HIGHLIGHTS & VIDEOS: July 2018 LGBT FEEDBACK Film Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:

BEST FILM: A PLACE IN THE CITY

BEST PERFORMANCE: WHO I AM

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: MASQUERADE

BEST MUSIC: THE LAST GIRL

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterA PLACE IN THE CITY, 18min., USA, LGBT/Documentary festival posterTHE LOVE INDUSTRY, 20min., USA, LGBT/Documentary
festival posterTHE LAST GIRL, 13min., Denmark, LGBT/Romance festival posterMASQUERADE, 10min., USA, LGBT/Drama
festival posterWHO I AM, 17min, UK, LGBT/Drama

The theme of the July 2018 LGBT FEEDBACK Film Festival in Los Angeles was “The Status Quo is Impossible”.

For the 2nd time in three months the city of Toronto was mourning a random mass killing the week of the festival. It’s still a shock to the city that something like this could have occured.

On Sunday night the ticket sales for this event were low. Then by the time Tuesday morning rolled around, we were sold out. I think part of that reason is people wanted to come out and support the city of Toronto. Not stay inside closed doors out of fear. There was something inspirational about this festival night. No one brought up what just occured early that week but everyone was thinking about it.

This was a great night showcasing the best of LGBT films from around the world. A beautiful, sophisicated crowd who was very much into the dicussion of the shorts presented.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

HIGHLIGHTS & VIDEOS: April 2018 LGBT FEEDBACK Film Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:

BEST FILM: THE FRUIT MACHINE

BEST PERFORMANCES: MATTHEW

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: CHRICKLE

BEST MUSIC: BOY

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterTHE FRUIT MACHINE, 16min., Canada, LGBT/Drama festival posterBOY, 9min., USA, LGBT/Drama
festival posterCHRICKLE, 7min., Sweden, LGBT/Experimental festival posterMATTHEW, 6min., USA, LGBT/Family
festival posterYOURS FAITHFULLY EDNA WELTHORPE (MRS), UK, Animation/Comedy festival posterVOWS, 4min., USA, LGBT/Animation

The theme of the LGBT/Under 5 Minute FEEDBACK Film Festival was “Finding Identity”. Every single film shown was about this overriding thematic.

The MVP of the festival was the Toronto audience. This wasn’t the greatest week for the Greater Toronto Area as someone decided to rent a van and run over people on a sidewalk in a busy intersection. This became a world story as there were many casualties and major injuries. Perhaps one of the saddest events in Toronto history.

#TorontoStrong became the hashtag. You can still google this and learn more about the victim and how to donate.

Less than 72 hours after this horrific event this festival took place. And it was a sold out event. We were all in our healing stages and wouldn’t let this situation stop us.

This was a festival to bring Torontians together and to be entertained by these films. And to talk about storytelling and movies – something we all have in common.

A festival that will be remembered for years to come for many reasons. Thank you Toronto! Let’s stay strong, move forward, and learn from horrible situations like these.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

HIGHLIGHTS & VIDEOS: December 2017 LGBT FEEDBACK Film Festival

AUDIENCE FESTIVAL AWARDS

Best Film: IN A HEARTBEAT

Best Performances: IT GETS BETTER?

Best Cinematography: CHRISTINE

Best Music: The music from MASQUERADING: TO HELL AND BACK

Watch Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterCHRISTINE, 10min, USA, LGBT/Coming of Age
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festival posterSUNLIGHT OVER WATER, 15min., Canada, LGBT/Drama
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festival posterIN A HEARTBEAT, 4min., USA, LGBT/Animation 
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festival posterMASQUERADING: TO HELL AND BACK, 13min., South Africa, LGBT/Documentary
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festival posterIT GETS BETTER?, 11min., USA, LGBT/Experimental
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festival posterWE DID NOT FALL FROM THE SKY, 26min., UK, Experimental/Relationship
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The LGBT DECEMBER 2017 FEEDBACK Film Festival gave our audiences simply the best of short movies from this community.

The theme of the festival was “HIDING/FINDING your true self”.

Every film showcased was about a character(s) needing to find who they really are in this crazy world.

The LGBT FEEDBACK Film Festival started as a tiny seed in July 2016 in it’s preparation for having 2 short film fest events each year, starting in 2017. One would be for the best of LGBT Short Films, and the other would be for the best of LGBT Documentary Shorts. What happened was that the seed grew faster than we every imagined and because of that a 3rd festival was added.

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Kierston Drier (who also moderated the event) was the main programmer for the DECEMBER 2017 Festival. She has worked for WILDsound for the last 2 years and is the driving force for future LGBT FEEDBACK Film Festival events.

You always know you had a great festival when all the films receive multiple votes for BEST FILM of the night from the audience. The animation/LGBT romance IN A HEARTBEAT was the winner, but by the slimmest of margins.

We are so proud of this festival so far. We can’t wait for 2018.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

HIGHLIGHTS: AUGUST 2017 LGBT FILM FESTIVAL

See Audience FEEDBACK VIdeos of the best of DOCUMENTARY LGBT Short FIlms that played at the August 2017 FEEDBACK Film Festival.

UNTIL DEATH DO US PART, 8min, USA, LGBT, Documentary
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festival posterWALLY, 24min, USA, LGBT, Documentary
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festival posterTHE MARCH SWEATER – PART 1: THE CARETAKERS, 8min, Canada, LGBT, Documentary
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AUDIENCE FESTIVAL AWARDS

Best Character: WALLY from WALLY

Best Cinematography: THE MARCH SWEATER Part 1

Best Music: The music from UNTIL DEATH DO US PART

HIGHLIGHTS & VIDEOS: June 2017 LGBT FEEDBACK Film Festival

AUDIENCE FESTIVAL AWARDS

Best Film: WAJOOD (SELFHOOD)

Best Performances: HOW TO BE ALONE

Best Cinematography: DEVIL WEARS A SUIT

Best Music: The music from SHAPING SCARS

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video for each film:

THE 3RD TRY, 5min, USA, LGBT, Drama
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festival posterDEVIL WEARS A SUIT, 20min, Australia, LGBT, Sci-Fi
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festival posterWAJOOD (SELFHOOD), 13min, India, LGBT, Romance
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festival posterMASC ONLY, 15min, USA, LGBT, Comedy
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festival posterSHAPING SCARS, 7min, UK, LGBT, Dance
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festival posterHOW TO BE ALONE, 22min, Israel, LGBT, Drama
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The LGBT JUNE 2017 FEEDBACK Film Festival gave our audiences simply the best of short movies from this community.

The theme of the festival was “BEING YOURSELF”.

Every film showcased was about a character(s) just needing to be who they are in order to be fulfilled in this crazy world.

The first ever LGBT FEEDBACK Film Festival was a success. Of course anytime you hit a new venture, there is always things to take away from and do better next time out. Bottomline, we want to make sure we have more of a LGBT dominated audience making comments for the filmmakers.

This festival got started in July 2016 to prepare for the 2017 season and beyond. We hired strickly people in the community to program the films and read/grade the scripts.

Alan Flanagan, based in London, UK, was the main programmer for the June 2017 Festival. He has worked for WILDsound on and off since 209 and was the driving force to begin the LGBT FEEDBACK Film Festival.

You always know you had a great festival when all the films receive multiple votes for BEST FILM of the night from the audience. WAJOOD was the winner, but by the slimmest of margins.

We are so proud of this festival so far. We can’t wait until the next one in the fall.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

Take a look at the Audience Feedback Videos from our NEW Film Festival. Some of the best short films in the world today were showcased.