HIGHLIGHTS, WINNERS & VIDEOS: January 2019 Female FEEDBACK Film Festival (Toronto)

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:

BEST FILM: THE FAMILY WAY

BEST PERFORMANCES: ITSY

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: GOODBYE BABY LADY

BEST MUSIC: GOODBYE BABY LADY

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterTHE DOLLHOUSE, 7min., USA, Documentary

festival posterOLD HABITS, 13min., USA, Drama

festival posterPAGEANT PERFECT, 12min., USA, Drama

festival posterANIMUS PER MACHINA, 5min., Netherlands, Animation

festival posterGOODBYE BABY LADY, 13min., UK, Drama

festival posterITSY, 12min., UK, Drama

festival posterTHE FAMILY WAY, 18min., Ireland, Comedy

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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 January 2019 FEMALE Directors Feedback Film Festival in Toronto was “Odd One Out”.

Each film was about someone or something being left out of the masses!

A great start to the Toronto festivals in 2019. The first of over 30 festival events.

We ended 2018 with a showcase of the best of Female Directed films from all over the world. And we began the 2019 season with the same.

2018 was definitely the year of Female Directors and Writers at the FEEDBACK Festival Events. From 2013 to 2017 only 15% of films we showcased at the festival were directed by women. In 2018, we showcased 314 films at our festival and 144 were directed by women. Which equals to 46% films directed by a woman. So that’s a gigantic increase – but generally we should always be at around 50% without it being a story. Let’s hope that in 5 years or less this will be the case.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

By femalefilmfestival

The irony of this festival is that its goal is to not be around in 5 years time. To eventually not be relevant because there is zero need to have a festival geared for female talent and female stories because the stories presented in Hollywood and around the world are a balanced showcase of the human experience from both sexes. Our goal is to achieve a lot of success and then fold into oblivion simply because there is no need for this festival. This festival was created by the FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival as a simple reaction to a strong need to showcase female talent from around the world in a more profound way. When putting together the weekly festival, the administration noticed a lack of a female presence in the stories being shown at the festival. A classic example and analogy to the frustration is how the festival noticed that even the smaller roles in a screenplay were written for a man to play. There was zero reason for this in many stories. How a police officer, or a political campaign manager, for example with 3-4 lines in a screenplay was a "HE" character. Why? And these are the screenplays written by the winners! The talented one who have obtained agents and have began/beginning their careers as a writer.

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