HIGHLIGHTS – August 2018 Under 5 Minute Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:

BEST UNDER 5MIN. FILM: KCLOC

BEST DRAMA FILM: THE GHOULIES

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: BROTHERS

BEST MUSIC: NOT THE SAME RIVER. NOT THE SAME MAN

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterTHE GHOULIES, 5min., Australia, Drama/Crime

festival posterPERSONA, 2min., UK, Animation/Experimental

festival posterGIRL IN YELLOW, 3min., USA, Drama/Family

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

festival posterKCLOC, 3min., India, Documentary/Animation

festival posterTHE CORD, 5min., USA, Drama

festival posterIN THROUGH THE NIGHT, 4min., Drama/Experimental

festival posterNOT THE SAME RIVER. NOT THE SAME MAN, 4min., Animation/Experimental

festival posterFIREFLIES, 3min., UK, Drama

LISTEN to our Daily Podcast via iTunes, or go to www.wildsoundpodcast.com

There is an episode about this festival in our archives as we talk about the audience and all the great films we showcased at this event.

The theme of the August 2018 DRAMA & UNDER 5 MINUTE FEEDBACK Film Festival in Toronto was “Defining Experiences”. Every character on all of these presented films were attempting to define the current or past moments that they are living in.

This was a lively crowd. Seemed more of an industry crowd than our usual crowd of film lovers. Everyone had lots to say which of oucrse makes for a great night.

Moderator Kierston Drier is really coming into her own. She is closing in doing 40 events and she has really hit her stride. No one works harder than Kierston. Easily the MVP of the festival night. And make sure to listen to our Festival Roundup podcast.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

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DAUGHTER Short Film – Audience Feedback from April Under 5min. Festival

DAUGHTER, 3min., Canada, Drama/Family
Directed by Lia Williamson

Created as a ‘Two Stories’ project, this film follows two single mothers trying to successfully raise their daughters. As the years progress, this task becomes more and more difficult.

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EUROPEAN Under 5min. Film Festival – Thursday January 25, 2018

The FEEDBACK Monthly Film Festival is back for 2018.. Our home is The Carlton Cinemas, located in the heart of downtown Toronto at 20 Carlton Street. The event runs from 7pm to 9:10pm.

Continuing to showcase the best of short films from around the world, while maintaining our audience feedback format moderated by Kierston Drier. Showcasing a festival twice a month in Toronto in 2018!

Tickets for 2018 are PAY WHAT YOU LIKE. Purchase your tickets online via Paypal or Credit Card. Tickets are first come first serve.

If you like to obtain seats in advance and pick them up on the day of the event (come for FREE, or make a donation), please email us at festivalevent@wildsoundfestival.com and we’ll reserve seats for you.

You can pick up the tickets on the day of the event at the cinema. Tickets are first come, first serve. This festival has sold out 66 out of its last 68 events!

You will be able to buy alcohol (beer, wine, liquor), popcorn, candy, and refreshments before the show.

Here is the full program of films. Festival starts at 7pm sharp!

MAMMA, 5min., Italy, Crime/Thriller
Directed by Gonzalo Cotelo 

A young woman finds herself trapped in the middle of a gang turf war when she witnesses a cold blooded murder.

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THE FLOW, 3min., Belgium, Adventure
Directed by Jelle Bleyenbergh

When the car of a young man breaks down, his feet take him on a journey that might surpass his destination.

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CITY OF MY HEART, 4min., Greece, Documentary 
Directed by Kostas Petsas

A personal glimpse into Madrid, an experimental urban cityscape, an ode to life through a dance.

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STUPID SMARTPHONE THERAPY, 4min., Germany, Experimental
Directed by Garmamie Sideau

The social impacts of various technological innovations are redefining the role of human relationships and communication in a growing globally connected and diverse digital world. Meet Serena, a biracial German teenager on a dream vacation to Canada with Henok, her smartphone addicted workaholic father. Serena’s dream vacation is quickly tuned into a puzzling and challenging nightmare of personal conflicts involving smartphones, identity, belonging and jiujitsu.

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HONEYMOON, 3min., Switzerland, Romance 
Directed by Anaelle Morf

A man and a woman meet in a bar for the first time.

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21ST CENTURY HERMIT, 3min., UK, Documentary 
Directed by Neil Hall

Sister Rachel Denton has vowed to spend the rest of her life living as a consecrated hermit in the Catholic faith. A hermit is a person who chooses to live alone, with the intention of finding God. Rarely leaving her house, she lives a life of prayer and solitude. However, she uses the internet and social media to share her experience and distance herself from physically interacting with society.

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THE WAVES, 4min., UK, Animation
Directed by Oscar Lewis

An artist returns to his work after suffering a mental breakdown.

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OUR WONDERFUL NATURE, 3min., Germany, Animation
Directed by Tomer Eshed

The feeding habits of the common cameleon as never seen before�

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DEAR INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY, 4min., UK, Documentary/War
Directed by Henrik Friis 

After travelling to the frontlines of Iraq and the border of Syria for the past several years documenting the war against ISIS, ‘Dear International Community’ is a short video documenting the hundreds of encounters we’ve had across Europe and Iraq.

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BE THE ONE, 5min., Switzerland, Crime/Music Video
Directed by Remo Fritzsche 

Two charismatic robbers face a variety of strong stereotypes and a major twist while attempting to obtain a mysterious bag from their adversaries.

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The FEEDBACK Monthly Film Festival is back for 2018.. Our home is The Carlton Cinemas, located in the heart of downtown Toronto at 20 Carlton Street. The event runs from 7pm to 9:10pm.

2017 Under 5min. Short Films at Festival (July to December – 39 films)

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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festival posterGRACE & GRIT, 3min, USA, Thriller/Drama
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festival posterWE WERE SWIMMING, 3min, UK, Art/Surreal
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festival posterNO STRINGS ATTACHED, 5min, USA, Music Video
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festival posterPOST NO BILLS, 5min, Canada, Animation/Adventure
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festival posterTHE FOREST PRINCESS, 5min, USA, Fantasy/Family
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festival posterFIRM WITH PURPOSE, 5min, USA, Comedy
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festival posterFELL, 5min, USA, Drama/Supernatural,
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festival posterBEAUTIFUL, 4min, Iraq/USA, Drama/War
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festival posterTASTE OF LOVE, 4min, Austria, Romance/Experimental
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festival posterTWO, 1min, USA, Fashion/Experimental
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festival posterUKA, 3min, Spain, Animation/Family
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterKARMA, 4min., USA, Animation/Family
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterPERFECT TOWN, 4min., Switzerland, Animation/Fantastic
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterDOMESTICITY, 4min, UK, Thriller/Drama
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterIN A HEARTBEAT, 4min., USA, LGBT/Animation
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festival posterGLORIOUS VICTORY, 2min., USA, Animation
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festival posterONCE AND DONE, 3min, USA, Animation/Documentary
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festival posterPURRS AND ‘OL MAN BLUES, 2min., Canada, Animation
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festival posterBARRY THE BLOBFISH, 2min., USA, Animation
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festival posterPINK BUBBLES, 3min., Taiwan, Animation
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festival posterTHE BLUE BUTTERFLY, 5min., China, Animation
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festival posterCONDITIONER, 5min., USA, Animation/Experimental
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festival posterKILLING US SOFTLY, 5min., Australia, Music Video
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festival posterORACLE, 3min., USA, Music Video
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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 – 30 films)

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
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterSNOOT IN THE CITY, 1min, Australia, Animation
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterDIRTY POOL, 1min, Canada, Animation
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterBABY AND GRANNY, 2min. USA, Animation/Comedy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterCHARITY CASE, 3min, UK, Romance/Comedy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

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
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterTHE ARK, 2min, France, Animation/Experimental
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
BLOSSOM OF MY HEART, 4min, Canada, Experimental/Anti-Romance
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterMISSION: APO11O, 4min, France, History/Comedy
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festival posterMORE THAN LOVE, 3min, USA, Drama/Romance
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterBLURRY, 5min, USA, Thriller/Mystery
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterLAST CHANCE, 3min, Hungary, Drama/Sport
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterEYE OF INDIA, 3min, India, Experimental/Adventure
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterDAN, 1min, UK, Comedy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterDATE TO THE CINEMA, 4min, USA, Romance/Drama
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterVOICING SILENCE, 3min, UK, Animation
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterWOW, 4min, France, Drama/Romance
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
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
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterMOUNT ROYAL 2017-09, 2min, Canada, Experimental
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterTHE FINAL FAIRYTALE, 1min, UK, Family
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterI & MYSELF, 5min, Japan, Drama/Fantasy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterPROCLAMATION PUNCTUATION, 4min, USA, Dance/Fashion
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
FUCK THE BITCH !?, 5min, France, Comedy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterSAY WHAT!: A GERIATRIC PROPOSAL, USA, 5min, Animation/Comedy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterNOVAK, 5min, USA, Comedy
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festival posterTHE 3RD TRY, 5min, USA, LGBT, Drama
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

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
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterMORE THAN LOVE, 3min, USA, Drama/Romance
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterBLURRY, 5min, USA, Thriller/Mystery
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterLAST CHANCE, 3min, Hungary, Drama/Sport
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterEYE OF INDIA, 3min, India, Experimental/Adventure
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterDAN, 1min, UK, Comedy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterDATE TO THE CINEMA, 4min, USA, Romance/Drama
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterVOICING SILENCE, 3min, UK, Animation
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterWOW, 4min, France, Drama/Romance
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
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
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterMOUNT ROYAL 2017-09, 2min, Canada, Experimental
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterTHE FINAL FAIRYTALE, 1min, UK, Family
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterI & MYSELF, 5min, Japan, Drama/Fantasy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterPROCLAMATION PUNCTUATION, 4min, USA, Dance/Fashion
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

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