RSVP the August Toronto Film Festival Events. Female (24th) & Documentary (31st)

To finish our summer season of festivals in Los Angeles and Toronto, we are saving the best for last with an amazing lineup of short films from around the world.

RSVP your tickets for any (or both) event by simply go to the festival program page and get your tickets there. Tickets are FREE or Pay What you Like to cover the cinema costs.

FEMALE Short Film Festival – Thursday August 24th. 7pm. Carlton Cinemas
http://www.wildsound.ca/female_film_festival.html

– 8 Films from 5 Countries (Brazil, Canada, India, UK, USA) of the best short films from Female Directors. Easily a lineup of the best films you’ll ever see in the world today!

See the full program and info for each film and filmmaker.

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DOCUMENTARY Short Film Festival – Thursday August 31st, 7pm. Carlton Cinemas
http://www.wildsound.ca/torontodocumentaryfilmfestival.html

– This is a special evening of the best of LGBT Documentary Shorts. Plus, an award winning film on the history of Disney Cartoons; And a polarizing film on the history of illegal adoptions by the Catholic Church. These are MUST SEE films.

See the full program and info for each film and filmmaker.


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Watch Highlights & Videos from the May 2017 EUROPEAN FILM FESTIVAL

AUDIENCE FESTIVAL AWARDS

Best Film: CARGO

Best Performances: STATE OF EMERGENCY

Best Cinematography: SEEDS

Best Music: The music from EAT ME!

WATCH Videos from each short that played at the festival:

STATE OF EMERGENCY MOTHERF***ER!, 5min, Belgium, Political/Satire
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterEAT ME!, 20min, Bulgaria, Drama/Musical
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterFAREWELL, 15min, Switzerland, Comedy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterSEEDS, 12min, UK, Thriller/Sci-Fi
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterfestival posterTHE ARK, 2min, France, Animation/Experimental
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterCARGO, 25min, Netherlands, Documentary/Romance
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

The EUROPEAN MAY 2017 FEEDBACK Film Festival gave our audiences simply the best of short movies from Europe.

The theme of the festival was “FOOD”.

Every film showcased has a key scene where food was involved.

This was our first official lineup of strickly films from Europe. It was an excellent curated showcase of movies in different genres and budgets from six different countries in Europe.

Long ago in late 2016 we decided to do a double festival night in May where we had a lineup of the best of European shorts one night, and a lineup of the best of Canadian shorts (both held in Toronto) on the other night. We assumed that the Canadian shorts night would sell out quickly and then we would have to work on the other night to make sure it was a full crowd.

Well the opposite happened. People eagerly RSVP’d their seats to the European Festival right away and we sold out completely (including the standby tickets) three days before the festival. While we really had a hard time getting people to come to the Canadian festival despite it being filled with local films and filmmakers.

Why is this the case? I really have no idea. I can only come to my own conclusions on the matter. My biggest assumption is that European shorts have a great reputation. They always do well at the biggest festivals and always pick up the Oscars for Best Shorts (live action, documentary, animation) every year. It is true that many countries in Europe do have a lot of grants and government incentives happening for short filmmakers, whereas in Canada that is nonexistent.

Plus, there many great film schools in Europe and the United States, which really “school” those new filmmakers into greatness. Whereas, I have to admit this, many Canadian film schools are not so good as they only teach wannabe filmmakers and not the other necessary film crew specialties like Cinematography, Editing, and Production Design.

So people in Toronto wanted to attend the European shorts twice as much as they wanted to attend shorts being showcased from their own country.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

Watch Audience FEEDBACK: EAT ME!, 20min, Bulgaria, Drama/Musical

Played at the May 2017 Best of EUROPEAN Shorts Festival

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Glittering socialite Laura starts slipping from the daily reality of a weight obsessed rich man’s mistress. While on a fancy dinner with her gluttonous lover she enters a strange world where food dances and sings. The whirlwind of dance blows the air out of Laura’s head and she becomes a different type of girl…

How people treat each other is mirrored in the way we treat our environment and our food. That’s why “Eat me” focuses on our attitude to food, its dubious contents and food waste through the prism of a skewed relationship.

“Interview with Director Ilina Perianova”

Moving stories for Awareness Film Festival

Film Type: Short, Student
Runtime: 20 minutes
Completion Date: January 1, 2016
Production Budget: 42,000 EUR
Country of Origin: Bulgaria
Country of Filming: Bulgaria, Estonia, Germany
Film Language: English
Shooting Format: Red
Aspect Ratio: 2:1
Film Color: Black & White and Color

KEY CREW:

Ilina Perianova – Director
Ilina Perianova – Writer
Ilina Perianova – Producer
Yagama aka Marianna Perianova – Producer
Alexander Krumov – Producer
Yancho Mihailov – Producer
Deyan Bararev – Producer
Nigel Barber – Key Cast
Luiza Grigorova – Key Cast

Watch Audience FEEDBACK: FAREWELL, 15min, Switzerland, Comedy

Played at the May 2017 Best of EUROPEAN Shorts Festival

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What happens if you want to say goodbye to a loved one but this suddenly no longer find ? The short film “Farewell” tells how want to accompany a group of friends with different characters their deceased friend and brother on a last trip and so much goes wrong.

In bizarre and comical way this short satire will pull you in its spell – and what, if such a thing happened once to me?

  • Urs Kälin
    Director
  • Urs Kälin
    Writer
  • Urs Kälin
    Producer
  • Katharina Linhart
    Key Cast
  • Sandro Howald
    Key Cast
  • Pauli Schmidig
    Key Cast
  • Jan A. Hiss
    Key Cast
  • Diane DelaCroix
    Key Cast
  • Nadine Martig
    Key Cast
  • Philippe Schuler
    Key Cast
  • Urs Kälin
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Abschied
  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes 8 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 28, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    11,000 CHF
  • Country of Origin:
    Switzerland
  • Country of Filming:
    Switzerland
  • Film Language:
    German
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, Black Magic
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2,35:1
  • Film Color:
    Color

Watch Audience FEEDBACK: SEEDS, 12min, UK, Thriller/Sci-FI

Played at the May 2017 Best of EUROPEAN Shorts Festival

A young female astronaut trains for the first expedition to Mars.

  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    July 30, 2016
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2:35
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • Guillaume Fradin
    Director
  • Guillaume Fradin
    Writer
  • Noor Lawson
    Producer
  • Shanice Stewart-Jones
    Key Cast
    Director Statement

    Scientists are nowadays explorers. Whether they launch rockets in space, built submarines to explore the deepest oceans and work to understand how our brains and bodies work, they strive to break barriers.

    SEEDS is about one type of those scientists, the astronauts, whose curiosity to visit other planets leads them to make enormous sacrifices.

Watch Audience FEEDBACK: THE ARK, 2min, France, Animation/Experimental

Played at the May 2017 Best of EUROPEAN Shorts Festival

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A rhino is walking into the ruins of a cathedral under a heavy rain.

News & Reviews

Watch Audience FEEDBACK: CARGO, 25min, Netherlands, Documentary/Romance

Played at the May 2017 Best of EUROPEAN Shorts Festival

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On a lonely ship, in the middle of the North Sea, fourteen men work together for a month. Day and night they sail around oilrigs to provide them of supplies. In this world of fellowship, waves, storms and containers, Frans, an Amsterdam sailor, seems to be at his best. However, the longer the journey lasts, the more it becomes apparent that something essential is missing in this male microcosm at sea. A small film about loneliness and the importance of love.

Project Links

 

  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Cargo
  • Film Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Romance, loneliness, ship, sea, oilrig
  • Runtime:
    25 minutes 27 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 15, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    15 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Netherlands
  • Country of Filming:
    Netherlands
  • Film Language:
    Dutch
  • Shooting Format:
    16mm
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color