Experimental Festival Testimonial – October 20 2018

Amy Lopes
Amy Lopes

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5 Star Review

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HIGHLIGHTS & VIDEOS: Experimental Festival – August 16, 2018

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:

BEST FILM: FOR REST

BEST PERFORMANCES: THE POET

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: AUGENBLICKE – A BLINK OF AN EYE

BEST MUSIC: SARAVA

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterGLENDALE, 6min, USA, Dance

festival posterFOR REST, 16min., Japan, Experimental

festival posterSARAVA, 3min., Brazil, Music Video

festival posterSEPARATE SENTENCES, 15min., USA, Experimental

festival posterDUEL CITIZEN, 9min., USA, Experimental

festival posterSILHOUETTE OF A STORM – BENT TREET, USA, 4min., Dance

festival posterTHE POET, 6min., USA, Experimental

festival posterWAITING, 5min., Canada, Experimental/Comedy

festival posterSOLARIS, 5min., Australia, Music Videov

festival posterFUERZA, 4min., Australia, Dance

festival posterAUGENBLICKE – A BLINK OF AN EYE, 4min., Animation/Drama

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The theme of the August 2018 EXPERIMENTAL/DANCE/MUSIC FEEDBACK Film Festival in Toronto was “Beauty In Chaos”.

This was one of those festival that we got by with the skin of our teeth. Lots of shenanigans taking place behind the scenes where a small miscommunication between two cinema workers lead to us almost not being able to screen 3 of the programmed films.

That said, when the lights went on at 7pm, the audience got to watch 11 amazing short films and no one would have guessed that there was any issue at all. Like making a movie – there can be a lot of chaos and issues behind the scenes, but all that matters is what is shot by the camera in frame. If that is golden, then nothing else matters.

I loved this night. The films were all amazing and it was the perfect crowd in attendance to watch and talk about them.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

JUNE 2018 EXPERIMENTAL Short Films

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festival poster01, 7min., Germany, Experimental/Animation

festival posterSTAR RUNNER, 2min., USA, Animation/Experimental

festival posterTWICE UPON A TIME, 14min., Serbia, Animation/Fantasy

festival posterOH MY…., 4min,., USA, Animation/Music Video

festival posterOH! UGANDA, 5min., Uganda, Animation/Documentary

festival posterLAND OF MINE, 4min., Germany, Experimental

festival posterWHERE AM I – COLACOASTER, 3min., Italy/Austria, Music Video

festival posterSUNFLOWER SUTRA, 4min., Netherlands, Music Video

festival posterTROUBLE, 3min., Austria, Music Video

festival posterSUPPLE HEARTS, 5min., UK, Experimental

festival posterHAUL, 5min., Czech Republic, Music Video

festival posterBURIED, 14min., UK, Thriller/War

festival posterAINHOA, 19min, Spain, Drama/Thriller

festival posterSTREAM OF DOUBTS, 11min., France, Drama/Fantasy

festival posterMEASURE, 2min, UK, Horror/Drama

festival posterLIFE ON MARS, 16min., Spain, Drama

festival posterVINDICTE, 26min., Germany, Drama/Family

 

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

Festival Moderators: Kierston Drier, Shepsut Wilson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Festival Directors: Mary Cox, Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: John Johnson, Isabal Cupryn, Aser Santos Jr., Zack Arch

HIGHLIGHTS & VIDEOS: Experimental Festival – June 28, 2018

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:

BEST FILM: SUPPLE HEARTS

BEST ANIMATION: 01

BEST PERFORMANCES: SUPPLE HEARTS

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: LAND OF MINE

BEST MUSIC: SUNFLOWER SUTRA

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival poster01, 7min., Germany, Experimental/Animation

festival posterSTAR RUNNER, 2min., USA, Animation/Experimental

festival posterTWICE UPON A TIME, 14min., Serbia, Animation/Fantasy

festival posterOH MY…., 4min,., USA, Animation/Music Video

festival posterOH! UGANDA, 5min., Uganda, Animation/Documentary

festival posterLAND OF MINE, 4min., Germany, Experimental

festival posterWHERE AM I – COLACOASTER, 3min., Italy/Austria, Music Video

festival posterSUNFLOWER SUTRA, 4min., Netherlands, Music Video

festival posterTROUBLE, 3min., Austria, Music Video

festival posterSUPPLE HEARTS, 5min., UK, Experimental

festival posterHAUL, 5min., Czech Republic, Music Video

The theme of the June 2018 ANIMATION & EXPERIMENTAL FEEDBACK Film Festival in Toronto was “Innocence Lost”. Every single film was about characters who lost their idealism.

