HIGHLIGHTS: Toronto November 2022 Film Festival Showcase

Showcase of the best FILMS in the world today.

Audience Award Winners:
Best Feature Film: ELLIDA
Best Short Film: ANATEVKA
Best Cinematography: EMPTY SPACES
Best Performances: THE STAIN
Best Direction: BELLYBUTTON
Best Sound & Music: FLO

Watch the Audience Feedback Video for each film:

ELLIDA, 85min., Switzerland, Drama/Relationships
Directed by Leon Mitchell
Producer/Star: Katrina Syran
Writer: Birgit Syran Myaard
Based upon Henrik Ibsen’s famous play, The Lady From The Sea. It’s set in a timeless period shot south of Norway where Munch painted his masterpiece The Sun. We follow the journey of Ellida’s world of loss, love and passion, heightened with the compositions of Grammy winner Mark Thomas and cinematography of Bafta-nominated Ian James Gray.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

EMPTY SPACES, 17min., Canada, Drama
Directed by Lukas Hanulak
Written by Jess Waters
Debbie returns home to console Aiden after the loss of their father. They fight, reconcile, and finally understand what they lost.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

FLO, 4min,. Canada, Experimental
Directed by Stefy McKnight
My sister was told by a doctor that she could not have a hysterectomy unless she had permission from her boyfriend.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

THE STAIN, 14min., UK, Comedy
Directed by Shir Ariya
An absurdist comedy about a man whose life turns upside down when he becomes feverishly obsessed with a mysterious stain.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

BELLYBUTTON, 8min., USA, Drama
Directed by Hilary Eden
A Y2K teen girl struggles to connect fantasy and reality when she gets a coveted piercing.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

ANATEVKA, 4min., USA, Family
Directed by Danielle Durchslag
A group of school children perform a darkly comedic version of the song Anatevka, from Fiddler on the Roof, for their parents, with new lyrics exploring the modern tribulations of Jewish communal anxiety.

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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