Winning CHICAGO Festival Feature Script: Running, by Sean Chandler

A married, closeted-gay mayoral candidate who is outed in a very public manner must contend with its effects on his campaign and family.


Leslie: Esther Thibault
Ed: Steven Holmberg
Narrator: Kat Smiley
Justin: Brandon Knox
Camile: Patrice Henry
Cassidy: Amiee Poulin

Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Ryan Haines, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Ryan Haines, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

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Winning Feature Screenplay: CRUISIN’, by Jamie Benyon

Two bickering, joint smokin’, coke dealin’ drug dealers – Tuckman and Big H – discuss life’s important topics as they contemplate leaving the lifestyle and starting something new.


Narrator: Esther Thibault
Jones: Brandon Knox
TZ: Hadi Kubba
Tuckman: Luke Robinson
Hanna: Rosalie Vagalatis
Big H; Sebastian Dean Biasucci
Lydia: Tiffany Davidson