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

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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
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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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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

Watch HAMMER. Poetry Short Film. 4min.

HAMMER was a Poetry Festival winner and was made into a movie.

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Watch HAMMER Audience FEEDBACK from the Festival:

Written by Cassandra Swan

Produced by Matthew Toffolo

Visual Design by Yujin Song

Today’s Short Screenplay Reading: BATMAN: PATIENT ZERO by Andrew Akler

BATMAN: PATIENT ZERO
Written by Andrew Akler
Read 10 Questions with the writer

SYNOPSIS:

Batman heads to Arkham Asylum when he hears that The Joker has escaped and staged a takeover. As he progresses through the asylum, Batman fights through a host of villains that challenge him in a different way.
CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
BATMAN – Steve Shand
JOKER – Brett Kelly
RIDDLER/NIGMA – Scott Beaudin
SCARECROW – Kunal Jaggi
HARLEY – Aidan Black Allen

Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne