ACTION Best Scene Reading of FIEND, by Andrew Samuelsen

Winning Screenplay – FIEND
Written by Andrew Samuelsen

BRONSKI – Rob Notman
RUTLEDGE – Twaine Ward


Genre: Action, Fantasy, Thriller

Marine veteran Ty Bronski and wife Elise move to the mountains for peace and quiet, only to discover a supernatural killer has been summoned to the nearby forest.

 Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

Fiend is about a guy, an everyman, who has to learn not everything can be fought head on with brute strength or rage.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

action thriller

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Fiend is a true thriller with a slow burn of the type M. Night Shyamalan has made.

How would you describe this script in two words?

subtly creepy

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

When Harry Met Sally

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

About a year–I first wrote it as a short story and later adapted it to the screen.

How many stories have you written?

I’ve written two feature length scripts, two shorts, and a pilot in the last 12 months.

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

So Cruel, U2

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Telling the story without giving it away.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I thoroughly enjoy reading, gardening, and family time.

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

I wanted to see if the story could win some laurels and receive the attention it deserves. The feedback has been wonderfully helpful and much appreciated. I applied the suggestions to my script immediately.


Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

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