These types of festivals bring on a whole new crowd and with that an entirely new conversation in the feedback section. These are divisive films that many times attempt to make a social or political commentary on the world.

In the other festivals, the conversation is more about the storytelling – the plots and characters in the films we present. With the Animation & Experimental Festival the discussions lean more towards the thematics and overall points of the film. The subtext and emotions. How is makes us feel!

So if an audience member would go to our Comedy Festival for example on week, an then this festival the next week, they would think we are at a different venue or city.

I like these festivals. The event and films always makes me think days afterward. It stays with me for a long time. I keep going back to the films and what was said.

There is SO much talent out there. It’s amazing actually. Whatever we can do to help get more people to see these films.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

June 22, 2018 – Today’s Experimental Festival TESTIMONIAL

Adriano Curci
Adriano Curci

An unmeasurable amount of awesomeness! The format of the festival is very interesting and novel. Support must be given to festivals of this type. I take this opportunity to thank Feedback enormously for everything, and for screening my short film “A Forest”!!!

5 Star Review

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May 2018 EXPERIMENTAL Short Films

festival posterROSIE, OH, 8min, USA, Experimental/Family

festival posterTHE BUS TRIP, 13min., Sweden, Animation

festival posterAFTER LOVE, 6min., Hungary, Experimental/Romance

festival posterMARY & MARSHA IN THE MANOR OF MADNESS, 3min., USA, Animation

festival posterTHE FLOWER GATE, 15min., Israel, Fantasy

festival posterHANDS, 6min., UK, Experimental/Dance

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

Festival Moderators: Kierston Drier, Shepsut Wilson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Festival Directors: Mary Cox, Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: John Johnson, Isabal Cupryn, Aser Santos Jr., Zack Arch

HIGHLIGHTS & VIDEOS: Experimental/Music Video Festival – December 28, 2017

AUDIENCE FESTIVAL AWARDS

Best Film: KILLING US SOFTLY

Best Performances: YOU

Best Cinematography: IN SEARCH OF REVERENCE

Best Music: The music from A FOREST

Watch Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterORACLE, 3min., USA, Music Video
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festival posterYOU, 10min., Portugal, Experimental
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festival posterKILLING US SOFTLY, 5min., Australia, Music Video
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festival posterIN SEARCH OF REVERENCE, 12min., UK, Experimental
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festival posterA FOREST, 11min., Argentina, Experimental 
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festival posterCONDITIONER, 5min., USA, Animation/Experimental
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festival posterTHE BLUE BUTTERFLY, 5min., China, Animation
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festival posterCHRYSALIS, 7min., Singapore, Animation
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festival posterBARRY THE BLOBFISH, 2min., USA, Animation
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festival posterPINK BUBBLES, 3min., Taiwan, Animation
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festival posterONCE AND DONE, 3min, USA, Animation/Documentary
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festival posterPURRS AND ‘OL MAN BLUES, 2min., Canada, Animation
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festival posterGLORIOUS VICTORY, 2min., USA, Animation 
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The EXPERIMENTAL/ANIMATION DECEMBER 2017 FEEDBACK Film Festival gave our audiences simply the best of short movies from this community.

The theme of the festival was “STRUGGLE”.

Every film showcased was about a character(s) simply struggling in life in some sort of way. .

Showcasing the best 13 Experimental and Animation Short Films of 2017 was a terrific way to end the year 2017.

This is a festival without its controversy as some films pushed the limits of what is appropriate to screen – and perhaps 100% of our audience didn’t appreciate certain films as it didn’t fit into their idealogy. In my subjective opinion, this is what the Experimental night is all about. Stretch the boundaries of storytelling and film execution while still engaging and making the audience feel.

That said, there were a couple of films that the FEEDBACK Film Festival committee wanted us to show that I simply could not. They pushed things a bit TOO far.

I always like to imagine any film we program to see how it will play 10 years from now from a 2027 audience. Of course I can not predict the future, but sometimes you can see the patterns of convention and what is appropriate. So some films that we screen today might not stand the test of time in 10 years. So it’s my job to make sure we don’t screen a film that is a little cringe worthy in the future.

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Kierston Drier (who also moderated the event) was the main programmer for the DECEMBER 2017 Festival. She has worked for WILDsound for the last 2 years and is the driving force for future FEEDBACK Film Festival events.

You always know you had a great festival when all the films receive multiple votes for BEST FILM of the night from the audience – which was the case for all 13 films presented at this festival.

We are so proud of this festival. We can’t wait for 2018.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo