FEEDBACK FAMILY TORONTO FILM FESTIVAL – Thursday August 25, 2016

The FEEDBACK Monthly Film Festival is back for 2016.. 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 Matthew Toffolo. Showcasing a festival every single month in 2016!

Tickets for 2016 are PAY WHAT YOU LIKE. Purchase your tickets online via Paypal or Credit Card. Tickets are first come first serve.

All proceeds to this month’s festival will be donated to festival cinema costs (suggestion $8 and up), which helps the monthly event. 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 tickets@wildsound.ca 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 40 out of its last 42 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!


FIRST ACT PROGRAM – Family Festival


101 CUPCAKES, 13min, Australia, Family/Drama
Directed by Jane Eakin

Healing comes in many flavours. An uplifting story about love, death and the healing power of cooking.

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LUCY, 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…

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GHOSTBOY, 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…

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SECOND ACT PROGRAM – Under 5min. FAMILY Film Festival


AWESOME BEETLE’S COLORS, 3min, Latvia, Animation/Musical
Directed by Indra Sproge

The story goes : Awesome Beetles Color Dirty Elephant. Five Gorgeous Hippopotamuses Inspire the Jaguar. Kangaroos Like Marmelade. Naughty Octopusses Photograph the Queen. The Royal Spider Teaches an Unhappy Vampire. Wariors X-ray a Yellow Zebra. A nearly impossible story, supported by a catchy melody, guides us through the ABCs.

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

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

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5476 Miles, 4min, UK, Animation/Music Video
Directed by Terry Thomas

A handmade paper stop motion music video that tells the story of a lonely starling waiting for love.

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SPARROW DUET, 4min, USA, Animation/Experimental
Directed by Steve Socki

Animated abstract shapes and gestures dance together playfully with bird-like motion. The original music score was composed and performed by Gary Chang

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A SMALL VOICE, 2min, UK, Animation/Drama
Directed by Michelle Brand

A shy young boy is confronted with the relentless demands of an overbearing adult forcing him to sing in front of a crowd. Vivid imagery conveys the child’s trauma as it helplessly stands facing the expectant onlookers, unable to sing through fear. Overwhelmed by the ordeal, the only alternative is to run away.

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BOTTOMLESS, 2min, USA, Animation/Biography
Directed by Veronique Vanblaere

A Belgian woman seeks citizenship in the United States, and finds that her experiences are bottomless.

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SEA OF INK, 3min, USA, Animation/Drama
Directed by Chenxin Yang

Sea of Ink is a two-minute animation about an artist struggling with his creative block and his journey under the sea.

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1916, 4min, UK, Animation/Drama
Directed by Oscar Lewis

An old man remembers the last time he saw his father, walking with him to the train station in rural England. This short film was made to mark the centenary of men with families being conscripted to the army in 1916 during WW1.

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TIME SMASH, 2min., USA, Animation/Sci-Fi
Directed by Benjamin Reicher

A time traveler goes back 2 weeks to stop himself from going to Cynthia’s new years party. Unfortunately, he brings his cat along and forgets to let him back into the machine when he returns to the present. The cat grabs onto the machine last second, becomes radioactive, and ends up in ancient Egypt. What the time traveler finds when he returns to the present is pretty messed up….

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JAILBREAK, 1min., USA, Animation/Crime
Directed by Alise Munson

Shot in black and white, “Jailbreak” follows the daring escape of a prisoner fleeing his cell and his quest for sweet punishment. The animated short from HouseSpecial Director Aaron Sorenson is a German Expressionist-inspired design mash-up of stop-motion and illustration � with a decidedly adult twist.

