HIGHLIGHTS, WINNERS & VIDEOS: JANUARY 2022 FEEDBACK Film Festival

A showcase of the winning DIVERSITY Festival Feature Film from 2022.

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FAGGOTS, 72min., Switzerland, Experimental
Directed by Dominik Wojciech Krawiecki, Patrycja Planik

The mysterious virus ‘Exit 884’ has decimated the human population and, for reasons unknown to science, has spared the lives of homosexual men only. Earth’s last surviving woman, Maria Magdalena Wysocka, commonly known as Pink Mama, activist of the Rainbow Over Nations movement and acclaimed LGBT warrior, has passed away. Her death marks the beginning of a new era: The Era of Faggots. The farewell party at the former gay club ‘Malibu’, is orchestrated by Erna, who used to clean Her Ladyship Pink Mama’s house. From dusk till dawn, Pink Mama’s friends celebrate and honor her life at a table laid out with vodka, herring, pickles, and russian salad. However, there is a deadly secret hidden behind all the mourning, a secret, that they would rather forget. The nightmare returns.

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Director Biography – Dominik Wojciech Krawiecki, Patrycja Planik

Patrycja Planik-Photographer, visual artist, actress, cinematographer. She studied photography in PWSFTViT in Lodz. She co-created an independent contemporary dance festival in Poland: The International Maat Festival. She produced and created Dance.doc short-form documentaries about dancers connected to this festival. The project was realized in Poland, Japan, and Israel. Her work was conducted by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, CRICOTEKA- Center for the Documentation of the Art of Tadeusz Kantor and The International Maat Festival. She cooperated, among others, with the Nowy Theater Kazimierz Dejmek in Łódź, Teatr Nowy in Poznań and TR Warszawa. She created the blog: “Do not spoil your body with nudity.” An ironic comment on the polish politicians’ strong stand against art projects contains nudity. In 2016 she was casted for the tittle role in Andreas Horvath’s feature film Lillian. In 2019 she received the prize for the Best Female Performance (Blue Angel) at the 27th Art Film Festival in Slovakia. Patrycja Płanik produced the film “Faggots” in 2020 with Dominik Krawiecki and Sławek Bendrat. This is her film debut as Cinematographer and Co-Director.

AWARDS: The Blue Angel for Best Female Performance At The 27th Art Film Festival Kosice 2019.Seymour Cassel Award for Best Actress At The 26th Oldenburg Film Festival 2019.Defiance Fuel Geraldine Page Award for Best Actress At The 14th Method Independent Film Festival 2020.

Dominik Krawiecki -Artistic director, director, actor, teacher, dramaturgist comes from Wrocław, Poland. He trained as an actor at the Theatre Academy in his hometown, and also studied drama at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. Dominik Krawiecki founded the Off-Theater “Zakład Krawiecki,” which plays today with much success. He has also appeared several times as a director and participant in national and international theater festivals and competitions. He embodied roles in Poland, Germany, Switzerland and France in their respective national languages. From beginning his career as an actor and director Dominik Krawiecki began working in the field of dance theater. This created many productions in collaboration with Sławek Bendrat. In 2011 he founded PINK MAMA THEATRE with Sławek Bendrat. Over the past 10 years Dominik has been Director, Producer and Actor in 18 Premieres of PINK MAMA THEATRE productions. The film “Faggots” (2020) is his film directorial debut in collaboration with Patricia Płanik and Sławek Bendrat.

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

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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.

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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