HIGHLIGHTS & VIDEOS: June 2017 Under 5 Minute Film Festival

AUDIENCE FESTIVAL AWARDS

Best Film: FAMILY SHADOWS

Best Performances: I & MYSELF

Best Cinematography: EYE OF INDIA

Best Music: The music from BLURRY

WATCH the Audience FEEDBACK Videos for each film: 

festival posterMISSION: APO11O, 4min, France, History/Comedy
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festival posterMORE THAN LOVE, 3min, USA, Drama/Romance
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festival posterBLURRY, 5min, USA, Thriller/Mystery
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festival posterLAST CHANCE, 3min, Hungary, Drama/Sport
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festival posterEYE OF INDIA, 3min, India, Experimental/Adventure
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festival posterDAN, 1min, UK, Comedy
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festival posterDATE TO THE CINEMA, 4min, USA, Romance/Drama
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festival posterVOICING SILENCE, 3min, UK, Animation
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festival posterWOW, 4min, France, Drama/Romance
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festival posterBEYOND, 4min, Italy, Drama/Mystery
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festival posterFAMILY SHADOWS, 4min, USA, Family/Drama
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festival posterTHE SNOWMAN’S HAT, 2min, USA, Animation
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festival posterMOUNT ROYAL 2017-09, 2min, Canada, Experimental
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festival posterTHE FINAL FAIRYTALE, 1min, UK, Family
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festival posterI & MYSELF, 5min, Japan, Drama/Fantasy
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festival posterPROCLAMATION PUNCTUATION, 4min, USA, Dance/Fashion
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The UNDER 5 MINUTE JUNE 2017 FEEDBACK Film Festival gave our audiences simply the best of short movies from this community.

The theme of the festival was “OUTSIDE FORCES”.

Every film showcased was about a character(s) or situation that was getting in the way of success.

The UNDER 5 MINUTE FEEDBACK Film Festival is becoming one of our most popular events. It is definitely a festival that stirs the conversation and gets people talking.

For the June 2017 Festival we showcased the best 16 films from around the world in different styles, genres, and budgets. It still amazes me, after all these years doing the festival, the amount of talent that is out there in the world. And the clever things that people come up with to tell a story in less than 5 minutes. In fact, most films presented at this festival were less than 3 minutes.

There’s a cliche in storytelling that you enter each scene late and leave each scene early. The meaning behind that is you don’t want to waste the audience’s time. The classic example is that you don’t have to show a character driving to their destination, parking their car, getting out, knocking on the door etc… They can simply arrive at the next scene already inside the home having a conversation with the person they need to talk to further the story. Trimming the fat and only showing what is needed!

That’s the art of these 5 Minute Short Films. There is a story in all of these films. Setup. Conflict. Resolution – the three steps of any story. And the art is to tell your story within the context of your plot, themes, characters and uniqueness of your idea.

It’s no secret that all of these 16 films succeeded. When you have a tight race of 12 films vying for title of “BEST FILM” of the night, you know you’ve hit a jackpot of a film festival.

Hope to see you at our next Under 5 Minute Film Festival in December.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

Under 5min. SHORT Script Reading of NIGHT SHIFT, by Yanjuan Song

Genre: Drama, Comedy

A security guard is paying too much attention to the robber because he’s online chatting with a girl.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Billy: Hugh Ritchie

*****

Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

HIGHLIGHTS – December 2016 Under 5min. Film Festival (Animation Edition)

AUDIENCE FESTIVAL AWARDS

Best Film: I AM DYSLEXIC

Best Performances: STUTTER

Best Animation: SISTERS

Best Music: The music from SISTERS

BIRTH WEAVING LIFE, 5min., Japan, Animation/Documentary
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festival posterI AM DYSLEXIC, 5min. Norway, Animation/Music Video
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festival posterGRANDMA: A TRUE STORY, 5min, UK, Animation/Family
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festival posterPHANTOM CITY, 6min, Canada, Animation/Crime
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festival posterTHE GRAVEYARD SHIFT, 2min, USA, Animation/Comedy
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festival posterCACOPHONY, 2min, USA, Animation/Drama
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festival posterSISTERS, 4min, USA, Animation/Music Video
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festival posterAFRO CRAB, 4min, Taiwan, Animation/Comedy
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HIGHLIGHTS – November 2016 Under 5min. Film Festival

AUDIENCE FESTIVAL AWARDS

Best Film: MIDNIGHT WALK

Best Performances: A COUPLE

Best Cinematography: DEADLY VIEW

Best Music: The music from TIME

festival posterTIME, 3min., Hong Kong, Docuementary
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festival posterNO SIGNAL, 1min., Spain, Documentary
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festival posterTHE KUSBEGI, 2min, Mongolia, Documentary
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festival posterA COUPLE, 4min., France, Relationship
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festival posterLUNCH, 2min., UK, Experimental/Music Video
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festival posterNO WOMAN, 3min., Afghanistan, Experimental/Drama
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festival posterHORSE PARADE, 1min., Puerto Rico, Romance/Experimental
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festival posterDEADLY VIEW, 3min., Ireland, Thriller/Mystery
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festival posterMIDNIGHT WALK, 4min., Australia, Thriller
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festival posterPROVERBIAL LUCK, 5min, Austria, Romance/Comedy
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The NOVEMBER 2016 FEEDBACK Film Festival was a great success. The sold out crowd loved the films and had plenty to say about each one during the audience feedback portion.

The theme of the festival was “Humanity”.

This was a special festival because we went around the world – showcasing 12 short film from 12 different countries.

NOTE: In over 150 festival events, this was the first time ever that we did not show a film from Canada or the United States.

We started the festival off showcasing five documentary films from Mexico, Lebanon, Hong Kong, Spain, and Mongolia. The Hong Kong film ended up winning “Best Musical Score” at the festival.

We then showcased a relationship film from France that ended up winning “Best Overall Performances” at the festival.

After that, we ventured to the “experimental” realm showing 3 diverse films from Afghanistan, Puerto Rico, and the UK.

The Thriller genre was next as we showed two films from Ireland and Australia in the genre. The Australian film ended up winning “Best Film” at the festival, while the Ireland film won “Best Cinematography”.

And to end the festival, we showcased a a comedy film from Austria that could be the most successful short film in the year 2016. The film has played at over 100 film festivals around the world.

To prepare the festival with assigned moderator Amanda Lomonaco, we had a hard time scaling down the conversation points becaue their simply was “so” much to talk about. These were simply 12 amazing short films. Truly a night to remember!

Click the posters, learn about the films, and watch the Audience Feedback Videos.

– Matthew Toffolo

Audience FEEDBACK: DRAGON DREAMING

Watch the best of the July 2016 Film Festival

DRAGON DREAMING
Info on the Short Film!

AUDIENCE FEEDBACK VIDEO:

  MOVIE POSTERDRAGON DREAMING, 5min, Australia, Documentary
Directed by Daniel Clarke & Amy Pysden

Meet Kushia Young. She can’t hear you. But she can draw you a mystical character in under 10 minutes. This profoundly deaf 20-year-old artist from the remote APY Lands is being recognised for her unique contemporary indigenous drawings.

Film Type: Documentary

Runtime: 5 minutes

Completion Date: June 24, 2015

Production Budget: 0 USD

Country of Origin: Australia

Country of Filming: Australia

Film Language: English

Shooting Format: Digital

Aspect Ratio: 16:9

Film Color: Color

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Get to know the short film: 1916, 4min, UK, Animation/Drama

Playing at the best of Family/Animation FEEDBACK Short Film Festival on Thursday Aug. 25th. 7pm. Carlton Cinemas in downtown Toronto. Get your FREE Tickets today

  MOVIE POSTER1916, 4min, UK, Animation/Drama
Directed by Oscar Lewis

An old man remembers the last time he saw his father, walking with him to the train station in rural England. This short film was made to mark the centenary of men with families being conscripted to the army in 1916 during WW1.

