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

HORROR Best Scene Screenplay Reading: SQUISH!, by Vinny Smith

 

 

A scrappy group of marine biology students are stalked by a giant jellyfish in the Bahamas.

CAST LIST:

Bobby: Geoff Mays
Howard: Neil Bennett
April: Elle A
Narrator: Val Cole
Nick: Jarrod Terrill
Michael: Ryan Singh
Sofia: Isabel Kruse
Gina: Bianca Alongi

 

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

HORROR Best Scene Reading of The Cultists by John Renney

A girl is betrayed by her parents and given to a demonic cult to be sacrificed, a detective must wrestle with his own past and demons to save the girl. This case could be his last chance at salvation.

CAST LIST:

Maurice – 1 – Alex Clay
Woman – 1 – Vanessa Burns
Narration – Pip Dwyer
Detective Johns – 13 – Russell Batcher
Officer Davis – 15 – Luke Robinson
Child – 1 – Sydney Addison-Rudat

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

HORROR Best Scene Reading of The Vanished by Bill Bradshaw

 

It is the year of our Lord 1900. In the storm of the century, a team of Lighthouse keepers are stranded on a barren island off the coast of Newfoundland. The storm brings carnage and destruction but it also harbors something far more sinister. As the days edge by, the team becomes aware of a centuries old evil that threatens, not just the island, but their very existence. The Vanished is ‘A Perfect Storm’ meets ‘The Wicker Man’ to the bleak backdrop of a North Atlantic isle.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Mandy May Cheetham
McDonald: Liam Kinahan
Annie: Anjelica Alejandro

 

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

Horror Festival – Thur. October 25th. 7pm. Toronto

The FEEDBACK Monthly Film Festival is back for 2018.. Our home is The Carlton Cinemas, located in the heart of downtown Toronto at 20 Carlton Street. The event runs from 7pm to 9:10pm.

Continuing to showcase the best of short films from around the world, while maintaining our audience feedback format moderated by Kierston Drier. Showcasing a festival twice a month in Toronto in 2018!

Tickets for 2018 are PAY WHAT YOU LIKE.

If you like to obtain seats in advance and pick them up on the day of the event (come for FREE, or make a donation), please email us attickets@wildsound.ca and we’ll reserve seats for you.

You can pick up the tickets on the day of the event at the cinema. Tickets are first come, first serve. This festival has sold out 76 out of its last 78 events!

You will be able to buy alcohol (beer, wine, liquor), popcorn, candy, and refreshments before the show.

Here is the full program of films. Festival starts at 7pm sharp!

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1st ACT PROGRAM


BLACK CLOUD (Daiyun), 11min., Brazil, Horror/Animation
Directed by Andre Gustavo

When a mother punishes her child for no apparent reason, revenge comes from the most unexpected places.

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{APOLLYON}, 7min., USA, Horror/Experimental
Directed by Matt Burkett

A woman’s suffering may bring about monstrous consequences for humanity.

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LOVE AFTER DEATH, 9min., Canada, Horror/Romance
Directed by Eli Weinstein

Two lovers must test the limits of their relationship after waking up as zombies in the middle of the woods.

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THE STRANGER, 13min., USA, Thriller/Drama
Directed by Katherine Oostman

Blake left home years ago. Now, she is returning to make amends with her mom, but finds a stranger claiming to be her sister living in the house. As Blake begins to investigate, she realizes this stranger is turning people against her. Blake must prove she’s changed or lose everyone she loves.

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2nd ACT PROGRAM


HORLA, 11min., Canada, Horror/Fantastic
Directed by Gabriel Galand

In the end of the 19th century, an isolated aristocrat becomes convinced that the house and grounds are haunted.

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THE WHISTLER, 11min., Canada, Horror/Paranormal
Directed by Jennifer Nicole Stang

Lindsey is forced to babysit her sister, Becky, one night, when, after innocently falling asleep, wakes up to find her sister gone. Someone may have taken Becky and could be after her as well…

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PLASTIK, 12min., USA, Horror/Thriller
Directed by Valerio Mazzarella

Young dreamer desperately in need of a better image for her addiction in social media and is willing to sacrifice anything for followers and likes.

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ATTACK OF THE POTATO CLOCK, 2min., USA, Horror/Animation
Directed by Victoria Lopez, Ji young Na

Set in an 80’s elementary school, our film tells the story about a mutated potato clock that rises from death in a stormy day to get revenge on the cafeteria’s lunch lady who is chopping potatoes, creatures of his own kind.

