Short Film: FLOATING, 8min., Spain, Sci-Fi

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A Russian astronaut awakes on an ISS space module after an accident. His attention is caught by outside knockings . Someone has come to welcome him, although it might all be just his Imagination, or maybe not.

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Director Biography – Janne Kasperi Suhonen (DIVE ODYSSEY)

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Janne Kasperi Suhonen is a Helsinki-based freelance photographer and film maker. He graduated from the Lahti Design Institute and specializes in underwater filming. Janne is perfectionist and occasionally impatient commander. In order to achieve the goals, he pushes the team to its’ extreme. As Janne is the camera operator he plans the shoots and leads the team during the under water filming. His enthusiasm strengthens the bond among the others.

He is Co-founder of the Divers of the Dark dive team and Co-author of ‘Divers of the Dark’ book. Janne is responsible of photography and video for all the Divers of the Dark team movies, commercials, books, and magazine articles.

Director Statement

Dive Odyssey is a tribute to loved hobbies, diving and sci-fi movies. But what is the common nominator between these two things justifying this project? For me, the connection has always been evident. Cave dive is a visual experience in three dimensions, a flight into the inner space.

From my childhood, I remember all the weekends at my grandparents’ house, far in the countryside. Along with fishing and carpentry, I got to watch movies on television in the evening, something I wasn’t allowed to do at home. One particular time was when I was 8 years old and saw Space Odyssey 2001 for the first time, grandpa dozing off in the chair next to me. I didn’t understand much about the movie, but I watched hypnotized all the same. The challenging and open-ended climax wouldn’t escape my mind for a long time.

The strength of the science-fiction genre is in the ability to address challenging social or personal problems without restrictions. At best, the utopias or dystopias create a shell inside which it is easy to focus on the underlying subject – without the usual constraints set by the real world. In addition to Space Odyssey 2001, other movie classics that have greatly influenced me include Solaris, Phase IV, Rollerball, Silent Running, Blade Runner, Alien, Soylent Green, Man Who Felt The Earth, and Zardoz.

The project is a confession of love for diving. It has given me so much. Friends. A new direction for my profession as a photographer. Experiences that no other person has seen or experienced before me. Lost wrecks. Natural cave after thousands of years in the making. Sights underground lit and photographed in a way that no one before me has been capable of.

At first, diving in caves wasn’t something I was looking forward to doing. I enjoyed the countless details of wrecks. In comparison, diving inside the dark and cold stone didn’t seem very inspiring. But all that changed in an instant when I first dived into the Ojamo limestone mine. The surface water was murky, but when going inside, the water turned crystal clear. After a few fin strokes, I entered the K-5 mining hall which is big enough to hold a 10-story building inside it. In the middle of the hall, I could no longer see the walls, the ceiling, or the bottom. I felt like flying in space. I had to use all the power of will to move forward. It all seemed so alien and intangible. It was like stepping out of a spaceship and taking a spacewalk.

There was no turning back. I wanted to go deeper and further.

Sharing these experiences has been the primary driver in all my diving related film productions. In media, cave diving is often presented as a hobby for people with a sure death wish. It is also seen as an extreme sport that is run by a small group of enthusiasts. The public interest is mainly taken in situations where lives are lost. This is personally experienced when working in the Diving into the Unknown film project. Dive Odyssey tries to show the other side of the sport, the beauty, and space-like environment and experience.

FANTASY Best Scene Reading: Roy Hermus Meets Princess QQ, by J. David Thayer

CAST LIST:

NARRATION – DIANA FRANZ
Roy Hermus – 42 – SEAN BALLANTYNE
Princess QQ – 43 – SARAH DESOUZA-COELHO

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

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Ryan Haines, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Ryan Haines, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

June 2019 Film/Story/Screenplay Winners

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ACTORSCREENPLAY MOVIE: THE WONDERFUL INVENTION OF DR. BLANK, by Obayed Khan
June 2019 Winner

ACTORTV BEST SCENE SCREENPLAY: VAPOR, by Eric White
June 2019 Winner

ACTORSCI-FI 1ST SCENE SCREENPLAY: URRACA, by Eva Everett Irving
June 2019 Winner

festival posterELPIDA, 7min., 7min., USA, Drama/Sci-Fi

 

 

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

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Kyle Drier, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Denissa Palmer, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

November 2018 Winning Fantasy/Sci-Fi Films, Screenplays & Stories

A FilmFreeway preferred festival:

 

STORYNOVEL TRANSCRIPT: SPACE TANGENTS by Jerry L. Harvy Jr.
November 2018

STORYNOVEL TRANSCRIPT: MOON SPYER by Susan Wingate
November 2018

STORYSCI-FI BEST SCENE: Star Whores and the Impotence Ray by Joel Karlinsky
November 2018

STORYSCI-FI BEST SCENE: A Brief World on Hypersleep Studies by Chiliagon
November 2018

STORYTV BEST SCENE: PAX GRAVITATE by Paul R. Price
November 2018

STORYTV BEST SCENE: PANDORA by Karen Matthews
November 2018

 

 

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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

Short Film: BETWEEN THE PARALLEL, 6min., New Zealand, Sci-Fi

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“Between The Parallel” is about a young girl, seeking to find freedom from her reality by depicting herself as a goddess like being. The film explores the battle for freedom of a goddess; running parallel to Elisa’s search for freedom of her internal struggles.

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April 2018 Winning Fantasy/Sci-Fi Films, Screenplays & Stories

A FilmFreeway preferred festival:

 

festival posterBLACK BIRD, 4min., USA, Experimental/Fantasy

festival posterCHRICKLE, 7min., Sweden, LGBT/Experimental

festival posterORNAMENT OF BEAUTY, USA, Thriller/Fantasy

ACTORESC(APE) ONLINE TV Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Christopher Kerr
ACTORDRAGONS AND WOLVES – TV Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Drew Henriksen
ACTORIN THE WOODS – Short Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Rachel Greenhoe
ACTORRAY IN SPACE – Sci-Fi Short Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by John Celona
ACTORTRANSIT – ACTION Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Charles Lo Manto
ACTORTHE MUSHROOM KING – ACTION Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Steve Trebilcock
ACTORWILD MIND – Fantasy/Sci-Fi Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Fujio Torikai
ACTORS.F.O – Fantasy/Sci-Fi Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Lawrence Whitener
ACTORTHE PARADOX MAN – Fantasy/Sci-Fi Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Larry Thomas
ACTORSPACE TRUCKERS – Fantasy/Sci-Fi Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Michael Dambrosio
ACTORUNEARTHLY – Fantasy/Sci-Fi Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by David Dalessandro
ACTORTHE GIRL WITH NO BRAIN – Fantasy/Sci-Fi Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Royce Adkins
ACTOR2084 – Fantasy/Sci-Fi Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Virgo Velasquez
ACTORPLANET B346 – Fantasy/Sci-Fi Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Tom Thorpe
ACTORHYPNOS – Fantasy/Sci-Fi Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Alexandra Dyranis
ACTORCROWN AND STEEL Novel Reading
April 2018 Reading
by Anna L. Walls

 

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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