HIGHLIGHTS, WINNERS & VIDEOS: June 2017 COMEDY FEEDBACK Film Festival

AUDIENCE FESTIVAL AWARDS

Best Film: SAY WHAT!: A GERIATRIC PROPOSAL

Best Performances: NOVAK

Best Cinematography: NOVAK

Funniest Film: NOVAK

Best Music: The music from SAY WHAT!: A GERIATRIC PROPOSAL

Take a look at the Audience Feedback Videos from the COMEDY Film Festival. Some of the best short films in the world today were showcased.

FUCK THE BITCH !?, 5min, France, Comedy
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festival posterSAY WHAT!: A GERIATRIC PROPOSAL, USA, 5min, Animation/Comedy
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festival posterNOVAK, 5min, USA, Comedy
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festival posterGREAT EXPECTATIONS, 12min, USA, Comedy
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festival posterMISIEK AND EVE FROM OUTER SPACE, 2min, Poland, Animation/Comedy
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The COMEDY LOS ANGELES JUNE 2017 FEEDBACK Film Festival gave our audiences the best of comedy short movies from around the world.

The theme of the festival was “MISDIRECTION”.

Every film showcased what about a situation that was headed in one direction and then ended not where you expected.

Nothing is more subjective than comedy. If we show these selected films to 100 audiences we’ll get 100 different types of responses.

A comedy festival is also like a comedy club – people go to it because they want to be entertained and they want to laugh. Of course what makes our festival different is that we turn the cameras on the audience and ask them what they think.

No other festival makes me more nervous than the COMEDY Festival. I always sit in the dark hallway entrance while the films are playing hoping for one thing: hearing people laugh!

And when a selection of random people sitting in a dark room watching flickering images on screen begin to laugh in unison – there is no better feeling in the world. And it must be 100X better for the filmmakers who are in the audience watching their films being shown and hearing strangers laugh at their work.

The films showcased tonight definitely gave us a “punchline” ending. The last line of each film gave us the funniest line. They were the funniest because they were unexpected moments that occured. A bit of a comedic twist. The more unexpected, the funnier it is because you are simply reacting to the moment in laughter. It’s a spontaneous giggle. And usually the more spontaneous, the more memorable it is too.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

Audience FEEDBACK: NOVAK, 5min, USA, Comedy

Played at the June 2017 Los Angeles FEEDBACK Film Festival.

NOVAK, 5min, USA, Comedy
Directed by Tom Skowronski

What happens when stand up comedy becomes the ultimate interrogation tool.

Project Links

Film Type: Short
Runtime: 5 minutes 45 seconds
Completion Date: February 17, 2016
Production Budget: 3,700 USD
Country of Origin: United States
Country of Filming: United States
Shooting Format: RED
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Film Color: Color

Audience FEEDBACK: SAY WHAT!: A GERIATRIC PROPOSAL, USA, 5min, Animation/Comedy

Played at the June 2017 Los Angeles FEEDBACK Film Festival.

 

Weinstein, Aaron – Director
Weinstein, Aaron – Writer
Weinstein, Aaron – Producer
Weinstein, Jeremy – Producer
Busch, Charles – Key Cast

Film Type: Animation, Short
Genres: Comedy, Animation
Runtime: 5 minutes 31 seconds
Completion Date: December 12, 2016
Country of Origin: United States
Country of Filming: United States
Shooting Format: Digital
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Film Color: Color

Audience FEEDBACK: FUCK THE BITCH !?, 5min, France, Comedy

Played at the June 2017 Los Angeles FEEDBACK Film Festival.

FUCK THE BITCH !?, 5min, France, Comedy
Directed by Daniel Jenny

In which a light and unfaithful woman, interested in money easily earned in a somewhat doubtful manner, suddenly sees her hopes flying away.

Film Type: Short
Runtime: 5 minutes 23 seconds
Completion Date: January 1, 2017
Production Budget: 6,000 EUR
Country of Origin: France
Country of Filming: France
Film Language: French
Shooting Format: HD 4K
Aspect Ratio: 1,85
Film Color: Color

Audience FEEDBACK: GREAT EXPECTATIONS, 12min, USA, Comedy

Played at the June 2017 Los Angeles FEEDBACK Film Festival.

