Thriller Festival Testimonial – June 15 2020

Producer David E. M. Maire (THE HOBBYIST)

First thing I did was share the URL with my parents hahaha It was thrilling to watch, and pinned a huge grin on my face. The audience was very kind, and I was quite happy they enjoyed the concept and positive message so much.

A FilmFreeway preferred festival:

Watch Audience FEEDBACK Video: 

 

HIGHLIGHT & VIDEOS: May 2020 THRILLER/SUSPENSE Film Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:
BEST FANTASY FILM: MR. SUSHI
BEST ACTION FILM: LUNCHTIME IS OVER
BEST THRILLER FILM: SERIAL DATER
BEST PERFORMANCES: WASTERS
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: THE SECRET BOX
BEST SOUND & MUSIC: TIDE OF GHOSTS

Theme of night: Outside influences.

NOTE: Festival took place during the COVID-19 virus lockdown so all screenings were held in private.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterEL VIAJE, 15min., USA, Thriller/Drama
festival posterTHE SECRET BOX, 10min., 10min., Austria, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
festival posterFOREVER MINE, 1min., USA, Thriler/Noir
festival posterWASTERS, 15min, USA, Action
festival posterCEMETERY TALES: A Tale of Two Sisters, 20min., USA, Thriller
festival posterMR. SUSHI, 13min., USA, Fantasy
festival posterLUNCHTIME IS OVER, 6min,. USA, Action
festival posterTHE KOI, 15min., Action
festival posterSERIAL DATER, 6min., USA, Thriller festival posterTIDE OF GHOSTS, 26min, UK, Thriller/Supernatural

The beginning of a (temporary) new era.

See you at the festivals. Whenever that happens!

– Matthew Toffolo

Thriller Festival Testimonial – April 22 2020

Eveline Grassman

This festival has a fantastic concept. Its a filmmakers dream to get feedback like this. The best reason to create film, to take part of your audience experiens and hear their thoughts. It has been a pure pleasure to be part of this festival. Against all odds they also managed to find a way to record an audience despite the corona-crisis, and that is just amazing🤩 Keep on with this!

A FilmFreeway preferred festival:

HIGHLIGHT & VIDEOS: March 2020 THRILLER/SUSPENSE Film Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:
BEST SCI-FI FILM: ALORA
BEST THRILLER FILM: LILI SEES YOU
BEST PERFORMANCES: MY SARAH
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: ULYSSES
BEST SOUND & MUSIC: ANACRONTE

Theme of night: Twists of betrayal .

NOTE: Festival took place during the COVID-19 virus lockdown so all screenings were held in private.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterHELLO, WORLD, 11min., USA, Sci-Fi/Romance
festival posterANACRONTE, 15min., Argentina, Sci-Fi
festival posterMY SARAH, 4min., UK, Sci-Fi
festival posterALORA, 9min., USA, Sci-Fi
festival posterULYSSES, 8min., Mexico, Sci-Fi
festival posterLILI SEES YOU, 14min., Sweden, Thriller
festival posterFOOD CART, 18min., USA, Thriller

The beginning of a (temporary) new era.

See you at the festivals. Whenever that happens!

– Matthew Toffolo

HIGHLIGHT & VIDEOS: November 2019 THRILLER/SUSPENSE Film Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:
BEST THRILLER FILM: A NIGHT WITHOUT
BEST SCI-FI FILM: DIVE ODYSSEY
BEST PERFORMANCES: HIDEOUS
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: DIVE ODYSSEY
BEST MUSIC: SOLITAIRE

Theme of night: Claustrophobia (Or enclosed with no where to go.)

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterTHE DISCOVERY, 16min., USA, Sci-Fi

festival posterTHE SLEEP OF THE RIGHTEOUS, 16min., Mexico, Thiller/Action

festival posterSOLITAIRE, 15min., USA, Thriller/Drama

festival posterSIEGE, 15min., Canada, Sci-Fi

festival posterA NIGHT WITHOUT, 6min., Isreal, Thriller

festival posterHIDEOUS, 16min., UK, Thriller

festival posterDIVE ODYSSEY, 11min., Finland, Sci-Fi

The 27th event in Toronto in 2019.
4 more festival events in 2019.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

A Night Without Short Film – Audience FEEDBACK from the THRILLER Festival Nov. 2019

A NIGHT WITHOUT, 6min., Isreal, Thriller

Directed by Itamar Isaak

A sleepless father, in danger of losing his sanity, is hopelessly trying to put his crying baby to sleep.

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Hideous Short Film – Audience FEEDBACK from the THRILLER Festival Nov. 2019

HIDEOUS, 16min., UK, Thriller

Directed by Hamish Robertson

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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Solitaire Short Film – Audience FEEDBACK from the THRILLER Festival Nov. 2019

SOLITAIRE, 15min., USA, Thriller/Drama

Directed by Paola Bernardini & Wayland Bell

In this dark comedy we follow a young woman who has secluded herself in her palatial estate from any human interaction. When she hires a handyman in the hopes of relieving her lack of companion ship, she finds herself overwhelmed with attachment to this man which quickly snowballs when he attempts to leave the estate.

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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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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