Category Archives: Matthew Toffolo

July 2018 – Read the best of Film Festival interviews from around the world:

Interview by Matthew Toffolo

Interview with Festival Director Ivan Sosnin (Unknown Film Festival)
Interview with Festival Director Ivan Sosnin (Unknown Film Festival)

Interview with Festival Director Olivia Carmel (COPPER MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL)
Interview with Festival Director Olivia Carmel (COPPER MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL)

Interview with Festival Director Alecs Nastoiu (SHORT TO THE POINT (STTP) )
Interview with Festival Director Alecs Nastoiu (SHORT TO THE POINT (STTP) )

Interview with Festival Director Daniel Wesseik (Pannen op Het Dak)
Interview with Festival Director Daniel Wesseik (Pannen op Het Dak)

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May 2018 – Read the best of Filmmaker Interviews

Read 14 interviews from up and coming filmmakers that had their film shown at the FEEDBACK Film Festival events. By Matthew Toffolo

Interview with Filmmaker Andy Fortenbacher (ORNAMENT OF BEAUTY)
Interview with Filmmaker Andy Fortenbacher (ORNAMENT OF BEAUTY)

Interview with Filmmaker Christian Arnold (CHRICKE)
Interview with Filmmaker Christian Arnold (CHRICKE)

Interview with Filmmaker Declan Quinlan (BOY)
Interview with Filmmaker Declan Quinlan (BOY)

Interview with Filmmaker Mark McKinsey (VOWS)
Interview with Filmmaker Mark McKinsey (VOWS)

Interview with Filmmaker Ramon Blanquer (SAMFAELINI: BUSBY BERKELEY’S DREAM ABERRATIONS)
Interview with Filmmaker Ramon Blanquer (SAMFAELINI: BUSBY BERKELEY’S DREAM ABERRATIONS)

Interview with Filmmaker Dazhi Huang (NIGHT LIVE)
Interview with Filmmaker Dazhi Huang (NIGHT LIVE)

Interview with Filmmaker Sari Eran Herskovitz (TRAIN)
Interview with Filmmaker Sari Eran Herskovitz (TRAIN)

Interview with Filmmaker Kat Scott (EPINEPHRINE)
Interview with Filmmaker Kat Scott (EPINEPHRINE)

Interview with Filmmaker Shaun Wright (A GOOD BLINDER)
Interview with Filmmaker Shaun Wright (A GOOD BLINDER)

Interview with Filmmaker Alberto Nacci (VOICES)
Interview with Filmmaker Alberto Nacci (VOICES)

Interview with Filmmaker Leigh Bloomfield (THE NIGHT SKY)
Interview with Filmmaker Leigh Bloomfield (THE NIGHT SKY)

Interview with Filmmaker John Vollmer (JOY! BLUE MOON)
Interview with Filmmaker John Vollmer (JOY! BLUE MOON)

Interview with Filmmaker Robert Nazar Arjoyan (I PROMISED HER LIFE)
Interview with Filmmaker Robert Nazar Arjoyan (I PROMISED HER LIFE)

Interview with Filmmaker Kaitlin Creadon (FOR THE LOVE OF THE CHILD)
Interview with Filmmaker Kaitlin Creadon (FOR THE LOVE OF THE CHILD)

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. ​

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)

January 2018 – Read Interview with top Film Directors

14 Filmmaker Interviews from artists from all over the world:

Interview with Filmmaker Jesse Gotfrit (SUNLIGHT OVER WATER)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/12/29/interview-with-filmmaker-jesse-gotfrit-sunlight-over-water/

Interview with Filmmaker Parry Majmudar (LOSING CLAIRE)
Interview with Filmmaker Parry Majmudar (LOSING CLAIRE)

Interview with Filmmaker Nikodem Rautszko (DE GLACE)

Interview with Filmmaker Nikodem Rautszko (DE GLACE)

Interview with Filmmaker Daeryun Chang (CALL COHO)

Interview with Filmmaker Daeryun Chang (CALL COHO)

Interview with Filmmaker Hendricksen Armand (COSPLAY: BEHIND THE MASK)

Interview with Filmmaker Hendricksen Armand (COSPLAY: BEHIND THE MASK)

Interview with Filmmaker Mike Johnson (OCEANIC ALIENS)

Interview with Filmmaker Mike Johnson (OCEANIC ALIENS)

Interview with Filmmaker Stephanie Knöbl (PEPITA & MAX)

Interview with Filmmaker Stephanie Knöbl (PEPITA & MAX)

Interview with Filmmaker Stephen Riscica (IT GETS BETTER?)
Interview with Filmmaker Stephen Riscica (IT GETS BETTER?)

Interview with Animation Filmmaker Marleia A. Alfaro (BARRY THE BLOBFISH)
Interview with Animation Filmmaker Marleia A. Alfaro (BARRY THE BLOBFISH)

Interview with Animation Filmmaker Ina Conradi (CHRYSALIS)
Interview with Animation Filmmaker Ina Conradi (CHRYSALIS)

Interview with Animator/Filmmaker Susan Shulman (PURRS AND ‘OL MAN BLUES)
Interview with Animator/Filmmaker Susan Shulman (PURRS AND ‘OL MAN BLUES)

Interview with Filmmaker Adriano Curci (A FOREST)
Interview with Filmmaker Adriano Curci (A FOREST)

Interview with Filmmaker Will Kim (GLORIOUS VICTORY)
Interview with Filmmaker Will Kim (GLORIOUS VICTORY)

Interview with the film team of the short film CHRISTINE (Jessica Adler, Kate Montgomery, Stephanie Serra)
Interview with the film team of the short film CHRISTINE (Jessica Adler, Kate Montgomery, Stephanie Serra)

Interview with Filmmaker Jessica Batson (ORACLE)
Interview with Filmmaker Jessica Batson (ORACLE)

November 2017 – Read the best of Interviews with Award Winning Screenwriters

Matthew Toffolo interviews various award winning screenplays. Read insights and watch video readings of their work. 

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Hazel Allan (THE RECEIPT)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/11/08/interview-with-winning-screenwriter-hazel-allan-the-receipt/

Interview with Screenwriter Heath Harris (RED)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/11/08/interview-with-screenwriter-heath-harris-red/

Interview with Screenwriter Colin K. Stewart (BUNNYMAN BRIDGE)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/11/08/interview-with-screenwriter-colin-k-stewart-bunnyman-bridge/

Interview with Screenwriter Chris Parrish (MY ATARI CHRISTMAS)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/11/08/interview-with-screenwriter-chris-parrish-my-atari-christmas/

Interview with Screenwriter Rob Ayling (LIVING IN CRIME ALLEY – Batman)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/11/08/interview-with-screenwriter-rob-ayling-living-in-crime-alley-batman/

Interview with Screenwriter Brooke Elowe (BLACK WIDOW: FUGITIVE)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/11/08/interview-with-screenwriter-brooke-elowe-black-widow-fugitive/

Interview with Screenplay Writer Dan Hass (THE UPSIDE OF OVER TV Pilot)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/11/08/interview-with-screenplay-writer-dan-hass-the-upside-of-over-tv-pilot/

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Craig Page (THE BIGGEST LITTLE TV Pilot)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/11/08/interview-with-winning-screenwriter-craig-page-the-biggest-little-tv-pilot/

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Richard M. Kjeldgaard (NOWHERE VILLE)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/11/08/interview-with-winning-screenwriter-richard-m-kjeldgaard-nowhere-ville/