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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Escape Room Short Film, Audience FEEDBACK from Oct. 2019 HORROR Festival

 

THE ESCAPE ROOM, 17min., USA, Horror/Thriller

Directed by Bessy Adut

“Escape Room” is an award winning film (best screenplay, best editing, nominated for best film, best music score and best acting) about a brilliant student who is bullied in high school and suffers from OCD reluctantly joins her popular friends at a horror-themed Escape Room game. When the group realizes that a revenge-seeking Game Master has set them up in a custom-made deadly trap, the five teenagers start turning on each other. They have to join forces in order to get out of the room alive. The theme involves love, trust, teen issues and the importance of friendship. It is our hope to inspire audiences to pursue the idea of standing up for one another when confronted with adversities caused by a valued one.

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Director Biography – Cameron Currin (KUSHKATA)

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Cameron Currin is an up and coming self taught Director, Cinematographer, Writer and Editor. His first short film “Kushtaka” was filmed in Kodiak AK, but he has worked on other productions including several Youtube channels, a locally broadcasted television crime series, and more. He is an active duty member of the United States Coast Guard, and looks forward to working on more productions as his retirement draws near.

Director Statement

Thank you for looking at my profile. If you would like to speak with me, you can email me at cameroncurrin180@gmail.com. If you are interested in what I am currently up to, follow me on my website http://www.cameroncurrin.com

I look forward to a future of interesting and creative productions, and would love to discuss or help others live out their passions too.

Short Film: KUSHTAKA, 16min., USA, Horror/Thriller

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Based in the 1900s, a recently widowed prospector remains alone in the Alaskan wilderness during his desperate search for gold. Something has been stalking him from the trees. Can he find his fortune and leave Alaska for good, or will he lose the only real valuable thing he has left, his own life?

Director Biography – Francis Galluppi (HIGH DESERT HELL)

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Francis Galluppi is a filmmaker with a dark, unsettling tone that runs through most of his work. At a very early age, he would remake scenes from his favorite films using In-camera editing. He later began playing drums in a punk band, and developed a strong “do it yourself” mentality. With that mindset, he is a self-taught filmmaker who has written, directed, produced, edited, and scored all of his own films.

Director Biography – Romén Rivero (NIGHT OWLS)

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Romén Rivero was born in Gran Canaria, one of Spain’s Canary Islands, in 1979. Without specific studies in cinema, he read filmmaking books and watched dvd’s special features as his only “film school”.

Romén is passionate about fantastic and horror genre since his childhood and has written, produced and directed three indie shorts related to this genres, including Volver a Casa (Coming Home, 2004) a post-apocalyptic drama; Thánatos (2008) a symbolist-surreal fantasy that brought his first director award in his homeland; and Noctámbulos (Night Owls, 2018) a horror neo-noir tribute to the 80’s cult classics, shot with a $500 budget, a dslr camera and without crew. Noctámbulos (Night Owls) has won 10 internationals awards including Best Foreign Language Short at the Hollywood Horrorfest 2019 in Los Angeles; and has more than 80 official selections in more than 25 countries up to date. Highlighting its official selection at the Macabro Film Fest 2019 (one of the MovieMaker’s 30 Bloody Best Genre Fests in the World in 2019); the HorrorHound Film Fest 2019 (Indianapolis); the Atlanta Horror Film Fest 2019; and the just 10 shorts selection of the Texas Frightmare weekend 2019.

Also, he shot a 30 minutes indie drama in 2016, Babemba, semi-finalits at film festivals in Italy and Latin America; and wrote several unproduced short film and feature scripts. Currently he’s working on his feature debut, Night Birds, wich expands the Noctámbulos (Night Owls) story.