Get to know the short film: ECSTASY BOULEVARD, 5min, USA, Fantasy/Sci-Fi

Playing at the July 27, 2017 FANTASY FEEDBACK Film Festival

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When an illegal alien lands his spacecraft on Earth, the assassin known as Kn1ght powers up to hunt the reptile down.

Benjamin Allen
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  • Film Type:
    Animation, Music Video, Short
  • Genres:
    Sci-Fi, Cyberpunk
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 21 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 29, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    20,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Winning SCI -FI FANTASY Short Screenplay – NOTHING IS FREE, by Terry Milner and Rebecca Brillhart

Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Drama, Comedy

Nothing Is Free is a drama short set in a dystopian world where Leonard and Hendrick are stuck in the basement of a skyscraper. The elevator is broken, the doors beyond the stairwell are locked and they must always keep one hand on a wall panel otherwise an alarm goes off. Hendrick wants to escape but Leonard isn’t so sure they can make it.

Narrator: Val Cole
Leonard: Twaine Ward
Hendrick: Peter Nelson
Chinese Woman: Penelope Park


Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne



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
festival poster1950 DA, 7min, France, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
festival posterON SUNDAY, 6min, UK, Sci-Fi/Drama
festival posterTHE EARTH SURVIVAL CODE, 10min, China, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
festival posterMISIEK AND EVE FROM OUTER SPACE, 2min, Poland, Animation/Comedy

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: 1950 DA, 7min, France, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

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

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  • Sébastien Tulard – Director
    Sébastien Tulard – Writer
    Laurence Lascary – Producer

    Film Type: Short
    Runtime: 7 minutes 29 seconds
    Completion Date: April 1, 2015
    Country of Origin: France
    Country of Filming: France
    Film Language: French
    Shooting Format: RED
    Aspect Ratio: 2:35
    Film Color: Black & White

    Sci-Fi Winning Short Screenplay – THE VOLUNTEER, by Christopher Michaels

    Winning Screenplay – THE VOLUNTEER
    Written by Christopher Michaels


    NARRATOR – Becky Shrimpton
    JASON – Jason Martorino
    WADE – Brogan Caulfield
    BLONDE – Kelci Stephenson


    Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Mystery

    The Volunteer is about a man, who witnesses the beginning of the end for man kind.

    Get to know the writer:

    What is your screenplay about?

    The Volunteer is about a man, who witnesses the beginning of the end for man kind. After he is grown up and lives underground with a totalitarianism rule he decides that his group needs to fight back, so he heads up to the surface for the first time not knowing what he will find, to help him fight.

    What genres does your screenplay fall under?

    Science Fiction/Action/Adventure/Mystery.

    Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

    This screenplay not only introduces elements that have been seen before, but a brand new world of mystery, and the unknown. It forces audiences to wonder what is going to happen next. It also pulls audiences in within the first 5 minutes.

    How would you describe this script in two words?

    Frozen Unknown.

    What movie have you seen the most times in your life?

    There are actually two that I’ve seen the most throughout my life. 12 Monkeys and Back to the Future. Both stories involve mystery, ask question and are trying to prevent a dangerous life changing event. Both use humor, and fear of what lies out there to hook the audience in.

    How long have you been working on this screenplay?

    This particular screenplay was written on a rainy day. I was sitting down to watch 12 monkeys again when it hit me about a frozen tundra.

    How many stories have you written?

    Right now I have written 2 pilots, 3 short screenplays, and I am working on a third pilot.

    What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

    I have a few songs that I really love.

    U2 – Beautiful Day
    Train – All American Girl
    Imagine Dragon – Radioactive.

    What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

    This was the first time I wrote a short without having anything really planned out. I just sat down and started to write the script. Part of it came to me because of the experience of going on a cruise line (in the very first part of the script). The other parts of the script came to me from my own experiences of camping. I would always run into the most interesting creatures when I camped in Wisconsin. Plus being out in the wilderness you never know what you are going to run into. Part of it also came from playing video games and the experiences of the creatures.

    Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

    I am a big movie lover… I get out with my friends on $5.00 Tuesday to see lots of movies. On the side I partially run a meetup group called the Cineaphiles, music lover, bookworms. We go to movies a lot, especially with summer coming up. The next one up is Alien: Covenant looking very forward to this one.

    Video Games is another thing, that I love to do. My younger brother is graduating with a degree in video game programming and I love to play them. The most recent one being Zelda: Breath of the wild. It also helps fuel my imagination.

    The outdoors. Being in Chicago when the weather is nice I try to get outside as much as I can, it helps me think, and just enjoy and clear my mind. Plus the weather fascinates me. It can be sunny here one minute and literally as I was writing this it clouded up. It’s now sunny again.

    What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

    I had been entering other scripts in this festival in the past. I love getting the feedback plus you guys have always been wonderful. You are well known and I look forward to see what comes of this.


    Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

    Editor: John Johnson

    Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

    Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

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