ANIMATION Festival Testimonial – June 24, 2018

I did not know what to expect, this has been an absolute wonderful experience , the team offered me wonderful insight into my story that I feel has helped Maire tell her story .

From MAIRE’S JOURNEY, by Keith Famie

Watch the Screenplay Reading:

Genre: Animation, Family, Adventure

The journey follows Maire, a 23-year-old cancer patient, as she battles a rare heart cancer. Maire faces end of life issues and questions about where we go when we die. She befriends a blind carpenter who crafts her a small 3 ft wooden sail boat for her remains to go on a extraordinary journey in hope she will reach the ocean.


George: Shawn Devlin
Narrator: Olivia Jon
Maire: Rachel Rain Packota
Monika: Lesley Ballantyne

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:

ANIMATION Festival Testimonial – June 11, 2018

From Filmmaker Sarah Gampel (THE BUS TRIP)

This is one of the best feedback session I’ve ever had. People were being honest and sharing their thoughts unconstrained. It’s not too common that people share their honest opinion, and especially not when there is some sort of critic involved. And as a filmmaker it can be difficult to hear negative comments about ones film, it puts me as a filmmaker in a defensive position. But the critic I got to hear here made me feel the opposite. I could tell that the audience had really watched my film carefully and given it a lot of thought before they spoke, I could hear it in the way they talked about it. So even if some of them were criticizing parts of my film I can understand what they mean and almost agree with them. It also makes me proud and happy that my film is seen seriously and good enough to get criticized.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video of the Short Film: