HIGHLIGHTS, WINNERS & VIDEOS: June 2018 ANIMATION FEEDBACK Film Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER:

BEST ANIMATION: 01

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival poster01, 7min., Germany, Experimental/Animation

festival posterSTAR RUNNER, 2min., USA, Animation/Experimental

festival posterTWICE UPON A TIME, 14min., Serbia, Animation/Fantasy

festival posterOH MY…., 4min,., USA, Animation/Music Video

festival posterOH! UGANDA, 5min., Uganda, Animation/Documentary

The theme of the June 2018 ANIMATION & EXPERIMENTAL FEEDBACK Film Festival in Toronto was “Innocence Lost”. Every single film was about characters who lost their idealism.

These types of festivals bring on a whole new crowd and with that an entirely new conversation in the feedback section. These are divisive films that many times attempt to make a social or political commentary on the world.

In the other festivals, the conversation is more about the storytelling – the plots and characters in the films we present. With the Animation & Experimental Festival the discussions lean more towards the thematics and overall points of the film. The subtext and emotions. How is makes us feel!

So if an audience member would go to our Comedy Festival for example on week, an then this festival the next week, they would think we are at a different venue or city.

I like these festivals. The event and films always makes me think days afterward. It stays with me for a long time. I keep going back to the films and what was said.

There is SO much talent out there. It’s amazing actually. Whatever we can do to help get more people to see these films.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

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MAY 2018 ANIMATION Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

Submit your Animation Story to the Festival Today: https://feedbackanimationfestival.com

festival posterTHE FLOWER GATE, 15min., Israel, Fantasy

festival posterMARY & MARSHA IN THE MANOR OF MADNESS, 3min., USA, Animation</td

festival posterSAM THE HAM, 1min., USA, Animation/Comedy

festival posterWHEN COMES THE RAIN, 2min., USA, Animation/Comedy

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

Festival Moderators: Kierston Drier, Shepsut Wilson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Festival Directors: Mary Cox, Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: John Johnson, Isabal Cupryn, Aser Santos Jr., Zack Arch

Director BIO: Santiago Castano (MORFRUSIS)

Director Biography – Santiago Castaño

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Santiago​ ​Castaño​ ​grew​ ​up​ ​in​ ​Bogotá,​ ​Colombia.​ ​He​ ​moved​ ​to​ ​New​ ​York​ ​in​ ​2003​ ​after​ ​being awarded​ ​a​ ​grant​ ​for​ ​a​ ​masters​ ​degree​ ​in​ ​computer​ ​animation​ ​at​ ​The​ ​School​ ​of​ ​Visual​ ​Arts. This​ ​provided​ ​work​ ​opportunities​ ​that​ ​include​ ​creative​ ​direction,​ ​3d​ ​animation​ ​and storyboard​ ​design​ ​for​ ​clients​ ​such​ ​as​ ​Cannon,​ ​Sundance​ ​Channel,​ ​ESPN,​ ​Nicktoons,​ ​Lifetime, Versus,​ ​CBS,​ ​TV​ ​Land,​ ​Mercury​ ​Ford,​ ​Sprint,​ ​AT&T,​ ​MLB​ ​Networks,​ ​the​ ​video​ ​game​ ​God​ ​of War​ ​amongst​ ​others.​ ​In​ ​2013​ ​Santiago​ ​was​ ​awarded​ ​a​ ​Graphic​ ​Designer​ ​Emmy​ ​for​ ​for​ ​the show​ ​package​ ​MLB​ ​Tonight.​ ​in​ ​2014​ ​he​ ​was​ ​nominated​ ​for​ ​a​ ​second​ ​Emmy​ ​for​ ​his​ ​MLB Network’s​ ​promo:​ ​Monuments​ ​were​ ​he​ ​was​ ​creative​ ​director.​ ​In​ ​2017​ ​Santiago​ ​founded Lenticular​ ​Pictures​ ​with​ ​the​ ​purpose​ ​of​ ​producing​ ​original​ ​animated​ ​content.​ ​He​ ​currently lives​ ​and​ ​works​ ​in​ ​New​ ​York​ ​City.

Director BIO: Ran Sheng (STAR RUNNER)

Director Biography – Ran Sheng

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Ran Sheng was born and raised in Beijing, China. Before came to Portland in 2015, he had accumulated rich experience in multiple areas, including graphic design, video, animation, and photography. Currently, Sheng majoring in Animated Arts at Pacific Northwest College of Art, where he focuses on stop-motion and hybrid animation, works with both physical and digital puppets, and keep exploring the endless possibilities of animated arts.

 

Director Statement

 

The main goal of this film is to raise questions and encourage the audience to think about our unknown future. “What’s out there in the universe? What’s the ultimate goal of human civilization?” or even “Why are we live?” It is also an experiment of using physical textures as a college in digital animation, to create a non-traditional visual style.

Director BIO: Vojin Vasovic (TWICE UPON A TIME)

Director Biography – Vojin Vasovic

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Vojin Vasovic is a film and theatre director. He finished his film-directing B.A. program at The Academy of Arts, Belgrade, Serbia, and Master of Arts in experimental theatre at the University of Toronto. He is the recipient of many awards for scene movement, lighting design and direction in theatre. His films (Breathtaking, Back Portrait) were enrolled in many international film festivals for which he won several awards. His previous animated short 5 Minutes Each was selected at more than 100 festivals and won 30 international awards for best animation, direction and original score. He is currently preparing his first animated feature film.

 

Director Statement

 

Twice Upon a Time is an animated poem, a fairy tale for all generations about a king with split personality, split time and a split screen. It is a story about dual nature of kings and things and how playing cards came to be. Two kings in one king are fighting for predominance and reveal to us the world that always has the flip side of the coin. The King is not vicious at his intentions, but more so unhappily found in the situation that he obviously can’t solve on his own. The film’s theme addresses a general problem of contradictories of a mankind – wishes that are both good and bad, times that are both happy and sad, inner voices that puzzle our mind and never-ending duality of a mankind. Twice Upon a Time is our artistic way of animating a story of our own inner conflicts with ourselves; story about contradictory age in which our bodies and souls live (or we would want them to live) and lastly about self-destruction that we often use as a tool to go forward.

ANIMATION FILM FESTIVAL Thursday – May 3, 2018. 7pm.

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 Shepsut Wilson.

Tickets are FREE or PAY WHAT YOU LIKE. Reserve your tickets online.

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 at latickets@wildsoundfestival.com  and we’ll reserve seats for you.

SAM THE HAM, 1min., USA, Animation/Comedy
Directed by Michele Haines

A dark animated comedy about a sweet, naive piglet whose father sees him as a meal ticket

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WHEN COMES THE RAIN, 2min., USA, Animation/Comedy
Directed by Brian Giovanni

The local birdbath is empty, and the hot sun won’t let up. An ambitious bird gathers his flock to bring the rain down upon them. But how far will he go to get what he wants?

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THE BUS TRIP, 13min., Sweden, Animation
Directed by Sarah Gampel

Sarah is invited to show her film in Israel as part of a film festival bus trip. She is hoping for political discussions and friendship, except the conversation stops each time she brings up the occupation of Palestine. So instead, Sarah talks to her dead dad over a noisy phone line.

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MARY & MARSHA IN THE MANOR OF MADNESS, 3min., USA, Animation
Directed by Kris & Kurtis Theorin

Sinister secrets await as Mary helps her girlfriend Marsha escape from her parent’s gothic mansion one dark and eldritch night. This hand drawn and digitally animated ‘one shot’ film takes us on a Lovecraftian escapade through the Manor of Madness.

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HANDS, 6min., UK, Experimental/Dance
Directed by Michael Lane

Its subtitle is -‘A Dance: A Meditation: A Hope’ : We show hands moving rhythmically to our specially composed music to show our natural readiness to create, with flexibility and sensitivity. By contrast, slow sections allows contemplation about the variety, complexity and beauty of the natural human hand. Our hope is, in this fractured world, we can still blend together. While we remaining distinct in our gender, race and age, we may achieve by our sharing.

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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.

Director BIO: Sarah Gampel (THE BUS TRIP)

Director Biography – Sarah Gampel

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Sarah Gampel is an independent animator from Stockholm, Sweden. She studied screenwriting in Copenhagen, as well as animation at Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts (SADA) and the School of Visual Arts in New York. Her films tell personal stories that often relate to specific political issues. Her work has been shown at the Nobel Museum in Stockholm, the La Havana International Festival of New Latin American Cinema in Cuba, as well as at film events in New York City, Givat Olga, and Ramallah.