June 2019 Winning Films

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festival posterSHINRIN-YOKU, 6min., USA, Experimental

festival posterTOM, 8min., USA, Experimental/Horror

festival posterNOBODY’S HOME, 4min, Canada, Music Video

festival posterGET BACK, 3min., USA, Experimental

festival posterDO NOT SING TO ME, MY BEAUTY, 6min., Netherlands, Music

festival posterPASSAGE, 6min., France, Experimental

festival posterFLORETS, 4min., USA, Dance/Music Video

festival posterWATERMORPHOSIS, 4min., Germany, Dance

festival posterUHAMBO, 5min., Australia, Dance

festival posterWEIGHTLESS, 5min., Canada, Dance

festival posterHAPPY ENDING, 4min., Australia, Dance

festival posterMINE, 8min., USA, Dance




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

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Kyle Drier, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Denissa Palmer, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch


Director Biography – Sasha Chudacoff (MINE)

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Sasha Chudacoff has spent her life training in many dance/movement disciplines and approaches. As a community based, multidisciplinary dance artist, she explores body and land through dance, film and photography. Sasha finds inspiration in physical images, touch, somatic dance practices, Butoh, and the spirit of place. Integrating dance practices for all bodies has been a focus within her career in dance education and performance. As a culturally competent dance educator and artist, Sasha seeks and explores the larger social inequalities and privileges that shape the human experience and the natural world. As a lifelong practice, she is dedicated to exploring own personal biases and how they influence perceptions of social and environmental inequalities. Sasha is an MFA candidate in Interdisciplinary Arts and Education at Goddard College. A transplant from the Bay area to Colorado, she is currently a teaching artist at the Crested Butte School of Dance and Crested Butte Dance Collective.

Director Statement

My work explores the theater of life, the natural world, beauty and the dance of darkness. Of Russian, Jewish heritage, I am committed to being a multicultural advocate and arts activist. Using art as a tool for social change, creative inquiry and problem solving inspires me. Currently, I make culturally relevant and environmental dance works in my rural community in CO. For over a decade, my fascination and research has been with the body and the land through dance, photography and film. Through community- based dance projects and dance education, I investigate ideas in navigating meaning, creative inquiry, complexities, paradox, environmental activism and social justice.

Director Biography – Thubalethu Ndibali (UHAMBO)

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Thubalethu Ndibali is an award winning director, with his introduction short film “UPHAWU” at Film it and Show it Festival in Sydney. He recently just finished his Bachelor in Dance and has been heavily involved in many projects this year. Born in Zimbabwe where his love for dance was slowly growing when he arrived in Australia in 2008, he continued his journey to become a dancer, by constantly doing videos, performing in various places.


Director Statement


The film is a highlight of my culture through medium of film and my journey back to Zimbabwe after 10 years. It was an experience to remember

Director Biography – David Javier (FLORETS)

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Ambitious and creative, Kristin McQuaid is one of today’s hottest choreographers. For more than 15 years, she has wowed audiences as an actor, dancer and choreographer and has just added designer to that list.

Kristin was born in Marlton, New Jersey and moved 9 times, including a stop in Denver where she discovered her love for dance at 11 years old. The daughter of a salesman, they eventually settled in Southern California where her dance career blossomed. Choreographing dances in her driveway at a young age, she always knew she wanted to create and choreograph. She was full of dreams and life and did everything in her power to make them come true.

This dynamo made her acting debut in the feature film Beautiful staring Minnie Driver and was also featured in Zombie Prom produced by Wes Craven, Grayscale, and Boy Chick. She also graced the small screen with recurring appearances in Days of our Lives and American Dreams.

She’s appeared in music videos and live performances with top artists such as Prince, Britney Spears, Mandy Moore, Mark McGrath, and 80’s pop star Cyndi Lauper. She kept busy starring in several national commercials for U.S. Cellular, Dr. Pepper, Jack In The Box, Outback Steak House, and Pepsi while she continued to study the arts.

Kristin’s dazzling and versatile choreography has made her a sought after talent. With her fun loving and high-energy personality on set, she promises to leave audiences entertained and wanting more. She began her choreography career with a full-length professional show, “Choosing Sin” to a sold out audience in Los Angeles. In 2015, Kristin was honored to win the choreographer’s TV show Make A Move. Her work has been featured in the Capezio A.C.E. awards, Choreographer’s Carnival stages, and TV commercials for brands including Vlado Footwear and Old Spice.

She loves being able to communicate emotions through movement and calls her choreography captivating and mindful with drastic dynamics and a spunky twist. Most recently her work can be seen on So You Think You Can Dance and fan favorite, Dance Moms. Kristin also just choreographed and produced three videos for “American’s Got Talent” winner Grace VanderWaal. The most recent Grace Vanderwaal video, “Florets”, was a short film and has hooked audiences and fans all over the world.

With Kristin experiencing stardom at a young age she can well relate to the up and coming youth. Having worked with so many young influencers to date Kristin is sought out as a great leader and mentor for the next generation.

Currently, Kristin splits her time between Oklahoma and California. She resides with her husband and two Scottie dogs, Dexter and Deuce. Kristin loves online shopping and spend time with her family at the movies. She’s a huge animal lover and actively a part of the ASPCA.

Director Biography – David-Alexandre CHANEL (PASSAGE)

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Artist, engineer and entrepreneur, David-Alexandre CHANEL co-founds THEORIZ Studio in 2014. Combining an education in music and from an engineering school, David CHANEL uses art and science to create innovative and poetic art installations. Since 2011, he co-signed several digital art installations seen in the Lyon Light Festival and other international renowed art festival. After receiving different prices for his work inside the studio, David-Alexandre recently opened a scientific research center inside the company, in order to explore the new possibilities and techniques at the frontier of virtualilty and reality.

Director Biography – Brad Hansen, Ryan Moran (GET BACK)

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Brad Hansen was born in Portland, OR. He is a director & editor who graduated from DePaul University with a BS in Digital Cinema. He currently lives in Los Angeles, CA where he works as a freelance videographer, editor, and director.

Ryan Moran is a graduate of DePaul University’s School of Cinematic Arts and Driehaus School of Business. He has produced a variety of both short and feature films and now resides in Los Angeles where he works in the entertainment industry.


Director Statement


As a young adult, keeping up with sports comes second to school and work. This is why a year ago I made the conscious effort to get back into one of my favorite activities, water polo. Going back to a sport can be a depressing and often humiliating process. I approached Ryan with the idea of this film soon after I realize how far off the horse I had fallen. This is how we came up with the idea of ‘GET BACK.’

Though the story presented in this short is true, it ultimately is not a story about water polo. Get Back is about the physical journey one must take in order to jump back on the proverbial horse.

Ryan, my co-director, was the one person who went on this trek with me. We went on this journey together, we made the film together. Whether it is a pastime, hobby, or sport everyone can relate to growing distant to something. We all have something we hope to one day reclaim. It is just about finding the time and persevering.


Director Biography – Jasper Savage (NOBODY’S HOME)

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Jasper Savage (b.1989) is from Toronto, Canada. Her father is a Director of Photography and mother a novice photographer. She was taught the language of light and composition at a very young age; the camera being an extension of her family. Graduating from photography at Sheridan College in 2009, Jasper has since become an IATSE stills member in 2014. Her success in portraiture and storytelling has lead to a shift in her focus from stills to motion. “Jessica Jessica” is her first completed short film, “Nobody’s Home” being her first music video. She is currently in development of her first feature.


Director Statement


When first listening to this song, the need to dance and be free was so obvious but there was also this very haunting feeling that not all was just that. I wanted this video to create a sense of freedom within a world of confinement.