RSVP FAMILY Film Festival – Monday September 18, 2017 (Toronto)

The FEEDBACK Monthly Film Festival is back for 2017. Our home is The Carlton Cinemas, located in the heart of downtown Toronto at 20 Carlton Street. The event runs from 7pm to 9:10pm.

Continuing to showcase the best of short films from around the world, while maintaining our audience feedback format moderated by Kierston Drier and Amanda Lomonaco. Showcasing a festival twice a month in 2017!

Tickets for 2017 are PAY WHAT YOU LIKE. Tickets are first come first serve.

If you like to obtain seats in advance and pick them up on the day of the event (come for FREE, or make a donation), please email us at and we’ll reserve seats for you.

You can pick up the tickets on the day of the event at the cinema. Tickets are first come, first serve. This festival has sold out 50 out of its last 52 events!

You will be able to buy alcohol (beer, wine, liquor), popcorn, candy, and refreshments before the show.

Here is the full program of films. Festival starts at 7pm sharp!

PUSHING, 10min, USA, Family/Drama
Directed by Ryan LaPine 

A homeless man, living on the fringes of society, feels out of touch with the speed and exclusivity of his surroundings. He retreats into his imagination to a time where he was better capable of fitting in and was accepted by others.

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MY LITTLE BROTHER, 6min, New Zealand, Family/Experimental
Directed by Anthony Bennett

A young boy’s story of his little brother, the scary internet and a nightmare vision

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CHALK, 10min, Family/Adventure 
Directed by Alexyn Scheller

A boy creates a magical chalk drawing that comes to life before becoming separated. The drawing must brave this new world alone and find his way back to his boy.

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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.

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2nd ACT PROGRAM – Animation Festival

UKA, 3min, Spain, Animation/Family
Directed by Valle Comba Canales

Uka is a little girl who lives in a grey abandoned factory. While she’s painting of of her canvas, she finds a way of changing how she sees the world.

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KARMA, 4min., USA, Animation/Family
Directed by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou

A boy meets a fish in a mysterious forest.

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Short Screenplay – CAPITAL STEPS by Jennifer Renner

Watch the September 2016 Winning FAMILY Short Screenplay.

Written by Jennifer Renner


Genre: Family, Drama, Comedy

Two fifth-grade boys try to learn how to play the game of politics.


NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
BEN – Brogan Caulfield
GRANDMOTHER – Viktoria Napoleonova
RUSELL – Martin Huss
GRANITINO – Michael Lake
BEN’S MOTHER – Erynn Brook
MRS. PENNYNACKLE – Michelle Alexander

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

Two fifth-grade boys find themselves entrenched in the world of politics.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Family, comedy .

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It is a comedic look at many of the foibles of modern politics that would hopefully lead to discussions about politics while providing a few laughs.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Farcical civics

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

Robin Hood: Men in Tights

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I wrote the first draft of this screenplay about seven years ago, then put it away. I found it earlier this year and started rewriting it.

How many stories have you written?

More than a handful, less than a ton.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

For some reason, the ridiculous behavior of politicians has been on my mind lately…

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

It was, at times, difficult to keep the story simple and straightforward while still maintaining some level of believability (though this is a satire and meant to be seen as such).

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

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

Participating in interesting experiences that I can use in my writing.

Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Just keep writing and don’t let the man get you down.


Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballatyne

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK of the Family Short Film: “TOY BOY”

Deadline for Family Film and Writing Festival

TOY BOY played at the January 2015 FEEDBACK Film Festival. The audience LOVED this documentary family story about a man who still plays with toys.


TOY BOY, 8min, Canada, Documentary/Family
Directed by March Mercanti

A 30-year-old lives at home with his parents, their two cats … and 5,000 toys.

Follow the Toy Boy (Jeff Tyler Smith) on twitter: @KDavJeff

Director’s Statement:

I started following Jeff on twitter for over a year and I was always so interested in some of his posts. Whether it was pictures of purchases of the enormous splurges on toys or his brash way of stating his point, there was never a dull moment in the social media sphere for Jeff.

The idea for the project came about when I joined a film competition out of Ottawa where the subject category had to be on any type of fan. Since following Jeff on twitter I figured he was the king of fandom. I met up with him one night to discuss the potential of helping me find a subject since he was so ingrained within fan culture. After several beers and deep conversation Jeff insisted that he would be my perfect subject. He was right.