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
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

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

May 2017 COMEDY Stories, Screenplays, Short Films

Submit your Comedy Screenplay or Film to the Festival Today: http://festivalforcomedy.com

 

ACTORFANTASY BEST Scene – BRAD ACTUALLY
May 2017 Reading
by Jeremy Bonali & Alex Quinn

ACTORCOMEDY BEST Scene – THROUGH A GLASS CEILING
May 2017 Reading
by Richard Geiwitz
ACTORFAMILY BEST Scene – MY GUARDIAN ANGEL
May 2017 Reading
by Philip Naiman

ACTORCOMEDY SHORT Screenplay – MARRIAGE COUNSELING 101
May 2017 Reading
by Mark Engberg
ACTORDRAMA BEST Scene – ALL OF THEIR COLORS
May 2017 Reading
by Leonidas Vyzas Asimakopoulos

STATE OF EMERGENCY MOTHERF***ER!, 5min, Belgium, Political/Satire
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festival posterFAREWELL, 15min, Switzerland, Comedy
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ACTORNOVEL Transcript: ELLA: A STEPMUMS TALE
May 2017 Reading
by J.L. Higgs

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

April 2017 COMEDY Stories, Screenplays, Short Films

Submit your Comedy Screenplay or Film to the Festival Today: http://festivalforcomedy.com

 

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

Get to know the short film: FAREWELL, 15min, Switzerland, Comedy

Plakat

What happens if you want to say goodbye to a loved one but this suddenly no longer find ? The short film “Farewell” tells how want to accompany a group of friends with different characters their deceased friend and brother on a last trip and so much goes wrong.

In bizarre and comical way this short satire will pull you in its spell – and what, if such a thing happened once to me?

  • Urs Kälin
    Director
  • Urs Kälin
    Writer
  • Urs Kälin
    Producer
  • Katharina Linhart
    Key Cast
  • Sandro Howald
    Key Cast
  • Pauli Schmidig
    Key Cast
  • Jan A. Hiss
    Key Cast
  • Diane DelaCroix
    Key Cast
  • Nadine Martig
    Key Cast
  • Philippe Schuler
    Key Cast
  • Urs Kälin
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Abschied
  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes 8 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 28, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    11,000 CHF
  • Country of Origin:
    Switzerland
  • Country of Filming:
    Switzerland
  • Film Language:
    German
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, Black Magic
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2,35:1
  • Film Color:
    Color

TV SPEC Reading of BOB’S BURGERS “Monstrapolis” by Matthew J Gonzalez

Winning Screenplay – BOB’S BURGERS “Monstrapolis”
Written by Matthew J Gonzalez

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Elizabeth Morriss
LINDA – Daniel Chung
LOUISE – Tea Nguyen
TINA/GENE – David Occhipinti
BOB – John Fray
DEBBY – Georgia Grant
KID – Cora Matheson

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy, Family

With a new roller coaster coming to the wharf (the monstrapolis) Louise becomes enamored with it and wants to ride it, even though she’s too short. Luckily though, after Tina asks Bob for a raise and gets denied, Louise manages to get Tina a paying job at the wharf.


Get to know the writer:

What is your TV spec screenplay of the show about?

The spec is based on one of my favorite television shows, Bob’s Burgers. The episode is called “Monstrapolis.” Tina wants to prove her maturity to her family and accepts a job at Wonder Wharf, where the new thrill roller coaster, Monstrapolis, has just opened, but Louise seizes the opportunity to use her sister’s new employment to make Wonder Wharf her personal playground. This all comes to an unexpected climax when Louise manipulates her sister to allow her onto Monstrapolis, which gets stuck in the middle of the ride. Bob and Linda are forced to rely on Gene to pick up the slack Tina, and Louise, left behind.

Why does this episode spec fit into the context of the series?

The characters are true to their voices and the humor fits perfectly in one of their seasons. The jokes are specific to their characters (ex. Gene’s buffoonery and Louise’s ability to manipulate Tina). The show ends on a familiar note of their strength as a family.

Tina proves herself as a worker and gets everyone, on the ride, to work together to get off Monstrapolis. In true Bob’s Burger fashion, Tina’s plan doesn’t work, but it shows her maturity through out the episode. Louise sees the error of her ways and apologizes for taken advantage of Tina, even admiring her strength when others doubted her.

The episode also features some of the series regulars, and favorites, like Mr. Fischoeder and Teddy.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Hilarious and fun.

What TV show do you keep watching over and over again?

Besides Bob’s Burger, It’s a toss up between Rick and Morty and The Office, both different comedies, but strong and rich with flavor and style.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I have been working about three months on this spec. It took me a few weeks to get the first draft written, and then I set it down for a bit. I did a couple of rewrites a few days later.

How many stories have you written?

In terms of screenplays, I have one featured screenplay, two pilots, three spec scripts, and about ten short screenplays that I plan to shoot in the future.

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

“California Dreamin’” by Bobby Womack. Such a smooth song with a nice rhythm. It’s one of those songs you can play and lose yourself within the song. I don’t constantly listen to it, but it’s probably the only song I never skipped on my playlist.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Getting the humor right. I love the show and the characters, but making the humor believable within the world of Bob’s Burgers was a fun challenge. This is the reason I love writing comedies. It’s not just that Tina says “Uhhhh” or Bob’s moments of desperation whenever the kids do something wrong. The humor is deeply rooted in the series and some jokes are brilliantly layered that viewers may not see it until a second viewing, I argue to rewatch the episode “The Belchies” to see what I’m referring too. Again, I wouldn’t call it difficult, but it definitely took a great amount studying scripts and episodes.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I’m a filmmaker. I love getting my hands on a camera, getting actors together, and creating movie magic. The whole process is intriguing to me, from shooting to editing. The creative process doesn’t stop at the script. To this date I have shot four short films, in which I wrote, edited, and directed.

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

I believed in my episode “Monstrapolis.” It was funny and it felt authentic to the series, plus I had a blast working on it. I wanted to see if my spec had a chance, and graciously, the fine people at the Festival for Comedy thought so.

The reception was great. Obviously hearing positive feedback is always a joy, but the criticism was key to me. This is what makes me into a better writer. I definitely absorbed the information and applied it, not only to any further rewrites of “Monstrapolis,” but in all of my works.

Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

It’s cliché to say keep writing, but believe in you and always looks at everything subject in different angles. If you’re writing something original, then show the viewers a different side of a subject. We are in the golden age of television and many people actually want to hear what others have to say. Use this medium and further extend your divergent voice. I write comedies, because the world can pretty dark. It could use a laugh once and awhile

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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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Highlights of the March 2017 COMEDY FEEDBACK Film Festival

AUDIENCE FESTIVAL AWARDS

Best Film: WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN

Best Performances: WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN

Best Cinematography: WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN

Best Music: The music from A BAD DAY AT THE OFFICE

WATCH the Audience FEEDBACK of the short film: 

A BAD DAY AT THE OFFICE, 7min, Australia, Comedy
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festival posterPOKER NIGHT, 11min, Canada, Comedy
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festival posterWHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN, 9min, UK, Comedy
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festival posterWALL, 5min, Taiwan, Animation
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festival posterSNOOT IN THE CITY, 1min, Australia, Animation
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festival posterDIRTY POOL, 1min, Canada, Animation
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festival posterBABY AND GRANNY, 2min. USA, Animation/Comedy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

The COMEDY MARCH 2017 FEEDBACK Film Festival gave our audiences simply the best of short comedy movies from around the world.

The theme of the festival was “DECEPTION”.

Every film showcased was about a situation that had someone else deceiving another person for their own gain.

NOTE: Our 4th and best comedy festival!

Of all the festivals we do, the most rejections come from the comedy genre submissions. A lot of films made simply do not work in this genre for various reasons. Actor David Garrick is first credited with the quote: “Comedy is a serious business.” You don’t execute a comedy by simply being goofy on set. It’s actually quite the opposite.

After doing over 100 festivals to date and watching over 7000 short films in the last 10 years, I can honesty say that executing a comedy is the most difficult task to do over any other genre. You need to make the audience laugh, while also giving us a plot where we need to know what happens next. Most importantly, comedies are almost always about character. If you do not have characters that the audiences aren’t interested in, then they won’t laugh. If they don’t laugh, then they won’t care about the film.

Programming a comedy festival lineup is also the most difficult genre to do. You want to balance the emotion with each selection and type of “funny” movie you’re showing. You don’t want to program 6 films for example that are the same type of comedy.

So in conclusion…what I’m saying is that the COMEDY Festival is the hardest one to execute out of all our festivals. And it’s also the festival that makes me the most nervous. The programmers hit their mark 95% of the time. Meaning, the films they pick are always a success for the general audience that attends the festival. We’ve programmed 130 short films last year and had 4 films that were not successful. Out of those four films, 3 were comedies.

I think we finally got it right with this festival. In fact, I know we got it right. This was an amazing lineup of comedy shorts. Phew!!

See you at the festivals in 2017.

– Matthew Toffolo

Audience Feedback – WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN, 9min, UK, Comedy

Played at the March 2017 Best of Comedy.

AUDIENCE FEEDBACK VIDEO. Moderated b Matthew Toffolo:

  MOVIE POSTERWHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN, 9min, UK, Comedy
Directed by Charlie Francis

Amanda is pulled away from a one-night stand to rescue her best friend Nick. The young gay man’s mother is on her way. Will out-and-proud gay women Amanda bury her pride and act as girlfriend?

Film Type:Short

Genres:Comedy

Runtime:9 minutes 30 seconds

Completion Date:January 30, 2016

Production Budget:600 GBP

Country of Origin:United Kingdom

Film Language:English

Shooting Format:Digital

Aspect Ratio:2:35

Film Color:Color

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