HIGHLIGHTS: August 2020 HORROR Film Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:
BEST HORROR FILM: MELODY
BEST THRILLER FILM: FROM SHADOW
BEST PERFORMANCES: NUMEROUS DUO
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: BITCH, POPCORN & BLOOD
BEST SOUND & MUSIC: THE FIFTH DENTIST

Theme of night: Unique surroundings

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

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterNORMAL PORN FOR NORMAL PEOPLE, 4min., Australia, Experimental

festival posterBITCH, POPCORN & BLOOD, 16min., France, Horror/Thriller

festival posterNUMERUS DUO, 7min., USA, Horror

festival posterTHE READING ROOM, 7min., USA, Experimental

festival posterTOGETHER, 7min., Ukraine, Horror/Thriller

festival posterMELODY, 20min., Canada, Horror/Thriller

festival posterEAVESDROPPING, 16min, USA, Thriller/Noir

festival posterTHE FIFTH DENTIST, 3min., Canada, Horror/Comedy

festival posterFROM SHADOW, 20min., New Zealand, Horror/Thriller

festival posterSUSHI NIGHT, 9min, USA, Horror

The beginning of a (temporary) new era.

See you at the festivals. Whenever that happens!

– Matthew Toffolo

HIGHLIGHTS: October 2019 HORROR Film Festival (Toronto)

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:
BEST FILM: S
BEST PERFORMANCES: HIGH DESERT HELL performers
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: NIGHT OWLS
BEST MUSIC: S

Theme of night: Seclusion. (Or, trapped in a strange place)

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterS, 29min., Spain, Horror/Thriller

festival posterNOCTAMBULOS (NIGHT OWLS), 8min., Spain, Horror

festival posterTHE ESCAPE ROOM, 17min., USA, Horror/Thriller

festival posterHIGH DESERT HELL, 17min., USA, Horror/Thriller

festival posterKUSHTAKA, 16min., USA, Horror/Thriller

The 21st event in Toronto in 2019.
12 more festival events in 2019.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

S Short Film, Audience FEEDBACK from Oct. 2019 HORROR Festival

S, 29min., Spain, Horror/Thriller

Directed by Juan José Patón

Mary, a recent graduate, travels to Spain for an internship at a mental hospital. In addition to facing the difficulties of living in a foreign country, she will meet the first patient she must treat. This will affect her in a way she hadn’t expected.

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Night Owls Short Film, Audience FEEDBACK from Oct. 2019 HORROR Festival

NOCTAMBULOS (NIGHT OWLS), 8min., Spain, Horror

Directed by Romén Rivero

In the middle of the night, a group of teenagers practice skateboarding without notice that somebody is watching them from the shadows. One of the girls separates from the group to return home through the lonely streets of the city and someone follows her.

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High Desert Hell Short Film, Audience FEEDBACK from Oct. 2019 HORROR Festival

HIGH DESERT HELL, 17min., USA, Horror/Thriller

Directed by Francis Galluppi

Four young adults venture to a remote location in the high desert of California and are mysteriously preyed upon.

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June Horror 2019 Film/Story/Screenplay Winners

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ACTOR BEST SCENE SCREENPLAY: ALL THE WOLVES YOU WERE, by Ron Micci
June 2019 Winner

ACTORHORROR BEST SCENE SCREENPLAY: SQUISH, by Vinny Smith
June 2019 Winner

ACTOR BEST SCENE SCREENPLAY: BLIND VAMPIRE, by Eric White
June 2019 Winner

festival posterTOM, 8min., USA, Experimental/Horror

 

 

Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Kyle Drier, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Denissa Palmer, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

March 2019 Film/Story/Screenplay Winners

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ACTORSCI-FI SHORT SCREENPLAY: STUCK by Katy Erin
March 2019 Winner

ACTORTHRILLER SHORT SCREENPLAY: TOO OLD TO TRICK OR TREAT, by Tammy Gross
March 2019 Winner

ACTORBEST SCENE SCREENPLAY: HE TRIED TO KILL ME by Gail B. Robinson
March 2019 Winner

 

 

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Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Festival Moderators: Kierston Drier, Shepsut Wilson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Kyle Drier, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Mary Cox, Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Hugh Fraser, Andy Camp, Aser Santos Jr., Zack Arch

Horror Festival Testimonial – February 26 2019

I was happy to see that the audience had remembered the character’s names and were able to distinguish plot elements only from the sound design. I also enjoyed listening how people would compare the story and its characters to real life issues.

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Horror Festival Testimonial – December 31 2018

Matt Burkett
Matt Burkett

Really amazing that they provide videos of audience reactions to the films being shown. Very much appreciated it and it was an honor to be included!

5 Star Review

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November 2018 HORROR Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

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STORYHORROR BEST SCENE: Lightkeepers by Michael Head
November 2018

STORYHORROR BEST SCENE: The Cultists by John Renney
November 2018

STORYTHRILLER 1st Scene Reading: THE GIRL IN THE WELL by Richard Webb
November 2018

STORYHORROR 1st Scene Reading: PUNCTURED by Shari Hamrick Grewal
November 2018

STORYHORROR 1st Scene Reading: TIMMY COOKE: A CANNIBAL LOVE STORY by Aaron Barrocas
November 2018

festival posterGOLDBLOODED, 9min., USA, Action/Crime

festival posterINCALL, 10min., USA, Thriller

festival posterHOODYMAN, 6min., United Arab Emirates, Thriller

 

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Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Festival Moderators: Kierston Drier, Shepsut Wilson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Festival Directors: Mary Cox, Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Hugh Ritchie, Isabal Cupryn, Aser Santos Jr., Zack Arch