HIGHLIGHTS – March 2018 Under 5 Minute Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:

BEST FILM: TO QUIET THE MIND

BEST PERFORMANCES: CHINESE TAKEOUT FOR ONE

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: BREATHE

BEST MUSIC: I NEED YOU

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterCHINESE TAKEOUT FOR ONE, 3min., Drama/Romance
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festival posterI NEED YOU, 5min., USA, Thriller/Romance
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festival posterONE MAGAZINE AT A TIME, 4min., USA, Documentary
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festival posterRYKER, 4min., USA, Action/Drama
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festival posterBREATHE, 4min., USA, Documentary
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festival posterUNCANNY VALLEY, 4min., USA, Drama
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festival posterTO QUIET MY MIND, 5min., USA, Experimental
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festival posterTHE CASSETTE, 5min., USA, Drama
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“This was the best one yet!” – Said the two Festival Directors who wrote me (in separate texts) minutes after the 3rd Los Angeles FEEDBACK Film Festival event of 2018 was completed.

It was definitely the best audience so far! Lots of engagement in the near sell out crowd of over 200 attendees.

The theme of the even was TRUTH VS LIES. Every film had situations where the truth was not happening and people venturing out to find it.

This was a night of the best of drama short from around the world in the first half (Japan, India, UK) and a selection of the best Under 5 minute short films from the United States in the 2nd half.

The MVP of this event was actually 2,200 miles away in Toronto while the event was happening: Our editor John Johnson. We was able to put together 11 feedback videos for each film in over 1 hour of conversations that moderator Shepsut Wilson had with the audience.

This was the first time we ever attempted the Under 5 Minute lineup in Los Angeles and it definitely won’t be the last. The crowd seemed to really like this concept.

Three festivals down in Los Angeles for 2018, and nine more to go. And LA has not even seen the best yet! Some amazing films coming this Spring and Summer.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

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BREATHE Short Film – Audience FEEDBACK from the March 2018 Under 5min. Festival

BREATHE, 4min., USA, Documentary
Directed by Jonathan Remple

Freediving tests the limits of human potential. For Rebecca Illing, this breathless “meditation with consequences” released her from addiction.

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CHINESE TAKEOUT FOR ONE Short Film – Audience FEEDBACK from the March 2018 Under 5min. Festival

CHINESE TAKEOUT FOR ONE, 3min., Drama/Romance 
Directed by Phillip Nelson & Summer Pervez

A mix-up with takeout orders leads to an unexpected outcome.

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I NEED YOU Short Film – Audience FEEDBACK from the March 2018 Under 5min. Festival

I NEED YOU, 5min., USA, Thriller/Romance
Directed by Gracie Bellissimo 

A short film viewed from two separate perspectives that focuses on true love versus excessive infatuation.

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ONE MAGAZINE AT A TIME Short Film – Audience FEEDBACK from the March 2018 Under 5min. Festival

ONE MAGAZINE AT A TIME, 4min., USA, Documentary
Directed by Jeff Chow

Steven Riggs has always lived in poverty, and when he ended up in prison, he lost everything. Now Steven sells magazines for Streetwise, a nonprofit dedicated to helping impoverished people earn their own money.

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RYKER Short Film – Audience FEEDBACK from the March 2018 Under 5min. Festival

RYKER, 4min., USA, Action/Drama
Directed by Hilarion Banks 

Kai Ryker (Jeff Pearson) suddenly wakes up in an abandoned junk yard covered in scraps and dried blood with no memory of what brought him there. Only with the discovery of a recent memory is Kai able to unveil any sense from the situation.

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TO QUIET MY MIND Short Film – Audience FEEDBACK from the March 2018 Under 5min. Festival

TO QUIET MY MIND, 5min., USA, Experimental
Directed by Hollis Sherman-Pepe

This is a mixed media film examining a man coping with loss. Is there a difference in the value of imagined thoughts and perceived memory? Painting is the only salvation for the protagonist. He searches for meaning after the death of his wife, a war photojournalist. Art is therapy to quiet the mind.

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