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

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SCI-Fi/FANTASY Short Screenplay Reading: The Last Breath Of Winter, by Thom Holland

A huntsman battles a brutal winter and the spirits that inhabit the forest around his family’s home.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Val Cole

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

Director Biography – Frankie De Leonardis (FLOATING)

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Frankie De Leonardis is an Italian/Argentine director living in Barcelona. He’s been on the industry since 1997, mainly on tv title design and advertising direction. He’s won several awards including NY Advertising Festival (2011), European BDA Promax, ADCE, Laus for his work in advertising and title design.

Director Statement

This is my first ever cinematic project. It’s been a lifetime dream to become a director but life went some other way. I decided it was time to follow one’s dream and invested everything into this shortfilm.

The film talks about acceptance, denial with a bit of humor. It also talks about things being different than what you expect. A russian astronaut being gay with a loving husband and a child to return to is a small detail that is unthinkable in the current policies of Russia. Sometimes things are just not what you expect and that does not mean they are wrong.

The production and post production was extremelly hard. Most space films, and series, do not make their characters float for a long period of time or they just don’t do it at all. That’s because it is a huge challenge, expensive and hard. We achieved these goals in just two days of shoothing, and four months of post production.

All the Best,
Frankie De Leonardis

Short Film: ECHOES, 20min., UK, Sci-Fi

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On a distant planet two blue collar workers transport a prisoner across a remote mining colony, only to discover she is not the real danger onboard.

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Director Biography – Didac Gimeno (SATURN THROUGH THE TELESCOPE)

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Graduated in Veterinary Sciences in 2011, I have worked as a veterinarian mainly in the fields of cardiology and in clinical practice with exotic animals. In 2014 I graduated in Film Direction in the Cinematography and Audiovisual School of the Community of Madrid (ECAM) with the highest mark in my speciality.
Oscillation (2014), my end-of-course short film, has been selected in around fifty international festivals and has won several awards and nominations, among them, the Best University Short-film Award in the Nocturna Madrid Festival; the Lunartis Award in the Videmedeja Film Festival, Serbia; Spanish Radio and Television Corporation (RTVE) Award in the Hispasat 4K Festival; the nomination for the Silver Méliès in the Imagine Fantastic Film Festival or the nomination for the Gold Panda in China for the most innovative short-film.
“Saturn through the telescope” (2018), my last short-film, has won the aid for audiovisual creation from both the Malaga Film Festival and the Community of Madrid. Nowadays, it is at the distribution stage.

 

Director Statement

This shortfilm is about the desire of watching something that scares but fascinates you at the same time. Here, Max, a ten years old boy, discovers the pulsion of seeing a horror movie.
Altough is a fantastic genre shortfilm, it is deeply autobiographic. I remember when I was a kid and I ran out of bed at night for seeing horror movies on the television, even knowing I would had nightmares after. However I was fascinated by its disturbing but beatiful images, so that supposed the begining of my love for cinema.

Short Film: NOMADIC CLOUD, 5min., Sci-Fi/Animation

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From the point of view of a small robot, this video seeks to tell the story starting from the launch of SLS to the future city of Mars.

This video showcases our attempt to develop the fundamental designs and technological ideas necessary to manufacture an off-world habitat using mission recycled materials and local indigenous materials. Our habitat will accommodate a NASA crew of four, who will be the first humans ever to step foot on Mars.

The Nomadic cloud is a movable lightweight structure that can be used as an exploration equipment as well as a living space. The structures and the skin of the habitat will be made with either 3D-Printed aerographite or graphene membrane, which can be produced from Mars directly using tools brought from Earth (copper), combined with water, methane and hydrogen that can be either found or produced on Mars. The habitat will use water as the fundamental material to change the stiffness of our structure depending on its state – from ice to gas.

The video commenced with a glimpse of the Mar’s future populated with habitat. After the SLS launched, the manned and retrofitted Orion spacecraft will begin its extensive journey to Mars. During the journey, the robot will oversee the construction of the Nomadic Cloud using tools that were brought to Mars prior to this manned launch. The habitat will be ready when the astronauts arrived after a year-long voyage.

Nomadic Cloud can change its form and function based on its needs – Settle Mode, Exploration Mode and Moving Mode.

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Director BIO – Roth Rind (THIS IS FINE)

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Director Statement

Life is a movie made up of a million narratives. It’s genre defined by the dramatic interactions we encounter, wrapped in adventure, fear, heartbreak, love, crisis, success and failure. It’s theme is forever constant, and yet fluid. It’s a journey where the only guide is a faded map and ‘x’ marks the ever-shifting spot. It’s penned in black with a mantle of red notes where the character seeks the knowledge of what matters most.

The call sheet varies from day-to-day where some characters play the featured and others support the play. They span the spectrum of color, age and physique, but their role is not defined. They are the masters of sentiment both for self and patrons, unpredictable but clear. The cast list welcomes new faces seeking a purpose, and inevitably says farewell to favorites that have reached ‘The End.’

In a flash the movie is over with a final image of the lead riding off the edge of the setting sun… but when the credits roll and the lights come up to the remnants of popcorn seeds and candy wrappers, a mark remains. A mark of warmth, of sadness, of absolution, and of understanding. This mark is carried by the players who brought it to the silver screen and the audience who dared to pay the ticket price.

So let’s make a movie with a story of life in hopes that together we leave a mark that lasts.