December 2017 – Read the best of DIRECTOR INTERVIEWS from around the world:

Scroll through and read the best of interviews from up and coming filmmakers from around the world.

by Matthew Toffolo

Interview with Filmmaker Gretchen Bayer (THE FOREST PRINCESS)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/11/24/interview-with-filmmaker-gretchen-bayer-the-forest-princess/

Interview with Filmmaker Nikhat Powell (THE BENEFACTION)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/11/24/interview-with-filmmaker-nikhat-powell-the-benefaction/

Interview with Filmmaker Holly Voges (FELL)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/11/23/interview-with-filmmaker-holly-voges-fell/

Interview with Filmmaker Nora Jaenicke (BETWEEN SECONDS)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/11/23/interview-with-filmmaker-nora-jaenicke-between-seconds/

Interview with Filmmaker Daniel Möhle (MY BODY)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/11/23/interview-with-filmmaker-daniel-mohle-my-body/

Interview with Filmmaker Vasili Manikas (ANTICA)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/11/04/interview-with-filmmaker-vasili-manikas-antica/

Interview with Filmmaker Jean-Claude Leblanc (STUDDED NIGHTMARE)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/11/04/interview-with-filmmaker-jean-claude-leblanc-studded-nightmare/

Interview with Filmmaker Jonathan Brooks (MILK MAN)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/11/03/interview-with-filmmaker-jonathan-brooks-milk-man/

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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/

 

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)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/10/06/interview-with-director-james-bowsher-withheld/

 

Interview with Director Steve Hally (TWISTED SOBRIETY)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/10/09/interview-with-director-steve-hally-twisted-sobriety/

 

Interview with Director Andi Osho (AMBER)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/10/06/interview-with-director-andi-osho-amber/

 

Interview with Directed Eric Shahinian (FOREIGN SOUNDS)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/10/06/interview-with-directed-eric-shahinian-foreign-sounds/

 

Interview with Directed Elaine Chu (MANEKI-NEKO)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/10/06/interview-with-directed-elaine-chu-maneki-neko/

 

 Interview with Director Jana Stackhouse (THE MAN WHO DOESN’T SLEEP) https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/10/03/interview-with-director-jana-stackhouse-the-man-who-doesnt-sleep/

 

Interview with director Anthony Bennett (MY LITTLE BROTHER)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/10/03/interview-with-director-anthony-bennett-my-little-brother/

 

Interview with Animation Director Peter Zhaoyu Zhou (KARMA)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/10/03/interview-with-animation-director-peter-zhaoyu-zhou-karma/

 

Interview with Director Margaret Costa (MY NAME IS JOAN)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/09/24/interview-with-director-margaret-costa-my-name-is-joan/

 

Interview with Director Igor Gavva (SUITCASE)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/09/23/interview-with-director-igor-gavva-suitcase/

 

Interview with Director Andrea Behring (BAGGAGE)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/09/23/interview-with-director-andrea-behring-baggage/

 

Interview with Director Dan Pal (COUNTING)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/09/23/interview-with-director-dan-pal-counting/

 

Interview with Director Andrew Galloway (WALLY)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/09/23/interview-with-director-andrew-galloway-wally/

 

Interview with director Katie Maguire (THE SESSION)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/09/23/interview-with-director-katie-maguire-the-session/

 

Interview with Director’s Blair Bomar & Olivia Applegate (GRACE & GRIT)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/09/23/interview-with-directors-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

FILMMAKERS AND SCREENWRITERS – 7

Interview with Director Lindsay Penn (NO STRINGS ATTACHED)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/09/05/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)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/09/06/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)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/09/06/interview-with-winning-sci-fi-short-screenplay-writer-auriga-ifill-sid/

Quick & painless.

 

Interview with Fan Fiction Screenplay Winner – Gil Saint (ROCKETEERS)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/09/06/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)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/09/06/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)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/09/05/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)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/09/05/interview-with-winning-feature-screenplay-writer-george-m-johnson-peace-pledge/

It has been great!

September 2017 – Interview with Film Festival Directors from around the world!

Read 7 interviews from seven great film festivals from around the world. 

