HIGHLIGHT & VIDEOS: May 2018 ACTION Film Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:

BEST FILM: BREAK ROOM

BEST PERFORMANCES: CROSSROADS

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: CONSURGO

BEST MUSIC: 9 SECONDS

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterBREAK ROOM, 15min., Canada, Action/Drama festival poster9 SECONDS, 18min., USA, Action/Sci-Fi
festival posterTUESDAY 10:08AM, 13min., Canada, Crime/Mystery festival posterPREY, 13min., UK, Thriller/Horror
festival posterCHERI, 6min., France, Thriller/Suspense festival posterCONSURGO, 12min., USA, Thriller/Suspense
festival posterCROSSROADS, 12min, USA, Thriller/Drama

The theme of the May 2018 Action/Crime/Thriller FEEDBACK Film Festival was “Hidden Truths”. Every single film was about a world or characters dealing with underlying truths that are always playing conflict to the surface of the story.

I love when we showcase these genres at the festival. What filmmakers are coming up these days with when using these genres are their template tone is truly remarkable. Our audiences in Los Angeles and Toronto love when we show them too as you can see in the FEEDBACK Videos that there isn’t an empty seat inside the cinema.

One of the issues on the Festival circuit is that these types of films also do not get the acceptances that they should. A lot of festivals don’t want to program these films because they don’t know where to put them on their schedule. That is the #1 reason why we started doing a special event for JUST these types of films.

There is a great social commentary happening too with all 7 films we programmed at this festival. There is great action taking place, but they are also stories about important issues.

Great festival event. Can’t wait to program the next one.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

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HIGHLIGHTS, WINNERS & VIDEOS: January 2018 ACTION Film Festival

AUDIENCE FESTIVAL AWARDS

Best Film: MONDAY

Best Performances: MONDAY

Best Cinematography: FREEDOM OF THE WHEELS

Best Music: STORY TO TELL

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:


festival posterSTORY TO TELL, 15min., Japan, Crime/Drama 
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festival posterMONDAY, 18min., USA, Crime/Comedy
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festival posterCONVERSATIONS, 8min., Ireland, Crime/Mystery
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festival posterMIND GAME, 2min., China, Action/Experimental 
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festival posterFREEDOM OF THE WHEELS, 17min., USA, Adventure/Comedy
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festival posterVIKING TOOTHACHE, 4min, USA, Action/Fantasy
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festival posterLILAC TV Pilot, 15min., USA, Adventure/Family
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The LOS ANGELES JANUARY 2018 FEEDBACK Film Festival gave our audiences the best of CRIME & ACTION/ADVENTURE short movies from around the world.

The theme of the festival was “BREAKING EXPECTATIONS”.

Every film showcased was about a situation that was about a character(s) leaping out of their expected ideal.

January 2018 was the beginning of everything in Los Angeles for the FEEDBACK Film Festival. The first event of the monthly festival format. We plan on doing a festival every single month in LA from the rest of the existence of humanity!

There is a new management team for the FEEDBACK Festival in Los Angeles. One of our main workers fell sick with a stomach flu on the day, and one of our camera operators car broke down on the way to the cinema. So LA Feedback Coordinator Rachel Elder basically ran the festival all by herself – on her first time out at that. The Regal Cinemas manager said that what she pulled off was truly amazing. She was definitely the MVP of the night and we at WILDsound headquarters are truly grateful.

Shepsut Wilson was the moderator of the evening and did a fantastic job on her first time out. This will be the first of many for the talented performer who also puts in a lot of effort and research to make sure the best moderation for each film gets executed.

So we are on our way in Los Angeles. We showcased 7 shorts from all over the world on our first FEEDBACK Film Festival of 2018.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

 

BREAK ROOM Short Film – Audience FEEDBACK from the May 2018 ACTION Festival

BREAK ROOM, 15min., Canada, Action/Drama
Directed by Andy Hourahine

An ambitious, young teacher, trying hide a rough past, is offered her dream job at a prestigious, private school but finds the unique staff has something more in mind than hitting the books on her first day.

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

9 SECONDS Short Film – Audience FEEDBACK from the May 2018 ACTION Festival

 

9 SECONDS, 18min., USA, Action/Sci-Fi
Directed by Ross Godwin

Forced to live in hiding with her father at the outskirts of a war-torn and besieged city, nine year old Anika tries her best to be a kid. Several times a day, an air-raid siren sounds, and a bomb lands somewhere in the vicinity exactly 9 seconds later, like clockwork. Overcome with curiosity for the outside world, she goes against the wishes of her father and slips out of the bunker, but wanders too far from home as chaos breaks out. She must learn to grow up quickly in order to make it back home.

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

ACTION Best Scene Reading of TOTEM, by Heidi Morrell

 

Genre: Action, Drama

An ex-911 operator, travels to his childhood home, and runs into trouble with the local tree poachers. He’s rescued by a mysterious Native American man who lives off the land.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Gavin: Daniel Cristofori
Orson: Ted Powers

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

A restless 911 operator, burned out, takes refuge in the forest of Pacific Northwest. A youth spent there, he remembers how peaceful and serene the forest was.

But much has changed since then, including ‘old growth’ timber poaching, and growing right wing militia members. When GAVIN arrives from Omaha, he’s forced to choose between the Indian renewal interests, or exploiting the vital forests of his childhood.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Action Adventure, sans foolishish car crashes.

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

It’s totally visual, and exciting. Character shape changers, and an Eco theme will resonate with teens and their parents. Additionally, a fantasy element is sure to please.

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

Forest adventure.

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

Casablanca, Godfather, & Sound of Music.

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

Many years.

7. How many stories have you written?

Ten plus

8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

Stones ‘Wild Horses’, The Cure’s ‘the Forest’

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

Knowing when to quit, and making the ‘bad guys’ believable.

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

Animal rights, the enviroment crisis, and politics!

11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?

It’s secure, and current. No real problem.

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

The chance to see, hear a scene, ‘off the page’. The initial feedback rang true and fair, because I knew I had a winner in this story.

The screenplay was also a Finalist in Austin Roundup FF 2017.

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

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

ACTION Best Scene Reading of THE LAST VIKINGS, by David Thorndill

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, History

In the Middle Ages when the Little Ice Age causes famine and conflict in the doomed Greenlandic colony a desperate Viking clan leader attempts to escape by sailing to Iceland, but pirates, storms and treacherous sea ice force them to sail to North America. With the help of a native Micmac woman and a Huron ally they battle Mohawk warriors on their journey to a new homeland beyond the mighty falls of Niagara.

CAST LIST:

Abdul: Luke Robinson
Elizabeth: Brianna Riche
Olaf: John Marcucci
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Peter: Daniel Cristofori
Joseph: Ted Powers
Rebecca: Kimberley Wells

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

The colony of Greenlandic Vikings trapped by sea ice of The Little Ice Age in 1400 flee to North America and befriend a Micmac woman and a Huron man as they battle Mohawk warriors on their journey up the Saint Lawrence River to a new homeland beyond the mighty falls of Niagara.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Action/Adventure. Historical fiction.

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

It contains sailing, fighting, danger, storms, pirates, deceit, adventure to a new homeland, conflict between religious views, canoes, Puma attack, cultural clashes between Vikings and Native Americans, romantic love stories, family bonding,, hand-to-hand combat above Niagara Falls, and a cute dog.

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

Escape, survive

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

Perhaps The Last of the Mohicans, the inspiration for this screenplay

7. How many stories have you written?

I’ve written 30 short stories, one novel, and three full-length screenplays.

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

After writing the screenplay it was a challenge to mold it to the “Blake Snyder” beat method.

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

I’m a bird watcher and birdbander. I enjoy catching and holding wild birds.

11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?

It’s the best and easiest platform to use.

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

My eyes are weary of writing and reading, and I look forward to hearing actors bring my characters to life.

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

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

Screenplay Festival: May 24, 2018 Event

WILDsound Festival

A showcase of winning TV Pilot screenplays, plus short & best scene readings.

CAST LIST:Rob Notman, Meghan Allen. Lauren Kristina Maykut, Kyra Weichert, Jarrod Terrell, Matt Barnes,Allan Michael Brunet

DRAMA TV PILOT – HEADCASE, by Christopher K. Jones

Genre: Drama, Sports

Dr. Andrew Beck, is the goto Sports Psychologist for pro athletes. But he has a gambling problem, and he gets deep in debt with Fergus McKenzie, a psychotic Scottish gangster. To get out of trouble with his skull intact, Andrew is forced to trade on his patients’ state of mind.

CAST LIST:

Lorry: Lauren Kristina Maykut
Sandra: Meghan Allen
Marcus: Jarrod Terrell
Narrator: Matt Barnes
Andrew: Rob Notman
Fergus: Allan Michael Brunet
Gina: Kyra Weichert

1st Scene TV CRIME – THE WRONG TICKET, by John Ravitz

Genre: Crime, Thriller

A United States Senator, and the Republican Presidential Nominee is a sleeper…

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