HIGHLIGHTS – JUNE 2021 ROMANCE Short Film Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:
Best Short Film: ANOTHER DAY
Best TV Web Series: ON A LIST
Best Performances: SISTER
Best Cinematography: MINIATURE CHESS
Best Direction: THE ARTIST’S WAY OUT
Best Editing: LIFE CYCLE
Best Sound & Music: ON A SATURDAY AFTERNOON

Theme of night: Connecting in a unique way

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

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterTHE ARTIST’S WAY OUT, 8min., Canada, Relationship/Romance



festival posterON A LIST, 6min., Canada, TV Web Series



festival posterLIFE CYCLE, 4min., USA, Experimental/Romance



festival posterON A SATURDAY AFTERNOON, 12min., South Korea, Relationship/Romance



festival posterANOTHER DAY, 12min., UK, Drama/Romance



festival posterMINIATURE CHESS, 12min., USA, Drama/Thriller



festival posterSISTER, 13min., China, Drama/Family



The beginning of a (temporary) new era.

See you at the festivals. Whenever that happens!

– Matthew Toffolo

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ROMANCE Festival SHORT Screenplay: VALUE OF A RING, by Jessica Sutton

John, a deceased man, must navigate the afterlife to fond Paradise and his wife. However, spirits tempt him to discard the very ring that connects him to her.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Hooded Sailer/Odin/Captain: Andy Camp
John/Anubis: Sean Ballantyne
MaidenJane: Val Cole
Mother/Crone: Hannah Ehman –
Short Man: Geoff Mays
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Short Film: SISTER, 13min., China, Drama/Family

A pair of left-behind sisters welcome their parents who haven’t been home for two years. Sisters look forward to the reunion, but only to find awkwardness and estrangement. The naive and outgoing younger sister is excited for the gifts her parents have brought from the city, while the quiet and introverted elder sister becomes even more gloomy. Within only their parents’ stay of four days, the family grows closer and comes to an unspoken understanding of affections to each other.  Soon it’s time for the family to say farewell again. The reticent older sister finally chooses to evade the scene and confront her grief alone.

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Short Film: MINIATURE CHESS, 12min., USA, Drama/Thriller

Prisoners in a mysterious dungeon pass the time playing with a microscopic travel chess set.

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Short Film: ANOTHER DAY, 12min., UK, Drama/Romance

Sam and Sinéad play out their past but something is different this time round.

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Short Film: LIFE CYCLE, 4min., USA, Experimental/Romance

This is an experimental short film that is made entirely from stock footage. Footage was sourced from a single online platform (videoblocks.com).

Backstory:

While suffering from insomnia, I began listening to a song that captured my emotions. The harmonious alternations of the guitar strings penetrated my heart and inspired my soul. I Thought to myself, “it would be a fantastic idea to produce a short film to this beautiful composition…” Since I was so inspired, I decided to experiment and see if I can make a short film entirely from stock footage (this was my only means to making a film in the moment of my inspiration). As I started the project, I quickly realized how immensely challenging this task is, as the people in stock footage almost never match up nor can I find the perfect scene that I desire. However, my inspirations and insomnia persisted and I did not waver, the vision of the story kept me going. After five challenging hours, as the sun began to rise outside of my window, I finished my short film – Life Cycle.

I didn’t think much of it at the moment and decided to just upload it to my inactive-personal youtube account with only a handful of subscribers. Somehow it got in front of thousands of people and view after view I kept getting overwhelmingly positive feedback. Hence, I decided to see if this work is worthy of competing against real film makers. I believe that considering the challenge of using extremely limited library of stock footage, the story was created and people’s emotions were successfully moved. If this short film receives some kind of recognition from the professional film experts, I will be inspired to film and produce real work that is not grossly limited by stock footage and pursue my passion to become a real film maker.

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Short Film: ON A SATURDAY AFTERNOON, 12min., South Korea, Relationship/Romance

It has been two months since Yeonhui has lived alone after breaking up with her boyfriend Sangwook whom she had lived together for three years.
One day, Sangwook showed up at her apartment without a notice. The uncomfortable moment of the two on a Saturday afternoon…

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HIGHLIGHTS – APRIL 2021 ROMANCE Short Film Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:
Best COMEDY Film: THE MAN OF THE TERMS OF SERVICE
Best ROMANCE Film: THE MANILA LOVER
Funniest Film: ONCE BEAUTIFUL WOMAN
Best Performances: TUTTI IN BALLO
Best Cinematography: CONVERSATIONS AT DUSK
Best Sound & Music: SERGI & IRINA
Best Direction: PARENTHOOD 2050

Theme of night: Starting over after trauma.

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

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterTHE MAN OF THE TERMS OF SERVICE, 13min., Japan, Comedy
festival posterTHIS IS THE WAY, 4min., USA, Comedy/Action
festival posterMESSAGE FROM THE FUTURE, 3min., USA, Comedy/Animation
festival posterONCE BEAUTIFUL WOMAN, 8min., Comedy
festival posterTUTTI IN BALLO, 15min., Italy, Comedy/Family
festival posterJUICE ACTORS, 8min., Japan, Comedy
festival posterPARENTHOOD 2050, 9min., USA, Comedy/Romance
festival posterCONVERSATIONS AT DUSK, 10min., USA, Romance
festival posterSERGI & IRINA, 24min., Spain, Romance
festival posterTHE MANILA LOVER, 26min., Norway/Philippines, Romance

The beginning of a (temporary) new era.

See you at the festivals. Whenever that happens!

– Matthew Toffolo

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Director Biography – Amber Tordoff- Gibson (CONVERSATIONS AT DUSK)

Amber Tordoff – Gibson is a London based filmmaker who released her debut short ‘OverExposed’ in 2019 and since has been writing and developing her naturalistic and character driven style films.
‘OverExposed’ was well received at both Exit 6 & Little Wing Festival and now with her latest film ‘Conversation at Dusk’ she has pushed further her voice to explore the relationships we hold closest to us.

Director Statement

‘Conversations at Dusk’ was conceived many years ago having been inspired by the ‘Before’ trilogy and ‘Slacker’ to create a film that follows three couples who inadvertently cross paths and who are more alike than they first realise.
This film was made in lockdown and was a real testament to the cast and crew who with me learned how to make films in the current climate.
Conversations at Dusk is conversational piece that although simple in its style and concept I hope speaks volume as it takes the audience through the different stages of a relationship and how we change as we grow with age and each other.

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Short Film: CONVERSATIONS AT DUSK, 10min., USA, Romance

A film that follows three couples who inadvertently cross paths and who are more alike than they first realize.

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