Horror/Thriller Festival – Today’s Testimonial

Romén Rivero
Romén Rivero

Even though I couldn’t attend the event it was such an honour to have been awarded Best Cinematography for my short Noctámbulos (Night Owls)! Great organization and communication. I really love the audience feedback video!

5 Star Review

THRILLER Best Scene: CHOSEN REALITY, by James Samuel

CAST LIST:

Christopher: James Chapman
Prince: Brandon Knox
Kristen: Jessica Bowmer
Narrator: Hugh Ritchie
Amber: Kristen Pepper
Brittany: Regan Brown

Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Ryan Haines, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Ryan Haines, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

THRILLER Best Scene Reading: High Striker, by Gerald Rigdon

Guided by dreams and driven by fate, Amos Konklin, sledgehammer in hand, escapes the clutches of a kidnapper, amnesia, and prison to carry out his own brand of justice.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Hugh Ritchie
Seymour: Russell Batcher
Amos: James Chapman

Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Ryan Haines, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Ryan Haines, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

THRILLER Best Scene Reading: The Dirty Blonde, by Sven Anarki

A gritty Noir detective wakes up in modern day San Francisco where he is given a second chance to solve the case that killed his partner in 1945.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Hugh Ritchie
Sid: James Chapman
Angela: Regan Brown
Frank: Brandon Knox

Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Ryan Haines, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Ryan Haines, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

THRILLER Best Scene Reading: MISCREATION, by Mark Donnell

A genetic mutation used by the CIA must choose the fate of a fellow Dugway experiment as they join forces to find a cure.

CAST LIST:

Janet: Angelica Alejandro
Dr. Robinson: Peter Nelson
Narrator: Elizabeth Morriss
Lt. Coza: Kaleb Alexander
Dr. Brown: Peter Mark Rapheal

Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Ryan Haines, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Ryan Haines, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

Director – Hamish Robertson (HIDEOUS)

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Director Statement

Though I have worked on various short films at college and university, I was aware that making an ambitious short, such as Hideous, would be a considerable jump. Despite the films relatively modest setting of a flower shop, there were still inevitable complications in finding legal areas of Glasgow to film in, undertaking the correct legal procedures to safely film with firearms, managing large groups of extras and even securing the perfect florist that would, not only meet the criteria aesthetically, but also shelter a cast and crew of over ten people. Everyone is praying that you’ll be able to manage it all without having a mental breakdown, including yourself. It’s funny how you want your film to be this completely mind blowing experience for audiences, and on set it becomes that, but for all the wrong reasons. You learn very quickly that you have to get your shot in the can and move on to the next one and that there is no time to linger on perfectionist details. You just pray that it won’t turn out garbage and sometimes you’re pleasantly surprised. I had a completely exhilarating experience on this project and with each film I remember why I love the medium so much.

Short Film: HIDEOUS, 16min., UK, Thriller

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When cheerful flower shop employee, Marla, awkwardly comes into contact with a mysterious man dressed all in black, she learns that her husband, Pete, was savagely murdered earlier that day. He then gives her an opportunity to take revenge. But will she accept?

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