HIGHLIGHTS – January 2021 Under 5 Minute Film Festival


Theme of night: Leaving your legacy

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

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterMAYONAISE, 5min., Switzerland, Thriller/Parody

festival posterTHE FIVE STAGES OF QUARANTINE, 4min., USA, Comedy

festival posterUNDOCUMENTED, 5min., UK, Documentary

festival posterHOME BREAK IN, 1min., Norway, Thriller/Crime

festival posterTHE ASSASSINATION OF A MAN, 3min., USA, Crime/Comedy

festival posterANGELE, 3min., Canada, Documentary

festival posterMITTA HAS BEEN MASKING, 3min., USA, Experimental

festival posterHEAR CONGO, 3min,. Congo, Documentary

festival posterTHE ALPHA’S BET, 5min., USA, Poem

festival posterFATHER, 4min., Australia, Animation

festival posterSAINT CLAIR CEMIN, PSYCHE, 61 min. , Artist Documentary

The beginning of a (temporary) new era.

See you at the festivals. Whenever that happens!

– Matthew Toffolo

Short Film: UNDOCUMENTED, 5min., UK, Documentary

There are currently over 10 million undocumented immigrants living in the USA. Many of them came to the US as children and it is the only country they’ve ever known. In Sin Papeles one of these people, artist and activist Jose Mora, narrates his personal experience of being undocumented in Chicago.

Directed by

Rhys Aaron Lewis, Valeria Luongo

  • Project Title (Original Language): Sin Papeles
  • Project Type: Documentary, Short
  • Runtime: 5 minutes 23 seconds
  • Completion Date: December 1, 2019
  • Production Budget: 2,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin: United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming: United States
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Shooting Format: Digital
  • Film Color: Color

Director Biography – Jason Flakes (HEAR CONGO)

Jason is the founder of Visual14, a visual media company. He has been active in film and video production for more than ten years on large and small film productions. Jason is also a distinguished designer and award-winning architectural photographer. He is focusing his attention on production with a particular emphasis on visual quality. In a nutshell, he is just a chill guy with a camera that likes to shoot and have fun while making epic content.

Director Statement

We are interconnected; our choices can impact the world, either sustaining or draining life.

Director Biography – Dan Ramm (THE ALPHA’S BET)

He’s less nouns and more verbs, with a particular set of skills surpassed only by Liam Neeson. The guy won Gold from the Hermes Creative Awards three times in 2020 for interactive storytelling, social impact, and technical craft and a Silver Muse Creative Award… yadda yadda yadda.

A certain written & verbal aptitude without the often-accompanying attitude. Probably because he’s a college dropout and allergic to the rarest horse on earth. Did I mention he owes me five bucks?

Director Statement

“I do appreciate you stopping by. I strive for resonance over reach, so it means a lot that you’re here. You’ve officially found the bottom, so onward & upwards!”

Short Film: THE ALPHA’S BET, 5min., USA, Poem

“No Man’s Land is right here in your hands,
and as you listen, that horizon expands.
Deep in the trenches between letters and lines,
rages the clash between Language and Time.”

A poem in motion, or visual love letter to those who…love letters.

It’s the war of art against time itself and the struggle to inspire amidst the odds of uncertainty.
Also featuring a shout-out to Beethoven (not the dog) and author of my (only) favorite quote promoting violence: “Seize Fate by the Throat”.
Written on my phone one sleepless night when I couldn’t get the idea out of my head.

This one is a lot like Mayonnaise…
because you’ll have strong feelings about it one way or another.

Reviewed by Rome Prisma International Film Festival:

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Director Biography – Darby Bailey (MITTA HAS BEEN MASKING)

For the past 20 years Darby has been a voiceover actor in the tech sector for Fortune 100 and 500 companies, heard billions of times worldwide as a voice of IoT.

As a musician and music publisher, her music has appeared in film and television on NBC, E!, and Oxygen, through Universal Music and her production company, Pip Projects, Inc.

She holds a BA in Creative writing from Antioch University Los Angeles, an MBA-IT from Western Governor’s University, and a Graduate Certificate in Information Systems from the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah. She serves as the Director of Technology for Utah Women in Film and Television.

She is currently a PhD student at Regent University, where she is researching interdisciplinary entertainment education media narratives to include child-robot interaction.

Director Statement

As a research student pursuing a PhD, I am exploring transmedia and edutainment for children, youth and families, focusing on mental health, literacy and the economics of the creative and working classes.

I was diagnosed with autism in 2019 after a brief stint of mild psychosis, a lifetime of dissociating, masking and depression and other common elements for those on the autism spectrum. This film represents my state as I came out of that life transition and back into allowing myself to create visual content in a more personal and reflective way.

I attempt to create through my experience. I use minimal scripting to allow my own experience to overlap onto the narrative. As a therapeutical tool, I hope to maintain a level of entertainment and interest, while spurring investigative thought for my audience.