HIGHLIGHTS, WINNERS & VIDEOS: July 2020 Female FEEDBACK Film Festival (Toronto)

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:
BEST FILM: LILI
BEST DOC SHORT: BARE IT ALL
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: OMA
BEST PERFORMANCES: SUPER SPECIAL
BEST SOUND & MUSIC: GLAD YOU’RE HERE

Theme of night: Coming to terms.

NOTE: Festival took place during the COVID-19 virus lockdown so all screenings were held in private.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterSUPER SPECIAL, 12min., New Zealand, Drama

festival posterBARE IT ALL, 7min., Documentary/Experimental

festival posterOMA, 9min., Latvia, Comedy Drama

festival poster1814 FROST FAIR, 4min., UK, Drama

festival posterYOUR MILEAGE MAY VARY, 7min., Canada, Drama

festival posterLILI, 8min., USA, Drama

festival posterLAUNDRY, 3min., Canada, Experimental

festival posterCHICKEN, 5min., UK, Drama

festival posterAILIN ON THE MOON, 5min., Argentina, Animation

festival posterA BLOODY MESS, 10min., Canada, Drama/Family

festival posterGLAD YOU’RE HERE, 10min., Canada, Documentary

festival posterNEW YEAR’S EVE DINNER, 22min., China, Thriller/Fantasy

The beginning of a (temporary) new era.

See you at the festivals. Whenever that happens!

– Matthew Toffolo

Short Film: THE FAMILY WAY, 18min., Ireland, Comedy

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Mother and daughter Julia and Ruth get their pregnancy tests mixed up when they both hide them in the bathroom. They set out to discreetly buy pregnancy tests in their small Irish suburban town, but are thwarted at every turn, bumping into people they know. Word spreads and friends and neighbors turn up at their home to find out the ‘news’ from distressed dad Robert.

Project Links
  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    18 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    March 10, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    1,600 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Ireland
  • Country of Filming:
    Ireland
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital 4k
  • Film Color:
    Color

Director Biography – Kyra Gardner (THE DOLLHOUSE)

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With a dad as a special effects makeup artist, blood and guts became a normality for Kyra. Combat nursing became her prime focus, but she soon discovered that real blood is more intense than the fake goop. Since high school she’s been pursuing a career in directing and hopes to create quirky fantastical films with the help of her forever scared childhood.

Director Statement

“I remember being oddly different from other kids in elementary school. I thought blood, monsters, and aliens were something all children came home to see after walking home from school. I was known as, “The girl who grew up with Chucky.” As I grew older I realized how much more bizarre that sounded, and how my childhood was distinctly different from anyone I knew. No one else grew up with a killer doll they referred to as a brother or celebrated Halloween like a religion. That was until I met the other families surrounding the Chucky franchise. I wanted to make, “The Dollhouse,” to show what life was truly like for the families who grew up around the Chucky doll and how it all connected us in the oddest of ways.”

-Kyra Gardner, director, “The Dollhouse” (2017)

Short Film: THE DOLLHOUSE, 7min., USA, Documentary

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A filmmaker who grew up with the Chucky doll seeks out the other families surrounding the franchise to get their perspective on life with Chucky.

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Short Film: OLD HABITS, 13min., USA, Drama

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Two women are reunited at the scene of the hunting accident that left one of them disabled.

  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 25 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 1, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    28,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    1.85
  • Film Color:
    Color

Director Biography – Samantha McDanel (PAGEANT PERFECT)

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Samantha McDanel has a Bachelors Degree with honors from University of North Texas in Media Arts. She served as an active member and Social Chair in UNT Short Film Club where she also held different roles in multiple film productions that the club produces each semester. Samantha’s main focus is writing, directing, and video editing, and she is currently working toward her professional certification in AVID Media Composer. Her goal is to be a top film editor for major motion pictures, but her dream in life is to become an established director and woman filmmaker. She also works with makeup and practical FX in film and photography and is well-known in the Denton community for this work. Samantha would like to learn as much as she can about every aspect that goes into making a film to better herself as a director, creator, and leader.

Director Statement

This film was a simple idea at first, but the more I sat and worked on it, it quickly became a much bigger and a true passion project to me. The story and the characters mean so much to me. It’s filled with themes, some that may not be immediately caught, and a complicated relationship between a mother and daughter. I knew that I could bring this story to life with the right team working with me and the perfect cast. I am so proud of how this film turned out.

Short Film: PAGEANT PERFECT, 12min., USA, Drama

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Set in the world of pageantry and perfection, Pageant Perfect follows a complicated relationship between a mother and daughter, as Vivian will do whatever it takes to make sure her daughter Desiree is the perfect pageant girl so she will take home the crown. After all, mother knows best….

Project Links
  • Film Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 22 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 3, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    850 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Film Color:
    Color

Director Biography – Danja Politis (ANIMUS PER MACHINA)

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Born 1993 in the Netherlands but lived for 13 years in Austria.
For my bachelor degree i came back to the Netherlands.
Now I am currently doing my Master degree at the Frank Mohr Institute.

Since my childhood I have always been inspired by video games, computer animations, movies and fantasy books, which had led me to do my own 3D animations.

Director Statement

My art is primary digital and interactive, made with the computer, which allows me to discover what is possible in no other medium. My work embraces the unphysical, digital nature of those images and discovering the relationship between technology and humans.

HIGHLIGHTS, WINNERS & VIDEOS: October 2018 Female FEEDBACK Film Festival (Los Angeles)

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:

BEST FILM: EVE – THE REVELATOR

BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM: NAU

BEST PERFORMANCES: I CAN’T SLEEP

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: MIMESIS

BEST MUSIC: CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterTHE REVELATOR, 24min., Belgium, Thriller/Mystery festival posterI CAN’T SLEEP, 3min, Ireland, Drama
festival posterPIN-UP, 20min., USA, Drama festival posterVAINSANITY, 7min., USA, Drama/Experimental
festival posterCAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU, 3min., USA, Drama/Music Video festival posterNAU, 11min., USA, Experimental/Dance
festival posterRITUAL, 4min., USA, Dance festival posterSUSPENSION, 2min., USA, Experimental
festival posterMIMESIS, 4min., USA, Experimental

LISTEN to our Daily Podcast via iTunes, or go to www.wildsoundpodcast.com

There is an episode about this festival in our archives as we talk about the audience and all the great films we showcased at this event.

The theme of the October 2018 LA FEEDBACK Film Festival in Toronto was “I am who I am”.

First half – Best of FEMALE Directed Short Film Dramaa
2nd half – Best of EXPERIMENTAL Short Films.

The Female Festival is becoming the FEEDBACK Festival’s showcase festival. It’s our most popular festival, and arguably the festival that garners the best films submitted. We are honored to how be showcasing at least one Female Festival a month in either Los Angeles or our Toronto events.

This was the first time we showcased our Experimental Festival in Los Angeles. A popular event in Toronto, we wanted to see how the LA audience took to these purely original films. They seemed to really like it so we will showcase a full Experimental Festival at our February 2019 event.

Great night all around.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

FEMALE FILM FESTIVAL Thursday – November 1, 2018. 7pm (Los Angeles)

The FEEDBACK Monthly Film Festival coming to Los Angeles.. Our LA home is Regal L.A. LIVE Cinemas, located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles (beside the Staples Center) at 1000 W Olympic Blvd.. The event runs from 7pm to 9:10pm.Showcasing the best of short films from around the world, while maintaining our audience feedback format moderated by Shepsut Wilson.

Tickets are FREE or PAY WHAT YOU LIKE. Reserve your tickets online.

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 at latickets@wildsoundfestival.com  and we’ll reserve seats for you.

1st ACT PROGRAM – Female Directors


RECONNECTED, 15min., USA, Drama/Comedy
Directed by S.J. Main MunozWhen a suburban professional struggles to reconnect with his family after an extramarital affair, he is forced to confront his scornful mother-in-law.

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#NOMORE, 16min., USA, Drama
Directed by Emily Skyle-Golden
With one action, he took away her choice. With one voice, she started a movement.

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REGRETS, 8min, UK, Drama
Directed by AJ SykesMary (Kate Donnelly) sees her husband Jim (Lenny Mullen) in a hospital bed breathing with an oxygen mask. Through several flashbacks we see Mary’s life full of turmoil, from enduring years of physical and mental abuse from her childhood to adulthood. Jim removes his oxygen mask and the room begins to radiate with white light and he sees Mary in her red dress from all those years ago. Suddenly the illusion is shattered as Mary leaves.

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MEA CULPA, 6min., USA, Comedy/Crime
Directed by Meng YuMia plans to rob her sister’s grocery store to get the insurance money, but everything goes wrong…

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2nd ACT PROGRAM – Best of FEMALE Directors


BETWEEN US, 10min, USA, Drama/Family
Directed by Alicia CoppolaBetween Us is the story of Angela’s life, the one she has and the one she wishes she could have.

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FIRST STEP, 9min., USA, Drama
Directed by Rita Duffey“A recent date leaves a college student struggling to confide in her friends what really happened.”

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MORGEN, 10min., USA, Documentary
Directed by Samantha FarrellA documentary short in which director Samantha Farrell explores her family’s past and present, reflecting on her older sister, Morgen’s, struggle with mental illness.

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NON-DISCLOSURE, 15min., USA, Drama
Directed by Tiffany KontoyiannisIn a world where women are in power, Ben, a naive aspiring producer must decide whether to sign a non-disclosure agreement, or give up his career after getting sexually assaulted by his boss.

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The FEEDBACK Monthly Film Festival coming to Los Angeles.. Our LA home is Regal L.A. LIVE Cinemas, located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles (beside the Staples Center) at 1000 W Olympic Blvd.. The event runs from 7pm to 9:10pm.