My Name Was January Short Film, Audience FEEDBACK from Feb. 2020 Female Toronto Film Festival

MY NAME WAS JANUARY, 25min., Canada, Documentary

Directed by Elina Gress & Lenee Son

When a trans sister, January Marie Lapuz, is brutally murdered in her own home, a community reacts and her friends and other trans women of colour come to share and voice their issues, concerns, and challenges. January was seen as a bright light in the lives of many. This is the story of January, a friend, a daughter, a person. This film will not only bring justice to January, but to all the women who have lost their lives. January had a beautiful soul, and now part of her soul rests in each and every one of us.

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Director Biography – Julie Lipson (THE RIVER)

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Julie Lipson is a screenwriter who grew up in Nevada City and now lives in LA, who has never directed her own work until… THE RIVER.

In 2017, Julie sold a television series called Excess to Universal Cable Productions and E! Network. She also recently sold a series to Super Deluxe, based on the New York Times Bestselling Y/A novel, Obedience, and wrote the one-hour pilot for the studio. Julie’s one-hour pilot, Children of the Sun, was set up at Echo Lake, where she developed the script with director Keith Gordon (Homeland, Fargo).

On the feature side, Julie’s environmental survivor thriller Rust Creek is on the festival circuit and recently sold to IFC Midnight. She has written two other features for Lunacy, most notably, The Man Who Knew Belle Starr, about a 13-year-old girl with homicidal tendencies, and the ex-con who comes into her life and changes it forever.

Julie holds an MFA in Writing for Screen and Television from the University of Southern California with a thesis in television writing. She was the winner of the graduate student script competition both years she attended USC. Before her writing career Julie graduated summa cum laude from Middlebury College in Vermont with a joint major in film and English, and was awarded a Bread Loaf Writer’s Scholarship for poetry.

She grew up in Nevada City, California, was a California Junior Miss (talent) and an American Scholarship Winner for Piano Performance at the Chopin Institute in Warsaw.

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Director Biography – Emily Dean (ANDROMEDA)

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Emily Limyun Dean is an Asian-Australian-American currently based in Los Angeles. Emily holds a Bachelor of Arts First Class Honours in History from the University of Sydney, and studied Animation at California Institute of the Arts.

Emily began making short films at age 12 and storyboarding professionally at age 15. In 2012 her short film Forget Me Not was nominated for an Australian Academy Award (AACTA) for best animated short, and was included in the Australian National Film and Sound Archive’s Permanent Collection.

Emily trained in the Story Department at Pixar Animation Studios, and has since worked in the Story Department at Warner Bros on The Lego Batman Movie (2017) The Lego Movie Sequel (2019) and Scoob (2020). In 2017 Emily worked alongside renowned cinematographer Chung-hoon Chung (Oldboy, The Handmaiden, It) as a Visual Consultant on the live action sci fi thriller, Hotel Artemis, directed by Drew Pearce (Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation) and starring Jodie Foster. In 2017 Emily also wrote and directed her live action debut, the sci-fi drama short Andromeda.

Emily is represented by Verve and managed by Brillstein Entertainment Partners.

Director Statement

Diverse, female-driven, action-adventure genre stories are my jam!

Director BIO –  Myriam Kamel (MY BROTHER)

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Myriam is a Canadian from Tunisian descendants with a bachelor in film production from Concordia University in Montreal. She’s interested in culture differences between the Maghreb and the West and the way these differences affect relationships and families. Khouya (My Brother) is her first short film and shows the difficulties of growing up in the middle of two opposite cultures, and sharing your experiences with your family as a child of immigrant. While Maghreb culture favors family and community, the West favors individualism and free will. Myriam wants to create a film genre that will illustrate the struggles that people of her generation go through while trying to balance those values in their everyday life.

Director Statement

Khouya tells the story of children of immigrants who grew up at home under strict rules and traditional ways of thinking, and were confronted to the open-minded values of north-American societies; such as freedom, independence and libertinism.

In a society that openly features sexuality and allows for diverse opinions to be shared, it is hard for those of us who were raised in conservative households, to juggle with these opposed values and to make our own sense of right and wrong.

This issue personifies through the character of Youness, who chooses to live the American way, and who consequently has to deal with his brother’s disapproving look. Khouya portrays how an environment can challenge one’s beliefs; it shows two brothers growing apart despite being raised under the same roof, and the drama of having to hide your lifestyle from your family for fear of being shamed and judged.

This short film is a social drama targeting millenials and portraying issues of identity and self-affirmation.

Female Festival Testimonial – February 3 2018

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My film was screened in Toronto. I could not attend but i got a link to a feedback video of my film. As a filmmaker, getting feedback from the audience is a very nice aspect of this film festival. Thanks for having me!
I very much recommend this festival!

5 Star Review

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The FEEDBACK Female Film Festival (FFFF) was created for women filmmakers and screenwriters. The goal is to showcased the best of female talent in film & TV from around the world.

Film Festival takes place six times a year!

Screenplay Festival takes place every single month.

Festival takes place at the Regal L.A. LIVE Cinemas in downtown Los Angeles, and the Carlton Cinemas in downtown Toronto.

Female Film Festival: Thursday January 17th (Toronto)

The FEEDBACK Monthly Film Festival is back for 2019.. Our home is The Carlton Cinemas, located in the heart of downtown Toronto at 20 Carlton Street. The event runs from 7pm to 9pm.

Continuing to showcase the best of short films from around the world, while maintaining our audience feedback format moderated by Kierston Drier. Showcasing a Female Film Festival every single month!

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 at 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 a 7pm sharp!


THE DOLLHOUSE, 7min., USA, Documentary

Directed by Kyra Gardner

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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OLD HABITS, 13min., USA, Drama

Directed by Sophie Ellsberg

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

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Directed by Samantha McDanel

Vivian will do whatever it takes to make sure her daughter Desiree, a young pageant girl, is perfect so she will win the big annual pageant.

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ANIMUS PER MACHINA, 5min., Netherlands, Animation

Directed by Danja Politis

What if everyone looks the same but still a distinction is being made? The protagonists, black balls, are transported into a factory. They make their way through the selection process, that seems completely random. What will happen to them in the end?

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GOODBYE BABY LADY, 13min., UK, Drama

Directed by Emilia Kinderman

Rose is 24 years old. She lives with her eccentric mother. Together they fill their lives with mundane often pointless tasks that are rigidly timetabled. The house is nothing but a trap with a vast collection of clutter that stops them from moving forward.

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ITSY, 12min., UK, Drama

Directed by Amy Mathieson, Premila Puri

ITSY is a fictional narration of two neighbours and an unsuspecting friend who forges their unique bond.

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THE FAMILY WAY, 18min., Ireland, Comedy

Directed by Roisin Kearney

A family is thrown into turmoil when a positive pregnancy test is found in the bathroom drawer.

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The event runs from 7pm to 9pm on Thursday January 17, 2018

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 every single Thursday in Toronto in 2019!


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.

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    March 10, 2018
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