June 2019 Film/Screenplay Winners

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festival posterBIG BOOOM, 4min., Russia, Drama/Animation

 

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

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Kyle Drier, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Denissa Palmer, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

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HIGHLIGHTS, WINNERS & VIDEOS: July 2019 ANIMATION FEEDBACK Film Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:

BEST FILM: THE BACKWARD ASTRONOMER

BEST UNDER 5 MINUTE FILM: HAPPY THE ANGRY POLAR BEAR

BEST VISUAL DESIGN: DIVINE CONSULTANTS – THE BEGINNING

BEST MUSIC: RED & THE KINGDOM OF SOUND

THEME: Your place in the world.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterRED & THE KINGDOM OF SOUND, 18min., UK, Animation/Fantasy

festival posterDIVINE CONSULTANTS – THE BEGINNING, 8min., Finland, Animation/Adventure

festival posterTHE BACKWARD ASTRONOMER, 10min., USA, Animation/Drama

festival posterSAVING GREEN, 5min., USA, Animation

festival posterHAPPY THE ANGRY POLAR BEAR, 3min., Animation/Family

festival posterWE, 3min., Iran, Animation

festival posterWHALE FALL, 3min., USA, Animation

The theme of the July 2019 Comedy & Romance Feedback Film Festival in Toronto was “Your place in the world”.

Each film was about a character(s) who sees their place in today’s world.

The 19th event of the Toronto festivals in 2019.

19 more festivals to go in Toronto this year.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

DIVINE CONSULTANTS – THE BEGINNING Short Film, Audience FEEDBACK From Animation Festival July 2019

 

DIVINE CONSULTANTS – THE BEGINNING, 8min., Finland, Animation/Adventure
Directed by Juha Flilin

Joy Amicable, 16, stands at a crossroads. Domestic problems arise between Joy’s parents, who have different priorities in life. Joy’s mother is worried about their safety and shows signs of wanting to leave Joy’s father. Joy’s dad is preoccupied by his esoteric research project. Meanwhile, a wave of corporate dystopia is crashing over Joy’s sleepy hometown. Joy feels her family is being watched by the corporate agents. She believes her family is in danger.

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Winning ANIMATION Short Screenplay: Christmas Feathers, by Christopher Sartorius

 

A young farm girl schemes to save her pet turkey from being eaten on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Friendship and Christmas magic come between dinner plans, and a Yuletide legend is born. The origin story of the first animal elf.

CAST LIST:

Gertrude: Weronika Sokalska
George: Caleb Jacques
Narrator: Sean Ballantyne
Karen: Val Cole
Wilbur: Wyatt Lamoreaux
Narration Reader: Ron Boyd

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

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Kyle Drier, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Denissa Palmer, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

Director Biography – Brandon Swofford (HAPPY THE ANGRY POLAR BEAR)

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Brandon is an Animator, Filmmaker, and Actor in Los Angeles, California and has been furiously drawing ever since he was a fetus.

Don’t worry, his mother is fine.

When he is not drawing away, he is usually performing, watching movies, hiking, exploring the zoo or making videos for his Youtube channel where he serves an audience of over 100K Subscribers.

He is ready.

Director Biography – Natasha Redmond (SAVING GREEN)

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Natasha Redmond is an animator and first time director. Her passion for art and storytelling began the moment she could hold a pencil. In high school, she attended art classes at the prestigious Cooper Union in NYC and animation classes at the School of Visual Arts. It was at the latter she found her calling for visual story telling through the dynamic art form of animation. She went on to pursue her BFA at the Savannah College of Art and Design and began forming her own brand identity for visual media: Red Ink Animations. She currently works as an animator near London.

Director Statement

Music has always been a key inspiration of mine. The rhythm, tone, energy, and movement of a song has allowed me to envision worlds and stories beyond my normal perspective. Music itself functions well when adapting to a dynamic medium like animation. The bedrock of most songs (verse, chorus, verse, chorus, bridge, chorus), can allow for a solid story foundation with an introduction, climax, and resolution and this was the process behind “Saving Green”.

“Saving Green” initially started out as a short entitled “Guns for Hands” cut to the Twenty One Pilots song of the same name. For anyone familiar with the song, the parallels between it and the final cut of the film are still there, with sections becoming clear inspiration for significant plot points and sequences. When it then came to scoring an original piece for the film, my composer, Andrew Koethe, and I made sure to stay true to the original spirit of the music and the synergy between movement and sound.

The goal of this film was create a work that functioned on the border of a scored film and a music video, with both aspects playing off of each other to tell a compelling narrative. The narrative itself is a metaphoric exploration of the loss of ecological stability and natural innocence in a mechanized, expanding, and violent world. The parallels and contradictions of freedom and fear, security and violence, nationalistic isolationism and expansionist industry, pushes a story forward that conveys both a public and personal message.

Short Film: SAVING GREEN, 5min., USA, Animation

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While running and swimming near her jungle island home, a young girl accidentally stumbles upon the fortress camp of an army of militarized robot gorillas and must utilize the help of a mysterious woman and her bird to get her back home.

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