Winning LGBT Feature Screenplay: Circle of Illumination, by Trisha DiFazio

Simon, a shy introvert, and Rosie, a bon vivant, have been best friends since Kindergarten. After Rosie dies, Simon receives e-mails from Rosie’s account with detailed instructions as to how to spread her ashes throughout Europe. The problem is: Simon only has two weeks to visit four countries. Will Simon overcome his fears and carry out his best friend’s wishes in time? We follow Simon on an epic quest that turns out to be as challenging as it is illuminating.

CAST LIST:

Molly/Dayonare: Jennifer Lieberman
Adele/Mrs. Murphy: Esther Thibault
Narration: Geoff Mays
Simon: Max Ackerman
Rosie: Maiza Dubhe
Various: Russell Batcher

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

HIGHLIGHTS & VIDEOS: August 2019 LGBT FEEDBACK Film Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:
BEST FILM: DOST
BEST PERFORMANCES: DOST
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: CRUSH
BEST MUSIC: AB LIB
THEME: Choices

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterTURN IT AROUND, 9min., Netherlands, LGBT/Drama

festival poster CRUSH, 16min., USA, LGBT/Thriller

festival poster AD LIB, 7min., USA, LGBT/Romance

festival posterGAMERS, 10min., USA, LGBT/Drama

festival posterCHANDELIER, 9min., Greece, LGBT/Comedy

festival poster DOST, 41min., Netherlands, LGBT/Drama

The theme of the August 2019 LGBT Feedback Film Festival in Toronto was “Choices”.
Each film was about a character(s) who has a gigantic, life altering choice to make.
The 8th event of the Los Angeles festivals in 2019.
4 more festivals to go in Toronto this year.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

Turn It Around Short Film, Audience FEEDBACK from LA LGBT August 2019 Festival

TURN IT AROUND, 9min., Netherlands, LGBT/Drama

Directed by Niels Bourgonje

At a house party fifteen year old Bram is surrounded by friends and draws the attention of many pretty girls. But he has no interest in them. He has fallen hopelessly in love with the pretty boy on the dance floor: seventeen year old Florian.

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Gamers Short Film, Audience FEEDBACK from LA LGBT August 2019 Festival

GAMERS, 10min., USA, LGBT/Drama

Directed by Searit Huluf

An amateur female gamer is given a once in a lifetime opportunity to try out for a pro league gaming team, only to be repressed by self-doubt.

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DOST Short Film, Audience FEEDBACK from LA LGBT August 2019 Festival

DOST, 41min., Netherlands, LGBT/Drama

Directed by Joren Molter

Alko, a youngster living in the Dutch countryside, is occupied with girls, carbide-shooting and his changing body. While he and his best friend Björn are struggling with their emerging sexuality, the villagers suspect Alko of being gay. This troubles him so much that he makes a decision he will learn to regret.

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