Erica Orofino – Director of the short film FANTOME

See director BIO.

Erica Orofino was born on December 4, 1990 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She is an actor, known for Bela (2014) and Control (2014).

“The story was always there. And I just couldn’t wait to write it. It’s an accumulation of ideas that I’ve had over the years that came together in this one thing.”

Writer/Director Erica Orofino talks with host Amanda Hicks about the making of Fantome and the CineCoup process.

Film playing at the May 2017 CANADIAN FEEDBACK Film Festival

festival posterFANTOME, 13min, Canada, Horror/Drama

Justin Harding – Director of the short film KOOKIE

Justin Harding – See director BIO.

It was during his time at the York Region School of Fine Art that Justin Harding discovered his passion for filmmaking and after winning various awards for his short films Justin developed the original comedy series Keys to the VIP for The Comedy Network and was hired to direct all three seasons. Justin has since been hired as a director or challenge producer on a wide variety of programs for multiple networks including The Amazing Race Canada & MasterChef Canada for CTV, Canada’s Worst Driver for Discovery, Come Dine With Me Canada for W Network, Rich Bride Poor Bride for Slice, Campus PD for G4 and many more. In 2011 Justin launched Harding Films Inc a full service video production and VFX company which produces visual effects, motion graphics, TV commercials and viral marketing films. Justin has always focused on hyper-creative, off-beat content and eye popping visual effects with a fresh eye for creative storytelling and rich visuals.

Film playing at the May 2017 CANADIAN FEEDBACK Film Festival

festival posterKOOKIE, 12min, Canada, Horror

Matthew Read – Director of the short film VOYEUR

Matthew Read – See director BIO.

Matthew Read is an up and coming versatile filmmaker based out of Toronto, ON. Highlights include directing THANK YOU FOR CALLING which won ‘Best Student Short Film’ at the Canadian Independent Film Festival as well as being the director of photography on PRETTY DANGEROUS which was selected to TIFF’S Canadian Top Ten Film Festival in the ‘Student Short Film’ category.

Film playing at the May 2017 CANADIAN FEEDBACK Film Festival

festival posterVOYEUR, 15min, Canada, Thriller/Spy

Derek Barnes – Director of the short film WALKING SUPPLY

Derek Barnes – See director BIO.

Derek Barnes ran around the world with a camera when he was 19 and created a mini-doc, which set the path for many things to come. After hunting down work in the Toronto film industry, he was encouraged to follow his filmmaking aspirations and began pursuing the creation of an adventure journalism TV show that would chronicle tales of incredible people he encountered overseas.

Years of meetings with networks and producers later, Derek decided it was time to take matters into his own hands. He started taking courses and training to become a rock climbing guide (most logical source of income for adventure), and set aside money from every paycheque for camera gear to create his own work.

And so began Mountain Man Media. Originally intended to be an outdoor adventure video company, Derek honed his camera operating skills on corporate videos which inspired a change. He began working on narrative films, music videos and documentaries, where he became comfortable with the Steadicam Pilot, the drone, and now directs as often as possible. With lights and cameras all around, he decided to study photography and began shooting headshots for friends, which ignited Mountain Man Media’s focus on photo/video work for performers.

Meanwhile, Derek’s rock climbing experience helped him enter the world of stunt rigging. After a hell of a lot of training, he is now landing work as a stunt performer on television shows and major motion pictures (Suicide Squad, Robocop, The Expanse, and The Strain to name a few). Derek is a professionally trained actor as well and recently had principle roles on the hit TV Shows ‘Rookie Blue’ and ‘Letterkenny’.

Between filming, rigging and performing, Derek spends most of his spare time training for stunt work and expanding Mountain Man Media’s filmmaking potential.

Film playing at the May 2017 CANADIAN FEEDBACK Film Festival

festival posterWALKING SUPPLY, 25min, Canada, Crime/Thriller

Joffrey Saintrapt – Director of the short film MADE IN MONTREAL

Joffrey Saintrapt – See director BIO.

Born in France, Joffrey started directing his own films while in film school; drama, experimental, documentary and music videos.

For the last ten years, he has been working as a freelance Director, DOP and Editor in both France and Canada. He has collaborated with the National Film Board of Canada, Canada Film Centre or networks such as CNN, TFO, CBC, Unis TV5 and M6 Group.

Besides his work as a freelancer, Joffrey is a screenwriter, independent producer and director ;
he loves making films and telling stories.

Some of his credits include :

“Made in Montréal”
Winner Award Best Cinema of Canada Canadian Diversity FF 16
Winner Award of Excellence Canada Shorts FF 16
Award Nominee Open world Film Festival 2016

“The Car”
Official Selection
Short Corner Cannes 2015
Canada International Film Fest 2016
Canadian National Screen Institute 2015
Canadian Labour International Film Fest 2015

“Made in Paris”
Official Selection
Short Corner Cannes 2013

“Blurred Memories” a music video
Official Selection
Toronto Independant Film Fest 2015
Rock’n’Roll Film Fest Kenya 2016


Film playing at the May 2017 CANADIAN FEEDBACK Film Festival

festival posterMADE IN MONTREAL, 10min, Canada, Drama, B&W

Shawna Gnutel – Director of BLOSSOM OF MY HEART, 4min, Canada, Experimental/Anti-Romance

Shawna Gnutel – See director BIO.

Shawna loves swimming with dolphins and salted caramel
ice-cream. She is passionate about cinema and her shorts have screened internationally. Couples ‘n Cuddles (2001), The Adventures of Burqa Girl (2003), Fidel on the Raft (2003) and Cuba, Si, (2006). She currently lives in Vancouver BC with her rebellious feline Cello.

Film playing at the May 2017 CANADIAN FEEDBACK Film Festival

festival posterBLOSSOM OF MY HEART, 4min, Canada, Experimental/Anti-Romance