experiences – whether in the Arab region or internationally. No matter where they are or what their circumstances are – youth faces the same challenges and share the same energy, dreams and aspirations. So how and when can they ever feel free to go on exciting journeys to follow their dreams?

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WATCH 2016 FILM FESTIVAL EVENTS and the FEEDBACK VIDEOS of EACH SELECTED FILM

ACTORDECEMBER FAMILY/ANIMATION 2016 Film Festival
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ACTORDECEMBER FEMALE Directors Film Festival
Best of the Dec. 22, 2016 Fest.
ACTORDECEMBER LA FEEDBACK Film Festival – Day 1
Best of the Dec. 7, 2016 Fest.
ACTORHIGHLIGHTS LA FEEDBACK Film Festival – Day 2
Best of the Dec. 8, 2016 Fest.
ACTOR11 FILMS/11 COUNTRIES NOVEMBER 2016 Film Festival
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ACTOROCTOBER THRILLER/HORROR 2016 Film Festival
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ACTOROCTOBER ACTION/CRIME 2016 Film Festival
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ACTORSEPTEMBER DOC/COMEDY 2016 Film Festival
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ACTORHIGHLIGHTS September 2016 SCI-FI FEEDBACK Film Festival
Best of the Sept. 22, 2016 Fest.

 

2017 – Read the best of Animation Feature Film Logline

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CLICK the link and read the best of Animation Feature Film Logline:

JOE-YO, by Dan U. Feldman


ANIMATED BACKSTREET BOYS, by Felipe Herrera


MARLOWE, by Mark McQuown

SHOBU SAMURAI: PROJECT ARYOKU, by Shinry

ITROLLS, by Jonathan Pogioli

THE INVADERS OF DREAMS, by Boukroufa Amara

DUE SOUTH, by Evan Schullery

IMPOSSIBLE ESCAPE, or SCAPE FROM LAB, by Hadi Hajizadeh

OSCAR, by Raymond Archie Davenport

OLIVER THE DANCING DETECTIVE, by Robert Parera

SUPERNATURAL SAVERS, by Miles Laca

PHANTASMAGORIA 2020, by Itzhak Begerano