THRILLER Festival 1st Scene Reading: OFF GRID, by Magnus Leijon

A family leaves the western rat race to pursue their lifelong dream to manage a tourist lodge in the rainforest. Unaware of the lodge’s murderous past, they are pulled into a psychological game unveiling the ultimate stake, life itself.

CAST LIST:

Daniel: Sean Ballantyne

Interbank Trader: Allan Michael Brunet

Annika: Julie Sheppard

Emily: Val Cole

Director Biography – Matt Szymanowski (DARK DAY)

Matt Szymanowski wrote, produced and directed his debut feature, a Sundance Screenwriting Lab Finalist The Purple Onion. The film premiered at the Cinequest Film Festival and went on to play a dozen festivals Internationally, winning the Best Feature: Drama-Comedy at the Indie Gathering International Film Festival. Cinemation Studios distributed the film in summer 2017 on all major VOD platforms. Szymanowski’s award winning short films have played at over 20 film festivals globally, including Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, San Francisco International, Tirana International, and Warsaw International, among others. He wrote and self-published the novel Cupertino, a dark tale about troubled adolescents loosely inspired by his teen years in the technology hub that’s home to Apple Computers.

The American-born son of Polish immigrants, Szymanowski returned to his parents native Poland to study film and theatre directing at the prestigious Polish National Film School in Lodz. A Berlinale Talents and MacDowell Colony fellow, he has a BA in Humanities from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and an MFA in Writing for Film and TV from Emerson College in Boston. “Glorious Empire” is his second feature film and is scheduled to shoot at the end of 2020.

HIGHLIGHT & VIDEOS: OCTOBER 2020 THRILLER/SUSPENSE Film Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:
BEST THRILLER FILM: MIRROR FINISH
BEST HORROR FILM: MALAKOUT
BEST PERFORMANCES: VIRTUALLY HAPPY
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: ABSENCE
BEST SOUND & MUSIC: STAY

Theme of night: Death and Rebirth

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

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterABSENCE, 13min., Germany, Sci-Fi/Thriller



festival posterVIRTUALLY HAPPY, 11min., USA, Sci-Fi/Magical Realism



festival posterIRONFIN, 2min., USA, Sci-Fi/Animation



festival posterGOD GLITCH, 8min., Netherlands, Sci-Fi/Romance



festival posterSTAY , 6min., USA, Thriller/Crime



festival posterSNUB NOSE, 11min., USA, Thriller/Crime



festival posterMILK, 5min., USA, Thriller/Crime



festival posterMIRROR FINISH, 10min., Canada, Thriller/Crime



festival posterSWEET TOOTH, 4min., USA, Horror
festival posterEVERY CORNER, 8min., USA, Horror
festival posterMALAKOUT, 11min., Iran, Animation/Sci-Fi



festival posterINVASION, 16min., USA, Horror/Suspense



The beginning of a (temporary) new era.

See you at the festivals. Whenever that happens!

– Matthew Toffolo

Director Biography – Daniel AM Rosenberg (MIRROR FINISH)

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Daniel AM Rosenberg
Daniel is writer & director from Toronto, Canada. He got his start directing music videos, where he won an iHeartRadio MMVA for Rock Video of The Year, as well as a JUNO nomination for Video of The Year, and multiple MMVA nominations. With a focus on narrative storytelling, Daniel has directed both scripted & non-scripted programming airing on A+E Networks (UK), FYI, HGTV, MTV, Much Music, BET, and CBC Gem. Daniel is the co-creator, and director of the short-form series “The Ninth” airing on CBC GEM. He also developed and directed the short-form comedy series “Cam_Girlfriend” being released summer 2020. Daniel is currently in development of his first feature film “31 of ‘Em”.

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