Interviews conducted by Matthew Toffolo

FILM FESTIVALS – 7 interviews

Interview with Festival Director Michael McLaughlin (Disappear Here Film Festival)
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/09/03/interview-with-festival-director-michael-mclaughlin-disappear-here-film-festival/

 

Interview with Festival Director Onur Yayla (ARFF Paris – Around International Film Festival)
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/09/05/interview-with-festival-director-onur-yayla-arff-paris-around-international-film-festival/

 

Interview with Festival Director Kristian Day (Interrobang Film Festival)
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/09/05/interview-with-festival-director-kristian-day-interrobang-film-festival/

 

Interview with Festival Director Albert G. Nigrin (New Jersey International Film Festival)
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/09/05/interview-with-festival-director-albert-g-nigrin-new-jersey-international-film-festival/

 

Interview with Festival Director Terrence Sanders (Platform Film Festival)
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/09/03/interview-with-festival-director-terrence-sanders-platform-film-festival/

 

Interview with Festival Director Orvil Kunga (Afrikans On Film Festival)
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/09/03/interview-with-festival-director-orvil-kunga-afrikans-on-film-festival/

 

Interview with Festival Director Sarah Marshall (Bluenose-Ability Film Festival (BAFF))
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/09/03/interview-with-festival-director-sarah-marshall-bluenose-ability-film-festival-baff/

August 2017 – Interview with Film Festival Directors

Read 13 interviews with festival directors from around the world: 

Interviews by Matthew Toffolo

Interview with Festival Director Stephanie Dadet (OUR CITY FILM PROJECT)
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/08/09/interview-with-festival-director-stephanie-dadet-our-city-film-project/

Interview with Co-Festival Director Mia Davis (Queen City Cinephiles)
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/08/09/interview-with-co-festival-director-mia-davis-queen-city-cinephiles/

Interview with Festival Directors Roger and Shelley Gillespie (COPA SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL)
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/08/01/interview-with-festival-directors-roger-and-shelley-gillespie-copa-shorts-film-festival/

Interview with Festival Director Michael Kamel (DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival)
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/08/01/interview-with-festival-director-michael-kamel-dc-palestinian-film-and-arts-festival/

Interview with Festival Director Sina Dolati (TORONTO NEW WAVE)
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/07/25/interview-with-festival-director-sina-dolati-toronto-new-wave/

Interview with Festival Directors Lee Marohn & Paul Salzer (NORTHEAST WISCONSIN HORROR FILM FESTIVAL)
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/07/25/interview-with-festival-directors-lee-marohn-paul-salzer-northeast-wisconsin-horror-film-festival/

Interview with Gustavo Coletti (ROSARITO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL)
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/07/25/interview-with-gustavo-coletti-rosarito-international-film-festival/

Interview with Festival Director José Claudio Silva (PORTUGAL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL)
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/07/25/interview-with-festival-director-jose-claudio-silva-portugal-international-film-festival/

Interview with Festival Director Kirill Proskura (MIND THE INDIE FILM FESTIVAL (MTIFF))
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/07/25/interview-with-festival-director-kirill-proskura-mind-the-indie-film-festival-mtiff/

Interview with Festival Director Jonny Mancini (FROSTBITE International Film Festival)
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/07/25/interview-with-festival-director-jonny-mancini-frostbite-international-film-festival/

Interview with Mariah Mathew (Little Wing Film Festival)
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/07/25/interview-with-mariah-mathew-little-wing-film-festival/

Interview with Festival Director Alex P. Michaels (Prelude2Cinemas)
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/07/25/interview-with-festival-director-alex-p-michaels-prelude2cinemas/

Interview with Danny Caprio (The Mediterranean Film Festival (MedFF))
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/07/25/interview-with-danny-caprio-the-mediterranean-film-festival-medff/

July 2017 – Interviews with Film Festivals from around the world.

This month we interviewed 11 film festivals from around the world. Great insights on how a festival gets done from the perspective of the Festival Director.

Interviews by Matthew Toffolo

Interview with Festival Director Cristyn Steward (Columbus Black International Film Festival)
Interview with Festival Director Cristyn Steward (Columbus Black International Film Festival)

The primary objective of the Columbus Black International Film Festival is to showcase Black filmmakers locally, nationally and internationally, while highlighting a spectrum of stories told by people of the African diaspora.

Interview with Festival Director Bob Cook (Central Florida Film Festival)
Interview with Festival Director Bob Cook (Central Florida Film Festival)

Fun filled three day event in Ocoee, Florida (15 minutes from Disney World) over the Labor Day weekend (September 1-3, 2017). Networking opportunities, panel discussions, screenings on three screens, excellent award show with guest presenters. Hotel venue walking distance to theater venue. VIP cocktail party and brunch.

Interview with Festival Director Guido Franken (Euregion Film Festival)
Interview with Festival Director Guido Franken (Euregion Film Festival)

Euregion Film Festival offers you a festival experience with the best films from all over the world, an award show, workshops, seminars and more. Every year, a multi-day festival program will be presented. This program contains selections of films from all over the world, workshops, seminars, meeting corners, an award show and more. If your film is selected, you are automatically in the running for several prizes during the festival.

Interview with Festival Director Mark Schwab (Diamond in the Rough Film Festival)
Interview with Festival Director Mark Schwab (Diamond in the Rough Film Festival)

Organized by independent film production company Diamond in the Rough Films, their 3rd annual film festival wants to highlight the TRULY independent film. Even if it is “rough around the edges” or just plain out there. The filmmakers who scrape and sweat to put a good movie together against all odds. They want films that take risks, not hollow 4K mirages.

Interview with Festival Director Michael York (MY Film Festival)
Interview with Festival Director Michael York (MY Film Festival)
MY Film Festival is a brand new and exciting event which will take place in Toronto, Ontario. Our mission is to connect emerging artists with local filmmakers. We are anticipating a solid turn out with many press, bloggers, casting directors and agents to be in attendance this year. If you are a resident of ONTARIO, please get in contact with us for your free waiver code.

Interview with Festival Director Petio Petkov (DroneUp International Film Festival)
Interview with Festival Director Petio Petkov (DroneUp International Film Festival)
Get ready for the second edition of Europe’s funkiest drone event – DroneUp International Film Festival! Once again, DroneUp IFF will celebrate and acknowledge the world’s best drone cinematography in front of an 3000+ live audience in the magnificent ancient Roman Stadium in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

Interview with Festival Director Mark Brennan (Exit 6 Film Festival)
Interview with Festival Director Mark Brennan (Exit 6 Film Festival)
Exit 6 Film Festival is an all-day celebration of short films taking place at multiple venues in the heart of Basingstoke, UK, including Vue Cinema and The Anvil.

Interview with Festival Director Grant Slater (SBE’s Hamilton (New York) International Film Festival)
Interview with Festival Director Grant Slater (SBE’s Hamilton (New York) International Film Festival)

“SBE’s Hamilton International Film Festival presents an incredible opportunity to network with other ambitious filmmakers, exchange ideas and fundraising strategies while experiencing the charm of Hamilton, New York. The Hamilton Theater is a gorgeous venue and Grant Slater has put together a 5 star festival with a great selection of film, food and local beers. This is a must-attend festival that offers more than just frivolous laurels to it’s filmmakers… one could say that you leave Hamilton with a new group of friends that offer a different perspective on making and watching movies!”
-D.J. Higgins Director, Writer/Producer Meet Mario

Interview with Festival Director Ann Cabano (The Just Be Love Project)
Interview with Festival Director Ann Cabano (The Just Be Love Project)

The JUST BE LOVE Project is dedicated to education, awareness, and inspiring action for social justice and human rights issues through educational events and socially conscious films. Change begins with education and it is their hope to start the difficult conversations and to inspire action in the hearts of those attending this event.

Interview with Festival Director Joe Sanchez (Catch & Release Showcase Festival)
Interview with Festival Director Joe Sanchez (Catch & Release Showcase Festival)

The showcase is a meeting point among artists, innovators and media consumers. We aim to spark creativity for both beginners and professionals. Grab your phone and create. Together we can make this world more beautiful with our artistry.

Interview with Festival Director Omar McClinton (Various Artists Independent Film Festival)
Interview with Festival Director Omar McClinton (Various Artists independent Film Festival)

The VAiFF (Various Artists independent Film Festival) has succeeded in joining two 21st century opportunities together for filmmakers to get their films released and screened by as many people as possible.