Saturday, April 25, 2015


Pennsylvania scribe, William Kontuly, has been selected by the Domani Vision Film Society Screenwriting Competitions Jury as the winner of the 2015 Visionfest Short Script Competition with his screenplay, THROUGH THE TREES, which was chosen from a pool of about 70 short screenplays submitted to the competition, starting as far back as September 2014.

Kontuly, who will now have his winning script brought into development with DVision Films, the creative team behind the VF initiative, the 5x5 New York State of Mind Digital Project, was ecstatic on the phone earlier this morning, when VF15 co-director, Frank Lewallen, notified him of the win.

"I can't believe this, Frank,  I have never won anything like this!  cheered Kontuly, adding: "I once won $50 on a scratch-off and I thought that was amazing, but this... this is just sick!"  He then expressed some concerns about the fact that he has never directed a film before and, of course, Frank reassured him that we'll make sure we'll have all the necessary resources in place for the project to get done and be ready for a VF16 'world premiere' screening.

In addition to the development and production package, Kontuly will receive a "featured listing" from the festival's Screenwriting Competitions co-sponsor,

Wednesday, April 22, 2015


After arduous deliberations, Domani Vision Film Society is proud to announce its top 5 Finalists of the VF15 Feature Screenwriting Competition, and they are (listed alphabetically by title):

GALAPAGOS by Lukas Hassel
OUTSIDE MERIDIAN by Martin Ponferrada
SILENCE by Dylan Phillips
SOLE CAPTAIN by Wernher Ovalle
SPOOKED by Scott Ruane

Congratulations to the authors of these fine works and welcome to the Official Line-Up of VISIONFEST 15: THE OTHER FESTIVAL.

(Short Script Competition Finalists will be announced this Saturday, May 25, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. EST)

The 2015 Feature Screenwriting Competition is co-sponsored by InkTip
Award package includes:

InkTip Script Listing: A listing of your script on InkTip so that producers and reps can find you

InkTip Magazine: Publication of your logline in InkTip's bi-monthly publication sent to 4000+ producers, agents, and managers.

Friday, April 17, 2015

VF15 'CENTERPIECE SCREENING' IS SOLD OUT! Encore Screening Added at 9:15 p.m.

From left:  Natalie Knepp & Diana DeGarmo in a still from ALTO
VISIONFEST: The Other Festival is proud to announce the first 'sold out' program of its 15th anniversary edition:  The OFFICIAL CENTERPIECE SELECTION SCREENING,  Program 05, an LGBT-themed program block featuring the New York Premiere of the highly anticipated mob-rom-com, ALTO, by Mikki del Monico, and the narrative short, MOON PEOPLE, by Alexandra Grace, which is  also making its New York debut.

The program, scheduled for Friday, May 15th at 7:00 p.m. and subtitled "Visions of Love, Family, and the LGBT Section," is also the one block in the line-up that had already been planned as a double screening room event, being simulcast in both Tribeca Cinemas 1&2.  The 'anticipation factor' for ALTO was so high in New York, that advance online tickets had been sold out for the Tribeca Cinemas 2 theater within the first day that they had been made available.  Less than a week later, the Tribeca Cinemas 1 theater sold its last two seats, prompting VF15 organizers to immediately open sales on an added screening a 9:15 p.m encore presentation, in TC 1, since TC 2 is already hosting the festival's second shorts block, Program 06, "Visions of the Taut and Fantastic."

Harry Hains & Alexandra Grace in MOON PEOPLE
To facilitate a Q&A with cast and crew members from ALTO and MOON PEOPLE, audiences from the TC 1&2 show at 7:00 p.m. will spill out into The Varick Room, the venue's popular bar/lounge area, where a sizzling after-party is also scheduled to take place.  Drink specials, live music, the Musical Visions photo exhibit by Mark Doyle, step and repeat photo ops, and other fun surprises are among the highlights planned for that evening.  Audiences from the TC 1 encore and the TC 2 shorts block will eventually join the party, which promises to be an evening to remember...  especially since...


A Domani Vision Film Society panel will be voting for the most creative, most interesting selfie taken at Visionfest 15 and posted and/or linked to the Visionfest - Domani Vision Film Society Facebook Page on any day throughout the duration of the event.  The author of the image (which can also be a group shot) selected by DVFS as their "favorite" will receive a pair of full access, complimentary passes to next year's festival, VF16!  Photo bombing is allowed but will not win you tickets... just notoriety :)

Wednesday, April 8, 2015


The verdict is in!  VISIONFEST 15: THE OTHER FESTIVAL has unveiled the complete line-up for its fifteenth anniversary run.  Among some of the highlights of things happening this year are:

- The Return of FKBK - For Kids By Kids, a special sidebar initiative showcasing films by filmmakers under 18 years of age (more on this when you scroll way down)

- MUSICAL VISIONS,  a photo exhibit by Mark Doyle, which will be unveiling at Tribeca Cinemas throughout the VF15 run.  The premiere showcase features a series of photographs of popular music artists performing live and some portraits, which will be exhibited in the theater's bar/lounge, THE VARICK ROOM.  The exhibit, which will be viewable throughout the entire film festival with the exception of Saturday, May 16,  is free and open to the public and Mark Doyle is scheduled to be on hand for the opening and closing nights.  Take a peek!

