JULY 2018 FAMILY Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

A FilmFreeway preferred festival:

 

festival posterMUM, 13min., India, Drama

festival posterDOWN TIME, 15min., France, Drama

festival posterJUST SAYING, 14min., UK, Drama/Dark Comedy

festival posterGRANDFATHERHOOD, 27min., Russia, Drama/Family

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

festival posterWHO I AM, 17min, UK, LGBT/Drama

 

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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

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Family Festival Testimonial – July 28 2018

Eric Carlson

Outstanding screenplay competition. The quality of the notes I received was superb – the best of any contest out there. Add this festival to your must participate list.

5 Star Review

A FilmFreeway preferred festival:

(Adventure/Drama; based on a true story.) In 1964, Ohio housewife & amateur pilot Jerrie Mock races professional aviatrix Joan Merriam Smith in a daring attempt to become the first woman to successfully fly solo around the world.

Genre: Family, Drama, History, Adventure

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Jane Hailes
Jerrie: Penelope Park
Joan: Kelci Stephenson
Russ: Todd Thomas Dark
Williams: Charles Gordon
Sharp: Nick Wicht

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

JOYA MIA Short Film – Audience FEEDBACK from July 2018 Family Festival

JOYA MIA, 5min., USA, Family/Drama
Directed by Ella Warner

The prompt for this film was “ever since that day, things will never be the same”. The story of a girl, Julia, and her grandfather. Julia grows up with a fierce bond with her grandfather, and as she gets older, so does he – and his memory is disappearing. One day he sees Julia as a complete stranger, and that devastates her, and must learn how to cope the best way she can.

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SWEETER Short Film – Audience FEEDBACK from July 2018 Family Festival

SWEETER, 13min., USA, Family/Drama
Directed by Emily Eaglin

A precocious six-year-old switches places with her young mother for a day to discover the true meaning of working twice as hard for half as much.

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THE LEGEND OF RASPUTIN Short Film – Audience FEEDBACK from July 2018 Family Festival

THE LEGEND OF RASPUTIN, 13min., Canada, Family/Animation
Directed by Jamie Shannon

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.

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HIGH CALORIE Short Film – Audience FEEDBACK from July 2018 Family Festival

 

HIGH CALORIE, 17min., Turkey, Family/Drama 
Directed by Mehmet Tigli

High Calorie is a tale about a very fat boy ‘Meftun’ who lives with his grandmom in Istanbul. Due to his obesity, some people have prejudices towards him. However, he is happy and at peace with himself.

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