Showcasing the best of female talent. Filmmakers and Screenwriters
Short Film: THE COLD (IOWÍSTO), 8min., Canada, Drama
The Cold, translated to Iowísto in Mohawk, written by Jesse Menard features a young Indigeouns family living in Northern Ontario with a few of their friends who have taken refuge at their farmhouse in efforts to escape the virus spreading fast in the city. A traditional tea recipe in the family passed down to Machk, Pete and Tapeesa keeps the group healthy – it’s not a cure, but the herbs are medicine that builds immunity to the virus. Tapeesa and her two half brothers, Machk and Pete, have different views about sharing the recipe. Upon discovering that their neighbours, the Merciers, have fallen ill, Tapeesa wants to share the family recipe with them – especially since the neighbour’s son, Andrew, is her boyfriend. The two families have a long history fueled by petty allegations that go generations back. Machk and Pete have no desire to help the Merciers, forcing Tapeesa to make a difficult decision – sneak the herbs to the Merciers. This plan didn’t go accordingly; now ill and desperate, her return over a year later comes with surprises.
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.