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.

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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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COMEDY Best Scene – SEEKING WILL FERRELL by Rob Ingalls

Winning Screenplay – SEEKING WILL FERRELL
Written by Rob Ingalls

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Elizabeth Morriss
NADIA – Tea Nguyen
BILL – David Occhipinti
HANDYMAN – Daniel Chung
CASHIER – Olivia Jon
GIRLFRIEND 1 – Cora Matheson
GIRLFRIEND 2 – Georgia Grant

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy

After spending years lost out at sea as a boy, a grown up Bill Davis returns to his life in America, only to discover that he shares an uncanny resemblance with a famous actor – Will Ferrell.

 Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

Ans: It’s a spoof on the life and films of Will Ferrell, an alternate reality of sorts where he has numerous clones in the world.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Ans: Comedy

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Ans: It’s funny as hell. This is the type of crazy comedy I grew up with but rarely see in the movies today. It’s time to re-introduce this type of comedy to the next generations.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Ans: Bizarre Comedy

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

Ans: Caddyshack

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Ans: Many years

How many stories have you written?

Ans: More than a dozen

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

Ans: The song I’ve heard the most in life is “Happy Birthday to You (Me)”. I hear it every year. Hope to continue to hear it for many more years.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Ans: Life

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Ans: Photography and Meditation

*****

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

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Editor: John Johnson

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
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterPOKER NIGHT, 11min, Canada, Comedy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterWHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN, 9min, UK, Comedy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterWALL, 5min, Taiwan, Animation
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterSNOOT IN THE CITY, 1min, Australia, Animation
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterDIRTY POOL, 1min, Canada, Animation
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
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

COMEDY BEST SCENE Reading – SANDWICH by Deborah Klika

Watch the January 2017 Winning Comedy Best Scene Reading.

Best Scene from the screenplay SANDWICH Screenplay
Written by Deborah Klika

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Nick Wicht
SUSIE – Val Cole
DIANA – Catherine D’Angelo
WILL – David Straus
SURVEYOR – Gabriel Darku

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy, Animation

Centres on the lives of Suzie, writer, mother of three, her mother, feminist academic Diana, best friend and ex corporate warrior Toni, and the depressive yet helpful neighbour Will.

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

Life in the suburbs when everybody needs you and nobody wants you.

What genres does your screenplay under?

TV comedy

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It’s Blue Velvet meets Modern Family and exposes a darkly comic view of what goes on between the hours of 9-3 in suburbia. When the cat’s at work the mice……

How would you describe this script in two words?

Blue Suburbia

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

The Apartment by Billy Wilder

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

On and off for eight years

How many stories have you written?

Three TV comedy pilots, two more as developer/creator

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

When living in suburbia I asked what happens when you lose the identity you had in the workplace.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

That feedback from commissioners was “why would anyone want to see a comedy about women in their forties?” from women in their thirties with no children. A lack of knowledge or understanding about that time in one’s life.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Teaching, comedy and screenwriting research.

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

I was attracted to this festival because it offered readings with actors and I was keen to see how the script “read.” The feedback was thorough and perceptive, it focused on the comedy and how to make that stronger rather than the fact it was about “women.”

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

Keep at it. Get lots of feedback and even if you don’t agree with the feedback there is a reason the reader felt compelled to comment on that aspect or at the point, so ask yourself why.

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


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