Animation Festival Testimonial – August 14 2018

Animator/Filmmaker Ran Sheng (STAR RUNNER)

I was surprised by hearing how the host describes my film. It is always great to learn from other people’s perspectives. Also, I really enjoy having all the feedback from the audience. It is the first time my film been public screened, so all those feedback means a lot to me!

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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

ANIMATION Festival Testimonial – June 19, 2018

Michele Haines
Michele Haines

Awesome! So happy to have been a part of this festival and to hear such thoughtful and encouraging feedback from the audience. Thank you! Shep is a lovely host and takes the time to do her own independent research and intently watch each film, which is really impressive.

5 Star Review

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK of the Short Film:






Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterSAM THE HAM, 1min., USA, Animation/Comedy festival posterWHEN COMES THE RAIN, 2min., USA, Animation/Comedy
festival posterTHE BUS TRIP, 13min., Sweden, Animation festival posterMARY & MARSHA IN THE MANOR OF MADNESS, 3min., USA, Animation
festival posterHANDS, 6min., UK, Experimental/Dance

The theme of the May 2018 Los Angeles FEEDBACK Film Festival was “Dreams and Reality”. Every single film was about a world that wasn’t totally real. No film was grounded in reality.

This was our 6th straight month showcasing the best of short films from around the world on the 1st Thursday at the LA LIVE Regal Cinemas in downtown Los Angeles. The experiment of doing these festivals here has worked. Slowly we are building a solid crowd of regulars to go with the new people entering our festival world month by month.

I am still trying to master the understanding of the LA audience. This city is the center of storytelling and filmmaking, so generally our audience is going to be a part of that industry. People move to Los Angeles to work in the movies and television. So it’s different than our Toronto festival where we have mostly film fans than film people in the audience. With that you’re going to get a new type of moderation.

The MVP of the festival is our former volunteer and now resident editor Kimberly Villarruel. She travels the longest to get to the festival and has to handle the LA highway grind. She’s always positive and the audience loves her (she’s in the video handing the mic to the audience). She’s doesn’t need to work the festival anymore because she has a job with us editing the screenplay festival readings. But each month though she ventures to help out willing to do anything to make the festival better. This type of personality will serve her well and I’m certain there is a bright future ahead of her.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

ANIMATION FILM FESTIVAL Thursday – June 28th, 2018. 7pm.

The FEEDBACK Monthly Film Festival is back for 2018.. Our home is The Carlton Cinemas, located in the heart of downtown Toronto at 20 Carlton Street. The event runs from 7pm to 9:10pm.

Continuing to showcase the best of short films from around the world, while maintaining our audience feedback format moderated by Kierston Drier. Showcasing a festival twice a month in Toronto in 2018!

Tickets for 2018 are PAY WHAT YOU LIKE.

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 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 76 out of its last 78 events!

You will be able to buy alcohol (beer, wine, liquor), popcorn, candy, and refreshments before the show.

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

MORFRUSIS, 10min, Columbia, Animation/Fantasy
Directed by Santiago Castano

A delirious fable about Rena, an enslaved ordinary frog who becomes a liberator. Where once existed a lush and paradisiac forest, now agonizes a desolate landscape of enslaved frogs forced by other stronger, armed frogs to operate a huge industrial, tree swallowing mill. How could our tiny protagonist ever defeat this evil regime and its gluttonous, narcissist leader? Hint: magic fruits are involved…someday, somehow, somewhere…

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STAR RUNNER, 2min., USA, Animation/Experimental
Directed by Ran Sheng

From the Stone Age to the Information Age, from fire to steel, from the Stonehenge to the International Space Station, what is the motive power behind us? This experimental film illustrates what drove us went through the long road of human history, and the evolution of civilization and technology. It also encourages people to think about the future of our civilization – where are we heading?

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TWICE UPON A TIME, 14min., Serbia, Animation/Fantasy 
Directed by Vojin Vasovic

Twice Upon a Time, there was a king with split personality whose one half wants to become a poet and the other a fearless warrior. They share their conscience, but have opposing wishes and desperately want to get rid of each other.

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OH MY…., 4min,., USA, Animation/Music Video 
Directed by Tim Ballard

Music Video for the song “Oh My’ by Bodhi’s Wish. A post-apocalyptic dream journey and promise of rebirth through imagination.

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OH! UGANDA, 5min., Uganda, Animation/Documentary
Directed by Luciana Ceccatto Farah

A short stop-motion animated history of Uganda’s presidential succession, based entirely on hearsay – yet supported by archival photography.

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Director BIO: Vojin Vasovic (TWICE UPON A TIME)

Director Biography – Vojin Vasovic

Vojin vasovic writer and director

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.

APRIL 2018 ANIMATION Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

Submit your Animation Story to the Festival Today:


festival posterJOY! BLUE MOON, 3min., USA, Animation/Music

festival posterTHE LONGING RITUAL, 4min., USA, Experimental/Animation

festival posterYOURS FAITHFULLY EDNA WELTHORPE (MRS), UK, Animation/Comedy

festival posterVOWS, 4min., USA, LGBT/Animation

festival posterA LETTER FROM LETICIA, 3min., Argentina, Animation

festival posterTRAIN, 3min., Israel, Animation/Music Video



Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo

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