Director BIO: Ninaad Kulkarni (KCLOC)

Director Biography – Ninaad Kulkarni


Ninaad is a filmmaker from Mumbai, India, a semi finalist in the 44th Student Academy Awards for his film ‘KCLOC’, made during his MFA in Computer Art at the School of Visual Arts, New York. In 2015, he graduated from the prestigious National Institute of Design in India, where he majored in Animation Film Production. He has worked in the creative multimedia industry handling projects in USA, Germany, Switzerland, and India. He has won awards in France, Switzerland, USA, Venezuela, Poland, and India for his excellence in film and animation. His animated documentary ‘KCLOC’ has received wide spread recognition from 32 film festivals across the globe.

Ninaad believes that design and filmmaking are important forms of expression, and if we put our own cultural stories into our work, we will make a difference by bringing people together.


Director BIO: Catherine L. Allard (THE CORD)

Director Biography – Catherine L. Allard

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Catherine L. Allard is an actress, screenwriter and filmmaker. After the screenwriting of a first feature film, The Effect (2012), The Cord is her first short film as a director. She is currently finishing the screenplay for a second feature film, The Urn Carrier, which she will also direct.

Director BIO: Josiah Cuneo (IN THROUGH THE NIGHT)

Director Biography – Josiah Cuneo

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Josiah Cuneo is a Brooklyn based filmmaker, composer and choreographer.

In 2014 Roulette hosted the premier of Cuneo’s multimedia performance Scenes, four dance films he wrote, directed and choreographed which was accompanied by a performance of original chamber music by his string trio Dissemble. In 2015 Cuneo’s film Lilt (2017) was the recipient of the Dance Film Association’s Production Grant, and he also produced and edited the film Double Talk which won the Special Jury Price at the Three Rivers Film Festival. His film In Through the Night (2015) premiered at The Anthology Film Archive as part of NewFilmakers New York. In 2016 Cuneo produced, filmed and edited twelve films for artist and filmmaker Duane Michals’s multi-media exhibition Talking Pictures: Twelve Mini-Movies, which Artforum called “dynamic motion pictures that will linger long after you’ve left the gallery.” The film The Pleasures of the Glove went on to win the award for Best Dark Comedy from the Festigious Film Festival, and Cuneo won Best Editing from the NYC Indie Film Awards for his work on What is Real. In 2017 Cuneo was the recipient of a Jerome Foundation Grant and Artist Residency at Roulette, New York. There he premiered the multimedia performance The Paper Dance, in which he wrote, directed, choreographed and composed a new work for twenty performers. He premiered his most recent film Lilt (2017) in New York at the Chain NYC Film Festival, and it has since won the Best Experimental Film Award from the Festigious Film Festival Los Angeles.

Josiah Cuneo received his BFA from University of Massachusetts Amherst, and his work has been featured at Roulette, New York; Chain NYC Film Festival, New York; Toronto Arthouse Film Festival, Toronto; Dance Film Association and DCTV’s Long Legs Short Films, New York; Otion Front Studio’s Scarce Ops, New York; Light-Soluble Mediums at The Picture Show, New York; NewFilmmakers New York; Exit Art, New York; Gallery Satori, New York; Issue Project Room, New York; Phantom Brain Exchange, Montague, MA; Sevengaits, Southbridge, MA and Hampden Gallery, Amherst, MA.

Director Statement

The music and script for this film were written to express the changing nature of memories. I was able to work with a talented cast to bring it to life, so please enjoy, and thank you for your consideration.


Director Biography – Michelle Brand

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2005 – 2013 Grammar School, Germany
2013 – 2014 Animation and Assistant Teacher at a Junior School, Germany
2013 – onwards Animator and Illustrator on various projects
2014 – 2017 Animation BA (Hons) University for the Creative Arts, Farnham
2017 – onwards Animation MA Royal College of Arts

Director Statement

– ‘No man ever steps in the same river twice. As it’s not the same river, and he’s not the same man.’ (Heraklit)

Created with acrylic paints, this animation explores the idea of time and movement in animation. As we believe, only through change and movement, we can perceive time. In animation, this relationship is deepened as only through change time and movement, can exist, with a change happening frame by frame.

– ‘No man ever steps in the same river twice. As it’s not the same river, and he’s not the same man.’ (Heraklit)

Created with acrylic paints, this animation explores the idea of time and movement in animation. As we believe, only through change and movement, we can perceive time. In animation, this relationship is deepened as only through change time and movement, can exist, with a change happening frame by frame.

Director BIO: Aram Atkinson (FIREFLIES)

Director Biography – Aram Atkinson


Having spent three years at the RNLI in the role of lead filmmaker, I have now gone freelance as a director for narrative drama, commercials, and branded content.

‘Best Director’ BRONZE: Brand Film Festival 2016
‘Best Documentary’ BRONZE: Charity Film Awards 2016

Director BIO: Randy Kerr (BROTHERS)

Director Biography – Randy Kerr

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Seattle photographer and filmmaker Randy Kerr has captured landscape and travel imagery from over 30 countries. His work has been featured online in The New York Times, Discovery’s Travel Channel, CNN, Communication Arts, Expedia’s Mungo Park, and Altrec’s Route360. He received the iPIX Outstanding Achievement Award for Travel and was a featured photographer in The Canon Lens Experience on B&H Photo.

In recent years he has shifted his emphasis to short documentary films incorporating his love of adventure, story, and music.

When not behind the camera viewfinder or editing workstation, Randy often spends his time at the piano keyboard, usually playing Chopin or Brahms.

A 20 year veteran of the computer industry, Randy has worked at Nokia, Microsoft, and NCR, and has launched startups in the areas of social media and online real estate. He received his BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University.

Randy and his wife, Kim, and son, Alex, share their Seattle home with ‘Khumbu’ their beloved Tibetan Mastiff who they brought home from the Everest region of Nepal.

HIGHLIGHTS – April 2018 Under 5 Minute Festival






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