Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterA PIACERE, 7min, USA, Drama

festival posterCASEY, 6min., USA, Drama

festival posterSTOLEN, 5min., USA, Drama/Crime

festival posterMISCREANT, 10min., Crime/Thriller

festival posterI’LL BE FINE, 3min., USA, Drama

festival posterTOM IN COUCHLAND, 2min., USA, Animation/Comedy

festival posterTHE ONE THAT ROLLED AWAY, 6min., USA, Comedy

festival posterI GOT A CALLBACK, 15min., USA, Comedy

festival posterWRITER’S WORKSHOP, 11min., USA, Comedy

festival posterMURDER IN THE CAT HOUSE, 4min., USA, Comedy

festival posterSEX BOMB, 3min., USA, Comedy

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There is an episode about this festival in our archives as we talk about the audience and all the great films we showcased at this event.

The theme of the December 2018 Comedy/Drama Feedback Film Festival in Toronto was “Exposure”.

Each film was about someone or something being exposed – in a good and not so good way!

Great way to complete the 2018 season. 12 festival in Los Angeles in 2018 and 12 sucesses. Couldn’t be more happier with first official year in LA. Great city. Great people. Great films. Great cinema. This was the first year of many.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo


HIGHLIGHTS, WINNERS & VIDEOS: April 2018 Documentary/Female Leads FEEDBACK Film Festival






Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterSUNDAY DINNER, 15min., USA, Documentary


festival posterA GOOD BLINDER, 26min., USA, Documentary

festival posterSPINNING IN SLOW MOTION, 12min, Australia, Drama

festival posterI PROMISED HER LIFE, 15min., Drama/Family

festival posterCITY GIRL, 10min., Drama

The April 2018 Los Angeles FEEDBACK Film Festival was a tale of two festivals. The audience was overly positive and receptive in the first half documentary moderation, and then the gloves came out in the 2nd half. Perhaps the most “judgemental” and polarizing moderation session this festival has had in over 2 years.

The theme of the festival was “Self Empowerment”.

The LA Festival is building itself up month by month. The co-MVPs of the festival were our camera operators Zack Arch & Aser Santos Jr.. They have really nailed how to shoot in this gigantic cinema and make sure that all the coverage is there for the editor.

They both have to shoot hand-held style as they run up and down the aisles to make sure they have the best shot possible when the audience member is talking. They are in a full sweat after they are done. This type of shooting is not done anywhere else and it took a bit for them to master it – but master it they have!

The crowds are building up and all ready for conversing about the films. I can’t wait to hear what they think about our upcoming lineup of films from around the world.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

Get to know the short film: SAY WHAT!: A GERIATRIC PROPOSAL, USA, 5min, Animation/Comedy

Short Film playing at the Los Angeles COMEDY FEEDBACK Film Festival on Thursday June 1st. GET your FREE TICKETS

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At a post-concert reception, a young jazz musician tries to survive aggressive grannies and other terrifying beasts.

Weinstein, Aaron – Director
Weinstein, Aaron – Writer
Weinstein, Aaron – Producer
Weinstein, Jeremy – Producer
Busch, Charles – Key Cast

Film Type: Animation, Short
Genres: Comedy, Animation
Runtime: 5 minutes 31 seconds
Completion Date: December 12, 2016
Country of Origin: United States
Country of Filming: United States
Shooting Format: Digital
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Film Color: Color

Aaron Weinstein – Director’s BIO. Short film “Say What!: A Geriatric Proposal”

Short Film playing at the Los Angeles COMEDY FEEDBACK Film Festival on Thursday June 1st. GET your FREE TICKETS

Aaron Weinstein is a writer and composer, known for Say What!: A Geriatric Proposal (2017), The Myth of a Standing Ovation (2017) and A Night at the Hot Club.

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At a post-concert reception, a young jazz musician tries to survive aggressive grannies and other terrifying beasts.

Audience Feedback: HELIO, 20min., USA, Sci-Fi/Action

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  MOVIE POSTERHELIO, 20min., USA, Sci-Fi/Action
Directed by Teddy Cecil

One worker sparks an uprising when he attempts to break free of his dystopian underworld.


HELIO is a short, visceral film centered on a post-apocalyptic underground society where its citizens mine to sustain their dark existence. Presented by Shadow Council Productions, in association with Innovate Entertainment, HELIO is an independent film from first-time writer/director Teddy Cecil. With the ambitious production scale and challenging VFX elements, the process took almost two years to complete from inception to final cut. This project represents Shadow Council’s first of many properties to be developed and produced in-house.