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The event runs from 7pm to 9:10pm on Thursday August 25, 2016

Get to know the short film: GHOSTBOY, 9min., UK, Animation/Comedy

Playing at the best of Family/Animation FEEDBACK Short Film Festival on Thursday Aug. 25th. 7pm. Carlton Cinemas in downtown Toronto. Get your FREE Tickets today

GHOSTBOY, 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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WATCH PAST FILM FESTIVAL EVENTS and the FEEDBACK VIDEOS of EACH SELECTED FILM

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ACTORMAY 2015 Film Festival
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ACTORAPRIL 2015 Film Festival
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ACTORMarch 2015 Film Festival
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July 2016 Family Films/Screenplays/Stories

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

Watch the best of Family from July 2016:

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

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

ACTORSHORT STORY – DESPITE DEMENTIA
July 2016 Reading
Written by Janet Bennett Cox

ACTORFAN FICTION Screenplay – STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE
July 2016 Reading
Written by Jennifer Renner

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – THE BLUE DRESS
July 2016 Reading
Written by Dave Riese

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – THE FACTS OF LIFE
July 2016 Reading
Written by Chris Beadnell

ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – DUE SOUTH
July 2016 Reading
Written by Evan Schullery

ACTORSHORT STORY – LEFT ON LUNDY
July 2016 Reading
Written by James R. Cavell

ACTORSHORT STORY – TALKING YEOW
July 2016 Reading
Written by Lynne Adams Barze

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Short Screenplay – THE BLUE DRESS by Dave Riese

Watch the July 2016 Winning Family Short Screenplay.

THE BLUE DRESS by Dave Riese

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Kaufmann
REBECCA – Elizabeth Rose Morriss
EDITH – Mandy May Cheetham
MICHAEL – Devin Upham
WALLACE – Neil Bennett

Get to know the winning writer Dave Riese:

1. What is your screenplay about?

Rebecca, 12 years old, learns that her Uncle Wallace, a cattle baron from Texas, is coming to visit. Rebecca doesn’t like her uncle and her only hope is that he will bring her a birthstone ring like the one he bought for her cousin the year before. After dinner, Uncle Wallace gives Rebecca her gift: a blue dress once owned by his wife Vera who has remained in Texas. When Rebecca’s mother asks her to try on the dress, Rebecca, bitterly disappointed, runs to her room in tears.

Rebecca soon suspects that her father and Uncle Wallace have reached an agreement that she won’t like. When her suspicions become true, Rebecca finds a way to exact a fitting revenge in return for the adults’ betrayal.

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

With the classic theme of a child against adults, this film can be enjoyed by preteens to eighty year olds. The central character of the child is not the usual heroine. The childish perspective of Rebecca contrasts with the reality facing the adults. The number of characters is limited to five; most of the action takes place in a house, its porch, and front yard. A street sidewalk is the only other location. The short story takes place just after WWII in Montreal, but this time frame can be pushed up 10-20 years, if necessary; the location can be moved to the US. A new car from the period is the main object that much reflect the period.

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

Outwitting adults.

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

It’s hard to say. It’s a toss-up between Psycho, Citizen Kane, Wizard of Oz, and North by Northwest. All the while I’m watching, I’m telling myself, “You’ve seen this hundred times. You know every scene and most of the dialogue. Go do something else.” But I can’t tear myself away.

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

I’ve been working on this screenplay off and on for six months.

6. How many stories have you written?

I’ve written about 20 stories and a novel, published last year, called Echo from Mount Royal

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I wanted to try my hand at writing a screenplay. My short story called The Blue Dress seemed to offer a good combination of dialogue and conflict. I was also intrigued by the young girl who struggles against the adults. Her perspective offered the opportunity to combine humor with sympathy. Her relationship with her mother vs her father undergoes a reversal that provides a satisfying conclusion.

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

Adapting a short story taught me how to externalize the interior thoughts of the characters. For example, the friend, Jackie, was created to help us understand, more clearly, the motivations of Rebecca. Several scenes of backstory in the prose work was dropped for time reasons and to make the plot line more streamlined. The criticism I received from the judge at the festival pertained to the length of time before the uncle arrives at Rebecca’s home. His arrival propels the plot into Act Two and must come sooner. Act One of the screenplay was shortened by 25% in the next revision.

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

My wife and I enjoy travelling throughout the world. I enjoy gardening and spending time with our grandchildren. Reading is the center of my life.

