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

Short Film: TOGETHER, 7min., Ukraine, Horror/Thriller

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Together is a short horror film about solitude and anxiety during self-isolation caused with COVID-19 quarantine in 2020. It tells the story about a girl who is living alone and senses that someone or something else is in her flat.

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Short Film: MELODY, 20min., Canada, Horror/Thriller

A pianist struggles to finish a song when visited by a stranger.

  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, Fantasy
  • Runtime:
    19 minutes 36 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 17, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    5,200 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Canada
  • Country of Filming:
    Canada
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    4K
  • Film Color:
    Color

Director Biography – Amber Rose McNeill (NORMAL PORN FOR NORMAL PEOPLE)

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Amber Rose McNeill is an Australian filmmaker currently based in Wisconsin. She earned her Associate of Science in Film Production at the Los Angeles Film School in 2018, graduating with highest honors. Shortly after graduating she started her own production company in Los Angeles, working primarily as a script editor and consulting producer. Amber’s films explore themes of isolation, abnormal psychology, gender roles and sexuality. She frequently examines and comments on social attitudes towards violence within media and culture. Amber is currently completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film at the University of Wisconsin, Peck School of Arts.

Director Statement

I wanted to make a provocative film that examined the way we consume violence for entertainment in such a normalise manner. I had recently started working with appropriated media, and this concept lent itself perfectly to the medium. By using select clips from horror movie trailers, 1980s TV commercials, sexualized imagery, interviews with serial killers and original text, I was able to create a growing sense of unease that aims to make the viewer reconsider their relationship with violent media. I fashioned together a bootleg film that’s very nature comments on the exploitation of violence, particularly violence against women, that exists as the sexualized storytelling structure in much of mainstream cinema.

Short Film: NORMAL PORN FOR NORMAL PEOPLE, 4min., Australia, Experimental

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“Normal Porn for Normal People” is an appropriated media piece that explores our societal need to consume violence for entertainment. The film comments on the fetishism and romanticizing of violent imagery, while observing the link to commercial consumerism that both demonizes and exploits human sexuality. Interview segments from prominent serial killers expose and echo our endless need to devour salacious content by glorifying and normalising both real and fictional violence. Sexuality and sexual images remain a convenient scapegoat that facilitates a continued avoidance regarding the impact that the glorification of violence has within American culture.

 

Short Film: THE FIFTH DENTIST, 3min., Canada, Horror/Comedy

Four out of Five dentists agree that daily flossing helps remove plaque buildup that is harmful to your teeth.

Four out of Five dentists recommend sugarless gum for those who chew gum.

Four out of Five dentists simply want to take care of your teeth and wish you ‘good day’.

But what about The Fifth Dentist?

Director – Ian Astorquiza
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  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Comedy, Horror
  • Runtime:
    2 minutes 56 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 1, 2020
  • Country of Origin:
    Canada
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Film Color:
    Color

Short Film: BITCH, POPCORN & BLOOD, 16min., France, Horror/Thriller

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At Salt’ n Sugar, a popcorn bar in the middle of nowhere, LILY a bored waitress, is goingto turn her life around when two fishy strangers show up in the bar.

A mix of onirism, violence and dark humor, Bitch, Popcorn & Blood is simply the weapon that everyone has dreamt of being one day.

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Horror Festival Testimonial – May 26 2020

Francis Galluppi
Francis Galluppi

Amazing festival and I loved the video they provided. I’ll definitely be submitting again next year!

5 Star Review

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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