Director BIO: Anton Sokolov (TESTS 8: DISAPPEARED)

Director Biography – Anton Sokolov

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Was born on the 13th of April in Beskudnikovsky district of Moscow the hero city. Graduated from the Russian State Social University and the Russian State Humanities University, PhD of Economic Sciences.

After graduation in 2000, the faith helped him to find himself in a film studio and to connect his life with film production forever. In 2000-2010 he worked in Moscow production houses for the largest advertising agencies. In 2010 he founded his own production house.

At the same time he started to produce his own director pieces – music videos, short films and TV commercials. Director reel brands: Nike, KFC, Tinkoff, Yamaha, Suzuki, Samsung, Mercedes Benz.

His passion for travel moved the production of many director projects into different parts of the world. He was in the shortlist of the Los Angeles short film festival. He worked with the famous Russian musicians and actors.

Filmography:
“More” (short film) 2010. Philips parallel lines film festival.
“Next level” (short film) 2011. Short list of LA no budget film festival.
“Tests 8: Disappeared” (short film series) – 2017

http://www.AntonDirector.com

 

Director Statement

 

See you in 2027

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June 2018 Winning Fantasy/Sci-Fi Films, Screenplays & Stories

A FilmFreeway preferred festival:

 

festival posterTWICE UPON A TIME, 14min., Serbia, Animation/Fantasy

festival posterSTREAM OF DOUBTS, 11min., France, Drama/Fantasy

festival posterEDGAR’S INVENTION, 8min., USA, Comedy/Sci-Fi

festival posterTHE DOLLMAKER, 10min, USA, Horror/Fantasy

ACTORPAST PRESENCE – FANTASY Best Scene Screenplay
June 2018 Reading
by Kevin Mongelli

ACTORIT’S A NIGHTMARE – SCI-FI Best Scene Screenplay
June 2018 Reading
by Nicole Quinn

ACTORFIRST CONTACT – Novel Transcript
June 2018 Reading
by James Jackson

ACTORROGUE MARAUDER – Novel Transcript
June 2018 Reading
by Cherie Waggief

ACTORGERMAN’S CAT – Short Story Reading
June 2018 Reading
by David N. Hawkins

 

 

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

Festival Moderators: Kierston Drier, Shepsut Wilson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Festival Directors: Mary Cox, Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: John Johnson, Isabal Cupryn, Aser Santos Jr., Zack Arch

HIGHLIGHTS & VIDEOS: May 2018 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:

BEST FILM: TRUMPETS IN THE SKY

BEST PERFORMANCES: THE SUPER RECOGNIZER

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: METTA VIA

BEST MUSIC: AFTER WE LEFT OUR HOMES

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterTHE FLOWER GATE, 15min., Israel, Fantasy

festival posterRENDEZ-VOUS, 2min., Canada, Fantasy

festival posterPHARMA LAB TRAINING VIDEO: 1, 9min., USA, Fantasy

festival posterTRUMPETS IN THE SKY, 12min., Belguim, Sci-Fi

festival posterMETTA VIA, 12min., Canada, Sci-Fi

festival posterTHE SUPER RECOGNISER, 11min., UK, Sci-Fi

festival posterSOLUK (BREATH), 5min., Turkey, Sci-Fi

festival posterAFTER WE HAVE LEFT OUR HOMES, 8min., UK, Sci-Fi

The theme of the May 2018 FANTASY/SCI-FI FEEDBACK Film Festival was “Being Controlled”. Every single film was about a world or characters being controlled by an outside force.

There was a different vibe at this festival because we changed the start time from 7pm to 9pm just as a test to see if we would get a new audience. It was definitely a success as we got more hard core Sci-Fi fans, which lead to some great discussions with the films as you can watch in the feedback videos.

The trick though is to not have an audience that is 100% Sci-Fi fans. To have the casual viewer watch this genre so there is a different perspective. The hard core fan of any hobby (sports, comic books etc..) can be either too apologetic or too critical of the product that is given to them. There seems to be nothing in between a love or a hate of something. They sometimes feel that they are the most important members of the audience. They are the vocal minority that’s for sure as an average fan of Batman for example isn’t going to set up a blog to talk about it.

I always look at things from a 20%/60%/20% perspective on any mmainstream entertainment product:

20% – People who won’t watch it no matter what. Example would be the Super Bowl or the new Avengers movie.

