FEEDBACK Film Festival – Thur. Dec. 7th. RSVP your Tickets

The FEEDBACK Monthly Film Festival coming to Los Angeles.. Our LA home is Regal L.A. LIVE Cinemas, located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles (beside the Staples Center) at 1000 W Olympic Blvd.. The event runs from 7pm to 9:10pm.

Showcasing the best of short films from around the world, while maintaining our audience feedback format moderated by Matthew Toffolo.

Tickets for are FREE or PAY WHAT YOU LIKE. Reserve your tickets online. Donate via Paypal or Credit Card. Tickets are first come first serve.

If you like to obtain seats in advance and pick them up on the day of the event (come for FREE, or make a donation), please email us atlatickets@wildsoundfestival.com and we’ll reserve seats for you.

You can pick up the tickets on the day of the event at the cinema. Tickets are first come, first serve. This festival has sold out 64 out of its last 66 events in Toronto. We can’t wait to do the festival in Los Angeles for the first time in 2017.

Here is the full program of films. Festival starts at 7pm sharp!

1st ACT PROGRAM – Best of DRAMA


MORNING AFTER 15min, USA, Drama/Romance
Directed by Patricia Chica

Michael is faced with a dilemma, when a night of drinking with friends, turns into a sensual exploration of sexual identity.

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DE GLACE, 6min, France, Drama/Thriller
Directed by Rautszko

At night in an empty skating rink, a young artistic skater launches on the ice, and begins a training. After a bad fall, she finds herself in blood, alone in the middle of the track. Unable to get up, she calls for help, when the ground starts to tremble …

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LOSING CLAIRE, 6min, India, Drama/Relationship
Directed by Parry Majmudar 

A story about psychological anguish from a male’s perspective on having a stillborn child. The main characters are Emily and Perry who are finding it difficult to cope with the devastating loss of their stillborn daughter – Claire and this is having a detrimental impact on their relationship which is becoming strained.

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CALL COHO, 16min, South Korea, Drama/Mystery
Directed by Daeryun Chang

Coho is a proxy driver who gets paid to drive other people’s cars so that they can freely go drinking. His clients only think they see a man who is all out of luck but what mysterious past is he actually hiding?

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2nd ACT PROGRAM – Best of SCI-FI


REBIRTH, 12min, USA, Sci-Fi/Thriller
Directed by Jill Von D

A young woman gets her beauty and vanity taken by a masked figure.

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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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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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The FEEDBACK Monthly Film Festival coming to Los Angeles.. Our LA home is Regal L.A. LIVE Cinemas, located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles (beside the Staples Center) at 1000 W Olympic Blvd.. The event runs from 7pm to 9:10pm.

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FEEDBACK LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL – Thursday September 7th

The FEEDBACK Monthly Film Festival coming to Los Angeles.. Our LA home is Regal L.A. LIVE Cinemas, located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles (beside the Staples Center) at 1000 W Olympic Blvd.. The event runs from 7pm to 9:10pm.

Showcasing the best of short films from around the world, while maintaining our audience feedback format moderated by Matthew Toffolo.

Tickets for are FREE or PAY WHAT YOU LIKE. Reserve your tickets online. Donate via Paypal or Credit Card. Tickets are first come first serve.

All proceeds to month’s festival will be donated to festival cinema costs (suggestion $8 and up), which helps the monthly event. If you like to obtain seats in advance and pick them up on the day of the event (come for FREE, or make a donation), please email us atlatickets@wildsoundfestival.com and we’ll reserve seats for you. 

You can pick up the tickets on the day of the event at the cinema. Tickets are first come, first serve. This festival has sold out 64 out of its last 66 events in Toronto. We can’t wait to do the festival in Los Angeles for the first time in 2017.

1st ACT PROGRAM – Best of ROMANCE


LAST NIGHT WAS A MISTAKE, 15min, USA, Romance/Comedy
Directed by Amanda Holland

Best friends, Alexa & Maya wanted stress free trip to Vegas away from their significant others. But when the ladies get too drunk and find themselves in a wedding chapel, they’ve got to face the feelings. In a short told completely backwards, the two prove that what happens in Vegas has lasting consequences.

