HIGHLIGHTS: July 2018 FAMILY FEEDBACK Film Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:

BEST FILM: The Legend of Rasputin

BEST PERFORMANCE: Sweet Yoyo

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Priest To Priest

BEST MUSIC: High Calorie

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterHIGH CALORIE, 17min., Turkey, Family/Drama

festival posterSWEETER, 13min., USA, Family/Drama

festival posterPRIEST TO PRIEST, 9min., USA, Family/Drama

festival posterTHE LEGEND OF RASPUTIN, 13min., Canada, Family/Animation

festival posterJOYA MIA, 5min., USA, Family/Drama

festival posterSWEET YOYO, 18min., Canada, Family/Drama

The theme of the July 2018 FAMILY FEEDBACK Film Festival in Toronto was “Heath is Wealth”. Every single film was about how being healthy is the beginning and the end for any life.

There was a terrorist threat called in to the Toronto Police department the day of this festival event. Someone said that “For sure a bomb will be going off near the CN Tower.” So that story caught fire and there was basically a police office stationed at every corner of the city at night.

Selfishly, I was worried about our attendance. People did email the festival during the day that they will not attend, plus one of our volunteers declind to come as well. Nevertheless we still had a solid attendance filled with a great crowd.

My point to the Festival Directors Mary Cox & Kierston Drier was that because this “threat” was now in the consciousness of the city, there will 100% not be a threat because the element of surprise isn’t there. So onwards we went to another successful night. And of course no bomb went off. The police officers earned some much deserved overtime, while many businesses like bars, restaurants, and cinemas simply had a bad financial night.

What a great lineup of Family Films we showcased. Truly proud of this festival night. Can’t wait to showcase more family films.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

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Short Film: THE LEGEND OF RAPUTIN, 13min., USA, Family/Animation

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Mystic, prophet, healer, love-god – Grigori Rasputin’s unique talents bring him to St. Petersburg’s luxurious Winter Palace to heal the dying Prince Alexei, heir to the throne, in the waning days of Tsarist rule. When Rasputin succeeds, he becomes spiritual aid to the royal family, and infamous national celebrity to a public that is becoming increasingly critical of its rulers. Rasputin’s hedonistic desires, and the negative attention he draws to the ruling order, is upsetting to a certain faction of the nobility, who plot to kill him in an effort to restore the clean image of the Russian royalty, and to maintain their power in a time of revolutionary crisis. Rasputin’s prophesy that his murder by Royalty proves true, leading to the destruction of the Tsar and his dynasty. This is a dark historical comedy about the first tabloid star Grigori Rasputin … told with puppets.

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  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Comedy, Historical
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 40 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 20, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    20,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Canada
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Shooting Format:
    Highdef
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color

MAY 2018 FAMILY Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

Submit your Family Film or Screenplay to the Festival: http://festivalforfamily.com

 

 

ACTORFOR A GOOD LIFE – Feature Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Natalia Maslin

festival posterSAM THE HAM, 1min., USA, Animation/Comedy

festival posterWHEN COMES THE RAIN, 2min., USA, Animation/Comedy

festival posterROSIE, OH, 8min, USA, Experimental/Family

ACTORTHE PAPER PRINCESS – ANIMATION 1st Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Stephanie Barnes

ACTORA KIND OF MARRIAGE – SHORT STORY Reading
May 2018 Reading
by Stevie Turner

ACTORWHO’S AT THE DOOR – SHORT STORY Reading
May 2018 Reading
by Mary Barr

ACTORAVALEIGH’S AMAZING ADVENTURES – SHORT STORY Reading
May 2018 Reading
by Rita Cragwall

 

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

Festival Moderators: Kierston Drier, Shepsut Wilson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Festival Directors: Mary Cox, Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: John Johnson, Isabal Cupryn, Aser Santos Jr., Zack Arch

FAMILY Winning Short Screenplay – SEEKER, by Kaitlyn Kowalski

Genre: Family, Drama

A young girl struggles between helping her family, and doing the right thing.

