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

BEST ANIMATION: THE BUS TRIP

BEST EXPERIMENTAL: SAM THE HAM

 

BEST MUSIC: HANDS

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

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Short Film: OH! UGANDA, 5min., Uganda, Animation/Documentary

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

  • Film Type:
    Animation, Documentary
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 35 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 18, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Qatar
  • Country of Filming:
    Uganda
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Analog Stop Motion Animation
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
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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.

Short Film: MORFRUSIS, 10min, Columbia, Animation/Fantasy

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MORFRUSIS is 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…

  • Film Type:
    Animation
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 1 second
  • Completion Date:
    November 2, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    60,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Colombia
  • Country of Filming:
    Colombia
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
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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.

Short Film: STAR RUNNER, 2min., USA, Animation/Experimental

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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?

  • Film Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Fiction, Experimental
  • Runtime:
    2 minutes 15 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 15, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    7,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color

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.