Director Biography – Gabriela Loza (ERASED)

Gabriela Loza is a Mexican – American, Writer/Director. She comes from a family of fine artists, musicians and filmmakers. Born in Southern California, growing up in multi-cultural Los Angeles, and working at her parents’ music store, she was surrounded by music from all over the world. This instilled in her a hunger for different cultures and a nomadic spirit.
Receiving a camera at the age of 10, she developed her love of photography. This grew her visual style, aesthetic and unique way of looking at the world through a lens. 

Her fine art studies, keen eye for design and love of cinema led her to a career in prop fabrication, art direction and production design. She has worked in film, TV, music videos, commercials and theatre in Hollywood and in Sydney, Australia.
Her short film, Erased is her directorial debut.  Erased is a sci-fi love story, set in the near future, with an Australian/New Zealand cast and crew. 

Gabriela has also written and directed her second short film, Tattooed, which is currently in post-production. Most recently she directed a play that she co-wrote, Twisted Ladder, that was selected for Sydney’s Short and Sweet theatre festival.
Gabriela describes the craft of making films as an archaeology of the human heart. This is her approach as a director and as an artist.

Director Statement

Director’s Statement – Erased

The seed of an idea for ERASED came from heart break. I was in my early twenties and I was in so much pain at the time, that I used to think that if there had been a procedure or a way to erase someone or a memory from one’s psyche to stop the pain of that loss. I would have paid for that service. So that idea merged with my love of filmmaking, story telling and science fiction became the story for Erased.

Short Film: ERASED, 14min., Australia

Eric and Cate live and work on Mars and must fulfil their contract to the all-powerful Erasure Institute. Technology tracks their every word and action, while a mysterious humanoid voice directs their movements.

Cate, increasingly haunted by inexplicable memories, longs to return to Earth. Eric struggles to support her through her inner turmoil.

The Erasure Institute promises to remove pain and suffering through a painless but permanent procedure, which is “encouraged and sometimes enforced.”

Eric is disturbed by an encounter with a woman whose dying words are “don’t erase me”. He begins to suspect that erasure has a darker side. At the same time, Cate is grasping for a lifeline to free her from her mental torment and return her to Earth.
Cate begins to believe that voluntary erasure is her only way out.

Can love be erased?

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Showcase of the best SCI-FI/FANTASY SHORT FILMS in the world today.

Best Cinematography: THE MOONS
Best Performances: 99 PROBLEMS
Best Direction: SMUDGED
Best Sound & Music: IMMUTABLE

Theme of night: Life

NOTE: Festival took place during the COVID-19 virus lockdown so all screenings were held in private.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterSMUDGED, 10min., USA, Sci-Fi

festival posterALIENATED, 7min., USA, Sci-Fi

festival posterASYMMETRY TITLE SEQUENCE, 3min., South Korea, Sci-Fi/Animation

festival poster99 PROBLEMS, 17min., USA, Sci-Fi/Thriller

festival posterTHE MOONS, 8min., Brazil, Sci-Fi

festival poster0110, 3min., USA, Sci-Fi

festival posterIMMUTABLE, 9min., USA, Fantasy

festival posterBUDDERSIDE – AMBER ALERT, 5min, USA, Music Video/Fantasy

The beginning of a (temporary) new era.

See you at the festivals. Whenever that happens!

– Matthew Toffolo

Director Biography – Coalton Hostetler (SMUDGED)

Jack Muldoon is a comedian, writer, and filmmaker. He has been studying at the University of Colorado, Denver for the past 4 years. He has also studied comedy sketch writing at The Second City and enjoys art direction. Jack Muldoon, like most Americans, despises the DMV.

Director Statement

Enter the world of a dystopian DMV. Smudged is about the harsh reality of trying to live in a world where everything is working against you. It attacks the mindset of optimism bias, the idea that large problems that plague the world around you won’t effect you, until they do.

Short Film: SMUDGED, 10min., USA, Sci-Fi

In the near future the DMV has a clutch on the world. New legislation makes it so that licenses expire constantly and with an expired license you are seen as less than human. Adam is just trying his best to get his license updated before his expiration date. When Adam enters the DMV he witnesses the horrors of the DMV firsthand and is pushed from robot to robot on his journey to renew his license.

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Director Biography – Luke Angus (ALIENATED)

Luke Angus is a 3D animator and independent filmmaker born and raised on the west coast of Scotland. He moved to New York where he worked for a variety of animation houses such as Nickelodeon and Framestore, before moving to Connecticut to take on the role as Creative Director and Lead Animator on a feature film coming later in 2021.

Director Statement

I work as a full time animator and director, but created this short film in my spare time on evenings and weekends for the past 4 years. The idea for the film came from a question I had when I was younger and first learning about the principles of light travel – “If you could travel faster than light, could you look back at where you came from and see yourself?” An isolated alien exploiting this concept for a brief escape from his loneliness felt like such a great place to set a story. This premise percolated in my head for a few years until I was finally ready to begin work on the film in late 2016. It was in pre-production when I had the thought to develop the idea further and have the main character exploit this principle not to look back at himself, but instead someone he lost. This opened up a whole new meaning for the film and introduced themes of dealing with loss, and the isolation we feel when losing someone close to us. The main character is unable to come to terms with his loss and goes to extreme lengths to avoid accepting reality. He puts on a smile and pretends everything is fine, but we see this for the shallow gesture it is, and that until he learns to move on he will be stuck in this endless loop, his life dominated and defined by the loss he suffered.