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
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color

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 http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

FANTASY Short Screenplay – SWITCHMAN by Henry Leeker

Genre: Adventure, Sci-Fi, Fantasy

A small boy in a rural town with no authority figures questions the bizarre system in place where justice & judgement is carried out by a forest-dwelling creature known as the “Switchman.”

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Switchman: Brian Carleton
Tony: Jordy Kieto
Melissa: Andrea Meister
Children: Konstantina Mantelos
McCabe: Anthony Botelho
George: Jack Comerford
*****

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

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

HIGHLIGHTS, WINNERS & VIDEOS: June 2017 SCI-FI FEEDBACK Film Festival

AUDIENCE FESTIVAL AWARDS

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

    Audience FEEDBACK: CRADLE, 11min, USA, Sci-Fi/Thriller

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

    CRADLE, 11min, USA, Sci-Fi/Thriller
    Directed by David Holechek

    A man risks his body and mind to right a terrible wrong.

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    Film Type: Short
    Genres: Sci-Fi, Drama, Thriller
    Runtime: 11 minutes 20 seconds
    Completion Date: September 1, 2016
    Production Budget: 20,000 USD
    Country of Origin: United States
    Film Language: English
    Shooting Format: RED
    Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
    Film Color: Color