HIGHLIGHTS, WINNERS & VIDEOS: May 2018 Comedy FEEDBACK Film Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:

BEST FILM: ROSIE, OH

BEST COMEDY: THE FINAL SHOW

BEST PERFORMANCES: AFTER LOVE

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: ROSIE, OH

BEST MUSIC: HANDS

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterNAMCAR NIGHT RACE, 17min., USA, Comedy/Mockumentary festival poster(A) UTOMATED (I)IRRITATION, 6min., USA, Comedy/Sci-Fi
festival posterSAM THE HAM, 1min., USA, Animation/Comedy festival posterWHEN COMES THE RAIN, 2min., USA, Animation/Comedy
festival posterTHE FINAL SHOW, 9min., USA, Comedy/Romance festival posterPENTHOUSE SWEET, 9min., USA, Comedy/Drama
festival posterROSIE, OH, 8min, USA, Experimental/Family festival posterTHE BUS TRIP, 13min., Sweden, Animation
festival posterAFTER LOVE, 6min., Hungary, Experimental/Romance festival posterMARY & MARSHA IN THE MANOR OF MADNESS, 3min., USA, Animation
festival posterHANDS, 6min., UK, Experimental/Dance

The theme of the May 2018 Los Angeles FEEDBACK Film Festival was “Dreams and Reality”. Every single film was about a world that wasn’t totally real. No film was grounded in reality.

This was our 6th straight month showcasing the best of short films from around the world on the 1st Thursday at the LA LIVE Regal Cinemas in downtown Los Angeles. The experiment of doing these festivals here has worked. Slowly we are building a solid crowd of regulars to go with the new people entering our festival world month by month.

I am still trying to master the understanding of the LA audience. This city is the center of storytelling and filmmaking, so generally our audience is going to be a part of that industry. People move to Los Angeles to work in the movies and television. So it’s different than our Toronto festival where we have mostly film fans than film people in the audience. With that you’re going to get a new type of moderation.

The MVP of the festival is our former volunteer and now resident editor Kimberly Villarruel. She travels the longest to get to the festival and has to handle the LA highway grind. She’s always positive and the audience loves her (she’s in the video handing the mic to the audience). She’s doesn’t need to work the festival anymore because she has a job with us editing the screenplay festival readings. But each month though she ventures to help out willing to do anything to make the festival better. This type of personality will serve her well and I’m certain there is a bright future ahead of her.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

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COMEDY Best Scene Reading of THE PERFECT GIFT, by John Scott Schaf

 

Genre: Comedy, Romance

An insensitive workaholic, in order to save his marriage, goes on a Valentine’s Day journey for the perfect gift. It becomes a journey not only for gifts but for self discovery.

Scene #1 – CAST LIST:

Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Hank: David Straus
Clerk: Esther Thibault

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

COMEDY Festival Testimonial – June 11, 2018

From directors Natalie Neagle & Sally Samad (TOO SOON?)

We were really grateful to be included in the line-up and delighted that the feedback was so generous. We were really pleased that the audience seemed very much to interpret the film from the perspective from which it was written.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

June 2018 – Read the best of Film Festival Interviews

WILDsound Writing and Film Festival Review

6 Interviews in Total of the best of NEW Film Festivals from around the world: 

Interview with Festival Director June Daguiso (World Music & Independent Film Festival)
Interview with Festival Director June Daguiso (World Music & Independent Film Festival)

Interview with Festival Director Alex Gardner (PHILADELPHIA UNNAMED FILM FESTIVAL)
Interview with Festival Director Alex Gardner (PHILADELPHIA UNNAMED FILM FESTIVAL)

Interview with Festival Director Oliver Wolfson (THE 60 SECOND FILM FESTIVAL)
Interview with Festival Director Oliver Wolfson (THE 60 SECOND FILM FESTIVAL)

Interview with Festival Directors Lisa Wisely & James Felix McKenney (GREAT WESTERN CATSKILLS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL)
Interview with Festival Directors Lisa Wisely & James Felix McKenney (GREAT WESTERN CATSKILLS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL)

Interview with Festival Director Nicole Manoochehri (Los Angeles Dance Short Film Festival)
Interview with Festival Director Nicole Manoochehri (Los Angeles Dance Short Film Festival)

Interview with Festival Director Warren Workman (Feature Film Festival)
Interview with Festival Director Warren Workman (Feature Film Festival)

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June 2018 – Read Interviews with the best of Filmmakers from around the world

WILDsound Writing and Film Festival Review

12 Interviews in total for May 2018 of the best of new filmmakers:

Interview with Filmmaker Robin De Cock (TRUMPETS IN THE SKY)

Interview with Filmmaker Robin De Cock (TRUMPETS IN THE SKY)

Interview with Filmmaker Sertac Bozkurt (WINE & EGGS)
Interview with Filmmaker Sertac Bozkurt (WINE & EGGS)

Interview with Filmmaker Andy Koeger (ROSIE, OH)
Interview with Filmmaker Andy Koeger (ROSIE, OH)

Interview with Filmmaker Kurtis Theorin (MARY & MARSHA IN THE MANOR OF MADNESS)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2018/06/07/interview-with-filmmaker-kurtis-theorin-mary-marsha-in-the-manor-of-madness/

Interview with Filmmaker Kristin Gorell (THE FLOWER GATE)
Interview with Filmmaker Kristin Gorell (THE FLOWER GATE)

Interview with Filmmaker Sarah Gampel (THE BUS TRIP)
Interview with Filmmaker Sarah Gampel (THE BUS TRIP)

Interview with Filmmaker Andy Hourahine (BREAK ROOM)
Interview with Filmmaker Andy Hourahine (BREAK ROOM)

Interview with Filmmaker James Miller (PREY)
Interview with Filmmaker James Miller (PREY)

Interview with Animator/Filmmaker Brian Giovanni (WHEN COMES THE RAIN)
Interview with Animator/Filmmaker Brian Giovanni (WHEN COMES THE RAIN)

Interview with Filmmaker Craig Lobo…

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June 2018 – Read Interview of the best NEW Screenwriters from around the world:

WILDsound Writing and Film Festival Review

23 Interviews in TOTAL of the best new screenwriters:

Interview with Screenwriter Bo Liebman ((A) UTOMATED (I)IRRITATION)

Interview with Screenwriter Bo Liebman ((A) UTOMATED (I)IRRITATION)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Christopher Kerr (THE CUT)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Christopher Kerr (THE CUT)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Norma Hickox (MAGIC MAN)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2018/06/04/interview-with-winning-screenwriter-norma-hickox-magic-man/

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Mark Hammond (M – DEMON KILLER)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Mark Hammond (M – DEMON KILLER)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Suzanne LUTAS (DESTINY’S VESSEL)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Suzanne LUTAS (DESTINY’S VESSEL)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Deborah Klika (UNFINISHED BUSINESS)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Deborah Klika (UNFINISHED BUSINESS)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter John Roger (STARLIGHT: LONG WAY HOME)
Interview with Winning Screenwriter John Roger (STARLIGHT: LONG WAY HOME)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter J. Jermaine Jones (THE KANDAHAR MAN)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter J. Jermaine Jones (THE KANDAHAR MAN)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Stephanie Annis (SANCTUARY CITY)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Stephanie Annis (SANCTUARY CITY)

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