HIGHLIGHTS – July 2021 Under 5 Minute Film Festival

Best Animation Film: EMPTINESS
Best Direction: TOTAL CATCH
Best Performances: MOVING-IN-LAW
Best Cinematography: ESCAPE PARTY
Best Sound & Music: STILL HERE

Theme of night: Life

NOTE: Festival took place during the COVID-19 virus lockdown so all screenings were held in private.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterWHY I LIKE MY FILTER BUBBLE, 2min., Germany, Animation

festival posterARTICHOKE BOY, 2min., USA, Animation

festival posterBEHIND THE GLASS, 5min., Canada, Animation

festival posterCHIMICHANGA DAY, 3min., Russia, Animation

festival posterEMPTINESS, 9min., Mexico, Animation

festival posterTOTAL CATCH, 2min., USA, Comedy/Romance

festival posterMOVING-IN-LAW, 5min., USA, Drama

festival posterESCAPE PARTY, 5min., USA, Comedy

festival posterTHE BEAUTIFUL PICTURE, 3min., Australia, Documentary

festival posterTHE MYSTERY OF ANGKOR, 3min., Hong Kong, Documentary

festival posterDELIVERY!, 1min., UK, Experimental

festival posterOASIS, 1min., USA, Experimental

festival posterBRE’S DEATH, 3min., USA, Drama/Experimental

The beginning of a (temporary) new era.

See you at the festivals. Whenever that happens!

– Matthew Toffolo

Short Film: HOW TO STOP BEING CHINESE, 4min., USA, Experimental

How To Stop Being Chinese is an exploration of the importance of recognizing one’s own cultural heritage. In the film, a shadowy book teaches three tragic heroines about the blood ties that bind them to over 4,000 years of ancestral heritage. Each step of the book’s instructions dares its readers to break a traditional superstition in order to escape their Chinese culture—but the unforeseen consequences are deadly.

Director Biography – Amy E. Powell (BARE NAKED TRUTHS)

Amy Powell is a producer and director from Chicago, IL. Amy studied acting at Northern Illinois University and the Moscow Art Theater School, but finding the roles available for women lacking, Amy transitioned to working behind the camera with a mission to create more diverse and dynamic roles for women in film. She co-founded her production company, Sundog Studios, and has produced numerous short films with theater and film makers alike. Most recently, she co-wrote and directed a comedy web series, Bare Naked Truths, that gives a glimpse into the inner life of nude figure models while they pass the time on the job. Amy is also a producer and assistant director with the award winning production company Digital Alliance, and has worked on films and commercials with Rattlejack Inc, Legacy Marie Pictures, and Arts and Sciences.

Director Statement

When creator of Bare Naked Truths, Ellen DeSitter, brought to me this wild idea to shoot a micro-series about nude models, I knew it was a unique opportunity. As a new filmmaker at the time, I realized the micro-series presented an unheard of chance for me to explore multiple cinematic styles while never having to change locations and to wrestle with the challenge of how to use cinematic elements to enhance a scene that has strict limitations. I was also very excited to call attention to the weird relationship Americans have with nudity and the human body and explore such a fun and bold topic. However, I couldn’t have anticipated the absolute joy it was to see the series blossom because of the incredible dedication and talent of our cast and crew.

All we had to make this production happen was a handful of DIY equipment, a tiny and overworked production team, and an assembled team of friends and volunteers to help shoot a 10 episode series in two days. The end result was truly a collaboration between everyone involved who stepped up to any challenge asked of them. We are proof that you don’t need tons of cash or fancy equipment to get your ideas off the ground. The most important thing is to surround yourself with the best people and give them space to shine. The results will exceed your expectations every time!

Short Film: BARE NAKED TRUTHS, 4min., USA, Comedy

A micro-short comedy series that allows you inside the minds of the bored and often eccentric models who pose nude for drawing classes.

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Director Biography – Habibi Sarandi Rodriguez (FALL)

Born and raised in Brooklyn NY, Habibi S. Rodriguez is a jack of all trades. But his main focus to be part of the film industry, especially acting. After being rejected for a higher position at his job, he decided to move forward with making his first film, just using a smartphone and a drone.

Director Statement

I’ve always wanted to be an actor, I have done very few jobs, but it is not easy when I have a family to provide, however, I am not getting any younger. And my film will help me get where I want to be.

Director Biography – Max Seeger (WHY I LIKE MY FILTER BUBBLE)

Max Seeger was born in Würzburg in 1994. After graduating from Communication Theory in 2017 he shifted his ambitions towards a more creative career enrolling for Design at the Faculty of Design in Würzburg with a focus on interactive media and generative art. His student project Artificial Light has been exhibited at Ars Electronica Campus Exhibition in Linz (Austria) and Forking Room Festival in Seoul (South Korea) in 2019. His experimental short-film Why I Like My Filter Bubble was admitted to the official selection of Regensburger Kurzfilmwoche and Bundesfestival Junger Film in 2020.

Short Film: WHY I LIKE MY FILTER BUBBLE, 2min., Germany, Animation

What would I do without my filter bubble? I would definitely get lost in the vastness of the internet.
What kind of music do I want to listen to today, which film fits my mood and what do I absolutely have to buy but have never thought about it yet? My filter bubble knows before I know.

This is an ode to this beautiful thing, which makes my life easier and effectively prevents me from facing the new and unknown.

All music was composed, recorded and mixed specifically for this film.

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Short Film: STILL HERE 4min., USA, Music Video

We have an abusive relationship with the United States. Slavery has devestated my people and caused severe psychosis resulting in generational depression and self destructive cycles. In 2020 we are still fighting for rights and restitution caused by terrorism and genocide. We are still here, fighting for our future!

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