60% – The average crowd. They might watch or might not. It’s all up to how they feel that day, how much an advertisement influences them, and/or what their family/friends are up to. If they are watching, then they will too.

20% – The hard core fan. They are watching most of the pre-game show of the Super Bowl, and have pre-bought their Avengers tickets and will be writing about their thoughts afterwards.

For me, you have to remove the two 20%s from the equation. They don’t matter as their minds are already made up. So the art of getting your film viewed and liked is from the 60% base. Football or Comic Book films can’t be what they are today if only the hard core 20% is watching. They are popular because they have trickled into the 60% and have gotten many of them to watch.

You can also use the same analogy for politics. In the United States you’re going to have 20% who will never vote. 20% who are going to vote Red or Blue no matter what. And 60% who will either vote or not vote, and it depends on what party they vote for election to election.

So in conclusion, the 9pm start time did work but we missed the average fan by doing it.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

HIGHLIGHTS & VIDEOS: February 2018 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:

BEST FILM: Monsieur Hernst
BEST PERFORMANCES: Monsieur Hernst
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Monsieur Hernst
BEST MUSIC: Tears in the Rain

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:


festival posterBREAKER, 10min., Japan/Canada, Sci-Fi/Action
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterSKIN DEEP, 20min., UK, Fantasy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterMONSIEUR HERNST, 15min., France, Sci-Fi/Drama
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterLILITH, 19min., USA, Sci-Fi/Drama
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterBACK PAGE RIPPER, 5min. USA, Sci-Fi/Mystery
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterMAN-AT-ARMS, 10min, UK, Fan Fiction//Animation
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterTEARS IN THE RAIN, 11min., South Africa, Fan Fiction/Sci-Fi
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

The 1st Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film Festival event of 2018 was a great success.
The theme of the event was “Saving or Being Saved”.

Every film was about seeing a situation or person was being saved. Or someone saving someone else.

I have to say that the short film showcase of Sci-Fi/Fantasy movies is always a great success. It sells out quickly and a whole new crowd of film fans appear to cheer on and talk about their favorite genre.

The art of programming a Sci-Fi/Fantasy festival is a tricky one because you want to showcase a mix type of the genre and make sure the tone is never the same throughout. For example, you don’t want to showcase all films with a dystopian future and really bring down the entire crowd. You also don’t want to strictly pander to just the sci-fi fans because there are always going to be people in the audience who are simply fans of films and not super-fan of sci-fi.

I got in trouble with some of my team for showing a film that they perhaps didn’t feel fit into this lineup. I took a chance with this film and it perhaps didn’t succeed. I tend to do this now and then to see what the audience will respond to. You have to do things like this in order to not get stagnant with your programming. I always try to find the edge of the line. My editor John Johnson feels that I perhaps cross the line too much and retreat backwards. It’s the only way I can be.

This is definitely a genre that we need to showcase more of as there are always fantastic films being made all over the world.

– Matthew Toffolo, CEO, FEEDBACK Film Festival (Toronto & Los Angeles)

THE NINGYO Short Film – Audience FEEDBACK from Dec. 2017 LA Film Festival

THE NINGYO, 27min, USA, Fantasy/Mystery
Directed by Miguel Ortega

A Faustian tale about losing oneself in the process of achieving our goals. Episode One: Professor Marlowe finds a piece of a map pointing to the place where the Ningyo, a mythical Japanese creature, could be found. The legend claims whomever consumes its flesh will attain remarkable longevity. He presents the project to his peers, who mock and dismiss him as a fraud. He decides to risk everything and go after the Ningyo on his own in hopes to bring to light what could be one of the greatest contributions to science. What he could not anticipate is that, in his search, he is confronted with a choice that puts the very foundations of his morality to the test.

CLICK HERE – and see full info and more pics of the film!

PARADIGME Short Film – Audience FEEDBACK from Dec. 2017 LA Film Festival

PARADIGME, 6min, Poland, Sci-Fi/Experimental

Directed by Kamil Krynski and Bartek Kmita

 

When you wake up in a cold and empty place. You don’t where you are and how you got here. You are paralized by fear and lonelinnes. The only way leads you to unknown direction. When you subject to curiosity and weakness. You can loose your mind…

CLICK HERE – and see full info and more pics of the film!