HIGHLIGHTS & VIDEOS: Experimental, Music & Dance Festival – June 4, 2020

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:
BEST FILM: THE IDENTITY PAS DE DEUX
BEST DANCE FILM: MAKING MEN
BEST MUSIC VIDEO: ADAM & STEVE
BEST STUDENT FILM: HELLO BABY
BEST PERFORMERS: MOTEL -X
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: UPWELL
BEST SOUND & MUSIC: WE ARE ALL ON THE SAME BUS

Theme of night: Expression of confusion and determination

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

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterGORILLA IN THE WASHING MACHINE, 8min., Estonia Animation/Experimental

festival posterBEHOLD THE MAN, 4min., Italy, Music Short

festival posterSANKOFA, 3min., USA, Experimental

festival posterTARAH WHO? – HURT, 4min., USA, Music Video

festival posterTHE NEXT GIRL, 6min., USA, Experimental/Drama

festival posterWE ARE ALL ON THE SAME BUS, 2min., Portugal, Experimental

festival posterUPWELL, 6min., USA, Dance

festival posterMOTEL-X, 5min., USA, Dance

festival posterHOME 23.20, 5min., France, Dance

festival posterMAKING MEN (10′), 10min., Belgium, Dance

festival posterADAM & STEVE, 3min, USA, Music

festival posterTHE IDENTITY PAS DE DEUX, 7min., USA, Music

festival posterONE STEP APART, 4min., Canada, Dance

festival posterHELLO BABY, 24min., Hong Kong, Thriller/Suspense

The beginning of a (temporary) new era.

See you at the festivals. Whenever that happens!

– Matthew Toffolo

Experimental, Dance & Music Festival Testimonial – June 8 2020

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Elias Djemil

Wow! It’s absolutely incredible to receive a video of the audience commenting on our movie! We as artists are so much looking for these feedbacks and here, you have them! I think all festivals must have this wonderful thing! Thannk you so much guys! And thanks for the prize of Best Performance for our short film FRANCISZKA 🙂 Superb experience!

5 Star Review

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The Experimental Film, Dance and Music Festival now runs 9 times year! Due to the popularity of the genre, films and festival screening. So submit your work and get it showcased at the FEEDBACK Festival.

Festival occurs in two cities: At the Carlton Cinemas in downtown Toronto, Canada, and at the LA LIVE Regal Cinemas in downtown Los Angeles, USA.

The goal of this festival is to showcase the best of new experimental short films and independent music videos from around the world. Films that don’t get a fair shake from other film festivals because programmers don’t know where to “categorize” these films. There isn’t a typical linear story occurring so most festivals can’t truly understand the talent and beauty around these films.

HIGHLIGHTS & VIDEOS: Experimental, Music & Dance Festival – May 28, 2020

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:
BEST FILM: THE EMBRACE OF THE VALKRIES
BEST DANCE FILM: TEARS
BEST MUSIC VIDEO: A SYMPHONY OF SPARKS
BEST PERFORMERS: A MOTHER’S SOLILOQUY
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: MARIANNE
BEST SOUND & MUSIC: TRISKELION

Theme of night: Expression of unfairness and sorrow

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

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterMARIANNE, 3min., Mexico, Dance

festival posterNEW LIFE, 3min., France, Dance

festival posterTEARS, 4min., USA, Dance

festival posterBRETON AFTERNOON, 7min., USA, Dance

festival posterBAD FEELING, 4min., French Polynesia, Dance

festival posterTHE EMBRACE OF THE VALKRIES, 17min., Canada, Dance

festival posterA MOTHER’S SOLILOQUY, 6min., USA, Dance

festival posterGRAB TWIST PULL – HUSBANDRY 4min., USA, Music

festival posterLINOLEUM – Alain Chamfort / Cie Niki Noves, 6min., France, Music

festival posterTRISKELION, 13min., UK, Experimental/Thriller

festival posterSTAY IN YOUR POWER, 5min., Australia, Musical

festival posterA SYMPHONY OF SPARKS, 4min., Canada, Music

festival posterPAIN(FUL) PERCEPTION, 4min., Canada, Music

festival posterIN MY ROOM, 7min., Canada, Music

festival posterSOLITARY, 3min., USA, Dance

festival posterLOVELY, 3min., USA, Experimental

The beginning of a (temporary) new era.

See you at the festivals. Whenever that happens!

– Matthew Toffolo

Short Film: SANKOFA, 3min., USA, Experimental

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Filmed in San Cipriano, Colombia
August, 2018

Sankofa is a word in the Twi language of Ghana that translates to “go back and get it.” This 16mm film interprets an exorcism of social repression. Humanity’s passion, pain, and love are revealed through movement, light, and nature. The song “Tonada de Luna” was performed synchronously with the improvisational dance.

Project Links

Short Film: WE ARE ALL ON THE SAME BUS, 2min., Portugal, Experimental

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We are all on the same bus, but some of us are more awake than others.

  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Music Video, Short
  • Runtime:
    2 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    July 31, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    Portugal
  • Country of Filming:
    Portugal
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital

Short Film: LOVELY, 3min., USA, Experimental

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Beauty surrounds a young woman getting cosmetic injections.

Director Statement

Videos of cosmetic procedures are common online marketing tools and frequently posted on social media. What none of the videos provide is any emotional context for the people (mostly women) getting the treatments. Whether these women are empowered or controlled with regard to their image is open to interpretation but, in the film, I want the viewer to experience emotional context as they sit beside a woman actually undergoing the procedure.

Short Film: LOOK OUT, 6min., USA, Experimental

Look Out, a driving and precarious choreographic voyage through rooftops, a parking lot, and a construction site filmed entirely by drone camera, captures unexpected angles, distances, and perspectives. Shot on location during LUMBERYARD Under Construction Summer Festival 2018 (Catskill, NY), it features Bridgman|Packer choreography and performance, cinematography by Gavin Preuss, and industrial-percussion by Jeff Cook.

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Short Film: MINSTREL VS PUPPET, 6min., USA, Experimental

Dd7fe7ea4c posterMinstrel vs. Puppet (MVP) short film is an artistic experimental piece that illustrates the internal conflict many women, particularly women of color, experience surrounding the topics of brains and beauty. It also depicts how this same conflict manifests externally with some women identifying with and relating more to their own internal level of intellect while others identify with and relate more to their external degree of beauty. It draws upon multiple societal factors that influence these notions, sentiments, and characterizations within women today. This short film is rooted in spoken word poetry, as it was written in poetic form and performed with elements of spoken word.

Short Film: ONCE AN ANGEL, 2min., USA, Experimental

The White Angel and the Black Angel

  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Musical, Thriller
  • Runtime:
    2 minutes 23 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 19, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    4,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Shooting Format:
    1080
  • Aspect Ratio:
    Cinemascope
  • Film Color:
    Color

Short Film: BALDWIN’S PROPHECY, 6min., USA, Experimental

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A young woman’s walk to meet a date unexpectedly takes her to a place where dance, James Baldwin and protest meet.

Project Links
  • Film Type:
    Experimental
  • Genres:
    drama, dance, social justice
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 11 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 31, 2017
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Film Color:
    Color