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MANEKI-NEKO, 12min, USA, Romance/Comedy
Directed by Elaine Chu

A short film about cats, love, and moving on

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DEIGHTIES, 8min, Australia, Documentary/Romance
Directed by Mason Fleming

Having lost his wife 18 months earlier, octogenarian Phil decides that he no longer wishes to be alone anymore and to embark on a quest to find new love. Times have changed though, and Phil needs to navigate the complexities of the modern tools at his disposal for finding a mate, such as online match-making

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COUNTING, 10min, USA, LGBT, Romance
Directed by Dan Pal

In 1951 Violet and Milly make a love promise over a penny. In 2015, the promise comes due, and Violet must face a heartbreaking reality.

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2nd ACT PROGRAM – Best of COMEDY


INGENUE-ISH, 10min, USA, Comedy
Directed by John Stamos

A kind of young, sort of ethnic, LA actress takes us through her daily struggle to make it in show-biz without knowing someone, having a famous last name, or sleeping her way to the top. (One of these is false)

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SUITCASE, 13min, France, Comedy
Directed by Igor Gavva

Absentminded juggler ready to perform in the circus, but one member of the audience steals his suitcase with props.

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BAGGAGE, 17min, USA, Comedy
Directed by Andrea Behring

A comic tale of a small town girl who moves to New York City and realizes she’s not in Kansas anymore. She’s wide eyed about the high life of the big city – until she stumbles head first into the grip of it’s charming low life’s.

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UNICORNLAND, 7min, USA, Comedy/Webseries
Directed by Nick Leavens

After her divorce, Annie dates couples to explore her sexuality.

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The FEEDBACK Monthly Film Festival coming to Los Angeles.. Our LA home is Regal L.A. LIVE Cinemas, located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles (beside the Staples Center) at 1000 W Olympic Blvd.. The event runs from 7pm to 9:10pm.

Showcasing the best of short films from around the world, while maintaining our audience feedback format moderated byMatthew Toffolo.

Tickets for are FREE or PAY WHAT YOU LIKE. Reserve your tickets online. Donate via Paypal or Credit Card. Tickets are first come first serve. 

HIGHLIGHTS – April 6, 2017 LA FEEDBACK Film Festival

AUDIENCE FESTIVAL AWARDS

Best Film: THE NEON STRUGGLE

Best Performances: UNCLE ALBERT

Best Cinematography: CONFESSION

Best Music: The music from THE NEON STRUGGLE

WATCH THE AUDIENCE FEEDBACK VIDEOS for each film: 

festival posterCONFESSION, 5min, USA, Horror/Thriller
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festival posterTHE WHITE ROSE, 5min, USA, Thriller/Film Noir
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festival posterHAVE A LITTLE FAITH, 12min, USA, Comedy
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festival posterUNCLE ALBERT, 11min, USA, Dark Comedy
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festival posterGEORGE, 7min, USA, Documentary
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festival posterTHE LONG GOODBYE: AN ALZHEIMER’S STORY, 5min, USA, Documentary
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festival posterTHE NEON STRUGGLE, 38min, USA, Documentary
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The LOS ANGELES APRIL 2017 FEEDBACK Film Festival gave our audiences the best of short movies from the United States. The first half was a selection of “Female Directed films”. The second half was a selection of “Documentary films”.

The theme of the festival was “END OF THE LINE”.

Every film showcased was about a moment or situation that was the final chapter in a life or career.

NOTE: Our 3rd festival in Los Angeles. Many more to come!

Los Angeles definitely has a different vibe in comparison to Toronto, our usual festival city. The first difference is when people arrive to the cinema. In Toronto, most people arrive and are in their seats with refreshments by 6:50pm for the 7pm event. In Los Angeles, we had 124 people attend the festival. Our of those 124, 56 people came between 7:05pm and 7:30pm – for the 7pm start time!

Their are many reasons for this. For one, people drive in LA and everyone seems to be an hour away from everything in the spread out city. And there is ALWAYS traffic. I was chatting with the manager of Regal LA LIVE and suggested that perhaps we should move the start time to 8pm next time. He said good idea, but that means people are just going to come at 8:30pm instead!

In Toronto, most people either walk or take the subway to their destination, so their arrival time is more predictable.

There is always the West Coast/East Coast generalizations theory. On the East Coast, people are more intense and schedule their day more – which leads to everyone arriving on time. On the West Coast, people are more relaxed and chill – which leads to them not worrying about time in general.

Moving the festival to Los Angeles has proven to be a success as of date. I just need to shift to the “West Coast” and perhaps call the festival to start at 7pm, while we really start at 7:20pm so when the first film begins, we have a packed house.

See you at the festivals in 2017.
NEXT Los Angeles event is Thursday June 1, 2017.

– Matthew Toffolo

FEEDBACK LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL – Highlights from the Thursday December 8, 2016 event.

The LOS ANGELES DECEMBER 8 2016 FEEDBACK Film Festival was a night that I personally will always remember. Our first venture to the West Coast was indeed a success because the audience was terrific with their comments and the films were solid all around. That said, it was an education. The next time we hit LA we will make sure that the cinema is filled to capacity.

The theme of the festival was “Attempting to belong”.

All the of the films had a story or situation that was about a character who was attempting to belong to a group or situation. The irony of this theme was that was what we were attempting to do in the city of Los Angeles: belong!

This was a showcase of 7 distinct short films made from all corners of the United States. Films with shoe string budgets and films with budgets in the hundreds of thousands. Films in the genres of Western, Comedy, Romance, Action, Thriller, Sci-Fi, and Musical.

I wasn’t feeling very good the night before but didn’t think nothing of it. Then I awoke the day of the festival in a full fledged sweat. I officially had the flu. I managed to get through the day and moderated the festival without a major crisis. I did screw up the opening because I couldn’t breath very well, but the audience forgave me because of the solid lineup of films.

The Los Angeles audience was terrific. They all seemed to be really taken with the films we showcased. This was a risky festival lineup for us because all the films are hard to categorize in a conventional box. I was worried for many reasons before this festival began – but it turned out that I had nothing to worry about at all.

I so appreciated this night and all of the work my Los Angeles crew of camera operators and volunteers put into it. This will be a festival that I’ll remember for the rest of my life. The gamble of going to Los Angeles paid off and the reason for its success was the filmmakers and the amazing audience. As a former California Governor once said: “I’ll be back!”

– Matthew Toffolo

AUDIENCE FESTIVAL AWARDS

Best Film: MARTY: A WILD WEST NEVERLAND

Best Performances: MARTY: A WILD WEST NEVERLAND

Best Cinematography: HELIO

Best Music: The music from ENCORE

WATCH AUDIENCE FEEDBACK VIDEOS:

festival posterMARTY: A WILD WEST NEVERLAND, 16min., USA, Fantasy/Adventure
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festival posterHEY YOU, IT’S ME, 8min., USA, Webseries/Comedy
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festival posterWHEN STRANGERS TOUCH YOUR HAIR, 7min., Drama
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festival posterHELIO, 20min., USA, Sci-Fi/Action
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festival posterORANGE YOU GONNA DANCE WITH ME?, 3min., Comedy/Romance
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festival posterHEAD SPACE, 5min, Drama/Thriller
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festival posterENCORE, 10min, Drama/Musical
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FEEDBACK LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL – Highlights from the Wednesday December 7, 2016 event.

The LOS ANGELES DECEMBER 7 2016 FEEDBACK Film Festival was indeed a success. Our first venture to the West Coast had its internal conflicts, but all that mattered was the final product – showcasing the best of short films to a large audience and then doing our trademark audience feedback talk.

The theme of the festival was “Misguided Mentors”.

This was a special festival because it was a showcase of the best of United States short films from the last year.

NOTE: In over 150 festival events, this was the first time ever that we showcased all films only from the United States.

I stated in my opening to the Los Angeles crowd that this was a festival that was programmed by two Canadians (myself, and Kierston Drier). Our goal on the first night was to show films that are about how we, “the outsider looking from above”, see the United States today. We feel that we succeeded by showcasing 6 distinct short from the USA from every corner of the nation in the genres of Drama, Comedy, Documentary, History, Western, and Musical.

The Los Angeles audience was terrific. I could tell right away that this was a different crowd than our usual Toronto audience. These were people who respected the craft of independent filmmaking and every single comment was respectful to the filmmakers and the film itself. Perhaps the first festival I ever moderated that did not have one judgemental comment about any of the films.

I so appreciated this night and all of the work my Los Angeles crew of camera operators and volunteers put into it. This will be a festival that I’ll remember for the rest of my life. The gamble of going to Los Angeles paid off and the reason for its success was the filmmakers and the amazing audience. As a former California Governor once said: “I’ll be back!”

– Matthew Toffolo

AUDIENCE FESTIVAL AWARDS

Best Film: ATOMIC COUPLE!

