Category Archives: Filmmaker

March 2018 – Interviews with Film Directors

Read interviews by Matthew Toffolo with the top up and coming filmmakers from around the world:

Interview with Filmmaker Julia Campanelli (116)
Interview with Filmmaker Julia Campanelli (116)

Interview with Filmmaker Philippe McKie (BREAKER)
Interview with Filmmaker Philippe McKie (BREAKER)

Interview with Filmmaker Balazs Juszt (WHAT IF…?)
Interview with Filmmaker Balazs Juszt (WHAT IF…?)

Interview with Filmmaker Steven R. Lawson (MAN-AT-ARMS)
Interview with Filmmaker Steven R. Lawson (MAN-AT-ARMS)

Interview with Filmmaker Derek Frey (GOD CAME ‘ROUND)
Interview with Filmmaker Derek Frey (GOD CAME ‘ROUND)

Interview with Filmmakers Thia Schuessler & Rex New (THE WEDDING SONG)
Interview with Filmmakers Thia Schuessler & Rex New (THE WEDDING SONG)

Interview with Filmmaker Zack Arch (THE CRYING CHEF)
Interview with Filmmaker Zack Arch (THE CRYING CHEF)

Interview with Filmmaker Gabriel Renfro (THE FUTURE RICHARD DENISONS)
Interview with Filmmaker Gabriel Renfro (THE FUTURE RICHARD DENISONS)

Interview with Filmmaker Kaitlyn Fajilan (MADEIRA)
Interview with Filmmaker Kaitlyn Fajilan (MADEIRA)

Interview with Filmmaker Fatima Martin (MARTINA, OH MARTINA)
Interview with Filmmaker Fatima Martin (MARTINA, OH MARTINA)

Interview with Filmmakers Ani Cohen & Emma Sharp (AN ACTOR PREPARES)
Interview with Filmmakers Ani Cohen & Emma Sharp (AN ACTOR PREPARES)

Interview with Filmmaker Reanna Miller (FORGOTTEN FLORA)
Interview with Filmmaker Reanna Miller (FORGOTTEN FLORA)

Interview with Filmmaker Gonzaga Manso (EDEN HOSTEL)

October 2017 – Read Interviews with Winning Short Filmmakers

Interview with 15 winning short filmmakers from around the world. Interviews by Matthew Toffolo:

Interview with Director James Bowsher (WITHHELD)


Interview with Director Steve Hally (TWISTED SOBRIETY)


Interview with Director Andi Osho (AMBER)


Interview with Directed Eric Shahinian (FOREIGN SOUNDS)


Interview with Directed Elaine Chu (MANEKI-NEKO)


 Interview with Director Jana Stackhouse (THE MAN WHO DOESN’T SLEEP)


Interview with director Anthony Bennett (MY LITTLE BROTHER)


Interview with Animation Director Peter Zhaoyu Zhou (KARMA)


Interview with Director Margaret Costa (MY NAME IS JOAN)


Interview with Director Igor Gavva (SUITCASE)


Interview with Director Andrea Behring (BAGGAGE)


Interview with Director Dan Pal (COUNTING)


Interview with Director Andrew Galloway (WALLY)


Interview with director Katie Maguire (THE SESSION)


Interview with Director’s Blair Bomar & Olivia Applegate (GRACE & GRIT)


September 2017 – Interviews with Award Winning Filmmakers and Screenwriters

Read the best of interviews with some of the most talented people working in the industry today.

Interviews by Matthew Toffolo


Interview with Director Lindsay Penn (NO STRINGS ATTACHED)

FilmFreeway is a dream come true. So simple to find out where festivals are, when they are, and which festivals are looking for a film like yours.


Interview with Winning Feature Screenplay Writer – Richard Geiwitz (THE LAST PRISON)

It’s easy to use and actually fun, like shopping on Amazon. There are a lot of festivals to choose from. It’s easy to search for festivals and the many filters save a lot of time.


Interview with Winning Sci-Fi Short Screenplay Writer – Auriga Ifill (SID)

Quick & painless.


Interview with Fan Fiction Screenplay Winner – Gil Saint (ROCKETEERS)

So far, so good. They’ve made submitting easy, and I’m extremely grateful for that.


Interview with LGBT TV Pilot Screenplay Winner – Jess Harris DiStefano (THE DISAPPEARANCE)

I love FilmFreeway. Super easy when it comes to submitting and tracking statuses.


Interview with Winning Student TV PILOT Screenplay Winner – K. Wayman Dodd (EVERHART)

Pretty great! It’s been really helpful.


Interview with Winning Feature Screenplay Writer George M. Johnson (PEACE PLEDGE)

It has been great!

February 2017 – Read best of interview with directors

Read 17 interviews with 17 directors from around the world. Each filmmaker had their film shown at the FEEDBACK Film Festival in Los Angeles or Toronto in January. Interviews conducted by Matthew Toffolo

Interview with director Rob Sprackling (MAN’S BEST FRIEND):

Interview with director Ivo Huahua (STUTTER)

Interview with director Jon James Smith (DO NOT DISTURB)

Interview with director Oliver McMillan (WHAT’S WEARING MUMMY)

Interview with director/animator Mads Johan Øgaard (I AM DYSLEXIC):

Interview with director/animator Patrick Jenkins (PHANTOM CITY):

Interview with director Mary Gerretsen (ORANGE YOU GONNA DANCE WITH ME?):

Interview with director Jeremy Borison (A SENSE OF SOUND):

Interview with the Brazilian Film Collective “we are magnolias” (The Grenade):

Interview with Actor/Screenwriter Bronwyn Szabo:

Interview with director Irene Garces (THERE WAS A PLACE):

Interview with director Stephanie Jaclyn (FREEMALES):

Interview with director Miriam Dehne (FALLING STARS):

Interview with director Emily Pietro (COLOR):

Interview with director Vu Hoang (MARTY: A WILD WEST NEVERLAND):

Interview with director Teddy Cecil (HELIO):

Interview with director Daniel Greenwald (A Few Rubber Bands More):

Get to know Editor Valerio Bonelli (The Martian, Philomena)


– If you’re interested in storytelling, this is the interview for you. Editor Valerio Bonelli has edited over 30 films in the last 20 years, working with some of the top directors, including many collaborations with Ridley Scott (The Martian, Black Hawk Down, Hannibal, and the Oscar winner Gladiator), and Stephen Frears (Philomena, The Program). In this interview, he gives a lot of amazing insight on the art of editing a feature film and what it takes to succeed in Hollywood.

Transcript from Interview:

Every film I work on somehow added something to my knowledge as an editor and as a person. Each film is different even if you work with the same director, but I can say that there are few films that have stayed with me for one reason or another. Recently I’ve cut a documentary feature called “Palio”, this film was particularly challenging for me because unlike most conventional documentaries the story is narrated in the present time and not retrospectively with a narration voice but with the voices of all the characters of the film. The film is about the famous ancient horse race in Siena, Italy, it did not have a script, and was ‘written’ during the editing process by me and Cosima Spender.

PHOTO: Still Shot from the documentary “Palio”:


Voted #1 TV Contest in North America.
Get it showcased at the FEEDBACK Festival
Get full feedback! Winners get their novel made into a video!
FULL FEEDBACK on all entries. Get your script performed

Submit to the Crime/Mystery Festival via FilmFreeway

I loved the idea of actors reading my story. Apart from the potential publicity, this seemed like such a privilege. And I really appreciated the feedback. It was encouraging, but also spot-on as far as weaknesses.
– Lauren Hoekstra (Yellow Touch Red, You’re Dead)

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

Next Film Festival Festival Date:
October 20 2016
December 29 2016

Festival takes place at the Carlton Cinemas in downtown Toronto, Canada.

FULL FEEDBACK on your film from the audience! SUBMIT ANYTIME!

Submit via FilmFreeway:

Also showcases Crime/Mystery Screenplay Readings performed by professional actors. Readings take place every single month. Watch the recent monthly winners:

January 2016:

February 2016:
February 2016 Crime/Mystery Films/Screenplays/Stories

March 2016:
March 2016 Crime/Mystery Films/Screenplays/Stories

April 2016:
April 2016 Crime/Mystery Films/Screenplays/Stories

May 2016:
May 2016 Crime/Mystery Films/Screenplays/Stories

June 2016:
June 2016 Crime/Mystery Films/Screenplays/Stories

July 2016:
July 2016 Crime/Mystery Films/Screenplays/Stories

August 2016:
August 2016 Crime/Mystery Films/Screenplays/Stories

September 2016:
September 2016 Crime/Mystery Films/Screenplays/Stories

Read more testimonials:

Seeing the people’s reactions and comments on the film from the audience was a great experience for me and the rest of the crew and cast. I wish more festivals had an event like this as it is the very core of filmmaking. It made the screening of my film at your festival (and the awards) really special and real.
– Director John Hellberg “Mousse” short film

The feedback notes taught me, analysis after analysis, how to trim the fat and think organically, and helped me understand that in a good script “less means more”.
– Alexandre Kounde, TV Pilot “No Love Doves”

This is a very good idea ! I really like the initial reactions to the audience because I saw different kind of reactions. That’s why I made this film to provide various emotions and feelings to the audience.
– Director Karim Quaret, “Lapsus” short film

The FEEDBACK Festival has a reputation for providing on-the-money professional feedback for each submission. I like to enter every project I do in WILDsound because it is a great barometer for comparing your work to what is hot in the industry.
– Michael Miceli, Feature Screenplay “BESA”

Read NEW Filmmaking and Director Interviews

Read the best of NEW Interviews from filmmakers about filmmaking:
Interview with Filmmaker Michelle Brand (A SMALL VOICE)
At the beginning, I was really nervous. But throughout hearing the audience talking about my film, I had to smile. It really moved me to hear people discuss the film, their thoughts and feelings, and it was very touching.
Interview with Filmmaker Leon Williams (HOWELL)
I found it surreal at first. It’s pretty cool aeeing reactions from people so far away enjoying and responding so positively to our little Welsh short film. It’s heartwarming to see such feedback and highly rewarding to hear the laughs.
Interview with Filmmaker Veronique Vanblaere (BOTTOMLESS)
I got to be a fly on the wall. Seeing and hearing people talking about my film while I could not be there was not only a “voyeuristic” treat, but provided fantastic constructive feedback on my work. I do not know of a festival that provides this type of experience for their filmmakers.
Interview with Filmmaker Oscar Lewis (1916)
I was very touched. I’m not sure how to properly express this, but what I appreciated above all else is the fact that it was understood – I mean really understood – more so than anything anyone had said about it before or since. I made this film because I wanted to explain how you often don’t realise when something life changing is happening. And that memory is fragmented and imperfect like a ‘bad flick book’. I thought that was a very good observation. The fact that people openly said they were moved by this film really meant a lot, I don’t have any affiliation with WWI (obviously), but I know what it’s like to feel loss as a child. The farewell which you never dreamt meant goodbye.
Interview with Filmmaker Alex Giannoulis (LUCY)
I never hide my feelings so I ll be blunt: I was very happy to see both how the people were moved and most importantly that they all got the main idea of the film, however, each one of them from his own point of view. Having many points of view means the film is multidimensional and this is the best reward for us. This was an overall very interesting experience.
Interview with Filmmaker Jane Eakin (101 CUPCAKES)
I was pleased that audience members followed the story and were able to relate it to their own experiences. It was also good to hear areas that could be improved.
Interview with Filmmaker Jonathan Brooks (GHOSTBOY)
It was great to see an audience from a different country express their opinions on Ghostboy, they understood the theme and metaphor behind the characters well.