HIGHLIGHTS – September 2018 Under 5 Minute Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:

BEST FILM: ALL THAT REMAINS

BEST UNDER 5 MINUTE FILM: 128

BEST PERFORMANCES: DNA OF WILD BEASTS

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: GREY

BEST MUSIC: NOVAA – MELODY OF NEED

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterALL THAT REMAINS, 4min., Egypt, Drama/Experimental

festival posterCUBICLE, 3min., USA, Drama/Comedy

festival posterPERFECTION, 3min., Italy, Drama/Family

festival posterGREY, 4min., Canada, Dance/Experimental

festival posterHALLOWSTIDE, 4min., Animation/Experimental

festival posterNOVAA – MELODY OF NEED, 3min., Germany Animation/Music Video

festival posterBUT…SOMETIMES, 5min., UK, Experimental/Drama

festival poster128., 4min., Turkey, Drama

festival posterSUSHI MAN, 3min., USA, Animation/Romance

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There is an episode about this festival in our archives as we talk about the audience and all the great films we showcased at this event.

The theme of the September 2018 FEMALE/UNDER 5 MINUTE FEEDBACK Film Festival in Toronto was “Power Dynamics”.

Each film was about an individual(s) facing dynamics of power with another individual or external being.

This was a nice split festival of a showcase of Female Directors in the first half, and Under 5 Minute Films in the second half. Two of our most popular events that are showcased in Toronto. So why not start the Fall 2018 season off with a bang!?

This was the last festival for a while for moderator Kierston Drier who has taken a job that she couldn’t pass up that conflicts with the weekly events. Kierston is the ultimate professional who does an outstanding job. She will be missed, but most definitely will be coming back soon.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

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128 Short Film – Audience FEEDBACK from Sept. 2018 Under 5min. Festival

128., 4min., Turkey, Drama
Directed by Onur Atalay Senol

It’s 1990’s, countryside of Turkey… A boy and his friends are waiting for the start of class in a school.

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FILM FESTIVAL – Thursday September 13th (Toronto)

The FEEDBACK Monthly Film Festival is back for 2018.. Our home is The Carlton Cinemas, located in the heart of downtown Toronto at 20 Carlton Street. The event runs from 7pm to 9:10pm.

Continuing to showcase the best of short films from around the world, while maintaining our audience feedback format moderated by Kierston Drier. Showcasing a festival twice a month in Toronto in 2018!

Tickets for 2018 are PAY WHAT YOU LIKE. Purchase your tickets online via Paypal or Credit Card. Tickets are first come first serve.  To obtain seats in advance and pick them up on the day of the event (come for FREE, or make a donation), please email us at festivalevent@wildsoundfestival.com and we’ll reserve seats for you.

CUBICLE, 3min., USA, Drama/Comedy
Directed by Mischa Livingstone

Becky Schyster is the best salesperson at BSHR Solutions, with phone skills that are second to none. But as she zeros in on the latest sale, her integrity is questioned by the office around her.

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PERFECTION, 3min., Italy, Drama/Family 
Directed by Riccardo Di Gerlando

A young girl tries to draw a very difficult work ..

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GREY, 4min., Canada, Dance/Experimental 
Directed by S.J. van Breda

A woman and man from opposing worlds have the veil between them lifted. Through experimental editing and dance, they are able to experience each other’s worlds and create a realm of their own.

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HALLOWSTIDE, 4min., Animation/Experimental 
Directed by Steve Socki

Dreamy, haunting forms transform, then ascend into a new spiritual world.

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NOVAA – MELODY OF NEED, 3min., Germany Animation/Music Video
Directed by Niels Reinhard

A narrated short film music video.] As a massive lightning suddenly hits the grey skyscraper NOVAA wakes up in her dark apartment. She notices a bright light shining out of her wardrobe.

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BUT…SOMETIMES, 5min., UK, Experimental/Drama 
Directed by Robyn Cooper

Kate’s anxiety is overwhelming and to ask for help feels impossible. An exploration into this often overlooked mood disorder and the courage needed to begin to tackle it.

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128., 4min., Turkey, Drama
Directed by Onur Atalay Senol

It’s 1990’s, countryside of Turkey… A boy and his friends are waiting for the start of class in a school.

CLICK HERE – and see full info and more pics of the film!

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SUSHI MAN, 3min., USA, Animation/Romance 
Directed by Jessica Chung

A well-awarded sushi man is conflicted with his profession after falling in love with a mermaid.

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The event runs from 7pm to 9pm on Thursday September 13, 2018

Continuing to showcase the best of short films from around the world, while maintaining our audience feedback format moderated by Kierston Drier. Showcasing a festival every single Thursday in Toronto in 2018! 

Director BIO: Jessica Chung (SUSHI MAN)

Director Biography – Jessica Chung

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Jessica Chung was born and raised in Brazil and then moved to Los Angeles to pursue her career in 3D Animaiton and Visual Effects. “Sushi Man” is her first finished short animation where she worked from pre to post production.

Director BIO: Mischa Livingstone (CUBICLE)

Director Biography – Mischa Livingstone

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Director Mischa Livingstone’s award-winning films have screened at festivals worldwide and been added to the Smithsonian permanent collection. Festival screenings include the Berlin Intl. Film Festival, Montreal World Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Seattle Intl. Film Festival, and Cinequest (Viewers’ Voice Award winner).

Mischa was born in Glasgow, Scotland and immigrated to Israel as a child. He studied at the Thelma Yellin School of the Arts before serving in the Israel Defense Forces and later moving to the United States. Studying at UCLA, he received a BA in Film Production (summa cum laude) and an MFA in Screenwriting. He is also an alumnus of the Berlinale Talent Campus.

In addition to filmmaking, Mischa teaches film production at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

 

Director Statement

 

Sometimes you have to seize an opportunity.

One day at work I happened to wander into an area of the third floor that I hadn’t been in before. Lo and behold, I discovered a recently abandoned office space looking like something out of the apocalypse. I had this immediate sense of hypocrisy, sensing the gulf between what such a large workspace promises (success, money, stability), alongside the reality of a business overextending itself and making false claims.

I knew I had to shoot something, and quickly. I gathered together my favorite collaborators, all of whom I knew would be game for anything, and set about making the
short film “Cubicle”, which expresses my sense of condemnation for shady practices that are rampant in the business world, albeit with a wink and smile.

Director BIO: S.J. van Breda (GREY)

Director Biography – S.J. van Breda

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S.J. van Breda was born on the 2nd of November 1991 in Durban, South Africa. She graduated Vancouver Film School with specializations in Directing, Post-Production and Cinematography. Before arriving at VFS, she studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Cape Town and worked in the aerospace research industry for two years.

She is currently in post-production for an experimental short entitled ‘Bound’, which she wrote, directed and produced. Her debut short film, Sentience, is currently on the festival circuit and is a semi-finalist at Los Angeles CineFest 2017. Sentience also won the Golden Ibex at KIFF 2017.

She is currently developing a short film and documentary which delves into the true story of transgender soccer coach Kaig Lightner and a feature length version of Sentience.

 

Director Statement

 

GREY is about difference. Though the script has a very strong, literal connection to the issues of racism and gender equality, the message behind GREY can apply to any situation where there are opposing worlds and ideas. As a short film of under 4 minutes, GREY will hope to show that our differences are merely social constructs, and we are more alike than we think.

There are many motifs in GREY, but the most important is the use of liquid. The liquid symbolises a transformation and a realisation. Both the WOMAN and the MAN have experiences with liquid of the opposite colour to their world. This liquid allows them to ‘see’ the other world for what it is and they both attempt to change their own world after this revelation. The use of eyes is also an important motif. This motif supports the message that the concept of difference is artificial and all that is needed for acceptance and tolerance is to change how one views the world. In both worlds, the changing of the eyes is brought about by the liquid.

Duality is a major motif in GREY. The use of black and white, and male and female shows that the concept of ‘otherness’ is a purely aesthetic value. In the grey void, the MAN and WOMAN have been stripped of their artifice and stand before one another as what they truly are. Here, the duality is blurred and contrasts against the definite divide that has been set up through production design and editing.

S.J.’s main goal in film is to affect an audience in such a way that they are different people when they exit the cinema, hardly recognizable from who they were before. She hopes to stay in Canada and continue to write and direct.

Director BIO: Niels Reinhard (NOVAA – MELODY OF NEED)

Director Biography – Niels Reinhard

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Award-winning music producer and director Niels Reinhard was born in Heidelberg, Germany in 1987 and now lives in Mannheim. His creative spirit led him to directing his first short films at the young age of 15 and to starting his career as a DJ at 17. While studying digital media, Niels produced Germany’s very first social media based series in cooperation with a social networking platform for students. In 2010, he completed his bachelor’s degree and later that year, he was awarded the German Youth Film Prize for one of his short films. 2010 was also the year Niels and Tim Hoffmann started “Laserkraft 3D”, an avant-garde electronic music live act. Their hit song put the duo on the international music map, appearing on different charts around the world, and it received more than 50 million views on YouTube. The song also received several awards, including the “Goldene Schallplatte” (Golden Record, Germany), a VIVA COMET prize for Best Party Song (German music television award), and three prizes awarded by the German music magazine RAVELINE (categories: Best Newcomer, Best Track, Most Annoying Track). Furthermore, it was nominated for an ECHO (Germany’s most important music award) and the 1LIVE KRONE. Niels Reinhard and Tim Hoffmann toured Europe and played many of the most popular clubs as well as some of the biggest international festivals for dance and electronic music. In 2013, Laserkraft 3D was made the musical flagship act for Coca-Cola Germany’s summer campaign. In cooperation with Coca-Cola, they developed an interactive music video for the national ad campaign and were honored with a golden Effie Award in 2014. Niels is not only responsible for the duo’s musical output, but also produces and directs all of their music videos himself. Nominations for a VIVA COMET and an ECHO award for Best Video, as well as the jury award for Best Video at Frankfurt Music Fair (expert music award) are part of his success story as a producer and director. In 2014, Niels worked on the production team of an online TV channel named ‘Zuio.tv’, which was founded by German TV legend Frank Elstner and his son Thomas Elstner in cooperation with Axel Springer SE in Berlin. Niels Reinhard is working on different musical and audio-visual projects. He is currently working with one of the most successful film production companies in Germany: Pantaleon Films.

 

Director Statement

 

I’m very proud of “Melody Of Need” because it was a free passion project and I had only 4 weeks to get the whole production (writing, designing, animating, directing, editing) done on my own only using Adobe Illustrator and After Effects. I needed 300 hours to get from scratch to a final product. The story telling is very classic but the secrets in this created world are much more complex. It’s the kind of joyful adventure I like.