Director’s Statement

HELIO is the culmination of many talented yet under appreciated artists collaborating tirelessly to create a film where, if we’re successful, you won’t even notice all that’s been accomplished. Instead, you’ll be enjoying the adventure.


Shadow Council Productions is a Los Angeles-based production company dedicated to creating innovative media content. Founded in 2010 and run by Teddy Cecil, Nick Cofino and Brett Miller, Shadow Council started as a small creative outlet, packaging and filming promotional material for other producers and artists. Once the three friends and business partners gained the experience and momentum needed, they shifted focus towards their own projects, the first of which was HELIO.

Shadow Council’s objective is to create unique and epic visual experiences and bring them to audiences everywhere across multiple platforms. Every Shadow Council production is treated like a passion project designed to be commercially viable.

For more information on HELIO or Shadow Council Productions, please email SCP at inquiries@shadowcouncil.com.

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Audience Feedback: ENCORE, 10min, Drama/Musical

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  MOVIE POSTERENCORE, 10min, Drama/Musical
Directed by Kris Theorin

Lifelong friends November and Rosie, a popular YouTube duo, are hosting a live stream tour of November’s new apartment, an event that forces them to confront their impending separation and uncertain future in real time and online in front of their 500,000 YouTube fans.

Director’s Statement: Encore is a look at the age-old scenario of someone growing up and moving away. It’s something that forces people to change and reevaluate their life. My brothers and I were dealing with this while filming Encore. I was graduating form college and they were graduating from high school. Realizing you are growing apart from old friends is something everyone faces at some point. We wanted to show a unique modern twist on the situation and the world of YouTube stars proved to be an interesting perspective to approach it from. These ordinary teens and twenty-somethings’s find their everyday lives and hobbies a source of entertainment for thousand of people. They have to perform for an audience while doing simple everyday things like walking through their own house. Our film shows what might happen when difficult real life problems arise while they are trying to perform for a crowd.

Film Type:Short, Student

Genres:Coming of age, drama

Runtime:10 minutes 10 seconds

Completion Date:August 22, 2016

Production Budget:7,000 USD

Country of Origin:United States

Country of Filming:United States

Film Language:English

Shooting Format:RED

Aspect Ratio:16:9

Film Color:Color

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Audience Feedback: MARTY: A WILD WEST NEVERLAND, 16min., USA, Fantasy/Adventure

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Directed by Vu Hoang

Set in a world inhabited by only kids. Marty and Dee cross paths with the ruthless One-Eyed Johnny and the Krimson Kids where they experience the harsh realities of tyranny and violence in the West.

Director Statement

In college I remember watching the classic, French film, The 400 Blows by Francois Truffaut and the famous scene of the main character running off to the beach escaping his troubling adolescence. Later, I was introduced to two amazing music videos called Glosoli and Hoppipolla by Sigur Ros. Gosoli is one of the most beautifully shot videos I have ever seen, setting you in a fantastical world of only kids. HoppIpolla follows a group of elders who instead of being your typical old people, they turn back time. They play ding dong ditch, have an epic water balloon battle and a sword fight at a graveyard. Yes, it is a bit ironic, but timeless in every way.

These videos resonated with me for years, leaving me with vivid nostalgia. Looking back, my childhood was a fun and wonderful time, but it was also as dark as it is was joyous. The innocence I once had and the realities I had faced growing up stuck with me. Being bullied in school, having family issues, finding an identity, or being misunderstood are things that are universal in every person’s childhood whether big or small. You are met with realities and are always in the unknown, unsure of what life would entail. Sometimes you have your imagination, a place you call your own. A place that sets you free from what you don’t understand. I often found myself imagining I was a hero of my own story, often depicting myself as a character from my favorite TV shows, standing up to bullies I’ve encountered or protecting the weak from harm. I could never let go of these feelings. Therefore, I sought to recreate them through film.

A few years later, I met my buddy Christopher Guanzon, a young aspiring writer & producer fresh out of USC. After reading a script from his first short film out of college, I felt he would be the perfect fit to help me turn my concept into a short film. With his love for the western genre and my love for bringing raw emotions and themes within my own films, together we formed Marty: A Wild West Neverland. Creating a live action western world with a cast of all kids was not easy, it was not cheap, and the Kickstarter Campaign was a vigorous process. Every obstacle felt impossible to overcome: production days were hot, trucks got stuck in the sand, and over 20 kid actors were scattered on set. However, one of the great things about the film is the lifelong journey I took to make it a reality. This isn’t just a film about kid cowboys and bandits. It’s a film about adolescence. A time when you felt free, confused, happy, and lost. Because we are still, in our every right, forever young.

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