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

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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.

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

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.

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

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
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festival posterMARTINA, OH MARTINA, 12min., Spain, Romance/Drama
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festival posterMAMMA, 5min., Italy, Crime/Thriller
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festival posterTHE FLOW, 3min., Belgium, Adventure
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festival posterCITY OF MY HEART, 4min., Greece, Documentary
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festival posterSTUPID SMARTPHONE THERAPY, 4min., Germany, Experimental
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festival posterHONEYMOON, 3min., Switzerland, Romance
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festival poster21ST CENTURY HERMIT, 3min., UK, Documentary
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festival posterTHE WAVES, 4min., UK, Animation
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festival posterOUR WONDERFUL NATURE, 3min., Germany, Animation
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festival posterDEAR INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY, 4min., UK, Documentary/War
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festival posterBE THE ONE, 5min., Switzerland, Crime/Music Video
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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

Short Film: HONEYMOON, 3min., Switzerland, Romance

Ndn1A man and a woman meet in a bar for the first time.

  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Nuit de Noces
  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 46 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 19, 2017
  • Country of Origin:
    Switzerland
  • Country of Filming:
    Switzerland
  • Film Language:
    French
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2:35
  • Film Color:
    Color

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
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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 posterDOMESTICITY, 4min, UK, Thriller/Drama
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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