HIGHLIGHTS – July 2019 Under 5 Minute Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:

BEST FILM: THE BACKWARD ASTRONOMER

BEST UNDER 5 MINUTE FILM: HAPPY THE ANGRY POLAR BEAR

BEST PERFORMANCES: LESSON #10

BEST VISUAL DESIGN: DIVINE CONSULTANTS – THE BEGINNING

BEST MUSIC: RED & THE KINGDOM OF SOUND

THEME: Your place in the world.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterRED & THE KINGDOM OF SOUND, UK, Animation/Fantasy

festival posterDIVINE CONSULTANTS – THE BEGINNING, Finland, Animation/Adventure

festival posterTHE BACKWARD ASTRONOMER, USA, Animation/Drama

festival posterSAVING GREEN, 5min., USA, Animation

festival posterHAPPY THE ANGRY POLAR BEAR, 3min., Animation/Family

festival posterWE, 3min., Iran, Animation

festival posterWHALE FALL, 3min., USA, Animation

festival posterLESSON #10, 5min., USA, Drama

festival posterMIDWAY HOME, 4min., USA, Drama

festival posterWOW TAPES: ITALIA, 5min., Italy, Documentary

festival posterJOSH, 5min., USA, Drama/Family

The theme of the July 2019 Comedy & Romance Feedback Film Festival in Toronto was “Your place in the world”.

Each film was about a character(s) who sees their place in today’s world.

The 19th event of the Toronto festivals in 2019.

19 more festivals to go in Toronto this year.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

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WOW TAPES ITALIA Short Film, Audience FEEDBACK from the Under 5min. July 2019 Festival

WOW TAPES: ITALIA, 5min., Italy, DocumentaryDirected by Simone Menin, Fabio Reitano

A visual tale of the country of Italy.

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Director Biography – Fabian Cardenas (MIDWAY HOME)

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Fabián Cárdenas is a film director, producer, actor, writer and the founder of Cinema 360 Films. He is known for the award winning short film Desde el Alma (2013) and Freddie of Wynwood (2015), a short film that was selected by the Miami International Film Festival and will be airing on PBS in 2018. His experiences as an actor and involvement in theatre as a director, writer, producer and actor, for more than 20 years in the United States and Latin America, bring depth and variety to his filmmaking. He has worked with both local and international professionals on his own projects and in other film, television and theatre productions and brings a solid lineup of talent and expertise to any project. Mr. Cárdenas is a storyteller at heart; willing to mold any medium and tell compelling stories.

Director Statement

FILM: MIDWAY HOME by Parranda Productions, directed by Fabian Cardenas

The genesis of the project (where the idea came from).
Midway Home was produced for the 2018, Producers Guild of America Make Your Mark Weekend Shorts competition. As such, it had to be created, produced, edited and submitted within 51 hours. The criteria or genesis was to pay tribute to producer/director/actor Sidney Pollack.

Why is the project important?
Since part of the criteria was post war, we thought the timely subject of post-traumatic stress disorder would be appropriate and provide an audience with the challenges faced by our service men and women.

Why you’re the only one who can tell this story (what do you bring to the table that is unique to this project?). Our EP, Frank Richards is an Army veteran, familiar with cases of PTSD.

What are your cinematic aspirations and influences? Ready to do something Oscar-worthy. And achieve recognition for our work as a production company and for our loyal and talented team.

What are the visual and technical approaches you took that make the film unique?
By way of an odyssey or montage, we present a visual and realistic suffering of PTSD.

What is your hope for the audience’s response?
That the audience is reminded, that although some service men and women were fortunate to return home alive, their lives as they see it, will never be the same. Viewers will hopefully empathize and support funding for mental and general healthcare of our veterans.

Has the film been screened at any film festivals?
Midway Home has not been screened, only judged at many festivals. In addition to the below mentioned wins, Midway Home is also an Official Selection, Finalist or Semi-Finalist at 13 other film festivals.
WINNER – BEST FILM, Independent Online Film Festival, February 2019
WINNER – BEST FILM, Direct Short Online Film Festival, December 2018
WINNER – BEST DIRECTOR, Fabian Cardenas, RedWood Film Festival, January 2019
WINNER – BEST DIRECTOR, Fabian Cardenas, Palm Tree Film Festival, January 2019
WINNER – BEST ACTRESS, Heidy Torres, RedWood Film Festival, January 2019
WINNER – BEST EDITOR, Michael Anderson, MP Film Award, January 2019

HIGHLIGHTS – April 2019 Under 5 Minute Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:

BEST UNDER 5 MINUTE FILM FILM: BOY RACER

BEST MUSIC: MALKA

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterRETRIEVER, 5min., Australia, Drama

festival posterMARTA – I NEED A LOVE STORY, 4min., Poland, Music Video/Romance

festival posterBOY RACER, 4min., Ireland, Drama/Family

festival posterMALKA, 4min., UK, Animation/Documentary

festival posterTHE SPECTER OF THE OTHER, 4min., Action/Experimental

festival poster#METONIGHT, 1min., USA., Music

festival posterI HAVE SOMETHING TO TELL YOU, 1min., USA, Drama/Thriller

festival posterSOCIAL, 2min., USA, Drama

The theme of the April 2019 ANIMATION & DANCE Feedback Film Festival in Toronto was “Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover”.

Each film was about something or someone being at the exact right time for something.

The 8th event of the Toronto festivals in 2019.

22 more festivals to go in Toronto this year.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

#METONIGHT Short Film – Audience FEEDBACK from the Under 5 Minute April 2019 Festival

#METONIGHT, 1min., USA., Music

Directed by Tony Marquez

A boy and girl return from a night out, but this isn’t your typical date night.

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THE SPECTER OF THE OTHER Short Film – Audience FEEDBACK from the Under 5 Minute April 2019 Festival

THE SPECTER OF THE OTHER, 4min., Action/Experimental

Directed by Brendan Barthel, Katherine Helen Fisher

Investigating what is seen as human touch using martial arts and dance as vocabulary, but taking them out of context and bias as aggressive, decorative or kind

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BOY RACER Short Film – Audience FEEDBACK from the Under 5 Minute April 2019 Festival

BOY RACER, 4min., Ireland, Drama/Family

Directed by Barry Fahy

Evan Murphy sneaks away into his grandfathers shed and discovers a world of trinkets to play with including his grandfathers rally car.

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