Short Film: THE FLOWER GATE, 15min., Israel, Fantasy

‘The Flower Gate’ is a magical realist and feminist short film metaphorically exploring oppression and destruction by telling the story of an Israeli-expatriate woman returning to Jerusalem for a visit, only to be confronted by the impact of her choices. Inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, ‘The Shadow’.

  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    June 17, 2017
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    Israel
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    HDV
  • Aspect Ratio:
    1.78
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
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FANTASY/SCI-FI Festival Best Scene Reading of HYPNOS, by Alexandra Dyranis-Maounis & Athanasia Michopoulou

Genre: Fantasy/Sci-Fi

Year 2056. A quantum machine named “Phobetor” controls society. Above other measures, dreaming is forbidden and there is absolute control of the allowed limit of sleep to 3-hours per day. Those who rebel by entering REM or a self-induced dream state, most are arrested and punished as traitors. Their penalty, essentially entering their own mind prisons where each individual’s Nightmare is personalized.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Hypnos: Katelyn Varadi
Daniel: Charles Gordon

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Get to know the writers:

1. What is your screenplay about?

In the world of 2056, in which dreaming is outlawed by an authoritarian state and sleep strictly controlled by the machine “Phobetor”,
a scientist enlists the help of an ancient Greek goddess to destroy it.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Sc-Fi, Fantasy

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Athanasia: The intention of the film is to be an exciting story with various references and interpretations of elements deriving from Greek mythology,
using pioneering scientific theories that will be entwined together and presented under a new and original prism. I want to try at a very symbolic level to make a statement about the world today but make a film that has a feel good factor, bringing hope and making light of some of the darker worries that are brewing in this time of socioeconomic crisis and uncertainty.

4. How would you describe this script in two words?

A dystopian nightmare with a happy end.

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

Athanasia: The English Patient

Alexandra: Lord of the Rings

6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Two years.

7. How many stories have you written?

Athanasia: This is the first script Alexandra and myself have written together,
but we plan on writing more female-led fantasy stories!

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

Athanasia: The National – Start a war & Empire line.

Alexandra: Faith No More – Epic

9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Alexandra: Well… we built a huge world that simply didn’t fit in the short screenplay formatbut it would be more difficult for us to make a fantasy feature film in Greece(due to budget reasons), so we had to edit and adapt a few times
trying to find the right balance between world-building and character development.

10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Athanasia: Watching films, listening to music & dancing

Alexandra: Watching films, listening to music, going to live Jazz and Blues concerts

11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?

So far so good! It’s been super helpful.

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

Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

FANTASY/SCI-FI Festival Best Scene Reading of ESCAPE TO PLANET B346, by Tom Thorpe

 

Genre: Fantasy/Sci-Fi

A virus-infected spaceship transports a farmer to a surreal and frightening world, where he sets out on a perilous journey to rescue his wife from reptilian aliens.

CAST LIST:

Charles: Gabriel Darku
Narrator: Angelica Alejandro
William: Brandon Knox
Elizabeth: Katelyn Varadi
Remy: Charles Gordon

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

Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

Director BIO: David Odio (LILITH)

Director Biography

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An LA native, David has been making films his entire life. After graduating from the USC School of Cinematic Arts, he interned at Marvel Studios in Manhattan Beach. Post internship, he began working at Ignition Creative, one of the world’s largest film and television advertising houses. From there, he began his career directing digital commercials, web series, music videos, and short films. He’s directed projects for Ryan Reynolds and Terry Crews, as well as an animated digital series starring Nathan Fillion, Scarlett Johansson, and Will Sasso. David has loved being part of LILITH and bringing this inspiring story to life.

Short Film: LILITH, 19min., USA, Sci-Fi/Drama

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Set in a gritty, dystopian society, women are collected as commodities and taught only one designated skill. When a young girl named Lilith defies the system, her curiosity challenges the patriarchal rule and the city’s way of life.

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  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Sci-fi, Drama
  • Runtime:
    18 minutes 54 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 12, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    20,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, RED
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.35:1
  • Film Color:
    Color

Director BIO: Philippe McKie (BREAKER)

Director Biography

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Philippe is an award-winning filmmaker born in Montreal, Canada.
Since graduating from the Mel-Hoppenheim School of Cinema he has been living and making films in Japan. His films explore multiple genres ranging from psychological-dramas, to period pieces and science fiction.
Beginning in 2010 with his short-film ARIA, made in his first-year at film-school, his films have been selected in festivals around the world and received multiple prizes and distinctions.
Since 2011 he has been based in Tokyo, Japan.

Selected Filmography:

SHŪEN (Japan, 2015) Color, 15mins, HD
* Silver Award Horror Spotlight Awards

Healing Waters (Japan, 2014) Color, 3mins, HD
* Grand Prize winner 2014 Shikoku Film festival

Where The Heart Is (Japan, 2014) Color, 2mins, HD
* Silver Winner Chiba Film Festival

Shades of Grey on the Silver Screen (Montreal, 2011) B/W, 15mins, S-16mm
* 35th Festival des Films du Monde, Montreal, Canada, 2011

ARIA (Montreal, 2010) Color, 6mins, 16mm
* Winner best Film Jury’s prize 8th Festival Neatworks, Canada 2011

Short Film: BREAKER, 10min., Canada, Sci-Fi/Action

 

Breaker poster 2mbIn tomorrow’s Tokyo, the technologically-enhanced body of a young mercenary hacker is overrun by a sentient data weapon. Wanted, the parasitic A.I becomes her only ally as she is chased across the city by those seeking to salvage it.

  • Project Title (Original Language):
    「ブレイカー」
  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 43 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    650,000 JPY
  • Country of Origin:
    Japan
  • Country of Filming:
    Japan
  • Film Language:
    Japanese
  • Shooting Format:
    RED
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color