HIGHLIGHTS: August 2022 Film Festival Showcase

Showcase of the best FILMS in the world today.

Audience Award Winners:
Best Long Form Short Film: DANCE FOR ME
Best Short Form Short Film: EVERGREEN
Best Cinematography: FOUR ON THE MANTLE
Best Direction: SUZANNE & CHANTAL
Best Student Film: WHORES
Best Performances: HIGHTAIL
Best Experimental: 24 FILTERS
Best Documentary: DIRECT POSITIVE
Best Sound & Music: THE BREEDING SHED

Watch the Audience Feedback Video for each film:

SUZANNE & CHANTAL, 18min., Canada, Comedy/Drama
Directed by Rachel Graton
This morning, Chantal (60 years old) is picking up Suzanne (92 years old), who seems more nervous than usual. Chantal associates that behaviour to her health concerns, and the afternoon check-up Suzanne must go to the hospital for. But first, they must go to the hair salon where Chantal works. Arriving at the salon, Chantal is intercepted by her boss, asking to hand him what she owes. But this week, she has no money for him … This week, she has a surprise for him.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

DANCE FOR ME, 22min., USA, Drama
Directed by Robin Hofmann
When a 15 yr old boy does not get the support he needs from his parents he finds an unexpected friendship with a lonely, elderly neighbor.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

HIGHTAIL, 13min., Canada, Drama
Directed by Jenny Lee Gilmore
After a drunken dispute with her boyfriend, Josie barges into her neighbours apartment. Amidst a time of isolation and fear, Mike learns of the severity of Josie’s situation after sharing an evening of connection.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

EVERGREEN, 7min., Sweden, Drama
Directed by Malin Barr, Christian Hillborg
Swedish Mia suffers from anxiety induced paranoia and as she prepares for her immigration interview, the line between reality and dream starts to become blurred.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

24 FILTERS, 4min., USA, Music Video
Directed by Rachel Kleinman
Music video; song “24 Filters” by Nicole Mercedes. A night of Karaoke might make things better,

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

INVISIBLE WOMAN, 3min., Ireland, Animation
Directed by Cleide Regina De Oliveira
The invisible woman continues walking towards hope. And on her way, she sows the ground with stories of love and tears.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

FOUR ON THE MANTLE, 20min., USA, Drama
Directed by Rachel Jacob
Two couples in the same family face a new pregnancy, one for the first time, the other with a sorrowful past. After a miscarriage, the family dynamics change and they must learn to deal with tragedy in a whole new way.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

WHORES, 14min, USA, Comedy
Directed by Sydney Painter
Disillusioned with her survival jobs and disappointed by her dating prospects, Avery, a struggling comedienne, gives gig-economy sex work a shot. With her long history, it sounds like easy money, plus a little thrill. With the help of some close friends coaching her to be the best little prostitute she can be, she discovers there’s more overlap between her new hustle and her old performing arts grind than she anticipated.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

THE BREEDING SHED, 30min., USA, Documentary
Directed by Celina Torrealba
The traditionally male-dominated world of thoroughbred racing is changing . . . rapidly and dramatically. It is a change of culture which is redefining the thoroughbred culture and community. A new breed of professional women is shattering century old barriers on the farms which develop and nurture the equine athletes known as thoroughbred racehorses. These educated women arrive from rural small towns and Ivy League universities. They’re assuming leadership roles at every level of the horse farms. They are bound together by a single career thread, their passion for the horses!

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

DIRECT POSITIVE, 24min., USA, Documentary
Directed by Jessica Ayala
No negatives. No filters. Just raw honesty, as seen through the lens of an antique camera and the stories of Milwaukee women leaders. Through interviews and the portraits taken by tintype photographer Margaret Muza, these women reveal what it takes to lead in their careers and in our communities — and why it’s so important for more women to lead today.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

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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