AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:
BEST FILM: ROSIE, OH
BEST ANIMATION: THE BUS TRIP
BEST EXPERIMENTAL: SAM THE HAM
BEST PERFORMANCES: AFTER LOVE
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: ROSIE, OH
BEST MUSIC: HANDS
Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:
The theme of the May 2018 Los Angeles FEEDBACK Film Festival was “Dreams and Reality”. Every single film was about a world that wasn’t totally real. No film was grounded in reality.
This was our 6th straight month showcasing the best of short films from around the world on the 1st Thursday at the LA LIVE Regal Cinemas in downtown Los Angeles. The experiment of doing these festivals here has worked. Slowly we are building a solid crowd of regulars to go with the new people entering our festival world month by month.
I am still trying to master the understanding of the LA audience. This city is the center of storytelling and filmmaking, so generally our audience is going to be a part of that industry. People move to Los Angeles to work in the movies and television. So it’s different than our Toronto festival where we have mostly film fans than film people in the audience. With that you’re going to get a new type of moderation.
The MVP of the festival is our former volunteer and now resident editor Kimberly Villarruel. She travels the longest to get to the festival and has to handle the LA highway grind. She’s always positive and the audience loves her (she’s in the video handing the mic to the audience). She’s doesn’t need to work the festival anymore because she has a job with us editing the screenplay festival readings. But each month though she ventures to help out willing to do anything to make the festival better. This type of personality will serve her well and I’m certain there is a bright future ahead of her.
See you at the festivals.
– Matthew Toffolo
The journey of a man escaping the concrete jungle of the modern city with help from spiritual black birds.
Animation, Experimental, Music Video, Student
3 minutes 38 seconds
April 16, 2017
Country of Origin:
Country of Filming:
Everything is a form of vibration,
One needs to hear it and transform it into music
The world is a piano and the piano is the world
The musician becomes the creator of the world
Poppy Ackroyd is a British post-classical composer.
Her main instruments are the piano and the violin, but she doesn’t treat them in a classical way.
She creates her pieces by sampling sounds, beats and rhythms she generates by tapping the housing and strings of her instruments. She loops and records them, successively adding further layers of sound, until a new orchestral space is achieved. She completes this by adding the clean sound of a classical piano.
This process has inspired the narration of my film.
The world is seen as a vibration, and everything in it is seen as rhythm and repetition.
Nature pulsates, creating a transcendental pulse.
Poppy, as a Demiurge, responds to the rhythm or creates it herself.
Both worlds – elements of nature and the space within her instrument – coexist and filter through each other. This coexistence is reflected in the picture. Life is a journey and the strings, just like railway tracks, mark the direction. The world is enclosed in the piano, and the piano becomes the world.
The world vanishes when Poppy stops playing.
The film was created to promote Poppy Ackroyd’s single and her third album.
Both the film and the single ’Trains’ will premiere on nowness.com in November 2017. The album will be released by One Little Indian on the 26th of January 2018 in the UK, France, Germany, Japan and Australia.
The film has received a number of prizes and was shown at many short film festivals around the world.
AUDIENCE FESTIVAL AWARDS
Best Film: STRANGE BEASTS
Best Performances: ICARO
Best Cinematography: REQUEMBARREN
Best Music: The music from A SPACE GOD APPEARS
Watch the FEEDBACK Videos for each film:
The EXPERIMENTAL JULY 2017 FEEDBACK Film Festival gave our audiences simply the best of short movies from around the world.
The theme of the festival was “IMAGINATION”.
Okay….so this was copout of a theme! We always have an emotional or plot connection in all of our festival themes. For this festival it was simply imagination.
This was our first ever EXPERIMENTAL & MUSIC VIDEO Festival. And it will be the first of many. We plan on doing one more festival in 2017 (November), and then have 4 planned for 2018. By 2019, we plan on doing one every single month.
The quality of experimental and music videos submitted to this festival is truly remarkable. There is so much amazing talent out there in the world and we were lucky to show 11 films at our inaugural event.
The crowd was as chatty as ever too. They were really into it as we had a lot of original voices contribute to the feedback of each short film video. It was so great to see 70% of our audiences who were first time attendees to the FEEDBACK Film Festival.
I have to thank Mary Cox for her amazing job programming the festival. This was Mary’s first time as a programmer for the festival and it sure won’t be her last. She started off as a volunteer for the festival and is now one of our main employees. She also happens to be an artist on the rise and we couldn’t be happier to have her on our team.
See you at the festivals.
– Matthew Toffolo