Highlights and Winners: February 2017 THRILLER FEEDBACK Film Festival

festival posterMIDNIGHT SIGNS, 4min, Italy, Thriller/Animation
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festival posterTHE TRAITOR, 5min, Czech Republic, Action/Thriller
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festival posterMARAUDER, 13min, Canada, Action/Fantasy
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festival posterTRUE COPY, 11min, Russia, Thriller/Sci-Fi
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festival posterLAST BASE, 15min, Norway, Action/Thriller
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festival posterAPPRAISAL, 8min, UK, Thriller
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festival posterWEEKEND OF HEROES, 15min, Italy, Action/Crime
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The ACTION/THRILLER FEBRUARY 2017 FEEDBACK Film Festival was truly a great success.

The theme of the festival was “OPEN ENDED ENDINGS”.

Every film showcased had an ending for sure – but it also left a continuining story for the characters presented. So if any of these filmmakers want to make a sequel – they can!

NOTE: This was the 3rd festival showcasing the best of Action Short Films at the festival. And the 4th festival that was moderated by Amanda Lomonaco. She was terrific and will be moderating 6 more festivals in 2017.

This was one of those rare festival nights where every single film presented received multiple votes for “Best Film” of the night.

The Action / Crime / Thriller Festival nights are now becoming my favourites. Many of these terrific films don’t get a fair shake from other festival programmers because they appear to be too “mainstream” for the short film market.

Before I started the FEEDBACK Festival, I worked at more than a few film festivals, TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) being one of them. It was there where I truly understood what programmers are looking for – and the films presented at this festival are NOT what they are looking for.

When I decided to dedicate an entire festival for these genres, I have to say that I was a bit worried. I didn’t know if we were going to receive a fair share of quality films from around the world in the Action/Crime genres in particular. And boy was I wrong. Hence the reason why there are 4 more festivals in these genres scheduled in Los Angeles & Toronto in 2017.

See you at the festivals in 2017.

– Matthew Toffolo

Take a look at the Audience Feedback Videos from our NEW Film Festival. Some of the best short films in the world today were showcased.

AUDIENCE FESTIVAL AWARDS

Best Film: TRUE COPY

Best Performances: APPRAISAL

Best Cinematography: THE LAST BASE

Best Music: The music from MARAUDER

2016 Short Films

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos of the Thriller/Suspense Short Films that were showcased at the festival.


festival posterHEAD SPACE, 5min, Drama/Thriller
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festival posterHELIO, 20min., USA, Sci-Fi/Action
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festival posterMIDNIGHT WALK, 4min., Australia, Thriller
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festival posterDEADLY VIEW, 3min., Ireland, Thriller/Mystery
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festival posterO, 29min, Norway, Horror/Mystery
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festival posterBURNT, 13min., UK, Thriller/Crime
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festival posterGILT, 22min, UK, Thriller/Drama
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LE PARDON, 5min, USA, Thriller/Mystery

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festival posterSAVE, 4min, Germany, Horror/Drama
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festival posterMAYDAY, 13min. France, Horror/Fantasy
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JAILBREAK, 1min., USA, Animation/Crime

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DRAWN TO FEAR, 7min, USA

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festival posterFOOTPRINTS, 13min, Canada
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festival posterPREFERENTIAL OPERATION, 20min, Spain
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KADDISH!, 6min, France

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festival posterA FILM BY VERA VAUGHN, 10min, USA
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festival posterDON’T LET THEM IN, 13min, USA
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festival posterDO NOT DISTURB, 13min, UK
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ACTORBLACK BALLOON, 12min, Israel, Drama/Horror
Watch Audience FEEDBACK Video of the Short Film from June 2016 Film Festival

ACTORMINE, 29min, Canada, Drama/Thriller
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festival posterHOLE
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19min, UK, Crime/Thriller


festival posterKARATE GIRL BRAWL
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10min, Canada, Action/Thriller


festival posterTHE ART OF GESTURE
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16min, France, Horror/Thriller


festival posterCANTATA IN C MAJOR
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7min, USA, Horror/Musical


festival posterTIME TO EAT
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4min, USA, Horror/Comedy


festival posterSILENTLY WITHIN YOUR SHADOW
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14min, UK, Horror/Thriller


festival posterBALLERINA
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5min, USA, Horror/Thriller


festival posterVICIOUS
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12min, UK, Horror


festival posterCHATEAU SAUVIGNON: TERROIR
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13min, USA, Horror/Family


festival posterARTIFICAL
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20min, Spain, Sci-Fi/Thriller

2016 Feature Screenplays

Watch the 2016 Winning Thriller/Suspense Winners performed by professional actors.

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ACTORFEATURE Screenplay – FIEND
July 2016 Reading
Written by Jeff York

ACTORFEATURE Screenplay – INKED IN BLOOD
June 2016 Reading
Written by Paul Corricelli
ACTORFeature Screenplay – THE BOO
May 2016 Reading
Written by Scott McEntire

ACTORFeature Screenplay – MOTHS TO FLAME
March 2016 Reading
Written by Fredric Maffei

ACTORFeature Screenplay – CRIME EXTRAORDINAIRE
January 2016 Reading
Written by Howard Fridkin

 

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

November 2016 Thriller/Suspense Films/Screenplays/Stories

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ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – GOD’S LITTLE GAG
November 2016 Reading
Written by Sean Nash
ACTORTV PILOT BEST Scene Screenplay – ARMS OF MORPHEUS
November 2016 Reading
Written by John Christopher Thomas
ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – 20/20: SEARCH FOR INDEPENDENCE
November 2016 Reading
Written by Harold L Brown
ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – THE MYSTERIOUS LIFE OF MADELEINE
November 2016 Reading
Written by Eve Noel

festival posterDEADLY VIEW, 3min., Ireland, Thriller/Mystery
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festival posterMIDNIGHT WALK, 4min., Australia, Thriller
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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

October 2016 Thriller/Suspense Films/Screenplays/Stories

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ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay: CRIME CYCLE
October 2016 Reading
Written by Donald R. Brown

ACTORLONG SHORT Screenplay – TOGETHER
October 2016 Reading
Written by Jade Syed-Bokhari

ACTORLONG SHORT Screenplay – CUCKOLD PICASSO
October 2016 Reading
Written by James R. Adams II and Lance Larson

ACTORLONG SHORT Screenplay – NOTE TO SELF
October 2016 Reading
Written by Humayun Mirza

ACTORLONG SHORT Screenplay – THE SON, THE FATHER
October 2016 Reading
Written by Lukas Hass

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay: NIGHT WIND TO BAHIA
October 2016 Reading
Written by Thomas Thorpe


festival posterMAYDAY, 13min. France, Horror/Fantasy
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ACTORSHORT Screenplay – THE FALL
October 2016 Reading
Written by Alix Kruntorad


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LE PARDON, 5min, USA, Thriller/Mystery

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festival posterSAVE, 4min, Germany, Horror/Drama
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festival posterBURNT, 13min., UK, Thriller/Crime
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festival posterGILT, 22min, UK, Thriller/Drama
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festival posterO, 29min, Norway, Horror/Mystery
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ACTORSHORT Screenplay – PRIME SUSPECT
October 2016 Reading
Written by Adam Dwyer

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Watch Winning Thriller Best Scene Reading from ELAN VITAL Screenplay by Maroun Rached

Best Scene from ELAN VITAL Screenplay
Written by Maroun Rached
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SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Fantasy, Crime, Thriller, Sci-Fi

Synopsis: The world in the 2050’s is split into democratic regimes and Elohite theocracies, states run by the clergy of a new extremist faith. Elohite specially trained agents infiltrate the US and commit terrorist attacks using paranormal powers. A team of local paranormals is recruited to stop them.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
NATHAN – Dan Cristofori
AIDEN – Mark Boutros
FRANK – David Occhipinti
BILL – Michael Gaty

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

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July 2016 Thriller/Suspense Films/Screenplays/Stories

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ACTORFEATURE Screenplay – FIEND
July 2016 Reading
Written by Jeff York

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – NINE SCARS
July 2016 Reading
Written by Kelly Crawford

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – MATERNAL FEAR
July 2016 Reading
Written by Stephen Milek

ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – ELAN VITAL
July 2016 Reading
Written by Maroun Rached

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

May 2016 Thriller/Suspense Films/Screenplays/Stories

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ACTOR1st Ch. Novel Transcript – WATER FOR BLOOD
May 2016 Reading
Written by Brett Bacon

ACTOR1st Scene Screenplay – PUPPETS
May 2016 Reading
Written by James Griffiths

ACTORShort Screenplay – FIFTY FIVE SECONDS
May 2016 Reading
Written by Kwasi Mensah

ACTORFeature Screenplay – THE BOO
May 2016 Reading
Written by Scott McEntire

ACTORShort Story Reading – LORNA’S ISLAND
May 2016 Reading
Written by Louise Johnson

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Feature Horror Thriller Screenplay: THE BOO, by Scott McEntire

Watch the May 2016 Winning Feature Screenplay.

Watch THE BOO, by Scott McEntire

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Thriller, Suspense, Horror, Drama

Synopsis: Ronnie is a small-town sheriff in the South who still talks to his dead wife on a daily basis. His estranged sister-in-law, Brooke, is dealing with the sudden loss of her husband while still trying to conquer the mental demons of her past. Healing an old family rift becomes all the more difficult when those demons turn out to not merely be figments of her imagination.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Kaufmann
BROOKE – Kelci Stephenson
RONNIE – Zack Amzallag
OLIVIA/ANGELA – Jennifer Ferris
LUCIEN – Moui Nene
RAYLAND – Sean Ballantyne

Get to know writer Scott McEntire:

1. What is your screenplay about?

“The Boo” is a Southern gothic thriller about a small-town, widowed sheriff who unexpectedly bonds with his estranged sister-in-law, now faced with having to overcome the sudden death of her American Marine husband, and their external struggle with The Boo Hag, who according to Gullah tradition in the SE United States, is the cousin of the vampire who steals the skin of a woman while she sleeps to find a way to attack men.

2. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

“The Boo” bridges the horror film genre to the Southern gothic thriller genre. Both genres have been terribly successful through too many horror films to name, and with Southern gothic stories like Mud, Slingblade, Smokey and the Bandit, etc. The budget for this movie would not have to be large, staying true to its horror film roots. And this is a story that has not yet been told. Originality is in short supply in today’s market, and this is worth the reach.

3. How would you describe this script in two words?

Mystical estrangement.

4. What movie have you seen the most times in your life?

Snatch

5. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Three and a half years.

6. How many stories have you written?

Half a dozen. Two are actual feature films now (“Anyone” and “With You”). The short films I’ve written are “TwinkleTown”, “Rent Party”, “Simple”, “Avarice”, and “Eye For An Eye”.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

This was a story pitched by a friend of mine, Brittany Sparkles, who knew the idea of The BooHag from a recent trip to South Carolina. This was during a 48-Hour film competition, and while her idea was passed over, she and I talked a lot that weekend so I could understand the story. From there, we altered it from a strict horror story to a multi-level Southern gothic thriller-horror film that strays into the world of the supernatural. Ultimately, I didn’t want to let a friend down who blessed me with this story to put into script form.

8. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

An ex-girlfriend to didn’t understand why I was spending so much time with my friend, Brittany. Ha! The obstacle for this story primarily time. In the beginning, I was frequently researching about The Boo Hag. Then it was finding time to track my outline before finally putting pen to paper and writing the actual script. Going over it tooth and nail over multiple versions, then having friends come in to read for me, then making adjustment based on what I was hearing, before finally saying it is “good enough” and put it into competition!

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

My kids, my beautiful girlfriend, filmmaking as a whole, acting, golf, and the happiness of the most rambunctious rescue dog for which I could have asked!

10. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

Not only do you get to hear/see your words comes to life by persons you don’t know, but it happening outside of where you can offer any direction, too. It’s up to the script! The videos of script reads and film screenings make the Thriller Festival one of a kind. The initial feedback I received led me to scout through my script with new eyes. Sure enough, every tip they have was a glaring weakness that needed fixing. I was more than happy to fix it!

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Time spent planning early is probably three times less than fixing a screw up after you’ve completed it. Create your outline. Write as much story as you can (trigger phrases, trigger words, certain emotions that must happen), but not necessarily any dialogue. Story leads to plot, which leads to characters. Characters lead to interactions, which then lead to dialogue. Grow. Always grow.

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Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

 

 

Watch April 2016 Winning Thriller 1st Scene Screenplay

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1st Scene: Monster Beneath The Ice
by Jerry Kokich

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller

A good, old fashioned “B” picture for your first scene enjoyment.

EVGENY and VLADIMIR discuss when the supply plane will arrive. Outside, Evgeny is almost knocked down by a moving ridge in the ice, but Vladimir saves him. The ridge destroys shacks and machinery, and the incoming plane just manages to rescue them.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Kaufmann
VLADIMIR – Noah Casey
EVGENY – Michael Lake
PILOT – Dennis Barham

 

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson