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

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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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1pg. Short Screenplay – REAL TIME DENIAL, by Linda Hullinger

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Matt Barnes
Jill: Lauren Kristina Maykut

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

FILM FESTIVAL – Thursday August 9th (Toronto)

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.  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.

THE GHOULIES, 5min., Australia, Drama/Crime
Directed by Harrison Lane

Two brothers have their relationship tested when 11 year old Cooper wants to become a part of his older brother’s gang.

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PERSONA, 2min., UK, Animation/Experimental
Directed by Thomas Donnelly

Persona is a metaphorical film which uses masks in order to depict the destructive nature of Communism in pre-Soviet Russia

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GIRL IN YELLOW, 3min., USA, Drama/Family
Directed by Christopher Tjajadi

A switch in perspective reveals that nothing is as it seems.

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BROTHERS, 5min., USA, Drama/Family
Directed by Randy Kerr

Set in the Pacific Northwest, three brothers find refuge and redemption from a troubled home through their love of fly fishing for steelhead and the enduring relationships they forge on the river.

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KCLOC, 3min., India, Documentary/Animation
Directed by Ninaad Kulkarni

KCLOC is a 3D animated documentary on people’s perceptions of time. A selection of brief interviews provide the voices for ten meticulously designed CGI clock characters, in a variety of real-world settings, as they respond to a single question: “What does time mean to you?”

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THE CORD, 5min., USA, Drama
Directed by Catherine L. Allard

Adam and his friends enter the house. The mood is going to turn cold. He is about to do something that will change everything. His mind is made up. He is ready to cut the cord.

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IN THROUGH THE NIGHT, 4min., Drama/Experimental 
Directed by Josiah Cuneo

By recalling a childhood story, a world of daydreams and longing unfold against a quiet backdrop of the quotidian.

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NOT THE SAME RIVER. NOT THE SAME MAN, 4min., Animation/Experimental
Directed by Michelle Brand

A fisherman takes his boat out on the river. While he and his surroundings are in a constant flow, the viewer observes the passing of time, watching everything go through movement and change. In an ever-flowing cycle, things come to be, change, evolve, and pass on….

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FIREFLIES, 3min., UK, Drama 
Directed by Aram Atkinson

Camping is a magical time for any child, but for this particular young girl and her father, it is an experience they’ll never forget. Fireflies is about the dedication and love of a father to his daughter, and the mysterious and magical things that can happen when you let your imagination run wild

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The event runs from 7pm to 9pm on Monday August 9, 2018

Under 5 Minute Short – MIRRORS, by R. Harris Smith

Genre: Horror, Thriller

Young Rachel is getting ready for bed, but as she sleeps, she worries her reflection might be watching her. Once her eyes are closed, her bedroom mirror reflection gets off the bed and presses itself against the mirror. Tapping to get out

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Hugh Ritchie
Rachel: Georgia Grant

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

‘Mirrors’ is about the fear of your reflection watching you as you sleep – almost an extension of fear of the dark, I suppose.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Horror.

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

As a short film, it is simple to make but can be particularly frightening at the same time.

4. How would you describe this script in two words?

Quite scary.

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

Probably ‘Shaun of The Dead’ or ‘Hot Fuzz’.

6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

This screenplay took me a couple of hours, mainly just small fixes needing doing after the main idea was finished.

7. How many stories have you written?

‘Chloe’, ‘Mirrors’, ‘Out of Time’ and ‘Lucid Visionary’ so far.

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

At the moment, I’m mainly listening to Royal Blood and Manic Street Preachers.

9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Luckily, I had no obstacles as it was such a short script.

10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I’m also a director and producer, plus a lecturer.

11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?

I have found FilmFreeway pretty useful so far.

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

I liked the idea of a festival purely for scripts and films under 5 minutes so I had a look. I was happy with the feedback I received about my script, as it was mainly positive with a couple of suggestions on how to improve it.

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

ONE MAGAZINE AT A TIME Short Film – Audience FEEDBACK from the March 2018 Under 5min. Festival

ONE MAGAZINE AT A TIME, 4min., USA, Documentary
Directed by Jeff Chow

Steven Riggs has always lived in poverty, and when he ended up in prison, he lost everything. Now Steven sells magazines for Streetwise, a nonprofit dedicated to helping impoverished people earn their own money.

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TO QUIET MY MIND Short Film – Audience FEEDBACK from the March 2018 Under 5min. Festival

TO QUIET MY MIND, 5min., USA, Experimental
Directed by Hollis Sherman-Pepe

This is a mixed media film examining a man coping with loss. Is there a difference in the value of imagined thoughts and perceived memory? Painting is the only salvation for the protagonist. He searches for meaning after the death of his wife, a war photojournalist. Art is therapy to quiet the mind.

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HIGHLIGHTS: January 2018 Under 5min. Festival

FILM AWARD WINNERS:

BEST FILM: Our Wonderful Nature

BEST PERFORMANCE: Mamma

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: City of My Heart

BEST MUSIC: The Flow

    Watch Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterBOLD GREEN, 28min., Germany, Romance/Drama
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterMARTINA, OH MARTINA, 12min., Spain, Romance/Drama
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterMAMMA, 5min., Italy, Crime/Thriller
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterTHE FLOW, 3min., Belgium, Adventure
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterCITY OF MY HEART, 4min., Greece, Documentary
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterSTUPID SMARTPHONE THERAPY, 4min., Germany, Experimental
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterHONEYMOON, 3min., Switzerland, Romance
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival poster21ST CENTURY HERMIT, 3min., UK, Documentary
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterTHE WAVES, 4min., UK, Animation
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterOUR WONDERFUL NATURE, 3min., Germany, Animation
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterDEAR INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY, 4min., UK, Documentary/War
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterBE THE ONE, 5min., Switzerland, Crime/Music Video
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

The theme of the EUROPEAN Short Film Festival was “DETERMINATION”

Every film was about a character who had a purpose to venture beyond the situation they were currently in.

The 2018 season had its 2nd FEEDBACK Film Festival in Toronto (3rd overall), with a showcased of the best EUROPEAN Short Films from around the world – with 10 of the 12 films being Under 5 minutes in length.

The Under 5 Minute Film Festival has turned out to be one of our most popular events. When I went to Film School back in the day, our guest professor, a well regarded and successful filmmaker, kept telling his students that if you can’t make an engaging 30 second film with a beginning/middle/end, then you have no right making a 1 minute film, much less a longer short or a feature movie. He kept wanting us to go out and make films Under 5 Minutes in length so we truly understood the art of filmmaking and storytelling. This is what all of the great filmmakers have done.

This is what this festival is about. Showcasing amazing stories will little length time. For for the filmmakers to showcase their talent, and work on their art under 5 minutes at a time.

With a showcase of films from all over Europe in various genres from Animation to Comedy to Romance to Thriller – this became one of our most popular events in our history.

Thanks again to the Festival Coordinators Mary Cox & Kierston Drier.

See you at the next festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo