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Interview with TOY BOY Director March Mercanti

It’s always nice to hear feedback. I am glad that a lot of the audience saw Jeff as an inspiration to be yourself no matter what others might think of you.

– March Mercanti, on the WILDsound experience.

    WATCH the ‘TOY BOY’ Audience FEEDBACK Video:

Matthew Toffolo interviews Director March Mercanti:

Matthew: What motivated you to make this film?

March: I started following Jeff on twitter about two years ago. His tweets caught my eye because they were either about a new toy purchase or a very stern/hilarious viewpoint on a topic. When I met up with him to discuss general fandom, it developed into myself making a film on Jeff.

Matthew: From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?

March: 3 months

Matthew: What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

March: To be honest, Jeff was my biggest obstacle. We laugh about this now. But he was very controlling on how he wanted the film to be represented and what content I was showing. One example, we shot some stuff from his favourite collection, Jurassic Park, and I had to leave it on the cutting room floor in the editing room because it simply didn’t fit in with the other parts of the film. I think he is still mad at me for that. There were numerous other things he didn’t like. But Jeff gained some trust in me after he showed his parents and close friends a cut of the final project. Jeff was vulnerable when it came down to it and I thank him for that. His challenges he gave me were stressful but it helped us see eye to eye in the end of it all.

Matthew: You were at the festival, what was your favourite film that played at the festival besides your own?

March: My Buddy. It was diverse yet it used extremely easy story telling devices.

Matthew: Your subjects were at the festival too. They seem to relish on their 15 minutes of fame. We joked about a sequel. Think it will ever happen?

March: I don’t think Jeff will sell all of his toys any time soon but if he did I would be down to explore the possibilities. Jeff will always be interesting.

Matthew: What is next for you? A new film?

March: I am making my first comedy short film this spring/summer.

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February 2015 Festival Summary: 45 works performed or turned into movie. WATCH NOW:

February 2015 Festival Summary. 5 Short Films Showcased at Festival. Readings of 1 Full Play, 1 Feature Script, 3 TV Scripts, 4 1st Scene, 1 Short Script, 2 Novels, 18 Poems, 8 Video Pitches, 1 Novel turned into Movie, 1 Poem turned into Movie.

Watch the Audience Feedback Videos and Highlights from the February 2015 Film Festival:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/february_2015_film_festival.html

SANDROS NOTEBOOK Part 4
Novel turned into Movie

Written by Alberto Russo
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/sandros_notebook_part_4.html

POETRY MOVIE: THE COMING AGE
Part 4: Coming to Syracuse by Rollan McCleary
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/coming_to_syracuse_part_4.html

FEBRUARY 2015 Poetry Readings
Read/Watch new poets work.
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/february_2015_poetry_readings.html

WATCH VIDEO LOGLINE PITCHES
Daily stories turned into movies.
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/watch_video_logline_pitches.html

STAGE PLAY: VEILS OF JUSTICE
February 2015 Reading
Written by Chris Payne
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/veils_of_justice.html

FEATURE SCRIPT – TO DIE IN TENNESSEE
February 2015 Reading
Written by Verlynn Kneifl & Laurie Larsen
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/feature_script_to_die_in_tennessee.html

SHORT SCRIPT – THE PROMISE IN A BUBBLE
February 2015 Reading
Written by Rachel Reaugh
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/the_promise_in_a_bubble.html

Climactic Scene – DIETRICH DANZIG
February 2015 Reading
Written by John Pisano-Thomsen
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/dietrich_danzig_climactic_scene.html

NOVEL READING – HELLCAT
February 2015 Reading
Written by Alan Hostetter
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/hellcat.html

TV PILOT – ERASER
February 2015 Reading
Written by Kim Godfrey
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/eraser.html

TV SPEC – CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM
February 2015 Reading
Written by Mark Melara
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/curb_your_enthusiasm.html

TV SPEC – VEEP
February 2015 Reading
Written by Emily Cirillo
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/veep.html

1st Scene – THE CURSE OF SAM HAIN
February 2015 Reading
Written by Jacob F. Keller
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/the_curse_of_sam_hain.html

1st Scene SCRIPT – HELLCAT
February 2015 Reading
Written by J. Alan Hostetter
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/hellcat_1st_scene.html

1st Scene – SPARKS
February 2015 Reading
Written by Megan K. Bickel
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/sparks.html

1st Scene SCRIPT – LEGRAND
February 2015 Reading
Written by Angelina Carkic
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/legrand.html

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7 Questions with FilmFreeway.com Founder Zachary Jones

7 Questions with FilmFreeway.com Founder Zachary Jones

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7 Questions with FilmFreeway.com Founder Zachary Jones

Today we are in conversation with Zachary Jones, the Founder of FilmFreeway.com, the new alternative submission center for Film Festivals and Filmmakers/Screenwriters. A startup from Canada that launched in February 2014 that is already becoming stiff competition to the dominance of withoutabox for over 15 years.

Matthew Toffolo – First off, congrats on announcing 1250 Film Festivals in your database as of this interview. That’s amazing in such a short time. What has been the key to your success so far?

Zachary – Thank you so much! The secret is really quite simple. We set out to re-invent festival submissions with modern technology and a fair business model. FilmFreeway offers a simple, user-friendly service that is always 100% free to filmmakers and writers. We back that up with friendly, reliable customer service from real people who care and are happy to assist our customers anytime.

MT – What motivated you to begin this start up?

Zachary – Festival submissions have been dominated for far too long by a company with grossly outdated technology, a miserable user experience, excessive fees and an overall predatory business model. It was about time somebody changed that.

MT – There have been many other startups attempting to compete with the competition, but almost all have failed. Why do you think your company has succeeded so far over the rest?

Zachary – We created FilmFreeway to be incredible simple and easy to use for both filmmakers and festivals. We added to that by offering the service 100% free to filmmakers. Our mandate when building FilmFreeway was to make it fair and simple. That seems to be the magic formula that has resonated with over 85,000 filmmakers and counting so far!

MT – Bottom-line, why is your site better than the competition?

Zachary – FilmFreeway is lightyears ahead of Withoutabox when it comes to the user experience we offer. Our online screeners play in beautiful, crystal-clear HD. We also integrate with Vimeo and YouTube. The days of paying $3 each time to submit a pixelated, standard definition online screener are over. With FilmFreeway, filmmakers can have their project added and ready to submit in under 5 minutes. Also, our search engine for discovering amazing festivals is powerful and fast. It’s a night and day experience when compared to Withoutabox. Here what filmmakers are saying on Twitter: https://filmfreeway.com/pages/love

MT – The main issue with film festivals is that you were forced to use the main submission source in order to succeed because that’s where all the filmmakers were submitting their films. But, because the company took so much commission from the festivals, it was impossible for most of them to not to lose money and therefore many festivals have been forced to shut down. Or, they were forced to raise their submission fees to stay in the black, which takes more money from the filmmakers themselves, which in the end forces them to submit to less festivals than they want and therefore gives them less opportunity to get their film out there. It has been a vicious cycle. How are you going to be different while still being profitable for your own company and site?

Zachary – You’re exactly right! We’ve already heard from many festivals that have told us that thanks to FilmFreeway they can once again afford to operate their festivals and stay in business. We are actually helping the industry thrive, rather than suck the blood out of it like Withoutabox. We offer optional paid marketing services for festivals which helps to pay our overhead and make sure that FilmFreeway will always remain 100% free for filmmakers and writers.

MT – What was the first film festival to sign up to your website?

Zachary – The wonderful Food & Farm Film Festival was the very first to sign up: https://filmfreeway.com/festival/foodfarmfilmfestival

MT – What is FilmFreeway’s ultimate goal?

Zachary – To simply provide the best film festival submissions experience in the world for filmmakers and festivals alike. You can expect to see continued improvement and added features as we grow and develop as well. We’re always listening to the feedback of the community to make FilmFreeway even better. Thank you again for all of your support!