Interview with Filmmaker Anabal Barnston (CONTRABAND)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

CONTRABAND, 13min., UK, Drama
Directed by Anabal Barnston
Flailing millennial, Ruby, endeavours to get her life together after an overdue gap year, but is hindered by a pesky, over-complicated abortion.

https://www.instagram.com/contraband.film/

Get to know the filmmaker:

1. What motivated you to make this film?

The story is loosely based on personal experience, but it wasn’t so much about ‘telling my story’ but more about addressing a dearth of this sort of story with this point of view, that motivated me to make it. What really struck me was how pro-choice abortion stories, whilst few and far between, often sat into one of two camps; 1) ‘the difficult decision to make’ and 2) a super easy experience. There didn’t seem to me to be much conversation around the physical experience and what happens after the procedure, both physically and mentally. It was this and the desire to highlight the, sometimes, ridiculousness…

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Interview with Filmmaker Alexandra Alekhina (HOLD MY HAND)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

HOLD MY HAND, 13min., Russia, Family Drama
Directed by Alexandra Alekhina
Masha is over forty, and she is pregnant. The event is long-awaited and joyful – she and her husband really want children. A visit to the perinatal center casts doubt on the possibility of having a healthy baby – tests show a high risk of having a child with the Down syndrome.

Get to know the filmmaker:

1. What motivated you to make this film?

I was impressed by the script. I can remember me trying to choose a script to make a film. I spent a night reading a hundred of scripts and only this one made an impression.

2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?

it took a half of year. Actually it was a challenge to make this film because the filming period was…

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Interview with Filmmaker J. Aldric Gaudet (PIT & PENDULUM)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

PIT & PENDULUM, 27min., Canada, Drama/Horror
Directed by J. Aldric Gaudet
It is the terrorizing story of a person sentenced to death who becomes the plaything of their jailers. They are sent walking through a dark room in hopes they will fall into a pit. When that doesn’t happen they are tied down on a table to watch the painfully slow descent of a swinging pendulum with a sharp-edged blade aimed at their stomach. Escaping from the blade did not mean freedom. The walls of the dungeon grow blistering hot first, then squeeze together to push them to the brink of the pit, before being saved at the very last second.

https://www.pit-pendulum.com/

Get to know the filmmaker:

1. What motivated you to make this film?

To illustrate a literary classic, visually, while maintaining emphasis on the author’s words.

2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it…

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Watch 3 film festivals today online (Watch FREE using 7 day trial)

WILDsound Festival

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BLACK & WHITE Shorts
https://www.wildsound.ca/videos/black-and-white-festival-nov-2022

HORROR Shorts Festival
https://www.wildsound.ca/videos/horror-shorts-oct-2022

ACTION/ADVENTURE Feature Films – The Captain’s Heart
https://www.wildsound.ca/todays-film-festival/videos/the-captain-s-heart-feature-film

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November 2022 Festival Lineup

WILDsound Festival

Daily Film Festival schedule for November 2022.

Go to http://www.wildsound.ca and sign up for the 7 day free trial and watch a film festival every single day.

Or, you can simply watch any festival for just $2 at https://www.wildsound.ca/packages/daily-film-festivals

Tuesday Nov. 1st – Adventure Feature
Wednesday Nov. 2nd – Black & White Shorts
Thursday Nov. 3rd – LGBTQ+ Festival Feature
Friday Nov. 4th – DOC Shorts – Community
Saturday Nov. 5th – Sports Festival Shorts
Sunday Nov. 6th – DOC Shorts – Society
Monday Nov. 7th – European Experimental Shorts
Tuesday Nov. 8th – Fantasy/Sci-Fi Festival Feature
Wednesday Nov. 9th – LGBTQ+ DOC Shorts
Thursday Nov. 10th – Documentary Feature – Blindness
Friday Nov. 11th – LGBTQ+ Drama Shorts
Saturday Nov. 12th – Diversity Drama Shorts
Sunday Nov. 13th – Dance Shorts
Monday Nov. 14th – RELATIONSHIP Drama Shorts
Tuesday Nov. 15th – Documentary Feature – Youth
Wednesday Nov. 16th…

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HIGHLIGHTS: Toronto DOC Festival October 2022

Documentary Film Festival. Los Angeles & Toronto

Showcase of the best FILMS in the world today.

Audience Award Winners:
Best Feature Film: HIDDEN WOUNDS
Best Short Form Short Film: RANGERS OF THE ULAAN TAIGA
Best Long Form Short Film: CONDUCTING LIFE
Best Student Film: UYGHUR DOLANS

Best Direction: SANCTUARY OF HER
Best Society Film: TOMARO
Best Cinematography: THE OTHER SIDE OF WRONG
Best Sound & Music: LIFE AFTER DEATH? – SUBHASH CHANDRA BOSE
Best Adventure Film: RAISING GLOBAL CITIZENS
Best Environmental Film: ECRICC: ADDRESSING CLIMATE EMERGENCY
Best Nature Film: BUZZ Pollen Nation

Watch the Audience Feedback Video for each film:

THE OTHER SIDE OF WRONG, 1hr. 42min., Austria

Directed by Boštjan Slatenšek
1991 – A small battle of the Slovenian war of independence and the long quest for international justice.

