AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:
BEST FILM: ISIS WAS HERE
BEST CHARACTERS: BEYOND THE WALL
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: HAART KENYA
BEST MUSIC: WATER
Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:
There is an episode about this festival in our archives as we talk about the audience and all the great films we showcased at this event.
The theme of the August 2018 DOCUMENTARY FEEDBACK Film Festival in Toronto was “Pursuit of Freedom”. Every character on all of these presented films were either looking for freedom – either attempting to remove themselves from a hostile environment, or simply attempting to be free within themself.
This was an important festival for us. We are moving from bi-monthly to weekly festivals in Toronto and this was the first time we did a festival just 7 days after the previous one. I was worried that it would be our first non-sellout in over a year, but the opposite occurred as we were sold out 2 days before the event occurred.
Part of this reason was the quality of films we were presenting. Documentary Festivals play well in Toronto – very well. At our Los Angeles festival we have more trouble selling out.
Programming short festivals isn’t a perfect science. Sometimes I do well with it as other times I fail. For this festival, I was very happy. Perhaps the best programming job I’ve ever done. Everything just seemed to flow very nicely.
See you at the festivals.
– Matthew Toffolo