GREAT EXPECTATIONS, 12min, USA, Comedy
Directed by Don Downie

Maribeth just needs some help to finish a big project but ends up with much more than she expected! Sometimes more is less. This is the story of what happens when overachiever Maribeth tries to ease her work pressures and interviews potential assistants, one wackier than the other.

Project Links

Producers Statement:

Great Expectations was born out of a conversation I had with a good friend and fellow actor Gillien Goll about my desire to produce my own work. She introduced me to Dorothy Marcic, a writer friend and suggested there might be some synergies. As we explored ideas and got to know each other we landed on the topic of the insane things people say at work during hiring and exit interviews. I have long worked in the corporate world and it’s truly astonishing sometimes sad and sometimes hilarious! I had the good fortune to be involved with a group of like-minded artists through the Actors Green Room who also wanted to create something special that would showcase their unique abilities as actors. Dorothy was game to help us and wrote each of these wacky characters for each of these lovely actors. She even gave us her apartment to film in! Don Downie, our gifted director also came to us through Dorothy and within three weeks of that first conversation we spent a full day filming this little gem of a film Great Expectations. We were blessed with an expert crew led by Paul Lewis Anderson, our Director of Photography. It is a memory I will cherish forever and have the joy to re-live every time we screen the film.

 

COMEDY Best Scene Reading of THROUGH A GLASS CEILING by Richard Geiwitz

Winning Screenplay – THROUGH A GLASS CEILING
Written by Richard Geiwitz

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Julian Ford
BRICE – Mandip Brar
JIM – Zane O’Connor
LEXI – Amanda Quach
ZOE – Kayla Lakhani

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy, Horror

What’s worse than a woman scorned? How about 4 actors scorned, dethroned from the path to stardom and looking for blood!

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

The screenplay is about nepotism versus inclusiveness, class versus class, dreams versus realities.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Genres covered are Dark Comedy, Satire, Horror.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I think this screenplay should be turned into a movie because it would be fun to watch, probably multiple times, It also has a moral to the story.

How would you describe this script in two words?

In two words, I’d describe this screenplay as a “Dark Dream.”

What movie have you seen the most times in your life?

I’ve watched Network at least 50 times.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I first conceived this idea about 15 years ago.It rattled around in my head until about five years ago when I put the first draft together.

How many stories have you written?

I have written about 20 screenplays, several short scripts and treatments, a couple of novellas and a long novel.

What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

My favorite song is “Pride” by U2.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I think the biggest problem was getting to the end of Act One at 25 pages. The original version had a lot more backstory. I also had to work hard getting the key characters their own voice since they were friends and generally thought alike.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Besides writing, I’m passionate about Chinese culture, fitness and study revolutions and their aftereffects.

What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

I entered this contest because I got a good feeling reading the testimonials. I liked the fact that several writers can have at least a scene read rather than just a single winner. That’s a huge help. The feedback I received was great. It reinforced the good things, while helping to identify the areas needing improvement.

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

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne


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April 2017 COMEDY Stories, Screenplays, Short Films

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ACTORCOMEDY BEST Scene Screenplay – FATE’S PECULIAR SENSE OF HUMOR
April 2017 Reading
Written by N. Triton

ACTORCOMEDY BEST Scene Screenplay – SEEKING WILL FERRELL
April 2017 Reading
Written by Rob Ingalls
ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay – BOB’S BURGERS
April 2017 Reading
Written by Matthew J. Gonzalez

ACTORFAN FICTION TV PILOT Screenplay – THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR
April 2017 Reading
Written by Richard Mueller

festival posterHAVE A LITTLE FAITH, 12min, USA, Comedy
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festival posterUNCLE ALBERT, 11min, USA, Dark Comedy
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festival posterLE BELLE FOLIE, 14min, UK, Comedy
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festival posterTHE MAN FROM THE SWIM LANE ASIDE, 15min, Brazil, Drama/Romance
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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson