Interview with Filmmaker Rommel Villa (TEDDY MATE)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

TEDDY MATE was the winner of BEST FILM at the January 2020 LGBT Film Festival in Toronto.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Rommel Villa: I thought this was a special story that needed to be told because it not only served as an educational tool for the little ones but also could bring awareness in regards to the judging hand of conservative societies around the world that still discriminate and objectify underrepresented communities. I had experienced myself what it is like to be put in a labeled box (black or white, man or woman, poor or rich, gay or straight) before being able to figure out where I belong myself. So to me, the best way to address that was by making a corky film in a magical world!

2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make…

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