Screenplay Reading · Short Film

Winning STUDENT Short Screenplay – ROSIE, by Amalia Williamson


Genre: Drama

Rosie, a young painter, decides to sell her works of art in an attempt to prevent her and her little brother from a not-so-bright future.



Narrator: Val Cole
Max: Mike Ruderman
Denise: Shania Belton
Rosie: Katelyn Varadi

 Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

My screenplay is a coming of age story about a young girl that sells the magical paintings she creates in the hopes that she can provide for her young brother.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Drama, Family Drama

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

This screenplay should be made into a movie because Rosie (the protagonist) could be any one of us. The story isn’t just about the loss of innocence, but the loss of free-thinking, or unfiltered creativity. Each of us are born with wild, fascinating imaginations that stretch on for miles, and as soon as we are exposed to more and more of the “real” world, everything becomes more grey. This film is about that struggle for a young artist, told against an even more daunting living situation.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Two Words: Thought-Provoking

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

Oh gosh. It’s a toss up between Forrest Gump, Moulin Rouge!, and The Princess Bride.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I worked on this screenplay for about 3 months while in school, and then came back to it this past summer. So in total I would say 5 months or so.

How many stories have you written?

I have written endless stories in my head, and I don’t believe I can put a number on how many I’ve actually written down. However, I just started writing screenplays 3 years ago, and have written about 10.

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

I have listened to Young and Beautiful by Lana Del Rey countless times.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I faced an obstacle when it came to the relationship between Rosie and her mother. I went through a few drafts with the mother in the picture (literally), and then decided that the audience didn’t need to be introduced to the mother figure, because having her not present in the film is a direct parallel to her absence in her children’s lives.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I am passionate about acting, directing, reading books- always fictional, family, fairy tales, and sunshine.

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

This was the first time I have ever submitted any of my work to festivals and I found the process quite user friendly! An easy and positive experience for sure.

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

I was influenced to enter because I would love to have unbiased feedback given to me, as that is something my work hasn’t received yet. I haven’t had any initial feedback!


Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox


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