HIGHLIGHTS, WINNERS & VIDEOS: JUNE 2021 ROMANCE & RELATIONSHIPS FEEDBACK Film Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:
Best Short Film: ANOTHER DAY
Best TV Web Series: ON A LIST
Best Performances: SISTER
Best Cinematography: MINIATURE CHESS
Best Direction: THE ARTIST’S WAY OUT
Best Editing: LIFE CYCLE
Best Sound & Music: ON A SATURDAY AFTERNOON

Theme of night: Connecting in a unique way

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

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterTHE ARTIST’S WAY OUT, 8min., Canada, Relationship/Romance


festival posterON A LIST, 6min., Canada, TV Web Series


festival posterLIFE CYCLE, 4min., USA, Experimental/Romance


festival posterON A SATURDAY AFTERNOON, 12min., South Korea, Relationship/Romance


festival posterANOTHER DAY, 12min., UK, Drama/Romance


festival posterMINIATURE CHESS, 12min., USA, Drama/Thriller


festival posterSISTER, 13min., China, Drama/Family


The beginning of a (temporary) new era.

See you at the festivals. Whenever that happens!

– Matthew Toffolo

Director Biography – Brandon Lazenko (A SERPENT BY THE NEST)


Brandon Lazenko became interested in the art of storytelling after joining his high school drama club in Akron, Ohio. While attending Kent State University, Brandon began directing short films and mini-series’. In addition to filmmaking, Brandon is passionate about bringing the arts to at-risk youth. Brandon’s goal is to continue to inspire creativity and ingenuity in others; while creating films that challenge mental health stigmas and encouraging resiliency.

Director Statement

As a mental health professional, I have worked directly with the vulnerable youth within our communities who have fallen victim to human trafficking and sexual abuse. I have payed witness to the crisis management necessary when their PTSD is triggered, flashing back memories of their trauma, accompanied with strong emotional and physical reactions, many times ignoring those who want to help them. This is by no means a true story, but a symbolic representation of a survivor’s internal struggle.

Director Biography – Ben Wade (LAZARUS MOTEL)

Ben Wade is a filmmaker and producer residing in Seattle, WA.

He is a heart forward cinephile, idea junkie, and archetypal addict. He is a process oriented and collaborative director and occasional writer.

Ben’s ultimate career goal is to adapt Philip K. Dick’s ‘Ubik’ into a dreamy, sci-fi feature a la Terry Gilliam’s ‘Brazil’. He is passionate about telling stories that reveal the complexity of the unconscious mind. Currently, he is developing several narrative projects.

Director Statement

I developed the idea for ‘Lazarus Motel’ while reflecting on my experience with suicidal ideation, an aspect of life that isn’t often spoken about. It isn’t shameful. We all choose to live –some of us simply entertain the choice with dedicated seriousness. In the early stages of writing, I began to wonder about dramatizing the ambivalence of choosing to live in the midst of great misery. I have always loved philosophy.

Around the time I began crafting the script, I read the following in Nietzsche’s ‘Twilight of the Idols’, “Saying Yes to life even in its strangest and hardest problems–that is what I called Dionysian… Not in order to be liberated from terror and pity–but in order to be oneself the eternal joy of becoming…” I drew inspiration from Nietzsche and the Dionysian Myth to establish the birth and ultimate rebirth of the protagonist and his deepest fantasy, to love again as he loved his son. The main characters are named in the credits after their archetypal counterparts and we attempted to subvert our audience with production design hints toward the myth and structure of our story. I hope the audience leaves my film feeling the depth and chaos that exists within each and every one of us.

Short Film: THE TEST, 12min., Poland, Drama/Sci-Fi


It’s been said that in a near death experience, you can see your entire life flash before your eyes. Memories move and blink like views from a dashing train.
‘The memory scan procedure doesn’t carry any risks to your health or life’, Weronika has been told. Stuck between memories and reality, fiction and thruth she’s trying to resist intervention to her stranded mind.

Director – Bartosz Toboła

HIGHLIGHTS, WINNERS & VIDEOS: May 2021 DRAMA FEEDBACK Film Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:
Best Short Film: LATE NIGHT SWIM
Best Cinematography: WAVES
Best Performances: FLOWER BOY
Best Direction: LATE NIGHT SWIM
Best Sound & Music: FIX

Theme of night: Unique situations

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

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterFLOWER BOY, 17min., Canada, Drama/Coming of Age


festival posterWAVES, 16min., UK, Drama


festival posterFIX, 10min., USA, Drama


festival posterLATE NIGHT SWIM, 21min., USA, Drama


The beginning of a (temporary) new era.

See you at the festivals. Whenever that happens!

– Matthew Toffolo