CAST LIST:

Harry: Fabio Abreu
Jasmine: Vanessa Quaglaira
Narrator: Dan Fox
Maria:Val Cole
Gretchen: Cassandra Sirois
Dale: James Murray

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

The Seeker is a story about a young girl who struggles to find the balance between helping her family and actually doing the right thing.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

I would consider The Seeker to be a drama.

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

Personally, I think this story is just flat out entertaining. I love a story with a smart twist and The Seeker definitely has one. It is filled with tender visuals and I think it would be a fun movie to direct. It would be challenging, but rewarding.

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

Terrifyingly relatable

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

Hmm… wow that’s a tough one. It’s probably a toss up between The Never Ending Story and No Country For Old Men… don’t judge!!

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

Funny enough, I’ve been working on this script since I was a sophomore in college, 2011. I’d forgotten that I’d written it, but found an old PDF and fell in love with the idea again. It was cool to see how I’ve progressed as a writer from one of the first screenplays I’d ever written.

7. How many stories have you written?

I’ve written probably 50 short films & sketches since 2011 when I started and I’ve gotten to 1/2 of a feature!

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

I used to have a big crush on a guy who was seriously into Gerry Raferty so I’ve probably listened to “Right Down The Line” over 1,000 times. Ha!

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

I had a certain story in my head and when I thought it was finished, I got critiques from a couple of people wanting more. I still get them. It’s hard to get suggestions from other people and still stay true to the story you want to tell. Overall, I think the changes I made based on their suggestions made for a stronger story. It’s always good to get a fresh set of eyes.

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

I love working with children. They are so unafraid to express how they feel, but may not always know how to articulate it. They taught me how to be a better instructor and a better director.

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

Working via Film Freeway makes submitting to festivals extremely easy!! There are so many festivals to submit to right at your fingertips.

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

I read the title of the festival and knew I needed feedback on The Seeker and thought, could this get anymore perfect? The Seeker is a troubling story about a family, and it’s so hard to get friends to read anything so it just seemed like fate was saying “Enter this one Kaitlyn!”. It was an entry fee well spent!
I felt like the feedback was incredibly insightful. I really felt like the feedback giver was invested in the success of my story and did what they could to have made it stronger. I thank you for that!

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

Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

HIGHLIGHTS & VIDEOS: September 2017 FAMILY FEEDBACK Film Festival

AUDIENCE FESTIVAL AWARDS

Best Film: MY LITTLE BROTHER

Best Performances: CHALK

Best Cinematography: PUSHING

Best Sound Design: PEPITA & MAX

WATCH the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

PUSHING, 10min, USA, Family/Drama
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterMY LITTLE BROTHER, 6min, New Zealand, Family/Experimental
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festival posterCHALK, 10min, Family/Adventure 
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festival posterPEPITA & MAX, 6min, Family/Animation 
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
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 posterONE PER PERSON, 10min., Canada, Animation/Comedy
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festival posterFRUIT, 7min., Germany, Animation/Experimental
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festival posterOUR CRAPPY TOWN, 8min, USA, Animation/Comedy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

 
The FAMILY SEPTEMBER 2017 FEEDBACK Film Festival was truly a great success.

The theme of the festival was “CYCLE OF LIFE”.

Every film showcased was about the process of life. We are born. We live. We pass on.

NOTE: This was a showcase of the best FAMILY films from around the world.

This was a two part night. The first half was the best of live action shorts. And the 2nd half was the best of animation shorts.

This was an amazing night. One of the best of our 2017 season. When you showcase 10 films and every single film gets a vote from the audience for “BEST FILM”, you know you have a special night. This was a night where every single film was a worthy winner.

The full house crowd of 165 people didn’t say one negative comment in the entire moderation. I do not think that has ever happened in our history of over 100 events. People were on a trip of positivity because all of the films showcased were so dynamic.

When you make a short film, especially an animation film, most times it takes years to complete from the inception to completion. So it just gives me a fuzzy feeling inside to witness a festival like this. It was a perfect night.

Big thanks to the moderator of the evening, Kierston Drier, for her amazing job.

See you at the festivals in 2017.

