RSVP THRILLER Short Film Festival – Thur. Sept. 28th. (Toronto)

The FEEDBACK Monthly Film Festival is back for 2017.. Our home is The Carlton Cinemas, located in the heart of downtown Toronto at 20 Carlton Street. The event runs from 7pm to 9:10pm.

Continuing to showcase the best of short films from around the world, while maintaining our audience feedback format moderated by Kierston Drier and Amanda Lomonaco. Showcasing a festival twice a month in 2017!

Tickets for 2017 are PAY WHAT YOU LIKE.  Tickets are first come first serve.

To obtain seats in advance and pick them up on the day of the event (come for FREE, or make a donation), please email us at tickets@wildsound.ca and we’ll reserve seats for you.

You can pick up the tickets on the day of the event at the cinema. Tickets are first come, first serve. This festival has sold out 50 out of its last 52 events!

You will be able to buy alcohol (beer, wine, liquor), popcorn, candy, and refreshments before the show.

Here is the full program of films. Festival starts at 7pm sharp!

FIRST ACT PROGRAM


TWISTED SOBRIETY, 14min, Thriller/Sci-Fi
Directed by Steve Hally

A Dystopian backdrop collides two polar opposites in a search for change. Two men are brought together by despondent circumstances and are fragmented into desperation to console their hunt for clarity.

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NO WAVE, 11min, Canada, Thriller/Mystery
Directed by Stephane Lapointe

Anxious Henry is having trouble sleeping. In an attempt to rest, he listens to the sounds of ocean waves on a relaxation radio station. But when he hears the screams of a drowning man in his calming sea, Henry’s life swirls into a downward spiral.

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AMBER, 14min, USA, Thriller/Drama
Directed by Andi Osho

A teen fan fiction writer takes her boyband obsession too far in a twisted, late night confrontation with the object of her desires.

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SECOND ACT PROGRAM


DOMESTICITY, 4min, UK, Thriller/Drama
Directed by Rebecca Atkinson-Lord

A bruised young woman takes her revenge

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FOREIGN SOUNDS, 8min, USA, Crime/Thriller
Directed by Eric Shahinian

A young couple, who have just moved in together, has their relationship tested when they take opposing stances in response to the sounds of their neighbor’s domestic dispute.

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POND, 6min, Canada, Action/Crime
Directed by Tochi Osuji

In this martial arts drama set in 1800 Upper Canada, two slaves jeopardize their escape to baptize themselves.

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WITHHELD, 15min, UK, Thriller/Drama
Directed by James Bowsher

A short psychological thriller about the power of performance between Stephanie (a phone sex worker) and an unknown caller.

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Continuing to showcase the best of short films from around the world, while maintaining our audience feedback format moderated by Kierston Drier and Amanda Lomonaco. Showcasing a festival twice a month in 2017!

Tickets for 2017 are PAY WHAT YOU LIKE. Purchase your tickets online via Paypal or Credit Card. Tickets are first come first serve. 

Director BIO: Steve Hally (TWISTED SOBRIETY)

Short Film played at the September 2017 Action / Crime / Thriller FEEDBACK Film Festival

Director Statement on TWISTED SOBRIETY: 

We shot this film over a hectic 8 day shoot, in three major locations. From a beautiful Georgian flat in Clapham Common to the world business centre of London in Canary Wharf.  We had and have an amazing supportive crew that truly believed in our project and the ideals and concepts of our story.
We used top end film industry professionalism in crew but also top end film industry equipment. Two high spec 5k camera units were used to get the beautiful and mood sentric shots that build and wrap our story into the success it has become. The Sony F65 and the Red Pro 5.0 were the tools of our trade and the results speak for themselves.
steve hally

Get to know the short film: TWISTED SOBRIETY, 14min, Thriller/Sci-Fi

Short Film played at the September 2017 Action / Crime / Thriller FEEDBACK Film Festival

Img 0470A Dystopian backdrop collides two polar opposites in a search for change. Two men are brought together by despondent circumstances and are fragmented into desperation to console their hunt for clarity.

News & Reviews
  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes
  • Production Budget:
    25,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    RED, Sony F65
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.85
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • Steve Hally
    Director
  • Steve Hally
    Writer
  • Sinan Ozcivi
    Producer
  • Lee White
    Key Cast
  • Kofi Stone
    Key Cast
  • Madalina Bellariu Ion
    Key Cast
  • Sean Cronin
    Key Cast
  • Chris Rogers
    Key Cast
  • Julianna Kurokawa
     Key Cast

Get to know the short film: AMBER, 14min, USA, Thriller/Drama

Short Film played at the September 2017 Action / Crime / Thriller FEEDBACK Film Festival

Amber poster aug.001A teen fan fiction writer takes her boyband obsession too far in a twisted, late night confrontation with the object of her desires.

  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Thriller, drama, teen, stalker
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    September 30, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    30,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    2K Sony F5
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color

Director BIO: James Bowsher (WITHHELD)

Short Film played at the September 2017 Action / Crime / Thriller FEEDBACK Film Festival

Director Biography

James bowsher

James Bowsher (1991) has been a practitioner in both film and theatre for numerous years. From working with the National Youth Theatre on the Olympic opening ceremonies to co-ordinating Catalan social documentaries he has done a wide variety of different projects. At the age on 21, James was accepted as a member of the United Kingdom’s National Youth Film Academy. Most recently he has been working with Blue Cedar Films on productions such as ‘Ladies First’ and ‘Withheld’.

Director Statement
I had for a long time wanted to make a film about performance, however it is a subject that had been examined in a multitude of modes by numerous filmmakers. I wanted to capture the sometimes uneasy boundary between the performer and the audience, how performance can easily be turned on it’s head and make a voyeur of the spectator. After seeing Phillip Toledano’s excellent photo exhibit on phone sex workers it struck me that this was the perfect arena to set this film.

There is a contract in place and the caller cannot possibly believe that the person on the other end of the phone is ‘actually’ doing what they say they are doing. The phone allows for a suspension of disbelief and subsequently a space for performance, from which the caller can project their fantasies, which is true to some degree in all performative art forms.

The next step came after thinking that this interaction is quite unique, not in terms of content, but in that the performer modulates themselves to the whims of the client. This was perfectly expressed by one of the phone-sex workers blurbs in Toldano’s gallery:

“‘To the caller, when I first answer, I am the inanimate Barbie. They do not know what I look like or who I am. They can only imagine. It’s my job to indulge their fantasies, to convince them that I am not a doll – I am their dream turned real. If they ask if I am blonde, I become a blonde. I respond to every sound the caller makes with an affirmation. I encourage them, I breathe life into the fantasy, I carve the doll out of flesh.’”

This led me to think – what if the audience didn’t want to see a performance? What if they wanted the actor to take of their mask? What would happen next?

james brown

Get to know the short film: WITHHELD, 15min, UK, Thriller/Drama

Short Film played at the September 2017 Action / Crime / Thriller FEEDBACK Film Festival

Withheld move poster‘Withheld’ is a short psychological thriller about the power of performance between Stephanie (a phone sex worker) and an unforeseen caller.

Project Links
  • James Bowsher
    Director
  • James Bowsher
    Writer
  • Matthew Steggles
    Producer
  • James Bowsher
    Producer
  • Lizzie Mounter
    Key Cast
  • Tom Bonington
    Key Cast
  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes 37 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 6, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    RED Dragon
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color

July 2017 THRILLER Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

Submit your Thriller/Suspense Screenplay to the Festival: https://thrillersuspensefestival.com/

 

ACTORFEMALE 1st Scene Screenplay – GOD’S WORK IS NEVER DONE
July 2017 Reading
by Tara C. Hall
ACTORFAN FICTION TV PILOT Screenplay – D FOR DEXTER
July 2017 Reading
by Jessi Thind
ACTORTHRILLER Feature Screenplay – THE TWIN WITHIN
July 2017 Reading
by Gunnar E. Garrett
festival posterSUICIDE NOTE, 5min, UK, Fantasy/Thriller
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterECSTASY BOULEVARD, 5min, USA, Fantasy/Sci-Fi
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

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

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox