Director BIO: Maryam Pirband (SILENCE)

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MEMBERSHIPS & CERTIFICATIONS:

Alliance Of Women Directors O America (AWD),Iranian Short Film Association (ISFA) of House of Cinema; IYCC Higher Institute of Cinema; International Stunt & Action Federation (ISAF); Arasbaran Art and Culture Center, Film Club of Tehran; Art and Experience Cinema,Iranian youth cinematographer institute, Institute and Society of Iranian Youth Film Makers

EDUCATION:
Azusa Pacific University USA- Master in Screenwriting
Azad University, Tehran-Central Campus,IRAN
B.A. in Economics-Commercial

Society of Iranian Youth Film Makers
One-Year Course in movie Directing

Youth Filmmakers association of Iran
Three- year course in movie Directing

Abadi Stunt School
One-Year Course in Stunt Performance and Design

Two-Year Course Business English (Cambridge)

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March 2019 Film/Story/Screenplay Winners

A FilmFreeway preferred festival:

 

 

ACTORSCREENPLAY MOVIE: ROBOTS FROM NEPTUNE by J. David Thayer

ACTORSCREENPLAY MOVIE: THE SHROUD TRINITY by Frank McEvoy

ACTORSCREENPLAY MOVIE: STARLIGHT by John Roger

ACTORTV PILOT SCREENPLAY: CORNELIUS ADAMS, by Jonathan D. Mabee
March 2019 Winner

ACTORTV BEST SCENE SCREENPLAY: ACTIONS ADVENTURES by Calvin L. Hall
March 2019 Winner

ACTORTV BEST SCENE SCREENPLAY: TEXAS SHIELDS by Kathryn L. Scurry
March 2019 Winner

ACTORBEST SCENE SCREENPLAY: NOSTRADAMUS MISSION by Daniel M. Berghoff
March 2019 Winner

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

Festival Moderators: Kierston Drier, Shepsut Wilson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Kyle Drier, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Mary Cox, Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Hugh Fraser, Andy Camp, Aser Santos Jr., Zack Arch

January 2019 Film/Story/Screenplay Winners

A FilmFreeway preferred festival:

 

festival posterTHRILLER 1ST SCENE SCREENPLAY: Dancing in the White Room by David Sabbath

festival posterACTION BEST SCENE SCREENPLAY: Operation Babylift by John McCarney
festival posterACTION BEST SCENE SCREENPLAY: Roar by Rodrigo Juatco

festival poster BEST SCENE SCREENPLAY: In Another Life by Taylor Anderson
festival poster BEST SCENE SCREENPLAY: Adrienne Cart by Donald P. Howard

festival posterNOVEL READING: My Lady Zane by Steven M. Sullivan

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

Festival Moderators: Kierston Drier, Shepsut Wilson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Kyle Drier, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Mary Cox, Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Hugh Fraser, Andy Camp, Aser Santos Jr., Zack Arch

TOP 15 Action/Adventure BEST SCENE Screenplays of 2018

A FilmFreeway preferred festival:

STORYACTION BEST SCENE Screenplay: ANAHNA by Fritz Mueller
September 2018

STORYACTION BEST SCENE Screenplay: HERO OF HEROES by Rodrigo Juatco
September 2018

 

ACTORTOTEM – ACTION Best Scene Screenplay
June 2018 Reading
by Heidi Morrell

ACTORTHE LAST VIKINGS – ACTION Best Scene Screenplay
June 2018 Reading
by David Thorndill

 

ACTORTHE KANDAHAR MAN – ACTION Best Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by J. Jermaine Jones

ACTORSTARLIGHT: LONG WAY HOME – ACTION Best Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by John Roger

 

 

ACTORTHE SHROUD TRINITY – ACTION Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Frank McEvoy
ACTORTRANSIT – ACTION Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Charles Lo Manto

 

ACTORHOMETOWN KILL BOX – ACTION Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Richard Kjeldgaard
ACTORTHE FLIGHT OF SOULS – ACTION Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Guy Quigley

 

ACTORRUNAWAY SHIP – ACTION Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Carl Soderberg
ACTORTHE MUSHROOM KIND – ACTION Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Steve Trebilcock

 

ACTORTORNADO RIDER RHODES – ACTION Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Stevie T.
ACTORCAPTAIN CURTAIN ADVENTURES – ACTION Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by M.R. Cooper

 

ACTORAPRIL’S FOLLY – ACTION Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Yvonne Fein

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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

2018 ACTION/ADVENTURE SHORT Screenplay Readings (7)

A FilmFreeway preferred festival:

 

 

ACTORFAN FICTION SHORT Screenplay – FALLEN: A STAR WARS STORY
March 2018 Reading
by George Deihl Jr.
ACTORSCI-FI SHORT Screenplay
March 2018 Reading
by Jade S. Bokhari
ACTORSANCTUARY CITY – Short Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Stephanie Annis

ACTORWinning FANTASY Short Screenplay – MAYBE TOMORROW I’LL SEE YOU by Steve N. Bradford

ACTORWinning SCI-FI Short Screenplay – BRAD ACTUALLY “Trial by Trial” by Caleb Quinn

ACTORShort Screenplay: NORTHWOOD by John Fraser
August 2018

ACTORSCI-FI Short Screenplay: ALGORITHM by George Deihl Jr.
August 2018

 

 

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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

November 2018 Action/Adventure Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

A FilmFreeway preferred festival:

STORYACTION BEST SCENE: Cadence of the Battle Cry by Brandon Gillum
November 2018

festival poster2.5 MILLION, 22min., USA, Action/Documentary

festival posterTHE DOOR, 5min., USA, Thriller

festival posterINCALL, 10min., USA, Thriller

STORYFAN FICTION 1st Scene Reading: KENOBI: A STAR WARS STORY by Paul Watkins
November 2018

 

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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: Hugh Ritchie, Isabal Cupryn, Aser Santos Jr., Zack Arch

HIGHLIGHT & VIDEOS: November 2018 ACTION Film Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:

BEST FILM: The Rose Garden

BEST PERFORMANCES: The Hobbyist

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: 2.5 Million

BEST MUSIC: The Door

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterINCALL, 10min., USA, Thriller

festival posterHOODYMAN, 6min., United Arab Emirates, Thriller

festival posterBOONDOGGLE, 11min, UK, Thriller

festival posterLIVING WITH A MONSTER, 4min, Canada, Horror/Comedy

festival posterGOLDBLOODED, 9min., USA, Action/Crime

festival posterTHE ROSE GARDEN, 3min., USA, Thriller/Animation

festival posterTHE DOOR, 5min., USA, Thriller

festival posterTHE HOBBYIST, 8min., USA, Thriller

festival poster2.5 MILLION, 22min., USA, Action/Documentary

LISTEN to our Daily Podcast via iTunes, or go to www.wildsoundpodcast.com

There is an episode about this festival in our archives as we talk about the audience and all the great films we showcased at this event.

The theme of the October 2018 ACTION/THRILLER Film Festival in Toronto was “Self-Confrontation”.

All films were about someone having to confront themselves and who they are in order to get over an obstacle.

This is a personal response to this particular festival. Hours before a sold out crowd gathered together to watch the best of short films from around the world, I had a son. My wife gave birth to a 10LB baby boy, who was two weeks premature, down the street from the Carlton Cinemas at Princess Margaret hospital in downtown Toronto.

So for myself personally, this is a festival that I’m always going to remember. The day Daniel Ross Toffolo was born: November 1, 2018.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo