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

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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.

Director BIO: Laura Way (I CAN’T SLEEP)

Director Biography – Laura Way

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Laura Way is an actress and director, known for Sugar Stick (2009), The Honeymooners (2005) and Rough Cut (2013).

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Director Statement

U2’s emotive lyrics and music were the perfect fit for the imagery of I Can’t Sleep, this film is an insight into the world of a vulnerable young girl who is a victim of circumstance.

I wanted viewers to feel what Lucy is going through, to see through her eyes and to show the vast difference the right support can make in a young persons life.

At 18, young people leaving state care in the Republic of Ireland are legally adults but they still need a home.

Where do they turn when they no longer have one?

Alone on the streets is a terrifying place to be and the people at Focus Ireland know the realities of this.

It is why they are passionate about what they do and are genuinely committed to ending the homeless crisis. Positive change can’t be made unless we know and understand and start talking.

That’s the power of film.

I Can’t Sleep was made by a very small but incredibly hard working and committed team, from cast and crew, the marketing and advertising agencies, everyone at Focus Ireland, our amazing sponsor Bord Gais, U2 who gave us the rights to use their track and a moving performance by Grainne Goode who plays Lucy”.

Bodecii Film is a new production company that creates original, dramatized, branded films and commercial content, as well as developing and producing original and indigenous film and television.

I Can’t Sleep is the first three minute film to be used in a feature length commercial break context in the Republic of Ireland, a result of Bodecii’s remit to produce quality original films in a brand context.

I CAN’T SLEEP, 3min, Ireland, Drama

B33f33e48c posterThis is Lucy’s story.

“I Can’t Sleep” features a dual narrative track, depicting the possible fates of a young girl, Lucy, who leaves State care at the age of eighteen.

In one scenario, she benefits from Focus Ireland’s support and secure housing, in another she is forced to live on the streets, prey to violence and drugs.

More than 500 young people leave state in the Republic of Ireland care every year, too many of them become homeless.

Focus Ireland know that this can be prevented.

Their services are tailored specifically to young people – and they work.

Focus Ireland: “We are driven by the fundamental belief that homelessness is wrong.

Wrong because it is a failure of society that creates victims out of ordinary people and robs them of their potential.

Wrong because it can be prevented, it can be solved but is allowed to continue and in doing so, undermines society”.

The film features U2’s song ‘Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own’ from the 2004 album How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb, used with the band’s full permission.

Written & directed by Laura Way and produced by bodecii.com/ for focusireland.ie/

HIGHLIGHTS & VIDEOS: Los Angeles July 2018 Film Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:

BEST FILM: THE BUTTER KNIFE

BEST PERFORMANCE: BREATHLESS

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: ESKIMO

BEST MUSIC: PUPPETS AND PUSHPINS

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterUNDER THE BED, 5min, USA, Horror/Thriller

festival posterPUPPETS AND PUSHPINS, 4min., Canada, Dance/Music Video

festival posterESKIMO, 6min., USA, Drama

festival posterBREATHLESS, 7min., USA, Drama/Crime

festival posterTHE BUTTER KNIFE, 6min., USA, Comedy/Romance

festival posterHIT, 4min., New Zealand, Sports/Drama

The theme of the July 2018 DRAMA & FEMALE FEEDBACK Film Festival in Los Angeles was “Powerful Women”. Every single film had strong female characters in every single short that played.

The 2nd half of 2018 at the Los Angeles Festival began with a bang! We had our largest crowd and by far our most talkative crowd.

The LA LIVE Regal Cinemas in downtown Los Angeles isn’t the greatest destination spot, despite having three major professional sports teams playing next door at the Staples Center. Parking is always way too much and the traffic exit ramps can be a nightmare. Despite that, we are getting a great crowd 8 months into our monthly festival events.

We do have to figure our where 2019 lands us and if we’ll resign with LA LIVE. Perhaps having the festival at a more indy cinema would suit us better. There is much to decide. I simply want to make sure people don’t have to pay TOO much for parking and can get there on time without worrying about the traffic.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

May 2018 Female Directed & Written Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

A Film Freeway Preferred Festival:

festival poster(A) UTOMATED (I)IRRITATION, 6min., USA, Comedy/Sci-Fi

festival posterTHE FINAL SHOW, 9min., USA, Comedy/Romance

festival posterTHE FINAL SHOW, 9min., USA, Comedy/Romance

festival posterTHE BUS TRIP, 13min., Sweden, Animation

festival posterCHERI, 6min., France, Thriller/Suspense

festival posterTUESDAY 10:08AM, 13min., Canada, Crime/Mystery

festival posterPROJECT 1948, 13min., Bosnia, Documentary

festival posterMOTHERS & METHADONE, 11min, Canada, Documentary

festival posterTHE FLOWER GATE, 15min., Israel, Fantasy

festival posterTHE SUPER RECOGNISER, 11min., UK, Sci-Fi

ACTORFOR A GOOD LIFE – Feature Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Natalia Maslin

ACTORMY MOTHER MURDERED MY FATHER – 1st Scene TV Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Joanna Perry Folino
ACTORTIME SLIP – Best Scene TV Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Meredith Hill

ACTORDELIVER ME PIZZARIE – Best TV Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Anne Luong
ACTORTHE THINGS WE MISS – LGBT 1st Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Bonnie Brookby

ACTORTHE GREAT ADVENTURE OF THE BENTLEY GIRLS – FAN FICTION 1st Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Elisa Herrman
ACTORTHE PAPER PRINCESS – ANIMATION 1st Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Stephanie Barnes

ACTORBURSTING FOR A BREAK – 1pg. COMEDY Short Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Kelly Lamphaer Dash
ACTORMIRRORS – Under 5mi. Short Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by R. Harris Smith

ACTORTHE SEEKER – Short Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Kaitlyn Kowalski
ACTORSANCTUARY CITY – Short Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Stephanie Annis

ACTORA SHORT DROP AND A SUDDEN STOP – Short Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Margaret Dane
ACTORTHE SKY BELOW – COMEDY Best Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Stacey Derasmo

ACTORUNFINISHED BUSINESS – COMEDY Best Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Deborah Klika
ACTORDESTINY’S VESSEL – SCI-FI Best Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Susanne Lutas

ACTORWAVERLY RIDING – FEMALE 1st Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Carla Miles
ACTORMAGIC MAN – SCI-FI Best Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Norma Hickox

ACTORSIDEKICKS – NOVEL Reading
May 2018 Reading
by Linda Palmer
ACTORTHE SECOND CHANCE GARDENER – SHORT STORY Reading
May 2018 Reading
by Sharon Gunason Pottinger

ACTORWHO’S AT THE DOOR – SHORT STORY Reading
May 2018 Reading
by Mary Barr
ACTORAVALEIGH’S AMAZING ADVENTURES – SHORT STORY Reading
May 2018 Reading
by Rita Cragwall

ACTORPOSTMORDERNISTIC LOVE – SHORT STORY Reading
May 2018 Reading
by Mary Matshine

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Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Festival Moderators: Kierston Drier, Shepsut Wilson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Festival Directors: Mary Cox, Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: John Johnson, Isabal Cupryn, Aser Santos Jr., Zack Arch

Short Film: UNDER THE BED, 5min, USA, Horror/Thriller

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A girl is working late in her bedroom. All of a sudden, she hears a strange sound comes under her bed. She decides to crawl under the bed and finds out what is underneath.

  • Film Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 36 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 14, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    600 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, Canon
  • Film Color:
    Color