Director Biography – Mattias Königsson, Emil T Jonsson (TRUE FRIENDS)

Mattias: I am devoted to writing and telling stories that could inspire, amuse or entertain people.

Director Statement

“Conny needs to find out who his real friends are”, a humorous take on loneliness following Covid-19. Shot on an iPhone 8 with the native camera app.
I wanted to make a movie with a small team, me and a photographer only due to Covid-19. And I wanted to make a movie that many could relate to and put their own interpretation to and maybe inspire someone to follow the characters lead.

Director Biography – Lindsay Seers, Keith Sargent (ANOMALY 4)

Keith Sargent is an artist and multi award winning filmmaker since graduating from the Royal College of Art. He is a director of b#1 (buildingnumberone) and

As a book publisher Keith makes, designs and commissions books, working with artists, photographers, illustrators and writers, having produced 30 titles that have been sold worldwide.

He works in collaboration with Lindsay Seers on large scale commissions and exhibitions throughout the world.

His films have been shown in London, Kolkata, Bristol, Brighton, Bath, Berlin, Oslo, LA, Sweden, Vienna, Sharjah, Mexico, Toronto, Vancouver, Prague, Athens, UAE, Mexico.

He has exhibited in London, Southend, Belfast, Oslo, Arbroath, Knole House, Brighton, Bath, Bristol, Lincoln, Birmingham, UAE.

He lives and works on the Isle of Sheppey, Sheerness-on-sea, UK.

Short Film: ANOMALY 4, 19min., UK, Experimental/Animation

There is no singular way to sum up this work. It does not really want to be explained by an elucidating text; it wants to rest in the medium that shapes it. It does not follow a convention of story telling that governs cinema. What it does follow is a freewheeling set of associations and the vagaries of our interpretations of events. As a construct it wants to be like consciousness might really be … fragmented, discontinuous, oscillating, driven to constructing false cause and effect narratives from endless occurrences that ultimately have no clear singular causal reason.

Yet one thing seems to lead to another.

We could say about this film “An alien form studies the earthlings from its spaceship. It conceives of dance as a language that seems to be have a truth lacking in human writing and speaking. It is bewildered by the contradictory nature of the conventions that govern humankind – of their own making. It has more trust in animals. It sees the politics of a dance by Leni Riefenstahl performed on an island off Germany – an island swapped with Zanzibar …causing an Omani Princess to escape to Germany.

But everything is entangled not just by a singular flapping of a butterfly wing.

Director Biography – Alexandra Bekiou (AS THE WAVE BROKE)

Director Statement

My name is Alexandra Bekiou, I am 46 years old and I have been involved in filmmaking for over 7 years. Since I had the opportunity to help everywhere on the set, I learned the truss independently at the focus of assistant director and location manager. My goal was to take part of a biography filmed at some point. I have a good empathy, I have a creative, photographic eye, I like working with actors very much and I encourage them during the filming, because above all I want to express feelings with facial expressions and gestures. In this film I separated the different scenes by chapter headings. The voice-over of the two actors, actress Katerina Giannakopoulou and actor, and co-author, Michael Marwitz, were words and wisdom from my father. There is only one dialogue scene in the entire film. My goal was to show feelings and thoughts without direct language. I also plan to make my feature film out of it in the near future. Through this biography I would like to have the content filmed in such a way that abused people can see that freedom and unconditional love could be a redeeming goal, and that they are therefore not necessarily forced to spend time of their remaining life in the world having to consider themselves in a victim role.

Short Film: AS THE WAVE BROKE, 22min., Germany, Drama/Experimental

As the wave broke…

The odyssey of a woman (40 years old) on the almost hopeless search for a life that does not seem like hell, after suffering the most terrible abuse and loss of her only consolation. She finds the answer for a life-affirming path beyond all clichés, until the wave breaks. Her key of success: unconditional love and freedom.

A violin lies in the sand, washed by leaking ocean waves. We hear a male voice.

Following sceneries:

Julia runs along the beach and we hear her thoughts.

Julia runs into the forest as she remembers something. The cry of despair seems to break through time and space. A person approaches Julia and seems to calm her with his hand without actually touching her. A male voice tells her something. The figure moves away.

Julia is sitting in her light-flooded living room at her laptop, where she is working on her book. You can hear her thoughts. Julia is torn from her thoughts by doorbells. As she continues writing, someone is knocking on her outside window. She lets him in more or less. Both are talking to each other, but Julia is feeling disturbed be Ricky.
A flashback shows both of them fooling around the beach. At last Ricky wants to kiss Julia but she backs off.
We see her again on the laptop, the argument escalates and she quickly throws Ricky out of her place.

Julia is walking towards the sea. We can hear her thoughts. She looks different now.

A man walks towards a bench with a book in his hand. It is the same one whose shoes and legs had appeared in Julia’s forest. He sits down and begins to read. Something in the book made him look after the lighthouse in the background next to the bank. We can hear how he is reading out oft he book. Something seams to bother him. At the end we can see deepest pain, longing and tornness in his eyes.

Julia and the man stand side by side on the beach. Their faces are facing the sea. His hand tries to take hers, but she runs towards the sea. He is looking after her. You can see him smiling. She turns to him and extends her open hand towards him.
We see the black and white photo of a man from the past sitting at a typewriter and hear the same text as at the beginning oft he movie.

The End

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Director Biography – Johan Stavsjö (DEBUT)

Born in Stockholm, Sweden Johan Stavsjö grew up in the cinema. He studied Film Studies at Pace University in New York City as well as Stockholm University before receiving a degree in Filmmaking from Stockholm Film School. After graduation, he’s been working on several Swedish TV shows for some of Sweden’s largest production companies. Lastly, Johan worked as a Production Coordinator on the Netflix produced Swedish series called “Love & Anarchy”.

Johan is the founder of Canelake Films where he has directed and/or produced feature films, shorts, and commercials.

Short Film: DEBUT, 12min., Sweden, Drama/Comedy

The day before the debut of her first major theatre production, an ambitious theatre director, Cornelia, comes to the horrible realization that hey play is quite… bad. A self-destructive journey ensues involving PR agents and stubborn actors as she desperately tries to hold her play together.

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January 2020 European Festival Videos


Theme of night: Youth forced to grow up.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterTHIS, WHICH I HAVE, 16min., Poland, Drama/Thriller

festival posterOPEN YOUR LIPS, 8min., Italy, Drama

festival posterFIRST COMMUNION, 20min., Spain, Drama

festival posterTOUCH ME, 21min, Luxembourg, Drama

festival posterSPIZELLA, 20min., Germany, Drama

The first event in Toronto in 2020.
31 more festival events in 2020.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

Spizella Short Film, Audience FEEDBACK from Jan. 2020 European Festival

SPIZELLA, 20min., Germany, Drama

Directed by Mehmet Tığlı

Spizella is a word with Latin and Greek origin and it means ‘sparrow’. Spizella is the story of a father and his daughter with troubled family relationships, which have become even more troubled after the death of the mother. The father keeps forcing his daughter to keep the mourning attitude alive and ongoing within the house and he tries to keep his communication with her very limited. This gloomy house is no different than a cage for this timid girl. The strong revival of her childhood memories and dreams by means of a souvenir suitcase left from her mother can bring the girl a glimpse of happiness.

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