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?

News & Reviews

Director Biography – Paola Bernardini, Wayland Bell (SOLITAIRE)

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Paola is an Italian Director and Producer based in New York. She holds a BFA in Film from the School of Visual Arts. During her stay in New York she obtained experience in film, commercial and theater productions.

Paola was awarded numerous awards including one from the New York Women in Film and Television, screened at over 20 film festivals and received an international distribution deal for her Italian short film “Citta’ dei Sogni” (City of Dreams)

She is fluent in Italian, French and English and will continue her filmmaking journey around the world.

Director Statement

To make a film it takes a team, this film had a team of two. The reason Solitaire was created by only two people was our craving to tell a story in a way that would challenge us as filmmakers.

This is the first time anyone has shot a film at the Italian Embassy in Brazil. The opportunity was too good to pass up, so Wayland Bell and myself packed our bags and went to Brazil.
The story was created in the moment, inspired by the Embassy and shot without a crew.

The Embassy is famous for its renowned engineer Pier Luigi Nervi. In his time, he was the rockstar of architecture, creating works all over the world, such as the Papal Audience Hall in the Vatican and the UNESCO headquarters in Paris. The structure Nervi had created is a magical but also dark and lonely place, we wanted it to overwhelm the story, therefore becoming a character itself. What would happen to someone who lived completely isolated in this empty mansion? We took that idea and exaggerated it.

Solitaire is dark comedy about a young woman that has shut herself in her mansion from all human interaction. She welcomes into her house a young man who wishes to work on her property as a groundskeeper. This man is the perfect excuse for her to have some companionship. She quickly becomes overly attached to him and the story takes a surreal magical turn when he tries to leave the estate.
I wanted the film to have a suspenseful tone, full of funny and awkward moments. I hope the viewer enjoys these fun moments in a film about friendship and loneliness.

– Paola Bernardini

July Thriller 2019 Film/Story/Screenplay Winners

A FilmFreeway preferred festival:

 

 

ACTORFEATURE SCREENPLAY: NANUQ, by Jessi Thind
July 2019 Winner

ACTORFEATURE SCREENPLAY: BATMAN: BEYOND THE COWL, by Reginald Johnson
July 2019 Winner

ACTORTV SPEC SCREENPLAY: WESTWORLD, by Brenda Holiday
July 2019 Winner

ACTORHORROR 1st Scene SCREENPLAY: PEOPLE OF MERRITT, by Adam Pottle
July 2019 Winner

ACTORSCI-FI SHORT SCREENPLAY: THE LAST BREATH OF WINTER, by Thom Holland
July 2019 Winner

ACTORFEMALE BEST SCENE SCREENPLAY: DRAGGING THE MARK, by Suzy Stein
July 2019 Winner

festival posterYOU DRIVE ME CRAZY, 8min. USA, Comedy/Thriller

festival posterLOST AT SEA, 16min., USA, Thriller/Mystery

festival posterI’M SORRY, 4min., USA, Horror/Found Footage

festival posterTHIS IS FINE, 7min, USA, Sci-Fi/Drama

festival posterSLASHED!, 8min., UK, Horror/Comedy

festival posterNOW, 16min, USA, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

festival posterTHE MONSTER, 11min., Horror/Thriller

festival posterNOMADIC CLOUD, 5min., Sci-Fi/Animation

festival posterTHE DUMPSTER ROOM, 11min., USA, Horror/Thriller

 

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

June Thriller 2019 Film/Story/Screenplay Winners

A FilmFreeway preferred festival:

 

ACTORSCREENPLAY MOVIE: THE PLAYLISTS, by Michael Kotsiros
June 2019 Winner

ACTORSCREENPLAY MOVIE: MOTORIST, by Julie Thor Fryd
June 2019 Winner

festival posterELI, 11min., UK, Drama

festival posterELPIDA, 7min., 7min., USA, Drama/Sci-Fi

 

 

 

 

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

HIGHLIGHT & VIDEOS: May 2019 THRILLER/SUSPENSE Film Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:

BEST FILM: ACCOMPLICE

BEST PERFORMANCES: TRAP

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: THE DESECRATED

BEST MUSIC: BLOODBURN

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterWIDOW, 16min., USA, Action/Western festival posterTRAP, 10min., Canada, Action/Thriller
festival posterBEFORE YOU WOKE, 4min., USA, Action/Thriller festival posterSILENCE, 7min., USA, Action/Drama
festival posterACCOMPLICE, 19min., Spain, Thriller festival posterBLOODBURN, 7min., Netherlands, Crime/Thriller
festival posterTHE WOODS, 4min., USA, Thriller/Horror festival posterTHE DESECRATED, 8min., USA, Thriller/Mystery

The theme of the May 2019 ACTION/THRILLER Feedback Film Festival in Toronto was “Female Strength”.

Each film was a female character pushing against and triumphing in the male world.

The 11th event of the Toronto festivals in 2019.

19 more festivals to go in Toronto this year.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

BLOODBURN Short Film, Audience FEEDBACK Video from May 2019 Action/Thriller Festival

BLOODBURN, 7min., Netherlands, Crime/Thriller

Directed by Jasper Bronkhorst

What if someone commits a horrible crime and afterwards gets promoted to a powerful position at the Department of Defense where he is legally untouchable? In a desperate attempt, a young soldier forces a high ranking officer into a confrontation by hijacking a bar. The young soldier gives him a choice between two options: confessing or paying the ultimate price.

CLICK HERE – and see full info and more pics of the film!

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