NOTE: This festival is still taking place each week despite the COVID-19 virus. All festival dates have been relegated to private screenings with the same Audience FEEDBACK videos made for the short films, and recorded script readings performed by professional actors for the screenplays.
Since 2016, the FEEDBACK Film Festival has been showcasing the best of Female Directors, Producers, Writers, and female lead talent. As of July 2018, we now will be showcasing a Film Festival every single month in the heart of downtown Toronto at the Carlton Cinemas.
We also will be showcasing winning screenplays at our festival every single month.
The FEEDBACK Female Film Festival (FFFF) was created for women filmmakers and screenwriters. The goal is to showcase the best of female talent in film & TV from around the world.
Read daily testimonials: https://femalefilmfestival.com/category/testimonials/
The irony of this festival is that its goal is to not be around in 5 years time. To eventually not be relevant because there is zero need to have a festival geared for female talent and female stories because the stories presented in Hollywood and around the world are a balanced showcase of the human experience from both sexes.
Our goal is to achieve a lot of success and then fold into oblivion simply because there is no need for this festival.
This festival was created by the FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival as a simple reaction to a strong need to showcase female talent from around the world in a more profound way.
When putting together the weekly festival, the administration noticed a lack of a female presence in the stories being shown at the festival.
A classic example and analogy to the frustration is how the festival noticed that even the smaller roles in a screenplay were written for a man to play. There was zero reason for this in many stories. How a police officer, or a political campaign manager, for example with 3-4 lines in a screenplay was a “HE” character. Why? And these are the screenplays written by the winners! The talented one who have obtained agents and have began/beginning their careers as a writer.
The festival quickly realized when doing the casting for the writing festival readings and setting up the film festival each week two distinct things:
There are so many talented female actors out there who don’t have enough roles to play. 64% of the assigned roles in a screenplay out of over 500 winning readings from 2013-16 were for males. A woman character got only 36% of the roles! And it’s safe to say that so many elite & talented women out there are sitting on the sidelines for no other reason than there is a lack of diversity in Hollywood and around the world in the stories being written.
There is a silent revolution happening around the world with female indy directors. The festival has noticed out of the last 100 films shown at the festival in the last year, 23 of those films were directed by a female. That is a great achievement in relation to how it is with Hollywood produced films, (4 out of 100 of the last films directed by a female.) but is that really something to be proud of? If 50% of the world’s population is female, then shouldn’t 50% of the films be produced and directed by a female? This is what the goal of this festival is.
Simply put: There NEEDS to be more stories told from the female point of view. And those stories need to be presented.
I thought that the feedback video was one of the best gifts this short film could bring me. Everything the audience said was so precise, every emotion… They captured the essence of the film! I never thought it could go so far. It really inspired me to keep on working.
– Director Laura Garcia (ALEX)
I loved hearing all the different interpretations from the different audience members. Everyone comes to a screening with different backgrounds and history, and that all informs the way in which they receive and perceive a film; it was fascinating to me, and I thought everyone had very valuable things to say.
– Filmmaker Sarah Deakins (Greece)
A producer friend of mine who worked on this script suggested sending it in. What a great idea.
- Ellery VanDooyeweert (Short Screenplay, The Writer's Duel)
Absolutely outstanding notes and I can’t thank you enough. Obviously Charlie Kaufman are difficult waters to sail but I am determined to rock on. The first thing I throw out of the boat is He Who Appears To Be He. But a girl can dream can’t she? Count on one thing you will be receiving my rewrite with a boatload of gratitude.
– Kelly Karam (Screenplay, Ole: Rising Above Mith)
I want to thank you immensely for the feedback! I’m truly grateful. Feedback and reviews are the main reasons I submit to competitions such as this one. I’m most pleased with this one in particular because the reviewer took the time to make suggestions as to how I could make the script better, most notably with some of my character relationships.
– Chastity Lively (Screenplay, Happy Holidays)
Winning films get shown at the film festival and receive an audience feedback video.
Winning screenplays get their work performed by professional actors and made into a video.
RULES to submit:
All film submissions must be have at least 3 out of the 4 major positions held by a female (director, producer, lead actor, writer). One major exception is that if the film is directed by a female, then the submission is immediately valid..
OR, the film's major plot and lead characters are female driven.
All screenplay submissions must be written by a female writer.
Get your Short Film showcased at the FEEDBACK Film Festival and get a audience video. The FEEDBACK Festival has already showcased over 50 films directed by women, and over 100 screenplays/stories written by a women.
Offers filmmakers to get their works showcased at the FEEDBACK Film Festival. Then the filmmaker will receive and audience reaction video on their film.
Copy YouTube link for examples: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhyCENMnbMA&list=PL-0CVDAfvxir6Bsb1MUKQmvsa-CIyc5kW
0ffers screenwriters, novelists and storytellers at all levels the fantastic opportunity to hear their stories read aloud using TOP PROFESSIONAL ACTORS.
Copy YouTube link for examples: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQTRXsJAc_U&list=PL-0CVDAfvxipD3LGopyNdY9F7cbbZAS2o