Short Film: THE CORD, 5min., USA, Drama

Adam and his friends enter the house. The mood is going to turn cold. He is about to do something that will change everything. His mind is made up. He is ready to cut the cord.

  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Le Fil
  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 25 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 30, 2017
  • Country of Origin:
    Canada
  • Country of Filming:
    Canada
  • Film Language:
    French
  • Shooting Format:
    4K
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
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Short Film: IN THROUGH THE NIGHT, 4min., Drama/Experimental

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By recalling a childhood story, a world of daydreams and longing unfold against a quiet backdrop of the quotidian.

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  • Film Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Surreal, Fantasy, Dream, Dance
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 21 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 20, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color

Short Film: NOT THE SAME RIVER. NOT THE SAME MAN, 4min., Animation/Experimental

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A fisherman takes his boat out on the river. While he and his surroundings are in a constant flow, the viewer observes the passing of time, watching everything go through movement and change. In an ever-flowing cycle, things come to be, change, evolve, and pass on….

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  • Film Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Student
  • Genres:
    Experimental, Animation, Philosophical, Journey
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 19 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 31, 2017
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color

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.

Short Film: BROTHERS, 5min., USA, Drama/Family

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Set in the Pacific Northwest, three brothers find refuge and redemption from a troubled home through their love of fly fishing for steelhead and the enduring relationships they forge on the river.

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Under 5 Minute Short – MIRRORS, by R. Harris Smith

Genre: Horror, Thriller

Young Rachel is getting ready for bed, but as she sleeps, she worries her reflection might be watching her. Once her eyes are closed, her bedroom mirror reflection gets off the bed and presses itself against the mirror. Tapping to get out

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Hugh Ritchie
Rachel: Georgia Grant

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

‘Mirrors’ is about the fear of your reflection watching you as you sleep – almost an extension of fear of the dark, I suppose.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Horror.

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

As a short film, it is simple to make but can be particularly frightening at the same time.

4. How would you describe this script in two words?

Quite scary.

5. What movie have you seen the most times in your life?

Probably ‘Shaun of The Dead’ or ‘Hot Fuzz’.

6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

This screenplay took me a couple of hours, mainly just small fixes needing doing after the main idea was finished.

7. How many stories have you written?

‘Chloe’, ‘Mirrors’, ‘Out of Time’ and ‘Lucid Visionary’ so far.

8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

At the moment, I’m mainly listening to Royal Blood and Manic Street Preachers.

9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Luckily, I had no obstacles as it was such a short script.

10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I’m also a director and producer, plus a lecturer.

11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?

I have found FilmFreeway pretty useful so far.

12. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

I liked the idea of a festival purely for scripts and films under 5 minutes so I had a look. I was happy with the feedback I received about my script, as it was mainly positive with a couple of suggestions on how to improve it.

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

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