HIGHLIGHTS, WINNERS & VIDEOS: OCTOBER 2021 FEEDBACK Film Festival

Showcase of the best SHORT FILMS in the world today.

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:
Best Film: TEQUILA DRIVE
Best Performances: MYRTLE
Best Cinematography: IMPORTANT THINGS DON’T MATTER

Theme of night: Life

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterTEQUILA DRIVE, 26min., UK, Drama/Coming of Age

festival posterMYRTLE, 16min., UK, UK, Drama

festival posterIMPORTANT THINGS DON’T MATTER, 23min., Spain, Documentary

Director BIO: Peter Lavery (TEQUILA DRIVE)

Peter Lavery is a 23-year-old talented up-and-coming writer/director. Peter was born in Dublin, Ireland where at the age of 16 he set up his first business running nightclub events for under 18’s on D’Olier Street in Dublin city centre and worked as a DJ all over Ireland. After the Leaving Cert he bought and ran a successful café in his hometown of Dun Laoghaire for over two years.

But in 2019 Peter made the choice to follow his love and passion for story and decided to move to London, UK in order to pursue his career in writing and film. In September of that year, he commenced his studies at the MetFilm School, Ealing.

With producers in both Ireland and the UK reading his episodic series & feature length scripts, the future is sure to be bright for Peter.

In June of 2021 Peter co-founded the production company Apollo Studios. Through which he hopes to release his debut feature film in 2022.

Director Statement

Born and raised in Dublin I grew up around storytellers and learned the power of a story. So, one night in my London flat during an episode of homesickness I sat down with the soundtrack of my teenage years and began to remember long summer evenings with my friends, absorbing the sights, sounds, and smells of Dublin nightlife. Through that I began to write a story that I hoped would capture the ‘lightning in a bottle’ moments I had on those summer nights.

Tequila Dream is a coming-of-age story about romance, nightclub culture, and the importance of friendship.

I was blessed with knowing instantly when I saw the tapes for the three leads; Jordan, Brydie & Joe, that they were perfect for the role. As a director, I had a very collaborative relationship with the actors and encouraged them to bring their perspectives to the scenes, and probably my favorite part of the Tequila Dream journey was exploring and playing with these characters and finding their individual voices.

I only ever write something I myself would want to watch, and Tequila Dream is no exception.

The script-to-screen journey could only be made possible with the help of the talented and dedicated creative team who worked hard on Tequila Dream, and to them, I am eternally grateful.

Short Film: TEQUILA DRIVE, 26min., UK, Drama/Coming of Age

Tequila Dream (2021) is a twenty-six-minute short film that explores the coming-of-age story of Luke, a reserved teenager on his first night out.

After being reluctantly persuaded by his friend, Alex, and finding himself in a club in the heart of Dublin City, Luke’s night changes when he meets Nora, an attractive and witty young woman, who not only proves to be memorable but also steals his heart.

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Director BIO: Gabriel Tizón (IMPORTANT THINGS DON’T MATTER)

Photographer with more than 20 years of experience working in more than 60 countries. He has received awards and exhibited his work in numerous countries, his work being acquired in public and private collections.
Although he has made audiovisuals before, this documentary, WHAT IS IMPOTANT DOESN’T MATTER, considers it his first cinematographic work for the big screen

Director Statement

I declare the total authorship of my Documentary, without any rights to third parties on the part of another company author

Short Film: IMPORTANT THINGS DON’T MATTER, 23min., Spain, Documentary

Documentary made for more than five years by the photographer Gabriel Tizón on numerous trips in African and European countries, to photograph and film through the encounter with people and places that suffer from the greed of the human being.
An intimate trip, a walk through this ephemeral life where the author pretends to be another neighbor, regardless of where he is, with phrases that were written during the coexistence, to unite words and images in a single feeling, without prejudice, avoiding the word injustice to suggest questions we can ask ourselves.
An invitation to the viewer to put his own voice on this long journey full of life, to discover the relationship between North and South.
The documentary shares a book published months before that could be considered as its own script and, on its first page it says: a book with more questions than answers.

Director BIO: Patricia McCormack (MYRTLE)

Patricia was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland and trained as an Actress at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh. Previous acting credits include ‘Pit’ at The Traverse Theatre, ‘Lost At Sea’ Finborough Theatre, The Field Of Blood 2 (BBC1), River City (BBC Scotland). She has featured in several Afternoon Play’s on BBC Radio 4 and appeared in long-running series McLevy starring Brian Cox. She is also an accomplished voice-over artist. For the last few years, she has worked in Advertising, whilst developing several film projects. This is Patricia’s directorial debut.

Director Statement

MYRTLE is an adaptation of a play that Megan Barker and I worked on. I broached the idea of developing it into a film as I loved the premise and thought it had real dramatic potential. We felt it important to keep the audience in the dark initially, as to where we are and why Myrtle is preparing this meal, in order for the final moments to (hopefully) have a stronger impact. It was essential for the kitchen to be as much of a character in the film, cold and intimidating as this adds to Myrtle’s disorientation. There is a back story weaved in, the memory of a murder, the intention being to write a feature film, where we will revisit the clues in MYRTLE and reveal what actually took place.

To me, Myrtle is a character that asks for love and understanding, possibly in spite of herself and I like people like that, my hope with this film is that the audience will have compassion for her in the end. The main themes being, the brutalising effect of poverty, the deprivation of choice and a mother’s unconditional love.

HIGHLIGHTS, WINNERS & VIDEOS: SEPTEMBER 2021 FEEDBACK Film Festival

Showcase of the best SHORT FILMS in the world today.

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:
Best Film: ANOMALY 4
Best Direction: DEBUT
Best Performances: AS THE WAVE BROKE
Best Cinematography: MY OWN WORST ENEMY
Best Sound & Music: TRUE FRIENDS

Theme of night: Life

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

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterAS THE WAVE BROKE, 22min., Germany, Drama/Experimental

festival posterTRUE FRIENDS, 5min,. Sweden, Dramedy

festival posterMY OWN WORST ENEMY, 6min., Netherlands, Experimental

festival posterDEBUT, 12min., Sweden, Drama/Comedy

festival posterANOMALY 4, 19min., UK, Experimental/Animation

The beginning of a (temporary) new era.

See you at the festivals. Whenever that happens!

– Matthew Toffolo

HIGHLIGHTS, WINNERS & VIDEOS: AUGUST 2021 FEEDBACK Film Festival

Showcase of the best SHORT FILMS in the world today.

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:
Best Short Film: AGAINST MY WILL
Best Performances: A COUPLE
Best Direction: VAVEYLA

Theme of night: Life

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

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

A COUPLE, 22min., Italy, Romance
VAVEYLA, 10min., Turkey, Drama
AGAINST MY WILL, 28min., France, Drama

The beginning of a (temporary) new era.

See you at the festivals. Whenever that happens!

– Matthew Toffolo