Best Performances: THE LOT

Best Cinematography: A FEW RUBBER BANDS MORE

Best Music: The music from ATOMIC COUPLE!

WATCH AUDIENCE FEEDBACK VIDEOS:

festival posterTHE LOT, 15min., USA, Drama
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festival posterA FEW RUBBER BANDS MORE, 5min., USA, Comedy/Western
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festival posterATOMIC COUPLE!, 15min., USA, Comedy/History
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festival posterMUD SLINGERS, 7min., USA, Documentary
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festival posterTWO GIRLS, ONE CUP: A STORY OF CHRISTMAS, 5min., USA, Comedy
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festival posterA SENSE OF SOUND, 25min., USA, Drama
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Winning Short Screenplay – A Little Bit of Heaven by Stephanie Thompson

A LITTLE BIT OF HEAVEN
Written by Stephanie Thompson

CAST LIST:

ALLEN – Dan Cristofori
NARRATOR – Gabriel Darku

SYNOPSIS:

Crime, Drama

A struggling, single father who decides a life of crime is the only way to save his ill daughter.

What is your screenplay about?

My screenplay is about a struggling, single father who decides a life of crime is the only way to save his ill daughter.

What genres does your screenplay under?

My screenplay fits under the genres of Drama and Crime

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

This screenplay should be a movie to showcase just how far a parent is willing to go to provide for their child.

How would you describe this script in two words?

The two words to best describe my script are intense and passionate.

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

Out of all of the movies in the world, I’ve watched The Wizard of Oz the most.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I worked on this screenplay for 2 days.

How many stories have you written?

I’ve written 7 screenplays.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

What motivated me to write this screenplay was the challenge of condensing a story into 1-page.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

When I heard about the contest, the deadline was within a week. My obstacle was coming up with a story-line that could fit into 1-page.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I’m passionate about creating music and different mediums of art.

Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

My advice to other writers would be to avoid procrastination. No one can tell your story better than you.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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Winning Short Screenplay – Collapse by David Sweet

COLLAPSE
Written by David Sweet

CAST LIST:

BILL – Peter Nelson
CORTNEY – Laura Daly
NARRATOR – Gabriel Darku

SYNOPSIS:

Crime, Mystery, Thriller, Horror

A wife married unhappily to a strictly controlling man, who is presented with a startling opportunity to change things – if she is able to take the extreme step to bring this about.

What is your screenplay about?

I would say that it primarily concerns a conflict of emotions – a wife married unhappily to a strictly controlling man, who is presented with a startling opportunity to change things – if she is able to take the extreme step to bring this about.

What genres does your screenplay under?

Suspense, crime/mystery, maybe even horror, depending upon how wide a definition is employed.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Assuming a market for a piece of this length – probably no longer than 20 minutes max , possibly as a tag-on to some major work – I would contend that it ticks all the boxes of character interest, dialogue, conflict, exciting scene change, mystery – and with only one set and two characters involved, plus some newsreel footage, it would be relatively cheap to make.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Human nature.

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

The full list would be very long, so I will shorten it to 10: It Happened One Night, The Maltese Falcon, Laura, Strangers on a Train, Singin in the Rain, Rififi, Rear Window, One-Eyed Jacks, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Pulp Fiction (bonus item The Graduate).

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

If you count its short story antecedent, in hours I would guess between 30 and 40.

How many stories have you written?

If you mean short and flash stories, there would be too many to count, but have managed to get 8 published, winning two competitions and coming second in another.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I am always pretty much motivated, so I would guess that it came down the idea for the story plus the challenge of shaping it into a good 1pg script.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

This biggest obstacle – and I would guess that I am not alone in this – was in reducing the plot and dialogue to such a short compass, particularly as to what to leave out.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Films, politics, psychology ( well sort of – was formerly a psychologist, or at least designated myself as such), history, fiction, and particularly crime fiction – and of course the opposite sex.

Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

No, don’t think so – I wouldn’t presume; all writers have to find their own way, wouldn’t you say?

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

TV CONTESTSUBMIT your Short Screenplay or TV SPEC Script
Voted #1 TV Contest in North America.
SCREENPLAY CONTESTSUBMIT your Short Screenplay or FEATURE Script
FULL FEEDBACK on all entries. Get your script performed
SCREENPLAY CONTESTFIRST SCENE (first 10pgs) SCREENPLAY CONTEST
Submit the first stages of your film and get full feedback!