HIGHLIGHTS: Chicago COMEDY Festival: Sept. 20/2019 Event.

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:
BEST FILM: NOW AND NOT YET
BEST COMEDY FILM: SHORT CALF MUSCLE
BEST PERFORMANCES: COLLIDE
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: NOW AND NOT YET
BEST MUSIC: KING OF THE HOUSE

Them of night: “Skewed Perceptions”

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:


SHORT CALF MUSCLE, 13min., Netherlands, Comedy

SIRI WITH A VENGEANCE, 5min., Norway, Comedy/Thriller

HOPE IS FRENCH, 15min., France, Comedy/Relationships

COLLIDE, 10min., USA, Drama/Relationship

KING OF THE HOUSE, 11min., USA, Animation/Music

ENJOY?, 3min., USA, Comedy/Parody
 NOW AND NOT YET, 6min., USA, Drama/Crime

The 1st ever event in Chicago!!
4 festival events in 2020. 12 starting in 2021.

See you at the festivals.

HIGHLIGHTS, WINNERS & VIDEOS: JUNE 2019 COMEDY FEEDBACK Film Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:

BEST FILM: ELI

BEST COMEDY: PLEASURE PALS

BEST PERFORMANCES: SCATTERED

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: ELPIDA

BEST MUSIC: MEMORY BOX

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterSCATTERED,9min., Canada, Comedy festival posterPLEASURE PALS, 10min., USA, Comedy/Animation
festival posterBIG BOOOM, 4min., Russia, Drama/Animation festival posterELI, 11min., UK, Drama
festival posterELPIDA, 7min., 7min., USA, Drama/Sci-Fi festival posterMEMORY BOX, 11min., USA, Drama
festival posterA ROOMBA’S TALE, 5min., USA, Comedy festival posterTHE SERPENT IN THE APPLE, 18min., USA, Comedy/Documentary
festival posterT.I.M: This Is Me, 4min., UK, Drama

The theme of the June 2019 DRAMA & COMEDY Feedback Film Festival in Toronto was “Reinvention of the Soul”.

Each film was about a character who reinvents themselves to a new purpose.

The 6th event of the Los Angeles festivals in 2019.

6 more festivals to go in LA this year.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

HIGHLIGHTS – DECEMBER 2019 COMEDY Short Film Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:
BEST DRAMA FILM: THE PASSPORT
BEST COMEDY FILM: THE GET TOGETHER
BEST PERFORMANCES: APPY DAYS
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: APPY DAYS
BEST MUSIC: A DOG STORY

Theme of night: Identity. Who we are under stress and strange circumstances.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterTHE PASSPORT, 15min., China, Drama/Film Noir festival posterWHAT’S YOUR NUMBER? , 18min., USA, Drama
festival posterSERIAL KILLER SUPERSTAR, 6min., USA, Comedy/Horror festival posterA DOG’S STORY, 7min., USA, Comedy
festival posterAPPY DAYS, 20min, USA, Comedy/Family festival posterTHE GET TOGETHER, 12min., USA, Comedy

The last event for Los Angeles in 2019.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

The Get Together Short Film, Audience FEEDBACK from Dec. 2019 LA COMEDY Festival.

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A wholesome middle-aged couple from Rhode Island have been invited over to a very successful and eccentric Hollywood record producer’s house with his much younger wife to plan the wedding of their children. As the two couples start to get to know each other, their difference seem to melt away with the help of accidentally injected edible marijuana. They slowly begin to expose their own marital problems and confide and seek comfort in each others partners. One thing leads to another and they find themselves on the verge of “The Great Switcheroo” when the unexpected happens resulting in confusion, hilarity and absurdity.

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Appy Days Short Film, Audience FEEDBACK from Dec. 2019 LA COMEDY Festival.

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“If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” goes bad. Randy finds an app to solve his families mobile technology distraction problem.

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A Dogs Story Short Film, Audience FEEDBACK from Dec. 2019 LA COMEDY Festival.

 

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“A Dog’s Story” is an absurdist short that tells the tragi-comic tale of an old dog who contemplates his bleak future after being laid off from his security job. The Dog has made a slide presentation of his current predicament and how he got here — an all-too-frequent story that many of us have also experienced in this new competitive economy where jobs are being replaced by automation and being too old can leave you marginalized.

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Director Biography – Jill D’Agnenica (A DOG’S STORY)

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Jill D’Agnenica is an award winning filmmaker and visual artist working in Los Angeles as a director and editor. She’s had the pleasure of editing drama series including How to Get Away With Murder (ABC), Lucifer (Fox), Pretty Little Liars (Freeform), Stitchers (Freeform), Switched at Birth (Freeform), Undercovers (NBC), Hollywood Heights (Nickelodeon), Dirt (FX), and The Division (Lifetime). Jill made her television directorial debut on Freeform’s Switched at Birth in 2017.

The Los Angeles Times called Life Inside Out (Jill’s first feature film) “a gentle, poignant drama whose heart and head are squarely in the right place” with “tender direction by Jill D’Agnenica.” Life Inside Out premiered at the 2013 Heartland Film Festival where it won both the Crystal Heart Award for Narrative Feature and Best Premiere. It went on to be screened at 21 festivals, receiving 16 awards, including 5 Best Feature and 4 Audience Awards. After a limited theatrical run, it now streams on AmazonPrime.

Jill holds a BA in history from UCLA and an MFA in Visual Art from Claremont Graduate University. She is a member Film Independent, Film Fatales, the Motion Picture Editors Guild and the Directors Guild of America.

With her myriad of experiences as a director, editor, and producer on music videos, PSAs, indie shorts and features, Jill enjoys opportunities to contribute as a guest lecturer, panelist, and mentor to fellow filmmakers and artists.

Director Statement

“A Dog’s Story” had its genesis with a series of humorous sculptures that my friend and frequent collaborator, artist Margaret Adachi, did of unhappy and angry pooches in dead end jobs. Like all of her various animal sculptures, they were anthropomorphized stand-ins for Margaret, this time aged out of work life and feeling irrelevant.

I call her “Margaret Adachi: Genius” because she is so, so quirky and funny and smart. I asked Margaret to write a back story for one of her sculptures which became the narrative for “A Dog’s Story” and together with our friend and collaborator, cinematographer Guido Frenzel, we hatched a plan for how we wanted to portray that story in film, landing on the character of The Dog giving a slide lecture, like a Ted Talk.

Guido wanted to shoot the entire movie with a 50mm lens “like Ozu” and the one-walled set I built in my studio had just enough room for him to get the wide shot we wanted.

We had a blast, setting up and shooting in one long night, laughing and chatting through each of the shots, since I decided to record all the sound in post.

I knew hitting the right tone with music would be absolutely essential to the telling of the story and also no small feat. To our absolute great good fortune, musician Goh Nakamura agreed to compose the score for the movie and it is perfection.

I am delighted that my friends and I got to play together to create “A Dog’s Story.”