ANIMATION Film Festival – Highlights March 30, 2017 Event

AUDIENCE FESTIVAL AWARDS

Best Film: MY LIFE I DON’T WANT

Best Animation: HANGING

Best Music: The music from MY LIFE I DON’T WANT

Watch Audience FEEDBACK Videos for each film:

festival posterKAROUMA, 12min, United Arab Emirates, Animation
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterHANGING, 6min, USA, Animation
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterMY LIFE I DON’T WANT, 12min, Myanmar, Animation
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterWALL, 5min, Taiwan, Animation
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterSNOOT IN THE CITY, 1min, Australia, Animation
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterDIRTY POOL, 1min, Canada, Animation
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterBABY AND GRANNY, 2min. USA, Animation/Comedy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

The ANIMATION MARCH 2017 FEEDBACK Film Festival gave our audiences simply the best of short animated movies from around the world.

The theme of the festival was “DIGGING YOURSELF OUT OF A HOLE”.

Every film showcased was about a character that was an attempting to get out of a very sad or do or die situation occuring. Some characters triumphed as others simply got to the surface and maintained.

NOTE: This was the 2nd festival where we moved to the largest theater at the Carlton cinemas. It seems to be working out!

The night gave us 7 animation short films made in the last 18 months from 6 different countries. It also gave us different animated styles and concepts. From hand drawn to computer to typography to classic vector based animation. It was a true showcase of some amazing talent from around the world

This wasn’t a night to bring the kids either. Three films in particular (Karouma, My Life I Don’t Want, Hanging) were very sad and dark, but also extremely important films about disability, female disparity in 3rd world countries, and suicide. Using the animated medium to tell these important stories was truly inspiring.

Of course we had to flip the emotions and showcase some great comedies (Wall, Baby and Grandma, Snoot in the City, Dirty Pool) that were all about battling a larger force through tenacity and intellect.

It was definitely my favourite festival night (so far) of the year, and I’m SO honored to showcase these amazing films at the festival.

See you at the festivals in 2017.

– Matthew Toffolo

Animation Film Festival – Thursday December 29, 2016 event.

The FAMILY/ANIMATION DECEMBER 2016 FEEDBACK Film Festival was a terrific way to wrap of the successful year we had.

The theme of the festival was “Loss”.

Every films was about someone losing someone or something and their desire to get it back to make them whole again.

NOTE: This was our 2nd Family/Animation festival event. We planned on doing this only once, but because of the huge success we have decided to come back every 3-4 months. The 2nd time out was another great success.

These festivals are always so much fun because their are always lot of kids in the audience. If you watch the feedback videos, you’ll see a lot of kids participating too, as they had a lot of very insightful things to say. It’s always so interesting to hear a kids point of view on any film because they always say things that you never thought of before.

AUDIENCE FESTIVAL AWARDS

Best Film: I AM DYSLEXIC

Best Performances: STUTTER

Best Animation: SISTERS

Best Music: The music from SISTERS

WHAT’S WEARING MUMMY, 15min, UK, Family/Comedy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterSTUTTER, 13min., USA, Family/Drama
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterMAN’S BEST FRIEND, 7min. UK, Family/Animation
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterBIRTH WEAVING LIFE, 6min., Japan, Animation/Documentary
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterI AM DYSLEXIC, 6min. Norway, Animation/Music Video
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterGRANDMA: A TRUE STORY, 5min, UK, Animation/Family
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterPHANTOM CITY, 6min, Canada, Animation/Crime
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterTHE GRAVEYARD SHIFT, 2min, USA, Animation/Comedy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterCACOPHONY, 2min, USA, Animation/Drama
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterSISTERS, 4min, USA, Animation/Music Video
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterAFRO CRAB, 4min, Taiwan, Animation/Comedy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

Watch Audience Feedback Video: GRANDMA: A TRUE STORY, 5min, UK, Animation/Family

Short Film played at the December 2016 Family/Animation Film Festival.

AUDIENCE FEEDBACK VIDEO of the short film:

  MOVIE POSTERGRANDMA: A TRUE STORY, 5min, UK, Animation/Family
Directed by Viviane Peo’h

A grandmother and a granddaughter love and understand each other truly, without the need for speaking. One day, the grandmother has a stroke and is transported urgently to hospital. There is no hope. As the night gets deeper a miracle is on the way. A true and compassionate story.

Project Title (Original Language):Nain

Film Type:Animation, Documentary, Short, Student

Genres:Drama

Runtime:5 minutes

Completion Date:February 22, 2015

Production Budget:0 GBP

Country of Origin:France

Country of Filming:United Kingdom

Film Language:English

Shooting Format:Digital

Aspect Ratio:16:9

Film Color:Color

First-time Filmmaker:Yes

Student Project:Yes

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WATCH PAST FILM FESTIVAL EVENTS and the FEEDBACK VIDEOS of EACH SELECTED FILM

ACTOROCTOBER HORROR/THRILLER 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from October event
ACTOROCTOBER ACTION/CRIME 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from October event
ACTORSEPTEMBER DOC/COMEDY 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from September event
ACTORAUGUST FAMILY/ANIMATION 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from August 25th event
ACTORAUGUST HORROR/THRILLER 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from August 18th event
ACTORJULY 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from July 28th event
ACTORJUNE 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from June 30th event
ACTORMAY 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from May 26th event
ACTORAPRIL 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from April 28th event

 

Watch Audience Feedback Video: PHANTOM CITY, 6min, Canada, Animation/Crime

Short Film played at the December 2016 Family/Animation Film Festival.

AUDIENCE FEEDBACK VIDEO of the short film:

  MOVIE POSTERPHANTOM CITY, 6min, Canada, Animation/Crime
Directed by Patrick Jenkins

A woman with a mysterious suitcase and a man in pursuit… just one of the tales in the Phantom City. A magic realist detective story.

Film Type:Animation

Runtime:6 minutes 30 seconds

Completion Date:September 15, 2015

Country of Origin:Canada

Country of Filming:Canada

Film Language:English

Shooting Format:Digital HD

Aspect Ratio:16:9

Film Color:Color

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WATCH PAST FILM FESTIVAL EVENTS and the FEEDBACK VIDEOS of EACH SELECTED FILM

ACTOROCTOBER HORROR/THRILLER 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from October event
ACTOROCTOBER ACTION/CRIME 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from October event
ACTORSEPTEMBER DOC/COMEDY 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from September event
ACTORAUGUST FAMILY/ANIMATION 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from August 25th event
ACTORAUGUST HORROR/THRILLER 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from August 18th event
ACTORJULY 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from July 28th event
ACTORJUNE 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from June 30th event
ACTORMAY 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from May 26th event
ACTORAPRIL 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from April 28th event

 

Watch Audience Feedback Video: CACOPHONY, 2min, USA, Animation/Drama

Short Film played at the December 2016 Family/Animation Film Festival.

AUDIENCE FEEDBACK VIDEO of the short film:

  MOVIE POSTERCACOPHONY, 2min, USA, Animation/Drama
Directed by AiHsuan Shih

Through the eyes and ears of a young girl, the viewer can escape the harsh sounds of the urban environment and find solace in a serene inner world.

Director’s Statement:

Hi, I’m AiHsuan Melody Shih

In my motion graphic work Cacophony, color and rhythm find harmony. I believe each color and sound has a personality and my job is to connect them in a story that evokes a vibrant energy. My work has been deeply influenced by the experimental sound visualization program and electronic music. Both allow me to combine illustrations, abstract textures and color to create patterns that visualize daily sounds that are normally unseen. My early years were spent in rural Taiwan. When I was 10, my family moved to the noisy capital city of Taipei. This sudden change in environment was a big challenge for me. I was shocked by the speed and anonymous nature of the city. Now, as a New York City resident, I am once again experiencing a constant cacophony of sounds. I feel assaulted aurally as I struggle to find a personal equilibrium in these urban environments. Cacophony is a temporal experimental video to confront and find a resolution to this sound overload.

Upon receiving the Taiwan International Student Competition Award for animation, the Central News Agency, described my work as, “Novel and unconventional with an artistic narrative rhythms and distinct characters.” For me, paying attention to surrounding sounds, allows an appreciation of clear and unadulterated thoughts through a visual style that emphasizes a graphic and Pop Art sensibility.

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WATCH PAST FILM FESTIVAL EVENTS and the FEEDBACK VIDEOS of EACH SELECTED FILM

ACTOROCTOBER HORROR/THRILLER 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from October event
ACTOROCTOBER ACTION/CRIME 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from October event
ACTORSEPTEMBER DOC/COMEDY 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from September event
ACTORAUGUST FAMILY/ANIMATION 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from August 25th event
ACTORAUGUST HORROR/THRILLER 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from August 18th event
ACTORJULY 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from July 28th event
ACTORJUNE 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from June 30th event
ACTORMAY 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from May 26th event
ACTORAPRIL 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from April 28th event

 

Watch Audience Feedback Video: AFRO CRAB, 4min, Taiwan, Animation/Comedy

Short Film played at the December 2016 Family/Animation Film Festival.

