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


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

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

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

festival posterSKIN DEEP, 20min., UK, Fantasy

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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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…

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Audience FEEDBACK: TYSVAER WARS – A STAR WARS STORY, 4min, Norway, Comedy/Action

TYSVAER WARS – A STAR WARS STORY, 4min, Norway, Comedy/Action
Directed by Erlend Bjelland

A heartbroken Star Wars fan escapes into his own fairy tale.

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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.

Project Links

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