June 2018 – Read the best of Film Festival Interviews

6 Interviews in Total of the best of NEW Film Festivals from around the world: 

Interview with Festival Director June Daguiso (World Music & Independent Film Festival)
Interview with Festival Director June Daguiso (World Music & Independent Film Festival)

Interview with Festival Director Alex Gardner (PHILADELPHIA UNNAMED FILM FESTIVAL)
Interview with Festival Director Alex Gardner (PHILADELPHIA UNNAMED FILM FESTIVAL)

Interview with Festival Director Oliver Wolfson (THE 60 SECOND FILM FESTIVAL)
Interview with Festival Director Oliver Wolfson (THE 60 SECOND FILM FESTIVAL)

Interview with Festival Directors Lisa Wisely & James Felix McKenney (GREAT WESTERN CATSKILLS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL)
Interview with Festival Directors Lisa Wisely & James Felix McKenney (GREAT WESTERN CATSKILLS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL)

Interview with Festival Director Nicole Manoochehri (Los Angeles Dance Short Film Festival)
Interview with Festival Director Nicole Manoochehri (Los Angeles Dance Short Film Festival)

Interview with Festival Director Warren Workman (Feature Film Festival)
Interview with Festival Director Warren Workman (Feature Film Festival)

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May 2018 – Read the best of Film Festival Interviews

Here what they have to say about FilmFreeway too!

Interviews by Matthew Toffolo

Interview with Festival Director Nicole Manoochehri (Los Angeles Dance Short Film Festival)
Interview with Festival Director Nicole Manoochehri (Los Angeles Dance Short Film Festival)

FilmFreeway is great! We use it exclusively for our festival. I like to have everything in one place. It is my submission site of preference when submitting as well so I’m a huge fan here!

Interview with Festival Director Warren Workman (Feature Film Festival)
Interview with Festival Director Warren Workman (Feature Film Festival)

FilmFreeway is incredible. We used other services in the past but now take submissions exclusively through FilmFreeway because it is easy to use and the customer service is outstanding.

Interview with Festival Director Marc D. Lyons (Variety International Film Festival)
Interview with Festival Director Marc D. Lyons (Variety International Film Festival)

We love partnering with filmfreeway!, its literally a one stop shop for fillmakers and festivals!, we can screen and judge all in one place. It makes life so much easier not having to chase down the many different formats films today come in.

Interview with Festival Director Eric Morgret (Crypticon Seattle Horror Film Festival))

It’s a great service! I think we were the 4th festival to sign up for them a few years back and since day one they have been responsive and helpful with any questions we have had. They also work hard to improve the service and are always adding useful services and tools.

Interview with Festival Directors Lisa Wisely & James Felix McKenney (GREAT WESTERN CATSKILLS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL)
Interview with Festival Directors Lisa Wisely & James Felix McKenney (GREAT WESTERN CATSKILLS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL)

So far, so good. The submissions have been trickling in slowly, probably because we’re a first year festival and our final deadline is still a ways off. We’re mostly getting submissions for short films right now and looking forward to seeing more features come our way.

Interview with Festival Director Lari Teräs (Toronto Int’l Spring of Horror & Fantasy Film Festival (TISH))
Interview with Festival Director Lari Teräs (Toronto Int’l Spring of Horror & Fantasy Film Festival (TISH))

The submission process has been great. Last year we got on the Top-100 Best Reviewed Festivals list for quite a while, which definitely boosted our submissions significantly. Furthermore, we have noticed filmmakers whose works we have previously screened resubmitting to us, which is always nice to see. The only downside is that the amount of quality submissions we receive makes the selection process very hard.

Interview with Festival Director Mike Messier (AVALONIA Film Festival)
Interview with Festival Director Mike Messier (AVALONIA Film Festival)

So far, so good. I found FilmFreeway to be very user friendly as a filmmaker myself, and its entry process helped me win about half of my film and TV Awards. Running Avalonia Festival on it is also​ relatively​ easy, time consuming at times, but nothing I can’t handle. ​

Screenplay Festival: April 12, 2018 Event

CAST LIST: Kimberley Wells, Brianna Riche, Luke Robinson, Daniel Cristofori, John Marcucci, Carina Cojeen, Ted Powers, Kesley Dann

Feature Screenplay – AMERICAN SNAKE PIT, by Dan Tomasulo

Genre: Drama, Comedy, Crime

Young Doctor Dan is a stuck-in-graduate school, some-day-would-be psychologist with a failing marriage and dead-end job. Desperate to change his place in the world, he takes a job at Walden House. This group home recently took on violent patients from the notorious Willowbrook, the worst asylum in American history. Doctor Dan attends an employment seminar and discovers he’s the only one applying for the job. He accepts the offer with no clue what awaits him.

CAST LIST:

Mayor Billings: Daniel Cristofori
Gwennie: Kimberley Wells
Chief Willy: Ted Powers
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Dr. Dan: John Marcucci
Taimi: Kesley Dann
Harold: Luke Robinson
Meredith: Brianna Riche

ACTION Best Scene Reading of THE LAST VIKINGS, by David Thorndill

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, History

In the Middle Ages when the Little Ice Age causes famine and conflict in the doomed Greenlandic colony a desperate Viking clan leader attempts to escape by sailing to Iceland, but pirates, storms and treacherous sea ice force them to sail to North America. With the help of a native Micmac woman and a Huron ally they battle Mohawk warriors on their journey to a new homeland beyond the mighty falls of Niagara.

CAST LIST:

Abdul: Luke Robinson
Elizabeth: Brianna Riche
Olaf: John Marcucci
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Peter: Daniel Cristofori
Joseph: Ted Powers
Rebecca: Kimberley Wells

ACTION Best Scene Reading of TOTEM, by Heidi Morrell

Genre: Action, Drama

An ex-911 operator, travels to his childhood home, and runs into trouble with the local tree poachers. He’s rescued by a mysterious Native American man who lives off the land.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Gavin: Daniel Cristofori
Orson: Ted Powers

TV COMEDY Best Scene Reading of DELIVER ME PIZZARIE, by Anne Luong

Genre: Comedy, Romance, Drama

Sammy is a well meaning but somewhat accident prone teenage girl. She also has a crush on her brother’s friend Drew, but he seems to be more interested in her more attractive friend Trisha.

CAST LIST:

Tom: Daniel Cristofori
Trisha: Kimberley Wells
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Sammy: Brianna Riche
Drew: Luke Robinson

COMEDY Best Scene Reading of ORCHIDS UNDERWEAR AND TORTELLINI, by James Rosenfield

Genre: Comedy, Crime, Adventure

When live wire cougar/underwear CEO Sybil Sabine decides to wed her hunk young poster boy, all hell breaks loose, including blackmail, kidnapping, and murder. Will our heroine make it to the altar?

CAST LIST:

Lucia: Brianna Riche
Mrs. Sergio: Kesley Dann
Amado:John Marcucci
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Alfonsio: Daniel Cristofori
Papa: Ted Powers
Bodyguard: Luke Robinson
Aida: Kimberley Wells

COMEDY Best Scene Reading of THE HEIST, by Ryan Northcott

Genre: Comedy, Crime

Two hapless thieves attempt to rob a payday loan store, but two of the patrons have other plans.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Kyle: Daniel Cristofori
Slim: Luke Robinson

COMEDY Best Scene Reading of THE WONDERFUL INVENTION OF DR. BLANK, by Obayed Khan

Genre: Comedy

A larger than life story of a mad scientist tries to invent something that works to impress a girl

CAST LIST:

Officer #1: Ted Powers
Officer #2: Luke Robinson
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Old Lady #1: Brianna Riche
Old Lady #2: Kimberley Wells

SCI-FI Best Scene Reading of PAST PRESENCE, by Kevin Mongelli

Genre: Fantasy, Sci-FI

Professor STEPHEN EMERSON (50’s) is obsessed with a book, THE DNALYM RHAPSODY, written by EDGAR GRAVES. It explains his theory of past lives and the ability of man to tap into his consciousness to see his or her other lives. One of Dr. Emerson’s patients commit suicide after it is believed that she saw into her past lives. Several years prior, Edgar, along with his colleagues, DAVIS, SUZANNE, and JULIO ran an experiment on a homeless man. Edgar has a secret lab and an extraordinary machine that allows the person to explore their past.

CAST LIST:

Alicia: Kimberley Wells
Alexine: Brianna Riche
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Edgar: Luke Robinson
Krystyn: Kesley Dann
Dr. Emerson: Ted Powers

SCI-FI Best Scene Reading of IT’S A NIGHTMARE, by Nicole Quinn

Genre: Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Mina is a rogue dreamer fostered in the Off-grid of Winkin City. How will she suurvive being the Night Mare’s human sacrifice?

CAST LIST:

Bubba: John Marcucci
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Bob: Daniel Cristofori
Mina: Kimberley Wells

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

Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

April 2018 – Interviews with Film Festival Directors

Read 4 interviews with some of the top Film Festival Director’s in the world today.

Interview with Festival Director Eric Morgret (Crypticon Seattle Horror Film Festival))
Interview with Festival Director Eric Morgret (Crypticon Seattle Horror Film Festival))

It’s a great service! I think we were the 4th festival to sign up for them a few years back and since day one they have been responsive and helpful with any questions we have had. They also work hard to improve the service and are always adding useful services and tools.

Interview with Festival Director Terra Renee (African American Women In Cinema)
Interview with Festival Director Terra Renee (African American Women In Cinema)

It’s really simple and to the point, not much of an issue.

Interview with Festival Director Amanda Drewniak (Ardor Creative Media)
Interview with Festival Director Amanda Drewniak (Ardor Creative Media)

I personal feel the FilmFreeway process has definitely made receiving submissions easier. It helps me organize submitted films into subcategories and helps me stay organized for the Best Of at the end of the year.

Interview with Festival Director Frances-Anne Solomon (CaribbeanTales International Film Festival (CTFF))
Interview with Festival Director Frances-Anne Solomon (CaribbeanTales International Film Festival (CTFF))

As a programming team it has been wonderful, in that, our comments and thoughts are very visible and accessible. We aren’t necessarily finding an audience on Film Freeway but those who have submitted have noted that it has been a smooth process.

March 2018 – Interviews with Film Festival Directors

Read this month’s interviews with Film Festival directors from all over the world. Interviews by Matthew Toffolo.

Interview with Festival Director Lari Teräs (Toronto Int’l Spring of Horror & Fantasy Film Festival (TISH))
Interview with Festival Director Lari Teräs (Toronto Int’l Spring of Horror & Fantasy Film Festival (TISH))

Interview with Festival Director Mike Messier (AVALONIA Film Festival)
Interview with Festival Director Mike Messier (AVALONIA Film Festival)

Interview with Festival Director Banks Helfrich (LIFE SCREENINGS Festival)
Interview with Festival Director Banks Helfrich (LIFE SCREENINGS Festival)

Interview with Festival Director Elena Altman (BASH- Bay Area Short Film Festival)
Interview with Festival Director Elena Altman (BASH- Bay Area Short Film Festival)

Interview with Festival Director Larry Rosen (Northeast Film Festival Horror Fest)
Interview with Festival Director Larry Rosen (Northeast Film Festival Horror Fest)

November 2017 – Read the best of Film Festival Interviews

Read 10 interviews with Festival Directors from Film Festivals around the world. Interviews conducted by Matthew Toffolo

Interview with Artistic Director Maeve McGrath (KERRY FILM FESTIVAL)
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/11/05/interview-with-artistic-director-maeve-mcgrath-kerry-film-festival/

Interview with Festival Director David W. King (FLATHEAD INTERNATIONAL CINEMAFEST (FLIC))
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/11/05/interview-with-festival-director-david-w-king-flathead-international-cinemafest-flic/

Interview with Festival Director Kyia Clayton (The Tasmanian eco Film Festival)
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/11/04/interview-with-festival-director-kyia-clayton-the-tasmanian-eco-film-festival/

Interview with Festival Director Christopher Rohde (Mirror Mountain Film Festival)
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/11/04/interview-with-festival-director-christopher-rohde-mirror-mountain-film-festival/

Interview with Festival Director Gabriel Muelle (Bogotá Music Video Festival)
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/11/04/interview-with-festival-director-gabriel-muelle-bogota-music-video-festival/

Interview with Festival Executive Director Steffanie Finn (WINTER FILM AWARDS INDIE FILM FESTIVAL)
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/11/04/interview-with-festival-executive-director-steffanie-finn-winter-film-awards-indie-film-festival/

Interview with Festival Director Jef Gray (The International Peace & Film Festival (IPFF))
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/11/04/interview-with-festival-director-jef-gray-the-international-peace-film-festival-ipff/

Interview with Festival Director Hermoine Macura (WORLD OF WOMEN FILM FAIR MIDDLE EAST)
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/11/04/interview-with-festival-director-hermoine-macura-world-of-women-film-fair-middle-east/

Interview with Festival Director Mark Lyminster (RAINBOW UMBRELLA FILM FESTIVAL)
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/11/04/interview-with-festival-director-mark-lyminster-rainbow-umbrella-film-festival/

Interview with Festival President Sabine Mondestin (OPEN WORLD TORONTO FILM FESTIVAL)
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/11/04/interview-with-festival-president-sabine-mondestin-open-world-toronto-film-festival/

Interview with Festival Directors Nick John Whittle & Stuart Wheeldon (9LadiesFilmFestival) 
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/10/09/interview-with-festival-directors-nick-john-whittle-stuart-wheeldon-9ladiesfilmfestival/

 

FREE Event: Best Shorts Films from around the world festival – Thur. Oct. 19th. 7pm.

BEST Short Films Festival – Thursday October 19th, 7pm. Carlton Cinemas in downtown Toronto

http://www.wildsound.ca/student_toronto_film_festival.html

– A special evening of the 8 BEST student short films made in the last year. 5 films from 8 different countries from around the world. These are NOT just student films. As our moderator Kierston Drier put it: “These are simply the best short films period in the last year!”

Don’t miss this opportunity! And come for free if you like.

See the full program and info for each film and filmmaker.
To start our FALL 2017 season of festivals in Toronto, we are introducing the best short films from around the world – guaranteed!
To RSVP, simply go to the festival program page and get your tickets there. Tickets are FREE or Pay What you Like to cover the cinema costs.

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