TOP 7 Under 5min. Short Screenplays from the last year

Watch the readings of the top screenplays performed by professional actors:

Paying the Night Differential by Paul Weidknecht
https://under5minutefilmfestival.com/2019/01/30/under-5min-screenplay-paying-the-night-differential-by-paul-weidknecht/
Two New York gangsters find the no-show job they’ve created gives new meaning to the term ‘ghost worker’,

NOSTALGIC, by Shannon Michelle
https://under5minutefilmfestival.com/2018/07/30/under-5min-short-script-nostalgic-by-shannon-michelle/
A Woman dives into a journey of self-discovery by walking through her dreams, as she comes face to face with memories and ghosts from her past.

IT LIVES WITHIN by Matty Farrugia
https://under5minutefilmfestival.com/2018/09/01/under-5-minute-short-screenplay-it-lives-within-by-matty-farrugia/
A middle aged woman finds herself in trouble when the power goes out and she starts hearing strange noises.

1801 BUCK by Jalen Thompson
https://under5minutefilmfestival.com/2018/09/01/under-5-minute-short-screenplay-1801-buck-by-jalen-thompson/
A dramatic piece about the sexual exploitation an enslaved African family endures leading up to the murder of their slaveholder.

GOD OF INSECTS, by James R. Cowley
https://under5minutefilmfestival.com/2018/07/17/under-5min-short-script-god-of-insects-by-james-r-cowley/
An insect fanatic of study brings to light a new purpose.

REAL TIME DENIAL, by Linda Hullinger
https://under5minutefilmfestival.com/2018/07/01/1pg-short-screenplay-real-time-denial-by-linda-hullinger/
After falling asleep while reading about doppelgangers, a young woman awakens to a horrific display on her security camera screen.

THE TRENCH, by Chris Beadnell
https://under5minutefilmfestival.com/2018/02/25/winning-short-screenplay-reading-the-trench-by-chris-beadnell/
After successfully shelling the German trench on the Somme battlefield, the British soldiers move in to clear the area of any enemy survivors.

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Under 5min. Screenplay – Paying the Night Differential by Paul Weidknecht

Two New York gangsters find the no-show job they’ve created gives new meaning to the term ‘ghost worker’,

CAST LIST:

Narration – Danielle Nicole
Pasquale – Ted Power
Johnny – Brogan Caulfield

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

Festival Moderators: Kierston Drier, Shepsut Wilson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Kyle Drier, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Mary Cox, Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Hugh Fraser, Andy Camp, Aser Santos Jr., Zack Arch

Under 5min. Festival Testimonial – November 26 2018

I was very excited that my film had the opportunity to be seen by this audience. Interesting observations though by a very intelligent audience. 
– Emy Tzavra-Bulloch (MINOTAUR)

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HIGHLIGHTS – September 2018 Under 5 Minute Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:

BEST FILM: ALL THAT REMAINS

BEST UNDER 5 MINUTE FILM: 128

BEST PERFORMANCES: DNA OF WILD BEASTS

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: GREY

BEST MUSIC: NOVAA – MELODY OF NEED

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterALL THAT REMAINS, 4min., Egypt, Drama/Experimental

festival posterCUBICLE, 3min., USA, Drama/Comedy

festival posterPERFECTION, 3min., Italy, Drama/Family

festival posterGREY, 4min., Canada, Dance/Experimental

festival posterHALLOWSTIDE, 4min., Animation/Experimental

festival posterNOVAA – MELODY OF NEED, 3min., Germany Animation/Music Video

festival posterBUT…SOMETIMES, 5min., UK, Experimental/Drama

festival poster128., 4min., Turkey, Drama

festival posterSUSHI MAN, 3min., USA, Animation/Romance

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The theme of the September 2018 FEMALE/UNDER 5 MINUTE FEEDBACK Film Festival in Toronto was “Power Dynamics”.

Each film was about an individual(s) facing dynamics of power with another individual or external being.

This was a nice split festival of a showcase of Female Directors in the first half, and Under 5 Minute Films in the second half. Two of our most popular events that are showcased in Toronto. So why not start the Fall 2018 season off with a bang!?

This was the last festival for a while for moderator Kierston Drier who has taken a job that she couldn’t pass up that conflicts with the weekly events. Kierston is the ultimate professional who does an outstanding job. She will be missed, but most definitely will be coming back soon.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

128 Short Film – Audience FEEDBACK from Sept. 2018 Under 5min. Festival

128., 4min., Turkey, Drama
Directed by Onur Atalay Senol

It’s 1990’s, countryside of Turkey… A boy and his friends are waiting for the start of class in a school.

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

Under 5 Minute Short Screenplay: 1801 BUCK by Jalen Thompson

Genre: Thriller, Drama

A dramatic piece about the sexual exploitation an enslaved African family endures leading up to the murder of their slaveholder.

CAST LIST:

Adell: Katelyn Vanier
Amiyah: Pearl Ho
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Cassell: Twain Ward
Ibo: John Leung

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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

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