HIGHLIGHTS, WINNERS & VIDEOS: August 2018 Sci-Fi FEEDBACK Film Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:

BEST SCI-FI FILM: MARGARET AND THE MOON

BEST ROMANCE FILM: WHAT IF…

BEST PERFORMANCES: THE VOLUNTEER

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: HOTTER WITH THE WINDOWS OPEN

BEST MUSIC: ZACKMAN

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterWHAT IF, 16min., Germany, Sci-Fi/Romance festival posterHOTTER WITH THE WINDOWS OPEN, 12min., USA, Romance/Drama
festival posterTEMPORARY, 14min., USA, Drama/Romance festival posterTHE VOLUNTEER, 27min., USA, Sci-Fi/Romance
festival posterMARGARET AND THE MOON, 12min, USA, Sci-Fi/Animation festival posterZACKMAN, 5min, Hong Kong, Sci-Fi

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The theme of the August 2018 ROMANCE & SCI-FI FEEDBACK Film Festival in Los Angeles was “Human Connection”. Every character on all of these presented films were looking to connect with someone else. Sometimes our themes are riddled in complications and confusions – but this festival is as simple as people wanting to connect. And we used to distinct movie genres to do it in Sci-Fi and Romance.

Them MVP of our festival night was our editor/mic handler Kimberly Villaruel. We had some technical issues where the wireless mics stopped working. So we only had one working mic as the other 2 kept popping. Kimberly was able to fix it in post-production without much angst. A true talent and someone to watch out for. She has a bright future ahead of her.

Eight months into our monthly Los Angeles Festival experiment and we’re doing very well. Starting to obtain a nice regular crowd and people seem to really like what we’re doing.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

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FANTASY/SCI-FI FILM FESTIVAL Thur. Sept. 6th (Toronto

The FEEDBACK Monthly Film Festival is back for 2018.. Our home is The Carlton Cinemas, located in the heart of downtown Toronto at 20 Carlton Street. The event runs from 7pm to 9:10pm.

Continuing to showcase the best of short films from around the world, while maintaining our audience feedback format moderated by Kierston Drier. Showcasing a festival twice a month in Toronto in 2018!

Tickets for 2018 are PAY WHAT YOU LIKE.

If you like to obtain seats in advance and pick them up on the day of the event (come for FREE, or make a donation), please email us attickets@wildsound.ca and we’ll reserve seats for you.

You can pick up the tickets on the day of the event at the cinema. Tickets are first come, first serve. This festival has sold out 76 out of its last 78 events!

You will be able to buy alcohol (beer, wine, liquor), popcorn, candy, and refreshments before the show.

Here is the full program of films. Festival starts at 7pm sharp!


FIRST ACT PROGRAM


STAR WARS: DRESCA, 7min., USA, Fan Fiction/Sci-Fi
Directed by Jessica Champneys

When Dresca – an injured imperial pilot – is rescued by rebels after the Battle of Endor, she must choose between her loyalty to the Empire and the kindness of strangers she once thought of as monsters.

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BATMAN: INJUSTICE FOR ALL, 20min., USA, Fan Fiction/Horror
Directed by Danny Mooney

Reimagined origin story, steeped in darkness, for the Joker and Harlequin, two of comics most notorious villains.

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STRANGER THINGS: THE STORY OF HENRY AND DALE, 6min., USA, Fan Fiction/Crime
Directed by Brittany Joyner

Two friends go hunting in Hawkins Indiana. What they find in the woods will turn you upside down.

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SECOND ACT PROGRAM


BETWEEN THE PARALLEL, 6min., New Zealand, Sci-Fi
Directed by Yoson An

“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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TESTS 8: DISAPPEARED, 2min., Russia, Sci-Fi
Directed by Anton Sokolov

Two are in driving car. Stress and mystery is in the air during their trip. We can’t understand their goals and who they are to each other. They reach a final destination. Now they have to find out who continue go far.

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THE PASSING, 10min., India, Sci-Fi
Directed by Ankur Kapoor

The humans of the future have embraced an AI controlled utopia. ‘The Passing’ is a short documentary from that time.

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SO.CI3.TY, 27min., Martinique, Sci-Fi
Directed by Khris Burton

J0.hn an emotionless and regulated citizen of THE CITY awakes on a deserted island where he’ll have to embrace his own humanity to survive…

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The event runs from 7pm to 9:10pm on Thursday September 6, 2018

Continuing to showcase the best of short films from around the world, while maintaining our audience feedback format moderated by Kierston Drier. Showcasing a festival every single Thursday in Toronto in 2018! 

Director BIO: Khris Burton (SO.CI3.TY)

Director Biography – Khris Burton

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Khris Burton is an award-winning film and commercial director, from Martinique, French West Indies.

He graduated at ESRA (Ecole Supérieure de Réalisation Audiovisuelle) , an high-end educational academy, located in Paris, which specializes in cinematography, TV broadcasting, scriptwriting and sound engineering training.

A music fan as a child, he went on to direct music videos. He quickly gained recognition in this industry, both from his peers and from the audience. In 2011, the French professional music association (S.A.C.E.M) bestowed him an award for his music video “Trêve de bavardages”.

Khris Burton has also been directing commercials for half a decade. In this field too, his work won awards.

Since 2013, Khris Burton’s international status has increased: his short movie “Maybe Another Time” won People’s Choice Award, Top Rated and Jury 1st Commendations at the 8th edition of Filminute, the internationnal one minute film festival. Becoming the most awarded director in the history of the festival.

The movie also got Best Narrative Ultra Short Award at International Film Awards of Berlin (IFAB 2014).

In 2015, His one minute short “Nanny” won People Choice Award and Jury 2nd Commendation at the 10th edition of Filminute, the internationnal one minute film festival.

Throughout all his achievements, one can notice how human emotions matter for Khris Burton and are central in his work. His ability to catch these emotions and his technical expertise have made him an highly skilled director who is always willing to push back his limits.

Director BIO: Yoson An (BETWEEN THE PARALLEL)

Director Biography – Yoson An

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Yoson started working in the film industry in his early 20s. Along the way he has had a few opportunities to work on some amazing projects and learned more about the process of filmmaking. Being around different directors have sparked a new passion in him to also become a storyteller. Thus, “Between The Parallel” was created.

 

Director Statement

 

“Between The Parallel” is about a young girl, seeking to find freedom from her reality by depicting herself as a goddess like being through her art.

Being someone of two cultural backgrounds (born in China and raised in New Zealand), I wanted to merge the two cultures through this film. I grew up watching a lot of Chinese martial arts movies, and I’ve also grown to love fantasy/sci-fi films that symbolically explores the spectrum of human emotions; but I’ve never seen the two overlap. “Between the Parallel” symbolically reflects a young girl’s inner struggles (or demons) through her art, where she depicts herself as a goddess-like being in Ancient China, fighting for her freedom. This was an interesting idea to me because I’ve seen many films projecting the idea of good and evil of a characters with biblical references, but I’ve never seen a Chinese version of it. This is how this film began, it is a story told through Elisa’s (the female lead) point of view.

This short film is an adaption of a feature film idea. Most of the story painted itself around what I have seen or experienced in life. The actors (Melissa Xiao and David T. Lim), producer (Amber-rose Henshall), cinematographer (Leigh Elford) and I worked together on the pre-production weeks before filming. Most of the time went into translating the dialogue in the ancient China world and also perfecting the martial arts choreography in the fight sequence. Even though it was a fantasy world, I felt it was important for it to carry an element of truth behind it. The words spoken by both David and Melissa were in close alignment to the way people spoke from the Han Dynasty.

I’m really inspired by films (and TV shows) that uses Sci-fi|Fantasy to take viewers on a (out of this world) journey which reflects a deeper understanding of our humanity. I also believe film is a beautiful medium where we can symbolically reflect our perspective of reality. I would love to be able to bring forth more of my ideas into the world one day (on a larger scale) through the medium of film and television.

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.

Project Links

Short Film: THE PASSING, 10min., India, Sci-Fi

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The humans of the future have embraced an AI controlled utopia. ‘The Passing’ is a short documentary from that time.

  • Film Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Sci-fi, documentary
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 58 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 31, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    India
  • Country of Filming:
    India
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
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Sci-Fi/Fantasy Festival Testimonial – August 8 2018

Stephen Rutterford
Stephen Rutterford

Fantastic festival. You get sent a feedback video from the audience. Very exciting!

4 Star Review

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BACK PAGE RIPPER, 5min. USA, Sci-Fi/Mystery 
Directed by Stephen RutterfordA girl must solve the mystery of who ripped the last page out of her mystery novel.

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