Interview with Screenwriter Adolfo Mena Cejas (To All The Girls I Could’ve Loved Before)

1. What is your screenplay about?

Our screenplay is about a gay man who has an inexplicable crush on a woman.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Our screenplay falls under the drama genre. It’s like a rom-com on a decaying winter night.

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I feel this screenplay tells a story about the mysteries of love, to which we can all relate. At least once in our lives, we’ve fallen under the spell of someone that isn’t on our traditional spectrum of attraction. I believe most people can feel identified somehow in this story.

4. How would you describe this script in two words?

Cinematic fantasy.

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

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

On and off, I’ve been working on this screenplay for around three months now. But the original story was written by my friend Raúl Reyes Mancebo around seven years ago.

7. How many stories have you written?

I have written 7 short film screenplays and one feature film screenplay.

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

Diamonds, by Rihanna

9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I had never adapted a story written by someone else into a screenplay before. It was challenging to transcribe the mood, the feelings, and the realism of a story written mostly in a subjective way into a film screenplay. The dialogues in the original story didn’t translate as well in the screenplay, so I had to figure out how to reorganize the dialogues, what to keep as a voice-over, and what to turn into dialogue lines to make believable the relationship between the two main characters. Also, English is not my first language, so it was hard giving the screenplays to American friends to read and finding out I had to work more on my grammar. Haha.

10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I’m passionate about directing and editing narrative films.

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

It’s always very easy and convenient to use FilmFreeway, especially this time because we needed specifically to submit the screenplay to film festivals that would accept short film screenplays and festivals that would occur before the end of March 2022—when we want to film ‘To All the Girls I Could’ve Loved Before.” The filter tool of FilmFreeway was extremely helpful in finding the right festivals to submit our short film screenplay.

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

I loved the fact that if WILDSound FEEDBACK Film and Screenplay Festival selected our screenplay, we would get feedback to improve our short film’s screenplay, and also the chance of having access to a recorded reading of our script by professional actors. The selection to this festival would also help us gain recognition for our project and fundraise with our pitch deck and the reading recording.

When I read the initial feedback from the festival, I was happy to see clearly what was working well on our screenplay and what wasn’t, what we had to improve or make more transparent through the screenplay or the actors’ performances when filming the script. I also appreciate that the feedback was honest and very critical but encouraging. Filmmaking is a painful experience, so you gain trust in the process and the project whenever you get helpful and encouraging criticism. We’re incredibly thankful to WILDSound FEEDBACK Film and Screenplay Festival.

Watch the Screenplay Reading:

Raúl, a lonely gay man, experiences an inexplicable crush on Ella, a charming woman at a New York City bar.


Narrator: Steve Rizzo
Raul: Geoff Mays
Man/Angelino/Tim: Allan Michael Brunet
Ayman: Sean Ballantyne
Ella: Kyana Teresa Teresa


By matthewtoffolo

Filmmaker and sports fan. CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival

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