Get to know the short film: POST NO BILLS, 5min, Canada, Animation/Adventure

On an urban city wall plastered with posters Noodle Boy must make his way through a series of obstacles and challenges in order to save his crush, Miss Fortune from the city’s clean up crew.

 

  • Robin Hays
    Director
  • Andy Poon
    Director
  • Robin Hays
    Writer
  • Robin Hays
    Producer
  • Noodle Boy
    Key Cast
  • Miss Fortune
    Key Cast
Project Links
  • Film Type:
    Animation, Short
  • Genres:
    Adventure, romance, asian, family, fun, urban
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 44 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 22, 2017
  • Country of Origin:
    Canada
  • Country of Filming:
    Canada
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    animation
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color

Get to know the short film: THE FOREST PRINCESS, 5min, USA, Fantasy/Family

Short Film playing at the November 2017 FEMALE FEEDBACK Film Festival

Tfp trailer 01.00 00 36 08.still003In a world, where the unknown is feared and misunderstood, one girl begins the journey within… searching the path for direction, finding the beauty that connects us and uncovering what conquers fear. She emerges with a simple, yet powerful understanding…

Project Links
  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    family, fantasy, fairy tale, film de femme
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 53 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 17, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    digital, sony a7Sii. slog-2
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.35:1
  • Film Color:
    Color

Director’s BIO: Gretchen Bayer (THE FOREST PRINCESS)

Short Film playing at the November 2017 FEMALE FEEDBACK Film Festival

Director Biography

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Raised by a couple of art teachers / artists, it’s no wonder Gretchen started developing her creative eye at a very early age.
She tried her hand at painting, pottery and drawing, but at 9 years old, fell in love with her dad’s Pentax K1000. She loved capturing “in between” moments…the subtle action that happened inside the bigger, intended picture.

She left small town Indiana and moved west to Los Angeles to attend university. There, she decided to take a more lucrative path and study business, but she never let go of her love of photography and nearly always had her camera with her.
Dwelling in the City of Angels, she became drawn to cinema and discovered the incredible eye of Alfred Hitchcock, Wim Wenders, Krzysztof Kieślowski and others. She absorbed how the filmmaker used the camera to orchestrate a scene, evoke a feeling and tell a story.

She met her husband in 2008. He had been in film production and editing for most of his life and they began teaching each other their crafts. He taught her how to tell a story with moving pictures and she taught him to rein in the motion of the camera and let the moments play out in the frame.

The Forest Princess is Gretchen’s directorial debut.

Director Statement

Over the years I have embraced the philosophy of wabi-sabi…

a state of acceptance of the imperfections in life and appreciating them as beautiful, accepting peacefully the natural cycle of growth and decay.

I find that this philosophy transcends to art and allows freedom to make mistakes, grow from or transform the mistake into something beautiful.

Get to know the short film: THE BENEFACTION, 27min, USA, Drama

Short Film playing at the November 2017 FEMALE FEEDBACK Film Festival

PostertupeloProtagonist Rishi, a young Indian taxi driver struggles to make his payments on his sole means of livelihood, his taxi. While under the threat of repossession, he finds his daughter falling prey to an unknown illness that could take her life. When his taxi is repossessed and his wife is ready to leave him, he must make choices that will affect his future, and the life of his daughter.

Project Links
  • Film Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    27 minutes 49 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 15, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    8,700 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    India
  • Film Language:
    Hindi
  • Shooting Format:
    4K Red
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color

Director’s BIO: Nikhat Powell (THE BENEFACTION)

Short Film playing at the November 2017 FEMALE FEEDBACK Film Festival

Director Biography

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Nikhat Powell is an educator. She got her M.A. in Mass Communications from the premier institute for Filmmaking, the Mass Communications Research Centre (MCRC), New Delhi, India in 1990. Before transitioning full time into education, she worked as a Video editor for Zee TV and for different independent TV shows.

Identifying a need for a unique film school offering high quality instruction to everyone who had missed the opportunity during college days, she started ‘Magic in Motion’. MIM taught intensive, short term, part time courses that a working professional could manage.

She headed departments and worked with media and liberal arts colleges in Bangalore and Pune, India for nearly two decades before moving to the US with her American husband. Unable to work in higher education in the US without an MFA, she decided go back to full-time studying and get what she needed to teach the subject she loves. She graduated as one of the top graduates across the program, with a 4.0 GPA and an Honors degree.

She is currently teaching in the Cinematic Arts department in Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville, Florida.

Director Statement

This film is a labor of love. It is a testament to how the Universe supports one when faith, passion, perseverance and dedication lead the way.

The characters, their conflict, the stakes, the social and monetary conditions might could be argued as specific to a culture prevalent in India. I believe they’re specific to mankind. I’ve tried to pay attention to cultural nuances, character flaws, culture-specific dialogs, development of character, character arc and plot, and the story arc, remembering that the story is set in India, but will largely be viewed by a foreign audience. Though the story is about Rishi, the male protagonist, it is also a comment on the unacknowledged role of women that are the strength and support of families across the world. Naina, in this film, could well be recognized by many other names across the world. Rishi, in this film, is each of us when faced with difficult decisions in our lives. May we learn to never judge someone else, for we are not in their shoes.

Get to know the short film: FIRM WITH PURPOSE, 5min, USA, Comedy

 

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  • Tia Ayers
    Director
    Shannon Ayers Swanson
  • Director
  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Comedy
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 15 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 6, 2017
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Film Color:
    Color

Director’s BIO: Tia Ayers and Shannon Ayers Swanson (FIRM WITH PURPOSE)

Short Film playing at the November 2017 FEMALE FEEDBACK Film Festival

Director Biography

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Tia Ayers and Shannon Ayers Swanson are creators, directors, producers and co-founders of the production and development company Borndreamer.

Together, Tia and Shannon develop and produce content with a focus on comedy. They currently have several original projects in development, from web shorts to feature films.

Prior to forming their partnership, Tia directed several short films that played at festivals around the country. She also co-wrote a Lifetime movie with her mom and was a writer and supervising producer of all 26 episodes of “Raising Expectations”, a family comedy for Canadian television. Shannon was at Abominable Pictures, where she produced several pilots, presentations and eight episodes of the series Filthy Preppy Teens for Full Screen Media.

They both got their start as performers. Tia studied and performed sketch comedy at Second City, IOWest, the Groundlings and did standup all over the country. Shannon studied at Playhouse West and was a cast member of Top Story Weekly at the IOWest Theatre.

Director Statement

We are sisters who love to work and create together.

Our mission is:
To BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER through positive entertainment, showcasing underrepresented characters and stories.

To BE KIND & RESPECTFUL to our audience, clients, community and team.

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