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The FEEDBACK Monthly Film Festival is back for 2018.. Our home is The Carlton Cinemas, located in the heart of downtown Toronto at 20 Carlton Street. The event runs from 7pm to 9:10pm.

Continuing to showcase the best of short films from around the world, while maintaining our audience feedback format moderated by Kierston Drier. Showcasing a festival twice a month in Toronto in 2018!

HORROR Festival Testimonial – June 24, 2018

I found you on FilmFreeway and your description really sounded like a good fit for my film. I was thrilled with the feedback. I could tell the reader really read my script and took time to evaluate it. His insight was a great help in my rewrites.

From MESSAGE FROM BEYOND, by Paige Brien

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Watch the Screenplay Reading: 

CAST LIST: 

Denise – Julie C. Sheppard
Jack – Geoff Mays
Narration – Hugh Ritchie
Cecily – Victoria Urquhart
Doctor – Sean Ballantyne
Rebecca – Lada Darewych

HORROR Best Scene of INKED IN BLOOD, by Paul Corricelli

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR: Becky Shrimpton
Edsall: Allan Brunet
Aesop: Anthony Tran
Candice: Mahtab Sabet

Get to know the writer: 

What is your screenplay about?

Inked In Blood is a story of revenge. It’s about a tortured man who returns to the town he ran away from as a child to exact his revenge on all those who wronged him, and face the one man he fears the most. His father.

In a desolate, completely unremarkable town in the mid eighties Aesop Quarrels grew up living a tortured existence. His father, Sheriff Edsall Quarrels, was a cruel and vindictive man on his best of days. More so after the birth of his “freakish albino son”(his words). Amid the constant abuse he endured while growing up, Aesop was forced to witness his mother’s abuse at the hands of his father’s weekly poker buddies.

Nineteen years after escaping this living hell, Aesop has returned to exact his revenge. After receiving news of his mother’s apparent suicide, the fires of suppressed rage and vengeance have been stoked. He returns a tortured soul. Symbolic tattoos adorn both his arms. One side depicting scenes of Hell, the other scenes of Heaven. He wears them proudly, a badge to the horrific struggles that they both endured.

One by one he will make them pay; not only to mend the shattered pieces of his own life, but for his mother’s suffering as well. Past horrors begin to unfold as he embarks on a twisting trail of carnage that must ultimately lead to Aesop facing the one man responsible for their suffering. As he struggles with the terrible weight of what he’s done, and the price that he will eventually have to pay, Aesop heads towards a final showdown with his father and, in the process, he will uncover a hidden family secret that threatens to tear him apart.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Horror

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I think “Inked” has a unique cast of characters with their own voice. The protagonists tattoos play an important visual role in the story and are there for more than just the esthetics, and this would add another dimension to the story telling.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Dark, intense.

What movie have you seen the most times in your life?

The Big Lebowski. I never get tired of it. The first scene in the bowling alley with Donny, the Dude and Walter talking about the rug is one of my all-time favorites.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I wrote Inked In Blood in 2012, but I did nothing with it for several years. After sending it out to a couple screenwriting contests and placing in a few, I did some serious rewrites and eventually began to win. That brought me to where it is today.

How many stories have you written?

I have four completed screenplays and several in the works. I also have a short that has placed in a couple contests.

What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the
most times in your life?)

Wow, can’t name one song. If I had to pick an album I listened to the most in my life, I’d have to say Ozzy’s Diary of a Madman or Rush 2112.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I think the main obstacle I faced while writing this screenplay was the fact that I don’t really watch horror movies. I don’t particularly like to be startled, or scared, but I think that this ultimately helped me in the end, because I wasn’t pulling ideas from anything I had seen in the past. Another obstacle I faced was trying to come up with interesting ways for Aesop to take his revenge. I wanted to keep each death interesting-anyone can pull a trigger. Finally, the last obstacle was trying to keep my anti-hero human. While he is taking his revenge through violent acts, he struggles with the decisions he’s made, and knows that some day he will have to pay for his actions.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I went to art school where I studied fine art photography. It’s something I still do, and enjoy, in my spare time. I am also very passionate about music. In what now feels like another life, I was the drummer in a rock band and played all around Hollywood during the height of Guns and Roses, Motely Crue, etc. Oddly enough, twenty some years after it all came to an end, a record company released a seven song CD of our music this year. Oh yeah, I grew up a huge comic book nerd and that hasn’t changed to this day.

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

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

HORROR Best Scene Script Reading of HAYRIDE, by Scott Timmins

Genre: Horror

Logline: A group of bullied, emotionally abused high school students take over a Haunted Hayride on Halloween night and make its horrors real. “Hayride” will do for the increasingly popular Haunted Hayrides what “Jaws” did for swimming in oceans and “Psycho” did for showers.

CAST LIST:

NARRATION: Julie C. Sheppard
Lexi – Vanessa Quagliara
Rose – Katelyn Vanier
Tommy – Trevor Marlatt

Get to know the writer: 

What is your screenplay about?

When a bullied gay student is driven to suicide, his ‘outcast’ friends decide it’s time to exact payback by volunteering to help run this year’s Haunted Halloween Hayride. This year’s Hayride is going to be unlike any other. That’s because this year’s Hayride is…real.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Horror that taps into the growing bullying problem taking place in schools, and the country in general.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Hayride can be made cheaply, under $3-5 million and with the right marketing could at least double its budget its first weekend because Haunted Halloween Hayrides have become enormously popular the past decade. It would do for haunted hayrides (and if a sequel, Halloween Horror Houses!) what Jaws did for swimming in the ocean and what Psycho did for taking showers.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Timely, scary.

What movie have you seen the most times in your life?

Jaws

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Off and on about 18 years in various forms and drafts. My first draft in 1999 was about to be sold and then Columbine happened and the deal fell through.

How many stories have you written?

Hayride was screenplay number 5. I have written three more since its completion. My first script, The Resistance, debuted at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.

What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

Wow, that’s a tough one. Favorite? “Bat out of Hell” by Meat Loaf. Listened to the most? “Cadillac Ranch” by Bruce Springsteen

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Although I wasn’t happy with my first draft back in 1999 the producer loved it…until Columbine happened. Obstacle for me? Not compared to those who lost their lives or forever had their lives altered from the horrific tragedy. 16 years later, because of the ever growing popularity of Haunted Halloween Hayrides I decided to dust off the old script and majorly update it. This time, it flowed much better and I’m proud of it.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I’m passionate about Animal Rights and giving voices to those that don’t have any. And, because of Drumpf, I’m passionate about exposing his lies and getting him impeached.

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

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

HORROR BEST Scene Screenplay of THE WICK INN, by Robert Rosenbaum

 

Genre: Horror, Drama

Patrick, a burnt-out blogger, more interested in writing a graphic novel, takes a road-trip with a couple buddies to Napa Valley to cover the legendary Pagan ball.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Jane Hailes
Lance: Nick Wicht
Märet: Penelope Park
Kiki: Kelci Stephenson
Patrick: Charles Gordon
Nick: Todd Thomas Dark

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

A down-on-his-luck journalist and his buddies head to Napa Valley for a Halloween celebration and end up staying in an inn run by seductive witches. When the valley is attacked by an evil sorceress, the boys team up with the witches and employ their paintball skills to help defeat the demons.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Horror / Comedy / Fantasy

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

The Wick Inn is a comedy/horror film that combines “Sideways” and “Charmed” with a touch of “Rocky Horror”. Throw in the paintball elements in the final battle and you have a fun and thrilling film that will appeal to the broadest audience.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Fantastical fun!

What movie have you seen the most times in your life?

Probably “A Christmas Carol”, as I watch it (in various versions) about a half a dozen times every year during the holidays!

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

About a year and a half.

How many stories have you written?

Dozens.

What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

I am a big Beatles fan. I would have to say it would be one of the songs on the Sergeant Pepper’s album.

9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Researching paintball. I am not a player, so I watched a lot of video of paintball tournaments and interviewed friends who are avid players.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

My wife and I founded Rosemary Farm Sanctuary where we rescue horses in need.

You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?

FilmFreeway is the best platform of its kind. The dashboard is so organized and easy to use. I can easily keep track of all my submissions and watchlist all the festivals in which I have an interest.

What influenced you to enter the f.estival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

I found you on FilmFreeway and your description really sounded like a good fit for my film. I was thrilled with the feedback. I could tell the reader really read my script and took time to evaluate it. His insight was a great help in my rewrites.

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

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox