RSVP the FEMALE Feedback Film Festival – Thur. Aug. 24. 7pm. Carlton (Free or PWYC)

FEMALE Short Film Festival – Thursday August 24th. 7pm. Carlton Cinemas in downtown Toronto

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

– 8 Films from 5 Countries (Brazil, Canada, India, UK, USA) of the best short films from Female Directors. Easily a lineup of the best films you’ll ever see in the world today!

See the full program and info for each film and filmmaker.

To RSVP, simply reply to this email and state the # of tickets you require. Come for FREE or donate on the night (or on the program page) to cover the cinema costs.

This is a really fun night of short films. We are giving you a mixed bag of genres. The first half is a lineup of films for all ages! The second half is a lineup of fun comedy and a serious film from India to finish off the night.

If you’re a fan of film, make sure you RSVP right away as tickets will go quickly.

Thanks!

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ANIMATION Film Festival: Use code “animation40” to receive 40% off your entry on FilmFreeway

Submit your ANIMATED Short Film or ANIMATED Screenplay via FilmFreeway:

Use code “animation40” to receive 40% off your entry

Festival #1: In Toronto on August 25 2016. Festival takes place at the Carlton Cinemas in downtown Toronto.

Festival #2: In Los Angeles on November 4 2016. Festival takes place at L.A. LIVE’s Regal Cinemas in downtown Los Angeles.

Festival geared to showcase the best of new animation films and screenplays from around the world.

Hear what the audience has to say about your work. All positive and used to promote your art to enhance your career.

Read recent testimonials from past submitted works:

I loved it. It was a totally new experience for me. I’ve obviously shown the film to a lot of friends and people I meet, and it is great to see their reaction as they watch the film. But having people who know about film talk about and comment on your work is something very different. The fact that the audience picked up on some of the small details about the characters & story line gives me a renewed devotion to finish up the series.
– Matt Burniston, Filmmaker “The Mega Plush”

For me it was really great to get response from the audience. I have worked hard to finish the project. And i loved the way the audience is trying to find their answer of meaning that is captured in the film. I want to Thank you for showcasing my film. The audience feedback video was awesome.

– Jan-Willem de Kraaij, Filmmaker “La Commedia”

I am really happy with the audience feedback video I received.. First of all, because the audience could understand the feelings that I wanted to convey through my movie and second reason because my animation style also was praised. I am amazed and happy.

– Camila Moreira Marques, Filmmaker “Fat”

A friend of mine who just moved to L.A. from Brooklyn read our script and recommend we enter it. The coverage and feedback were right-on and helped us tighten up and improve things after staring at it for so many months.

– Travis McMaster & Tony Interdonato, Writers “Bob’s Burgers”

I was quite nervous at the beginning (watching the audience feedback of my film), but people seemed to react very positively so it really was a great experience.

– Pepe Gomez, Filmmaker “Knocked Down”

It made me so happy to watch the feedback of my film. I wish I could have been there. I love people who are open minded and ready to see with their heart. And I love cinema. As most of the people there love movies too.

– Laura Lehmus, Filmmaker “Alienation”

I was mainly trying to find feedback on my script. After leaving college, I suddenly found myself in a void where I could no longer find critiques from peers. This festival felt like a great opportunity to find a professional critique, especially with the live table-read. Rarely does a screenwriter have a chance to hear their script performed live by actors.

– Christiaan Alexander Kutlik, Writer “Vincent Locke: Villain-at-Law”

It was very cool. The audience was amazing. It was exactly the kind of reactions we were expecting when we were making the film. Thank you again !

– Filmmaking Team of the film “Merkur”

Thank you very much for your notes! They are spot-on. I agree that the story should probably focus more on Peter’s dilemma. If it ties in with Phuc’s heroin operation though, I’d need to walk that fine line of developing the subplots enough without overpowering the main story.

– David Chan, Writer “Family Guy”

I was very happy my movie sold very well about what I wanted to say, and the audience totally get it. It made me believe I have found my “ghost toy” which is animation to talk to people . Also thank you very much for showing these feedback to me.

– Tingting Liu, Filmmaker “Being”

Submit to the Fantasy/Sci-Fi Film & Screenplay Festival

For me it was really great to get response from the audience. I have worked hard to finish the project. And i loved the way the audience is trying to find their answer of meaning that is captured in the film. I want to Thank you for showcasing my film. The audience feedback video was awesome.
– Jan-Willem de Kraaij, Short Film (LA COMMEDIA)

Get your script and story performed by professional actors at the Fantasy/Sci-Fi Festival.

Get your Short Film showcased at the FEEDBACK Film Festival and get an audience video.

See the best of the Sci-Fi/Fantasy January 2016 Film and Screenplay Festival:
January 2016 Fantasy/Sci-Fi Films/Screenplays/Stories

Next festival date is Thursday August 25, 2016. Submit your film today and get it shown at the sold out festival.

Submit via FilmFreeway:

FANTASY and SCI-FI Stories used to be a fringe market. Now they are in the mainstream now and forever as movies, television shows, and stories in fantasy/sci-fi are a gigantic multi-billion dollar market. This portion of the Film & Writing Festival serves the Fantasy and Sci-Fi filmmakers and writers from all over the world.

– 0ffers screenwriters, novelists and storytellers at all levels the fantastic opportunity to hear their stories read aloud using TOP PROFESSIONAL ACTORS.

Copy YouTube link for examples: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HaH-7HJqsw&list=PL-0CVDAfvxirjvSB2AMH_OkuQ6EOg-4Iu

– Offers filmmakers to get their works showcased at the FEEDBACK Film Festival. Then the filmmaker will receive and audience reaction video on their film.

Copy YouTube link for examples: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhyCENMnbMA&list=PL-0CVDAfvxir6Bsb1MUKQmvsa-CIyc5kW

We specialize in showcasing Fantasy/Sci-Fi stories and making sure that when the work is ready, the writer will benefit by at least obtaining a solid agent.

Read recent testimonials of writers/filmmakers who have had their work showcased at the Fantasy/Sci-FI Film Festival:

Better than average feedback. Thank you.
– Julie Merrick, Feature Script (Keslare’s Veracity)

Thank you for the very frank and detailed notes regarding the submission of “Vapour”. No doubt these notes will be of great assistance in developing the screenplay for future submissions. A bit of fresh air is extremely helpful – and this delivered.
– N Bradley, Feature Script (Vapour)

Thank you for your thorough analysis of my script and for the useful advice: I will re-work on my text taking your valuable notes into consideration.
– Maroun Rached, Feature Script (The GEHC)

For unproduced writers, the real frustration after keystroking “The End” is trying to get noticed. There are so few outlets available for presenting your material. This festival appeals to me because my work now migrates from an unread concept into a produced staging, easily accessible by industry pros.
– David Redstone, Feature Script (FLEET WEEK)

The feedback was great. Most of the people liked it, so I am glad you screened it at your festival.
– Martin Rosete, Short Film (VOICE OVER)

I’ve been submitting “Wayfarers” to a bunch of places. The notion that some of it could be performed seemed interesting – it’s a twist on the usual screenplay contest, and in some ways, it’s more valuable to me as a writer-director.
– Arnon Z. Shor, Feature Script (WAYFAYERS)

First, i must say I m very excited that my film had the opportunity to be seen by this audience. Interesting observations by a very intelligent audience.
– Emy Tzavra-Bulloch, Short Film (MINOTAUR)

Their comments/notes have been excellent. You really need knowledgeable people to review your work and give you feedback. As John Huston said at the Oscars years ago, “Film is a collaborative medium.” The feedback from WILDsound really opened up my thinking and help me see things I had not see before.
– Andrew Fisk, Feature Script (SHAPESHIFTERS)

I’ve read over the notes you have provided a few times and appreciate the depth of feedback I can work with.
– Adam Geddes, Feature Script (A HOLE IN THE DARK)

Thanks, guys. Coverage was spot-on. Really appreciate the comments and suggestions. I’m looking forward to implementing them into the rewrite.
– Ted Gurich, Feature Script (WOLFIE)

Thank you for this feedback. I am always nervous to get feedback but this was really well rounded. I learned a lot and am excited to get to work on the next draft.
– Melissa Field, Feature Script (THE GOLDEN TRUTH)

This Week’s Interviews with top Hollywood Film Crews and Film Festival Directors

Read the best of Interviews this week. Some of the most talented people working on Hollywood Films today, plus the most popular Film Festivals:

Interview with Makeup Artist Luigi Rocchetti (Gangs of New York, The Devil’s Advocate): http://matthewtoffolo.com/2016/03/14/interview-with-makeup-artist-luigi-rocchetti-gangs-of-new-york-the-devils-advocate/

Interview with Set Decorator Ute Bergk (The Dark Knight, Enemy at the Gates): http://matthewtoffolo.com/2016/03/15/interview-with-set-decorator-ute-bergk-the-dark-knight-enemy-at-the-gates/

Interview with Festival Director Kimberly Bush (DC Shorts Film Festival): http://matthewtoffolo.com/2016/03/16/interview-with-festival-director-kimberly-bush-dc-shorts-film-festival/

Interview with Stunt Performer Adam Kirley (Batman Begins, Casino Royale, Grimsby): http://matthewtoffolo.com/2016/03/17/interview-with-stunt-performer-adam-kirley-batman-begins-casino-royale-grimsby/

Interview with Production Designer Beth Mickle (Drive, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot): http://matthewtoffolo.com/2016/03/19/interview-with-production-designer-beth-mickle-drive-whiskey-tango-foxtrot/

Interview with Composer David Buckley (The Good Wife, The Town): http://matthewtoffolo.com/2016/03/20/interview-with-composer-david-buckley-the-good-wife-the-town/

Interview with Festival Director Travis Gonzalez (Yale Student Film Festival): http://matthewtoffolo.com/2016/03/20/interview-with-festival-director-travis-gonzalez-yale-student-film-festival/

Interview with Cinematographer Checco Varese (The 33, Miracles From Heaven): http://matthewtoffolo.com/2016/03/22/interview-with-cinematographer-checco-varese-the-33-miracles-from-heaven/

Interview with Festival Director Mark Starks (Superhero Short Film Fest): http://matthewtoffolo.com/2016/03/25/interview-with-festival-director-mark-starks-superhero-short-film-fest/

FilmFreeway Founder Zachary Jones – 2 Year Anniversary Interview: http://matthewtoffolo.com/2016/03/23/filmfreeway-founder-zachary-jones/

Interview with Cinematographer Adam Kimmel (Capote, Lars and the Real Girl): http://matthewtoffolo.com/2016/03/28/interview-with-cinematographer-adam-kimmel-capote-lars-and-the-real-girl/

Interview with 1st AD John McKeown (50/50, Albert Nobbs): http://matthewtoffolo.com/2016/03/25/interview-with-1st-ad-john-mckeown-5050-albert-nobbs/

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!