HIGHLIGHTS & VIDEOS: Toronto August 2017 Film Festival


Best Film: KAJAL

Best Performances: THE SESSION

Best Cinematography: WE WERE SWIMMING

Best Music: The music from KAJAL

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos from each film: 

festival posterMAGIC RADIO, 9min, USA, Family/Comedy

festival posterGRACE & GRIT, 3min, USA, Thriller/Drama

festival posterWE WERE SWIMMING, 3min, UK, Art/Surreal

festival posterTHE MAN WHO DOESN’T SLEEP, 15min, Canada, Drama

festival posterTHE SESSION, 7min, USA, Comedy

festival posterNO STRINGS ATTACHED, 5min, USA, Music Video

festival posterKAJAL, 20min, India, Drama

The FEMALE AUGUST 2017 FEEDBACK Film Festival gave our audiences the best NEW films by women directors from around the world.

The theme of the festival was “SELF DISCOVERY”.

Every film showcased was about a setting where a character finds out who they are deep inside of themselves.

NOTE: Our 4th Female Director’s festival!

The Female FEEDBACK Film Festival has been an incredible learning experience. The success it has acheived so far in less than a year and four festival nights (3 in Toronto. 1 in Los Angeles) has been nothing short of amazing. The quality of films presented is top notch.

There will be one more Female Festival in 2017 occuring and 6 festivals set for 2018 in Toronto & Los Angeles.

I really have nothing to do with this festival. I don’t program a single film. I don’t moderate. I don’t program any of the accepted screenplays. My job is to simply make sure the excellent team (lead by Kierston Drier and Amanda Lomonaco) have a cinema and audience to showcase the accepted works.

The amazing succcess of Kierston and Amanda’s programming of this festival can’t be overlooked.

See you at the festivals in 2017 and beyond.

– Matthew Toffolo

Director BIO: Jesse May Fisher

Played at the FEMALE FEEDBACK Film Festival on Thursday August 24, 2017

Director Biography

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Jesse grew up in Ireland before to moving to London to study photography at London College of Communication. She graduated as of June 2016 and currently lives and works in London. We Were Swimming is her first short narrative film.

Director Statement

Inspired by personal conversations and shared biographies that recalled the strange and overwhelming world of teenage friendship, I began exploring the vital and under-represented intricacies of girlhood. I became intrigued by these universal observations that seemed gender specific. The ominous, ambiguous, erotic and aggressively pretty nature of the visuals attempts to disorient the preconceived notions of girlhood and femininity, which are further subverted by the constant use of the colour blue. We Were Swimming is a reaction to the image of girl within a social context. Beauty rituals aid the cultural construction of femininity and for this reason can become oppressor to both girls and women. Washing and brushing long, thick hair, skin care application, actions that are, at first glance, nurturing evolve into something with a sinister significance. We Were Swimming abandons the sweet scents of girlhood to make room for a multifaceted, obscure and essential relationship. The highly aestheticized visuals coincide with a bleak voice over to create an oppositional effect; an archetype of purity and innocence with secrets, desires and darkness. Through the female gaze a coded language between young women is acknowledged.