- And of course:  THE FILMS!
Still from BIRTHDAY

The competition just got fierce!  After months of Selection Committee screenings and deliberations, which saw the VF team plow through tons of shorts, experimental entries, animated films, and over 90 narrative features and 75 documentaries submitted for consideration, the festival chose 35 films for its Independent Vision Showcase and 6 for the FKBK Section.

The "Official Opening Night Selection" slot this year is held by the riveting mystery, DESERT CATHEDRAL, by Travis GutiƩrrez Senger, making its New York Premiere on Wednesday, May 13, 2015.

Preceding the feature presentation are two shorts, as is customary for all VF programs, which strive to provide a rich two-hour ride for each of their program block audiences. The first short is a deep, and somewhat quirky experimental titled THE TULIP CHAIR by Courtney Marsh, who also happens to be the only filmmaker with two films in this year's Independent Vision line-up - this short and the haunting cautionary tale ZARI.  The second, SINA FORMA, by Garette Henson, is an emotionally charged dramatic piece making its World Premiere at VF15.

On Thursday, May 14, the evening ignites with an eclectic collection of films that are part of a program known as A POTPOURRI OF VISIONS in TC 1.  The 8pm show in TC 2 will feature the narrative shorts block VISIONS OF CINEMATIC SYNERGY.

And for the evening's last program: WENDELL AND THE LEMON, a Slamdance alum, comes to VF.  Directed by Lawrence Krauser, the film is a a comic exploration of jerry-rigged sanity based on his book, "Lemon".  Opening the program will be T.J. Misny's acclaimed short, THE CRUMB OF IT.

On Friday, May 15th, VF presents its first LGBT themed program block ever - and this will be a special section the festival intends to expand upon in the imminent future.
This "Official Centerpiece Selection" screening will be headlined by the New York Premiere of ALTO, written and directed by Mikki Del Monico, with the sweet short, MOON PEOPLE by Alexandra Grace, paving the way at 7 p.m.

<--- Promotional still from ALTO

 VISIONS OF THE TAUT AND FANTASTIC is the 9:30 pm block that offers a perfect blend of sci-fi, romance, horror, and psychological mind games - a great way to spend a Frightday Night.
Still from LORDS OF BSV

Saturday evening, May 16, VF pumps up the volume and breaks out some new moves with the feature-length documentary, LORDS OF BSV, by Maria Soccor.  The doc will be preceded by the poignant and edgy American Film Institute short, PINKY, by Dylan Paffe.

The exciting VF sidebar initiative "FKBK - For Kids By Kids" returns to VF with a special Sunday semi-matinee program slated for May 17 at 4:30 pm. The program consists of films created by filmmakers under the age of 18 and is set up as a special "out of competition" screening, which will unveil six new films that will reignite the flame of a VF project that the festival hopes to enhance and continue for years to come.

Sunday's "Closing Night Selection" brings one of the most celebrated features on the festival circuit today to VF.
Still from FRANK VS. GOD

Stewart Schill's FRANK VS. GOD, starring the talented Henry Ian Cusick (Lost, Girl on the Train), will kick off at 6:30 p.m., preceded by the New York Premiere of DOUBLE NEGATIVE, by Brian Dilg.


Sunday, April 5, 2015


2015 Feature Screenwriting Competition - Spring Phase Semi-Finalists
(listed alphabetically by title)

CAN'T MUMBAI ME LOVE by Andrew Abdou
GALAPAGOS by Lukas Hassel
LOOKIN' UP by Marvin Kaplan
SILENCE by Dylan Phillips

These semi-finalists will be vying for a "finalist" position against the Winter Phase semi-finalists listed here below:

OUTSIDE MERIDIAN by Martin Ponferrada
SOLE CAPTAIN by Wernher Ovalle
SPOOKED by Scott Ruane
TAKE MY WIFE by Linda Algazi

ON APRIL 20, 2015
5 Finalists will be announced and invited to attend VF15 for an opportunity to qualify as the top three feature screenplays of 2015

The 2015 Feature Screenwriting Competition is co-sponsored by InkTip
Award package includes:

InkTip Script Listing: A listing of your script on InkTip so that producers and reps can find you

InkTip Magazine: Publication of your logline in InkTip's bi-monthly publication sent to 4000+ producers, agents, and managers.