Female Film Festival: Thursday June 28th at 9pm – Toronto

The FEEDBACK Monthly Film Festival is back for 2018.. Our home is The Carlton Cinemas, located in the heart of downtown Toronto at 20 Carlton Street. The event runs from 9pm to 11pm.

Continuing to showcase the best of short films from around the world, while maintaining our audience feedback format moderated by Kierston Drier. Showcasing a festival twice a month in Toronto in 2018!

Tickets for 2018 are PAY WHAT YOU LIKE. Purchase your tickets online via Paypal or Credit Card. Tickets are first come first serve.

If you like to obtain seats in advance and pick them up on the day of the event (come for FREE, or make a donation), please email us atfestivalevent@wildsoundfestival.com and we’ll reserve seats for you.

You can pick up the tickets on the day of the event at the cinema. Tickets are first come, first serve. This festival has sold out 70 out of its last 72 events!

You will be able to buy alcohol (beer, wine, liquor), popcorn, candy, and refreshments before the show.

Here is the full program of films. Festival starts at 9pm sharp!

FIRST ACT PROGRAM


GRANDFATHERHOOD, 27min., Russia, Drama/Family
Directed by Nelly Mursalimova

Brother and sister learn their much-hated grandfather is facing death from cancer.

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THE CLIMB, 9min., UK, Drama
Directed by Lynne Davison

Inspired by a heart-breaking true story, The Climb quietly explores the concept of feeling connected to someone you have lost by immersing yourself in something they love. The painful act of remembering by doing.

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SISTER IN ARMS, 9min., UK, Crime/Drama
Directed by Jessica O’Sullivan

A female police squad arrive at a remote village in Northern Pakistan to question the villagers (mostly women) about two men that they are looking for. Before they leave they are attacked and shot at by three Taliban men. Returning fire they kill one Taliban before running for cover. All the female officers regroup except for the police commander’s younger sister who can not be found. Hearing shots and a truck driving away in the distance they run to the village edge where they can just about see in the far distance the younger sister being thrown out of the back of a truck and doused in gasoline by the Taliban. With the engine wires of their police truck cut and only an assault rifle to intercede the police commander races against the clock to save her sister from a horrendous death.

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SECOND ACT PROGRAM


THE CALL, 10min., USA, Horror
Directed by Jia Li

A girl finds out the dark past of her new apartment at the night she moves in.

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CARL, 17min., USA, Drama
Directed by Casey Denaro

CARL tells the story of Carl Denaro, who at twenty years old was shot in the head and became a victim to the Son of Sam shootings. As he was one of the first victims and there was no face to the alleged killer, Carl had to face a world of isolation. From that point on, he was forced to reevaluate his life and future since his plan to be a photographer for the Air Force was ruined. Our story follows Carl after the accident and how he and the rest of the world would find out his shooting was a part of a mass hysteria that changed New York in the late 1970’s.

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SNUG AS A BUG, 11min., UK, Comedy
Directed by Louise C. Galizia 

Mickey and Gav are six floors up with a corpse, a rug that’s too small and a van they haven’t got. Worse still, they’re almost out of air freshener: a pungent comic short with bodies, bowels and bin-bags.

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The FEEDBACK Monthly Film Festival is back for 2018.. Our home is The Carlton Cinemas, located in the heart of downtown Toronto at 20 Carlton Street. The event runs from 9pm to 11:10pm.

Director BIO: Nelly Mursalimova (GRANDFATHERHOOD)

Director Biography – Nelly Mursalimova

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Born in Samara, Russia Nelly received her training in directing in St Petersburg where she currently pursues a career in film and theatre.

 
Director Statement

This film is a big step for myself and for everyone on the crew. We took a lot of risks and there’s a lot at stake here. It’s a very traditional piece in terms of how it interacts with the past (both in terms of social and cinematographic aspects) yet it’s very timely as it touches some very burning issues in our society.

Director BIO: Louise C. Galizia (SNUG AS A BUG)

Director Biography – Louise C Galizia

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Louise’s fascination with the visual arts came around at a very young age, and after starting her professional career working in the design industry, she soon moved on to studying Film and theatre. She then started working as an Assistant Director in the feature film industry in London, working with some of the most acclaimed directors such as Alejandro Almenabar (Agora), Lee Tamahori (The Devils Double), Dustin Hoffman (Quartet), Joe Wright (Anna Karenina), and many more.

After gaining invaluable lessons in the process of filmmaking and its industry, She went on to produce and direct a short film ‘Duende’ which has gone on to be officially selected for the Edinburgh short film festival 2013 and the Van d’Ors film festival 2013 here in London. In 2014 She directed the short film ‘Pardon the Intrusion’, which has gone on to win awards at Cleveland International Film Festival, New York No Limits film festival, Charleston International Festival & Beaufort International Film Festival, as well as being officially selected for Palm Springs International Film Festival, Aesthetica Film Festival, Short of the week and many more. It also qualified for Oscar nomination.

She is currently working on two feature film ideas, one of which is an extension of this short film ‘Snug as a bug’.

Director Statement
 
‘Snug as a Bug’ was a script that stood out from the crowd. It’s funny, dark and incredibly well written – I just had to make it into a film. The feature attached to it has incredible potential and I’m really excited to begin the process with the writers to make it into a film. The short is filled with references, something that got me really excited.

Director BIO: Lynne Davison(THE CLIMB)

Director Biography – Lynne Davison

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Lynne is a Northern Ireland based writer and director with a strong track record in short film-making. The Climb is Lynne’s first project funded and produced through a professional production company. Her previous work includes Tryst which was officially selected for the 26th BFI Lesbian and Gay Film Festival and, most recently, Ducks which was featured in the 2015 Belfast Film Festival.

Lynne’s passion for visual storytelling has seen her work in the camera team on TV dramas such as Small Island and Game of Thrones as well as various corporate productions. In 2010 she directed and shot a series of documentary films with the Prison Arts Foundation.

She has a keen interest in exploring thought provoking character centred drama, sci-fi and fantasy stories.

 

Director Statement

 

Remembering by Doing.

The Climb felt like the perfect opportunity to showcase my writing and directing strengths while showing the beauty of the Northern Irish landscape in a very quiet and personal way.  Inspired by a heart-breaking true story, I knew I could present the relatable painful act of remembering by doing. The concept of feeling connected to someone you have lost by doing something they love was perfectly poetic.

When I thought of whom I wanted to cast I knew I wanted real and unpolished. Julia needed a great deal of depth to convey the complex emptiness that comes from losing a partner and the subtle hints of hope she would find on her journey.  Darren needed to be someone with experience in his eyes and the kind of confidence which is calming.  It was clear that Joanne and Ian had a natural chemistry which brought the characters to life flawlessly.

For me The Climb has been a triumph both on the page and on screen; successfully highlighting Julia’s deep personal internal struggle which I so desperately wanted to convey.

Director BIO: Jessica O’Sullivan (SISTERS IN ARMS)

Director Biography – Jessica O’Sullivan

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Originally from Co. Kerry, Ireland, Jessica O’Sullivan holds a degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering. After working in the Construction Industry for 12 years she decided to leave it and to instead follow her dreams of making films and telling visual stories. In 2017 she completed a BA in Practical Film Making at Met Film School, London specialising in Directing. Jessica’s directing credits to date include the 45 minute TV pilot Above the Fold (2017) and an episode of the web series Upstage (2016). Jessica is currently working on writing and directing a short comedy set in Co. Cork, Ireland about Nollaig na mBan.

 

Director Statement

 

There is a wealth of fascinating stories out there about women which have not yet been told. One particular area which fascinates me are the stories of women in the police force and armies in countries where women are largely perceived to be living under oppression. I wanted to make a film about real women with real relationships (in this case siblings) in a difficult situation having to make a difficult decision. The short film Sisters in Arms is an adaptation of a scene from a feature length film script that I am writing. The feature length focuses on two sisters who join the Kurdish army in Northern Syria and their tumultuous relationship and joint experiences during training and in active service. Both stories ultimately look at and question whether a person can find the strength in a decisive moment to kill someone that they love in order to save them from an inevitable and agonising death.

Director BIO: Casey Denaro (CARL)

Director Biography – Casey Denaro

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Casey immediately knew she wanted to be a filmmaker after her father made her watch the classics, like” Goodfellas” and “Annie Hall”, at a very young age. She has been pursuing a career in producing/directing independent film in New York for the past four years. Casey was recently awarded the National Board of Review Student Grant for “CARL”, as well the New York Women in Film & Television Emerging Female Filmmaker Award.

“CARL” is Casey’s directorial debut and she couldn’t be more ecstatic to share this film, which tells the story of her best friend and confidant, her father. She hopes that “CARL” will take the viewer on a journey through the eyes of a man who had to overcome the impossible and found a silver lining.

 

Director Statement

 

What do you give to someone that has given you everything? Ever since I could remember, my dad has always worked hard to give me the best opportunities in life and has always encouraged me to pursue my dreams. When I was old enough to fathom what had happened to him when he was twenty, I couldn’t wrap my head around it. Having your entire life halted and not knowing where to go when you’re already at a crucial age of finding yourself… what do you do?

Despite everything that has happened to him, my father always has a smile on his face and reminds me everyday to be grateful for everything. Being given the opportunity to tell his story is an enormous honor, as this is the most personal and fulfilling experience I have ever had as a filmmaker.