Director Biography – G.S. Leitgeb (THE SECRET BOX)

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Having directed numerous music-videos and commercials, THE SECRET BOX marks the international Drama Short-Film Debut for Austrian creator G.S. Leitgeb – with his current feature film in development, pursuing the same vibe, pace & colour. Following in the footsteps of well-known masters T. Burton, G. del Toro and W. Anderson, G.S. Leitgeb combines his work as writer, designer and director – moulding a fictional world filled with adventure, fantasy & mystery. Garnished with a sense of slapstick-comedy as the cherry on top. Inside the Dublin & Vienna based World-Building Studio KTC®Slingshot, he’s leading a Team of Creatives formerly involved in The Hobbit, Alice in Wonderland, Penny Dreadful or A Series of Unfortunate Events – offering services for writing, design and directing.

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm4928689/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

Director Statement

This journey about discovering something hidden, ancient and buried, with its secrets only waiting to be unlocked, feeds our universal hunger for curiosity. Its stories, characters and objects move us back to the days where we used to hang out in treehouses and spent hours dreaming up dangerous adventures, only to come home late – dirty and bruised, but a tick wiser. Those happy days where fantasy and imagination ruled our world, and emotions were floating so effortlessly.

With its quirky designs, its eccentric characters and its twisted story-lines, THE SECRET BOX triggers our senses for retro, nostalgia and playfulness; inviting us to experience the world through the eyes of an innocent kid.

To go into great detail during the process of writing & development was vital for the creation of an authentic and wide-spread world. It doesn’t stop with the characters and stages. Fictional bodies, organisations and objects needed their own branding and identity – such as the ‘Peltzer Publishing Group’ – a fictional distribution company that runs a newspaper and is in cahoots with the secret Can Society. Or the company Straussman Werke Gmbh, which is dealing with all kinds of scientific gadgets in providing the equipment for The KTC® Time Jumper Program. When building a timeline from 1600 towards 1985, all of these things needed to be thought through to finally connect them with the events happening on The Secret Box.

The entire making of The Secret Box involved around 60 international Creatives plus 20 additional heads who worked as consulters in the back. For such a short format entertainment which is as complex as it is new, with all its different media-channels and story-parts, that is a lot of people to be held together. Right on top, you constantly have to keep an eye on not to loose focus of ‘the bigger picture’.

HIGHLIGHTS, WINNERS & VIDEOS: MARCH 2020 SCI-FI/FANTASY FEEDBACK Film Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:
BEST SCI-FI FILM: ALORA
BEST THRILLER FILM: LILI SEES YOU
BEST PERFORMANCES: MY SARAH
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: ULYSSES
BEST SOUND & MUSIC: ANACRONTE

Theme of night: Twists of betrayal .

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

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterHELLO, WORLD, 11min., USA, Sci-Fi/Romance

festival posterANACRONTE, 15min., Argentina, Sci-Fi

festival posterMY SARAH, 4min., UK, Sci-Fi

festival posterALORA, 9min., USA, Sci-Fi

festival posterULYSSES, 8min., Mexico, Sci-Fi

festival posterLILI SEES YOU, 14min., Sweden, Thriller

festival posterFOOD CART, 18min., USA, Thriller

The beginning of a (temporary) new era.

See you at the festivals. Whenever that happens!

– Matthew Toffolo

HIGHLIGHTS, WINNERS & VIDEOS: JULY 2019 SCI-FI/FANTASY FEEDBACK Film Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:

BEST FILM: NOW

BEST PERFORMANCES: THE MONSTER

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: THIS IS FINE

BEST MUSIC: SLASHED!

THEME: Reborn

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterLOST AT SEA, 16min., USA, Thriller/Mystery festival posterI’M SORRY, 4min., USA, Horror/Found Footage
festival posterTHIS IS FINE, 7min, USA, Sci-Fi/Drama festival posterSLASHED!, 8min., UK, Horror/Comedy
festival posterNOW, 16min, USA, Sci-Fi/Fantasy festival posterTHE MONSTER, 11min., Horror/Thriller
festival posterNOMADIC CLOUD, 5min., Sci-Fi/Animation festival posterTHE DUMPSTER ROOM, 11min., USA, Horror/Thriller

The theme of the July 2019 LA Action/Horror/Sci-Fi/Thriller Feedback Film Festival in Toronto was “Deceiving Appearances”.

Each film was about a character or situation of nothing appearing what it seems.

The 7th event of the Los Angeles festivals in 2019.

5 more festivals to go in LA this year.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

HIGHLIGHTS, WINNERS & VIDEOS: December 2018 Sci-Fi FEEDBACK Film Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:

BEST FILM: JASPER

BEST PERFORMANCES: PRENATAL

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: UNCLE GRIOT

BEST MUSIC: APEX

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

UNCLE GRIOT, 5min., UK, Fantasy/Animation
Audience FEEDBACK Video of the Short Film

TABULA RASA, 9min., USA, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Audience FEEDBACK Video of the Short Film

MR. E, P.I., 14min., USA, Sci-Fi/Mystery
Audience FEEDBACK Video of the Short Film

A P E X, 4min., UK, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Audience FEEDBACK Video of the Short Film

GALMI, 5min., USA, Sci-Fi
Audience FEEDBACK Video of the Short Film

FAEW, 7min., Canada, Animation, Sci-Fi
Audience FEEDBACK Video of the Short Film

PRENATAL, 10min., USA, Fantasy
Audience FEEDBACK Video of the Short Film

JASPER, 21min., USA, Sci-Fi
Audience FEEDBACK Video of the Short Film

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The theme of the December 2018 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Feedback Film Festival in Toronto was “The Future”.

Each film was about a glimpse of the near future from the filmmaker’s perspective.

A great SOLD OUT festival with an audience representing all cultures, age, and diversities of today’s world. When the model was made to do a Feedback Festival and for the filmmaker’s to hear what the audiences think of their film – this was the crowd we had in mind.

All films represented the Sci-Fi/Fantasy genre as all stories told worked inside that model. That said, we also showcased animation, comedy, drama, romance, and thriller at this festival.

The 2nd to last festival of 2018. A great night.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

UNCLE GRIOT Short Film – Audience FEEDBACK from Dec. 2018 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Festival

UNCLE GRIOT, 5min., UK, Fantasy/AnimationDirected by Paul Charisse

A young girl takes her uncle for a walk.

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PRENATAL Short Film – Audience FEEDBACK from Dec. 2018 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Festival

PRENATAL, 10min., USA, FantasyDirected by Bears Fonte

Mysteriously eight months pregnant overnight, Katie believes the Angels responsible, but her sister thinks differently.

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GALMI Short Film – Audience FEEDBACK from Dec. 2018 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Festival

GALMI, 5min., USA, Sci-FiDirected by Daniel Robinette

A young boy (Jacob) is being bullied while the school administration seems slow to respond to the situation. Inspired by a simple poster, Jacob decides to fight back in an extraordinary way.

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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

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