HIGHLIGHTS: August 2020 Web Series Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER:

BEST TV WEB SERIES FILM: HOW DO THEY BONE?

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 posterFEDERAL APPROVED PARENT, 8min., USA, Comedy/Drama

festival posterMANN OVERBOARD, 7min., USA, Comedy/Web Series

festival posterBRAZZY JAZZY, 5min., USA, Comedy/Web Series

festival posterONE ACTOR SHORT Episode 3, 9min., Comedy/Webs Series

festival posterHOW DO THEY BONE?, 9min., Comedy/Web Series

festival posterCHICKEN, 10min., USA Comedy/Web Series

The beginning of a (temporary) new era.

See you at the festivals. Whenever that happens!

– Matthew Toffolo

Short Film: ONE ACTOR SHORT Episode 3, 9min., Comedy/Webseries

 

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New York’s acclaimed new unscripted digital series has returned. The uniquely unparalleled, experimental and groundbreaking new series by visionary actor, host, and filmmaker Yuval David, continues now with the release of ‘One Actor Short 3.’

In his bold and daring new approach to guerrilla filmmaking and storytelling, Yuval created the concept of stepping into public areas of New York City with his film crew and inviting random strangers on the streets to star in a short film, which he directs and produces. He treats it as a playful exploration, as he fuses reality, documentary, and narrative into one film.

The trailblazing experimental filmmaker starts the production day not knowing what the genre or even the storyline of the film will be. The film is conceptualized and created on the spot.

If he convinces each new individual to immediately play a role in his film, Yuval then directs the new cast member through guided improvisation to play their new role. Completely in the moment, Yuval weaves together a storyline that progresses through each scene, informing the overall plot of the entire film.

Much of what makes this radically innovative new format work is that Yuval believes in “creating a safe space for each individual to feel welcome to be authentically playful,” as Yuval states.

A viral and film festival sensation, ‘One Actor Short’ is back with its third episode. This one organically became a sports-film, focusing on the mental, emotional, and physical journey of what it takes to run a marathon, with Central Park serving as the lush and lively backdrop to the completely improvised story.

In ‘One Actor Short 3,’ which follows the series’ previous two episodes – a crime procedural and a romantic comedy – Yuval fearlessly directs his random cast of strangers, including a middle school principal, a woman from Serbia, a long-distance runner, a man from France, and other New Yorkers – all complete strangers — to play the roles of a coach, a dealer of performance-enhancing drugs, an athletic rival, and more, in the sports-themed film.

Much of the film surrounds how each member of the cast is able to support Yuval’s character into the mindset of competing in a marathon, by championing him, and talking him through his insecurities around quitting a prior marathon.

Following his real-life artistic mission “to entertain, uplift, and inspire,” Yuval embeds messages of positivity throughout ‘One Actor Short 3.’

“As long as I just keep moving forward, I think that’s what it’s all about,” his character says.

For more information on Yuval David, visit http://www.yuvaldavid.com, or his other channels at the following:

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/YuvalDavid
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/Yuval_David_
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YuvalDavid
Twitter: https://twitter.com/YuvalDavid
IMDb: https://IMDB.me/YuvalDavid

News & Reviews

Short Film: HOW DO THEY BONE?, 9min., Comedy/Webseries

 

78f7425fb2 posterYou’ve seen the movies, you’ve binged the series, you’ve read the books…but how do they bone?

Season 1 of HDTB boasts eight hilarious episodes [between 8 and 18 minutes] of Professional Fun Person and former sex worker Rachel Music and her invited guest. Together they decode the naughty underpinnings of our favorite fandom and answer questions nobody was asking.

Which James Bond has legendary stamina? What’s Thor’s safe word? Will Nintendo ever pop the question?

Part talk show, part sex education, all good (dirty) fun.

Project Links

TV Festival Testimonial – April 22 2020

Courtney Ross

Received feedback. Always insightful to hear what people have to contribute about your work. Thank you for creating this outlet; it is incredibly useful to any writer/director/web series creator. Very constructive. Much appreciated.

Submit your TV Show/Pilot via FilmFreeway:

Probably the best and most informative feedback I have ever gotten for this! Thank you so much:) I’ve been trying to figure out what isn’t quite right with the script – the notes make complete sense! Thank you again, now I know what to do to tighten it up:):)
– Tania Penn, TV Pilot

TV SPEC Screenplay Reading of RICK AND MORTY “Life of Morty”, by Daniel Richardson

Morty finds out the true price of ignoring his grandfather.
Jerry battles with the inner workings of sexual desire and love.

CAST LIST:

Summer: Jillian Robinson
Beth: Pascale Behrman
Jerry: David Rowan
Narration: Kat Smiley
Morty: Thomas Fournier
Rick: Allan Brunet
Vagina: Bill Poulin

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

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Ryan Haines, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Ryan Haines, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

Web Series: PWB SERIES: MOUNTAINS UNITED, 19min., Canada, Documentary

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Join photographer Matt DeLorme as he documents the resilient Himalayan mountain communities who are battling the effects of climate change without sacrificing their way of life.

Project Links

Web Series: NEMAUSUS, 5min., France, WebSeries/Sci-Fi

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Ben just turned 30. He’s a shy man, and is in love with his coworker Diane. He’s got two main passions in life : Historical reconstitutions with his figurines club, and his job at the Tourism Office in Nîmes, which consists in taking visitors on board across the city.

After a sad birthday party, he’s about to go home when he runs down a man with his car. Terrified, he approaches the poor man, only to discover that he’s facing a Roman named Volesus, who only speaks Latin and has travelled through time to show up in our present days.

News & Reviews

 

Director Biography – Jamie Maule-ffinch (TITS UP)

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I’m an award winning comedy commercials director from the U.K whose shot for a host of big brands all around the world.

I’ve written spec sitcoms and movies. I’ve directed plays and short films the last of which – Morning After – won best comedy at the 2017 Discover Film festival.

I’m currently working on a number of new projects the most substantial of which is a sitcom co-created with director Dan Zeff and set to star Jason Donovan.

This is my first comedy web series.

Director Biography – CJ L Arellano (THE COAT ROOM)

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C.J. ARELLANO is a Chicago-based award-winning screenwriter and director who specializes in queer-themed, comedic, and sci-fi content. He has directed several web series, including the gay sketch comedy project, John Loos: Too Big for This World, which screened at the New York Television Festival in July 2018. He has directed video for globally renowned brands such as McDonald’s, ConAgra Foods, and The Second City. C.J.’s feature screenplays have won grand prizes at the New York Screenplay Contest and Columbia College Chicago’s Written Image Contest.

Director Statement

It was an instant yes from me when comedy writer-performer Julia DiFerdinando asked me to help her bring “The Coat Room” to life. With biting insight and aching humor, her writing explores how we yearn for connection and discover uncomfortable truths about ourselves. To key the viewer into her character’s ambivalent emotional state, I wanted the coat room setting itself to ooze two things at once: the delicious promise of a fun night ahead, and that creeping FOMO feeling that the fun might be happening in the next room. With this collection of sharp Chicago comedy talent presiding over our heroine’s journey of growth, I hope viewers find that the fun is happening right in front of them. Please enjoy “The Coat Room.”