AUDIENCE FEEDBACK VIDEO of the short film:

  MOVIE POSTERAFRO CRAB, 4min, Taiwan, Animation/Comedy
Directed by Chen Liang Yu

A-SIE,the crab, was watching TV with his friend, the fish. Suddenly, Cook came and took the fish.To save his friend, A-SIE left his comfort zone and fight with Cook!

Project Title (Original Language):?????

Film Type:Animation, Short, Student

Runtime:4 minutes 4 seconds

Completion Date:May 28, 2016

Country of Origin:Taiwan

Country of Filming:Taiwan

Shooting Format:Digital

Film Color:Color

First-time Filmmaker:Yes

Student Project:Yes

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WATCH PAST FILM FESTIVAL EVENTS and the FEEDBACK VIDEOS of EACH SELECTED FILM

ACTOROCTOBER HORROR/THRILLER 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from October event
ACTOROCTOBER ACTION/CRIME 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from October event
ACTORSEPTEMBER DOC/COMEDY 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from September event
ACTORAUGUST FAMILY/ANIMATION 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from August 25th event
ACTORAUGUST HORROR/THRILLER 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from August 18th event
ACTORJULY 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from July 28th event
ACTORJUNE 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from June 30th event
ACTORMAY 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from May 26th event
ACTORAPRIL 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from April 28th event

 

ANIMATION Film Festival – December 2016 Short Film Lineup

We are proud to announce the short film selections to the 3rd ANIMATION FEEDBACK Film Festival on Thursday December 29, 2016.

Festival takes place at the Carlton Cinemas in downtown Toronto. Festival event starts at 7pm sharp. 

FREE or pay what you like tickets and the full details of each film will go online by December 1st.

We couldn’t be more excited to be showing what we consider the best animation short films in the last year. The festival will maintain its audience feedback format that has made it one of the most popular festival in the city of Toronto for the last 4 years.  We are proud to announce that Matthew Toffolo will be moderating this event.

Thursday December 29, 2016 Short Films:

MAN’S BEST FRIEND, 7min., UK, Family/Animation
Directed by Rob Sprackling

10 year old Zach loves his football – and his football loves him back. They enjoy playing in the garden, going to the park and spending time together, just like a boy with a faithful dog. But when his ball gets lost, Zach must team up with his neglected Mum, to find his best friend. In doing so, Zach and his Mum re-find each other.

BIRTH WEAVING LIFE, 6min., Japan, Animation/Documentary
Directed by Arisa Wakami

This is a documentary animation on the very beginning and the mystery of life, told from the point of view of a mother.

I AM DYSLEXIC, 6min. Norway, Animation/Music Video
Directed by Mads Johan Øgaard

The animated short film I AM DYSLEXIC expresses what it feels like to have a learning difference in our current school system. Those with learning differences should be proud of who they are and should never be made to feel alone.

GRANDMA: A TRUE STORY, 5min, UK, Animation/Family
Directed by Viviane Peo’h

A grandmother and a granddaughter love and understand each other truly, without the need for speaking. One day, the grandmother has a stroke and is transported urgently to hospital. There is no hope. As the night gets deeper a miracle is on the way.
A true and compassionate story.

PHANTOM CITY, 6min, Canada, Animation/Crime
Directed by Patrick Jenkins

A woman with a mysterious suitcase and a man in pursuit… just one of the tales in the Phantom City. A magic realist detective story.

THE GRAVEYARD SHIFT, 2min, USA, Animation/Comedy
Directed by Lara Arikan

It’s long past midnight when the tired and jumpy waitress decides to go and investigate the ominous noise she hears right outside the roadside coffee shop she’s working at.

CACOPHONY, 2min, USA, Animation/Drama
Directed by AiHsuan Shih

Through the eyes and ears of a young girl, the viewer can escape the harsh sounds of the urban environment and find solace in a serene inner world.

SISTERS, 4min, USA, Animation/Music Video
Directed by Taylor Shortall

A fragment of some lost, tragic opera. Trapped in the ruins of their former glory, a pair of performers bound together and abandoned by time rise up to sing once more. Conjured up by the song to which it’s set, the film represents a sincere vision of inspiration derived from the music of Karin Dreijer Andersson (Fever Ray).

AFRO CRAB, 4min, Taiwan, Animation/Comedy
Directed by Chen Liang Yu

A-SIE,the crab, was watching TV with his friend, the fish. Suddenly, Cook came and took the fish.To save his friend, A-SIE left his comfort zone and fight with Cook!