Family Film Festival – Highlights from the Thursday December 29, 2016 event.

AUDIENCE FESTIVAL AWARDS

Best Film: I AM DYSLEXIC

Best Performances: STUTTER

Best Animation: SISTERS

Best Music: The music from SISTERS

festival posterWHAT’S WEARING MUMMY, 15min, UK, Family/Comedy
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festival posterSTUTTER, 13min., USA, Family/Drama
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festival posterMAN’S BEST FRIEND, 7min. UK, Family/Animation
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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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Short Film played at the December 2016 Family/Animation Film Festival.

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  MOVIE POSTERTHE GRAVEYARD SHIFT, 2min, USA, Animation/Comedy
Directed by Lara Arikan

It’s long past midnight when the tired and jumpy waitress decides to go and investigate the ominous noise she hears right outside the roadside coffee shop she’s working at.

Director Statement

There’s never a shortage of ideas, only thoughts that haven’t caught up with you yet.

Film Type:Animation, Short, Student

Genres:Horror, Animation, Comedy, Action

Runtime:2 minutes 13 seconds

Completion Date:May 1, 2016

Production Budget:2,275 USD

Country of Origin:United States

Film Color:Black & White and Color

First-time Filmmaker:Yes

Student Project:Yes

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Watch Audience Feedback Video: MAN’S BEST FRIEND, 7min. UK, Family/Animation

Short Film played at the December 2016 Family/Animation Film Festival.

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  MOVIE POSTERMAN’S BEST FRIEND, 7min. UK, Family/Animation
Directed by Rob Sprackling

10 year old Zach loves his football – and his football loves him back. They enjoy playing in the garden, going to the park and spending time together, just like a boy with a faithful dog. But when his ball gets lost, Zach must team up with his neglected Mum, to find his best friend. In doing so, Zach and his Mum re-find each other.

Director Statement

I’m an experienced comedy screenwriter and before that was a stand up comedian and TV presenter. I enjoy the spoken word and as a result most of my screenplays are relatively dialogue heavy (as were my previous two award winning shorts ‘Green Monkey’ and ‘Rise of the Appliances’). So when writing/directing my third short, I wanted to set myself the challenge of making a film without dialogue. It seemed like an interesting discipline that would force me to tell the story in pictures, which, for me, felt refreshing and new.

The other challenge I took on was to mix live action and animation. I work a lot in both forms as a screenwriter – having written for Disney, Aardman, DreamWorks, Fox, Working Title, BBC Films and others. As I now want to shift my focus from screenwriting to writing/directing (I am currently attached to direct a live action and two animated features) I felt it would be interesting to combine those two worlds in one film.

So the challenge here was to make a simple story, without dialogue or complex plot twists, that delivered a unique tone, good visual comedy and a rewarding emotional journey. Thanks to a fantastic cast and crew, I’m hopeful that we achieved this. Ratings

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August 2016 Family Films/Screenplays/Stories

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

Watch the best of Family from AugustĀ 2016:


festival poster101 CUPCAKES, 13min, Australia, Family/Drama
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ACTORNOVEL Prologue – THE ACE OF KINGS
August 2016 Reading
Written by Dan Levinson


festival posterLUCY, 16min, Greece, Family/Drama
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festival posterGHOSTBOY, 9min., UK, Animation/Comedy
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festival posterAWESOME BEETLE’S COLORS, 3min, Latvia, Animation/Musical
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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
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festival posterBOTTOMLESS, 2min, USA, Animation/Biography
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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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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

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  MOVIE POSTERINSIDE, 3min., Belguim, Animation/Comedy
Directed by Pepijn Claus

A story about a worm, a beetle and a very hungry bird…

Director’s Statement:

Film Type:Animation, Short, Student

Genres:Comedy, Cartoon, Animals

Runtime:3 minutes 19 seconds

Completion Date:September 10, 2015

Production Budget:1,200 EUR

Country of Origin:Belgium

Country of Filming:Belgium

Aspect Ratio:16:4

Film Color:Color

First-time Filmmaker:Yes

Student Project:Yes

 

 

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  MOVIE POSTERGHOSTBOY, 9min., UK, Animation/Comedy
Directed by Jonathan Brooks

An exciting tale of mystery, mayhem and friendship, ‘Ghostboy’ teaches the very important lesson to not judge a book by it’s cover…

Director’s Statement:

DIRECTORS’ NOTES

Nearly 10 years had passed since I first sketched the character of Ghostboy. I felt it was something that would never materialise into anything and become a wasted idea like so many other ideas. After wrapping on a previous short film, I was looking for my next challenge. That’s when Ghostboy came about, though all I had was a few sketches and a short poem, I still had the basic structure of the story. It wasn’t until much later that the character of Alfie was introduced as well as his family, but the essence of Ghostboy was still there.

This would be my first animated film to direct and aimed at an entirely different audience that I hadn’t attempted to reach before. Being made for kids was in fact one of the main aspects which convinced me in to making Ghostboy. It opened up a new way of storytelling and filmmaking I hadn’t been able to try in my previous films. I knew this was going to be a fun project to direct but at the same time my most challenging.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Film Type:Animation

Runtime:9 minutes 10 seconds

Completion Date:December 17, 2015

Production Budget:6,000 GBP

Country of Origin:United Kingdom

Country of Filming:United Kingdom

Film Language:English

Shooting Format:Digital

Aspect Ratio:16:9

Film Color:Color

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  MOVIE POSTERLUCY, 16min, Greece, Family/Drama
Directed by Stamatis Giannoulis

Myrto and Kimonas, an elderly childless couple have just lost their pet dog Lucy of natural causes. The events that will unfold the day they take their beloved pet to the vet will make them reconsider their relations and give them the opportunity to realise that nothing can substitute their love which, they now put to the test for whatever they have left…

Director’s Statement:

After decades of servicing cinematography and having an experience from various posts and productions both domestic and international, I decided to direct the short film “Lucy”, the writing debut of Alexis Giannoulis. Although family, the approach was a strictly professional one right from the beginning and whilst I worked with Alexis on polishing up the shooting script, I respected all the major initial points of the story and had a smooth, effortless cooperation.

Having had a fair amount of experience as a DoP, always close to the directors of the films I’ve worked in, the direction of Lucy, a sentimental film was both a small challenge and pleasure for me since most of the crew was made up by highly skilled professionals, many with international experience, and a veteran casting which, despite any objective difficulties or shortcomings, cooperated with me in a very professional way contributing the most to the making of the film.

Being a personal story touching on more than one major, universal and deeply humane issues (such as the relationship between an elderly couple, childlessness and the sacrifices that had to be made), the challenge was first for the starring actors to find their way together and look as they should on the screen and then to be able to achieve a result that wouldn’t be too mellow yet neither too cold for both the actors and the audience. Managing the actors and achieving the right dose of sentimentality were the main challenges I, as the DIR and all the rest of the creative crew had to come up against.

I hope both the festival committees and the wider audience to have a joyful viewing of Lucy and that we have at least achieved a respectable outcome and film.

Film Type:Short

Runtime:16 minutes 27 seconds

Completion Date:November 24, 2015

Production Budget:9,800 EUR

Country of Origin:Greece

Country of Filming:Greece

Film Language:Modern Greek (1453-)

Shooting Format:RED

Aspect Ratio:16:9

Film Color:Color

First-time Filmmaker:Yes

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