Film Type:Animation

Runtime:4 minutes

Completion Date:December 13, 2015

Country of Origin:United Kingdom

Country of Filming:United Kingdom

Film Language:English

Shooting Format:Digital

Aspect Ratio:16:9

Film Color:Black & White

First-time Filmmaker:No

Student Project:Yes

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WATCH PAST FILM FESTIVAL EVENTS and the FEEDBACK VIDEOS of EACH SELECTED FILM

ACTORJUNE 2016 Film Festival
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ACTORMAY 2016 Film Festival
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ACTORAPRIL 2016 Film Festival
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ACTORMARCH 2016 Film Festival
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ACTORFEBRUARY 2016 Film Festival
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ACTORJANUARY 2016 Film Festival
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ACTORNOVEMBER 2015 Film Festival
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ACTOROCTOBER 2015 Film Festival
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ACTORSEPTEMBER 2015 Film Festival
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ACTORAUGUST 2015 Film Festival
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ACTORJULY 2015 Film Festival
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ACTORJUNE 2015 Film Festival
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ACTORMAY 2015 Film Festival
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ACTORAPRIL 2015 Film Festival
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ACTORMarch 2015 Film Festival
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2016 Under 5min. Short Films at Festival

List of Under 5 Minute Short Films that were showcased at the festival in 2016. Click the links and watch the Audience FEEDBACK videos, plus learn more about the films.

BIRTH WEAVING LIFE, 5min., Japan, Animation/Documentary
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festival posterI AM DYSLEXIC, 5min. Norway, Animation/Music Video
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterGRANDMA: A TRUE STORY, 5min, UK, Animation/Family
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterPHANTOM CITY, 6min, Canada, Animation/Crime
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterTHE GRAVEYARD SHIFT, 2min, USA, Animation/Comedy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterCACOPHONY, 2min, USA, Animation/Drama
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterSISTERS, 4min, USA, Animation/Music Video
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterAFRO CRAB, 4min, Taiwan, Animation/Comedy
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ACTORCLEAN BREAK, 5min, UK, Comedy
Short Film from July 2016 Film Festival

ACTORSTEPHEN THE TIME TRAVELLING DOG, 3min, UK, Comedy/Fantasy
Short Film from July 2016 Film Festival

ACTORHOWELL, 4min, UK, Horror/Comedy
Short Film from July 2016 Film Festival

ACTORPEOPLE OF NOWHERE, 2min, Israel, Documentary/Music Video
Short Film from July 2016 Film Festival

ACTORCRE-AZIONI, 5min, USA, Drama/Experimental
Short Film from July 2016 Film Festival

ACTORWALK, 1min, Netherlands, Dance/Experimental
Short Film from July 2016 Film Festival

ACTORSILENCE, 3min, Russia, Romance/Drama
Short Film from July 2016 Film Festival

ACTORI LIKE YOU, 2min, Italy, Drama/Romance
Short Film from July 2016 Film Festival

ACTORDREAMS OR DEMONS, 3min, Denmark, Drama/Life
Short Film from July 2016 Film Festival

ACTORDRAGON DREAMING, 5min, Australia, Documentary
Short Film from July 2016 Film Festival

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Short Film from July 2016 Film Festival

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LOREN THE ROBOT BUTLER: TEACH ME HOW TO DOUGIE!, 3min, USA, Puppetry/Comedy

Short Film from July 2016 Film Festival

festival posterTIME, 3min., Hong Kong, Docuementary
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festival posterNO SIGNAL, 1min., Spain, Documentary
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festival posterTHE KUSBEGI, 2min, Mongolia, Documentary
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterA COUPLE, 4min., France, Relationship
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterLUNCH, 2min., UK, Experimental/Music Video
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterNO WOMAN, 3min., Afghanistan, Experimental/Drama
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterHORSE PARADE, 1min., Puerto Rico, Romance/Experimental
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterDEADLY VIEW, 3min., Ireland, Thriller/Mystery
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterMIDNIGHT WALK, 4min., Australia, Thriller
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterPROVERBIAL LUCK, 5min, Austria, Romance/Comedy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK