HIGHLIGHTS – April 2018 Under 5 Minute Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:

BEST FILM: VOWS

BEST PERFORMANCES: MILE

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: DAUGHTER

BEST MUSIC: TRAIN

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterYOURS FAITHFULLY EDNA WELTHORPE (MRS), UK, Animation/Comedy

festival posterVOWS, 4min., USA, LGBT/Animation

festival posterA LETTER FROM LETICIA, 3min., Argentina, Animation

festival posterDAUGHTER, 3min., Canada, Drama/Family

festival posterMILE, 1min., USA, Drama

festival posterTRAIN, 3min., Israel, Animation/Music Video

festival posterWINE AND EGGS, 5min., Turkey, Drama

festival posterORNAMENT OF BEAUTY, USA, Thriller/Fantasy

The theme of the LGBT/Under 5 Minute FEEDBACK Film Festival was “Finding Identity”. Every single film shown was about this overriding thematic.

The MVP of the festival was the Toronto audience. This wasn’t the greatest week for the Greater Toronto Area as someone decided to rent a van and run over people on a sidewalk in a busy intersection. This became a world story as there were many casualties and major injuries. Perhaps one of the saddest events in Toronto history.

#TorontoStrong became the hashtag. You can still google this and learn more about the victim and how to donate.

Less than 72 hours after this horrific event this festival took place. And it was a sold out event. We were all in our healing stages and wouldn’t let this situation stop us.

This was a festival to bring Torontians together and to be entertained by these films. And to talk about storytelling and movies – something we all have in common.

A festival that will be remembered for years to come for many reasons. Thank you Toronto! Let’s stay strong, move forward, and learn from horrible situations like these.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

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WINE AND EGGS Short Film – Audience Feedback from April Under 5min. Festival

 

WINE AND EGGS, 5min., Turkey, Drama
Directed by Sertac Bozkurt

A woman watches out the window of in the house. The excitement that she had when her husband’s knock the door shows us that days end would be different than other days.

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TRAIN Short Film – Audience Feedback from April Under 5min. Festival

TRAIN, 3min., Israel, Animation/Music Video
Directed by Sari Eran Herskovitz

“Rakevet” (meaning train in Hebrew), is a music video describing the relationship between a mother and her young child. The stop motion animation combines watercolors and cutouts to express the emotions and the rhythms of their world, flowing between concrete images and abstract forms. The song was created and performed by Sari and Moshe Herskovitz, the animator and her husband, as part of their debut album released in 2016.

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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
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterI NEED YOU, 5min., USA, Thriller/Romance
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterONE MAGAZINE AT A TIME, 4min., USA, Documentary
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterRYKER, 4min., USA, Action/Drama
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterBREATHE, 4min., USA, Documentary
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterUNCANNY VALLEY, 4min., USA, Drama
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterTO QUIET MY MIND, 5min., USA, Experimental
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterTHE CASSETTE, 5min., USA, Drama
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

“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

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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