Comedy Festival Testimonial – May 29 2020

Barry Opper
Barry Opper

This is a very special Festival. I am so sick of festivals that take your money and do little else to ensure that your screening gets a large audience. This Festival produced an audience of over 200 for our short film LIFT and the others shared on our program. After considerable time in the editing room you don’t really see your movie until you witness it in the midst of a full house. Thanks providing that.

5 Star Review

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HIGHLIGHTS – MARCH 2020 COMEDY Short Film Festival


Theme of night: Reality isn’t what it seems.

NOTE: Festival took place during the COVID-19 virus lockdown so all screenings were held in private.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterTHE WRONG SWIPE, 3min., UK, Comedy

festival posterTHE INTERVIEW, 10min., Ireland, Comedy

festival posterWORD ON THE STREET, 5min., USA, Comedy

festival posterVERITAPHOBIA, 9min., USA, Comedy

festival posterFRENCH FLY, 4min., USA, Comedy/Animation

festival posterRICK THUNDER IN…LOOK BACK TOMORROW, 6min., USA, Comedy

festival posterKILLING CHRISTMAS, 12min., USA, Drama/Family

festival posterALL THIS TIME, 7min., Czech Republic, Drama/Family

festival posterA MISSING PIECE, 16min., USA, Drama/Family

festival posterDAMNED IF I DO, 7min, USA, Drama/Dark Comedy

The beginning of a (temporary) new era.

See you at the festivals. Whenever that happens!

– Matthew Toffolo

Short Film: WORD ON THE STREET, 5min., USA, Comedy

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For the duration of this creation, a pair of mobsters engage in a wordplay-filled conversation. The combination of Noir-style confrontation and a rhyme infatuation makes the film an inspiration. The filmmakers hope it garners your appreciation and earns a hearty recommendation.

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Director Biography – Brendan Cleaves (THE WRONG SWIPE)

Brendan is a UK MVA nominated, award-winning writer and director.

Brendan’s directed his first short film ‘ROGER’ in 2017, starring John Bradley (Game Of Thrones) and comedian Seann Walsh, it was screened at over thirty five film festival and has secured distribution with Shorts International. It had its US premiere at the St Louis International Film Festival (Academy Award Qualifying) and UK premiere at Foyle International Film Festival (Academy Award Qualifying, BAFTA & BIFA recognised).

In 2018 the feature film script for ‘ROGER’ was selected for the Hollywood Black List’s Top Comedy Scripts. (, It also made the semifinals of the Script pipeline, Scriptapalooza and WeScreenplay competitions, and quarterfinals of the Blue Cat Competition. It was also a semifinalist of the 2018 Austin Film Festivals Screenplay Competition.

In 2019 Brendan was selected for the Directors UK ‘Inspire’ mentor scheme.

Brendan is currently in pre-production for his first feature film based on the ‘ROGER’ Short. John Bradley and Tom Bell are attached to the project.

During 2019 Brendan wrote and directed a trilogy of short comedy films called ‘Three Shit Dates’, consisting of three films ‘The Wrong Swipe, ‘Coldplay and ‘End Credits’. He is releasing them throughout the year. Also, in 2019, Brendan directed another new short film ‘Living Next Door to Alex’ starring Tom Bell (The Mash Report, Project Greenlight) and Richard Rycroft (Game of Thrones, Apple Tree Yard), the film will be launching on the 2020 film festival circuit.

Brendan was nominated for ‘Best Interactive Video’ at the 2014 UKMVAs. In 2015, the commercial Brendan directed for Hewden’s World Cup Campaign won at the Brand Republic Digital Awards and shortlisted for a Drum Marketing Award. Brendan has directed over thirty music videos.

In 2016, Brendan won ‘Best UK Screenplay’ for his script ‘Building Bricks’ at the London Independent Film Festival.

His short film script ‘Sam and Doug’ has been officially selected for multiple film festivals around the world, it recently made the quarter-final of the Bluecat Screenplay Competition and was selected for ‘Best of the Postroom 2016’ by the BFI’s Net.Work website.

Director Biography – John Patrick Hayden (VERITAPHOBIA)

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John Patrick Hayden, a second year student in the MFA FILM program at CCNY, is a recent BAFTA student scholarship award winner , and the Princess Grace award nominee for his first year of work at CCNY.

Director Statement

Thoughts on the film Veritaphobia:
Truth is natural. Lying is processed.
Lying is flawed, it’s man made and can not last. So, the hope of this film is the joy in remembering together that lies will eventually fall before the Truth. Truth will win .
…. And please, feel free to fact check me on all of this.

Short Film: VERITAPHOBIA, 9min., USA, Comedy

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Cindy can’t tell the truth. But Elizabeth, a breakthrough therapist with a perfect record, refuses to believe that.

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