Director Biography – Julia Trofimova (Eulogy for Denis K. )

Director Biography – Julia Trofimova

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Julia Trofimova was born in a Russian town of Kaluga, moved to Moscow when she was sixteen. She studied Economics in the Moscow State University and worked as a strategy consultant for 10 years.
In the middle of her career she decided to change her life completely and started studying first screenwriting and then directing in New York Film Academy and Moscow Film School. Her experience in strategy helped her play both Director and Producer role for her student film “I’m Game” and her debut film “Eulogy for Denis K.”

 

Director Statement

 

This film is about acceptance. It is about the learning to accept life as it is, even if it’s not ideal. It is about accepting affairs of your husband, betrayal of your friends and even death. It is an attempt to find the way to treat all of it a bit less seriously.
The sub-theme of the film is the question of the truth or rather a truth. Do we know the whole truth and are we ready for it? Should we aspire to know it all, if it’s never the full picture?
We talk about it in a not too serious tone, without too much drama, via soft warm colours, ironic smiles and jazz.

Short Film: Eulogy for Denis K. , 12min., Russia, Comedy

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When four female friends gather together at the wake of one of their husbands to commiserate, the arrival of an unexpected guest turns the tables on the grieving widow.

  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Хвалебная речь Денису Кораблеву
  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 50 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 30, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    26,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Russian Federation
  • Country of Filming:
    Russian Federation
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color

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

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:

BEST FILM: #NOMORE

BEST PERFORMANCES: NON-DISCLOSURE

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: RECONNECTED

BEST MUSIC: FIRST STEP

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterRECONNECTED, 15min., USA, Drama/Comedy

festival poster#NOMORE, 16min., USA, Drama

festival posterREGRETS, 8min, UK, Drama

festival posterMEA CULPA, 6min., USA, Comedy/Crime

festival posterBETWEEN US, 10min, USA, Drama/Family

festival posterFIRST STEP, 9min., USA, Drama

festival posterMORGEN, 10min., USA, Documentary

festival posterNON-DISCLOSURE, 15min., USA, Drama

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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 November 2018 Female Feedback Film Festival in Los Angeles was “Choices”.

Perhaps the most generic theme we’ve ever had, but each film was about the main character forced to make a major decision after a traumatic event. Pushing yourself when it’s the last thing you ever want to do.

This is always going to be a memorable festival for myself because while the festival was taking place in Los Angeles, 2500 miles away in Toronto my son Daniel Ross Toffolo was born. He wasn’t supposed to come for another two weeks, but he had other things on his mind.

The only reason this can happen is that we have an outstanding team in Los Angeles who runs a great festival for the organization month after month. From top to bottom, this is an amazing group of people assembled to deliver a top notch event on the first Thursday of every single month at the LA LIVE Regal cinemas in downtown LA.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

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.

HIGHLIGHTS & VIDEOS: August 2018 Film Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:

BEST FILM: THE PITS

BEST PERFORMANCES: AXIOMA

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: FOXY TROT

BEST MUSIC: MRS. MURPHY CONFESSION

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterMRS. MURPHY’S CONFESSION, 25min., USA, Comedy/Drama

festival posterBLOSSOM, 6min., Australia, Drama

festival posterPREY, 10min., Canada, Drama

festival posterRIGHT TO BE FORGOTTEN, 6min., Portugal, Drama

festival posterAXioMA, 15min., Italy, Drama

festival posterTHE PITS, 6min., Canada, Comedy/Romance

festival posterFOXY TROT, 14min., USA, Drama

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 August 2018 FEMALE FEEDBACK Film Festival in Toronto was “Moving on from the past”.

Each film was about a character that had to move forward from their past nostalgias, comfortabilities, mistakes, and venture onward to the future.

Another sold out Female Festival Event. What started out a festival that would to 2-3 events each in Toronto & Los Angeles, has now turned to a monthly festival in Toronto and a four times a year festival in Los Angeles. There are simply too many great shorts made by females today that we must show them. Of course it helps that the audience keeps showing up too. So it’s a win/win for everyone.

The team of Kierton Drier & Mary Cox are superb. They keep turning out great event after great event.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

Director BIO: Lisa Donato (FOXY TROT)

Director Biography

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Lisa Donato is a writer, director, and activist from Billings, Montana and based in Austin & Los Angeles. The first feature film that she co-wrote, Signature Move, world-premiered at SXSW and won the grand jury prize for Best U.S. Narrative Feature at Outfest (2017). It can be found on Amazon Prime, Google Play, and iTunes. Her short films have won many awards on the festival circuit, including best LGBTQ short at Cannes: Emerging Filmmaker Showcase (Spunkle, 2017) and the Ron Kovic Peace Prize at My Hero (Reclaiming Pakistan, 2017). She was one of 35 short film directors short-listed for the UK Iris Prize (The News Today, 2017).

Her magic-wand wish is to bring queer and marginalized stories to mainstream audiences around the world. Other story and directing credits include shows for National Geographic Wild, Oprah Winfrey Network, PBS, published personal essays in the LA Times, Self Magazine, Curve Magazine, Austin Women, Whole Life Times, 5280 Magazine and multiple short films and music videos.