Florence Hartmann, a French journalist, author and ex spokesperson to Carla Del Ponte, chief prosecutor of the International criminal court for the ex Yugoslavia, travels to Holmec…

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HIGHLIGHTS: October 2022 LA Documentary Film Festival

Documentary Film Festival. Los Angeles & Toronto

Showcase of the best FILMS in the world today.

Audience Award Winners:
Best Feature Film: OUR VOICE NOW
Best Short Form Short Film: REFUGIO
Best Long Form Short Film: NEVER ASK WHY
Best Environmental Film: ISLE OF RUM
Best Sports Film: BLEED FOR ME: ART OF THE DEATHMATCH
Best Political Film: GRADUALLY, THEN SUDDENLY: THE BANKRUPTCY OF DETROIT
Best Sound & Music: TO SPEAK IS TO LIVE – FREED FROM STUTTERING
Best Cinematography: MAN FIRE CLAY
Best Human Interest Film: IN BLOOM
Best Direction: THE END OF BLINDNESS

Watch the Audience Feedback Video for each film:

GRADUALLY, THEN SUDDENLY: THE BANKRUPTCY OF DETROIT

Directed by Sam Katz, James McGovern
Once heralded as the spirit of American manufacturing, music and democracy, Detroit descended into disrepair and insolvency over five decades culminating in the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history in 2013. Gradually, Then Suddenly is the story of one city’s climb…

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HIGHLIGHTS: October 2022 Film Festival

Comedy FESTIVAL

Showcase of the best FILMS in the world today.

Audience Award Winners:
Best Short Form Short Film: SPOONS
Best Long Form Short Film: THE HOUSE WITH ONE MAN
Best Slapsick: NIGHTMARE AT CAMP BLOODBATH

Best Dark Comedy: THE THIRD
Best Performances: NUCLEAR LA
Best Direction: FLEECED
Best Cinematography: BROCA
Best Sound & Music: VADGEVERTISING
Best Animation: HEY TOBY HEY OWEN: THIS IS NOT SPONSORED BY VALVOLINE

Watch the Audience Feedback Video for each film:

THE THIRD, 4min., USA, Comedy

Directed by Jonathan Kehoe
Making friends is hard.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


NIGHTMARE AT CAMP BLOODBATH, 6min., USA, Comedy

Directed by Dylan Arnow
After discovering their lodge totaled by a neighboring camp, two counselors are stalked and prayed upon by the local legend Terrance Fisher in his slapstick parody

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


BROCA, 21min., Canada, Comedy

Directed by…

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HIGHLIGHTS: October 2022 ROMANCE/RELATIONSHIPS Film Festival

Romance & Relationships Festival - Submit your screenplay and film and get it showcased at the FEEDBACK Film Festival

Showcase of the best FILMS in the world today.

Audience Award Winners:
Best Film: ATARAXIA
Best Cinematography: THE AFTERMATH
Best Direction: MISLEAD
Best Performances: WONDER WHEEL

Watch the Audience Feedback Video for each film:

THE AFTERMATH, 7min., USA, Poem

Directed by LaChelle Joy Hunt
LaChelle Hunt’s “The Aftermath”, is a moody Common Era drama atop the windy seaside hills of Point Reyes. Evelyn arrives in California in 1912 after traveling across America to pursue her dreams once shared with another. She deals with being alone on this journey and looks through her darkness to find a new light.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


WONDER WHEEL, 11min., USA, Drama

Directed by Caleb John Cushing
A couple goes on a date at an amusement park.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


MISLEAD, 18min., USA, Drama

Directed by Steven P. Perkins
Harry hit a…

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HIGHLIGHTS: Oct. 2022 Black & White Film Festival

Black and White Film Festival

Showcase of the best FILMS in the world today.

Audience Award Winners:
Best Film: XPENDABLE
Best Documentary: THE LOVE SONGS OF OEDIPUS REX

Watch the Audience Feedback Video for each film:

THE LOVE SONGS OF OEDIPUS REX, 21min., Canada, Documentary

Directed by Luke Sargent
Documentary about musician Benjamin Hackman (The Holy Gasp) processing personal loss and heartbreak, through creating a massive concept album.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


XPENDABLE, 30min., USA, Crime

Directed by Walter Ernest Haussner
1957. Two crime organizations. Two people sent in to avert a war. Who will walk away?

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


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