HIGHLIGHTS & VIDEOS: February 2018 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:

BEST FILM: Monsieur Hernst
BEST PERFORMANCES: Monsieur Hernst
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Monsieur Hernst
BEST MUSIC: Tears in the Rain

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:


festival posterBREAKER, 10min., Japan/Canada, Sci-Fi/Action
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festival posterSKIN DEEP, 20min., UK, Fantasy
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festival posterMONSIEUR HERNST, 15min., France, Sci-Fi/Drama
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festival posterLILITH, 19min., USA, Sci-Fi/Drama
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festival posterBACK PAGE RIPPER, 5min. USA, Sci-Fi/Mystery
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festival posterMAN-AT-ARMS, 10min, UK, Fan Fiction//Animation
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festival posterTEARS IN THE RAIN, 11min., South Africa, Fan Fiction/Sci-Fi
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The 1st Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film Festival event of 2018 was a great success.
The theme of the event was “Saving or Being Saved”.

Every film was about seeing a situation or person was being saved. Or someone saving someone else.

I have to say that the short film showcase of Sci-Fi/Fantasy movies is always a great success. It sells out quickly and a whole new crowd of film fans appear to cheer on and talk about their favorite genre.

The art of programming a Sci-Fi/Fantasy festival is a tricky one because you want to showcase a mix type of the genre and make sure the tone is never the same throughout. For example, you don’t want to showcase all films with a dystopian future and really bring down the entire crowd. You also don’t want to strictly pander to just the sci-fi fans because there are always going to be people in the audience who are simply fans of films and not super-fan of sci-fi.

I got in trouble with some of my team for showing a film that they perhaps didn’t feel fit into this lineup. I took a chance with this film and it perhaps didn’t succeed. I tend to do this now and then to see what the audience will respond to. You have to do things like this in order to not get stagnant with your programming. I always try to find the edge of the line. My editor John Johnson feels that I perhaps cross the line too much and retreat backwards. It’s the only way I can be.

This is definitely a genre that we need to showcase more of as there are always fantastic films being made all over the world.

– Matthew Toffolo, CEO, FEEDBACK Film Festival (Toronto & Los Angeles)

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