Winning LGBT Short Screenplay – CRYSTAL by Jessica Perla

 Genre: LGBT, Drama, Romance

After a conversation with an ex at a dog park, Crystal has doubts about her current relationship.


Narrator: Julian Ford
Crystal: Penelope Corrin
Paul: Steve Rizzo
Devlin: Rachel Salsberg

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

It’s about a broken up couple meeting each other to 1) exchange a dog they share custody of and 2) discuss when he should stop by and pick up the stuff that he left behind.

Crystal brings to the meeting her current girlfriend for support and Paul mocks the relationship with his one-sided view of a romantic relationship. His mockery gets in Crystal’s head that later when playing video games with Devlin, she attempts to initiate sex. Delvin stops her from taking it too far.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Drama, romance

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

The story is about a couple overcoming internal obstacles, and a world preoccupied with preconceived notions of what a relationship is.

How would you describe this script in two words?

One fear.

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

Girltrash: All Night Long.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Two Days.

How many stories have you written?

3 features, 2 television pilots, and several shorts.

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

St. Patrick by PVRIS.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Finding the motivation behind why Crystal and Peter would meet.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Fantasy novels, movie scores.

What influenced you to enter the festival?

It was an LGBT film festival and I couldn’t think of any other festivals where I can send my script to where I didn’t have to explain what asexual was.

I felt that the feedback was in line to what I felt I needed to take when rewriting the story. I gave myself limitations with it, such as five pages, two locations, and three characters, that I didn’t want to tweak it too much that it will break one of those rules.



Producer: Matthew Toffolo

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

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

By lgbttorontofilmfestival

Festival occurring twice a year. In Toronto in June. And in Los Angeles in September. Showcasing the best of LGBT Short Films and Screenplays from around the world.

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