Thriller Festival Testimonial – October 17 2018

It was absolutely great and exciting (seeing the FEEDBACK Video on my film). Thank you and the audience a lot. I also watched feedbacks of other works that screened. I need to admit that the audience in Toronto is much more film literate, and has a greater sense than most audiences that I have ever seen. The comments and reactions to the film was really nice. Although it was screened in many festivals and events in various countries, that video is the only real feedback that I got from an audience except in my country and except from people working for festivals. It was great too see that the film is still meaningful, fun to watch and has a real reflection in different countries. 
– Kagan Kerimoglu (The Wheel of Time, Short Film)

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WATCH Winning Thriller Screenplay and Story Readings:

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HORROR/THRILLER Best Scene Reading of Preservation by David Kline

Logline: A group of friends have a weekend away but it turns into a life or death struggle when an old Inn reveals its dark force.

Genre: Horror, Thriller

CAST LIST:

Suzanne: Mandy May Cheetham
Muriel: Anjelica Alejandro
Narrator: Liam Kinahan
Sergeant: John Leung
Dr. Collins: Adrian Currie

A FilmFreeway preferred festival:

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

Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

SEPTEMBER 2018 THRILLER Stories, Screenplays, and Short Film

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festival posterSTAR WARS: DRESCA, 7min., USA, Fan Fiction/Sci-Fi

festival posterBATMAN: INJUSTICE

STORYHORROR FEATURE Screenplay: THE BLIGHT by Jerron Spencer & Jeffrey Stackhouse
September 2018

STORYTV PILOT Screenplay: SOL by James FOx
September 2018

STORY1st Scene Screenplay: MARKED by Leah Pollack
September 2018

STORYLA BEST SCENE Screenplay: THE ILLUMINATI BELLADONNA by Caitlin Carter
September 2018

STORYLA BEST SCENE Screenplay: THE TATTOOED BLONDE by Paul Sargia
September 2018

STORY BEST SCENE Screenplay: TO HELL AND BACK by Agnese Pagliarani
September 2018

STORY BEST SCENE Screenplay: WELCOME TO PRUITVILLE by Tom Mason
September 2018

STORYTHRILLER BEST SCENE Screenplay: THE PLAYLISTS by Michael Kotsiros
September 2018

STORYNovel Transcript: FORTRESS OF DECEIT by John Dzakovic
September 2018

STORYNovel Transcript: TORN BETWEEN by Stacey Lynn Patterson
September 2018

 

 

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

Festival Moderators: Kierston Drier, Shepsut Wilson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Festival Directors: Mary Cox, Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Hugh Ritchie, Isabal Cupryn, Aser Santos Jr., Zack Arch

 

Best Scene Reading of HELL ON EARTH by Daniel Cook

Logline: “When all technology fails, humans fall back on their animalistic instincts and the world around us is set into pure chaos. Survival is paramount, but holding onto humanity is the toughest struggle.”

Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller

CAST LIST:

Torri: Anjelica Alejandro

Jeff: Adrian Currie

Narrator: Mandy May Cheetham

Andrew: John Leung

Derrick: Liam Kinahan

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

Director BIOS: Nina Gerstenhaber, Jessica Stanley (THE ROSE GARDEN)

Director Biography – Nina Gerstenhaber, Jessica Stanley

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Nina Gerstenhaber
I was born on April 10, 1994 in Paris, France. My family and I moved to Israel when I was 13 and I then moved to America to study animation. I grew up drawing, watching movies and reading books, so I pretty much always knew that I had a passion for storytelling and the entertainment industry. I always loved to draw but the movie that really made me want to do animation is Spirited Away. I remember that this was the first movie that made me notice the character animation and how great and subtle it was. After my military service, where I worked as a graphic designer, I wanted to move to America to study animation. I looked up the top colleges for CG animation and found Ringling College of Art and Design. During my time at Ringling I have gained tremendous experience and exposure to the field of animation and received hands-on training through various projects. After my graduation, I would like to keep evolving in an inspiring environment where I can continue to develop my skills and grow as an artist.

Jessica Stanley
Jessica was born August 24, 1996 and grew up in The Woodlands, Tx. From the moment she could pick up a crayon she was always drawing. Throughout school she drew comics and wrote short stories. Thanks to her cinephile father, she was raised with a TV always playing a movie, and was constantly absorbing films. Some of her greatest influences from this time were Spirited away, The Dark Knight, and Amelie. In high school she chose to combine her two loves- drawing and film- and pursue a career in animation. Ringling was the next logical step for her.

While she is constantly looking to expand and change up her artistic sensibilities, she is currently highly influenced by fables, Miyazaki, and Brad Bird. She hopes that with each work she creates she pulls the audience into a fantastic world and relieve them of the real one for a brief moment. She
hopes that through viewing her work, the audience could learn more about themselves and become better people and a population as a whole.

Jessica has taken online courses outside of her Ringling education to further her studies including courses at Concept Design Academy and CG Master Academy. In the summer of 2017, Jessica was a story intern at Pixar Animation studios. Her group’s senior film was chosen as part of the Best of Ringling senior Computer Animation films.

After graduation, Jessica hopes to be a storyboard artist at a feature film studio and travel in her free time. She enjoys baking, finding obscure indie bands, and brewing rare teas.

Director Statement

This film was created with an intent to guide the audience through a whimsical journey that proves in the end to only be a distraction for the real message of the film. It was heavily inspired by fables and folk tales and the elegant simplicity of their messages. Fables long history in storytelling and universality of their messages resonated with us- few stories are universally known but fairy tales and folk tales have survived centuries- and our film was built to be a homage to them. The film aiming to create a modern fairy tale- following the tropes and structure of fairy tales while introducing modern design, setting and character elements.
We felt the short film format was perfect for short, simple universal messages, perfect for the fairy

Short Film: THE ROSE GARDEN, 3min., USA, Thriller/Animation

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The film follows Milo, a young adventurous boy who ventures into a mysterious rose garden in order to get his toy airplane back. As he wanders around, he discovers that this seemingly wondrous place is not quite what it seems.

Project Links
  • Film Type:
    Animation, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    2 minutes 52 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 28, 2018
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.35:1
  • Film Color:
    Color

Short Film: SHE CAME FROM THE WOODS, 12min., USA, Thriller

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A campfire story comes to life for a group of counselors on the last day of the summer of 1987 at Camp Briarbrook.

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