COMEDY FEEDBACK Film Festival – Wednesday January 17, 2018 (Toronto)

The FEEDBACK Monthly Film Festival is back for 2018.. Our home is The Carlton Cinemas, located in the heart of downtown Toronto at 20 Carlton Street. The event runs from 7pm to 9:10pm.

Continuing to showcase the best of short films from around the world, while maintaining our audience feedback format moderated by Kierston Drier. Showcasing a festival twice a month in Toronto in 2018!

Tickets for 2018 are PAY WHAT YOU LIKE. Purchase your tickets online via Paypal or Credit Card. Tickets are first come first serve. 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 festivalevent@wildsoundfestival.com and we’ll reserve seats for you.

You can pick up the tickets on the day of the event at the cinema. Tickets are first come, first serve. This festival has sold out 66 out of its last 68 events!

You will be able to buy alcohol (beer, wine, liquor), popcorn, candy, and refreshments before the show.

Here is the full program of films. Festival starts at 7pm sharp!

 Best of COMEDY


TOO SOON?, 3min., UK, Comedy
Directed by Natalie Neagle & Sally Samad
In this short, we see an awkward encounter in a supermarket car park as a new comedy duo take a satirical swipe at imperialism.

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JAKE & JULIA, 12min, USA, Comedy/Relationship
Directed by CJ Colando
During a one-night hotel stay, a young couple decide to pursue a spontaneous erotic fantasy.

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ALTERNATIVE MATH, 9min, USA, Comedy
Directed by David Maddox
A well meaning math teacher finds herself trumped by a post-fact America.

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EDEN HOSTEL, 14min., Spain, Comedy/Drama
Directed by Gonzaga Manso
The Eden Hostel is a humble and dirty place run by an elderly couple. Hanging from the wall of one of its rooms there?s a statue of the Virgin Mary who narrates, from her peculiar point of view, the stories of the various guests who stayed there through the years. One of those stories, the one of Yolanda and Felix, will make a huge impact on her.

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HIGHLIGHTS & VIDEOS: September 2017 Comedy Short Film Festival

AUDIENCE FESTIVAL AWARDS

Best Film: UNICORNLAND

Best Performances: SUITCASE

Best Cinematography: INGENUE-ISH

Best Music: BAGGAGE

WATCH AUDIENCE FEEDBACK VIDEOS: 

INGENUE-ISH, 10min, USA, Comedy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterSUITCASE, 13min, France, Comedy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
MANEKI-NEKO, 12min, USA, Romance/Comedy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterLAST NIGHT WAS A MISTAKE, 15min, USA, Romance/Comedy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterBAGGAGE, 17min, USA, Comedy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterUNICORNLAND, 7min, USA, Comedy/Webseries
WATCH Audience 

The COMEDY LOS ANGELES SEPTEMBER 2017 FEEDBACK Film Festival gave our audiences the best of comedic short movies from around the world.

The theme of the festival was “RESET”.

Every film showcased was about a situation that was about a character(s) needing to start over again.

The first half of the SEPTEMBER 2017 FEEDBACK Los Angeles Film Festival featured a showcase of the best COMEDY short films from around the world.

The crowd was very active for our 4th venture to Los Angeles in the FEEDBACK Film Festival format. The crowd of 182 people (and 1 dog) sure seemed to like the films too. It’s a great feeling when you see such a positive and insightful moderation that occurred when we discussed this COMEDY lineup of films.

We attempted to give the audience eight different types of romance and comedy shorts from all around the world. The topic of GENDER came up repeatedly during the discussions as these films all gave us a film that was simply about people attempting to connect with others – no matter what sex, age, race, or in the case of one film – cats, they were. It was refreshing to see such a diverse audience all connecting on the same films.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

Get to know the short film: BAGGAGE, 17min, USA, Comedy

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A comic tale of a small town girl who moves to New York City and realizes she’s not in Kansas anymore. She’s wide eyed about the high life of the big city – until she stumbles head first into the grip of it’s charming low life’s.

News & Reviews
Director Statement

The process of creating Baggage, from start to finish, has been some of the most fun I’ve ever had in my life. Although I have directed smaller projects in the past, this was truly my writing and directorial debut on something of this scale – and what a learning experience it has been! The feeling of watching your vision, story, and characters come to life right in front of you is pretty indescribable. It made me fall in love with the art of storytelling all over again. Spending almost two years of my life dedicated to Baggage, it became like a child to me, and I became immersed and obsessed with perfecting it. The project really started to take on a life of it’s own, and my crew and I made a pact to do everything to make it as epic as possible; dubbing it “The Biggest Little Short that Could”. We were going all out. There was no turning back now!

What I learned every single step along the way is that a project of this size takes a village of wonderful, talented, and dedicated friends to band together to pull it all off. We of course had some unexpected setbacks, and many long, long days, but once we had finished, I think we were all just so proud that we had accomplished what many said was not possible. This short was really a gamble that we were all willing to double down on and put relentless energy into; mostly in order to prove that we could. Many of us are newcomers to our respective positions, with a real passion for what we are doing, and that energy was seriously contagious on set. It was electrifying. It was overwhelming. It was a blast!

I am so very thankful for those who believed in me enough to support me and help me see this vision come to life. It has not only been the learning experience of a lifetime; but it has also given me the confidence to know I can tackle projects of any size, and overcome any obstacle that I will inevitably face. It has encouraged me to write more feature length scripts, study as many filmmakers as possible, and explore my own growth as a person and director. I am forever grateful for this opportunity and experience.

Director BIO: Andrea Behring (Comedy Film Festival)

Short Film Played at the COMEDY FEEDBACK Film Festival in Los Angeles (September 2017)

Director Biography

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Andrea Behring (Writer/Director/Producer/Editor) who goes by Andi, was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She graduated from Canyon High School in Canyon Country, California as their “Female Athlete of the Year” in 2006. Andi then graduated from Sacramento State in 2011, with a double bachelors degree in both Film Production and Digital Media. She was also a team captain of their Division I track and field team, in which she broke the school record in the indoor shot put, and was also an Academic and NSCA All-American. She then moved to Atlanta after graduating and immediately started working on any set where she could gain knowledge and experience, ultimately ending up in location managing. She has since become the locations department head manager on the long running CW television show, The Vampire Diaries, which is now in it’s final season. Andi has also worked as a key assistant location manager on the feature films Let’s Be Cops, Revelation, and Triple 9.

Andi’s senior thesis film in college and directorial debut – a documentary short about women’s professional tackle football entitled “The Sirens Call” – has had great success in the festival circuit. It has been featured in the All Sports Film Festival in Los Angeles, in which it won third place. It’s also been featured in the NextGen Festival in Sacramento, the Atlanta Film Festival, the Atlanta Underground, the Honolulu Film Awards to which it won the Silver Lei Award, as well as several other festivals throughout the country. She also wrote and directed a small short film entitled “The Beginning” which was shot in Atlanta in 2013. “The Beginning” was featured in the Y’allywood Film Festival (ATL), Goa Short Film Festival (India), The South Dakota Film Festival, and the Live International Online Short Film Festival, among several others.

Andi wrote the screenplay for “Baggage” in early 2014, and in an effort to fundraise for production, the script was entered into screenwriting competitions across the country. It has been featured most recently in the Houston Comedy Film Festival, Las Vegas Screenplay Competition, Nashville Film Festival, Milledgeville Film Festival, Canada Independent Film Festival (where it won second place for short narrative films), the APM Short Screenplay Competition, the London Film Awards and the 2016 Artists Alliance Short Screenplay Competition. Once she had enough fundraising, she started her own production company in January of 2016, and And D Productions, Inc. was born – also known as &D Productions. The new production company completed filming on it’s first official project “Baggage” in May of 2016 in New York City.

Director Statement

The process of creating Baggage, from start to finish, has been some of the most fun I’ve ever had in my life. Although I have directed smaller projects in the past, this was truly my writing and directorial debut on something of this scale – and what a learning experience it has been! The feeling of watching your vision, story, and characters come to life right in front of you is pretty indescribable. It made me fall in love with the art of storytelling all over again. Spending almost two years of my life dedicated to Baggage, it became like a child to me, and I became immersed and obsessed with perfecting it. The project really started to take on a life of it’s own, and my crew and I made a pact to do everything to make it as epic as possible; dubbing it “The Biggest Little Short that Could”. We were going all out. There was no turning back now!

What I learned every single step along the way is that a project of this size takes a village of wonderful, talented, and dedicated friends to band together to pull it all off. We of course had some unexpected setbacks, and many long, long days, but once we had finished, I think we were all just so proud that we had accomplished what many said was not possible. This short was really a gamble that we were all willing to double down on and put relentless energy into; mostly in order to prove that we could. Many of us are newcomers to our respective positions, with a real passion for what we are doing, and that energy was seriously contagious on set. It was electrifying. It was overwhelming. It was a blast!

I am so very thankful for those who believed in me enough to support me and help me see this vision come to life. It has not only been the learning experience of a lifetime; but it has also given me the confidence to know I can tackle projects of any size, and overcome any obstacle that I will inevitably face. It has encouraged me to write more feature length scripts, study as many filmmakers as possible, and explore my own growth as a person and director. I am forever grateful for this opportunity and experience.

&D Behring

Director BIO: John Stamos (Comedy Film Festival)

Short Film Played at the COMEDY FEEDBACK Film Festival in Los Angeles (September 2017)

INGENUE-ISH is John Stamos’s directorial debut.

A kind of young, sort of ethnic, LA actress takes us through her daily struggle to make it in show-biz without knowing someone, having a famous last name, or sleeping her way to the top. (One of these is false). Written by John Stamos and Caitlin McHugh.

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John Phillip Stamos (/ˈstms/ STAY-mohs; born August 19, 1963)[1] is an American actor, producer, and musician. He first gained recognition for his contract role as Blackie Parrish on General Hospital for which he was nominated for the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. He is known for his work in television, especially in his starring role as Jesse Katsopolis on the ABC sitcom Full House. Since the show’s finale in 1995, Stamos has appeared in numerous TV films and series. Since 2005, he has been the national spokesperson for Project Cuddle.

Winning 1pg. Short Screenplay – FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, by Kushal Dhungana

 Genre: Comedy

Katie has a chat with god.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Julian Ford
God: Steve Rizzo
Katie: Rachel Salsberg

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

It’s about a girl who seeks to rekindle her relationship with God, played out in a very absurd way.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Comedy

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Because I believe it’s a funny and satirical take on religious relationships with God.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Short, funny.

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

Anchorman.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

The full version took about a week.

How many stories have you written?

Too many to count.

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

My favorite song is always changing… As of now, it’s “Redbone” by Childish Gambino.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Getting harsh feedback from people who thought that God was off limits in terms of comedy.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Creating beats and playing basketball.

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

I had a very short comedy script, and this festival provided a great opportunity to have it performed for the public. The positive feedback for the full length version of the script has been very positive for the most part, and I’m extremely honored by it all.

 

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

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

Get to know the short film: GREAT EXPECTATIONS, 12min, USA, Comedy

Short Film playing at the Los Angeles COMEDY FEEDBACK Film Festival on Thursday June 1st. GET your FREE TICKETS

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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. Dismissively banishing each applicant, she starts getting threatening phone calls from her employer and becomes, in the end, as jobless and needy as the last candidate, who weeps at the suggestion of not getting hired. In disappointed resignation, they both share some butter pecan ice cream.

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.