AUGUST 2018 FAMILY Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

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ACTORNovel Reading: EMPTY SEATS by Wanda Adams Fischer

ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay: INSIDE THE WORLD OF ZOE SANDER by Suzanne Lutas
August 2018

festival posterFIREFLIES, 3min., UK, Drama

festival posterGIRL IN YELLOW, 3min., USA, Drama/Family
festival posterBROTHERS, 5min., USA, Drama/Family

 

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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 – August 18 2018

Mehmet Tigli (HIGH CALORIE)

I felt very very happy. Thanks a lot for most valuable feedback from the audience.

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JULY 2018 FAMILY Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

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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

Family Festival Testimonial – July 23 2018

Emily Eaglin
Emily Eaglin

The festival not only screened my film, but hosted an engaging discussion post-screening. As if that was not ENOUGH already, they edited together this video of highlights from the discussion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJgIJ54KsP4 that I absolutely LOVED. Incredible, thank you SO SO much for going the extra mile. 🙂 I really appreciated all of your hard work & critical thought.

5 Star Review

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.

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

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

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

Director BIO: Mehmet Tığlı (HIGH CALORIE)

Director Biography – Mehmet Tığlı

Mehmet tigli

Mehmet Tığlı was born in İstanbul in 1970. He graduated from Marmara University in 1991. He is screenwriter and short-film director. He completed cinema courses at İFSAK in 1992. He won best screenplay awards of Orhon Murat Arıburnu National Art Awards in 1992 and 1993. He was assigned as a jury member at many short-film festivals. He is Culture and Art Editor of BrandMap Business Magazine. Mehmet Tığlı is also Marketing and Communication lecturer in the Department of Business at the Marmara University where he has been a faculty member since 1993. His first short film ‘Twin Stars-İkiz Yıldızlar’ was shot in June, 2016. ‘Twin Stars’ was selected officially to fiftysix international festivals and won twenty two awards until May 2017. His last film High Calorie-Yüksek Kalori was shot in May, 2017.