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

I joined FilmFreeway and began searching for festivals that accepted short screenplays. I chose this festival because I got a down-to-earth vibe from the website. I expect that hearing the screenplay will help me hear what dialogue works and what doesn’t. Also the judge’s criticism was exactly what had to be changed.

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

Join a critique group where you have the opportunity to workshop your script. Revise the script over and over to tighten the dialogue. Try to find place where a single word or sentence or action defines a character. Watch lots of films and study screenplays to see how professionals solve the problems we all face.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

June 2016 2016 Family Films/Screenplays/Stories

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

Watch the best of Family from June 2016:

ACTORShort Story Reading – MAMA’S PURFECT DAY
June 2016 Reading
Written by Richard Marra
ACTORBest Scene Screenplay – SEED OF THE WOMAN
June 2016 Reading
Written by Gary R. Billings
ACTORJACK IS PRETTY, 26min, USA, Fantasy/Family
Watch Audience FEEDBACK Video of the Short Film from June 2016 Film Festival
ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – WILD MAGIC
June 2016 Reading
Written by Julie Nichols
ACTORShort Story Reading – DESTINY OF JOY
June 2016 Reading
Written by Mary Eastham
ACTORShort Story Reading – CULT FAN
June 2016 Reading
Written by Gina Lee Ronhovde

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

May 2016 Family Films/Screenplays/Stories

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

Watch the best of Family from May 2016:


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WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

4min, Netherlands, Documentary/Animation

ACTORShort Screenplay – CARRION
May 2016 Reading
Written by Karen Palmer

ACTOR1st Ch. Novel Transcript – TJ’S LAST SUMMER IN CAPE COD
May 2016 Reading
Written by Garfield Whyte

ACTORShort Story Reading – AFTERNOON CABARET
May 2016 Reading
Written by Grey Hall

ACTORShort Story Reading – MR “NAUGHTY” BECOMES MR “NICE”
May 2016 Reading
Written by Laura Anne Ewald

ACTORShort Story Reading – THROWING KIDS
May 2016 Reading
Written by Erik Linthorst

ACTORShort Story Reading – TEARS FOR MY BABY SISTER
May 2016 Reading
Written by Jody T. Morse

ACTORShort Story Reading – TOGETHER AND SEPARATE
May 2016 Reading
Written by Herb Schultz

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

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April 2016 Family Films/Screenplays/Stories

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

Watch the best of Family from April 2016:

ACTORBest Scene Screenplay – LE CHAT NOIR
April 2016 Reading
Written by Paula Sewell

ACTORNovel Chapter 1 Reading – EXOTIQA
April 2016 Reading
Written by M. Black

ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – MARRIAGE EQUALITY
April 2016 Reading
Written by Jamie Pierce

ACTORShort Story Reading – COUNT WILLIAM
April 2016 Reading
Written by Tegon Maus

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Watch Audience FEEDBACK Video: FISH, Short Film

  MOVIE POSTERFISH, 10min, USA, Family/Drama
Directed by Andrew Ruiz

A young boy puts his father in a difficult position when he tries to smuggle his pet Betta fish past airport security.

WEBSITE

Watch Audience FEEDBACK Video from the March 31st Comedy Film Festival. Moderated by Matthew Toffolo: 

Watch Audience FEEDBACK Video: ACE, Short Film

  MOVIE POSTERACE, 6min, UK, Family/Kids
Directed by AD Cooper

Two bored boys repeatedly harass an old man in a mobility scooter by cycling up to him on their bikes and yelling in his face. His response is anything but predictable.

WEBSITE

Watch Audience FEEDBACK Video from the March 31st Comedy Film Festival. Moderated by Matthew Toffolo: 

Watch Audience FEEDBACK Video: FROG, Short Film

  MOVIE POSTERFROG, 17min, USA, Family/Drama
Directed by Tyler Wallach

After school, Danny, an innocent 11 year old, retreats to his refuge, the frog pond. After catching a frog, he steps outside his comfort zone and ventures further upstream. It is here, in dark woods, that he comes face to face with the neighborhood bullies.

WEBSITE

Watch Audience FEEDBACK Video from the March 31st Comedy Film Festival. Moderated by Matthew Toffolo: