2017 Under 5min. Short Films at Festival (July to December)

List of Under 5 Minute Short Films that were showcased at the festival for the 2nd half of 2017. Click the links and watch the Audience FEEDBACK videos, plus learn more about the films.

 

festival posterECSTASY BOULEVARD, 5min, USA, Fantasy/Sci-Fi
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festival posterSUICIDE NOTE, 5min, UK, Fantasy/Thriller
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festival posterTYSVAER WARS – A STAR WARS STORY, 4min, Norway, Comedy/Action
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festival posterSTAR WARS: TRIALS, 5min, USA, Action/Adventure
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BODY WITHOUT ORGANS, 2min, USA, Experimental
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festival posterNOVEMBER UNDER ASHES, 3min, France, Music Video
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festival posterHOPE, 4min, Iceland, Experimental
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festival posterSTRANGE BEASTS, 5min, UK, Experimental
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festival posterDIE YOUNG, 3min, USA, Music Video
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festival posterDON’T LET THE BASTARDS GRIND YOU DOWN, 4min, UK, Experimental
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festival posterGOLDEN LIGHT, 3min, Italy, Music Video
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festival posterDOMESTICITY, 4min, UK, Thriller/Drama
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festival posterUKA, 3min, Spain, Animation/Family
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festival posterKARMA, 4min., USA, Animation/Family
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festival posterPERFECT TOWN, 4min., Switzerland, Animation/Fantastic
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Winning Under 5min. Short Screenplay – THE PLAGIARIST, by James M Freeman

 
Genre: Drama, Political

A pompous professor is confronted with a scandal of his own making.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Julian Ford
Beecham: Dan Cristofori
Hardy: Steve Rizzo
Megan: Emily Weir
Wright: Rachel Salsberg

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

Title of Screenplay: The Plagiarist.

A university lecturer defends himself against a dead student’s complaint.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Drama.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

As students, many of us have endured insufferable–even worse, harmful teachers–and have been powerless to do much about it. My story addresses this issue.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Injustice. Redress.

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

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I wrote a draft a couple of years ago and set it aside. I rewrote it this year over about a week and then revised it over another few days based on the reader’s insightful suggestions.

I expect to incorporate this story into a feature-length screenplay, which I have been writing.

How many stories have you written?

Narrative screenplays and short stories: One feature script, six short scripts, two short stories based on scripts.

Several of my seven Non-Fiction books use stories, which serve as the basis of my screenplays. Examples are “Untouchable: An Indian Life History,” and “Hearts of Sorrow: Vietnamese-American Lives”–which won a 1990 American Book Award.

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

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

How to end the story. How to make the situation outrageous/intolerable, but still believable.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Human rights. For many years, as a volunteer, I headed a non-profit agency that provided assistance to Vietnamese unaccompanied minors seeking asylum as refugees. My short script, “Best Interests,” draws on my experiences in Southeast Asian detention centers, where the children all too often suffered abuse and neglect.

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

Entered the festival because: The story felt right for a short exposition.

 

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

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

2017 Under 5min. Short Films at Festival (January to June)

List of Under 5 Minute Short Films that were showcased at the festival for the first half of 2017. Click the links and watch the Audience FEEDBACK videos, plus learn more about the films.

festival posterWALL, 5min, Taiwan, Animation
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festival posterSNOOT IN THE CITY, 1min, Australia, Animation
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festival posterDIRTY POOL, 1min, Canada, Animation
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festival posterBABY AND GRANNY, 2min. USA, Animation/Comedy
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festival posterCHARITY CASE, 3min, UK, Romance/Comedy
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festival posterSUNDAY AFTERNOON, 3min. Canada, Romance/Experimental
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festival posterMIDNIGHT SIGNS, 4min, Italy, Thriller/Animation
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STATE OF EMERGENCY MOTHERF***ER!, 5min, Belgium, Political/Satire
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festival posterTHE ARK, 2min, France, Animation/Experimental
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BLOSSOM OF MY HEART, 4min, Canada, Experimental/Anti-Romance
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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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FUCK THE BITCH !?, 5min, France, Comedy
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festival posterSAY WHAT!: A GERIATRIC PROPOSAL, USA, 5min, Animation/Comedy
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festival posterNOVAK, 5min, USA, Comedy
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festival posterTHE 3RD TRY, 5min, USA, LGBT, Drama
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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
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
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
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterFAMILY SHADOWS, 4min, USA, Family/Drama
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
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

Audience FEEDBACK: FAMILY SHADOWS, 4min, USA, Family/Drama

FAMILY SHADOWS, 4min, USA, Family/Drama
Directed by Laura Malatos

Every Friday night at 7 o’clock, Carter walks into the forest, and every single time, his father follows him. While wandering through the shadows, they discover what it means to be family.

CLICK HERE – and see full info and more pics of the film!

Audience FEEDBACK: DAN, 1min, UK, Comedy

DAN, 1min, UK, Comedy
Directed by Uzo Oleh

Dan and Steve are identical twins that live together. Steve is fed up with being guilted into covering for Dan’s frequent “sick” days from work. So Steve decides to get himself (as Dan) fired.

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Under 5min. SHORT Script Reading of I KNOW, by Steve Vasiliou

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Morning, noon or night, at home, on business or holiday, the real-life encounter of “I Know” touches all people. Unless you live as a hermit, there’s no way that you haven’t experienced an “I Know” meeting. For some, this tragic comedy repeats itself over and over again. The script describes in just one page a conversation that unfortunately can fill a book or a lifetime.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Sophia: Ariel Brooker
Harry: Hugh Ritchie

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

A conversation between two supposedly intimate people.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Non-fiction romantic comedy.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It’s a theme that can take place anywhere with universal appeal.

How would you describe this script in two words?

We know.

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

It depends on the life time period since my interests evolve through the years. I generally like historical adventures in all forms- drama, comedy, romance, travel, mystery.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

One week but in my thoughts for years.

How many stories have you written?

Seven.

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

Molly Malone

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Editing to the point where I felt it was the best it could be.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Photography, travel, mountains, art, food, foreign languages, nature, fun.

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

The length requirement of your festival which perfectly suited my screenplay. The initial feedback was a pleasant surprise.

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

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne