Director Biography – Julien Hosmalin (LEAD ME HOME)

Julien Hosmalin is a French director and screenwriter.
Just before his cinema degree, he was noticed with his first project « Thalis » which won the « Prix de la Ville de Nice ».
At the end of his studies in 2008, Julien worked as a cameraman for the TV channels Al-Jazeera and El-Arabya. With a journalist, he has covered many geopolitical topics between Europe and Middle East.
In 2011, he started directing music videos. Today, all of his music videos cumulate over 500 million views on YouTube.
Since 2015, he has directed several short films, including « Magic World », which won several awards including « Les Films du Monde » de Montréal.
In March 2016, he signed the writing of his first feature film « Ferris Wheel », as well as a second screenplay, based on the eponymous novel from Henri Loevenbruck, « Nous rêvions juste de liberté ».
At the end of 2019, he directed his last short film « Lead Me Home ».

Director Biography – Enma Brenes (MARY)

Enma Brenes is an emerging filmmaker and photographer from Costa Rica. Its main themes courses between the outer reality and the inner experience of the self, through the exploration of social behaviors and the philosophical issues that the author itself faces.
Enma Brenes has a BA in Imaging Technology and a 3D Animation Technician degree. 27 years old.

Director Statement

The idea of making an auteur short film was around for a long time. During the first wave of Covid-19 infections in my country, I had the opportunity to spend a lot of time with my mother, who would later become the protagonist.

This circumstance allowed me to observe and understand first-hand her work as a housewife, her work as a mother, and her wishes as a woman. From those observations, I started to take stills photographs of its daily life, which would then inform the visual style and narrative path in the development of the script and central theme.

My desire for this first short film was to communicate a narrative idea in a very visual way and through the minimum elements: one character, one location, one light, no dialogue, and so on.

Thematically, I wanted to tell a story that would allow me to explore the alienated condition that can be developed from housework and how these naturalized gender roles can become over the years a kind of prison to personal freedom and autonomy.

This short film was entirely done by family members at home over two weeks at night during quarantine.

Director Biography – Fabio Stecher (GESTIRN)

Fabio Stecher is a director with a passion for cinematography. He was born in the mid 90s in the Swiss Alps, living in Zurich since 2017. He started directing with a age of 23, freelancing since 2019.

Director Statement

Everyone has a past, many have a past that harbors unpleasant memories. A person only makes progress if they let the past rest and do not repress it. “Gestirn” is meant to trigger the audience’s depressive feeling of their own past and relieve it towards the end. My vision is to help those who need to let go of their own past.

HIGHLIGHT & VIDEOS: JULY 2021 THRILLER/SUSPENSE Film Festival

A showcase of the winning feature film from the LA Feedback Film Festival:

THE ALPINES, 93min., USA, Thriller
Directed by Dante Aubain

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

“The Alpines” follows seven friends coming together for a weekend getaway after several years of little contact. They’ve grown apart. They’ve moved on with their lives. But the secrets of their past have come back to haunt them. This time with a very real threat ready to expose every last one.

THRILLER Festival BEST Scene Reading: CALLING CARD, by Israela Margalit

Julia’s estranged husband has just left for an island vacation with their daughter. Her best friend is busy. So is everyone else on her Rolodex. The phone rings. A man says that he has her calling card in his wallet. How did it get there? That has been driving him crazy. Would she meet him for an hour and help him solve the mystery?

CAST LIST:

Narration: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Julia: Kyana Teresa
Martin: Geoff Mays

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HIGHLIGHT & VIDEOS: JUNE 2021 THRILLER/SUSPENSE Film Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:
Best Horror Short Film: KOREATOWN GHOST STORY
Best Thriller Short Film: THIS MODERN MAN IS BEAT
Best Performances: FIRST TIME
Best Cinematography: ….AND THEN THE DARKNESS
Best Sound & Music: THE WILD WOMAN AND THE PAINTER

Theme of night: Exposing unfairness.

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

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterTHIS MODERN MAN IS BEAT, 17min., USA, Thriller


festival posterFIRST TIME, 3min., UK, Thriller


festival poster….AND THEN THE DARKNESS, 13min., USA, Thriller


festival posterNO TREATS, 1min., USA, Thriller


festival posterKOREATOWN GHOST STORY, 14min., USA, Thriller/Horror


festival posterTHE WILD WOMAN AND THE PAINTER, 14min., Fantasy/Thriller


The beginning of a (temporary) new era.

See you at the festivals. Whenever that happens!

– Matthew Toffolo