Get to know the short film: PLEASE LOVE ME FOREVER, 27min, France, Fantasy/Romance

Short Film Playing at the July 27, 2017 FANTASY FEEDBACK Film Festival

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In a surreal world, Lili, a 14-year-old albino, lives alone with her mother Claudie (50) who over-protects her from the outside world. Obsessed with her own appearance; Claudie regularly replaces aging parts of her face, alone in her operating lab, while Lili dreams of Lyesse, her 16 year-old handsome neighbor. But scared by so much love, Lyesse gently pushes her away. Devastated, she decides to operate his heart to understand why he doesn’t love her…

HOLY FATMA
Director
  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    fantastic, drama, romance
  • Runtime:
    27 minutes 16 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 15, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    190,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    France
  • Country of Filming:
    France
  • Film Language:
    French
  • Shooting Format:
    RED
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2:35
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes

Get to know the short film: REAL ARTISTS, 12min, USA, Fantasy/Drama

Short Film Playing at the July 27, 2017 FANTASY FEEDBACK Film Festival

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Real Artists, a dark tale set in the near future, is based on Ken Liu’s short story of the same name. Sophia just scored every animator’s dream interview at world famous Semaphore Animation Studios. But when the Creative Director, Anne Palladon, reveals that she knows about Sophia’s fan-edit of Semaphore’s hit film Mythos, Sophia sees her dreams begin to slip away.

Was it Sophia’s rebel ethos and creative instincts that landed her the invitation? Or is everything not quite as it seems at Semaphore? To maintain her artistic integrity, it’s going to take all of Sophia’s instincts and nerve.

Cameo Wood
Director
  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    March 2, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    35,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    35mm
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.35
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes

Get to know the short film: A MONSTER CALLED CHARLES, 15min, UK, Fantasy/Drama

Short Film Playing at the July 27, 2017 FANTASY FEEDBACK Film Festival

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The story of a Boy who lives in a caravan park with his Mother, and a Monster who lives in a nearby woods…

Richard Paris Wilson
Director
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Director Statement

What makes this project particularly unique, is how it combined the talents of professional filmmakers – the DOP, the Gaffer, etc – with a mixture of 14,15 and 16 year old students from the Citizenship Media Group (a charity in South London set up to work with aspiring young filmmakers), who acted as the First AD, Second AD, Camera Assistant and more.

The process of making this film was a real collaborative and learning experience for all involved. Funded in part by the Big Lottery Fund, the film was developed off the back of months of workshops with young people in South London as part of the Citizenship Media Group (‘CMG’), and saw many of those young people become part of the production crew.

Not only was this a great learning experience for everybody – both the professionals and the students – but I firmly believe we managed to make a really terrific film out of it too; one which I am tremendously proud of.

We hope you enjoy what we managed to make.

Rich and the crew

HIGHLIGHTS, WINNERS & VIDEOS: June 2017 SCI-FI FEEDBACK Film Festival

AUDIENCE FESTIVAL AWARDS

Best Film: CRADLE

Best Performances: 1950 AD

Best Cinematography: ON SUNDAY

Best Effects: ON SUNDAY

Best Music: The music from THE EARTH SURVIVAL CODE

Take a look at the Audience Feedback Videos from the LA Sci-Fi Film Festival. Some of the best short films in the world today were showcased.

festival posterCRADLE, 11min, USA, Sci-Fi/Thriller
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festival poster1950 DA, 7min, France, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
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festival posterON SUNDAY, 6min, UK, Sci-Fi/Drama
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festival posterTHE EARTH SURVIVAL CODE, 10min, China, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
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festival posterMISIEK AND EVE FROM OUTER SPACE, 2min, Poland, Animation/Comedy
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The SCI-FI LOS ANGELES JUNE 2017 FEEDBACK Film Festival gave our audiences the best of sci-fi short movies from around the world.

The theme of the festival was “OUTER LIMITS”.

Every film showcased what about a situation that was about an ‘outside being’ other than earth.

Sci-Fi short films sure have made a great leap into superstardom in the 21st century!

In the last 15 years I’ve watched over 10,000 short films from over 100 countries around the world, being a part of the film festival scene. Only in the last 5 years have I witnessed a gigantic surge in Sci-Fi shorts being made. The technology just wasn’t there for this medium 10-15 year ago: cost-wise and accessibility of the actual tools needed to pull off the desires for the film. So filmmakers working in the short film world just didn’t go there.

But now technology is there for almost everyone.

During the moderation of the film ON SUNDAY, an audience member asked the question of how much the budget was for the film. Without giving anything away, there is a “big” moment near the end of the film, not to mention it having what my programmers call “high production value”. It’s a common question that people ask and I never know how to answer it. And I get why they are asking it because most likely they are filmmakers themselves and want to make a film like that.

The art of short film for me is to be a magician with the budget. 99.5% of shorts made have a limited budget. So it’s what you can do with it that counts. ON SUNDAY for example, if made on a Hollywood produced format with their production schedule, union crew costs, CGI costs etc…, would be about a $100,000 budget. And I can guarantee that this filmmaker didn’t spend 100K on this film. But it sure looks like one.

THE EARTH SURVIVAL CODE, a film out of China, has gun fights, choreographed fight scenes, a transportation of an alien from a spaceship to earth, and much more. That film I’m sure was also done on a small budget even though it looks to be another 100K budgeted film.

What I’m getting at is these filmmakers know how to use today’s technology in the context of their film. Before they even start the development stage, they know what they are able to do. So they can work within their expertise and accessibility. Then go from there. And that is why the Sci-Fi genre has taken off in the short film market. There are AMAZING films being made – and we were lucky to show 5 films from 5 different countries to our Los Angeles audience.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

Audience FEEDBACK: THE EARTH SURVIVAL CODE, 10min, China, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Played at the June 2017 Sci-Fi FEEDBACK Film Festival in Los Angeles.

THE EARTH SURVIVAL CODE, 10min, China, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Directed by Yin Yue

A girl from another universe, being chased by a mysterious man in space, crashes into a residential area on Earth.

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Film Type: Short, Web / New Media
Runtime: 9 minutes 30 seconds
Completion Date: March 6, 2016
Production Budget: 60,000 USD
Country of Origin: China
Country of Filming: China
Film Language: Chinese
Shooting Format: RED
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Film Color: Color

Audience FEEDBACK: ON SUNDAY, 6min, UK, Sci-Fi/Drama

Played at the June 2017 Sci-Fi FEEDBACK Film Festival in Los Angeles.

ON SUNDAY, 6min, UK, Sci-Fi/Drama
Directed by David Lea
An old man and his dog make their routine walk to the isolated clifftops of deepest Cornwall…but this time they’re not alone.

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Director Statement

ON SUNDAY is a my paean to the science fiction films of my childhood. I wanted to create a simple film that told a story in its own time and captured the sense of wonder I feel is lost in many of the films released today.

‘ON SUNDAY’ took 5 years to complete – mainly because I did it ‘Gareth Edwards’ style taking on around 90% of the films production and post production myself and having to learn around 5 different CG packages from scratch in order to create the ship wreck which features in the film.

This film is a thank you to my Dad, who actually features in the film. Way back in 1984 he hand built a cabin bed for my bedroom and underneath this, made from wood, flashing lights and copper piping he’d constructed a spaceship cockpit. I was 6 years old and via fuzzy VHS’s already indoctrinated in the ways of the force, last star fighters and Xenomorphs – my dad used to censor the scary bits by recording Sunday Cricket over them. The finished cabin bed was a fledgling geek’s dream come true.

31 years later I thought it was past time to repay the favour and build him his very own spaceship.

Audience FEEDBACK: CRADLE, 11min, USA, Sci-Fi/Thriller

Played at the June 2017 Sci-Fi FEEDBACK Film Festival in Los Angeles.

CRADLE, 11min, USA, Sci-Fi/Thriller
Directed by David Holechek

A man risks his body and mind to right a terrible wrong.

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Film Type: Short
Genres: Sci-Fi, Drama, Thriller
Runtime: 11 minutes 20 seconds
Completion Date: September 1, 2016
Production Budget: 20,000 USD
Country of Origin: United States
Film Language: English
Shooting Format: RED
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Film Color: Color