– Matthew Toffolo

PEPITA & MAX Short Film – Sept. 2017 FAMILY FEEDBACK Film Festival

PEPITA & MAX, 6min, Family/Animation 
Directed by Rahel Ilona Eisenring

Pepita and Max have all sorts of adventures. Monsieur Raf, Max’ toy giraffe, is always with them. When Max loses Monsieur Raf while hiking, the little boy can’t find sleep. Not even the Alpsegen, the lullaby of the mountains, which is meant to protect animals and people on the alp, helps. The peculiar tradition gives Pepita an idea: what works for Swiss alp-cows could also save a giraffe through the night.

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

SHORT FILM

2016 Family Short Films

Submit your Family Film or Screenplay to the Festival: http://festivalforfamily.com

Watch the best of Family Short Films from 2016. CLICK and watch the winning readings: 


festival posterBIRTH WEAVING LIFE, 6min., Japan, Animation/Documentary
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festival posterI AM DYSLEXIC, 6min. Norway, Animation/Music Video
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festival posterGRANDMA: A TRUE STORY, 5min, UK, Animation/Family
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festival posterPHANTOM CITY, 6min, Canada, Animation/Crime
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festival posterTHE GRAVEYARD SHIFT, 2min, USA, Animation/Comedy
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festival posterCACOPHONY, 2min, USA, Animation/Drama
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festival posterSISTERS, 4min, USA, Animation/Music Video
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festival posterAFRO CRAB, 4min, Taiwan, Animation/Comedy
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festival posterSTUTTER, 13min., USA, Family/Drama
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterMAN’S BEST FRIEND, 7min. UK, Family/Animation
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

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WHAT’S WEARING MUMMY, 15min, UK, Family/Comedy

WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterTHE GRENADE, 4min., Brazil, Experimental/Music
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterTHERE WAS A PLACE, 14min. Spain, Drama
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

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FALLING STARS, 25min, Germany, Drama/Mystery

WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

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LATE, 5min, Canada, Drama

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festival posterSTUTTER, 13min., USA, Family/Drama
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festival posterCOLOR, 6min, USA, Experimental/Student
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festival posterTHERE WAS A PLACE, 14min. Spain, Drama
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WHAT’S WEARING MUMMY, 15min, UK, Family/Comedy

WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterBACK TO THE FUTURE?, 10min., USA, Comedy/Sci-Fi
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

September 2016 Film Festival


festival posterTHE CHAMPION, 17min, USA, Documentary
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

September 2016 Film Festival


festival posterAWESOME BEETLE’S COLORS, 3min, Latvia, Animation/Musical
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


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INSIDE, 3min., Belguim, Animation/Comedy

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festival poster5476 Miles, 4min, UK, Animation/Music Video
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festival posterSPARROW DUET, 4min, USA, Animation/Experimental
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festival posterA SMALL VOICE, 2min, UK, Animation/Drama
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterBOTTOMLESS, 2min, USA, Animation/Biography
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterSEA OF INK, 3min, USA, Animation/Drama
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festival poster1916, 4min, UK, Animation/Drama
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festival posterTIME SMASH, 2min., USA, Animation/Sci-Fi
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JAILBREAK, 1min., USA, Animation/Crime

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festival posterLUCY, 16min, Greece, Family/Drama
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festival posterGHOSTBOY, 9min., UK, Animation/Comedy
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festival poster101 CUPCAKES, 13min, Australia, Family/Drama
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

ACTORSILENCE, 3min, Russia, Romance/Drama
Short Film from July 2016 Film Festival

ACTORI LIKE YOU, 2min, Italy, Drama/Romance
Short Film from July 2016 Film Festival

ACTORJACK IS PRETTY, 26min, USA, Fantasy/Family
Watch Audience FEEDBACK Video of the Short Film from June 2016 Film Festival


festival poster1Minute Nature
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4min, Netherlands, Documentary/Animation


festival posterFROG
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17min, USA, Family/Drama


festival posterACE
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6min, UK, Family/Kids


festival posterFISH
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10min, USA, Family/Drama


festival posterCHATEAU SAUVIGNON: TERROIR
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13min, USA, Horror/Family