HIGHLIGHTS & VIDEOS: Toronto April 2017 Film Festival

AUDIENCE FESTIVAL AWARDS

Best Film: RIGHT HERE OR OVER THERE

Best Performances: THE MAN FROM THE SWIM LANE ASIDE

Best Cinematography: THE MAN FROM THE SWIM LANE ASIDE

Best Music: The music from LE BELLE FOLIE

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos from each film: 

NOSTOMANIA, 2min, Canada, Experimental
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festival posterIN A WARM DARK PLACE, 10min, USA, Drama/Thriller
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festival posterTHE MAN FROM THE SWIM LANE ASIDE, 15min, Brazil, Drama/Romance
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festival posterBENDED BONDS, 6min, Belgium, Drama
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festival posterRIGHT HERE OR OVER THERE, 16min, France, Drama
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festival posterUNBIND, 5min, Australia, Dance/Experimental
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festival posterLE BELLE FOLIE, 14min, UK, Comedy
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The FEMALE APRIL 2017 FEEDBACK Film Festival gave our audiences simply the best of short comedy movies from around the world.

The theme of the festival was “HOW MEMORY SHAPES US”.

Every film showcased was about a setting where a character was forced to go back to their past and rediscover themselves.

NOTE: Our 3rd Female Director’s festival!

The Female FEEDBACK Film Festival has been an incredible learning experience. The success it’s acheived so far in less than a year and three festival nights (2 in Toronto. 1 in Los Angeles) has been nothing short of amazing. The quality of films presented is top notch. The difficult part now is that we need to expand our festival and have more evenings because we have so many great shorts to program.

I really have nothing to do with this festival. I don’t program a single film. I don’t moderate. I don’t program any of the accepted screenplays. My job is to simply make sure the excellent team (lead by Kierston Drier and Amanda Lomonaco) have a cinema and audience to showcase the accepted works.

Kierston Drier’s rise to moderating the night has been amazing. The audience’s response to her is extremely positive and she gets the best out of them each time she performs the role. And yes, moderating is a performance. The #1 goal is to make sure the film get’s it true justice from the audience’s comments.

As our editor John Johnson says: “The less the moderator talks, the better the film festival is.” You want the audience to make the points. You want to audience to express their emotions and opinions on the film. The moderator is there to start and end the conversation and hopefully say nothing in between. And Kierston, so early in the job, is mastering that.

And the amazing succcess of Kierston and Amanda’s programming this festival can’t be overlooked. They are simply picking the right films to bring to this festival and to the entire world.

See you at the festivals in 2017.

– Matthew Toffolo